Roma 2-2 Inter Milan: Gianluca Mancini keeps hosts in the Serie A title hunt by heading home late leveller after Milan Skriniar and Achraf Hakimi had put Antonio Conte’s side in control following Lorenzo Pellegrini’s opener
- Antonio Conte’s Inter were held in their title charge by third-placed Roma
- Lorenzo Pellegrini put Roma in front with a fierce drive from the edge of the area
- Inter turned the game around through Milan Skriniar and Achraf Hakimi goal
- Gianluca Mancini rescued a point with a firm glancing header from a corner
Gianluca Mancini rescued a point for high-flying Roma as the hosts remained in the Serie A title hunt after a 2-2 draw with fellow challengers Inter Milan.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan picked up his 10th assist of the season when he set-up Lorenzo Pellegrini, who gave Roma a first-half lead with a fierce drive from the edge of the box.
Inter Milan came out a completely different side after the break and ramped up the pressure on the hosts, with Paul Lopez making a superb close-range save from Lautaro Martinez.
Gianluca Mancini (below) rescued a late point for Roma in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Inter Milan
Lorenzo Pellegrini put Roma in front with a firm drive from the edge of the penalty area
Milan Skriniar headed Inter level after break by rising high at an early second-half corner
But Conte’s side eventually hauled themselves level when Milan Skrinar rose well from a corner to fire past Lopez.
And Inter completed the comeback six minutes later was Achraf Hakimi cut inside from the right and curled a brilliant effort in the top corner via the crossbar.
Rick Karsdorp and Bryan Cristante tested Samir Handanovic as the hosts appeared to be sucker-punched by Inter’s quick turnaround.
The equaliser was well-deserved as Inter had ramped up the pressure on Roma after the break
Achraf Hakimi curled Inter in front for the first time with a brilliant goal on his weaker foot
Defender Mancini glanced in a late header to rescue a point for Paulo Fonseca’s side
But seconds after being denied by Inter goalkeeper Handanovic with a low drive, Roma defender Mancini rescued a point for the hosts with a firm glancing header.
The 24-year-old claimed after the game that Roma showed great mental spirit to remain in the game despite Inter’s second-half fightback.
He told DAZN: ‘Roma have this label that we struggle in the second half, but I see many teams fall away, especially when we play every three days. The important thing is that we stepped up the pace again at the end to get the point.
The draw keeps Roma in the Serie A title hunt as they sit six points behind leaders AC Milan
‘All teams can lower the tempo during a match, we can’t always go at the same speed for 90 minutes, as you could also argue Inter didn’t play with much intensity in the first half.’
Roma boss Paulo Fonseca rued his side’s start to the second-half, telling DAZN: ‘We had a good first half, then were not the same team for 15-20 minutes. After Inter scored the second goal, we suddenly got back to being ourselves again.
‘Unfortunately, those 15-20 minutes at the start of the second half were fatal. It’s not physical, because we ended on a high with the same tempo as the first half.’
The result means leaders Milan now have a three point lead over their city rivals, after Stefano Pioli’s side beat Torino 2-0 on Saturday night.
Antonio Conte’s Inter missed the chance to go one point behind their city rivals at the summit
Inter boss Conte said: ‘I think there was a bit of anxiety to get an important result. We told the players to continue to press, because sitting deep is not a good thing. Roma had nothing to lose and tried to push ahead, it’s normal.
‘We often concede goals because we press too high and we leave too much space behind us. We’ve allowed so many games on the counterattacks this season.
‘On the one hand, it can help you to score, on the other hand you can become more vulnerable if you make mistakes.
Third-placed Roma remain in the hunt for the Scudetto and lie six points behind Milan, though Fonseca’s side have seen a three-game winning run come to an end.
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