Thursday 3 februari > Serie A

Bari 0 - 3 Inter Milan
                 Kharja 70’
                 Pazzini 90’
                 Sneijder 90’


Inter Milan closed the gap on Serie A leaders AC Milan to seven points with a flattering victory over Bari - but should have been down to 10 men before their goals came.
Cristian Chivu was lucky to avoid a red card in the 58th minute at the San Nicola stadium when he thrust a fist maliciously into the face of Bari's Marco Rossi, inside the home side's penalty area.
Rossi went to ground but soon rose to raise his indignation with referee Andrea Romeo, however the official from Verona and his assistants had not witnessed the off-the-ball incident so Chivu escaped punishment.
The Italian league authorities will almost certainly be pressed to take some action, however, so clearly was the incident caught on camera.
Inter had delivered a mediocre performance to that stage and they hardly improved greatly, but eventually superior class told against the team at the foot of the table, and after Houssine Kharja marked his first league start for the club with the opening goal after 70 minutes, two more arrived in stoppage-time from Giampaolo Pazzini and Wesley Sneijder to give Inter a winning margin they scarcely deserved.

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