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Juventus vs Barcelona, Champions League: live score updates

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd     7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus vs Barcelona, Champions League: live score updates

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd     7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Juventus vs Barcelona, Champions League: live score updates

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd     7:52PM 6 min The rebound bounces kindly for Barcelona who break and try to play Suarez in round the back on the right. Barzagli defies the years to gallop across from the right of the three to beat Suarez to it.  7:51PM 4 min Iniesta finds space where few would and skirts the whitewash on the left and Barca shift the ball over to the right but Alex Sandro wins it back and moves it crossfield and back again to set Douglas Costa off to chase a hare. The winger bombs towards the box from the left and crashes a cross into Pique.  7:49PM 2 min Douglas Costa goes on a direct run up the inside-right channel, gulls Umtiti, accelerates past him and passes to Cuadrado who plays him back in. He cushions the pass and steers a low shot to Ter Stegen's right and the keeper swoops to smother it comfortably. Attempt Saved: Juventus 0 - 0 Barcelona (Douglas Costa, 2 min)   7:46PM 1 min No Messi, then. Juventus kick off. Iniesta is definitely playing ahead of Paulinho on the left despite Uefa's graphics. Umtiti brings down Dybala just past halfway and Juve have a free kick.  7:45PM Andres Iniesta shakes hands with Gigi Buffon Ce sont les meilleures équipes  Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften  The main event Die Meister Die Besten Les grandes équipes The Champions. 7:21PM Black and white teams in a Technicolor age My pleasure: Juve Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Rugani; Cuadrado, Pjanic, Khedira, Alex Sandro; Dybala, Douglas Costa, Higuain.  Substitutes Szczesny, De Sciglio, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Asamoah, Bentancur. Lionel Messi starts on the bench Credit: Tullio Puglia - UEFA Barça Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Paulinho. Substitutes Cillessen, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alcacer, Jordi Alba, Aleix Vidal, Vermaelen. Referee Milorad Mazic (Serbia) 6:53PM Juventus team news Messi's Argentina team-mate Paulo Dybala starts for Juventus. Juventus XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Rugani, Benatia, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Khedira; Cuadrado, Dybala, Douglas Costa; Higuain Subs: Szczesny, De Sciglio, Asamoah, Marchisio, Matuidi, Bentancur, Mandzukic#JuveFCB#UCL— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 22, 2017   6:40PM Teams news No Lionel Messi in Barcelona's starting line-up. ���� XI Barça#JuveBarçapic.twitter.com/BhLdAExqkO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017   5:59PM Evening all! Welcome to coverage of the the replay of the 2015 final and that epic quarter-final victory for Juventus last season. Barcelona score three times in Berlin, Juventus three in Turin and this season's earlier meeting at Camp Nou ended in a 3-0 victory for the home side.  Those fools and gibbons who divined the decline and fall of the Barcelona empire following Neymar's  'desertion' and, in particular, the terrible performance in the Super Coppa against Real Madrid, have had to jump right back on the bandwagon following 11 wins and a draw in their opening 12 Liga matches that contrast markedly with the struggles of the red/white/blue and white/purple halves of Madrid.  Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals, Samuel Umtiti is playing with genuine composure at times and Paulinho has brought them an extra dimension with his third lung, a real box-to-box bomber.  Paulo Dybala has scored 12 goals in 13 Serie A appearances this season Credit: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP Juventus, by contrast, started the Serie A season with a formidable run of victories but were beaten at home by Lazio last month and were 3-0 down after 90 minutes at Sampdoria last weekend but rallied to 3-2. They're well-placed as usual, in third, four points behind Napoli. They're playing Olympiacos last while Sporting have to go to Catalunya which means defeat here will not be fatal. They're not missing the player Leonardo Bonucci has become this season at Milan but they miss him as he was in his pomp. It will be interesting to see how Max Allegri chooses to send them out tonight with such attacking talents - Dybala, Higuain, Mandzukic, Bernardeschi, Costa and Cuadrado - as options. And just because Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years should not be allowed to clothe a vibrant Serie A in mourning black. It's been terrific so far this season with Napoli, Inter, Juve, Roma and Lazio all in sparkling form. If Gigi Buffon cannot make it to the World Cup for his swansong, a victorious Champions League final at last would be some compensation. 

