Spal wins at Crotone

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SPAL boosted its hopes of Serie A survival with a vital 3-2 win in a relegation battle at Crotone yesterday.
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SPAL boosted its hopes of Serie A survival with a vital 3-2 win in a relegation battle at Crotone yesterday.

Spal remained 18th in the 20-team league, but moved to within a point of Crotone, which occupies the last position of safety.

AS Roma was hosting AC Milan later, shortly after Juventus entertains Atalanta, knowing that a win will send it top of Serie A, with leader Napoli visiting Cagliari today.

Spal had lost its past three matches but took the lead in the 37th minute as Manuel Lazzari rolled the ball across from the right for Mirco Antenucci to fire into the top right corner.

Ante Budimir fired home a rebound shortly after halftime to level for Crotone but Lorenco Simic restored Spal’s advantage two minutes later with a looping header.

It appeared as if Paloschi had secured Spal’s victory when he put his side 3-1 up on the hour but Budimir netted his second of the match to set up a nervy final four minutes for the visitors.

On Saturday, second-half goals from central defenders Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia gave Inter Milan a 2-0 home win over bottom team Benevento and boosted its hopes of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League group stage.

In the day’s early fixture Bologna beat Genoa 2-0 at home thanks to goals from Mattia Destro and Cesar Falletti.

Three-time European champion Inter, which last won the continent’s elite club competition in 2010, provisionally moved two places up to third despite an unimpressive performance which drew occasional jeers at the San Siro.

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