Champions Inter end Napoli unbeaten streak

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Serie A leaders Napoli have lost for the first time this season as Inter Milan reinvigorated their Italian title bid with a 3-2 win.

Inter, the defending champions, cut the gap on Napoli and AC Milan to four points after 13 rounds.

They also ended Napoli's status as the last remaining unbeaten team across Europe's five major leagues.

Dries Mertens, who had set up a pulsating finale with his club-record 137th goal for Napoli, missed the chance to equalise in injury time when he blazed his shot over the bar.

"It was a very tactical match and we could have drawn it in the end," Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti said on his first return to the San Siro in Milan since he was fired by Inter after finishing fourth in 2019.

Spalletti's players wore jerseys paying tribute to soccer great Diego Maradona, who died on November 25 last year, but it was another Argentine who scored the winning goal.

Lautaro Martinez scored for Inter on a counter-attack in the 61st minute, set up by compatriot Joaquin Correa, who ran almost from one penalty area to the other.

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic preserved the result with a brilliant save to deny Mario Rui in injury time, forcing the ball onto the crossbar, before Mertens' miss.

The visitors had struck first in the 17th when Piotr Zielinski won the ball off Nicolo Barella and ran forward to score from Lorenzo Insigne's pass.

Hakan Calhanoglu equalised with a penalty in the 25th, awarded after Kalidou Koulibaly was penalized through VAR for handball, and Ivan Perisic headed Inter's second before the break.

Martinez scored but Mertens ensured a lively finale when he pulled one back in the 78th with a brilliant shot under the crossbar.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho was facing the prospect of a third-straight league game without a win until he brought on Felix Afena-Gyan at Genoa.

The 18-year-old Afena-Gyan scored twice in a 2-0 win to lift Roma to fifth and spoil Andriy Shevchenko's debut as Genoa coach.

A penalty from Brazilian forward Joao Pedro helped Cagliari move off the bottom of the table with a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo.

Sampdoria's 2-0 win at Salernitana left the promoted side bottom in Cagliari's place.

David Okereke's second-half goal was enough for Venezia to come away from Bologna with a surprise 1-0 win.

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