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Europa League: Sevilla’s Vitolo makes history by scoring after 13 seconds

Sevilla’s Vitolo scored the fastest goal in Europa League history as the holders beat Villarreal 3-1 in their last-16 first-leg match. Vitolo netted after just 13.21 seconds  from Kevin Gameiro’s lofted pass almost straight from the kick-off. The goal beats the previous record, set by AEK’s Ismael Blanco in the inaugural season in 2009, by nearly two seconds. Goals from Stephane M’bia ...

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Cagliari sack Zola

Cagliari have announced that they have sacked head coach Gianfranco Zola following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sampdoria at the weekend. Zola, who finished his playing career at the Stadio Sant’Elia, replaced Zdenek Zeman in December following a poor start to the season for the Sardinian outfit. However, a 5-0 defeat in his first game in charge offered ...

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Serie A round-up: Roma drop points in title race, Napoli draw

Roma boss Rudi Garcia was left concerned by the “negative” performance of his side after they missed the chance to narrow the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus by drawing at Chievo. Gervinho spurned Roma’s best chance as the away side enjoyed a majority of possession but were wasteful in attack. “Today we were terrible, unrecognisable,” Garcia said. “Tomorrow we ...

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Chievo midfielder Federico Mattiello suffers broken leg

Chievo midfielder Federico Mattiello – on loan from Juventus – suffered a broken leg during Sunday’s clash with Roma. The horrific injury was the result of a challenge with Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan 16 minutes into a goalless draw at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi. Mattiello, 19, joined Turin giants Juventus as a 14-year-old back in 2009 and made his debut for ...

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Caceres set for ankle op – Juventus

Uruguay defender Martin Caceres is to undergo surgery after fracturing a bone in his left ankle during training with Juventus on Sunday, the Serie A champions announced. A statement from the Italian champions said Caceres had fractured the “malleolus bone in his ankle and will be operated on tomorrow (Monday), with a prognosis on his recovery time to be established ...

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Napoli 2-2 Inter: Icardi’s cheeky penalty punishes profligate Partenopei

Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain looked to have sealed victory for the hosts but Rodrigo Palacio halved the deficit before his fellow Argentine chipped home a late spot-kick Mauro Icardi’s late penalty earned Inter a 2-2 draw at 10-man Napoli, as Rafael Benitez’s men spurned a two-goal lead and the chance to close the gap on second-placed Roma. The Giallorossi’s ...

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Serie A round-up: Roma drop points, Lazio beat Palermo

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Veteran forward Francesco Totti scored for Roma but his side were held to a draw at Hellas Verona and lost vital ground on Serie A leaders Juventus. The 38-year-old’s fifth league goal of the season put the visitors ahead as he shot in low from the edge of the area. But Bosko Jankovic’s deflected header from a corner for Verona ...

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Former Italy forward Iaquinta busted in Mafia investigation

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Former Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta had his home searched as part of an investigation into the ‘Ndrangheta Mob taking root in the wealthy north of the country. Prior to the search, Iaquinta’s father was among 117 people arrested after Italian cops found two guns in a safe at his home in Calabria. Iaquinta, who was part of Italy’s 2006 World ...

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Juventus stretch Serie A lead after Atalanta win

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Champions Juventus went 10 points clear at the top of Serie A after coming from behind to beat Atalanta in Turin. Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo was the match-winner on the stroke of half-time, powering in a 35-yard free-kick. Relegation-threatened Atalanta had taken a lead through Giulio Migliaccio’s glancing header. But Fernando Llorente equalised for the hosts after poking in from ...

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Cash-strapped Parma “running out of time” as match postponed

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Parma have called off  Sunday’s Serie A visit of Udinese on safety grounds as their financial problems continue to threaten the club’s future. Players and staff from the bottom-of-the-table club have not been paid all season and stewarding costs were unable to be met to stage the fixture. The club asked to play the match behind closed doors but the ...

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