MILAN - Inter Milan will have to wait at least another week to seal the Serie A title after drawing 2-2 at gutsy Chievo on Sunday. Hernan Crespo, making a rare start with Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended, gave Inter the lead after three minutes when he scored on the rebound but Michele Marcolini hit back with a superb 25-metre strike midway through the first half. An equally well-struck goal from Mario Balotelli put the champions back in front in the second period only for Luciano, a former Inter player, to volley in at the back post. Jose Mourinho's Inter, who had a couple of other good chances in Verona, would have secured their fourth straight scudetto if they had won and Milan lost. The point meant Chievo moved sixth clear of the drop zone where little changed given fourth-bottom Torino drew 1-1 at home with third-bottom Bologna and fellow strugglers Lecce were held 1-1 by Napoli. Fiorentina strengthened their grip on the fourth Champions League spot with a 2-0 win at Catania with Stevan Jovetic and Luciano Zauri scoring either side of the break. Fifth-placed Genoa slipped three points behind after drawing 1-1 at Atalanta while AS Roma's Champions League hopes ended after a fiery 2-2 draw at Cagliari. Roma, whose coach Luciano Spalletti has been criticised by supporters, dropped 10 points behind Fiorentina in sixth but have a two-point advantage over Palermo in the race for what is likely to be the final Europa League berth via Serie A. A lacklustre Palermo were beaten 1-0 at Siena.
10 May 2009
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