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Inter pile pressure on as Milan are held

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  • Inter Milan continue their march to the Serie A title with a 3-0 victory at Lecce
  • Win puts them eight clear ahead of rivals AC Milan and 10 ahead of Juventus
  • Milan's title chances suffer setback as they are held 1-1 at home by Reggina
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(CNN) -- Defending champions Inter Milan have increased their Serie A lead over AC Milan after a convincing 3-0 win at struggling Lecce, while their city rivals are held 1-1 at the San Siro by rock-bottom Reggina.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring as Inter continued their march to the Serie A title.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring as Inter continued their march to the Serie A title.

The results mean Jose Mourinho's side are eight points ahead of Milan and 10 clear of Juventus ahead of their match at Catania on Sunday.

Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring for Inter in the 12th minute, collecting a pass from Esteban Cambiasso before firing home from the edge of the area.

Veteran Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo doubled the visitors' advantage with 19 minutes left, glancing a header into the far corner from teenage left-back Davide Santon's cross.

Then, with eight minutes remaining, Dejan Stankovic secured the points when he timed his run perfectly to head home a free-kick from Brazilian Maicon.

Meanwhile, Milan's title hopes suffered a huge blow as they failed to beat Reggina in the late Saturday evening match.

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They fell behind in the 33rd minute on the counter-attack when Bernardo Corradi set up Carlos Carmona, whose fierce drive was parried by Christian Abbiati in the Milan goal.

However, the home side failed to clear their lines and a Corradi flick set up the late arriving Davide Di Gennaro to fire home left-footed.

Milan levelled in the 67th minute when Matej Krajcik fouled Alexander Pato in the penalty area and Kaka smashed home the spot-kick.

It proved a mixed evening for Brazilian playmaker Kaka, who will miss his country's friendly with Italy in London on Tuesday after injuring his left foot and limping out of the game with seven minutes remaining.

The 26-year-old is expected to be out for at least two weeks, meaning he will also miss the crucial San Siro derby showdown against Inter next weekend.

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