Romelu Lukaku fired Inter Milan eight points clear at the top of Serie A on Saturday with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Bologna as title rivals Juventus and AC Milan were both held.
Second-placed Milan’s challenge faltered in a 1-1 draw with 10-man Sampdoria while champions Juventus were held 2-2 at city rivals Torino.
Antonio Conte’s side stretched their winning run to nine league games as they chase a first ‘Scudetto’ since 2010, having finished runners-up last season.
Lukaku got his head to an Alessandro Bastoni cross after half an hour and bundled the ball over the line for his 20th league goal this season after Bologna goalkeeper Federico Ravaglia had pushed out the initial strike.
Lautaro Martinez missed a chance for a second five minutes after the break when he rattled the post but Inter held off a fightback from the hosts to pull further ahead of their rivals.
In Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo struck in the 79th minute but couldn’t stop Juve dropping further points in their bid for a 10th consecutive league title.
Andrea Pirlo’s side slip to fourth, 12 points behind Inter, and four points back from Milan.
Both Inter and Juventus have a game in hand. (AFP)