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Cassano leads Inter to 2-0 win over Catania

Associated Press Modified: October 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012

ROME (AP) — Inter Milan rejoined Lazio in third place in Serie A on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Catania.

Antonio Cassano opened the scoring in the 28th minute at the San Siro, heading in a pass from Esteban Cambiasso. Rodrigo Palacio secured the victory with a volley in the 85th.

Inter and Lazio trail leader Juventus by four points, with second-place Napoli one point ahead in second following a 2-0 loss at Juventus on Saturday. Also Saturday, Lazio beat struggling AC Milan 3-2.

Fiorentina is fifth, 10 points back, after a 1-1 draw at Chievo Verona.

Cyril Thereau gave Chievo the lead in the 17th and Gonzalo Rodriguez tied it for Fiorentina a minute later. Fiorentina striker Luca Toni hit the post at the end of the first half. The Tuscan club is yet to win away.

Parma beat 10-man Sampdoria with two goals from Amauri. Palermo and Torino drew 0-0, and 10-man Udinese edged promoted Pescara with a 53rd-minute goal from Maicosuel.

Atalanta celebrated its 105th anniversary with a 2-1 comeback win over last-place Siena, with goals from Luca Cigarini and Giacomo Bonaventura. Cagliari beat Bologna 1-0 to move out of the relegation zone.


LONDON (AP) — Everton lost ground on the Premier League's top three teams after being held to a 1-1 draw at last-place Queens Park Rangers, which is off to its worst start to a season in 21 years. QPR is without a win after eight games.

Everton, which finished a man down after Steven Pienaar was sent off, fell behind on a deflected strike by Junior Hoilett. But the team tied it when Sylvain Distin's header hit the post and rebounded in off the shoulder of QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Sunderland escaped with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle thanks to Demba Ba's 86th-minute own goal. That denied the visitors a victory after playing more than an hour with 10 men following Cheick Tiote's dismissal.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Radamel Falcao scored on a free kick in the 90th minute to give unbeaten Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory at Real Sociedad, extending its winning run to seven games to remain level with Barcelona at the top of the Spanish standings.

Falcao curled a perfect right-footed shot over the defensive wall to take his league scoring tally to nine goals, two behind leader Lionel Messi of Barcelona.

"Falcao pleaded to take the free kick," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "He has been practicing to improve his free kicks and today we saw the payoff. It was an exquisite strike."

Atletico has won 11 of 12 games in all competitions as Simeone continues to forge Spain's best chance of a side capable of mounting a challenge to Barcelona and Real Madrid's recent domestic dominance.

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