Inter Held At Roma To Leave Juventus Closer To Serie A Title
Inter Milan missed out on a chance to keep the pressure on Juventus after being held 2-2 at Roma on Sunday, leaving the method clear for the Turin giants to close in on a ninth consecutive Serie A title.
Romelu Lukaku’s charge two minutes from time saved a point for Antonio Conte’s Inter, who are 2nd, 5 points behind Juventus.
Juve can open up an eight-point lead on the top of the table when they host fourth-placed Lazio on Monday.
Stefan De Vrij had actually got Inter off the mark at the Stadio Olimpico when he headed house an Alexis Sanchez corner after 14 minutes.
But Roma captain Edin Dzeko set up Leonardo Spinazzola for the equaliser in first half stoppage time and was once again included when Henrikh Mkhitaryan got the 2nd in the 57th minute.
Lukaku came off the bench and scored from the area late after Spinazzola fouled Victor Moses.
It was a stalemate which does little to assist either group, and improves Juventus’ opportunities of extending their record Serie A run.
” We have to get utilized to playing these big games with so much pressure, which is something Inter have actually lost over the last few years,” said Conte, whose side have not won Serie A considering that 2010, when they won the treble under Jose Mourinho.
” I can’t blame my players for anything, today we faced a team in good shape,” he continued.
” Our team is doing exceptional things. Beyond the 2nd location, we are into the Champions League.”
Inter can not be captured by Roma, who are 5th and 9 points adrift of the Champions League locations, 14 behind Inter with 4 matches to play.
They are one point ahead of third-placed Atalanta, who have actually also certified for Europe’s leading competitors after Inter’s attract the Italian capital.
Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso was unhappy with the league’s tight schedule as his side beat Udinese 2-1.
Napoli are two points behind Roma in sixth after Matteo Politano blasted in the winner five minutes into injury time to nab all three points.
Roma’s Leonardo Spinazzola (3rd L) celebrates after scoring aginst Inter Milan at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. AFP/ Filippo MONTEFORTE
” It was an important triumph even if now we’re playing another sport which frets me,” said Gattuso.
” This is not football. Playing every three days and without fans is something different, the players are not robots.”
Gattuso’s side are out of the running for the Champions League next season however are preparing to meet Barcelona in the 2nd leg of their last 16 incorporate this year’s edition, with both sides locked at 1-1.
At the bottom of the table Brescia, in 19th, won 2-1 to condemn SPAL to a go back to Serie B after 2 seasons in the top flight.
In another transfer dogfight Genoa beat Lecce 2-1 to move four points clear of the southerners who inhabit the final relegation area.
Genoa are four points behind Torino, who lost 2-0 at Fiorentina.
City rivals Sampdoria are on the brink of securing Serie A survival after staging an awesome return from two objectives to win 3-2 at Parma.
Fabio Quagliarella scored one and set up Federico Bonazzoli for the winner as Claudio Ranieri’s side won a third successive match for the first time this season.
Ranieri, who memorably guided outsiders Leicester City to the 2016 English Premier League title, took over last October with the club sitting bottom of the table.
But they have returned strong after the coronavirus lockdown, winning five of their last six video games and are 12 points above the drop zone with 4 video games left.
Parma were two goals ahead at half-time thanks to Gervinho and an own goal from Samp goalkeeper Bartosz Bereszynski.
However Julian Chabot pulled one back with his head 2 minutes after the break prior to Fabio Quagliarella curled in his 11th of the season with 21 minutes and teed up Federico Bonazzoli for the winner with 12 minutes to go.
Sampdoria relocation ahead of Parma into 12th position as Roberto D’Aversa’s side, who had actually been targeting the Europa League locations earlier this season, depression to their sixth defeat in 7 games.