TURIN, Italy (AP) — Despite resting Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of its crucial Champions League match, Juventus romped to a 4-1 victory over Udinese on Friday with teenager Moise Kean scoring...
ROME (AP) — With a 16-point lead and 12 matches to play, only a complete breakdown could prevent Juventus from clinching a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.
Ronaldo recovers from difficult week in Juve’s comeback win
ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo bounced back from a difficult week by scoring a decisive penalty to help Juventus complete a 2-1 comeback win at Lazio on Sunday.
Juventus was overwhelmed for more than an hour at the Stadio Olimpico but two late goals enabled the Serie A leader to avoid its first loss of the season.
Ronaldo confidently struck his spot kick into the roof of the net three minutes from time — a week after he had a penalty saved during a win over Chievo Verona.
Ronaldo misses penalty but Juventus beats Chievo 3-0
MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo had a penalty saved but it mattered little as Juventus beat last-placed Chievo Verona 3-0 to extend its advantage in Serie A on Monday.
Douglas Costa and Emre Can scored first-half goals and Daniele Rugani added the last late as league leader Juventus restored its nine-point advantage over second-placed Napoli, which beat Lazio 2-1 on Sunday.
Can undergoes successful surgery to remove thyroid nodule
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus midfielder Emre Can has undergone successful surgery to have a thyroid nodule removed.
The lump was discovered after his return from international duty with Germany. Juventus says Can underwent surgery on Monday in Frankfurt.
The Italian club says the operation "was a complete success" and adds that "the prognosis for the resumption of physical activity will be better assessed in the coming days."
Germany calls up Emre Can after Havertz, Ruediger drop out
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew called up midfielder Emre Can for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games in the Netherlands and France after Kai Havertz and Antonio Ruediger dropped out on Monday.
Havertz has a bruised knee and needs to sit out training for the next few days, while Ruediger has groin problems, the German soccer federation said.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool has confirmed Germany midfielder Emre Can will leave the club with his contract about to expire.
The Reds announced the departure in a statement on Friday.
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp had hoped to hold onto Can, despite the 24-year-old having been heavily linked with a move to Italian champion Juventus.
Can joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 and made his 167th and final appearance in Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool has reached a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from Monaco in a transfer reportedly worth 50 million euros ($58 million).
Liverpool announced the signing on its website on Monday, saying Fabinho will officially join the club on July 1.
Fabinho is seen as a replacement for Emre Can, who is out of contract at Anfield and has been linked with a move to Juventus.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Emre Can trained with the rest of the Liverpool squad on Monday ahead the Champions League final against Real Madrid, raising hopes he could return to the team after more than two months out because of a back injury.
The Germany midfielder, who traveled to Marbella for Liverpool's warm-weather camp last week, has been the main injury concern for manager Juergen Klopp heading into Saturday's game in Kiev but looked sharp in the open training session held at Anfield.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool's hopes of having Mohamed Salah available for its Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Manchester City were boosted when the forward took part in training on Monday.
Last week, the Egypt international came off because of a groin injury in the second half of Liverpool's 3-0 victory in the first leg at Anfield. He was then ruled out of the 0-0 draw with Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool passes century of goals with 4-1 win over West Ham
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool passed a century of goals in all competitions this season in beating West Ham 4-1 to move into second place in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Of the 103 goals scored by the Reds, Mohamed Salah has 31 after netting the second at Anfield.
Fellow forwards Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were also on target, after Emre Can gave Liverpool the lead.
Liverpool bounces back with 3-0 win at Huddersfield
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield that cemented the team's place in the top four of the Premier League on Tuesday.
Emre Can opened the scoring with a fiercely-struck shot on the bounce from outside the area and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime, squeezing in a finish from an acute angle.
Firmino, Coutinho sparkle as Liverpool thrashes Brighton 5-1
BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Premier League top scorer Mohamed Salah had a rare quiet day but it didn't stop Liverpool powering to a 5-1 win at Brighton on Saturday for its biggest victory this season.
Roberto Firmino scored twice while Philippe Coutinho added another goal and set up three as Brighton failed to deal with Liverpool's ability on the counterattack at the Amex Stadium.
Liverpool beats Maribor 3-0, tops Champions League group
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool overcame its latest penalty failure at Anfield to wear down Maribor in a 3-0 win that moved the English team within sight of the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday.
All three of Liverpool's goals — from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and substitute Daniel Sturridge — came in the second half, as did the missed penalty by James Milner that may lead coach Juergen Klopp to look for a fourth different penalty-taker this season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Germany's young players got a rough guide to winning a major tournament and proved up to the challenge in a physical Confederations Cup final that threatened to boil over on Sunday.
A tough Chile side tried to intimidate the Germans in a forceful South American style not often seen in Europe.
Germany stood up to the test, defending an early lead for a bruising 1-0 win to accelerate its education ahead of its World Cup title defense.
WATFORD, England (AP) — Liverpool improved its bid to secure a Champions League spot by beating Watford 1-0 in a largely forgettable English Premier League match on Monday.
Only Emre Can made this one memorable, by meeting a Lucas Leiva cross with a bicycle-kick score in first-half stoppage time.
"I have never scored a goal like that, maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I've ever scored," Can said.
Liverpool concedes 3 late goals, loses 4-3 to Bournemouth
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Liverpool collapsed to a 4-3 loss at Bournemouth after conceding three goals in final 20 minutes of an English Premier League thriller on Sunday.
Nathan Ake pounced on a fumble by goalkeeper Loris Karius to grab the winner in the third minute of injury time, handing title-chasing Liverpool its first loss since Aug. 20 and dropping Juergen Klopp's team four points behind first-place Chelsea.
Liverpool goes top of Premier League by beating Watford 6-1
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool charged to the top of the Premier League table for the first time since May 2014 by beating Watford 6-1 on Sunday.
Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can all scored in the space of 16 first-half minutes at Anfield. Roberto Firmino, Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum added further goals in the second half.
United contains Liverpool in 0-0 draw in Premier League
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester United's defensive tactics blunted Liverpool's prolific attack as England's two most illustrious teams toughed out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Monday.
United manager Jose Mourinho's approach went to plan at Anfield, with Liverpool having 65 percent possession but failing to score in a home league game for the first time in exactly 10 months. United was the opponent then, too, but under Louis van Gaal.
Spotlight on fiery Costa in Chelsea-Liverpool
With 24 bookings in two-and-a-bit seasons, moody Chelsea striker Diego Costa is used to living on the edge in English football.
And nowhere is his brittle temperament seemingly put to the test more than in matches against Liverpool.
Germany striker Kevin Volland to miss Norway qualifier
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany striker Kevin Volland will miss his team's opening World Cup qualifier in Norway on Sunday after breaking the ring finger on his right hand.
Volland was injured in the 2-0 friendly win over Finland on Wednesday.
Liverpool defender Emre Can also will miss the Norway match because of an ankle injury. Midfielder Julian Draxler is recovering from the flu.