Napoli appeal on December 22

Napoli’s appeal to the CONI against their 3-0 defeat to Juventus and one-point penalty will be heard on December 22.

News agency Ansa report the date has been sent for the hearing at the CONI Collegio di Garanzia dello Sport.

This is their third appeal against the ruling, which saw Napoli punished with a 3-0 automatic defeat and also docked one point for not attending the Serie A match in Turin.

The Partenopei argued they had been ordered not to travel by local health authorities following two COVID-19 cases in the squad.

However, the Lega Serie A and FIGC found Napoli did not do everything possible to avoid cancelling the fixture on October 4, ignoring the existing medical protocol agreed by all clubs.

Napoli want the point restored and the opportunity to play against Juventus in Turin.


Marcos Paulo’s agent reveals talks with Inter, Milan and Juve

Marcos Paulo’s agent has claimed the Brazilian starlet is a ‘mix between Paulo Dybala and Rivaldo’ and revealed he spoke to Inter, Milan and Juventus.

Reports in Italy have claimed Inter want to sign the Brazilian starlet whose contract with Flamengo expires in the summer.

“At this stage none can negotiate only with the player without the permission of the club. I can say that in the past years we had talks with the Nerazzurri but also with Milan and Juventus,” Frederico Pena told told FCInterNews.

“He has a Portuguese passport and it’s It is normal that with his characteristics he attracts the interest of several clubs. We’ll see what happens,” he continued.

“Inter are among the top ten clubs in the world, Fluminense didn’t sell Marcos Paulo last season because of COVID, we need to understand what will happen now. We have to see if the player wants to sign a new contract or wait, I am on good terms with Fluminense.

“It is not an easy choice, a low bid could arrive in January, the club will have to make a decision. It will not be easy, both for the potential of the player and for the economic conditions of the club.

“The player comes through the club’s academy and for this reason we could sign a contract extension, we don’t know what can happen. Sometimes, on a psychological level, it is better to change club through a proper transfer and not as a free agent, the next few months will be decisive,” he added.

“Marcos Paulo is not a classic centre forward nor a winger, he is a support striker who gives his best behind a centre forward.

“If he played for Inter, he would be perfect to support [Romelu] Lukaku. In my opinion it is a mix, with due proportions, of a hypothetical combination of skill between [Paulo] Dybala and Rivaldo.”


UCL last-16 draw: Juve and Lazio possible opponents and when it takes place

The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League will take place on Monday, December 14 at 11.00 UK time. Juventus won Group G and Lazio finished runners-up in Group F. Take a look at their possible opponents.

Juventus and Lazio have already secured themselves a place among Europe’s best 16 clubs. Juventus have won the Group G ahead of Barcelona, while Lazio finished second behind Borussia Dortmund in Group F.

Inter and Atalanta play the final game of their group stage this evening. Antonio Conte’s side need a win against Shakhtar and hope Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach don’t draw, while a draw in Amsterdam against Ajax would be enough for La Dea to go through.

Lazio’s possible opponents so far are Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. PSG can win the Group H if they beat Istanbul Basaksehir this evening while anyone between Borussia Monchengladbach, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid can win the Group B.

Juventus’ possible opponents so far are Porto and Sevilla, either Atletico Madrid or RB Salzburg can qualify as runners-up in Group A and the same is true of Atalanta and Ajax in Group D and RB Leipzig and PSG in group H. If Atalanta qualify, they can’t face Juventus as no team can play a club from their own association in the next stage of the competition.

Seeded teams
Bayern (GER, Group A)
Manchester City (ENG, C)
Liverpool (ENG, D)
Chelsea (ENG, E)
Borussia Dortmund (GER, F)
Juventus (ITA, G)
Two more group winners

Unseeded teams
Porto (POR, C)
Sevilla (ESP, E)
Lazio (ITA, F)
Barcelona (ESP, G)
Four more group runners-up

UCL last-16 draw, when does it take place?
The Champions League last-16 draw takes place on Monday December 14, 2020 at 11am GMT.

Draw procedure
Two seeding pots are formed: one consisting of the eight group winners and the other of the eight runners-up. Seeded group winners are away in the round of 16 first legs and at home in the return matches.

Match dates

First legs: 16/17/23/24 February
Second legs: 9/10/16/17 March


Barcelona 0-3 Juventus: CR7 rules in Messi’s house

A pair of Cristiano Ronaldo penalties and Weston McKennie acrobatic volley allowed Juventus to humiliate Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou and win their Champions League group.

