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Ten-man Inter miss chance to go top

Roberto-Mancini-IMFCInter Milan spurned a chance to go top of Italy’s Serie A for a second week running after a pulsating 1-1 draw at Palermo on Saturday left them just short of leaders Fiorentina. The result left Inter second on 18 points and only trailing on goal difference to Fiorentina, who host third placed Roma (17pts) in a showdown on Sunday to see who ends the weekend top in Italy.

The visitors broke the deadlock with a rapid counter-attack on the hour which culminated with a deft finish from Ivan Perisic at the far post. Veteran Italian international Alberto Giardino did not know much about his equaliser six minutes later, sticking out a shin as the ball arrived at speed through a forest of legs, but he poked the ball home from close range via a flailing touch from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic’s desperately outstretched hand. Palermo then defended in numbers even after the late dismissal of Inter defender Jeison Murillo and the Nerazzurri have now failed to win in Palermo since 2010.

Elsewhere, first ever Serie A goals either side of half time from Rade Krunic and Piotr Zielinski lifted Empoli away from the drop zone with a much needed 2-0 victory over Genoa. Bologna climbed off the bottom of Serie A when they came from behind against ten-man Carpi to clinch a 2-1 win.