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Serie A roundup: Late Correa goal squeezes Lazio past Milan (video)

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Aside from the disgusting racist abuse that Mario Balotelli received from Hellas Verona supporters, Lazio’s late victory over Rossoneri highlights Serie A’s Sunday action.

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AC Milan 1-2 Lazio

With goals from Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa, Lazio edged AC Milan in Serie A play at the San Siro for the first since 1989, snapping a 29-match winless streak.

With the 2-1 victory under their belts, Lazio climbed to fourth in the table, eight points adrift from leaders Juventus.

What proved to be a tightly contested encounter was, ultimately, defined by Correa’s blistering strike inside the penalty box. The Argentine covered three-quarters of the field before finishing off Luis Alberto‘s pace between two Milan defenders.

Like the league-leading goalscorer that he is, Immobile, too, contributed one of his own.

With Leo Duarte marking him from behind, the 29-year-old made a sneaky run towards the first post and met the incoming service with a well-placed and aggressive header, leaving Gianluigi Donnarumma with no chance of blocking the ball. It was Immobile’s 13th goal in 11 games this season, and his 100th with Lazio.

Down 1-0, the hosts pulled one back. In the 28th minute, Krzysztof Piatek’s right-footed volley deflected off Bastos’ chest and into the back of net. It wasn’t enough for Milan, who now stand 11th with 13 points.

With pressure at an all-time high, Stefano Pioli and Roma, travel to Turin to take on leaders Juventus, while Lazio prep for a midweek, Europa League showdown against Scottish giants, Celtic, at home.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Atalanta 0-2 Cagliari 

Genoa 1-3 Udinese

Hellas Verona 2-1 Brescia 

Lecce 2-2 Sassuolo 

Fiorentina 1-1 Parma 

Russian team’s African players boycotting training after coach’s racist comments

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Players on FK Rostov are standing up against the racial comments of their Russian Premier League team manager.

Perhaps better put: they are sitting out.

Days after Rostov manager Igor Gamula made a number of racist comments, calling black players “things” and making an Ebola joke, African players are refusing to train.

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From the Associated Press:

Agent Paul Mitchell says the club’s five African players “are not prepared to train under the current coach until such time as the situation has been dealt with.”

Mitchell is the agent for Rostov defender Siyanda Xulu (pictured, left), a South Africa international.

Rostov is one of the host cities for the 2018 World Cup.

Rostov’s other African players are Moussa Doumbia (Mali), Bastos (Angola), Igor Lolo (Ivory Coast) and Guélor Kanga (Gabon). All have represented their nations, though that obviously doesn’t matter when it comes to discrimination.

An American journalist friend of mine who had worked in Russia told me his outlets have had him rewrite American references to racism because they wouldn’t be easily understood over there, so it’s clearly a much different culture. Still, it’s very surprising Rostov or the Russian league haven’t stepped in to force, at the very very least, an apology, suspension or termination. Troubling, even.