Serie A: Bologna halt Inter perfect start

Bologna 1 – 1 Inter

Inter continued their unbeaten start under Luciano Spalletti in Serie A and edged to the top of the table as Mauro Icardi’s penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw at Bologna.


It looked as though Simone Verdi’s first-half stunner would prove enough for Bologna to claim a first top-flight victory over Inter after six encounters without a win, but the Nerazzurri were handed a lifeline in fortuitous circumstances.


With Bologna on the back foot after Inter’s second-half resurgence, Ibrahima Mbaye slipped in the hosts’ area and fell into Eder, who flopped to the floor.


The referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot and – after double-checking with the video assistant referee – the decision stood, with Icardi keeping his nerve to slam home in the 77th minute

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Serie A results: Lazio beat Milan; Inter perfect start continues; Fiorentina rout Hellas

Inter 2 – 0 SPAL 2013
Atalanta 2 – 1 Sassuolo
Cagliari 1 – 0 Crotone
Hellas Verona 0 – 5 Fiorentina
Udinese 1 – 0 Genoa
Lazio 4 – 1 AC Milan
Benevento 0 – 1 Torino
Bologna 0 – 3 SSC Napoli

  • Lazio 4 – 1 AC Milan

Italy striker Ciro Immobile scored a hat-trick as Lazio thrashed AC Milan in Serie A.

Immobile opened the scoring from the penalty spot, superbly volleyed in a second and completed his triple by converting from close range.

Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto scuffed home a fourth and Riccardo Montolivo slotted in a consolation for Milan.
The game had been delayed by an hour after flash floods in Rome.

Roads were inundated following heavy rainfall, while Metro lines in the Italian capital were closed down.

The Stadio Olimpico pitch itself was not an issue as the surface had been covered by sheets on Saturday, but there were large banks of empty seats inside the stadium as supporters struggled to get to the game.

Skipper Marco Parolo was sent off for Lazio in injury time for a second bookable offence.

  • Inter 2 – 0 SPAL 2013

Inter Milan protected their 100 percent start as Mauro Icardi’s penalty and a superb Ivan Perisic volley steered them to a 2-0 home win over SPAL.
Icardi, now with five goals in Inter’s three Serie A games so far, converted the spot kick in the 27th minute after referee Claudio Gavillucci had taken several minutes to decide whether it should be awarded.
Perisic then met a Danilo D’Ambrosio cross with a thumping shot to wrap up the points.

  • Bologna 0 – 3 SSC Napoli

Napoli made it three wins from three as Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens and Piotr Zielinski notched in a 3-0 win at Bologna.
Napoli took 67 minutes to find the breakthrough.
The Partenopei were seeking a joint club record eighth consecutive Serie A victory and maybe even a repeat of last season’s extraordinary 7-1 victory here.
Bologna had the ball in the back of the net, but Adam Masina was clearly offside when he tapped in Mattia Destro’s volley.
Vlad Chiriches fell awkwardly and dislocated his shoulder, so after several minutes of trying to pop it back into place, he had to make way for Raul Albiol.
Napoli seemed ineffective and uninspired, but broke through with a trademark goal. Insigne placed a long cross to the back post, Adam Masina didn’t cut it out this time and Callejon nodded in from a couple of yards.
Palacio dribbled past Koulibaly, but not Albiol, and Elseid Hysaj scuffed a promising opportunity set up by Insigne.
Mertens sealed up the result when he caught Pulgar in possession and sprinted towards goal, nutmegging Mirante at the near post.
Insigne attempted a third, curling over the bar, but it did come with a great team move. Faouzi Ghoulam completed a give-and-go, then Callejon rolled across for Piotr Zielinski to tap in.
There was almost a fourth, but Allan forced Mirante into a flying save.

  • Hellas Verona 0 – 5 Fiorentina

Giovanni Simeone opened the scoring inside two minutes as Stefano Pioli’s Fiorentina waltzed to a 5-0 victory at promoted Hellas Verona.

Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego, was well placed at the far post after Marco Benassi’s attempt was saved, and eight minutes later Cyril Thereau converted a penalty after Federico Chiesa had been fouled by Verona goalkeeper Nicolas.

Benassi provided the assist for Davide Astori’s 23rd-minute goal and Fiorentina put the game to bed after the hour mark as Jordan Veretout steered a free kick past Nicolas and substitute Gil Bastiao Dias added further gloss.

  • Atalanta 2 – 1 Sassuolo

Atalanta warmed up for their Europa League debut against Everton on Thursday with a 2-1 comeback triumph over Sassuolo.
Stefano Sensi put the Neroverdi ahead shortly before the half-hour but their lead disappeared when Andreas Cornelius equalised 10 minutes before the break.
Midway through an end-to-end second half, Andrea Petagna shinned home Alejandro Gomez’s cross to win it.

