Gattuso’s Napoli draws 2-2 against AC Milan

first_imgGattuso had both played for and coached Milan but had never faced the Rossoneri since leaving by mutual consent at the end of last season.There was a touching moment before the match when Gattuso embraced Milan technical director Paolo Maldini, who he played with at Milan for 10 years.“There are so many emotions, because it’s the first time I faced the team that made me become a man and made me win so much,” Gattuso said.“But I’m angry tonight with my players, because when you create seven to eight chances you need to score. It’s not just a problem with the forwards, we easily get to within 18-20 meters of the goal, but we still make so many mistakes and we need to improve.”Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma pulled off two superb saves before his side went ahead against the run of play in the 20th with Hernández volleying in Ante Rebić’s cross. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMILAN (AP) — Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso’s first-ever match against AC Milan ended in a 2-2 draw in Serie A on Sunday.Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Dries Mertens scored for Napoli to cancel out Theo Hernández’s opener but Franck Kessié leveled from the penalty spot 17 minutes from time.Napoli remained sixth in the Italian league, two points above Milan. Bonazzoli acrobatically volleyed in Samp’s second goal with a scissor-kick. Bram Nuytinck thought he had equalized moments later but it was ruled out for handball.Samp moved level on points with Udinese, six points above Lecce.Davide Faraoni also scored in similarly impressive fashion to help Hellas Verona draw 1-1 at Fiorentina, which leveled with practically the last kick of the match. Parma scored two stoppage-time goals to fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Bologna.___ Pandev fired Genoa in front in the 24th minute and the hosts had a great chance to double their lead 13 minutes later but Iago Falque had his weak penalty saved by Spal goalkeeper Karlo Letica after Arkadiusz Reca tripped Francesco Cassata.Genoa did get a second shortly after halftime when Schöne curled a magnificent free kick into the top corner.It could have had a third moments later but Andrea Pinamonti hit the post.OTHER MATCHESFederico Bonazzoli scored a spectacular goal six minutes from time to help Sampdoria to a vital 3-1 win at fellow struggler Udinese. Genoa improved its chances of avoiding relegation with a 2-0 win over last-place Spal.Goran Pandev and Lasse Schöne scored in each half and Genoa also had a penalty saved.It was Genoa’s first win since the restart and lifted the team out of the relegation zone. Genoa is one point above Lecce which hit the woodwork twice in a 0-0 draw at Cagliari. Spal is 11 points from safety with six matches remaining.The match in Genoa was played at a sluggish pace, with temperatures topping 30 degrees Celsius (90 F) . Napoli leveled 14 minutes later when Donnarumma could only parry Lorenzo Insigne’s free kick into the path of Di Lorenzo, who tapped in the rebound.And the hosts went ahead on the hour mark as José Callejón pulled the ball back for Mertens whose effort squirmed under Donnarumma at his near post.Milan had not lost since the restart and leveled when Giacomo Bonaventura was tripped in the box by Nikola Maksimović and Kessié converted the resulting penalty.Milan played the final few minutes with 10 men after midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers was sent off following two bookings in three minutes.RELEGATION FIGHTcenter_img Associated Press July 12, 2020 Gattuso’s Napoli draws 2-2 against AC Milan More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Syracuse looks to improve postseason position in critical series with Robert Morris

first_imgSyracuse is in the best position of any team in the program’s five-year history, making this weekend’s matchup at College Hockey America rival and defending conference champion Robert Morris a pivotal series.“We already have more wins this year than I have had in the past two years,” forward Jacquie Greco said. “We’re already on track to do really well, and obviously since I am a senior and it is my last year I want to win this thing.”The Orange played a home series against Robert Morris earlier this season, and both games were tight matchups. SU lost the first game by one and won the second by the same margin, 4-3. Getting at least one win in that series was critical, as it helped the Orange to near-prime position, just three points behind Mercyhurst for first in the CHA standings. The Orange (14-11-1, 8-3-1 CHA) will look to improve its spot in the CHA when it takes on the Colonials (10-9-3, 6-5-1 CHA) on Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m.As it enters an eight-game, season-ending stretch of CHA play, the Orange knows how crucial it is to come away with maximum points this weekend. In preparation, head coach Paul Flanagan is emphasizing cleaning up the inconsistent finishing that’s stripped the Orange of crucial conference points this season.“I think it’s important to come away with both (wins). They’re definitely a rival,” said forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe. “I think it’s going to be a tough battle, especially since they let two kind of get away from them last weekend. We might need to weather the storm off of the bat but we are definitely excited.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLike Greco said, this will be her and fellow captain Carrie-Mattimoe’s last season with the program. Both are huge influences in the locker room. As they prepare for the final stretch of their collegiate careers, they have one goal in mind: win the CHA.“That was one of mine and Greco’s goals coming into Syracuse,” Mattimoe said. “We definitely wanted to win the conference. We have a huge shot at it this year. It would be great.”The fact that it’s Mattimoe and Greco’s last season not only serves as motivation for the two captains, but for their teammates as well. They are well-respected members of the team, and their teammates want to send them out with a CHA title.“It’s huge,” Margot Scharfe said. “They have done a lot for this program and this is the year the whole team believes that it is possible. It would be a letdown if we didn’t succeed when we know that we can.”Syracuse holds the No. 2 position in the conference standings. After struggling to an overtime tie and a 2-0 loss last weekend against RIT, Robert Morris sits in fourth, four points behind SU for the coveted second spot in the conference.The top two teams in the standings receive byes for the first week of the conference tournament.Flanagan said even though teams often struggle when coming off of a bye, it is still something the team is striving to get.“Just say, for example, we are in third place,” Greco said. “We might have to travel to Lindenwood or they might have to come here. That’s just another weekend we won’t have to rest, so I think it’s really important for us to get one of those top two seeds and a bye weekend.”As SU prepares to travel to Robert Morris, Flanagan said he is simply focusing on scoring. Throughout the season, the team has struggled to finish its chances, piling up shots on goal but too often falling a goal short.Flanagan knows that if the team is going to come away with full points this weekend, it needs to improve its scoring.“The last two days we have really put a premium on working on from an offensive perspective, trying to pick corners, trying to be more efficient in scoring because we had a lot of shots this past weekend,” Flanagan said. “Really just getting good focus when we get good opportunities and burying your shots and being more efficient that way.” Comments Published on January 31, 2013 at 12:01 am Contact Ryan: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more