Inter bounced back from their shock defeat to Bologna with a 2-1 win away to Udinese that ensured Milan’s lead at the Serie A summit was trimmed back to two points.
Stefano Pioli’s side last week usurped Inter at the top of the table and then clinched a late 1-0 win over Fiorentina earlier on Sunday, but the Nerazzurri responded with a professional showing in Udine.
Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez scored Inter’s goals in the first half to give them a commanding lead, with the hosts offering little attacking threat.
The champions continued to dominate after the break without creating a great deal, and although Udinese pulled one back out of the blue through Ignacio Pussetto, Simone Inzaghi’s side completed the job.
Inter looked sharp at the start and that translated to an early lead as Perisic met Federico Dimarco’s corner delivery with a glancing header that beat Marco Silvestri at his near post.
The visitors looked to have wasted a chance to double their lead just past the half-hour mark when Martinez’s close-range chip was saved by Silvestri, but Pablo Mari fouled Edin Dzeko as he attempted to convert on the rebound.
Martinez’s subsequent penalty hit the post and then Silvestri before allowing the Argentinian a simple finish following up.
Clear-cut chances were more of a rarity in the second half until Udinese forced a tense finish through Pussetto, who bundled over the line after Samir Handanovic saved Gerard Deulofeu’s free-kick after 72 minutes.
But Inter successfully protected their one-goal lead to seal three precious points in the title race.