Inter failed to capitalise on Milan’s slip-up as the Nerazzurri were held to a 0-0 draw by Serie A strugglers Genoa.
Simone Inzaghi’s side went into Friday’s clash at Stadio Luigi Ferraris knowing a win would take them level on points with leaders Milan, who could only draw with Udinese.
Despite seeing plenty of the ball, Inter failed to forge many clear-cut chances against a team that has won only once in Serie A this term, with Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header against the crossbar the nearest they came to a winner.
Inter have now won just once in their last six matches across all competitions, while they have collected only two points from their last four league games.
Ivan Perisic’s snapshot brought an early save out of Salvatore Sirigu, though Inter would have been behind had Albert Gudmundsson kept his cool when one-on-one with Samir Handanovic.
Inter’s goalkeeper made a fantastic save in the 28th minute, sticking out his right hand despite leaning to his left to keep out Filippo Melegoni’s swerving shot.
Denzel Dumfries sliced over and Edin Dzeko went close to connecting with Perisic’s cross before half-time, while Nicolo Barella blazed over shortly after the break.
Having only come on in the 53rd minute, Genoa’s Andrea Cambiaso had to go off in the 60th after he appeared to suffer a knee injury while blocking Hakan Calhanoglu’s close-range strike.
Calhanoglu turned provider for Inter’s best chance when his corner was met by D’Ambrosio, but the bar denied the defender, with Sirigu reacting sharply to clear the rebound as the deadlock remained unbroken.
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