Inter needed more than a bit of luck to get the better of Gian Piero Gasperini’s Palermo, winning only thanks to an own goal.
Gasperini managed only five official games in charge of Inter before he was sacked last season, but here returned at the helm of Palermo and hoped to get revenge. Ironically, Andrea Stramaccioni has implemented many of the changes Gasp saw shot down – a three-man defence, signing Rodrigo Palacio and dropping Wesley Sneijder.
Antonio Cassano continued his ban with Dejan Stankovic, Joel Obi, Cristian Chivu and Gaby Mudingayi injured. Palermo had Fabrizio Miccoli and Massimo Donati suspended, joining the sidelined Nicolas Bertolo, Abel Hernandez and Andrea Mantovani.
Milito and Franco Brienza had efforts charged down, while Il Principe curled inches past the far top corner, as both teams took a long time to get into gear.
Esteban Cambiasso’s volley was straight into the goalkeeper’s arms, while Palacio’s deflected pull-back was just behind Philippe Coutinho. Eros Pisano charged down another Milito effort.
Andrea Ranocchia threatened with a shot charged down, then it came back to his feet to blast over the bar.
Inter were uninspired and Fredy Guarin replaced Milito, immediately testing Samir Ujkani with a cross-shot. Dybala fired over at the end of a solo effort, but Palermo shot themselves in the foot.
A Ranocchia cross from the right was going nowhere in particular until Santiago Garcia came sliding in to accidentally turn it into his own net. This was the second own goal that Inter had benefited from in three rounds.