How AS Roma achieved the worst 30 minutes in the history of football

How AS Roma achieved the worst 30 minutes in the history of football

AS Roma may have been knocked out of the Coppa Italia on Tuesday evening, but they will forever remain in our hearts, after producing one of the most catastrophic 30 minutes of football in the process. I Giallorossi welcomed relegation-threatened Spezia to Stadio Olimpico for the Round of 16 tie in the tournament, in what should have been a straightforward progression to the quarter-finals. Instead, it turned into one of the biggest nightmares a team could possibly imagine, and has left coach Paulo Fonseca on the brink of the sack. So, what exactly went wrong for the Serie A giants in their cup adventure? The set-up: 2-2 in normal time In fairness, the warning signs were in place from the first whistle. Roma somehow

The stats that prove again that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an outrageous footballer

The stats that prove again that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an outrageous footballer

Yes, the whole 'lion' moniker is a little childish and the third person quotes are, truthfully, horrendously outplayed, but are you going to be the one to tell that to Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Didn't think so. The 39-year-old (yes, thirty nine) is one of football's strongest ever characters, and it wouldn't look out of place for him to eventually hold a WWE championship at some point. What makes him so polarising and continually talked about, though, is the fact that he's still so good at football. Like, obscenely good. There's a WrestleMania poster if ever you've seen one  Many saw an ACL injury suffered while at Manchester United in 2017 as the lion finally being tamed, especially when his next step was to head

Cagliari 0-2 Milan: Ibrahimovic back with a brace for Pioli´s table toppers

Cagliari 0-2 Milan: Ibrahimovic back with a brace for Pioli´s table toppers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to Milan’s Serie A starting line-up with both goals in a 2-0 win at Cagliari that restored their three-point lead over Inter at the summit. Antonio Conte’s side pulled level with the Rossoneri thanks to their impressive victory over champions Juventus in Sunday’s Derby d’Italia. But Ibrahimovic is inspiring Milan’s title bid with a prolific fervour and marked his first league start since November in style. A seventh-minute penalty and a crisp half-volley early in the second period took the 39-year-old’s tally to a remarkable 12 goals in just eight Serie A appearances this term. Milan finished with 10 men as substitute Alexis Saelemaekers ludicrously collected two bookings within eight minutes of his 66th-minute introduction but fourth-bottom Cagliari could not avert

Juventus: An airing of grievances

Juventus: An airing of grievances

It is officially 'Blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year. After watching Liverpool and Manchester United play out the bore draw to end all bore draws in the middle of a painfully cold January in which you're not even allowed outside because COVID numbers have gone through the roof in recent months due to the Conservative government's incompetence (and breathe), you can see why. So what better way to 'celebrate' such a bloody grim day than to air some grievances, eh? Football-related grievances to be exact. Not about the Liverpool - Man Utd game (you can read about that game elsewhere on 90min) though, these grievances pertain to Juventus and their abysmal performance in the Derby d'Italia on Sunday evening. La Vecchia

Inter confirm name will not change during upcoming club rebrand

Inter confirm name will not change during upcoming club rebrand

Change is in the offing at Inter but contrary to initial reports in Italy, they won't be rebranding as Inter Milano. The Italian giants have colloquially been known as Inter Milan for as long as anybody can remember, although factually that name is not correct. However, in a bid to modernise the club, the Milan giants are set to undergo a significant brand makeover. The club has been Internazionale since 1908  ‘Football Club Internazionale Milano’ is I Nerazzurri's actual name and they have been called that since forming in 1908, with ‘Internazionale’, meaning international, a particular nod to the wish of the club’s founders to accept players from anywhere in the world. Gazzetta dello Sport had reported that as part of Inter's plan to

Juventus 4-1 Udinese: Ronaldo brace gets Bianconeri back on track

Juventus 4-1 Udinese: Ronaldo brace gets Bianconeri back on track

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus bounced back from their Fiorentina fiasco with a 4-1 win over Udinese at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday. Andrea Pirlo’s side suffered a humiliating 3-0 home defeat to La Viola before the mid-season break, but they kicked off 2021 with a win that ensured the gap to Serie A leaders Milan remained at 10 points. Ronaldo put Juve ahead in the 31st minute with a fine strike after Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul had seen an effort ruled out by VAR. Federico Chiesa and Ronaldo then made sure Juve avoided going three consecutive home games without a win for the first time since 2015-16. Marvin Zeegelaar snatched a consolation for Udinese, but Paulo Dybala had the final say in stoppage time. Aaron Ramsey

Roma and Benfica eye Demarai Gray on free transfer

Roma and Benfica eye Demarai Gray on free transfer

AS Roma and Benfica are interested in signing Leicester City winger Demarai Gray on a free transfer in the summer of 2021, according to The Sun. It has been reported by the British tabloid that Italian club Roma and Portuguese giants Benfica are keen on talking to Gray about a potential move. Gray is out of contract at Leicester at the end of the season and has reportedly indicated that he does not want to extend his spell at the Foxes. The 24-year-old winger will be able to sign a pre-contract with any foreign club in January. AS Monaco are also reportedly interested in the former England Under-21 international. The winger has been at Leicester since 2016, but his playing time under

Romelu Lukaku rightfully calls himself one of the top five strikers in world football

Romelu Lukaku rightfully calls himself one of the top five strikers in world football

Inter star Romelu Lukaku has stated he is currently one of the five best strikers in world football, having made another prolific start to the new season - and we at 90min agree, having picked the forward for our #W2WC series. The 27-year-old has been a smash hit in Italy since leaving Manchester United at the start of the 2019/20 campaign, scoring 34 goals in all competitions last year, and kicking off the new season with 11 league goals in 13 matches. And his blistering form over the past five months has led Lukaku to believe that he is now one of the top five strikers in the world, although he refused the opportunity to create a concrete list...which is fine because

Milan 3-2 Lazio: Hernandez ensures Rossoneri end 2020 atop Serie A

Milan 3-2 Lazio: Hernandez ensures Rossoneri end 2020 atop Serie A

Milan ensured they will end 2020 atop Serie A as Theo Hernandez’s stoppage-time goal secured a 3-2 win over Lazio at San Siro on Wednesday. Stefano Pioli’s side wasted little time stamping their authority on the game, racing into a two-goal lead inside 17 minutes courtesy of Ante Rebic’s header and Hakan Calhanoglu’s penalty. Luis Alberto and Ciro Immobile – who had a spot-kick saved prior to the Spaniard’s goal – restored parity by finding the net either side of the interval, but Hernandez powered home from a corner in the 92nd minute to dramatically seal the three points for the Rossoneri. The result restored Milan’s one-point lead at the Serie A summit after neighbours Inter had temporarily leapfrogged them following a 2-1 win

Juventus 0-3 Fiorentina: Ten-man champions humbled at home as unbeaten start ends

Juventus 0-3 Fiorentina: Ten-man champions humbled at home as unbeaten start ends

Ten-man Juventus’ unbeaten start to the Serie A season was ended by Fiorentina as they suffered a humbling 3-0 loss at the Allianz Stadium. The champions had gone 12 games without a loss in the top flight under Andrea Pirlo prior to Tuesday’s setback, coming on the day they discovered their 3-0 forfeit win over Napoli in October has been revoked following their opponents’ successful appeal. Dusan Vlahovic scored early on for Fiorentina and Juve then lost Juan Cuadrado with 18 minutes played, the referee upgrading the yellow card he initially showed to a red following a VAR check. Juve were unable to hit back and conceded twice more in the final 14 minutes, with Alex Sandro putting into his net and their