Leaders Inter Milan enjoy comfortable win at Lecce

February 8th, 2009 - 1:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Rome, Feb 8 (DPA) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Portugal veteran Luis Figo and Serbian midfielder Dejan Stankovic all found the net Saturday as Serie A leaders Inter Milan crushed Lecce 3-0.
Lecce’s defence lent the towering Ibra a hand in the 12th minute by botching their offside trap and allowing him to score his 14th goal of the season, firing home a deadly right-footer off a feed from Esteban Cambiasso.

Figo, 36, secured the win in the second half, heading home a cross from Davide Santon, a young defender who is just half his age, while Stankovic made it 3-0, also with a header.

As Inter pressed ahead from the start, Stankovic missed an early chance, heading over an inviting cross from Ibra, but Inter had to thank their Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar for a prodigious save that prevented a Lecce equaliser in the 18th minute.

Defender Guglielmo Stendardo was left unmarked at the far post and aimed a good downward header, but saw Julio Cesar dive to push the ball away.

The southern-Italy hosts pushed immediately after the break but Figo made the game safe in the 71st minute and Stankovic made it 3-0 with eight minutes to go to move Inter on to 53 points from 23 games.

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