Struggling Inter held to a 0-0 draw by Atalanta

ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer Published:

ROME (AP) -- Diego Milito failed to convert a penalty kick as Inter Milan was held to a 0-0 draw at home by Atalanta on Sunday, a result that is sure to draw more criticism in the wake of its Champions League elimination by Marseille.

Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli blocked Milito's weak spot kick in the 23rd minute. He then also stopped a dangerous header from Walter Samuel on the ensuing corner, and Inter didn't come close again.

It is the fifth consecutive league match Inter has failed to win at the San Siro, and club president Massimo Moratti walked out at halftime. On Tuesday, Inter was eliminated from Europe by Marseille after allowing late goals in both legs, raising questions about whether manager Claudio Ranieri will last until the end of the season.

Third-place Lazio also struggled in a 1-0 loss at Catania, which won with a volley from former Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie in the 80th.

AC Milan leads with 60 points, Juventus is next with 56 and Lazio has 48. Napoli and Udinese have 46 points each and Roma, Inter and Catania are tied for sixth with 41 each.

Milan beat Parma 2-0 Saturday and Juventus routed 10-man Fiorentina 5-0.

Napoli was visiting Udinese later and Roma hosts Genoa on Monday.

Elsewhere, Lecce and Palermo played to a 1-1 draw in a match that both sides ended with 10 men; Bologna and Chievo Verona drew 2-2; and Novara beat Siena 2-0 for its second consecutive win since rehiring Attilio Tesser as manager.

Earlier in the lunchtime fixture, Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla scored a hat trick as Cagliari beat nine-man Cesena 3-0 to end a three-match losing streak in its first match since Massimo Ficcadenti returned as manager.

Pinilla scored from close range in the 14th minute and then added penalties in the 45th and 56th to give him seven goals since transferring from Palermo in January.

Cesena midfielder Giuseppe Colucci picked up his second yellow card in the 60th and defender Marco Rossi also got his second yellow, in the 79th.

Ficcadenti was rehired last weekend to replace Davide Ballardini.