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Serie A: 10-man Juve score 6; Bonucci sees red, Milan in free fall

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MILAN (AP) Leonardo Bonucci’s latest lapse in concentration may end up costing Vincenzo Montella his job at big-spending AC Milan.

Bonucci was sent off in the first half of Milan’s 0-0 draw at home with Genoa on Sunday for elbowing a defender in the head as he jostled for position on a free kick.

Juventus also had a player sent off early on, forward Mario Mandzukic, but bounced back to win 6-2 at Udinese and close the gap on leader Napoli to three points. Lazio can move level with third-place Juve with a win at home to Cagliari later Sunday.

Milan lost its three previous Serie A matches and was also held 0-0 at home with AEK in the Europa League on Thursday. Last weekend, the Rossoneri were beaten 3-2 by Inter Milan in the city derby after Bonucci was beaten by Mauro Icardi for Inter’s opener.

The Rossoneri’s last league win came more than a month ago and they have dropped to 11th spot.

“Unfortunately, everything that could have happened has,” Montella said. “But I feel supported by the club. … We deserved to win today, because we created chances even when we were a man down.”

Milan, which was bought by a Chinese-led consortium in April, spent nearly $250 million on new players in the offseason and Bonucci was the centerpiece of the overhaul.

The fee for Bonucci’s surprise move from Juventus topped $50 million, and he signed a five-year contract worth up to $12 million per season — making him the highest-paid player in Italy.

But Bonucci has been off form over the last month and now risks missing the game against Juventus next Sunday if he’s given a two-match ban.

Bonucci’s blow to Aleandro Rosi’s head in the 23rd minute left the Genoa player on the ground for several minutes before the blood was cleaned up and he continued playing.

The referee did not initially show Bonucci a red card. The decision came with the help of the video assistant referee (VAR) – marking the first time a red card was handed out by the VAR in Italy.

“I don’t think it was intentional foul play. He was positioning himself. Do you know how many goals I scored in situations like that?” said Montella, whose goals as a player helped Roma to the 2001 title.

“The VAR needs to be remodeled,” Montella added. “If Bonucci hadn’t injured his opponent I don’t think he would have been sent off.”

Sami Khedira netted the first hat trick of his career as 10-man Juventus ran riot in Udine, ending its two-match winless streak in style.

Juve was looking to take advantage of Saturday’s 0-0 draw between Napoli and Inter Milan, the top two sides in Serie A.

Khedira’s first of the match and an own-goal from Samir put Juve in front after Udinese had taken a shock lead early on through Stipe Perica.

But it looked bleak for Juventus when Mandzukic was booked for an argument with Udinese’s Ali Adnan and then turned around and appeared to swear at the referee. He was shown a second yellow card and sent off, leaving Juventus with 10 men for more than an hour.

Danilo leveled immediately after halftime but it was false hope for Udinese as Daniele Rugani restored Juve’s lead shortly afterward. Two more goals from Khedira and another from Miralem Pjanic completed the rout.

Aleksandar Kolarov followed up his midweek goal against Chelsea by scoring from a free kick in Roma’s 1-0 win at Torino.

The Serbian became the first player to score two goals from direct free kicks in Serie A this season, having also connected on his Roma debut in August against Atalanta.

Stretching back to last season, it was Roma’s 11th straight away win, matching the Serie A record.

Roberto Inglese bolstered his case for a January move to Serie A leader Napoli with a brace in the Verona derby, helping Chievo to a 3-2 win.

Napoli purchased Inglese’s rights in August but left the striker on loan at Chievo. It has expressed interest in moving up his arrival after Arkadiusz Milik’s long-term injury.

Germany midfielder Khedira buys 1,200 tickets for charity

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has bought 1,200 tickets for Monday’s World Cup qualifier against Norway in his native Stuttgart and donated them to charity.

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The tickets have been distributed to socially disadvantaged children and children fighting cancer in the region so they can attend the game through an initiative organized by Khedira’s foundation.

