Inter triumph again, La Viola held

Inter Milan maintained their pursuit of Serie A leaders Juventus with a 2-0 win over Catania as Fiorentina lost ground after being held to a 1-1 draw at Chievo.

Inter's fourth win on the trot came thanks to goals from Antonio Cassano and Argentina international Rodrigo Palacio, and leaves Andrea Stramaccioni's side in fourth place and only four points behind leaders Juventus.

Stramaccioni sent out his "dream trio", as he likes to call Diego Milito, Palacio and Cassano, for their home fixture against Catania.

In 30 previous encounters Catania had registered only five wins to 21 for their hosts. And win number 22 looked on the cards when Cassano, who has recently been left on the sidelines by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, headed the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Mariano Andujar to give Inter a 28th -minute lead.

Although Milito has yet to score this month, the Argentinian initiated the move which led to Cassano's goal and provided the assist for Palacio to open his Inter account in the 85th minute.

Fiorentina spurned the chance to keep tighter tabs on Inter when they had to settle for a share of the points in Chievo. French striker Cyril Thereau hit a low angled shot past Emiliano Viviano in the Fiorentina net in the 17th minute to give his Verona-based side the lead.

But La Viola levelled only a minute later when defender Gonzalo Rodriguez pounced to beat Stefano Sorrentino after a corner. Fiorentina sit fifth on 12 points but could be overtaken later on Sunday if Roma win away to Genoa.