Section: Serie A

Champions League: Manaco 0-0 Juventus (agg 0-1)

Treble-chasing Juventus reached a first Champions League semi-final since 2003 as they defended solidly to earn a second-leg goalless draw in Monaco.

The runaway Serie A leaders, who are also in the Italian Cup final against Lazio, led 1-0 after the first leg through Arturo Vidal’s penalty.

The hosts dominated possession for the majority but rarely tested Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Home substitute Dimitar Berbatov did have a shot smothered after the break.

The Old Lady have become the first Italian side to reach the semi-final since Inter Milan won the competition back in 2010.

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Champions League: Juventus 1-0 Manaco

Juventus will take a narrow lead to Monaco for their Champions League last-eight second leg after Arturo Vidal’s penalty split the sides in Turin.

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco wasted a clear opening for the visitors before Carlos Tevez fluffed a volley for Juve.

Vidal, who had blazed over just before the break, then blasted home an emphatic penalty following Ricardo Carvalho’s trip on Alvaro Morata.

Dimitar Berbatov headed just over but Monaco were mostly kept at bay.

Leonardo Jardim, the Principality side’s manager, claimed that the result was a “big injustice” with the decisive spot-kick “inexistent”.

Repeated viewings suggested Carvalho tripped Morata fractionally outside the penalty area, but it would be hard to blame referee Pavel Kralovec on such a marginal call.

Juventus might also have argued that as the last defender, Carvalho was fortunate to see only yellow for the foul.

Monaco had enough chances to return home level, regardless of the official’s decision.

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Europa League: Fiorentina 2-0 Spurs

Tottenham exited the Europa League after an error-strewn 2-0 defeat by Fiorentina gave the Italian side a 3-1 aggregate win.

Mario Gomez raced clear after a second-half mistake by Federico Fazio and slid the ball under Hugo Lloris.

Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah sealed the win after a blunder by Jan Vertonghen.

Spurs needed to score in Florence, but were unable to make a breakthrough, with striker Roberto Soldado wasting a golden first-half opportunity.

The Spanish striker was played clean through by Erik Lamela’s swept pass after Spurs broke quickly from a corner, but he scuffed his attempt to square the ball to Nacer Chadli and keeper Neto gathered.

The result is a blow for Spurs before their biggest game of the season so far – the League Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday.

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Champions League: Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Juventus had to settle for a narrow first-leg lead after missing a several good chances against Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Carlos Tevez put the Italians ahead after Roman Weidenfeller spilled at his feet, but Dortmund soon struck back.

Marco Reus exploited Giorgio Chiellini’s slip to scamper in and shoot home just three minutes later.

Alvaro Morata’s careful finish put Juve back in front and the hosts could have stretched away in the second half.

After the break, Tevez went close on three occasions, Chiellini rose unmarked to head over the top and Roberto Pereyra shot just wide.

But the Italians ultimately failed to exploit Dortmund’s fragility and will take only a one-goal advantage to Germany.

The win took the Serie A champions’ unbeaten home run to 47 games and they made the fast start that a simmering atmosphere at the Juventus Stadium demanded.

With defenders back in numbers there appeared little danger for Dortmund despite Morata escaping the attentions of his man on the left.

But the Spaniard’s well-hit shot and Dortmund goalkeeper Weidenfeller’s fumble presented Tevez with a simple finish five yards out.

A woeful run of domestic form left them bottom of the Bundesliga at the start of 2015 but Dortmund have kept faith with a pressing game and their energy soon delivered parity.

Chiellini lost his footing as he attempted to control a routine ball forward and Reus, who has recently agreed a contract extension with the Germans,  raced in on goal and coolly beat Gianluigi Buffon.

The visitors enjoyed more of the possession for the rest of the half but never looked secure at the back.

Leonardo Bonucci headed over from a good position for Juventus, and Dortmund were caught out again by a swift counter-attack just before the break as Morata was left free to side-foot home from six yards.

Dortmund continued to be undermined as Weidenfeller and his defence wobbled through to the end of the tie but, with an away goal secured, they will hope the Westfalenstadion can inspire them to the quarter-finals.

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Europa League: Spurs 1-1 Fiorentina

Tottenham face a battle to remain in the Europa League after being held to a round of 32 first-leg draw by Fiorentina at White Hart Lane.

Roberto Soldado volleyed in a sixth-minute opener from Paulinho’s corner as Spurs dominated the opening half-hour.

But Argentina centre-back Jose Maria Basanta scrambled in an away goal that gives Vincenzo Montella’s side the edge ahead of next week’s second leg.

