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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Inter Moves Ahead as Juve, Milan Draw

ROME -- Inter Milan silenced its critics by beating Verona 1-0 to open a one-point lead in serie A as rivals Milan and Juventus slipped to home draws.


Roy Hodgson's side, under fire after needing a penalty shootout to eliminate Austria's Graz from the UEFA Cup, had to wait until the 85th minute for Javier Zanetti's superb winner.


The Argentine picked up the ball near the halfway line and made a mazy run down the right before cutting into the Verona penalty area and shooting past goalkeeper Attilio Gregori.


The last-gasp win took full advantage of Juventus's 1-1 draw at home to Napoli and Atalanta's courageous performance at the San Siro, where champions Milan needed a second-half penalty from Demetrio Albertini to salvage a point.


Vicenza has never gone better than runner-up in serie A in 92 years but, until Zanetti's goal for Inter, it threatened to go on top with a 2-0 win at Lazio.


With Lazio reeling from UEFA Cup defeat at Tenerife, the visitors went ahead in the 35th minute through Roberto Murgita.


The home side then hit the woodwork three times before Giampiero Maini sealed the win with a late second.


In Turin, Juventus struggled to break down Napoli's defense in the first half, relying on a mistake from goalkeeper Giuseppe Taglialatela for Zinedine Zidane's opener in the 43rd minute. After the break Juve was tired and Alfredo Aglietti claimed a deserved equalizer.


Gianluigi Lentini set up Felippo Inzaghi's shock 21st-minute opener for Verona with a break from defense.


One down at halftime, Milan coach Oscar Washington Tabarez brought on Christophe Dugarry and the Frenchman responded by winning the penalty from which Albertini struck the equalizer.


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Real Madrid cut Barcelona's lead at the top of the Spanish first division to one point after an unimpressive 2-1 victory at struggling Compostela.


With 25 points from 11 games, Real is second on goal difference from Deportivo Coruna, 2-1 winners at Zaragoza, but could manage only three shots on goal in the entire game.


Real continued to rely on long balls to front-men Predrag Mijatovic and Davor Suker, although the pair combined to put their side ahead in a rare attack in the first half.


Former Bulgarian international Lyuboslav Penev headed an equalizer 20 minutes from time only to see Mijatovic set up teenager Raul Gonzalez for the winner 10 minutes later.


The result was a relief for Real after arch-rivals Barcelona's announcement they had reached agreement with Sampdoria for the transfer of French international midfielder Christian Karembeu.


Real chairman Lorenzo Sanz repeated Sunday that he had also reached terms with Karembeu's representative in what appears to be the latest chapter in a long history of feuding over transfers between the two clubs.