MILAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Juan Gomez Taleb scored a last-gasp equaliser for Verona to hold Juventus to a 2-2 draw at home on Sunday.
Juventus, whose sudden breakdown in the second half left their head coach Antonio Conte perplexed, are still nine points ahead of second-placed Roma who drew 0-0 with Lazio in Rome Derby.
Carlos Tevez scored twice before the half-hour mark to put Juventus 2-0 ahead, but the Verona showed admirable determination to score two goals, through Luca Toni and Gomez respectively, to force the 2-2 draw.
"It's inexplicable. The game lasts 90 minutes instead of 45," said Conte with apparent irritation. "It's not acceptable to be punished by two set plays on two distractions. It wipes out all the good work we did until then."
He blamed his players for their lack of concentration in the game.
"We conceded far too many goals from dead ball situations and we've got to be focused, as there's little I can do in tactical terms or studying opponents. It's a question of concentration," he said.
Roma missed a good chance to chase Juventus as they could not beat Lazio in the Rome Derby.
The Giallorossi created enough opportunities but found Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berisha in fine form to deny them.
Lazio, who failed to test Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis the entire game, are still unbeaten since coach Edy Reja returned to the helm last month. They are ninth in the standings.
Roma head coach Rudi Garcia suggested that his players lack determination when finishing their attack.
"We took the initiative and kept possession, but to win games you need to be better in the final and penultimate passes," he said.
"This is what we lacked. It is an 'away' point and we have learned that it's not enough just to attack, as you must also be more determined in front of goal," he added.
His Lazio counterpart Edy Reja was content with the goalless draw.
"In the first half we did very well, creating a lot of problems for them down the flanks. After the break they held more possession, but we held out in defence and allowed them few chances,"he said.
"We had some promising counter-attacks that we didn't make the most of. At a certain point Roma pinned us back, but the lads held firm and I am content with the draw," he said.
Veteran Walter Samuel struck his first goal of the season to finally get Inter off the mark for 2014 as they beat Sassuolo 1-0.
The 35-year-old defender's strike came just after half-time, when he emphatically headed home from a corner to give goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo no chance.
That earned a deserved win for Walter Mazzarri's side, who dominated for much of the game and perhaps should have had more than the one goal they scored.
In the end, though, it mattered little as they finally ended a poor run of form that had seen them pick up just two points from their previous five games and not win in any competition since December 22's victory over city rivals Milan.
Bologna came from behind to beat Torino 2-1 and clinch their first win of 2014, while Catania dominated proceedings at the Stadio Ennio Tardini but remain rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table after leaving Parma with a single point from a 0-0 draw.
Genoa bounced back from last weekend's derby defeat to Sampdoria with a narrow 1-0 triumph at Livorno.
Cagliari remain without a win away from Sardinia this season after Sampdoria clinched a 1-0 victory through Daniele Gastadello' s goal at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.