AC Milan's perfect start ends with 3-3 draw with Roma

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates scoring his first goal against AS Roma during their match in Milan, Italy on Oct. 26, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 27 October 2020

AC Milan's perfect start ends with 3-3 draw with Roma

  • Roma is ninth, five points behind Milan

MILAN: AC Milan’s perfect start to the Serie A season ended with a 3-3 draw against Roma on Monday but the Rossoneri still moved two points clear of Napoli and Sassuolo.
Roma defender Marash Kumbulla equalized six minutes from time following an unintended assist from Zlatan Ibrahimović, who was trying to clear a corner and instead redirected the ball toward the far post where Kumbulla rushed forward to pound it in.
Roma is ninth, five points behind Milan.
Edin Džeko and Jordan Veretout, with a penalty, also scored for Roma.
Ibrahimović scored twice for Milan, which also got a goal from Alexis Saelemaekers with Rafael Leão setting up two of the Rossoneri’s scores.
Ibrahimović needed only one touch to find the net following Leão’s pass over the top less than two minutes in at the San Siro.
Milan was without goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and winger Jens Petter Hauge after both players tested positive for the coronavirus and Donnarumma was missed when Džeko made it 1-1.
Reserve keeper Ciprian Tătărușanu failed to bat away a corner, allowing the ball to reach Džeko, who leaped over Alessio Romagnoli for a header by the far post.
Saelemaekers scored Milan’s second after the break following strong work down the left flank and an expert cross from Leão.
Veretout equalized for Roma with a penalty in the 71st following a debatable foul from Ismaël Bennacer.
Ibrahimović then thought he had sealed victory with a penalty in the 79th following an equally dubious foul by Gianluca Mancini. But the Swedish superstar was to blame for the final goal from Kumbulla, who also scored the winner in Roma’s 2-1 comeback win at Young Boys in the Europa League last week.
It was the first match since a new decree came into effect banning fans at stadiums due to a second wave of coronavirus infections.


Another Pakistan cricketer positive for COVID-19

Updated 28 November 2020

Another Pakistan cricketer positive for COVID-19

  • All members of the squad tested negative before flying to New Zealand, though six were found positive on arrival
  • The whole New Zealand tour has been called into question since the team is unable to train

CHRISTCHURCH: A seventh Pakistan cricketer tested positive for Covid-19 as the team remained confined to their hotel in Christchurch on Saturday, unable to train and with a question mark over their New Zealand tour.
The Pakistanis, who only arrived four days ago, are already on a “final warning” for breaching New Zealand’s tight quarantine restrictions, with the growing number of coronavirus cases adding pressure to preparations for their opening match on December 18.
Despite all members of the squad returning negative tests before flying to New Zealand, six came up positive after testing on day one in the country.
“One additional member of the Pakistan cricket squad has today tested positive,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday, confirming the seventh patient.
“The remainder of the results from the squad’s day-three swab testing, apart from the six who have already returned a positive result, are negative.”
All overseas arrivals to New Zealand must spend two weeks in quarantine.
The 53-man squad will undergo further tests on Monday and in the meantime they remain confined to their rooms after permission to train while in isolation was revoked by New Zealand authorities.
The ministry said exemptions allowing teams to train while in managed isolation “are very difficult to obtain” and Pakistan’s exemption was put on hold after several players were caught flouting social distancing protocols inside the quarantine hotel.
New Zealand’s director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said Thursday that breaches of the rules were taken very seriously and the Pakistan team “as a whole has been issued with a final warning.”