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Marc' Antonio Bentegodi (ATT 10,000) 26th September 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Peruzzo

Chievo Chievo vs Inter Milan Inter

Chievo 0

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Inter 2

A Pereira (43)
A Cassano (74)

Inter battle past Chievo

Last Updated: 26/09/12 11:02pm

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David Di Michele and Esteban Cambiasso compete

David Di Michele and Esteban Cambiasso compete

Inter Milan put their shock home defeat to Siena behind them with a battling 2-0 victory over struggling Chievo.

Alvaro Pereira put Inter ahead just before the break and substitute Antonio Cassano doubled the lead 16 minutes from time as Inter bounced back from their 2-0 San Siro loss to bottom-placed Siena on Sunday.

The victory is Inter's third of the season and lifts them into the top four, while Chievo have now lost four successive matches since an opening day win over Bologna and they remain rooted near the foot of the standings.

It was the home side who actually looked the more threatening early on, though, with Bostjan Cesar seeing his header saved by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic before David Di Michele fired over and Sergio Pellissier saw an effort go inches wide.

Inter finally gave their opponents something to worry about in the 35th minute when Fredy Guarin fired just wide, and seven minutes later the visitors made the breakthrough.

Yuto Nagatomo burst into the area and his attempted shot deflected off a Chievo defender before finding its way through to Pereira, who slotted home from close range with the home side wondering if he had strayed offside.

Despite that setback, Chievo started well once more in the second half and Di Michele shot wide before Pellissier drew a fine save out of Handanovic with a drilled shot from the edge of the box.

Handanovic also denied Marco Rigoni in the 62nd minute before Inter spurned a gilt-edged chance moments later when Cassano failed to turn in an easy finish from Diego Milito's ball in.

Cassano, who replaced Wesley Sneijder in the first half, made amends for that miss 11 minutes later as he made it 2-0 with a clinical finish after beating two defenders.

That did still not kill off Chievo, though, and the hosts almost pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute when Rinaldo Cruzado hit the post with a superb curling free-kick.

Chievo did not come any closer, however, as Inter held on for a much-wanted triumph.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23