Matteo Darmian was the unlikely hero as Inter Milan beat Cagliari to extend their Serie A lead to 11 points.
The former Manchester United full-back tapped home Achraf Hakimi’s cross with 14 minutes remaining to seal an 11th successive victory.
Strugglers Cagliari had frustrated Inter who saw defender Stefan de Vrij head against the bar after 68 minutes.
Antonio Conte’s side now require 16 points from eight games to win their first league title since 2009-10.
After second-placed AC Milan defeated Parma 3-1 on Saturday, forward Romelu Lukaku had a rare off day as Inter struggled to finish their numerous chances.
But Parma loanee Darmian pounced to leave relegation-threatened Cagliari five points from safety in 18th.
- 6de Vrij
- 36DarmianSubstituted forD’Ambrosioat 84′minutes
- 24EriksenSubstituted forGagliardiniat 81′minutes
- 77BrozovicBooked at 52mins
- 12SensiSubstituted forVecinoat 81′minutes
- 15YoungSubstituted forHakimiat 70′minutes
- 7SánchezSubstituted forMartínezat 70′minutes
- 24RuganiSubstituted forSimeoneat 84′minutes
- 25ZappaSubstituted forCerriat 90′minutes
- 4NainggolanBooked at 90mins
- 32DuncanSubstituted forAsamoahat 72′minutes
- 10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão
- 30PavolettiSubstituted forPereiroat 90+1′minutes
Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Cagliari 0.
Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Cagliari 0.
Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari).
Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Diego Godín (Cagliari).
Substitution, Cagliari. Gastón Pereiro replaces Leonardo Pavoletti.
Substitution, Cagliari. Alberto Cerri replaces Gabriele Zappa.
Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari).
Attempt blocked. Radja Nainggolan (Cagliari) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Razvan Marin.
Attempt blocked. Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. João Pedro (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gabriele Zappa with a cross.
Substitution, Cagliari. Giovanni Simeone replaces Daniele Rugani.
Substitution, Inter Milan. Danilo D’Ambrosio replaces Matteo Darmian.
Foul by Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan).
Razvan Marin (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Inter Milan. Matías Vecino replaces Stefano Sensi.
Substitution, Inter Milan. Roberto Gagliardini replaces Christian Eriksen.
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