Gianluca Mancini led a late tie as Roma blocked Serie A title rivals Inter Milan with a 2-2 draw in Rome on Sunday.
Second-placed Inter dropped more points after ending their eight-game winning streak in midweek with a loss to Sampdoria.
Antonio Conte’s side lose three points behind leaders AC Milan, who returned to victory in Turin’s 2-0 defeat on Saturday after Juventus ended their 27 league games unbeaten during the week.
Defender Mancini took the lead against a Gonzalo Villar cross four minutes from Stadio Olimpico to keep Roma three points behind Inter in third.
“I think it was a good game, which played well in the first half too, against Roma who have the same goals as us and are only three points behind,” said Conte.
“Then at the end of the match, there is sometimes a certain fear of an important result that makes you give up.
“We were lucky enough to kill the game, but we couldn’t handle it, and let Roma come back late because we were running out of energy.
“It’s a shame because, with two minutes to two, we beat a strong team. ”
Inter fought back after Lorenzo Pellegrini gave Roma the lead after a quarter of an hour in Rome.
Milan Skriniar led the equalizer 11 minutes after the break before Achraf Hakimi put Inter in the lead seven minutes later with a superb long shot that broke the crossbar into the net.
Bryan Cristante was off the bench after 79 minutes and gave the Roma midfield some impetus.
Conte made late substitutions with forward Lautaro Martinez, midfielder Arturo Vidal and full-back Hakimi all exiting.
“Vidal had picked up a shot and asked to be taken away,” Conte said.
“Lautaro was also tired after 75 minutes of effort on the ball. Hakimi has also given a lot and these players have played a lot of football in the past seven days.
“We have a big enough team to make good changes, so it’s okay to look to the bench. ”
– Bakayoko saves Naples –
The visitors gave in to pressure from Roma despite saves by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, including a close effort from Mancini before being beaten by the defender in the next corner.
“We had a good first half, but for 20 minutes of the second half we weren’t the same team,” Roma coach Paulo Fonseca said after a sixth consecutive draw between the two. teams.
“We had 15-20 minutes in the second half which were fatal. Then when Inter scored the second goal, we became the same team again.
Napoli bounced back from their midweek home shock to defeat at Spezia with a dying 2-1 win at Udinese to move up to fifth ahead of champions Juventus who face Sassuolo later on Sunday.
Tiemoue Bakayoko struck at the last minute to earn three points for Gennaro Gattuso’s side.
Lorenzo Insigne converted a penalty to open the scoring in the 15th minute following Kevin Bonifazi’s foul on Hirving Lozano.
Kevin Lasagna brought Udinese to a level in the 27th minute, with the hosts missing out on chances to kill the game before Bakayoko headed his winner.
New Parma coach Roberto D’Aversa couldn’t prevent his struggling side from falling in their fifth straight loss, 2-0 at home to Lazio.
The goals of Luis Alberto and Felipe Caicedo in the second period sealed the three points for the Romans who are two points behind European places.
Parma is second from the bottom of the league.
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