European roundup: Monza stun 10-man Juventus as pigeons halt Marseille game | European club football


Monza took a surprising but deserved 1-0 home win over Juventus on Sunday, their first ever Serie A victory, as the visitors struggled after being reduced to 10 men.

Ángel Di María’s return from injury for Juve was cut short when he was sent off five minutes before the break for elbowing Armando Izzo in the chest.

With Juventus’s manager, Massimiliano Allegri, watching from the stands after being sent off last week, his assistant Marco Landucci took charge. Landucci told DAZN: “The red card affected the game; Ángel was a bit harassed by Izzo, a player who is known for using these tactics, and he fell for it. I didn’t see the replay but was told it was the right decision to send him off.”

Juventus had half-chances in the first period but were struggling to create momentum, as Monza were effective in breaking down the play in midfield. The newly-promoted side smelled blood in the second half and pressured the opposition defence to make mistakes, while Allegri’s side tried to look for possibilities of a counterattack.

The Danish substitute Christian Gytkjaer became the home side’s hero when he slid in the winner from Patrick Ciurria’s cross in the 74th minute. Moise Kean came close to equalising for Juventus in the 81st minute when his header went on target.

Udinese brought up their fifth successive league victory with a 3-1 win over Internazionale. The hosts, who last won five consecutive games in December 2017, have 16 points from seven games, equalling their best start to a season last achieved in the 2000-01 campaign.

The Italy midfielder Nicolò Barella curled a superb free-kick past the goalkeeper Marco Silvestri and into the top corner in the fifth minute to give Inter an early lead. Udinese levelled in the 22nd minute thanks to an own-goal from Milan Skriniar after Beto’s header from a Roberto Pereyra free-kick bounced off the Inter defender and caught the goalkeeper Samir Handanovic by surprise.

Jaka Bijol wheels away after giving his Udinese side a 2-1 lead over Internazionale
Jaka Bijol (centre) wheels away after giving his Udinese side a 2-1 lead over Internazionale. Photograph: Gabriele Menis/EPA

The visitors struggled to keep Udinese outside of their own half and their resolve was eventually broken in the 84th minute when the Slovenian defender Jaka Bijol scored from a Gerard Deulofeu corner. The Spanish wide player turned provider again in the third minute of stoppage time, crossing to find the substitute Tolgay Arslan, who made sure of the points.

Lazio cantered to a 4-0 away win at Cremonese thanks to a Ciro Immobile double, his second a 21st-minute penalty. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time, before Pedro rounded the scoring off 11 minutes from the end. Fiorentina won 2-0 at home to Hellas Verona, with Jonathan Ikoné getting them off the mark in the 13th minute. Nicholás González then made the points safe in the final minute.

Sheraldo Becker celebrates Union Berlin’s second goal against Wolfsburg, his sixth in the Bundesliga this season
Sheraldo Becker celebrates Union Berlin’s second goal against Wolfsburg, his sixth in the Bundesliga this season. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

In the Bundesliga, Union Berlin continued their dream run thanks to the forward Sheraldo Becker, who scored one and made one in a 2-0 home victory over Wolfsburg. The win stretched their unbeaten run to 14 straight matches and ensured they end the weekend at the top of the league. Becker, an Amsterdam-born Suriname international, now has six league goals and three assists in seven matches as Berlin moved to 17 points.

Jordan Pefok headed Union in front with a glancing header at the near post in the 54th minute after Becker had raced down the wing before striking a perfect cross for his teammate. Becker then turned scorer in the 77th, chesting down a cross and volleying past keeper Koen Casteels to make sure of the three points.

In a strange day of Ligue 1 action, Mattéo Guendouzi scored at both ends as Marseille were held to a 1-1 home draw by Rennes. The midfielder first deflected Hamari Traoré’s cross into his own net to give the visitors a 25th-minute lead. He atoned seven minutes into the second half, however, heading home from from Jordan Veretout’s corner.

But the oddities did not end there, with a flock of pigeons causing an unexpected stoppage after they descended on to the pitch of the Vélodrome five minutes from time.

Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo had observers reaching for the record books, after he was sent off after just nine seconds as his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Angers. The centre-back brought down Abdallah Sima in the game’s first attack and after only five touches of the ball. The visitors eventually made use of the numerical advantage, with Nabil Bentaleb scoring the only goal of the game two minutes before half-time.

Monaco got back to winning ways after Thursday’s Europa League defeat by Ferencvaros – their 3-0 victory at Reims came about thanks to second-half goals from Aleksandr Golovin, Takumi Minamino and Wissam Ben Yedder.

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