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Italian Serie A

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (ATT 43,000) 21st October 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: C Russo

Inter Inter Milan vs Catania Catania

Inter 2

A Cassano (28)
R Palacio (85)


Catania 0

Home comforts for Inter

Last Updated: 21/10/12 4:53pm

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Rodrigo Palacio celebrates for Inter Milan

Rodrigo Palacio celebrates for Inter Milan

Inter Milan kept in touch with Serie A leaders Juventus with a 2-0 victory at home to Catania on Sunday afternoon.

Antonio Cassano converted from close range to put the hosts in front in the 28th minute and Rodrigo Palacio made the points safe five minutes from time.

The win moved the Nerazzurri back to within four points of Juventus and just one behind second-placed Napoli.

The visitors were the first to threaten as Sergio Almiron fired narrowly past the wrong side of the right post from inside the area.

Giovanni Marchese then went close with a long-range effort as Inter continued to find themselves under pressure.

But they took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark when Esteban Cambiasso crossed for Cassano, who finished with a low shot under goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.

Inter started the second half strongly and Cassano made his way into the area before setting up Palacio, who just failed to add the finishing touch.

Cambiasso then set up Diego Milito, whose shot was headed for the right corner but was saved by Andujar.

The visitors continued to pose a threat themselves, though, Almiron creating a shooting chance and firing just wide.

They had a let-off in the 76th minute, though, as Ricardo Alvarez found himself one-on-one with Andujar, but kept hold of the ball too long and the defence got back to clear.

Alvarez did get his shot away minutes later, but Andujar was equal to it.

The hosts did finally put the game to bed in the 85th minute, though, Milito feeding Palacio, who controlled the ball on his chest before shooting into the bottom right corner.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10