European Roundup: AC Milan title charge dented by minnows Spezia as Atleti march on
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European Roundup: AC Milan title charge dented by minnows Spezia as Atleti march on

AC Milan title charge in Serie A was dented by minnows Spezia who felled them 2-0 with some dominant display on Saturday.

Newbies Spezia who have had a perfect 2021 having beaten AS Roma in the Coppa Italia and Napoli in the league, scored twice in the second half through Giulio Maggiore and Simone Bastoni with Milan finishing the game without any shot on target. The loss means that Milan might lose their top spot if Inter Milan can beat Lazio on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Juventus are now seven points off the top spot after Lorenzo Insigne’s first-half penalty earned Napoli a 1-0 home win over the Andrea Pirlo side.

In Laliga, Atletico Madrid had to give their all to overcome a stubborn Granda 2-1 on Saturday afternoon to go eight points clear at the top of the log.

Marcos Llorente put Atlético in front in the 63rd minute with a low finish from the edge of the area but hosts Granada restored parity through Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera. Atlético appeared on course to drop points for a second consecutive game after Monday’s 2-2 draw at home to Celta but they regained the lead in the 75th minute when Correa saw his desperate attempt bounce off the foot of Jesús Vallejo and loop over keeper Rui Silva into the net.

In Germany, Erling Haaland earned Borussia Dortmund a point as his 81st-minute equalizer secured a 2-2 draw for his side against Hoffenheim.

Jadon Sancho put Dortmund in front in the 24th minute but Mu’nas Dabbur restored parity seven minutes later before Ihlas Bebou headed Hoffenheim in front in the 51st minute.

In France, PSG geared up for their Champions League trip to Barcelona with a 2-1 home win against Nice that sent them top of Ligue 1.

Julian Draxler, who replaced the injured Marco Verratti but Nice equalized through Rony Lopes with Moise Kean scoring what proved to be the winner.

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