(Video) Inter Milan 3-0 Pescara: Serie A highlights

Inter Milan demolished Pescara with superb counterattacking football to edge closer to a Scudetto challenge in Serie A. First half...

Inter Milan demolished Pescara with superb counterattacking football to edge closer to a Scudetto challenge in Serie A.

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Inter Milan outclassed league new boys Pescara 2-0 at the San Siro Saturday to move two places up to third and close the gap to leaders Juventus to six points.

Juventus are away to Parma on Sunday but will be expected to pick up three points against a side they beat 2-0 at home on the opening day of the season in August.

Lazio remain second, five points shy of Juventus, ahead of the visit of Atalanta on Sunday. Napoli sit fourth at seven points adrift ahead of their hosting of Palermo.

Earlier Saturday, Bologna picked up only their sixth win of the season when they dominated Chievo 4-0 at home, with a brace coming from striker Alberto Gilardino, to move up two places to 13th.

Inter, meanwhile, put the distraction of the Wesley Sneijder transfer saga and several absences due to injury behind them in a workmanlike performance in their first home game of the year.

Nerazzurri coach Andrea Stramaccioni started with Diego Milito on the bench and was without his fellow Argentinian, injured defender Walter Samuel.

Defender Andrea Ranocchia and Juan Jesus were both suspended, and Dejan Stankovic, Luca Castellazzi, Ricky Alvarez and Yuto Nagatomo joined Samuel on the injured list.

It meant Stramaccioni handed a Serie A debut to Marco Benassi, and the 18-year-old defender did not disappoint as Inter put the memory of last week’s 3-0 humbling at Udinese behind them.

“We’re happy because despite having so many players unavailable we played a creative game and gave very little away,” said Stramaccioni, 36.

“I’m happy for Benassi, and all the other players.”

Rodrigo Palacio made sure an Argentinian got on the scoresheet when he broke the deadlock on the half hour.

Romanian Christian Chivu, making a rare appearance in a makeshift three-man defence with midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and Matias Silvestre, got the ball rolling for the opener when surged forward to feed Antonio Cassano.

The pacy number 10 found Palacio, who controlled, turned and beat Pescara keeper Mattia Perin with a low right-foot drive.

Pescara were creating few chances and their hopes of an upset appeared dead and buried when in the 54th minute Colombian Freddy Guarin doubled the score when he tapped home Palacio’s pass from just in front of goal.

Barely a minute later a surge forward by Cassano saw the striker feed Guarin. The ball rolled into the path of Palacio but the Argentine’s strike was blocked by defender Marco Capuano.

Inter’s tactics of stifling Pescara’s rare attacks and then launching incisive counter-attacks was efficient, but their search for a third goal fizzled out.

Pescara’s 12th defeat of the season left them fifth from bottom.

Inter, meanwhile, are hoping Sneijder agrees terms with Galatasaray after the Turkish giants agreed a transfer fee for the Dutch international.

The Dutchman, one of the club’s top performers in recent years, is effectively being squeezed out of the club for refusing to drastically cut his annual salary of six million euros.

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