Garcia own goal saves Inter’s blushes
Garcia own goal saves Inter’s blushes
Inter manager Andrea Stramaccioni had called on his side to relaunch their campaign after some recent jitters and the pressure was on the hosts after Napoli had cemented second place earlier with a 5-1 rout of Pescara.
Despite creating a number of scoring chances the Nerazzurri failed to find a way through the visitors’ defense until Garcia stuck his leg out and deflected Andrea Ranocchia’s cross past his own keeper in the 74th minute.
After their 10th win in 15 games Inter remain third on 31 points, two shy of Napoli and four adrift of Juventus following the Turin giants’ 3-0 rout of Torino in the ‘Derby della Mole’ on Saturday.
Lazio’s 2-1 win over Parma moved the Biancocelesti up from fifth although Fiorentina can reclaim fourth from Vladimir Petkovic’s side if they beat Sampdoria in Sunday’s late match.
Lazio’s opener came in chaotic fashion when Biava Giuseppe pounced from close range to slam the ball into the roof of the net for his first goal of the campaign.
Parma were then unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when the ball came off Miroslav Klose’s hand as the German defended a corner.
Four minutes later Lazio doubled their lead when Klose ran on to a through ball from midfield to squeeze the ball past Antonio Mirante’s legs before slamming into the onrushing keeper for his ninth league goal this season.
Parma were handed a lifeline just after the hour mark when the referee pointed to the spot after Giuseppe Sansone was fouled in the area.
Ishak Belfodil stepped up and saw his effort saved by Lazio ‘keeper Albano Bizzarri but the Algerian was quick to the rebound to slam the ball past the Argentinian.
Lazio held on for a ninth win of the season, which keeps them among the European places.
An improved second half performance, which included a brace from Mattia Destro helped Roma transform a potential banana skin into a valuable 3-1 win away to Siena.
The Giallorossi started poorly and were a goal down on 25 minutes after Luis Neto rose to meet a corner from the right to beat Mauro Goicoechea in the Roma net for his first goal of the season.
Destro claimed Roma’s equalizer on 63 minutes after nodding home Alessandro Florenzi’s chip from the left after a nice buildup by the visitors.
And Roma took the lead on 81 minutes when Simone Perrotta slammed the ball home after it had come off a defender and strayed into his path.
Destro capped the win by slotting into a virtually empty net after Miralem Pjanic’s cross had drawn the defense on 90 minutes.
Udinese, meanwhile, hammered Cagliari 4-1 to dominate the day’s mid-table battle while an Alberto Paloschi hat trick allowed Chievo to move further away from the relegation zone with a 4-2 victory away at Genoa.
Bologna secured only their fourth win of the campaign with a precious 2-1 win at home to Atalanta thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini’s late winner.
Earlier, a brace apiece from Gokhan Inler and Edinson Cavani helped Napoli demolish Serie A basement side Pescara 5-1.
Juventus too good for Man Utd on Ronaldo’s return
- Paulo Dybala scored the winner on 17 minutes as the Italian champions opened up a five-point lead over United at the top of Group H
- The hosts failed to threaten until Paul Pogba’s curling shot from outside the box hit the post 15 minutes from time
MANCHESTER: Cristiano Ronaldo emerged victorious again on his second return to Old Trafford, but this time did not get on the scoresheet as Juventus outclassed Manchester United to win 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Instead Ronaldo played a supporting role by helping set up Paulo Dybala’s winner on 17 minutes as the Italian champions opened up a five-point lead over United at the top of Group H.
Jose Mourinho’s men were handed a break before kick-off as Valencia’s 1-1 draw away to Young Boys means United still hold a two-point lead over the Spaniards, but a fourth defeat of the season will see speculation over Mourinho’s future increase once more.
But for a series of excellent saves from David de Gea, the margin of defeat could have been far greater too as any momentum United gained from fightbacks against Newcastle and Chelsea in recent weeks in the Premier League faded away against one of the favorites to win the Champions League.
Ronaldo was given a hero’s welcome on his previous visit to Old Trafford with Real Madrid in 2013 after scoring 118 goals for United in six seasons between 2003 and 2009 to help the Red Devils win three Premier League titles and the first of his five Champions Leagues.
The Portuguese’s early days as Juventus player since making the move to Italy from Madrid this summer have been overshadowed by a rape allegation made against him in the United States.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has strongly denied the allegation and been backed by his new club, who paid 112 million euros ($129 million) for the 33-year-old in July.
But the reception he received from the United faithful this time was far more muted with only a mild cheer raised when his name in the Juventus line-up was announced.
Ronaldo scored the winner in a contentious Champions League last-16 tie for Madrid five years ago, but this time played the role of provider for Dybala to be the match-winner.
His cross intended for Juan Cuadrado ricocheted kindly off Chris Smalling into the path of Dybala to sweep the ball past De Gea for his fourth goal in two Champions League games.
As Juventus dominated the rest of the first half, only De Gea stood in their way of killing the game off before the break.
The Spaniard flew to his right to save Joao Cancelo’s fiercely-struck shot then produced a fine double save to parry Ronaldo’s free-kick and swat away Blaise Matuidi’s follow-up effort.
Top scorer in this competition for the past six seasons, Ronaldo is still searching for his first Champions League goal for Juventus having been sent off after just 30 minutes of his European debut against Valencia and subsequently banned for a 3-0 victory over Young Boys.
He couldn’t have done much more with an effort that soared toward De Gea’s top corner seven minutes into the second half only to see the United ‘keeper produce a miraculous right-handed save.
Going behind brought out the best in Mourinho’s side against Newcastle and Chelsea to help ease the pressure on the manager.
But the hosts failed to threaten until Paul Pogba’s curling shot from outside the box hit the post 15 minutes from time.
Anthony Martial also tested Wojciech Szczesny late on but Juventus held out for a deserved victory.