Wednesday 22 November 2017

Boateng opens account to keep Milan at summit

Euro round-up

AC MILAN's 3-0 win over Brescia on Saturday sent the Rossoneri three points clear on top of the Serie A table.

Ex-Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal for the club, before Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahmovic sealed the comfortable win, while Parma's Hernan Crespo struck his 150th goal in the Italian top division as he fired his side to a 2-1 win over Udinese.

Roma lost further ground on the leaders as Chievo came from 2-0 down to draw in atrocious conditions in Verona. Fabio Simplicio's double seemed to have done the damage, but Daniele De Rossi saw red after goals from Davide Moschardelli and Pablo Granoches earned an unlikely point for the hosts. With Lazio having beaten Rafa Benitez's Inter 3-1 on Friday night to keep pace at the top, Sampadoria produced a fine display to beat Bari 3-0 yesterday, while Adrian Mutu got the only goal as Fiorentina beat Cagliari 1-0.

Bayern Munich slipped up again in Germany as Borussia Dortmund's march on the Bundesliga title continued unabated. The leaders battled a snowstorm in Nuremburg to win 2-0 and move 10 points clear at the top of the table thanks to goals from Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski. Mainz's 2-1 slip up at Eintracht Frankfurt means the chasing pack lost further ground on the rampant Dortmund.

Bayern, meanwhile, fell to a 2-0 defeat at Schalke, who had crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Kaiserslautern a week previously. But the big-spending side eased the pressure on boss Felix Magath, with goals from Jose Manuel Jurado and Benedikt Howedes doing the damage.

A 6-3 victory over Lorient saw Lille leapfrog Rennes to go a point clear on top of Ligue 1 in France, as Moussa Sow hit a hat-trick. Rennes had gone temporarily to the summit after their 1-0 victory over struggling Monaco.

Paris St Germain moved into second after a 3-1 home win over Brest, while Marseille prepared for their clash with Chelsea by losing 1-0 to Nice in the south coast derby.

PSV's impressive goal difference sees them lead the way in the Dutch Eredivisie after they beat Hercales Almelo 5-2, but FC Twente kept pace with the front-runners thanks to 2-0 win over De Graafschap. Ajax were held at home by NEC Nijmegen, while Feyenoord's woes continued as they remained in the bottom half of the table after a 1-1 draw at Willem II.

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