Late Mancini equaliser stalls Inter in Rome


Gianluca Mancini headed in a late equaliser as Roma stalled Serie A title rivals Inter Milan with a 2-2 attract Rome on Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s second-placed Inter misplaced additional factors after their eight-match successful streak ended midweek at Sampdoria.

The northeners drop three factors behind leaders AC Milan who received again to successful methods in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Torino after Juventus ended their 27-match unbeaten league run through the week.

Defender Mancini received his head to a Gonzalo Villar cross 4 minutes from time to maintain Roma three factors behind Inter in third.

“I feel it was a great match, performed effectively within the first half too, in opposition to Roma which have the identical goals as we have now and are solely three factors behind,” mentioned Conte.

“Then on the finish of the match, typically there’s a sure concern within the face of an essential end result which prompts you to drop off.”

Conte’s facet had fought again after Lorenzo Pellegrini gave Roma the lead simply after quarter of an hour within the Stadio Olimpico.

Milan Skriniar headed within the equaliser 11 minutes after the break with Achraf Hakimi placing Inter forward seven minutes later with an outstanding lengthy vary shot that clipped off the crossbar into the web.

Bryan Cristante got here off the bench after 79 minutes and supplied some impetus for the Roma midfield.

Conter made two substitution within the final 10 minute with midfielder Arturo Vidal changed by Roberto Gagliardini and Aleksandar Kolarov approaching for Hakimi.

“Vidal was injured and requested for a substitution,” mentioned Conte. “Hakimi additionally ran lots and was dropping essential pictures and balls.

“There are substitutions and Inter have an essential squad, so I do not see why we should not take off the bench.”

However the guests have been unable to withstand the Roman stress with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saving Inter a number of instances, denying Mancini from shut vary earlier than being crushed by the defender after the next nook.

“We had a great first half however for 20 minutes of the second half we weren’t the identical group,” mentioned Roma coach Paulo Fonseca after a sixth consecutive draw between the 2 sides.

“We had 15-20 minutes within the second half which have been deadly. Then when Inter scored the second aim we went again to being the identical group.

“It isn’t a bodily query with the way in which we completed the sport.”

Champions Juventus, in fifth, 10 factors behind AC Milan with a sport in hand, look to shut the hole in opposition to sixth-placed Sassuolo afterward Sunday in Turin.

Juventus and Inter go head-to-head within the San Siro subsequent weekend, with Roma again on the Stadio Olimpico for the capital derby in opposition to Lazio.

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