European roundup: Inter drop points as Mourinho’s Roma end winless streak | Soccer


Internazionale dropped points in Serie A for the first time in more than two months as Atalanta held the league leaders to an entertaining 0-0 draw on Sunday to end their eight-match winning run.

Atalanta’s goalkeeper Juan Musso produced a spectacular save in the first half, before his Inter counterpart Samir Handanovic responded with two crucial interventions of his own after the break.

There were chances aplenty in a battle between two of the division’s most attacking sides, but neither team could find the breakthrough despite producing a combined 23 shots.

Inter moved two points clear in first place and extended their unbeaten league run to 13 matches, but Milan can knock them off top spot by beating Spezia on Monday. Atalanta remain fourth, sandwiched one point behind Napoli and one ahead of Juventus.

Sérgio Oliveira scored a penalty on his Roma debut as José Mourinho’s side ended a three-match winless run by beating relegation battling Cagliari 1-0. The Portuguese midfielder, who joined on loan from Porto last week, calmly converted in the 32nd minute after a Dalbert handball.

Jordan Veretout and Nicolo Zaniolo threatened a second for the hosts after the break, but the best chance fell to Cagliari when João Pedro’s close-range shot was pushed on to the bar by Rui Patricio five minutes from time.

It was Roma’s first win in almost a month, after picking up one point from three games, and took Mourinho’s side up to sixth place on 35 points, six behind Juventus in fifth. Cagliari were without 11 players due to injuries, Covid-19 and Africa Cup of Nations duties.

Rennes forward Martin Terrier (second right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Bordeaux.
Rennes forward Martin Terrier (second right) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Bordeaux. Photograph: Jean-François Monier/AFP/Getty Images

Elsewhere, the former Manchester United forward Nani got an assist two minutes into his debut for Venezia, coming off the bench to set up David Okereke’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Empoli.

Rennes bounced back in style from three straight defeats by routing struggling Bordeaux 6-0 at home to reclaim fourth place in Ligue 1. Fourth guarantees a place in next season’s Europa League but Rennes are aiming for the top three and a spot in the Champions League.

The striker Gaetan Laborde and winger Martin Terrier each scored to reach 10 league goals apiece this season — as many as Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé.

Philippe Clement’s first home game in charge of Monaco saw the France striker Wissam Ben Yedder score twice in a 4-0 home win against Clermont Foot. Monaco moved ahead of Lens on goal difference into fifth.