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Zanetti scores late equalizer as Inter draws 1-1 with Roma to close in on Serie A title

Zanetti scores late equalizer as Inter draws 1-1 with Roma to close in on Serie A title

Inter Milan may have sealed a third successive Serie A title after drawing AS Roma 1-1 with two minutes left on Wednesday.
Inter holds a nine-point lead on Roma with 13 rounds remaining, and the teams do not meet again this season.
"It's a draw that's worth as much as a victory, for the way it came about," Inter coach Roberto Mancini said.
One fan at San Siro held aloft a sign that read "Game Over" after Javier Zanetti's 88th-minute goal, which preserved Inter's undefeated record and was the Inter captain's first this season.
"We've got a pretty good lead but we've got to keep going," Zanetti said. "We still need to improve our form, because we're not at our best."
Roma captain Francesco Totti put the visitors ahead in the 38th by redirecting a cross from Max Tonetto.
A bicycle kick by Inter forward Hernan Crespo ricocheted off the post in the 18th and skipped across the front of Roma's goal before going out of bounds.
Inter struggled with only 10 men after defender Maxwell was carried off injured midway through the second half with all three substitutions used. But Roma defender Philippe Mexes picked up his second yellow card for fouling Crespo from behind in the 84th and Inter began to attack again.
Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni made a leaping save on a shot from Crespo in the 87th and Zanetti connected from within the penalty arc a minute later.
"Crespo was cunning and (referee Roberto) Rosetti fell into the trap and gave the second warning," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said.
Crespo said he felt contact from behind.
"I didn't see who it was that came up behind me," Crespo said. "It's not like I was thinking about Mexes' previous card.
"Let's not reduce the game to this episode. Tonight we played with a lot of character and we sent a message to everyone: It's not so easy to beat us."
Roma played a man up for 20 minutes.
"We certainly could have closed out the match before, because we created a lot of chances," Spalletti said. "But we needed to be careful because they had three strikers on and we couldn't get out of balance."
Inter's top two scorers _ Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Ricardo Cruz _ missed the match with injuries.
AC Milan drew 1-1 in Catania, where it hasn't won since 1964.
In the 55th, Milan's new 18-year-old Brazil forward Alexandre Pato scored his fifth goal in his first eight Serie A matches. Catania forward Gionatha Spinesi, who was criticized for failing to convert a penalty in a loss to Empoli on Sunday, equalized in the 63rd.
Senegal forward Papa Waigo scored his first Serie A goal as Fiorentina edged Livorno 1-0 in a Tuscan derby to move back ahead of Milan into fourth place.
Inter leads with 61 points, followed by Roma (52), Juventus (48), Fiorentina (44), and Milan (42).
Juventus was held to a scoreless draw by Torino in the Turin derby on Tuesday.
Also Wednesday, it was: Atalanta 4, Sampdoria 1; Genoa 2, Napoli 0; Lazio 1, Reggina 0; Palermo 2, Empoli 0; Parma 2, Udinese 0; and Siena 1, Cagliari 0.
Atalanta allowed a goal by Sampdoria three minutes in and responded with four straight unanswered scores _ two from captain Cristiano Doni and one each from Sergio Floccari and Daniele Cappelli.
Giuseppe Sculli split two defenders to score Genoa's first goal in the 41st and Marco Borriello took over the league scoring lead with a penalty in the 75th after Napoli's Maurizio Domizzi was sent off for taking Borriello down from behind.
Borriello has 16 goals, one more than Juventus' David Trezeguet.
Rolando Bianci converted a penalty in the 43rd minute of Lazio's win over Reggina, and Fabio Simplicio and Leandro Rinaudo scored in Palermo's victory.
Cristiano Lucarelli put Parma in front of Udinese in the 78th with his second goal since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk last month, and Luca Cigarini added a penalty in the 87th.
Former Middlesbrough forward Massimo Maccarone dribbled past three defenders to score the winner for Siena in the 88th.


Updated : 2021-08-04 15:21 GMT+08:00