  • Cagliari 1 – 0 Crotone

Cagliari recovered from back-to-back defeats to Juventus and Milan by securing a 1-0 home win against Crotone, with Marco Sau scoring the only goal from a Joao Pedro pass in the 34th minute.

  • Udinese 1 – 0 Genoa

Jakub Jankto’s 15th-minute strike for Udinese proved enough to down Genoa, who had Andrea Bertolacci sent off following a VAR review in their 1-0 defeat.
The hosts at the Dacia Arena also lost a man to a red card as left-back Giuseppe Pezzella launched a tackle from behind on Stephane Omeonga.

Serie A results: Juventus cruise at home against Cagliari; Napoli win away Hellas Verona

Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

  • Juventus 3 – 0 Cagliari

Juventus launched their bid for a seventh successive Serie A title with a routine 3-0 home win over Cagliari on Saturday.

Mario Mandzukic drilled home with a low shot after good approach play from Stephan Lichtsteiner to put Juve in control after just 12 minutes.

But Cagliari rallied and earned a penalty when Alex Sandro upended Duje Cop, but Gianluigi Buffon comfortably saved Diego Farias’ spot kick, and after that Juve quickly regained control.

Miralem Pjanic played in Paula Dybala and the Argentina forward did the rest, firing into the top corner to double the hosts’ lead.

Sandro then atoned for conceding the penalty by teeing up Gonzalo Higuain for Juve’s third, with the Argentina hitman slotting home with ease.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi joined the fray late on for his Juve debut, fresh from his midweek switch from Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Hellas Verona 1 – 3 SSC Napoli

Napoli coasted to a 3-1 opening-weekend win at Hellas Verona, hitting their Serie A stride with precious little fuss or trouble on the road.

The hosts were in trouble just after the half-hour, when Samuel Souprayen put through his own net to gift Napoli early control. Napoli quickly doubled their lead thanks to a rapid counter-attack.

Lorenzo insigne played in Arkaduisz Milik and the Poland striker fired home to cap a flowing break.

Faouzi Ghoulam blasted home the third just past the hour to kill the contest.

Verona managed to scramble a consolation however, after Elseid Hysaj upended Alex Ferrari for a penalty.

Hysaj was sent off and Pazzini converted the spot-kick, but in reality all Verona’s late goal did was gloss the scoreline.

Fiorentina sign Giovanni Simeone from Genoa

Fiorentina have signed striker Giovanni Simeone — the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego — from Genoa.

Simeone, 22, scored 11 Serie A goals for Genoa last season and helps reinforce the forward line at the Stadio Artemio Franchi following the sale of Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus.

A statement published on Fiorentina’s website on Wednesday evening said Simeone had committed to the Tuscans until 2022.

Simeone played for River Plate in his native Argentina between 2013 and 2016 during which time he won an Argentina Primera Division, a Copa Libertadores, a Copa Sudamericana and a Recopa Sudamericana.

Lazio edge Juventus to win Italian Super Cup

Juventus 2-3 Lazio

Lazio beat Juventus 3-2 to win the Italian Super Cup following a thrilling finale at the Stadio Olimpico.

Simone Inzaghi’s side led 2-0 thanks to Ciro Immobile’s double, the first from a penalty and the second a fine header after the break.

Paulo Dybala launched a one-man comeback at the death, steering home a free-kick with five minutes remaining before converting a spot-kick, but Alessandro Murgia rescued the cup for Lazio.

This pre-season triumph also served as prompt revenge for the Bianconeri, who lost the Coppa Italia final to Juve back in May.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joins Juventus on a four-year deal

​Wojciech Szczesny has completed a reported £10million move from Arsenal to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Poland international has agreed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, where he will provide competition for Gianluigi Buffon
The Pole fell out of favour at the Emirates when Arsene Wenger opted to bring Petr Cech to the club two years ago, and enjoyed a good season on loan at Roma last season.

However, it is Roma’s Serie A rivals Juventus who has won the race to sign the goalkeeper permanently, even though he knows he’ll have to play second fiddle to “legend” Gianluigi Buffon for the time being.

The Polish international played 38 times for Roma last season and kept 14 clean sheets – the most in Serie A.

“I’m delighted to be at Juventus,” he told reporters.

“I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon — a true legend of the game.

“When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here

“I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win.

“At this club there’s the right mentality to do so — I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.”

