Joaquín Correa scored twice as Lazio beat AC Milan 3-0 in Serie A on Monday to enhance its possibilities of qualifying for the Champions League.
Correa scored his first after simply 77 seconds and doubled his tally within the 51st minute. Ciro Immobile accomplished the scoring three minutes from time. Lazio closed to inside 5 factors of fourth place and the ultimate Champions League berth, having performed a match lower than the groups above it.
“The lads were really great, it was a final for us,” Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi mentioned. “It was our final hope to keep in contact with the highest 4.
“We usually play finals in this way, it was a clear and overwhelming victory.”
Third-placed Napoli, which earlier beat relegation-threatened Torino 2-0, has the identical quantity of factors as Juventus and Milan, which dropped to fifth. Second-placed Atalanta has two factors extra.
Head-to-head report is the primary deciding consider Serie A, adopted by aim distinction.
“I expected more from my team,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli mentioned. “We have the technical and bodily high quality to do higher. We should do extra, now we should present that we’re as robust as I feel we’re. We want to react instantly as a result of this can be a heavy defeat.
“The Champions League race has become a lot more difficult.”
Milan was trying to transfer again into second place however was with out prime scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović and received off to the worst doable begin when Correa performed a fast one-two with Immobile, rounded Gianluigi Donnarumma and deposited into the empty internet.
It was Lazio’s quickest aim in Serie A since statistics provider Opta began gathering that knowledge in 2004.
Correa virtually doubled his tally instantly however Donnarumma pulled off a improbable save to deny him at point-blank vary.
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina additionally carried out within the first half and his aspect doubled its lead six minutes after the break when Correa burst into the realm, rode an try at a sort out from Milan defender Fikayo Tomori and blasted into the roof of the online.
Immobile’s lob hit the put up 10 minutes from time however the Italy ahead received on the scoresheet seven minutes later when Lazzari rolled the ball throughout to him and he drilled it into the underside left nook.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RACE
Napoli moved again into the Champions League locations in Serie A and will have scored extra in a dominant victory.
Two objectives in as many minutes from Tiémoué Bakayoko and Victor Osimhen had Napoli firmly in management by halftime. The guests additionally hit the put up twice, whereas Torino midfielder Rolando Mandragora was despatched off 4 minutes from time for a second yellow card.
Torino remained above the relegation zone thanks solely to a greater head-to-head report towards 18th-placed Benevento, though it has performed a match lower than the groups round it.
Napoli received off to a terrific begin when Bakayoko curled a shocking strike into the far backside nook from 20 yards out.
The lead was doubled following a fast counterattack. Osimhen sprinted from simply inside his personal half and his effort was deflected previous Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
Iheanacho winner pushes Leicester closer to Champions League
Kelechi Iheanacho prolonged his career-best scoring type with a blistering successful aim as Leicester rallied to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 within the English Premier League and set up a seven-point cushion within the prime 4 on Monday.
The Nigeria striker made it 14 objectives in his final 14 video games in all competitions — and introduced Champions League qualification one step closer for Leicester — when he introduced down a protracted ball ahead from Jonny Evans, reduce inside and smashed a rising shot with little back-lift contained in the close to put up within the eightieth minute.
Iheanacho had earlier arrange Timothy Castagne for the Fiftieth-minute equalizer, which canceled out Wilfried Zaha’s opening aim for Palace, and is proving to be a revelation within the second half of the season after coming into the group in February due to accidents to teammates Harvey Barnes and James Maddison.
It is his first prolonged stint within the beginning lineup since becoming a member of from Manchester City within the offseason of 2017 and he’s even outshining strike accomplice Jamie Vardy, for therefore lengthy the group’s talisman and more than likely scorer.
“When you have confidence in your game, it makes you perform really well,” mentioned Iheanacho, who has 12 objectives in his final 9 video games. “It gives you a base. When you score a goal, it gets your mind high, it keeps coming and you keep scoring.”
The good end, which noticed Iheanacho shift the ball onto his favored left foot and shoot earlier than the defender and goalkeeper in entrance of him have been set, got here as no shock to Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. He described Iheanacho as a “nightmare in training” due to his clever ending and mentioned he has “everything to be a top striker.”
“Having a massive figure like Jamie Vardy in front of you, in the system we were playing, was always going to be difficult for him,” Schmeichel mentioned. “But credit to him, every day since he’s come, he works so hard and he just needed that bit of luck or that goal to go in to give him that confidence, that belief.”
Iheanacho’s scorching streak might push Leicester over the road within the race for Champions League qualification, too.
The win cemented third place for Brendan Rodgers’ group, which is 4 factors forward of Chelsea in fourth and 7 away from West Ham in fifth. Liverpool is a degree additional behind, with all 4 groups having 5 video games to play.
Leicester pale away badly on the finish of final season to drop out of the highest 4 on the ultimate weekend. That doesn’t appear like taking place this time, with a second 12 months within the Champions League — after 2016-17 — trying seemingly even after a grueling season that included a Europa League marketing campaign.
Rodgers spoke overtly concerning the group’s poor end to final season in a preseason chat together with his gamers, decided for it not to be an “elephant in the room.”
“You sense that might have lingered about if we didn’t address it,” Rodgers mentioned. “Over that preseason period, we went away for a couple of days, we spoke about it and took on the challenge for the current season.”
Evans’ raking move ahead for Iheanacho’s successful aim wasn’t his solely important second of the match. In the fifty fifth minute, with the rating tied, he produced a shocking clearance to deny Christian Benteke a tap-in to an unguarded internet after Jaïro Riedewald broke the offside entice.
Leicester’s win left Liverpool with even slimmer hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, only a 12 months after Jurgen Klopp’s group received the league for the primary time in 30 years.
With Leicester eight factors forward, Chelsea — which is inside 4 factors — is the one group Liverpool can realistically reel in now.