European roundup: Monza stuns Juventus to 10 as pigeons stop Marseille game | European club football


Monza picked up a surprising but deserved 1-0 home win Juventus their first-ever Serie A victory on Sunday, 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 manager Massimiliano Allegri watching from the stands after being sent off last week, his assistant Marco Landucci has taken charge. Landucci told DAZN: “The red card affected the game; Ángel was harassed a bit by Izzo, a player known to use these tactics, and fell for it. I didn’t see the replay, but I was told it was the right decision to kick him out.

Juventus had half chances in the first half but struggled to build momentum as Monza were effective in breaking up play in midfield. The newly promoted side smelled blood in the second half and pressured the opposing defense into making mistakes, while Allegri’s side tried to look for counter-attacking opportunities.

Danish substitute Christian Gytkjaer became the home side’s hero when he netted the winner from a Patrick Ciurria cross in the 74th minute. Moise Kean nearly equalized for Juventus in the 81st minute when his header went on target.

Udinese picked up their fifth straight league victory with a 3-1 win over International. The hosts, who last won five games in a row in December 2017, have 16 points from seven games, equaling their best start to the season last achieved in the 2000-01 campaign.

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

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

The visitors struggled to keep Udinese out of their own half and their resolve was finally shattered in the 84th minute when Slovenian defender Jaka Bijol scored from a Gerard Deulofeu corner. The Spanish full-back turned provider again in the third minute of injury time, crossing to find substitute Tolgay Arslan, who secured the points.

Lazio picked up a 4-0 away win at Cremonese thanks to a brace from Ciro Immobile, his second a penalty in the 21st minute. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic made it 3-0 in added time in the first half, before Pedro rounded the scoreline 11 minutes from time. Fiorentina won 2-0 at home against Hellas Verona, Jonathan Ikoné taking them out of the lot in the 13th minute. Nicholás González then secured the points in the last 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 through striker Sheraldo Becker, who scored one and made it one in a 2-0 home win over Wolfsburg. The win extended their unbeaten streak to 14 straight games and saw them finish the weekend top of the league. Becker, an Amsterdam-born Suriname international, now has six league goals and three assists in seven appearances as Berlin moved up to 17 points.

Jordan Pefok headed Union in front with a chilling header at the near post in the 54th minute after Becker ran down the wing before hitting a perfect cross for his team-mate. Becker then went on to score in the 77th minute, sending a cross and a volley past goalkeeper Koen Casteels to secure the three points.

In a strange day in Ligue 1, Mattéo Guendouzi scored for both sides as Marseilles were held 1-1 at home by reindeer. The midfielder first deflected Hamari Traore’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 Jordan Veretout’s corner.

But the oddities don’t stop there, with a flock of pigeons causing an unexpected stoppage after descending onto the Velodrome lawn five minutes from time.

PleasantJean-Clair Todibo had observers searching the record books, having been sent off after just nine seconds as his side collapsed to a 1-0 loss by Angers. The centre-back brought down Abdallah Sima in the game’s first attack and after just five touches of the ball. The visitors finally took advantage of the power play, Nabil Bentaleb scoring the only goal of the game two minutes before half-time.

monaco found their way back to winning ways after Thursday’s Europa League loss to Ferencvaros – their 3-0 victory at Reims was born thanks to second-half goals from Aleksandr Golovin, Takumi Minamino and Wissam Ben Yedder.

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