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Serie A wrap: Inter continue hot streak

Inter Milan have won their eighth-straight match in all competitions, knocking off Sampdoria 3-2 despite going behind in the first half.

Gianni Munari gave the visitors from Genoa the lead in the 20th minute but three goals after the break from an Antonio Cassano-inspired Inter side ensured victory, even though Eder pulled one back for Sampdoria in second-half stoppage time.

Down by a goal at half-time, Diego Milito equalised for Inter in the 52nd minute when he burst onto a through ball, got inside the area and then expertly placed himself in front of Sampdoria defender Andrea Costa, who bundled him over.

The referee pointed to the spot and sent Costa off, while Milito made no mistake from the spot.

In the 69th minute, Inter took the lead when Cassano sprinted down the middle of the pitch towards goal, waited for Sampdoria’s defenders to attack him and then slipped the ball through to Rodrigo Palacio, who produced a fine finish.

Fredy Guarin also benefited from Cassano’s creativity, receiving a cut back from the 30-year-old Italian forward in the 81st minute before driving past an opponent and smashing the ball into the bottom corner.

The win has taken Inter into second position in the Serie A standings ahead of Napoli, who lost 1-0 away to Atalanta on Wednesday.

Atalanta’s Carlos Carmona scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute and consigned Napoli to their third loss in four matches in all competitions.

Napoli have now dropped six points behind league leaders Juventus, who needed a 92nd-minute goal from Paul Pogba to snatch victory against Bologna.

Fabio Quagliarella gave Juventus the lead at home in the 54th minute but Saphir Tadir’s 71st-minute goal looked to have secured a point for Bologna until Pogba struck in stoppage time.

Sebastian Giovinco twisted past an opponent on the left wing before sending an in-swinging cross into the box and Pogba got his head to the ball to score, sparking wild celebrations at Juventus Arena.

Lazio had to come from behind to grab a 1-1 draw at home against Torino, while Roma again threw away a lead as they lost 3-2 away to Parma.

In other Serie A results, Cagliari defeated Siena 4-2, Chievo won 2-0 over Pescara and Udinese drew 2-2 at home against Catania.

Wed 31 Oct, 2012
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