MILAN - Nicolas Burdisso and Hernan Crespo scored in either half as Inter dominated Siena at the Meazza to win 2-0, collect their eleventh consecutive victory and increase their lead at the top of the Serie A table to seven points ahead of tonight's Olimpico clash between second-placed Roma and Atalanta.
Burdisso, who scored twice against Messina in the cup last Wednesday, gave Inter an early lead on 11 minutes, stealing in at the near post to power home an unstoppable header from Stankovic's left-wing corner.
A sluggish Siena woke up towards the end of the first half and carved out two meaningful chances on goal, with Julio Cesar making good saves from Locatelli and Brevi.
Inter's Brazilian keeper pulled off more heroics early in the second half with a splendid one-handed penalty save from Mario Frick after Maicon was adjudged to have brought down Antonini in the box.
Crespo added to Inter's lead on 54 minutes, beating Gastaldello to a Brevi back pass and lifting the ball over Manninger with a deft touch to notch his eighth goal of the season, including his Super Cup effort against Roma.
Inter had a penalty claim turned down in stoppage time when Luis Figo was sent crashing to the ground following an aerial duel with Konko.
INTER 2-0 SIENA (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Burdisso 11, Crespo 54
INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso (25 Samuel 58); 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic (6 Maxwell 87), 4 Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (7 Figo 79)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 20 Recoba, 21 Solari, 91 Mariano Gonzalez
Coach: Roberto Mancini
SIENA: 1 Manninger; 46 Gastaldello (32 Candela 67), 2 Negro, 90 Portanova, 3 Molinaro; 11 Konko, 5 Brevi, 6 Codrea, 77 Antonini; 7 Frick (81 Bogdani 79), 20 Locatelli (10 Chiesa 79)
Subs not used: 99 Pavarini, 22 Alberto, 34 Masiello, 83 Rinaudo
Coach: Mario Beretta
Referee: Andrea De Marco (Genoa)
Booked: Maicon 49, Molinaro 53, Brevi 65, Antonini 70, Vieira 70, Codrea 90+1