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Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Potent new Juventus face Porto acid test

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Milan (AFP) – A potent new attacking formation that has sent Gonzalo Higuain towards another top scorer’s award faces the acid test Wednesday when Juventus take on Porto away in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Juventus, beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in the 2015 final, are en route to a record sixth Serie A crown and remain many pundits’ favourites to challenge the likes of Real Madrid for the trophy in Cardiff next May.

Potent new Juventus face Porto acid test

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Milan (AFP) – A potent new attacking formation that has sent Gonzalo Higuain towards another top scorer’s award faces the acid test Wednesday when Juventus take on Porto away in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Juventus, beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in the 2015 final, are en route to a record sixth Serie A crown and remain many pundits’ favourites to challenge the likes of Real Madrid for the trophy in Cardiff next May.

Dzeko forms a timely boost for Serie A title-chasing Roma

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Milan (AFP) – Edin Dzeko hit his second successive Europa League hat-trick to edge closer to his all-time season record, and give Roma’s title hopes a timely boost ahead of Sunday’s visit of Torino.

Dzeko, who also hit a hat-trick against Viktoria Plzen in November, took the match ball home from Villarreal after a 4-0 rout in Spain to give to his daughter after taking his Europa League-leading tally to eight goals.

Mertens inspires Napoli to Genoa win

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Milan (AFP) – Poland striker Arkaduisz Milik made his return from a lengthy injury lay-off but watched from the bench as a Dries Mertens-inspired Napoli kept the Serie A title race ticking over with a 2-0 win over Genoa on Friday.

Piotr Zielinski and Emanuele Giaccherini struck in the second half as Maurizio Sarri’s men leapfrogged Roma into second place to sit six points behind leaders Juventus.

Mertens inspires Napoli to Genoa win

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Milan (AFP) – Poland striker Arkaduisz Milik made his return from a lengthy injury lay-off but watched from the bench as a Dries Mertens-inspired Napoli kept the Serie A title race ticking over with a 2-0 win over Genoa on Friday.

Piotr Zielinski and Emanuele Giaccherini struck in the second half as Maurizio Sarri’s men leapfrogged Roma into second place to sit six points behind leaders Juventus.

Inter Milan striker Icardi to impress Argentina coach

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Milan (AFP) Serie A striker Mauro Icardi can impress Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza when he watches the Inter Milan striker at leaders Juventus on Sunday, according to coach Stefano Pioli.

Inter, in fourth nine points adrift, are targeting their first away league win over the 32-time Italian champions since November 2012.

Inter Milan striker Icardi to impress Argentina coach

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Milan (AFP) Serie A striker Mauro Icardi can impress Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza when he watches the Inter Milan striker at leaders Juventus on Sunday, according to coach Stefano Pioli.

Inter, in fourth nine points adrift, are targeting their first away league win over the 32-time Italian champions since November 2012.

Allegri focus on Sassuolo as new-look Juventus impress

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Milan (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expected to ring the changes but hinted his new-look tactical formation could be deployed again when the champions travel to Sassuolo on Sunday.

Allegri has regularly had to choose whether to pair Paulo Dybala or Mario Mandzukic with Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain as his side target a record sixth consecutive scudetto.

Allegri focus on Sassuolo as new-look Juventus impress

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Milan (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is expected to ring the changes but hinted his new-look tactical formation could be deployed again when the champions travel to Sassuolo on Sunday.

Allegri has regularly had to choose whether to pair Paulo Dybala or Mario Mandzukic with Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain as his side target a record sixth consecutive scudetto.

Italian title race not over, says beaten Juve boss

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Milan (AFP) The Serie A title race is far from over, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri warned after a first-half opener by Chinese Super League target Nikola Kalinic paved the way for Fiorentina's shock 2-1 defeat of the champions.

Juventus travelled to Florence looking for their fifth consecutive win since suffering a shock 3-1 loss at Genoa at the end of November.

Pjanic penalty helps Juve into Italian Cup quarters

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Milan (AFP) A late penalty from Miralem Pjanic saw holders Juventus scrape through to an Italian Cup quarter-final clash with either AC Milan or Torino after a nervous 3-2 win over high-flying Atalanta.

Atalanta travelled to Turin looking to cause an upset as they enjoy their best season in years under Gianpiero Gasperini, who has steered the Bergamo side to within 10 points of Juve's lead in Serie A at the halfway point.

Pjanic penalty helps Juve into Italian Cup quarters

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Milan (AFP) A late penalty from Miralem Pjanic saw holders Juventus scrape through to an Italian Cup quarter-final clash with either AC Milan or Torino after a nervous 3-2 win over high-flying Atalanta.

Atalanta travelled to Turin looking to cause an upset as they enjoy their best season in years under Gianpiero Gasperini, who has steered the Bergamo side to within 10 points of Juve's lead in Serie A at the halfway point.

