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Late fluke goal wins it for Inter

SUBSTITUTE Mario Balotelli scored a fluke goal moments after coming on to give Serie A leader Inter Milan a 2-1 win at Bologna on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho's side, which went ahead through Esteban Cambiasso before Miguel Britos equalized, stayed nine points clear after second-placed Juventus won 2-0 at Palermo.

Midfielder Mohamed Sissoko charged superbly into the box and smashed into the top corner on 27 minutes after Palermo had struck the bar.

David Trezeguet, who had been out for five months with a knee problem, sealed Juve's win with his first league goal of the campaign.

Alessandro Del Piero was left on the bench ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash at Chelsea.

AC Milan, in third place, was hosting Cagliari.

Inter forward Balotelli, out of favor with Mourinho for much of the season after the coach criticized the 18-year-old's attitude, whipped in a free kick after 82 minutes that evaded everyone in the box and nestled in the corner.

Inter can now focus on tomorrow's Champions League match at home to holder Manchester United.

Last season's runner-up AS Roma climbed to fourth after Brazilian Rodrigo Taddei curled the ball home in the 63rd minute to seal a labored 1-0 win over visiting Siena.

Brazilian defenders Juan and Cicinho went off injured for Roma and could be doubtful for tomorrow's Champions League game at Arsenal.


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