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Serie A: Juventus receive fourth loss and AC Milan beat Fiorentina

يوفنتوس يتلقى الخسارة الرابعة وميلان يفوز على فيورنتينا بالدوري الايطالي

AFP

Milan: Juventus’s hopes of winning a 10th consecutive Serie A title took another blow on Sunday with a 1-0 loss to lowly Benevento.

Argentine forward Adolfo Gaich scored the only goal after 69 minutes following a bad pass across the penalty area from Juventus midfielder Arthur.

Andrea Pirlo’s side stay third, 10 points behind Inter Milan whose match against Sassuolo was postponed because of a Covid outbreak at the league leaders.

It was the fourth league defeat for Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, who have 11 games left to play this season, and another blow after their Champions League last-16 exit to Porto this month.

Ronaldo had scored a hat-trick last time out against Cagliari in the league, to bring his tally to a record 770 career goals in official matches.

And the 36-year-old was presented with a ‘GOAT’ jersey by club president Andrea Agnelli before kick-off for breaking Brazil legend Pele’s official record.

But the Serie A top scorer with 23 league goals this season drew a blank in the Allianz Stadium with Benevento goalkeeper Lorenzo Montipo pulling off a string of fine saves.

Ronaldo sent wide minutes into the game with Montipo denied Spaniard Alvaro Morata an opener after half an hour.

Ronaldo had the ball in the net before the break but was ruled offside.

Benevento broke through following a horrendous Arthur pass towards Danilo across the face of goal which fell short with Argentine Gaich pouncing for his second goal in five games since arriving on loan from CSKA Moscow.

Federico Chiesa had penalty appeals for a Daam Foulon challenge overruled amid protests from the entire Juventus team.

Montipo denied Ronaldo twice late on, first from close range with 10 minutes to go, and again on 90 minutes with Danilo then sending the rebound over.

After holding Juventus 1-1 in their last meeting, 16th-placed Benevento earned a previous three points in their fight against relegation.

Juventus are equal on points with Atalanta who bounced back after their Champions League exit to Real Madrid with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona to consolidate fourth place.

Ruslan Malinovskyi scored the first from the penalty spot after a Federico Dimarco handball on 33 minutes in Verona.

Duvan Zapata added a second before the break, after an earlier effort hit the post, the Colombian sweeping the ball past Marco Silvestri into an empty net.

Ivan Juric’s Chievo had won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline in Bergamo back in November.

The Verona coach was serving a touchline ban this time and Gian Piero Gasperini surprised with a four-man defence instead of his preferred three.

Zapata spearheaded the Atalanta attack with Luis Muriel and Josip Ilicic both starting on the bench before coming on for the final quarter of an hour.

“There are many teams fighting for the Champions League. We’re the underdogs but we’ll battle to the end,” said Gasperini.

“We hope there won’t be any problems as happens during the international break and players return fit.”

Atalanta are five points ahead of both Napoli and Roma who face each other later on Sunday, while Verona fell to a third successive defeat to stay ninth.

Lazio also recovered from the Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich with a 1-0 win at Udinese thanks to an Adam Marusic goal seven minutes before the break.

The Romans are six points off fourth place and the elite European berths.

 

Reuters

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his return to the AC Milan starting line-up with a goal in a thrilling 3-2 win at Fiorentina on Sunday, narrowing the gap to Serie A leaders Inter to six points.

The strike made him the oldest player to score 15 goals in a Serie A season, at 39 years and 169 days, and sounded the starting gun to a frantic encounter in Florence.

The Swede needed only nine minutes to fire home the opener after springing the offside trap in his first league appearance since picking up a muscle injury against AS Roma on Feb. 28.

Erick Pulgar and Franck Ribery struck either side of the break to put the hosts in front, but goals from Brahim Diaz and Hakan Calhanoglu swung the contest back in Milan’s favour.

“The more time passes, the younger I feel,” Ibrahimovic told Sky Italia.

“After a defeat and going out of the Europa League, the league title is what remains. We wanted to win at all costs, we showed character and need to continue like this.”

Milan moved up to 59 points in second place, six behind Inter, but the league leaders have a game in hand after their match against Sassuolo was postponed following a cluster of positive tests for COVID-19.

Fiorentina remain 14th with 29 points, seven clear of the relegation zone.

Milan manager Stefano Pioli challenged his side to win their remaining 11 league games after they were eliminated from the Europa League by Manchester United on Thursday.

