Inter clip Milan in edgy derby
Mauro Icardi's stoppage-time header gave Inter Milan a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the city derby yesterday, but they could be left counting the cost of that victory, after key midfielder Radja Nainggolan limped off in the first half.
Nainggolan hurt his ankle in a crunching tackle with Lucas Biglia and the Belgian is now a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League match at Barcelona.
Inter have made a habit this season of scoring late goals and they did so for the fifth game this campaign, when Icardi headed in Matias Vecino's cross, just as the match seemed certain to end goalless.
The Derby della Madonnina was, as always, eagerly anticipated, and even more so with both teams coming into the match on hot streaks.
Inter had won six straight between Serie A and the Champions League, while Milan were non an eight-match unbeaten run between Serie A and the Europa League.
However, in a game of few clear chances, both sides appeared lethargic at times - especially during the second half. Both teams did have a goal disallowed, while Stefan de Vrij hit the post for Inter.
Gian Piero Ventura's return to football management could hardly have gone worse, as his Chievo Verona team was humiliated 5-1 at home by Atalanta.
Ventura was hired by Chievo during the international break, replacing Lorenzo D'Anna. It's the first job for the 70-year-old Ventura since he was fired as national coach nearly a year ago for Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Fourth-place Lazio left it late before winning 2-0 at Parma.
Ciro Immobile converted a penalty nine minutes from time and Joaquin Correa sealed the result deep in stoppage time.
At the other end of the table, newly promoted teams Frosinone and Empoli shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw, which left both sides in the relegation zone.
Bologna remained two points above Empoli after coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Torino.