Inter takes Milan derby

ROME: Nine-man Inter Milan moved nine points clear at the top of Serie A after a 2-0 victory over arch-rival AC Milan in a pulsating derby at the San Siro on Sunday.

The champion played for more than an hour with a numerical disadvantage after Wesley Sneijder was sent off but it dominated throughout to earn a richly deserved victory.

Inter deservedly took the lead in the 10th minute as Pandev’s ball over the top saw Diego Milito get behind Ignazio Abate in the inside left channel and shoot low across Dida and into the far corner. Inter centre-back Lucio burst forward into midfield and went down rather easily under a challenge but seeing that he still had the ball he got up and went to carry on, only for the referee to stop the game and book him for diving. Inter was incensed and Sneijder sarcastically applauded the referee — an offence usually meriting a yellow card but he received a red card, though, it was unclear whether he had also verbally abused the referee. Sneijder was beside himself and needed to be dragged from the field by two teammates.

From hero to zero

In the Spanish League, Cristiano Ronaldo spoilt a stellar two-goal display by getting sent off for a stray elbow as Real Madrid closed to within five points of league leader Barcelona with a 2-0 win over Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

The results: Italian League: Bologna 2 (Gimenez 54, 72) bt Bari 1 (Barreto 39); Genoa 2 (Palacio 18, Crespo 42) bt Atalanta 0; Lazio 1 (Stendardo 18) drew with Chievo 1 (Pellissier 77); Livorno 0 lost to Napoli 2 (Maggio 45, Cigarini 90); Palermo 3 (Hernandez 28, 37, Budan 58) bt Fiorentina 0; Siena 1 (Calaio 78) drew with Cagliari 1 (Matri 80-pen); Udinese 2 (Di Natale 7-pen, Isla 44) lost to Sampdoria 3 (Pazzini 27-pen, Pozzi 57, Semioli 66); Inter Milan 2 (Milito 10, Pandev 65) bt AC Milan 0. On Saturday: Catania 3 (Mascara 15, Martinez 71, Morimoto 77) bt Parma 0; Juventus 1 (Del Piero 51) lost to AS Roma 2 (Totti 68-pen, Riise 90).

Spanish League: Sporting Gijon 0 lost to Racing Santander 1 (Geijo 44); Tenerife 0 drew with Valencia 0; Villarreal 4 (Capdevila 3, Nilmar 19, Rossi 25, Ibagaza 87) bt Real Zaragoza 2 (Eliseu 75, Lafita 82); Xerez 1 (Bermejo 22) lost to Osasuna 2 (Monreal 9, Camunas 83); Espanyol 1 (Osvaldo 49) drew with Real Mallorca 1 (Valero 80-pen); Getafe 1 (Manu del Moral 38) bt Atletico Madrid 0; Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo 35, 39) bt Malaga 0

On Saturday: Sevilla 1 (Negredo 9) bt Almeria 0; Valladolid 0 lost to Barcelona 3 (Xavi 20, Alves 22, Messi 56); Deportivo La Coruna 3 (Filipe Luis 49, Juca 59, Alvarez 89) bt Athletic Bilbao 1 (Colotto 79-og).

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