Inter fight back to go top of Serie A as Genoa boost survival hopes

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Inter Fight Back to Go Top of Serie A As Genoa Boost Survival Hopes

Inter are on a winning streak in Serie A after battling back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Genoa 1-0 at Stadio San Siro. Last weekend‚ Atalanta beat Levante 2-1 and then lost to Real Sociedad 3-2. In the Serie A table‚ Genoa are now second behind Juventus with nine points from three games.

Atalanta beat Udinese 2-1

Atalanta remain one of the most dangerous sides in Serie A‚ but they can't be taken lightly. The Italians are unbeaten on the road this season‚ with eight wins and two draws from ten away games. They should have enough quality to get the better of Udinese‚ who have only managed to win two of nine games since the start of the season. The win over Udinese‚ a side scuppered by a disappointing Champions League tie on Tuesday‚ means Inter Milan and Juventus remain top of the table. With four games to go‚ all five teams are still in contention. Atalanta went ahead after the break‚ with Alejandro Gomez scoring the winner. The win also means that Juventus will move closer to a Champions League spot‚ which would make it a tighter race for the title. After the win over Juventus‚ Atalanta will face Genoa‚ which is a relegation threat. Udinese‚ who sit 19th in the table‚ are also in the relegation zone‚ and will play host to Juve on Monday. While these two sides face each other once more‚ Genoa will probably remain undefeated in the rest of the season.

Atalanta beat Levante

A win over Genoa would be a massive boost for the ailing Inter‚ who have won six of their seven games in all competitions. However‚ the club's financial troubles have put them at a disadvantage and have been a concern for the club's fans. A rumoured move for Lautaro Martinez from Genoa would further compound Inter's predicament. Nevertheless‚ the Serie A leaders have shown signs of life and the mental strength of the players. The game ended 1-0 to Genoa after Rodrigo Palacio scored an early goal for Genoa. After the break‚ Leonardo gave his team a team talk and Inter came out with full force‚ adding two goals from Samuel Eto'o and a goal from Goran Pandev. Mauro Boselli netted in injury time. Inter remain top of the table‚ a point clear of second-placed Catania. Juventus also lost a game to relegation-threatened Genoa‚ but despite this‚ the Italian side still qualified for the Champions League next season and remain fourth with 69 points. Real Madrid have already come from behind against Manchester City‚ Chelsea and PSG. They are next up in Paris‚ where they must hope to overcome Liverpool. If Milan do win the match‚ it will take them out of relegation danger.

Atalanta lose to Real Sociedad

Genoa's 2-1 win over SPAL has lifted them out of the relegation zone and helped them gain ground on Sampdoria‚ who are one point behind Inter in the Serie A table. However‚ their survival hopes have not been helped by their poor form and the stifling heat in their early kickoff slot. The home side took the lead in the 24th minute when Goran Pandev turned in a pass from Iago Falque and slid past Kevin Bonifazi to score a right-footed goal. The win means Genoa are now one point above Lecce‚ who drew their last game against Cagliari. Juventus are a point behind Genoa in fourth place and will need to win their remaining games to avoid falling out of the relegation zone. A win over Juventus will increase their chances of securing a place in the Champions League. However‚ if Napoli and Milan slip up‚ Inter are on course to go top and avoid relegation. Until they do this‚ they must hope that Juventus slip up and Genoa boost their survival hopes.

Genoa beat SPAL

Genoa's 2-0 win over SPAL on Sunday lifted them out of the relegation zone and helped them move one point clear of Lecce‚ who drew 0-0 away to Cagliari. SPAL meanwhile‚ remain stuck in the bottom three‚ 11 points behind their hosts. The game was played at a sluggish pace despite the high temperatures‚ with just one goal being scored. Andrea Petagna's 71st minute penalty saving SPAL from a third-half tycoon. The Italian side's relegation is so dire that it is not surprising Genoa should have a boost after three consecutive home defeats. SPAL's defending has been poor all season‚ conceding a goal on 88% of away trips. In fact‚ only four sides in Serie A have a worse away record than SPAL's. Therefore‚ the game is crucial for both sides. While SPAL have been struggling in recent weeks‚ they have started to reward their fans' trust by spending a good deal of money in January. This result saw them win three of their last four matches and draw one with Sassuolo. Both of their January signings - Everton Luiz and Lorenco Simic - start the match. After the victory over SPAL‚ Genoa are now just one point clear of SPAL and are looking to finish higher than last season. They may even challenge the top ten in the upcoming season.

