MILAN - A Julio Cruz brace and goals from Obafemi Martins and Cesar gave Inter a 4-0 home win over Reggina in Serie A Week 35.

The result keeps Inter five points behind second-placed AC Milan with three games remaining, as the Rossoneri won 3-1 at Messina.

In a spectacular display of attacking football the Nerazzurri were 3-0 up at half time, with Julio Cruz opening the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes after a foul on Pizarro by Modesto.

Moments after the Chilean midfielder saw a shot hit the upright Oba Martins doubled on 23 minutes with a first-time shot past Pelizzoli after a delightful ball into the box from Cristiano Zanetti.

Brazilian winger Cesar rose to head home a Cruz cross on 28 minutes and put Inter in total control.

In between, Serbia&Montenegro midfielder Dejan Stankovic crashed a header from Pizarro's corner on to the Reggina crossbar.

Inter defended their lead in a low-key second half, offering more coming forward than their relegation-threatened opponents. Julio Cruz added insult to injury in added time, directing a Solari pass over the line to make it 4-0.


Scorers: Cruz (pen) 16, 90+2, Martins 23, Cesar 28

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J.Zanetti (49 Andreolli 73), 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli (21 Solari 65); 5 Stankovic (7 Figo 81), 6 C.Zanetti, 8 Pizarro, 31 Cesar; 9 Cruz, 30 Martins
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 23 Materazzi, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 44 Momentè
Coach Roberto Mancini

REGGINA: 1 Pelizzoli, 14 Franceschini, 29 De Rosa (31 Castiglia 68), 55 Lanzaro; 20 Mesto, 8 Biondini, 22 Carobbio (4 Giosa 26), 11 Vigiani, 23 Modesto; 16 Choutos (34 Missiroli 52), 9 Bianchi
Subs not used: 12 Saviano, 2 Cannarsa, 30 Barillà, 17 Amoruso
Coach Walter Mazzarri

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna)

Booked: Castiglia 77

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