Inter moved to within a point of Lazio as they continued their resurgence under Claudio Ranieri. First-half goals by Diego Milito either side of Thiago Motta’s strike helped the Nerazzurri on their way to a fifth successive league victory, which was settled beyond all doubt once Giampaolo Pazzini had made it 4-0 early in the second half. Marco Faraoni completed the scoring 12 minutes from time.
Earlier, fourth-placed Lazio unexpectedly lost 4-0 at Siena, who also raced into a three-goal half-time lead thanks to Mattia Destro’s 11th-minute opener and two penalties by Emanuele Calaiò.
The award of the second spot-kick resulted in stand-in goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri being dismissed and third-choice goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo was powerless to prevent Lazio conceding Destro’s second goal of the evening.