Inter Milan twice came back from two-goal deficits to hold Roma to a thrilling 3-3 draw at the San Siro and extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points. Jose Mourinho's team looked to be heading for more heartache, following their footballing lesson by Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, as they trailed 2-0 and 3-1.
But a brace from teenager Mario Balotelli and a late equaliser from Hernan Crespo stole a share of the spoils and helped to maintain a sizeable gap to second-placed Juventus, who beat Napoli 1-0 on 28 February. Roma were the better team in the first period and on 23 minutes young full-back Marco Motta cut in from the right and crossed left-footed into the box where Daniele De Rossi arrived late to out-jump Javier Zanetti and glance home a fine header.
Jon Arne Riise notched a second on 29 minutes after galloping down the left onto a David Pizarro through ball, sneaking in behind Maicon and somehow squeaking the ball through Julio Cesar's legs from a seemingly impossible angle. Nicolas Burdisso had to make a last ditch challenge to deny Mirko Vucinic as Roma threatened to run riot in the first half.
But straight after the break Inter were given a lifeline, as Adriano teed up Balotelli to beat Doni at his near post. Inter's reprieve did not last long, as Matteo Brighi ran through a gap in the home defence on 57 minutes before rifling home from outside the area.
Inter quickly pulled a goal back, as Balotelli scored from the spot after the referee had given a very soft penalty for a supposed foul on the teenage forward. And Inter showed their championship mettle as they kept plugging away. Two veteran substitutes fashioned the equaliser, as Luis Figo crossed for Crespo to nod home 11 minutes from time.