Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header hitting the bar was the nearest Inter came to scoring at Genoa
Inter Milan failed to capitalize on AC Milan’s domestic draw towards Udinese on Friday with a goalless draw at Genoa which allowed their local rivals to live top of Serie A.
Champions Inter could have moved degree on fifty-seven points with Milan had they gained at relegation strugglers Genoa however couldn’t make the maximum of long spells of dominance on the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and live points off the lead.
Napoli can now reclaim the summit on purpose difference with a win at Champions League-chasing Lazio on Sunday night before they host Milan next weekend.
Champions Inter has a game in hand on the two contenders to their identity but has failed to win in their closing 4 league matches in a mini-slump which has also seen all of them-but eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool.
The Milan giants will face off within the first leg of their Italian Cup semi-final on Tuesday at the same time as Napoli could have an entire week to put together for every other big suit after falling to a sobering Europa League defeat via Barcelona.
Inter had enough chances to take the points on Friday but once more could not discover the final touch — a not unusual thread in a stressful run of shape for Simone Inzaghi’s side — in opposition to a spirited Genoa group sponsored via a passionate domestic following.
They came closest while Danilo D’Ambrosio headed Hakan Calhanoglu’s 62nd-minute nook off the bar, considered one of a bunch of opportunities on a breathless night time wherein Calhanoglu and Edin Dzeko, amongst others, overlooked some exceptional probabilities to win the sport.
Leo Ostigard became significant at the lower back for Genoa, who stay inside the bottom 3 on 17 factors after their 5th instantly draw, four faraway from Venezia who sit down just outdoor the relegation quarter.
Stefano Pioli couldn’t agree with that destiny Udogie’s leveler changed into allowed to stand and earn Udinese their 1-1 draw at Milan.
Udogie said himself after the game that his muted party at scoring his first purpose as a professional footballer on the San Siro of all places become because he “wasn’t positive” whether or not he had handled.
And Pioli vented his frustration on the decision after pictures appeared to show the Italy under-21 global touching the ball in together with his arm.
“That equalizer must bewed, Udogie touches the ball together with his arm,” he stated to DAZN.
“We did not play particularly properly but VAR ought to have seen it, it’s a clean blunder.
“it is now not the first time that we’ve been penalized (by way of a refereeing choice). Perhaps Udinese might have equalized later, but this is not adequate.”
Milan, who also drew at backside aspect Salernitana last week, turned into underwhelming against a group sat in 14th which has received simply once since the flip of the yr.
An uneventful first half was livened up most effectively with the aid of Rafael Leao’s 29th-minute opener, which got here after the Portugal international beautifully brought down Sandro Tonali’s clipped pass, held off Rodrigo Becao earlier than rolling in a peaceful end.
Udinese became no longer happy about what they concept become a foul through Leao on Becao and after the ruin, the away aspect got here out with the bit among their teeth, Tolgay Arslan unfortunate not to look his low strike slide simply past the submit at the hour mark.
Doogie scored the arguable intention which might earn Udinese the draw and Maignan had to be at his excellent deep in stoppage time to prevent Gerard Deulofeu from snatching a dramatic win