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Verona come from behind to draw with Lecce in Italy

Verona Cyril Ngonge, Verona celebrate - The Canadian Press

ROME (AP) — Bologna returned to winning ways when second-half goals from Giovanni Fabbian and Joshua Zirkzee beat Torino 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.

Bologna had gone 10 games without defeat before losing to Fiorentina before the international break. It has risen two places to sixth in the league.

Fabbian broke the deadlock for the home side after 56 minutes. The midfielder had a relatively easy finish after goalkeeper Luca Gemello committed himself outside the box. Although Torino defenders scrambled back to cover, Fabbian slotted the ball with aplomb.

Zirkee doubled their lead two minutes into injury time.

The Turin club matched Bologna for long spells but could not find the net. A win would have given it the honor of becoming only the eighth team in Serie A history to reach the milestone of 3,000 points. It remains in 12th place.

Earlier, Verona twice came from behind to salvage a point against Lecce in a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Verona beat the visitor in their previous four league matches without conceding a goal but it fell behind on the half hour mark when Rémi Oudin hammered in an unstoppable 25-meter strike into the top corner.

Cyril Ngonge levelled four minutes before halftime when he took advantage of slack defending and fired home from a tight angle.

Lecce got its nose in front again midway through the second half thanks to Joan González but Milan Djuric equalized nine minutes later for Verona when he headed home from a Filippo Terracciano free kick.

A point apiece meant Verona remained second from bottom on the table, while Lecce jumped one place to 13th.


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