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Dybala returns to save Juventus in a 1-1 draw against Inter

MILAN (AP) -Paulo Dybala returned to save Juventus as it snatched a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan in…

MILAN (AP) -Paulo Dybala returned to save Juventus as it snatched a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia on Sunday.

Dybala converted a penalty one minute to cancel Edin Džeko’s first half opener for Inter.

Inter remained in third place, seven points behind Napoli and AC Milan. Napoli previously experienced its perfect start to the season with a 0-0 draw against Roma. It’s over Milan on goal difference alone after Rossoneri beat Bologna 4-2 on Saturday. Head-to-head is the first tiebreaker in Italy whose team is on par at the end of the season.

“It was the only way we had to score a goal,” said Inter coach Simone Inzaghi. “We are disappointed because we controlled the match from the start without giving anything to Juventus.

“Those are two points we’ve thrown away.”

Juventus are three points behind Inter.

“We always play to win, but today we played against a great team and the way the match went, we got an important point,” said Dybala. “Recently I was forced to sit out with an injury, so I am very happy with this goal.

“After so many years here, I have learned from so many teammates, from so many leaders, and now I try to help the younger ones. I think my time has come and I will always try to do my best for the team. ”

After a rocky start to the season, Juventus were unbeaten in their previous eight matches on their way into the long-awaited match and had won the last four matches 1-0. Defending champions Inter had lost their first league game of the season in Lazio last weekend.

The Nerazzurriers took the lead in the 17th minute. Hakan Çalhanoğlu unleashed a swerving effort from the right that the visitors’ keeper did well to tip wide.

Just as it looked as if Inter were on the verge of a potentially decisive victory, Juventus were awarded a penalty kick when Denzel Dumfries fouled Alex Sandro just inside the area.

Juventus were fined on video review and Inzaghi was so agitated that he threw a piece of clothing on the pitch and was sent off. Dybala struck home kicked. He had entered the 65th minute for his first appearance since an injury in the match against Sampdoria last month.

“The red card is fine,” Inzaghi said. “I made a mistake, just as the referee made a mistake by signaling that everything was fine.”

NOT SO PERFECT

Napoli had won all eight of their Italian league games in a fantastic start to the season, but it could not find a way past Roma, despite hitting the woodwork twice quickly and having a late winner ruled out.

Roma coach José Mourinho was sent to the stands for the dissent nine minutes from time. His Napoli counterpart, Luciano Spalletti, was also red-carded after the final whistle as the referee judged his applause ironic, despite the coach’s intense protests being genuine.

Mourinho was looking for a reaction after Roma were routed 6-1 by the Norwegian team Bodø / Glimt in the Europa League midweek.

But it was Napoli who came closer to breaking the stalemate, on the hour mark, when Victor Osimhen hit the right post from the empty team under pressure, and a desperate tackle by Rick Karsdorp prevented Mario Rui from turning in the return. Osimhen also headed the resulting corner at the top of the bar.

Roma missed three chances in quick succession when Lorenzo Pellegrini twice missed the target and then Gianluca Mancini headed his free-kick narrowly over.

Osimhen thought he had won it two minutes later, but his header was ruled out due to offside.

FOUR-STAR SIMEONE

Giovanni Simeone scored all four goals against his father’s previous team as Hellas Verona led Lazio 4-1.

Simeone scored two goals in each half, aided by two assists from Gianluca Caprari, who was also in inspired form.

The 26-year-old Simeone is the son of current Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone, who played more than 100 games for Lazio and helped the team to the league and cup tournament in 2000.

Ciro Immobile had halved the deficit for Lazio at the start of the second half.

The match was also remarkable as the great-grandson of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini — the 18-year-old defender Romano Floriani Mussolini — was on the bench for Lazio for the first time.

Lazio slipped to eighth while Atalanta moved a point over the capital to fifth after being held to a 1-1 draw by Udinese.

Atalanta struggled with an injury crisis but seemed to be heading for victory thanks to Ruslan Malinovsky’s 56th minute strike, but Beto headed into a corner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Fiorentina went up to seventh with a comfortable 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cagliari.

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