14.12.08 / 17:12
MILAN - Inter open up a nine-point lead at the top of the table ahead of tonight's match between Juventus and AC Milan with an action-filled 4-2 victory over Chievo.
Maxwell got the Nerazzurrri off to the perfect start and Dejan Stankovic added a quick second just after the break, but Chievo produced a strong reaction with goals from Pellissier and Bentivoglio.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed Inter back in front and with two minutes remaining scored the kind of goal that only Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to make it seven Serie A wins in a row.
Mourinho made one change to the team that beat Lazio last weekend, bringing in Obinna for the injured Julio Cruz.
Inter started as they did at the Olimpico last Saturday, with Maxwell latching on to Stankovic's through pass and sidestepping Frey before firing into the roof of the net to become the eleventh Inter player to hit the target this season.
Stankovic went close to a second before half-time when his close-range header forced a one-handed save from Sorrentino, doubling Inter's lead just after the break when he fired low past the Chievo keeper after Ibrahimovic's backheeled pass from Maicon's cross.
Chievo reduced the arrears through their captain Pellissier, who shot low into the bottom right corner a minute after testing Julio Cesar with a header, and Bentivoglio brought the visitors level with a close range shot from Mantovani's left-wing cross to celebrate his 100th appearance in professional football.
Inter came back at the Verona outfit and restored their lead when Figo played in Maicon on the right and the Brazilian crossed for Ibrahimovic to head beyond Sorrentino.
Di Carlo's team played the final minutes with ten men after Morero was sent marching for a second booking.
Zlatan saved his best for last, bringing the house down with a ferocious first-time shot from Stankovic's cross that flew into the top corner.
Inter 4-2 Chievo (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Maxwell 3, Stankovic 47, Pellissier 51, Bentivoglio 65, Ibrahimovic 79, 88.
Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell (7 Figo 71); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (18 Crespo 67); 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 21 Obinna (45 Balotelli 65).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 11 Jimenez, 16 Burdisso, 26 Chivu.
Coach: José Mourinho.
Chievo: 28 Sorrentino; 21 Frey, 33 Yepes, 2 Morero, 4 Mantovani; 10 Luciano (64 Anastasi 86), 9 Bentivoglio, 77 Italiano, 7 Marcolini, 97 Langella (79 Esposito 60); 31 Pellissier.
Subs not used: 18 Squizzi, 3 Scardina, 13 D'Anna, 16 Rigoni.
Coach: Domenico Di Carlo.
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).
Booked: Muntari 44, Morero 45, 82, Stankovic 45+2, Mantovani 66, Ibrahimovic 85, Yepes 85.
Sent off: Morero 82.