Happy 43rd Birthday Gianluigi Buffon, “We love you”

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Italian Soccer Serie A blog by Anna Italia congratulates Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrating his 43rd birthday. Buffon was born on January 28, 1978 in Carrara, Italy. Surely, Buffon is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. I am happy with Buffon celebrating with his top performance during the Coppa Italia Quarterfinal against SPAL keeping a clean sheet Juve 4-0. Blessings Gigi.!


Coppa Italia: Napoli vs Spezia meeting for the 3rd time

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Napoli – Spezia

 

Coppa Italia Quarterfinals: Napoli vs Spezia, Official Called Up Players, Thursday 28 January 2021

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Napoli – Spezia

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Here are Napoli official called up players by Coach Gennaro Gattuso for the Coppa Italia Quarterfinals game Napoli vs Spezia on Thursday 28 January 2021 at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Napoli, Italy at 21:00.

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Referee Fourneau from the section of Roma 1 will be assisted by Mauro Galetto from the section of Rovigo and Luigi Rossi from the section of Rovigo. The fourth official will be Juan Luca Sacchi from the section of Macerata. The VAR will be Luigi Nasca from the section of Bari and the AVAR will be Salvatore Longo from the section of Paola.


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Here are SPEZIA 24 official called up players by Coach Italiano  for the game against Napoli:

Goalkeepers: 1.ZOET, 12.KRAPIKAS, 77.RAFAEL

Defenders: 3.RAMOS, 5.MARCHIZZA, 19.TERZI, 20.BASTONI, 22.CHABOT, 28.ERLIC, 34.ISMAJLI, 39.DELL’ORCO,  69.VIGNALI

Midfielders: 4.ACAMPORA, 8.RICCI, 10.AGOUME, 24.ESTEVEZ, 25.MAGGIORE, 27.DEIOLA, 88.LEO SENA

Forwards: 9.GALABINOV, 11.GYASI, 17.FARIAS, 31.VERDE, 80.AGUDELO


2020 – 2021 Coppa Italia Quarterfinals

Napoli – Spezia
Thursday 28 January 2021
Diego Armando Maradona Stadium
Napoli, Italy

21:00

Referee: FOURNEAU
Assistants: GALETTO – ROSSI L.
Fourth Official: SACCHI
VAR: NASCA
AVAR: LONGO

Front Pages, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport, Thursday 28 January 2021

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Good morning, my friends! Here are the front pages from the Italian newspapers La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, and Tutto Sport, Thursday 28 January 2021.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, Front Page, Thursday 28 January 2021.


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Corriere dello Sport, Front Page, Thursday 28 January 2021.


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Tutto Sport, Front Page, Thursday 28 January 2021.


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Coppa Italia Quarterfinals: Result JUVENTUS 4 – 0 SPAL, Wednesday 27 January 2021

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55% Ball Possession JUVENTUS and 45% Ball Possession SPAL
Juventus 4 – 0 SPAL
16′ Álvaro Morata (pen)
33′ Gianluca Frabotta
78′ Dejan Kulusevski
94′ Federico Chiesa

Juventus  win the Coppa Italia Quarterfinal game defeating SPAL on Wednesday 27 January 2021 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy.  Juventus crushed SPAL eliminating them and qualifying to the Coppa Italia Semifinals against Inter.   A superb victory and a good start for goalkeeper Gigi Buffon on the eve of his 43rd Birthday!

  • Stats before the game: Juventus have scored twice as many @spalferrara goals in 3 games in the Coppa Italia: 10 v 5. Juventus and SPAL have already met in the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup: Juve won 4-1 in January 1966, with Heriberto Herrera at the helm.

🏆🇮🇹 Coppa Italia: @juventusfcen have won 21 of their last 29 matches against @spalferrara in all competitions (6N, 2P), scoring 64 goals in the period, an average of 2.2.

It is Juventus to open the score in the 16th minute.  Referee Ivano Pezzuto giving a penalty to Juventus conceded by Francesco Vicari following a foul on Adrien Rabiot.  It is forward  Álvaro Morata to convert the penalty defeating SPAL goalkeeper Berisha with a right footed shot.

Chaos for SPAL conceding another goal in the 33rd minute. Gianluca Frabotta scoring for the 2-0 with a left footed shot. The joy is double for Frabotta because this is also his first goal for Juventus.

SPAL falling at the Allianz conceding a third goal in the 78th minute. It is Dejan Kulusevski to smack a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. SPAL goalkeeper unable to save the shot despite his efforts remaining on the ground.

The final dagger, the cherry on top of the ice cream…. Juventus sealing the victory with a 4-0 in the 94th minute with the goal by Federico Chiesa.

