Napoli move level with Serie A leaders AC Milan; Spat with Jose Mourinho

Napoli are level on points with Serie A leader AC Milan after a hard-fought 3-1 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

The home side had most of the opening in the first half but Lorenzo found himself at the break 2-0 after a penalty and Matteo Polytano’s great finish led the spectators to victory.

Atlanta continued to advance to Bergamo and Martin de Rune headed home in the 58th minute when they deservedly returned to the competition, when a few more chances came and went as they chased an equalizer.

As the hosts took the lead, title-chasing Napoli dropped the game nine minutes from time as Elif Elmas added a finishing touch to the counter-attack.

Napoli players and staff celebrated the final whistle with their traveling supporters when they welcomed Bologna on Monday before joining Milan by 66 points, with Luciano Spalletti’s side looking to win their first Scudetto since 1990.

“We’ve taken some steps forward, especially in terms of character,” Spalletti said DAZN. “Today we have shown that we are a top level team against a team that is difficult to face.

“We still have a long way to go (in the race for the title), we’ll see how many matches we win this way. We should not disappoint the guards. “

The defeat was a blow to Atlanta’s top four hopes, with Gian Piero Gasparini’s team in sixth place and eight points behind fourth-placed Juventus, who have also played 30 games and are third in host Inter Milan 60 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Roma Boss Jose Mourinho confronted a reporter at his pre-match press conference before his team’s 1-0 victory Sampdoria.

Journalist Alessandro Austini recently criticized Mourinho on Italian radio and then questioned a strategy before the kick-off.

Mourinho said: “After listening to you on the radio, I was expecting more aggressive, more negative and violent questions.

“I did not expect such a simple question. My conclusion is that you are much more aggressive and violent on the radio but when you come here you see yourself a little bit in front of me.

Bundesliga: Summer rescue for Gladbach

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Ian Somer was in inspired form for Gladbach

Borussia Mচেnchengladbach keeper Ian Somer was thanked for scoring a point against visitors Mainz 05 in their 1-1 Bundesliga draw.

The 33-year-old Swiss made a string of important saves with a sensational double stop in stoppage time in the second half as Gladbach relegated eight points away from the play-off spot and reached 34 points with six matches remaining in the season.

After 33 minutes, Gladbach enjoyed a strong start as well as a rifle and Brill Embolo put the hosts in front.

Mainz, however, fought again after the break and hit the Leandro Barreiro post in the 48th minute before denying Jonathan Burcard a rebound on Monday.

Somer was defeated in the 73rd minute when Karim sent Onisio through Lee Jae-sung and fired an equalizer.

But in stoppage time the defender dragged the game’s save, first pummeling an Onicio header over the bar and then saving the ball in line to save a point for his team.

It was a bad day for VFL Wolfsburg, who lost 3-0 to Augsburg to finish 13th in 31st place, three points behind Gladbach and in relegation jeopardy.

La Liga: Barাa in second place

Pedri puts Barcelona in second place in La Liga
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Pedri puts Barcelona in second place in La Liga

The restructured Barcelona team under coach Xavi Hernandez has maintained its momentum and moved to second place in the Spanish league for the first time this season after beating Sevilla 1-0 at home on Sunday.

Pedri broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute at the Camp Nou Stadium when the Catalan club took the lead against Sevilla.

Barcelona were mostly in control but struggled to create significant scoring chances. Veteran defender Gerard Pique almost started scoring with a header from a crossbar in the 69th minute but Pedri won by double-scoring his shot outside the area before finally firing a low strike.

The match came just hours after the club approved a deal with Spotify for at least 12 seasons. The agreement, initially announced in March, was approved by the General Assembly on Sunday with 89% of the vote.

This win has kept Barcelona’s hopes of a slim title alive. With one game in hand, they are 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Elsewhere, Real Betis beat Osasuna 4-1 to advance to the Champions League final, and Athletic Bilbao ended a two-match unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win over Elche to stay close to eighth place in Europe – the fourth loss in five matches to Elche, who dropped. Six points above the zone.

Mid-table Valencia were held to a 0-0 draw at home by relegation-threatened Cadiz, where 10-man Rayo Vallecano was held in Granada 2-2 after losing a penalty kick four minutes into stoppage time.

Ligue 1: Marseille return to second place

Marseille Coming from behind, they went back to second place in League 1, winning 4-2 St. Etienne With goal blitz in the second half on Sunday.

Marseille, who are nine points behind Paris Saint-Germain, were originally scheduled to play at St. Etienne on Saturday before hosting Lorient’s leaders on Sunday but were forced to postpone the match due to heavy snowfall.

The spectators started brilliantly but only blamed themselves for the setback, gifted their opener St. Etienne in contrast to the run of the game after a poor defense by Sid Kolasinak and a wail from goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

Kolasinak’s headed back-pass was headed in the direction of St. Etienne forward Dennis Boangar, whose effort to soothe from a tight angle pierced Lopez’s leg in the ninth minute.

St Etienne looked like they would take their lead at half-time until Eliakim dropped Marseille’s Duje Caleta-car in the box just before the Mars break, and after inspecting the VAR check and pitch-side monitor, the referee gave a reward. Punishment

Dimitri Payet, who was hit by a snowball by home fans while taking a corner, stepped up and quietly slotted a spot kick in the middle for his 10th league goal of the season.

Marseille carried their pace in the second half and were rewarded when St. Etienne’s off-balance Timothy Kolodziak went ahead with a clearance in his own net.

St. Etienne’s Arnaud Narin then brought down Gerson for a second Marseille penalty, which was converted a second time at the request of Bamba Diange, before Amine Harit caps a good work break with a tidy finish for their fourth penalty.

Lucas Gorna-Duth scored the second goal for St. Etienne in the 86th minute but it was too late to return as the spectators enjoyed a third league victory with St. Etienne in 18th place with 27 points, one point from the safety zone.

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