Leonardo Bonucci have medicals at Milan ahead of shock €40m move from Juventus

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock move to Serie A rivals AC Milan.
Bonucci was seen arriving at the Casa Milan headquarters on Friday, with his car greeted by around 200 excited fans as it drove past.
It marks a return to San Siro for Bonucci, who began his career with Milan’s foes Inter, but he made only one substitute appearance in the league along with a handful of Coppa Italia matches.

An agreement between the two clubs over a fee believed to be €40 million was reportedly struck in the early hours of the morning, paving the way for one of the most unexpected transfers in recent Serie A history.

Only a few weeks ago, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said that Bonucci would be the “leader of the Juventus dressing room.”

That no longer seems the case, however, with Bonucci now in Milan for a medical and to discuss personal terms, which could reportedly make him Serie A’s highest-paid player amid suggestions of a €7.5m annual contract.

A day earlier the Lazian centre-back – a 70-time Italy international – sparked intrigue among Juve fans by tweeting: “Back to work. I’m ready to start again!”

Their initially faint fears appear to be well-founded as the player for so long part of a solid three-man defence alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli is about to depart the Allianz Stadium.
He had loan spells at Serie B sides Treviso and Pisa before he joined Genoa in 2009. However, he was almost immediately transferred to Bari in a co-ownership deal.

He was ever-present in his one season with Bari, forming a strong central-defensive partnership with Andrea Ranocchia, before being snapped up by Juve.
Bonucci has won Serie A in each of the last six seasons with Juve, and also won the league title with Milan’s city rivals Inter in 2006.

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma signs new deal 

​Gianluigi Donnarumma has agreed a new deal tying him to AC Milan until 2021.

The teenage goalkeeper has committed his future to the club just three weeks after agent Mino Raiola said he would not sign an extension to his previous contract, which had 12 months to run.
The Italy international made his Milan debut as a 16-year-old in October 2015 and has since established himself as first-choice, starting 68 Serie A games.

He won a first Italy cap in September last year, becoming his country’s youngest goalkeeper, and was part of the U21 squad at this summer’s European Championships.

A Milan statement said Donnarumma would sign his contract and meet supporters on Wednesday morning.

Liverpool agree club-record fee for Roma’s Mohammed Salah

Liverpool have agreed a club-record fee which could reach £39million for former Chelsea player Mohamed Salah.
The Roma winger will become the club’s most expensive signing ever, topping the £35million they paid Newcastle for Andy Carroll in January 2011.
The deal could be announced within 48 hours with Salah set to sign a five-year contract worth around £90,000 a week.
Liverpool are believed to have agreed a fee of around £35million up front with a further £4million related to bonuses and performance-related add-ons.

Italian coach David Nicola fulfils promise to cycle the length of Italy


A Serie A manager has completed a 1,300km bike ride up the length of Italy, after telling his players he would do so if they avoided relegation.

Davide Nicola made the deal in April, when Crotone looked certain to go down.

But they won six of their final nine matches of the season to avoid the drop by two points, after having won just three games from their previous 29.

The 44-year-old arrived in his home town of Vigone near Turin on Sunday – nine days after leaving Crotone.

“Am I tired? I still do not feel any particular pain,” he said.

“It’s been a beautiful journey, a fairytale. From tomorrow maybe I will feel a bit tired, but what matters most to me is that my goal has been achieved.”

Three years ago, Nicola’s 14-year-old son Alessandro was killed after being knocked off his bikeby a bus in Vigone.

“I kept the promise and, with the help of many people, we have also attracted the attention of many people to the question of safety on the roads,” he added.

“Here in Turin I was greeted with great enthusiasm, I am very excited.”
Nicola made the deal with his players after a 2-1 win at Chievo – Crotone’s first victory away from home in Serie A.
Crotone took just 14 points from their first 29 games but won six of their last nine matches to finish on 34 points, two points above the relegation zone.
Even with their remarkable late run, the side began the final day of the season in the bottom three, but a 3-1 win over Lazioand Empoli’s defeat by Palermo saw them survive in their maiden top-flight campaign.

Dani Alves respond to rumours of his exit to Manchester City 


Dani Alves has hit out at claims that he is on the verge of leaving Juventus.
It was reported that Manchester City are closing in on the signing of the Juventus’ 34-year-old Brazil right-back.
The experienced defender won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, as well as reaching the Champions League final, in his first season at Juve since completing a free transfer from Barcelona last year.
The Brazil international wrote: “Don’t spread sh*t, [Higuain] sent a video for me in a television programme. Don’t do your job badly, please.”
Alves has 12 months left on his contract in Italy.

