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Fiorentina back on top of Serie A

Fiorentina returned to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Frosinone as Napoli squandered their chance to grab pole position with a 0-0 draw at Genoa.

Fiorentina back on top of Serie A
Fiorentina returned to the top of the Serie A table on Sunday with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Frosinone. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Paulo Sousa's Fiorentina scored all their goals in the first half at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

They replaced Inter Milan who had briefly gone top on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Roma who in turn had led going into the weekend.

Sousa opted to make several changes to his starting XI, resting leading scorer Nikola Kalinic in order to allow Mati Fernandez to play behind Khouma Babacar.

Newly-promoted minnows Frosinone handed goalkeeper Massimo Zappino his top-flight debut, and the Viola ensured he was heavily involved in the action.

Yet after making an early save from Babacar, the 34-year-old was unable to prevent a cross from Ante Rebic bouncing in off the frame of his goal following a deflection.

If there was some fortune to Fiorentina's opener, there was little doubt of the quality of the second as Gonzalo Rodriguez netted with a sublime back-heeled effort.

Babacar got on the scoresheet with a chipped penalty before Mario Suarez stole the ball and slotted past Zappino with ease.

After the break, Fiorentina understandably eased the pressure on their mismatched opponents, eventually allowing Frosinone midfielder Alessandro Frara a late consolation goal.

“I have always said we can compete with anyone and that means we can compete for the Scudetto,” Sousa told Mediaset Premium after the game.

“We must always be competitive and I believe our Scudetto must be continually seeking a winning mentality.”

Maurizio Sarri's Napoli are fourth, two points behind Fiorentina after a frustrating 0-0 draw at Genoa.

Napoli had won their five previous league fixtures, but benched Lorenzo Insigne following his outburst after being substituted in their midweek clash with Palermo.

The home side had goalkeeper Mattia Perin to thank as he made some remarkable saves to keep Napoli at bay, Jose Callejon testing him early on before Dries Mertens struck the post.

It was a hard-earned point for Genoa, particularly as they lost both Blerim Dzemaili and Ezequiel Munoz to injury in the first half.

After the restart, Sarri introduced both Insigne and Manolo Gabbiadini in search of a winning goal, but it never came.

“We created many scoring opportunities, it's just a shame about the result,” a disappointed Sarri told MediaSet Premium.

Meanwhile, Bologna notched only their third win of the campaign, seeing off Atalanta 3-0 thanks to goals from Emanuele Giaccherini, Mattia Destro and Franco Brienza.

On Saturday, Inter downed 10-man Roma 1-0 with Gary Medel scoring the game's only goal, meaning they now trail Fiorentina in the table only by virtue of their inferior goal difference.

Reigning champions Juventus beat Turin rivals Torino 2-1 thanks to an injury time winner from on-loan Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado. Sunday's late game sees Lazio host AC Milan.

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MILAN

Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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