Benevento recorded its first-ever Serie A victory with a 1-0 win over Chievo Verona on Saturday in the final match of the first half of the season.
Massimo Coda scored in the 64th minute, flicking Marco D’Alessandro’s chipped pass beyond Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.
Benevento had the worst-ever start to a season in modern history among Europe’s five major leagues.
It lost its first 14 matches before drawing 2-2 against AC Milan at the beginning of the month thanks to goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli’s stoppage-time equaliser.
The previous worst start was Manchester United’s streak of 12 defeats to open the 1930 season.
Three consecutive defeats has Inter Milan fans worried that we are in the midst of another Nerazzurri mid-season collapse.
Top of Serie A and unbeaten until only two weeks ago, Inter have dropped to third place and find themselves five points adrift of leaders Napoli after losing to mid-table sides Udinese and Sassuolo in their past two league games.
More worrying is that since putting five goals past Chievo at the start of the month, Inter have managed only one goal in their past five games in all competitions.
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Manchester United have opened the bidding for Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala by offering £70million plus midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. But Juventus has reportedly told United that it will take at least £140m to sign the 24-year-old Argentina international and that they are not that interested in a deal that involves Mkhitaryan.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to add flair to his side and has identified Argentina international Dybala as the ‘magician’ who can add extra creativity to his attack.
Gennaro Gattuso admitted that he may be ‘the worst coach in Serie A’ before urging his AC Milan players to go on a winning run after beating rivals Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday..
Patrick Cutrone scored his eighth goal of the season in the 14th minute of extra time to hand Gattuso his third win in seven games as Milan boss.
It has been a tough start to his reign at the San Siro and Gattuso made reference to his previous poor results, but the former midfielder called on his team to reproduce their level of performance against Inter in future matches.
Inter Milan’s end of year collapse showed no sign of ending on Wednesday as the Nerazzurri were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by cross-town rivals Milan 1-0 after extra time.
Since drawing at Juventus 0-0 at Juventus on December 9, Inter have failed to win their last four games, a winless streak that has seen them fall from first place to third place in Serie A and out of the cup.
Milan had the first real chance after 18 minutes, as Giacomo Bonaventura’s towering header was fingertipped over the bar by Samir Handanovic.
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Inter Milan reportedly want to take out of favour Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan from Manchester United during the January transfer window.
Mkhitaryan has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford after some poor performances and a disagreement over video analysis after the defeat to Chelsea on November 5.
United signed the Armenia captain for £2 7million in 2016 but manager Jose Mourinho hinted the 28-year-old could leave when he declared ‘every player has his price’ last week.
Marek Hamsik has become Napoli’s all-time record scorer after netting his 116th goal for the Serie A club to surpass Diego Maradona’s tally.
Hamsik took the record outright by scoring after 39 minutes to settle Napoli’s league clash with Sampdoria at the Stadio San Paolo on Saturday.
The Slovenian midfielder had drawn level with Maradona’s total with his strike in the 3-1 away victory over Torino last weekend.
Against Sampdoria, Allan dribbled past three players in the area before picking out Dries Mertens, who rolled the ball across for Hamsik to tap in from close range.
AC Milan’s crisis deepened as they were humiliated 3-0 at struggling Hellas Verona in Serie A on Sunday.
It has been a difficult month for Milan, which have won just two of their five matches since Gennaro Gattuso replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach.
Milan also had their bid for an agreement to end a financial fair play investigation rejected by UEFA on Friday.
One of the few positive notes was their progression to the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup with a 3-0 win over Verona on Wednesday.
Juventus won 3-0 at Bologna to leapfrog Inter Milan into second spot, a point behind Serie A leader Napoli.
Miralem Pjanic inspired Juventus to a comfortable victory 3-0 win at Bologna, despite the absence of a number of key players through injury, including captain Gianluigi Buffon.
Paulo Dybala was dropped for the second successive match because of poor form.
Juve made three changes from the goalless draw with Inter, with Andrea Barzagli, Alex Sandro and Douglas Costa replacing Giorgio Chiellini, Kwadwo Asamoah and Juan Cuadrado, as they looked to keep up the pressure on league leaders Napoli.
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Inter Milan opened the door for Napoli to regain top spot in Serie A as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end with a 3-1 defeat to Udinese at San Siro.
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.