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Serie A: Roma hammer 10-man Milan; Lazio drop 7 on Sampdoria

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A roundup of Saturday’s action in Italy’s top flight…

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AC Milan 1-4 Roma

Roma had to win to keep Juventus from clinching the Scudetto for a sixth straight season on Sunday, and they did just that away to AC Milan. Edin Dzeko fired Roma to a 2-0 lead after just 28 minutes (his opener came in the 8th minute), and that would prove to be enough on the day.

Mario Pasalic pulled Milan back to 2-1 in the 76th minute, but the comeback lasted all of two minutes, as Stephan El Shaarawy re-established the two-goal lead in the 78th. Gabriel Paletta got himself sent off for a challenge on Mohamed Salah in the 86th minute, and Daniele De Rossi converted from the penalty spot a minute later.

Juve’s lead in the title race sits at seven points, meaning that with three games left to play. Next Sunday, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, it’ll be Roma versus Juventus; anything short of a victory for Roma would see Juve clinch the title.

Lazio 7-3 Sampdoria

Lazio’s quest for UEFA Champions League qualification fell apart a couple weeks ago, but Simone Inzaghi’s side seems determined to rebound and finish the season strong regardless. Sunday’s thrashing of Sampdoria made it three straight wins for Rome’s “other” team, and all but secured their fourth-place finish with fifth-place Atalanta dropping points away to Udinese.

The scoring started early, and it never slowed down. Balde Keita made it 1-0 after just two minutes; Sampdoria’s Milan Skriniar was sent off in the 18th minute, and that’s when the floodgates opened; Ciro Immobile converted from the penalty spot a minute later; Wesley Hoedt made it 3-1 in the 36th minute; Felipe Anderson converted from the penalty spot for 4-1 in the 38th; and Stefan de Vrij made it 5-1 in the 45th.

Senad Lulic and Immobile completed the scoring in the second half, in the 65th and 70th minutes, before Fabio Quagliarella bagged a late brace in consolation.

Genoa 1-0 Inter Milan

Another unforgettable (they wish they could at this point) season is nearly in the books for Inter Milan, having suffered defeat in the league for the 13th time this season (no side in the top-10 has lost more games — they currently sit 7th in the league table). Goran Pandev scored the game’s only goal, as Inter failed to capitalize on Milan’s defeat. Doing so would have seen them move level on points, and ahead on goal differential.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Udinese 1-1 Atalanta
Empoli 3-1 Bologna
Pescara 0-1 Crotone
Sassuolo 2-2 Fiorentina
Chievo 1-1 Palermo

Wenger called ref Dean “not honest,” “a disgrace” to earn ban

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LONDON (AP) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused a referee of being “not honest” and called him “a disgrace” in a rant inside the match officials’ changing room that led to a three-match touchline ban for one of English soccer’s most experienced coaches.

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The English Football Association published Tuesday the written reasons behind its decision to ban Wenger for being abusive toward referee Mike Dean after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Dec. 31.

In his match report given to the FA, Dean said Wenger “was pointing aggressively at me saying, ‘You’re not honest’ on numerous occasions.” Dean then said Wenger said “you’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace.”

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Wenger had been incensed at Calum Chambers being penalized for a handball and West Brom converting the resulting penalty to equalize late in the game.

The FA said “there is simply no justification for this behavior” and considered a stadium ban for Wenger.

Wenger was also fined $54,200 for his conduct.

FA Cup: Leicester, West Ham survive replays to reach 4th round

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Two more Premier League sides reached the fourth round of the 2017-18 FA Cup on Tuesday, winning their respective replays and joining 10 other top-flight clubs already through to the next round…

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Leicester City 2-0 Fleetwood Town

Kelechi Iheanacho moved to Leicester from Manchester City for $33 million this summer and has, through his first half-season in the East Midlands, failed to live up to that price tag. In nine PL appearances, he is yet to score his first league goal. Tuesday, however, saw the 21-year-old Nigerian international put forth a bit production and performance more befitting a player of his promise and pedigree.

Manager Claude Puel picked a side consisting of first-team regulars and lesser-used squad players for the Foxes FA Cup third-round replay against League One side Fleetwood Town. It was Iheanacho, who started alongside/just behind target man Islam Slimani, who shown brightest with a pair of goals, in the 43rd and 77th minutes, to send Leicester into the fourth round. Iheanacho’s second, the one that put the game away for Leicester, was originally ruled out for offside, but was eventually after consultation of the video-assistant referee.

Leicester will travel to League One side Peterborough in the fourth round, on Sat. Jan. 27.

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West Ham United 1-0 (AET) Shrewsbury Town

It took far longer than Hammers fans would have liked — or expected — but West Ham, over the course of 120 minutes, survived the Cupset bid of third-division Shrewsbury Town. With eight minutes remaining before Tuesday’s replay went to penalty kicks at the London Stadium, 21-year-old defender Reece Burke fired home from inside the box to break the scoreless deadlock.

West Ham will be away to the winner of the replay between Bournemouth and Wigan Athletic (Wednesday), on Sat. Jan. 27.

Elsewhere in FA Cup replay action

Mansfield Town 1-4 Cardiff City
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Carlisle United
Reading 3-0 Stevenage

Wednesday’s FA Cup replay schedule

Chelsea vs. Norwich City — 2:45 p.m. ET
Swansea City vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers — 2:45 p.m. ET
Wigan Athletic vs. Bournemouth — 2:45 p.m. ET

Report: Newcastle sale talks between Ashley, Staveley collapse

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Talks between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley over the much-desired and -rumored sale of Newcastle United are off, according to a report from Sky Sports and various other UK news outlets.

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Sky has quoted a source close to Ashley as having said: “Attempts to reach a deal (with Staveley) have proved to be exhaustive, frustrating and a complete waste of time.” (Full quote below)

Ashley, the club’s current and long-beleaguered owner, has been seeking a potential buyer since putting the club up for sale back in October. Staveley emerged as the front-runner (the only runner, perhaps) in the days following Ashley’s announcement, and reportedly tabled an offer of $335 million in early December before reportedly offering something closer to $400 million a couple weeks later.

Ashley selling the club — and doing so before the end of the January transfer window, which now appears nigh impossible — appeared to be one the few scenarios in which Rafa Benitez would remain the Magpies’ manager beyond the end of the current Premier League season (Newcastle currently sit 15th, just three points clear of relegation) after constant rumors of his discontent and lack of financial backing last summer.

LIVE, FA Cup replays: West Ham, Leicester on upset alert

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Five FA Cup third round replays take place on Tuesday with two Premier League clubs on upset alert.

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Leicester City and West Ham United both host third-tier opponents, with the Hammers welcoming Shrewsbury to the London Stadium and Leicester hosting Jamie Vardy‘s former club Fleetwood.

Both Claude Puel and David Moyes have named strong teams to try and breeze through to the fourth round. You can follow commentary on all five games by clicking on the link above and we will have reaction right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

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Below is the full schedule for Tuesday, with all the games kicking off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated.

Tuesday’s FA Cup replay schedule

Leicester City vs. Fleetwood Town
Mansfield Town vs. Cardiff City
Reading vs. Stevenage Town – 3pm
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Carlisle United
West Ham United vs. Shrewsbury