The triumph of Inter Milan in the Bologna field (1-0), the ninth in a row, together with the stumbling blocks of Milan against Sampdoria (1-1) and Juventus against Torino (2-2) opened this Saturday a highway for Antonio Conte’s team towards the league title, on the twenty-ninth day of Serie A. towards the league title, on the twenty-ninth day of Serie A.
Unquestionable leader with eight points of advantage over Milan, second, and still with a game less, the one that will play next Wednesday against Sassuolo, Inter has put the direct towards the nineteenth “Scudetto” in its history. Conte’s team triumphed 1-0 this Saturday at the Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna thanks to a goal from the Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who now has twenty this season and is four behind the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, top gunner.
It was a heavyweight triumph as their main rivals stumbled in their respective matches on Easter Eve. Milan, second, chained their fourth consecutive game without winning at the San Siro. After losing against Inter and Napoli and drawing with Udinese, they did not go past 1-1 against Sampdoria and saw their margin over fifth place decrease in a worrying way.
For Pioli’s team it is essential to finish at least in the top four to return to the Champions League, but fifth position is now only four points away. The other good news for Inter came from Juventus, which was plunged into a sporting and extra-sporting storm. Andrea Pirlo’s men played a momentous derby against Torino without the Argentine Paulo Dybala, the Brazilian Arthur Melo and the American Weston McKennie by technical decision, after the three participated on Wednesday in a night party that violated Italian anti-coronavirus rules.
And on the pitch they again made concentration errors that Paraguayan Toni Sanabria took advantage of to sign a great double in his first Turin derby. The “granata” striker has now scored four goals and one assist in his five games with the new jersey. Only a goal from the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo with nine minutes to go avoided defeat for a Juventus that now shares fourth place with Napoli, with whom a fundamental direct clash will be played next Wednesday.
After dominating the last nine years of Italian football, Juventus appear to be on the verge of handing over the championship title, in a season in which they also failed in the Champions League, from which they were eliminated in the round of 16. All this, with the club’s boxes in financial difficulty and with the future of Cristiano that is still in the air. Atalanta, who beat Udinese 3-2 to the rhythm of their Colombian offensive partner formed by Luis Muriel, author of a great double (18 in Serie A), and Duván Zapata, who scored one (eleven total).
Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are third alone, two points behind Milan’s second place. Roma is still in free fall, which with Spaniards Borja Mayoral, Carles Pérez and Pau López as headlines, did not pass 2-2 in the Sassuolo field and chained their third game without victories. The capital’s team, coached by the Portuguese Paulo Fonseca, is now seventh, five points behind the Champions League zone. Ecuadorian hero in the Lazio match, which beat Spezia 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium thanks to a penalty goal from Felipe Caicedo, who has already scored eight goals in Serie A.