NBA basketball legend Kobe Bryant died today at 41 in a helicopter crash. The whole world of sport plummeted in shock as the news spread. On top of being one of the most dominant athletes in the past 20 years, Kobe was a true calcio lover and a Milan supporter. He also had a deep connection with Italy, where he spent part of his childhood.
Inter’s leadership in Serie A lasted only two weeks, as today Napoli took advantage of the Nerazzurri’s unexpected pas faux to regain the top spot of the standing. Inter fell for the first time this season, outclassed 3-1 by an Udinese led by striker Kevin Lasagna. Napoli stormed Torino with three goals in the first 45 minutes, with Marek Hamsik scoring after a ten-match abstinence as a cherry on the top.
A lone goal by Diego Perotti, among a flurry of disorderly attack chances, pushed Roma into the Round of 16 of Champions League after a one-year absence. The Giallorossi took longer than expected to burst through Qarabag’s defensive wall, but could ultimately celebrate finishing at the top of Group C, thanks to the simultaneous 1-1 tie between Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.
What a weekend of Calcio! On Friday night, Napoli and Juventus played the partitissima of the week. Man of the Match was Gonzalo Higuain, and the three points went to Juventus. Inter took full advantage of their chance to get to the first position by hammering Chievo Verona 5-0. But this weekend, the most difficult of tests is waiting for them: Will they be able to defeat Juventus at their home ground Allianz Stadium?
Inter captured a provisional Serie A leadership tonight, as they won 3-1 in Cagliari thanks to the goals scored by their captain Mauro Icardi (twice) and Marcelo Brozovic. But the game at the loud-cheering Sardegna Arena was all but a piece of cake for Luciano Spalletti’s band, who were dominated for the first quarter of the match. Still, since football games last 90 minutes, Inter had enough time to turn the matter in their favor.
Napoli won again, maintaining the leadership of Serie A for at least one more week. The Partenopei beat AC Milan 2-1, showing a less shining and sparkling football than usual, due to a courageous and well-trained opponent side. As claimed by coach Maurizio Sarri, Saturday night at San Paolo Napoli played a slightly atypical game for their standards: For the first time this season, his boys finished with a less ball possession than their opponents.
Vincenzo Montella’s Milan is like those nice guys who don’t get any girl. You may play well, but if you miss the final touch and the efficiency to get things done, you won’t necessarily finish last…but surely far from the Champions League zone, the target set for the season by their brand new Chinese owners.
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