Old Lady trips up as Robinho fires Rossoneri

AC Milan picked up an important victory and did their city rivals Inter a favour by beating Juventus 1-0 at the San Siro last night.

Juventus missed the chance to move seven points clear as a Robinho penalty in the 31st minute decided the game in the Rossoneri’s favour. It was only Juve’s second defeat of this season.

Torino and Fiorentina shared four goals in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

Inter Milan head coach Andrea Stramaccioni has left Wesley Sneijder out of his plans for last night’s trip to Parma, after the midfielder’s contract situation went public this week.

In Spain, Andres Iniesta took centre stage with a virtuoso display as Barcelona continued their unbeaten league start with a classy 4-0 victory at Levante last night.

Iniesta provided assists for Lionel Messi’s quickfire double before lashing home a goal of his own and playing in Cesc Fabregas for a fourth as Barcelona ran riot in a devastating 18-minute spell at the start of the second half. Barca maintain their three-point La Liga lead.

Atletico Madrid stretched their 100% home record to 10 games with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over nine-man Sevilla. The game was almost over as a contest after just 20 minutes when Koke was brought down by Federico Fazio inside the area and Radamel Falcao hammered home his 14th goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Two goals in four minutes just before half-time sealed the points for Atleti as Emir Spahic turned Arda Turan’s cross into his own net before Koke capped a fine display with a stunning volley.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho congratulated Real Betis’ players for their 1-0 win over his side on Saturday night — but felt the champions were on the wrong end of two refereeing mistakes. Benat Etxebarria’s first-half strike dealt a heavy blow to Madrid’s hopes of defending their title.

Karim Benzema had two goals dubiously ruled out for offside, and Mourinho was also aggrieved at Jesus Gil Manzano’s decision to wave away a penalty appeal for handball.

“I congratulated the Betis players because they gave it their all and fought from the first minute to the last,” Mourinho said. “They aren’t to blame for Benzema’s goal being ruled out or the clear penalty in the last minutes of the match and they deserve my respect because they played better us.”

In Germany, Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez savoured a “personal highlight” after marking his return following injury with a goal in Saturday’s 5-0 Bundesliga thrashing of Hannover.

The result extended Bayern’s lead at the top to nine points over second-placed Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund beat Mainz to move above Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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