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Inter beat Juventus to go four points clear in Serie A

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Inter Milan coach Simone Inzaghi has taken a potentially decisive step toward his first Serie A title.

An own-goal by Bianconeri defender Federico Gatti in chaotic circumstances was enough to hand league leaders Inter a 1-0 win in Sunday's Derby d'Italia and lift them four points above second-placed Juventus.

Both teams were eager to highlight that nothing would be decided at San Siro, with 15 rounds remaining, but Inter have a game in hand - at home to Atalanta on February 28 - and Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus will now also be nervously looking over their shoulders, with AC Milan only four points behind.

"It's an important step but absolutely not decisive - as I said before the match - but clearly it's a great night, in front of our own fans who really helped us right from the moment we got to the stadium," said Inzaghi.

Inter started brighter and should have taken the lead in the 25th minute. Hakan Çalhanoğlu played a wonderful, crossfield ball over the top to Federico Dimarco and he crossed for Marcus Thuram, who appeared to be through on goal before a perfectly timed, last-ditch tackle from Bremer.

Juventus went as close at the other end shortly after as Weston McKennie strode downfield before passing to an unmarked Dušan Vlahović but the in-form forward's first touch was horrible, allowing Benjamin Pavard to get in the block for a corner.

Inter took the lead eight minutes from the break. Nicolò Barella whipped in a cross from the right. Pavard missed the ball with an overhead kick and it went through to Thuram for an attempted diving header but instead it bounced in off Gatti's chest.

Inter started the second half just as they had begun the first and Dimarco drilled narrowly wide of the post before Çalhanoğlu thumped the right upright.

Juventus also had chances to level in an end-to-end second period and Vlahović's overhead kick went narrowly over the bar.

Charles De Ketelaere is finally showing the form that saw AC Milan shell out over 30 million euros ($A49.7 million) on the Belgian youngster.

De Ketelaere never fulfilled his promise at Milan and was loaned to Atalanta for this season. He scored two goals on Sunday to help Atalanta beat rivals Lazio 3-1 and consolidate fourth spot.

The 22-year-old converted a penalty in the first half and showed his confidence in the second with a delicious feint past his marker before driving a shot into the bottom near corner to put Atalanta 3-0 up.

That took De Ketelaere's tally to seven in his past nine matches. He didn't score at all for Milan last season.

Mario Pašalić scored the opener for a dominant Atalanta side. Lazio were looking to replace Atalanta in fourth but didn't really get into gear until the final 10 minutes, with Ciro Immobile converting a penalty in the 84th.

It is a tight battle for fourth and Atalanta moved three points above Bologna and four above Roma and Napoli, with Fiorentina and Lazio a point further back.

Napoli kept up the pressure as two late goals saw them fight back to win 2-1 at home to relegation-threatened Hellas Verona, with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia netting the winner three minutes from time.

Diego Coppola had headed the visitors in front in the 72nd but Verona were undone seven minutes later by a former player as Cyril Ngonge saw a shot deflected into the back of the net. Ngonge didn't celebrate and it later went down as an own-goal by Verona defender Paweł Dawidowicz.

Also, bottom club Salernitana drew 0-0 at Torino.