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Leonardo lifts Inter as Milan go five points clear

Published: Thursday 6 January 2011, 17.56CET
Leonardo made a winning start as FC Internazionale Milano coach in Italy's late game after but AC Milan remain top in Serie A thanks to a late Rodney Strasser winner at Cagliari Calcio.
Leonardo lifts Inter as Milan go five points clear
Thiago Motta and coach Leonardo celebrate Inter's third goal against Napoli ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 6 January 2011, 17.56CET

Leonardo lifts Inter as Milan go five points clear

Leonardo made a winning start as FC Internazionale Milano coach in Italy's late game after but AC Milan remain top in Serie A thanks to a late Rodney Strasser winner at Cagliari Calcio.

Leonardo made a winning start as FC Internazionale Milano coach with Thiago Motta scoring twice in a 3-1 success against SSC Napoli in the final game of a full Epiphany programme in Serie A.

The Brazilian volleyed in a 20-metre opener three minutes in then completed the scoring after 55 minutes with a firm header, after Michele Pazienza and Esteban Cambiasso had exchanged further first-half efforts.

Earlier, Antonio Cassano came off the bench on his AC Milan debut to set up Rodney Strasser for a late winner at Cagliari Calcio that extends their Serie A lead. Milan went into the Christmas break three points clear of both S.S. Lazio and Napoli. However, they were struggling to break the deadlock at Cagliari when Cassano, freshly signed from UC Sampdoria, was brought on and with five minutes left played through fellow substitute Strasser for his first Milan goal.

Lazio are now five points behind Milan after being held 0-0 by Genoa CFC while Juventus's 13-game Serie A unbeaten run was ended with a 4-1 home loss to Parma FC. The hosts had Felipe Melo sent off after 17 minutes, and Parma took advantage with Sebastian Giovinco, who is on loan from the Turin club, scoring his side's first two goals either side of half-time.

AS Roma overtook Juve to go fourth as Mirko Vučinić struck twice late on to beat Calcio Catania 4-2. The bottom four faced off and AC Cesena moved three points clear of the relegation zone as they beat Brescia Calcio 2-1 and US Lecce lost 1-0 to basement club AS Bari.

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Last updated: 06/01/11 22.55CET

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Italian Serie A 2010/11

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HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

06/01/2011

InternazionaleInternazionale3-1NapoliNapoli

Cambiasso 37, Thiago Motta 3, 55

Pazienza 25

Venue: Milano

06/01/2011

RomaRoma4-2CataniaCatania

Borriello 5, 47, Vučinić 86, 90+4

Silvestre 29, Maxi López 38

Venue: Roma

06/01/2011

UdineseUdinese2-0ChievoChievo

Alexis Sánchez 14, Di Natale 25

Venue: Udine

06/01/2011

BolognaBologna1-1FiorentinaFiorentina

Di Vaio 5

Santana 67

Venue: Bologna

06/01/2011

PalermoPalermo3-0SampdoriaSampdoria

Miccoli 37, Migliaccio 50, Maccarone 79

Venue: Palermo

06/01/2011

CagliariCagliari0-1MilanMilan

Strasser 85

Venue: Cagliari

06/01/2011

GenoaGenoa0-0LazioLazio

Venue: Genova

06/01/2011

LecceLecce0-1BariBari

Okaka 78

Venue: Lecce

06/01/2011

BresciaBrescia1-2CesenaCesena

Citadin Martin 50

Jiménez 33, Ceccarelli 41

Venue: Brescia

06/01/2011

JuventusJuventus1-4ParmaParma

Legrottaglie 60

Giovinco 41, 48, Crespo 62 (p), Palladino 90+3

Venue: Torino

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