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Last-gasp Atalanta snatch point from wasteful Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler bundled a timely leveller past Gianluigi Buffon at the death to grab a deserved share of the spoils for Atalanta in a 2-2 draw with Juventus on Friday.

A great diving header from Dani Alves looked to have secured the three points for Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri’s treble-chasers fought their way back when Atalanta midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola’s own goal levelled Andrea Conti’s first-half opener for the hosts.

Last-gasp Atalanta snatch point from wasteful Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler bundled a timely leveller past Gianluigi Buffon at the death to grab a deserved share of the spoils for Atalanta in a 2-2 draw with Juventus on Friday.

A great diving header from Dani Alves looked to have secured the three points for Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri’s treble-chasers fought their way back when Atalanta midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola’s own goal levelled Andrea Conti’s first-half opener for the hosts.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Barca to target Juve hot-shots Higuain, Dybala

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Barcelona must try to stop prolific Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala when the sides meet in a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, admits defender Javier Mascherano.

Juventus meet Barcelona for the first time since the 2015 final, when an early Ivan Rakitic strike left Massimiliano Allegri’s men with a mountain to climb before they succumbed 3-1 in Berlin.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Champions League rivals running scared of Leicester City

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid, comeback kings Barcelona and the mighty Bayern Munich are all in the hat for Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw, but Zinedine Zidane knows who he wants to avoid.

“No coach wants Leicester as a rival,” the Real boss admitted, a view echoed by Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon: “Leicester, because they’re a dangerous side, they’re full of enthusiasm and can hurt you.

Chat with dad Diego inspired Giovanni Simeone Juve double

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Milan (AFP) Genoa's Giovanni Simeone said a pre-match talk with his dad, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, spurred him on to a brace that laid the foundations for a shock 3-1 win over Serie A champions Juventus.

Simeone, starting in place of injured striker Leonardo Pavoletti, was on hand to get the hosts off the mark after just three minutes when Gianluigi Buffon spilled shots from Luca Rigoni and Lucas Ocampos.

Chat with dad Diego inspired Giovanni Simeone Juve double

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Milan (AFP) Genoa's Giovanni Simeone said a pre-match talk with his dad, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, spurred him on to a brace that laid the foundations for a shock 3-1 win over Serie A champions Juventus.

Simeone, starting in place of injured striker Leonardo Pavoletti, was on hand to get the hosts off the mark after just three minutes when Gianluigi Buffon spilled shots from Luca Rigoni and Lucas Ocampos.

Higuain strikes but Lyon keep Juve waiting

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain struck a first-half penalty but dominant Juventus failed to book their Champions League last 16 ticket after being stunned by Corentin Tolisso's late leveller in a 1-1 draw with Lyon on Wednesday.

The Italian champions looked to be heading for a 1-0 win after Higuain stepped up to beat Anthony Lopes from the spot before the quarter hour.

Lyon defiant ahead of Juventus challenge

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Maxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon face Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors.

Lyon defiant ahead of Juventus challenge

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Maxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon face Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors.

Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d’Or longlist

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Paris (AFP) Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or.

Both were on the 2016 longlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d’Or longlist

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Paris (AFP) Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or.

Both were on the 2016 longlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Paris (AFP) Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or.

Both were on the 2016 shortlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Dzeko still on top as Roma, Milan nudge Juventus

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Milan (AFP) Edin Dzeko took his Serie A scoring lead to eight goals in nine games as Roma outclassed Palermo 4-1 to reclaim second spot and move to within two points off leaders Juventus on Sunday.

Roma had dropped to third after AC Milan stunned champions Juventus 1-0 on Saturday when teenaged midfielder Manuel Locatelli beat Gianluigi Buffon with a second-half scorcher.

Kalinic hat-trick gets Fiorentina firing

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Milan (AFP) Nikola Kalinic struck a hat-trick and Federico Bernardeschi hit a brace as Fiorentina's stuttering Serie A season finally took flight with a classy 5-3 win at Cagliari on Sunday.

Elsewhere, 10-man Napoli added to the woes of basement side Crotone with a 2-1 win that reduced their gap on leaders Juventus to four points.

Kalinic hat-trick gets Fiorentina firing

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Milan (AFP) Nikola Kalinic struck a hat-trick and Federico Bernardeschi hit a brace as Fiorentina's stuttering Serie A season finally took flight with a classy 5-3 win at Cagliari on Sunday.

Elsewhere, 10-man Napoli added to the woes of basement side Crotone with a 2-1 win that reduced their gap on leaders Juventus to four points.

Cuadrado strikes as 10-man Juve sink Lyon

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Lyon (AFP) Juan Cuadrado came off the bench to score a late winner as 10-man Juventus beat Lyon 1-0 in France in Champions League Group H on Wednesday.

The Italian champions saw Gianluigi Buffon save a first-half Alexandre Lacazette penalty and then had Mario Lemina sent off early in the second period.

Cuadrado strikes as 10-man Juve sink Lyon

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Lyon (AFP) Juan Cuadrado came off the bench to score a late winner as 10-man Juventus beat Lyon 1-0 in France in Champions League Group H on Wednesday.

The Italian champions saw Gianluigi Buffon save a first-half Alexandre Lacazette penalty and then had Mario Lemina sent off early in the second period.

‘Work to do’ for outclassed Italy, says Ventura

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Italy coach Giam Piero Ventura admitted there's work to do after an outclassed Azzurri stumbled to a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with Spain on Thursday.

