Friday 17 January 2020

Lazio win Super Cup in desert showdown

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Lazio's Senad Lulic and teammates celebrate winning the Italian Super Cup with the trophy. Photo: Alberto Lingria/Reuters
Lazio's Senad Lulic and teammates celebrate winning the Italian Super Cup with the trophy. Photo: Alberto Lingria/Reuters sportsdesk

Lazio claimed the Italian Super Cup yesterday, beating Juventus 3-1 in Riyadh.

Paulo Dybala equalised for Juventus on the stroke of half-time after former Liverpool man Luis Alberto had given Lazio the lead.

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They regained that advantage after the interval through Senad Lulic before an injury-time Danilo Cataldi strike sealed the win.

Meanwhile, back in Serie A, Atalanta dished out a 5-0 thrashing to AC Milan, their heaviest defeat since May 1998 when Roma won on the same scoreline.

Milan coach Stefano Pioli said that they "approached the match in the wrong way and you just can't afford to do that against this team. This cannot be the real Milan.

"Today's performance was seriously insufficient," added Pioli. "I expected a reaction from us in the second half but it didn't come, in fact we were even worse."

A Romelu Lukaku brace in a 4-0 win over Genoa helped Inter Milan back to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Juventus.

In Spain, Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi picked up his 50th goal of 2019 in Barcelona's 4-1 victory against Alaves on Saturday.

Assists Messi scored the third, while Luis Suarez had a hat-trick of assists, setting up the Argentinian, Antoine Griezmann and Arturo Vidal before scoring from the spot.

Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad also claimed victories to keep pressure on Barca, while second-placed Real Madrid drew 0-0 with Bilbao last night as La Liga breaks until the New Year.

RB Leipzig claimed the title of what is known as the 'Herbstmeisterschaft' - the autumn champions of Bundesliga. They came from behind to beat Augsburg 3-1 and go two points clear of Borussia Monchengladbach who could only manage a 0-0 draw with Hertha Berlin.

Bayern Munich's third consecutive victory moved them up to third with the club also announcing that Hans-Dieter Flick will be in the head coach's seat until at least the end of this season.

Two late goals from Joshua Zirkzee and Serge Gnabry gave them the points at Wolfsburg's expense.

Paris Saint-Germain will break for Christmas with a seven-point cushion at the top of France's Ligue 1 thanks to a 4-1 win over Amiens.

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