Monday, October 26, 2020 | ePaper

Inter held by Roma after racism storm, leaving Juve to eye top spot

  • Print


Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez (left) vies for the ball with Roma's Gianluca Mancini during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Roma, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy on Friday.

AFP, Milan :
Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw by Roma at the San Siro on Friday, leaving the way open for Italian champions Juventus to reclaim top spot in Serie A this weekend.
The match in the San Siro had been overshadowed by a racism storm after Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport's controversial "Black Friday" headline.
The front-page headline accompanied an article about the first Serie A meeting between former Manchester United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling.
On the pitch, defender Smalling and Gianluca Mancini stifled Inter's prolific strike duo Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, who between them have scored 18 of their team's goals in 15 league games this season.
Conte's side proved toothless in attack against a well-organised Roma, failing to find the net for the first time this season, days before their Champions League clash against Barcelona.
"The great merit of Roma is having stopped Lautaro-Lukaku," said coach Paulo Fonseca.
"Inter's main chances came from our mistakes, but we always played the ball with courage and that's what I want for the team.
"We did well defensively. Smalling and Mancini had a good game like the whole team, it's certainly not easy against Inter."
Lukaku, Marcelo Brozovic and Matias Vecino all missed chances for the hosts as Roma snatched a precious point to move fourth and into the Champions League places.
Inter were lacking in midfield with Stefano Sensi, Nicolo Barella and Roberto Gagliardini all out with Roma missing goalkeeper Pau Lopez while Edin Dzeko started on the bench after flu, but came on for the final 25 minutes. Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo took Dzeko's place up front with Roma dominating the first half hour, although Inter had the best chances with Antonio Mirante denying Lukaku after a blundering Jordan Veretout back-pass.
A similar error from the Roma goalkeeper nearly proved costly when Mirante passed the ball straight to Lukaku on the edge of the area just before the break but Marcelo Brozovic wastefully fired over the bar.
Inter held on to top spot but their advantage remains under threat from Juventus with third-placed Lazio eight points behind the leaders.
"We faced an excellent Roma but their goalkeeper was their best player on the pitch, they never had a shot on goal," said Conte.
"I congratulate my players, even if we were wasteful, we should have sealed the three points."
Roma are just one point ahead of Cagliari, with the Sardinians travelling to Sassuolo on Sunday.

More News For this Category

Moise Kean double helps PSG sink Dijon at home

Moise Kean double helps PSG sink Dijon at home

Agency :Moise Kean scored his first goals for Paris St Germain (PSG) as the French champions recovered from their Champions League defeat by Manchester United to move top of

BFF wants shortened quarantine period for Nepal

Sports Reporter :The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) wants to decrease quarantine time for Nepal Football team.Bangladesh Football team will play two FIFA friendly matches against Nepal Football team on

Real Madrid sink Barca with help of Ramos penalty

Agency :Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos once again proved to be the man for the big occasion as he converted a fiercely debated penalty to help his side to

Liverpool resume normal service but Man City stumble again

Liverpool resume normal service but Man City stumble again

AFP, London :Liverpool came from behind to beat struggling Sheffield United 2-1 and join Everton at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday after Manchester City squandered

Ajax set record with 13-0 win

Ajax Amsterdam set an Eredivisie record when they scored 13 goals past a hapless VVV-Venlo side to move to the top of the standing Saturday, with seven different players

Booters start practise

Sports Reporter :The 15 footballers of Bangladesh preliminary squad started their practise at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) on Saturday.Bangladesh will play two FIFA international friendly football matches against

Leverkusen ease 6-2 past Nice in UEFA Europa League

Agency :Bayer Leverkusen put six past Nice to wrap up all three points on home soil at its opening encounter in Europa League's Group C on Thursday.Leverkusen started all

Arsenal's goalkeeper Bernd Leno makes a save during the Europa League Group B football match between Arsenal and SK Rapid Vienna at Allianz Stadion, Vienna, Austria, on Thursday.

Arsenal's goalkeeper Bernd Leno makes a save during the Europa League Group B football match between Arsenal and SK Rapid Vienna at Allianz Stadion, Vienna, Austria, on Thursday.

.

Arsenal and Rangers win as Europa League group stage kicks off

Agency :Arsenal came from behind to down Rapid Vienna 2-1 and Rangers beat Standard Liege 2-0 in the opening round of Europa League group stage matches on Thursday.Arsenal, the

AC Milan defeat Celtic in Europa League

AC Milan defeat Celtic in Europa League

BBC Online :Neil Lennon was "encouraged" despite his Celtic side being overcome by Serie A leaders AC Milan in their Europa League group stage opener in Glasgow.The hosts started