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Inter victory spiced with Latin flavour
Updated: 2005-03-21 09:53

Inter Milan defeated Fiorentina 3-2 at the San Siro to strengthen their position in third place in Italy's Serie A.

Inter Milan's midfielder Esteban Cambiasso celebrates after scoring a goal against Fiorentina during their Italian serie A soccer match Inter-Fiorentina at San Siro stadium in Milan.[AFP]

All of Inter's goals were scored by South Americans. Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso gave them the lead with a right-footed volley, before Giampaolo Pazzini equalised for the visitors with an acrobatic scissor kick.

Argentinian Juan Sebastian Veron restored Inter's advantage with a rasping right-footed drive eight minutes after the break, before Colombian defender Ivan Cordoba headed the home side's third goal.

Cordoba then put through his own net three minutes from time to give Inter a few anxious moments before the final whistle.

Inter's win was soured by a right knee injury to Adriano. The Brazilian striker, who scored a hat-trick in Tuesday's Champions League win against Porto that took Inter through to the quarter-finals, was carried off in the 43rd minute after colliding heavily with Enzo Maresca, although early reports said the injury was not serious.

Inter have 50 points from their 29 matches played, two more than Udinese who won 2-1 at home to Lecce. Sampdoria fell one place to fifth after losing 2-1 at home to bottom club Atalanta.

Livorno threw away a 2-0 lead in their 3-3 draw with Cagliari, while Parma also shared six goals at home to Palermo.

Sergio Pellissier scored twice as Chievo improved their chances of surviving relegation with a 3-1 home win over fellow strugglers Brescia, while Messina drew 0-0 at home to Bologna.

Later on Sunday reigning champions AC Milan play away to Roma at the Olympic stadium. A win for Milan will take them joint top alongside Juventus, who won 1-0 at home to Reggina on Saturday.

Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero scored the decisive goal in the 65th minute, his 11th league goal of the season.

In Saturday's early match, Siena boosted their hopes of surviving the drop with a battling 1-0 home victory over Lazio, the Tuscan club's first win since February 20.

Croatian central defender Igor Tudor, who is on loan from Juventus until the end of the season, grabbed the winner on the hour, heading Enrico Chiesa's corner into the net via the crossbar.

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