Inter Milan's Title Chase Continues Despite Cagliari Draw

Inter Milan’s Title Chase Continues Despite Cagliari Draw

Inter Milan’s pursuit of the Serie A title remains on track despite a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to relegation-threatened Cagliari. The result leaves Inter with a 14-point lead over AC Milan, who also drew 3-3 at Sassuolo.

Cagliari’s Nicolas Viola snatched a late equalizer for the visitors, canceling out Hakan Calhanoglu’s penalty that had given Inter the lead following Eldor Shomurodov’s equalizer. Inter manager Simone Inzaghi expressed frustration at the missed opportunity to extend their advantage.

“It’s annoying not to win after going ahead twice because we wanted the victory in front of our fans,” Inzaghi said. “We’re very close to a big goal but we know that we still need points to make it mathematically certain.”

Inter now need to win their next match, the Milan derby against AC Milan, to secure the Scudetto with five games remaining. However, Milan’s Noah Okafor salvaged a point for his team in their match against Sassuolo, keeping their title hopes alive.

Meanwhile, Roma’s Evan Ndicka is recovering after collapsing during their match at Udinese. The defender suffered an apparent chest problem, causing the game to be abandoned. Roma confirmed that Ndicka is in good spirits and undergoing further observations in the hospital.

The match will be resumed at a later date, with Roma currently in fifth place in the Serie A standings. They are well-positioned to qualify for next season’s Champions League, as they hold a five-point advantage over sixth-placed Atalanta.

Napoli’s hopes of finishing in the top five suffered a setback with a 2-2 draw at home to Frosinone. The result leaves Napoli six points behind Roma in eighth place. Frosinone remains in the relegation zone, level on points with Verona, who face Atalanta on Monday.

Kaka’s Ex-Wife Reveals Surprising Reason for Divorce: “He Was Too Perfect”

Brazilian football legend Kaka, renowned for his exceptional skills and striking appearance, has captivated fans worldwide. Throughout his illustrious career, he graced the fields of renowned European clubs such as AC Milan and Real Madrid. Kaka’s contributions to Brazil’s 2002 World Cup victory and his participation in the 2006 FIFA World Cup alongside icons like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho solidified his status as a footballing great.

Beyond his on-field achievements, Kaka’s personal life has also garnered attention. In 2005, he married his childhood sweetheart, Caroline Celico, in a lavish ceremony in Sao Paulo. However, in 2015, the couple announced their divorce via social media. Recently, Celico has shed light on the unexpected reason behind their separation.

“Kaka never betrayed me, he treated me well, he gave me a wonderful family, but I was not happy, something was missing. The problem was, he was too perfect for me,” Celico revealed to Brazilian and European news outlets.

In 2019, Kaka announced his engagement to Brazilian model Carolina Dias, while Celico married Eduardo Scarpa Juliao in 2021.

Kaka’s retirement from professional football in 2017 marked the end of an era. “I am preparing to continue in football and to have a different role, but I will no longer be a professional player, an athlete,” he stated.

Expressing his aspirations for the future, Kaka hinted at a potential role as a manager or sporting director, bridging the gap between the field and the club. On his Twitter feed, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner shared a heartfelt message of gratitude and readiness for the next chapter in his life.

Throughout his storied career, Kaka’s attacking prowess and exceptional dribbling abilities left an indelible mark on the football world. His time at Real Madrid and his eventual move to Orlando City in Major League Soccer further cemented his legacy as one of the most celebrated players of his generation.

Pulisic Fires Milan to Second, Juve Stalled by Atalanta

Pulisic Fires Milan to Second, Juve Stalled by Atalanta

Christian Pulisic’s solitary strike propelled AC Milan to second place in Serie A with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Empoli on Sunday. The American winger’s deflected effort proved decisive, as Milan extended their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.

Pulisic’s goal came in the 79th minute, when his shot took a fortunate deflection off Empoli defender Sebastiano Luperto and nestled into the net. The 25-year-old has now scored 10 goals in all competitions for Milan since joining from Chelsea last summer.

“It’s a good feeling, it was good for us to get the three points,” Pulisic said after the match. “It wasn’t a nice goal, it was a bit lucky but at the end of the day we take it.”

Milan’s victory moved them 16 points behind league leaders Inter Milan, who defeated Bologna on Saturday. Stefano Pioli’s side will now turn their attention to Thursday’s Europa League last-16 return leg against Slavia Prague, where they hold a 4-2 lead from the first leg.

Meanwhile, Juventus’ poor form continued as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Atalanta. Teun Koopmeiners scored twice for the visitors, while Andrea Cambiaso and Arkadiusz Milik netted for Juve.

The result left Juve a point behind Milan in third place and six points adrift of fourth-placed Bologna. Massimiliano Allegri’s side have now picked up just six points from their last seven matches, casting doubt on their title hopes.

“We played well against a good team… we’ve gained a point on Bologna and Atalanta are now 11 points behind us,” Allegri said. “Our aim is to finish in the top four. I can’t criticise the team, it was a tricky atmosphere at half-time and they reacted well. The effort has never been lacking.”

Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta remain sixth, four points behind Bologna. They were denied a victory by Diego Llorente’s last-gasp equalizer for Roma in Florence.

Llorente’s goal came in the fifth minute of stoppage time, after goalkeeper Mile Svilar had saved Cristiano Biraghi’s penalty in the 81st minute. Roma had been on a high after hammering Brighton in the Europa League on Thursday, but goals from Luca Ranieri and Rolando Mandragora had Fiorentina deservedly ahead until Llorente struck.

Svilar’s crucial save meant that Fiorentina have failed to score from the penalty spot four times this Serie A season. “All those players you’ve seen miss are penalty takers,” said Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano. “We can’t do any more than work on them in training and taking them when they come along.”

Lecce remain level on points with Empoli in 15th after being beaten 1-0 at home by Verona. However, the biggest story from that match was coach Roberto D’Aversa’s headbutt on Verona striker Thomas Henry. D’Aversa later admitted to Sky Sport that his behavior was “inexcusable.”

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