Serie A: Struggling Napoli shock Sarri’s Juventus

first_img Read Also: West Ham bid for Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi But Lazio pulled level eight minutes later after a Pau Lopez shocker, with the Roma goalkeeper unable to clear an aerial shot and a mix-up with Chris Smalling allowing Francesco Acerbi to tap in. Paulo Fonseca’s side remain fourth, one point ahead of Atalanta, who thrashed Torino 7-0 on Saturday. Lazio have a game in hand to be played in February against Hellas Verona. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Martinez’s frustration mirrored that of his team, who have now been held to three consecutive 1-1 draws and taken 11 points from their last seven league games. Inter made a promising start with Ashley Young having an immediate impact on his debut after arriving from Manchester United, providing the cross which allowed Martinez to head in after half an hour. Inter’s Lautaro Martinez risks missing the Milan derby after receiving a red card in the Cagliari draw Piotr Zielinski and Lorenzo Insigne scored in the second half as struggling Napoli shocked champions Juventus 2-1 to spoil coach Maurizio Sarri’s return to the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday. Sarri had not been back to Naples since being sacked in May 2018 after three successful campaigns, and before moving to Chelsea. Napoli won for the first time since December 22 with victory over Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus This season he has taken over eight-time reigning champions Juve, a move seen as a betrayal by his former team, the two-time Serie A runners-up. Juve missed the chance to open up a six-point lead on Inter Milan at the top of the table, after Antonio Conte’s side were earlier held 1-1 by Cagliari, their third consecutive draw. Inter are three points behind Juve with Lazio a further two points adrift in third after city rivals Roma ended Simone Inzaghi’s side’s 11-match winning streak. “It is pleasant and exciting to go back,” said Sarri despite the whistles and insulting banners of his former fans, reserving his criticism for his “under-par, mentally bland” team. “We lost a match against an opponent who had done the minimum to win,” he added. “We were passive throughout the game, always halfway between pressure and waiting, we made mistakes.” In Naples, Zielinski broke the deadlock after 63 minutes finishing off a rebound after Insigne was denied by Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Insigne volleyed in a second after 86 minutes to an explosion of joy among the crowd. Cristiano Ronaldo pulled a goal back as the game headed into injury time for his 13th goal in nine consecutive games in all competitions. The visitors pushed for the equaliser but Alex Meret smothered Gonzalo Higuain’s goal-bound effort, as Juve crashed to just their second defeat of the season. Napoli move up to tenth place, 12 points off the Champions League places after ending a run of three consecutive defeats. “It’s a victory for the whole of Naples,” said Insigne after his team’s first home win in the league since October 19. – Boiling point – In the San Siro, Radja Nainggolan claimed the equaliser for Cagliari against his parent club Inter. Tensions reached boiling point as Inter’s goalscorer Lautaro Martinez was sent off in injury time for arguing with the referee. The Argentinian reacted with fury, shouting and repeatedly punching the plexiglass at the side of the pitch, as he was led away by his teammates. AS Roma’s Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko scored his 99th goal for the clubcenter_img Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney PrincessesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World But the hosts failed to build on the momentum and the Sardinians stayed in the match until Nainggolan’s deflected long-range equaliser on 78 minutes. Tensions were already high when Martinez went down in a challenge and earned a yellow card for a comment to the referee, promptly earning a straight red for then shouting at the official. The game ended in chaos with Conte arguing with match officials, before storming off. “The draw certainly wasn’t down to the referee, we only complained because he didn’t blow for fouls on our forwards,” said captain Samir Handanovic. “Something is definitely missing from the team because we keep conceding second half goals, and don’t kill games off when we have the chance.” Martinez, who has scored 11 league goal this season, now risks missing the Milan derby on February 9 due to a suspension. Cagliari, in sixth, occupy the final Europa League berth, despite taking just three points from their last seven games. – Roma stall Lazio – Lazio failed to take second place from Inter after Roma ended their club record winning streak, with both goals the result of goalkeeping errors. Roma’s early dominance paid off after 26 minutes when Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Straskosha misjudged Bryan Cristante’s long ball for Dzeko, with the Bosnia forward anticipating the goalkeeper’s rush, nodding the ball in with the back on his head.last_img read more

St. Leon to host ‘Whole Hog Sausage Breakfast’

first_imgSt. Leon, In. — The American Legion Post in St. Leon invites the public to a “Whole Hog Sausage Breakfast” Sunday, March 3 from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The all-you-can-eat meal includes fresh sausage, eggs, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, fried potatoes, coffee and juice.last_img

