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Ibrahimovic salvages draw for AC Milan with tough provincials Verona

Serie A leaders AC Milan salvaged a 2-2 home draw against impressive underdogs Verona on Sunday as top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic nodded home in stoppage-time after missing a penalty.

Serie A leaders AC Milan salvaged a 2-2 home draw against impressive underdogs Verona on Sunday as top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic nodded home in stoppage-time after missing a penalty.

The Devils go as front-runners into next week’s international break, with a two-point lead on underdogs Sassuolo, who were held 0-0 against Udinese on Friday.

Verona, who have the league’s best defence on five goals conceded from seven games, sit eighth, five points behind Milan.

The guests were two up by the 19th minute as Antonin Barak tapped in after Federico Ceccherini’s header came off the post and home defender Davide Calabria deflected a Mattia Zaccagni volley into his own goal.

Giangiacomo Magnani also stunned his keeper Marco Silvestri after Franck Kessie’s harmless flick, allowing Milan to pull one back in the 27th minute.

After the break Matteo Lovato’s foul on Kessie led to a penalty that Ibrahimovic fired above the bar. The Swedish veteran then nodded a corner kick against the bar and scored his eighth league goal in added time.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted his sixth by opening the scoring for Juventus in Rome but Lazio super-sub Felipe Caicedo levelled in stoppage-time for a 1-1 draw, as the champions slipped to fifth, four points from the top.

Ronaldo turned in a cross from Juan Cuadrado on 15 minutes and hit the post before closing the first half with a free-kick saved by Pepe Reina. The Portuguese ace then exited with a bruised ankle 15 minutes from time.

Lazio’s Vedat Muriqi missed from close range before the break and Adam Marusic had a header saved before Caicedo scored from inside the box four minutes into added time. The Rome hosts are now ninth.

“I do not know what to say, a goal like this leaves me speechless,” said Caicedo, who came on for Muriqi in the 54th. “There was this great action from [Joaquin Correa], but we knew something had to happen.

“Frankly, I botched my first two balls, possibly due to the poor pitch, but the truth is that this team never give up. The team did well and I think we dominated the last 15 minutes.”

The Romans missed Golden boot winner Ciro Immobile, Lucas Leiva and goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha after positive coronavirus tests as the club is under investigation for using them last weekend despite earlier alleged positive returns.

“There were no real signs of danger until added time, but when you want to get a result you can’t afford to switch off,” Juve coach Andrea Pirlo said after the Bianconeri’s fourth draw, which followed disappointing 1-1 stalemates against underdogs Crotone and Verona.

“You need to show attention to detail but today we weren’t able to manage possession well in the last 10 seconds.”

The champions were leapfrogged by Napoli and Roma, both on 14 as the Neapolitans won 1-0 at Bologna, going third on goal difference from Victor Osimhen’s header, while Roma’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted a hat-trick in the Giallorossi’s 3-1 win at Genoa.

Atalanta trail Juve on goal difference after rallying to draw 1-1 in a regional derby with Inter Milan, who went ahead through Lautaro Martinez but saw substitute Aleksei Miranchuk level in the far corner. Inter stayed one point behind the Bergamo hosts.

Torino drew 0-0 at home to tailenders Crotone, who had Sebastiano Luperto dismissed after a second booking three minutes from time.

Cagliari beat Sampdoria 2-0 Saturday, when Spezia won 3-0 at Benevento and Parma and Fiorentina drew 0-0.

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