Cagliari draws Torino 0-0 to step toward Serie A safety
CAGLIARI, Italy (AP) — Relegation-threatened Cagliari gained a precious point by holding Torino to 0-0 on Monday in Serie A.
Goalkeeper Alessio Cragno had a solid performance to deny Torino forwards Andrea Belotti and Simone Zaza on numerous chances.
Torino was without coach Walter Mazzarri, who has left the squad temporarily due to health issues.
Cutrone and 2 defenders leave Italy squad with injuries
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Three injured players have left Italy's squad ahead of a friendly against Ukraine and a UEFA Nations League match at Poland.
Forward Patrick Cutrone and defenders Alessio Romagnoli and Danilo D'Ambrosio were all ruled out with minor physical problems.
Sampdoria defender Lorenzo Tonelli and Valencia fullback Cristiano Piccini were called up as replacements.
Striker Ciro Immobile remained with the squad despite a broken finger.
Torino lets slip 2-goal lead but beats Frosinone 3-2
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Torino edged Frosinone 3-2 in a thrilling match which saw the visiting team come from two goals down but ultimately fall to its sixth successive defeat in Serie A on Friday.
There was little sign of what was to come in a cagey first half. Andrea Belotti hit the post early on before Tomas Rincon gave Torino the lead in the 20th minute with a precise strike into the bottom left corner.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — The Netherlands scored late to hold 10-man Italy to 1-1 in a friendly in Turin on Monday.
Nathan Ake headed in two minutes from time to cancel out Simone Zaza's opener.
Italy played the final 21 minutes a man down after defender Domenico Criscito was harshly sent off for a poor last-man tackle.
Both teams, which used to be powerhouses of football, failed to qualify for the World Cup and it was not hard to see why.
Italy forward Zaza in doubt for playoff against Sweden
ROME (AP) — Italy forward Simone Zaza injured his left knee in training on Thursday, a day before the first leg of a World Cup playoff against Sweden.
The Italian soccer federation said Zaza stopped training because of a "flare-up of a previous problem with his left knee."
Zaza travelled with the rest of the squad to Sweden but is in doubt for Friday's match.
Zaza, Florenzi back in Italy squad for World Cup playoff
MILAN (AP) — Simone Zaza and Alessandro Florenzi are back in the Italy squad for the first time in a year, and there was also a surprise call-up for Jorghino for the World Cup playoff against Sweden.
Zaza was recalled on Saturday after eight goals in the striker's last seven league games for Valencia. Roma's Florenzi returned after twice rupturing the ACL in his knee.
Messi nets 12th goal and Barcelona strengthens La Liga lead
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored again and Barcelona won again, though in lackluster fashion and by 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Messi netted his 12th league goal in the first half, and Paulinho in added time.
"Leo has an incredible capability to tilt the scale. We are lucky to have the world's best player with us," coach Ernesto Valverde said.
The Catalan club's ninth win in 10 rounds strengthened its lead back to a four-point cushion over Valencia.
Italy striker Zaza behind Valencia’s surprising run in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Valencia's decision to keep Simone Zaza is paying off big time.
Valencia chose to acquire the Italian striker after his loan from Juventus expired last season and he has been crucial in the team's surprising run to the top of the Spanish league.
Zaza has seven goals in eight league matches, leading Valencia and its high-scoring offense to second place behind Barcelona.
Zaza strikes again as Valencia beats Real Sociedad 3-2
MADRID (AP) — Simone Zaza added to his scoring streak with a late goal that gave unbeaten Valencia a 3-2 win at Real Sociedad in a thrilling Spanish league match on Sunday.
Zaza's fourth goal in his last two games came with a left-footed shot from the middle of the area in the 85th minute at Anoeta Stadium, sealing the victory after Valencia had twice relinquished the lead.
The Italian forward was coming off a hat trick in the 5-0 rout of Malaga on Tuesday.
Spanish league begins with tributes to victims of attacks
LEGANES, Spain (AP) — Leganes defeated Alaves 1-0 to get the Spanish league underway on Friday, after they paid tribute to the victims of the attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils.
A minute of silence was held before the match, and will also be observed ahead of all league games this weekend.
Valencia defeated 10-man Las Palmas in the late match thanks to a first-half goal by striker Simone Zaza.
Madrid wastes chance to extend lead after losing at Valencia
MADRID (AP) — It took less than 10 minutes for Real Madrid to throw away a chance to increase its lead in the Spanish league.
Madrid failed to recover after conceding two early goals on Wednesday, losing 2-1 at Valencia to remain only one point ahead of Barcelona, although it still has a game in hand.
Marchisio back in Italy squad for Liechtenstein and Germany
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.
West Ham signs Italy forward Zaza on loan from Juventus
LONDON (AP) — West Ham has signed Italy forward Simone Zaza on loan from Juventus for a fee of 5 million euros ($5.6 million) as the club's 11th recruit of the transfer window.
West Ham said Sunday a permanent fee of 20 million euros ($22.4 million) will be triggered automatically after a certain number of Premier League appearances this season.