Football Briefs: Stunning Sorrentino stops Roma

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Germain opens account for Marseille with a double

Olympique de Marseille stayed involved with the Ligue 1 pace-setters after striker Valere Germain scored his first two objectives for the membership in a Three-Zero house win over 10-man St Etienne on Sunday.

The end result saved Marseille fourth on 35 issues from 17 video games, in the back of third-placed champions Monaco and second-placed Lyon on target distinction. Runaway leaders Paris St Germain have 44 issues after Saturday’s Three-1 house win in opposition to suffering Lille.


Germain, who moved from Monaco all through the shut season, headed house an 11th-minute nook and prompt in a Florian Thauvin move within the 74th after St Etienne had defender Ronael Pierre-Gabriel despatched off for a certified foul.

In between the objectives, Germain overlooked a number of possibilities as dominant Marseille hit the woodwork two times and saved raiding each flanks virtually at will, with St Etienne keeper Stephane Ruffier generating a string of excellent saves.

Change Lucas Ocampos added the 1/3 with a delightfully curled shot into the highest nook within the 80th minute as the house facet endured to press within the final phases.

Surprising Sorrentino stops Roma on weekend of Zero-Zero attracts

IMAGE: Stefano Sorrentino of Chievo shouts all through the Serie A fit in opposition to AS Roma at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi. : Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Pictures

Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino produced a memorable double save to frustrate AS Roma whilst fading Napoli had been held at house by way of Fiorentina as Serie A’s weekend of Zero-Zero attracts endured on Sunday.

Sorrentino defied Patrik Schick after which Gerson in fast succession to cap an impressive efficiency of their goalless stalemate, denying fourth-placed Roma an opportunity to near the distance at the main trio.

Napoli’s draw, which adopted the former week’s 1-Zero defeat to Juventus, used to be the primary time that they had failed to attain in successive league video games in Maurizio Sarri’s two-and-a-half seasons as trainer.

AC Milan gave Gennaro Gattuso his first win as their new trainer when two objectives from Giacomo Bonaventura gave them a 2-1 win over Bologna at snowy San Siro, their first at house within the league since past due September.

Inter Milan, nonetheless unbeaten, lead with 40 issues from 16 video games after additionally they drew Zero-Zero away to titleholders Juventus on Saturday. Napoli are some extent in the back of in moment, adopted by way of Juve on 38 and Roma in fourth on 35.

Roma ruled their fit however discovered Sorrentino, at the fallacious finish of a Five-Zero defeat in opposition to Inter Milan one week in the past, in unbeatable shape.

Winless Cologne squander three-goal lead and lose Four-Three

Backside-of-the-table Cologne’s dismal season took every other twist on Sunday after they blew a three-goal result in lose Four-Three at house to fellow strugglers Freiburg and stay winless after 15 video games within the Bundesliga.

In a sport that started half of an hour past due for snow to be cleared from the pitch, Nils Petersen scored two consequences within the ultimate mins to finish a hat-trick and win the fit for the guests, who started the day one position above their warring parties.

Cologne, of their first league sport below caretaker trainer Stefan Ruthenbeck after Peter Stoeger used to be fired per week in the past, appeared positive to pick out up their first league win of the season as they raced to a Three-Zero lead in not up to half of an hour.

“What took place lately used to be very painful,” stated Ruthenbeck. “We started neatly and did the entirety proper early on. However after halftime the sport used to be became on its head.”

Lukas Kluenter sidefooted house from Milos Jojic’s cross to place them forward, Sehrou Guirassy received and transformed a penalty and Caleb Stanko became Konstantin Rausch’s move into his personal target.

It all started to move fallacious for the Billy Goats when Petersen volleyed one again 5 mins sooner than halftime and the stress used to be palpable after Janik Haberer headed a moment within the 65th minute.

Petersen then equalised together with his first penalty within the 89th minute, after Salih Ozcan fouled Nicolas Hoefler, and struck the winner from the spot within the 5th minute of stoppage time, this time following handball by way of Guirassy.

Cologne remained caught on 3 issues on the backside, 11 adrift of Werder Bremen, whilst Freiburg climbed out of the direct relegation spots to 16th with 15 issues.

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