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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 11, 2009

Serie A: Inter draw and Lazio win Rome derby

Serie A leaders Inter Milan were held 2-2 at home by Palermo on Saturday after blowing a two-goal cushion, while Lazio beat AS Roma 4-2 in a thrilling derby with three sendings-off.

Palermo's Edinson Cavani and Davide Succi struck within two minutes of each other in the second half to level after a Mario Balotelli header and a soft Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty had put the champions in charge.

"The first half was one of the best we've played at the San Siro, we could have scored more," Inter coach Jose Mourinho told Sky television. "The second was completely different. Maybe we mistakenly thought the game was over.

"After being two up it's a result that has the taste of a defeat. But it's a point. That's how the championship goes."

However, Juve could not take advantage as Genoa continued their march towards the Champions League next season with victory at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Thiago Motta put the home side ahead in the 29th minute but a controversial penalty from Alessandro Del Piero brought Juve level just before half-time.

Motta restored Genoa's advantage deep into first-half stoppage time before Mauro Camoranesi was shown a red card for Juventus, but Vincenzo Iaquinta pegged Genoa back again five minutes from the end.

But Raffaele Palladino earned Genoa all three points in the 88th minute to take them back above Fiorentina into fourth place.

AC Milan won 1-0 at Chievo Verona to consolidate third place thanks to Clarence Seedorf's 53rd-minute strike from the edge of the area after a sweet lay-off by Filippo Inzaghi.

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who left David Beckham on the bench for a second week, was ejected from the dugout in the 37th minute for dissent.

In the Rome derby, Lazio the spoils went to Lazio. They made an impressive start at the Stadio Olimpico, with Goran Pandev volleying home and his strike partner Mauro Zarate curling a shot into the corner from outside the box to put them 2-0 up within four minutes.

Roma responded well and defender Philippe Mexes pulled one back from short range in the 10th minute only for Stephan Lichtsteiner to hit back for Lazio just before the hour mark.

Roma's Christian Panucci was sent off shortly after that for a second yellow card while Mexes and Lazio midfielder Matuzalem also went after a tussle.

Daniele De Rossi reignited Roma's hopes with a header but Aleksandar Kolarov finished off a counter-attack five minutes from time to extinguish them and help Lazio end a run of three defeats in style.

A minute's silence was observed and the players wore black armbands in mourning for the victims Monday's earthquake in Abruzzo, while receipts from some matches were donated to disaster funds and fans displayed messages of solidarity.

In the weekend's final game, Udinese won 2-0 at Reggina with Antonio Floro Flores playing the role of match-winner, scoring both goals inside the final five minutes, although Reggina contributed to their own downfall.

The Amaranto, bottom of the Serie A standings and without a win since November 23, did their survival bid no favours as they had Maurizio Lanzaro and Antonio Barilla sent off and Maurizio Domizz missed a penalty before Floro Flores made his mark on the game.

Defeat for Reggina means they remain seven points from safety and, with just seven games remaining, a mountain to climb if they are to remain in the division.

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