Milan legend Paolo Maldini set for his Tennis debut in ATP tour event at 48

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini is to mark his 49th birthday later this month by making his professional tennis debut at an ATP Challenger Tour event in Milan.

The former Italy defender has earned a wild card for the Aspria Tennis Cup at the Aspria Harbour Club of Milan, where he will partner his coach and former professional Stefano Landonio, 45, in the doubles.

The pair earned entry at a qualifying event and they will make their debut on June 26 with Landonio confirming that Maldini has got the talent on the court that he possessed on the football field.

“Paolo’s gifted with a good serve in addition to some decent shots,” he told the Tennis Italiano website. “He’s also improving his volleys and while he may not be catching the eye in any particular part of his game, he does not have any weaknesses either.”
Landonio also said that Maldini could have had a promising career in tennis, had he taken the game up earlier.
“Since he only started playing five or six years ago, there are some deficits in terms of technique,” he said. “If he’d started working on his technique earlier, then who knows?

“Certainly in view of his background, he’s got extraordinary mental and physical strength. Psychologically, he never suffers in the slightest in delicate situations — he’s really strong.”

Milan confirm that goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave

Gianluigi Donnarumma has put Europe’s top clubs on high alert after choosing against renewing his AC Milan contract.
The 18-year-old has made over 70 appearances for the Rossoneri since making a surprise breakthrough in October 2015 and many fine performances have attracted attention from high places.

Serie A champions Juventus, LaLiga winners Real Madrid and Premier League club Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the young stopper and he appears to be on his way out of San Siro following an announcement by Milan on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, the club CEO Marco Fassone said: “Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan.

“We had made a strong proposal. The player evaluated it and made some evaluations that were not just economic, but he told us that he does not wish to renew the contract and his time with Milan will therefore conclude by June 30, 2018.

“We were taken by surprise, as we had hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future. Naturally, the decision leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but now we have to go forward.”
Donnarumma became the second-youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A in 2015, aged 16 years and 242 days.

He also broke the record as the youngest Italy under-21 player ever to play, aged 17 years and 28 days in March 2016. Six months later, he made his senior international debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy, aged 17 years and 189 days.

Milan legend Christian  Abbiati return as new club manager 

Christian Abbiati has returned to AC Milan as their new club manager, just a year after the former goalkeeper left the club.

The 39-year-old former goalkeeper ended his playing career a year ago, after eight seasons with Milan. He previously spent seven years with the club, making a total of 380 appearances and winning the Champions League, three Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia.

He will now be the liaison between the team and the club, according to a statement published on the club’s official website.

“Christian Abbiati is back home,” the statement said. “A true AC Milan legend, he played 15 seasons in Red & Black, winning six Italian trophies and two international titles. Today he has been named as club manager. He will report directly to the club’s sporting and technical director Massimiliano Mirabelli and will be the liaison between the team and the club.

“The strong bond between AC Milan and Abbiati started in summer of ’98, when Christian joined the team — coached by Alberto Zaccheroni — as second reserve goalkeeper behind Sebastiano Rossi and Jens Lehmann.

“A few months later, on 24 January 1999 he made his debut and he had a key role in helping AC Milan win the 16th red & black Scudetto in Perugia. That bond lasted for 15 seasons, until the day Christian said goodbye to the red & black fans in San Siro, on 15 May 2016. This bond is stronger than ever today, the day of Christian’s return. Good luck Abbia!”

Inter Milan appoint former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti as new head coach

​Inter Milan have confirmed the appointment of Luciano Spalletti as their new coach on a two-year contract.

Spalletti left Roma last month and has now committed to Inter until 2019 after meeting with the club’s owners in China earlier this week.

Inter announced the news on Friday, adding that Spalletti will be unveiled as their new boss on Wednesday.
An Inter statement read: “F.C. Internazionale are delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team.
“The new coach, who has signed a two-year contract, will be unveiled at a media conference at Suning Training Centre in memory of Angelo Moratti next Wednesday at 12:00 CEST. He will take his first training session with the team on Monday 3 July.

“Luciano Spalletti has been involved in more Serie A matches than any other coach currently employed in Serie A — 406 and counting. On a personal level, he won the prestigious Panchina d’Oro award in 2004-05 and was named Coach of the Year by the Italian Footballers’ Association in 2006 and 2007.

“Best of luck in the new job, Luciano!”

Milan sign Swiss Ricardo Rodriguez from Wolfsburg

Full-back Ricardo Rodriguez has signed a four-year deal with AC Milan after completing a €17 million move from Wolfsburg, the clubs announced on Thursday.