Inter defeat Genoa

Having been two points behind Genoa after their 1-0 win‚ Inter will be delighted to have secured the three points. The win also keeps them one point clear of second-placed Sampdoria in the table. In Genoa's defeat‚ Albert Gudmundsson scored a penalty‚ which was converted by Domenico Criscito in the 87th minute. The goal was controversial‚ with Juventus manager Stefano Pioli furious after the match. Genoa‚ meanwhile‚ have only won once in Serie A this season and are in a desperate situation. Their new manager Alexander Blessin has won just once in three matches. Genoa's survival hopes could be significantly boosted with this result. Genoa‚ who are five points behind Inter‚ are likely to make a number of changes in the summer. Vice-president Javier Zanetti revealed earlier this week that the club are in talks with Milan to sign Yaya Toure. A signing of the former PSG striker could signal a desire to move forward with other big-money signings. The win also boosted Genoa's hopes of European football‚ as they currently sit four points behind Inter in Serie A. Their last two games had been unsatisfactory‚ and Genoa's failure to score at the other end was a setback for their European ambitions. After the defeat‚ Inter now need to win a game in order to close the gap on Milan. They had a tough time against Genoa and hardly produced any clear chances. One of the few chances they created came from a Danilo D'Ambrosio header‚ which hit the crossbar. Inter have won just once in six matches in Serie A and have two points in four games in the league.

Napoli qualify for Europa League

As Inter look to extend their lead over rivals Milan and Juventus‚ Genoa are boosting their survival hopes. After falling behind to Napoli in the Derby della Madonnina‚ the Serie A leaders have been unable to regain their former form. Since then‚ they have won only one match in the league. Inter were undoubtedly the best side in Serie A until the end of January‚ firing on all cylinders in attack and defending well. Until then‚ it seemed that they were guaranteed to win back-to-back titles. After this result‚ Inter will be boosted by the fact that Juventus remain third in the table. Milan will need to hope that Juventus slip up to avoid falling into the bottom three. Meanwhile‚ Genoa have a difficult schedule ahead‚ with two tough games against Fiorentina‚ Juventus and Inter Milan. However‚ the Italian champions will not be helped by the fact that Juventus will have to face Parma next week.

Juventus creeping back

In what is the most important match of the season‚ Inter fought back to go top of Serie A‚ while Genoa improved their survival hopes with a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria. In Genoa's 1-0 win over Sampdoria‚ players scored a penalty‚ but missed the ensuing shootout. Speaking after the game‚ Genoa players explained that they felt emotional after missing the penalty. As for the bottom teams‚ Empoli now sit 15th and are 17 points away from safety after a 2-0 win against Parma. Genoa‚ meanwhile‚ have been in dire straits for a while‚ having lost their last four games and only won one‚ and are eight points from safety after a winless run. Even Udinese have been on a poor run‚ drawing four out of seven games. Fortunately for the Italian giants‚ they can boost their survival chances with a win over Torino. The result puts Inter three points clear of Milan‚ but Genoa's win means that Empoli are only four points behind Juventus. But with a game in hand‚ Inter can still claim the title. Roma are five points behind Inter‚ with Sassuolo and Milan also need to play a near perfect run to win the title. And Milan are still in the hunt for the league title‚ but they face a tough challenge when they travel to Jose Mourinho's Roma on Monday.

Lazio looking to add attacking talent

With Arsenal 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea‚ the Gunners may be in the market for an attacking midfielder. In recent weeks‚ there have been reports of interest in the French forward‚ Joaquin Correa. While he has been inconsistent this season‚ the 27-year-old could be a suitable replacement. The former Barcelona forward could also be a useful addition off the bench. But it would be difficult to know what the club's stance will be‚ especially with the rumours circulating that Giroud is not interested in signing a Lazio midfielder. However‚ while Lazio's starting line-up is likely to remain unchanged‚ new players are likely to spend their first few months on the bench. This is because the team is settled and there is less to do to integrate new players than their rivals. However‚ one of the most pressing issues facing Lazio is resolving the future of veteran midfielder Lucas Biglia‚ who has been linked with a move away. Losing him would leave a gaping hole in the team's midfield.