AC Milan

Lazio player bites opponent
Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images

Serie A: Top 2 both lose as Lazio player bites opponent (video)

Leave a comment

Juventus had a chance to effectively put another scudetto race to bed after chasers Lazio lost to relegation-threatened Lecce on Tuesday, a Lazio player biting an opponent to get a late red card to add insult to injury.

But Juve blew a 2-0 second-half lead at AC Milan in remarkable fashion, conceding four times at the San Siro.

[ MORE: Premier League summer schedule ]

Juve leads Lazio by seven points with seven matches to play for both teams and they meet July 20 in Turin. Inter Milan is third with 64 points and Atalanta fourth with 63, both with a match-in-hand on the top two.


Lecce 2-1 Lazio

The latest manner in which Lazio threw away a chance to dethrone Juventus definitely leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Lazio lost Tuesday for the third time in five post-coronavirus pause outings, seeing a defender sent off for a biting incident in a 2-1 loss to previously-bottom three Lecce.

Patric did not like Giulio Donati’s arms boxing him out of a set piece situation, and clearly latches onto the Lecce man’s left arm.

It was already 2-1 when the red card was shown, Lazio frustrated when Felipe Caicedo’s early goal was countered by goals from Khouma Babacar and Fabio Lucioni.

AC Milan 4-2 Juventus

Milan pulls into fifth in the race for a Europa League place that will leave either Roma, Napoli, or Tuesday’s victors out of Europe.

It was nil-nil at halftime when the game really found its footing.

Adrien Rabiot scored a stunner just after the break and Juan Cuadrado cued up Cristiano Ronaldo for an insurance goal six minutes later.

Ronaldo’s 26th of the season puts him three back of league leader Ciro Immobile of Lazio.

Milan took one back through Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 62nd, and the Swede then set up Franck Kessie for an equalizer before departing in the 67th minute.

Rafael Leao scored right after restart, stunning Juventus. Giacomo Bonaventura, who’d come on for Ibrahimovic, then set up Ante Rebic for the fourth goal of the match.

The Rabiot goal, though…

Juventus advances to Coppa Italia final

Juventus v. AC Milan recap and video highlights
Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images
Leave a comment

An early Ante Rebic red card put AC Milan behind the 8-ball on Friday, and a scoreless second leg in Turin means Juventus is going to the Coppa Italia Final on the away goal scored from the 1-1 first leg.

Rebic’s sending off for a horrible high challenge came moments after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty, the 35-year-old struggling on a day both clubs returned to match action for the first time since the coronavirus pause. Ronaldo scored the lone goal, a late penalty, in the first leg.

Juve will meet either Napoli or Inter Milan in the final on Wednesday. Napoli leads 1-0 after the first leg in Milan.

AC Milan last won the cup in 2003, while Juventus claimed its 13th in 2018.

[ MORE: New PL schedule ]

Juventus was nearly on the board within 90 seconds when Douglas Costa lashed a low shot through traffic but wide of the far post.

Ronaldo hit the woodwork with a penalty in the 15th minute but AC Milan’s relief was short-lived when Rebic went studs up into Danilo’s chest for an easy red card.

Milan had to be careful, and they let Juve have most of the ball. Giacomo Bonaventura led a 48th-minute break that Hakan Calhanoglu couldn’t turn on frame.

Leonardo Bonucci couldn’t convert from close range when the ball came through a seal of players and was spun wide by the defender in the 59th.

Juve kept coming, Matthijs de Ligt nodding a corner kick wide in the 72nd minute.

LIVE: Bundesliga, Coppa Italia, La Liga

Coppa Italia how to watch
Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images
Leave a comment

Three countries have big games on display Friday, headlined by the second leg of the Coppa Italia between Juventus and AC Milan.

The tie is level at one from the first leg in Milan, where Ante Rebic and Cristiano Ronaldo traded goals.

The winner of the 3 p.m. ET kickoff will meet the winner of Napoli and Inter Milan, who play their second leg on Saturday.

