Milan, Oct 22 (AP/UNB) — Mauro Icardi's stoppage-time header gave Inter Milan a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the city derby on Sunday but it could be left counting the cost of that victory after key midfielder Radja Nainggolan limped off in the first half.
Nainggolan hurt his ankle in a crunching tackle with Lucas Biglia in the first half. The Belgian midfielder will undergo tests on Monday but is now a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League match at Barcelona.
Forward Ivan Perisic went off in the second half, while midfielder Marcelo Brozovic could also miss the trip to Barcelona, with both players having right thigh injuries.
"I'm not worried because I have an important squad," Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said. "It will be difficult for them to recover though.
"I will change some players for the Barcelona match because everyone has to feel involved in our journey, otherwise we can't reach our aims."
Inter has made a habit this season of scoring late goals and it did so for the fifth game this campaign when Icardi headed in Matias Vecino's cross, just as the match seemed certain to end goalless.
"You can't explain these feelings. I can only say it's utter joy. Winning like this, with my goal right at the end, it's really impossible to explain," Icardi said.
"But we should have finished off the match earlier in order not to suffer, us and the fans. But we did it. We've kept up our positive run. Now we need to continue."
It was third-place Inter's seventh successive win in all matches and saw it cut the gap to leader Juventus to six points.
Milan had also come into the Derby della Madonnina on a hot streak, unbeaten in its previous eight matches.
"We took a step back in technical terms but we took a step forward mentally," Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said. "Inter did something more than us, they deserved the win, but our performance is not something to throw away. I really liked the team's attitude.
"There are so many positive things to take from this match ... The regret comes from the last 15 minutes, when the match was more open ... we could have done better."
In a game of few clear chances, both sides appeared lethargic at times — especially during the second half. Both teams did have a goal disallowed for offside while Stefan de Vrij hit the post for Inter.
Inter had the better opportunities and Matteo Politano's effort was deflected narrowly past the upright while Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma did well to palm Perisic's header around his left post.
Matias Vecino should have broken the deadlock on the stroke of halftime and the Uruguay midfielder had his head in his hands after ballooning the ball over from a great position.
The second half was an even cagier affair although Milan almost gifted Inter the lead when Biglia played a poor back pass, which took Donnarumma by surprise and the goalkeeper had to scramble to clear it.
Gian Piero Ventura's return to football management could hardly have gone worse as his Chievo Verona team was humiliated 5-1 at home by Atalanta.
Ventura was hired by Chievo during the international break, replacing Lorenzo D'Anna. It's the first job for the 70-year-old Ventura since he was fired as national coach nearly a year ago for Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Marten de Roon opened the scoring, Josip Ilicic scored a hat trick and Robin Gosens netted the fifth before Valter Birsa converted a penalty for Chievo late on.
Chievo defender Federico Barba was sent off six minutes from halftime following a second yellow card.
Chievo's only points have come from two draws and the squad is on minus 1 after being deducted three points last month for false accounting.
Fourth-place Lazio left it late before winning 2-0 at Parma.
Ciro Immobile converted a penalty nine minutes from time and Joaquin Correa sealed the result deep in stoppage time.
At the other end of the table, newly promoted teams Frosinone and Empoli shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw, which left both sides in the relegation zone.
Bologna remained two points above Empoli after coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Torino.
Elsewhere, Fiorentina drew 1-1 at home to Cagliari.
Berlin, Oct 22 (AP/UNB) — Three-time defending champion Real Madrid is in crisis after four defeats in five games as it returns to the Champions League on Tuesday.
The question hanging over Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Viktoria Plzen's visit is whether club president Florentino Perez has already had enough of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.
The former Spain coach, who took over after Zinedine Zidane's surprise resignation, is on shaky ground after three straight defeats. Lopetegui's team lost 1-0 at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League before two humbling defeats to modest Spanish league teams Alaves and Levante.
Lopetegui said after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Levante that his main concern is "picking up his boys."
Even a win over Plzen may not save Lopetegui with Madrid facing an always demanding visit to Barcelona's Camp Nou on Sunday.
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said he hopes a win over Plzen will help the team start to click.