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point after Sevilla forward Vitolo had given La Roja a 55th minute lead after pouncing on a rare blunder from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

‘Work to do’ for outclassed Italy, says Ventura

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Italy coach Giam Piero Ventura admitted there's work to do after an outclassed Azzurri stumbled to a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with Spain on Thursday.

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point after Sevilla forward Vitolo had given La Roja a 55th minute lead after pouncing on a rare blunder from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

De Rossi saves outclassed Italy against Spain

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point in a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with dominant Spain on Thursday.

Italy's 2-0 defeat of La Roja in the last 16 of the European Championships this year ended Spanish hopes of challenging for a record third consecutive title.

De Rossi saves outclassed Italy against Spain

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi levelled from the spot eight minutes from time as Italy grabbed a lucky point in a 1-1 World Cup 2018 qualifying draw with dominant Spain on Thursday.

Italy's 2-0 defeat of La Roja in the last 16 of the European Championships this year ended Spanish hopes of challenging for a record third consecutive title.

Get feet on the ground Juve, orders Allegri

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Milan (AFP) Coach Massimiliano Allegri ordered Juventus to get their feet on the ground after a chastening 2-1 'Derby d'Italia' defeat to Inter Milan came hot on the heels of a stale Champions League draw with Sevilla.

Juventus travelled to the San Siro looking to make amends after a goalless stalemate against the Europa League champions in Turin on Wednesday.

Perisic winner stuns Juve, boosts De Boer

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Milan (AFP) A second-half winner by Ivan Perisic boosted Frank De Boer's survival prospects as Inter Milan fought to a deserved 2-1 'Derby d'Italia' win over Juventus in Serie A on Sunday.

De Boer, who succeeded Roberto Mancini at Inter two weeks before the start of the season, was rumoured to be facing the sack after a midweek defeat to Hapoel Beer Sheva followed a run of poor results in the league.

Donnarumma debuts as Ventura begins with France loss

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Giampiero Ventura handed teenaged AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma his debut but began his reign with a 3-1 defeat to France in Bari on Thursday.

Ventura replaced Antonio Conte last month and pledged to carry on the good work of the current Chelsea manager following the Azzurri's impressive march to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

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Champions League: Juventus Keep Barcelona At Bay With Defensive Masterclass At Camp Nou, Sail Into Semi-Finals (Photos & Video)

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After stuffing their opponents 3-0 in the first leg, Juventus put on a trademark defensive masterclass to keep Barcelona at bay for 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and book themselves a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Barca threw everything at Juve, especially in the first half, with the darting runs of Neymar (whose chosen hairstyle for the evening appeared to be a tribute to 'Joe vs.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If AC Milan is going to turn its surprising start to the Series A season into a full-blown title challenge, then the Rossoneri will need to beat Juventus to close the gap.

The Italian rivals square off in Milan, with Juventus currently holding a five-point lead atop Serie A. The match will feature the old guard and new guard, as Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluigi Donnarumma face off.

Champions League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Top scorers, Results & Talking Points

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Leicester City extended their winning streak in the Champions League to three matches as matchday three of Europe’s biggest competition served up its usual dose of drama and entertainment. There were eight games played on Tuesday night as groups E, F, G and H took shape at the halfway point of the group stage.

Shit Football Ink: Juventus Fan Gets Terrifying Tattoo Of Gianluigi Buffon Silently Screaming Into Infinity (Video)

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Seeking to pay humble tribute to his favouritest goalkeeper in the whole wide world, one ardent Gianluigi Buffon fanatic decided to have the Juventus stopper's likeness tattooed about his person.

While the skill of the tattoo artist responsible, one Ronald Horta, cannot be denied, the actual image of Buffon silently screaming, eyes bulging, face contorted is another matter entirely.

Germany vs Italy, Euro 2016: Buffon vs Neuer – Gladiator vs Revolutionary

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When Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon was included in the final 23-man Italy squad eyebrows were raised about his selection. Many wondered why Italy are still sticking with a 38-year-old player while a new player is not being given an opportunity.

Or is age just a number? As long as you’re performing at the highest level, age is not a barrier.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

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Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/27/17

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Armchair Analyst: Deluge of goals continues vs. MNUFC & more from Week 4
Thanks to the international date Week 4 was an abbreviated, limited week. There was still, however, enough happening for us to divine a few truths from 270 minutes of MLS action.

‘I’ll Headbutt Somebody On The Pitch Like Zidane’ – Gianluigi Buffon Plans To Retire In Style As And When The Time Comes

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Having already been on this Earth for 39 wholeyears, Gianluigi Buffon has reluctantly acknowledged that he might notactually be able to play on forever.

Indeed, Buffon is all set to makethe 1,000th appearanceof his career when Italy play Albania on Friday evening 220 for Parma, 612 for Juventus and 168 for the Azzurri.

Ballon d’Or Shortlist Unveiled: All The Usual Suspects Plus Light Smattering Of Total Frauds

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It's that time of year again. The annual creep towards the Ballon d'Or gala officially begins today with the announcement of the 2016 long-short-list.

For reasons of their own, award administratorsFrance Football decided to leak the list in five-player increments over the course of the entire day, milking the whole thing for all it was worth.

‘Other Than Neuer And De Gea, Nobody Is Better’ – Gianluigi Buffon Has Some Very Nice Things To Say About Joe Hart

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You'd think that Pep Guardiola was publicly birching him in the streets given the hysterical outcry, but no Joe Hart has not been driven naked through the city streets by Man City's new coach quite yet. He's simply been dropped for the first few games of the season.

While Pep has been accused by members of the press of "humiliating" and "mistreating" England's sainted No.