Inter title party on ice

Inter Milan closed in on the title despite being held to a 2-2 draw at struggling Chievo after rivals AC Milan failed to take advantage with a 1-1 stalemate against Juventus. Inter, who lead by seven points with three matches left, could have wrapped up the title this weekend had they won and Milan lost, but now they can do so next weekend if either they beat Siena at home or Milan lose away to Udinese. Coach Jose Mourinho, though, was still confident enough about his team's scudetto chances to predict they will seal it next weekend.

"Our destiny is in our own hands and that's something extremely positive," he said. "Almost always what I say happens: who knows if what I predict will happen or not, but we'll win the scudetto at home to Siena."

At the San Siro, Milan dominated, but Juve probably created the more clear cut chances in an entertaining end-to-end game. Milan went ahead fortuitously when Filippo Inzaghi crossed for Massimo Ambrosini and his scuffed shot wrong-footed Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and ran into the path of Clarence Seedorf to tap home into the empty net.

The lead lasted only three minutes, though, as Juve equalised on the hour when Vincenzo Iaquinta held off Mathieu Flamini to convert Mauro Camoranesi's cross with a diving header from close range. The result ended Milan's run of five straight victories and took Juve's spell without a win to six games.

Our destiny is in our own hands and that's something extremely positive... we'll win the scudetto at home to Siena.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho

In the day's other matches, Fiorentina opened up a three-point lead over Genoa in the race for fourth place and UEFA Champions League football next season as they won 2-0 at Catania, while Genoa were held 1-1 at Atalanta. At the bottom Torino stayed one point above the relegation zone after drawing 1-1 at home to Bologna, who are one place below them. Lecce's 1-1 home draw against Napoli kept them second-bottom, two points off Torino, while rock-bottom Reggina, who are four points from safety, were beaten 5-0 at Sampdoria on 9 May.