Fiorentina pay missed Mi­lan penalty

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The first Josip Ili­cic penalty miss of his Serie A ca­reer proved de­ci­sive, as Mi­lan held out for a 0-0 draw away to Fiorentina and had last-gasp penalty ap­peals.

The Ros­soneri were seek­ing a third con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, though they’d lost the last two trips to the Sta­dio Franchi. Cris­tian Za­p­ata, An­drea Ber­to­lacci and ex-Vi­ola man Mati Fer­nan­dez were in­jured, with Luca An­tonelli still not 100 per cent fit, so Da­vide Cal­abria re­tained his place at right-back. The hosts lost Da­vide As­tori and gave Mex­ico in­ter­na­tional Car­los Sal­cedo his Serie A de­but, hav­ing played in a Eu­ropa League draw at PAOK.

Fed­erico Bernarde­schi curled over from the edge of the box within 120 sec­onds and Josip Ili­cic curled just wide, but Gon­zalo Rodriguez was also booked af­ter two min­utes for hack­ing down Car­los Bacca.

Nikola Kalinic protested dur­ing a penalty area tus­sle with Gabriel Paletta, while Mi­lan Badelj and M’Baye Niang blasted over from a promis­ing po­si­tion.

At the end of a chaotic move with sev­eral er­rors, above all from Mat­tia De Sciglio, Cal­abria held Borja Valero and the ref­eree opted for a penalty. Ili­cic stepped up, but fired the spot-kick on to the in­side of the up­right and it ric­o­cheted back out. It was the Slove­nian’s first Serie A penalty er­ror at the ninth at­tempt and Gian­luigi Don­narumma per­haps would’ve got his fin­ger­tips to the ball if it had been on tar­get.

Bacca at­tempted an au­da­cious back-heel flick at the near post, but it didn’t quite come off af­ter good work from Suso and Cal­abria down the right.

Ju­raj Kucka got back for a de­ci­sive block af­ter Borja Valero com­bined with Car­los Sanchez, then Ili­cic curled wide as the move con­tin­ued.

Bernarde­schi’s curl­ing cross flashed just past both the far post and Kalinic, who came slid­ing in un­able to make con­tact from six yards.

On the stroke of half-time, De Sciglio did just enough to stop Bernarde­schi nod­ding in a Milic cross at the back stick.

Fiorentina came out strong in the sec­ond half and dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion, but were al­most caught out on a counter, as Niang, Jack Bon­aven­tura and Bacca all had ef­forts charged down from six yards.

It be­came end to end stuff with mid­fields cut out com­pletely, as this time Kalinic stung Don­narumma’s gloves from an Ili­cic counter and Car­los Sal­cedo clev­erly block­ing Bacca’s fin­ish af­ter a Ric­cardo Mon­to­livo through ball.

Mi­lan were fu­ri­ous in the fi­nal sec­onds of stop­pages when Luiz Adri­ano sprung the off­side trap in the cen­tre-cir­cle, ran to­wards the box and fell un­der a To­movic tackle, but the ref­eree waved play on. The protests were un­der­stand­able, be­cause To­movic did not get the ball, though con­tact might've been just out­side the area.

Bologna sur­prise In­ter

Reshuf­fled In­ter pegged back Bologna for a dis­ap­point­ing 1-1 draw at San Siro, but An­drea Ranoc­chia wasted a free header in stop­pages.

In­ter had only lost twice in the last 20 meet­ings with Bologna, home and away. In­cred­i­bly, these both came since 2012 and were also in front of the home fans at the Sta­dio Giuseppe Meazza.

The hosts had a very er­ror­prone start, partly due to the late changes, and Ge­of­frey Kondogbia was the per­fect ex­am­ple of that. He lost the ball in mid­field and Si­mone Verdi’s fine foot­work man­aged to set up Mat­tia De­stro for an an­gled drive against his for­mer club.

Bologna had the shock lead at San Siro and once again In­ter went be­hind this sea­son. Kondogbia seemed out of sorts and was hauled off in favour of As­sane Gnouk­ouri, seem­ingly as a tac­ti­cal de­ci­sion.

In­ter man­aged to get back on level terms with a mo­ment of magic from Ivan Perisic, whose vol­ley on an An­to­nio Can­dreva long ball was kept low and pow­er­ful across An­gelo Da Costa into the far bot­tom cor­ner.

Mo­ments later it was al­most 2-1 for the hosts, but Da Costa beat away a fierce Can­dreva vol­ley from the penalty spot.

Perisic con­tin­ued to harass the Bologna de­fence, nod­ding one ef­fort over af­ter run­ning rings around the op­po­nents, but the score re­mained 1-1.

Gabigol was given his Serie A de­but for the fi­nal 17 min­utes to huge cheers at San Siro. Bologna re­mained dan­ger­ous on the counter, as Ranoc­chia flung him­self in the path of a Verdi shot and on the counter Han­danovic par­ried from Dze­maili’s an­gled drive.

Ei­ther side seemed likely to get the win­ning goal in the fi­nal 10 min­utes, as Dze­maili wasted a counter and Icardi failed to meet Perisic’s cross.

With the last kick of the game, Perisic placed a per­fect as­sist on to the head of Ranoc­chia, who turned the to­tally free header wide from six yards.

Totti reaches 250 goals but Roma loses at Torino

An­drea Belotti re­turned and so did Torino with a 3-1 vic­tory over Roma, de­spite Francesco Totti’s 250th Serie A goal two days be­fore his 40th birth­day.

