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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Roma's run ends, Inter up to fourth

Roma's seemingly unstoppable surge towards matching a 53-year-old European record finally came to an end at Torino as their former player Alessio Cerci forced a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

Alessio Cerci celebrates his goal against Roma.
Alessio Cerci celebrates his goal against Roma.

Had the runaway Serie A leaders clinched an 11th straight win they would have lived up to Tottenham's achievement of the 1960-61 season, in which Spurs opened a double-winning campaign with the same run of victories before drawing with Manchester City.

Kevin Strootman set the Giallorossi on their way to emulating the Londoners' record but Rudi Garcia's men appeared a little off the boil in Turin and soon found themselves under siege from a determined Torino side.

And it was Cerci, who made his Roma debut at the age of 16 over nine years ago, who would prove their undoing shortly after the hour mark, putting the brakes on his boyhood club's bid to make the history books with a well-taken equaliser.

Roma held a five-point lead going into this weekend's round of games, but that has been cut to just three while the solitary point moves Torino into 11th place.

Inter Milan remained in touch with the title-chasing pack by claiming a comfortable 3-0 Serie A victory at Udinese.

The Bianconeri were unbeaten at the Stadio Friuli for 13 months before losing to leaders Roma last weekend, but they suffered a second home defeat as many games thanks to Walter Mazzarri's marauding Inter side.

After Rodrigo Palacio opened the scoring with a header in the 25th minute, Andrea Ranocchia hit Udinese while they were still down with a well-taken volley.

Ricky Alvarez rounded off Inter's win with a third goal at the death, ensuring the Milan club remain within six points of Napoli and Juventus and tied for fourth place with surprise package Hellas Verona.

Genoa ended Lazio's unbeaten run at the Stadio Olimpico with a 2-0 triumph on Sunday afternoon.

Juraj Kucka put the visitors ahead on the hour mark before Alberto Gilardino made it 2-0 from the penalty spot following a handball from Lazio defender Michael Ciani.

The outcome, Genoa's second win on the road this season, lifted the Grifoni to eighth position, one place and one point adrift of Lazio.

Hellas Verona continued their impressive home form with a 2-1 victory over Cagliari.

Gaetano Berardi scored a second-half hat-trick as Sassuolo fought back to beat 10-man Sampdoria 4-3 and clinch only their second win of the Serie A season.

Livorno provided some relief to coach Davide Nicola with a 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta at the Armando Picchi stadium on Sunday.

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