Euro round-up: Barca end winless streak, Juve lose again

Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho scored late on at Villarreal as Barcelona won 3-1 to finally end their winless streak away from home under new coach Xavi.

Prior to Saturday’s game, only three teams across the division had picked up fewer points on the road this season, after Barcelona were winless in their first five league matches away from the Nou Camp.

The long-awaited win came in Xavi’s third match in charge since replacing Ronald Koeman.

Frenkie de Jong broke through for the visitors minutes after half-time when he turned in a rebound.

But Villarreal equalised through substitute Samuel Chukwueze 15 minutes from time and were pressing for a winner themselves when Depay struck against the run of play two minutes from time.

Depay brought down a long goal kick from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, dribbled around Rulli and coolly put the ball between the legs of defender Pervis Estpuinan on the line.

Coutinho sealed the three points in stoppage time when he converted a penalty he had earned himself.

Barcelona remain in seventh place, but reduced the gap to early leaders Real Madrid to seven points.

Rayo Vallecano continued to impress as the promoted team fought back to draw 1-1 at Valencia.

Rayo, who have the league’s best home record, inched into fifth place after taking the point on the road.

Iago Aspas and Santi Mina scored as Celta Vigo won 2-1 at Alaves, while Mallorca and Getafe drew 0-0 on the Balearic Islands.

Serie A: Juventus’ misery compounded by Atalanta

Duvan Zapata has now scored nine goals in 12 Serie A games this season
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Duvan Zapata has now scored nine goals in 12 Serie A games this season

There was more misery for Juventus as they were jeered off following a 1-0 home defeat by Atalanta, four days after losing 4-0 at Chelsea in the Champions League.

Duvan Zapata scored the only goal in Turin, with a powerful effort in the 28th minute which went in off the underside of the crossbar.

Juventus almost levelled in the second half but Adrien Rabiot’s effort was denied by a fingertip save from Juan Musso.

Juventus players Federico Chiesa and Weston McKennie went off injured during the match, to cap a miserable night for the Bianconeri.

Inter Milan kept up the pressure on the top two in Serie A as the defending champions won 2-0 at Venezia.

Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring in the first half, before Lautaro Martinez sealed the result with a stoppage-time penalty. Third-placed Inter moved to within two points of AC Milan and Napoli. Napoli hoss Lazio on Sunday, while Milan welcomes Sassuolo to the San Siro.

Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring for Inter Milan at Venezia
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Hakan Calhanoglu opened the scoring for Inter Milan at Venezia

Both teams struggled to create chances in the early stages and Inter’s best opportunity came in the 30th minute when Venezia goalkeeper Sergio Romero did well to parry an Ivan Perisic header.

Inter took the lead six minutes later as Calhanoglu unleashed a powerful effort from outside the area which flew into the bottom-left corner.

Venezia almost levelled shortly after with a screamer from Mattia Aramu that Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic kept out.

Inter had several opportunities to double their lead before eventually doing so in stoppage time. Venezia left-back Ridgeciano Haps was penalised for a handball, and Martinez fired the resulting spot kick into the bottom-left corner.

Elsewhere, two late goals saw Empoli complete an extraordinary turnaround and beat Fiorentina 2-1.

Fiorentina seemed to be heading for the win after Dusan Vlahovic’s 57th-minute opener but substitute Filippo Bandinelli levelled three minutes from time, and Andrea Pinamonti netted the winner in the final minute of the game.

Sampdoria came from behind to beat Hellas Verona 3-1.

Bundesliga: Haaland scores on return from injury

Erling Haaland scored on his comeback with a second-half volley as Borussia Dortmund came from a goal down to beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 in the Bundesliga.

The Norwegian striker scored in the 81st minute after coming on as a second-half substitute following his recovery from a hip flexor muscle injury that had sidelined him since mid-October.

With their sixth win in the last seven league matches, Dortmund – having crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 3-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon – moved up to 30 points, one behind Bayern Munich, who beat Arminia Bielefeld later in the day.

The Bundesliga’s top two teams face each other next weekend.

