Inter Milan beat Juventus in race for Serie A title

Hakan Calhanoglu of FC Internazionale scores his team's first goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale at Allianz Stadium on April 3, 2022 in Turin, Italy.

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Inter Milan have halted their poor run of form in the best possible way, beating fierce rivals Juventus 1-0 to boost their Serie A title chances and hinder their opponent's own hopes.

Hakan Calhanoglu converted a penalty at the second time of asking in first-half added time. Defending champions Inter move to within three points of leaders AC Milan and Napoli, who won at Atalanta 3-1 earlier on Sunday.

Inter, who have played a match fewer than their title rivals, had won just one of their previous seven league matches.

It's a fundamental step because at the moment we're chasing the others and we want to remain up there with Milan and Napoli," Inter coach Simone Inzaghi said.

We've lost points ... and we want to try and get them back in the eight matches that remain.

Juventus remain fourth, four points below Inter.

Juve were unbeaten in 16 consecutive league matches and started the Derby d'Italia brightly in Turin, with three early opportunities to take the lead including Giorgio Chiellini hitting the underside of the crossbar.

However, it was Inter who broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime after Juventus forward Alvaro Morata fouled Denzel Dumfries just inside the area. Referee Massimiliano Irrati awarded the penalty after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor.

Calhanoglu's first attempt was saved by Wojciech Szczesny but - after another VAR check - it was ordered to be retaken because of encroachment and the Inter forward buried his second chance into the bottom left corner.

Juventus had the better of the second-half chances but were denied by wayward finishing and Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who also tipped a Denis Zakaria effort onto the post.

It was a good Juventus performance, we're improving and I am happy," coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

But finally we can say that Juve is definitively out of the title race.

In Bergamo, Lorenzo Insigne scored one and set up another to help Napoli move level with Milan - who host Bologna on Monday - at the top.

Insigne, who is leaving Naples at the end of the season after 15 years to join Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, converted a penalty and provided the assist for Matteo Politano to give them a comfortable halftime lead.

Marten de Roon got Atalanta back into the match in the 58th minute but Eljif Elmas sealed the result nine minutes from time following a swift counterattack.

Napoli trail Milan on their head-to-head record while Atalanta's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League appear to be all but over - eight points behind Juventus.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho's Roma moved to within five points of the top four after winning at Sampdoria 1-0.

Udinese thrashed fellow strugglers Cagliari 5-1 and Fiorentina beat Empoli 1-0.

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