Roma lose ground on Ju­ven­tus AC Mi­lan held to a 2-2 draw by city ri­vals In­ter in derby

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AC Mi­lan yes­ter­day missed the chance to move into sec­ond place in the stand­ings, as they were held to a 2-2 draw by city ri­vals In­ter in the derby at San Siro.

An added time strike by Perisic fol­low­ing a cor­ner­kick ac­tion, gave In­ter a de­served point.

The ner­az­zurri had the bet­ter of the first half, but Suso’s curler just be­fore the break gave Mi­lan the lead.

The Ros­soneri knew a vic­tory would pro­pel them into sec­ond place, as Roma lost at Ata­lanta ear­lier in the day, while the Ner­az­zurri were mak­ing their de­but un­der new coach Ste­fano Pi­oli af­ter Frank de Boer’s dis­missal.

Early in the match In­ter had ef­forts by Perisic, Kon­dog­bia and Icardi ei­ther saved by Don­narumma or miss­ing the tar­get.

Icardi had a great chance when a way­ward Can­dreva shot turned into an as­sist, but it clipped his heel and went be­hind him.

Mat­tia De Sciglio then un­leashed a scorcher from a dis­tance but Han­danovic was not sur­prised.

Two min­utes from the in­ter­val, Bon­aven­tura set Suso in the In­ter area, and the lat­ter’s curl­ing shot beat Han­danovic to give Mi­lan the lead.

In­ter got back on level terms on the 53rd minute. An­to­nio Can­dreva fired home a beau­ti­ful shot from just out­side the area which gave Don­narumma no chance.

But their joy lasted only five min­utes as Mi­lan were back in the lead, again through Suso, who re­ceived a good ball from Bacca and beat Han­danovic with a low shot.

In the 68th minute, In­ter went very close to a sec­ond equaliser when a shot by Perisic went inches wide of the far up­right with Mi­lan goalie Don­narumma beaten.

When ev­ery­thing seemed point­ing to an AC Mi­lan win, Perisic scored the equaliser fol­low­ing a cor­ner­kick ac­tion.

Roma missed the bus yes­ter­day as they suf­fered an un­ex­pected 21 de­feat at high-rid­ing Ata­lanta in Berg­amo.

The de­feat meant they lost fur­ther ground on Serie A lead­ers Ju­ven­tus when they were sunk by a last-minute penalty.

Roma dom­i­nated the first half in foggy Berg­amo and went ahead when Diego Perotti con­verted a penalty awarded for hand­ball by Rafael Toloi five min­utes be­fore half-time. But they handed the ini­tia­tive to Ata­lanta, who lev­elled when Roma goal­keeper Wo­j­ciech Szczesny’s save from a Franck Kessie cross hit Mat­tia Cal­dara and fin­ished at the back of the net in the 62nd minute.

Ata­lanta pushed for­ward in search of the win­ner and went close on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, be­fore they were awarded a penalty in added time af­ter Le­an­dro Paredes had clipped Ale­jan­dro Gomez’s an­kle in the area.

Ivo­rian teenager Kessie sent Roma goalie Szczesny the wrong way from the spot­kick.

Roma were left on 26 points, seven be­hind lead­ers Ju­ven­tus, 30 win­ners over lowly Pescara on Satur­day.

Mean­while for­mer Manch­ester City goal­keeper Joe Hart kept a clean sheet as he helped his side Torino to a 2-0 away win at bot­tom club Cro­tone.

Italy striker An­drea Belotti scored twice in the last 10 min­utes to give Torino the 2-0 win.

Fed­erico Bernarde­schi and Josip Ili­cic each net­ted a brace to give Fiorentina a 4-0 win at Em­poli in the Tus­cany derby.

Sam­p­do­ria, 10th, staged a storm­ing fight­back, scor­ing three goals in the fi­nal six min­utes to beat Sas­suolo 3-2 with Colom­bia for­ward Luis Muriel scor­ing twice, in­clud­ing the win­ner from a stop­page-time penalty.

Sas­suolo had taken a 2-0 lead with goals by Ricci and Ra­gusa be­tween the 64th and 74th min­utes. Quagliarella pulled one back for Samp on 85 min­utes and Muriel lev­elled the score two min­utes later. The same Muriel sent goalie Con­sigli the wrong way from a 90th minute penalty to give Sam­p­do­ria three pre­cious points.

