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Inter hold nerve and Roma at bay

Published: Sunday 9 May 2010, 18.00CET
FC Internazionale Milano will take a two-point advantage into the final round of Serie A matches after they edged AC Chievo Verona 4-3 and AS Roma overcame Cagliari Calcio 2-1.
Inter hold nerve and Roma at bay
Esteban Cambiasso rejoices after his strike for Inter ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 9 May 2010, 18.00CET

Inter hold nerve and Roma at bay

FC Internazionale Milano will take a two-point advantage into the final round of Serie A matches after they edged AC Chievo Verona 4-3 and AS Roma overcame Cagliari Calcio 2-1.

FC Internazionale Milano will be crowned Italian champions if they beat AC Siena next weekend after the Nerazzurri overcame AC Chievo Verona 4-3 to remain two points ahead of AS Roma going into the final round of matches.

José Mourinho's side survived a fraught finish at San Siro after the visitors threatened to come back from 4-1 down and the beginning of the contest was equally uncomfortable for the current champions. Thiago Motta inadvertantly deflected a free-kick past his own goalkeeper to gift Chievo the lead but Andrea Mantovani repaid the favour a minute later.

Inter then surged away with Esteban Cambiasso's controlled volley (34) and Diego Milito's chip (39) making it 3-1 at the break. Mario Balotelli (52) burst through to seemingly confirm the result only for Pablo Granoche and Sergio Pellissier to set up a nervous final 16 minutes.

Roma, beaten by Inter in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday, added to the titleholders' angst by staging a late comeback to floor Cagliari. The Giallorossi's hopes appeared over when Andrea Lazzari drilled in from distance with just 17 minutes remaining only for Francesco Totti to level then strike the winning penalty on 83 minutes. Should Inter fail to win next Sunday, Roma will be guaranteed the title should they beat Chievo due to their superior head-to-head record.

AC Milan secured third place despite losing 1-0 at Genoa CFC after fourth-placed UC Sampdoria drew 1-1 at US Città di Palermo. The Blucerchiati, however, remain two points ahead of their opponents as a result and will secure a UEFA Champions League spot with a win against sixth-placed SSC Napoli on the final day. Elsewhere, Atalanta BC were relegated after succumbing 2-0 at Napoli while there were triumphs for Parma FC, 3-2 at Juventus, and S.S. Lazio, 2-1 away to AS Livorno Calcio.

Last updated: 09/05/10 21.03CET

Results

Italian Serie A 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 02/07/2011 04:32 CET

08/05/2011

GenoaGenoa2-1SampdoriaSampdoria

Floro Flores 45+1, Boselli 90+7

Pozzi 66

Venue: Genova

08/05/2011

InternazionaleInternazionale3-1FiorentinaFiorentina

Pazzini 25, Cambiasso 28, Coutinho 77

Gilardino 74

Venue: Milano

08/05/2011

BolognaBologna0-0ParmaParma

Venue: Bologna

08/05/2011

UdineseUdinese2-1LazioLazio

Di Natale 35, 42

Kozák 76

Venue: Udine

08/05/2011

CagliariCagliari0-2CesenaCesena

Jiménez 53, Malonga 84

Venue: Cagliari

08/05/2011

LecceLecce2-1NapoliNapoli

Corvia 49 (p), Chevantón 88

Mascara 67

Venue: Lecce

08/05/2011

BresciaBrescia1-2CataniaCatania

Diamanti 90+1

Silvestre 27, Bergessio 75

Venue: Brescia

07/05/2011

RomaRoma0-0MilanMilan

Venue: Roma

07/05/2011

PalermoPalermo2-1BariBari

Miccoli 39, Bovo 53

Bentivoglio 7

Venue: Palermo

Standings

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