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Category: Serie A

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European roundup: Karim Benzema double fires Real Madrid to the top

Milan’s title hopes fade as Inter move a step closerDortmund stay in top-four race with Wolfsburg in thirdA first-half double from Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid cruise to a 3-0 victory away to Cádiz that moved them top of La Liga. Related: Agnelli’s…

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Agnelli’s Super League insights suggest battles with Uefa are not over

Though now conceding defeat for the breakaway, Juventus’ chairman earlier spoke of football facing a fight for relevanceOn Wednesday morning two of Italy’s biggest newspapers – La Repubblica and Corriere dello Sport – ran a joint interview with the Juv…

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European roundup: Icardi saves PSG at the last, Juventus slump to defeat

Ligue 1 champions a point behind leaders after five-goal thrillerBayern condemn wantaway Hansi Flick for breaking ranksParis Saint-Germain kept themselves in the hunt for a fourth successive Ligue 1 title when Mauro Icardi scored in the dying seconds o…

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From pazza to partenze: Conte defies Cassano criticism as Inter march on | Nicky Bandini

The manager has copped stick for ‘parking the bus’, but a first Scudetto in 11 years is in sight after Inter’s 11th straight winAs Inter prepared to extend their winning run to an 11th consecutive match, one former employee was calling for the manager …

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European roundup: Matteo Darmian the hero as Inter close in on Serie A title

Antonio Conte’s side leave it late against CagliariMorata on target for Juventus, Madrid’s Vázquez out for seasonA rare goal from Matteo Darmian earned Inter a 1-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday as Antonio Conte’s side closed on their first Serie A title …

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Serie A: Lukaku helps Inter move 11 points clear with Sassuolo win

Lukaku and Martínez on target in 2-1 victoryRonaldo scores as Juventus beat Napoli 2-1Romelu Lukaku scored one goal and set up another as Internazionale moved a step closer to its first Serie A title in more than a decade with a 2-1 win over Sassuolo o…

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Serse Cosmi returns from wilderness to restore pride at struggling Crotone | Nicky Bandini

The former Perugia manager has surprised many by returning to the top flight, and by making the league’s bottom club betterIt ought to have been the most predictable result of the weekend. Fifth-placed Napoli against last-placed Crotone, two teams sepa…

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Remembering Roberto Baggio’s greatest goal 20 years later

Baggio saved his best goal for the end of his career: two touches of genius for Brescia against Juventus at the Stadio Delli Alpi By Emmet Gates for The Gentleman UltraIt’s two weeks before the start of the 2000-01 Serie A season and Roberto Baggio is …

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‘A dark cloud inside of me’: Prandelli steps down as Fiorentina manager

Former Italy manager says he is in ‘profound distress’Prandelli returned to Fiorentina in NovemberCesare Prandelli has left his position as Fiorentina’s head coach after admitting a “dark cloud” has developed inside him.The 63-year-old, who commenced a…

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Pirlo is exposed again but others are really to blame for Juventus’s troubles | Nicky Bandini

The Bianconeri slumped to defeat by Benevento but senior figures at the club cannot lay all the blame on the managerPippo Inzaghi put his arm around Andrea Pirlo’s shoulder before kick-off at the Allianz Stadium. It was an instinctive moment of reconne…

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Juventus beaten at home by Benevento in hammer blow to fading title hopes

Adolfo Gaich winner leaves Juve 10 points behind InterHertha Berlin boost survival bid with win over LeverkusenJuventus’ faint hopes of catching Serie A leaders Inter suffered a hammer blow on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 at home by struggling Beneve…

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Lothar Matthäus at 60: remembering his 10 best goals for Inter

Lothar Matthäus won Serie A, the Ballon d’Or and the World Cup while at Inter. Here are some of his great goals for the clubBy Richard Hall for The Gentleman UltraPerhaps Diego Maradona gave Lothar Matthäus the biggest compliment when he described him …

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Ronaldo embraces perfection as he declares himself ahead of Pelé | Nicky Bandini

In the absence of Juventus’s season being a success, their star man grabbed some individual glory for himself Cristiano Ronaldo achieved perfection on Sunday. One goal with his head, another with his right foot and finally a third with his left. A perf…

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European roundup: Lautaro Martínez’s late goal keeps Inter clear in Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick in Juventus win at CagliariRB Leipzig and Lille both lose points in their title chasesLautaro Martínez scored a late winner to stretch Inter’s Serie A winning run to eight games and send his side nine points clear o…

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European roundup: Benzema rescues Real to close gap on Atlético

• La Liga leaders held to goalless draw by ten-man Getafe• Robert Lewandowski scores to reach Bundesliga milestoneKarim Benzema rescued Real Madrid again by scoring two late goals to snatch a 2-1 win at home to Elche in La Liga. Related: Dinamo Zagreb’…

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Milan Skriniar earns narrow win over Atalanta to keep Inter on title track

Milan Skriniar scored the only goal as title-chasing Internazionale edged past Atalanta at San Siro, earning a hard-fought 1-0 win to reopen their six-point lead over Milan.Antonio Conte’s forward line endured a rare off-night, so it was left to the Sl…

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Álvaro Morata, a happy accident of fate, rescues Juventus again | Nicky Bandini

Two goals against Lazio showed again that the Spaniard and Juve are a happy fit and, at €10m, Andrea Pirlo has got a bargain With their title hopes hanging by a thread, Juventus turned once more to their Iberian saviour. You know the one: tall, dark ha…

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European roundup: Barcelona close in on top spot with win over Osasuna

Lionel Messi sets up both goals in 2-0 away victory Juventus come from behind to beat Lazio 3-1Barcelona continued their excellent run of domestic form by beating Osasuna 2-0 away from home on Saturday, with Lionel Messi setting up goals scored by Jord…

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Alexis Sánchez scores twice at Parma as Inter open up six-point Serie A lead

Alexis Sánchez scored twice to earn Inter Milan a 2-1 win at Parma, moving the Serie A leaders six points clear at the top of the standings. Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays the heel but it is Napoli who suffer stage fright Continue reading…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays the heel but it is Napoli who suffer stage fright

Napoli and Sassuolo’s six-goal thriller upstaged the Milan star’s guest appearance at the Sanremo Music FestivalZlatan Ibrahimovic took some time off from co-hosting the Sanremo Music Festival to watch Milan draw with Udinese on Wednesday. After weeks …