Inter hold Udinese to 1-1 draw


MILAN - Inter remain fourteen points clear of Roma at the top of the table despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Udinese in Wednesday's late game.

The Serie A Week 26 clash came alive after a low-key first half in which Inter went closest to scoring when Figo's free kick dipped dangerously to force a tipped save from De Sanctis.

The Nerazzurri fell behind two minutes after the interval when Christian Obodo controlled Natali's header from Di Natale's cross before beating Toldo with an overhead kick from close range.

Inter substitutes Crespo and Maxwell combined for the equalising goal on 66 minutes. The Brazilian shrugged off a challenge on the left before crossing in for the Argentine to head in his 12th goal of the season.

Figo and Zanetti then had shots blocked by De Sanctis, who pulled off a point-blank save from an Ibra header in added time as the Nerazzurri pushed hard in their search for an eighteenth consecutive league victory.


Scorers: Obodo 47, Crespo 66

Inter: 1 Toldo, 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 16 Burdisso; 4 Zanetti, 21 Solari (6 Maxwell 61), 7 Figo, 11 Grosso (91 Mariano Gonzalez 85); 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (18 Crespo 36).
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 25 Samuel, 15 Dacourt, 9 Cruz.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Udinese: 1 De Sanctis; 2 Zapata, 14 Natali, 6 Coda, 26 Motta (21 Zapotocny 75); 8 Pinzi, 5 Obodo, 11 Muntari, 20 Dossena; 18 Asamoah (4 D'Agostino 79), 10 Di Natale (86 Siqueira 69).
Subs not used: 70 Casazza, 82 Lukovic, 29 De Martino, 15 Tiboni
Coach: Alberto Malesani.

Referee: Marco Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Crespo 49, Natali 58, De Sanctis 59, Burdisso 90+1.

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