Torino battle back to earn draw

Fiorentina's European hopes suffered a blow after they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Torino at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Monday.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Riccardo Saponara fired them in front on eight minutes and they appeared to be cruising after Nikola Kalinic made it 2-0 seven minutes before half-time.

But Andrea Belotti halved the deficit in the 65th minute and struck again five minutes from time to earn a share of the spoils for Il Toro.

La Viola were looking to bounce back from defeat last time out and they made a promising start as Saponara scored from six yards out on the rebound after Joe Hart had saved Borja Valero's initial volley.

Kalinic threatened to double their advantage as the first half wore on, but Hart was on hand to deny the Croatian striker on two occasions.

However, there was nothing the England keeper could do to prevent Kalinic from heading home Valero's corner on 38 minutes as the Florence outfit took a two-goal lead into the break.

The visitors looked to get back into the contest after the restart and they were presented with a golden chance on 60 minutes when Lucas Boye was brought down by Carlos Salcedo inside the area to concede a penalty.

But Belotti steered his spot-kick against the crossbar, although he made amends for that miss five minutes later as he headed home Emiliano Moretti's corner at close range.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's side would end up rescuing a point in the closing stages when the Italian forward grabbed his brace, slotting home at the back post from Daniele Baselli's cross.

The stalemate leaves Fiorentina nine points adrift of the top five in eighth place, while the team from Turin are a further five points back in ninth.

Foxes record first win in 2017

Leicester breathed new life into their survival bid as they ran out convincing 3-1 victors over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

  • Leicester City 3 Liverpool 1
  • Vardy brace inspires hosts
  • Drinkwater also on the scoresheet
  • Coutinho reduces the deficit
  • Foxes climb out of relegation zone

Match Summary

The Foxes produced the perfect response to the sacking of Claudio Ranieri on Thursday as they went back to basics and scored twice in the first half through Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater.

Vardy added a third in the 60th minute to relieve the pressure on the East Midlands club, although Philippe Coutinho pulled one back for Jurgen Klopp's side 22 minutes from time to liven things up in the closing stages.

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The first half belonged to Craig Shakespeare's men as they looked like the team that romped to the league title last season.

They threatened for the first time after seven minutes when Shinji Okazaki got on the end of Vardy's scuffed shot to test Simon Mignolet with a header from eight yards out.

Robert Huth should have done better after connecting with Marc Albrighton's corner in the 15th minute, but the German defender headed well over the crossbar.

The Foxes would break the deadlock from a trademark move on 28 minutes when Vardy was played through on goal by a delightful pass from Albrighton, and the England striker slotted past Mignolet at his near post from 13 yards out.

Coutinho had Liverpool's best chance of the first half on the half-hour mark as the ball was steered into his path by Wes Morgan, but Kasper Schmeichel denied the Brazilian from a tight angle on the left.

Mignolet was called into action again four minutes later to keep out Wilfred Ndidi at his near post after the Nigerian midfielder latched onto Vardy's backheel.

But there was nothing the French keeper could do to prevent Drinkwater from doubling the hosts' lead on 39 minutes as he hit a first-time volley into the bottom-right corner from 22 yards out after pouncing on a weak clearance from the Reds.

Schmeichel then had to be alert in first-half stoppage time when Emre Can looked for the corner of the goal with a strike from outside the area that the Danish keeper tipped around the right post with one hand.

The visitors looked to get back into the contest in the second half and Coutinho got off a shot from 21 yards out that Schmeichel saved low to his right on 55 minutes after Morgan poked Roberto Firmino's pass straight to the Brazilian.

The Foxes put the game to bed on the hour mark as Christian Fuchs linked up well with Riyad Mahrez on the left before sending in a fine cross that was headed home by Vardy from eight yards out.

Still the Reds created chances as Joel Matip fired wide of the right post from distance on the right in the 63rd minute before Adam Lallana drew a save out of Schmeichel two minutes later with an effort from the edge of the box.

