European Roundup

Napoli climbed to second on the Serie A table after beating AC Milan 1-0 on Sunday night.

The all-important goal was scored by midfielder Elif Elmas in the fifth minute in a game that had VAR drama. Franck Kessie appeared to have snatched the hosts a point out of nowhere, sparking wild scenes of celebration, only for VAR to rule the effort out for offside a move that elicited a mad reaction from Milan players.

Both Milan and Napoli went unbeaten in their opening 12 league games of the season, but the pair’s indifferent form since has opened the door for Inter Milan, who head into the winter as the league leaders.

In Spain, Real Madrid’s 10-game winning run in all competitions was ended by Cadiz who held them to a scoreless draw.

Real are now six points clear of second-placed Sevilla, who beat Atlético Madrid 2-1 on Saturday and have a game in hand, and 10 in front of Real Betis, who lost at Athletic Bilbao.

In Germany, the substitute Kevin Schade scored late as Freiburg beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Sunday to leapfrog the visitors and move into third place while Anthony Modeste scored a late goal to give Cologne a 1-0 win over Stuttgart.

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