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Inter Extend Lead Back to Seven

Zlatan Ibrahimović struck twice as Internazionale Milano re-established their seven-point lead in Serie A with a 3-0 win over Reggina while kept themselves in fourth by beating 2-0.

Juventus had cut Inter’s cushion at the top to four points with Saturday’s 4-1 victory at , but the Italian titleholders never looked like wobbling at home against the side propping up the table. Esteban Cambiasso (7) got the ball rolling with a delicate chip and Ibrahimović increased the advantage from the penalty spot five minutes later. With goalkeeper Júlio César denying all-comers at the other end, Ibrahimović then secured maximum points 13 minutes after the interval, lobbing in his second to extend Inter’s unbeaten run in the league to ten games.

A distant 14 points back in third, could only draw 0-0 at Roberto Donadoni’s mid-table , while Genoa kept hold of the final UEFA spot with their win over Udinese. Giuseppe Sculli broke the deadlock moments before the hour mark and, after the visitors lost Alexis Sánchez to a red card 17 minutes from the end, Diego Milito settled matters just before the whistle. That kept the Rossoblu two points clear of fifth-placed , who saw off Siena 1-0 courtesy of Adrian Mutu.

In the lower reaches, second-bottom Lecce drew 2-2 at home with thanks to a last-gasp penalty from two-goal Fabio Caserta, while 18th-placed Torino lost 3-1 at home to . One place clear of the relegation berths, Bologna did themselves no favours by losing 1-0 to Cagliari but Verona, in 16th, aided their own cause with a 1-0 win over Palermo.

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