Serie A: Inter Milan Drops 1st Points in 1-1 Draw at Lazio

Serie A: Inter Milan Drops 1st Points in 1-1 Draw at Lazio

Inter Milan dropped its first points of the season as it drew 1-1 at Lazio in Serie A on Sunday, in a match that saw both teams reduced to 10 men late on.

Earlier, Atalanta made it three wins out of three with a 5-2 victory over Cagliari.

Juventus was supposed to be playing Napoli later but Gennaro Gattusos team has not left Naples after two of its players tested positive for the coronavirus.

League authorities and Juventus have indicated the game should go ahead, raising the prospect of Napoli being handed a 3-0 loss by the league judge for failing to show.

In Rome, Lazio was still smarting from a 4-1 defeat at home to Atalanta and was beset by injury problems.

It lost two more players to injury during the first half and also conceded the opener in the 30th minute when Ivan Perisic cut in from the left and managed to get the ball to Lautaro Martnez who turned and fired into bottom left corner.

Martnez has scored in all three of Inters matches this season.

However, Inter has been weak at the back in its opening two games, conceding five goals, and its defense let it down again as Sergej Milinkovi-Savi was able to head home Francesco Acerbis cross for the equalizer 10 minutes into the second half.

Lazio forward Ciro Immobile, the leagues top goalscorer was sent off 20 minutes from time for hitting Inter midfielder Arturo Vidal. Although Vidal did appear to go down somewhat dramatically.

Inter midfielder Stefano Sensi was also shown a straight red card, with three minutes remaining, for a similar incident with Lazio defender Patric.

HIGH-SCORING ATALANTA

Atalanta offered up another attacking masterclass, taking its tally to 13 goals in three games.

It was the leagues top scoring team last season with 98 goals.

Luis Muriel gave Atalanta the perfect start after just seven minutes and, although Diego Godin equalized on his Cagliari debut, further goals from Alejandro Papu Gomez, Mario Paali and Duvn Zapata put the home side 4-1 up at the break.

Joo Pedro reduced the deficit early in the second half but Sam Lammers sealed the match with his first goal for Atalanta with nine minutes remaining.

OTHER MATCHES

Parma picked up its first points of the season with a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona.

Benevento beat Bologna by the same scoreline.

AC Milan was playing Spezia later.