Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games with the Scudetto, European and relegation battles colliding in BolognaSassuolo, NapoliGenoa, MilanAtalanta and CagliariInter.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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Serie A Highlights: Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo

Watch as Sassuolo turn on the style in the local derby with Bologna, including a Gianluca Scamacca double and acrobatic Domenico Berardi bicycle-kick.

Scamacca took centre-stage with a free header on Berardi’s corner, while Vlad Chiriches had a goal disallowed after using his arm to control the rebound off the bar.

Serie A | Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo: Scamacca and Berardi dominate derby

Berardi’s spectacular overhead kick from six yards doubled their lead before Davide Frattesi threaded through for Scamacca to make it 3-0.

Riccardo Orsolini converted a stoppage-time penalty after Ruan Tressoldi charged down a Mitchell Dijks cross with his arm.

Serie A | Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo: Scamacca and Berardi dominate derby

Sassuolo flattened local rivals Bologna with a Gianluca Scamacca brace and spectacular Domenico Berardi bicycle-kick.

Watch the highlights here.

Serie A Highlights: Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo

This was an Emilia-Romagna Derby and the first game back at the Stadio Dall’Ara for Sinisa Mihajlovic since completing his second round of leukaemia treatment. He was irritated after his comeback coincided with a 4-3 defeat to Venezia and wanted a stronger response. Giorgos Kyriakopoulos was suspended for the Neroverdi, with Pedro Obiang and Jeremy Toljan injured.

Gianluca Scamacca forced a save with his snapshot from distance, beaten away by Lukasz Skorupski, and it was Scamacca who broke the deadlock when allowed a criminally free header on the Domenico Berardi corner.

Moments later, Arthur Theate made a decisive block on Giacomo Raspadori’s strike, while Marko Arnautovic’s horrible miss was spared by the offside flag.

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Davide Frattesi stung Skorupski’s gloves at the near post on a smart Matheus Henrique slide-rule pass, then the goalkeeper scrambled to safety after Berardi’s flick over Theate.

Bologna moved to 4-3-3 after the restart and were far more effective, yet got away with more poor defending on a corner on the hour mark.

Gian Marco Ferrari’s header came off the bar and Vlad Chiriches turned in the rebound, but it was disallowed because he’d used his arm to control it.

Musa Barrow blasted over after a cheeky Marko Arnautovic back-heel flick, but Sassuolo doubled their lead with a spectacular Berardi bicycle-kick from six yards, as Skorupski had intercepted a low cross with his foot, which pinged the ball straight up into the air.

Andrea Consigli smothered Barrow’s attempt from point-blank range after an Arnautovic knock-down, but Scamacca added a third as he ran onto the Davide Frattesi through ball and swept into the far bottom corner.

Bologna had won 3-0 away to Sassuolo earlier this season, so the Neroverdi took full revenge. Orsolini could’ve had a consolation late on, but couldn’t get enough on the header at the back post.

In the final minute, VAR noticed Ruan Tressoldi used his arm to charge down the Mitchell Dijks cross and Bologna received a penalty, converted into the roof of the net by Orsolini.

Bologna 1-3 Sassuolo

Scamacca 35, 80 (S), Berardi 75 (S), Orsolini pen 92 (B)

Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games with the Scudetto, European and relegation battles colliding in BolognaSassuolo, NapoliGenoa, MilanAtalanta and CagliariInter.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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Why Hickey is the perfect fit for Arteta’s Arsenal

Arsenal are closing in on a €25m deal for Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, a player who seems to be the perfect fit for Mikel Arteta’s squad in North London.

The 19-year-old Scot has proven himself to be an exciting and talented full back this season under Sinisa Mihajlovic, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 34 Serie A appearances this season. He seems ready for the jump to a big club in the summer, joining Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson in the list of skilled Scottish full backs.

Hickey appears to be a strong fit for Arteta’s squad, able to play as both a left and right back in a back four. He’d be an incredibly reliable backup option for Tierney, who has struggled with injuries this season, and the stats show that he’d easily bring enough to the table to justify a starting spot in the Premier League.

Hickey completes 33.8 passes per 90 minutes on average, only a little below Tierney’s 42.4. His work is usually a little less progressive than his Arsenal counterpart’s, 1.62 progressive pass p/90 to 3.57, but he makes up for that with significantly better defensive numbers. Hickey wins 0.69 tackles p/90, successfully applies pressure 3.53 times p/90 and makes 2.01 blocks p/90. In comparison, Tierney’s numbers are 0.56 p/90, 2.30 p/90 and 1.64 p/90 respectively.

Considering that Arsenal often find themselves stretched a little thin in the full back department, especially when considering Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury troubles, Hickey would be an incredibly smart signing by the North London side.

Why Hickey is the perfect fit for Arteta’s Arsenal

Arsenal are closing in on a €25m deal for Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, a player who seems to be the perfect fit for Mikel Arteta’s squad in North London.

The 19-year-old Scot has proven himself to be an exciting and talented full back this season under Sinisa Mihajlovic, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 34 Serie A appearances this season. He seems ready for the jump to a big club in the summer, joining Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson in the list of skilled Scottish full backs.