This was a fascinating re­union between ex-Manch­ester City team­mates Joe Hart and Edin Dzeko, while Iago Falque and Le­an­dro Cas­tan faced the club they left this sum­mer. Adem Lja­jic was only fit enough for the bench, but hit­man An­drea Belotti re­turned to the start­ing XI. Afriyie Ac­quah and Giuseppe Vives were banned with Cris­tian Moli­naro, Maxi Lopez and Ar­lind Ajeti un­avail­able. Roma missed Thomas Ver­mae­len, Mario Rui and An­to­nio Rudi­ger.

How­ever, it was Torino who took the lead, as Wo­j­ciech Szczesny only par­ried a Iago Falque ef­fort and Joel Obi crossed to the back post for Belotti’s free header.

Roma fought back, but Dzeko hit a fresh-air shot from five yards when un­der pres­sure from Hart, but then at the other end Iago Falque’s de­flected fin­ish thumped the base of the up­right and the fol­low-up was saved by Szczesny.

Toro’s in­jury cri­sis deep­ened when Obi went off with a mus­cu­lar prob­lem, mak­ing way for Daniele Baselli.

Totti came on for the sec­ond half, just two days be­fore his 40th birth­day, and was granted a stand­ing ova­tion from both Torino and Roma fans.

Hart again got the bet­ter of Dzeko with a fine re­ac­tion save on the Bos­nian’s header, while Baselli wasted an ab­so­lutely golden op­por­tu­nity when sent clear by Belotti, hes­i­tat­ing and al­low­ing Florenzi to re­cover.

Mo­ments later Belotti burst into the box him­self and was tripped by Bruno Peres for a penalty. He al­ready had two saved this sea­son, so Belotti left it for ex-Roma man Iago Falque to con­vert.

Roma got back into the game im­me­di­ately, as Perotti fell un­der a Lorenzo De Sil­vestri chal­lenge. Totti stepped up to con­vert past Hart into the top cor­ner and cel­e­brate his 250th Serie A goal, on the eve of his 40th birth­day.

Lu­ciano Spal­letti was livid with Mo­hamed Salah for fail­ing to make the most of a three-again­stone counter and Toro lost De Sil­vestri to in­jury too.

The Granata added a third goal when Roma lost pos­ses­sion in mid­field and got back slowly, so Iago Falque’s shot from the edge of the box took a huge de­flec­tion off Fazio to loop into the far top cor­ner.

Hart got down to deny a Bruno

Yes­ter­day Torino-AS Roma ............................. 3-1 Belotti 8’ (T), Falque 53’ pen (T), Totti 55’ pen (R), Falque 65’ (T) Genoa-Pescara ............................... 1-1 Sime­one 47’ (G), Manaj 86’ (P) In­ter-Bologna ................................. 1-1 De­stro 14’ (B), Perisic 37’ (I) Lazio-Em­poli .................................. 2-0 Keita 29’, Lulic 90’ Sas­suolo-Udi­nese .......................... 1-0 De­frel 34’ Fiorentina-AC Mi­lan ....................... 0-0 To­day Cro­tone-Ata­lanta Cagliari-Sam­p­do­ria

Stand­ings

Ju­ven­tus Napoli In­ter AS Roma Lazio AC Mi­lan Chievo Bologna Sas­suolo Genoa Fiorentina Torino Udi­nese Sam­p­do­ria Pescara Palermo Cagliari Em­poli Ata­lanta Cro­tone

Serie B 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 5 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 2 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 2 3 3 2 3 3 4 4 4 12 4 14 5 8 6 14 8 10 7 8 7 7 6 810 :8 5 4 7 9 7 8 7 11 8 11 11 7 5 11 6 5 7 3 7 2 6 3 15 14 11 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 8 8 7 6 6 5 4 4 3 1

Yes­ter­day Verona-Frosi­none ............................ 2-0 To­day Peru­gia-Spal

Lega Pro A

Yes­ter­day Cre­monese-Pi­a­cenza ....................... 1-2 Ol­bia-Livorno ................................... 1-0 Prato-Siena ...................................... 1-2 Rac­ing Roma-Lupa Roma ................ 2-0 Viterbese-Re­nate ............................ 3-0 Alessan­dria-Como ........................... 2-0 Luc­ch­ese-Arezzo .............................. 2-2 Pis­toiese-Car­rarese ......................... 3-0 Pro Pi­a­cenza-Pont­ed­era .................. 1-0 Tut­tocuoio-Giana Er­minio ............... 0-1

Lega Pro B

To­day Reg­giana-Sudtirol

Lega Pro C

Yes­ter­day Sira­cusa-Lecce ................................. 0-2 Vir­tus Fran­cav­illa-Mat­era ................ 1-4 Catan­zaro-Messina .......................... 0-1 Pa­ganese-Mo­nop­oli ........................ 0-2 Reg­gina 1914-Cosenza .................... 0-0 Vi­bonese-Caser­tana ........................ 0-1 An­dria-Melfi .................................... 1-0 Cata­nia-Akra­gas ............................... 0-1 Fog­gia-Taranto ................................. 2-0 Fondi-Juve Stabia ............................ 2-2

Peres an­gled drive at the near post and Szczesny did the same on Lu­cas Boye’s strike. Salah con­tin­ued to waste promis­ing coun­ters, hit­ting the side-net­ting and pick­ing the wrong passes.

In fact, Szczesny kept the score­line down with an­other cru­cial save on Josef Martinez in stop­pages, Kostas Manolas clear­ing the loose ball in front of the open goal.

Torino's An­drea Belotti, left, cel­e­brates with team­mates Lorenzo De Sil­vestri, top, and Marco Be­nassi af­ter scor­ing his side's first goal yes­ter­day

Fiorentina's Borja Valero, left, and Mi­lan's Gi­a­como Bon­aven­tura, vie for the bal yes­ter­day

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