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Football PIX: Inter miss penalty; Milan breathe easier

November 01, 2019 08:09 IST

Inter miss late penalty in 1-1 draw with Athletico

Inter

IMAGE: Internacional's Paolo Guerrero reacts after Athletico Paranaense's first goal. Photograph: Diego Vara/Reuters

Internacional forward Paolo Guerrero missed a late penalty and then had a goal disallowed as his side were held 1-1 by Athletico Paranaense in Brazil's Serie A.

Rodrigo Lindoso put Inter ahead after 11 minutes with a nice lob but Rony volleyed an equaliser for Athletico midway through the first half.

Guerrero missed from the spot with eight minutes remaining and just a minute later had a goal chopped off for offside.

 

The result means Inter missed the chance to leapfrog Gremio into fifth place. They are now on 46 points, one behind their city rivals.

The gap at the top of the table has narrowed to eight with leaders Flamengo held to a 2-2 draw at Goias. Second-placed Palmeiras beat Sao Paulo 3-0.

Milan breathe easier after seeing off lowly SPAL

AC Milan

IMAGE: Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli celebrates after the match. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

AC Milan avoided a Halloween scare by beating Serie A strugglers SPAL 1-0 at the San Siro to give coach Stefano Pioli his first win since replacing the sacked Marco Giampaolo.

The victory lifted Milan into the top 10 with 13 points from 10 games while Ferrara-based SPAL, who have only beaten Milan once away from home, remained second-bottom with seven.

After a first half short on incident, winger Suso came off the bench in the 57th and scored six minutes later with a curling free kick into the top corner from the edge of the area after Krzysztof Piatek was brought down.

The strike ended a goal drought dating back to May for the Spaniard, who has drawn the ire of fans after a poor start to the season.

Milan defender Theo Hernandez had earlier netted off a pass from Lucas Paqueta two minutes after the break but it was ruled offside, while winger Samu Castillejo hit the bar from close range in the 13th.

Paqueta came close in the 79th when he was thwarted at close range by SPAL's Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.

Pioli had collected only one point from his first two games after replacing Giampaolo on Oct. 9 and he made four changes from the side that lost 2-1 to AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

"I'm happy for the players, for the fans and for the club," Pioli told Sky Italia.

"I asked the team to show spirit and they did... We gave little away. It's a shame we kept the result in the balance until the end. Now we need to concentrate on the next game."

Milan are at home to fifth-placed Lazio on Sunday.

Granada's rise halted by defeat at Getafe

Granada missed a chance to extend their fairytale start to the season and return to the top of La Liga as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Getafe.

The home side went ahead in the 35th minute with a sweeping strike from striker Angel Rodriguez after Granada had given the ball away in midfield.

They doubled their lead six minutes later when Mauro Arambarri headed home from a corner as Granada goalkeeper Rui Silva miscalculated when he tried to claim the cross into the box.

Granada winger Antonio Puertas gave the visitors a fighting chance of salvaging a point when he netted on the rebound from close range in the 74th minute but David Timor sealed victory for Getafe in the 88th by hammering a free kick in off the bar.

Granada had climbed to the top of the standings on Sunday after beating Real Betis 1-0 but they are now third on 20 points from 11 games, one point behind second-placed Real Madrid and two adrift of leaders Barcelona, who both have a game in hand.

Getafe moved up to ninth with 16 points.

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