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Italy, Juventus MF Claudio Marchisio tears ACL, will miss EURO 2016

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TURIN, Italy (AP) Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing for Juventus on Sunday.

Marchisio was stretchered off in the 15th minute in visible pain after making a tackle and tests revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

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Juventus beat Palermo 4-0 to move nine points clear in Serie A, with five rounds remaining.

“Just got back home,” Marchisio said later in a post on his Instagram account. “The news from the scan obviously hurts me, but these are the risks of our job. I have strength and so much desire to get back well and as soon as possible.

“Meanwhile, inside of me there is great joy for this win… We’re ever closer to the great aim. Well done lads. Until the end, we NEVER give up.”

[ MORE: Serie A roundup — Juve win, go 9 points clear of Napoli ]

Juventus said Marchisio will be operated on “in the next few days.” It is not clear how long he will be out for, but it normally takes around four to six months to recover from such an injury.

Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign against Belgium on June 13. It also faces Sweden and Ireland in Group E.

Marchisio is a fundamental part of the Italy team. The 30-year-old midfielder has made 54 appearances for the Azzurri, since his debut in 2009, scoring five goals.

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“It will be a huge loss,” Juventus and Italy teammate Leonardo Bonucci said. “Claudio is a leader in this dressing room and that of the national team, apart from being a really great footballer.”

Bonucci also wrote on his Instagram account: “An important victory … But there is nothing to celebrate, today we lost for several months an important player for Juve and the national team. Stay strong Marchisio, we will win for you and we’re expecting you (back) stronger than ever.”

Reports: Claudio Marchisio, just back from injury, out another month

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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio just returned Saturday from a thigh injury for his first appearance this season, receiving the start against Chievo Verona. It lasted just 45 minutes.

Removed at halftime after feeling his thigh tighten up again, Gianluca Di Marzio and Sky Sports Italia are both reporting Marchisio could miss yet another month with the new problem.

The 29-year-old suffered the initial issue at the beginning of Juventus preseason after a heavy international schedule over the summer. He missed the first two league games of the season for Juventus, which the club lost both. Marchisio’s absence has been exacerbated by the more serious injury to Sami Khedira, leaving the Juventus midfield weak in deeper positions.

At the least, Marchisio will miss the Champions League trip this week to Manchester City in group stage play.

Without Marchisio, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri went with a three-CB lineup that featured a clogged five-man midfield, bringing in Simone Padoin and dropping Paul Pogba back deeper, but the club lost to both Udinese and AS Roma.

Juventus 1-3 Barcelona: Luis Suarez’s late winner seals another Champions League triumph

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Barcelona are once again champions of Europe, after knocking off Juventus, 3-1, in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday. Goals scored by Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar were enough to complete the Blaugrana‘s second treble-winning season in seven years.

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In the end, it was the unstoppable force — Barcelona’s all-time great attacking trio unit — that was too much for the immovable object — Juventus’ staunch, disciplined defense. Barca now have their fifth European title, halfway to the total of Spanish rivals Real Madrid.

Barca drew first blood in the 4th minute. Neymar made a jinking run down the left and cut back inside, where he threaded a through ball into the penalty area for the onrushing Iniesta, who took a touch before squaring to Rakitic near the penalty spot. Rakitic struck left-footed, first-time and beat the outstretched Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon came up huge to keep the deficit at one just nine minutes later. Lionel Messi played Suarez down the right wing, where the Uruguayan cut his cross back for Dani Alves near the top of the penalty area. Alves’ first-time shot looked destined for the back of the neat, but Buffon made the acrobatic stop at his near post.

Suarez came very close to doubling the lead not one, but twice in the 40th minute. His first attempt, a right-footed effort dragged just wide of the far post from a difficult angle, was quickly succeeded by a second attempt at the end of a Juve giveaway inside their defensive third. The ball fell to Suarez, whose first-time curler was palmed high into the air by Buffon.

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Claudio Marchisio registered Juve’s first shot on target, in the 45th minute. A rare counter-attacking opportunity for Juve provided the Italian midfielder with a bit of time and space just outside Barca’s penalty area, where he unleashed a powerful, right-footed shot, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen got two hands and his body behind the chest-high shot and made the save with ease.

Quickly countering five-versus three just after halftime, Barca continued to chase the now-elusive second goal, as Messi’s through ball set up Suarez for a toe-poke shot from beyond the edge of the six-yard box, but Buffon had his near post covered and made the save.

In the 55th minute, Barca were made to pay for failing time and again to grab that second goal and put the game away. Marchisio began the move for Juve’s equalizer with a brilliant backheel to play Stephan Lichtsteiner into space down the right. The Swiss full back crossed for Arturo Vidal near the penalty spot, where he let the ball run on and fired low with his left foot, but Ter Stegen was quick to get down and make the save, though the rebound spilled toward his far post. Alvaro Morata arrived on the scene late and cleaned up the mess, slotting home from close range to level the game at 1-1.

Juve, who had settled into and subsequently continued a purple patch of possession and chances created, nearly took the lead when a quick counter attack resulted with Carlos Tevez all alone at the top of the penalty area, where the Argentine fired just over the bar in the 63rd minute. Paul Pogba fired a well-hit shot of his own straight into the clutches of Ter Stegen a minute later.

