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Former Sunderland midfielder Giaccherini scores embarrassing own-goal

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Ah it’s that time again. The time where we can chuckle at one of the more fluky own-goals of the year. Unless you’re a Chievo Verona fan, then you’re not laughing.

Emanuele Giaccherini, a former Premier League player with Sunderland, was on the wrong end of the clincher for Sassuolo in a 2-0 Serie A win over Chievo Verona in the 94th minute. Goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino made a fabulous one-on-one save on Domenico Berardi right on the doorstep, and when the rebound fell to Giaccherini at the far post all by himself, instead of marshalling the ball to safety away from net, he attempted to chest it back to the goalkeeper for collection.

Unfortunately, Sorrentino was sprawled out on the ground, and the chested ball was just out of reach. Disaster.

Whoops.

Fortunately, it’s not like the goal was a backbreaker. Chievo was hoping to equalize, but with just two minutes left in added time and Chievo a man down, it was probably unlikely anyways.

Last-place Chievo fires coach Lorenzo D’Anna

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VERONA, Italy (AP) Last-place Chievo Verona has fired coach Lorenzo D’Anna in the first managerial change of this season’s Serie A.

The move was made two days after Chievo’s 3-1 loss at AC Milan, the club’s sixth loss in eight matches.

Chievo’s only points have come from two draws and the squad has minus-1 point after being deducted three points last month for false accounting.

D’Anna, a former Chievo captain, took over in April when Roland Maran was fired. He helped Chievo finish 13th last season and avoid relegation with three straight wins to conclude the season.

Former Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura and former Chievo coach Giuseppe Iachini are reportedly being considered to replace D’Anna.

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La Liga and Serie A roundup: AC Milan break winless run, Atletico blank Getafe

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The weekend of Serie A and La Liga action is far from over, but with Friday and Saturday in the books, there a few results from both Spain and Italy to catch up on.

Today, only two matches took place in Serie A, while five contests occurred in Liga BBVA.

In La Liga on Sunday, Real Madrid will face Barcelona in El Clasico, the most notable match from both countries.

Sampdoria and Inter Milan, two teams hoping to end the season in the top five, will clash against each other tomorrow in Italy’s top flight.

From Saturday

Chievo 1-0 Palermo: A wonderful sequence highlighted the lone score of this competition when forward Riccardo Meggiorini’s back heel flick landed for Alberto Paloschi to bury the goal in the 35th minute. Chievo Verona’s Paloschi also missed a penalty kick but his squad held on regardless. In the 86th minute, Sinisa Andjelkovic, who gave Paloschi his PK opportunity with a hand ball, was sent off with the red card, and Palermo’s chances to draw level plummeted. Palermo, in 11th place due to their inability to gain a result, is ten points off from Europa League qualification. On the other hand, Chievo is creeping away from demotion.

AC Milan 3-1 Cagliari: Milan is still fighting to slip into the top five, and three games without a victory had the Red and Blacks frustrated. But facing 18th-place Cagliari, Filippo Inzaghi’s outfit benefitted from one of Serie A’s top scorers, Jeremy Menez, who totaled two goals en route to a relatively smooth-sailing outcome. Philippe Mexes also struck for Milan in the 49th minute, but for a moment early on, the Sardinians looked as if they could keep the game within reach, the scoreline being halved on Diego Farias’ 47th-minute goal.

On Sunday

-Empoli v. Sassuolo

-Udinese v. Fiorentina

-Sampdoria v. Inter Milan

-Cesena v. Roma

-Juventus v. Genoa

-Napoli v. Atalanta

-Lazio v. Verona

-Parma v. Torino


From Saturday

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Getafe: Atletico Madrid had a previously familiar goal scorer net the opening score, with Fernando Torres spinning header that was assisted by Koke on the free kick. The second goal originated from a set piece as well, and it was Tiago who headed it home for his fifth goal on the year. This win marked Atletico’s first league triumph in four matches after they had drawn three consecutive times. The incumbent champion is now one point behind third place, where Valencia currently resides. Getafe, meanwhile, has moved closer to the relegation zone, only four points away despite being in 13th place.

