European roundup: Inter Milan return to top of Serie A after Empoli scare while Juventus lose to Genoa | Soccer News


Inter Milan nearly squandered their Serie A title chances but came back from 2-0 at home to Empoli to win 4-2 – and return to the top of Italy’s top flight for at least 48 hours.

Simone Inzaghi’s side got off to the worst possible start at the San Siro as Andrea Pinamonti – who is on loan from Inter this season – put Empoli one after five minutes – and refused to celebrate his childhood and his club relative.

Things went from bad to worse for Inter in the first half as Kristjan Aslanni doubled the visitors’ lead before the half-hour mark – but a stunning response from the home side would follow.

Simone Romagnoli’s own goal salvaged one for Inter, before Lautaro Martinez equalized five minutes later to leave Inzaghi’s side level at the break.

The comeback ended after the break as Martinez struck home from inside the box in the 64th minute, before Alexis Sanchez scored from a similar position in stoppage time to put a little shine on the score.

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Lautaro Martinez celebrates his second goal to put Inter 3-2 against Empoli

The victory puts Inter one point behind City and rivals Milan at the top of Serie A, with Stefano Pioli’s side playing in Verona on Sunday night. After this weekend, there are only two Serie A matchdays left to decide the winner of the Scudetto this season.

Meanwhile, Juventus dropped three points by conceding two late goals in their 2-1 defeat at Genoa, to mathematically retire from an unlikely challenge for the Serie A title.

Juve were heading for victory when Paulo Dybala drove home a finish from the edge of the box through Moise Kean’s pass, but Massimilano Allegri’s side self-imploded late.

Genoa equalized through substitute Albert Gudmundsson with three minutes of regulation time remaining – but the drama was not over yet.

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Paulo Dybala and Dusan Vlahovic look discouraged for Juventus

In stoppage time, Sciglio’s Mattia clumsily tripped Kelvin Yeboah in the box, leaving Domenico Criscito to take over to give 19th-placed Genoa a chance to stay in place this season.

In France, Aurélien Tchouameni was the hero of monaco as his brace sealed a 2-1 win over Lille to boost their Champions League hopes.

The France international, who has been heavily linked with Liverpool and Manchester United in a potential £60million deal this summer, opened the scoring in the first half when he swept home from the edge of the surface after a good move to the right.

Former Manchester United youngster Angel Gomes equalized for Lille after the break but Tchouameni struck again 15 minutes from time to lift Monaco into second place in Ligue 1.

France’s top two teams qualify directly for the Champions League group stages, with the third having to settle for a place in the qualifying rounds. Marseille, which started the weekend in second place, can regain their place on Sunday if they beat Lorient.




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