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Football: Inter Milan Cruise To Nine-Point Serie A Lead

Posted on: February 8, 2009

ROME : Inter Milan piled the pressure on title rivals AC Milan and Juventus as they stormed to a convincing 3-0 victory at lowly Lecce on Saturday.

The victory moved Jose Mourinho’s team nine points clear of the pack ahead of Milan’s match at home to rock-bottom Reggina later on in the evening.

Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Figo and Dejan Stankovic gave Inter only their third win in six games since the resumption of Serie A following the winter break.

The match also saw teenage forward Mario Balotelli’s return to first team action as he replaced Ibrahimovic with five minutes left. Balotelli had been left out of the team during January as punishment for showing a poor attitude in training.

As expected Inter were quickly in the ascendancy, dominating the ball and pinning Lecce deep down inside their own half.

On nine minutes Serbia midfielder Stankovic should have done better than head just over the crossbar from Ibrahimovic’s inviting cross from the right.

It was the Sweden forward who gave the visitors the lead on 12 minutes as he controlled a pass from Cambiasso on the edge of the area and then ripped a right-foot shot past Francesco Benussi in the Lecce goal.

The hosts almost hit back on 18 minutes as defender Guglielmo Stendardo met a corner with a powerful header that was heading for the bottom far corner until Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar pulled off a stunning one-handed save.

From the resulting corner Senegalese midfielder Papa Waibo rose highest but couldn’t direct his header on target.

Inter were controlling matters without looking particularly spectacular but 11 minutes after the restart they should have doubled their advantage.

A free-kick from Figo caused havoc in the Lecce box and fell at the feet of Brazil full-back Maicon six yards out but he missed horrifically, skying his shot well over the bar.

Just after the hour mark Benussi had to be alert to close down and block a shot from Stankovic as the Serie A leaders continued to press.

And they didn’t have to wait too long before Figo settled the affair in a most unusual fashion.

Teenage left-back Davide Santon cut inside and crossed with his right foot into the centre of the box where Figo had come off the opposite wing and ghosted between Lecce’s centre-backs to glance a header into the far corner.

Things started turning into a rout eight minutes from time when Stankovic timed his run perfectly to head home a free-kick from Maicon.

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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Football: Inter Milan Cruise To Nine-Point Serie A Lead

Posted on: February 8, 2009

ROME : Inter Milan piled the pressure on title rivals AC Milan and Juventus as they stormed to a convincing 3-0 victory at lowly Lecce on Saturday.

The victory moved Jose Mourinho’s team nine points clear of the pack ahead of Milan’s match at home to rock-bottom Reggina later on in the evening.

Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Figo and Dejan Stankovic gave Inter only their third win in six games since the resumption of Serie A following the winter break.

The match also saw teenage forward Mario Balotelli’s return to first team action as he replaced Ibrahimovic with five minutes left. Balotelli had been left out of the team during January as punishment for showing a poor attitude in training.

As expected Inter were quickly in the ascendancy, dominating the ball and pinning Lecce deep down inside their own half.

On nine minutes Serbia midfielder Stankovic should have done better than head just over the crossbar from Ibrahimovic’s inviting cross from the right.

It was the Sweden forward who gave the visitors the lead on 12 minutes as he controlled a pass from Cambiasso on the edge of the area and then ripped a right-foot shot past Francesco Benussi in the Lecce goal.

The hosts almost hit back on 18 minutes as defender Guglielmo Stendardo met a corner with a powerful header that was heading for the bottom far corner until Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar pulled off a stunning one-handed save.

From the resulting corner Senegalese midfielder Papa Waibo rose highest but couldn’t direct his header on target.

Inter were controlling matters without looking particularly spectacular but 11 minutes after the restart they should have doubled their advantage.

A free-kick from Figo caused havoc in the Lecce box and fell at the feet of Brazil full-back Maicon six yards out but he missed horrifically, skying his shot well over the bar.

Just after the hour mark Benussi had to be alert to close down and block a shot from Stankovic as the Serie A leaders continued to press.

And they didn’t have to wait too long before Figo settled the affair in a most unusual fashion.

Teenage left-back Davide Santon cut inside and crossed with his right foot into the centre of the box where Figo had come off the opposite wing and ghosted between Lecce’s centre-backs to glance a header into the far corner.

Things started turning into a rout eight minutes from time when Stankovic timed his run perfectly to head home a free-kick from Maicon.

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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