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Sunday, April 11, 2004 

Perugia 2 - Inter 3

Karagounis and Adriano celebrate Inter's first goal.

FC Internazionale scored twice in the final four minutes to secure a dramatic 3-2 win at AC Perugia on Sunday, boosting their hopes of UEFA Champions League qualification.

In a pulsating Serie A match, Perugia twice hit the woodwork early on before Brazilian Adriano fired Inter ahead with a superb solo goal in the 24th minute. Perugia drew level five minutes after the break when Eusebio Di Francesco headed in at the near post. Eight minutes later the hosts were ahead when Fabiano's corner was punched into the path of Dario Hubner and the 36-year-old turned the ball into the net.

Adriano pulled Inter level with another demonstration of his skill and power in the 86th minute, turning with his back to goal inside the area before lashing the ball into the net. Three minutes later Nigerian Obafemi Martins sprung Perugia's offside trap and rounded keeper Zeljko Kalac to slot the winner.

The result moves Inter up to fifth place on 49 points, a point behind Parma who occupy the fourth and final qualifying spot for the Champions League. Meanwhile Perugia are now six points from safety. This Wednesday Inter play host to Olympique de Marseille in the second leg of their UEFA Cup quarter-final tie, looking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit.

Goals: di Francesco (5' 2H), Hubner (13' 2H); Adriano (24' 1H, 41' 2H), Martins (43' 2H).

Sources: inter.it, uefa.com.


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