Inter Milan retain four-point lead over RomaApril 7th, 2008 - 12:25 pm ICT by admin
Milan, April 7 (DPA) Titleholders Inter Milan won 2-0 against Atalanta to retain their four-point lead atop the Serie A standings over Roma with six games to go. Roma edged Genoa 3-2 Saturday, keeping up a pursuit that saw them whittle an 11-point gap as Inter slowed the impressive pace displayed in the first half of the season.
There was no marked game improvement for Inter Sunday, who were still able to resume their winning ways - after two draws and a loss -through goals Sunday in Bergamo from veteran Patrick Vieira and the young Mario Balotelli.
Atalanta beat AC Milan 2-1 a week ago, and they produced a brisk start against Inter but did not create any telling chance in the first half, save a wide shot from Ferreira Pinto.
Esteban Cambiasso fired high for Inter on 11 minutes before the towering Vieira headed home a corner kick, triggering the fierce protests of Atalanta defenders claiming a foul from the Frenchman.
Sergio Floccari opened the second half for Atalanta aiming a feeble drive and a header, but Inter controlled the game until the 17-year-old Balotelli secured a crucial win, finishing off a counterattack.
“It was a good game on a difficult pitch against an in-form team. My men did not leave too much room to Atalanta, and Vieira did a great goal,” Inter coach Roberto Mancini said.
“Balotelli is very young, and he doesn’t have too many worries, so it was natural for him to play a good game.”
Milan beat troubled visitors Cagliari 3-1 Saturday, but remained four points behind Fiorentina, who beat bottom side Reggina 2-0 Sunday to retain the fourth available Champions League berth.
The elite continental tournament remains at hand for third-place Juventus after a 3-2 defeat late Sunday at Palermo.
Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero scored a brace to level two first-half goals from Brazilian Amauri, but the Sicily hosts clinched a late win through a smashing drive by defender Mattia Cassani.
Catania welcomed new coach Walter Zenga moving away from the danger zone through a 3-0 hammering of Napoli, and Empoli also improved a troubled position, winning 1-0 at Torino.
Empoli changed coaches this week, recalling Luigi Cagni to replace Alberto Malesani, who had taken over in mid-season.
Udinese drew 1-1 at Siena, Lazio drew 2-2 at lowly Parma, and Sampdoria beat struggling Livorno 2-0.
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- Juventus beat Inter Milan in Serie A - Mar 26, 2012
- Juventus beat Atalanta to lead midway in Serie A - Jan 22, 2012
- AC Milan maintain Serie A lead with win over Atalanta - Jan 09, 2012
- AC Milan back to top with win over Cesena - Feb 20, 2012
- Juve win Serie A title after Milan loses in derby - May 07, 2012
- Juventus back on top of Serie A with win over Cesena - Dec 05, 2011
- Roma draw level with AC Milan in second place - Feb 01, 2010
- Inter beat AC Milan in Serie A derby - Jan 16, 2012
- Inter Milan held to draw by gritty Napoli - Feb 15, 2010
- Inter beat Chievo to end winless streak - Mar 10, 2012
- Milan beat Roma to extend lead - Mar 25, 2012
- Injury-plagued Roma hold Inter Milan to home draw - Nov 09, 2009
- Roma, AC Milan close in on leaders Inter Milan - Feb 22, 2010
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