In­ter top Roma 2-1 with late strike; AC Mi­lan lose

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Mauro Icardi scored in added time as In­ter Mi­lan beat vis­it­ing Roma 2-1 in Serie A on Satur­day to sig­nal a late charge for a spot in Europe.

Roma re­mained level sec­ond with Lazio, which hosts Chievo Verona on Sun­day.

Also, AC Mi­lan’s four-match un­beaten run was halted by a 2-1 loss at Udi­nese.

On Sun­day, Ju­ven­tus can clinch its fourth straight ti­tle if it beats Torino in a derby and Lazio loses.

At the San Siro, mid­fielder Her- nanes put In­ter ahead 15 min­utes in with a spec­tac­u­lar shot from be­yond the area af­ter cre­at­ing some space amid sev­eral de­fend­ers.

Four min­utes later, Roma for­ward Vic­tor Ibarbo hit the post.

Roma’s Radja Naing­golan equal­ized in the 63rd, fin­ish­ing off a coun­ter­at­tack with a long an­gled shot that left goal­keeper Samir Han­danovic im­mo­bile.

Icardi wasted a golden chance to win it for In­ter when he shot high in the 84th but he made up for it a few min­utes later, find­ing the tar­get through the legs of de­fender Jose Hole­bas af­ter be­ing set up by Lukas Podol­ski.

In­ter moved up to sev­enth, five points from the Europa League places.

“Now we’re do­ing what the coach is ask­ing of us,” Icardi said. “We’re fight­ing.”

Ear­lier, Udi­nese scored twice in the sec­ond half to end a six-game win­less run.

Gi­ampiero Pinzi was left un­marked to score from the cen­ter of the area through a crowd of de­fend­ers fol­low­ing a cor­ner in the 58th, and Em­manuel Badu dou­bled the lead in the 75th from close range, redi­rect­ing a cross fol­low­ing a re­bound.

Filippo In­za­ghi’s side was com­pletely dom­i­nated un­til Gi­ampaolo Pazz­ini pulled one back in the 88th with a leap­ing header on Mi­lan’s only on-tar­get at­tempt of the match. Udi­nese moved up to 12th. “We played a very ugly match,” In­za­ghi said. “I’m very, very an­gry. There are no ex­cuses. When a squad plays like that the coach is more re­spon­si­ble for it than any­one else.

“I want to apol­o­gize to the pres­i­dent and fans,” added In­za­ghi, a for­mer stand­out striker for Mi­lan who is hav­ing a dif­fi­cult first sea­son as a top-level manager.

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