Former Southampton Forward Explains Why He Quit Football Aged 30 to Pursue Rock Star Lifestyle

Former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has told La Gazetta Dello Sport why he quit football aged just 30 and became a rock star. The Italian is remembered by Saints fans after joining for a then club record £15m in 2013, but a fight with teammate Jose Fonte eventually led to his departure. Spells at Juventus, Inter, Porto and Boca Juniors were to come before he retired in 2016 after being sacked by the Argentine club. Dani Osvaldo on why he retired from playing football - “I prefer beer and...

Former Southampton Forward Explains Why He Quit Football Aged 30 to Pursue Rock Star Lifestyle

Former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has told La Gazetta Dello Sport why he quit football aged just 30 and became a rock star. The Italian is remembered by Saints fans after joining for a then club record £15m in 2013, but a fight with teammate Jose Fonte eventually led to his departure. Spells at Juventus, Inter, Porto and Boca Juniors were to come before he retired in 2016 after being sacked by the Argentine club. Dani Osvaldo on why he retired from playing football - “I prefer beer and...

Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit rumours following summer of speculation

The World Cup-winning defender was heavily linked with Inter during the last transfer window, but he insists that he never considered a departure

Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit rumours following summer of speculation

The World Cup-winning defender was heavily linked with Inter during the last transfer window, but he insists that he never considered a departure

Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit rumours following summer of speculation

The World Cup-winning defender was heavily linked with Inter during the last transfer window, but he insists that he never considered a departure

Serie A - Inter Milan vs Atalanta

Soccer Football - Serie A - Inter Milan vs Atalanta - San Siro, Milan, Italy - November 19, 2017 Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its prey', says Spalletti

The striker scored his 12th and 13th goals of a prolific Serie A campaign to help Inter to a routine 2-0 win over Atalanta

Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its prey', says Spalletti

The striker scored his 12th and 13th goals of a prolific Serie A campaign to help Inter to a routine 2-0 win over Atalanta

David Unsworth outlines his manifesto if given Everton job

As Everton ponder their next move in the pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva, caretaker David Unsworth is carefully preparing his own manifesto for a Goodison revival. Unsworth, who took over the reins from Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman was sacked three weeks ago, has had mixed fortunes during his short spell at the helm. Saturday’s resilient 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace followed a rousing late comeback that sunk Watford before the international break and Everton are at last beginning to show the kind of character and organisation that has been missing for so much of the season. “The longer I can work with the players and keep them together the better it will be, but I know what will be, will be,” said Unsworth as he outlined his methodology in a clear message to the Everton hierarchy. “We are training and playing in a bit of a different way from what we have been used to. It’s not having a go at anyone else, it’s how I want to set about things. That will take a little bit of time. Everton have approached Watford manager Marco Silva  Credit: Getty Images “I’m desperate to get this group of players on to the training field for a period of time when we can implement what we want to do.” Unsworth, who stepped up from coaching the club’s under-23 side, brings a refreshingly basic blueprint. “I know what Everton fans want. They want to see their players give everything they’ve got,” he said after a performance at Palace that delivered on that demand. “I have a way of playing I believe in. We want to play on the front foot, we want to play with spirit. We’ve seen progress in the last two games.” Whether that is enough to give Unsworth further opportunities in forthcoming league matches with Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield remains to be seen. “I had a text message off Farhad [Moshiri, Everton’s majority shareholder] last night, and one this morning, wishing me all the best for the game,” he said. “I know the people that matter are behind me but the most important thing is the football club and getting the right person for the job.” Everton’s new-found resilience was tested thoroughly after they twice fell behind, initially to James McArthur’s first-minute strike and then when Wilfried Zaha punished further defensive laxity 10 minutes before the break. Everton were a touch fortunate to claim a draw at Palace  Palace strove ceaselessly throughout the second half but Unsworth’s rearguard performed solidly and perhaps earned their  stroke of fortune when rusty home substitute Christian Benteke scuffed a shot when clean through 10 minutes from the end. The visitors also posed real menace in attack with a bustling display from Oumar Niasse, The Senegalese won a highly questionable penalty at the expense of an unfortunate Scott Dann from which Leighton Baines levelled. He then stroked home his side’s second equaliser following Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s high-risk clearance. Everton kept such a firm grip on home danger men Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek that Palace manager Roy Hodgson paid their tactics a back-handed compliment. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “The last time I saw a game where there was such a regular amount of fouls, not vicious fouls but fouls to break up the play, was in the late Nineties when I was working at Inter,” he said. Hodgson’s frustrations were clearly visible after missing out on a win that would have sliced the gap at the foot of the table. “We are not losing but that is scant consolation. Our performance today deserved a lot better. The players are gutted about it but it is my job and theirs to keep the faith,” he said.

