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Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 9th November 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Peruzzo

Inter Inter Milan vs Livorno Livorno

Inter 2

F Bardi (og 30)
Y Nagatomo (90+2)

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Livorno 0

Inter battle past Livorno

Last Updated: 09/11/13 10:19pm

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Walter Samuel in action for Inter Milan

Walter Samuel in action for Inter Milan

Inter Milan moved to within three points of Juventus and Napoli in Serie A thanks to a 2-0 win over Livorno which saw Javier Zanetti make his return to action at the age of 40.

An own goal by Inter Milan's own goalkeeper Francesco Bardi, who is playing on loan this season at Livorno, and a late Yuto Nagatomo strike earned the Nerazzurri all three points at the San Siro.

Zanetti entered for the final 10 minutes, earning a standing ovation as he took to the field for the first time since rupturing his Achilles tendon in April.

Walter Mazzarri's men were keen to take advantage of the fact Napoli and Juventus, in second and third, are playing each other this weekend, and they soon put Bardi's goal under pressure.

The Italy under-21 international kept Rodrigo Palacio out a few times before making an uncharacteristic mistake to gift Inter the lead.

Jonathan's cross from the right was curling away from goal, but in an attempt to prevent it from reaching one of the incoming attackers, Bardi managed to scoop it backwards into his own net.

Inter continued to have plenty of joy with Jonathan's incursions down the right and he was the source of much danger with Palacio heading one of his crosses over the crossbar.

On the stroke of half time, Ricardo Alvarez saw his shot saved well by Bardi, who started to make up for his earlier mistake.

Bardi then saved from Palacio before denying Esteban Cambiasso, now becoming Livorno's hero after being the villain early on.

The moment Inter fans have been waiting six months for then arrived with 10 minutes left when Zanetti took off his tracksuit and entered the field of play for the first time this season.

He got the move going which led to Nagatomo scoring a second in injury time to seal Inter's win.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7