Haaland was a second-half substitute for Dortmund
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Haaland was a second-half substitute for Dortmund

“A lot has happened in the past few days. But we played a good game and the result stands above everything else,” Dortmund’s Julian Brandt said.

“We are extremely happy. Now we have a good full week to prepare for Bayern and we will go into that game with a lot of confidence.”

The Wolves took a second-minute lead through Wout Weghorst, who headed in at the near post to complete a textbook break that had left the Dortmund back line exposed.

The Ruhr valley club levelled with an Emre Can penalty in the 35th minute after captain Marco Reus was brought down in the box by Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix.

Donyell Malen put them in front by rifling in from a Reus pass to score for the third consecutive game in all competitions.

There was more good news for Dortmund, with Haaland making a second-half substitute appearance and looking as sharp as ever ahead of the big game against the Bavarians.

He needed only eight minutes on the pitch to bag his 10th league goal in seven appearances, volleying in from close range to become the youngest ever player to reach 50 Bundesliga goals at 21 years and 128 days.

Leroy Sane's winner was his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season
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Leroy Sane’s winner was his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season

Bayern laboured for long periods against a defensive-minded Bielefeld team, who had earned a 3-3 draw on their previous visit to Munich.

Substitute Jamal Musiala provided the key with a brilliant diagonal pass forward to Thomas Muller, who laid it off for Leroy Sane to fire in the winner from outside the penalty area in the 71st minute.

It ensured Bayern set a record of 102 Bundesliga goals in a calendar year, previously held by Cologne who plundered 101 in 1977.

Sebastian Andersson scored in injury time as Cologne beat Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 in their Rhine derby in front of 50,000 fans.

Augsburg substitute Michael Gregoritsch scored in the seventh minute of injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin, and extend the hosts’ winless run to four games.

Elsewhere, Hoffenheim routed bottom side Greuther Furth 6-3 away, while Bochum came from behind to beat visitors Freiburg 2-1. Milos Pantovic scored the winner from barely inside the Freiburg half.

Ligue 1: Bottom side Metz stun second-placed Nice

Bottom side Metz stunned second-placed Nice 1-0 in Ligue 1.

Nice’s second straight defeat at Allianz Riviera Stadium could see Rennes, who play on Sunday, jump above them into second place.

The hosts gave a listless performance in the first half and Metz capitalised on a lack of urgency to take the lead in the 31st minute when Fabien Centonze converted a low cross from Nicolas de Preville.

Goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja protected Metz’s lead by saving Andy Delort’s close-range header with his legs on the stroke of half-time, before pushing behind a cross-cum-shot from Pablo Rosario in the 63rd minute.

Champions Lille failed to convert a late penalty and remained in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by 10-man Nantes on Saturday.

The result left Lille stuck in 12th spot, with 18 points from 15 matches, one point behind their visitors who remained in 11th.

Jonathan David had his 80th-minute penalty saved by Alban Lafont after Fabio had given away the spot kick, and been sent off, for tugging on the shirt of Mehmet Celik.

It was an unconvincing effort from the Canadian international and proved a comfortable stop for the Nantes goalkeeper.

Lille, whose domestic form has contrasted with their Champions League exploits where they top their group with one game to play, went ahead early when veteran Burak Yilmaz crashed home a right-footed shot.

The ninth-minute goal was set up by Jonathan Bamba and suggested Lille could break a spiral of disappointing Ligue 1 form.

But, as had happened six times previously this season, they failed to hold on to their lead as Nantes equalised in the 24th minute.

Ludovic Blas shrugged off the defensive attention of both Tiago Djalo and captain Jose Fonte to squeeze his shot inside the post and make it 1-1.

Nantes might have taken the lead six minutes later but the effort of former Manchester United full-back Fabio cannoned back off the upright.

Nantes’s Pedro Chirivella missed a good chance with some 30 minutes left before Lille came back strongly to dominate the closing stages but squandered their chance to take all three points.

CL round-up: Real, Inter qualify; Dortmund drop to EL

Real Madrid and Inter Milan have secured their spots in the Champions League last 16, but Borussia Dortmund have dropped into the Europa League.

Real Madrid strolled to a 3-0 win at Moldovan rivals Sheriff Tiraspol in their lop-sided Group D clash.

