Inter Milan draw with Atalanta, may lose top spot at half-season mark

Rome, Serie A leaders Inter Milan were held 1-1 at home to Atalanta Saturday and could see Juventus leapfrog them from a win at Roma the following day.

Inter have now 46 points from 19 games, with champions Juve on 45 before going into the Rome match as the Italian season reaches its halfway point. Atalanta, the league top scorers on 49 goals, sit fifth, level on 35 points with fourth-place Roma, Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.

At Milan’s brimming Giuseppe Meazza, Lautaro Martinez struck four minutes into the intense Lombardy derby after an exchange with Romelu Lukaku, triggering a massive pressing from the Bergamo hosts.

Atalanta had massive ball possession and found the net on 75 from Robin Gosens’ flick before a dithering Antonio Candreva.

They had come close on 55 as substitute Ruslan Malinovskyi fired from outside the box and on 88 saw Luis Muriel, also a substitute have a penalty saved by Samir Handanovic.

Earlier in Rome, Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile netted a late winner in Lazio’s 1-0 edging of visiting Napoli to help the Romans set a club record of 10 straight league wins.

Veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic meanwhile scored for AC Milan to seal a 2-0 win at Cagliari in his first start since rejoining the Devils.

Lazio improved an earlier winning run from the 1998-99 season as they this week celebrated the Rome club’s 120th anniversary.

Their captain Immobile netted his 20th goal after dispossessing goalkeeper David Ospina and firing a tight-angled shot that defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo failed to clear on the goalline in the 82nd minute.

Source: Bahrain News Agency