Inter got back to winning ways after securing an entertaining 4-2 victory over Verona at San Siro on Saturday.
Andrea Mandorlini's side, the surprise package of the season so far following their return to the top flight, headed into the contest on the back of three consecutive victories, with Inter winless from as many games.
But horrible defending from set-pieces undermined their cause as a Vangelis Moras own goal and Rodrigo Palacio set Inter on the way.
Former Italy striker Luca Toni laid on goals for Raphael Martinho and Romulo but each time it only reduced the deficit to two after Esteban Cambiasso and Rolando gave Walter Mazzarri’s men much-needed breathing space.
Juan Pablo Carizzo came in for the suspended Samir Handanovic in goal for Inter, who also welcomed Ricky Alvarez into the fold.
Inter started on the front foot and took the lead in the ninth minute as Verona defender Moras diverted Jonathan’s wildly off-target volley into his own net.
Verona's defending from corners was haphazard throughout the first half and it cost them again three minutes later. A loose ball fell to Fredy Guarin and his strike was blocked on the line by Fabrizio Cacciatore, only for the rebound to strike the fortuitously placed Palacio and go in.
Midway through the half Toni passed up a chance to reduce the deficit when he headed over after Cacciatore beat Yuto Nagatomo to whip in a superb cross from the right.
Inter thought they had a third in the 32th minute but Guarin waited too long in releasing his pass after driving at the Verona defence and Palacio was offside when he converted.
It appeared a costly error less than a minute later when Verona charged up the other end to reduce their arrears – Toni holding off a pair of challenges and playing in Martinho to finish emphatically.
But the two-goal advantage was restored before the break when the impressive Nagatomo cut in from the left to strike the post, Palacio helped the loose ball back towards goal and Cambiasso obliged with the net gaping.
Palacio stabbed home a long ball forward, only to be denied by the offside flag once more, and another of the game's familiar sights reared its head in the 56th minute.
A low corner to the near-post by Cambiasso was helped on by Palacio and Rolando was on hand to bundle home.
Mazzarri removed Palacio and Cambiasso as Inter looked to take the sting out of the game but Toni thought little of their plan, again making his physicality count before squaring for Romulo to drill a fine finish into the bottom corner.
But the hosts held on without any other major alarms to leapfrog their opponents and go fourth in the table, before the evening ended in bizarre circumstances when Moras and Inter substitute Ishak Belfodil were sent off after the final whistle following an altercation.
|MLS Review: NYC, Sounders score stoppage-time winners|
|They shouldn´t be there! – Neymar hits out at Barca board|
|Ramos highlights animosity towards Madrid after red card|
|Mourinho tells Rashford to embrace boo boys|
|Zidane wants no more changes to Madrid squad|
|Pastore rules out leaving PSG in swap for Mbappe|
|Messi will sign Barcelona contract – Fernandez|
|Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos equals LaLiga record for red cards|
|Spalletti eyes improvement despite convincing Inter win|
|Montella pleased with Milan´s winning start|
|I can improve - Neymar wants more despite stunning Parc des Princes bow for PSG|
|Valverde praises Barca stand-ins after opening win|
|Deportivo La Coruna 0 Real Madrid 3: Bale nets as champions make confident start|
|Celtic star Tierney destined for Premier League, says Adam|
|Deulofeu dedicates Barca win to victims of Las Ramblas attack|
|Guardiola not worried over City´s Everton struggles|
|Paris Saint-Germain 6 Toulouse 2: Neymar shines on Parc des Princes debut as Verratti sees red|
|Crotone 0 AC Milan 3: Cutrone and Suso star in sizzling start|
|Inter 3 Fiorentina 0: Icardi double condemns Pioli to miserable return|
|Barcelona 2 Real Betis 0: Deulofeu on song as Valverde makes winning start|
|David Luiz and Bakayoko branded ´amazing´ by Conte as Chelsea beat Tottenham|
|No Wembley worries for Pochettino despite Spurs setback|
|Desire of champions still in Chelsea´s hearts, says Conte|
|Manchester City´s Mendy hails Batshuayi own goal as #bulletheader|
|Chelsea match-winner Alonso hails champion spirit after stunning Spurs|
|Bayern drawn against RB Leipzig in DFB-Pokal|
|Big-spending Everton ´expecting to win and win´ - Pickford|
|Welcome to AC Milan - Kalinic´s arrival confirmed|
|Tottenham 1 Chelsea 2: Awesome Alonso ensures more Wembley woe for Spurs|
