Inter Milan extended their lead at the top of Serie A to nine points on Sunday night by beating city rivals AC Milan 2-1 in an entertaining derby at the San Siro.
Jose Mourinho’s side seemed in complete command at the break thanks to goals from Adriano and Dejan Stankovic.
But a second-half rally from the Rossoneri saw Alexandre Pato half the deficit while Milan also had several chances to claim an unlikely point.
England star David Beckham played only 55 minutes before being replaced by Filippo Inzaghi as Milan looked to fight back.
Inter went into the game boosted by the news that closest challengers Juventus could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Sampdoria earlier in the day.
Giampaolo Pazzini put Samp ahead but Amauri nodded home an equalizer 17 minutes into the second half.
Third-placed Milan are two points adrift of Juve but three ahead of Fiorentina, for whom Adrian Mutu scored a hat-trick as they came back from 3-0 down to salvage a draw at Genoa.