Serie A: AC Milan enhance strain on leaders Inter Milan by beating Hellas Verona; Juventus declare seventh straight win
Milan: Rade Krunic and Diogo Dalot scored in both half as AC Milan beat Hellas Verona 2-0 to shut the hole on Serie A leaders Inter earlier than subsequent week’s Europa League journey to Manchester United.
Krunic curled in a free-kick after 27 minutes with Manchester United loanee Dalot doubling the guests’ account 5 minutes after the break to drag Milan three factors behind Inter, who host in-form Atalanta on Monday.
Champions Juventus are 4 factors behind Milan in third, with a sport in hand, after claiming their seventh straight win at residence, 3-1 in opposition to Lazio on Saturday.
Regardless of the absence of key gamers together with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, winger Ante Rebic and defender Theo Hernandez, Milan stored the strain on their metropolis rivals two weeks after their 3-0 derby defeat.
Ibrahimovic, who has scored 14 targets in as many league video games for the membership, joined the staff at Verona regardless of a leg muscle drawback.
“Right this moment we have proven that we’re there, that we’re a staff and nonetheless consider,” stated coach Stefano Pioli.
“We’re stronger after we’re all collectively, however we’re additionally sturdy with absences.
“Ibrahimovic arrived earlier than the sport, adopted the technical assembly, and helped to stimulate us as nice champions do. He’s a pack chief.”
Rafael Leao began up entrance in Ibrahimovic’s absence, and the Portuguese ahead threatened after quarter of an hour with a header which went over the bar.
The breakthrough got here when Krunic was introduced down simply outdoors the field. The Bosnian midfielder dusted himself down and whipped a free-kick previous a shocked Marco Silvestri from a difficult angle for his first league objective in Milan colors.
Defender Dalot additionally acquired off the mark in Serie A 4 minutes after the break, blasting in an Alexis Saelemaekers cross.
Milan took a worthwhile three factors earlier than they journey to Manchester for the primary leg of their Europa League final 16 tie with United earlier than internet hosting Napoli within the league subsequent weekend.
Verona, in eighth, fell to their first residence defeat since dropping to Inter earlier than Christmas.
Insigne double lifts Napoli
Roma moved as much as fourth, one level forward of fifth-placed Atalanta, because of a Gianluca Mancini objective, forward of their Europa League tie in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk in Rome.
Mancini jumped highest to show in a Lorenzo Pellegrini nook after 24 minutes on the Stadio Olimpico, beating second alternative goalkeeper Federico Marchetti who changed Mattia Perrin.
Roma sit 9 factors behind Inter after the win.
“Yet one more step is lacking to beat the massive groups, we have to enhance as a result of one thing extra is required to succeed in the Champions League,” stated Mancini.
In Naples, Lorenzo Insigne scored twice with Victor Osimhen including a 3rd as Napoli consolidated sixth place, three factors off the Champions League berths, with a 3-1 win over Bologna.
Nigerian Osimhen returned after taking a knock to his head two weeks in the past, coming off the bench eight minutes after the break.
A minute’s silence was noticed earlier than kick-off after the demise of Mirko Pavinato, captain of the Bologna aspect who gained the league in 1964.
Insigne opened the scoring after eight minutes, latching onto a Piotr Zielinski’s back-heel kick.
Osimhen scored eight minutes after approaching and was concerned in Insigne’s second 12 minutes later off a rebound simply after Roberto Soriano had pulled a objective again for Bologna.
Backside aspect Crotone ended their seven-match dropping streak with a 4-2 win over coronavirus -hit relegation rivals Torino.
The Turin membership’s final two video games, in opposition to Sassuolo and Lazio, have been unplayed due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Crotone are some extent behind second-last Parma, who stretched their winless run to 17 video games after defender Simone Iacopini became his personal internet simply earlier than the ultimate whistle handy 14th-placed Fiorentina a 3-3 draw.
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