European roundup: Inter close on leaders, victory for Barça and Xavi | European club football

Hakan Calhanoglu scored a powerful goal in the first half and Lautaro Martinez scored a penalty in the last kick of the match for the champions. international to be defeated Venezia 2-0 and closing the gap between the two best teams in Serie A.

Third-placed Inter are now a point behind leaders Napoli and AC Milan, who have two home games on Sunday where they can reclaim their four-point advantage.

Inter quickly dominated their hosts, who returned in Serie A after an absence of nearly two decades, but in the end were hanging on to victory. The defeat left Venice in 15th place and ended a string of consecutive victories.

Juventus They suffered another setback as they lost 1-0 at home Atalanta, with a fifth loss in 14 Serie A matches, which put them in eighth place. The hosts struggled to create any notable openings in the first half and left Duvan Zapata free to hit the net in the 28th minute.

Juventus failed to provide much of a response, as Paulo Dybala fired a late free kick that hit the crossbar as close as possible to an equaliser.

Atalanta maintained a relative comfort and continued his unbeaten career to eight matches in all competitions to remain in fourth place with 28 points, four points behind leaders Napoli and seven points behind Juventus, which is 11 points behind the leader. This was Atalanta’s first victory at Juventus since 1989.

“Atalanta didn’t do much in front of goal. The only shot Zapata fired at us was our mistake,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “When you don’t score, things get very tense. The only thing we have to do is work, as we have always done, and try to win the game.”

earlier, Empoli He scored two late goals to score a dramatic home win Fiorentina. The guests advanced through Dusan Vlahovic before Filippo Bandinelli and Andrea Pinamonti scored in the 87th and 89th minutes. Sampdoria Boost their survival hopes with a 3-1 home win Verona.

Memphis Depay celebrates at the final whistle after his goal helped Barcelona win 3-1 at Villarreal.
Memphis Depay celebrates at the final whistle after his goal helped Barcelona win 3-1 at Villarreal. Photo: Aitor Alcald Colomer/Getty Images

Barcelona He scored two goals in the closing stages for a 3-1 victory in Villarreal To win away from home for the first time this season and hand his new coach, Xavi, his second consecutive victory in the Spanish League.

And Memphis Depay quietly entered around goalkeeper Jeronimo Rulli to score a dramatic goal in the 88th minute that restored his lead, and Philippe Coutinho added a penalty in stoppage time to leave Barcelona seven points behind the leaders Real Madrid, who will play with Sevilla on Sunday.

Villarreal fought back through Samuel Chukwueze to equalize in the 76th minute after Frenkie de Jong tried at the start of the second half to give Barcelona the lead.

Barcelona’s victory came on the heels of a fortuitous 1-0 win over Espanyol last week in Xavi’s first appearance as a coach, and a 0-0 draw with Benfica in the Champions League midweek.

Erling Haaland scored a goal on his return with a shot in the second half in the name of Borussia Dortmund Came from the goal down to defeat Wolfsburg 3-1 and stay a point behind the leaders of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich. The Norwegian striker scored in the 81st minute, after coming on as a substitute in the second half, after recovering from a hip muscle injury that kept him out of action since mid-October.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring the final goal in his team's 3-1 win over Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland celebrated after scoring the final goal in his team’s 3-1 victory over Wolfsburg. Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images

With his sixth victory in the last seven league matches, Dortmund’s tally rose to 30 points, one point behind Bayern, who excelled in goal. Armenia Bielefeld 1-0 thanks to Leroy Sane’s powerful drive in the 71st minute. The two best teams in the Bundesliga meet next Saturday, with Dortmund at home.

“A lot has happened in the past few days. But we played a good game and the result is above all,” said Dortmund’s Julian Brandt after his team’s Champions League exit against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday. “We are very happy. Now we have a good full week to prepare for Bayern and we will enter that match with great confidence.”

The Wolves took the lead in the second minute with Wout Weghorst heading into the near post to complete a break in the textbooks that left Dortmund’s defense exposed.

The Ruhr Valley club equalized Emre Chan’s penalty kick in the 35th minute after Marco Reus fell in the penalty area by Maxines Lacroix of Wolfsburg. Donyell Malen put them ahead by firing off a Reus pass to score for the third consecutive game in all competitions.

There was more good news for the visitors, as Haaland emerged as a second-half substitute looking as strong as ever ahead of the big game against the Bavarians next week. He needed just eight minutes on the field to score his 10th league goal in seven matches, as he fired from close range to become the youngest player to reach 50 Bundesliga goals in 21 years and 128 days.

Bayern had a turbulent few days after last week’s Bundesliga loss to Augsburg and a string of Covid-19 cases, and were frustrated in a dominant first half at the hands of Arminia goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

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After the break, the Bavarians picked up where they left off and got two early golden chances through Sane and Thomas Muller. Sane had another good chance in the 57th minute with a shot that sailed wide of the goal but he did not miss it in the 71st minute, breaking out from outside the penalty area from Muller’s pass.

Substitute Serge Gnabry shook the bar minutes later, but Sane’s goal meant Bayern set a league record with 102 Bundesliga goals in a calendar year, beating the Cologne brand since 1977.

Sebastian Anderson scored in stoppage time as Cologne get over Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 in the Rhine derby. The Augsburg Substitute Michael Gregoric equalized in the seventh minute of stoppage time to save the 1-1 draw against his guest. Hertha Berlin.

Hoffenheim The last position has been directed Grather Fuerth 6-3 away and Bochum Came from behind to beat the visit Freiburg 2-1.

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