Inter, Lazio win but Milan slumps

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Inter Milan's Danilo D’Ambrosio scores the only goal against Genoa during their Italian Serie A match at the San Siro Stadium in MIlan yesterday.

AC Milan's problems with consistency continued as a poor performance saw it lose 0-2 at Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A yesterday.

Milan didn't even have a shot on target as late goals from Duvan Zapata and substitute Ricky Alvarez condemned the Rossoneri to its second defeat of the season.

Chinese-owned Milan slipped to sixth, six points behind leaders Napoli and Juventus. Inter Milan is two points below the top two after a narrow 1-0 victory over Genoa, with Lazio three points further back after beating Hellas Verona 3-0.

There was a huge scare for Milan in the second minute as the referee awarded a penalty to Sampdoria for handball but changed his mind after video review, as Franck Kessie's arm was against his back when it was hit by Ivan Strinic's cross.

Sampdoria, still unbeaten after five games, had a number of chances before eventually breaking the deadlock in the 72nd when Milan defender Cristian Zapata inadvertently nodded an attempted clearance straight at his cousin and fellow Colombia international, Duvan Zapata, who fired it in from six meters.

Alvarez sealed the result in stoppage time, seconds after coming off the bench.

"We deserved this victory, we fought to the end and must build on this performance," Sampdoria's Zapata said.

"It's important for us to keep a clean sheet too, now we need to rest and prepare for another important match."

Milan had problems defensively with Cristian Zapata having a forgettable afternoon and Leonardo Bonucci and Alessio Romagnoli performing little better.

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulled off a number of saves before a late goal helped the Nerazzurri secure a 1-0 win over Genoa, which ended the match with nine men.

Inter had lost its perfect record midweek in a surprise 1-1 draw against Bologna so needed a win to keep up the pressure on Napoli and Juventus.

It was Genoa which had the better of the chances, although Inter did hit the post through Marcelo Brozovic on the stroke of halftime.

However, Inter scored what was to prove the winner three minutes from time when Danilo D'Ambrosio headed in a corner.

Genoa players Stephane Omeonga and Adel Taarabt were shown straight red cards within minutes of each other in stoppage time.

On Saturday, Paulo Dybala scored a double as Juventus outclassed 10-man Torino 4-0 in the Turin derby to stay top of Serie A alongside Napoli which battled past SPAL 3-2.

The Argentina striker has now scored an impressive ten goals in six Serie A games with Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro also on target at the Allianz Stadium.

Also, AS Roma cruised past Udinese 3-1.

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