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MILAN (AP) — Despite the absence of Mauro Icardi Cheap Belgium Soccer Jerseys , Inter Milan managed to beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Serie A after a dramatic finale on Sunday.All the goals came in a five-minute spell with Danilo D’Ambrosio and Radja Nainggolan scoring for Inter, either side of Manolo Gabbiadini’s equalizer.Inter remained third but again moved four points clear of fourth-placed AC Milan. The top four from Serie A qualify for the Champions League.The build-up to the match had been dominated by Icardi, who was stripped of his captaincy on Wednesday amid protracted contract negotiations, and the player then pulled out of the squad for the Europa League trip to Rapid Vienna and the match against Sampdoria, officially with a knee injury.He was in the stands at San Siro with wife and agent Wanda Nara.“I really appreciated that Icardi came to the stadium but I would have appreciated it even more if he had come into the dressing room afterward to celebrate with his teammates,” Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said.“To get back to normal there are more steps to be made, more efforts. Icardi has to experience with the team the happiness of being part of this group.”It was an open game and both teams went close on several occasions before Inter broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute with D’Ambrosio volleying into the roof of the net from close range after good work from Ivan Perisic.Inter was caught napping three minutes later and Gabbiadini leveled with his first touch, seconds after replacing Riccardo Saponara.Inter restored its lead two minutes later when a corner was knocked out to Nainggolan, who fired into the bottom left corner for his first goal since Nov. 3.UNLUCKY 13Napoli failed to make the most of its domination and that could cost it dearly.Carlo Ancelotti’s side drew 0-0 at home to Torino and is now 13 points behind Serie A leader Juventus.Napoli had a number of chances but was frustrated by a mixture of poor finishing and some brilliant saves from Torino goalkeeper Salvatore SiriguLorenzo Insigne also saw a curling effort come off the right post.Napoli defender Allan was shown a second yellow card and sent off in stoppage time. However, after checking with the video assistant referee Cheap Brazil Soccer Jerseys , the card was rescinded and Kevin Malcuit booked instead.INJURY CRISISLazio’s misfortunes continued as it conceded a clumsy equalizer and a stoppage-time goal to lose 2-1 at Genoa, damaging its hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Lazio remained seventh, level on points with Atalanta and city rival Roma which hosts Bologna on Monday. Lazio is four points behind Milan.Lazio had a huge injury list with nine key players all ruled out, while Ciro Immobile was playing but not fully fit. It also lost defender Stefan Radu to injury during the match.Milan Badelj gave Lazio the lead shortly before halftime and hit the crossbar after the break but Genoa leveled in somewhat fortunate circumstances when Lucas Leiva’s attempted clearance bounced off Antonio Sanabria’s leg and into the back of the net.Genoa snatched all three points in stoppage time as a poor clearance fell to Domenico Criscito, who drilled it into the bottom right corner.OTHER MATCHESFiorentina came from behind to win 4-1 at relegation-threatened SPAL after video review changed the course of the match .SPAL thought it had gone 2-1 ahead when Mattia Valoti scored on the counter-attack but the referee viewed a previous incident on VAR and opted to disallow the goal and award Fiorentina a penalty for Dias Felipe’s trip on Federico Chiesa moments earlier.Spal was four points above the relegation zone and one ahead of Empoli, which beat Sassuolo 3-0 for its first league win of 2019.Chievo Verona, which is in last place and 12 points from safety, lost 1-0 at Udinese. CAIRO (AP) — Djamel Belmadi sank to his knees, eyes closed and arms aloft after Riyad Mahrez’s goal with seconds remaining put Algeria in the African Cup of Nations final for the first time in 29 years.About two hours earlier, Senegal’s Aliou Cisse celebrated a place in Africa’s biggest game and a chance at a first title for his country in the same way.It was striking how two coaches who are good friends Cheap Colombia Soccer Shirts , who played against each other in their early days, and who were born just a day apart, expressed their joy with almost carbon-copy acts.Friday’s African Cup final in Cairo will be headlined by the teams’ Premier League stars: Senegal forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Algeria captain Mahrez of Manchester City. They have lived up to their reputations with high-quality performances at the tournament.For Champions League-winning Mane or Premier League-winning Mahrez, it’ll be a season to savor. They both have three goals in Egypt, setting up the chance of a definitive fourth from one of them.But it’s much more than Mane vs. Mahrez.The coaches have compelling stories. They are young in the coaching game at age 43. They spent formative years growing up and playing in France, where they came across each other. They are former national team players for their countries who have graduated to the top job, which is uncommon in Africa.It’s also rare that they’ve both reached the pinnacle of a tournament nearly monopolized by foreign coaches. In 31 previous African Cups, there have only been four finals to feature two African coaches. It last happened in 1998 and before that in the 1960s and ’70s.“It’s a great message that we have sent to those responsible for football in all countries in Africa. It’s amazing,” Belmadi said. “I’ve known Cisse for a very long time. We used to play against each other when we were both in France. To play this final against Senegal, against my friend Soccer Uniforms Wholesale , is amazing.”Belmadi played for Algeria in the early 2000s. He’s been coach for less than a year but has taken the team to the final for the first time since the country won its sole title on home soil in 1990.Senegal has no titles, with defeat in the 2002 final, when Cisse himself missed the decisive penalty in a shootout, the closest it has come.Cisse captained that 2002 team, which went on to make the World Cup quarterfinals four months later and stands out as one of Africa’s best.“I have unlimited trust in my players, and I felt they wanted to achieve something,” Cisse said. “They have done all that is needed to win. My players told me they will be better than us (in 2002), and they have been.”Both coaches have deep-rooted connections to their teams.Belmadi was at the center of Algeria’s celebrations after the semifinal against Nigeria. The coach knelt as the players surrounded him. Cisse was also the focal point for Senegal in the extra-time win over Tunisia as jubilant players jumped into his arms.They have their own styles. Cisse wears crisp white shirts and smart trousers on the sidelines and embodies calm. Belmadi favors untucked T-shirts and tracksuit pants and is a whirlwind of activity.They met in the group stage, when Algeria won 1-0.“We know them, they know us www.thetopsoccer.com/croatia ,” said Mahrez.Underlining both teams’ efforts in Egypt is a prolonged yearning for success.Algeria’s passage to the final was greeted by mass celebrations on the streets at home. In Dakar, thousands danced outside the official residence of Senegal President Macky Sall. The winners will return as national heroes.Senegal was always one of the title favorites and is the top-ranked team in Africa. Algeria came in under the radar, but the expectation appears to be heavier on the Algerians now, with thousands of their fans in Cairo.That’s provided an extra element for the final.Egypt has experienced revolution and horrific violence on its streets since 2011. The tournament has been played under intensely heavy security.The only flash of trouble came when Algeria fans and local Egyptians — who have a fierce North African rivalry — threw bottles and goaded each other over fences separating them at Cairo International Stadium during the semifinal. Security swooped in to quell the trouble.Large soccer crowds have made Egyptian authorities so nervous in the past few years that fans were banned completely from attending games. The 75,000-seat Cairo International Stadium is expected to be full for the final.
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