Serie A

Icardi brace as Inter beat Atalanta to go second


In-form Mauro Icardi scored two headers as Inter Milan beat Atalanta to move into second place in Serie A. Inter, who have not lost since hiring manager Luciano Spalletti in June, took advantage of Juventus’ defeat by Sampdoria to move above the champions and within two points of Napoli. They led through captain Icardi’s header from Antonio Candreva’s corner. The Argentine then ...

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Juventus beaten by Sampdoria after resting Buffon


Gianluigi Buffon was left on the Juventus bench in their defeat by Sampdoria, along with defender Andrea Barzagli, because “they need time to get over” Italy’s World Cup exit. Massimiliano Allegri rested the pair, who retired from Italy duty following the play-off defeat by Sweden. Sampdoria led through Duvan Zapata’s looping header, with Lucas Torreira and Gianmarco Ferrari making it 3-0. Gonzalo ...

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Inter in for Pastore


Inter are reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore, possible in a Joao Mario exchange. The Nerazzurri have made a good start to the season, and despite Financial Fair Play it’s thought they will make some investments in January. Ramires is widely expected to join on loan from Jiangsu Suning, as both clubs are owned by Suning Group. The midfielder ...

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Gianluigi Buffon to retire unless Juventus win Champions League

Gianluigi Buffon has played 633 times for Juventus and 173 matches for Italy (Image credit: Reuters)

Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will retire at the end of the season unless his club win the Champions League. The 39-year-old hopes to play in next summer’s World Cup and would extend his career for the Club World Cup if Juventus won Europe’s elite trophy. The Serie A side have been beaten in the Champions League final twice in ...

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Serie A round-up: Khedira bags hat-trick in Juventus rout


Sami Khedira scored a first career hat-trick as 10-man Juventus recovered to trounce Udinese 6-2 at the Dacia Arena. A poor start for Juve saw Stipe Perica skip past Giorgio Chiellini to power home, but Samir’s own goal levelled things up. Khedira headed in Juan Cuadrado’s cross to turn the match around shortly before Mario Mandzukic was dismissed for collecting two bookings in ...

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Serie A: Napoli’s perfect start ended by Inter Milan stalemate


Napoli’s perfect start to the Serie A season was ended by a 0-0 draw against second-placed Inter Milan at the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday. Dries Mertens missed two fine chances to extend the hosts’ winning run to nine games, but ultimately a strong defensive display from the visitors earned a deserved point. The confident home side looked eager to ...

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Giovinco: I want Italy call


Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco doesn’t understand why Italy won’t call him, but says the Azzurri is his “greatest aspiration”. The former Juventus man hasn’t been capped by his country October 2015, ostensibly because he’s playing in Major League Soccer, which is seen as weaker than European football. “It’s true that the tactics are easier to play against here, and ...

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Serie A: Mauro Icardi hat trick lifts Inter over AC Milan; Sampdoria beat Atalanta

Mauro Icardi celebrates the first of his three goals on Sunday. 
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Mauro Icardi plundered a hat trick to pile the pressure on AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella as Inter Milan came out on top 3-2 in a thrilling Derby della Madonnina. The Argentina international striker converted a controversial 90th-minute penalty after Ricardo Rodriguez was adjudged to have pulled back Danilo D’Ambrosio to snatch a 3-2 victory at the San Siro. Icardi put the home side ...

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Napoli beat Roma 1-0 to go five points clear of losing Juventus

Lazio players celebrate with Ciro Immobile after a goal against Juventus. MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images

Ciro Immobile scored twice in a 2-1 Lazio victory in Turin as Paulo Dybala failed to save Juventus from suffering their first home defeat in Serie A in more than two years. A product of the Juve academy who was recently a formidable goal-scoring force for their cross-town rivals Torino, Immobile continued his hot streak this term with a leveller shortly after ...

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Udinese ease past 10-man Sampdoria


Udinese ended Sampdoria’s unbeaten Serie A start with a 4-0 victory at Friuli, where midfielder Edgar Barreto was sent off. The home side had been on the back of a three-match losing streak, but went ahead on 27 minutes through a penalty from Rodrigo De Paul. Sampdoria, who beat AC Milan last time out, then found themselves down to 10 ...

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