Rome: Inter Milan struggled to beat Palermo 1-0 with an own goal from Santiago Garcia in the 74th on Sunday to keep their third position in the Seria A standing. At the San Siro, Inter struggled without creative forward Antonio Cassano, who served the second match in a two-game ban for insulting the referee. Also, playmaker Wesley Sneijder was again left off the squad as his dispute with club management persists.
Diego Milito threatened often for Inter, but it was 10 minutes after the Argentina forward was substituted that the Milan side scored, with Garcia redirecting a pass from Inter's Andrea Ranocchia into his own goal in a failed clearance.
In other matches, chasing its first title since Diego Maradona played for the club, Napoli thrashed 10-man Pescara 5-1 Sunday to move back within two points of Serie A leader Juventus.
Fiorentina had a chance to rejoin Inter in third when it puts its eight-match unbeaten run on the line against Sampdoria later Sunday.
Also, sixth-place Roma came back to beat Siena 3-1 with two goals from Mattia Destro and one from Simone Perrotta. In other results, it was: Udinese 4, Cagliari 1; Bologna 2, Atalanta 1; and Genoa 2, Chievo Verona 4.