Inter's record run ended by Napoli after Cesar error

Marcelo Zalayeta, the Uruguayan striker, capitalised on an early blunder by the Internazionale goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, as Napoli ended the leaders' unbeaten record in Serie A with a 1-0 win in Naples last night. Zalayeta chipped the ball into an empty net in the third minute after Cesar horribly misplaced an attempted clearance from a backpass. It could have been worse for Inter but Zalayeta failed from the penalty spot 15 minutes from time, with Cesar saving.

The defeat came in their 26th match of the campaign, but Inter still have a six-point lead over Roma, who are on 55 points also from 26 games after thrashing Parma 4-0 on Saturday. Earlier yesterday, Fiorentina defeated the third-placed team, Juventus, 3-2 to move within a point of the Turin side.

"We aren't going through an exceptional period of form, in part because we have lost lots of players [through injury] at the same time," Roberto Mancini, the Inter coach, said. "It can happen that you lose a match or you don't play well. But six points are six points. We'll see what happens next week."

Clarence Seedorf, the midfield player, is doubtful for Milan's Uefa Champions League match against Arsenal tomorrow after suffering a hamstring injury. The Dutchman limped out of Saturday's clash with Lazio and Carlo Ancelotti, the Milan coach, says Seedorf is unlikely to feature in the second leg of this last-16 tie.

"My intention is to see who is well and pick my team based on who is available," Ancelotti said. "We will have to see how things go in the next few days, but I think it is unlikely that Seedorf will recover."

Milan have already lost the Brazilian playmaker, Kaka, to injury, while Emerson had to be replaced at half-time of the 1-1 draw with Lazio as Ancelotti's injury problems deepened.

Lazio took the initiative after the break and the Milan goalkeeper, Zeljko Kalac, denied Goran Pandev and Tommaso Rocchi twice. The visitors went ahead in the 54th when Bianchi tucked away a pass from Rocchi to score. The former Lazio full back, Massimo Oddo, equalised in the 66th after Valon Behrami brought down Kakha Kaladze in the penalty area. Lorenzo de Silvestri, the Lazio defender, was sent off in the closing stages for cutting down Pato.

Roma defeated Parma 4-0 at home on Saturday. Goals by Alberto Aquilani, Francesco Totti and Mirko Vucinic, plus an own goal by Giulio Falcone, ensured what was a routine victory. It was a good preparation for the Champions League match on Wednesday against Real Madrid. Roma lead 2-1 from the first leg.

In Paris, Manchester United's opponents for tonight's second-leg Champions League match, Olympique Lyons, opened a six-point lead in Ligue 1 when a first-half goal by Fred earned a 1-0 victory against Lille on Saturday. The game, played at the Stade de France as part of the celebrations to mark the ground's 10th anniversary, broke the Ligue 1 attendance record with a crowd of 77,850.

Olympiakos, Chelsea's opponents in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, fought out a 1-1 draw at home to Asteras Tripoli on Saturday.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot