European roundup: Milan go second after own goal as Mbappé sparks PSG rout

  • Fiorentina’s Milenkovic gives Milan 2-1 win
  • French champions sign off with 5-0 defeat of Auxerre

Milan needed a stoppage-time own goal from Nikola Milenkovic to secure a 2-1 win against Fiorentina on Sunday. The hosts took 90 seconds to take the lead when Olivier Giroud flicked the ball to Rafael Leão, who surged into the box and calmly scored.

Antonin Barak deservedly equalised after 28 minutes when his shot went in after deflecting off defender Malick Thiaw following scrappy play from Milan inside the box.

Milan started the second half more aggressively and had a good chance after five minutes when Giroud broke free from his marker inside the box, but Pietro Terracciano superbly saved his shot from close range.

Fikayo Tomori prevented a potential Fiorentina goal on the hour mark with a well-timed tackle on Jonathan Ikoné inside the area. Ikoné could have secured the win one minute before stoppage time, but Tomori saved Milan again by blocking the shot on the goalline.

One minute into stoppage time, Ante Rebic sent a cross into the box, with Milenkovic miscalculating and directing the ball into his own net. Milan are second with 33 points as they go into the World Cup break.

In the Sunday night game, Juventus made it six league wins in a row by beating Lazio 3-0, with two goals from Moise Kean putting them in control before the hour mark in Turin.

Max Allegri’s side were knocked out of the Champions League in early November but they have not conceded a league goal in 540 minutes and have climbed to third in Serie A. Arkadiusz Milik wrapped up the points in the 89th minute as they leapfrogged Lazio in the table.

Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped Internazionale to a dramatic 3-2 win at Atalanta. Ademola Lookman put the hosts ahead from the spot, blasting home his seventh of the season after Stefan de Vrij had fouled Duván Zapata. Dzeko’s tap-in levelled the scores just before half-time and the striker benefited from a fortunate ricochet after the break to make it 2-1 with his knee.

Five minutes later, José Luis Palomino headed into his own goal from a corner to make it 3-1. The defender made amends with a diving header at the right end 13 minutes from time but Atalanta could not find the equaliser.

Roma earned a 1-1 draw at home to Torino in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Karol Linetty gave the visitors the lead after 56 minutes but Nemanja Matic was on hand at the very end to make it a point apiece, scoring deep into injury time and two minutes after his teammate Andrea Belotti had missed a penalty.

Paris Saint-Germain signed off for the World Cup break with a 5-0 win against Auxerre kickstarted by a contentious Kylian Mbappé goal. The Frenchman rifled home after Neymar appeared to handle the ball – the goal stood after a VAR check – before Carlos Soler’s header and Achraf Hakimi’s clinical finish extended the lead after half-time.

Renato Sanches and Hugo Ekitiké both took advantage of late defensive errors to complete the rout and keep PSG five points clear of second-placed Lens.

Marseille came out top in a five-goal thriller against Monaco to go fourth in the table. The visitors were trailing 2-1 with seven minutes to go in the principality when Jordan Veretout equalised and in the eighth minute of stoppage time, former Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac scored their winner.

Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo scored the earliest Bundesliga hat-trick in 31 years to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over 10-man Union Berlin on Sunday, earning them second place as the Bundesliga breaks for the World Cup.

The Italy international opened his account after four minutes with a well-struck penalty before doubling their lead only two minutes later when he launched and then completed a quick break with Michael Gregoritsch.

Union had a chance to pull a goal back when they earned their own spot-kick in the ninth minute but Robin Knoche hit the post, and to make matters worse for the visitors, Diogo Leite was sent off for a last-man foul a little later, earning Freiburg another penalty.

Grifo again stepped up to convert it and complete his first ever Bundesliga hat-trick in the 20th minute while taking his season tally to nine league goals. Gregoritsch turned from provider to scorer on the stroke of half-time to put the game to bed.

Freiburg, enjoying their best ever Bundesliga season, moved up to 30 points, four behind leaders Bayern Munich. Former leaders Union have managed just one win from their last five matches.


Alex Hess and agencies

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