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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sacchi Quits Italian Job For AC Milan Return

Italian soccer coach Arrigo Sacchi, increasingly seen as a lame duck even by his team, has ended months of debate about his future by resigning and returning to AC Milan, the club where he made his name.

"Sacchi returns to Milan," trumpeted the Corriere dello Sport newspaper on Monday.

The Italian soccer federation (FIGC) special commissioner Raffaele Pagnozzi said Sacchi had called him shortly before midnight on Sunday to advise him of his decision.

"I can't say no to [owner Silvio] Berlusconi. Milan calls me, I can only resign. Try to understand," the 50-year-old Sacchi was quoted as saying.

Sacchi replaces Oscar Washington Tabarez who has had a bleak six months with the club that lost 3-2 at lowly Piacenza on Sunday.

Pasquale Luiso's 71st minute goal -- his eighth of the season -- condemned Milan to an embarrassing 3-2 defeat after Frenchman Cristophe Dugarry's double strike had pulled the champions back from a 2-0 halftime deficit.

It was Milan's fourth defeat of the season and leaves them languishing in ninth place in the table.

In other matches in serie A, Vicenza maintained their one-point lead through an Alessandro Iannuzzi goal which gave them a a 1-1 draw at Perugia on Sunday.

The vital away point leaves Vicenza with 21 points from 11 matches, one more than Inter who had briefly drawn level on Saturday after themselves drawing 2-2 at home to Cagliari.

But Juventus moved into third place after defeating Bologna, courtesy of Zinedine Zidane's superbly struck 50th minute free-kick.


A solitary goal from Frenchman Corentin Martins ensured Deportivo Coruna three points from their game at Sevilla and with it second place in the Spanish first division behind leaders Real Madrid.

Martins pounced on a rebound early in the second half of a poor game which ended with disappointed Sevilla fans shouting insults at the club president's box.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)