[ MORE: New PL schedule ]

Over in Germany, USMNT mainstay Tyler Adams begins on the bench when Leipzig heads to Hoffenheim with a view to clamping down on a top four spot.

Hoffenheim has caretaker boss Marcel Rapp looking over his first match as the hosts aim for better Europa League footing in a 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

Finally there’s a La Liga doubleheader, with Grenada and Getafe beginning things at 1:30 p.m. ET before Valencia and Levante tangle at 4 p.m. ET.

All four teams harbor hopes of either the Champions League or Europa League, so stakes are high in Spain.

How to Watch Hoffenheim v. RB Leipzig

  • When: 2:30 p.m. ET Friday
  • TV Channel: FS2
  • Stream LiveVia Fox Soccer
  • USMNT players in action: Tyler Adams

How to watch Juventus v. AC Milan

  • TV Channels: N/A
  • Stream Live: ESPN+
  • When: 3 p.m. ET Friday

La Liga schedule, how to watch Friday

  • TV Channels: beIN Sports USA
  • Stream LiveVia beinSports
  • When: 1:30 p.m. ET (Grenada v. Getafe)
    4 p.m. ET (Valencia v. Levante)

USMNT: Robinson returns after heart issues

Antonee Robinson USMNT
Getty Images
Leave a comment

USMNT left back Antonee Robinson has returned to action and is ready to play after he was diagnosed with heart issues in January.

Robinson, 22, was due to move from Wigan Athletic to AC Milan for $8 million on transfer deadline day in January but he failed a medical at the Italian giants as an irregular heart rhythm was picked up.

The Everton youth product returned to Wigan and has undergone careful testing, had a heart procedure in March and has been working his was back to full fitness over the last six months. Robinson is now ready to return on June 20 when the Championship season resumes.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last few months, with a special thanks to club doctor Jonathan Tobin, the club’s medical staff and all of the team involved at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital,” Robinson said. “I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love. It has been a challenging time but I have good people around me. I am glad to be able to get back to training with the lads and to have the opportunity to play for Wigan Athletic again.”

The USMNT defender has been through a very tough time as he went from being on the verge of a dream move to AC Milan, to not playing at all due to these heart issues.

It is great to hear that he has now made a full recovery and USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter will be able to take a good look at Robinson in upcoming squads.

After leaving Everton from Wigan permanently after a loan spell, Robinson has been praised by many for his speed and skill down the flank and he is an attack-minded left back.

USMNT fans will be intrigued to see him in action for the rest of the Championship season as Robinson will help Wigan battle against relegation.

Transfer news: Icardi to PSG, Hendrick to Milan

Hendrick to AC Milan
Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images
Leave a comment

Jeff Hendrick has been loyal to two English clubs for long tenures but could be looking to a very different arena for his next step as a footballer.

Burnley’s Republic of Ireland midfielder is out of contract at season’s end and Sky Sports is linking Hendrick with a move to — wait for it — Serie A mainstays AC Milan.

MORE: Premier League remaining fixtures ]

Hendrick, 28, has played 139 times for the Clarets since 2015, scoring 10 times with seven assists.

54 times capped by Ireland, Hendrick hit the pitch 215 times for Championship side Derby County prior to his Turf Moor move, scoring 26 times with 19 assists.

Burnley wants to keep Hendrick but the two have not agreed to a contract. Having had a taste of the Europa League with the Clarets and performing well, he may want to see how the seasons plays out for both sides. Milan sits in Serie A’s final UEL slot, while Burnley is four points back of sixth in the PL.

[ Bundesliga: Live scores | Week 29 preview, predictions  ] 

Meanwhile, rumored Newcastle and Juventus target Mauro Icardi will not get the chance to test the transfer waters this summer.

The combustible Argentine striker, 27, is going to stay at Paris Saint-Germain next season after the Ligue 1 champs agreed a big fee to permanently sign the loanee from Inter Milan.

The fee is said to start at $55 million and have the potential to rise another $9 million with incentives.

Icardi scored 20 goals with four assists during his first season in France after scoring more than 150 goals during his time in Italy between Sampdoria and Inter.