Seven straight wins. Six straight without conceding. Eleven straight unbeaten.
Inter Milan concluded the year with a 1-0 win over Torino on Wednesday to confirm its control of Serie A and intention of securing consecutive Italian league titles.
While Inter had already secured the lead for the season’s halfway point entering the holiday break, it was a welcome victory a day after the club’s offices were raided by finance police amid an ongoing investigation into false accounting.
Denzel Dumfries scored from the edge of area to conclude a counterattack after taking a back-heel pass from Edin Dzeko during the first half at the San Siro. It was the third goal in four matches for the Netherlands right back.
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Inter moved seven points ahead of Napoli and AC Milan, which were both playing later.
Napoli was hosting relegation-threatened Spezia and Milan was visiting Empoli.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored 10 minutes from time to secure a 1-1 draw for Sampdoria at Roma.
Eldor Shomurodov had put Roma ahead eight minutes earlier on his third attempt after his first two shots were blocked.
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Gabbiadini then scored from close range following a corner.
Roma is sixth, six points behind Atalanta and the final Champions League berth in Jose Mourinho’s first season with the Giallorossi.
Roma is level on points with seventh-place Fiorentina, which drew 1-1 at Hellas Verona. Gaetano Castrovilli equalised for the Viola with a diving header following an opener from Kevin Lasagna.
Lazio won 3-1 at Venezia despite missing striker Ciro Immobile, who has the coronavirus. Pedro, Francesco Acerbi and Luis Alberto scored for the Roman club.
Also, Bologna won 3-0 at Sassuolo with goals from Riccardo Orsolini, Aaron Hickey and Federico Santander. It was the fourth goal this season for Hickey, a Scotland midfielder in his second season in Italy.
Serie A resumes January 6.