Inter 1-2 Milan: Player Ratings as Ibrahimovic Brace Decides Dramatic Derby Della Madonnina

Inter 1-2 Milan: Player Ratings as Ibrahimovic Brace Decides Dramatic Derby Della Madonnina

AC Milan triumphed in an entertaining Derby della Madonnina, beating rivals Inter 2-1 at San Siro on a pulsating evening of football. Stefano Pioli's men opened the scoring on 13 minutes, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted the rebound to his own missed penalty, after he had been brought down in the box by Aleksandar Kolarov. The big Swede doubled the scoreline three minutes later, tapping home an inch-perfect cross at the far post to send the visitors into dreamland. Inter came back into the game on the half-hour mark through Romelu Lukaku, who slotted home an Ivan Perisic cross at the far post. I Nerazzurri pushed to level the scores in the second half, with Achraf Hakimi squandering a brilliant chance with a

Napoli Possess the Attacking Firepower Required for Shock Title Tilt

Napoli Possess the Attacking Firepower Required for Shock Title Tilt

Well, who saw this coming? If you'd have told us at the start of the game, that one of Napoli and Atalanta would be leading 4-0 at half-time, we wouldn't have been too surprised. That's mainly because Atalanta can put four goals past any team in Europe if they fancy. What we didn't expect, was that it would be Gennaro Gattuso's men blowing their opponents away on Saturday afternoon. This battle was seen as an acid test for both teams. I Partenopei had won their opening two matches, scoring eight and conceding none, while la Dea had scored four, four and five in their three outings. Bang in form. The duo were viewed as certain top-four candidates before a ball had been kicked

Serie A Value XI: The Best Underpaid Players in Italian Football

Serie A Value XI: The Best Underpaid Players in Italian Football

I don't mean to alarm you, reader, but Cristiano Ronaldo earns €31m a year. €31m. Thirty-one. Million. That is a lot of money. Now, before you start angrily calling me a h8r on Twitter and telling me Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi etc, just hear me out. That is simply too much money. No man deserves that quantity of money for the job he does, especially when no one else earns anywhere near the cash he brings home. In fact, the Portuguese forward is paid four and a half times more than any other player on his team. Does he possess four and a half times more talent and influence than, say, Paulo Dybala? It's football gone mad. And it got us

The 10 Best Serie A Transfers of the 2020 Summer Window – Ranked

The 10 Best Serie A Transfers of the 2020 Summer Window - Ranked

Before the window opened, Juventus director Fabio Paratici - taking into account the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic - made the prediction: "I think we’ll see longer loans because rather than purchase homes, people are more likely in a time of uncertainty to rent." Paratici's Juve - and seemingly the remainder of Serie A - have largely adhered to this prophecy. Yet, while a lot of the deals may not be permanent, there have been plenty of moves up and down the division which could very well leave an indelible mark on the current campaign. Gianluca Caprari has enjoyed an excellent start to his Benevento career  Benevento's first ever Serie A season in 2017/18 will forever be remembered for their record-breaking 14

Juventus’ Clash With Napoli Abandoned in Bizarre Circumstances Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

Juventus' Clash With Napoli Abandoned in Bizarre Circumstances Due to Coronavirus Restrictions

Juventus could be handed a 3-0 win over Napoli in Serie A due to their opponents' inability to fulfil the fixture. Napoli are currently unable to leave the Italian region of Campania after midfielders Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive for coronavirus. The local health authority initially didn't advise against traveling for the game despite insisting the squad should self-isolate, but went on to prohibit this too on Sunday. But Serie A officials maintained the fixture should still go ahead as other sides have been able to play despite returning positive tests, and Napoli had not been able to prove their inability to put out a team. So what happened? Napoli didn't travel for the fixture at the Allianz Stadium because they

Milan 3-0 Spezia: Leao brace helps Rossoneri stay perfect

Milan 3-0 Spezia - Leao brace helps Rossoneri stay perfect

Milan extended their 100 per cent start to the Serie A season with a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Spezia at San Siro on Sunday. Six players kept their places after Thursday’s penalty shoot-out win over Rio Ave in the Europa League, and a lack of freshness was apparent in the first half, with Milan struggling to break down their less illustrious opponents. They looked sharper at the start of the second period, though, and duly went ahead shortly before the hour mark when Rafael Leao prodded home from close range. Theo Hernandez added a second in the 76th minute before Leao made sure of all three points with another predatory strike two minutes later, as Milan made it three wins from three. After a largely

Lazio 1-1 Inter: Player Ratings as Bad Tempered Serie A Encounter Ends All Square

Lazio 1-1 Inter: Player Ratings as Bad Tempered Serie A Encounter Ends All Square

Lazio and Inter played out a fiery 1-1 draw on Sunday with both teams being reduced to 10 men. The visitors drew blood first through Lautaro Martinez who finished clinically after the ball broke nicely for him inside the box. After the break, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic nodded in an equaliser which sparked a period of Lazio dominance. This was put to an end when Ciro Immobile was sent off for kicking out at Arturo Vidal with around 20 minutes left to play. The chaos continued in the 85th minute when Stefano Sensi was dismissed for a coming together with Patric. Here are 90min's player ratings from a bad-tempered affair in Rome... Bastoni was involved in a heated battle with Ciro Immobile  Samir Handanovic (GK) - 7/10 -

AC Milan Confirm Loan Signing of Diogo Dalot From Manchester United

AC Milan Confirm Loan Signing of Diogo Dalot From Manchester United

AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot on loan for the 2020/21 season. The 21-year-old joined United from Porto in the summer of 2018 for around £19m, but has struggled to establish himself in a turbulent period for the club. He played 90 minutes in the 3-0 League Cup victory over Brighton, but that was his only appearance this season. He hasn't been in the squad for any of their Premier League matches in 2020/21, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka firmly established as first choice and Timothy Fosu-Mensah seemingly preferred as backup. United have been open to loan offers in order for the 21-year-old to continue his development, and it was reported last week that Milan had opened talks. They

Napoli Facing Possibility of Juventus Forfeit Amid Coronavirus Travel Ban

Napoli Facing Possibility of Juventus Forfeit Amid Coronavirus Travel Ban

The Serie A clash between Juventus and Napoli, scheduled for this weekend, has been plunged into doubt after La Vecchia Signora stated their intention to fulfil the fixture, despite new travel restrictions being put in place in the area of Campania. Gennaro Gattuso's Partenopei were expected to travel to Turin for the weekend's showstopper, but the clash was thrown into doubt when the club were informed they would not be able to leave the city. Pirlo is now in charge of Juventus as their coach  It is possible for the match to be postponed until a later date, but Juventus have released a statement confirming their intention to take to the field and await their opponents, meaning Gennaro Gattuso's men may be forced

Roma 2-2 Juventus: Ronaldo double salvages a point for 10-man Bianconeri

Roma 2-2 Juventus: Ronaldo double salvages a point for 10-man Bianconeri

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus secured a scarcely deserved 2-2 draw with Roma after Adrien Rabiot was sent off on Sunday. The Serie A champions cruised to victory against Sampdoria in Andrea Pirlo’s first game in charge last weekend but they looked badly off the pace at Stadio Olimpico against a Roma side full of verve, vigour and no little skill. Jordan Veretout opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot before adding a second in first-half stoppage time, just moments after Ronaldo had drawn Juve level with a spot-kick. Rabiot was dismissed for a second yellow card shortly after the hour mark but, as is so often the way, Ronaldo rose highest to power home a header seven minutes later and seal a point