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Inter Milan held at home

Inter Milan held at home

ROME, Jan 20: Third-placed Inter Milan missed the chance to put pressure on the teams above them as they were held to a goalless draw by Sassuolo at the San Siro, reports Sky Sports. In a match played behind closed doors as a punishment for racist chanting, the visitors had the better chances and Inter had ‘keeper Samir Handanovic to thank for saving them a point. After a low-key first period Handanovic kept his side level early in the second half with a superb save to deny Kevin Prince-Boateng’s point-blank header. Substitute Lautaro Martinez missed a good chance for Inter but the home side had Handanovic to thank again after he parried a Jeremie Boga strike late on. Teenage midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo again showed why he is one of Serie A’s most promising talents as he inspired Roma to a 3-2 victory at home to Torino in a thriller on Saturday. Roma let slip a two-goal lead but recovered to inflict Torino’s first away defeat of the season and climb into fourth spot, a point above city rival Lazio who visit second-placed Napoli on Sunday. The hosts took the lead with an impressive goal from Zaniolo. The 19-year-old saw his first attempt parried by Salvatore Sirigu from close range but, having fallen to the ground, Zaniolo managed to pivot with the ball trapped under his boot and fire in the rebound. Aleksandar Kolarov doubled Roma’s lead from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after substitute Stephan El Shaarawy was brought down by Sirigu. ago Falque hit the post for Torino with the last kick of the first half but the visitors pulled one back through Tomas Rincon six minutes after the break. Torino made it 2-2 in the 67th with a splendid volley from Cristian Ansaldi following a poor clearance. However, six minutes later, El Shaarawy pounced on a brilliant pass from Lorenzo Pellegrini and shot into the bottom corner to spare Roma’s blushes. Gervinho won a penalty and scored a stunning goal to help Parma win 2-1 at Udinese. The Ivory Coast international picked up the ball just outside his own penalty area and sprinted past several defenders before firing in off the post after 68 minutes. Parma had taken an early lead after Rodrigo De Paul tripped Gervinho and a penalty was awarded on video review. Roberto Inglese deposited it into the bottom corner. Former Parma forward Stefano Okaka levelled five minutes into the second half, in his first match for Udinese since arriving on loan from Watford. Parma moved into ninth spot, three points off a Europa League berth, while Udinese remained five points off the relegation zone.

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