Juve fans wait for Milan fan Kean at Genoa

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Milan (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri could hand teenage starlet Moise Kean his full debut for the injury-hit Turin giants against Genoa on Sunday even if he is secretly an AC Milan fan.

Kean, a powerfully-built striker, joined an elite group of 16-year-old Serie A debutants when he replaced Mario Mandzukic in a 3-0 win over Pescara last weekend.

Juve fans wait for Milan fan Kean at Genoa

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Milan (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri could hand teenage starlet Moise Kean his full debut for the injury-hit Turin giants against Genoa on Sunday even if he is secretly an AC Milan fan.

Kean, a powerfully-built striker, joined an elite group of 16-year-old Serie A debutants when he replaced Mario Mandzukic in a 3-0 win over Pescara last weekend.

Juventus boss Allegri to unleash teen starlet Moise Kean

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Milan (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has hinted he could unleash teenaged sensation Moise Kean after he became the first player born in 2000 to feature in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Kean was born to Ivorian parents in Italy on February 28, 2000 and joined an elite group of 16-year-old Serie A debutants when he replaced Mario Mandzukic at Pescara last weekend.

Juventus boss Allegri to unleash teen starlet Moise Kean

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Milan (AFP) Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has hinted he could unleash teenaged sensation Moise Kean after he became the first player born in 2000 to feature in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Kean was born to Ivorian parents in Italy on February 28, 2000 and joined an elite group of 16-year-old Serie A debutants when he replaced Mario Mandzukic at Pescara last weekend.

Buffon sounds alarm over dangers posed by Serie A rivals

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Milan (AFP) Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon called for improvements despite a 2-1 win over title rivals Napoli that left the Serie A champions four points clear of an increasingly ambitious chasing pack.

A second-half winner from ex-Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain sent Juve four points clear of Roma, with Napoli now seven points off the pace after AC Milan and Lazio won on Sunday to move into third and fourth places respectively.

Roma fire blanks as Milan, Lazio move up

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Milan (AFP) Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko fired blanks as Roma were held to a scoreless draw at Empoli on Sunday, leaving champions Juventus four points clear at the top of Serie A.

Roma travelled to the Castellani stadium looking to close the gap on a Juventus side which secured a 2-1 win over title rivals Napoli on Saturday when former Azzurri striker Gonzalo Higuain hit the winner in Turin.

Roma fire blanks as Milan, Lazio move up

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Milan (AFP) Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko fired blanks as Roma were held to a scoreless draw at Empoli on Sunday, leaving champions Juventus four points clear at the top of Serie A.

Roma travelled to the Castellani stadium looking to close the gap on a Juventus side which secured a 2-1 win over title rivals Napoli on Saturday when former Azzurri striker Gonzalo Higuain hit the winner in Turin.

All eyes on Higuain as Juve host Napoli

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Milan (AFP) The fallout from Gonzalo Higuain's move to Juventus has not settled over the bay of Naples, and the Turin giants host Napoli Saturday in a Serie A sizzler that could see Roma go top.

Higuain's record 36 league goals for Napoli last season gave the entire city a reason to cheer after the southerners fell out of contention late in the title race.

All eyes on Higuain as Juve host Napoli

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Milan (AFP) The fallout from Gonzalo Higuain's move to Juventus has not settled over the bay of Naples, and the Turin giants host Napoli Saturday in a Serie A sizzler that could see Roma go top.

Higuain's record 36 league goals for Napoli last season gave the entire city a reason to cheer after the southerners fell out of contention late in the title race.

Dybala double sends Juve clear of title rivals

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Milan (AFP) Paulo Dybala hit a brace as champions Juventus underscored their Serie A title credentials only eight games into the campaign with a battling 2-1 win over Udinese on Saturday.

Juventus had been given a huge incentive before their late kick-off with the league's other 'bianconeri' side after Roma stunned Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo.

Dybala double sends Juve clear of title rivals

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Milan (AFP) Paulo Dybala hit a brace as champions Juventus underscored their Serie A title credentials only eight games into the campaign with a battling 2-1 win over Udinese on Saturday.

Juventus had been given a huge incentive before their late kick-off with the league's other 'bianconeri' side after Roma stunned Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo.

Gabbiadini to step up for Milik, Napoli, says Zoff

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Milan (AFP) A crushing knee injury to Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik paves the way for substitute Manolo Gabbiadini to lead Napoli's Serie A title challenge, according to Italian goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff.

Napoli sit second at four points behind leaders Juventus and face their first big test since Milik was sidelined for up to six months with a cruciate ligament injury, when they host Roma on Saturday.

