Ten-man Inter slide to defeat against Empoli

Ten-man Inter slide to defeat against Empoli

Inter Milan missed out on a chance to go second in Serie A when they fell 1-0 at home to Empoli on Monday.

Inter, who had won their last nine league games against Empoli, started on day three, but their hopes of overtaking city rivals AC Milan were dashed five minutes before halftime when Milan Skriniar was sent off for a second yellow card.

The Slovak defender, who has been linked with a pass to Paris Saint-Germain, was booked for obstruction in the 25th minute before being shown the red card for a nasty tackle.

The only goal came in the 66th minute when Nedim Bajrami provided the assist for 19-year-old Tommaso Baldanzi’s left-footed finish for his third goal of the season.

Inter fought hard to win the game back with Simone Inzaghi throwing both Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku into the fray.

They came close on several occasions and had a header off the bar, but less than a week after lifting the Italian Super Cup in style with a 3-0 win over AC Milan, Inter may have said goodbye to the Scudetto.

Inter remain third, one point behind AC Milan, who play Lazio on Tuesday, and level on points with Roma.

Napoli is the runaway leader, 12 points clear at the top.

In the other match on Monday, Bologna drew 1-1 with bottom side Cremonese.

The visitors took the lead through a David Okereke penalty five minutes from half-time. But Cremonese was denied their first win of the season when Vlad Chiriches scored an own goal five minutes later.

On Sunday, Juventus played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Atalanta in their first game since receiving a massive points deduction for illicit transfer activity.

Roma took their place in the Serie A Champions League standings following a 2-0 win at Spezia.

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