Serie A result – Belotti’s  brace earn point for Torino 

Fiorentina 2 – 2 Torino

Fiorentina squandered a two-goal lead at home for the second time in five days on Monday and were jeered off the field following a 2-2 draw with Torino which heaped the pressure on coach Paulo Sousa.

Torino forward Andrea Belotti missed a penalty for the third time this season but then scored a brace for the visitors in the second half after Riccardo Saponara and Nikola Kalinic had given the hosts a two-goal halftime lead.

It was all too familiar for Fiorentina fans who last Thursday watched their team go 2-0 up at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach – and 3-0 on aggregate – in the Europa League but then collapse to a 4-2 defeat.

Wolfsburg  appoint Arsenal academy manager Jonker as new manager – Ljungberg to assist 

Andries Jonker has left his role as Arsenal’s academy manager to become Wolfsburg’s third boss of the season, after the sacking of Valerien Ismael.

Dutchman Jonker returns to Wolfsburg three years after leaving his role as assistant manager to join  Arsenal.

“I’ve remained in contact with Wolfsburg, but the inquiry did come as a bit of a surprise,” said Jonker, 54, at a news conference on Monday.

Former Arsenal forward Freddie Ljungberg will be Jonker’s assistant.

Jonker takes over with Wolfsburg two points above the relegation zone.

“This is a huge challenge,” he added. “All that counts is getting the 40 points as quickly as possible.”

Ismael was sacked on Sunday – two days after a 2-1 home defeat by Werder Bremen, their fourth loss in five league games, left them on 22 points with 12 games remaining.

Wolfsburg are 14th in the 18-team table.

Jonker’s first match in charge is at 11th-placed Mainz on Saturday

Palermo president Zamparini steps down after 15 years 

​Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, who has overseen about 40 coaching changes in 15 years as the club’s owner, has said he is stepping down.

The Serie A side last month made their 11th coaching change in two  seasonsby hiring Uruguayan Diego Lopez.

Zamparini bought the club in 2002 when they were in Serie B and said a new owner will be named “within 15 days”.

“The new president is a representative of an Anglo-American fund,” said a statement on Palermo’s  website.

EPL result  –  Vardy’s brace sink Liverpool 

​Leicester City 3 – 1 Liverpool

Leicester turned back the clock by putting on a reminder of how they won the Premier League title with a classy 3-1 win over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.

Trademark strikes from Jamie Vardy (28) and Danny Drinkwater (39) put the fallen champions in control at the break.

Vardy then headed home his second to make the game safe on 60 minutes, before Philippe Coutinho pulled a goal back (68) with the Reds’ best move of the match.
The goals were the first the Foxes have scored in the league in 2017 and ended a run of five straight top-flight defeats in spectacular fashion.

Liverpool – who would have climbed to third with a victory – have now lost five of their past seven matches in all competitions.

Ranieri’s name was everywhere at the King Power – in pre-game conversations, on banners and in chants – as was his face, courtesy of paper masks worn by some Foxes supporters.

The 65-year-old Italian has left an indelible imprint on the club with last season’s astonishing success.

However, the inconvenient truth for many is that he was overseeing statistically one of the worst title defences in English top-flight history – one that has left Leicester facing the prospect of become the first reigning champions to be relegated since Manchester City in 1938.

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  • United fans are convinced Antoine Griezmann will join after his brother celebrates  EFL Cup win.
  • Juventus have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the hunt for Fiorentina forward Federico Bernardeschi.
  • AC Milan’s promising young goalkeeper, ‘Gigio’ Donnarumma, has yet to reach an agreement with the Serie A giants over his first pro contract.
  • Chelsea rejected a £90m offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian for striker Diego Costa in January. The bid would have made Costa, 28, the second most expensive player in the world behind Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 23.
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  • Chelsea are set to muscle in on AC Milan’s £21million move for Villarreal’s Argentine defender Mateo Musacchio.
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  • Arsenal are prepared to make Massimiliano Allegri their number one candidate to replace Arsene Wenger with talks already having taken place.
  • Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij would relish the opportunity to join Manchester United this summer.
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  • Former Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink is willing to consider taking the Leicester City job, with further talks planned between his representative and the Premier League champions.
  • Alternatively, Hiddink is reluctant about taking the Leicester job, which could mean caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare gets it on a permanent basis.
  • Nantes manager Sergio Conceicao has turned down the opportunity to become Leicester manager.
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Wolfsburgs sack manager Ismael

Wolfsburg sacked manager Valerien Ismael on Sunday after the former defender failed to turn around a poor season that has left the Bundesliga club flirting with relegation.

The struggling Volkswagen-backed club said in a statement that Ismael was leaving “with immediate effect” and that a new coach could be presented as soon as Monday.

“We didn’t make the decision based primarily on the latest result against Bremen, but above all on the impressions and results of the last weeks and months,” Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe said in a club statement.

Wolfsburg lost 2-1 at home to Bremen on Friday and are only two points above the relegation zone after 22 rounds of the German league.

The 41-year-old Ismael, formerly Wolfsburg’s Under-23 coach, was given the job at first on an interim basis after predecessor Dieter Hecking — now at Borussia Monchengladbach — was fired seven league games into the season. Ismael gained the job on a permanent basis when no other candidates were found.

Ismael, who took over on Oct. 17, managed only five victories in 15 league games with nine defeats.

Friday’s loss to fellow struggler Bremen — the club Ismael won the double with as a player in 2004 — was his last game in charge. It was Wolfsburg’s fifth defeat in six games.

“The results aren’t just,” Ismael said afterward. “It was the best I’ve seen from us … I didn’t feel any uncertainty. Just the result didn’t fit the picture.”

Ismael’s previous spell in management ended in November 2014 when he was fired as Nuremberg coach after seven defeats and only four wins in 13 second-division games.

BundesLiga results- Schalke held by Hoffenheim; Stindl  continues  fine form to help Moenchengladbach win at Ingolstadt 

​Ingolstadt 0 – 2 Borussia  Moenchen gladbach

Schalke 04 1 – 1 Hoffenheim

  • Schalke 04 1 – 1 Hoffenheim

Sebastian Rudy scored a late equaliser to earn Hoffenheim a point against Schalke 04.

Alessandro Schöpf scored for the third game in succession to give Schalke an early lead, but Hoffenheim would establish themselves as the better side.

However it took until just over ten minutes from the end before the Hoffenheim captain popped up to head home Steven Zuber’s cross to ensure they at least got something from the match and shored up their top-four place.

  • ​Ingolstadt 0 – 2 Borussia  Moenchen gladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach continued their recent resurgence with captain marvel Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn earning them a 2-0 win at Ingolstadt.

Buoyed by his tie-turning hat-trick against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday, Stindl took aim from distance to provide the first shot of a cagey first half, but Martin Hansen was well placed to save.

Ingolstadt sharpened their sight for goal in the second half with Sommer making an excellent save to deny Marvin Matip, who went from almost hero to villain as his flick rebounded in off Stindl to put the Foals in front on the hour mark. Ingolstadt had to throw caution to the wind, but Gladbach closed the gaps expertly and added a second in stoppage time with Hahn sealing win number four in their last five Bundesliga games.