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Football: Destro hat-trick closes Juve gap to five points

Mattia Destro scored his maiden Serie A hat-trick in Roma's 3-1 win away to Cagliari on Sunday to help reduce the gap to leaders Juventus to just five points. Juventus are widely expected to restore their eight-point lead when they host Livorno on Monday. But with the Serie A strugglers battling for their top flight survival the Giallorossi will hope, for 24 hours at least, that their dream of a first scudetto since 2001 is not over yet.

Football: Destro hat-trick closes Juve gap to five points

Mattia Destro scored his maiden Serie A hat-trick in Roma's 3-1 win away to Cagliari on Sunday to help reduce the gap to leaders Juventus to just five points. Juventus are widely expected to restore their eight-point lead when they host Livorno on Monday. But with the Serie A strugglers battling for their top flight survival the Giallorossi will hope, for 24 hours at least, that their dream of a first scudetto since 2001 is not over yet.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo returns to practice

Madrid, Apr 6 (EFE).- Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed this weekend's game against Real Sociedad due to a knee injury, returned to practice on Sunday with Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward was held out of Saturday's match to aid in his recovery, coach Carlo Ancelotti said. The Real Madrid star experienced injury scares in the matches against both Rayo Vallecano and Borussia Dortmund, tweaking his knee against the two rivals. Real Madrid held a closed practice Sunday as it prepares to face Borussia Dortmund again in the Champions League quarterfinals, the team said.

Football: Ten-man Lazio sink Samp to boost Euro hopes

Antonio Candreva and Senad Lulic struck in either half for 10-man Lazio to secure a precious 2-0 win over Sampdoria and boost their Europa League hopes on Sunday. Lazio coach Edy Reja said earlier this week he wouldn't bet one euro on his side finishing among Serie A's top five and claim a place in Europe's second tier club competition for next season. However Reja's men overcame losing Lucas Biglia, who saw red for a second bookable offence on 57 minutes, to move up to provisional sixth in the table two points behind Inter Milan, who were held 2-2 by Bologna on Saturday.

Football: Toni strike settles Verona's Derby della Scala

Veteran striker Luca Toni struck his 16th goal in Serie A this season to help Verona to a 1-0 win in the 'Derby della Scala' away to city rivals Chievo on Saturday. Following a challenge with Gennaro Sardo, Toni pounced on a loose ball in the Chievo box to beat Michael Agazzi in the hosts' net for a 65th minute winner. Verona's 14th win of the campaign moved them up to eighth, only three points adrift of Inter Milan in fifth spot and the first Europa League qualifying place.

Football: Relegation-haunted Bologna dent Inter's Euro hopes

Argentine striker Diego Milito missed a late penalty as Inter Milan's Europa League hopes were kept in check by a 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Bologna at the San Siro on Saturday. Inter remained fifth with a two-point lead on Parma but the pressure is now on coach Walter Mazzarri, whose side have now failed to win in their last four league outings. Mauro Icardi scored a brace for the hosts and after just six minutes allayed early fears when he got on the end of Yuto Nagatomo's cross from the left to sweep a volley past Gianluca Curci.

Football: Relegation-haunted Bologna dent Inter's Euro hopes

Argentine striker Diego Milito missed a late penalty as Inter Milan's Europa League hopes were kept in check by a 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Bologna at the San Siro on Saturday. Inter remained fifth with a three-point lead on Parma but the pressure is now on coach Walter Mazzarri, whose side have now failed to win in their last four league outings. Mauro Icardi scored a brace for the hosts and after just six minutes allayed early fears when he got on the end of Yuto Nagatomo's cross from the left to sweep a volley past Gianluca Curci.

Football: Milan's Essien ruled out with thigh injury

AC Milan's Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien is facing two weeks on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury, the Serie A side announced on Thursday. The 31-year-old, who replaced Sulley Muntari halfway through Milan's win over Chievo last weekend after his compatriot suffered an ankle knock, will undergo further tests in 10 days time. A statement by Milan said: "AC Milan wishes to communicate that Michael Essien has picked up an injury to his right thigh. "The player will undergo further tests in 10 days time."

Football: Ibra out for at least four weeks, says PSG president

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi told French radio on Thursday that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be out for "at least four weeks" due to injury. The Swede came off midway through the second half of PSG's 3-1 win against Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday clutching the back of his right thigh and was due to undergo tests on Thursday. "He is having an MRI scan at the moment and we're awaiting the results," Al-Khelaifi told RMC. "But I think he will be out for at least four weeks."

Football: Ailing Milan open to foreign investment - report

AC Milan have paved the way for foreign investment by admitting they could sell up to 30 percent of the club, while reports that Gazprom were an interested party were played down by the Russian energy giant on Thursday. For the second successive season, Milan have struggled to live up to expectations in Serie A leading to reports that club owner and president Silvio Berlusconi could eventually sell up.
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