Inter cruise past Como
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Como are battling to avoid relegation, but proved no match for Hector Cuper`s Inter.
Argentine ace Javier Zanetti fashioned an opening for his fellow countryman Gabriel Batistuta on 14 minutes, and Batigol did not disappoint as he slotted home.
Luigi Di Biagio doubled the advantage on 25 minutes as Inter cruised through the first-half.
Azzurri marksman Christian Vieri put the result beyond doubt with the third on 56 minutes and duly put a sheen on the scoreline with his second of the game on 76 minutes.
Vieri could and should have had a hat-trick, but he missed a penalty, as did Nicola Amoruso for Como in an entertaining game.
Inter are now three points adrift of Juventus and look the only side capable of wrestling the Scudetto away from Turin.
Chievo`s Champions League qualification hopes were dealt a blow as they were thumped 4-0 at home by Parma.
Adrian Mutu had a game to remember, as he opened the scoring on four minutes but was later sent off for a second caution.
Hidetoshi Nakata has expressed frustration with his role at Parma, but is sure to have boosted his own confidence with the second goal.
Sabri Lamouchi made the game safe with Parma`s third on 62 minutes, while Alberto Gilardino rubbed salt into Chievo`s wounds with a late fourth.
Lazio remain on course for a Champions League spot after coming from behind to beat Empoli 4-1.
A shock looked on the cards when Massimo Oddo headed into his own goal early on, but Lazio regrouped and Claudio Lopez restored parity with a far post header.
Bernardo Corradi scored his eighth of the season to put Lazio in front and Diego Simeone came off the bench to score the third with 15 minutes remaining.
Lucas Castroman headed home the fourth and Lazio were full value for the win.
Atalanta remain in trouble after slipping to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of one of the three teams below them in the table, Piacenza.
Dario Hubner and Ciro de Cesare scored the goals that gave Piacenza a vital three points.
Torino remain rooted to the foot of the table, as Josep Guardiola`s first-half penalty condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Brescia.
Bologna battled to a 1-0 victory over Udinese, thanks to Giuseppe Signori`s early strike.
Roma continue to struggle and were beaten 1-0 at Perugia, with Fabrizio Miccoli scoring the all-important goal shortly after the interval.