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Inter Milan: Antonio Conte’s side edge closer to Serie A title

إنتر ميلان يقترب من تحقيق لقب الدوري الايطالي لكرة القدم

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Milan: Serie A leaders Inter Milan were held at Spezia on Wednesday but extended their advantage to 10 points, as nearest rivals AC Milan fell to a 2-1 home defeat by Sassuolo after a chaotic few days amid the European Super League furore.

Champions Juventus moved third, just one point behind AC Milan, after beating Parma 3-1, hours after the top three were forced to backtrack on plans to join the new 12-team closed tournament.

“We players had the game in mind, honestly for us nothing has changed,” said Juve defender Alex Sandro who scored a brace on the night.

“These are three really important points for us.”

But it was a second consecutive 1-1 draw for Antonio Conte’s Inter after the same result against Napoli last weekend, with Diego Farias surprising the visitors with a 12th-minute opening goal.

Ivan Perisic pulled Inter level after 39 minutes from an Achraf Hakimi cross, finding the net on his 200th appearance for the club.

The leaders were unable to find a winner despite chances, with Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku both having goals ruled out in the final five minutes.

“It’s inevitable that was we see the finish line arrive, there is a bit of pressure,” said Conte, whose side are targeting a first title since 2010.

In Milan, Stefano Pioli’s hosts’ bid for a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2014 remains at risk, with top-four rivals Atalanta, Napoli and Lazio all in action on Thursday.

Giacomo Raspadori came off the bench in the second half and scored twice in a seven-minute spell, after Hakan Calhanoglu had put Milan ahead on the half-hour mark.

The defeat came after Milan bowed to pressure from fans and accepted the failure of the ill-fated Super League.

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi had threatened to boycott the game.

And before kick-off club director Paolo Maldini apologised “to the Milan fans but to all the supporters in general”.

Milan were without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a muscular problem, with Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer also sidelined.

But Calhanoglu broke the deadlock with a superb strike from a tight angle after a perfect Alexis Saelemaekers cross.

Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli denied Saelemaekers 10 minutes into the second half and saved from Calhanoglu six minutes later to keep his side in the game.

Raspadori, 21, came off the bench and pulled his side level with 14 minutes to play and grabbed the winner in the 83rd minute.

Milan suffered their fifth home league defeat of the season as eighth-placed Sassuolo moved nine points off the European places.

– Juventus defend Super League –

Juventus also got off to a slow start in Turin, with Parma’s Gaston Brugman’s perfectly taken free-kick beating Gianluigi Buffon on 25 minutes.

Serie A top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was back, alongside Paulo Dybala, after a one-match injury absence, but it was Juve’s defenders who scored the goals.

Alex Sandro volleyed in the first before the break and struck again early in the second half, heading in a Juan Cuadrado cross.

Giuseppe Pezzella was denied an equaliser for Parma on the hour when Arthur headed his effort off the line.

Cuadrado provided the corner which Matthijs de Ligt got his head to on 68 minutes to seal all three points for Juve, in front of club president Andrea Agnelli after three days of Super League turmoil.

Before the game, Juve chief football officer Fabio Paratici had defended the Super League as “a unique opportunity to try to lend a hand to the whole football pyramid”.

“It was the same when we changed our logo. In the beginning it wasn’t perceived well. It takes time to metabolise.

“These 72 hours were unique, we remain convinced of the goodness of the idea, of the project.”

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روما: عزز إنتر ميلان صدارته للدوري الايطالي لكرة القدم برغم تعادله مع مضيفه سبيزيا 1 / 1 يوم أمس ضمن منافسات المرحلة 32 من المسابقة والتي شهدت ايضا خسارة ميلان امام ساسولو 1 / 2 وفوز يوفنتوس على بارما 3 / 1.

ففي المباراة الاولى تقدم سبيزيا اولا عن طريق دييجو فارياس في الدقيقة 12 ثم سجل الكرواتي إيفان بيرسيتش هدف التعادل لإنتر في الدقيقة 39 .

ورفع انتر رصيده الى 67 نقطة بفارق عشر نقاط عن أقرب ملاحقيه ميلان صاحب المركز الثاني.. في المقابل رفع فريق سبيزيا رصيده إلى 33 نقطة في المركز الخامس عشر.

وفي المباراة الثانية خسر ميلان، صاحب المركز الثاني، أمام ضيفه ساسولو 1 / 2 .. وتقدم ميلان عن طريق هاكان تشالهان أوغلو في الدقيقة 30 .وبعدما أنهى ميلان الشوط الأول لصالحه، سجل ساسولو في الشوط الثاني هدفين عن طريق لاعبه جياكومو راسبادوري في الدقيقتين 76 و 83 .

ورفع ساسولو رصيده إلى 49 نقطة في المركز الثامن، فيما تجمد رصيد ميلان عند 66 نقطة في المركز الثاني.

اما في المباراة الثالثة قلب يوفنتوس تأخره بهدف أمام بارما إلى فوز 3 / 1 . وكان بارما هو الباديء بالتسجيل عن طريق لاعبه جاستون بروجمان من ضربة حرة مباشرة، سددها في أسفل الزاوية اليمنى للحارس المخضرم جيانلويجي بوفون في الدقيقة 25 .

لكن يوفنتوس نجح في تسجيل هدف التعادل عن طريق أليكس ساندرو في الدقيقة 43، الذي تلقى تمريرة من المدافع الهولندي ماتياس دي ليخت داخل منطقة الجزاء، ليسيطر عليها ويسددها بقوة في الشباك مسجلا هدف التعادل.. وفي الدقيقة 47 عاد ساندرو مجددا ليسجل الهدف الثاني، بعدما تابع كرة عرضية من الكولومبي كوادرادو، ليوجهها بضربة رأس في الشباك، قبل أن يسجل دي ليخت الهدف الثالث بضربة رأس من عرضية لعبها كوادرادو في الدقيقة 68 .

ورفع يوفنتوس رصيده إلى 65 نقطة في المركز الثالث، فيما تجمد رصيد بارما عند 20 نقطة في المركز التاسع عشر ( قبل الأخير).

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