Udinese end Inter's winning streak

Udinese ended Inter Milan's record 17-game winning streak in the Serie A on Wednesday, holding the league leader to a 1-1 draw.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Udinese ended Inter Milan's record 17-game winning streak in the Serie A on Wednesday, holding the league leader to a 1-1 draw. Christian Obodo put Udinese ahead with a bicycle kick in the 47th minute before Hernan Crespo equalized in the 66th, heading in Inter teammate Maxwell's curling cross from the left. Inter's streak eclipsed last year's 10-game run by Roma and started after Udinese held the Milan club 0-0 on October 22. Inter remained the only unbeaten team in the Serie A and stayed 14 points atop the league. "Sooner or later the run of wins had to end, and it happened in what was a bit of an emergency situation for us. But absolutely nothing changes," Inter coach Roberto Mancini said. "We didn't have a great first half but this can happen because you can't always be at your best." Earlier on Wednesday, Francesco Totti scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season to help AS Roma rally from a two-goal deficit to a 2-2 draw with Chievo. Totti scored with a header in the 34th and then equalized in the 48th, slotting the ball under Chievo goalkeeper Lorenzo Squizzi. Erjon Bogdani headed in for Chievo in the 17th and Franco Semioli got the home team's second in the 33rd. "We did well to reopen the game," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said. "In the second half we demonstrated more quality and did much better." The results left Inter atop with 67 points, followed by Roma with 53. Palermo is third with 45 points after drawing with AC Milan 0-0. Milan has 37 points. Also Wednesday, it was: Ascoli 0, Parma 0; Empoli 3, Messina 1; Lazio 3, Catania 1; Reggina 1, Fiorentina 1; Sampdoria 2, Atalanta 1; Siena 0, Livorno 0; and Torino 1, Cagliari 0. Udinese lead Udinese had the early play, and nearly led in the seventh minutes when striker Gyan Asamoah was unable to reach teammate Andrea Dossena's pass across the face of the goal. Without suspended Dejan Stankovic and the injured Esteban Cambiasso and Patrick Vieira, defender Nicholas Burdisso anchored Inter's center, flanked by Santiago Solari and captain Javier Zanetti. "We were missing too many players in an important area of the pitch," Mancini said. "Burdisso did very well with his ability as a defender. We could have pushed a bit more, but we had to be a bit careful at the start because we didn't know how Nicolas would do." Obodo reacted the quickest with an acrobatic kick after Inter failed to clear Antonio Di Natale's corner. "Udinese did well and were lucky to take the lead," Mancini said. "They scored with their only shot on goal in the second half." Maxwell's cross came four minutes after he replaced Solari, setting up Crespo for the equalizer. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a chance to win the game in the 90th, but his header was straight at goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis. Roma wins At Chievo Verona, after Totti scored with a close-range diving header, midfielder Simone Perrotta almost grabbed added another for Roma in the 42nd, hitting the side netting with a diagonal strike. Totti made it 2-2 after holding off a challenge from the Chievo defense to beat the advancing Squizzi. Roma almost scored a third goal in the 63rd when Daniele De Rossi's powerful long-range shot went just wide. Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni made a double save off Chievo's Davide Mandelli in the 72nd to secure a point for the Giallorossi. Milan outplayed Palermo but couldn't score. Kaka had a ninth-minute penalty saved by Palermo goalkeeper Alberto Fontana, and the Milan playmaker also mis-hit a shot in the 34th from inside the area. Palermo's best opportunity came in the 49th when David Di Michele shot over the crossbar from close range. "We were outstanding in the first half and should have won the game," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "Kaka tried various plays, creating occasions to score. He's never missed from the penalty spot this year ... and will take the next one." Milan midfielder Cristian Brocchi played at right back because the Rossoneri were missing eight defenders because of injury and suspension. It was Palermo's third straight draw and snapped Milan's four-game winning streak.