Serie A leaders Inter Milan picked up where they left off with a narrow 1-0 victory over Chievo in the first match after the winter break.
Mario Balotelli netted the only goal of the game early on to lift the Nerazzurri 11 points clear of city rivals AC Milan.
As predicted, Goran Pandev was given his debut by Inter boss Jose Mourinho after signing from Lazio despite having been frozen out of the first-team picture at the Stadio Olimpico for the last four months. But, after winning a ruling to have his contract with Lazio terminated just before Christmas, the 26-year-old found himself thrown straight into the action.
He thought he had netted his first goal for the Serie A champions only 12 minutes into his debut having headed the ball into the net, but replays confirmed Balotelli’s shot had already crossed the line and Inter held on for the points.
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