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Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (ATT 41,000) 31st October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Doveri

Inter Inter Milan vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

Inter 3

D Milito (pen 52)
R Palacio (69)
F Guarin (81)


Sampdoria 2

G Munari (20)
A Costa (S/O 51)
Eder (90+3)

Inter Milan up to second

Last Updated: 31/10/12 10:50pm

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Diego Milito celebrates for Inter Milan

Diego Milito celebrates for Inter Milan

Inter Milan moved up to second in Serie A with a 3-2 victory over nine-man Sampdoria at the San Siro on Wednesday night.

The hosts trailed 1-0 at half-time, but came back strongly after the break as their opponents lost their discipline.

Gianni Munari put Samp in front in the 20th minute, but the game turned early in the second half when Andrea Costa was sent off for a foul on Diego Milito in the area and the Argentinian levelled from the spot.

Rodrigo Palacio made it 2-1 in the 69th minute and Fredy Guarin added a third nine minutes from time.

Samp then lost their discipline as coach Ciro Ferrara was sent to the stands and substitute goalkeeper Tommaso Berni was also shown a red card, both for dissent.

The visitors still managed to pull one back in the last minute through Citadin Eder, but it was too little too late.

The win moved Inter above Napoli into second and kept them four points behind leaders Juventus.

Samp got off to the better start and went ahead when defender Andrea Ranocchia failed to clear a free-kick from Andrea Poli and the ball fell to Munari to score from close range.

Antonio Cassano fired narrowly wide of the left post and Guarin was also off target from long range as Inter looked to respond.

Milito should have levelled a minute before the break, but contrived to miss from inside the six-yard box after a cross from Javier Zanetti.

But the hosts were handed a way back into the match six minutes after the break as Costa was shown a straight red for a foul on Milito, who fired home the penalty via the inside of the post.

And Palacio put them ahead after being set up by Cassano following poor defending from Renan Garcia.

Guarin made it three as he converted a pass from Milito before the action turned to the touchline.

Ferrara and Tommaso Berni were red carded for dissent, but, far from throwing in the towel, the sense of injustice seemed to galvanise Samp.

Eder reduced the deficit to one with a smart finish deep into stoppage time, but there was no time to get a leveller.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 19 46
2 Roma 19 41
3 Lazio 20 34
4 Napoli 19 33
5 Sampdoria 19 33
6 Fiorentina 19 30
7 Genoa 19 28
8 Palermo 19 26
9 Inter Milan 19 26
10 AC Milan 20 26
11 Sassuolo 20 25
12 Udinese 19 24
13 Torino 19 22
14 Verona 19 21
15 Atalanta 19 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 19 19
18 Chievo 19 18
19 Parma 19 10
20 Cesena 19 9