David Unsworth outlines his manifesto if given Everton job

As Everton ponder their next move in the pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva, caretaker David Unsworth is carefully preparing his own manifesto for a Goodison revival. Unsworth, who took over the reins from Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman was sacked three weeks ago, has had mixed fortunes during his short spell at the helm. Saturday’s resilient 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace followed a rousing late comeback that sunk Watford before the international break and Everton are at last beginning to show the kind of character and organisation that has been missing for so much of the season. “The longer I can work with the players and keep them together the better it will be, but I know what will be, will be,” said Unsworth as he outlined his methodology in a clear message to the Everton hierarchy. “We are training and playing in a bit of a different way from what we have been used to. It’s not having a go at anyone else, it’s how I want to set about things. That will take a little bit of time. Everton have approached Watford manager Marco Silva  Credit: Getty Images “I’m desperate to get this group of players on to the training field for a period of time when we can implement what we want to do.” Unsworth, who stepped up from coaching the club’s under-23 side, brings a refreshingly basic blueprint. “I know what Everton fans want. They want to see their players give everything they’ve got,” he said after a performance at Palace that delivered on that demand. “I have a way of playing I believe in. We want to play on the front foot, we want to play with spirit. We’ve seen progress in the last two games.” Whether that is enough to give Unsworth further opportunities in forthcoming league matches with Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield remains to be seen. “I had a text message off Farhad [Moshiri, Everton’s majority shareholder] last night, and one this morning, wishing me all the best for the game,” he said. “I know the people that matter are behind me but the most important thing is the football club and getting the right person for the job.” Everton’s new-found resilience was tested thoroughly after they twice fell behind, initially to James McArthur’s first-minute strike and then when Wilfried Zaha punished further defensive laxity 10 minutes before the break. Everton were a touch fortunate to claim a draw at Palace  Palace strove ceaselessly throughout the second half but Unsworth’s rearguard performed solidly and perhaps earned their  stroke of fortune when rusty home substitute Christian Benteke scuffed a shot when clean through 10 minutes from the end. The visitors also posed real menace in attack with a bustling display from Oumar Niasse, The Senegalese won a highly questionable penalty at the expense of an unfortunate Scott Dann from which Leighton Baines levelled. He then stroked home his side’s second equaliser following Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s high-risk clearance. Everton kept such a firm grip on home danger men Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek that Palace manager Roy Hodgson paid their tactics a back-handed compliment. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “The last time I saw a game where there was such a regular amount of fouls, not vicious fouls but fouls to break up the play, was in the late Nineties when I was working at Inter,” he said. Hodgson’s frustrations were clearly visible after missing out on a win that would have sliced the gap at the foot of the table. “We are not losing but that is scant consolation. Our performance today deserved a lot better. The players are gutted about it but it is my job and theirs to keep the faith,” he said.

