Ronaldo punishment miss slows down Juve

Protecting heroes Juventus sit three focuses behind Inter after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a punishment in a 1-1 home draw with Atalanta in a Serie A game on Wednesday. 

Romelu Lukaku scored from the punishment spot as Inter Milan struggled past title rivals Napoli 1-0 to move one point behind Serie A pioneers and city rivals AC Milan who were held at Genoa. 

Napoli – who played the last quarter of an hour a man down after skipper Lorenzo Insigne was shipped off – drop to fourth, a further point loose. 

Insigne saw red for contending with the ref after goalkeeper David Ospina fouled Inter's Matteo Darmian to yield the vital spot-kick. 

"Just in Italy players are tossed out for this stuff," seethed Napoli mentor Gennaro Gattuso, impacting "a questionable punishment". 

Napoli additionally observed club record scorer Dries Mertens limp off with a lower leg injury in the principal half. 

Lukaku ventured up to space in on 73 minutes for his tenth alliance objective this season, joining Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the highest point of the Serie A goalscoring diagram. 

Bury could likewise thank goalkeeper Samir Handanovic for their spotless sheet, denying Insigne and Giovanni Di Lorenzo late on. 

For Antonio Conte's Inter it was a fifth back to back alliance win as they focus on a first Scudetto since 2010, with their European expectations now finished. 

"It was an agonizing triumph that can benefit us," said Conte. "These are three significant focuses on the grounds that against an adversary and an extraordinary group like Napoli they are worth twofold." 

AC Milan, playing a fourth sequential group game without the harmed Ibrahimovic, dug out from a deficit twice to make sure about a 2-2 draw as Mattia Destro scored a twofold for Genoa. 

The Italian striker tapped in a bounce back after Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Eldor Shomurodov soon after the break. 

After five minutes, Davide Calabria's long-range exertion pulled Milan level before Destro headed in a second at the top of the hour. 

However, French safeguard Pierre Kalulu gestured in from short proximity to protect a second sequential draw for Milan, who remain unbeaten in Serie A since March and are hoping to deny Juventus a tenth consecutive association win this season. 

"We had six players out and needed to coarseness our teeth however the individuals who played end up being satisfactory," said mentor Stefano Pioli. 

"Our club has not been in the Champions League for a long time and that is our objective." 

6th Juventus impasse 

In Turin, unbeaten Juventus were held for the 6th time in Serie A this term. 

Federico Chiesa nestled into ground-breaking shot to put Juventus ahead before the half-hour mark. 

However, Atalanta hit back with Remo Freuler getting the equalizer 12 minutes into the subsequent half, not long after chief Papu Gomez fell off the seat. 

The development to the game had been eclipsed by pressures between mentor Gian Piero Gasperini and Gomez, avoided with regards to their last two group games in the midst of theory he could leave the Bergamo club in January. 

Ronaldo, who had terminated over the objective in the fifth moment, had an uncommon punishment miss following an hour following a Hans Hateboer foul on Chiesa. 

The Portuguese striker's frail exertion was effortlessly saved by Atalanta manager Pierluigi Gollini. 

Spaniard Alvaro Morata had botched a brilliant opportunity following 12 minutes, sending a feeble back-heel flick wide before an open objective. 

At the opposite finish of the pitch, Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved a Cristian Romero header with a fourth of an hour to go. 

"You need to take these games home," said Juventus mentor Andrea Pirlo. 

"We had numerous chances and we couldn't close it. At the point when you leave the game yet to be determined anything can occur." 

Atalanta, who likewise held Juventus the last time they played in Turin last July, are eighth, 10 focuses behind AC Milan, after a moderate beginning to the mission. 

"It's an incredible outcome," said Gasperini. "We were generally excellent, at one point we were persuaded of winning it. 

"We played with character against a group that are one of the top picks for the Scudetto." 

Fifth-put Sassuolo drew 1-1 at Fiorentina, whose winless run extended to seven games.