MILAN: After defeating Juventus 2-1 on Saturday, second-place Lazio took control of a tight Serie A battle for Champions League qualification.
After Adrien Rabiot cancelled out Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s disputed opening goal, Mattia Zaccagni scored the decisive goal early in the second half.
Lazio beat Torino 1-0 to move five points ahead of Roma, who are in third place. Lazio were six focuses in front of AC Milan and seven in front of fifth-put Entomb Milan after they dropped focuses on Friday.
In January, Juventus was penalized 15 points and finished seventh, eight points behind Milan.
With seven victories in eight matches, Juventus closed in on the top four despite losing points.
In the 38th minute, Milinkovic-Savic chested down a Zaccagni pass and fired into the back of the net for Lazio.
Because Milinkovic-Savic had one hand on Alex Sandro’s back as they went for the ball and the defender fell to the ground, there were lengthy protests from Juventus. Yet, the objective was given after a really take a look at by the VAR much to the Bianconeri’s disdain.
As they leveled just four minutes later, that appeared to boost their motivation even further. A corner was drifted in and Ivan Provedel parried Bremer’s header yet Rabiot turned home the bounce back at the third attempt after the Lazio goalkeeper kept out the initial two endeavors.
With a fine team goal eight minutes into the second half, Lazio regained the lead. Zaccagni scored from Luis Alberto’s backheel on Felipe Anderson’s cross into the bottom right corner.
Atalanta’s 2-0 defeat to Bologna at home dented their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Bologna moved up to eighth, five points behind sixth-placed Atalanta, with goals in the second half from Nicola Sansone and Riccardo Orsolini.
Despite controlling possession, Atalanta was unable to create scoring opportunities.
After being set up by Musa Barrow, Sansone curled the ball into the far corner of the net four minutes after the break to break the deadlock.
Orsolini thought he multiplied Bologna’s lead a little ways from time and celebrated by taking his shirt off yet the objective was precluded for offside and the forward was shown a yellow card. He will be suspended for the match against AC Milan next weekend.
He scored six minutes after the fact, cutting inside from the right and terminating into the base furthest corner.
Valencia, which was struggling, drew 1-1 with Villarreal, who were fifth, but they are still 17th, level on points with Getafe, who are 18th and beat Celta Vigo 1-0.
Griezmann broke the halt in the subsequent moment and added one moment to give Atletico an agreeable lead against Cadiz and proceed with his own great structure.
This season in La Liga, the French forward has scored 13 goals and tallied 13 assists.
The Rojiblancos have been the best team in the division in 2023 with Griezmann in charge.
Overtaking Real does offer a small reward, but it is too late for them to win anything.
In the 49th minute, Alvaro Morata scored the third goal, and Yannick Carrasco converted a penalty kick for the fourth.
Chucky Lozano scored a fantastic consolation goal for Cadiz, who were 15th and just one point above the drop zone, but Nahuel Molina scored Atletico’s fifth goal right away.
Samuel Lino scored for Valencia to stop Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson from scoring their first goal at Mestalla. This kept the hosts from losing their fourth game in a row and kept them just outside the drop zone.
Enes Unal’s early penalty saved a narrow victory for Getafe, putting pressure on Espanyol, 19th, who visit Sevilla on Thursday and are three points behind.
After losing 1-0 to Espanyol on Sunday, the team led by Jose Bordalas repaired some of the damage.
The draw hurts Villarreal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League. They are now seven points behind fourth-place Real Sociedad, who beat champion Real Madrid on Tuesday.
In Turin, Roma prevailed thanks to Paulo Dybala’s second consecutive penalty kick conversion.
After Torino defender Perr Schuurs used his arm to stop a shot from Nicola Zalewski, Dybala scored from a penalty kick and sent it straight down the middle, giving Roma the lead in the eighth minute.
In the victory over Sampdoria last weekend, Dybala also converted a penalty.
After the break, Torino almost got even, but Roma goalkeeper Rui Patrcio did a good job of catching Aleksej Miranchuk’s shot at his left post.
Hellas Verona beat Sassuolo 2-1 in a relegation battle thanks to two late goals, giving them a real chance of staying in the league.
Federico Ceccherini evened out with six minutes remaining and individual substitute Adolfo Gaich got in stoppage time after a goalkeeping mistake.
Verona moved within four points of safety after 17th-place Spezia drew 1-1 with Fiorentina, preventing its opponent from achieving a record 10-game winning streak across all competitions.
In a game between teams at the bottom of Serie A, Cremonese defeated Sampdoria 3-2 in stoppage time to help them fight back. Sampdoria replaced Cremonese in last place, 11 points from safety.
In extra time, Udinese also scored from a penalty kick to draw 2-2 with Monza.