• Samir offers welcome cheer to sickly Verona


    MILAN: Verona defender Samir rose to head a first-half header in a 1-0 win at Bologna that secured the Serie A strugglers’ third win of the season on Monday Tuesday in Manila).

    Verona have been bottom of Italy’s top flight for most of the campaign, with relegation to Serie B, barring a dramatic turnaround, a near certainty.

    But Luigi Delneri’s men kept their faint survival hopes alive, at least mathematically, thanks to Samir’s crisp 44th minute header from a corner.

    Verona remain bottom but are now six points adrift of fourth-from-bottom Palermo with seven games left to play.

    Bologna, suffering their third consecutive defeat, remain in 11th place.

    Champions Juventus sit top of the pile with a six-point lead on Napoli, who suffered a 3-1 defeat at Udinese on Sunday when star striker Gonzalo Higuain hit his 30th goal of the campaign but was sent off and now risks a four-game ban.



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