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Americans Abroad: Pulisic benched again, Sargent and Holmes assist

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Christian Pulisic‘s struggles at Chelsea continue, but he’s far from the only American to take the field this weekend. It was an up-and-down few days for Americans overseas, as defenders struggled in England.

Still, a few had success as players like Duane Holmes and Josh Sargent contributed to significant results, while Weston McKennie helped Schalke earn a massive road win over the former Bundesliga leaders.

A few Americans are working their way back from injuries, as DeAndre Yedlin made his season debut while Timothy Weah and Matt Miazga remain sidelined. Sergino Dest continues to prove his worth to Ajax, coming off the bench into a scoreless game to help the Dutch giants eventually earn a win.

Premier League

Christian Pulisic, Chelsea – Pulisic once again was left on the bench as the Blues beat Brighton 2-0, his third game in a row without seeing the field. He told our JPW after the game he was “frustrated” with the lack of playing time. We took a look at his direct competition at Stamford Bridge and what he needs to do to break through.

DeAndre Yedlin, Newcastle – The full-back finally made his return to the field, playing 16 minutes off the bench against Leicester City as the Magpies were obliterated 5-0. The Foxes only scored one of their five goals with Yedlin on the field.

EFL Championship

Antonee Robinson, Wigan – Played the full 90 minutes as Wigan fell 2-0 to Fulham. He has logged a full 90 minutes in every match but one so far this season. Wigan is in trouble, sitting just outside the relegation zone.

Tim Ream, Fulham – The veteran defender helped Fulham to a 2-0 win over Wigan, with goals from Tom Cairney and Joe Bryan. After missing the season opener due to an injury picked up on international duty, Ream has played every minute of Fulham’s campaign, with this win marking the club’s third clean sheet. The Whites have lost just once with Ream on the field, and sit 10th with a four-point deficit off the top.

Matt Miazga, Reading (loan from Chelsea) — Miazga missed his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury as Reading drew 1-1 with Swansea. It is the only point Reading has picked up in the absence of Miazga, while they had earned seven points in five matches prior.

Eric Lichaj, Hull City — A full 90 minutes at right-back saw Hull City draw with Cardiff City 2-2. The result is a microcosm of Hull’s decidedly mediocre campaign, leaving them in 16th with 10 points through nine matches, having both scored and conceded 13 goals.

Geoff Cameron, QPR — Cameron started as part of a back three and saw his CB mate Yoann Barbet sent off, resigning QPR to a 2-0 defeat at home to West Brom. Cameron himself picked up an early yellow card before the half-hour mark, his third caution in six league appearances this season.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Stoke City (loan Tottenham Hotspur) — Stoke had a Friday league match and was beaten soundly by Nottingham Forest 3-2, leaving them bottom of the Championship table. This Potters side has conceded 20 goals through nine matches this season, most in the league. It’s a surprising and confounding situation at Stoke, given the decent talent in the squad. Carter-Vickers starts next to Bruno Martins Indi and in front of goalkeeper Jack Butland, so it’s baffling how that defensive unit could be so porous, but here we are. The woes continue for the young Spurs product.

Duane Holmes, Derby County — Holmes returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Birmingham, picking up his first three points since returning to the Derby County lineup in late August. He performed quite well, picking up an assist of Chris Martin‘s second-minute opener, a truly hilarious goal that saw Holmes blister past a defender on the flank, deliver a ball to Martin in the middle who collected clumsily – allowing the defense to recover – before producing a classic slow-roller that had the goalkeeper all twisted up, rolling into the back of the net.

EFL League One

Lynden Gooch, Sunderland – The 23-year-old started and played a full 90 minutes as Sunderland topped MK Dons 2-1. They scored both goals before the half-hour mark and held on from there, with Gooch making way for a substitute in stoppage time. Sunderland sits fifth in League One, with just one loss on the season.

Bundesliga

Weston McKennie, Schalke —  Schalke picked up a big 3-1 road win over RB Leipzig that (of course) allowed Bayern Munich to slide back into the lead. McKennie started and played the full 90 minutes, but it wasn’t as pretty as you’d expect for a midfielder who played a big part of a signature win. He was initially deployed on the wing before being moved centrally.

Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales, Fortuna Dusseldorf — A Sunday match saw Fortuna Dusseldorf fall at home to Freiburg 2-1 as the visitors mounted a comeback victory. Steffan was in net and recorded just one save, while Morales did not make the squad for the third straight match, out with a hamstring problem.

Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen  The youngster was in the starting lineup for the second straight game, and bagged an assist as Werder Bremen secured a solid 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund. He played 88 minutes and was on hand to help out in Marco Freidl’s 56th minute equalizer off a corner, flicking the ball with his head at the near post to Friedl waiting at the opposite end to score the goal that ultimately shared the points.

Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig — Despite returning to training last weekend, Adams has yet to see action with RB Leipzig, again missing out in the loss to Schalke.

Fabian Johnson, Borussia Monchengladbach — Johnson missed his third straight match with back problems as Monchengladbach won 3-0 at Hoffenheim.

Timmy Chandler, Eintracht Frankfurt — Chandler came off the bench again, logging 13 minutes in Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Union Berlin. Coming in for Erik Durm, Chandler saw Frankfurt cough up the clean sheet while he was on the field as Anthony Ujah got a consolation goal for the hosts in the 83rd minute.

2.Bundesliga

Julian Green, Greuther Furth – Green again played the full 90 minutes as Greuther Furth fell to Holstein Kiel 3-0. After a wonderful start to the second division campaign, Greuther has been held scoreless for two straight matches now. Green played alright, logging 81% pass completion and connecting on six of his eight long balls, but that was about it for the Tampa product.

Eredivisie

Sergino Dest, Ajax — Dest made a rare bench appearance, sat in favor of Noussair Mazraoui. He came on for the Moroccan and played the final 23 minutes of a 2-0 win over FC Groningen, with both Ajax goals coming after Dest had come on the field.

Haji Wright, VVV-Venlo — VVV-Venlo fell to Heerenveen 3-0 for the club’s fifth defeat in eight league matches this season, and Wright was on the field for all 90 minutes, earning his fourth start of the year. The striker has not scored a goal yet this season in 401 minutes of Eredivisie action.

Desevio Payne, FC Emmen — Payne was left out of the squad for the third straight week as Emmen beat ADO Den Haag 3-0.

Ligue 1

Timothy Weah, Lille — Weah’s hamstring tear is going to keep him out for a good bit longer. Don’t expect him back for another few weeks at least.

Theoson Jordan-Siebatcheu, Rennes — It seems Siebatcheu has lost his place in the Stade Rennes lineup, playing nine minutes off the bench in the midweek loss to Nantes before missing out on a spot in the squad altogether on Sunday’s game against Marseille, a 1-1 draw. The 23-year-old striker has yet to score a goal this league season.

Honorable Mentions:

Tyler Boyd, Besiktas – The 24-year-old started but was hauled off at halftime as Beskitas lost to Trabzonspor 4-1, deepening the club’s early season woes. The Turkish side was down 2-0 at the break, and it only got worse as the hosts made it 3-0 past the hour mark before the teams traded late goals. The club has just one win in six matches on the young season, and Boyd has been yanked at halftime in both of his last two starts, while finding himself on the bench in the other two most recent games.

Chris Richards, Bayern Munich II – The 19-year-old played another 90 minutes for Bayern’s reserve squad, winning 4-1 over Preussen Munster.

Andrija Novakovich, Frosinone – 30 minutes off the bench for Novakovich couldn’t save Frosinone as they drew 1-1 with Cosenza.  He is in direct competition for a starting striker spot with former Fulham product Marcello Trotta. Neither has scored a league goal yet this season.

Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund U-19 – Claudio Reyna’s son is in good form, following up his goal last weekend with an assist across 90 minutes in a 3-2 win. He won a 41st minute penalty which eventually put Dortmund U-19 up 2-1.

Luca De La Torre, Fulham Reserves – He was not part of the squad as Fulham’s reserve side fell to Middlesbrough 4-2.

