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Chris Smalling secures overdue Roma victory over Inter Milan in Serie A



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Chris Smalling’s second-half header secured Roma’s first victory over Inter Milan since 2017 and left the Nerazzurri’s hopes of battering their way into the Serie A title race in tatters at the San Siro .

Federico Dimarco had opened the scoring for the home side on the half-hour mark but Paulo Dybala equalized with a superb volley nine minutes later and Smalling headed in the winner 15 minutes from time.

The result gave Jose Mourinho his first win over his former club and left Inter languishing eight points behind leaders Napoli, who consolidated their advantage with a 3-1 win over struggling Torino.

Roma dealt another blow to Inter Milan’s Serie A title hopes (Spezia/AP)

Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa netted an early brace and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia added a third with a superb solo effort before Antonio Sanabria gave his side a glimmer of hope by reducing the deficit.