SERIE A

Pescara-Atalanta Serie A match stopped due to Italy earthquake

Matchday 10 in Italy's top flight saw two matches stopped, due to tremors and heavy rain, but all games completed as the race is on for the title.

The Serie A game between Pescara-Atalanta was postponed after earthquake in Italy.

Mother Nature wanted a piece of Serie A

Matchday 10 in Italy saw Mother Nature have an influence as earthquakes and rain meant some games had to be stopped for a period.

Two quakes hit and were felt in the capital Rome, sending residents running out of their houses and into the streets. The second was felt as far away as Venice in the far north, and Naples, south of the capital.

Still image from video shows cracks on the wall of a hotel after an earthquake in Visso, Italy October 26, 2016.

Still image from video shows cracks on the wall of a hotel after an earthquake in Visso, Italy October 26, 2016.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) registered a first 5.5-magnitude quake at 18:10 CEST, with the second two hours later. In both cases the epicentre was near the village of Visso in the central Marche region.

Earthquakes and rainfall

The game between Pescara and Atalanta was stopped for three minutes while the situation was assessed. Fans were seen leaving the stands in fear of what might have been especially with fresh memories of the quakes in Italy in August that killed almost 300 people. The game did resume and it was the visitors that took the points thanks to a goal from Caldara.

Another affected game, this time due to heavy rain which caused a pause in proceedings, was Fiorentina against Crotone. This game was also completed and finished 1-1.

Fiorentina's Federico Bernardeschi and Crotone's Ceccherini battle for the ball amid the rain.

Fiorentina's Federico Bernardeschi and Crotone's Ceccherini battle for the ball amid the rain.

Midweek Italian round-up

In other action, Juventus maintained top spot in the league after a 4-1 win over Sampdoria (helped by a surprising double from Chiellini) while Napoli overcame Empoli 2-0. Capital fans enjoyed seeing Dzeko bag a brace as Roma ran out 3-1 victors over Sassuolo which keeps them just two points behind the Bianconeri and Inter can thank their much-hyped Icardi for a tough 2-1 win against Torino.