ROME (AP) — Napoli probably wishes Serie A never stopped. That its rhythm wasn't broken. That its rivals weren't given time to catch up to its high-paced play.
The southern club was handed its first domestic defeat of the season on Wednesday as the Italian league resumed after a 7½-week break for the World Cup and end-of-the-year holidays.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan advanced to the Champions League knockout stage and eliminated Barcelona in the process.
Inter beat Viktoria Plzeň 4-0 on Wednesday to secure at least second spot in Group C with a match remaining, consigning Barcelona to its second straight group-stage elimination even before the Spanish club lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich later.
MILAN (AP) — Two of the top Serie A coaches are already feeling the pressure after Juventus and Inter Milan lost on a miserable day for some of the traditional greats of Italian soccer.
It was the first time since February 1955 that Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Roma have lost on the same day in the Italian league.
PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — Whenever Edin Džeko plays against Viktoria Plzeň, the goals start flowing.
Džeko scored one goal and set up another Tuesday to lead Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory over the Czech club in the Champions League.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan dropped its first points of the fledgling Serie A when it lost at Lazio 3-1 on Friday.
Lazio coach Maurizio Sarri’s substitutions made the difference as Pedro and Luis Alberto came off the bench to score two goals in the final 15 minutes after Inter forward Lautaro Martínez cancelled out Felipe Anderson’s opener.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday:
Real Betis hosts Osasuna in a match between two of the teams that started the Spanish league with consecutive victories. Betis, the fifth-place finisher last season, got off to a good start despite coach Manuel Pellegrini not being able to register several players because of the league's financial fair play rules.
MILAN (AP) — For Inter Milan, Wednesday’s Italian Cup final could be the first of two trophies.
Inter plays Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and then has two league matches in Serie A, where it is locked in an intriguing title fight with city rival AC Milan.
MILAN (AP) — Lautaro Martínez may have saved Inter Milan’s title challenge.
Martinez scored twice to help the defending champion recover from two goals down to beat Empoli 4-2 and move to the top of Serie A on Friday — for 48 hours at least.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan’s miserable month continued when it drew 0-0 against city rival AC Milan in first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
Inter has won only one of its past seven matches in all competitions since the start of February.
MILAN (AP) — Olivier Giroud again showed why he can never be written off, scoring two late goals as AC Milan rallied to beat city rival Inter Milan 2-1 on Saturday and re-ignite the Serie A title race.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan survived a scare as it beat Empoli 3-2 after extra time on Wednesday to reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals.
It appeared as if Empoli was about to pull off an upset in the round of 16 when it went ahead with Nedim Bajrami's strike and an own-goal by home 'keeper Ionuț Radu after Alexis Sánchez’s opener for Inter.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has an impressive record against Juventus in the Italian Super Cup.
Both of his matches in the competition were against Juventus and both finished in success for his team — when he was Lazio coach in 2017 and 2019.
After being forced to sell two of its top players because of financial constraints, Inter Milan now faces the prospect of losing another on a free transfer.
Inter Milan winger Ivan Perišić is driving the Nerazzurri forward in Europe and in Serie A, where it is launching a stern defense of its league title despite the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi, as well as coach Antonio Conte.
MILAN (AP) — Edin Džeko scored twice to help Inter Milan reach the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in 10 years after it beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 on Wednesday.
Džeko’s two goals came in the space of six minutes in the second half.
ROME (AP) — A controversial goal led to Inter Milan's first defeat of the season in a 3-1 loss at Lazio in Serie A on Saturday.
Felipe Anderson scored a late winner while Inter fullback Federico Dimarco was down injured.
VERONA, Italy (AP) — Joaquín Correa enjoyed a dream debut for Inter Milan on Friday, coming on late as a substitute and scoring twice for the defending champion to beat Hellas Verona 3-1 in the Italian league.
ROME (AP) — Lazio hired Maurizio Sarri as its new coach on Wednesday, shortly after the Italian club strongly hinted at the appointment with a series of cryptic posts on social media.
“Lazio announces that Maurizio Sarri is the new coach of the first-team squad,” the Serie A club said in a one-line statement on its website.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan appointed Simone Inzaghi as coach on Thursday, signing him to a two-year contract.
Inzaghi replaces Antonio Conte, who left Inter last month after leading the club to its first Serie A title in more than a decade.