They did pull one back shortly afterwards when Can advanced towards the area from the left and slipped a square ball to Coutinho, who picked out the bottom-left corner of the net from just inside the box.

Fuchs looked for the spectacular on 77 minutes as he took a pop from 25 yards out, but his shot lacked the power to beat Mignolet, while Divock Origi forced a save out of Schmeichel moments later with a shot on the left that was parried around the left post.

Drinkwater then fired over from just inside the area on 79 minutes after being teed up by Mahrez, who carried the ball into the box from the right, before Lucas headed wide of the far post two minutes later after getting on the end of James Milner's cross on the right.

The Reds piled on the pressure in the closing stages, and Schmeichel was relived to see the ball go inches wide of the left post on 87 minutes after Coutinho fizzed in a low shot that deflected off the keeper.

However, Leicester stood firm at the back to claim their first win in the new year to move out of the bottom-three.

Gotze sidelined 'for the time being'

Borussia Dortmund have taken the decision to withdraw Mario Gotze from the first team due to "metabolic disturbances".

Injuries have limited the Germany international to just nine starts in the Bundesliga since rejoining BVB from Bayern Munich during the off-season.

Gotze has seen only 24 minutes of league action in the new year, which prompted Dortmund to look deeper into the root of his problems.

"He [Gotze] has continually suffered with muscular problems in the past few months, prompting a comprehensive internal investigation into the possible causes," the club said in a statement.

"Those investigations revealed the player has metabolic disturbances, rendering it absolutely necessary to withdraw him from team training for the time being."

The 24-year-old added: "I'm currently undergoing treatment and will do everything in my power to be back in training and helping my team to achieve our common goals as soon as possible."

Ibra: Delay not down to Champions League

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists his future does not hinge on the club qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

The Swedish star, who has scored 26 goals for United already this season, won his first trophy for the club on Sunday after his brace helped them beat Southampton 3-2 in the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

Ibrahimovic is in the final six months of his one-year contract at Old Trafford, although there is an option to extend for another season.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho recently expressed his confidence that the 35-year-old will remain a part of his squad for the 2017/18 campaign, and Ibrahimovic claims there is no Champions League caveat.

"No, it's not about that [Champions League]," he told reporters after the final. "I came here and the club wasn't in the Champions League, so it had nothing to do with the Champions League.

"So somebody made up a story that if they don't qualify for the Champions League I will not extend. It has nothing to do with that.

"Let's see what happens. I mean the moment, how I feel, the situation, we have another two months of the season to go, because according to many I could not do what I've been doing.

"I am still doing what I have been doing every year, but some people won't accept it or admit it because I don't do it in their home ground.

"I have come to their home ground and now I am doing exactly the same thing what I have been doing all the years."

Depor axe falls on Garitano

Gaizka Garitano has been relieved of his coaching duties at Deportivo La Coruna after a disappointing start to the new year.

Saturday's heavy 4-0 reverse at Leganes was the final straw for the club's board as they took action following a fourth straight defeat in La Liga.

Garitano was appointed to the helm at the Riazor during the off-season, but only managed to record four wins in 23 league outings, having last tasted success in the final game of 2016 when Depor beat rock-bottom Osasuna 2-0.

The 41-year-old departs with the Galicians sitting just two points above the relegation zone in 17th place.

"The administration council of RC Deportivo has taken the decision to terminate the contract of Gaizka Garitano as coach of the first team," read a statement from Deportivo.

"The club wishes to thank the Basque coach and his staff for their dedication, effort and professionalism during their time guiding the team.

"Deportivo B coach Cristobal Parralo will manage Monday's training session."

Zarate facing lengthy spell out

Mauro Zarate's Watford career has suffered a setback after he sustained a cruciate ligament injury against West Ham on Saturday.

The Argentine returned to the Premier League in January when he joined the Hornets from Fiorentina, and went up against his former employers at the weekend.

