Italy roundup: Roma within a point of the top after Juve draws Inter

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Things are getting tight at the top of Serie A.

AS Roma picked up a big road win while Juventus struggled to contain the counter of Inter Milan during a Tuesday of Serie A action that saw 24 goals and a fair number of blowouts.

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To the matches:

Juventus 1-1 Inter Milan
A bonafide home stumble from The Old Lady could’ve been much worse if Inter goal scorer Mauro Icardi didn’t show his immaturity late, bungling two big chances to give struggling Inter a critical road win.

Lukas Podolski made his loan debut for Inter, who looked more dangerous than their 11th place standing.

Carlos Tevez scored his 11th goal of the Serie A campaign for Juve in the fifth minute, but Icardi canceled it out — so to speak — in the 64th.

Udinese 0-1 AS Roma

I Lupi had already made its charge to within a point of Juve by the time the leaders kicked off, thanks to defender Davide Astori’s controversial goal, his first since 2011. Roma out shot Udinese 13-5 and held more than 60 percent of possession.

Up next for Roma: Derby della Capitale.

AC Milan 1-2 Sassuolo

source: Getty ImagesWasn’t a banner weekend for either big name Milan squad, as the hosts had an early lead through midfielder Andrea Poli but conceded twice afterward.

German-born forward Nicola Sansone made it 1-1 in the 28th minute, and Simone Zaza continued his impressive campaign by picking up his sixth goal in 12 matches for Sassuolo.

Zaza, 23, now has a brace against Roma and goals against Juventus and Milan for I Neroverdi. His breakout started last season and rolled into his first international goal earlier in September against Norway.

Elsewhere

Parma 1-0 Fiorentina — Andrea Costa scores first goal since 2012 
Chievo 0-0 Torino —
Each team gets drop zone breathing room
Genoa 2-2 Atalanta —
Diminutive Argentine Maximiliano Moralez scores for hosts in draw
Cesena 1-4 Napoli — Hosts goal differential drops to minus-20
Lazio 3-0 Sampdoria —
 Visitors fail validity test in Rome.
Empoli 0-0 Verona — 
Both six points clear of drop
Palermo 5-0 Cagliari — Paulo Dybala’s brace gives him 9 goals, 6 assists on season

Standings

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 17 12 4 1 35 8 27 6-2-0 6-2-1 40
Roma 17 12 3 2 29 11 18 7-2-0 5-1-2 39
Lazio 17 9 3 5 31 19 12 6-0-2 3-3-3 30
Napoli 17 8 6 3 32 21 11 4-3-1 4-3-2 30
Genoa 17 7 6 4 23 17 6 3-3-3 4-3-1 27
Sampdoria 17 6 9 2 22 17 5 4-4-0 2-5-2 27
AC Milan 17 6 7 4 26 20 6 4-2-3 2-5-1 25
Palermo 17 6 7 4 27 26 1 5-3-1 1-4-3 25
Fiorentina 17 6 6 5 21 14 7 2-4-2 4-2-3 24
Sassuolo 17 5 8 4 19 22 -3 2-5-1 3-3-3 23
Inter Milan 17 5 7 5 26 24 2 3-3-2 2-4-3 22
Udinese 17 6 4 7 20 23 -3 4-2-3 2-2-4 22
Empoli 17 3 9 5 17 22 -5 2-4-3 1-5-2 18
Torino 17 4 6 7 12 18 -6 3-4-2 1-2-5 18
Verona 17 4 6 7 18 27 -9 2-2-4 2-4-3 18
Chievo 17 4 5 8 12 19 -7 1-4-4 3-1-4 17
Atalanta 17 3 7 7 13 23 -10 2-3-3 1-4-4 16
Cagliari 17 2 6 9 21 34 -13 0-3-5 2-3-4 12
Parma 17 3 1 13 17 36 -19 2-1-6 1-0-7 9
Cesena 17 1 6 10 14 34 -20 1-4-4 0-2-6 9