Inter Milan have a four point lead at the top of Serie A when Romelu Lukaku scored after 32 seconds and assisted in the 3-0 win over Genoa in midfield.

The Belgian striker drove through the heart of visiting defenses, scoring his 18th goal of the season to mark his club’s second-fastest goal in Serie A since Opta in 2004.

Lukaku signed Matteo Darmian for Inter for the second time on 69 minutes and was back for the third time when his shot was saved but substitute Alexis Sanchez led the rebound.

Lukaku scored in the first minute and the hosts never looked like giving up their lead.

Nicolo Barella’s curling hit hit the bar and Lukaku had saved a strong attempt from Mattia Perin before Darmian broke Genoa’s resistance with a drilled attempt.

Sanchez’s header earned the points shortly after the Chilean came on but had to wait for VAR to tip over a false offside call.

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Romelu Lukaku prepared Matteo Darmian for his goal later in the game

It was thanks to Perin for keeping the score low by late denying Danilo D’Ambrosio and Sanchez with excellent saves.

AC Milan returned to form with an exciting 2-1 win AS Roma Thereupon a four-point deficit on the league leaders of the Serie A, Inter.

The visitors hit the bar and hadn’t allowed two goals before Franck Kessie hit from the penalty spot to give them the well-deserved lead at halftime.

Roma, who also scored in the first half, reacted quickly after the break when midfielder Jordan Veretout curled up on his 10th goal of the season.

But an excellent twist and finish from Ante Rebic put the visitors back in front after 58 minutes and they held out despite the late pressure from the hosts.


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Franck Kessie celebrates his goal against Roma

The win ends a four-time winless run in all competitions for Stefano Pioli’s team, whose hopes of a first Serie A title in 10 years have suffered a blow after two defeats against Spezia and Inter.

Milan remain second with 52 points, four behind Inter and six ahead of Juventus in third, while Roma remain in fifth with 44 points.

Goals from Dries Mertens and Matteo Politano have proven sufficient Naples Overcome struggles Benevento 2-0 despite the late dismissal of Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Belgian striker was quick to influence his return from an injury, putting in a deflected shot from close range after 34 minutes. Politano grouped together a second after the break for a much-needed win. Koulibaly was sent off for a second yellow card in the 81st minute after an awkward challenge.

Dries Mertens celebrates his goal for Napoli
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Dries Mertens celebrates his goal for Napoli

Earlier, Atalanta moved up to fourth place and tied with 46 points after a 2-0 win at Juve SampdoriaThanks to the goals of Ruslan Malinovskyi and Robin Gosens.

New Cagliari Coach Leonardo Semplici made a memorable debut overseeing a 2-0 away win on the downside Crotone A Leonardo Pavoletti header and a Joao Pedro penalty earned the victory, leaving the Sardinian side in 18th place with 18 points, two points behind safety.

A late header from Ilija Nestorovski was also there Udinese a 1-0 win Fiorentina.

La Liga – Atleti win to keep the lead

Stefan Savic celebrates after his strike against Villarreal is turned home
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Stefan Savic celebrates after his strike against Villarreal is turned home

La Liga leader Atletico Madrid secured a decisive 2-0 away win against Villarreal reaffirm their title ambitions after a difficult string of results.

Diego Simeone’s side were delighted with two defeats to Levante and Chelsea but took the 25th-minute lead thanks to an own goal from Alfonso Pedraza after a scuffle. The hit was marked as offside after a VAR review.

Atletico survived another video review just before half-time when Thomas Lemar showed a yellow card instead of a red card for flexing an opponent with his elbow before record-breaking Joao Felix came off the bench to take his lead in the 69th volley double.

A first win in four games in all competitions brought Atletico to 58 points after 24 games, five ahead of second-placed Barcelona, ​​who have played 25 games, and six ahead of third-placed Real Madrid.

Joao Felix scored Atletico Madrid's second goal
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Joao Felix scored Atletico Madrid’s second goal

Real will play at home against Real Sociedad on Monday before visiting Atletico in a crucial game in the title race next Sunday.

Cadiz couldn’t build on last week’s Barcelona draw when they fell on a late goal from Juanmi at home Real Betisand extended their winless league run to eight games.

Jeison Murillo scored deep in added time to save a 1-1 draw Celtic Vigo at home too Real Valladolidthat led through a Fabian Orellana strike.

Moose fell deeper into relegation problems than they fell in a 2-1 loss at Granada, for which Antonio Puertas scored a winner in the 79th minute.

Ligue 1 – Monaco stretch unbeaten, Lille held

Jose Fonte celebrates his late equalizer for Lille
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Jose Fonte celebrates his late equalizer for Lille

Captain Jose Fonte scored a point for the Ligue 1 leaders Small but they had to be content with a 1-1 draw at home Strasbourg.

Ludovic Ajorque gave the visitors the lead in the 36th minute, but Fonte’s equalizer in the 86th minute ensured that his side ended the weekend two points ahead of the top.

Third Lyon couldn’t catch up as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Marseille.

Karl Toko Ekambi struck Lyon in the lead, but Arkadiusz Milik scored from the penalty spot and Lyon’s cause was unsupported by Lucas Paqueta’s 70th-minute throw for a second yellow card.

Stefan Jovetic and Kevin Volland scored late goals in fourth Monaco beat Brest 2-0 to expand the unbeaten league to 12 games and stay in the title hunt.

Gestier’s best goalkeeper Gautier Larsonneur justified his recall by saving Wissam Ben Yedder’s first-half penalty – Monaco’s first miss this season – and stopping defender Guillermo Maripan’s powerful header from a corner in the 74th minute .

But he was beaten a minute later when Jovetic pushed to the edge of the box and flew into the lower right corner with a powerful shot.

Volland showed good timing to prevent midfielder Aleksandr Golovin’s low free kick over Larsonneur and the right post in the 89th minute.

Elsewhere, Lorient were 2-1 winners at St. Etiennewhile Angers Tie 2-2 at home lens. Nimes and Nantes drew 1-1 during Reims and Montpellier played a goalless draw.

Bundesliga – Leverkusen beaten by Freiburg

Bayer Leverkusen ended a bad week with a defeat in the Bundesliga
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Bayer Leverkusen ended a bad week with a defeat in the Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen sagged to a 2-1 home defeat against Freiburg to continue deviating from the top 4 positions and to end a dark week after leaving the Europa League.

Leverkusen, who had left the Europa League in the middle of the week after a second defeat against Young Boys, had the lion’s share of possession with almost 70 percent, but could not use this advantage.

Freiburg stunned the hosts in the 50th minute break when Ermedin Demirovic came on after a cutback from Lucas Hoeler.

Hoeler scored his second goal in the 61st minute before Leon Bailey’s thunderous shot from the left triggered a tense final in the 70th, in which Leverkusen pushed for an equalizer but did not score a goal.

Andre Hahn’s goal in the 25th minute gave a boost Augsburgs Chances of survival when they won 1-0 at Mainzwhile Union Berlin and Hoffenheim shared the points from a 1-1 draw.