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am-milan-ultrasAC Milan shrugged off a boycott by their fans to beat Cagliari 3-1 at am almost empty San Siro to end a three-game winless run.

Angry AC Milan supporters have refused to attend Saturday’s Serie A match against Cagliari in protest at the way the club is being run, leaving the San Siro looking like a ghost town.

Before the game, Milan’s Curva Sud ultras group called for fans to avoid the match and to also stop buying official merchandise until the club’s top brass offer more transparency as per their future plans.

europa-leagueNapoli and Fiorentina have both been handed difficult ties in the Europa League, drawing Wolfsburg and Dynamo Kiev respectively.

The Partenopei face a duanting trip to Germany on April 16, with Dieter Hecking’s side having comfortably seen off Inter in the last round.

Fiorentina will also play away from home in the first leg, with the Viola set to make a 4,000km round-trip to Ukraine.

That represents significantly more travelling for Vincenzo Montella’s men, who emerged victorious from an all-Italian tie with Roma in the Last 16.

Elsewhere, the two lowest-ranked sides in the draw were paired with Dnipro drawing Club Brugge.

Juventus were handed the best Champions League draw they could have been given, as they will face Monaco in the Quarter Finals.

The Bianconeri will welcome the Ligue 1 side to Juventus Stadium on April 14 before travelling to Stade Louis II a week later.

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As the lowest-ranked side in the draw according to UEFA [at 71], Monaco represent the best draw the Old Lady could have hoped for, especially as the Italian champions will be without the injured Paul Pogba.

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This is a repeat of the 1998 semi-final, which saw Juve emerge 6-4 winners on aggregate.

Ahead of the Champions League meeting between Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, we compare the performances of the two teams from the 2014/15 competition.

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icardi-goalAn eighth draw in nine Italian Serie A matches saw Roma lose further ground in the title race but their goalless stalemate at Chievo will be remembered for the horrific injury suffered by Federico Mattiello.

The Giallorossi were unable to break Chievo down at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi and therefore sit eight points behind leaders Juventus, who host Sassuolo on Monday evening.

It was difficult for both sides to focus from 20 minutes onwards, however, after players witnessed young Chievo midfielder Mattiello suffer what appeared to be a lower leg break. The point boosted the hosts six clear of the drop zone but they have failed to score in three games.

serie-a-logoWell that did not take long. Serie A strugglers Cagliari have sacked coach Gianfranco Zola following a poor run of results which has left them in danger of relegation from Italy’s top flight.

“Cagliari announces the dismissal of Gianfranco Zola and his staff from the first team,” said a statement by the Sardinia-based club. Zola took over from Zdenek Zeman before Christmas, but despite a brief spell of hope the former Chelsea forward ultimately saw his side lose six of the ten games under his leadership, for two wins and two draws.

Rudi-Garcia-Roma2Roma coach Rudi Garcia admitted his worry after seeing his “poor” and “unrecognisable” side hand title rivals Juventus a massive scudetto boost after being held to their eighth draw in nine consecutive Italian Serie A games.

“It was an ugly draw, not at all like all the other draws that have come before,”

Garcia told Sky Sport after Sunday’s scoreless draw at Chievo, who sit six points ahead of the drop zone. The result left Roma in second place, eight points adrift of Juve with Napoli only five points adrift ahead of their home clash against Inter Milan later in the day.

coppa_italiaMohamed Salah scored twice for Fiorentina as they ended Juventus’ 47-game unbeaten home run with a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

Salah opened the scoring following a surging run but Fernando Llorente equalised soon after as both sides went on the attack. The Egyptian then fired Fiorentina ahead in the 56th minute and, despite Juve applying the pressure, the Serie A champions could not find a way through.

Roma-v-JuventusSeydou Keita salvaged a 1-1 draw for ten-man Roma after Carlos Tevez struck for Juventus, but the result does little for their Scudetto aspirations.

Rudi Garcia’s side needed a win to haul back valuable ground on their table-topping rivals, but it was the Old Lady who grabbed the initiative when Vasilis Torosidis saw red after the hour-mark and Tevez curled home the resulting free-kick.

Keita capitalised on nervy defending to nod home a scruffy equaliser and preserve Roma’s impressive unbeaten home record, although they remain nine points behind Juve and the visitors will now certainly feel they are closing in on a fourth consecutive title.

Mauro-Icardi-InterInter Milan moved to fend off reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in Mauro Icardi, claiming the Argentinian striker has a “long-term future” at the club.

Interest in Icardi has blossomed recently after the 21-year-old took his Serie A goals tally this season to 14 to sit top of the league scoring charts alongside Juventus marksman Carlos Tevez.

The English media on Sunday republished reports from Italy a day earlier, claiming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been bombarding Icardi with telephone calls and messages in a bid to lure him to the club. But Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio said Icardi is going nowhere.