The Juventus midfielder says “it just came about for the national game here in Stuttgart. For me personally, it was important not just to give money, but that the kids themselves could get something from it. Most wouldn’t have had the chance to attend a game for various reasons, financial or logistical.”

Germany will qualify for the World Cup from Group C if it wins and second-place Northern Ireland fails to beat the Czech Republic in Belfast.

Serie A roundup: Khedira earns Juventus three points as Napoli defeats AC Milan

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Sami Khedira hasn’t found the field much since moving to Juventus two summers ago, but when he does, he has a striker’s eye.

The German bagged his eighth goal for Juventus in just his 28th appearance as the Italian giants went on the road and defeated Lazio 1-0.

A poor clear attempt by Lucas Biglia saw Paulo Dybala’s lofted ball over the top fall to Khedira, and he skittered the ball across the face of goal into the far corner. The win is the second of the year for Juventus after they took down Fiorentina in their opening match.

There was a goal-fest at Stadio San Paolo as Napoli defeated AC Milan 4-2 braces from Arkadiusz Milik and Jose Callejon. Milik’s came in the first-half, with the opener in 18th minute, a lucky bounce as Dries Mertens’ shot clattered off the post and fell in Milik’s lap. He doubled Napoli’s lead in the 33rd minute with a beautiful header into the far corner, out-jumping Juraj Kucka.

The second half saw a flurry of action. A pair of goals four minutes apart saw Milan tie things up as M’baye Niang and Suso brought them level. Then, the yellow cards came flying. As a result, Kucka and Niang were both sent off for second cautions. Jose Callejon took advantage, bagging his first in the 74th and doubling his tally in stoppage time in a ridiculous bit of play that saw Alessio Romagnoli try to swat Mertens’ cross away from the goal line…yes, as in with his hands.

It’s a wonder Romagnoli wasn’t sent off for his actions. Napoli

Sami Khedira will miss the rest of Euro 2016 with groin injury

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According to reports in Germany, Sami Khedira’s Euro 2016 tournament is over thanks to a groin injury he re-aggrivated in the early going of the quarterfinal against Italy.

Khedria appeared to re-injure a preexisting groin injury during a standing 50/50 challenge, and was eventually subbed off for Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 16th minute. German publication Kicker reports that Khedira injured his left adductor muscle, the same injury that kept him out for two club games in February. The report says he will have an MRI on Sunday to reveal the extent of the injury, but with a potential final just seven days away, his tournament is over no matter the results.

The injury forces head coach Joachim Löw to consider his options, as Khedira becomes the second German player Löw will need to replace. Defender Mats Hummels will miss the semifinal due to yellow card suspension.

The 29-year-old has struggled mightily with injuries the past few years that have affected both his club and international careers. Khedira tore his ACL back in late 2013, forcing him to miss the entire second half of the season. He returned for the Champions League final but did not look himself.

The next season, his last with Real Madrid, Khedira only managed 17 matches the whole year due to a number of injuries. Last year with Juventus, Khedira missed 22 matches across all competitions due to injuries, and was forced to skip the final four Euro qualifiers with the national team as well.

Germany’s loss to England “unnecessary, stupid”, says Khedira

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On many levels, Germany’s come-from-ahead friendly loss to England on Saturday was hard for its players to accept.

Die Mannschaft took a 2-0 lead on goals from Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez on either side of halftime, but allowed tallies in the 61st and 74th minute before ultimately giving up the winner to Eric Dier in the first minute of stoppage time.

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The loss was Germany’s third in four outings, and the first home defeat since the USMNT shocked them late in a June 10 match.

From The Independent:

“It was an unnecessary, stupid defeat,” Germany midfielder Khedira said.

“We all need to take a look at ourselves and work hard now. We did a lot right up until the second goal, then after that we were much worse – and England punished us.

“However, we played well for an hour. We need to play well for 90 minutes against Italy (in Tuesday’s friendly) and in the European Championship.

The Italians visit Munich on Tuesday winless in three, having drawn Spain and Romania after a loss to Belgium. Will either nation get off the schneid? Linguistically, you’d favor Germany.