Daily Archives: October 16, 2017

Mauro Icardi scores last-minute penalty to win Milan derby for Inter

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Internazionale skipper Mauro Icardi scored a last-minute penalty to complete his hat-trick and snatch a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan, thus condemning Milan to a third successive league defeat.

Icardi brought his team ahead in the 28th minute when Antonio Candreva, who had already hit the crossbar, delivered an inviting low cross from the right and Icardi got between Milan’s two central defenders to steer the ball into the net.

Suso equalised for Milan in the 56th minute by curling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner from 20 metres, but the derby were level for only seven minutes until Icardi robbed Lucas Biglia of the ball in midfield and fed Ivan Perisic, who got to the byline and pulled it back to the middle where the Inter captain managed to guide it into the net.

Still, Milan was able to level again for the second time with nine minutes left, after Samir Handanovic parried Giacomo Bonaventura’s shot onto a post and the ball rebounded back onto the Slovenian goalkeeper and into the net.

As Milan looked just inches away from securing an hard-earned point in the midst of a slump, things took a sharp twist against their plan as their defender Ricardo Rodríguez hauled down Danilo D’Ambrosio at a corner and Icardi converted his ninth league goal of the season.

Inter’s win kept them second and unbeaten in Serie A with 22 points from eight games and just two behind the table leaders, Napoli, who have a 100% record following their 1-0 win at Roma on Saturday.

While Inter looks to usurp the position of Serie A leaders Napoli as they visit the Stadio San Paolo next Saturday, AC Milan have lost their past three league games to fall 12 points behind their city rivals.

It was a terrible turn of fortunes for the Rossoneri after they had embarked on an ambitious £200m spending spree in the summer.

With the £35.1m Leonardo Bonucci and £33.6m Andre Silva among the arrivals, the club were expected to be challenging near the top of the table but now it looks as if Vincenzo Montella would be the latest managerial casualty instead.

Indonesian goalie Choirul Huda dies after collision with teammate

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Choirul Huda, goalkeeper for the Liga 1 club Persela Lamongan, has died after a collision with a teammate during a league match.

Huda, 38 collided with his teammate and defender Ramon Rodrigues along with an opponent, Semen Pedang attacker Marcel Sacramento when he came off his line to challenge for the ball, and lost consciousness following the clash inside his penalty area.

He was quickly stretchered off the field and rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The match continued after the incident with Persela beating Semen Padang 2-0 in the Indonesian top-flight match, but club coach Aji Santoso confirmed after the game that Huda had sadly lost his life. Later, thousands of fans later attended a candlelit vigil to honour the goalkeeper, who made more than 500 league appearances for his only club.

Huda had played for Persela since 1999, and the club described him as “the Real Legend of Persela” in a tribute on Twitter.

In a statement from a doctor at the Dr Soegiri Lamongan Hospital posted on the official Persela website, Huda was described as having suffered a “traumatic collision” which led to a cardiac arrest.

It said that initial analysis revealed the impact was to the chest and lower jaw, resulting in the “possibility of chest trauma, head trauma and neck trauma”.

Dr Nugroho, a resident of the hospital added that the collision resulted in Huda “stopping breathing and [caused a] cardiac arrest”, and while a medical team attempted to revive him there were “no reflexes of signs of normal life” after an hour.

Diego Simeone praises Lionel Messi after La Liga draw

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has showered praise upon FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi after the forward starred in a draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Although Saul Niguez and Luis Suarez were on the scoresheet as Atletico Madrid took on Barca in the 1-1 draw, Messi had great influence in the game — first striking the post in the second half and then playing a role in building Barca’s momentum ahead of Suarez’s late equaliser after Saul unleashed an unstoppable attempt beyond him from 25 yards in the 21st minute.

After the game, Simeone singled out his compatriot — who also fired Argentina to the 2018 World Cup with a hat-trick against Ecuador earlier — for particular praise as he revelled in the occasion at Wanda Metropolitano.

“The stadium was wonderful, we had another night of brilliant football, and with the impressive Messi — extraordinary,” Simeone said. “Messi was the only one who you could see where, every time he touched the ball, something different could happen.”

“He was certainly not as tired as many expected after the trip [from international duty in South America] because he played a tremendous match.”

Meanwhile, French forward Antoine Griezmann failed to find the net at the Wanda for the first time for Atleti, but Simeone believed this was his best performance at the stadium yet.

Indeed, Griezmann had to be denied twice by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, first by a fine one-handed save at his near post after Andrés Iniesta gave away the ball again, this time with his left leg, after the Frenchman had driven into the box by nutmegging Gerard Pique.

“For me, this was the best game that Griezmann has had at home,” he said. “He twice worked the goalkeeper, he countered with [Angel] Correa and he held the ball up well.”

“It was a great game between two teams with different characteristics. Our first half was very good, the goalkeeper [ter Stegen] was key. From the 60th minute, Barca attacked with more clarity due to their need to score.”