ROME - A hard-fought encounter saw the spoils shared as Roma and Inter played out a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico this evening.
The Nerazzurri started brightly and a high tempo was set early on. On the quarter-of-an-hour mark Rolando played a long ball into the box for Icardi, the striker was held back by Benatia but Bergonzi let play continue when it should have been a penalty.
On 32 minutes Destro struck the post and the rebound came off Handanovic and ended up in the back of the net. The linesman's flag was already up, however.
The half-time whistle went with no added time played, just as TV images showed De Rossi throwing a sneaky punch on Icardi from behind: the midfielder will probably be handed a ban but had the referee seen it live it would have been a red card and a penalty.
The second half was again played at pace as Roma sought to come into it more. Handanovic pulled off a miraculous one-handed stop to thwart Pjanic's firmly struck effort in the 75th minute.
Inter began to wane as the game drew to and end as neither side managed to find a winner.
It was a good performance and a good point for Inter, but there will be a hint of regret that they couldn't come away with a bit more.
Roma 0-0 Inter
Roma: 26 De Sanctis; 5 Castan, 6 Strootman, 8 Ljajic (Pjanic 55), 16 De Rossi, 17 Benatia, 22 Destro (Bastos 81), 27 Gervinho (Florenzi 89), 35 Torosidis, 44 Nainggolan, 46 Romagnoli.
Subs not used: 1 Lobont, 28 Skorupski, 2 Toloi, 11 Taddei, 94 Ricci, 95 Mazzitelli, 96 Di Mariano.
Coach: Rudi Garcia.
Inter: 1 Handanovic; 35 Rolando, 25 Samuel, 5 Juan Jesus; 2 Jonathan (Zanetti 88), 13 Guarin, 11 Alvarez (Hernanes 65), 19 Cambiasso, 55 Nagatomo; 8 Palacio, 9 Icardi (Botta 88).
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 6 Andreolli, 10 Kovacic, 14 Campagnaro, 17 Kuzmanovic, 21 Taider, 22 Milito, 23 Ranocchia, 33 D'Ambrosio.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.
Booked: Samuel 3.
Added time: 0+4 minutes.