Roma Scored A Late Equaliser To Leave Inter Milan Three Points Adrift Of Leaders AC Milan At The Top Of Serie A

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Roma Scored A Late Equaliser To Leave Inter Milan Three Points Adrift Of Leaders AC Milan At The Top Of Serie A

Roma scored a late equaliser to leave Inter Milan three points adrift of leaders AC Milan at the top of Serie A.

Gianluca Mancini glanced home a header from Gonzalo Villar’s cross to earn Roma a point four minutes from the end.

Two goals in seven second-half minutes – Milan Skriniar’s header and Achraf Hakimi’s exquisite curler – had turned the game Inter’s way after Lorenzo Pellegrini’s deflected opener for Roma.

But Mancini’s late leveller kept third-placed Roma three points behind Inter.

Roma’s half-time lead was slightly fortuitous as Pellegrini’s 20-yard shot deflected off Alessandro Bastoni to leave Samir Handanovic with no chance in the Inter goal.

Pau Lopez preserved Roma’s lead in the face of intense Inter pressure with two superb point-blank saves to thwart Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.

Skriniar headed in Marcelo Brozovic’s cross and Hakimi curled in off the bar as the visitors’ persistence paid off but Antonio Conte’s side were denied all three points as Mancini rewarded Roma’s late rally.

The Portuguese forward, 21, took Hakan Calhanoglu’s pass in his stride to stroke the unbeaten league leaders ahead virtually from the kick-off.

Leao’s goal beat the record of 8.9 seconds set by Piacenza’s Paolo Poggi against Fiorentina on 2 December 2001.

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The win keeps Milan a point clear of rivals Inter, who beat Spezia 2-1.

Belgium midfielder Alexis Saelemaekers scored Milan’s second midway through the first half before Domenico Berardi pulled one back late on for sixth-placed Sassuolo.

But it was Leao’s early strike that will adorn the record books, with a shocked Sassuolo defence punished for backing off as Milan surged forward right from the referee’s whistle.

The goal was even quicker than the fastest strike in Premier League history – Shane Long’s effort for Southampton after 7.69 seconds against Watford on 23 April 2019.

Roma Scored A Late Equaliser To Leave Inter Milan Three Points Adrift Of Leaders AC Milan At The Top Of Serie A

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