Inter close in on Serie A title with draw

(L-R) Salvador Ferrer of Spezia, Ivan Perisic of Internazionale, Ivan Provedel of Spezia during the Italian Serie A match between Spezia v Internazionale on April 21, 2021.

Inter Milan have extended their lead at the top of Serie A despite another goalkeeping error from captain Samir Handanovic allowing Spezia to record a 1-1 draw.

In their first match since joining and withdrawing from the much-criticised European Super League project, league leaders Inter failed to fully capitalise on second-place AC Milan's 2-1 home loss to Sassuolo earlier on Wednesday.

After scoring an own goal in the 1-1 draw with Napoli that ended Inter's 11-game winning run in the league on Sunday, Handanovic enabled Diego Farias's strike to squeeze under him and put Spezia in front early on at Stadio Alberto Picco.

Ivan Perisic bundled in the equaliser from an Achraf Hakimi cross on his 200th appearance in all competitions for Inter, who are 10 points clear at the top with six rounds remaining.

Juventus came from behind to win 3-1 against Parma to move into third, before Atalanta's match at Roma on Thursday.

Spezia remain five points above the relegation zone.

Inter, Milan and Juve were the three Italian clubs involved in the attempt to launch a Super League, with the trio abandoning the project on Wednesday.

Substitute Giacomo Raspadori scored twice in the final 14 minutes for Sassuolo at the San Siro.

Second-place Milan were firmly in the title race at the start of the year but are now looking nervously over their shoulder with a top-four place not guaranteed.

Atalanta will move a point above them with victory over Roma while fifth-place Napoli can close the gap to three points with a win at home over Lazio on Thursday.

Milan scored the opener in the 30th minute when Hakan Calhanoglu curled into the top right corner before Raspadori struck twice as Sassuolo turned the match on its head.

Juventus moved just a point behind Milan, coming from behind after Gaston Brugman's sublime free-kick gave relegation-threatened Parma the lead in the 25th.

Alex Sandro put Juventus in front with goals either side of the interval and Matthijs de Ligt sealed the result in the 68th.

Cagliari inched closer to safety after winning 1-0 at Udinese.

The Sardinian side moved to within three points of 17th-place Benevento, who drew 2-2 at fellow struggler Genoa.

Torino are three points above the drop after a 1-1 draw at Bologna while bottom club Crotone lost 1-0 at home to Sampdoria.

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