Juventus, without Matthijs de Ligt, has unexpectedly reached the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia. Genoa managed to reverse a 2-0 backlog in Turin, but had to bend in the extension.
Juventus-Genoa 3-2 (after extension) Also Juventus had half an hour overwork. Thanks to Dejan Kulusevski and Álvaro Morata, La Vecchia Signora stood at a 2-0 head start after 23 minutes and seemed to have a trouble-free cup evening. However, the number seventeen of Serie A fought well back: thanks to a rake headball of old Heracles famous Lennart Czyborra and a beautiful curl by Filippo Melegoni, it became 2-2 and forced Genoa to extend it. Juventus still raided Cristiano Ronaldo and still made a cup: Hamza Rafai, who was also invaded, entered the winning 3-2.
Paris Saint-Germain — Olympique Marseille 2-1Mauricio Pochettino has received his first prize as trainer of Paris Saint-Germain. PSG secured his eighth Trophée des Champions victory in a row against rival Olympique Marseille. Mauro Icardi worked the score just before rest by working the ball in two instances past Steve Mandanda: 1-0. Neymar fell in after more than an hour and decided the match just before time via the penalty tip. Dimitri Payet made a connection hit, but that 2-1 was late for L‘OM.
Tottenham Hotspur-Fulham 1-1Tottenham Hotspur was still in the race in mid-December for his first Premier League title ever, but seems to have to put his title dream in the fridge. In the catching up game against Fulham for the fourth time in the last five games, the full pound was not achieved. Harry Kane headed his team for rest on a 1-0 head start, but Kenny Tete’s team and bench seat Terence Kongolo hit back in the final phase. Ivan Cavaleiro still got Fulham a point against the city mate. Tottenham remains sixth, at six points of leading Manchester United.
Manchester City-Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0The team of Joël Veltman and the Davy Pröpper exchanged after rest produced a total of one shot between the poles and could do little but stop. Manchester City turned his predominance into a hit: Kevin De Bruyne put Phil Foden to work and the youngster surprised goalkeeper Robert Sánchez in the short corner.
Manchester City failed to distance further and Raheem Sterling even missed a penalty in the extra time: The Citizens did not get into trouble anymore. The team of Pep Guardiola now stands third, at one point from Liverpool and four points from rival Manchester United, but still holds one match.
Fiorentina – Internazionale 1-2The big surprise in the base at Inter was Christian Eriksen, who, in a new role as a game distributor for the defense, made the match perfect for the team of trainer Antonio Conte. The Dane did not score for the Nerazzurri, but saw that Arturo Vidal did just before rest. The Chilean shot in a penalty kick.
After the break, Fiorentina came by again. Christian Kouamé reached goal after a short hour of football and because of that goal an extension was needed after ninety minutes. For a long time it seemed that there would be a series of penalties, but in minute 119 Romelu Lukaku decided differently. The Belgian still headed his team to the last eight.