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Serie A: Juventus beat Cagliari in season opener

Gianluigi Buffon has saved two of the past three penalties faced in Serie A (Image credit: Reuters)

Gianluigi Buffon saved the first penalty awarded by video assistant referee (VAR) in Serie A as Juventus began their title defence with a comfortable win against Cagliari. Buffon, making his 620th appearance in the league, denied Diego Farias after referee Fabio Maresca used VAR to award the spot-kick for an Alex Sandro foul. Juventus were already leading at that point ...

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Icardi’s Inter flatten Fiorentina

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The new-look Inter got off to a great start, beating a revolutionised Fiorentina 3-0 with an early Mauro Icardi brace and Ivan Perisic. Luciano Spalletti chose several of the summer signings to start, including ex-Viola men Borja Valero and Matias Vecino. It was captain Icardi who made the difference, earning and converting a penalty – awarded using VAR technology – ...

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Inter Milan ‘want to keep’ Ivan Perisic – Coach Spalletti


Inter Milan head coach Luciano Spalletti wants to keep Manchester United target Ivan Perisic, but has suggested he will be sold for the right price. According to Sky Sports, United and Inter are close to agreeing a fee for the Croatia winger, who the Serie A club value at £48m. Perisic is currently with Inter on a pre-season tour and ...

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Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic in talks with Fiorentina


Lazar Markovic has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for friendlies in Germany after having talks with Fiorentina. The Serbia international is surplus to requirements at Anfield and has spent the last two seasons out on loan, first at Fenerbahce and then Sporting Lisbon before being recalled for a spell at Hull. Markovic played 45 minutes in Liverpool’s opening friendly ...

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Higuain loses Napoli case


Gonzalo Higuain has reportedly lost a case against Napoli for image rights, as documents weren’t submitted in time. The striker left the Partenopei last summer to join Juventus, in a Serie A record deal worth €90m. Relations with President Aurelio De Laurentiis were given as a reason for the switch, and Pipita later submitted a claim for €600,000 in unpaid ...

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Juve medical for De Sciglio

during the international friendly match between Italy and Luxembourg on June 4, 2014 in Perugia, Italy.

Juventus have confirmed that Milan wingback Mattia De Sciglio will undergo a medical with the club on Wednesday. De Sciglio landed back in Italy on Tuesday to complete his proposed transfer to Juve, and the Bianconeri’s official Twitter account revealed the following morning that the 24-year-old was at J Medical to take fitness tests. The Old Lady are expected to ...

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Perisic set for talks with Inter boss Spalletti amid Man Utd links


Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti says he will speak with Manchester United target Ivan Perisic about his future at the club. Sky Sports reports that United remain keen to bring the Croatia international to Old Trafford this summer despite having two bids turned down by the Serie A side. Spalletti, who was appointed as the successor to Stefano Pioli in May, wants ...

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Batistuta ‘has trouble walking’


Fiorentina legend Gabriel Batistuta admits “I have difficulty walking because I gave more than I had to give” in football. Batistuta scored 242 goals for Fiorentina, Roma and Inter between 1991 and 2003, but the former Argentina striker revealed his prolific ways had taken its toll. “Is it true that I once said I never liked football? I did say ...

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AC Milan complete €25m Calhanoglu signing


AC Milan have completed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu for a reported fee of €25 million. The Turkey international has signed a four-year deal at San Siro and becomes the sixth signing of what is turning into a busy summer for Vincenzo Montella’s side. He joins Mateo Mussachio, Franck Kessie, Ricardo Rodriguez, Andre Silva and Fabio Borini in ...

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Kwadwo Asamoah to get Juve midfield role for next season


Ghana’s Kwadwo Asamoah is set to stay at Juventus for the coming season and get a midfield role after reports from Italy stated that the club had turned down an offer to Galatasaray. According to Italian sports portal Tuttosport, the club has shaken its head to an offer from Juventus for Asamoah and wants to keep the Ghanaian midfielder for ...

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