Inter Milan held in Serie A by Fiorentina

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Inter Milan was utterly dominant at the San Siro but could not break down a stubborn defense of Fiorentina, and the resulting 0-0 draw meant that Juventus moved a step closer to their ninth consecutive Scudetto in the ongoing Series A.

With Romelu Lukaku back from injury, Inter coach Antonio Conte on Wednesday preferred Alexis Sanchez to partner the Belgian over Lautaro Martinez while Christian Eriksen returned to the starting line-up, Xinhua news agency reports.

From the beginning, the Nerazzuri used their aggression and speed to press high. Just five minutes into the game, Fiorentina risked an own goal, before keeper Pietro Terracciano made a double save to deny Inter.

Lukaku nearly reached the net in the 18th minute but saw his header smacking the woodwork. The home side was then forced to adjust when Stefan de Vrij limped off and was replaced by Andrea Ranocchia. Antonio Candreva volleyed in from Ashley Young ‘s cross shortly after the break, but it was correctly deemed offside. Sanchez went closer in the 52nd minute, but the upright prevented his low shot.

The draw dropped Inter to third place with 73 points, with second-placed Atalanta sitting six points behind Juventus having a game in hand, which means that the Old Lady only needs one more victory to guarantee the Series A title with three matches remaining.

Bruno Peres bagged a hat trick elsewhere as Roma gained a 6-1 victory over already-relegated SPAL.

Parma ended their winless streak of seven games by beating Napoli 2-1, with all three goals coming from the penalty spot.

Lecce relegated Brescia to Series B next season with a 3-1 win in Wednesday’s other Serie A matches, Sampdoria suffered a 2-1 home loss for Genoa, and Torino shared the spoils with Hellas Verona after a 1-1 draw.

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