ROME (AP) — Seven straight wins. Six straight without conceding. Eleven straight unbeaten.
Inter Milan concluded the year with a 1-0 win over Torino on Wednesday to confirm its control of Serie A and intention of securing consecutive Italian league titles.
While Inter had already secured the lead for the season’s halfway point entering the holiday break, it was a welcome victory a day after the club’s offices were raided by finance police amid an ongoing investigation into false accounting.
Denzel Dumfries scored from the edge of area to conclude a counterattack after taking a backheel pass from Edin Dzeko during the first half at the San Siro. It was the third goal in four matches for the Netherlands right back.
Inter moved seven points ahead of Napoli and AC Milan, which were both playing later.
Napoli was hosting relegation-threatened Spezia and Milan was visiting Empoli.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored 10 minutes from time to secure a 1-1 draw for Sampdoria at Roma.
Eldor Shomurodov had put Roma ahead eight minutes earlier on his third attempt after his first two shots were blocked.
Gabbiadini then scored from close range following a corner.
Roma is sixth, six points behind Atalanta and the final Champions League berth in Jose Mourinho’s first season with the Giallorossi.
Roma is level on points with seventh-place Fiorentina, which drew 1-1 at Hellas Verona. Gaetano Castrovilli equalized for the Viola with a diving header following an opener from Kevin Lasagna.
Lazio won 3-1 at Venezia despite missing striker Ciro Immobile, who has the coronavirus. Pedro, Francesco Acerbi and Luis Alberto scored for the Roman club.
Also, Bologna won 3-0 at Sassuolo with goals from Riccardo Orsolini, Aaron Hickey and Federico Santander. It was the fourth goal this season for Hickey, a Scotland midfielder in his second season in Italy.
Serie A resumes Jan. 6.
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Andrew Dampf, The Associated Press