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LEGA CALCIO: Injury-time goal provides Juventus with little comfort

AFP , TURIN, ITALY

Zdenek Grygera scored a dramatic injury-time equalizer to earn 10-man Juventus a 1-1 draw at home to leaders Inter at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

The draw did nothing to help second-placed Juve’s slim titles hopes though, as Inter maintained their 10-point lead with just six matches remaining.

Mario Balotelli gave Inter the lead on 64 minutes but despite Thiago’s sending off, Grygera headed home a last-gasp corner to restore battling Juve’s pride.

Juve coach Claudio Ranieri virtually conceded the scudetto.

“We need to win as many points as possible and we’ll see where we are at the end,” he said. “We want to finish the season in second place.

The opening goal came in the 64th minute when Inter’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a one-two with Dejan Stankovic before releasing the scampering Muntari Sulley down the left and the Ghana midfielder crossed first time to Balotelli who finished with aplomb.

Thiago let his frustrations get the better of him on 76 minutes when Sulley and Balotelli were playing keep ball by the touchline.

The Portuguese midfielder decided he’d had enough and kicked the two Inter players in quick succession before receiving a straight red card.

But with the clock ticking down Juve piled forward for a corner and Grygera headed in Sebastian Giovinco’s cross.

In the day’s other game Mauro Zarate scored the only goal as Lazio put a dent in Genoa’s Champions League bid with a 1-0 away win.

Zarate’s 65th minute winner kept alive Lazio’s slim hopes of reaching next season’s UEFA Cup as they moved up to seventh, one place below AS Roma.

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