Schelotto rescues Inter in Milan derby
Milan, Italy (Sports Network) - Ezequiel Schelotto netted the equalizer inside the final 20 minutes on Sunday as Inter Milan pulled out a 1-1 draw with AC Milan at the San Siro.
Milan came into the game riding high after stunning Barcelona, 2-0, in the Champions League Round-of-16 in midweek, and they got off to an excellent start on Sunday.
Stephan El Shaarawy gave the Rossoneri the advantage 21 minutes into the match when he took a deft pass from Kevin-Prince Boateng and ripped a right-footed strike into the net.
But with 19 minutes to play, Schelotto got on the end of a cross from Yuto Nagatomo and easily nodded it past Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati to tie things at 1-1.
Both teams searched for a winner over the final 20 minutes of play, but neither side was able to finish their chances and had to settle for a split of the points.
Entering Sunday's match, Milan sat in third place, while Inter was just one point behind in fifth place.
AC Milan extends its unbeaten run in Serie A to eight consecutive matches and moves to 45 points, while Inter will take its point to go to fourth place on 44 points from 26 matches after a lackluster 4-1 defeat to Fiorentina last Sunday.
Juventus 3, Siena 0
Turin, Italy - Juventus widened its lead atop Serie A to seven points on Sunday after securing a comfortable 3-0 win over Siena at Juventus Stadium.
The league leaders struck first on the half-hour mark through Stephan Lichtsteiner, who beat Siena goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo with a right- footed strike.
Sebastian Giovinco made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 74th minute when he got on the end of a free kick from Andrea Pirlo and ripped a rising shot into the top left corner.
Paul Pogba made it three for Juventus with one minute to go following an outstanding right-footed strike from outside the penalty area. Juventus improves to 58 points with the victory, while Siena remains stuck in the bottom three on 21 points.
Sampdoria 2, Chievo 0
Genoa, Italy - Sampdoria scored on each side of the interval on Sunday, earning a 2-0 win over Chievo at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
The hosts struck first in the 33rd minute through Andrea Poli, who ran onto a deft feed from Pedro Mba Obiango and slotted a right-footed strike into the bottom right corner of the net.
Sampdoria finished it off seven minutes from time when Citadin Eder galloped onto a through ball from Shkodran Mustafi and fired it into the bottom left corner.
Sampdoria moves up to 10th place with 32 points from 26 matches with the result, while Chievo drops to 14th on 29 points.
Roma 3, Atalanta 2
Bergamo, Italy - Vasilis Torosidis scored the match-winner 19 minutes from time and Roma held on for a 3-2 win over 10-man Atalanta on Sunday at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.
The home side struck first just eight minutes into the game when Marko Livaja found the back of the net, but Roma made it 1-1 four minutes later through Marquinho.
Miralem Pjanic put Roma ahead in the 34th minute with an exceptional free kick, but Livaja squared it up again for Atalanta just before halftime.
Torosidis put Roma in front for good in the 71st minute when he ran onto a through ball from Michael Bradley and headed it past Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli from a difficult angle.
Roma improves to 40 points from 26 matches, while Atalanta remain in 15th place with 27 points, five clear of the bottom three.
Cagliari 4, Torino 3
Cagliari, Italy - Daniele Conti's second goal of the game came in second-half stoppage time to give Cagliari a 4-3 win over nine-man Torino in a thriller on Sunday at the Stadio Sant'Elia.
Marco Sau got the hosts off to a flying start in the 37th minute after converting a penalty kick, but Torino found the tying tally just after halftime through Alessio Cerci, who fired it into the bottom-right corner from just inside the box.
The visitors went in front in the 54th minute when Alen Stevanovic found a loose ball in the box and pounded it home, but Cagliari made it 2-2 with 15 minutes to play through Conti.
Three minutes from time, Mauricio Pinilla bagged a penalty kick to put Cagliari in front, 3-2, and just a minute later Abou Diop was shown a red card, reducing Torinto to nine men.
Despite being down two players, Ronaldo Bianchi scored a penalty kick in the second minute of stoppage time and looked to have stolen a point for his side, but Conti scored in the final seconds to give Cagliari all three points.
The clubs are even on points with 31, but Torino sits in 12th place, ahead of Cagliari on goal difference.
Catania 2, Parma 1
Parma, Italy - Catania extended its unbeaten run in Serie A to three consecutive matches after, posting a 2-1 win over Parma on Sunday at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
The visitors struck first just five minutes in through Francesco Lodi, who beat Parma goalkeeper Antonio Minante with a fantastic free kick into the bottom right corner of the net.
It was 2-0 for Catania one minute before the intermission when Keko latched onto a ball in the penalty area and buried it from close range.
Parma pulled one back three minutes from time when Carvalho Amauri found the back of the net, but Catania held on for the result to improve to 42 points from 26 matches, while Parma remains mid-table in 11th place on 32 points.