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Rome (AFP) – With the approach of the mid-season in Serie A, Inter Milan took advantage of the points lost on Saturday by AC Milan to take the pole by making a spectacle against the relegable Cagliari (4-0), Sunday during the 17 days.
Naples on the other hand missed the opportunity to come back up to the Rossoneri: again beaten at home by Empoli (1-0), the Neapolitans even slipped at the foot of the podium (4th), overtaken by an Atalanta in turbo mode in the league with a sixth victory in a row, at the expense of Hellas Verona (2-1).
Inter in pole position
The reigning champion finds himself alone in the lead for the first time this season. Decided not to miss the opportunity offered by Milan, hanging on to Udine (1-1) on Saturday, Inter stifled the relegation Sardinian.
Lautaro Martinez found the flaw on a corner (29th). And if he missed a penalty, well repelled by Alessio Cragno (44th), the Argentinian “toro” was rewarded for his activity with a second technical goal (68th).
In the meantime, Inter had taken shelter thanks to Alexis Sanchez with a superb volley (50th) and Hakan Calhanoglu with a strike in the top corner (66th).
Inter consolidates its status as the best attack in the championship (43 goals). With two games to come against Salernitana and Torino, Simone Inzaghi’s team can contemplate the honorary title of winter champion, set off again on the good foundations of the second half of last season.
– Naples brakes –
Three days after a decisive victory against Leicester (3-2) in the Europa League, Napoli found Lorenzo Insigne but was abandoned by success. He was surprised by an involuntary header from Patrick Cutrone who deceived David Ospina (70th).
The Tuscan goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, very good, was able to count on luck with two Neapolitan shots returned by his amounts. It allows the promoted Empoli, astonishing seventh, to do it again after his victory against Juventus at the start of the season.
Napoli concede their second straight league defeat at home. Here he is fourth before going to challenge Milan at San Siro.
“We would need an episode that turns in our favor and conversely it takes us in the opposite direction,” regretted Luciano Spalletti, who lost early in the meeting Piotr Zielinski, released for “breathing difficulties”. No issues were detected during post-match reviews, however, according to the club.
The Atalante exceeds
The Neapolitan defeat made the business of Atalanta (3rd), returned to only two points of Milan (2nd).
In Verona, Hellas got off to a better start with the 12th but of the season from Giovanni Simeone (22nd). Despite fatigue and disappointment after Thursday’s Champions League defeat against Villarreal (3-2), the “Dea” responded well by quickly equalizing by Aleksej Miranchuk (37th). Teun Koopmeiners scored the decisive corn for the Bergamasques with the help of a deflection from the unfortunate Adrien Tameze (62nd).
“Coming back to such a match, against a very strong team, is a demonstration of great strength, of great will,” said coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
Like Naples, Lazio (9th) is down, dominated and logically beaten at Sassuolo (2-1).
The Laziali quickly opened the scoring through Mattia Zaccagni. But they were overtaken by the Neroverdi (12th), caused by a trio of Italian international attackers who must have pleased the coach Roberto Mancini.
Gianluca Scamacca hit the post (25th) before Domenico Berardi with his eighth but of the season (63rd) then Giacomo Raspadori (69th) reversed the situation after the break.
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