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Inter rallies to draw 3-3 with Roma

TEENAGER Mario Balotelli struck twice and Hernan Crespo scored a late equalizer as Serie A leaders Inter Milan rallied to draw 3-3 with AS Roma in a thriller at the San Siro on Sunday.

First-half goals from Daniele De Rossi and John Arne Riise had Roma on top while Matteo Brighi briefly restored its two-goal advantage after Balotelli had side-footed his first goal five minutes into the second.

Balotelli, in the starting line-up as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the bench with a muscle problem, narrowed the gap again with a penalty in the 63rd and substitute Crespo, making a rare appearance, completed the comeback with a header in the 79th.

After 26 games Inter, which started the weekend nine in front, has 60 points, seven more than second-placed Juventus after it won 1-0 over Napoli in Turin on Saturday.

"A point is gold from a match like this," Inter coach Jose Mourinho told Sky television.

"The match seemed lost at 3-1. My team deserves this point, not for the quality of play. Their character made the difference."

After being knocked out of the UEFA Cup, AC Milan's crisis deepened on Sunday with a 1-2 defeat at Sampdoria.

Antonio Cassano headed Sampdoria on its way in the 33rd and strike partner Giampaolo Pazzini stretched the lead six minutes into the second half with his fifth goal in as many games.

Alexandre Pato pulled one back 10 minutes from time and fellow Brazilian Emerson had an equalizer disallowed for offside, leaving Milan 12 points behind Inter and coach Carlo Ancelotti likely to be facing more pressure.

Fourth-placed Fiorentina missed the chance to join Milan in third when it was held 1-1 at bottom side Reggina.


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