Inter Milan crushed Genoa 5-0 to reclaim second spot in Serie A on Saturday ahead of next week's Champions League blockbuster against Barcelona in the San Siro, but Roma needed a late Alessandro Florenzi volley to snatch a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina ahead of their midweek trip to CSKA Moscow.
Luciano Spalletti's Inter notched up their seventh straight Serie A win to move three points behind champions Juventus, who host Cagliari later on Saturday, and equal on points with Napoli who eased past Empoli 5-1 on Friday.
"We're ready to play Barcelona," said Spalletti.
I think we learned the lesson of the first leg when, once behind, their quality and experience never allowed us to question the result." In Florence, Florenzi snatched a point for Roma five minutes from time to cancel out Jordan Veretout's first-half penalty for the Tuscany side.
In a clash between two teams fighting for European places Fiorentina, in sixth, stay just ahead of Roma on goal difference.
Roma had the best of the first half with a Federico Fazio header getting dangerously close and Edin Dzeko firing wide after 20 minutes.
"We threw away two points," said Florenzi.
"We played better than we have in a long time.
"There was this penalty, which you could give or not give." - 'A boost' -
Earlier Inter dominated Genoa on front of 70,000 spectators in the San Siro. Gagliardini fired in the first from close range after 14 minutes after a cross from Mario who then found a way through for Politano two minutes later.
Mario then broke through to score in injury time drilling a low shot into the corner of the net before setting up late substitute Nainggolan, back from an ankle injury, who headed in the final action of the night.
"After a difficult start to the season, I needed a boost," said Gagliardini.
"I'll try to continue like this. It is tough not playing often, but Inter are doing well and we are all happy about that." Spalletti praised Gagliardini's attitude.
"When I left Gagliardini out against Lazio, he was clearly disappointed. He is off the Champions League squad list too but he showed how much he wants to help the team.
"He was rewarded for his professionalism.
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