Soccer Monday: Derby d'Italia draw, Garnacho's acrobatic wonder and MLS playoffs return
Kick off your week with all the action from this past weekend
The Thanksgiving weekend brought with it lots of turkey, followed by lots of leftovers.
When it came to soccer, there was nothing that needed reheating. Instead, there was plenty of fresh action to watch over the last few days in Europe and on this side of the Atlantic.
Here are the highlights from this past weekend:
3. Serie A’s top-of-table clash
Lautaro Martínez scored his 13th Serie A goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as league leaders Inter Milan drew 1-1 at second-place Juventus on Sunday. Martinez’s goal in the 33rd minute canceled out Dusan Vlahovic’s opener six minutes earlier in the Derby d’Italia.
Inter remained two points above Juventus. Third-place AC Milan is six points behind its city rival, with defending champion Napoli two points further back in fourth. Both Milan and Napoli won on Saturday against Fiorentina (1-0) and Atalanta (2-1), respectively.
Inter travels to Naples on Sunday to take on Napoli in another tough contest.
Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala and Stephan El Shaarawy scored late as Roma beat Udinese 3-1 to move into fifth place.
2. Garnacho scores bicycle-kick wonder goal
Manchester United starlet Alejandro Garnacho scored an acrobatic wonder goal in the Premier League on Sunday off a bicycle kick that revived memories of a similar strike by Wayne Rooney in a Manchester derby 12 years ago.
With his back to goal, the 19-year-old Garnacho connected with a cross from by Diogo Dalot with a flying overhead kick that sent the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and into the top corner of the net at Goodison Park.
It came in the third minute of the match to give United a 1-0 lead. Man United went on to win 3-0.
Arsenal remains in first place — a point ahead of Manchester City — following a 1-0 at Brentford on Saturday. Man City and Liverpool, currently third, played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
1. MLS Conference Finals set
And then there were four.
The MLS Cup Playoffs returned from the international break this weekend with a quartet of matches.
Over in the Eastern Conference, Columbus Crew SC downed Orlando City SC 2-0 on Saturday, while FC Cincinnati defeated the Philadelphia Union 1-0. FC Cincinnati host Columbus Crew SC on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Finals.
In the Western Conference on Sunday, the Houston Dynamo defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0. Also on Sunday, Los Angeles FC edged Seattle Sounders FC 1-0. LAFC host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday in the Western Conference Final.
The winners meet in the MLS Cup Final on Dec. 9.
In other news: Former England manager Terry Venables died on Sunday at age 80. Venables was at the helm for England's unforgettable run to the semifinals of the 1996 European Championship after forging a highly successful club coaching career with Crystal Palace, QPR, Barcelona and Tottenham. He also made over 500 appearances for Chelsea, Tottenham, QPR and Crystal Palace as a player. … Rodrygo made the most of his last-minute addition to the injury-hit Real Madrid lineup, scoring two beautiful goals and setting up another by Jude Bellingham in a 3-0 win against Cadiz on Sunday that put Los Blancos at the top of the Spanish league. … Bundesliga side Union Berlin appointed Croatian coach Nenad Bjelica as the successor to Urs Fischer in a bid to improve the team’s fortunes and leave the relegation zone. Union announced Bjelica’s signing on Sunday without giving details about the length of his contract.