European football: Substitute off after 32 seconds and a Hendrix hit

Atalanta midfielder Giulio Migliaccio receives the commiserations of Palermo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino after being sent off
Giulio Migliaccio is a former Italy under-20 international

It has been another eventful weekend in European football but it did not last long for Atalanta midfielder Giulio Migliaccio after he received the fastest red card seen by a substitute this season.

But what else might you have missed across Europe's leagues? BBC Sport has rounded up the best of the action on the Continent.

Thanks for coming

Atalanta midfielder Giulio Migliaccio is sent off against Palermo
Atalanta midfielder Giulio Migliaccio spent four seasons with Palermo

Let's start with Atalanta midfielder Migliaccio, who came off the bench for the seventh time this season but barely had time to warm up as he was sent off just 32 seconds later.

The 34-year-old came and went in the 76th minute of his side's 3-0 win over Palermo in Serie A.

Migliaccio previously played for Palermo but it was not a happy reunion as he was dismissed for a high challenge on Ivaylo Chochev to take one of the earliest baths on record.

It's certainly the fastest dismissal for a substitute in Europe's top five leagues this season.

Fastest red cards for a substitute in 2015-16
NameGameTime spent on pitch
Giulio Migliaccio - AtalantaAtalanta v Palermo (Serie A)32 seconds
Benjamin Mendy - MarseilleToulouse v Marseille (Ligue 1)47 seconds
Kevin Mirallas - EvertonSwansea City v Everton (Premier League)136 seconds
Aleksandar Pesic - ToulouseToulouse v St Etienne (Ligue 1)338 seconds
Jonathas - Real SociedadReal Sociedad v Atletico Madrid (La Liga)511 seconds

It's a Hendrix record

Jorrit Hendrix
"We're gonna score in a minute..." Jorrit Hendrix gets this weekend's inevitable PSV goal

Now, for those of you who endured PSV Eindhoven's tedious 0-0 Champions League draw at Manchester United a couple of weeks ago, this next bit is going to come as a bit of a shock.

So get yourself a cup of tea, have a sit down and consider this fact: the last time PSV failed to score in a Dutch Eredivisie match, David Moyes was still United's manager.

It was on 13 April, 2014 that Philip Cocu's side lost 2-0 at home to Feyenoord. In 20 months since - including through the whole of last season - every single league match brought a goal.

And so PSV travelled to Vitesse Arnhem on Saturday with history in sight, seeking to create a new Dutch Eredivisie record by scoring for a 42nd consecutive league match.

And do you know? They only went and did it. Jorrit Hendrix got the decisive goal in a 1-0 victory. PSV move up to second in the league, behind leaders Ajax.

A Lippi comeback?

Marcello Lippi
Marcello Lippi led Italy to the 2006 World Cup, and a group-stage exit in 2010

Marcello Lippi is one of the greatest names in coaching: a World Cup winner with Italy, a Champions League winner with Juventus.

But a full 11 years after he last coached at club level in Italy, could he be set for a Serie A comeback at Lazio?

That was the main question on people's minds as the Stadio Olimpico on Friday as Lazio lost 2-0 at home to Juve, a fifth defeat in six league matches.

Coach Stefano Pioli has refused to resign, but the rumours are that he may soon be pushed - particularly as Lippi was spotted in the crowd, a few seats away from club president Claudio Lotito.

The 67-year-old's most recent position was as director of football at Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. He resigned in February; his next move has yet to be revealed.

"I don't think it's right to comment, out of respect for my colleagues," Lippi said when asked if he might be about to take charge at Lazio. Which is hardly a no.

You carrot be serious

Carrots dumped by Roma fans outside the club's training ground
Roma have slipped to fourth in the Serie A table after their poor run

It's not unusual for fans to protest at their team's poor performances. But Roma's supporters found a novel way of showing their unhappiness as they made a special delivery to the team's training ground.

Seven crates of carrots were emptied at the exit, below a banner reading 'Buon appetito conigli', or 'eat well rabbits'.

If the idea was to help Roma's players see through the gloom of their recent run it didn't quite work.

A 2-2 draw at struggling Bologna and a 2-0 home defeat to Atalanta, either side of a 6-1 Champions League hammering by Barcelona, had hit Roma's Serie A title hopes.

And their winless run didn't come to an end this weekend when a last-minute penalty from Maxi Lopez earned Torino a 1-1 draw.

Whether that triggers another delivery of carrots remains to be seen after, it's fair to say, the first was not well received.

"We won't be putting carrots back on the menu," Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini reportedly said.

"The team needs constructive criticism. Maybe even extreme criticism, but definitely constructive. The players are also people, like you or I. We accept the criticism, but nothing over the top."

Naughty, naughty

Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz saves a penalty against Cologne
Marwin Hitz is a Switzerland international

Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz seemed to get away with a piece of skulduggery in his side's 1-0 win at Cologne in the Bundesliga.

Hitz slyly scuffed up the penalty spot as a decision to award the home side a soft-looking penalty was debated, and then saved the resulting effort from Anthony Modeste as the former Blackburn Rovers loanee lost his footing.

Hitz apparently apologised after the game but still got a ticking off from manager Markus Weinzierl.

"He hasn't acted cleverly and not fairly. But when you feel wronged you sometimes over-react," said Weinzierl.

Lyon leave home on a low

Cheikh N'Doye
Lyon lost their final home league match at the Stade de Gerland as Cheikh N'Doye scored twice

It was meant to be a big send off. Instead, it was a huge let-down - and provided the makings of a crisis for Lyon.

Last season's Ligue 1 runners-up - who were the frontrunners for a chunk of the campaign - are moving to a new stadium next month after 65 years at the Stade de Gerland.

The famous old stadium has been the venue for events as varied as a Michael Jackson concert and the 1972 Rugby League World Cup final; but of late, it has been the host to a Lyon team on the slide.

Hubert Fournier's side played their final Ligue 1 match at their old ground before the big move, and lost 2-0 to Angers.

Chiekh N'Doye's two goals condemned Lyon to a third defeat in four league matches, and a team with title ambitions have dropped to fifth in the table.

The newly-built 59,000 capacity Stade de Luimeres awaits for the next home match, against Troyes on 9 January.

And finally...

In case you missed it, we had the story on Friday of an 11-year-old schoolboy from Northern Ireland who has been invited for a trial by Real Madrid. Read it here.

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