They got off to the perfect start when Ibrahimovic latched on to a ball over the top of the defence to fire in, but the Viola were soon level through a curling Pulgar free kick.

Fiorentina captain German Pezzella came close to a sensational goal when his backheel volley rebounded off the bar, before Ibrahimovic’s dinked finish also struck the woodwork.

The hosts went ahead early in the second half when Ribery fired home, but Diaz levelled six minutes later when he latched on to a knock-down from a corner to finish from close range.

Calhanoglu completed the comeback with a well-placed finish into the bottom corner, and Milan held out for their 12th away win of the season in Serie A, a joint record for the club despite still having five more away games to come.

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روما: تلقى يوفنتوس /حامل اللقب/ الخسارة الرابعة في الدوري الايطالي لكرة القدم وجاءت امام فريق /بينيفينتو/ بهدف نظيف في المباراة التي جرت بينهما الأمس في المرحلة الثامنة والعشرين من المسابقة والتي شهدت ايضا فوز ميلان على مضيفه فيورنتينا 3 / 2 .

ففي المباراة الاولى فشل كل من البرتغالي كريستيانو رونالدو والإسباني ألفارو موراتا في هز شباك بينفينتو على مدار الشوطين فيما استقبلت شباك السيدة العجوز هدفا في وسط الشوط الثاني ليفوز بينفينتو بالمباراة على ملعب يوفنتوس.

ورفع بينفينتو رصيده إلى 29 نقطة في المركز السادس عشر بفارق الأهداف فقط خلف سبيزيا علما بأن بينفينتو حقق الأمس الفوز الأول له في آخر 12 مباراة خاضها بالمسابقة.

في المقابل تجمد رصيد يوفنتوس عند 55 نقطة ليتراجع إلى المركز الرابع بفارق الأهداف المسجلة فقط خلف أتالانتا الثالث والذي فاز بدوره على هيلاس فيرونا 2 / صفر.

وفي المباراة الثانية تقدم ميلان منذ الدقيقة 9 بواسطة السويدي زلاتان إبراهيموفيتش ونجح فيورنتينا في إدراك التعادل من ركلة حرة رائعة للتشيلي إيريك بولغار (17)، ثم بقيت النتيجة على حالها حتى نهاية الشوط الأول رغم الفرص العديدة للطرفين.

وفي مستهل الشوط الثاني، فاجأ فيورنتينا ضيفه بهدف التقدم عبر الفرنسي المخضرم فرانك ريبيري بعد تمريرة من الصربي دوشان فلاهوفيتش (51)، لكن سرعان ما رد ميلان بالتعادل عبر الإسباني إبراهيم دياس إثر ركلة ركنية (57).. ثم أهدى التركي هاكان جالهان أوغلو فريقه ميلان الفوز بتسديدة جميلة بعدما وصلته الكرة من العاجي فرانك كيسييه (72).

ورفع ميلان رصيده الى 59 نقطة في المركز الثاني وبقي فيورنتينا في المركز 14 برصيد 29 نقطة.

وفي باقي المباريات أبقى لاتسيو على حظوظه بالعودة الى مسابقة دوري الأبطال التي ودعها في منتصف الأسبوع من ثمن النهائي بخسارة ثانية أمام بايرن ميونيخ الألماني حامل اللقب، بفوزه على مضيفه أودينيزي بهدف وحيد سجله المونتينيغري آدم ماروشيتش (37)، رافعا رصيد فريقه الى 49 نقطة في المركز السابع.

وتجمد رصيد أودينيزي عند 33 نقطة في المركز الثاني عشر.

وفاز سامبدوريا على تورينو بهدف نظيف سجله أنطونيو كاندريفا في الدقيقة 25 ليرفع رصيده إلى 35 نقطة في المركز العاشر حيث حقق الأمس انتصاره الأول في آخر ست مباريات خاضها بالمسابقة.

وتجمد رصيد تورينو عند 23 نقطة في المركز السابع عشر بعدما مني بالهزيمة الثالثة في آخر أربع مباريات خاضها بالمسابقة.

وتقام لاحقا مباراة روما مع نابولي ضمن ذات المرحلة.

جدير بالذكر ان انتر ميلان يتصدر الترتيب العام برصيد 65 نقطة وقد أرجئت مباراته في هذه المرحلة مع ساسولو بسبب الإصابات في صفوفه بفيروس كورونا.

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