“It was one of the scenes at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Uruguay defeated Italy 1-0 in the preliminary round match. The game kept what it promised. It was tough and sometimes unfair. The low point of the game occurred in the 79th minute when Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bit his opponent Giorgio Chiellini in the shoulder.
The Italian excitedly showed referee Marco Rodriguez the bite marks. It didn’t help, however, as Rodriguez had nabed the bite attack, and was allowed to stay on the field.
The situation was different on Monday evening Patric of Lazio Rome. The Spaniard burned through the fuses in the aftermath of the game in Lecce. He bit his opponent in the upper arm and quite rightly saw the red card for it.
In the third minute of extra time, Lecce was leveled at 2-1. In the middle: Pratic. The 27-year-old stood behind his wildly gesticulating opponent Giulio Donati. Donati raised her arms so that they were exactly at the height of Patric’s face. The defender thought he was unobserved in the hustle and bustle and bit Donati in the left upper arm. But referee Fabio Maresca saw the bite and put Patric off the pitch.
It remained at 2-1 for the upstart. The defeat hurts Lazio twice as the second-placed side could have picked up important points on leaders Juventus Turin with a win at Lecce. Juve lost 2-4 to AC Milan on Monday night but still have a seven-point lead over Lazio.
Ibrahimovic wins against Ronaldo
Juventus v Milan was also the duel of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Adrien Rabiot and Ronaldo had put Juve in the lead after the break, but Ibrahimovic, Franck Kessié, Rafael Leao and former Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic turned the match in the hosts’ favour.
Milan are in fifth place after the win and are back in the Champions League ranks. Ibrahimovic is confident that things would have been better for the club had he not moved to Milan until January. “If I had played in Milan from day one, we would have won the title,” said the Swede in his not-so-modest manner. The 38-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season. Ibrahimovic hinted at his final farewell after the win against Juventus: “I’m sorry for the fans, it might be the last time they see me live. Read between the lines. At 38, I no longer have the body of yesteryear and can no longer do what I did before.”