Serie A: Roma steals win late, Torino tops Atalanta

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Defensive calamities appeared to prove deadly with Roma barreling towards a disappointing draw with relegation-threatened Frosinone, but Edin Dzeko stole victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a vital three points amid a fight for Champions League qualification in a 3-2 win at Stadio Benito Stirpe.

Roma was tragically bad at the back from the opening whistle. Frosinone scored the opener just five minutes in after Steven N’Zonzi’s horrible back-pass was stolen, and while Robin Olsen saved the shot from Camillo Ciano with a diving effort, but the ball popped up into the air with crazy spin and when it came down near the line, it bounced back into the net.

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Frosinone nearly had a second in the 11th minute but Ciano blasted it over the bar while all alone at the back post. Down the other end, Marco Sportiello was required to tip a dangerous Stephan El Shaarawy header over the bar. Roma built into the game and finally equalized right on the half-hour mark as Edin Dzeko picked the pocket of clueless Frosinone defender Edoardo Goldaniga in the box and his shot pinged off the left post and spun into the back of the net. They took the lead just a minute later and turned the game on its head as Dzeko fed El Shaarawy on the break, and while his shot to the far post was tipped by Sportiello, Lorenzo Pellegrini was on hand to deliver a sliding tap-in at the far post as the ball trickled away.

El Shaarawy was lucky to stay on the pitch after a bad challenge late in the first half only produced yellow despite an apparent stamp, and the referee was not buzzed by VAR to take another look. Frosinone was struggling to regain a foothold in the match until the 68th minute when they came so close to an equalizer as Andrea Pinamonti came flying in to meet a cross with a flying ninja kick but he was out of control and whiffed on the effort. They would find the leveler with 10 minutes to go, pegging back Roma on the break as Pinamonti finished the counter that left both Aleksandr Kolarov and Daniele De Rossi looking silly.

It could have been worse had Olsen not made a spectacular save in the 85th minute to keep out a cut shot from substitute Marcello Trotta that nearly found the back of the net, but instead trickled safely away off the goalkeeper’s fingertips. With a disappointing result on the horizon, Dzeko was there to snatch victory, bundling home a short cross from El Shaarawy in the 95th minute. The win moved Roma back to within a point of fourth-placed AC Milan, erasing doubts the draw would have left with the club potentially three points back in fifth.

Elsewhere, Torino topped Atalanta 2-0 at home on goals from Armando Izzo and Iago Falque that neatly bracketed halftime. Just before the break, Izzo put the home side in front on a messy goal that eventually pinged its way to the 26-year-old defender at the far post for the opener. Just a minute after they returned from halftime, Torino found its second as a whipped delivery from Soualiho Meite passed Andrea Belotti but found Falque near the penalty spot who rifled in a low, scything effort that found the back of the net.

The win moves Torino into seventh, well in the thick of the crowded top half of the Serie A table. They’re level with both Lazio and Atalanta on points with 38, but still five back of fifth-placed Roma after their win.

Serie A wrap: Surprises up and down the table

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It was a wild, wild week in Serie A, where most of the relegation scrappers collected points and two Roman Top Five sides lost, one at home!

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Napoli’s 57 and Juventus’ 56 points are double digits clear of the chasing pack after this loony couple days of Italian top flight play.

AC Milan 2-1 Lazio

Patrick Cutrone’s opener gave the hosts a lead which would last just five minutes, but Giacomo Bonaventura nodded this beautiful ball home to edge AC Milan closer to the Top Four race.

SPAL 1-1 Inter Milan

Remember Alberto Paloschi? The ex-Swansea City striker has given lowly SPAL an invaluable point with a 90th minute goal to make amends for a 48th minute own goal as Inter drifted further off the pace set by Napoli and Juventus in the chase for a scudetto.

Fiorentina 1-4 Verona

It was a big week for relegation battlers, as on-loan Moise Kean (Juventus) scored twice to pull the visitors within three points of safety.

Crotone 1-1 Cagliari

Marcello Trotta‘s first half penalty was canceled out deep into first half stoppage as Cagliari denied 17th place Crotone all three points.