David Unsworth outlines his manifesto if given Everton job

As Everton ponder their next move in the pursuit of Watford manager Marco Silva, caretaker David Unsworth is carefully preparing his own manifesto for a Goodison revival. Unsworth, who took over the reins from Ronald Koeman when the Dutchman was sacked three weeks ago, has had mixed fortunes during his short spell at the helm. Saturday’s resilient 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace followed a rousing late comeback that sunk Watford before the international break and Everton are at last beginning to show the kind of character and organisation that has been missing for so much of the season. “The longer I can work with the players and keep them together the better it will be, but I know what will be, will be,” said Unsworth as he outlined his methodology in a clear message to the Everton hierarchy. “We are training and playing in a bit of a different way from what we have been used to. It’s not having a go at anyone else, it’s how I want to set about things. That will take a little bit of time. Everton have approached Watford manager Marco Silva  Credit: Getty Images “I’m desperate to get this group of players on to the training field for a period of time when we can implement what we want to do.” Unsworth, who stepped up from coaching the club’s under-23 side, brings a refreshingly basic blueprint. “I know what Everton fans want. They want to see their players give everything they’ve got,” he said after a performance at Palace that delivered on that demand. “I have a way of playing I believe in. We want to play on the front foot, we want to play with spirit. We’ve seen progress in the last two games.” Whether that is enough to give Unsworth further opportunities in forthcoming league matches with Southampton, West Ham and Huddersfield remains to be seen. “I had a text message off Farhad [Moshiri, Everton’s majority shareholder] last night, and one this morning, wishing me all the best for the game,” he said. “I know the people that matter are behind me but the most important thing is the football club and getting the right person for the job.” Everton’s new-found resilience was tested thoroughly after they twice fell behind, initially to James McArthur’s first-minute strike and then when Wilfried Zaha punished further defensive laxity 10 minutes before the break. Everton were a touch fortunate to claim a draw at Palace  Palace strove ceaselessly throughout the second half but Unsworth’s rearguard performed solidly and perhaps earned their  stroke of fortune when rusty home substitute Christian Benteke scuffed a shot when clean through 10 minutes from the end. The visitors also posed real menace in attack with a bustling display from Oumar Niasse, The Senegalese won a highly questionable penalty at the expense of an unfortunate Scott Dann from which Leighton Baines levelled. He then stroked home his side’s second equaliser following Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s high-risk clearance. Everton kept such a firm grip on home danger men Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek that Palace manager Roy Hodgson paid their tactics a back-handed compliment. Beating Spurs is Arsenal's Cup final 39:00 “The last time I saw a game where there was such a regular amount of fouls, not vicious fouls but fouls to break up the play, was in the late Nineties when I was working at Inter,” he said. Hodgson’s frustrations were clearly visible after missing out on a win that would have sliced the gap at the foot of the table. “We are not losing but that is scant consolation. Our performance today deserved a lot better. The players are gutted about it but it is my job and theirs to keep the faith,” he said.

Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its prey', says Spalletti

Mauro Icardi scored his 12th and 13th goals of a prolific Serie A campaign to help Inter to a routine 2-0 win over Atalanta.

Inter Milan's forward Mauro Icardi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal against Atalanta at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 19, 2017

Inter Milan's forward Mauro Icardi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal against Atalanta at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 19, 2017 (AFP Photo/MIGUEL MEDINA)

Inter Milan's forward Mauro Icardi (C) celebrates after scoring a goal against Atalanta at the San Siro stadium in Milan on November 19, 2017

Mauro Icardi has scored 13 league goals for Inter this season after his brace against Atalanta.

Mauro Icardi has scored 13 league goals for Inter this season after his brace against Atalanta.

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira, top, celebrates with his teammate Gaston Ramirez after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, 4th from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

From left, Juventus' Sami Khedira, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Giorgio Chiellini and Gonzalo Higuain reacts after Sampdoria's Gian Marco Ferrari scored his side's 3rd goal, during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Sampdoria won 3-2. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Sampdoria's Gian Marco Ferrari celebrates after scoring his side's 3rd goal during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Sampdoria won 3-2. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti gestures during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi scores during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero celebrates during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Sampdoria won 3-2. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Sampdoria forward Duvan Zapata reacts during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Juventus forward Federico Bernardeschi, center, and Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter beats Atalanta to move 2nd after Juventus loses

Juventus' Sami Khedira sits on the pitch during the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Juventus at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19 2017. Sampdoria won 3-2. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, 4th from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi scores during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti gestures during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Inter's forward Mauro Icardi (2-R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta Bergamo at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy. EFE/EPA

Inter's forward Mauro Icardi celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta Bergamo at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy. EFE/EPA

Inter's forward Mauro Icardi (R) scores the 1-0 lead against Atalanta's defender Rafael Toloi (L) during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta Bergamo at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy. EFE/EPA

Milan (Italy), 19/11/2017.- Inter players celebrate after the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Atalanta Bergamo at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan, Italy, 19 November 2017. Inter won 2-0. (Italia) EFE/EPA/MATTEO BAZZI

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