Locatelli gives Milan controversial win over Juve

Locatelli gives Milan controversial win over Juve

A stunning second-half strike by 18-year-old Manuel Locatelli gave AC Milan a 1-0 win over Juventus after the Serie A titleholders had a goal controversially disallowed on Saturday.

Juventus thought they had gone ahead in the first half from Miralem Pjanic's free kick but the goal was ruled out for offside after a two-minute consultation between match officials.

It was Milan's first win over Juventus for nearly four years and ended a run of nine successive defeats against the Turin side.

Earlier, an unlucky own goal by Armando Izzo handed Sampdoria a 2-1 win over neighbours and bitter rivals Genoa in a pulsating derby. Sampdoria also missed a penalty in first-half stoppage time.

Juventus stayed top with 21 points from nine games but Milan closed the gap to two points.

Juventus have won the last five Serie A titles while Milan have slumped into midtable mediocrity but the seven-times European champions have made a bright start this season under new coach Vincenzo Montella.

The game at San Siro was an intense, tactical battle but erupted in controversy after 35 minutes.

Pjanic floated a 35-metre free kick over the wall, Juve's Leonardo Bonucci lunged and failed to make contact with the ball but distracted Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and it flew into the net.

Juventus players were back on the halfway line waiting for the restart when referee Nicola Rizzoli disallowed the goal for offisde against Bonucci although replays suggested he was onside when the ball was played.

Locatelli added to Juve's sense of injustice when he collected Suso's pass and fired an unstoppable shot past Gianluigi Buffon into the top corner in the 65th minute.

Donnarumma, 17, ensured Milan's win by turning away Sami Khedira's long-range shot with the last kick of the game

Luis Enrique: Barcelona can celebrate Valencia victory after crazy five minutes

It looked for a long time like Barcelona would be leaving the Estadio Mestalla with just one or even zero points on Saturday afternoon, but Luis Enrique was in the end satisfied by a late win.

Conceding twice in the opening moments of the second-half saw the Azulgrana fall behind despite leading at the break from an offside Lionel Messi goal.

"It was a match typical of Valencia-Barcelona games with tension and intensity right to the end," the coach told reporters.

"We are happy because during phases of the game we were very good with a great goal that gave us control, but in the start of the second-half we had a crazy five minutes and conceded two goals.

"We lost control of our transitions and the second ball."

Controversy stalked the fiery clash on the east coast, with Neymar on the end of a missile thrown by the crowd late in the game and Andres Iniesta stretchered off in the first-half.

"I cannot judge whatever person threw that object," Luis Enrique said of the Neymar incident. "I'm sure that most of the Valencia fans didn't like it either.

"We celebrated Messi's goal the way you'd expect a late goal to be celebrated."

On Iniesta's injury, which has been given an early diagnosis of knee ligament damage, the Spanish coach was disappointed that Enzo Perez wasn't punished further for the tackle.

"We saw very clearly that it was a serious injury, we'll know by tomorrow but it will certainly be a number of weeks," he added. "There wasn't even a yellow card."

Prandelli bemoans 'overawed' officials in Barcelona loss

Barcelona's late 3-2 win over Valencia came much to the frustration of Che coach Cesare Prandelli, who felt that the visitors got the lion's share of the referee's calls on Saturday

'Sudditanza psicologica' is how the Italian described it, a phrase common in his homeland that denotes a person influenced by a sense of inferiority to something that comes from being overawed, and is often used when Juventus get their way in Serie A.

"I must be proud," Prandelli told reporters. "We were close to winning the game.

"I don't want to comment but the images are very clear [that the officials were wrong]. It was a shame for the players, but I'm happy with our approach to the game."

The Blaugrana no doubt benefited from a controversial offside judgement for their opening goal, although there can be few complaints surrounding the penalty winner with Valencia themselves guilty of rash challenges going unpunished

"We paid dearly for the fervor of the last few minutes, there wasn't long left, but when we show this courage I am happy," Prandelli noted.

"The next game will be more complicated because our opponents will see that Valencia has changed."

Neymar floored by object thrown from Valencia fans

A high-tempered affair between Barcelona and Valencia came to an equally-fiery end as Lionel Messi smashed home an injury-time winner, only for an object from the home end to hit Neymar.

The Brazilian was left on the floor after a white object struck his face as the players celebrated in a huddle in front of the Estadio Mestalla crowd.

Luis Enrique and Messi led the protests towards the supporters after a feisty match that saw Enzo Perez and Mario Suarez criticised for dangerous tackles, the former ending Andres Iniesta's participation, either side of an offside Barcelona goal

Tensions spilled over after the whistle with several players confronting eachother in arguments that appeared to continue down the tunnel, the visitors particularly angry with Los Che captain Perez.

Marcello Lippi appointed China manager

World Cup winning manager Marcello Lippi has been named as the head coach of China's national team, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on its website on Saturday.

The 68-year-old, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, enjoyed a successful three-year spell with Guangzhou Evergrande, winning the Chinese League title three times and the Asia Champions League in 2013.

Lippi replaces Gao Hongbo, who resigned earlier this month after a 2-0 defeat in Uzbekistan dealt a further blow to the country's slim hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.


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