Rome, Jan 28 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo bounced back from a difficult week by scoring a decisive penalty to help Juventus complete a 2-1 comeback win at Lazio on Sunday.
Juventus was overwhelmed for more than an hour at the Stadio Olimpico but two late goals enabled the Serie A leader to avoid its first loss of the season.
Ronaldo confidently struck his spot kick into the roof of the net three minutes from time — a week after he had a penalty saved during a win over Chievo Verona.
Also this week, Ronaldo pleaded guilty to tax fraud in Spain — adding to his off-field difficulties following an accusation of rape in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Lazio went ahead near the hour mark when Emre Can scored an own-goal.
But Joao Cancelo scored on Juventus' first chance less than 15 minutes later, turning in a rebound of a shot from Paulo Dybala following strong work from Federico Bernardeschi to provide a cross from the left flank.
Then Senad Lulic was whistled for a foul on Cancelo directly in front of the goal to set up Ronaldo's penalty.
Still, it was a difficult night for Juventus as defender Leonardo Bonucci hobbled off with an apparent injury in the first half.
Juventus didn't produce a single shot in the first half and defender Daniele Rugani had to clear a dangerous effort from Ciro Immobile off the line.
"For 50-60 minutes it was the worst Juventus of the season," Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini said. "We always struggle against Lazio but we're leaving with a good result."
The victory moved Juventus 11 points clear of second-placed Napoli, which was held to a 0-0 draw at AC Milan on Saturday.
Roma wastes big lead
Roma wasted a three-goal lead and a chance to move into the Champions League places in a 3-3 draw at Atalanta.
Edin Dzeko had scored twice to end a long drought and Stephan El Shaarawy also found the target for Roma before Atalanta struck back with goals from Timothy Castagne, Rafael Toloi and Duvan Zapata.
A minute after Zapata had sent a penalty far above the bar, he scored the equalizer by finishing off a counterattack, extending his scoring streak to eight matches.
The 27-year-old Zapata, who is on loan from Sampdoria, has 15 goals this season, tied with Ronaldo, one behind league-leader Fabio Quagliarella of Sampdoria. Roma is fifth, one point behind Milan. Atalanta is eighth.
Inter's run ends
Inter Milan's five-match unbeaten run ended with a 1-0 loss at Torino.
Armando Izzo scored with a looping header before the break and Inter ended with 10 men when Matteo Politano was sent off for protests.
Inter remained third, eight points behind Napoli and five ahead of Milan.
Italy international Federico Chiesa scored twice as Fiorentina won 4-3 at Chievo in a wild match.
Spal came back from two goals down for a 3-2 victory at Parma, with Mohamed Fares scoring the winner.
And in a meeting of two clubs in the relegation zone, visiting Frosinone beat 10-man Bologna 4-0 — putting Bologna coach Filippo Inzaghi's job at risk.
Dhaka, Jan 27 (UNB) – The 3rd round of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football 2018-19 begins on Monday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Former champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will play Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society at 3:30pm while holders Dhaka Abahani Limited will encounter Muktijoddha Sangsad KC 6:30pm.
On the next day (Tuesday), Chattogrom Abahani Limited will face Team BJMC at 4pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka while Saif Sporting Club will meet Arambagh KS at the Rafiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh at 3pm.
After the first two rounds, Bashundhara Kings, Sheikh Russel KC and Saif Sporting Club were dominating the league jointly securing full six points from straight two matches while Chattogram Abahani Limited followed the leaders with unbeaten run collecting four points from two matches.
Dhaka Mohammedan SC, Arambagh KS and Muktijoddha Sangsad KC bagged three points each from two matches while Rahmatganj Muslim Society bagged one point from two matches.
Besides, Team BJMC, Brothers Union Club and NoFel SC remained pointsless playing two and one match each respectively.
Marseille, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — Mario Balotelli scored on his Marseille debut on Friday, but it was too late to save his side from a 2-1 home defeat to second-place Lille.
Balotelli rose to powerfully head in a corner five minutes into injury time, shortly after Lille striker Nicolas Pepe had netted his second goal of the game through the legs of keeper Steve Mandanda following a quick counter-attack.
