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Verona stun Juventus to blow Serie A title race wide open

Sunday, 2020-02-09 10:17:50
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Soccer Football - Serie A - Hellas Verona v Juventus - Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy - February 8, 2020 Hellas Verona players celebrate after the match. (Reuters)
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Hellas Verona produced a huge upset by coming from behind to beat Serie A leaders Juventus 2-1 at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Saturday (Feb 8), inflicting a third defeat of the season on the Italian champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo set a new Juventus record by scoring in a 10th consecutive league game, which, however, was not enough to save the guests from a defeat.

* Ruslan Malinovskiy helped Atalanta consolidate fourth place in Serie A with the winner in a 2-1 win at Fiorentina that ended their 27-year away winless run against the Tuscan club.

* A bizarre own goal from Watford's Adrian Mariappa allowed relegation rivals Brighton & Hove Albion to take a precious point in a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium that left both sides facing a continued struggle to stay in the Premier League.

* Atletico Madrid ended a barren run of five games in all competitions without a win with a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Granada in La Liga on Saturday, inspired by returning captain Koke.

* Getafe took another step towards Champions League qualification on Saturday (Feb 8) as Jorge Molina scored twice in a sensational 3-0 win over fellow top-four contenders Valencia.

* Dimitri Payet helped Marseille maintain their hot streak with the only goal in a 1-0 win over rock-bottom Toulouse on Saturday (Feb 8) that maintained their grip on second place in Ligue 1.

* Leon Bailey scored one late goal and made another on Saturday (Feb 8) as Bayer Leverkusen earned a stunning 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund to deny the visitors the chance to move level on points with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

* Top seed Gael Monfils beat Serbia's Filip Krajinovic 7-6(4) 6-2 on Saturday to set up a final showdown with Vasek Pospisil at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.

* Naomi Osaka watched on as Japan were denied a place in the Fed Cup finals by Spain on Saturday (Feb 8). Spain won the tie 3-1 and Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium also triumphed to join already-qualified Australia, France, Czech Republic and Hungary in the 12-team finals in Budapest in April.

* World silver medallist Mondo Duplantis realised a lifetime dream when he broke the pole vault world record on Saturday by soaring 6.17 metres on his second attempt at a World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting in Torun in Poland.

* Gareth Bale will return to the Real Madrid squad for the first time in five games on Sunday (Feb 9) when Zinedine Zidane's side take on Osasuna in La Liga.

Reuters, CNA