|West Brom appeal against Robson-Kanu red card|
|Monchi focused on signings not sales at Roma amid Cuadrado links|
|Wagner lauds ´totally important´ Huddersfield wins|
|Koeman believes Everton can exploit Manchester City defence|
|Huddersfield determined to make an impact, says Ince|
|Andone comfortable at Deportivo but tempted by Burnley move|
|Fekir: Halfway line wonder goal was about instinct|
|Salihamidzic impressed by Bayern´s new boys|
|Shakespeare expecting Vardy to be fine after knock|
|Huddersfield Town 1 Newcastle United 0: Fierce Mooy strike sees flying start continue|
|Gullit calls on Conte to apologise to Chelsea exile Costa|
|´Incomprehensible´ Keita is like two players - Heidel|
|Kompany ready for next instalment of Rooney rivalry|
|Watzke withering over Barca´s role in Dembele soap opera|
|Hamburg´s Muller suffers torn ACL celebrating winning goal|
|Iniesta casts doubt on Barca future|
|Morata wants to ´make an explosion´ with Chelsea|
|I remember one day he started shooting the journalists - Pochettino recalls Maradona mayhem|
|Conte signals intention to remain at Chelsea for ´many years´|
|MLS Review: Toronto pull clear, Montreal continue run|
|Bosz lauds ´special´ Gotze after star´s return|
|Wenger: I´m not thinking about signing players|
|We never give up - Simeone lauds Atletico escape act at Girona|
|Buffon ´sorts out problems´ for Juventus - Allegri|
|Championship Review: Hourihane a hat-trick hero in Villa thriller, Cardiff and Ipswich stay perfect|
|Wenger defends Ozil, hopes to have Sanchez back against Liverpool|
|Girona 2 Atletico Madrid 2: 10-man Atleti battle to draw after Griezmann sees red|
|Hughes lauds ´elite´ Jese after Stoke´s gritty Arsenal upset|
|We scored a goal – Wenger disagrees with Lacazette offside call in Arsenal loss|
|Who needs the ball? Stoke beat Arsenal despite lowest-ever 22.7% possession mark|
|Montella dismisses talk of Milan title challenge|
|Zidane hoping for a big season from Bale at Madrid|
|Pulis hails ´absolutely fantastic´ debutant Barry after win at Burnley|
|Arnautovic apologises to West Ham fans after red-card shame|
|We cannot look back - Valverde keen to move on from Neymar and Madrid disappointments|
|Stoke City 1 Arsenal 0: Jese hits winner in dream debut|
|Bilic upbeat despite West Ham heartbreak at Southampton|
|Spalletti determined to keep Candreva despite continued Chelsea speculation|
|No news on Coutinho despite reported new Barcelona bid, says Klopp|
|Juventus 3 Cagliari 0: Buffon saves Serie A´s first VAR penalty in comfortable win|
|Richarlison link-up excites Watford record signing Gray|
|Valverde calls on Barca to support Messi after Suarez injury|
|Shakespeare targets more home comforts after downing Albion|
|Klopp ´completely happy´ as Liverpool battle to win over Palace|
|Swansea in race against time to do ´good business´ after Sigurdsson exit|
|Southampton 3 West Ham 2: Austin settles five-goal thriller with late spot-kick|
|Bournemouth 0 Watford 2: Richarlison shines to inspire Hornets victory|
|Leicester City 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0: Okazaki´s early opener sets Foxes on their way|
|Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 0: Mane rescues Klopp from more Premier League frustration|
|Burnley 0 West Brom 1: Sub Robson-Kanu hits winner, then gets sent off|
|Wolfsburg 0 Borussia Dortmund 3: Pulisic shines as Bosz makes ideal start|
|Mourinho insists United will not get carried away after dream start|
|Confident United an improvement on last season - Pogba|
|Dembele will only leave Dortmund for right price - Zorc|
|Swansea City 0 Manchester United 4: Mourinho´s men win big again after late goal glut|
|Gotze to make first Borussia Dortmund start in seven months|
|Juventus´ Keita pursuit ´practically a crime´|
|Zidane open to new Real Madrid arrivals before transfer window closes|
|Hoeness slams Barcelona´s Dembele pursuit as ´the lowest class´|
|Liverpool star Mane has Diouf dilemma|
|Alexander-Arnold should expect to spend time on the bench - Klopp|
|Sigurdsson feared Everton deal would collapse|
|Portland Timbers 2 New York Red Bulls 0: Hosts bounce back in MLS|
|Mourinho has faith in Man United forward Martial|
|Pochettino: No issue with Conte ahead of London derby|
|Bonucci not crucial like Maradona, Messi or Ronaldo - Barzagli|
|Chelsea are still title favourites - Mourinho cranks up mind games with former club|
|Jardim lauds record-breaking Monaco|
|Ancelotti wants Bayern improvement despite opening Bundesliga win|
|We need time - Conte calls for patience in pursuit of long-term Chelsea success|