Wednesday, February 28

European roundup: Insigne sinks Atalanta as Napoli keep pace with Milan | european football club


Lorenzo Insigne scored one and set one up as Naples beat Atalanta 3-1 to draw level on points with Milan at the top of Serie A.

The striker converted from the spot in the 14th minute after Dries Mertens had been brought down in the box, before his flicked free-kick was volleyed home by Matteo Politano to make it 2-0 at half-time. A Marten de Roon header halved the deficit on the hour but Eljif Elmas’s cool finish, to conclude a counterattack with 10 minutes to go, made the result safe. Milan, who remain top of the table on goal difference, host Bologna on Monday night.

Elsewhere in Italy, Udinese‘s Portuguese striker Beto hit a hat-trick in a 5-1 defeat of Cagliari that left the Sardinians hovering precariously above the relegation zone. Walter Mazzarri’s side, who saw Alberto Grassi collect a second booking for diving in the latter stages, are three points above 18th-placed Genoa having played a game more.

Fiorentina beat Empoly with Nicolás González heading home the game’s only goal seconds after Sebastiano Luperto had been seen red for the visitors. Vincenzo Italiano’s men climb to eighth, one point off the European spot.

In Germany, a wonderful curling strike from left-back Iago kickstarted augsburg‘s 3-0 victory against wolfsburg. The Brazilian opened the scoring within the first minute, with Florian Niederlechner and Mads Pedersen clinching the points in the second half. The win was a vital one for Markus Weinzierl’s side, taking them three points clear of the drop zone and within two points of their beaten opponents, on whom they have a game in hand.

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In France, Marseille moved back to second and kept up their bid for automatic Champions League qualification, Dimitri Payet’s penalty on the stroke of half-time prompting a 4-2 comeback win over St Etiennewho remain looked at in the relegation places.

Dimitri Payet celebrates with his teammates. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Strasbourg held on to fourth place with a narrow defeat of lensLudovic Ajorque’s second-half penalty deciding the game, and Randal Kolo Muani’s winner saw Nantes came out the winners in a seesawing five-goal thrill against Clermont, who sit a point above the drop zone. A stunning volley from Metz‘s Ibrahim Amadou in the end meant nothing as his side lost 2-1 to Monacowhile Martín Satriano’s superbly taken opener helped Brest to a 2-1 victory over Montpelier. Renaud Ripart held his nerve in stoppage time to secure a 1-0 win for Troyes against 10-man Rheims and take his side five points clear of the relegation zone.

In Spain, Asier Villalibre’s late winner downed elche to take Athletic Bilbao to within four points of the European spots, while Juanmi was the star of the show at the Benito Villamarín Stadium, notching two goals and two assists in Betisit’s 4-1 over Osasuna that kept his side in fifth place – a point behind Barcelona, ​​who played later on Sunday evening.


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