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Eto'o leads Inter to 2-1 win over Palermo

india Updated: Sep 20, 2010 12:05 IST

Samuel Eto'o scored twice and five-time defending champion Inter Milan rallied to beat Palermo 2-1 and return to the top of the Serie A table. Slovenia midfielder Josip Ilicic had put Palermo in front after 28 minutes in the Sicilian capital before Eto'o struck back in the 62nd and 70th yesterday.

With seven points, Inter shares the Italian league lead with newly promoted Cesena, which beat Lecce 1-0 despite having to play with 10 men due to a referee's error.

Juventus won its first match in impressive form, beating last-place Udinese 4-0 with goals from Leonardo Bonucci, Fabio Quagliarella, Claudio Marchisio and Vincenzo Iaquinta. Meanwhile, AS Roma remained winless after allowing two late scores from Marco Di Vaio in a 2-2 draw with Bologna.

Also, Chievo Verona's perfect start was snapped with a 1-0 loss to Brescia, with Alessandro Diamanti - who played for West Ham in the English Premier League last season - scoring from a free kick in the 30th.

Luca Toni converted a penalty for his first goal since joining Genoa but Cristian Zaccardo scored a second-half equalizer for a 1-1 draw at Parma. In the new lunchtime fixture, Bari and Cagliari drew 0-0.

On Saturday, Filippo Inzaghi scored the equalizer as AC Milan drew 1-1 with Catania and Lazio beat Fiorentina 2-1. Sampdoria was playing Napoli later in the final match of the weekend.

In Palermo, Ilicic converted a rebound to give the hosts the lead after Inter's Dejan Stankovic smashed a long shot off the crossbar. Palermo had a chance to double its lead in the 50th but Julio Cesar saved an effort from Ilicic's fellow Slovenian Armin Bacinovic.

Inter's struggling striker Diego Milito missed a great opportunity in the 59th and then Eto'o equalized three minutes later, dribbling by a defender and slotting in an angled shot. In an action-filled match, Palermo's Argentine forward Javier Pastore slipped behind Inter's defense in the 66th but couldn't find the target and Eto'o then scored again after trading passes with Stankovic.