Ivan Perisic’s stoppage-time equaliser denied AC Milan at the death in the Derby della Madonnina as Inter Milan salvaged a 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Two maiden San Siro goals from Spanish schemer Suso had put Milan on a course to reach second place in the Serie A table, but, with Antonio Candreva having grabbed Inter’s first leveller at the start of the second half, Perisic put the brakes on the Rossoneri.
The point will mean a lot to new Inter head coach Stefano Pioli, hired to fix the mess left behind by Frank de Boer, who departed with the Nerazzurri languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Hot on Milan’s heels are Lazio and Atalanta, whose impressive runs continued on Sunday courtesy of respective home victories over Genoa and Roma.
A seven-game unbeaten streak had helped Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio climb the table and goals from Felipe Anderson, Lucas Biglia and Wallace proved too much for Genoa to handle in a 3-1 triumph in the capital. Lucas Ocampos notched for the Grifone, who next face leaders Juventus.
Franck Kessie’s late penalty fired Atalanta into the race for Champions League football as title hopefuls Roma suffered a 2-1 defeat.
Diego Perotti’s penalty put the Giallorossi on the right track in Bergamo, only for Mattia Caldara to snatch a second-half leveller.
Just when Roma looked ready to settle for a draw, Ivorian midfielder Kessie secured a fifth straight Atalanta win – their seventh in eight.
Further down the table, Federico Bernardeschi made it five goals in his last five games with Josip Ilicic also scoring twice as Fiorentina thumped Empoli 4-0 to reach eighth place.
Sampdoria produced a brilliant late comeback to seal a remarkable 3-2 win over Sassuolo at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Sassuolo led 2-0 with six minutes left, thanks to Federico Ricci and Antonino Ragusa, but Fabio Quagliarella pulled one back before Luis Muriel’s brace secured a stunning turnaround.
Bologna broke their barren run of seven league games without a win thanks to a comfortable 3-1 home triumph over Palermo.
Ilija Nestorovski tapped in an early goal for the Sicilians before Mattia Destro equalised. After the break, Blerim Dzemaili and Federico Viviano completed the comeback.
Andrea Belotti scored a late double as Torino claimed a 2-0 victory – their second consecutive win – at rock-bottom Crotone.
Juventus swept Pescara aside 3-0 in Turin to extend their lead at the top of Serie A over Roma to seven points on Saturday night.
With Roma not in action until their trip to Atalanta on Sunday, Massimiliano Allegri’s much-changed side made no mistakes against the Delfini.
Sami Khedira put the home side in front on 36 minutes, finishing a neat move in the penalty area.
Mario Mandzukic, converting from close range, and Hernanes, who drilled in a 25-yard effort, then struck twice in the space of six minutes midway through the second half to make sure of victory.
With the points secure, there was also the opportunity for Allegri to hand a late debut to 16-year-old forward Moise Kean.
Earlier on Saturday, Lorenzo Insigne finally ended his long goal drought with a brace as Napoli returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Udinese at the Dacia Arena.
Insigne, who had failed to score in Serie A since April last season, broke the deadlock two minutes into the second half when he converted Jose Callejon’s pass at the far post.
The Italy forward doubled his tally and Napoli’s advantage on 57 minutes after a cross from Elseid Hysaj.
Although a towering header from substitute Stipe Perica quickly reduced the deficit, the Partenopei closed out for a first league win since October 26 to move fourth in the table.
Elsewhere, Chievo had ended a five-game winless run with a 1-0 home victory over Cagliari.
Massimo Gobbi’s first goal for 100 Serie A games on 53 minutes proved enough to secure all three points at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi as the Flying Donkeys climbed to eighth place.
For Cagliari, it was a fourth defeat in five games, with the Sardinians slipping one place into 12th spot.