FC Internazionale Milano defeated AS Livorno Calcio 3-0 on Wednesday to extend their lead in Serie A to four points after AC Milan went down to a late goal at Parma FC.
Inter had won just one of their previous seven league matches going into tonight's game, but maximum points were all but assured by half-time with Samuel Eto'o having struck twice without reply for the Nerazzurri. Maicon completed the scoring against the bottom club in the 61st minute, although it was Valeri Bojinov's 90th-minute winner for Parma against Milan which really added gloss to Inter's night.
José Mourinho's leaders have 63 points, Milan 59 and AS Roma the same tally following their 2-0 win at Bologna FC. John Arne Riise (48) and Júlio Baptista (82) were the men on target as the Giallorossi kept alive their hopes of winning a first Italian title since 2001.
US Città di Palermo claimed fourth place outright despite Houssine Kharja rescuing a 2-2 draw for Genoa CFC from the spot eight minutes into added time. The Sicilian side are now a point clear of UC Sampdoria who lost 2-1 at AS Bari.
At the other end, S.S. Lazio slightly eased their relegation fears by defeating second-bottom AC Siena 2-0, the win lifting them into 16th ahead of Udinese Calcio following their scoreless home draw with AC Chievo Verona.
Atalanta BC edged three points clear of Siena with a fine 3-1 triumph against ten-man Cagliari Calcio, while Calcio Catania continued their rise up the table by beating ACF Fiorentina 1-0. SSC Napoli and Juventus, respectively eighth and sixth, complete the midweek programme on Thursday.
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