Serie A: Inter Milan On Top With Lazio Win, Juventus Inflict “Psychological Collapse” On Roma

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Inter Milan maintained their lead in the Serie A title race thanks to a tight 2-1 win over Lazio on Sunday, while Juventus pulled off an incredible comeback to defeat a distraught Roma 4-3 . Milan Skriniar scored the decisive goal with an impressive header off an Alessandro Bastoni cross in the 67th minute to put Inter one point ahead of AC Milan, who had risen to first place after a 3-0 win in Venezia in the early morning hours. Sunday. Simone Inzaghi’s team has a pending match with their local rivals after his match in Bologna on Thursday was not played due to Covid infections between the opposing team.

“We have to continue like this, because all our direct rivals won today, so there is no time to stop and think, we just have to keep winning,” Inzaghi said after Inter’s eighth consecutive league win.

Inter’s great performance at the San Siro against Inzaghi’s former club, who nevertheless gave a good account of themselves and drew in the 35th minute with Ciro Immobile’s 15th league goal of the season after Bastoni overtook the hosts with a long-reach daisy cutter five minutes beforehand.

Maurizio Sarri’s side even gave Inter some scares after Skriniar crashed in their third league goal of the campaign, with Immobile disallowed for an obvious offside, but failed to create anything clear and left Milan with their seventh. defeat of the season.

Six points behind Inter in third place is Napoli, whose wavering Serie A title hopes were kept alive by Andrea Petagna in a 1-0 win over Sampdoria.

The burly forward Petagna scored the winning goal with an uncharacteristically acrobatic bicycle kick just before halftime to keep Napoli, without several key players from covid-19 infections and the African Cup of Nations, almost on the hunt.

Rome “weak”

Meanwhile, Lazio is in eighth place, tied at 32 points with local rivals Roma, who fell apart completely in their loss to Juve, who are three points behind fourth-placed Atalanta, in the league race. Champions after their 6-2 victory in Udinese, beaten by Covid. .

Deservedly losing 3-1 in the 69th minute and having lost Federico Chiesa to a potentially serious knee injury in the first half, Juve led with 76 minutes on the clock at Stadio Olimpico when Roma collapsed so dramatically that José Mourinho he openly questioned his players. ‘ character.

“It was 70 minutes of total control … We did very well for 70 minutes, but after that it was a psychological breakdown,” Mourinho told DAZN.

“When you’re in shit, you’re supposed to get back up and show what you’re made of, but there are people in the locker room who are too nice, too weak.”

Juve’s victory in what was probably the game of the season thus far was even more remarkable as soon as Mattia De Sciglio lashed out at the visiting team. Szczesny pulled away easily.

That was a disappointing end to the match for Italian midfielder Pellegrini, who had drank in the roar of the home crowd eight minutes after the break when his sumptuous free-kick appeared to have given Roma the third goal they needed to seal what would have been. Mourinho’s greatest triumph to date as a coach for the capital club.

However, after a free header from Manuel Locatelli reduced the deficit to 20 minutes from time, Roma collapsed and let Dejan Kulusevski equalize two minutes later, which was confirmed after a lengthy VAR check from out of play.

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De Sciglio’s goal left the previously buoyant home fans in complete disbelief and after Pellegrini missed his penalty they knew the match was over, despite Juve’s Matthijs de Ligt being sent off by hand after committing the missed penalty.

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