by LIAM RICHNER
A late stoppage time equaliser from Ivan Perisic saved new Inter boss Stefano Pioli from a first defeat in charge of the Nerazzurri against fierce rivals AC Milan.
Suso bagged a brace for the Rossoneri as they looked to climb up to second place, but an Antonio Candreva screamer and Perisic’s flick at the back post shared the spoils in the first Derby della Madonnina of the season.
Inter started on the front foot, with Perisic scuffing his shot straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma and Geoffrey Kondogbia nodding a corner over the bar.
Candreva drilled wide as Pioli’s side continued to threaten the Milan goal, until the Rossoneri took the lead two minutes before half-time against the run of play.
Suso managed to create some space in the Inter box before curling a shot passed Samir Handanovic and into the corner of the net.
Candreva equalised not long after the restart with a scorcher from 25 yards that left Donnarumma with no chance. His right-footed shot cannoned into the top right corner.
With the game end-to-end, it was Milan who would restore their lead just five minutes later as Suso found the net for the second time. The Spaniard edged past Joao Miranda before cooly slotting home under Handanovic for his fourth goal of the season.
Inter bombarded the Milan goal for the last 20 minutes but struggled to create genuine chances until the 92nd minute. An Ever Banega corner was knocked on by Kondogbia for Perisic to volley in at the back post.
That result meant that Roma would remain in second place, despite falling to a 2-1 defeat at Atalanta, who continue to be the league’s surprise package.
Atalanta have now managed to beat Napoli, Inter and Roma at the Atleti Azzurri, although they were second-best in the first half against Luciano Spalletti’s side.
Edin Dzeko saw an early header skim past the far post as the Giallorossi made a quick start to the match.
Mohamed Salah was denied by La Dea goalkeeper Etrit Berisha in a one-on-one situation, but eventually the visitors took the lead.
Salah’s shot was handled by ex-Roma defender Rafael Toloi in the box and Argentine forward Diego Perotti scored the penalty.
Salah wasted another clear scoring opportunity and the Giallorossi were to pay for their missed chances.
Atalanta came out a different side in the second half, but equalised bizarrely.
Wojciech Szczesny palmed a Franck Kessie cross onto Mattia Caldara’s face, and the ball bounced and spun into the net.
La Dea thought they had a penalty appeals when a clumsy Dzeko tangled with Roberto Gagliardini, however the referee waved away the protests.
Remo Freuler thought he’d won it for the home side on 76 minutes, but his strike thumped the near post and rebounded into Szczesny’s grateful hands.
Roma failed to hold on for the point though, as Leandro Paredes tripped the unstoppable Papu Gomez for a penalty, which was scored by impressive teenager Kessie.
Atalanta now extend their recent good run against Spalletti’s men to four games without defeat.
With teams dropping points below them, leaders Juventus had the chance to extend the gap at the top to six points with victory over out of form Pescara.
The Champions made light work of their assignment, dismantling their opposition with relative ease.
Gonzalo Higuain missed a hatful of chances for Maximiliano Allegri’s side, who rested key players ahead of their crucial Champions League match with Sevilla this evening.
Sami Khedira netted the game’s opener with an instinctive finish into the bottom left corner.
Mario Mandzukic sprung the offside trap to double the Champions’ lead before Hernanes ended the game as a contest with a bending effort from 20 yards.
This was Juventus’ 23rd consecutive Serie A home victory, just two shy of the all-time record set by the Turin giants from August 2013 to December 2014.
It was a night to remember for 16-year-old Moise Kean, the first player born in this Millennium to feature in Serie A. He came on for the league leaders in the last 10 minutes of play.
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