Serie A leaders Juventus dropped points for the first time since September after drawing 1-1 at Lecce. Paulo Dybala put Maurizio Sarri’s side ahead from the penalty spot early in the second half after Miralem Pjanic had been fouled just inside the area.
Marco Mancosu levelled for Lecce six minutes later with a spot-kick of his own after Matthijs de Ligt’s handball. The draw means Inter Milan can overtake Juventus at the top of the table with a win over Parma on Saturday evening. It is only the second time this season that the Turin club had failed to win a Serie A match – they were held to a 0-0 draw by Fiorentina in September.
With Cristiano Ronaldo rested, former Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain led the line alongside fellow Argentine Dybala. Higuain thought he had put Juve ahead early on when he converted Alex Sandro’s drilled cross, but the goal was ruled out for offside following a VAR check.