Rome (AFP)

Inter Milan moved closer to the league title on Monday after the defeat of Milan, his ex-dolphin, clearly beaten at Lazio (3-0) and now pushed out of the Top 4 by the victory just before Naples over the Torino (2-0).

With eleven points ahead of Atalanta (2nd), Inter can clinch their first scudetto since 2010 from the 34th day, next weekend: they need to win Saturday at the Red Lantern Crotone and hope that the Bergamasques will not do as much Sunday on the ground of Sassuolo.

The scudetto is a project long abandoned by Milan who, after having taken the lead in mid-season, has lost its splendor.

Even the Top 4, synonymous with a return to the Champions League after seven years of absence, becomes an increasingly difficult goal after the new defeat Monday night in Rome.

With Mario Mandzukic on top for the first time in the league, in the absence of Zatan Ibrahimovic, still injured, the Rossoneri started badly.

While Hakan Calhanoglu did not convert the first Milan opportunity after ... twenty seconds of play, Lazio did not tremble a minute later: after a stint with Ciro Immobile, Joaquin Correa infiltrated and eliminated Gianluigi Donnarumma to open the scoring in finesse (2nd).

Milan, kept in the match by a miracle from Donnarumma in front of Immobile (5th), wasted too much afterwards: Calhanoglu too slow in ideal position (31st), then Mandzukic (45 + 1st).

- Easy Naples -

Lazio flew to the recovery, again thanks to the legs of Correa (51st).

The VAR, which had canceled for an offside limit a goal to Manuel Lazzari (43rd), this time found nothing to complain about, despite Milanese protests for a contact on Calhanoglu.

Rossonero coach Stefano Pioli may well multiply the changes and try the Rafael Leao card, Lazio remained strong and Pepe Reina vigilant in front of his line.

And Immobile, after having touched the post (80th), ended in style the Roman evening with a third goal (87th).

This victory keeps the Laziali (6th, with a game late against Torino) in an ever tighter battle for C1, with five teams potentially in four points, for three places behind Inter: Atalanta, Naples, Juventus, Milan and Lazio.

The Neapolitans did not miss the opportunity to join Juve and Milan on the number of points.

They are even provisionally ahead of their two rivals on the general goal difference, but at the end of the season, it is the particular difference between the tied teams that will prevail.

Naples dominated Torino in large widths and quickly took the lead on a nice strike from Tiémoué Bakayoko (11th) then a breakthrough from Victor Osimhen (13th).

These two goals difference are the minimum as the players of Gennaro Gattuso have multiplied the shots (25 in total).

But they sinned by clumsiness when it was not the post that saved Salvatore Sirigu in front of Piotr Zielinski (40th) and Lorenzo Insigne (60th).

Torino (16th) remains on the brink, tied on points with Cagliari (17th) and the first relegation Benevento (18th).

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