Gabbiadini to step up for Milik, Napoli, says Zoff

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Milan (AFP) A crushing knee injury to Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik paves the way for substitute Manolo Gabbiadini to lead Napoli's Serie A title challenge, according to Italian goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff.

Napoli sit second at four points behind leaders Juventus and face their first big test since Milik was sidelined for up to six months with a cruciate ligament injury, when they host Roma on Saturday.

Hot-shot Icardi extends Inter Milan stay

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Rome (AFP) Striker and captain Mauro Icardi has extended his contract with Inter Milan until June 2021, the Serie A giants said on Friday, disappointing some of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Argentine, who has hit 58 goals in 114 games in all competitions since joining Inter in 2013, has reportedly pocketed a salary increase to 5.

Hot-shot Icardi extends Inter Milan stay

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Rome (AFP) Striker and captain Mauro Icardi has extended his contract with Inter Milan until June 2021, the Serie A giants said on Friday, disappointing some of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Argentine, who has hit 58 goals in 114 games in all competitions since joining Inter in 2013, has reportedly pocketed a salary increase to 5.

Juventus go four clear as Milan giants share tears and joy

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Milan (AFP) A brace from Gonzalo Higuain helped send Juventus four points clear of title rivals Napoli on a day of contrasting fortunes for Inter and city rivals AC Milan on Sunday.

Juventus travelled to Empoli, where the hosts' best result against the Bianconeri was a scoreless draw in 2008, confident of ensuring that they would remain on top of the table going into the international break.

Juventus go four clear as Milan giants share tears and joy

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Milan (AFP) A brace from Gonzalo Higuain helped send Juventus four points clear of title rivals Napoli on a day of contrasting fortunes for Inter and city rivals AC Milan on Sunday.

Juventus travelled to Empoli, where the hosts' best result against the Bianconeri was a scoreless draw in 2008, confident of ensuring that they would remain on top of the table going into the international break.

Higuain scores brace as Juve see off Empoli

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Milan (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain hit a brace to help Juventus cement top spot in Serie A with a 3-0 win away at Empoli on Sunday.

Massimiliano Allegri's men travelled to the Carlo Castellani stadium, where the hosts' best result against the Bianconeri was a scoreless draw in 2008, confident of ensuring that they would remain on top of the table going into the international break.

Milik, Mertens star as Napoli outclass Benfica

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Milan (AFP) Arkadiusz Milik struck his third Champions League goal and Dries Mertens hit a brace as Napoli staked an early claim for a place in the last 16 with a 4-2 win against Benfica on Wednesday.

Milik, signed as a replacement for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, headed a brace in a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Dinamo Kiev a fortnight ago to hand coach Maurizio Sarri his maiden win in the competition.

We’ve moved on from Higuain departure – Napoli’s Jorginho

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Napoli midfielder Jorginho insists his team have moved on from Gonzalo Higuain's shock departure to Juventus as they prepare to face Portuguese giants Benfica in the Champions League.

Napoli, runners-up to Juventus in Serie A last season, host Benfica at the San Paolo in Group B on Wednesday looking to continue their bright start to this season's competition.

We’ve moved on from Higuain departure – Napoli’s Jorginho

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) Napoli midfielder Jorginho insists his team have moved on from Gonzalo Higuain's shock departure to Juventus as they prepare to face Portuguese giants Benfica in the Champions League.

Napoli, runners-up to Juventus in Serie A last season, host Benfica at the San Paolo in Group B on Wednesday looking to continue their bright start to this season's competition.

Buffon sounds alarm as Juve stutter

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Milan (AFP) The Juventus defence is leaking, goals have dried up and captain Gianluigi Buffon has rung the alarm after the Serie A champions were exposed during a 2-1 'Derby d'Italia' defeat to Inter Milan.

Juventus host Cagliari on Wednesday, and goalkeeper Buffon wants tightening up at the back.

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Napoli Fans Plan To Welcome Gonzalo Higuain Back To Stadio San Paolo With ‘Giant Synchronised Raspberry’

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Napoli fans havehatched a plan to mark Gonzalo Higuain's return to the Stadio San Paolo with a "single giant synchronised raspberry."

As you well know, Higuain incurred the Neapolitan wrath when he jumped ship to Juventus in a €90millionmove last summer.

The Argentinian striker is set to return from whence he came when Juve travel to Naples on 2nd April, andone intrepid fan is attempting to organise a mass 'welcome party' for the occasion.

3 To See: Juventus v Napoli (hi, Higuain!) and the famous Revierderby

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Club chief reveals Arsenal striker approach

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Outspoken Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that Arsenal made a failed attempt to sign Gonzalo Higuain this summer before he joined Juventus.

The Gunners were in the market for a new attacking weapon to bolster Arsene Wenger’s options in the final third, with Lucas Perez joining in a £17.

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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.