Juventus moved to the top of the Italian league on Friday after a dramatic 2-1 win at Monza, while Las Palmas defeated Getafe 2-0 in the La Liga. Juventus led 1-0 for almost the entire game only to see Valentín Carboni equalize for Monza a minute into injury time.
However, the visitors reacted with aplomb and three minutes later Federico Gatti converted a cut-back from France midfielder Adrien Rabiot to give Juventus the lead again — and all three points.
The main action of the game until then came after 12 minutes. Monza goalkeeepr Michele Di Gregorio saved his team twice in quick succession, first from Dusan Vlahovic’s penalty and then again brilliantly from the rebound.
However, Rabiot rose to meet the resulting corner and power an unstoppable header into the net to give Juventus the lead.
The Turin giant is now unbeaten in nine league games.
The result lifts Juventus into first place in Serie A. It’s a point ahead of Inter Milan, which plays fourth-place and defending champion Napoli on Sunday.
Monza, which was promoted from Serie B last season and has surprised fans with its string of solid results, remains in 10th place with 18 points from 14 games.
Las Palmas overpowers Getafe 2-0 in Spanish league win
California-born Julian Araujo got his first goal of the season and veteran striker Cristian Herrera scored his first top-tier goal since the 2014-5 campaign as Las Palmas beat Getafe 2-0 in the Spanish league on Friday.
Getafe came into the game unbeaten in its last eight but it was no match for a home side which dominated from kickoff.
Full back Araujo opened the scoring shortly before halftime with a looping header.
Herrera came off the bench with five minutes remaining for only his third league appearance of the season and added a second in injury time after good work on the right from Marvin Park.
“I remember that the last goal I scored in the first division was in the ’14-’15 season against Espanyol,” the 32-year-old Herrera told Movistar. “This is my first goal with this team from where I am from and it provoked a lot of memories and emotions.
“Today I took my chance and so now I just have to keep working away the same as always.”
The result could have been a lot worse for the visitors, who played almost the entire second half with 10 men after Paraguay defender Omar Alderete was sent off. Sandro and Alberto Moleiro both had goals ruled out for Las Palmas.
The result lifts Las Palmas into eighth place with 21 points from 15 games, two more points than Getafe.
Real Madrid tops the table on goal difference from Girona.
Cologne beats Darmstadt 1-0 to climb off the bottom of Bundesliga
Cologne moved off the bottom of the Bundesliga on Friday with a much-needed 1-0 win at Darmstadt.
Davie Selke got the goal that mattered early in the second half.
Selke wrong-footed the Darmstadt defense after 60 minutes and poked home a knock on from a corner.
Three times this season Cologne has been drawing 0-0 at halftime only to go on and lose the game, but Selke’s fourth goal of the season rewrote that grim script for the visitors.
Cologne also had a goal chalked off after a video review.
It was only Cologne’s second league win of the season and lifted it immediately above Darmstadt and into 15th place in the 18-team division. Darmstadt also has nine points but trails Cologne on goal difference.
Union Berlin dropped to last place.
Reims returns to winning ways in France
Reims returned to winning ways after two straight defeats and scored twice in a commanding first-half performance to beat Strasbourg 2-1 on Friday in the French league.
The hosts took the lead in the 10th minute when Amir Richardson hammered a simple cut-back into the roof of the net.
Mohamed Daramy doubled its lead three minutes before halftime when he finished off a quick counterattack.
Kevin Gameiro scored a late consolation from the penalty spot for Strasbourg but it was too little, too late for the visitors, who have now gone seven games without a win in Ligue 1.
The result consolidated Reims’ fifth place after defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes. It now has 23 points from 14 matches, equal with fourth-place Lille, which plays Metz on Sunday.
Strasbourg is 14th with 13 points from 13 games.
PSG tops the league with 30 points, one point ahead of Nice.
source: hello magazine .com