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Sport Roma leveller stalls Inter as Juventus close gap in Serie A

02:25  11 january  2021
02:25  11 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Inter Milan missed a chance to keep the pressure on Juventus after being held 2-2 at Roma on Sunday, leaving the way clear for the Turin giants to close in on a ninth consecutive Serie A title. © Filippo MONTEFORTE Roma 's Leonardo Spinazzola (3rd L) celebrates after scoring aginst Inter

But Roma captain Edin Dzeko set up Leonardo Spinazzola for the equaliser before the break and was again involved when Henrikh Mkhitaryan finished off the second on 57 It was a stalemate which does little to help either team, and boosts Juventus 's chances of extending their record Serie A run.

Inter Milan's title push took a knock on Sunday as a 2-2 draw at rivals Roma allowed AC Milan to finish the weekend with a three-point lead at the top of the Serie A table.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) scored his 15th goal this season. © Marco BERTORELLO Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) scored his 15th goal this season.

Champions Juventus also benefited from the stalemate, powering up to fourth with a 3-1 win over 10-man Sassuolo.

Inter are three points behind AC Milan, who beat Torino 2-0 on Saturday, with Roma a further three points behind in third.

Juventus are just a point behind Roma after claiming a third consecutive win for the first time this season.

"It was important to give continuity and win tonight, because otherwise the match played on Wednesday at San Siro was useless," said Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo whose side ended AC Milan's 27-match unbeaten run midweek.

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Roma remain a further three points behind Inter in third. Champions Juventus , in fifth, 10 points behind AC Milan, look to close the gap against Sassuolo later on Sunday in Turin. Juventus and Inter go head-to-head in the San Siro next weekend.

Reeling after midweek defeats, both Milan clubs look to get back on track in Serie A this weekend to hold off their rivals as champions Juventus and Roma close the gap on the leaders. AC Milan remain one point ahead of second-placed Inter despite Juventus ending their 27-match unbeaten league run

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Roma defender Gianluca Mancini (L) celebrates after grabbing a late equaliser against Inter Milan. © Vincenzo PINTO Roma defender Gianluca Mancini (L) celebrates after grabbing a late equaliser against Inter Milan.

In Rome, Inter's stalemate was a blow for Antonio Conte's side whose eight-match winning streak ended against Sampdoria midweek.

Chasing a first Serie A title since 2010, Inter play Juventus in the San Siro next weekend in what could be one of the defining clashes of the season.

Lorenzo Pellegrini gave Roma the lead after a quarter of an hour in the Stadio Olimpico.

Inter fought back with Milan Skriniar heading in the equaliser 11 minutes after the break with Achraf Hakimi adding a second seven minutes later with a superb curling effort.

But with the clock ticking, Inter could not resist the Roman pressure with defender Mancini getting his head to a Gonzalo Villar cross four minutes from time.

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Reeling after midweek defeats, both Milan clubs look to get back on track in Serie A this weekend to hold off their rivals as champions Juventus and Roma close the gap on the leaders. Milan remain one point ahead of second-placed Inter despite Juventus ending their 27-match unbeaten league run with

Inter Milan missed a chance to keep the pressure on Juventus after being held 2-2 at Roma on Sunday, leaving the way clear for the Turin giants to It was a stalemate which does little to help either team, and boosts Juventus ' chances of extending their record Serie A run. "We have to get used to

a group of people playing football on a field: Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala hurt his left knee against Sassuolo. © Marco BERTORELLO Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala hurt his left knee against Sassuolo.

"At the end of the match, sometimes there is a certain fear in the face of an important result which prompts you to drop off," said Conte.

"We had the chance to kill off the game but couldn't manage it."

Roma could also rue their missed opportunities as they  play eighth-placed city rivals Lazio, who beat Parma 2-0, next weekend.

"We had 15-20 minutes in the second half which were fatal," said Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.

- Juve feel the pain -

In Turin, it was a bruising clash for the reigning champions, who are chasing their 10th title in a row, as they lost forward Paulo Dybala and Weston McKennie to injury in the first half.

Midfielder McKennie pulled up after 18 minutes with a muscle problem and was replaced by Welsh international Ramsey.

Dybala was substituted three minutes before the break for a knock to his left knee.

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Gianluca Mancini headed in a late equaliser as Roma stalled Serie A title rivals Inter Milan with a 2-2 draw Antonio Conte's second-placed Inter lost further points after their eight-match winning streak Champions Juventus , in fifth, 10 points behind AC Milan with a game in hand, look to close the gap

Juventus ' lead from Roma in Serie A has been narrowed over the last 18 months, according to Luciano Spalletti. Roma coach Luciano Spalletti insists his side are narrowing the gap to Serie A leaders Juventus , with his side six points behind the reigning champions with eight games to go.

Juve are already without Alex Sandro, Juan Cuadrado and Matthijs de Ligt who tested positive for coronavirus.

There was also a scare for forward Federico Chiesa, who was left screaming in pain and clutching his left ankle following a Pedro Obiang tackle which saw the Sassuolo midfielder see red before the break.

Defender Danilo put Juventus ahead in the 50th minute.

But seven minutes later Sassuolo pulled level with Gregoire Defrel brilliantly finishing off a Hamed Junior Traore through ball.

Ramsey gave Juventus the advantage again eight minutes from time when he tapped in a Gianluca Frabotta cross to claim his first goal of the campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo completed the scoring deep into injury time, rifling in his 15th league goal this term.

"It was a painful match, badly managed after our advantage, but the important thing was winning even if we were a little disorganised," added Pirlo.

Sassuolo drop to seventh after their third loss in five games.

Napoli bounced backed from their shock midweek home to defeat to Spezia with a last-gasp 2-1 win at Udinese to sit sixth.

Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne converted a penalty in the 15th minute following Kevin Bonifazi's foul on Hirving Lozano.

Kevin Lasagna pulled Udinese level in the 27th minute, with the hosts missing chances to kill off the game before Tiemoue Bakayoko headed in his late winner.

"The team is alive. We suffered, but we managed to recover what we had lost a few days ago," said Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso.

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