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Serie A: Chivu brings Inter victory over Cesena

Leonardo recorded his fifth straight win as Inter Milan boss as the champions beat Cesena 3-2 at the San Siro on Wednesday to go fourth in Serie A, according to fifa.com.


Romanian Cristian Chivu was the unlikely match-winner after goals from Erjon Bogdani and Emanuele Giaccherini had cancelled out Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito’s early strikes for the hosts. Chivu chipped goalkeeper Antonioli only for Giuseppe Colucci to head the ball clear of the line, although it wasn’t obvious if the left-back’s curling effort was going in or not. The Romanian was not to be denied, though, and made a late run into the box to head home Maicon’s cross in first half stoppage time.


Cesena finished the game with 10-men after Giaccherini was dismissed 15 minutes from the end. Inter are now just six points behind city rivals and leaders AC Milan but with a game in hand.


Inter are now just six points behind city rivals and leaders AC Milan but with a game in hand. After continuing his perfect start as Inter boss, Leonardo praised Cesena for their resistance. “We were managing the game very very well at 2-0 but then Milito got injured and we had to make a change,” he said. “It was a very difficult match, Cesena played very well, they scored two goals and overturned the balance of the game which became a bit of ping-pong. “In the second half we gave away a lot less and a lot fewer counter-attack opportunities,” he went on. “We struggled a lot but this is a very important win.”

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