ROME (AFP) - Serie A leaders Inter Milan dropped two home points on Saturday but still increased their lead over Juventus at the top of the table ahead of the pairs mouth-watering showdown in Turin next week. Palermo looked to have breathed new life into the title race with a gritty comeback in a 2-2 draw at the San Siro, but 10-man Juventus then controversially lost 3-2 at Genoa to leave Inter 10 points clear with just seven games left. The day began with Italian football mourning the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake with a minutes silence observed at all top flight matches while players wore black armbands for the disaster which has claimed 291 lives. In Genoa, Juve started the match knowing a victory would cut Inters lead to seven points but with their hosts chasing fourth place, and Champions League football next season, it was always going to be a tall order. The game exploded into life on 29 minutes as Genoa took the lead through a strike from Thiago Motta on the edge of the area. Referee Gianluca Rocchi actually blew his whistle for a foul on Giandomenico Mesto just before Mottas strike beat Gianluigi Buffon in Juves goal. However, Rocchi then decided to let the goal stand, infuriating the Juve players who had heard the whistle. On the stroke of half-time Rocchi then evened up the controversial decisions by awarding Juve a penalty for a foul by Matteo Ferrari on Alessandro Del Piero when the Genoa centre-back seemed clearly to win the ball. Del Piero stroked home the spot-kick but deep into first half injury time Motta scored his second of the game with a bullet header from a corner. Juves chances of salvaging something from the match then took a blow on 65 minutes when Mauro Camoranesi was sent off for a foul on Giuseppe Sculli. Six minutes from time Vincenzo Iaquintas clever, chipped finish seemed to have stolen a point for Juve. But with just two minutes left, Marco Rossi beat the offside trap and squared for former Juve player Raffaele Palladino to tap home into the open net for a dramatic late winner. They played better than us, theres no doubt about that, said Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri. We played with stubborness but if we didnt manage to impose ourselves that was to our opponents credit. Its a big blow not closing the gap. Now we have the match against them at home. We need to be very determined and to play with more energy. In Milan, Inter had been cruising with a 2-0 lead at half-time before two goals in two minutes from the Sicilians cost them a victory and irked boss Jose Mourinho. The first half was amongst our best this season but we played the second period without concentration and little intensity, he moaned. But I dont think that those chasing us can win their last seven matches. Next Saturday, however, will be a completely different story, Im sure that my team can practically end the uncertainty in Turin. Palermos ineffectual offside trap contributed greatly to Inter taking the lead as Mario Balotelli ran past a static Morris Carrozzieri to head home Sulley Muntaris cross on 15 minutes. Inter doubled the advantage six minutes before the break as Zlatan Ibrahimovic converted the penalty he had won when going down in the box following contact with the unlucky Simon Kjaer. However, Brazilian forward Edison Cavani beat veteran goalkeeper Francesco Toldo at his near post on 73 minutes and then substitute Davide Succi lost marker Cristian Chivu to tap home Fabrizio Miccolis cross from close range. Lazio claimed the honours 4-2 in a thrilling, action-packed Rome derby as Roma lost further ground in the chase for fourth place. Lazio were off to a flyer as Macedonia striker Goran Pandev and Argentina forward Mauro Zarate hit stunning goals inside the first four minutes. France defender Philippe Mexes reduced the arrears on 10 minutes but Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner made it 3-1 eight minutes into the second half. Roma were reduced to 10 men when Christian Panucci was sent off for a second booking, after which the game descended into farce when Mexes and Lazios Francesco Matuzalem both received their marching orders, as well as Roma coach Luciano Spalletti and a member of Lazios backroom staff. Daniele De Rossis header set up a tense finale 10 minutes from time but Aleksandar Kolarov settled the match five minutes later.