Balotelli, who started on the bench after joining from Nice until the end of the season, remonstrated with referee Amaury Delerue moments after the final whistle for not allowing more time to be played.
Delerue had his hands full all night, having taken the players off 10 minutes into the second half after a firecracker was thrown from the crowd and landed near a linesman and two Marseille players .
Pepe scored his first goal from the penalty spot in first-half injury time. His double took his tally to 15 in the league, two behind top scorer Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.
Marseille's impressive winger Nemanja Radonjic had an early goal disallowed following a video review.
The defeat leaves Marseille, which had Florian Thauvin sent off after 67 minutes, in seventh place but it could slide further after the weekend matches.
On Sunday, runaway leader PSG hosts Rennes. Victory will restore its 13-point lead over Lille, having played two games fewer.
London, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — Booed throughout his return to Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez responded to the rancor with a rare goal for Manchester United and reveled in the celebrations.
The forward's fifth goal in 33 appearances since leaving Arsenal a year ago set United on its way to a 3-1 victory on Friday that booked a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
There was a fiery conclusion when Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac squared up to United forward Marcus Rashford, setting off a melee that Jesse Lingard and Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi became embroiled in which spilled off the pitch. United captain Ashley Young also picked up a coin that appeared to have been thrown from the crowd.
With Lingard and Anthony Martial also scoring, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reeled off a club-record extending eighth successive victory in all competitions at the start of his United reign since replacing the fired Jose Mourinho in December.
With only a short-term contract on loan from Norwegian club Molde until the end of the season, Solskjaer is making it increasingly hard for United to consider any other option for its fourth permanent appointment since Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013.
"I'm not here to get excited, I'm here to keep on improving the team, improving the players," Solskjaer said. "Our structure was miles, miles better. We have been working on that because we need to dig in and defend properly against good teams."
Solskjaer's priority is lifting United up the Premier League where it is currently sixth behind Arsenal.
Revitalized United was rarely troubled by an Arsenal side that beat Chelsea in the league last weekend. Electric on the break, the visitors couldn't be contained at times by the hosts.
When Romelu Lukaku slipped the ball through to Sanchez in the 31st minute, the Chile forward took the ball around goalkeeper Petr Cech before placing it in the net.
Sanchez raised his arms aloft to the Arsenal fans who had targeted him with jeers.
They had little to cheer. Not after Arsenal fell further behind inside two minutes after timidly giving United too much space. Luke Shaw worked the ball out from defense before releasing Lukaku on a run down the left flank. The forward completed the counterattack by squaring for the unmarked Lingard to sidefoot into the net and then celebrate with a Michael Jackson-style Moonwalk dance.
"The way they celebrate shows they are happy," Solskjaer said.
Arsenal had a glimmer of hope in the 43rd when Aaron Ramsey weaved in from the left and put the ball through Eric Bailly's legs across to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a tap-in.
Having already lost Sokratis with an ankle problem in the first half, which coach Unai Emery later said was not serious, Arsenal's defensive injury problems deepened after the break when Laurent Koscielny was forced off with a suspected broken jaw after being caught by Lukaku. The French defender was hospitalized.
"In this moment we had the possibility to grow and to win," Emery said. "But these injuries — especially the one to Koscielny — didn't help us because our rhythm went down."
Any hopes of forcing a replay ended when Martial netted in the 82nd after Paul Pogba's attempt was parried. It leaves Emery's only route to silverware in his first season since succeeding Arsene Wenger lying in the Europa League which he won three times with Sevilla.
"I'm happy because I think our work is good, but the result is bad," Emery said.
Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB) – Saif Sporting Club registered their 2nd successive victory in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football beating Team BJMC by a solitary goal at the Shaheed Bhulu Stadium in Noakhali on Thursday afternoon.
Denis scored the match-winning goal for Saif SC in the 37th minute.
Earlier, Saif SC made a good start in the league beating Rahmatganj MFS by 2-1 goals in their opening match on Saturday last.
The day’s 2nd match between Chattogram Abahani Limited and Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society was scheduled to start at 7:30 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
On Friday, Dhaka Mohammedan SC will play their neighbour Arambagh KS at 3pm at the Rafiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh while Sheikh Russel KC will face Brothers Union Club at 7:30 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.