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Football Briefs: Juve beaten at Samp; Schalke move to 2nd

November 20, 2017 13:59 IST

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Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny and teammates are dejected as Sampdoria celebrate their third goal during their Serie A match at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, in Genoa, Italy on Sunday

IMAGE: Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny and teammates are dejected as Sampdoria celebrate their third goal during their Serie A match at Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, in Genoa, Italy on Sunday. Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters

Italian champions Juventus slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday while hapless Benevento were denied their first point of the season when they lost 2-1 at home to Sassuolo in stoppage time.

 

Two second-half headers from Mauro Icardi gave Inter Milan a 2-0 win at home to Atalanta, which took them two points above Juve into second place to stand two points behind Napoli, and left the Argentine with 13 goals from as many games.

Federico Peluso's 94th-minute winner for Sassuolo, which came minutes after his team missed a penalty, meant bottom team Benevento were condemned to a record-extending 13th straight Serie A defeat.

Juve trailed 3-0 at Sampdoria before stoppage-time goals by Gonzalo Higuain, with a penalty, and Paulo Dybala made the score more respectable.

Duvan Zapata headed Sampdoria ahead in the 52nd minute, Lucas Torreira blasted the second and Gian Marco Ferrari turned in Fabio Quagliarella's cross from the byline for the third.

In other matches, Luca Rigoni's early goal gave Genoa a 1-0 win at Crotone and a winning start to Davide Ballardini's third stint as their coach after he replaced Ivan Juric.

Torino striker Andrea Belotti had a second-half penalty saved by Stefano Sorrentino as the Bulls were held 1-1 at home by Chievo, while Fiorentina's match at SPAL ended with the same scoreline and Cagliari won 1-0 at troubled Udinese.

Schalke win again and climb to second in Bundesliga

Schalke 04 earned their fourth win in their last five Bundesliga games with a 2-0 victory over visitors Hamburg SV on Sunday that sent them into second place in the table.

A 17th-minute penalty from Franco Di Santo and Guido Burgstaller's 78th minute goal saw Schalke move on to 23 points, ahead of third-placed RB Leipzig on goal difference.

Argentine striker Di Santo converted his spot kick, awarded for a foul on Yevhen Konoplyanka, for his first league goal since March 2016.

But the hosts were made to sweat with Hamburg hitting the post early in the second half and pushing for an equaliser before Burgstaller settled the nerves for Schalke after more good work from Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Schalke are now unbeaten in their last six games but remain six points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who beat Augsburg 3-0 on Saturday to move on to 29 points while Leipzig were held to a a 2-2 draw at Bayer Leverkusen.

But there was joy for Werder Bremen, who earned their first win of the season with a 3-0 triumph over Hanover 96 thanks to Max Kruse's second-half hat-trick on Sunday.

Werder, whose previous league win dates back to April 29, moved up to 16th and into the relegation playoff spot.

Lyon and Marseille miss chance to join title hunt

Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille both lost an opportunity to join the Ligue 1 title race when they were held to disappointing draws on Sunday.

Third-placed Lyon, on 26 points from 13 games, are now nine points behind leaders Paris St Germain and three adrift of second-placed Monaco after being held 0-0 at home to Montpellier.

Marseille lie fourth on 25 points but it could have been worse if Morgan Sanson had not scored in injury-time for them to salvage a 1-1 draw at Girondins de Bordeaux, where they have not won in 40 years.

Nicolas de Preville had intercepted a poor backpass and beat Steve Mandanda with a curled shot after only three minutes to give Bordeaux the advantage.

Marseille never really threatened until four minutes into stoppage time, when Sanson fired home from inside the box to ensure they now have a two-point lead over fifth-placed Nantes, who were demolished 4-1 by PSG on Saturday.

Bordeaux are now ninth on 17 points.

Earlier on Sunday, Nice's mediocre start to the season continued with a 1-1 draw at Caen, Ronny Rodelin's dramatic last-gasp volleyed goal cancelling out Pierre Lees-Melou's first-half strike for the Azurean side.

Nice, who finished the previous season in third place, are 16th on 14 points, just two points above the relegation zone while Caen are sixth on 19. 

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