Miranchuk goal denies Inter win at Atalanta

MILAN (Reuters) - Inter Milan extended their winless run to four games in all competitions when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Atalanta in Serie A on Sunday.

Lautaro Martinez headed in Ashley Young’s cross to give Inter the lead in the 58th minute before they were pegged back by an equaliser from Aleksei Miranchuk in the 79th minute.

Inter spent the closing stages on the back foot as Atalanta, smarting from a 5-0 home defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League, pressed for a late winner.

Atalanta stayed fifth in Serie A with 13 points, one point above their opponents.

Antonio Conte’s Inter, runners-up in Serie A last season, had a chance to go 2-0 ahead but Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello made a double save to deny Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella.

“We had the opportunity to finish off the game today but we are missing the killer instinct that allows us to bring home the victory,” said Conte.

“In the last year, Inter have become a team to be feared again,” he added. “But we need to be better at adapting to what happens during the game and this is something the players have to do because the coach is not on the pitch.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a hat-trick to give AS Roma a 3-1 win at Genoa which lifted them to third with 14 points.

The Armenian headed in from a corner in first-half stoppage for Roma who were missing forward Edin Dzeko after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Marko Pjaca broke clear to equalise five minutes after halftime before Mkhitaryan volleyed in a Bruno Peres cross in the 67th minute and scored with another volley five minutes from time.

Torino drew 0-0 at home to bottom side Crotone in the other afternoon match.

Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond and Pritha Sarkar