🏆 Here is JUVENTUS official starting lineup – formation by Coach Andrea Pirlo:
Juventus (4-4-2): Buffon; Dragusin, Demiral, De Ligt, Frabotta; Bernardeschi, Fagioli, Rabiot, Ramsey; Kulusevski, Morata.
🏆 Here is SPAL official starting lineup – formation by Coach Marino:
 SPAL (3-4-2-1): Berisha; Okoli, Vicari, Ranieri; Dickmann, Esposito, Missiroli, Sernicola; Brignola, Seck; Floccari.

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Referee Ivano Pezzuto from the section of Lecce will be assisted by Domenico Rocca from the section of Catanzaro and Manuel Robilotta from the section of Sala Consilina. The fourth official will be Marco Piccinini from the section of Forlì. The VAR will be Paolo Mazzoleni from the section of Bergamo and the AVAR will be Stefano Alassio from the section of Imperia.

2020 – 2021 Coppa Italia Quarterfinals

Juventus 4 – 0 SPAL
Wednesday 27 January 2021
Allianz Stadium
Turin, Italy

20:45

Referee: PEZZUTO
Assistants: ROCCA – ROBILOTTA
Fourth Official: PICCININI
VAR: MAZZOLENI
AVAR: ALASSIO

Goals: 16′ Álvaro Morata (pen)(J), 33′ Gianluca Frabotta (J), 78′ Dejan Kulusevski (J), 94′ Federico Chiesa (J)

Official lineups – formations – tabellino:

🏆 Lineup Juventus (4-4-2): Buffon; Dragusin, Demiral, De Ligt, Frabotta; Bernardeschi, Fagioli, Rabiot, Ramsey; Kulusevski, Morata.
𝗦𝗨𝗕𝗦: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Danilo, Cuadrado, Bonucci, Di Pardo, Arthur, McKennie, Chiesa, Da Graca.
Coach: Pirlo
🏆 Lineup SPAL (3-4-2-1): Berisha; Okoli, Vicari, Ranieri; Dickmann, Esposito, Missiroli, Sernicola; Brignola, Seck; Floccari.
Subs.: Thiam, Minelli, Sala, Spaltro, Strefezza, Tomovic, Viviani, Valoti, Moro, Paloschi.
Coach.: Marino.

 

Coppa Italia Quarterfinals: Result ATALANTA 3 – 2 LAZIO, Wednesday 27 January 2021

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34% Ball Possession ATALANTA and 66% Ball Possession LAZIO
Atalanta 3 – 2 Lazio
7′ Berat Djimsiti                   17′ Vedat Muriqi
7′ Rusian Malinovskyi        35′ Francesco Acerbi
57′ Aleksei Miranchuk (A)

Atalanta win the Coppa Italia Quarterfinals defeating Lazio on Wednesday 27 January 2021 at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy.  Atalanta qualifying to the Semifinals playing with 10 players since the 53rd minute after Referee Pairreto sent off José Palomino.  A tough lesson for Lazio and now they will face again on Sunday in the Serie A Week 20 game Atalanta vs Lazio at the Gewiss Stadium…. a deja’ vu.

Atalanta opening the score in the 7th minute.   Berat Djimsiti defeating Lazio goalkeeper from very close range with a right footed shot in the center  following a corner conceded by Francesco Acerbi.


Lazio equalizing for the 1-1 in the 17th minute with the goal by Vedat Muriqi defeating Atalanta goalkeeper with a headed shot in the bottom left corner.   The assist is by Francesco Acerbi.

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Referee Pairetto will be assisted by Alberto Tegoni from the section of Milano and Valentino Fiorito from the section of Salerno. The fourth official will be Gianluca Manganiello from the section of Pinerolo. The VAR will be Aleandro Di Paolo from the section of Avezzano and the AVAR will be Alessandro Lo Cicero from the section of Brescia.

2020 – 2021 Coppa Italia Quarterfinals

Atalanta 3 – 2 Lazio
Wednesday 27 January 2021
Gewiss Stadium
Bergamo, Italy

17:45

Referee: PAIRETTO
Assistants: TEGONI – FIORITO
Fourth Official: MANGANIELLO
VAR: DI PAOLO
AVAR: LO CICERO

Goals: 7′ Berat Djimsiti (A), 17′ Vedat Muriqi (L), 35′ Francesco Acerbi (L), 37′ Rusian Malinovskyi (A), 57′ Aleksei Miranchuk (A)

Official lineups – formations – tabellino:

ATALANTA (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Djimsiti, Romero, Palomino; Maehle (88′ Caldara), Freuler, Pessina; Gosens; Malinovskyi (59′ Zapata), Miranchuk (59′ De Roon); Muriel (63′ Toloi).

Subs: Sportiello, Rossi, Sutalo, Ruggieri, Scalvini, Gyabuaa, Ilicic, Lammers.