Elsewhere
Sassuolo 0-3 Atalanta — Saturday
Chievo 0-2 Juventus — Saturday
Genoa 0-1 Udinese — Behrami with lone goal
Torino 3-0 Benevento — Falque opens scoring in 3rd
Napoli 3-1 Bologna — Two more for Mertens
Roma 0-1 Sampdoria — Duvan Zapata scores late

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Napoli 22 18 3 1 48 14 34 8-2-1 10-1-0 57
 Juventus 22 18 2 2 52 15 37 9-1-1 9-1-1 56
 Lazio 22 14 4 4 57 27 30 6-2-2 8-2-2 46
 Inter Milan 22 12 8 2 37 17 20 7-3-1 5-5-1 44
 Roma 22 12 5 5 32 17 15 7-1-4 5-4-1 41
 Sampdoria 22 11 4 7 41 31 10 8-1-2 3-3-5 37
 AC Milan 22 10 4 8 29 29 0 6-2-3 4-2-5 34
 Atalanta 22 9 6 7 34 27 7 5-3-3 4-3-4 33
 Udinese 22 10 2 10 35 31 4 5-1-5 5-1-5 32
 Torino 22 7 11 4 32 28 4 4-5-2 3-6-2 32
 Fiorentina 22 7 7 8 31 28 3 4-4-3 3-3-5 28
 Bologna 22 8 3 11 27 33 -6 3-3-5 5-0-6 27
 Chievo 22 5 7 10 21 39 -18 3-4-4 2-3-6 22
 Sassuolo 22 6 4 12 14 34 -20 2-3-6 4-1-6 22
 Genoa 22 5 6 11 16 24 -8 2-2-7 3-4-4 21
 Cagliari 22 6 3 13 20 34 -14 3-1-7 3-2-6 21
 Crotone 22 5 4 13 17 39 -22 3-3-5 2-1-8 19
 SPAL 22 3 8 11 23 40 -17 2-5-4 1-3-7 17
 Verona 22 4 4 14 22 45 -23 2-1-8 2-3-6 16
 Benevento 22 2 1 19 13 49 -36 2-1-8 0-0-11 7

Serie A roundup: Roma lose ground to Juve; Inter’s woes continue

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MILAN (AP) Roma was thwarted time and time again by Empoli goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, who is on loan from the capital club, as it was held 0-0 on Sunday and failed to keep pace with Serie A leader Juventus.

Skorupski flew to fingertip Edin Dzeko‘s header out from under the crossbar in the opening minutes and pulled off another spectacular save moments later to keep out Mohamed Salah‘s strike.

The Poland international’s heroics continued throughout the match and when he was finally beaten, late on, Manuel Pasqual was on hand to clear Dzeko’s header off the line.

Skorupski also tipped Stephan El Shaarawy’s volley over the bar in stoppage time.

If Empoli manages to escape relegation it will owe a great deal to Skorupski and his defense, as Giovanni Martusciello’s side has scored just two goals in 11 matches this season – the fewest in Europe’s top five leagues.

Roma is four points behind Juventus, which beat Napoli 2-1 on Saturday. Empoli moved level with 17th-placed Pescara.

AC Milan is emerging as a serious challenger for the title and a fourth successive home win saw it leapfrog Napoli into third place, five points behind Juventus.

And it again had teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to thank.

While fellow youngster Manuel Locatelli stole the headlines in last weekend’s win over Juventus, Donnarumma pulled off several stunning saves to protect his side’s lead.

The 17-year-old kept Ledian Memushaj’s strike from going into the top corner shortly after the hour with a flying one-handed save and was again at full stretch to deny Gianluca Caprari late on.

Giacomo Bonaventura scored the only goal of the match, four minutes into the second half, placing a cheeky free kick under the wall as it jumped and into the bottom left corner.

Milan also hit the woodwork in each half, through a M’Baye Niang header and a Carlos Bacca close-range strike.

Inter Milan coach Frank de Boer’s position remains perilous as his side fell to a fourth defeat in five league matches.

