Inter Milan complete second-half cometback at Roma to move clear at the top of Serie A


Marcus Thuram inspired a strong second-half fightback as Inter Milan extended their lead at the top of Serie A to seven points with a 4-2 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

Four minutes after the break, Thuram headed home Matteo Darmian’s cross and six minutes later he forced Roma defender Angelino to turn the ball into his own net from the left.

Roma were desperate for an equalizer but Inter made sure of the points deep into stoppage time when defender Alessandro Bastoni finished off a quick counter-attack.

The victory allowed Inter to follow up last week’s key win over title rivals Juventus, while it marked the first defeat for new Roma head coach Daniele De Rossi after three straight wins.

Roma made a confident start in their bid for another victory that would move them up to fourth, with Inter goalkeeper Yann Sommer having to beat Stephan El Shaarawy’s shot in the opening minute.

Matias Pellegrini also came close from distance, but Inter got into the game and took the lead in the 18th minute when Federico Dimarco’s corner was headed home by Francesco Acerbi.

But Roma were level within 10 minutes when Gianluca Mancini nodded in a free-kick, with set-plays proving dangerous for both sides in a slippery state.

An end-to-end clash produced chances for Dimarco and Paulo Dybala at either end before the home side stunned Inter by taking the lead moments before the half-time break.

Pellegrini led a quick counter-attack to send the ball to El Shaarawy on the left wing and his rising shot hit both posts before settling into the net to put Roma up 2-1.

Inter responded strongly at the start of the second half and it took just four minutes for them to equalize when Thuram met Darmian’s cross with the prettiest finish.

Angelino was unlucky when he slipped past his own keeper in the 56th minute.

Roma’s best chance to produce a thrilling final twist came in the 71st minute when former Inter player Romelu Lukaku made a clean save but the ball was cleared from his boots by the alert Sommer.

That prompted a stand-up finish from the home side as Sommer had to be alert again to keep out Leonardo Spinazzola’s effort with six minutes remaining.

However, Roma’s growing desperation left holes at the back and the visitors confirmed victory after a tense game through the unlikely figure of Bastoni.

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