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Ennio Tardini 19th April 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: G Rocchi

Parma Parma vs Inter Milan Inter

Parma 0

G Paletta (S/O 46)

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Inter 2

Rolando (48)
F Guarin (89)

Inter Milan win at Parma

Last Updated: 19/04/14 4:50pm

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Yuto Nagatomo keeps track of Walter Gargano

Yuto Nagatomo keeps track of Walter Gargano

Inter Milan strengthened their hold on a European place with a 2-0 win at Parma.

Second-half goals from Rolando and Fredy Guarin decided the match, but things could have been different had the hosts not seen former Inter striker Antonio Cassano's penalty saved by Samir Handanovic and Gabriel Paletta sent off when the score was still 0-0.

The win tightened Inter's hold on fifth place as their opponents' Europa League charge faltered.

Inter had the first chance early on when Parma keeper Antonio Mirante came racing out of his goal to clear the ball in front of Mauro Icardi and Rodrigo Palacio shot over the empty goal from 25 yards.

At the other end Cassano's header was brilliantly saved by Handanovic, while the striker fired narrowly wide of the left post a few minutes later.

Esteban Cambiasso forced a smart save from Mirante with a shot from the edge of the area, while the Parma keeper also had to be alert to keep out Danilo D'Ambrosio's effort from similar range.

But Parma should have gone in front in the 43rd minute when Walter Samuel fouled Marco Parolo in the area, but Handanovic pushed Cassano's penalty on to the right post and Parolo missed on the rebound.

The hosts had a let-off two minutes later, though, when Cambiasso's shot hit a post and Mirante grabbed the loose ball.

It got worse for Parma a minute into the second half when Paletta was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Palacio.

Two munutes later Inter went ahead, Rolando heading in Hernanes' free-kick.

Alessandro Lucarelli headed a Cassano free-kick against the bar, with Felipe firing the follow-up over the top, as Parma sought an equaliser.

Parolo shot over after excellent work from Jonathan Biabiany inside the area, but Inter finally wrapped up the points three minutes from time.

Yuto Nagatomo's pass to Guarin was inch perfect and the Colombian took full advantage by firing home his side's second.

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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