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Serie A wrap: Inter, Roma share spoils

SoccerNews in Serie A 20 Jan 2013


Inter Milan bounced back from a controversial Francesco Totti penalty to snatch a point in their 1-1 draw with Roma on Sunday.

In a match that was characterised by Roma’s wasteful finishing, the capital side went ahead after 20 minutes when Michael Bradley was adjudged to have been brought down in the box by Andrea Rannocchia despite replays showing minimal contact between the pair.

Totti stepped up and struck home the resulting spot-kick to give his side the lead, sending the partisan crowd at the Stadio Olimpico into raptures.

Roma then began to control proceedings but could not convert their dominance into goals and were made to pay when Rodrigo Palacio tapped in a Fredy Guarin cross to level the scores on the stroke of half-time.

The second half saw Roma once again fail to convert the plethora of chances that fell their way with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulling off a number of brilliant saves as the visitors held on for a share of the spoils.

The draw leaves the Nerazzurri nine points behind Serie A leaders Juventus in fourth while Roma sit a further six points behind in seventh.

Meanwhile, Facundo Roncaglia scored an unlikely goal from his own half as Fiorentina held Napoli to a 1-1 draw.

Roncaglia gave the home side the lead in the 33rd minute when his wishful ball was misjudged by goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis and bounced into the net.

But the advantage lasted just nine minutes before Edinson Cavani levelled proceedings with a powerful header.

Napoli climbed to second on the table, five points behind champions Juventus, who strengthened their title credentials with a 4-0 win over Udinese on Saturday.

In other matches, Giampaolo Pazzini netted a brace as AC Milan climbed to sixth place with a 2-1 victory over Bologna.

Guglielmo Stendardo 57th-minute equaliser handed Atalanta a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Cagliari.

Catania strengthened their hopes of a European berth by prevailing 2-0 against lowly Genoa, while bottom-placed Siena recorded their first league win in seven matches after beating Sampdoria 1-0.

Chievo came from a goal down to hold Parma to a 1-1 draw, and a resurgent Torino extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-0 win over Pescara.


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