Inter Milan on high with Lazio win


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Inter Milan stored their lead within the Serie A title race due to a decent 2-1 win over Lazio on Sunday, whereas Juventus pulled off an unimaginable comeback to sink a distraught Roma 4-3.

Milan Skriniar thumped home the decisive purpose with a towering header from Alessandro Bastoni’s cross within the 67th minute to place Inter again one level forward of AC Milan, who had moved into first place after a 3-Zero win at Venezia in Sunday’s early match.

Simone Inzaghi’s aspect have a sport in hand on their native rivals after their match at Bologna on Thursday was not performed as a consequence of Covid infections among the many opposition squad.

“We need to carry on like this, because all our direct rivals won today so there’s no time to stop and think, we just have to keep winning,” mentioned Inzaghi after Inter’s eighth straight league triumph.

It was a powerful show on the San Siro for Inter towards Inzaghi’s outdated membership, who nonetheless gave account of themselves and levelled within the 35th minute by way of Ciro Immobile’s 15th league purpose of the season after Bastoni had crashed the hosts into the lead with a long-range daisy-cutter 5 minutes earlier than.

Maurizio Sarri’s aspect even gave Inter some scares after Skriniar crashed in his third league purpose of the marketing campaign, with Immobile having a purpose dominated out for an apparent offside, however they could not create something clear-cut and left Milan with their seventh defeat of the season.

Six factors behind Inter in third are Napoli, whose faltering Serie A title hopes have been stored alive by Andrea Petagna in a 1-Zero win over Sampdoria.

Burly ahead Petagna struck the winner with an uncharacteristically acrobatic bicycle kick simply earlier than half-time to maintain Napoli — lacking quite a few key gamers to Covid-19 infections and the Africa Cup of Nations — nearly within the hunt.

Lazio in the meantime sits eighth, degree on 32 factors with native rivals Roma who fully fell aside of their loss to Juve, who’re three factors behind fourth-placed Atalanta within the race for the Champions League after their 6-2 win at Covid-hit Udinese.

Deservedly dropping 3-1 within the 69th minute and having misplaced Federico Chiesa to a probably critical knee harm within the first half, Juve have been main with 76 minutes on the clock on the Stadio Olimpico as Roma collapsed so dramatically that Jose Mourinho overtly questioned his gamers’ character.

“It was 70 minutes of complete control… We did very well for 70 minutes, but after that it was a psychological collapse,” Mourinho instructed DAZN.

“When you’re in the shit you’re supposed to get back up and show what you’re made of, but there are people in the changing room here who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak.”

Juve’s win in what was in all probability the match of the season to date was all of the extra exceptional as quickly after Mattia De Sciglio had lashed the away aspect forward Lorenzo Pellegrini has the proper likelihood to degree the scores at 4 every however hit a dreadful penalty which Wojciech Szczesny simply pushed away.

That was a disappointing finish to the match for Italy midfielder Pellegrini, who had lapped up the roar of the home crowd eight minutes after the break when his luxurious free-kick regarded to have given Roma the third purpose they wanted to seal what would have been Mourinho’s greatest win thus far as coach of the capital membership.

However after Manuel Locatelli’s free header minimize the deficit with 20 minutes left, Roma collapsed, letting Dejan Kulusevski sweep in a leveller two minutes later which was confirmed after a prolonged VAR test for offside.

De Sciglio’s strike left the beforehand buoyant home assist in full disbelief and after Pellegrini fluffed his spot-kick they knew the sport was up, regardless of Juve’s Matthijs de Ligt being despatched off for handball after gifting away the missed penalty.

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