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Sport Lecce 1-1 Inter: Second straight Serie A draw frustrates Nerazzurri

20:40  19 january  2020
20:40  19 january  2020 Source:   goal.com

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a young girl holding a football ball: Lecce celebrate their goal against Inter © Getty Images Lecce celebrate their goal against Inter

Inter were held for the second consecutive Serie A match as a 1-1 draw at Lecce handed reigning champions Juventus an unexpected boost in the title race.

Antonio Conte's men started 2020 with an impressive defeat of Napoli, but they only took a point against Atalanta last week and again failed to register a victory on Sunday.

It had briefly appeared as though 20-year-old defender Alessandro Bastoni would prove the unlikely hero when he headed in the opener - his first goal for the club - three minutes after arriving from the bench.

Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed © Alberto Lingria/Reuters Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed

However, Lecce captain Marco Mancosu steered past Samir Handanovic with 13 minutes remaining, meaning Juve can go four points clear at the summit by beating Parma later in the day.

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Inter Milan missed the chance to move top of Serie A after being held to a draw by struggling Lecce . Both teams struck the woodwork, with Inter 's Marcelo Brozovic denied by the post in the first half and Lecce midfielder Filippo Falco curling a free-kick against the upright in the second .

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Inter made a bright start but Mancosu was guilty of a glaring miss with seven minutes on the clock, blazing over after reaching Khouma Babacar's stooping header uncontested at the far post.

The busy Romelu Lukaku saw an opener ruled out for a foul and then teed up Marcelo Brozovic, whose curling effort wrongfooted Gabriel but bounced away off the right-hand post.

Substitute Alessandro Bastoni wheels away after putting the visitors ahead before Lecce responded quickly © Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images Substitute Alessandro Bastoni wheels away after putting the visitors ahead before Lecce responded quickly

Lecce were frustrated in the final moments of the first half when a penalty decision in their favour was overturned, referee Piero Giacomelli visiting the pitchside monitor before deciding Stefano Sensi's arm was in a natural position at his side as he handled in the area.

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Lecce coach Fabio Liverani has faced Inter on one previous occasion in Serie A , losing 2 -0 away from home Inter are unbeaten in their opening game of Serie A campaigns against newly-promoted teams since At 3-0, the Nerazzurri kept the pressure on. Brozovic went close to scoring his second with a

An open, entertaining spell following the interval was punctuated only by routine stops at either end and Inter were slow to reclaim full control of the contest.

But Diego Godin was replaced by Bastoni 22 minutes from time and the new man directed a header from Cristiano Biraghi's left-wing cross inside the near post.

Antonio Conte's men are now a point behind Juventus having played a game more © Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images Antonio Conte's men are now a point behind Juventus having played a game more

Lecce's response was strong, however, and Mancosu got in front of Bastoni to finish coolly from substitute Zan Majer's delivery.

Filippo Falco - another introduction from the bench - could have stolen all three points, but his 81st-minute free-kick hit the outside of the post.

 

What does it mean? Standards slipping for Inter

Inter won 14 of their first 18 Serie A games this season but have now drawn two in a row. While there was certainly no shame in coming up short against Atalanta, victory was expected here. The Nerazzurri struggled to break down Lecce, and perhaps Conte will look to the transfer market for creative inspiration - potentially in the form of Christian Eriksen.

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Inter finished third in the Serie A in his first season, second the next year and first in his third season. Inter 's misfortunes continued the following season, losing the 2000 Supercoppa Italiana match In his first season, the team collected 72 points from 18 wins, 18 draws and only two losses

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Babacar battles

The Lecce striker failed to add to his Serie A tally of four goals against Inter - his joint-best such record in the competition - but worked manfully up front, having a hand in several of the hosts' best moments.

Martinez muted

Lautaro Martinez has formed one half of one of the most exciting, effective strike partnerships in European football this season, but this was not his day. The Argentina forward had little say in proceedings early on, and belated efforts in the second period came from distance and scarcely troubled Gabriel.

What's next?

There is a clear week for both sides before Serie A action continues next weekend. Inter host Cagliari on Sunday shortly before Lecce visit Hellas Verona.

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