Nacer Chadli hit the bar for Spurs, who faded after half-time.

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Premiership: Suso leaves Liverpool for AC Milan

Liverpool have announced the departure of midfielder Suso to AC Milan.

The 21-year-old Spaniard has failed to make a significant impact at Anfield since joining from Cadiz in 2011.

He made just 21 appearances in that time, scoring his only goal against Middlesbrough in the League Cup earlier this season.

A short statement from the club read: “Everybody at Liverpool thanks Suso for his contribution and wishes him all the best for the future.”

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Champions League: Roma 0-2 Man City

Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta struck in the second half as Manchester City reached the Champions League knockout stage with a brilliant win at Roma.

French playmaker Nasri chose the perfect moment to score his first goal of the season, smashing in a shot via the woodwork on the hour at the Stadio Olimpico.

Until then a City side without three of their key players had been second best but Joe Hart was outstanding and they grew in confidence to claim a famous victory when Nasri set up Zabaleta after 86 minutes.

It completed a remarkable comeback in Group E, with progress having looked unlikely just a couple of weeks ago.

CSKA Moscow’s defeat to Bayern Munich confirmed that City, who had just two points after four games, would join the Germans in the last 16 against the odds.

Despite City’s heroics against Bayern to revive their campaign a fortnight ago, their task in the Italian capital always seemed a tough one.

It grew all the more daunting before kick-off as captain Vincent Kompany failed to prove his fitness to miss out along with the injured Sergio Aguero and suspended Yaya Toure.

City at least had playmaker David Silva back on the bench but they looked shaky from the outset as Roma – and principally former Arsenal forward Gervinho – ran at them at every opportunity.

Play was briefly held up in the first minute as City goalkeeper Hart removed an object from the pitch which had apparently been thrown from the stands.

But it soon started to look like Hart would have a busy night for more orthodox reasons as Gervinho got behind the defence and volleyed a cross which was scrambled clear.

Jose Holebas then went through on Hart but scuffed a shot that went through the keeper’s legs but Zabaleta got back to clear.

Gervinho threatened again with good runs through the middle and down the left but City crowded him out and then saw Ivorian blaze over.

City had a chance when Gael Clichy found space to cross for lone striker Edin Dzeko but the Bosnian could not keep his header down.

City survived twice more Adem Ljajic shot over and Gervinho, after breaking from inside his own half, drove across goal and wide.

Nasri reached the byline to pull back for Dzeko but the striker scooped over and Jesus Navas had a strike disallowed for a foul in the build-up.

Former City defender Maicon and Gervinho both shot at Hart as Roma continued to look the better side but James Milner forced Morgan de Sanctis to block after breaking through.

Gervinho wanted a penalty after going down in the area but Serbian referee Milorad Mazic was not interested and booked Dzeko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for some pushing and shoving in the aftermath.

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Champions League: Man City 1-1 AS Roma

Totti breaks Giggs’ record as Roma hold City

Francesco Totti became the oldest scorer in the Champions League to help Roma earn a merited point in a 1-1 draw at Manchester City in Group E.

Totti cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener from the penalty spot on four minutes when he lifted the ball calmly over Joe Hart after bounding onto a delightful pass from Radja Nainggolan on 22 minutes.

Having turned 38 on Saturday, the Roma icon overtakes Giggs, who scored for Manchester United In Europe’s elite competition aged 37 years and 289 days.

Roma benefited from a slice of good fortune when Maicon avoided being sent off after hauling back Aguero for the concession of the penalty.

He was clearly the last man, and should have been red carded by the letter of the law.

Roma made the most of retaining 11 men as they carried the game to City throughout the evening, and could easily have departed England with three points in their locker.

It is a huge draw for Roma, who have four points from their two matches leaving City up against it to qualify for the last 16 with only one point from their opening two games in a section that also contains Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow.

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Premiership: Saphir Taider: Southampton swap Dani Osvaldo for Inter Milan star

Southampton have confirmed the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Saphir Taider, with club-record signing Dani Osvaldo going the other way.

Taider, 22, who played 25 times in Serie A last season, joins on a season-long loan.

The Algerian played against Belgium and Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

“It’s part of our philosophy to bring in talented young players, and Saphir fits that bill,” said Saints boss Ronald Koeman.

“I’ve spoken to him about the positions he can play in and he showed me real ambition. He brings competition to the squad.”

Both transfers have options in place for a permanent move next summer.

“Over the course of the year, we will make a decision about the future of the player,” Koeman added.

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