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Inter Milan blessed by own goal

There were no upsets in Serie A with the top sides all recording victories, although Inter were lucky.
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2012 22:07
Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia (R) celebrates after Palermo's Santiago Garcia (not pictured) scores own goal [AFP]

An own goal from Palermo defender Santiago Garcia saved Inter Milan's blushes in a narrow 1-0 win over the Sicilians at the San Siro on Sunday, while both Roma and Lazio claimed precious wins.

Inter moved up to third in the league. Juventus remain top with a two point cushion following their 3-0 victory over Torino on Saturday.

Closest rivals Napoli kept pressure on the leaders with a smooth 5-1 victory over bottom side Pescara. Gokhan Inler and Edinson Cavani both scoring a brace for the side. 

Inter manager Andrea Stramaccioni had called on his side to relaunch their campaign after some recent jitters and the pressure was on the hosts after Napoli had cemented second place earlier.

Despite creating a number of scoring chances the Nerazzurri failed to find a way through the visitors' defence until Garcia stuck his leg out and deflected Andrea Ranocchia's cross past his own keeper in the 74th minute.

Serie A Results

Sunday December 2

 Bologna 2-1 Atalanta
 Genoa 2-4 Chievo 
 Inter Milan 1-0 Palermo
 Lazio 2-1 Parma 
 Siena 1-3 Roma
 Udinese 4-1 Cagliari
 Napoli 5-1 Pescara

 Fiorentina 2-2 Sampdoria

It was Inter's 10th win in 15 games after struggling at the start of season. 

Lazio's 2-1 win over Parma moved the Biancocelesti up from fifth although Fiorentina can reclaim fourth from Vladimir Petkovic's side if they beat Sampdoria in Sunday's late match.

Lazio's opener came in chaotic fashion when Biava Giuseppe pounced from close range to slam the ball into the roof of the net for his first goal of the campaign.

Parma were then unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when the ball came off Miroslav Klose's hand as the German defended a corner.

Four minutes later Lazio doubled their lead when Klose ran on to a through ball from midfield to squeeze the ball past Antonio Mirante's legs before slamming into the onrushing keeper for his ninth league goal this season.

Parma were handed a lifeline just after the hour mark when the referee pointed to the spot after Giuseppe Sansone was fouled in the area.

Ishak Belfodil stepped up and saw his effort saved by Lazio 'keeper Albano Bizzarri but the Algerian was quick to the rebound to slam the ball past the Argentinian.

Lazio held on for a ninth win of the season which keeps them among the European places.

Destro double

An improved second half performance which included a brace from Mattia Destro helped Roma transform a potential banana skin into a valuable 3-1 win away to Siena.

The Giallorossi started poorly and were a goal down on 25 minutes after Luis Neto rose to meet a corner from the right to beat Mauro Goicoechea in the Roma net for his first goal of the season.

Destro claimed Roma's equaliser on 63 minutes after nodding home Alessandro Florenzi's chip from the left after a nice buildup by the visitors.

And Roma took the lead on 81 minutes when Simone Perrotta slammed the ball home after it had come off a defender and strayed into his path.

Destro capped the win by slotting into a virtually empty net after Miralem Pjanic's cross had drawn the defence on 90 minutes.

Udinese, meanwhile, hammered Cagliari 4-1 to dominate the day's mid-table battle while an Alberto Paloschi hat-trick allowed Chievo to move further away from the relegation zone with a 4-2 victory away at Genoa.

Bologna secured only their fourth win of the campaign with a precious 2-1 win at home to Atalanta thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini's late winner.

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