Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, centre, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Juventus in Serie A on Tuesday. Alessandro Di Marco / EPA / January 6, 2015
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi, centre, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Juventus in Serie A on Tuesday. Alessandro Di Marco / EPA / January 6, 2015

Mauro Icardi snares point for Inter Milan v Juve as AS Roma gain on leaders

Inter Milan showed encouraging signs on new-signing Lukas Podolski's debut as they battled to a 1-1 draw at champions Juventus to hand AS Roma a welcome Serie A title boost.

Roma had Davide Astori’s controversial first-half goal to thank for a 1-0 win away to Udinese earlier in the day.

Rudi Garcia’s men are now only a point behind the leaders, who had to settle for share of the spoils in Turin after Mauro Icardi struck in the second half to level Carlos Tevez’s fifth-minute opener.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri lamented his side’s second-half performance, and admitted Roma would remain a threat throughout the campaign.

“I think the first half was one of our best performances of the season,” Allegri told Sky Sport.

“It’s not the first time Roma have been only a point behind us, so winning was important, but there are still a lot of points to collect. Roma will be pushing us all the way.”

Juventus started their first official game of the year looking to make amends for their Italian Super Cup defeat to Napoli in Doha in December.

And the hosts made a blistering start, Tevez bundling Arturo Vidal’s inviting ball past Samir Handanovic to take his league-leading tally to 11 for the season.

Podolski made his debut for Inter 10 minutes after the restart, replacing Zdravko Kuzmanovic, and his arrival sparked an Inter revival.

Inter levelled on 64 minutes as Icardi was somehow allowed to collect Fredy Guarin’s long ball from midfield and then held off Leonardo Bonucci to slip the ball under the onrushing Gianluigi Buffon.

It was the Argentinian’s fifth goal in four league games against Juventus.

Juventus came close twice in succession to restoring their advantage through Andrea Pirlo’s swerving free kick then Paul Pogba’s header which trickled wide of the upright from a corner.

But Icardi then narrowly missed the target after sliding in to meet Podolski’s drive across the face of goal and then forced Buffon to block his well-struck drive.

Mateo Kovacic saw red in the final minutes for a studs-up challenge on Stephan Lichtsteiner, but Juve failed to capitalise as Inter held on for a precious point that moved Roberto Mancini’s men up one place to 11th.

Mancini said he was “not satisfied” but insisted Inter would claw back their eight-point deficit to third place, and Champions League qualification.

“Juve dominated us all too easily in the first half before we finally got back into our stride and even created chances to score our second goal,” Mancini told Sky.

“There are still 20 games left and I think we can claw back our eight-point deficit. The biggest concern is having to improve this team as quickly as possible.”

Earlier, Roma coach Rudi Garcia defended Astori’s goal after the defender’s header from Francesco Totti’s free-kick came off the underside of Orestis Karnezis’ crossbar and bounced over the keeper’s goalline.

The goal appeared to be initially ruled out by the goalline official but, following protests by Roma, was validated by the referee.

Garcia admitted that the use of goalline technology would “end any doubts” but added: “At the end of the day the match referee is the one who decides, he was quite well placed to see the ball go over.”

However Udinese coach Andrea Stramaccioni hit out: “My biggest complaint is about the goalline referees. It’s got nothing to do with the score.

“Roma won and we accept the scoreline. But if the goalline officials, who are put there to rule on borderline goals, are simply ignored by the referee then what is the point of them being there?”

Elsewhere, Gonzalo Higuain struck his eighth and ninth goals of the campaign in a 4-1 win for Napoli over Cesena to leave Rafa Benitez’s men level on points with Lazio in the third and final Champions League qualifying spot.

AC Milan’s European ambitions stalled after a shock 2-1 home defeat to Sassuolo left Filippo Inzaghi’s men seventh but five points behind Lazio and Napoli.

Gianfranco Zola’s Serie A coaching debut at former club Cagliari, meanwhile, ended in a painful 5-0 rout at Palermo, whose sixth win of the campaign moved them up to eighth place.

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Milestones on the road to union


October 26: Bahrain withdraws from a proposal to create a federation of nine with the seven Trucial States and Qatar. 

December: Ahmed Al Suwaidi visits New York to discuss potential UN membership.


March 1:  Alex Douglas Hume, Conservative foreign secretary confirms that Britain will leave the Gulf and “strongly supports” the creation of a Union of Arab Emirates.

July 12: Historic meeting at which Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid make a binding agreement to create what will become the UAE.

July 18: It is announced that the UAE will be formed from six emirates, with a proposed constitution signed. RAK is not yet part of the agreement.

August 6:  The fifth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed becoming Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with official celebrations deferred until later in the year.

August 15: Bahrain becomes independent.

September 3: Qatar becomes independent.

November 23-25: Meeting with Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid and senior British officials to fix December 2 as date of creation of the UAE.

November 29:  At 5.30pm Iranian forces seize the Greater and Lesser Tunbs by force.

November 30: Despite  a power sharing agreement, Tehran takes full control of Abu Musa. 

November 31: UK officials visit all six participating Emirates to formally end the Trucial States treaties

December 2: 11am, Dubai. New Supreme Council formally elects Sheikh Zayed as President. Treaty of Friendship signed with the UK. 11.30am. Flag raising ceremony at Union House and Al Manhal Palace in Abu Dhabi witnessed by Sheikh Khalifa, then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

December 6: Arab League formally admits the UAE. The first British Ambassador presents his credentials to Sheikh Zayed.

December 9: UAE joins the United Nations.

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The flights
Emirates, Etihad and Malaysia Airlines all fly direct from the UAE to Kuala Lumpur and on to Penang from about Dh2,300 return, including taxes. 

Where to stay
In Kuala Lumpur, Element is a recently opened, futuristic hotel high up in a Norman Foster-designed skyscraper. Rooms cost from Dh400 per night, including taxes. Hotel Stripes, also in KL, is a great value design hotel, with an infinity rooftop pool. Rooms cost from Dh310, including taxes. 

In Penang, Ren i Tang is a boutique b&b in what was once an ancient Chinese Medicine Hall in the centre of Little India. Rooms cost from Dh220, including taxes.
23 Love Lane in Penang is a luxury boutique heritage hotel in a converted mansion, with private tropical gardens. Rooms cost from Dh400, including taxes. 
In Langkawi, Temple Tree is a unique architectural villa hotel consisting of antique houses from all across Malaysia. Rooms cost from Dh350, including taxes.


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Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

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Investors: Privately/self-funded

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1) Kepa Arrizabalaga, Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea (£72m)

2) Alisson, Roma to Liverpool (£67m)

3) Ederson, Benfica to Manchester City (£35m)

4) Gianluigi Buffon, Parma to Juventus (£33m)

5) Angelo Peruzzi, Inter Milan to Lazio (£15.7m


Uefa Champions League semi-finals, first leg
Liverpool v Roma

When: April 24, 10.45pm kick-off (UAE)
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
Live: BeIN Sports HD
Second leg: May 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome

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Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
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Number of employees: 8
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