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Inter held by Roma after racism storm as Atlanta win

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Roma’s Gianluca Mancini vies for the ball with Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez during a Serie A match on Friday. Associated Press

Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw by Roma at the San Siro on Friday. Antonio Conte’s side have a two-point advantage on Juventus. The match in the San Siro had been overshadowed by a racism storm after Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport’s controversial “Black Friday” headline.

The front-page headline accompanied an article about the first Serie A meeting between former Manchester United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling. On the pitch, Smalling and Gianluca Mancini stifled Inter’s prolific strike duo Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, who between them have scored 18 of their team’s goals in 15 league games this season.

Conte’s side proved toothless in attack against a well-organised Roma, failing to find the net for the first time this season, days before their Champions League clash against Barcelona. Lukaku, Marcelo Brozovic and Matias Vecino all missed chances for the hosts as Roma snatched a precious point to move fourth and into the Champions League places.

Inter were lacking in midfield with Stefano Sensi, Nicolo Barella and Roberto Gagliardini all out with Roma missing goalkeeper Pau Lopez while Edin Dzeko started on the bench after flu, but came on for the final 25 minutes.

Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo took Dzeko’s place up front with Roma dominating the first half hour, although Inter had the best chances with Antonio Mirante denying Lukaku after a blundering Jordan Veretout back-pass.

Meanwhile, Inter held on to top spot but their advantage remains under threat from Juventus with third-placed Lazio eight points behind the leaders.

Defender Berat Djimsiti scored a late goal in the extra time as Atlanta held their nerves to beat Verona 3-2 on Saturday.

Ruslan Malinovsky and Luis Muriel were also on target for scoring in 44th an d66th minutes respectively. Fro Verona, Samuel Di Carmine scroed both the goals.

Agencies