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Inter wins 3-1 at Bologna to lead Serie A by 8pts

INTER Milan defeated Bologna 3-1 and extended its lead in the Serie A to eight points yesterday.

Parma improved to third following a 3-2 win against Fiorentina.

Inter has 32 points, eight more than Juventus. Parma followed with 23, and AC Milan with 22.

Juventus plays Udinese today, while Milan meets Cagliari.

Diego Milito, Mario Balotelli and Esteban Cambiasso scored for Inter, which finished with 10 players after fullback Maicon was sent off for abusive language.

"We had a good game tonight and this win means we can put some pressure on those who are chasing us," Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar said.

"It is difficult when you concede a goal immediately after scoring, but we stayed calm and played our normal game to win. It wasn't easy playing Bologna, but we played in such a way that it seemed as though it was an easy win."

Milito gave Inter the lead in the 22nd. Lucio crossed the ball back into the box after a corner had been cleared, and Milito spun and struck a shot past goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

Marcelo Zalayeta immediately equalized for Bologna. His strike partner Adailton found him with a long pass and the Zalayeta fired past Cesar.

Balotelli should have put Inter back into the lead in the 29th after beating the offside trap, but he hesitated and Viviano raced off his line to smother the shot.

In the 36th, Dejan Stankovic nearly doubled the score. Stankovic hit a low shot past Viviano, but it hit both posts and the goalkeeper was able to reach the rebound first.

Balotelli gave Inter the lead three minutes before halftime. Maicon swung over a corner and the young striker headed in from close range.

After halftime, Milito went close to scoring his second but hammered a shot against the bar in the 57th.

Milito did play a part in Inter's third. He led a counterattack before finding Cambiasso, who sealed the win from close range.

Parma looked comfortable in the first half against Fiorentina and they tied 1-1 by halftime, following goals from Fiorentina's Alberto Gilardino and Parma's Nicola Amoruso.

Valeri Bojinov gave Parma the lead in the 52nd, but Gilardino hit back with his second 10 minutes later.

In the 67th Davide Lanzafame fired in the winner with a right-footed volley that gave Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey little chance.


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