Monthly Archives: November 2016

Juventus stunned by Genoa as Roma survives scare

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Juventus’s campaign for a sixth consecutive Serie A title suffered a small setback as the Italian Champions lost 3-1 against minnows Genoa.

Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, caught the Bianconeri cold with a third-minute opener before cutting through a sleepy back-line to double the Grifone’s lead ten minutes after.

Juventus’s own midfielder Alex Sandro then scored an unfortunate own-goal to put Genoa firmly out of reach. It was Miralem Pjanic’s late strike from a free-kick that the Turin club was spared from their worst league reverse since January 2011.

The Old Lady are four points clear at the top before next weekend’s meeting with in form team Atalanta, who are joint fifth with Lazio after winning six games in a row. They would also have to do so without key defenders Dani Alves and Leonardo Bonucci, both of whom suffered injuries in the game.

Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko scored twice but Roma needed a third goal from Diego Perotti to survive a Pescara comeback and triumph 3-2 in the capital.

The Bosnian striker reached 12 league goals for 2016-17 with a quickfire early brace before Ledian Memushaj made it a contest after half-time.

Had Perotti not then stuck away a spot-kick, Gianluca Caprari’s powerful left-footed finish would have denied Roma their share of second place with Milan at 29 points, five behind Juventus and one ahead of Atalanta and Lazio.

RB Leipzig & Bayern maintains pressures in Bundesliga race

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RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich each secured victories in the Bundesliga to keep up the title race and maintain pressure on each other.

RB Liepzig got off to a flying start against Sport-Club Freiburg, with Naby Keita bagging a goal in the second minute with a fierce strike from 25 yards.

Florian Niederlechner was able to head in an equalizer for Freiburg from Pascal Stenzel’s corner, but Timo Werner restored Leipzig’s lead in the 21st minute and doubled it with his second a little over 10 minutes later.

Marcel Sabitzer, who had already struck the post, made it 4-1 later on.

The result would extend Leipzig’s record unbeaten start for a new team in the Bundesliga to 12 games, also marking their seventh consecutive victory as Bayern Munich tries to recover from their first Bundesliga defeat of the season.

After suffering a 1-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund last weekend, Bayern managed to pick up a scrappy win at home over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to claw the gap against Leipzig back to three points.

Thiago Alcantara put the home side ahead with a close-range header on the half-hour mark but Hakan Calhanoglu equalised superbly five minutes later after a clever one-two with Julian Brandt that parted the home side’s defence.

10 minutes after the break, Mats Hummels won it for Bayern with another header from Joshua Kimmich’s cross. It was his first goal for the Bundesliga giants since joining from Dortmund.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also saved a late Calhanoglu free-kick to ensure that Carlo Ancelotti’s men held on for their first win since the start of November.

Miserable Internazionale crashes out of Europa League

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It was a stunning triumph for Hapoel Be’er Sheva as the Israeli club rose from behind to defeat Internazionale by 3-2 and eliminate the Italian side from the Europa League.

Inter already to survive an early scare when Maor Buzaglo’s deflected cross hit the top of the crossbar, but was able to change the game and threaten at the other end when Ever Banega flashed a free-kick across goal.

Icardi ensured another quality cross was not wasted, tidily finishing Eder’s fizzing centre at the near post in the 12th minute.

The Milan club then took full control of the game after 25 minutes, when Brozovic lashed home a left-footed shot from the edge of the box off the post after more good work from Eder.

However, Lucio Maranhao gave Hapoel a second-half lifeline with a fine header from Maharan Radi’s cross. Home fans were further roused after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was sent off for bringing down Buzaglo.

Substitute keeper Juan Carrizo got a hand to Anythony Nwakaeme’s spot-kick but could not keep it out, and Hapoel levelled with 20 minutes remaining.

Carrizo kept the hosts at bay with a number of saves but was beaten three minutes into stoppage time for Hapoel’s winner. In an inspired team effort, John Ogu’s pass cut Inter open, and Mohammed Ghadir backheeled to give Ben Sahar a simple finish.

In what was a result that left the rest of Group K wide open, Inter looked set to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 32, only to end up eliminated from the competition entirely with one game of the group stage remaining.

It also meant that Hapoel, who will next face Southampton in September 8, has to trump the Saints to keep their Europa campaign alive.

United thrashes Feyenoord thanks to Rooney leadership

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Wayne Rooney scored his 248th goal for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho’s team made short work of Dutch side Feyenoord and win 4-0.

The result also moves the Red Devils to within a point of the Europa League knockout stage, and the captain to just one more strike from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for the club.

It was also Rooney’s 39th European goal for the club, as he clipped the ball over opposition keeper Brad Jones from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s perfect through ball – with Feyenoord appealing unsuccessfully for offside.

Clearly intent on sending a message to critics pouncing on his recent underwhelming performances, Rooney contributed again by setting up Juan Mata with a reverse pass to slide home United’s second.

£26m summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan also produced an impressive show in what was only his second start for the club. His best moment came when he ran from his own half, taking on several Feyenoord defenders, before going down under pressure from Jens Toornstra. The Dutch champions were fortunate the referee did not give a free-kick, which would also have resulted in a red card.

Eitherway, the win was essentially secured when former Liverpool keeper Jones deflected Ibrahimovic’s cross into his own net, while Jesse Lingard, who later came on for Mkhitaryan curled in a fourth in injury time to complete Jose Mourinho’s biggest win as United manager.

As the final whistle blew at Old Trafford, a draw or win at Zorya Luhansk in the final Group A game on Thursday, 8 December would take United into the last 32.