France striker Karim Benzema, who was handed a suspended one-year prison sentence earlier on Wednesday, had a goal chalked off in the 10th minute for offside as Real laid siege to the home side, who stunned the Spanish side 2-1 in the reverse fixture in September.

David Alaba fired the visitors ahead with a deflected free-kick in the 30th minute, with his shot from 22 metres leaving Sheriff goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis stranded after it clipped Cristiano’s outstretched foot.

Toni Kroos doubled Real’s lead on the stroke of half-time with a fine effort which cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar after a flowing move left the German midfielder with time and space to pick his spot.

Benzema made it 3-0 with a sublime strike from the edge of the penalty area into the bottom corner after he was teed up by left-back Ferland Mendy in the 55th minute, as Real kept their foot on the pedal.

The home side came close to pulling one back shortly after the hour as Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois parried Adama Traore’s low drive and Sebastien Thill hit the post with a glancing header in the follow-up.

Edin Dzeko scored twice for Inter Milan as they reached the last 16
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Edin Dzeko scored twice for Inter Milan as they reached the last 16

Real top the group on 12 points from five games, two more than second-placed Inter Milan with the result also sending the Italian champions through after they beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0.

Edin Dzeko scored twice to help Inter Milan reach the Champions League knockout stage for the first time in 10 years.

Dzeko’s two goals came in the space of six minutes in the second half. Inter had been by far the superior team, but had been let down by poor finishing, while Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin had also pulled off a number of good saves.

Inter had earlier had two goals disallowed, with Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez seeing efforts ruled out.

Sporting Lisbon beat 10-man Borussia Dortmund 3-1 with two goals from Pedro Goncalves to clinch their spot in the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in 13 years and eliminate the Germans from the competition.

Goncalves struck twice in the first half to lead his team to their 10th straight victory in all competitions and nine points in Group C, three ahead of the Germans with a game left and a better head-to-head, after losing 1-0 in Dortmund in September.

Emre Can was sent off for Borussia Dortmund
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Emre Can was sent off for Borussia Dortmund

Sporting – in the round of 16 for the first time since 2008-09 – made the most of a disastrous Nico Schulz clearance that sent the ball straight to Goncalves who flicked it past ‘keeper Gregor Kobel after half an hour. He then rifled home from 20 metres nine minutes later to put Sporting firmly in the driving seat.

Dortmund, still without injured striker Erling Haaland, came out fighting after the break, but their hopes of a comeback were dashed when Emre Can was sent off in the 75th for a foul on Pedro Porro.

Sporting earned a penalty four minutes later and Porro headed in the rebound after Kobel had saved Goncalves’ spot-kick to deny him a hat-trick. Dortmund scored their consolation in stoppage-time through Donyell Malen.

Sebastien Haller brought his Champions League goal tally to nine this season as he came off the bench to score both goals as Ajax beat Besiktas 2-1 to secure the top spot in Group C with five straight wins.

Manchester City sealed their passage into the Champions League last 16 as group winners after coming from a goal down to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City celebrate after Gabriel Jesus' winner against PSG
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Manchester City celebrate after Gabriel Jesus’ winner against PSG

RB Leipzig scored four goals in a rampant first-half performance and added one more after the break for a comprehensive 5-0 victory away at Club Brugge that lifted them off the foot of Champions League Group A.

Leipzig are now in pole position to finish third in the standings and secure a berth in the Europa League, ahead of their Belgian hosts.

Rachid Ghezzal had given Besiktas the lead from the penalty spot in the 22nd minute after Noussair Mazraoui handled the ball from a corner by Ghezzal.

Haller first tapped in from close range after a cross by Nicolas Tagliafico in the 54th minute and then deflected a shot by Lisandro Martinez into the roof of the net 15 minutes later.

Haller is level with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski as the top scorer in the Champions League this season.

A stunning header from Junior Messias in the dying minutes handed AC Milan a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid and kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the last 16.

Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson after scoring Liverpool's second goal
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Mohamed Salah celebrates with Jordan Henderson after scoring Liverpool’s second goal

On a freezing night in Madrid, a packed crowd at the Metropolitano Stadium failed to spur on Atletico, who struggled to make any kind of impact against a Milan side who showed urgency and aggression in a must-win situation.

Brazilian Messias broke the deadlock in the 87th minute with a spectacular header after latching on to a perfect cross from Franck Kessie.

Second-half strikes from Thiago and Mohamed Salah also saw Liverpool ease past Porto as they won 2-0 and kept on course for a perfect Champions League group stage.

Wednesday’s results means the race to see who will join group winners Liverpool in the next round will go down to the wire. Porto, who are on five points, as well as Milan and Atletico, who are tied on four points, will have to wait until the final round of fixtures to decide who will finish second.

Europe: Inter end Napoli’s record unbeaten start

Serie A leaders Napoli lost for the first time this season as Inter Milan reinvigorated their own title bid with a 3-2 win at the San Siro.

Inter, the defending champions, cut the gap on Napoli and AC Milan to four points and ended Napoli’s status as the last remaining unbeaten team across Europe’s five major leagues, a day after Milan were beaten 4-3 by Fiorentina.

Dries Mertens, who had set up a pulsating finale with Napoli’s late second goal, missed the chance to equalise in injury time when he blazed a shot over.

It was Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti’s first return to the San Siro since he was fired by Inter despite leading them to a fourth-place finish in 2019.

Lautaro Martinez netted the winning goal on the counter attack after an hour, set up by compatriot Joaquin Correa, who ran almost from one area to the other to make the goal.

Inter Milan's victory moved them four points off the league leaders
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Inter Milan’s victory moved them four points off the league leaders

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic preserved the victory with a brilliant save to deny Mario Rui in injury time, turning the ball onto the crossbar, before Mertens’ miss.

The visitors had struck first in the 17th when Piotr Zielinski won possession from Nicolo Barella, then ran forward to smash the ball from Lorenzo Insigne’s pass in under the crossbar.

Hakan Calhanoglu levelled with a penalty, awarded after Kalidou Koulibaly was penalised by VAR for hand ball after blocking Barella’s shot with his left arm.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi was booked for his furious reaction before the spot-kick was eventually awarded and scored, as was Koulibaly.

It prompted a furious reaction before the break, when Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina denied Barella. Inter scored from the resulting corner just before the interval, when Ospina was powerless to keep out Ivan Perisic’s header at the near post.

Martinez scored but Mertens ensured a lively finale when he pulled one back in the 78th minute with a brilliant shot in under the crossbar. It was his 137th goal for Napoli.

There was another holdup for another clash of heads, between Ospina and Inter striker Edin Džeko. Both continued with bandaged heads to see the late drama.

Earlier, a penalty from Brazilian forward Joao Pedro helped Cagliari off the bottom of the table with a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo.

Sampdoria’s 2-0 win at Salernitana left the promoted side bottom in Cagliari’s place.

Nigerian forward David Okereke’s second-half goal was enough for Venezia to come away from Bologna with a surprise 1-0 win.

La Liga: Real Madrid keep up momentum with big win

Ferland Mendy's goal was his first in La Liga this season
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Ferland Mendy’s goal was his first in La Liga this season

Real Madrid kept their momentum from before the international break by cruising to a 4-1 win over 10-man Granada to reclaim top spot in La Liga.

Marco Asensio, Nacho Fernandez, Vinicius Junior and Ferland Mendy all scored to give Madrid a fourth straight victory in all competitions.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team reached 30 points from 13 league matches, two points more than both Sevilla and Real Sociedad.

Granada were a man down from the 67th as midfielder Ramon Rodriguez was sent off for a late challenge on Vinicius Junior, and head coach Robert Moreno was later sent off for dissent.

The victory extended Madrid’s unbeaten streak to seven matches in all competitions ahead of their Champions League visit to Sheriff on Wednesday.

Asensio put Madrid ahead from inside the area in the 19th minute from a pass by Kroos, who also set up Nacho’s goal shortly after. Vinicius Junior added to the lead after good work by Karim Benzema and Luka Modric after half-time, and Ferland Mendy ended the scoring 15 minutes from time.

