Eto'o brace seals Inter comeback

Inter Milan came from behind to move joint-top of Serie A with a win at Palermo.

Josip Ilicic put the hosts in front after 28 minutes, but Samuel Eto'o levelled in the 63rd minute and earned the Nerazzurri all three points in the 71st minute. Diego Milito missed a hatful of chances to make it a more comfortable win for Inter, who moved level on seven points with Cesena at the top of the table by extending their unbeaten start to the season.

Palermo coach Delio Rossi was labelled a "joke coach" by his club's president Maurizio Zamparini after a 3-2 defeat to Sparta Prague in the UEFA Europa League, and he was told to admit to making mistakes in his team selection.

The admittance arrived today when he presented his team sheet with five changes. Mattia Cassani, Ezequiel Munoz, Armin Bacinovic, Giulio Migliaccio and Ilicic were all named in a new-look side while Inter coach Rafa Benitez once again resisted the temptation to give Philipe Coutinho his first start with Wesley Sneijder injured.

Even with new faces, it looked the same old Palermo early on as Inter had the better chances to go ahead. Milito had a shot blocked while Eto'o almost created one and scored another goal, but Palermo defenders always got in the way of the Inter forwards' shots.

The hosts then went ahead with their first real effort of the game, and with a goal on his debut for Ilicic. Ilicic started the move which led to the goal by setting up Javier Pastore, whose shot was only parried by Julio Cesar to the Slovenian attacker, who was following up to open the scoring.

Inter had chances to level before the break with Milito and Dejan Stankovic both denied by Salvatore Sirigu. It looked like it was not going to be Inter's day when Milito placed his shot wide of the post from Goran Pandev's low cross early in the second half, but the visitors got the goal they were looking for in the 62nd minute. Eto'o shook off Munoz and placed his low shot past Sirigu into the far corner.

Palermo should have gone ahead once again minutes later when Pastore missed the target with only Julio Cesar to beat and Inter punished them by taking the lead themselves. Stankovic played a neat one-two with Maicon to get to the goal line and square for Eto'o, who made no mistake to earn Inter all three points and take them into a share of the lead at the top of Serie A.