The 24-year-old becomes the Rossoneri’s third new signing this summer, and third since the end of Silvio Berlusconi’s near 31-year reign as club owner, joining Mateo Musacchio and Franck Kessie at the disposal of coach Vincenzo Montella next season.

“We experienced and achieved a lot together,” he told Wolfsburg’s official website. “I have developed as a player and as a person, always feeling very comfortable and having won a lot of friends.

“However, now is the time for me to take the next step in my career. Milan are a top international club and a big new challenge for me.”

Fiorentina  appoint former Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli as their new Coach

Former Inter Milan and Lazio boss Stefano Pioli has agreed a two-year deal to become Fiorentina’s head coach.

Pioli, 51, was sacked three games before the end of the Serie A season, in which Inter finished seventh and missed out on European football.

The Italian will replace Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa at Fiorentina, who finished a place below Inter in eighth.

“The new coach will sign a two-year deal, with the option of a third,” a club statement said.

Serie A – Juventus end with 17 year old Moise Kean stoppage-time winner; Atalanta move to fourth after Chievo victory

​Atalanta 1 – 0 Chievo Verona

Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

  • Bologna 1 – 2 Juventus

Juventus ended their championship Serie A campaign with a nod to the future as 17-year-old Moise Kean scored a stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 comeback victory over Bologna on Saturday.

A second-half substitute, Kean connected on a difficult header following a free kick from Miralem Pjanic.

It was the first Serie A goal for Kean, who was making just his third appearance in the league. In November, Kean became the first player born in this millennium to appear in Serie A.
Bologna’s Saphir Taider had opened the scoring with a splendid shot from beyond the area following the break, but Paulo Dybala equalised for Juventus in the 70th minute with a rebound following a shot from Gonzalo Higuain.
Juventus had already secured their record sixth-straight Serie A title and rested usual starters Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic. They will be looking to complete a Treble against Real Madrid in the Champions League final next Saturday.

Juventus moved seven points clear of second-placed Roma, who host Genoa on Sunday in the final match of Francesco Totti’s 25-year career with the Giallorossi.

  • Atalanta 10 Chievo Verona

Atalanta beat Chievo Verona 1-0 to move two points ahead of Lazio into fourth place, which would be a club record. Lazio visit relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Alejandro “Papu” Gomez, recently called up to the Argentina squad, scored for Atalanta with a shot from the centre of the area after an excellent through ball from Bryan Cristante.

Totti set for his last game for AS Roma

Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.

The 40-year-old Italian is to end his 24-year playing career with Roma – he is set to become a director at the only club he has played for

He has scored 307 goals in 783 games since making his debut in 1993 aged 16.

“I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colours meant, mean and will always mean to me,” he tweeted.

“I just feel that my love for football never fades. It’s a passion, my passion. It’s so deep I can’t imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever.

“From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge. Roma v Genoa, Sunday, 28 May 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”

Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma.

He was widely expected to quit playing last summer but signed a one-year extension to his contract.

This season he has made 27 appearances, mostly as a substitute. Roma are second in the table, four points behind newly-crowned champions Juventus before the final day of the season on Sunday.

Totti was 16 when he made his Roma debut as a substitute on 28 March 1993 in a 2-0 win against Brescia.

Serie A results  – Juventus clinch sixth straight league title; Milan and Inter Win

​AC Milan 3 – 0 Bologna

Empoli 0 – 1 Atalanta

Genoa 2 – 1 Torino

Juventus 3 – 0 Crotone

Sassuolo 6 – 2 Cagliari

Udinese 1 – 1 Sampdoria

Lazio 1 – 3 Inter

  • Juventus 3 – 0 Crotone

Treble-chasing Juventus clinched a record sixth consecutive Serie A title thanks to victory over lowly Crotone.

Mario Mandzukic, on his 31st birthday, turned home Juan Cuadrado’s cross from close range to give the perennial champions an early lead.

Paulo Dybala curled home a brilliant free-kick and Alex Sandro headed in a third via the crossbar as Juventus won with relative ease.

They could have won the title last week but lost 3-1 to second-placed  Roma.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who beat  Lazio 2-0 in the Italian Cup finalon Wednesday, are bidding to become the second Italian team, after Jose Mourinho’s 2010 Inter Milan, to win the treble.

They face Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday, 3 June. They have one game before then – a trip to Bologna on the final day of Serie A next Sunday.

Crotone remain a point shy of Empoli and safety heading into their season-ending clash against Lazio next weekend.

  • Empoli 0 – 1 Atalanta

Crotone only live to fight another day thanks to Atalanta, who beat 17th-placed Empoli 1-0 at the Stadio Carlo Castellani to confirm their own entry to the Europa League group stage.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s team have blazed an unlikely trail all season long and the always-influential Alejandro Gomez was the match-winner in Tuscany, rifling home the decider after just 13 minutes.