Fabio Quagliarella scored the only goal of an entertaining match on the stroke of halftime, shooting into the bottom right corner after Karol Linetty rolled the ball across the area.

Both sides hit the woodwork and had several chances, with Rodrigo Palacio going closest for Inter in the final minute. His effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar and landed just the wrong side of the goalline for the Nerazzurri.

Sampdoria moved level with 11th-placed Inter.

Bottom club Crotone recorded its first ever Serie A victory although there was an unseemly spat over who was to take the penalty that led to the first goal.

Lucas Castro brought down Djamel Mesbah on the stroke of halftime and Marcello Trotta converted, after arguing with Diego Falcinelli over who was to take the spot kick and shoving each other.

Falcinelli got on the scoresheet in stoppage time with a powerful strike to seal the result and spark rapturous celebrations in the stadium.

Crotone moved onto five points, two from safety.

Lazio is just a point behind Milan after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Sassuolo.

The capital side broke the deadlock in controversial circumstances five minutes into the second half. Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli palmed away Keita Balde Diao’s cross but it ricocheted into the back of the net off Senad Lulic, who was in an offside position.

Lazio doubled its lead four minutes later when Stefan Radu flicked on a corner for Ciro Immobile to volley in at the back post.

Gregoire Defrel got Sassuolo back in the match two minutes later but it couldn’t find the equalizer.

Earlier, Atalanta comfortably beat Genoa 3-0 with a first-half double from Jasmin Kurtic and a late goal from Papu Gomez.

Serie A Roundup: Inter downs Juventus, Hart keeps clean sheet

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Inter took a punch and got back up to win the Derby d’Italia 2-1 over defending champions Juventus. Stephen Lichtensteiner split two defenders and poked home Alex Sandro‘s cross for a Juventus lead in the 66th minute, but Inter hit back twice soon after. Mauro Icardi rose high to head home a corner in the 68th, and then the head of Ivan Perisic delivered after Icardi did the hard work down the right edge of the box.

Joe Hart put the mistakes in his Torino debut behind him, keeping a clean sheet in his first match in front of the home fans at Stadio Olimpico with a 0-0 draw with Empoli. To be fair, it helped that he didn’t have much to do.

Despite holding the majority of possession, visiting Empoli put just two shots on Hart’s goal – the first coming 63 minutes in – and while Torino out-shot them 14-5 overall, neither side could find a winner.

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Marco Borriello‘s brace gave Cagliari a 3-0 win over his old club Atalanta at home. The 34-year-old spent just half a season at Atalanta, but left on a free transfer this past summer and bagged his third and fourth goals of the season in the victory, scoring just eight minutes in for the lead, and then again in the 73rd minute with a curling free-kick through the wall. Atalanta had a chance to tie things up 10 minutes before halftime, but Alberto Paloschi saw his penalty saved by Rafael.

Fabrizio Cacciatore scored at the death for Chievo Verona (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
Fabrizio Cacciatore scored at the death for Chievo Verona (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

Chievo Verona earned a dramatic three points, as Fabrizio Cacciatore scored five minutes into added time to give the visitors a 2-1 win over Udinese at  Stadio Friuli. The 29-year-old Italian international found himself completely unmarked at the back post as the game came to a close, and he finished Lucas Castro’s cross cooly with virtually the last touch of the game. The goal came not long after Castro himself had equalized with eight minutes left in regulation, cancelling out Duvan Zapata’s first-half header.

Sassuolo struck twice in an eight-minute second half span to win 2-0 at home over Genoa, taking the Neroverdi third in the Serie A table. 23-year-old Matteo Politano bagged a penalty in the 58th minute after Leonardo Pavoletti fouled Gregoire Defrel in the area. Then, Defrel earned himself a goal with a diving header in the 66th minute to put the home side through. It got worse for Genoa as Miguel Veloso was sent off in the 86th minute.

Crotone and Palermo played to a 1-1 draw at tiny Stadio Ezio Scida. The newly-promoted side went ahead in the 23rd minute via former Fulham man Marcello Trotta, but Ilija Nestorovski pulled Palermo back level midway through the second half.