Luciano Spalletti’s side missed the opportunity to extend their one-point lead at the summit – ahead of their title rivals playing later in the weekend – as a pair of Davide Santon errors contributed to the coach’s first competitive loss at the helm and ended their 16-game undefeated match in Serie A this term.
Gianluigi Donnarumma was reduced to tears in the AC Milan dressing room after supporters unveiled a brutal banner describing their loathing of the Italian goalkeeper.
The 18-year-old featured in Milan’s comfortable 3-0 Coppa Italia victory over Verona on Wednesday night, but following their routine win, fans unleashed a scathing attack on Donnarumma.
The banner, stretching across three whole sections of the San Siro, took a cruel dig at the keeper’s ‘parasite’ brother, as well as insisting their patience had run out.
It read: ‘Psychological violence by giving you €6million-a-season & signing your parasite brother? It’s time to leave…our patience with you is over!’
Torino punished 10-man Lazio as they left the Stadio Olimpico with a rare 3-1 win on Monday.
The home side had Ciro Immobile sent off for violent conduct on the stroke of half-time, and Torino made the most of their one-man advantage to secure their first away win against Lazio for 24 years.
The visitors scored three times in 19 second-half minutes to leave Lazio reflecting ruefully on Immobile’s red card, which was awarded by referee Piero Giacomelli after the former Borussia Dortmund forward appeared to move his head towards Torino defender Nicolas Burdisso.
AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone has admitted that the club signed too many players following their €200 million spending spree in the summer transfer window.
The Rossoneri brought in 11 new players which saw the arrivals of players like Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu.
Milan’s new purchases have struggled to get the club back on track following a poor start to the season which leaves the Italian giants in seventh, 16 points adrift of rivals Inter Milan in top spot.
Vincenzo Montella, the club’s manager at the time who bought in the 11 players, has since lost his job and has been replaced with Gennaro Gattuso.
The draw for the Last 16 took place today in Nyon, with two Italian sides present after Napoli were eliminated.
Roma will play the side which finished above the Partenopei, as they’ve been drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk.
The two sides last met at the same stage in the 2010-11 season, with the Ukrainian side advancing 6-2 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Juve will face English side Tottenham Hotspur for what will be the first ever meeting of the two sides in European competition.
Inter left Turin with a point due to the heroics of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who single-handily kept Inter in the game with Juve having 19 shots to just six from Inter, only one of which was on target.
But the statistic that really counted left the teams level and preserved Inter’s one-point advantage and their unbeaten record.
AC Milan says it’s open to a ‘settlement agreement’ with UEFA over a financial fair play investigation.
The investigation from European football’s governing body threatens to derail the plans of the club’s new Chinese owners and could see them hindered in continental action.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that UEFA’s club financial control body will turn down Milan’s offer of a ‘voluntary agreement’ to seek more credit.
A club statement said:
‘Milan has always declared itself ready to face the other side of the coin, which is the settlement agreement.’
On a night when Sporting Lisbon might have deprived them of second spot in Group D, last season’s finalists ensured there would be no slip-ups with a fourth successive clean sheet.
Juan Cuadrado settled any Italian nerves after 15 minutes and substitute Federico Bernardeschi sealed matters with a fine strike in the final moments.
In the end Sporting’s defeat in Barcelona meant that this result in Greece did not matter, but Juventus controlled the contest throughout.
Roma qualified from Group C in first place after Diego Perotti’s fifth goal in eight games helped the Serie A side beat minnows Qarabag at the Stadio Olimpico to book their spot in the Champions League last 16.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma came into the game needing a win to be guaranteed qualification to the next round — a draw or defeat would have left them at risk of being overtaken by Atletico Madrid, who had to beat Chelsea.
Atletico took the lead at Stamford Bridge to pile on the pressure — before ultimately holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw — but Roma did not slip up after Perotti headed home on 53 minutes.
New AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso wants his players to replicate the gritty spirit he showed during his previous 13-year spell at the San Siro.
The former combative midfielder, who won two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies at AC Milan between 1999 and 2012, has taken over the reins from Vincenzo Montella.
And Gattuso has warned his stars he expects them to give 100 per cent while he is in charge of the sleeping Italian giants, who have won just six of their 14 league games.