02.05.10 / 22:37
ROME - Inter made light work of Lazio in Rome to move back on top of Serie A with two games left to play.
Walter Samuel celebrated his 100th Serie A match for Inter by scoring in stoppage time at the end of the first half and Thiago Motta added the second with twenty minutes remaining to give the Nerazzurri a two-point lead over second-placed Roma.
José Mourinho went with 4-3-3 for the first of back-to-back games at the Stadio Olimpico.
Stankovic returned to the starting lineup after missing Barcelona through suspension, with Chivu switching to defence, Milito dropping to the bench and Sneijder and Maicon in support of Eto'o up front.
Inter could have gone into the break with a bigger lead had it not been for the heroics of Muslera, who made fine saves from Maicon, Thiago Motta and Eto'o.
But there was nothing the Lazio keeper could do to keep out Samuel's header for Inter's opening goal.
Sneijder picked out the Argentine with a magnificent inswinging cross and Samuel rose to head beyond Muslera and into the far corner.
Samuel had a chance for second goal right after the interval but his back-post header from Sneijder's corner took a deflection.
Lazio did little to threaten Inter's title aspirations and the corner-header combination worked again in the 70th minute when Thiago Motta rose to convert Maicon's cross from the right.
Inter host Chievo next weekend before travelling to Siena on the final day of the season.
Lazio 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-1)
Scorers: Samuel 45+1, Thiago Motta 70.
Lazio: 86 Muslera; 25 Biava, 80 Dias, 26 Radu; 2 Lichtsteiner, 32 Brocchi (3 Scaloni 85), 33 Baronio (15 Hitzlsperger 61), 5 Mauri, 11 Kolarov; 20 Floccari (17 Foggia 68), 10 Zarate.
Subs not used: 88 Berni, 4 Firmani, 9 Rocchi, 13 Siviglia.
Coach: Giovanni Lopez (Edoardo Reja is suspended).
Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio (2 Cordoba 75), 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 13 Maicon, 9 Eto'o (11 Muntari 73), 10 Sneijder (22 Milito 68).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 45 Balotelli.
Coach: José Mourinho.
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).
Booked: Cambiasso 36, Zarate 45.