Milan suffer another defeat as Marchisio has Juventus feeling at home
Monday 03 October 2011
Milan's poor start to the defence of their Serie A title continued last night when they went down to a 2-0 defeat at Juventus.
Two late goals from Claudio Marchisio, one a lucky deflection from Daniele Bonera's attempted clearance, took Antonio Conte's side back to the top of the table and increased the feel-good factor at their new stadium. Milan, with just one win in their first five matches, had midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng sent off after Marchisio's first goal.
"This was our worst performance of the year," the Milan coach, Massimiliano Allegri, said. "We didn't play at the right rhythm and gave the ball away too much. We played badly both in defence and attack. We have to improve and fortunately there's now a break next week that will help us regroup."
Milan's neighbours Internazionale also lost after having a man sent off, Joel Obi getting his marching orders as Napoli won 3-0 at San Siro, Claudio Ranieri's first defeat as Inter coach. Udinese are level on points with Juventus at the top after beating Bologna 2-0 at home, Mehdi Benatia and Antonio di Natale getting their goals.
In Spain, Gonzalo Higuain scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid crushed Espanyol 4-0 away, while Barcelona moved to the top of La Liga with a scrappy 1-0 win at bottom of the table Sporting Gijon through a 12th-minute strike from Adriano Correia. Surprise package Levante, who beat Real Madrid two weeks ago, are level on points with Barça after winning 1-0 at previous leaders Real Betis.
Big-spending Paris St Germain are three points clear at the top of Ligue 1 in France thanks to a Javier Pastore-inspired 2-0 win over Lyons. Pastore, a £37m signing from Palermo in the summer, embarrassed Lyons goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post to score PSG's first, Christophe Jallet getting the other in second half added time. Champions Lille won 2-0 at home to Rennes, Joe Cole setting up their first goal for Moussa Sow.
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