Inter Milan edged closer to the top of Serie A with a comfortable 2-0 win against struggling Pescara, who can count themselves lucky to have got away with such a modest scoreline at the San Siro. Goals from Rodrigo Palacio and Fredy Guarin earned Andrea Stramaccioni's side all three points in a game the Nerazzurri controlled from start to finish.
Only a case of poor and tame finishing denied Inter a greater victory, yet the three points took them above Napoli into third place, a point behind Lazio and six adrift of leaders Juventus, who travel to Parma tomorrow.
Bologna eased their relegation worries with a convincing 4-0 win over Chievo in a one-sided game. Panagiotis Kone got the home team on the way in the 12th minute, with Alberto Gilardino doubling their lead two minutes before the interval.
Gilardino effectively wrapped things up on the hour mark, with Chievo showing no signs of a recovery, although Alberto Paloschi hit a post late on before Manolo Gabbiadini added a fourth in the 89th minute. The win lifted the Rossoblu to within three points of their opponents and five points clear of the relegation zone.