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Serie A leader Inter gloating after draw; Roma furious

Serie A leader Inter gloating after draw; Roma furious

Inter Milan is gloating as if it has already sealed its third successive Serie A title.
Second-place AS Roma is furious about a yellow card that resulted in Philippe Mexes' expulsion from Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Inter.
Inter, which has a nine-point lead, visits Napoli this weekend. Roma hosts Parma and third-place Juventus meets fourth-place Fiorentina.
Inter holds the tiebreaker edge over Roma after beating the club 4-1 in September, meaning Roma needs to make up 10 points to win the title.
"We've got a 10-point lead on them and if they didn't beat us this time with all the trouble we had, it means something," Inter coach Roberto Mancini said,
Francesco Totti put Roma ahead in the 38th minute and Inter struggled with only 10 men after defender Maxwell was carried off injured midway through the second half with all three substitutions used.
But Mexes picked up his second yellow card for fouling Hernan Crespo from behind in the 84th and Inter captain Javier Zanetti equalized from within the penalty arc in the 88th.
"When I saw that I thought it was a sign of destiny," Mancini said. "Zanetti is the captain, the player with the most aura about him, and it's not by chance that he scored such an important goal."
It was Zanetti's first goal this season and only the 12th of the defender's 13-season Serie A career _ all with Inter.
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti called the card on Mexes "absolutely" wrong.
"Crespo was cunning and (referee Roberto) Rosetti fell into the trap and gave the second warning," Spalletti said. "Still, it's tough to reduce everything down to that episode. Now let's regroup and concentrate on the next game and then Real Madrid.
"Ten points is a margin that can still be made up," Spalletti added.
Roma takes a 2-1 first-leg lead to Real Madrid in the Champions League next week.
For now, the Giallorossi can take their anger out on struggling Parma, which beat sixth-place Udinese 2-0 Wednesday with Cristiano Lucarelli's second score since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk, and a penalty by Luca Cigarini.
Inter is facing a Napoli team coming off a 2-0 loss to Genoa.
Maxwell has a twisted ankle, adding to Inter's defensive woes, with Ivan Cordoba likely out for the rest of the season and Walter Samuel also missing.
Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will likely miss another game with a left knee injury.
Juventus will be without suspended midfielders Pavel Nedved and Cristiano Zanetti for its game against Fiorentina, which reclaimed fourth place from AC Milan with a 1-0 win over Livorno.
"We're in full flight for a Champions League placement," Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle said. "Now third place is only four points away and on Sunday we're going to Turin to play for it. We don't feel inferior to Juve."
Fiorentina forward Adrian Mutu is out for a month with a knee injury.
Milan hosts Lazio on Saturday to gain an extra day of rest before its Champions League game with Arsenal on Tuesday.
Sunday's other games are: Cagliari vs. Genoa; Empoli vs. Siena; Livorno vs. Catania; Reggina vs. Palermo; Sampdoria vs. Torino; and Udinese vs. Atalanta.


Updated : 2021-06-21 09:53 GMT+08:00