Rayo Vallecano 1-0 Malaga: Chelsea loanee Gael Kakuta buried a header in the 22nd minute to essentially solidify the three points for Rayo, who continues to stay strong in the table with their fourth win in six games. Malaga had just won a crucial match versus Cordoba and began this match with a near-converted effort on goal from 20-year-old forward Samu Castillejo. But Rayo came back to net the only goal and managed to remain firm defensively in the second half, while the Anchovies truly faltered when Marcos Angeleri picked up a second yellow card in the 74th minute.

Other Saturday results

Levante 0-1 Celta Vigo

Granada 0-0 Eibar

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Almeria

On Sunday

-Deportivo v. Espanyol

-Real Sociedad v. Cordoba

-Villarreal v. Sevilla

-Barcelona v. Real Madrid

Italy roundup: Sassuolo’s stunning escape complete, Juve tips Roma

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The relegation picture is crystal clear in Serie A after some season-long strugglers pulled off major Sunday wins to clinch safety in Italy’s top flight.

Catania couldn’t celebrate its 2-1 road win in a relegation six-pointer against Bologna, as the three points they gained kept them in the final relegation slot. Wins in successive weeks could not save the Sicilian club, who is now four points back of No. 17 Chievo.

That’s because Chievo Verona and Sassuolo saved their seasons with big wins. In the case of the latter club, it punctuated a stunning turnaround that will see them in 16th after being mired in the drop zone for most of the season.

Dario Dainelli headed a corner kick home in the 72nd minute, and his goal stood as Chievo Verona secured safety with a 1-0 win at Cagliari.

Sealing the bottom three’s fates was Antonio Floro Flores. The 30-year-old’s brace — on 8 shots — started and finished Sassuolo‘s scoring a 4-2 win over visiting Genoa.

This sends Bologna and Catania down, with Livorno also headed to Serie B after a 1-0 loss to visiting Fiorentina.

Elsewhere

  • Inter Milan 4-1 Lazio – Rodrigo Palacio scores twice as Inter overcome conceding in second minute to crush visitors.
  • Verona 2-2 Udinese — Legends Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale part of the points share with goals.
  • Atalanta 2-1 AC Milan — Europe seems a distant hope for AC Milan after a Franco Brienza marker in the sixth minute of stoppage time gives the home team all three points.
  • Sampdoria 2-5 Napoli —  Four different players score for Napoli, which also gets a Sampdoria own goal to pile on the hosts.
  • Torino 1-1 Parma – Ciro Immobile scored again for Torino, ensuring the final Europa League spot won’t be settled until the last day of the season.
  • Roma 0-1 Juventus — Southampton outcast Dani Osvaldo’s first Juve goal holds up as winner.

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 37 32 3 2 77 23 54 18-0-0 14-3-2 99
Roma 37 26 7 4 72 24 48 15-3-1 11-4-3 85
Napoli 37 22 9 6 72 38 34 12-4-2 10-5-4 75
Fiorentina 37 19 7 11 63 42 21 9-3-6 10-4-5 64
Inter Milan 37 15 15 7 61 37 24 8-9-2 7-6-5 60
Torino 37 15 11 11 56 46 10 9-6-4 6-5-7 56
Parma 37 14 13 10 56 46 10 8-7-3 6-6-7 55
AC Milan 37 15 9 13 55 48 7 10-4-4 5-5-9 54
Verona 37 16 6 15 61 63 -2 10-3-6 6-3-9 54
Lazio 37 14 11 12 53 54 -1 9-6-3 5-5-9 53
Atalanta 37 15 5 17 42 49 -7 11-3-5 4-2-12 50
Sampdoria 37 12 8 17 45 59 -14 7-5-7 5-3-10 44
Udinese 37 12 7 18 43 54 -11 9-3-6 3-4-12 43
Genoa 37 10 11 16 40 50 -10 7-5-6 3-6-10 41
Cagliari 37 9 12 16 34 50 -16 8-4-7 1-8-9 39
Sassuolo 37 9 7 21 42 70 -28 5-2-12 4-5-9 34
Chievo 37 9 6 22 32 53 -21 5-2-11 4-4-11 33
Catania 37 7 8 22 32 65 -33 6-6-6 1-2-16 29
Bologna 37 5 14 18 28 57 -29 3-8-8 2-6-10 29
Livorno 37 6 7 24 39 75 -36 4-5-10 2-2-14 25