Serie A - Five-star Inter come back to beat Parma

Sun, 28 Nov 13:35:00 2010

Internazionale climbed to fifth in Serie A after a pulsating 5-2 win over Parma at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza inspired by Dejan Stankovic's hat-trick.

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Parma took a deserved lead after just four minutes courtesy of Hernan Crespo, who returned to haunt his former employers with a deft finish off Angelo's near-post cross.

But Inter turned the match on its head with three goals in five incredible minutes, with Dejan Stankovic grabbing the equaliser midway through the first half.

The ball fell to the midfielder 25 yards out and his effort deflected off Lucarelli into the bottom corner in the 18th minute.

Less than 60 seconds later Stankovic had his and Inter's second.

Jonathan Biabiany charged into the penalty area and cut the ball back for Stankovic, whose first-time effort took another deflection off Luca Antonelli to beat Antonio Mirante in the Parma goal.

Four minutes later, Esteban Cambiasso capped an amazing period of play when he tapped in Lucio's near-post flick from Wesley Sneijder's corner.

Parma and Crespo were not finished, however, and the club's all-time leading scorer struck from 20 yards to give the visitors hope at half-time.

Parma had second-half chances through Crespo and Angelo, but Inter added to their tally with Thiago Motta's six-yard volley, followed by Stankovic's 20-yard strike to complete his hat-trick.

The victory will go some way to alleviating the pressure on Inter manager Rafa Benitez, whose side had drawn heavy criticism after consecutive Serie A defeats.

Mark Applin / Eurosport

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