Granada’s only goal came in the 34th when a low shot by forward Luis Suarez from outside the area deflected off Nacho before going in.

Elsewhere Getafe beat Cadiz 4-0 at home to move off the bottom of the table.

It was only Getafe’s second victory this season, after starting the campaign with a run of seven straight defeats.

The result moved the Madrid club two points ahead of last-placed Levante, who drew 0-0 against Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

Cadiz, previously unbeaten in three league matches, stayed in 16th place, one point above the relegation zone.

Ligue 1: Nice up to second with Clermont win

Amine Gouiri has now scored eight goals in 14 Ligue 1 games this season
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Amine Gouiri has now scored eight goals in 14 Ligue 1 games this season

Amine Gouiri scored twice as Nice rallied past Clermont 2-1 to climb to second in Ligue 1, 11 points behind PSG.

A late double from Gouiri completed the turnaround to lift Nice up the table, first levelling from Florent Ogier’s early strike with 13 minutes to go before adding his eighth league goal of the season by controlling a corner and guiding the ball into the far corner.

Clermont’s fourth straight defeat sees them fall into the relegation zone. The hosts had dominated the first half and took the lead early on when Ogier headed in a Jason Berthomier free-kick.

Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez limited their advantage, keeping out efforts from Vital Nsimba, Jim Allevinah, Johan Gastien and Salis Abdul Samed.

And after half-time they finally struck, bouncing back from a shock defeat to Montpellier before the international break to move above Rennes in the table.

Elsewhere Brest earned a third straight league win by stunning Lens 4-0 to move away from the relegation zone. Lens provisionally dropped to fourth place, two points behind Nice.

Benin striker Steve Mounie opened the scoring in the third minute, heading home a deflected cross from Jeremy Le Douaron. Brest captain Brendan Chardonnet then doubled the lead when he diverted in a corner with his back.

Brest moved up to 13th in Ligue 1 with their crushing victory
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Brest moved up to 13th in Ligue 1 with their crushing victory

Romain Faivre notched his fifth goal this season with a curling shot from the edge of the box to make it 3-0 before half-time, and Le Douaron put the result beyond doubt shortly after the hour by holding off Kevin Danso to fire into the top corner.

Lens were then reduced to 10 men when substitute Arnaud Kalimuendo was sent off for a tackle from behind on Ronael Pierre-Gabriel.

Angers moved into sixth place by edging Lorient 1-0 thanks to a Thomas Mangani penalty.

Strasbourg equalised with the last kick of the game in a 1-1 draw with Reims as substitute Jean-Ricner Bellegarde curled home a free kick in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

Saint-Etienne remained in the relegation zone despite beating Troyes 1-0 with a powerful long-range strike from Peru defender Miguel Trauco.

Opa Nguette came off the bench and scored twice to help bottom side Metz rally from a 2-0 deficit and draw 3-3 with Bordeaux. Nguette fired in from close-range after a corner shortly after the break before scoring the equaliser with a looping header.

Bundesliga: Frankfurt continue revival at Freiburg

Frankfurt kept up their revival to go 11th in the Bundesliga
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Frankfurt kept up their revival to go 11th in the Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt’s revival under new coach Oliver Glasner continued with a 2-0 win at third-placed Freiburg.

It was Freiburg’s first defeat in the third league game since they moved to a new stadium, and a second straight loss in the league after a 2-1 reverse at leaders Bayern Munich before the international break.

First-half goals from Jesper Lindstrom and Filip Kostic gave Frankfurt a third successive win across all competitions.

Christian Streich’s team had the better chances early on but the visitors had luck on their side as Freiburg’s Lukas Kubler inadvertently set up Lindstrom for the opener. Then, a free-kick from Kostic was somehow missed by team-mates and defenders alike before it bounced into the top corner.

Freiburg remain third, but Bayer Leverkusen are now only a point behind, with Union Berlin and Wolfsburg another point further back. Frankfurt climbed to 11th in the 18-team division, ahead of Cologne, who drew 1-1 at Mainz in the late game, on goal difference.

Euro: Inter stay in touch with Serie A top two

Joaquin Correa scored twice as Inter Milan beat Udinese 2-0 on Sunday to keep up the pressure on the top two in Serie A.

