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AC Milan's Mario Balotelli, left, argues with Catania's Nicolas Spolli during the Serie A soccer match between
Catania and AC Milan at the Angelo Massimino stadium in Catania, Italy, yesterday . Balotelli was replaced
seven minutes from time after getting into a heated argument with Catania defender Nicolas Spolli, who he
accused of racism. AP PHOTO
Roma still unbeaten after
late goal earns 1-1 draw
MILAN---Kevin Strootman lev-
eled in the final minute to rescue
Roma s unbeaten record as the
capital side snatched a 1-1 draw
at Atalanta in the Italian league
There was better news for AC
Milan as a Mario Balotelli free kick
helped it beat Catania 3-1 for its
first win in six league matches,
while a last-minute equaliser saw
Sampdoria earn a 1-1 draw at Inter
Milan, in front of new Nerazzurri
President Erick Thohir.
Davide Brivio s free kick seemed
enough to inflict a first defeat on
Roma, but Strootman pounced at
Roma moved level with Juventus
and six above Napoli, which visits
Elsewhere, Cagliari came back
from two goals down to draw 2-
2 against Sassuolo and Chievo
Verona beat Livorno 3-0.
Roma was keen to get back to
winning ways after three successive
draws had seen it lose top spot to
Juventus. Security was reinforced
after the strong rivalry between
the two clubs was exacerbated by
the recent tank prank when mid-
fielder Guilio Migliaccio was
onboard a tank that drove over
two cars decorated in the colors
of Brescia and Roma at the sup-
porters annual preseason festival.
Local fans held up cardboard
cutouts of tanks.
Atalanta almost took the lead in
the 28th minute when Maxi
Moralez s free kick was deflected
to Franco Brienza, whose shot
crashed off the base of the left
The home side did go in front
six minutes into the second half
when Brivio sent a free kick under
the wall and into the bottom right
corner, although Roma goalkeeper
Morgan De Sanctis was somewhat
at fault as he misjudged the ball.
United States forward Michael
Bradley though he had leveled in
the 76th minute but his header
was harshly ruled out for offside.
Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea
Consigli pulled off a number of
saves, most notably a spectacular
stop to keep out Alessandro Flo-
renzi s header from point-blank
However, he could do nothing
when Adem Ljajic crossed for
Strootman to tap in from six yards.
There was also a last-gasp lev-
eler at San Siro, where Thohir was
watching his first match since
being elected president last month.
Inter captain Javier Zanetti made
his first start since snapping his
Achilles tendon in April. Inter took
the lead in the 18th minute when
Ricardo Alvarez mazed his way
through on the left of the area
before rolling across for Fredy
Guarin to lash in under the bar.
Guarin almost doubled his tally
seven minutes after halftime but
his effort crashed off the post.
Shortly afterwards Sampdoria
striker Nicola Pozzi s effort was
ruled out for offside.
Substitute Renan leveled in the
final minute, with a powerful shot
from distance, just three minutes
after coming off the bench.
In the lunchtime kickoff, Milan
dominated possession but it was
Catania that took the lead in the
13th minute against the run of play
as poor defending eventually saw
Lucas Castro s effort deflected over
stand-in goalkeeper Gabriel.
The visitors leveled six minutes
later when Riccardo Montolivo
volleyed Urby Emanuelson s cross
into the back of the net.
Balotelli had gone six matches
in all competitions without a goal
before Tuesday s 3-0 win at Celtic,
but he was involved in most Milan
moves and fired his side in front
shortly after the hour mark with
a low free kick.
Moments later Catania were
down to 10 men when Panagiotis
Tachtsidis was harshly shown a
straight red for a challenge on
Kaka sealed the match nine min-
utes from time, bursting into the
box and firing into the roof of the
net from a tight angle to score for
the third successive match. It was
his 99th Milan goal. Milan moved
provisionally level with eighth-
placed Lazio. Catania remains at
the bottom of the league.
There was another positive for
Milan as Stephan El Shaarawy
made his return from injury, com-
ing on in the 74th minute for his
first appearance in three months.
Balotelli was replaced seven
minutes from time after getting
into a heated argument with Cata-
nia defender Nicolas Spolli, who
he accused of racism.
Elsewhere, Sassuolo seemed to
be heading for victory after Lino
Marzorati s header and Simone
Zaza s fifth goal of the season. But
goals from Nene and Marco Sau
saw the Sardinians earn a draw.
Chievo continued its revival
under new coach Eugenio Corini
as goals from Luca Rigoni, Cyril
Thereau and Alberto Paloschi
helped it to its second win on the
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