But Zarate, who won the penalty that led to his team's goal in the third minute, had to be replaced just before half-time after twisting his knee.

Subsequent scans revealed the worst, with the 29-year-old confirming the extent of the damage, which could keep him on the sidelines for six months at least.

Zarate took to Instagram to announce he had suffered an "anterior cruciate ligament rupture plus an injury grade one of [the] medial collateral ligament."

He added: "Thank you everyone for all the messages in this horrible moment. I will face this with all my strength and will be back stronger than before."

Feyenoord's win over PSV sets Dutch TV record

Feyenoord's 2-1 victory over rivals PSV on Sunday attracted the highest viewership rating on television in the Netherlands, with an average of 826,000 people tuning in.

Fox Sports recorded the audience average which is a new record for a single TV station. The previous record was an average of 820,000 for Ajax's game against PSV before the winter break.

Sunday's match was eagerly anticipated as it would have a significant bearing in the domestic title race. Jens Toornstra gave Feyenoord the lead before Jeroen Zoet equalised. A Gaston Pereiro own-goal handed the points to Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side.

De Stadionclub appear to be favourites to win the title as they currently enjoy a five-point lead over Ajax with 10 matches to go in the Dutch top flight.

The club's official website confirmed the record-breaking audience numbers in a statement which read: "The match between Feyenoord and PSV has drawn a record number of viewers.

"An average watched on Sunday of 826,000 people. Never before have so many watched the TV station to see a major league game."

Allegri expects Napoli reaction

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri expects Napoli to come out all guns blazing when the two teams clash in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

The Partenopei suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Atalanta in the Serie A on Saturday, and Allegri believes it could affect their mentality as they aim to redeem themselves against the Bianconeri on Tuesday.

"We will face a Napoli who will be very angry about the defeat against Atalanta," Allegri said at his pre-match press conference.

"It is not the case that in three days they have lost everything they have done well in these two years, so it will be a complicated game.

"We have the Coppa Italia and we must create the right conditions in order to reach the final, it would be our third final in a row, and then maybe we can try to win it.

"Above all it is cup semi-final, where the most important thing is not conceding goals, especially because we play the first match at home."

Firmino: Reds will give absolute all

Versatile Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says the team will give nothing less than everything as they fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Reds are out of every other competition and finishing in the Champions League places appears to be about the best they can realistically hope for.

Jurgen Klopp's side face an important match against strugglers Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, in their quest to reach the top four.

As such, Firmino has sent out something of an ominous warning to the Foxes about just how determined the Merseysiders are to reach their goals.

The Brazil international told the club's official website: "We have to work a lot harder and we have an obligation to try and achieve the top four for that reason - that we do have more rest. And that's what we're going to continue to try to do.

"It's very important for the team and the players. We intend to fight to the end so that we can achieve that top-four position. The objective is to end in the top four. We are going to keep on fighting until the last game to achieve that goal. We're going to carry on giving our absolute all."

Liverpool are in fifth place and could go to third if they beat Leicester at home on Monday, as they boast a better goal difference than Manchester City. who currently occupy that position.

Henderson blow for Liverpool

Jordan Henderson will play no part in Liverpool's Premier League clash with Leicester on Monday night after he picked up a badly-bruised foot during training.

Perhaps most concerning for Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is that the midfielder may also be in doubt for the Premier League encounter with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

Henderson sustained the knock in training on Friday, although he sustained no bones in his foot after scans were carried out.

The Guardian confirmed the injury blow to the 26-year-old ahead of the crucial outing against the Foxes, stating: "Henderson took a kick to the foot at Melwood and, though scans have confirmed he has not suffered a fracture, it is severely bruised.

"The midfielder is not expected to be sidelined for the long term but is rated doubtful for Saturday's Premier League game against Arsenal, a significant game for both clubs in their pursuit of Champions League qualification."