[ MORE: WATCH: Neymar, Iniesta, Rakitic combine masterfully to open the scoring ]

Almost completely against the run of play at this point, Barcelona jumped back into the lead, thanks to Buffon’s first blunder of the game, overshadowing his heroic performance through the game’s opening 67 minutes. Messi weaved his way through the Juve defense, creating space for a perhaps difficult-to-see shot through traffic, which Buffon did well to keep out, but parried the ball into the path of Suarez, who cleaned up at the back post and reclaimed the lead.

Barca’s lead was momentarily doubled three minutes later, when Neymar headed home Jordi Alba’s cross into the box, but the additional assistant referee on the endline whistled Neymar for handball and the goal was disallowed, rightly so.

Juve’s best chance for yet another equalizer came in the 88th minute, when Marchisio found ample space 25 yards from goal and ripped a low, bouncing shot that Ter Stegen needed every last inch of his 6-foot-2 frame in order to push the ball wide of his left-hand post.

With the referee a matter of seconds from blowing the full-time whistle, Neymar added the emphatic exclamation point for Barca, capping off a counter attack with a low, placed finish past Buffon.


Juventus: Buffon, Evra (Coman 89′), Bonucci, Barzagli, Lichtsteiner, Pirlo, Marchisio, Pogba, Vidal (Pereyra 79′), Morata (Llorente 85′), Tevez

Goals: Morata (55′)

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Alba, Pique, Mascherano, Alves, Busquets, Rakitic (Mathieu 90+1′), Iniesta (Xavi 78′), Neymar, Suarez (Pedro 90+6′), Messi

Goals: Rakitic (4′), Suarez (68′), Neymar (90+7′)

Juventus MF Claudio Marchisio tears ACL, will miss Champions League QF, 6-8 months

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Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss up to eight months with the injury, including the remainder of the Old Lady’s 2014-15 UEFA Champions League campaign.

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Marchisio suffered the injury this week during a training session with the Italian national team ahead of Saturday’s 2016 European Championship qualifier in Bulgaria.

Juve, who are already without Paul Pogba for up to two months, now face an uphill battle to advance past Monaco in the Champions League without three of their top central midfielders. Andrea Pirlo hasn’t featured for the Italian giant either, since Feb. 24, when he suffered a torn leg muscle against Borussia Dortmund.

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Arturo Vidal is now the only fit, full-time central midfielder who has made more than two first-team appearances for Juve this season. Juve’s 14-point lead over the rest of Serie A with 10 games to play, however, does cushion the blow a bit more domestically.

Marchisio is also set to miss the rest of Italy’s EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, which runs through October.

La Liga & Serie A roundup: Messi ties hat-trick record, Roma and Juve stumble

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Catch up on all of Sunday’s action from Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Barcelona 5-0 Levante

It was all Barcelona as Lionel Messi bagged his 23rd La Liga hat-trick, tying the record set earlier this season by Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar and Luis Suarez joined Messi on the scoresheet as Barcelona dismantled a Levante side that sits second-to-last in La Liga. With the win, Barcelona stay a point behind Real Madrid for the top spot on the table.

[ WATCH: Luis Suarez scores acrobatic bicycle kick against Levante ]

Celta Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

Coming off of a massive win in the Madrid derby, Atletico were shutout by Celta Vigo today and now trail Barcelona by six points. Agudo Duran put the hosts ahead from the spot in the 59th minute before Fabian Orellana sealed the game just over ten minutes later. Atletico was dominated all match long, as Celta Vigo enjoyed nearly 70 percent possession.

Valencia 1-0 Getafe

Valencia moves back into the top four with a close win over a less-than-stellar Getafe side. The visitors parked the bus and rarely went on the attack, but remained strong as Valencia tried to break them down. Deadlocked at zero, Alvaro Negredo got three points for the hosts when he drew a foul in the box and converted the penalty himself in the 71st minute.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Rayo 2-0 Villarreal
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Roma dropped valuable points against bottom-feeders Parma.

Roma 0-0 Parma

Parma is glued to the bottom of the table in Serie A but got a massive result as they left Rome with a point. Roma sit second in the league but failed to score against a Parma side that has conceded a Serie A-high 47 goals this season. Roma welcomed back Gervinho and Seydou Doumbia from the Africa Cup of Nations, but neither player made an impact as the team was booed off the pitch by the home fans.

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Cesena 2-2 Juventus

Juventus had the chance to go nine points clear at the top of the table, but squandered that opportunity as they drew Cesena 2-2. Cesena sit 19th on the table but took the lead on the league leaders inside 20 minutes when Milan Djuric found the back of the net. Juventus quickly went ahead with two goals in six minutes from Alvaro Morata and Claudio Marchisio, going into the break up 2-1. Cesena tied it in the second half, but with less than ten minutes to play, Juventus was awarded a penalty kick after a handball in the box. Arturo Vidal stepped up to win three points for Juve, but the Chilean sent his shot wide left as they settled for a draw.

Atalanta 1-4 Inter Milan

Xherdan Shaquiri put the visitors ahead in the second minute and Inter didn’t look back as they defeated Atalanta 4-1. Atalanta were forced to ten men when Yohan Benalouane picked up his second yellow card right after the break, leaving the Atalanta defense open for Fredy Guarin to pick up his second goal of the match in the 63rd minute. With the win, Inter sit in tenth place on the table as Atalanta remain 17th.

Elsewhere in Serie A

AC Milan 1-1 Empoli
Udinese 0-1 Lazio
Genoa 5-2 Verona
Torino 1-1 Cagliari
Chievo 2-1 Sampdoria