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Inter Milan lets AS Roma back in during 2-2 draw

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Keita Balde and Mauro Icardi goals not enough for three points in Rome.

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Samir Handanovic of FC Internazionale kicks the ball during the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale at Stadio Olimpico on December 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy.
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Just when you think you have it … you don’t.

Inter Milan took the lead twice only to watch AS Roma equalize both times, in short order as the Nerazzurri managed just one point in a 2-2 draw with Roma Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico.

A 73rd-minute penalty by Aleksander Kolarov erased an awesome heading finish by Mauro Icardi in the 66th minute to preserve the tie for Roma.

The draw keeps Inter in the top four, four points ahead of fourth-place AC Milan and temporarily tied with Napoli — who will face Atalanta Monday.

After controlling most of the first half, it was Inter who drew first when Danilo D’Ambrosio received a great outlet from Joao Mario. D’Ambrosio crossed inside to a streaking Keita Balde who drilled home a picture-perfect finish in the air to put Inter Milan up 1-0 in the 37th minute.

With a 1-0 lead coming out of halftime, it appeared the Nerazzurri had all the momentum in the second half until the 51st minute.

Cengiz Under delivered a massive strike from outside the box that seemed to paralyze Samir Handanvic and find the back of the net.

But, just 15 minutes later, on a corner delivery from Marcelo Brozovic, Mauro Icardi headed home what looked like it could be the game-winner past Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

Then, in the 74th minute, things got a little strange on a Roma corner. Milan Skriniar appeared to head the ball away from danger, but Brozovic nudged out his elbow and made contact with the ball.

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FC Internazionale head coach Luciano Spalletti reacts during the Serie A match between AS Roma and FC Internazionale at Stadio Olimpico on December 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy.
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After a video-assisted referee review, Roma was awarded a penalty for handball in the area.

Kolarov stepped up and put the ball past Handanovic — who came into the match saving 37 of 100 penalties he faced.

Inter now face a tough road as they have just four days to prepare for a trip to Turin to face league-leading Juventus in the first installment of this season’s Derby d’Italia. It will be the Nerazzurri’s first time to face Cristiano Ronaldo. Juventus is coming off a 3-0 blasting of Fiorentina in Florence Saturday.

Following the match in Turin, Inter will return to the Guisippe Meazza to take on PSV Eindhoven in a crucial Champions League match that will decide whether the Nerazzurri enter the knockout round of the Champions League or move down to the Europa League draw.


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