Milan, Sep 27 (AP/UNB)— Paulo Dybala has been somewhat obscured by Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at Juventus but the Argentine broke his goal-scoring drought on Wednesday.
Dybala scored the opener to set Juventus on its way to a 2-0 win over Bologna in Serie A. Ronaldo, who has netted three goals in his past two league matches, didn't get on the scoresheet but did set up Blaise Matuidi for Juve's second in the 16th minute.
Juventus is the only team with a perfect league record and the Italian champion will be full of confidence ahead of two key matches: against last season's runner-up Napoli on Saturday, and a Champions League group game with Young Boys next week.
"The understanding between Ronaldo and Dybala was good tonight. The more they play together, the better they understand each other, it's normal," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "But I think Dybala and Cristiano can do well even playing behind (Mario) Mandzukic.
"I should have substituted Ronaldo but he really wanted a goal. He had a good game too."
Bologna picked up its first win — and first goals — against Roma on the weekend but Juventus was in control from the start.
The Bianconeri took the lead in somewhat fortuitous circumstances when a ball over the top came off Dybala's back and fell to Matuidi. His effort was parried away but Dybala acrobatically volleyed it in for his first goal of the season.
Matuidi added the second five minutes later when Ronaldo rolled the ball across the face of the goal for him to slot in from a tight angle.
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Napoli looked just as comfortable ahead of Saturday's clash, as it strolled to a 3-0 win over Parma.
Carlo Ancelotti again rotated his squad, making nine changes from Sunday's 3-1 win at Torino.
"Picking the lineup on Saturday will be a real headache, because the players who didn't play today could have played," Ancelotti said. "We are doing well and it will be difficult to decide. I knew at Torino that those who had been left out would play. That gave us freshness and an advantage in respect to Parma, which changed a lot less.
"Everyone's training well, they're motivated, they accept decisions without problems. At the moment things are working well, maybe Saturday night we'll say the opposite but that's football."
Arkadiusz Milik scored two second-half goals. The Poland international has struggled with serious knee injuries since his arrival at Napoli and it was the first time he had scored twice in a match since September 2016.
Lorenzo Insigne, who set up Milik's second, scored the opener for his fifth goal of the season.
Lazio will also be confident heading into this weekend's capital derby against Roma after recording a fifth consecutive victory with a 2-1 win at Udinese.
Lazio went in front in the 60th minute when Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet could only parry Luis Alberto's free kick and Francesco Acerbi volleyed in the rebound from close range for his first goal for the club.
Joaquin Correa also added his first Lazio goal six minutes later. The Argentine beat Jens Stryger Larsen on the left of the penalty area, leaving the Denmark international on his backside, and slotted into the far corner from a tight angle.
Lazio then had a nervy final 10 minutes after Bram Nuytinck's overhead kick was deflected into the back of the net by Milan Badelj.
Roma bounced back from its surprise defeat to Bologna, by crushing Frosinone 4-0.
It got off to a stunning start as Cengiz Under ran from inside his own half before blasting past Marco Sportiello from 30 yards. Javier Pastore, Stephan El Shaarawy and Aleksandar Kolarov completed the scoring.
Frosinone, which hit the post late, is still yet to score this season but Chievo Verona remained bottom after losing 2-0 at Genoa. Chievo was deducted three points for false accounting. It is appealing the decision.
Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno saved a late penalty from Sampdoria's Dawid Kownacki in a 0-0 draw in which the woodwork was hit three times.
Atalanta's game against Torino also ended 0-0.
Madrid, Sep 27 (AP/UNB) — First it was Barcelona. Then Real Madrid.
Both Spanish league leaders were stunned Wednesday, with Barcelona losing 2-1 at last-place Leganes and Madrid falling 3-0 at Sevilla, marking the first time since 2015 that they lost on the same day.
The thrilling night also was marked by Pablo Fornals' beautiful goal from about 45 meters (50yards) away in Villarreal's 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao, and by Valencia's winless streak being extended to seven matches after a draw against Celta Vigo.
Barcelona's loss came as Lionel Messi made his 700th appearance with the club, including 55 unofficial games. It was the second consecutive setback for the defending champions.
"We lost five points in three days," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "It's difficult to explain."
The Spanish powerhouses have 13 points each after six rounds, two points in front of Atletico Madrid, which defeated Huesca 3-0 Tuesday for its second straight league win.
Real Madrid and Atletico play the city derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.
Alaves could join Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the standings if it wins its home match against Getafe on Thursday.
Messi's celebration of his milestone match with the Catalan club was marred by a Leganes team which had only one point from its first five league games and was coming off three straight losses.
The club from Madrid's suburbs had never earned a point against Barcelona in its three seasons in the first division.
The 53rd-minute winner at Butarque Stadium was scored by Oscar Rodriguez, a former member of Real Madrid's youth teams who is on loan with Leganes. It came after a bad mistake by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who gave the ball away while trying to clear it from inside the area. Nabil El Zhar had scored the host's first goal a minute earlier to offset Philippe Coutinho's first-half opener for Barcelona, which has conceded seven goals in its first six matches.
Luis Suarez started the match on the bench and couldn't do much when he was brought on in the second half to try to reverse the team's disadvantage.
