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Roma woes find temporary relief with win amid Pallotta protests | Paolo Bandini

Before the unconvincing win over Genoa, banners and posters appeared all over the city telling Roma’s president to ‘go home’It is sometimes said, in a sporting context, that winning cures all ills. But not in Italy’s capital city. Roma beat Genoa 3-2 a…

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European roundup: Benzema gives Real Madrid win amid Bernabeu boos

• Real Madrid fans unhappy despite 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano• Serge Gnabry stars as Bayern Munich beat Hannover 4-0Real Madrid edged a 1-0 win over minnows Rayo Vallecano, earning a third consecutive La Liga victory and rising to third in the table, …

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Eleven Sports sees UFC go to BT as talks to avoid closure continue

• Serie A and La Liga could also leave troubled streaming service• Eleven Sports is owned by Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani BT has taken back control of the UK rights for the Ultimate Fighting Championship from beleaguered Eleven Sports, the self-styled…

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Napoli gear up for Anfield in style amid flurry of Serie A late shows | Paolo Bandini

Truth be told, this was a weekend of high drama but only modest consequence for most of Serie AThis was not a good weekend for those Serie A fans who prefer to leave a game early and beat the traffic. Cagliari salvaged a point at home to Roma with a go…

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Jadon Sancho settles derby with Schalke as Dortmund move nine points clear

Dortmund beat rivals 2-1, Leipzig lose 3-0 at FreiburgSevilla held by Valencia, Atlético cruise past AlavésJadon Sancho’s winning earned Borussia Dortmund all three points in their local derby at Schalke and sent Lucien Favre’s team nine points clear a…

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Roma and Totti rage against machine after VAR malfunction saves Inter

A baffling decision not to review a clear foul on Nicolò Zaniolo cost Roma a penalty and added to frustration with technology“There’s nothing to say,” lamented Francesco Totti. And then he said it anyway. “We’re all here asking ourselves how the guys i…

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Borussia Dortmund beat Freiburg for fourth consecutive Bundesliga win

• Marco Reus and Paco Alcácer maintain Dortmund momentum• Cristiano Ronaldo penalty completes Juventus victoryBorussia Dortmund earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Freiburg to open up a seven-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga for at least 24 hou…

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The surprising struggles of Europe’s top goalkeepers

David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois, Marc-André ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer have all been unusually inconsistent this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe weekend threw up another series of shock results around Europe. Real Madrid suffered a humiliatin…

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Genoa and Sampdoria give wounded city a brief window of escape | Paolo Bandini

For one evening the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was a world unto itself in a city still recovering from the Morandi bridge disaster The noise rolling down from the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris was cacophonous, but TV microphones still picked up Ivan J…

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When should a football club retire a player’s shirt number?

Moore, Baggio, Maradona, Maldini and ‘the 12th man’ have all been given the honour but is it really a sign of weakness?By Ricci Potts for The Gentleman UltraNot long ago I was speaking to some Napoli fans about Lorenzo Insigne. He was born in Naples, s…

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La Liga could teach the Premier League about being competitive

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are disproving the theory that ‘anyone can beat anyone’ in the Premier LeagueBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThere are many factors to consider when assessing what makes one league better than another, but over th…

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Gonzalo Higuaín suffers Milan meltdown as Juve push him over the edge | Paolo Bandini

Gattuso warned the striker to stay calm but a missed penalty sent the former Juve talisman spiralling towards a red cardHad Gennaro Gattuso noticed something in training, the first tremors that foretell the eruption of an emotional volcano? Milan’s mat…

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European roundup: Barcelona suffer first home defeat in more than two years

Lionel Messi scores twice in vain for BarcelonaAIK win Swedish title thanks to victory over KalmarBarcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga for more than two years, the champions losing 4-3 to Real Betis despite Lionel Messi scoring twice o…

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The reinvention of João Mário and how Inter have found a new spirit | Paolo Bandini

In the summer, the midfielder said he did not want to play for Inter again. On Saturday, he was at the heart of their 5-0 winJoão Mário sounded so certain. Interviewed by Gazzetta dello Sport at the start of June – just after he had completed a success…

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Ten young players who have taken Europe by storm this season | Martin Laurence

James Maddison and Richarlison have been brilliant in the Premier League but Germany is the place to be for emerging talentBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredMore than the odd eyebrow was raised when Everton agreed to meet Watford’s lofty £40m valuation o…

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Milan find their groove as two No 9s equal success against Sampdoria

Patrick Cutrone and Gonzalo Higuaín are forming an unlikely partnership after both scored to boost Gennaro GattusoOld habits die hard for Silvio Berlusconi. It is more than a year since he sold Milan, and barely a month since he completed a takeover of…

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European roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Juventus beat Empoli

• Serie A leaders maintain pace despite falling behind to Empoli• Jadon Sancho scores twice in Dortmund draw with HerthaCristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus came from behind to beat lowly Empoli 2-1 and maintain their scorching pace at the top of…

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The most improved football teams in Europe this season

Liverpool had a negative goal difference this time last season. Which other sides in Europe’s big leagues have improved?It’s easy to forget that Liverpool were in a worrying position this time last year. Having just suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Totte…

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Mauro Icardi lives up to Higuaín’s hype as Milan derby rocks with hope

Inter’s lethal finisher scored an injury-time winner in a derby notable for the feelgood factor among both sets of fans“An assassin.” That was how Gonzalo Higuaín described Mauro Icardi in the build-up to Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina. Invited by Gazz…

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Internazionale v Milan: Serie A – live!

Serie A updates from the 7:30 BST kick-off at San Siro What makes a great football stadium?And feel free to email Will your thoughts on via Twitter @Will_Unwin 7.33pm BST Let’s get ready to rumble!! 7.31pm BST It is pretty lively in the San Siro tonigh…