Inter climbs into second place with win over Napoli

Updated: December 10, 2012

Inter Milan moved into second place in Serie A on Sunday after securing a 2-1 win over Napoli at the San Siro.

First-half goals from Fredy Guarin and Diego Milito put the Nerazzurri on its way to three points, while the only reply from the visiting side was a goal from Edinson Cavani early in the second half.

Inter moves one point clear of Napoli with the result and trails leaders Juventus by four points.

Poor marking by Napoli led to the opening goal in the eighth minute as Guarin coasted in unmarked at the back post to redirect a corner kick past goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.

Napoli squandered a number of chances after that, and Inter took advantage by going two goals up before the break as De Sanctis got a hand to Milito’s shot but couldn’t prevent it from finding the net.

Cavani scored from close range in the 54th minute after a scramble in front of the Inter goal, and the hosts survived a late scare when Cavani’s low cross was almost redirected into his own net by Inter defender Alvaro Pereira.

Juventus 1, Palermo 0

Palermo, Italy – Stephan Lichtsteiner scored early in the second half to keep Juventus atop Serie A with a 1-0 win over Palermo at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Sunday.

Juve has won two straight since losing to Inter Milan, picking up its 12th win against just two losses and two draws to accumulate 38 points.

Palermo lost for the third time in its last four fixtures and is clear of the relegation zone on only goal differential.

AC Milan 4, Torino 2

Turin, Italy – Stephan El Shaarawy scored his Serie A-leading 13th goal as AC Milan defeated Torino, 4-2, on Sunday at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino for its third straight win.

Robinho, Antonio Nocerino and Giampaolo Pazzini also scored for Milan, which climbed to seventh place in the standings.

Mario Santana and Rolando Bianchi scored for Torino, which lost for the third time during a four-game winless run. Torino is 15th.

Chievo 2, Cagliari 0

Cagliari, Italy – Alberto Paloschi and Cyril Thereau scored as Chievo defeated Cagliari, 2-0, on Sunday at the Stadio Sant’Elia for its second successive win during a three-game unbeaten run in Serie A.

Paloschi opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Thereau added the second in the 87th, helping Chievo climb to 12th place.

Cagliari lost its third straight game during a six-match winless streak and is 14th.

Catania 3, Siena 1

Siena, Italy – Gonzalo Bergessio scored twice in a three-goal second half for Catania in a 3-1 victory over Siena on Sunday at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Serie A.

Catania snapped a two-game losing streak as it climbed to eighth in the table. Siena lost its second straight as it remained in last place.

Pescara 2, Genoa 0

Pescara, Italy – Elvis Abbruscato and Ante Vukusic scored in the second half as Pescara snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-0 win Sunday over Genoa in Serie A at the Stadio Adriatico.

Pescara is still stuck in the bottom three in 18th place. Genoa lost for the fourth time in its last five, as it slipped behind Pescara to 19th place.