"Every three days you have a chance to turn this around," Ramos said. "Tuesday we have another test. The best thing we can do is to remain united."
Madrid is unbeaten in 26 group games at home while Plzen - already bottom of Group G - has lost all three European games it has played in Spain without scoring.
Here is a look at the four Champions League groups on Tuesday:
Bayern Munich is targeting another win at AEK Athens after finally ending a four-game winless streak at Wolfsburg on Saturday. Tension at the Bavarian powerhouse was evident with club bosses blasting the media on Friday for unfavorable coverage during its uncharacteristic slump, but the mood is better now ahead of the visit to Athens.
The Greek champion is looking for its first points after losing both of its opening games to Ajax and Benfica.
Bayern coach Niko Kovac will take encouragement from the fact the club has never lost in nine games against a Greek club.
Ajax hosts Benfica in Amsterdam, where the home side will hope to build on its fine performance from its 1-1 draw in Munich.
Shakhtar Donetsk ended Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win when they met in the Champions League last year. This time round, Shakhtar welcomes City on an 11-game unbeaten run of its own, though most of that was against relatively weak opposition.
City, beaten 2-1 at home by Lyon in its first group game, will be wary of another slip despite a confidence-boosting 5-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Group leader Lyon visits Hoffenheim with forward Memphis Depay hitting form again at the right time. Depay impressed for the Netherlands during the international break and ended his 10-game scoring drought for Lyon on Friday.
With most of the attention on Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow will hope to build on its win over the defending champions by beating Roma away on Tuesday.
It won't be an easy task. Since defeating Madrid, CSKA has lost to Lokomotiv Moscow and crashed out of the Russian Cup on penalties to a struggling second-tier team. It beat Russian Premier League relegation candidate Anzhi Makhachkala 2-0 on Friday.
CSKA won't want a repeat of its last away game at Roma. A 5-1 loss in 2014 was accompanied by racism and violence from the traveling fans, leading to CSKA being forced to play two European home games behind closed doors.
Roma has also had a mixed run this season. Just as it seemed like Eusebio Di Francesco had sorted out his team's problems, its four-match winning streak was brought to a halt by a 2-0 home defeat to Spal on Saturday.
Roma has picked up only 14 points in Serie A so far, its worst tally from the first nine league matches since 2012-13.
All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo when he returns to Old Trafford looking to score for the third straight match against his former club - this time for Juventus.
Ronaldo has played against Manchester United twice since leaving for Real Madrid in 2009. Both goals came in the last-16 stage in the 2012-13 competition.
More than five years on and Ronaldo is still a goal-scoring phenomenon. On Saturday, he scored against Genoa in Serie A to become the first player to net 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues.
Juventus midfielder Emre Can will miss the game after being diagnosed with a thyroid nodule that could also require surgery.
Young Boys hosts goal-shy Valencia in the other group game. Valencia hasn't managed to score more than one goal in a match since Sept. 2.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Bangladesh will play the Maldives in their first Group-A match of the SAFF U-15 Championship on October 27 at 3:30 at the ANFA complex in Kathmandu.
Bangladesh, which is placed in Group A of the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship with the Maldives and hosts Nepal, will play Nepal on October 29, also at 3:30 pm in the remaining group encounters at the same venue, according to a revised fixture of the tournament.
India will meet their arch-rival Pakistan in the inaugural match on October 25 at 11:30 am at the same venue while the Maldives will face Nepal in the other opening day’s fixture at 3:30 pm on Thursday (Oct 25).
Pakistan, which is put in Group B with India and Bhutan, will play Bhutan at 11:30 am on October 27 while India will meet Bhutan on October 29 at 11:30 am.
Both the semifinals will be held on November 1 while the final match will commence on November 3 at 3:30 pm at the same venue.
Ahead of the SAFF, Bangladesh U-15 team made their practices here on Sunday.
Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – Bangladesh Women’s Football team, now in Tajikistan to compete in the Group D matches of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers, made their practices Sunday morning under supervision of team’s Technical & Strategical Director Paul Thomas Smalley and Head Coach Golam Robbani Choton at artificial training ground of Dhusambe Stadium in Tajikistan.
