Inter Milan edged past Parma at the San Siro in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggests.
However, it was a former player who opened the scoring as Hernan Crespo fired the visitors into an early lead to increase the pressure on under fire manager Rafael Benitez. The European champions, though, responded in emphatic style with Dejan Syankovic (twice) and Esteban Cambiasso scoring for the Nerazzurri. But, Crespo grabbed his second before the break to make it 3-2 and on a knife edge.
It remained nervous for almost 30 minutes of the second half before Thiago Motta restored Inter’s two-goal advantage and then Stankovic made sure of the points when he wrapped up his hat trick.
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