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Serie A wrap: AC Milan protect lead, Inter lose

AC Milan return to the Serie A winners list on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Cesena at the San Siro, keeping second-placed Napoli at bay in the process.

Coming off the back of two league draws, Milan needed to reinforce their spot on top of the table and did so via a Maximiliano Pellegrino own-goal and a Zlatan Ibrahimovic strike in second-half injury time.

The result ensured AC Milan maintained their four-point lead over title challengers Napoli, who clinched their own 2-0 win earlier in the day.

Goals from Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani lifted their side to a comfortable away win over bottom-side Bari.

Inter Milan manager Leonardo’s honeymoon ended when his side suffered a 3-1 loss at in-form Udinese, breaking a run of four straight Serie A wins under his reign.

Dejan Stankovic gave Inter the lead after 15 minutes, but Cristian Zapata equalised soon after before Italy World Cup striker Antonio di Natale scored his 14th goal of the league season to put the hosts ahead after 25 minutes.

Maurizio Domizzi’s goal made sure of the result in the 69th minute, helping Udinese to their third win from their past four league matches.

In other results, Inter’s loss meant Lazio held on to fourth place despite their 3-1 defeat in a spiteful affair against Bologna.

Sergio Flocarri gave Lazio the lead after five minutes, but a Gaston Ramirez goal was followed by a brace from Marco di Vaio to give Bologna the win and lift them six places to ninth on the league table.

Referee Gianluca Rocchi issued seven cautions throughout the match and tensions boiled over with five minutes to play when Lazio defender Andre Dias and Bologna substitute Henry Gimenez were both given their marching orders for their part in an ugly melee.

Juventus and Sampdoria played out a goalless draw at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, while Alberto Gilardino salvaged a point at home for Fiorentina when he cancelled out David di Michele’s opener for Lecce to secure a 1-1 draw.

And Chievo Verona and Genoa played out 0-0 draw at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi.

Article title: Serie A wrap: AC Milan protect lead, Inter lose

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