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MILAN (AP) — Juventus will have to wait at least another day to secure a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title after its second-string team was beaten 2-1 at relegation-threatened Spal on Saturday.Juventus only needed a point and seemed all but certain of that when teenager Moise Kean gave it the lead in the first half Bobby Wood Jersey , but Kevin Bonifazi and Sergio Floccari scored after the break to keep the champagne on ice.It was a first top-flight win over Juventus for Spal which has gone through bankruptcy and been refounded twice — in 2005 and 2012.“We wanted to close it today,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “The boys’ performance was good and the young players competed with such authority … Everyone did well, we’re only sorry for the defeat, but we paid for inexperience.”Juventus remains 20 points above second-placed Napoli, which visits last-placed Chievo Verona on Sunday. Anything but a win for Napoli would hand Juventus the title.There will then be six matches remaining and Juventus has the better head-to-head record, which is the tiebreaker in Italy.With the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Ajax on Tuesday — after a 1-1 away draw in the first leg — Allegri rested a number of players, including Cristiano Ronaldo. He also handed defender Paolo Gozzi, 17, his Serie A debut.“If we had put all our starters in https://www.thetopsoccer.com/usa/paul-arriola-jersey , it would have been easier to win it,” Allegri said. “But there is the goal to obtain on Tuesday.”All appeared to be going to plan on Saturday when Kean stuck out a boot to divert Joao Cancelo’s shot into the opposite side of the net and past Spal goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano in the 30th minute.Bonifazi headed in a corner at the near post four minutes into the second half, and that would still have been enough for Juventus to clinch the title, but Floccari scored the winner in the 74th off Alessandro Murgia’s cross.Spal moved into 13th, seven points clear of the relegation zone.TIGHT FIGHTThe title chase might be all but over but the race for Champions League places continues to get tighter.AC Milan consolidated fourth place with a 1-0 win over Lazio.The result saw Milan move back a point above fifth-placed Roma, which had earlier beaten Udinese 1-0.There were several chances in an entertaining match at San Siro and Ciro Immobile hit the post in the first half for Lazio.But Franck Kessie converted a penalty 11 minutes from time after Mateo Musacchio had been barged over by Lazio defender Riza Durmisi.That came moments after Milan had a penalty awarded — and then revoked — when referee Gianluca Rocchi reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor and decided that Francesco Acerbi’s handball was involuntary.A brawl between both sets of players broke out at the end of the game, with several members of the bench also joining in.Lazio felt it should have had a penalty of its own late on and sporting director Igli Tare claimed the decisions were influenced by discussions which arose after disputed refereeing decisions in Milan’s defeat at Juventus last week.“What happened was what we feared, and what we expected,” Tare said. “We’re disappointed to lose a match in which we really played well.”It was Lazio’s third league match without a win and left the capital club six points behind Milan Zack Steffen Jersey , although it has played a match less.Tare was the only representative from Lazio to speak after the match.“(Coach) Simone Inzaghi is also very upset, we hoped the match would be decided on the pitch, and not by certain incidents,” Tare added. “There is a lot of tension … We decided to not make the coach and players speak to calm things down.“We still believe in the Champions League, until it’s mathematically impossible for us we’ll believe we can do it right until the end.”Atalanta can move level on points with Milan with a win over Empoli on Monday.Roma had briefly occupied fourth spot after Edin Dzeko scored his first goal at home in a year, following a fine flick from Stephan El Shaarawy.Dzeko’s previous seven goals this season had come away from the Stadio Olimpico.Roma has a crucial match next week as it travels to third-placed Inter Milan.Udinese remained four points above the bottom three. MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Pity Martinez was surprised when he landed in his new home after an overnight flight from South America.It was just past 5 o’clock in the morning.He certainly didn’t expect to be greeted by a hearty group of sleep-deprived Atlanta United fans.“It was a very nice welcome,” Martinez said. “Just seeing that support gives you the strength to really want to start the season.”That will come soon enough.The South American player of the year was formally unveiled by the reigning MLS Cup champions on Friday, another high-profile move by a team that has quickly become the U.S. league’s flagship franchise.“I know that Atlanta is a club that’s winning titles Cheap Soccer Jerseys ,” Martinez said through a translator. “I’m someone who likes to compete for titles. My goal is to get up to speed with the group as fast as I can and help us accomplish all of our goals.”Martinez is coming off a stellar season in his native Argentina, leading River Plate to a Copa Libertadores championship and a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup.He’ll be chasing similar goals in Atlanta, which makes its debut in the CONCACAF Champions League next month after winning the MLS title in just its second season.Carlos Bocanegra, the club’s technical director, said he’s been following Martinez’s career for several years, quickly pegging him as the sort of player who might fit in Atlanta someday.Bocanegra still remembers the first time he watched Martinez in person, though it required a bit of improvising to get into River Plate’s famed stadium, El Monumental in Buenos Aires. The traffic was so thick that he had to hop out of his car in the middle of the freeway and hop over a barrier to get to inside before kickoff.Once he was at his seat, Bocanegra was thoroughly impressed.“You go watch a game at River and the intensity and the pressure and what the fans demand every game from these guys Cheap AC Milan Soccer Shirts ,” Bocanegra said, “you have to take that into account when you come to play for Atlanta.”United broke its own MLS attendance record last season, averaging 53,002 per game — more than doubling every other team in the league except Seattle and Toronto. Every time the club opened the upper deck at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, more than 70,000 fans turned out.“That is not lost on us because we play in front of 70,000 people here,” Bocanegra said. “Can they perform on the big stages?”Martinez’s acquisition required one of the largest transfer fees in MLS history — a reported $14 million — and also will force United to make another personnel move to comply with MLS salary-cap restrictions.Atlanta already has three designated players who aren’t subject to the cap: MVP Josef Martinez, All-Star Miguel Almiron and 19-year-old Ezequiel Barco. One will have to be go before United opens the league season on March 3.Bocanegra was coy about the club’s plans. It’s no secret that Almiron wants to move to Europe Cheap Arsenal Soccer Jerseys , but no team has made a formal offer — perhaps scared off by United’s demands for a transfer fee approaching $30 million.If Almiron is still with the team after the January transfer window expires, and given that Josef Martinez just signed a contract extension through the 2023 season, the most likely backup plan would be to loan out Barco for the season.“There’s many different things on the table,” Bocanegra said. “We’ll figure stuff out.”One thing is certain: Pity Martinez will be playing for Atlanta United this season.“You’re talking about the South American player of the year,” Bocanegra said. “Take a step back and think about that: all the great players who’ve come out of South America and are playing there now. To have someone of Pity’s quality come here and be part of Atlanta United, it’s fantastic for us and it’s fantastic for the group. He’s going to raise the level in training, he’s going to raise the level in the games, and he’s going to raise the level of the team.”