Andrea Pirlo in talks over one-off appearance with Australian club

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Pirlo hasn't played since November 2017.

Andrea Pirlo is considering coming out of retirement for a one-off appearance with Australian semi-professional side Avondale FC, according to Fox Sports.

Avondale play in the Victorian Premier League, Australia’s second tier, though they are due to face A-League side Sydney FC in the FFA Cupthe country’s main cup competition.

Italy, AC Milan and Juventus legend Pirlo last played in November 2017 for New York City FC. He would follow in the footsteps of Alessandro del Piero, who played for Sydney FC for two seasons at the end of his career, as another Italian icon to play in Australia.

Avondale have reportedly been keen to make a big-name signing for some time, and consider Pirlo to be the perfect marquee player to have on board for their cup tie, which will take place on September 19.

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Ronaldo defended by Juventus boss Allegri after failing to score again

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Searching for first Serie A goal: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says Serie A is one of the most difficult leagues in the world to score goals in after Cristiano Ronaldo‘s third successive blank during the 2-1 success at Parma.

The Real Madrid legend has not yet scored in a competitive game for his new club but the Old Lady boss isn’t worried, highlighting the heightened spotlight on defending in the Italian top-flight.

Watch Allegri react in the video below:

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Patrick Cutrone learning from Gonzalo Higuain after dramatic AC Milan winner v Roma

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AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone hopes to keep learning from Gonzalo Higuain after the Argentinian set up his dramatic match-winning goal against Roma on Friday night.

Substitute Cutrone struck in the fifth minute of stoppage time as Milan took a 2-1 win over Roma, their first victory of the season.

And it was Higuain who slipped the ball through to the 20-year-old, who just three years ago was posing for pictures alongside his now team-mate as a fan.

“I’m very happy we won the game, what more could I want? A victory like that is even better,” Cutrone said on Sky Sports Italia.

“We all know what a player (Higuain) is, he is one of the best in the world. It is an honour to be able to train with him and to learn from him. I don’t want to be on the bench but I have a great striker in front of me and I will do my best to give the coach a problem.”

AC Milan's Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain (R) controls the ball during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs Roma on August 31, 2018 at the 'San Siro Stadium' in Milan. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Cutrone’s strike settled a match which Milan dominated in the first half, taking the lead through Franck Kessie, but then saw Roma on top after the break as they levelled through Federico Fazio.

Both sides had goals ruled out by the VAR – first Higuain who thought he had restored Milan’s lead moments after Fazio’s leveller, then Stephen N’Zonzi who appeared to have won it for Roma late on.

Roma coach Eusebio De Francesco felt the result was harsh on his side but saw positive signs in the performance.

“We allowed Milan a period where they definitely did better than us, but in the second half the team has grown and we were able to change.

“It was too bad about the late goal because there was naivety in our decisions.”
The result leaves Roma with only one win from their opening three matches, but Fazio said there was no need to panic.

“We have to analyse things with clear heads,” he said. “We now have two weeks until the next game, and then the Champions League starts and there will be lots of games.

“As I said, I know the ability that every player in this squad has and that if we work hard we will get a lot better.

“Physically it’s hard to know [whether we can improve], the season is long and so far we have only played three games – so it’s hard to say how we are doing from a fitness perspective. But perhaps we lack a bit of cohesion, we need to be more united out on the pitch.”

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