Coach:  Gian Piero Gasperini

 

LAZIO (3-5-2): Reina; Patric (46′ Parolo), Hoedt (71′ Immobile), Acerbi; Marusic, Milinkovic, Escalante (62′ Correa), Akpa Akpro, Fares (46′ Lazzari); A. Pereira (81′ Lulic), Muriqi.

Subs.: Alia, G. Pereira, Armini, Vavro, Radu, Cataldi, Lulic, Czyz.

Coach:  Simone Inzaghi

Disciplinary Sanctions: Suspended Players after Serie A Week 19 Sporting Authorities on Tuesday 26 January 2021

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Here is the list of suspensions by the Sporting Judge Gerardo Mastrandrea assisted by Stefania Ginesio and the A.I.A Representative Eugenio Tenneriello on Tuesday 26 January 2021 after the Serie A Round 19 concluded on Sunday 24 January 2021.

  • One Match Suspension

Robin Gosens (Atalanta)
Nahitan Nandez (Cagliari)
Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus)
Samir (Udinese)
Giangiacomo Magnani (Hellas Verona)

Note: The decision of the Sports Judge also suspends for two games Inter Coach Antonio Conte with a fine of 20,000 euros. The coach was disqualified after being sent off against Udinese for protests against referee Fabio Maresca.

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Coppa Italia Quarterfinals: Result INTER 2 – 1 AC MILAN, Tuesday 26 January 2021

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66% Ball Possession INTER and 44% Ball Possession AC MILAN
Inter 2 – 1 AC Milan

 71′ Romelu Lukaku (pen)           31′ Zlatan Ibrahimović
97′ Christian Eriksen

 

Inter win the Milan Derby not only claiming the bragging rights to rule the City of Milan, but also win the Coppa Italia Quarterfinals  defeating AC Milan on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan, Italy.  It is Christian Eriksen to score the winner goal in the 97th minute.   Inter eliminated ACMilan and qualified for the Coppa Italia Semifinals.

Before the game:  Inter and AC Milan will be meeting in the Coppa Italia for the 25th time.  Stats showing:  AC Milan 10 wins, 7 draws, and Inter 7 wins.   The last five games between the two teams in the Coppa Italia all took place at the quarter-final stage:  AC Milan progressed in 1998 (a 5-1 aggregate win) and 2017, while Inter emerged victorious in the two-legged tie in 2000.

Fikayo Tomori making his debut as as AC Milan player in the 20th minute after the forced substitution replacing Simon Kjaer for injury.

It is AC Milan to open the score in the 31st minute. Forward Zlatan Ibrahimović with a brilliant goal defeats Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanović controlling the ball to deliver a right footed shot all the way to the bottom left corner. A superb goal!

An intense first half ending with a face to face protest between Inter forward Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. …..

Chaos for AC Milan remaining with 10 players after Referee Paolo Valeri gives him a second yellow card to make it the automatic red card.

In the 80th minute, Referee Paolo Valeri injured is replaced by the Fourth Official Chiffi.

Inter overturned the result and scored the winner goal in the 97th minute with Christian Eriksen delivering a right footed free kick shot.


Here is INTER official starting lineup – formation by Coach Antonio Conte:

INTER (3-5-2): Handanović; Škriniar, de Vrij, Kolarov; Darmian, Barella, Brozović, Vidal, Perisić; Lukaku, Sanchez.

Here is AC MILAN official starting lineup – formation by Coach Stefano Pioli:

AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Tătărușanu; Dalot, Kjær, Romagnoli, Hernández; Meïte, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Díaz, Leão; Ibrahimović.

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Referee Valeri will be assisted by Stefano Del Giovane from the section of Albano Laziale and Valerio Colarossi from the section of Roma 2. The fourth official will be Daniele Chiffi from the section of Padova. The VAR will be Luca Banti from the section of Livorno and the AVAR will be Giacomo Paganessi from the section of Bergamo.


2020 – 2021 Coppa Italia Quarterfinals

Inter 2 – 1 AC Milan
Tuesday 26 January 2021
Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
Milan, Italy

21:45

Referee: VALERI
Assistants: DEL GIOVANE – COLAROSSI
Fourth Official: CHIFFI
VAR: BANTI
AVAR: PAGANESSI

Goals: 31′ Zlatan Ibrahimović  (M), 71′ Romelu Lukaku (I)(pen), 97′ Christian Eriksen (I)

Official lineups – formations – tabellino:

INTER (3-5-2): Handanović; Škriniar, de Vrij, Kolarov; Darmian, Barella, Brozović, Vidal, Perisić; Lukaku, Sanchez.

Subs: Padelli, Radu; Bastoni, Ranocchia; Eriksen, Gagliardini, Hakimi, Sensi, Young; Pinamonti, Martínez.