Hickey appears to be a strong fit for Arteta’s squad, able to play as both a left and right back in a back four. He’d be an incredibly reliable backup option for Tierney, who has struggled with injuries this season, and the stats show that he’d easily bring enough to the table to justify a starting spot in the Premier League.

Hickey completes 33.8 passes per 90 minutes on average, only a little below Tierney’s 42.4. His work is usually a little less progressive than his Arsenal counterpart’s, 1.62 progressive pass p/90 to 3.57, but he makes up for that with significantly better defensive numbers. Hickey wins 0.69 tackles p/90, successfully applies pressure 3.53 times p/90 and makes 2.01 blocks p/90. In comparison, Tierney’s numbers are 0.56 p/90, 2.30 p/90 and 1.64 p/90 respectively.

Considering that Arsenal often find themselves stretched a little thin in the full back department, especially when considering Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury troubles, Hickey would be an incredibly smart signing by the North London side.

Why Hickey is the perfect fit for Arteta’s Arsenal

Arsenal are closing in on a €25m deal for Bologna’s Aaron Hickey, a player who seems to be the perfect fit for Mikel Arteta’s squad in North London.

The 19-year-old Scot has proven himself to be an exciting and talented full back this season under Sinisa Mihajlovic, scoring five goals and providing one assist in 34 Serie A appearances this season. He seems ready for the jump to a big club in the summer, joining Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson in the list of skilled Scottish full backs.

Hickey appears to be a strong fit for Arteta’s squad, able to play as both a left and right back in a back four. He’d be an incredibly reliable backup option for Tierney, who has struggled with injuries this season, and the stats show that he’d easily bring enough to the table to justify a starting spot in the Premier League.

Hickey completes 33.8 passes per 90 minutes on average, only a little below Tierney’s 42.4. His work is usually a little less progressive than his Arsenal counterpart’s, 1.62 progressive pass p/90 to 3.57, but he makes up for that with significantly better defensive numbers. Hickey wins 0.69 tackles p/90, successfully applies pressure 3.53 times p/90 and makes 2.01 blocks p/90. In comparison, Tierney’s numbers are 0.56 p/90, 2.30 p/90 and 1.64 p/90 respectively.

Considering that Arsenal often find themselves stretched a little thin in the full back department, especially when considering Takehiro Tomiyasu’s injury troubles, Hickey would be an incredibly smart signing by the North London side.

Serie A Liveblog: Milan-Atalanta, Cagliari-Inter, Napoli-Genoa, Bologna-Sassuolo

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games with the Scudetto, European and relegation battles colliding in BolognaSassuolo, NapoliGenoa, MilanAtalanta and CagliariInter.

We begin at 11.30 UK time (10.30 GMT) with a local derby between mid-table Bologna and Sassuolo, the Rossoblu seeking a victory with Sinisa Mihajlovic back at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

At 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), Napoli can lock down third place and want to give Lorenzo Insigne a good send-off at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but Genoa need a result to keep their hopes of escaping relegation alive.

At 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), Serie A leaders Milan can take another giant leap towards the Scudetto, but first they must get the better of an Atalanta side who are still in the running for a Europa League spot.

Everything is at stake in Sardinia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), as Inter need a win to keep the title race going down to the wire, while Cagliari have a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone after Salernitana’s draw.

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Reports Arsenal beat Napoli and Milan to Bologna left-back Hickey

Arsenal have agreed terms with Bologna to sign 19-year-old Scotland international left-back Aaron Hickey for circa €25m, claim reports in Italy.

It was no secret that the Gunners were targeting the teenage sensation who has scored five Serie A goals this season.

Napoli, Milan and others were also keeping track of Hickey and preparing for a summer bid.

However, according to CalcioNapoli24, Bologna director Riccardo Bigon flew to London this weekend and was able to negotiate basic terms for a transfer.

It would be a move worth in the region of €20-25m, depending on various performance-related bonuses.

The clubs already have a strong rapport thanks to Arsenal signing Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna last summer for €18.6m plus add-ons.

It was a huge profit for the Rossoblu, who had paid just €7m to sign the Japan international from VV Sint-Truiden just two years earlier.

Hickey will turn 20 next month and was snapped up from Hearts for €1.7m in September 2020, so would represent an even quicker and more profitable turnaround for Bologna.

Reports Arsenal beat Napoli and Milan to Bologna left-back Hickey

Arsenal have agreed terms with Bologna to sign 19-year-old Scotland international left-back Aaron Hickey for circa €25m, claim reports in Italy.

It was no secret that the Gunners were targeting the teenage sensation who has scored five Serie A goals this season.

Napoli, Milan and others were also keeping track of Hickey and preparing for a summer bid.

However, according to CalcioNapoli24, Bologna director Riccardo Bigon flew to London this weekend and was able to negotiate basic terms for a transfer.

It would be a move worth in the region of €20-25m, depending on various performance-related bonuses.

The clubs already have a strong rapport thanks to Arsenal signing Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna last summer for €18.6m plus add-ons.

It was a huge profit for the Rossoblu, who had paid just €7m to sign the Japan international from VV Sint-Truiden just two years earlier.

Hickey will turn 20 next month and was snapped up from Hearts for €1.7m in September 2020, so would represent an even quicker and more profitable turnaround for Bologna.