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Inter ties with Roma as Milan edges up

SAMUEL Eto'o earned Serie A leader Inter Milan a 1-1 draw with AS Roma at the San Siro on Sunday, while its city rival AC Milan climbed to third with a 2-1 win at troubled Lazio.

The Cameroon forward controlled a Thiago Motta pass, spun around and drove home a diagonal strike just after the break to cancel out Mirko Vucinic's first-half goal.

The champion now has 29 points from 12 games, five more than second-placed Juventus, which won 5-2 at Atalanta on Saturday. Inter started the weekend with a seven-point lead.

Inter coach Jose Mourinho had said former title challenger Roma was dangerous despite being in the lower half of the table and missing injured players such as captain Francesco Totti.

He was proved right in the 13th minute when Montenegro striker Vucinic put the visitors in front with a looping header to make amends after his dithering had allowed Inter's defence to recover when he was clean through soon after kickoff.

Level terms

Inter had keeper Julio Cesar to thank for keeping it on level terms after Eto'o's goal when he produced a fine save to repel a powerful Jeremy Menez shot after the hour mark.

Milan is two points behind Juventus after its center back Thiago Silva scored for both sides in a victory at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

The Brazilian nodded in an Andrea Pirlo freekick from the left to put Milan ahead in the 22nd minute with his maiden Serie A goal.

His compatriot Alexandre Pato also used his head to put away a Ronaldinho cross and make it 2-0 10 minutes before the break before Silva unluckily deflected a Mauro Zarate shot into his own net in the 65th minute to set up a nervy climax.

The visitors held out under pressure to continue their recovery from a shaky start.

Lazio coach Davide Ballardini is now in serious danger of losing his job. His side has not won in the league since August and was hammered 4-1 at Villarreal in the Europa League on Thursday.

Milan leapfrogged Sampdoria, which lost 0-2 at Cagliari.


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