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Spezia 1-1 Inter Milan: Antonio Conte’s side edge closer to Serie A title

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Inter have failed to win three of their last four away games against newly promoted sides in Serie A

Inter Milan edged closer to their first Scudetto since 2010 with a 1-1 draw at Spezia that took them 10 points clear at the top of Serie A.

Diego Farias’ early goal put the hosts in front but Ivan Perisic levelled for Antonio Conte’s side.

Earlier on Wednesday, AC Milan’s hopes of catching their city rivals were dented by a 2-1 home loss to Sassuolo.

Meanwhile, Juventus came from behind to beat struggling Parma 3-1 and boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

A double from full-back Alex Sandro helped Andrea Pirlo’s side recover after Gaston Brugman’s opener before Matthijs de Ligt rounded off the scoring.

Sassuolo coach Roberto de Zerbi had said he wanted to boycott his team’s trip to Milan after they were named as founder members of a new European Super League on Sunday, alongside Inter and Juve.

And prior to kick-off Milan legend and club director Paolo Maldini apologised to fans for his club’s involvement in the collapsed project.

“This was obviously decided at a higher level in the club than my own position,” Maldini said.

“I felt a bit confused. That doesn’t rule me out of taking responsibility for apologising to the fans, not just the Milan fans, but in general football fans, who felt betrayed by the principles of sport that we as Milan have always respected.

“We certainly cannot push past the values of sport and of meritocracy, which are made of dreams.”

Fourth-placed Atalanta, who are two points behind Milan and a point behind Juve, travel to Roma on Thursday (17:30 GMT).

Line-ups

Spezia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 94Provedel
  • 21FerrerSubstituted forVignaliat 45′minutes
  • 34Ismajli
  • 19Terzi
  • 5MarchizzaBooked at 62minsSubstituted forDell’Orcoat 79′minutes
  • 24EstévezBooked at 89mins
  • 8Ricci
  • 25MaggioreSubstituted forde Souza Senaat 84′minutes
  • 80Agudelo
  • 91PiccoliSubstituted forGalabinovat 62′minutes
  • 17FariasSubstituted forGyasiat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zoet
  • 4Acampora
  • 9Galabinov
  • 10Agoume
  • 11Gyasi
  • 13Capradossi
  • 22Chabot
  • 26Pobega
  • 31Verde
  • 39Dell’Orco
  • 69Vignali
  • 88de Souza Sena

Inter Milan

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Handanovic
  • 37Skriniar
  • 6de Vrij
  • 95Bastoni
  • 2Hakimi
  • 23Barella
  • 77Brozovic
  • 24EriksenSubstituted forSánchezat 74′minutes
  • 14PerisicSubstituted forYoungat 73′minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Martínez

Substitutes

  • 5Gagliardini
  • 7Sánchez
  • 8Vecino
  • 12Sensi
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 15Young
  • 27Padelli
  • 33D’Ambrosio
  • 36Darmian
  • 97Radu
  • 99Pinamonti

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Spezia 1, Inter Milan 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Spezia 1, Inter Milan 1.

  3. Attempt saved. Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  4. Hand ball by Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia).

  5. Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

  6. Offside, Inter Milan. Ashley Young tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

  7. Nahuel Estévez (Spezia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Alexis Sánchez (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Nahuel Estévez (Spezia).

  10. Offside, Inter Milan. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Lautaro Martínez is caught offside.

  11. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Foul by Claudio Terzi (Spezia).

  13. Offside, Inter Milan. Nicolò Barella tries a through ball, but Achraf Hakimi is caught offside.

  14. Substitution, Spezia. Léo Sena replaces Giulio Maggiore.

  15. Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  16. Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  17. Attempt missed. Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  18. Substitution, Spezia. Emmanuel Gyasi replaces Diego Farias.

  19. Substitution, Spezia. Cristian Dell’Orco replaces Riccardo Marchizza.

  20. Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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