Empoli had their chances to level in the second half, with veteran Massimo Maccarone coming very close, but they sit just one point clear of Crotone before visiting Palermo on the final day.

  • ​AC Milan 3 – 0 Bologna

Underachieving AC Milan look set to find a route into Europe through the back door of sixth place after defeating Bologna 3-0 at San Siro, ended a run of three seasons without European football.

Gerard Deulofeu found the opener 69 minutes into a nervy encounter and Keisuke Honda swiftly added a second before Gianluca Lapadula confirmed the outcome in stoppage time.

  • Lazio 1 – 3 Inter

Inter Milan came back from a goal down to beat fourth-placed Lazio 3-1 and end an eight-match winless streak. After a penalty from Keita Balde Diao gave Lazio the lead, Marco Andreolli levelled with a header, Wesley Hoedt scored an own goal and Eder added another for Inter.

Lazio ended with nine men after Keita and Senad Lulic each picked up two yellows.

  • Sassuolo 6 – 2 Cagliari

Both Sassuolo and Cagliari will finish in mid-table after an eight-goal thriller in Reggio Emilia, where the hosts ran out 6-2 victors.

Francesco Magnanelli, Domenico Berardi and Matteo Politano had Sassuolo three goals up inside just 13 minutes, with Marco Sau replying before Stefano Sensi made it 4-1 heading into the break.

The contest was closer in the second half as, after Pietro Iemmello continued his fine goal-scoring run with a penalty, Artur Ionita notched Cagliari’s second. On the stroke of full-time, though, substitute Alessandro Matri rubber-stamped a conclusive home win.

  • Genoa 2 – 1 Torino

Genoa secured their top-flight status with a 2-1 victory over Torino at the Marassi.

Luca Rigoni and Giovanni Simeone gave Grifone some reason to be cheerful towards the end of a dire campaign, with Adem Ljajic leaving it until late to grab a consolation goal for Torino.

  • Udinese 1 – 1 Sampdoria

Three players were sent off as Udinese and Sampdoria shared the points from a bad-tempered 1-1 draw.

Cyril Thereau blasted Udinese into an early lead but the Zebrette lost Rodrigo de Paul to a red card shortly after the restart.

Gabriel Silva’s foul on Luis Muriel allowed the latter to equalise from the penalty spot but the Colombia international’s overenthusiastic celebrations sparked a brawl.

Muriel — formerly on the books at the Dacia Arena — was dismissed for his role in the scuffle, with Udinese defender Danilo promptly following him down the tunnel.

ON SATURDAY 

  • Chievo verona 3 – 5 Roma

Roma closed the gap to Serie A leaders Juventus to a point after a thrilling 5-3 win at Chievo.

Luciano Spalletti’s side are second but Juventus will win the league if they beat relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Roma survived a scare though as they twice fell behind in the first half.

A Chievo victory would have handed the title to Juventus and Lucas Castro made made it 1-0 when he converted from close range, but Stephan El Shaarawy levelled from the edge of the box after 28 minutes.

Roberto Inglese restored Chievo’s lead when he headed past Wojciech Szczesny eight minutes before the break.

But Mohamed Salah equalised again to make it 2-2 at the break before El Shaarawy put Roma ahead for the first time after 58 minutes.

Salah fired into the bottom corner for 4-2 and Edin Dzeko scored his 28th league goal of the season with seven minutes left when he drilled in from outside the box to put Roma in control.

Inglese then scored with three minutes left to pull a goal back for Chievo, who are set to finish in mid-table.

Napoli s enjoyed a 4-1 win over Fiorentina.

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re two points behind Juve following victory — thanks to two goals from Dries Mertens and strikes from Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne — and one adrift of Roma with avoidance of the Champions League playoff round at stake.

But defeat dented Fiorentina’s Europa League hopes as they failed to make up ground on AC Milan and sit seventh having played a game more.

Koulibaly opened the scoring after eight minutes, bundling in from close range, and Napoli almost doubled their lead when Mertens hit the post after 26 minutes.

They did make it 2-0 nine minutes before the break when Insigne converted Mertens’ pass and Mertens scored himself 12 minutes after the re-start, stabbing in after Ciprian Tatarusanu fumbled Insigne’s effort.

Josip Ilicic did pull a goal back for the visitors but Mertens wrapped up victory with a fourth when he embarrassed Gonzalo Rodriguez and tapped in after Insigne’s shot was saved.

