Victory pulls Inter closer to CL spot


Inter Milan’s Matteo Politano, right, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Chievo Verona in Serie A action on Monday.

The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Inter Milan took a crucial step toward securing Champions League soccer by beating 10-man Chievo Verona 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.

Inter moved back into the third spot in Serie A, a point above Atalanta, which occupies the final Champions League qualifying berth.

Crucially, Inter was four points above AC Milan and Roma with two matches remaining.

“Once we broke the deadlock, it all became easier. Now, it will all be in our hand for the next two games,” Inter midfielder Radja Nainggolan said. “Now, getting points to qualify for the Champions League is all that matters.”

Matteo Politano opened the scoring shortly before halftime and Ivan Perisic, who earlier hit the post, sealed the result after Chievo midfielder Nicola Rigoni was sent off for a second booking.

Last-placed Chievo had already been relegated.

Bologna all but achieved Serie A safety with a 4-1 win over 10-man Parma, which is in danger of getting sucked back into the relegation dogfight.

Bologna was helped by two own goals, including from Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe, who kept his side in the match early on with three sensational saves.

Parma defender Francisco Sierralta scored the other own goal late on.

AFC picks 1st all-female ref crew

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Referee Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi are set to become the first all-female crew to officiate in one of the Asian Football Confederation’s continental club competitions.

The AFC said all three women passed a fitness test that matched the requirements for male officials, and described the appointment for Wednesday’s AFC Cup Group F match between Yangon United of Myanmar and Naga World of Cambodia as a “timely boost” considering the referees were among 12 Asian match officials involved in the Women’s World Cup in France next month.

Yamashita has previously officiated at the under-17 Women’s World Cup and the Women’s Asian Cup.

“This is one of my dreams,” Yamashita was quoted as saying Tuesday. “It’s an important achievement for us because it’s the first time three women will officiate in an AFC club competition and it comes before the Women’s World Cup.

“I have to thank the AFC for giving us this opportunity to join the history books in women’s refereeing in Asia.”Speech

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