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Both teams were already qualified for the Round of 16, so this was a head-to-head for first place. As Barca won 2-0 in Turin, with Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out at the time by COVID-19, Juve had to get the victory at Camp Nou with three clear goals, or two clear goals by any two-goal margin other than 2-0.

CR7 and Messi hadn’t faced off on the same pitch for over two years, ever since the Portuguese star moved to Turin. Giorgio Chiellini and Merih Demiral missed out, while Barca were without Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele.

Ronaldo tested Marc-Andre Ter Stegen early on and Danilo blasted wide, but Ronald Araujo got into a tangle when trying to tackle CR7 in the area and gave away a penalty. Ronaldo fired it quite central, counting on Ter Stegen picking a side first, putting Juventus into the lead.

The Bianconeri were buoyant and doubled their lead with an excellent team move. Weston McKennie spread the play down the right for Juan Cuadrado, Ronaldo’s movement drew away two defenders, allowing the space for McKennie’s acrobatic volley from six yards. It was the first time ever that Barcelona had conceded two goals at home in the opening 20 minutes of a Champions League tie.

Messi tried to immediately fight back, Gigi Buffon getting down quickly to fingertip the daisy-cutter round the post. Alvaro Morata had a shot charged down by Miralem Pjanic’s arm, but it was too low and tight to the body to be considered handball for another penalty.

Barca also had penalty appeals waved away for McKennie’s challenge on Messi, who got the shot anyway and forced a Buffon save.

The 2-0 result was not enough, and Juve needed one more to take top spot from the Blaugrana. Martin Braithwaite came on for Francisco Trincao to give the hosts a little more presence in the box, and Messi fired straight at Buffon.

However, Clement Lenglet stuck out an arm to stop McKennie firing in from close range, it came to Ramsey and Ter Stegen made a stunning save. When viewed on VAR, the penalty was inevitable and Lenglet was very fortunate not to get a second yellow card.

Ronaldo converted the spot-kick again, this time sending Ter Stegen the wrong way to fire into the near bottom corner, and 3-0 put Juve top of the group. It was an even more incredible result considering Barca were unbeaten in 25 Champions League group games, going back to November 2016 against Manchester City. Juve also became the first ever Italian side to score three away goals at Camp Nou.

Barcelona came close to pulling one back, Antoine Griezmann’s header from a Messi free kick looping up to bounce off the top of the crossbar.

Buffon was again decisive on Messi, with Braithwaite firing over on the rebound, even if he was also offside. Barcelona were awarded a penalty for a foul on Griezmann, but it was neutralised by his own offside position.

The offside flag was also up on 76 minutes when Leonardo Bonucci bundled over the line from a Ronaldo lay-off on a corner, but for a moment Juve thought they were 4-0 up at Camp Nou.

Ronaldo showed great commitment by tracking back to tackle Messi in the box at the 81st minute, then Buffon was right behind the couple of efforts La Pulga did manage to get away for an historic result.

Barcelona 0-3 Juventus

Ronaldo pens 13, 52 (J), McKennie 20 (J)

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Lenglet (Umtiti 55), Araujo (Mingueza 82), Jordi Alba (Junior Firpo 55); De Jong, Pjanic; Trincao (Braithwaite 46), Griezmann, Pedri (Ricardo Puig 66); Messi

Juventus: Buffon; Danilo, Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Cuadrado, Arthur (Bentancur 72), McKennie, Ramsey (Rabiot 72); Morata (Dybala 85), Cristiano Ronaldo (Chiesa 92)

Ref: Stieler (GER)


Koeman’s touchline incident with Juventus bench

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman reportedly told Juventus players on the bench to ‘shut up’ as they asked for a red card for Clement Lenglet.

Juventus are leading 3-0 at the Camp Nou with Cristiano Ronaldo who netted a brace from the spot.

The second penalty kick was awarded to Juventus in the second half after a VAR check that spotted a Clement Lenglet handball.

The French defender had previously been booked and Juventus players protested the referee asking for a second yellow card for the Barcelona centre-back.

The request came also from Juventus’ bench and Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman didn’t take it very well.

The Dutch coach got angry and shouted Juventus players to ‘shut up’ while they were laughing at him.