Coppa Italia Final : Daniel Alves and Leonardo  Bonucci score as Juventus beat Lazio to claim record third consecutive Coppa title

​Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio

Juventus made history on Wednesday as they became the first side to win three consecutive Coppa Italia titles after beating Lazio 2-0 in Rome.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side ultimately had the result sewn up in the first half and although they were tested by Lazio in the second period, they managed to keep their opponents at bay.

Dani Alves gave Juventus the lead in the 12th minute as he volleyed home from a fine Alex Sandro cross and the Brazilian added another assist as he whipped in a corner for Leonardo Bonucci to slot home 12 minutes later.

It was the first step in a series of trophy-deciding matches for the Old Lady, who are targeting the treble. They can seal their sixth Serie A title on Sunday before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3.

Serie A results  – Juventus beaten by Roma; Inter lose; Joe Hart concedes five goals as Napoli thrash Torino

Inter 1 – 2 Sassuolo

Bologna 3 – 1 Pescara

Cagliari 3 – 2 Empoli

Crotone 1 – 0 Udinese

Palermo 1 – 0 Genoa

Sampdoria 1 – 1 ChievoVerona

Torino 0 – 5 SSC Napoli

Roma 3 – 1 Juventus


  • Roma 3 – 1 Juventus

​Juventus missed the chance to seal their sixth consecutive Serie A title as they lost to second-placed Roma.

Roma came from behind to win 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico and keep alive their own outside hopes of lifting the Scudetto.

Juventus needed just a point to secure the title with two matches to spare and took the lead on 21 minutes through Mario Lemina.

Roma, though, soon levelled when Daniele de Rossi stabbed the ball past Gianluigi Buffon from close range.

The Giallorossi turned the match around in the second half when Stephan El Shaarawy’s low shot crept into the bottom corner on 56 minutes and Radja Nainggolan then crashed home a third.

Luciano Spalletti’s men moved back above Napoli and four points behind Juve with two matches left.

The Bianconeri, meanwhile, must now regroup for their return to the Stadio Olimpico in Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia final against Lazio and then look to secure the Scudetto at home to relegation-threatened Crotone.

  • Inter 1 – 2 Sassuolo

Inter Milan’s forgettable campaign continued with a 2-1 home defeat by Sassuolo, during which some of the home fans walked out in protest.

Coach Stefano Pioli had been sacked earlier in the week after just six months in charge, with Stefano Vecchi promoted from his role in the youth team to caretaker for the Nerazzurri’s final three matches.

The change in the dugout made little difference on the pitch as Inter slumped to a fourth straight defeat.

By the time Pietro Iemmello made the most of some poor defending to put Sassuolo ahead after 36 minutes, a large section of the Curva Nord was left empty, with a banner declaring “seeing as you don’t deserve our support, today we say bye to you and go and eat.”

Sassuolo doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half when Iemmello knocked in a cross from Pol Lirola, before Inter substitute Eder pulled one back with a deflected drive.

  • Torino 0 – 5 SSC Napoli

Joe Hart was beaten five times as Napoli thrashed Torino to boost their chances of earning a spot in the Champions League group stages.

Jose Callejon slotted home an early opener, with Lorenzo Insigne smashing home a second after an hour.

Dries Mertens then beat Hart at his near post to finish a good move, before Callejon got his second and Piotr Zielinski completed the rout.

Crotone boosted their hopes of pulling out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Udinese.

Swedish midfielder Marcus Rohden’s 18th-minute effort was the only goal of the game as the hosts moved within a point of Empoli.

  • Cagliari 3 – 2 Empoli

Empoli went down 3-2 at Cagliari despite a second-half fightback.

Cagliari had looked home and dry when leading 3-0 at half-time following an early goal from Marco Sau and a brace by midfielder Diego Farias.

But with 11 minutes left, Miha Zajc crashed the ball into the top corner before the Slovenian midfielder picked out Massimo Maccarone for a tap in, but Giovanni Martusciello’s side could not conjure an equaliser.

  • Bologna 3 – 1 Pescara

Mattia Destro scored twice as Bologna beat bottom club Pescara 3-1.

Di Francesco got Bologna’s second goal, while 

Bahebeck levelled for Pescara temporarily. 

  • Palermo 1 – 0 Genoa

A looping header from Andrea Rispoli saw relegated Palermo pull off a surprise 1-0 win against Genoa, who are not yet out of trouble.

  • Crotone 1 – 0 Udinese

Crotone boosted their hopes of pulling out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Udinese.

  • Sampdoria 1 – 1 ChievoVerona

Roberto Inglese cancelled out Fabio Quagliarella’s opener as Sampdoria drew 1-1 with Chievo.