Lazio beat Genoa 3-1 and Bologna over­came Palermo by the same score, leav­ing the Si­cil­ians one place off the bot­tom with six points.

An­der­son paved the way for Lazio’s win, and al­though Ocam­pos lev­eled for Genoa early in the sec­ond half, goals from Biglia and Wal­lace in the space of eight min­utes saw the Ro­man club through.

Bologna had to come back from a goal down at home to Palermo to emerge 3-1 win­ners.

Nestorovski opened the scor­ing for Palermo, but De­stro lev­elled it for Bologna. Sec­ond half goals from Dze­maili and Vi­viani made it look an im­pres­sive win for Bologna. Khedira 36, Mandzu­kic 63, Her­nanes 69 Yes­ter­day Ata­lanta-Roma ............................... 2-1 Perotti (R) 40, Cal­dara (A) 62, Kessie (A) 90 pen. Bologna-Palermo ............................ 3-1 Nestorovski (P) 9, De­stro (B) 20, Dze­maili (B) 67, Vi­viani (B) 72 Cro­tone-Torino ............................... 0-2 Belotti 80, 89 Em­poli-Fiorentina ........................... 0-4 Bernarde­schi 27, 61, Ili­cic 47, 67 Lazio-Genoa ................................... 3-1 An­der­son (L) 11, Ocam­pos (G) 52, Biglia (L) 58, Wal­lace (L) 66 Mi­lan-In­ter Mi­lan ................................... Sam­p­do­ria-Sas­suolo ....................... 3-2 Ricci (Sas) 64, Ra­gusa (Sas) 74, Quagliarella (Sam) 84, Muriel (Sam) 86, 90 pen. AC Mi­lan-In­ter ................................ 2-2 Suso (AC) 43, 58, Can­dreva (I) 53, Perisic (I) 90

Stand­ings

Ju­ven­tus AS Roma AC Mi­lan Lazio Ata­lanta Napoli Torino Fiorentina In­ter Chievo Sam­p­do­ria Genoa Bologna Cagliari Udi­nese Sas­suolo Em­poli Pescara Palermo Cro­tone

Serie B P 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 13 13 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 W 11 8 8 7 8 7 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 4 4 2 1 1 1 D L F A Pts 0 2 28 9 33 2 3 30 14 26 2 3 21 17 26 4 2 26 14 25 1 4 21 14 25 3 3 23 14 24 4 3 29 16 22 5 2 18 11 20 3 5 18 16 18 3 5 13 14 18 3 5 16 19 18 4 4 14 14 16 4 5 14 19 16 1 7 20 30 16 3 6 17 21 15 1 8 16 25 13 4 7 617 10 4 8 9 23 7 3 9 10 26 6 2 10 10 26 5

Yes­ter­day As­coli-Peru­gia ................................... 2-2 No­vara-Frosi­none ............................. 1-2 To­day Tra­pani-SPAL ..........................................

Lega Pro A

Yes­ter­day Alessan­dria-Car­rarese ....................... 2-1 Ol­bia-Prato ....................................... 1-2 Pi­a­cenza-Giana Er­minio .................... 0-1 Pis­toiese-Viterbese ........................... 2-0 Rac­ing Roma-Luc­ch­ese ..................... 0-0 Re­nate-Lupa Roma ........................... 2-0 Siena-Tut­tocuoio ............................... 2-0 Como-Cre­monese ............................. 2-2 Livorno-Pro Pi­a­cenza ........................ 3-1 Pon­tendera-Arezzo ........................... 3-2

Lega Pro C

Yes­ter­day Akra­gas-Messina ............................... 0-0 Caser­tana-Sira­cusa ........................... 2-0 Vi­bonese-Melfi ................................. 1-1 V. Fran­cav­illa-Cata­nia ........................ 1-0 Cosenza-Mo­nop­oli ............................ 2-1 Fondi-Pa­ganese ................................ 3-1 Juve Stabia-Lecce .............................. 2-3 F. An­dria-Mat­era ............................... 1-0 Fog­gia-Catan­zaro .............................. 1-0 Reg­gina-Taranto ................................ 2-2

Suso, AC Mi­lan’s hero in yes­ter­day’s derby against In­ter, here seen cel­e­brat­ing af­ter scor­ing one of his two goals. Photo: AP

Sam­p­do­ria’s Luis Muriel, left, cel­e­brates with his team­mate Fabio Quagliarella Photo: AP

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