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Renzo Barbera (ATT 17,000) 28th April 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Orsato

Palermo Palermo vs Inter Milan Inter

Palermo 1

J Ilicic (10)

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Inter 0

Palermo out of relegation zone

Last Updated: 28/04/13 8:31pm

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Fabrizio Miccoli and Alvaro Pereira battle for the ball

Fabrizio Miccoli and Alvaro Pereira battle for the ball

Palermo moved out of the Serie A relegation zone and dealt Inter Milan's hopes of European football next season a blow with a hard-fought win on Sunday.

Josip Ilicic scored the only goal of the game after only 10 minutes to lift the hosts out of the bottom three on goal difference.

Defeat left Inter in seventh, two points off a Europa League place.

The hosts went into the match unbeaten in four games and their confidence was evident in a bright start.

Santiago Garcia raced past Javier Zanetti before laying the ball back for Fabrizio Miccoli, whose 25-yard effort brought a diving save out of Samir Handanovic.

And Palermo were soon ahead, Garcia picking out Miccoli inside the area this time and his pass set up Ilicic, who found the bottom left corner.

Miccoli was looking particularly lively and he fired another shot from outside the area narrowly over.

The former Italy striker then linked up again with Ilicic, who went for placement over power and his shot was saved by Handanovic.

Tommaso Rocchi headed over from a corner as Inter enjoyed a rare promising moment, but Palermo ended the half on the up with Miccoli again working Handanovic.

The home side did not let up after the break, Michel Morganella shooting over.

Mateo Kovacic went close at the other end, while Matias Silvestre, on loan at Inter from Palermo, headed just wide from an Alvaro Pereira corner.

Handanovic was still the busier keeper, though, and he made a fine fingertip save to keep out another Miccoli drive.

Ricky Alvarez twice shot high from promising positions as Inter saw the chances of snatching a draw disappear.

Instead Handanovic was called on late on to save from Abel Hernandez to keep the deficit to one.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Lazio 20 34
4 Sampdoria 20 34
5 Napoli 19 33
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 19 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Inter Milan 20 26
10 AC Milan 20 26
11 Sassuolo 20 25
12 Torino 20 25
13 Verona 20 24
14 Udinese 19 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 19 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10