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Spezia 1-1 Inter Milan: Antonio Conte's side edge closer to Serie A title

Ivan Perisic scores
Inter have failed to win three of their last four away games against newly promoted sides in Serie A

Inter Milan edged closer to their first Scudetto since 2010 with a 1-1 draw at Spezia that took them 10 points clear at the top of Serie A.

Diego Farias' early goal put the hosts in front but Ivan Perisic levelled for Antonio Conte's side.

Earlier on Wednesday, AC Milan's hopes of catching their city rivals were dented by a 2-1 home loss to Sassuolo.

Meanwhile, Juventus came from behind to beat struggling Parma 3-1 and boost their hopes of a top-four finish.

A double from full-back Alex Sandro helped Andrea Pirlo's side recover after Gaston Brugman's opener before Matthijs de Ligt rounded off the scoring.

Sassuolo coach Roberto de Zerbi had said he wanted to boycott his team's trip to Milan after they were named as founder members of a new European Super League on Sunday, alongside Inter and Juve.

And prior to kick-off Milan legend and club director Paolo Maldini apologised to fans for his club's involvement in the collapsed project.

"This was obviously decided at a higher level in the club than my own position," Maldini said.

"I felt a bit confused. That doesn't rule me out of taking responsibility for apologising to the fans, not just the Milan fans, but in general football fans, who felt betrayed by the principles of sport that we as Milan have always respected.

"We certainly cannot push past the values of sport and of meritocracy, which are made of dreams."

Fourth-placed Atalanta, who are two points behind Milan and a point behind Juve, travel to Roma on Thursday (17:30 GMT).

Line-ups

Spezia

Formation 4-3-3

  • 94Provedel
  • 21FerrerSubstituted forVignaliat 45'minutes
  • 34Ismajli
  • 19Terzi
  • 5MarchizzaBooked at 62minsSubstituted forDell'Orcoat 79'minutes
  • 24EstévezBooked at 89mins
  • 8Ricci
  • 25MaggioreSubstituted forde Souza Senaat 84'minutes
  • 80Agudelo
  • 91PiccoliSubstituted forGalabinovat 62'minutes
  • 17FariasSubstituted forGyasiat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Zoet
  • 4Acampora
  • 9Galabinov
  • 10Agoume
  • 11Gyasi
  • 13Capradossi
  • 22Chabot
  • 26Pobega
  • 31Verde
  • 39Dell'Orco
  • 69Vignali
  • 88de Souza Sena

Inter Milan

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Handanovic
  • 37Skriniar
  • 6de Vrij
  • 95Bastoni
  • 2Hakimi
  • 23Barella
  • 77Brozovic
  • 24EriksenSubstituted forSánchezat 73'minutes
  • 14PerisicSubstituted forYoungat 73'minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Martínez

Substitutes

  • 5Gagliardini
  • 7Sánchez
  • 8Vecino
  • 12Sensi
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 15Young
  • 27Padelli
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 36Darmian
  • 97Radu
  • 99Pinamonti
Referee:
Daniele Chiffi

Match Stats

Home TeamSpeziaAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home1
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spezia 1, Inter Milan 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spezia 1, Inter Milan 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Emmanuel Gyasi (Spezia).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Inter Milan. Ashley Young tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

  7. Booking

    Nahuel Estévez (Spezia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Nahuel Estévez (Spezia).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Inter Milan. Alexis Sánchez tries a through ball, but Lautaro Martínez is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Claudio Terzi (Spezia).

  13. Post update

    Offside, Inter Milan. Nicolò Barella tries a through ball, but Achraf Hakimi is caught offside.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Spezia. Léo Sena replaces Giulio Maggiore.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Young (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  16. Post update

    Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Spezia. Emmanuel Gyasi replaces Diego Farias.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Spezia. Cristian Dell'Orco replaces Riccardo Marchizza.

  20. Post update

    Nicolò Barella (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 21st April 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan32237271294276
2AC Milan32206660382266
3Juventus32198564293565
4Atalanta31197572383464
5Napoli31193966353160
6Lazio30184851411058
7Roma3116695547854
8Sassuolo32131095450449
9Sampdoria32126144346-342
10Hellas Verona32118134040041
11Bologna32108144448-438
12Udinese3299143442-836
13Fiorentina3289154153-1233
14Genoa32712133548-1333
15Spezia3289154260-1833
16Torino31613124654-831
17Benevento32710153562-2731
18Cagliari3277183654-1828
19Parma32311183366-3320
20Crotone3243253880-4215
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