Bangladesh team, which was placed in Group D of the AFC meet along with Asian giant South Korea, Chinese Taipei and hosts Tajikistan, will play South Korea in the opening match on October 24, face Chinese Taipei on Oct 26 and hosts Tajikistan on Oct 28, all in the Pamir Stadium in Dushanbe.
Mishrat Jahan Mousumi, will lead the Bangladesh team, mostly consists of the players SAFF U-18 Champions Bangladesh team while Maria Manda made her deputy in the AFC meet in Tajikistan.
During the day’s one and half long practice session, Bangladesh team made hard practice with ball possession, shooting practices and tactical training ahead of their first match against tough rival South Korea on Oct 24, according to a message received here from Bangladesh Football Federation Sunday evening.
Touring Bangladesh team, also scheduled to make walking session Sunday afternoon, individual players development programme and gym at the Hotel Atlas in the evening, apart from team meeting.
Bangladesh Coach Choton informed that all players are fully fit and with a sound health despite of a long journey and they are now in fresh and happy mood.
After winning two consecutive trophies of AFC U-16 Championship at home and SAFF U-18 Championship in Bhutan, Bangladesh have to face a tough challenge against Asian giant South Korea and looking for runners-up position to qualify for the next round as the best two runners-up of the six Asian groups.
Milan, Oct 21 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues.
It wasn't enough on Saturday to maintain Juventus' perfect start to the season.
Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit in the United States, scored in the 1-1 draw against Genoa. It was his fifth Serie A goal in nine matches.
Ronaldo has 311 goals in La Liga for Real Madrid, and 84 in the English Premier League for Manchester United.
Juventus won all of its previous 10 matches across Serie A and the Champions League. Though Juve's lead in Italy was cut to four points after Napoli won at Udinese 3-0, coach Massimiliano Allegri believed this result would help his side for arguably its toughest test yet, Manchester United on Tuesday in Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford.
"We drifted out of the game after a good start to the second half and, instead of making it 2-0, we let them make it 1-1," Allegri said. "This isn't good, because it's with matches like this that titles are lost. After 10 minutes of the second half we were already thinking about Manchester. We needed to have more focus.
"But it's a draw that serves us well. It'll get our feet back to earth and help us understand that, to win matches, you need sacrifice and hard work."
Kathryn Mayorga filed a lawsuit last month in Nevada state claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police also reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo had last weekend off while Juventus was idle during the international break. Normally the star of his national team, he was left off Portugal's squad.
Less than 20 minutes in on Saturday, he scored. There was a miscommunication between Genoa goalkeeper Ionut Radu and his defender on Joao Cancelo's cross from the left, allowing Ronaldo a simple tap-in at the far post.
Genoa's first goal at Juventus since January 2013 came from Daniel Bessa with a header in the 67th minute.
It was a memorable first match back in charge for Ivan Juric, who returned to Genoa for his third spell as coach.
The substitutes made the difference at Udinese.
Fabian Ruiz replaced the injured Simone Verdi in the opening minutes and the midfielder scored his first Napoli goal in the 13th, curling a stunning 20-yard strike into the top right corner.
Dries Mertens doubled Napoli's lead from the spot eight minutes from time after Udinese substitute Nicholas Opoku handled Jose Callejon's effort.
There was still time for Marko Rog to score, just 40 seconds after coming off the bench.
Napoli visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Roma fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to 10-man Spal, which won at the Stadio Olimpico for the first time in Serie A in 53 years.
Roma went into the international break with four straight wins in all competitions while Spal had lost its last four.
However, the visitors took the lead shortly before halftime when Andrea Petagna converted a penalty after Manuel Lazzari was fouled by Luca Pellegrini.
Spal doubled its advantage 11 minutes after the break as Kevin Bonifazi headed in a corner at the near post.
Spal goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic — the younger brother of Lazio midfielder Sergej — did brilliantly to fingertip Pellegrini's effort onto the bar but swiftly went from hero to villain.
Milinkovic-Savic was booked for time-wasting and he received a second yellow card seconds later for petulantly throwing the ball away, leaving Spal with 10 men for the final 15 minutes.
However, it clung on for its first win at Roma in the top flight since 1965.
Roma hosts CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.