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Inter stalemate with Atalanta

It was a game of two halves in Bergamo, as Atalanta dominated the first, Inter had the better of the second, and it ended goalless. The Orobici had more possession and scoring opportunities before the break, with Samir Handanovic decisive and 19-year-old striker Musa Barrow firing off target. Ivan Perisic was dangerous on the counter…

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Totti: 'Roma not a bonbon'

Francesco Totti gloated that Barcelona “seemed pretty happy” to be paired with Roma in the Champions League quarter-final and looks forward to Liverpool. The Giallorossi completed a seemingly impossible comeback from a 4-1 first leg defeat to crush the Blaugrana 3-0 at the Olimpico. “Everyone assumed we were done for and almost considered the second…

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Buffon: 'I'd say it all again'

Juventus captain Gigi Buffon defended his comments about referee Michael Oliver. “I had to let that out, even if it damaged my reputation.” The goalkeeper was sent off for dissent after referee Oliver awarded a controversial last-gasp penalty, sending Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-final. Buffon was criticised for his over the top…

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Serie B: Pescara ultras threaten Grosso

Pescara ultras threatened members of Bari staff with a baseball bat and left a dead rooster on the gates of Coach Fabio Grosso’s family. The completely unacceptable incidents occurred before and after today’s 2-2 Serie B draw at the Stadio Adriatico. The two clubs are bitter rivals and the intensity was stepped up because Bari…

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Del Piero: 'I'm not against Buffon'

Alessandro Del Piero hit out at Juventus fans who claimed he was “going against Gigi Buffon or even happy that Juve were eliminated.” The club legend is now a television pundit following his retirement and commented on Wednesday’s 3-1 win away to Real Madrid, which saw the Bianconeri eliminated by a last-gasp penalty. Buffon was…

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Ref Oliver receives death threats

Referee Michael Oliver and his wife have been the subject of abuse and even death threats, including text messages, according to reports. The official was targeted after awarding a last-gasp penalty to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus. He also sent off captain Gigi Buffon, who bitterly criticised the referee in public…

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Gomez: 'Means a lot to the fans'

Papu Gomez feels Atalanta have rediscovered their verve in the fight for European football and notes facing Inter “means a lot to the fans.” It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog. “It’s a difficult match, one that means a lot to the fans and is important…

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Icardi: 'I've been unlucky'

Mauro Icardi is eager to end his “dry run and bad luck” by finding the net for Inter against Atalanta in Bergamo this evening. It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog. “I know that I could’ve scored in the derby and wasted a fundamental chance. I…

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Genoa leave Crotone behind

Daniel Bessa’s free header proved decisive at Marassi, as Genoa break perhaps definitively away from the relegation zone and halt Crotone’s revival. This could be a big result in the battle to stay in Serie A, as the Grifone leave Crotone 11 points behind them in the standings. It’s a big problem for Walter Zenga’s…

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Lopez: 'Cagliari resisted fear'

Diego Lopez praised Cagliari for resisting “fear” and turning Udinese around for a much-needed victory. “The crowd gave us strength.” The Sardinians fought back to beat Udinese 2-1 after an early Kevin Lasagna opener, as Leonardo Pavoletti and Luca Ceppitelli got their heads to set plays. “It’s an important victory for us, but we know…

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