Juventus have been successful in their appeal to have the one-match touchline ban for coach Massimiliano Allegri lifted.
Allegri was punished by Serie A after insulting officials during Juve’s 1-1 draw against Sampdoria last weekend.
Juve’s emergency appeal was partially accepted by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Allegri will take his place on the bench at the Sant’Elia stadium in Thursday’s league match at Cagliari.
A statement from the FIGC read:
“The Sporting Court of Appeal has partially accepted the petition presented by Juventus, lifting the one-match touchline ban given to coach Massimiliano Allegri and instead handing the manager a 10,000 euros fine.”
Champions Juventus hope to end a rollercoaster week on a high with a win away at Cagliari on Thursday, while Napoli bid to return to winning ways at home to bottom of the table Parma.
Juventus and Italian Cup holders Napoli play their respective league fixtures two days before the rest of Serie A because of their Italian Super Cup final fixture in Doha on 22 December.
Evergreen striker Luca Toni admitted his delight after hitting his 300th career goal in a 2-1 win over Udinese that helped the former FIFA World Cup™ winner shade Antonio Di Natale in a ‘battle of the veterans’ on Sunday.
Toni scored his fifth goal of the campaign when he levelled Di Natale’s powerful 31st-minute header just before half-time after muscling his way past the Udinese defence to fire into Orestis Karnezis’s top corner. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scored the winner for Verona seconds after the restart to end an eight-game winless streak and move Andrea Mandorlini’s men up to 13th in Serie A. But all the post-match plaudits went to 37-year-old Toni, who indicated he may not be quite ready to hang up his boots just yet.
Stefano Mauri netted a brace as Lazio moved into third in Italy’s Serie A following a 3-0 victory over Atalanta on Saturday night. Mauri struck early in the second half and again after 71 minutes before Senad Lulic sealed a second straight win for Stefano Pioli’s men, who had gone three games without winning before beating Parma last weekend.
The win lifts the Biancoceleste above Napoli and Sampdoria, who have tricky fixtures at AC Milan and Juventus respectively on Sunday, and leaves Atalanta just three points above the drop zone.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri feels his team deserves credit for qualifying for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League from a tough group.
The Serie A giants held last season’s finalists Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw in Turin on Tuesday to progress second in Group A behind the Spaniards. The Italian champions finished one point clear of third-place Olympiacos, who won 4-2 at home to Malmo in their final pool game.
“It was a very complicated and intense game,” Allegri told www.juventus.it.
Samir Nasri was the architect of Manchester City FC’s passage to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, their 2-0 victory at AS Roma securing the all-important runners-up spot in Group E and consigning the Italian side to third place.
An open game hung in the balance on the hour when Nasri advanced to the edge of the penalty area and hit an unstoppable shot that took a lick of paint from the inside of Morgan De Sanctis’s near post on its way in. The Stadio Olimpico fell silent, and though they found their voice when Kostas Manolas headed onto the upright, with four minutes left the immaculate Nasri teed up Pablo Zabaleta to end any lingering doubt.
Club Atlético de Madrid held Juventus to a goalless draw to secure first place in Group A, a result that also took the Italian title holders into the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
The visitors were quickest out of the blocks, showing Juventus that they did not come to Turin solely for the point they needed to clinch top spot. Only a wonderful save by Gianluigi Buffon from Koke prevented the Spanish champions from taking an early lead after Mario Mandžukić found the midfielder unmarked on the left.
Genoa returned to third place in the Italian Serie A table on Sunday after Luca Antonelli’s goal condemned AC Milan to their third defeat of the season.
Napoli’s earlier failure to beat Empoli meant the final UEFA Champions League place was up for grabs and Genoa took it back thanks to Antonelli, whose first-half header proved sufficient to settle a 1-0 home victory. Milan suffered their first loss on the road this term but remain in the hunt for a European berth nonetheless.
Roma needed two late goals from Adem Ljajic to deny plucky Sassuolo a historic victory in an Italian Serie A match at the Stadio Olimpico. The Giallorossi rested talismanic captain Francesco Totti with Wednesday’s crucial UEFA Champions League showdown with Manchester City in mind and the capital club missed his leadership as Sassuolo snaffled two early goals in the 2-2 draw.
Simone Zaza scored both, first capitalising on Morgan de Sanctis’ goalkeeping gaffe and then beating the Roma stopper from a close encounter only minutes later. Daniele De Rossi’s dismissal shortly after the break spelled doom for Roma but they rallied to cut the deficit through a Ljajic penalty 12 minutes from time.
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Juventus saw their six-match winning run in all competitions come to an end on Friday in a dour 0-0 draw at Fiorentina. The result meant the champions could see their lead at the top of Italian Serie A trimmed to just a point if second placed Roma defeat struggling Sassuolo on Saturday.
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri named teenager Kingsley Coman as a surprise starting striker alongside Fernando Llorente with Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata left out of the starting line-up which indicated thoughts turning to the Italians’ UEFA Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
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