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Category: Serie A

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Barcelona and Vidal keep pressure on Real Madrid while Lazio lose again

Lacklustre Barça win 1-0 at Real ValladolidSassuolo shock Lazio; Roma brush aside BresciaLionel Messi notched a 20th assist of the season to help a lacklustre Barcelona secure a 1-0 win away to Real Valladolid on Saturday, maintaining the pressure on L…

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Musa Juwara: from a refugee’s dinghy to San Siro super-sub with Bologna

The Gambian, who arrived in Italy as an unaccompanied teenager, underlined his talent with a ‘dream’ goal at InterSinisa Mihajlovic says it was destiny. With his Bologna side a man down after Roberto Soriano’s red card and trailing 1-0 at Internazional…

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European roundup: Suárez’s winner for Barça condemns Espanyol to relegation

Striker scores the only goal in Catalan derbyAtalanta beat Sampdoria 2-0 in Serie ABarcelona kept up their pursuit of La Liga leaders Real Madrid by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home, the victory also condemning their neighbours to relegation fr…

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European roundup: Suárez’s winner for Barça condemns Espanyol to relegation

Striker scores the only goal in Catalan derbyAtalanta beat Sampdoria 2-0 in Serie ABarcelona kept up their pursuit of La Liga leaders Real Madrid by beating city rivals Espanyol 1-0 at home, the victory also condemning their neighbours to relegation fr…

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Milan’s thrilling win over Juve shows that Pioli will be a hard act to follow | Nicky Bandini

Ralf Rangnick is set to replace him next season but Stefano Pioli has been so effective fans feel he is deserving of a longer runStefano Pioli woke up on Tuesday morning to another round of headlines about the man who is being hired to replace him. Aft…

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Milan’s six-minute salvo fires dramatic comeback to stun leaders Juventus

Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads fightback in 4-2 victoryLazio’s Patric sent off for biting in 2-1 loss to LecceMilan scored three goals in six second-half minutes as they came from behind to stun Juventus, winning 4-2 at San Siro to deny the Serie A leaders t…

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Ralf Rangnick agrees to become Milan manager for start of 2020-21 season

Former RB Leipzig manager to take over from Stefano PioliGerman may also become club’s sporting directorMilan have reached a deal with Ralf Rangnick to become the club’s new manager for the 2020-21 season. The German will replace Stefano Pioli, who has…

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Faltering Lazio look destined to yet again wonder what might have been | Nicky Bandini

No other club was more anxious to see this season completed, but the Biancocelesti have seen their title dreams recedeThe resumption of this Serie A season was supposed to rescue Lazio from another century of ‘what ifs’. They had lost a chance to becom…

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European roundup: Barcelona find top gear against Villarreal to stay in title race

Barcelona win 4-1 at El Madrigal to keep Real Madrid in sightInter beaten by Bologna, Napoli strike late to defeat RomaBarcelona put their recent struggles aside in an impressive display at Villarreal, winning 4-1 to move back to within four points of …

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Bayern Munich win German Cup as Buffon sets Serie A appearance record

Robert Lewandowski reaches 50 goals for the seasonBuffon passes Paolo Maldini’s record with 648 appearancesBundesliga champions Bayern Munich kept their hopes of a treble alive after beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Satur…

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Inter open talks with Chelsea over buying Emerson Palmieri

Italian club ready to offer £18m for left-backChelsea expected to demand larger feeInter have opened negotiations with Chelsea over buying the left-back Emerson Palmieri. Antonio Conte is keen to add the Italy international to his squad, having signed …

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Atalanta’s fairytale overwritten by tragedy but momentum continues | Nicky Bandini

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side continue to win relentlessly amid the shared trauma of a city that was hit hardest by Covid-19Not even Gian Piero Gasperini knew if Bergamo was ready to start watching football again this June. Before the coronavirus outbrea…

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European roundup: Real Madrid go four points clear after edging past Getafe

Late Sergio Ramos penalty earns 1-0 win for RealAtalanta beat Napoli 2-0, Roma lose to UdineseReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Getafe on Thursday for a sixth consecutive …

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European roundup: Eriksen, Sánchez and Young score as Inter win 6-0

Victory over Brescia moves Inter closer to Champions LeagueValencia beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao in La LigaAlexis Sánchez produced an imposing performance to inspire Internazionale to a 6-0 win over Serie A strugglers Brescia at San Siro. Sánchez scor…

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Lazio rely on luck and Luis Alberto’s sorcery to keep title hopes alive | Nicky Bandini

The Spanish playmaker got the winner against Fiorentina, but Lazio needed a fortunate bounce and a questionable penalty call to keep Juventus in their sights“It’s alive!” The front page of Sunday’s Corriere dello Sport shrieked out like Doctor Frankens…

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Real Madrid go two points clear at the top of La Liga after defeating Espanyol

Casemiro slides home winner in CataloniaMilan get the better of Roma in the heat Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema produced an audacious back-heel assist for Casemiro to score as they beat Espanyol 1-0 away on Sunday to capitalise on Barcelona’s slip-up a da…

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Inter serve up another unwelcome dose of craziness for Antonio Conte | Nicky Bandini

Inter keep playing good football but are unable to stop throwing away matches from winning positionsSix goals, a red card, two penalties and an early contender for miss of the century. Not bad for the warm-up act. Wednesday’s main event in Serie A was …

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European roundup: Atalanta fightback floors Lazio, Real Madrid keep title pace

Lazio let two-goal lead slip in major setback to title hopesReal Madrid back to top of La Liga after 2-0 win over MallorcaLazio’s hopes of a first Italian title for 20 years suffered a major setback on Wednesday as they let a two-goal lead slip in thei…

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European roundup: Atalanta fightback floors Lazio, Real Madrid keep title pace

Lazio let two-goal lead slip in major setback to title hopesReal Madrid back to top of La Liga after 2-0 win over MallorcaLazio’s hopes of a first Italian title for 20 years suffered a major setback on Wednesday as they let a two-goal lead slip in thei…

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …