Luca Toni scored a second-half penalty to end Lazio’s winning streak in Serie A as Verona claimed a 1-1 draw against their 10-man visitors.
Stefano Pioli’s side were on course for a sixth consecutive league triumph after Senad Lulic’s first-half strike put them in front.
But Verona, who had seen a Toni effort disallowed for offside before Vangelis Moras’ defensive error handed Lazio the initiative, hit back when Luis Cavanda conceded a spot-kick – earning a second yellow card in the process.
Toni kept his cool to convert the leveller and secure only his second top-flight goal of the campaign, but the home side came up short in their search for a winner.
Milan dropped points for the second game in succession, but were grateful to Giacomo Bonaventura for rescuing a 1-1 draw at Cagliari.
Filippo Inzaghi’s side – denied victory in Serie A by Fiorentina at the weekend – were second best for long periods as they claimed a point at Stadio Sant’Elia on Wednesday.
Zdenek Zeman’s Cagliari missed out on a Milan double, having beaten Inter 4-1 earlier in the season, after Victor Ibarbo’s deserved first-half opener was cancelled out by Bonaventura’s sublime 30-yard lob.
The hosts steadied themselves in the second period and looked the more likely to win the game as Daniele Conti struck the post with a well-struck free-kick.
Castres and Argentina prop Ramiro Herrera is full of excitement ahead of the upcoming November Tests in Europe.
A breakout figure in the 2014 Rugby Championship where his impressive scrummaging caught the eye for los Pumas, Daniel Hourcade’s team will be looking to build on their famous win over Australia.
Nothing in Argentina’s philosophy however has radically changed following their success over the Wallabies, as Herrera points out.
Sport Bild has learned that veteran goalkeeper Heinz Muller is undergoing a trial with German champions Bayern Munich.
The Bavarians lack the cover for starting shot-stopper Manuel Neuer as both Pepe Reina and Tom Starke are out injured and they are considering offering a contract to the former Mainz player.
The 36-year-old has moved to confirm he is currently training with Bayern, but it remains to be seen whether he will earn a contract at Alianz Arena.
Heinz Muller has spent his early career in Germany, playing for Hannover, Arminia Bielefeld, St Pauli and Jahn Regensburg, before spending next three years in Norway.
Borussia Dortmund secured a safe passage to round three of the DFB-Pokal with a morale-boosting 3-0 win over St Pauli on Tuesday.
Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Hannover in the Bundesliga was Dortmund’s fourth consecutive league defeat and their sixth in nine matches this term – leading coach Jurgen Klopp to acknowledge the club were in a “critical situation”.
However, goals from Ciro Immobile, Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa helped Dortmund get back on track at the Millerntor-Stadion against second-tier St Pauli.
Immobile’s close-range finish in the 33rd minute earned Dortmund the lead their possession warranted, after the Italian had seen an earlier effort ruled out for offside.