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MILAN---Inter Milan went back top of
Serie A with the easiest of 4--0 wins over
Jonathan Biabiany put Inter ahead in the
first half and that allowed Nerazzurri to run
riot after the break, scoring three goals.
Mauro Icardi, Jeison Murillo and Marcelo
Brozovic did the damage to earn a fourth
straight win and knock Napoli down to sec-
Napoli had gone to the summit after they
maintained their impressive form with a
2--0 win at Verona.
Maurizio Sarri s men were made to work
hard, though, as they had to rely on quickfire
second-half goals from Lorenzo Insigne and
Once Napoli got in front there was little
hope for Verona and the visitors saw out a
fifth successive league match without con-
ceding a goal and a 12th game unbeaten
Substitute Nikola Kalinic scored twice in
the second half as Fiorentina came from 2-
0 down to earn a point against Tuscan rivals
Goals from Marko Livaja and Marcel
Buchel gave Empoli a first-half lead in Flo-
rence before Kalinic came on after the restart
to spark the Viola s attack and secure a 2--2
Lazio substitute Antonio Candreva s sec-
ond-half penalty denied new Palermo coach
Davide Ballardini victory in Rome as it ended
1--1 after Edoardo Goldaniga had put the
Udinese secured a much needed 1--0 vic-
tory against Sampdoria, with Emmanuel
Agyemang-Badu scoring the only goal of
the game in Vincenzo Montella s first game
in charge of Samp.
Elsewhere, Torino beat Atalanta 1--0
thanks to Cesare Bovo s goal, Chievo halted
a seven-match winless run with a 2--0 tri-
umph at strugglers Carpi and Leonardo
Pavoletti struck the winner at the death as
Genoa defeated Sassuolo 2--1.
On Saturday, Roma had missed the oppor-
tunity to go top as Mattia Destro s late
penalty helped Bologna escape with a 2--2
draw at home on Saturday evening.
Moroccan-born full-back Adam Masina
gave the Rossoblu the lead before second-
half penalties from Bosnian duo Miralem
Pjanic and on-loan forward Edin Dzeko put
the visitors in front.
But Vassilis Torosidis reckless challenge
on Sunderland loanee Emanuele Giaccherini
gave former Roma forward Destro the
opportunity to haunt his old club from the
Destro duly obliged to tuck home the
penalty to help Bologna take a point.
In the late kick-off, AC Milan s torrid run
against Juventus continued as the Serie A
champions secured their third league win
in a row with a 1--0 victory.
Milan, who arrived in Turin on a five-
game unbeaten run, have now lost six con-
secutive Serie A games to the Bianconeri as
Paulo Dybala s second-half goal was the
difference between the two sides.
Dybala broke the deadlock after 65 min-
utes when Paul Pogba s lofted pass was col-
lected by the overlapping Alex Sandro on
the left and the Brazilian s cross was chested
down by Dybala before he smashed home
The Rossoneri were stale in attack but
Gianluigi Buffon had to be alert in stoppage
time to make his first save of game as he
parried Alessio Cerci s low shot.
The win sees Juventus leapfrog their
opponents into sixth place while Milan drop
to seventh. (AP) SEE FULL STANDINGS
ON PAGE 63
Inter back on top in Serie A
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Frosinone at the San Siro
stadium in Milan, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BARCELONA---Atletico Madrid took advantage of
Real Madrid s humbling loss in the "clasico" by
moving past its crosstown rivals into second place
in the Spanish league after winning 1--0 at Real
Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion blasted in a rebound
for what proved to be the winner in the seventh
minute after Atletico s intense pressure recovered the
ball. After that, the hosts were outmatched and never
mustered a serious challenge, while Atletico squan-
dered several more chances.
Atletico replaced Madrid as Barcelona s closest
title rival at four points off its pace through 12 rounds.
The change came a day after the defending champions
dealt Madrid a humiliating 4--0 drubbing at the San-
tiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Atletico s success in exploiting Madrid s woes will
increase the pressure on Madrid s coach, Rafa Benitez,
whose team is now six points behind Barcelona and
two points adrift of Diego Simeone s side.
Koke, however, didn t budge from Atletico s stan-
dard line that the surprise 2014 champions are not
chasing another title, given their significantly smaller
budget compared to Barcelona and Madrid.
"We are happy to be second, but it s just an anec-
dote," Koke said. "We have to continue. (The media)
talks about us being candidates for the title, our goal
is to finish third. Anything above that is just extra."
Elsewhere, Villarreal scored late to salvage a 1--1
draw at home with Eibar that lifted it into fourth
In a match that both teams finished with ten men,
left back Jaume Costa received Denis Suarez s through-
ball and poked home Villarreal s equaliser off the
post with five minutes left.
Sergi Enrich had given Eibar the lead in the 27th,
following a tribute before kickoff to the victims of
the Paris terrorist attacks. The French anthem was
played, while a large monitor displayed the message
"We Are All France" in Spanish at El Madrigal Sta-
Villarreal moved above Celta Vigo and into Spain s
last Champions League spot, but its players lamented
not getting the win.
"It s a pity because we were convinced of the
importance of taking all three points," Costa said.
At the other end of the standings, Brazilian striker
Deyverson scored twice in Levante s 3-0 win at Sport-
ing Gijon to move the team off the bottom of table
with its first win in three matches under new coach
Joan Ferrer. Granada also got a much-needed first
home win of the season, and its first victory in ten
rounds, to emerge from the relegation zone after
downing Athletic Bilbao 2--0.
Bilbao saw its seven-game winning streak in all
competitions come to an end, partly due to Aymeric
Laporte s errors in defence. The promising talent had
a rough outing, scoring an own goal in the fifth and
losing a ball that led to Isaac Success securing the
win in the 59th before he left with a leg injury. (AP)
Madrid in Spain
James Milner feels there is even
more to come from Liverpool after
their stunning victory at Manches-
Jurgen Klopp s rampant Reds
knocked City off the top of the Bar-
clays Premier League with a com-
prehensive 4--1 win at the Etihad
Stadium on Saturday.
Most of the damage was done in
a whirlwind opening period as Liv-
erpool raced into a 3--0 lead after
forcing an Eliaquim Mangala own
goal and with further strikes from
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto
It was some statement by the
Merseysiders as momentum con-
tinues to build under new boss Klopp
while City were left with plenty of
questions to answer.
Midfielder Milner, who left City
for Anfield in the summer, said: "I
thought we were outstanding. We
pressed them all over the field, cre-
ated a few chances and I thought
we could have had a few more.
"In the second half we didn t want
to keep it tight---we wanted to keep
doing what we were doing and get
on the front foot. We wanted to be
in their faces.
"We didn t do it as effectively in
the first half, and they changed their
formation a bit, but I still thought
we put in a pretty good second half.
"There are always areas we can
improve. If you look at the teams
we have played away from home
and the results we have got, it has
been pretty solid, but obviously the
home form we can improve.
"We know that is where we need
to do better and we are more than
capable of that. If we can get the
home form right we won t be too
Liverpool were beaten at Anfield
by Crystal Palace on their last outing
but on this occasion they ravaged
the title favourites with a high-ener-
gy display from the outset.
The opener came after seven min-
utes as Coutinho robbed Bacary
Sagna and Mangala turned Firmino s
cross into his own net. More poor
defending allowed Liverpool s Brazil-
ian duo to quickly increase the lead
and Firmino was close to adding two
City s top striker Sergio Aguero
marked his return after seven games
out injured with a fine goal to reduce
the arrears but Martin Skrtel lashed
in a shot nine minutes from time.
Milner says more to come from Liverpool
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