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Inter Extends Serie A Lead

Inter Milan soared past Torino, 4-0, at the San Siro on Sunday to take a five-point lead at the top of Serie A over second-place AS Roma, which labored to a 1-1 draw at Livorno. Once again, striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the catalyst for Inter, converting a penalty on 38 minutes to swing the match in the Italian champion's favor. Torino had been the better team up until that point.

Shortly after the break, Inter killed the match, striking twice in quick succession. Julio Cruz continuing his fine goal-scoring form to head home a lofted pass from Christian Chivu in the 50th minute, and then Chilean midfielder Jimenez blasted home from outside the box two minutes later. Colombian defender Ivan Cordoba added a fourth 15 minutes from time.

In Livorno, Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi put the visitors in front in the fifth minute but ex-Spanish international Diego Tristan equalized almost immediately. De Rossi scored again in the 78th minute but the referee called the play back for an indiscernible foul. Third-place Juventus moved two points closer to Roma thanks to a trademark thunderbolt from midfielder Pavel Nedved that gave it a 1-0 win over Atalanta. The former Czech international's 25-yard blast four minutes from time secured three points for the Bianconeri when a draw looked the likelier result. Inter extended its lead to 37 points, five ahead of Roma on 32. Juventus is third with 29.

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