Series A: Romelu Lukaku dismisses Inter Milan, Rome beat Napoli to go third
ROME: Romelu Lukaku continued his red-hot scoring form to shoot Inter de Milan above A series with an orthopedic device in a 2-1 victory in Bologna, while Rome rose to third place with a fascinating victory for the same result on wobble Napoli .
Lukaku scored his eighth goal of the season 15 minutes before the end to cancel Roberto Soriano's deflected starter before placing a penalty at the time of detention to send Antonio Conte's team two points ahead of Juventus.
However, Inter will fall back to second position if Juve champions beat their local Torino rivals later on Saturday.
Inter have been tipped as the principal challengers for Juve's A series title but had to be saved from a lacklustre display by their star summer signing, who has nine goals in 11 league matches since arriving from Manchester United.
The visiting team thought twice that he had taken the lead in the first half, only for Lautaro Martínez to be flagged offside and Lukaku was denied for the ball out of play before Martinez's crossing.
Soriano put the hosts, the missing coach Sinisa Mihajlovic while fighting leukemia, at the head when he went home from Mattias Svanberg's dismissal.
Lukaku jumped to the level after Lukasz Skorupski saved Milan Skriniar's shot well, and stepped forward to snatch the three points when the lively Martinez was shot down by a silly Riccardo Orsolini challenge as he threw himself into the box with seconds left .
Inter are six points ahead of Rome , who moved third in A series on Saturday after their win over Napoli that took them to within four of Juve.
Rising star Nicolo Zaniolo opened the scoring midway through the first half with his fourth goal in as many games in all competitions before Jordan Veretout sealed the points from the penalty spot 10 minutes after the break and stretched Rome 's unbeaten league run to six games.
We are very happy with the victory, it was a confrontation that we needed to win and we did it. We have always said that we are a team with great talent and that we returned to form after losing a bit last season, Zaniolo told Sky Sport.
I am very satisfied with my current form, I hope to continue like this and score many more goals.
Arkadiusz Milik's fifth goal in four games closed the gap for Napoli , but the defeat sees them drop down to seventh, level on 18 points with Lazio and Cagliari after winning just one of their last five in A series .
They are eight points behind Juve and could go back later on Saturday when the current champions travel to their local rivals, Torino.
Paulo Fonseca's Rome meanwhile are on a fine recent run despite an injury crisis that kept a host of first team starters out of action over the last few weeks.
The Portuguese has his side playing well despite missing three midfielders due to injury and central defender Federico Fazio after his direct red card in his 4-0 victory at Udinese last weekend.
They are scheduled to have more selection problems next week after Fazio's replacement, Mert Cetin, was expelled for two bookable offenses at detention time.