Both of Correa’s goals came in the second half in an eight-minute span as Inter moved to within four points of Milan and Napoli.

Both were playing later on Sunday against very different opponents, with Napoli visiting relegation-threatened Salernitana, just before Milan’s match at title rival Roma.

Inter dominated from the start at San Siro, with Nicol Barella producing seven attempts in the first half as the Nerazzurri midfielder seemed determined to score.

However, it was Correa who gave Inter the lead on the hour-mark. An Ivan Periic dummy allowed Correa to get on the end of a pass from Alessandro Bastoni, before cutting past a defender and firing into the bottom left corner.

Inter almost doubled their lead seven minutes later, but Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied Edin Deko from point-blank range, with Walace managing to block the follow-up attempt from Denzel Dumfries.

The Nerazzurri did get their second moments later and again it was Correa, this time with a shot into the top left corner after Dumfries had cut the ball back to him on the edge of the area.

Udinese had a late goal by Gerard Deulofeu ruled out for offside in the buildup and so remain four points above the relegation zone.

Elsewhere on Sunday, wantaway forward Duan Vlahovic may have endeared himself to Fiorentina’s fans again after scoring a hat-trick to help his side beat Spezia 3-0.

Vlahovic converted a penalty on the stroke of half-time after a handball from Spezia forward Emanuel Gyasi and added two after the break to take his tally to nine in Serie A this season.

The 21-year-old recently turned down a new contract, much to the ire of Fiorentina’s fans, who have insulted him after recent matches. His current deal expires in 2023, but the club have not ruled out him leaving in January.

Fiorentina moved to within one point of fourth-placed Roma, while Spezia slipped into the relegation zone after Genoa moved above them on goal difference thanks to a goalless draw at home to fellow strugglers Venezia.

And finally, two late goals saw Empoli come from behind to win 2-1 at Sassuolo.

Ligue 1: Nice go second after comeback win over Angers

Nice moved up to second place in the French league with another comeback win as Andy Delort netted twice in a 2-1 victory over Angers on Sunday

Angers winger Sofiane Boufal had opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 29th minute after Youcef Atal tripped him inside the area.

But Delort equalised with a deflected shot in the 57th minute, before slamming home a volley from the edge of the box in stoppage time. The Nice striker could have had a hat-trick, but his earlier header in the 23rd minute hit the post.

Angers goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni repeatedly frustrated the visitors having tipped Amine Gouiris’s long-range strike over the bar in the 69th minute, before parrying a low drive from the Nice forward in the 72nd minute.

An under-strength Nice side came into the game missing Justin Kluivert, Calvin Stengs, Evann Guessand, and Robson Bambu through injury, as well as Kasper Dolberg for personal reasons.

Nice overcame an even larger 2-0 deficit to edge Lyon 3-2 the previous weekend and the victory moves the club to within eight points of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Sunday’s late games.

Eriksen not allowed to play for Inter this season

Inter Milan have said that Christian Eriksen is not allowed to play in Italy this season following the cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020.

The 29-year-old midfielder was fitted with a defibrillator (ICD) after he collapsed while playing for Denmark during their Euro 2020 opener against Finland on June 12.

Inter said Eriksen was in “excellent physical and mental shape” during a visit to the club’s training ground in August ahead of planned medical tests to see whether he could continue his playing career.

In a club statement on Thursday, Inter Milan said: “With reference to the registration rights of the player Eriksen, it should be noted that following a serious injury which occurred during the European Championship in June 2021, the player has been temporarily inhibited by the Italian medical authority from sporting activity in the current season.”

Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian Football Federation’s technical scientific committee, said in August that Eriksen will not be allowed to play in Italy unless the ICD device is removed.

Inter also said Eriksen could be allowed to continue his career abroad this season.

“Although the current conditions of the player don’t meet the requirements of achieving sporting fitness in Italy, the same could instead be achieved in other countries where the player could resume competitive activity,” the Serie A club said.

Eriksen joined Inter from Tottenham in January 2020 and has since scored eight goals across 60 appearances for the club.