On Saturday 

Fiorentina 3 – 2 Lazio

Atalanta 1 – 1 AC Milan


  • Atalanta 1 – 1 AC Milan

Gerard Deulofeu spared AC Milan’s blushes with a last-gasp goal, but at full-time it was their opponents Atalanta who were jubilantly celebrating the point from a 1-1 draw.

The result guarantees the Bergamo club’s return to European competition after a 26-year absence as they cannot now be dislodged from fifth place over the last two games of the season.

Indeed, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men still harbour ambitions of breaking into the top four and were set on their way to closing to within two points of Lazio by Andrea Conti.

The Nerazzurro right-back was best placed to exploit Gianluigi Donnarumma’s poor attempt to collect Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross one minute before half-time, and Atalanta were deservedly ahead.

Milan’s teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma spent the second half under siege and his colleagues eventually repaid him for his efforts when Deulofeu beat Atalanta stopper Etrit Berisha in the 88th minute. The on-loan Everton winger made it a fourth straight away draw for the ailing Rossoneri.

  • Fiorentina 3 – 2 Lazio

Lazio’s determined bid to gatecrash the Champions League places was thwarted as Fiorentina recovered to beat them 3-2 at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Saturday evening.

Simone Inzaghi’s men have played catch-up with top-three clubs Juventus, Roma and Napoli all season long but a three-game winning streak had brought them within seven points of the Azzurri.

After a goalless first half, Balde Keita Diao’s 55th-minute opener – his 15th Serie A goal in 2016-17 – temporarily narrowed Napoli’s advantage to four points.

The Senegalese striker turned Luis Alberto’s pass beyond Ciprian Tatarusanu before wheeling away in celebration. However, Khouma Babacar levelled proceedings with a header on 67 minutes.

Fiorentina, who still harbour hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, turned the game on its head when substitute Nikola Kalinic converted Cristian Tello’s saved shot in the 73rd minute.

Cristiano Lombardi then inadvertently doubled the Tuscans’ lead – also confirming their eventual victory – with an own goal as he tried to clear a rebounding Kalinic effort.

Lazio were certainly not ready to roll over and give up and 20-year-old midfielder Alessandro Murgia ensured a nervy finale with his headed finish from a Luis Alberto cross nine minutes from time.

Inter sack Stefano Pioli; Vecchi to take charge

​Inter Milan have sacked coach Stefano Pioli after six months in charge.

Pioli, who replaced Frank de Boer in November on an 18-month deal, has paid for Inter’s poor recent form which has seen the Nerazzurri pick up just one point from their last six games.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at relegation-battling Genoa left Inter in seventh place in Serie A, nine points adrift of fifth-placed Atalanta, and proved the final straw for the club’s board.
Youth team coach Stefano Vecchi will take charge of the first team for the rest of the season.

Vecchi also took interim charge of Inter for two games following De Boer’s departure, before the club appointed former Lazio boss Pioli.

A club statement read: “Inter Milan announces that it has parted ways with coach Stefano Pioli and his technical staff.”
“Inter thanks Stefano and his team for the dedication and hard work carried out at the club over the last six months in what has proven to be a difficult season.

“The club will begin planning now for the next season.”
Pioli has previously coached 11 teams including Lazio, Parma and Bologna.

Serie A results

New loan signings Ervin Zukanovic and Stephan El Shaarawy combined on their debuts to set Roma on their way to a 3-1 home win against Serie A strugglers Frosinone.
Roma took an 18th-minute lead through Radja Nainggolan, who managed to steer the ball home under pressure after being played in by Miralem Pjanic.
Frosinone were able to equalise through striker Daniel Ciofani, but early in the second half El Shaarawy acrobatically back-heeled Zukanovic’s cross into the net to put Roma on top for good.
Pjanic sealed victory for Roma with a neat finish for a late third goal.

Matteo Mancosu’s second-half penalty saw Carpi snatch a 1-1 draw against Palermo at the Stadio Alberto Braglia.
The hosts began brightly but went behind in the 24th minute as Oscar Hiljemark’s pass found Alberto Gilardino free in the Carpi box before slotting home.
The former Italy international reached 184 Serie A goals, equalling Gabriel Batistuta for 13th on the Serie A all-time scoring list.

German Denis ensured Atalanta earned a 1-1 draw against Sassuolo at the Azzurri d’Italia.
Domenico Berardi put the visitors in front but the Argentinian forward equalised after his initial spot-kick was saved by Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.

Carpi 1 – 1 Palermo
Atalanta 1 – 1 Sassuolo
Roma 3 – 1 Frosinone