Messi has 58 fewer matches than Andres Iniesta with Barcelona. Xavi Hernandez holds the club record with 869 games.
Real Madrid entered the match at Sevilla with a chance to take sole possession of first place for the first time this season, but it didn't take long before it found itself in a deep hole.
Portugal forward Andre Silva scored in the 17th and 21st minutes to take his league-leading tally to six goals, and Wissam Ben Yedder added another in the 39th to leave Sevilla in control at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
"It's simple, we gave it away in the first half," Madrid midfielder Casemiro said. "Then it was impossible to come back."
Luka Modric's goal early in the second half was called off after a video review showed he was offside.
Madrid's only previous setback in the league this season had been a draw at Athletic Bilbao in the fourth round.
Marcelo appeared to injure a muscle midway through the second half but coach Julen Lopetegui had already made all three substitutions.
Sevilla has won three in a row in all competitions, outscoring its opponents 14-3. It moved three points behind Madrid and Barcelona in the league.
"Sevilla was better and deserved to win," Lopetegui said. "We didn't start the way we wanted and paid for it by conceding two quick goals."
Fornals scored one of the goals of the season with his amazing strike in Villarreal's rout of Athletic.
After a clearance by Villarreal's defense in the 65th, Fornals picked up the loose ball a few meters in front of the mid-circle and fired it over Athletic goalkeeper Unai Simon, who couldn't get back in time to make a save.
The goal opened the scoring at San Mames Stadium and Villarreal went on to score twice again for its second win in three matches.
It was the first league loss for Athletic, which was coming off three straight draws.
Valencia couldn't put an end to its early struggles, conceding late in a 1-1 home draw against Celta Vigo to remain winless.
Iago Aspas scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute at Mestalla Stadium after Michy Batshuayi had given the host the lead in the 25th.
The only other winless team in the league is promoted Valladolid, which hosts Levante on Thursday.
Valencia is yet to win in seven matches in all competitions this season.
Sherpur, Sept 26 (UNB) – Sherpur District emerged champions in Mymensingh Division of the Bangabandhu U-17 National Gold Cup Football Tournament beating Jamalpur District 2-0 in the final at the Shaheed Rafiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Wednesday.
Jewel Rana scored both goals for Sherpur, one in each half, that also helped him finish as the tournament’s highest goalscorer.
Additional DIG, Mymensingh Range of Bangladesh Police Dr Akkas Uddin Bhuiyan was the chief guest in the day’s final and later he distributed the prizes. Chairman of the Mymensingh Jila Parisad Yousuf Khan Pathan was also present on the occasion.
Midfielder of Sherpur Jihad was adjudged the best player of the tournament.
Four District teams Mymensingh Division took part in the competition.
Manchester, Sep 26 (AP/UNB) — Jose Mourinho has stripped Paul Pogba of the Manchester United vice captaincy, but wouldn't offer an explanation for the decision.
Mourinho insisted that it wasn't because of a dispute with the World Cup-winning France midfielder who returned to United in 2016 for 105 million euros (then $116 million).
Mourinho told broadcaster Sky Sports that "the only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain any more but no fallout, no problems at all."
Mourinho added that it was "just one decision that I don't have to explain." Pogba had appeared to criticize United's style of play under Mourinho this weekend when he called on the team to attack more.
Pogba watched from the stands Tuesday as United was knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier side Derby.
Rome, Sep 26 (AP/UNB) — Former Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi's injury-plagued career has another negative turn with a positive doping test.
Italy's anti-doping agency Nado Italia announced on Tuesday that Rossi will stand trial next week after testing positive for an eye drug that can be used as a masking agent.
The anti-doping prosecutor is seeking a one-year ban.
The test was taken in May while Rossi played for Genoa at the end of the last Serie A season.
The New Jersey-born Rossi is currently out of contract.
Dorzolamide, the substance that Rossi tested positive for, is not banned when administered with eye drops but Rossi told anti-doping authorities that he did not use eye drops when he was questioned twice, in June and July.
"I've always been clean. This case should obviously be dismissed. The positive test is due to an involuntary food contamination," Rossi said in a statement that his agent, Andrea Pastorello, provided to the ANSA news agency.
Rossi added that he could not say exactly what food or drink could have contained Dorzolamide but that the documentation provided to anti-doping authorities demonstrated that the doping was not intentional.
Genoa coach Davide Ballardini was quick to defend his former player.
"I hold few certainties in my life but among them is that Giuseppe Rossi has never used a banned substance," Ballardini said.
The 31-year-old Rossi was born in the United States but played for Italy from 2008-14. His career has been slowed by a series of knee injuries.
After breaking out with Spanish club Villarreal, Rossi was in line to join the elite scorers in Europe when he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during a game against Real Madrid in October 2011. He needed three operations before returning in May 2013 after joining Fiorentina.
Rossi also missed four months of the 2013-14 season with a sprained ligament, ruling him out of Italy's World Cup squad.
Rossi underwent a fourth operation on his troublesome right knee in September 2014 and missed the entire season. He returned to Spain in January 2016 with Levante, before joining Celta, where he tore the ACL in his left knee.
Rossi joined Genoa in December on a free transfer and scored one goal in 10 matches over the second half of last season.