Daily Archives: October 2, 2017

Juventus held to draw as Napoli rises to top Serie A

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Defending Serie A winners Juventus squandered a two-goal cushion after scoring twice within the first half an hour of the game, ended up drawing 2-2 to Atalanta in a hotly contested match full of VAR controversy.

Juventus grabbed their opening goal when Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha could only parry a long-range effort from Blaise Matuidi right onto the path of an oncoming Federico Bernardeschi, while Gonzalo Higuain doubled Juve’s lead by scoring three minutes later with a smart finish from a tight angle.

However, Atalanta played with determination to get back into the game, and managed to grab their first by pouncing on a rare Gianluigi Buffon error — a spilled dipping free-kick from outside the box that Mattia Caldara scored from close range. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Bryan Cristante later equalized with a perfectly timed run to direct his powerful header into the corner of the goal, and Paulo Dybala saw his last-gasp penalty saved by Berisha.

The result meant that Juve would miss their chance to equalize on points against Napoli, who became the first team in Serie A history to win their opening seven games while scoring 25 goals as they beat Cagliari.

Marek Hamsik put them ahead from six yards out to score his 114th goal for Napoli — just one behind Diego Maradona’s club record of 115 — before Dries Mertens doubled Napoli’s lead with a penalty and Kalidou Koulibaly scored a third from a tight angle.

While Roma won a record 10 successive games at the start of 2013-14 but scored only 20 goals in their first seven. They finished the season 17 points behind champions Juventus.

Manchester City edges Chelsea to stay on Premier League summit

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Manchester City maintained their place on top of the Premier League table following a 1-0 win over defending champions Chelsea.

Kevin de Bruyne scored the only goal in the game from twenty yards out at 67th minute with a fierce left-footed drive, pushing his team ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League table.

City looked comfortable enough in their one-goal lead, but threatened with a second when Gabriel Jesus’s volley was headed off the line by Antonio Rudiger, and threatened to score before De Bruyne’s goal as well, with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois being forced to make a brilliant reflex save from Fernandinho’s header before the break.

Although Chelsea rose to rally in the later stages of the game, they could not find an equalizer and thus lost eight points in four Premier League home games so far in 2017-18; two more than in the whole of 2016-17. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

It adds glitter to City’s achievement in a troubled week for the club, with key defender Benjamin Mendy possibly out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury and striker Sergio Aguero being sidelined after suffering rib injuries in a car crash in Amsterdam.

While Chelsea arguably shared the same circumstances after losing top scorer Alvaro Morata to a hamstring problem after 35 minutes, City have now won eight games in all competitions while keeping four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since September 2015 (six games in that run).

Before the Chelsea game, the Manchester club already scored 16 goals in their past 3 games without reply in drubbings against Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace by 5-0, 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.

While Chelsea were not one to succumb to City’s offensive power as easily, even in the the absence of Aguero got the job done at Stamford Bridge by repelling the Blues whenever they went up front and adapted as need be on both ends of the pitch.

Bayern Munich held by Hertha Berlin after Carlo Ancelotti sacking

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Bayern Munich were held to a draw away against Hertha Berlin in their first match after head coach Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, with much flaws still evident in the squad.

Playing three days after the departure of Ancelotti, who left after a 3-0 Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain, Bayern responded brightly with a dominant first half, but were pushed back — and lost winger Franck Ribery to injury — after the break, leaving the defending Bundesliga champions in second place and five points behind Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.

With Willy Sagnol filling in for Ancelotti at the helm of Bayern’s leadership, the team went in front on 10 minutes when the unmarked Mats Hummels powered an impressive header past Hertha keeper Rune Jarstein. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Hertha were awarded a penalty six minutes later when Vladimir Darida collided with Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez, but after consulting the video review system introduced into the Bundesliga this season, referee Harm Osmers reversed his decision and restarted play with a drop ball.

Martinez could have doubled Bayern’s lead on 31 minutes but headed Ribery’s cross over the bar instead, before Robert Lewandowski had a shot cleared off the line by Hertha defender Niklas Stark as the visitors threatened at will.

Hertha forward Salomon Kalou fired over the crossbar just before half-time but it was who Lewandowski finally scored to double Bayern’s lead four minutes after the break, taking advantage of weak defending.

However, Pal Dardai’s side responded and managed to hit back as Ondrej Duda poked home after a teasing run and cross from Genki Haraguchi on 51 minutes.

Kalou then equalized as Bayern’s defence opened up again, with Corentin Tolisso failing to clear Marvin Plattenhardt’s routine free-kick into the box.

Bayern’s afternoon worsened as Ribery was carried off on the hour with a knee problem after over-extending his leg to control the ball; in his place, Sagnol sent on Kingsley Coman and summer signing Niklas Sule to search — ultimately in vain — for a winner.