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Italian Teams Back Dominating Europe

For the first time in close to 13 years, four Italian teams won in the Champions League in the same round of fixtures and as a result have overtaken England to go second in the UEFA rankings.

Last night saw Lorenzo Insigne’s late winner for Napoli defeat Liverpool, while Inter came back from a goal down to beat PSV in Eindhoven.

On Tuesday night Roma beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0, while Juventus eased to a 3-0 win over Young Boys, thanks to Paulo Dybala’s hat-trick.

Those results mean that Italy have overtaken England in the UEFA ranking. Spain remain clear at the top on 89,283 points, but Italy are now behind them on 67,440 compared to England on 67,177.

Germany (61,784) and France (51,998) complete the top five leagues.

The last time four Italian sides won their matches dates back to November 2005 hwen Alessandro Del Piero’s late goal allowed Juventus to beat Club Brugge.

On the same day, Udinese came from a goal down to beat Olympiakos in Greece, with Vincenzo Iaquinta scoring in the 81st minute and Vincent Candela getting the winner two minutes later.

November 23 saw Andriy Shevchenko get all four goals as Milan thrashed Fenerbahce in Istanbul, while back at San Siro, Inter beat Artmedia Bratislava by the same scoreline.

Matchday 3: 23-24 October

Matchday 4: 6-7 November

Matchday 5: 27-28 November

Matchday 6: 11-12 December