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Lazio bring Atalanta down to earth with Coppa Italia triumph

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa settled a scrappy Coppa Italia final after a crucial first-half refereeing decisionBy the time Joaquin Correa’s shot hit the net, Lazio’s bench was already spilling on to the pitch. Team-mates charged 70 yards…

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Lazio bring Atalanta down to earth with Coppa Italia triumph

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa settled a scrappy Coppa Italia final after a crucial first-half refereeing decisionBy the time Joaquin Correa’s shot hit the net, Lazio’s bench was already spilling on to the pitch. Team-mates charged 70 yards…

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Lazio bring Atalanta down to earth with Coppa Italia triumph

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Joaquin Correa settled a scrappy Coppa Italia final after a crucial first-half refereeing decisionBy the time Joaquin Correa’s shot hit the net, Lazio’s bench was already spilling on to the pitch. Team-mates charged 70 yards…

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Florenzi inspires Roma win and leaves Ronaldo feeling small | Paolo Bandini

Roma stalwart was teased about his height by Cristiano Ronaldo but felt 10ft tall after opening the scoring against Juve Cristiano Ronaldo was not the first man to tell Alessandro Florenzi that he is too short. As a teenager, the Italian almost lost hi…

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Brave Atalanta close on Champions League by playing the Ajax way

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Serie A top scorers have been likened by Fabio Capello to the thrilling Dutch side in the way they commit to one-on-one battles all over the pitchA lesser team would have broken. On 15 April, Atalanta played out one of the most i…

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Torino channel their Invincibles in unlikely quest for Champions League | Paolo Bandini

Inter v Juventus drew the focus but the cities’ other teams – Milan and Torino – played a more significant match“Game over.” The words stretched out across the second tier of San Siro’s northern stand on Saturday night in an epic display of schadenfreu…

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Torino channel their Invincibles in unlikely quest for Champions League | Paolo Bandini

Inter v Juventus drew the focus but the cities’ other teams – Milan and Torino – played a more significant match“Game over.” The words stretched out across the second tier of San Siro’s northern stand on Saturday night in an epic display of schadenfreu…

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Juventus’s muted title celebrations an acknowledgment of work to be done | Paolo Bandini

Winning every year is not as easy as Juventus make it look but the club’s sights are already set on improvements for next season Juventus’s title celebrations began as they always have done recently, with Juan Cuadrado and a can of shaving foam. The Co…

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Milan get shirty with Acerbi after winning ‘€50m match’ with Lazio | Paolo Bandini

Tensions boiled over as two Champions League hopefuls fell out over a penalty decision and a pre-match boastGennaro Gattuso likened it to a cup final. His Milan team, fourth in the table, were facing Lazio, three points behind with a game in hand. Both…

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Unbowed by racism, Moise Kean continues to show his huge talent

Juventus’s teenage forward continues to suggest he is less the new Mario Balotelli than a successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, and his Juve teammate seems to be an admirerLet’s talk about Moise Kean. Not about the cretins who racially abused him, nor teamma…

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Leonardo Bonucci makes it hard to feel any optimism for Italian football | Paolo Bandini

The Juventus defender’s claim that teammate Moise Kean shared the blame for monkey chants aimed at him against Cagliari felt staggeringly ill-judgedMassimiliano Allegri explained his decision to leave Moise Kean out of the Juventus starting XI that fac…

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Mauro Icardi’s 40 days in wilderness ends with rejection not redemption

The Inter striker appeared to have been reintegrated smoothly back into the squad but Luciano Spalletti’s decision not to play him in the defeat to Lazio seemed strangeInter were poised, at last, to put this season’s most disruptive soap opera behind t…

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Inter take the Milan derby spoils and leap over rivals in Serie A standings | Paolo Bandini

Defeat was hardly catastrophic for Milan, but they have failed to beat Inter now in any of their last six Serie A meetingsThe choreography produced by Milan’s Ultras for Sunday’s derby had been months in the making. As kick-off approached, a colossal d…

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Moise Kean’s explosive return offers Juve secret weapon against Atlético

Two goals against Udinese suggest Juventus’s forgotten wonderkid may just be their Champions League saviourAt a glance, Juventus’s preparations for a season-defining showdown with Atlético Madrid appear almost ideal. After losing 2-0 at the Wanda Metro…

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Lazio’s Inzaghi forces inquest upon Roma after derby thrashing

A handsome Rome derby victory for Lazio piles the pressure on Roma’s Eusebio Di FrancescoSimone Inzaghi could not allow himself to celebrate right away. The Rome derby was 12 minutes old when Felipe Caicedo rounded Robin Olsen and rolled home the openi…

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Fiorentina and Inter play a little but watch a lot of VAR in frantic draw

With 101 minutes between goals a draw was the fair result but the bigger concern was more VAR disruptionThe first goal arrived after 17 seconds, the last in the 101st minute. There were six in total, including a gorgeous left-foot finish by Matteo Poli…

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Mauro Icardi, Internazionale and the return of unwelcome headlines | Paolo Bandini

Inter dug deep to see off Sampdoria, but without their forward after he was stripped of the captaincyThe first time the big screen cut to Mauro Icardi, it stayed with him for only a few seconds. He had arrived just before kick-off for Inter’s game agai…

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Milan’s Piatek and Paquetá milk it after Cagliari get blocked by farmers | Paolo Bandini

Away games against Milan are a daunting prospect at the best of times, let alone when you’re stuck in the middle of a protestIt began like so many other Saturdays at Cagliari’s practice facility, the manager Rolando Maran coming in from training to upd…

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Juventus are well clear in Serie A, albeit with mounting sense of concern | Paolo Bandini

It feels absurd to say of a team that has dropped six points in 22 games, but Juve have not been playing well for some timeNine points clear at the top of Serie A, Juventus are on the cusp of a crisis. Well, that’s what the papers say. Even La Repubbli…

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Tom Brady ignores brickbats and glimpses Super Bowl glory once again | Paolo Bandini

The 41-year-old New England Patriot will contest Sunday’s Super Bowl for a record ninth time, against Los Angeles RamsAs usual Tom Brady had the final word. More than 35,000 fans had turned up to the pep rally hosted by the New England Patriots before …