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Inter blanks Livorno to keep pressure on leaders: Serie A

A goalkeeping howler helped Inter Milan beat newly promoted Livorno 2-0 and keep up the pressure on the top three in the Serie A on Saturday.

Captain Javier Zanetti made his 1st appearance since April

Inter Milan players celebrate a goal against Livorno at San Siro Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

A goalkeeping howler helped Inter Milan beat newly promoted Livorno 2-0 and keep up the pressure on the top three in the Serie A on Saturday.

Inter took the lead on the half hour when Livorno goalkeeper Francesco Bardi dived to smother a Jonathan cross but somehow succeeded in pushing the ball into his own net.

The Italy Under-21 goalkeeper is one of several Livorno players on loan from Inter.

Bardi atoned for his error with a good save to prevent Ricardo Alvarez from doubling Inter's lead in first-half stoppage time.

Inter captain Javier Zanetti made his first appearance since snapping his Achilles tendon in April. The 40-year-old was given a standing ovation when he came on for the final eight minutes.

And Zanetti started the move which led to Inter's second goal in stoppage time. The veteran defender went on a forward run before picking out Mateo Kovacic, who threaded the ball through for Yuto Nagatomo's shot.

Inter moved provisionally three points behind Juventus and Napoli, who play each other on Sunday.

Livorno remains 14th after its fifth defeat in seven matches.

Lowly Catania earned a valuable three points with a controversial 1-0 victory over Udinese.

Maxi Lopez scored the only goal from the penalty spot on the half hour after Maurizio Domizzi hauled down Nicola Legrottaglie as a corner kick was taken.

Udinese had two strong penalty appeals turned down. Panagiotis Tachtsidis appeared to touch a ball with his arm shortly after Catania's opener, and Luis Muriel's effort struck Legrottaglie's arm from point-blank range in the 69th.

Roberto Pereyra and Gianpiero Pinzi also hit the woodwork for Udinese but Catania held on for its first win under Luigi De Canio.

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