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Serie A: Napoli winning run ends at Inter Milan

Napoli are still top of the table with 41 points after 16 games but their advantage over second-placed AC Milan narrowed to five points

Reuters Milan Published 06.01.23, 05:43 AM
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Napoli’s 11-match winning streak and unbeaten start to the Serie A season ended on Wednesday when Edin Dzeko’s second-half goal secured Inter Milan a 1-0 victory.

Napoli are still top of the table with 41 points after 16 games but their advantage over second-placed AC Milan, who beat Salernitana 2-1, narrowed to five points.

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Arkadiusz Milik’s stoppage-time free-kick earned Juventus a 1-0 win at Cremonese on Wednesday, their seventh in a row without conceding a goal. Cremonese had two goals disallowed in the first half and competed with Massimiliano Allegri’s side for most of the game.

“We knew this was going to be a tricky match because Cremonese run hard and harry you constantly. They’re well drilled and very physical too, so the lads deserve credit for this result,” Allegri said.

Juve are third in the table with 34 points, one clear of Inter in fourth.

Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini converted a penalty against Bologna in Rome, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win as coach Jose Mourinho served his first match of a two-game suspension.

Lecce staged a second-half comeback to beat Lazio 2-1 at home on Wednesday.

AC Milan won their first game after the World Cup break with victory at Salernitana as Rafael Leao and Sandro Tonali struck in the first half. “We knew we had been working well, although some friendlies didn’t go the way we wanted. But it is just a little step we needed to take to move toward bigger goals,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli said.

Atalanta extended their winless streak to four with a 2-2 draw at Spezia.

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