First Bank Defeats SEC to Lift CBN Cup

first_imgFirst Bank of Nigeria Football Club of Lagos at the weekend emerged champions of the 32nd edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria sponsored All Nigeria Financial Institutions Football competitionTo emerge champion, FBN defeated Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) FC of Abuja 4-2 to cart home the giant trophy and the N2million star prize. SEC Abuja got N1.5m and the runners-up trophy for their efforts.The final match played at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, was watched by who-is-who in Nigeria football administration and a some ex- Internationals including former midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju. The epic final ended 1-1 at regulation time before dragging intopenalty shootout which FBN won.Speaking at the occasion, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria,  Mr. Godwin Emefiele, commended all the teams that participated in this year’s edition and stressed that the championship was one of the foremost and oldest corporate responsibility functions of the CBNMr. Emefiele who was represented by the Controller of the Ibadan branch of the CBN, Mrs. Ajuma Modojemu, reiterated the apex bank’s commitment in making positive contributions toward the promotion and development of football in the country.The CBN Governor lauded the increase in the number of financial institutions that registered for this year’s competition and urge other institutions yet to register to do so in order to be captured in next year’s edition of the championship.Emefiele thanked the Oyo State government for making the Lekan Salami Stadium available for the exercise and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for mobilizing the teams and ensuring a hitch-free exercise. He also gave kudos to the media for their support at all time and fans for their conducts throughout the championship.Meanwhile, Azabe Zinariya MFB FC defeated Balogun Fulani MFB FC  6-2 to win the third placed match and claimed the N1million at stake for the 2nd runners–up while  Balogun Fulani was given  N500,000 as consolation prize for the 4th position.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Watson re-signs with Roosters

first_img20 year-old Watson expressed his delight at extending his contract with the Tricolours.”I’m very excited to extend my time with the Roosters,” said Watson.”I’m learning so much from Robbo (head coach Trent Robinson) and the coaches, and this is where I want to build a career. “I know I still have a lot of improvement in me, and hopefully I’ll keep learning and improving and secure an opportunity to play some good footy for the Roosters,” he added.Robinson said it was exciting to have Watson extend his arrangement with the club.”I’ve really enjoyed watching Connor’s development over the last few years,” said Robinson.”Connor is a natural ball runner who trains hard.”He’s also a great young man, so I’m really looking forward to continuing to work with him and watching his development over the next few seasons.”Watson made his NRL debut in Round 7 of the 2016 season, playing 16 games in his rookie year.This announcement caps off an exciting week for the Roosters, with the club surpassing 10,000 members last Thursday.This is the fastest that the Roosters have ever reached 10,000 Members, with more than 9,000 of those being Membership renewals and 1,000 new members joining the club.The Roosters extend their thanks to the 10,000-plus members who have pledged their commitment to their team by renewing or joining as a 2017 Sydney Roosters member.Further information about the Roosters extensive range of full season and flexi Membership options can be found by visiting membership.roosters.com.aulast_img read more

Dortmund draw a blank without dropped Aubameyang

first_img0Shares0000Dortmund’s midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Wolfsburg’s defender William fight for the ball on January 14, 2018 © AFP / SASCHA SCHUERMANNBERLIN, Germany, Jan 14 – Borussia Dortmund missed the chance to go second in the Bundesliga on Sunday after a 0-0 home draw with Wolfsburg without the dropped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Before kick-off, Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger revealed he took a dim view of Aubameyang missing a team meeting on Saturday and threw the top-scorer out of the squad. Dortmund’s attack struggled to finish in his absence, testing visiting goalkeeper Koen Casteel’s with only one of 19 attempts on goal.“There are rules which apply to every player, regardless of how many goals they score, and it was a logical step,” said Dortmund keeper Roman Burki.“We missed his goals today, that was obvious, and we hope that we won’t be without him again for more games after another dumb mistake.”It is the third time Aubameyang has been disciplined by the club after an unauthorised video shoot at Dortmund’s training ground last November and a trip to Milan shortly before a Champions League game last season.In Aubameyang’s absence, 18-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak made only his third Bundesliga appearance up front having previously played just 13 minutes in the top flight.Isak clipped the post with a first-half shot while winger Andriy Yarmolenko howled in rage after firing wide.Dortmund kept up the pressure after the break when England Under-19 star Jadon Sancho, 17, — who also made only his third appearance in the Bundesliga — hit the post early in the second half.At the other end, Daniel Didavi fired at Burki in the first half while new signing Renato Steffen, recruited from Basel, was also denied after coming on with 25 minutes left.Simon Terodde, pictured in May 2017, hit a 95th-minute winner for Cologne against Borussia Moenchengladbach © AFP/File / THOMAS KIENZLEThe result leaves Dortmund in the fourth and final Champions League spot, but only one point clear of Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach, who had earlier fallen to a shock 2-1 defeat at bottom club Cologne.New signing Simon Terodde hit a 95th-minute winner as Cologne made it two victories in a row, having gone winless for their first 16 games of the campaign.Cologne remain eight points from safety even after Terrode, who was making his club debut after signing from Stuttgart in December, reacted quickest in the box by firing home a loose ball with time almost up.The victory comes after the club’s new CEO Armin Veh told German daily Bild “no one believes that we’ll manage it”, in terms of Cologne’s survival chances.Danish defender Frederik Sorensen gave Cologne the lead against the run of play when he headed home a free-kick by Serbia midfielder Milos Jojic on 34 minutes.Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn somehow managed to keep Gladbach’s attack at bay as the visitors attacked in waves, with Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer and Belgian forward Thorgan Hazard both going close.The pressure paid off when the visitors drew level as Raffael pounced on a Horn save and fired home off the underside of the crossbar in the 69th minute, only for Terrode to strike with his last-gasp effort.On Saturday, RB Leipzig climbed to second in the table with a 3-1 win over Schalke after Liverpool-bound Naby Keita scored their opening goal.The Guinea midfielder has a contract to join Liverpool next season, but on Sunday Leipzig put out a statement insisting he will not be moving to Anfield this month, despite speculation he could make an early departure.Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are 13 points clear in the table after their 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, with Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez and Javi Martinez scoring the goals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more