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AC MILAN’S SIX-MINUTE BLITZ STUNS JUVENTUS

8 Jul 2020

Veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty sparked a remarkable AC Milan comeback victory against title-chasing Juventus at the San Siro on Tuesday. Elsewhere, Chelsea edged out Crystal Palace and Leicester drew against Arsenal to stay in the top-four of the EPL

 

AC Milan scored three goals in six second-half minutes as they came from behind to stun Juventus, winning 4-2 at San Siro in Milan on Tuesday to deny the Italian League (Serie A) leaders the chance to move ten points clear at the top.

After a goalless first half, Adrien Rabiot and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in quick succession early in the second period, to give Juve a 2-0 lead. 

But the game changed when Milan were awarded a 62nd-minute penalty after a VAR check deemed Leonardo Bonucci guilty of a handball. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted from the spot, then turned provider for Franck Kessié to equalise four minutes later.

Moments after the restart, Rafael Leão raced on to a loose ball after Ante Rebic was brought down, before firing low inside Wojciech Szczesny’s near post to put Milan ahead. Rebic added a fourth ten minutes from time with a fierce finish from ten yards to complete a famous comeback and lift Milan into fifth place.

The defeat meant Juve failed to capitalise on Lazio’s earlier defeat at lowly Lecce, although Maurizio Sarri’s side remain seven points clear. 

Their nearest challengers slumped to a 2-1 defeat despite Felipe Caicedo putting them in front after just five minutes.

Khouma Babacar headed Lecce level on the half-hour mark and the hosts had the chance to take a first-half lead, only for Marco Mancuso to scoop his penalty over the bar. Early in the second half, Fabio Lucioni headed in from a corner to put Lecce ahead, and they held on to climb out of the relegation zone.

The Lazio defender Patric was sent off in stoppage time after appearing to bite Giulio Donati on the arm. It was an ugly end to another painful defeat for Lazio – their third in five games since the restart.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Chelsea down Palace in five-goal thriller

Chelsea further strengthened their position in the English Premier League’s top-four with 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace in an entertaining encounter at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

There was an element of fortune about the game’s opening goal, with Palace defender Gary Cahill pulling up with a match-ending injury to allow Willian to charge into the box unimpeded and set up Olivier Giroud to finish.

Twice Chelsea looked to have put the game beyond the home side, first through Christian Pulisic’s rising shot to make it 2-0 in the first half and then via Tammy Abraham’s neat finish with 19 minutes to go to put the Blues 3-1 up.

But Palace fought back with strikes from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.

Zaha’s stunning long-range goal was a superb strike, fiercely fired into the net via the crossbar from an unlikely distance. Benteke’s was more routine, tapped in from point-blank range following a neat move.

Chelsea’s win means they move above Leicester into third place in the table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United with 60 points.

Jamie Vardy’s late equaliser gave Leicester a vital point to keep their Champions League hopes on track and end Arsenal’s recent winning streak.

The Gunners looked on course for a fifth successive victory to maintain their own outside chance of a place in Europe’s elite competition next season after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang swept in his 20th league goal of the season in the first half.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel kept Arsenal at bay with a string of fine saves before the interval, twice denying Alexandre Lacazette as well as Bukayo Saka – and it proved to be a vital contribution.

Arsenal were reduced to ten men with 15 minutes left when Eddie Nketiah was sent off four minutes after coming on as substitute for a high challenge on James Justin, and Leicester cashed in when Vardy slid home Demarai Gray’s cross in the 84th minute, the goal finally awarded after a lengthy VAR check for offside.

It was Vardy’s 22nd league strike of the season and restored his two-goal advantage over Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.

Leicester drop to fourth, four points ahead of Manchester United having played a game more, but this was an important point that left Arsenal frustrated in seventh.

Also on Tuesday, Danny Welbeck scored the winner with a spectacular overhead kick as Watford came from behind to beat Norwich 2-1 and move four points clear of the relegation zone.

Norwich, who remain bottom of the table and are now ten points behind the 17th-placed Hornets, will be relegated if they lose to West Ham on Saturday.

SPANISH LEAGUE

Atletico held at Celta

In Spanish League (La Liga), Atlético Madrid edged towards confirming their Champions League qualification with a 1-1 draw at Celta. 

Álvaro Morata put Atletico ahead just one minute in but Fran Beltran levelled for Celta Vigo early in the second half.

Valencia kept their hopes of European football alive with a 2-1 win over Valladolid, thanks to Lee Kang-in’s 89th-minute winner at the Mestalla.

(With inputs from BBC Sport and agencies)

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