ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio has left Zenit St. Petersburg by mutual consent after a single injury-plagued season in Russia.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Zenit St. Petersburg signed Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio on a free transfer on Monday after he was released by Juventus.
The 32-year-old Marchisio arrives in Russia on a two-year contract after a deal which required Russian Football Union approval because it was finalized outside the usual registration period.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan signed midfielder Diego Laxalt from Genoa on the last day of the Italian transfer window Friday, while forward Gervinho returned to Europe with Parma and Juventus released veteran midfielder Claudio Marchisio.
Laxalt won plaudits for his play on the left side of midfield as he helped Uruguay to reach the World Cup quarterfinals and scored four goals in 34 games for Genoa last season in all competitions.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Italy all but secured a qualifying playoff spot for next year's World Cup but it was booed off the pitch after drawing with Macedonia 1-1 on Friday.
Defender Giorgio Chiellini gave Italy the lead shortly before halftime but Macedonia leveled through substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski with 13 minutes remaining.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus rested top players ahead of the Champions League and still eased to a 3-0 victory over Chievo Verona to maintain its perfect start to the Serie A on Saturday.
Second-half goals from substitute Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win after an own goal by Chievo midfielder Perparim Hetemaj.
Juventus visits Barcelona in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
NICE, France (AP) — A highly embarrassing own goal helped Italy to a 3-0 win over an understrength Uruguay side in a friendly Wednesday.
With his back to the goal, Italy forward Andrea Belotti used his chest to control a long pass from Lorenzo Insigne and Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez struck the ball decisively into the far corner of his own net seven minutes in.
Eight minutes from time, substitute Eder redirected in a cross from Manolo Gabbiadini.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus winger Marko Pjaca will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury.
Pjaca was stretchered off the field in the 64th minute of Croatia's 3-0 loss to Estonia after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The Croatian soccer federation says the 21-year-old Pjaca will undergo surgery and needs "several months" to recover.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic scored late to give Juventus a 3-1 win at 10-man Sevilla on Tuesday and a spot in the Champions League knockout phase.
Sevilla took an early lead when Nicolas Pareja struck a long-distance volley that Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon didn't appear to see as the ball skimmed through a crowded area.
ROME (AP) — Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is back in the Italy squad after six months out with a torn cruciate ligament, which forced him to miss the European Championship.
Marchisio, who has made 54 appearances for Italy, scored a rare goal in his last international match — a 2-2 draw against Romania, almost exactly a year ago.
Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano and Lazio midfielder Danilo Cataldi have been called up for the first time for the matches against Liechtenstein and Germany.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus is counting the cost of Saturday's hard-fought 1-0 win at Palermo after both Daniele Rugani and Kwadwo Asamoah were ruled out for six weeks.
Rugani had to be taken off after half an hour in Sicily, while Asamoah also injured his right knee in the final minutes, leaving Juventus with 10 men because Massimiliano Allegri had already used up all his substitutes.