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Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 9th March 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: G Calvarese

Inter Inter Milan vs Torino Torino

Inter 1

R Palacio (30)

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Torino 0

Palacio heads Inter to victory

Last Updated: 09/03/14 4:50pm

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Rodrigo Palacio celebrates his goal

Rodrigo Palacio celebrates his goal

Rodrigo Palacio's first-half header gave Inter Milan a narrow 1-0 victory over Torino on Sunday afternoon.

Palacio nodded in the only goal of the game on the half-hour mark as Inter returned to winning ways after draws in their previous two league games.

The outcome in Milan has kept the Nerazzurri in fifth place, just one point adrift of fourth-rankedFiorentina, who lost 1-0 at Juventus earlier in the day.

Inter, with just a single defeat at home this season, went into the contest looking to capitalise on the absence of five regular defenders for Torino who were either injured or suspended.

But a side that has struggled to hit the back of net did not make the most of their chances.

Palacio's goal was just Inter's seventh of 2014.

Inter were fortunate not to fall behind in the 14th minute when a defensive distraction left Ciro Immobile unmarked in the heart of the area.

Fortunately for the hosts, he headed a cross over the bar.

At the other end, Palacio got behind Fredy Guarin's cross and his header was kept out by Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli.

Inter went ahead in the 30th minute when Palacio played a one-two with Esteban Cambiasso in the box and nodded past Padelli from close range.

Before half-time, Cambiasso released Hernanes into the area but his left-footed shot from 25 yards went wide.

The visitors almost pulled level early in the second half when Giuseppe Vives spotted Alessio Cerci in the box but his shot towards the far post was kept out by Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Palacio should have scored his second of the afternoon in the 63rd minute when Hernanes sent a cross into the heart of the area but he blasted the ball over the bar.

Inter wasted another good chance to kill the game off with 10 minutes remaining when Yuto Nagatomo found Hernanes in the box and the Brazilian's diagonal shot went wide.

The hosts held on for victory, though.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 33 24
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 33 16