Serie A Matchweek 20 hits and misses: Big three victor

Ibrahimovic's 500th club goal goes begging as Milan beat Bologna

AC Milan extended their lead at the top of Serie A to five points with a 2-1 win over Bologna at the Stade Renato Dall'Ara on Saturday.

The visitors were awarded the chance to open the scoring from the spot when Mitchell Dijks pulled back Rafael Leao in the penalty area.

Lukasz Skorupski dived low to his right to keep out Zlatan Ibrahimovic's spot-kick - denying the Swede his 500th career club goal in the process - only for Ante Rebic to gobble up the rebound.

When Milan were given another penalty in the second half, Ibrahimovic didn't take, with Frank Kessie instead converting for a two-goal lead.

Andrea Poli pulled a goal back for the hosts in the final ten minutes but Milan held on to go five points clear of second-place Inter, who play Benevento on Saturday night.

Lukaku and Lautaro lead Inter to win over Benevento

Inter responded to AC Milan's win earlier on Saturday by beating Benevento 4-0 in Serie A.

Antonio Conte's side had the incentive of keeping up with their cross-city rival's after Milan had beaten Bologna, and came out comfortably on top after a tricky first half agains the impressive top-flight newcomers.

It took a Riccardo Improta own goal for the Nerazzurri to get in front, but they didn't have their second goal until almost an hour had been played.

Lautaro Martinez doubled Inter's lead, before Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the game's final quarter to seal a comprehensive win.

Chiesa and Ramsey keep Juventus within distance of AC Milan

Juventus kept their Serie A title hopes alive somewhat with a 2-0 win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Saturday.

The visitors opened the scoring midway through the first half when Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo combined to set up Federico Chiesa.

Ronaldo was again involved in Juve's second goal at the end of the second half, playing through Juan Cuadrado, who squared the ball for Aaron Ramsey to tap into an open net.

Andrea Pirlo's defending champions cut the gap to Serie A leaders AC Milan to seven points after the Rossoneri beat Bologna earlier on Saturday.

Napoli keep hopes alive with Parma win

They may not have had more of the ball but Napoli looked comfortable in a routine win over Parma to regain fourth position in Serie A before Roma played Verona.

Parma's greater possession turned into just one shot on target, while Napoli did look more deadly.

Elif Elmas opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark with a superb finish, running with the ball from 40 yards out, weaving in and out of defenders before slotting past goalkeeper Luigi Sepe.

Napoli had other chances, but it was not until substitute Matteo Politano pounced on a clearance in the 82nd minute that they extended their lead.

His deflected shot settled the tie and meant that Parma remain in the relegation zone, while Napoli remain nine points off leaders Milan with a game in hand.

Lazio show Real Madrid the way: A big win at Atalanta

Atalanta's 14 game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on Sunday as they were defeated 3-1 at home by an efficient Lazio side.

The writing was on the wall from the opening minutes, as Adam Marusic got the visitors off to a flyer within 180 seconds.

The return of Luis Alberto from injury gave Lazio an extra spark in the final third, while the absence of the departed Papu Gomez was also telling for the hosts.

Lazio's second goal came from a trademark Pepe Reina long ball which was controlled well by Ciro Immobile before serving it on a plate to Joaquin Correa who made no mistake with the finish.

On 79 minutes, Mario Pasalic halved the deficit, giving the hosts temporary hope. Yet it was short lived, as Andreas Pereira set up Vedat Muriqi for Lazio's third just three minutes later.

The game will have certainly been of interest to Zinedine Zidane, as Lazio managed to pick off Real Madrid's Champions League round of 16 opponents with ease, something which very few sides have managed in recent times.

Source: Marca / Billy Munday - Conor Clancy -  

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