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Football: Joaquin header snatches late Viola win at Napoli

A late header by Spanish forward Joaquin helped Fiorentina snatch a precious 1-0 win away at 10-man Napoli which dented the Partenopei's hopes of a second-place finish in Italy's Serie A on Sunday. Leaders Juventus face Catania away in one of two late matches looking to restore their 14-point lead on Roma, who reduced arrears with a 2-0 win away to Chievo on Saturday and still have a game in hand.

Football: Italy schedule Ireland friendly at Craven Cottage

World Cup hopefuls Italy will face Ireland at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground as the Azzurri finalise preparations for this summer's tournament in Brazil, the Italian football federation (FIGC) said Thursday. Italy, the beaten Euro 2012 finalists, recently suffered a 1-0 defeat to world and European champions Spain in a friendly which gave Cesare Prandelli the chance to gauge his side against quality opposition. The Azzurri will open their World Cup campaign against England before taking on fellow group D opponents Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Football: Pirlo strike sends Juve into Europa League quarters

A stroke of free-kick brilliance from Andrea Pirlo secured Juventus's ticket to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina on Thursday as Napoli were sent crashing out by FC Porto. Fiorentina had high hopes of making the last eight of Europe's second tier club competition after a 1-1 draw in Turin last week when Mario Gomez levelled late for La Viola following Arturo Vidal's third-minute strike.

Football: Benfica survive Spurs fright, Juve edge Fiorentina

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday but not before giving Benfica a huge scare as English interest in the continent's second-tier tournament ended. Benfica survived a dramatic late onslaught in Lisbon to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw having won the first leg 3-1 at White Hart Lane last week. Jorge Jesus's team appeared to be cruising towards the last eight when Ezequiel Garay scored in the first half at the Estadio da Luz.

Football: Benfica survive Spurs fright, Juve edge Fiorentina

Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday but not before giving Benfica a huge scare as English interest in the continent's second-tier tournament ended. Benfica survived a dramatic late onslaught in Lisbon to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw having won the first leg 3-1 at White Hart Lane last week. Jorge Jesus's team appeared to be cruising towards the last eight when Ezequiel Garay scored in the first half at the Estadio da Luz.

Football: Pirlo strike sends Juve into Europa League quarters

A stroke of free-kick brilliance from Andrea Pirlo secured Juventus's ticket to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina on Thursday. Fiorentina had high hopes of making the last eight of Europe's second tier club competition after a 1-1 draw in Turin last week when Mario Gomez levelled late for La Viola following Arturo Vidal's third-minute strike. The Florence-based side are also the only team to have beaten Juventus in Serie A this season (4-2) and last season held the Old Lady to a draw at the Artemio Franchi.

Football: Real Madrid's Jese suffers cruciate ligament damage

Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez suffered cruciate ligament damage to his right knee in his side's 3-1 win over Schalke, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Tuesday. The Spanish under-21 international collapsed under a challenge from Sead Kolasinac after just two minutes. He was then carried from the field on a stretcher after briefly trying to put weight on the injured knee. "I think it is confirmed he has ruptured cruciate ligament," said Ancelotti.

Football: Maldini fears for Milan future - report

Former AC Milan great Paolo Maldini fears the ailing Serie A giants' woes could last long-term unless there is major restructuring and investment in the club. Milan currently sit 12th in Serie A, 40 points behind leaders Juventus, and with 10 games remaining look out of contention for one of the two Europa League qualifying sports. The seven-time European champions, like city rivals Inter this season, could miss out on Europe altogether next season.

Football: Maldini fears for Milan future - report

Former AC Milan great Paolo Maldini fears the ailing Serie A giants' woes could last long-term unless there is major restructuring and investment in the club. Milan currently sit 12th in Serie A, 40 points behind leaders Juventus, and with 10 games remaining look out of contention for one of the two Europa League qualifying spots. The seven-time European champions, like city rivals Inter this season, could miss out on Europe altogether next season.

Football: Totti strikes as Roma scrape Udinese win

Captain Francesco Totti scored on his return from a month-long injury lay-off as Roma scraped a 3-2 win over Udinese to reduce the gap on leaders Juventus to 14 points on Monday Earlier, third-placed Napoli had pulled level on points with Roma thanks to a 90th minute strike from Gonzalo Hugauin which secured the points away to Torino. However Roma restored their three-point cushion on Rafael Benitez's side after a tense finale caused by Dusan Basta's 80th minute header for the visitors.
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