Inter leapfrog Juve, Messi strikes late for Barca


“When a team like Juventus drops points, you need to make sure that you make the most of that,” Inter coach Antonio Conte said.

“But we need to look at ourselves, we need to keep moving down this path of growth.”

Rain also fell at Turin’s Allianz Stadium, where the unconvincing champions went ahead on 20 minutes from a low drive by captain Leonardo Bonucci.

Sassuolo levelled three minutes later as Jeremie Boga raced past Juve’s static defenders to beat veteran Gianluigi Buffon with a clinical lob.

Francesco Caputo then capitalised on some poor Juventus play to fire a drive that Buffon, filling in for Wojciech Szczesny, let slip through into the goal.

Substitute Paulo Dybala was floored for a penalty converted on 68 minutes by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portugal ace had previously seen a free kick saved by Turati, who made his debut at 18 and also denied late attempts from Dybala and Aaron Ramsey.

Turati’s youth was highlighted by the appearance of Buffon at the other end.

The 41-year-old had made 160 Serie A appearances before Turati was born.

“I am speechless. I did not expect it, it was immensely emotional,” said Turati about his first top-flight appearance as Sassuolo were forced to use their third choice due to injuries.

“The save on Ronaldo [from his free-kick] was the most important. It was an honour to play against Buffon. He complimented me after the game.”

Magical Messi strikes late for Barca

Lionel Messi underlined his ability to make the difference on big occasions by hitting a sensational late goal to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at title rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday as the champions reclaimed top spot in La Liga from Real Madrid.

The Argentine, playing his 701st game for Barca, settled a pulsating and tense encounter in the 86th minute, galloping down the right wing and cutting inside before playing a one-two with Luis Suarez and guiding the ball into the bottom corner.

It was Messi’s 30th goal in 39 competitive games against Atletico and inflicted a first home defeat on Diego Simeone’s side since they were beaten by Real Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in February.

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal.Credit:Getty Images

“Whenever you have a game like this which is really tight and really tough, being able to count on Messi is always an advantage,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi’s strike saw Barca return to the top of the standings with 31 points after 14 games, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference, while Atletico were left in sixth spot on 25 points, having played one match more than the two pacesetters.

Weather sees showcase match postponed in France

Ligue 1’s showcase match between Monaco and leaders Paris Saint-Germain was postponed to a later date because of the bad weather hitting south-east France.

Monaco were set to host PSG at the Stade Louis II on Sunday night, local time, but the adverse conditions led local authorities to cancel the game as a precautionary measure after surrounding areas were put on alert for rain and flooding.

The French league confirmed the cancellation in a statement and said its competition committee will set a new date for the game.

With one match in hand, PSG have a five-point lead over second-place Marseille while Monaco lag 15 points behind PSG.

Abdoulaye Toure and Ludovic Blas scored as Nantes beat 10-man Toulouse 2-1 to end a five-match winless league run.

With a first win since October 5, Nantes came within a point of the league’s top three.

Last-place Toulouse have now lost five in a row.

Gladbach back on top in Bundesliga

Borussia Moenchengladbach have marched back to the top of the Bundesliga after Breel Embolo’s double sealed a 4-2 home win over Freiburg.

It was 1-1 at the break but Embolo and Patrick Herrmann scored early in the second half and the former could even afford to miss a penalty before netting again, after Lucas Hoeler’s header for the visitors.

Gladbach have a one-point lead over RB Leipzig, who won 3-2 at Paderborn earlier in the weekend to temporarily take top spot.

Champions Bayern Munich, in fourth, are four adrift of Gladbach following their first defeat under Hansi Flick in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

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