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
Wasn’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.
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