Serie A: AC Milan, Inter, Juventus all win to keep title race tight

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A roundup of the weekend’s results in Serie A, where AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan all held serve in the thrilling three-horse title race…

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AC Milan 4-0 Crotone

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ante Rebic each bagged a brace as the Serie A leaders cruised to a 4-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Crotone on Sunday, preserving their narrow lead in the Serie A title race as a result.

It was Ibrahimovic who opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, and also Ibrahimovic who kicked off Milan’s blistering 6-minute stretch, beginning in the 64th minute, which featured three goals and a resounding warning shot delivered to the rest of the league. The 39-year-old Swede took his tally to 14 league goals this season, putting him just two behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A Golden Boot race. Rebic proceeded to hit Crotone for 3-0 and 4-0 in the 69th and 70th minutes.

With their latest victory, AC Milan remain two points clear of rivals Inter Milan with seven points between themselves and third-place Juventus, who have a game in hand.


Fiorentina 0-2 Inter Milan

Inter Milan applied a bit of pressure and took the top spot in the table for roughly 40 hours with a 2-0 win away to Fiorentina on Friday.

Nicolo Barella got the scoring started (with an assist from Alexis Sanchez) in the 31st minute and Ivan Perisic put the game to bed with an insurance goal in the 52nd.

Inter are unbeaten in their last five league games with a tricky pair of fixtures on the horizon: next weekend, home against Lazio; the following weekend, Inter Milan versus AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium, presumably in a 1st-versus-2nd (or 2nd-versus-1st) battle in the derby.


Juventus 2-0 Roma

Ronaldo managed to stay two goals ahead of Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku by putting Juventus 1-0 ahead of Roma in the 13th minute on Saturday. Alvaro Morata tallied his 7th league assist of the season (3rd-most in Serie A, behind Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Hakan Calhanoglu, who have 8 each) on the goal.

Roma defender Ibañez slid in and poked the ball into his own net in the 69th minute to seal the points for Andrea Pirlo’s side.


Other Serie A results

Genoa 2-1 Napoli
Atalanta 3-3 Torino
Lazio vs. Cagliari (underway)
Benevento 1-1 Sampdoria
Udinese 2-0 Hellas Verona
Parma 0-3 Bologna
Sassuolo 1-2 Spezia

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Ronaldo, Morata score, USMNT star McKennie claims first Juventus trophy

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USMNT star Weston McKennie went 90 minutes in claiming his first European trophy on Wednesday, when Juventus beat Napoli 2-0 in the Italian Super Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata scored the goals as Juve rebounded from a costly Serie A loss at Inter Milan on Sunday.

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It’s Juve’s ninth Supercoppa Italia, the most in history. The match pits the reigning scudetto winner versus the Coppa Italia winner unless the two are the same, in which the Coppa Italia runner-up gets the nod against the league champs.

McKennie, the reigning U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year, had yet to win club honors at a senior level between Schalke and Juve.

He went the distance at right midfield on Wednesday,atypically unsuccessful in duels and conceding a penalty that Dries Mertens missed for Napoli. McKennie made three key passes and converted three-of-four dribbles with an interception and a tackle.

Serie A: AC Milan win to stay on top, unbeaten; Juventus take two steps back

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A roundup of all of the weekend’s results in Serie A, where AC Milan cruised to another win to remain unbeaten and top of the table, Juventus drew a newly promoted side, and Napoli thrashed Roma and did so to honor the club’s late icon, Diego Maradona…

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AC Milan 2-0 Fiorentina

AC Milan remain top of the Serie A table and their unbeaten start to the 2020-21 season (7W-2D-0L) continues after securing a victory and clean sheet against struggling Fiorentina on Sunday.

Stefano Pioli’s side didn’t need long to establish its two-goal lead — just 27 minutes, in fact — as Alessio Romagnoli and Franck Kessie effectively put the game to bed before the half-hour mark.

Romagnoli made the late-arriving, back-post run to head home Hakan Calhanoglu’s corner kick. Kessie converted from the penalty spot after Alexis Saelemaekers was taken down just before getting a shot away one-on-one with the goalkeeper.


Benevento 1-1 Juventus

Things started quite well for Juventus, who went ahead through Alvaro Morata’s 21st-minute strike, but it all took a turn for the worse shortly thereafter, and for the worst very late on.

Benevento pulled level in first-half stoppage time, when Gaetano Letizia sent a very hopeful shot/delightful cross into the six-yard box from a very tight angle on the right. No one got a touch to it in the end, and that’s just fine for Benevento as it bounced off the inside of the far post and into the net.

On top of the result, which sees them fall to six points behind AC Milan, Juventus will also be without Morata, their second-top scorer, for their next league game (at least) as he was shown a straight red card for dissent immediately following the final whistle.


Napoli 4-0 Roma

As has been the case since his passing on Wednesday, Diego Maradona was front and center in the hearts and minds of everyone associated with Napoli as they took on Roma on Sunday.

Napoli delivered a result — and a performance — worthy of honoring the legendary Argentine and adopted Neapolitan, and they did so while wearing these absolutely stunning shirts inspired by the Argentine flag, for Maradona.

Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring after 31 minutes, following by Fabian Ruiz in the 64th, Dries Mertens in the 81st and Matteo Politano in the 86th.


Other Serie A results

Sassuolo 0-3 Inter Milan
Atalanta 0-2 Hellas Verona
Lazio 1-3 Udinese
Bologna 1-0 Crotone
Cagliari 2-2 Spezia

Serie A roundup: Zlatan fires leaders AC Milan past Napoli; Juve heating up

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A roundup of all of the weekend’s results in Serie A, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic once again powered title leaders AC Milan to victory, and Juventus, along with the other top-five teams, picked up wins to remain hot on their heels…

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Napoli 1-3 AC Milan

Ibrahimovic scored league goals no. 9 and 10 on the season — in just six appearances — to hand AC Milan a 2-0 lead after 54 minutes. The 39-year-old marvel headed the first home from Theo Hernandez’s cross, and got creative to bundle home the second from a similar ball played in by Ante Rebic.

Napoli made it 2-1 through Dries Mertens in the 63rd, but the comeback push was short-lived as Tiemoue Bakayoko was shown his second yellow card for hacking Hernandez down to the ground just two minutes later.

Jens Petter Hauge tacked on the third for Milan in stoppage time, keeping Stefano Pioli’s side unbeaten on the season (6W-2D-0L) and two points clear of second-place Sassuolo for another week.


Juventus 2-0 Cagliari

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, just four minutes apart late in the first half, as Juventus also maintained their unbeaten start (4W-4D-0L). More importantly, the nine-time defending Serie A champions remain just four points back of Milan.

Ronaldo’s first goal was a result of a quick feed from Alvaro Morata, but he still had plenty to do to cut inside onto his right foot and fire inside the far post. Goal no. 2 was far more fortuitous as Juan Cuadrado’s corner kick was headed wide of the far post by Merih Demiral, only for Ronaldo to arrive at the right time to lift the ball over the line.


Inter Milan 4-2 Torino

Inter Milan’s victory over Torino was far less straightforward than their title rivals. After falling 2-0 behind in the 62nd minute, Antonio Conte’s side reeled off four straight goals — three of which came in a 20-minute period — to eventually cruise to all three points.

Alexis Sanchez was set up by Romelu Lukaku for Inter’s first goal in the 64th; the two switched roles for the second as Lukaku got on the scoresheet in the 67th; Lukaku converted from the eventual winner from the penalty spot in the 84th; and Lautaro Martinez, set up by Lukaku’s second assist of the game, completed the scoring in the 90th.


Other Serie A results

Hellas Verona 0-2 Sassuolo
Roma 3-0 Parma
Crotone 0-2 Lazio
Spezia 0-0 Atalanta
Fiorentina 0-1 Benevento
Sampdoria 1-2 Bologna
Udinese 1-0 Genoa

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Serie A roundup: AC Milan still on top, but Juventus heating up

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A roundup of all of the weekend’s results in Serie A, where AC Milan remained unbeaten to start the season, Juventus are beginning to hit their stride, and Napoli and Inter Milan were thoroughly unimpressive…

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Spezia 1-4 Juventus

Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo did most of the damage for Juventus, who took home all three points for a change. The nine-time defending Serie A champions have just three wins from their first six games, though they remain unbeaten to start the league campaign. Even still, they trail leaders and fellow unbeaten side AC Milan by just four points and appear set for a ruthless run which will almost certainly catapult them further up the table.

Perhaps most encouraging were the players on the scoresheet during Sunday’s thrashing of Spezia: Alvaro Morata opened the scoring and Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace in his first league appearance since recovering from COVID-19. Adrien Rabiot got the other goal for Andrea Pirlo’s side.


Udinese 1-2 AC Milan

AC Milan held onto the top spot in the table, which of course means Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the hero and did something spectacular.

The 39-year-old scored Milan’s 83rd-minute winner via bicycle kick. OK, so he didn’t quite reach the heights of his iconic overhead kick for Sweden against England a number of years ago, but he’s 39, so you wouldn’t expect him to do so, would you?

Ibrahimovic also assisted Franck Kessie for the game’s opening goal in the 18th minute. Udinese pulled level in the 48th minute and looked like they would take a point on Sunday, until Ibrahimovic did what Ibrahimovic does.


Napoli 0-2 Sassuolo

The story here is as much “Sassuolo are second in the table” as it is “Napoli lost to Sassuolo.” Sure, we’re only six games into the season and it’s unlikely to hold for another 32 weeks, but Sassuolo were as good as Napoli were bad.


Inter Milan 2-2 Parma

Speaking of disappointing results for title dreamers, Inter Milan not only drew 2-2 with Parma but they had to come back from two goals down and salvage a point in stoppage time to do so. Former Arsenal winger Gervinho hit Antonio Conte’s side for a second-half brace before Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic dragged Inter back to level terms inside the final 25 minutes.


Other Serie A results

Roma 2-0 Fiorentina
Crotone 1-2 Atalanta
Bologna 3-2 Cagliari
Torino 3-4 Lazio
Sampdoria 1-1 Genoa