Coach: Conte.

AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): Tătărușanu; Dalot, Kjær, Romagnoli, Hernández; Meïte, Kessie; Saelemaekers, Díaz, Leão; Ibrahimović.

Subs: A. Donnarumma, Jungdal; Calabria, Kalulu, Tomori; Castillejo, Hauge, Krunić; Maldini, Rebić.

Coach: Pioli.

Referee: Valeri from Roma.

 

2020-2021 Serie A Week 19 RESULTS / Nineteenth Round on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021

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Hello, my friends. Here are the 2020-2021 Serie A Week 19 RESULTS / Nineteenth Round on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021.

👉 Juventus winner of the 2019-2020 Serie A Scudetto

⚽️ Serie A Top Scorer up to Week 19: (Updated on Sunday 24 January 2021)
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The leadership remain the same and AC Milan ending as Winter Champions.  AC  Milan despite losing the home game against Atalanta in San Siro with a 0-3 is the sole leader of the Serie A with 43 points .   Fact is that Atalanta gave a tough lesson to AC Milan clearly saying the league is not over and the Scudetto available for other teams.  It is now up to AC Milan to archive this defeat and resume to win.   A sour debut for new AC Milan forward Mario Mandzukic failing to help the team unable to score a goal and for Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrating his 600th professional games.

We could say the big flop if for Inter because they had the chance to be neck-to-neck with AC Milan.  Inter with 40 points could have reached Milan with 43 points, and, yet, wasted the chance to defeat Udinese at the Dacia Arena.  The game ending with a 0-0 goalless draw reaching now 41 points being -2 below AC Milan.  This was the golden moment for Inter.

AS Roma living their redemption moment.  Roma defeated Spezia at the Olimpico Stadium after Spezia eliminated Roma in the Coppa Italia Round of 16.  Roma climbing to the 3rd position reaching 37 points.  The winner goal scored by Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini in the 92nd minute.  Pellegrini celebrating his 100th start with Roma with this precious goal sealing the victory.

Fiorentina win the home game against Crotone on Saturday 23 January 2021 at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence. Crotone with an uphill battle being in the last position to climb the Serie A Standing. The relegation seems a crude reality for Crotone who were promoted from Serie B this season. However, miracles happen and still half tournament to play. Fiorentina reaching 21 points.

Benevento failing to win the home game against Torino on Friday 22 January 2021 at the Ciro Vigorito Stadium in Benevento. Torino Coach Davide Nicola making his debut with a draw after replacing Coach Marco Giampaolo. Torino with a cry for help to save themselves being down in the relegation zone. The draw is almost like a win for Torino who were down 2-0 to equalize for the 2-2 claiming a valuable one point. A ray of hope for Torino.

Juventus defeating Bologna with a 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium.  The victory is a boost for Juventus climbing from the 6th to the 4th position reaching 36 points and -7 points below AC Milan.

Lazio defeating Sassuolo at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome.  Sassuolo failing to surpass Lazio despite having taking the lead to lose the match.   Lazio reaching 34 points remaining in the 7th position while Sassuolo stepped down to the 9th position with 30 points.

A moment for joy is for Hellas Verona defeating Napoli at the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi Stadium.  The defeat caused Napoli to step down to the 6th position.

Parma with a desperate call for help to leave the relegation zone. Sampdoria defeating Parma  at the Ennio Tardini Stadium in Parma. Sampdoria causing the upset reaching 26 points. Second consecutive wins and tenth place in the standings for Sampdoria while Parma penultimate and fourth knockout in the last five outings continues. Next round will be a tough test for both because Parma will face Napoli at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium and Sampdoria vs Juventus at the Allianz Stadium.

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👉 Results from Serie A Week 19

👉 Top Serie A teams standing AFTER Serie A Week 19 game. First 4 qualifying for Champions League, 5 and 6 for Europa League. (Sunday 24 January 2021)

AC MILAN, 1st position with 43 points and a positive goal difference of +17

INTER, 2nd position with 41 points and a positive goal difference of +22

AS ROMA, 3rd positions with 37 points and a positive goal difference of +9

UEFA Europa League JUVENTUS, 4th position with 36 points and a positive goal difference of +19

ATALANTA, 5th position with 36 points and a positive goal difference of +21

– NAPOLI, 6th position with 34 points and a positive goal difference of +22

Relegation Zone:

– TORINO, 18th position with 14 points and a negative goal difference of -14

– PARMA, 19th position with 13 points and a negative goal difference of -22

– CROTONE, 20th position with 12 points and a negative goal difference of -21

👉 2020 – 2021 Italy Serie A Standing – Serie A Table up to Sunday 24 January 2021
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