Roma battled back for a 2-2 draw which denied Inter Milan second place in Serie A on Sunday in a Stadio Olimpico thriller between two sides looking to impress after losing in Europe during the week.Keita Balde Diao gave Inter the halftime lead, but injury-depleted Roma powered back with a Cendiz Under scorcher after the break.
Aleksandar Kolarov slotted in a penalty to seal a point for the Romans to cancel out Inter captain Mauro Icardi’s header.
Inter – who lost to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League midweek – remain third, level on 29 points with second-placed Napoli who travel to Atalanta on Monday.
Champions Juventus opened up an 11-point lead on Napoli with a 3-0 win at Fiorentina Saturday with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring from the spot to bag his 10th goal in 14 games.
“It was a very entertaining match for all watching and I think a valuable point for both teams,” said Inter coach Luciano Spalletti
“It shows we are on the right track, what we need to improve on and must work with.”
Roma – who advanced to the Champions League knockout rounds despite losing to Real Madrid in the Stadio Olimpico – have only won one of their last six league matches.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s side were furious they were denied a penalty call for a perceived Danilo D’Ambrosio foul on Nicolò Zaniolo before Keita broke through after 37 minutes.
D’Ambrosio set up Senegalese winger Keita to blast in a volley from close range.
Turkish winger Under pulled Roma level six minutes after the break rifling in from distance to stun Samir Handanovic in the Inter goal.
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