Agraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku scored as the leaders had three wins from three matches in Serie A to go into Milan’s two-point lead.
Serie A leaders Inter closed the gap on Milan, with Agraf Hakimi scoring twice, while Antonio Conte’s side beat Bologna 3-1.
With Milan not playing until Sunday, demanding a third straight league victory, Inter had a chance to go two points ahead of their city rivals.
Romelu Lukaku rolled the ball with his 12th goal of the match, just a second before Marcelo Prosovic’s majestic pass from Hakimi.
Emanuel Vignado’s 67th-minute goal threatened to make things tense for Inter, but Hakimi’s second – a superb finish at the top of the field with a fantastic run – covered things up.
Inter’s initial dominance in the 16th minute was such that Lukaku walked sharply and rolled a coat in the top-left corner as he initially missed the handle he had tried from Ivan Perisic’s cross, only defender Danilo was able to help it.
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Lukaku should have doubled Inter’s lead after half an hour, but a heavy touch allowed Lukasz Skoropsky to make a bold stop.
Inter finished second at halftime – however, Halomi traveled behind Bologna’s defense and was on the cool side for his second Serie A goal after joining Prosovic’s inch-perfect pass.
After the resumption, Lukaku begged for another chance, but Belgium failed to clear the house after Alessandro Pastoni Prosovic was crucified.
Lukaku became the provider when Alexis teased Sanchez, but Skoropski was once again adamant about each other.
Bologna goalkeeper again rushed to deny Lukaku, with Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side – wanting to win a series of Serie A games against Inter for the first time since 1999 – counting when Vigno collided from close range.
Three more minutes later Hakimi cut his left leg and drilled in the lower end, making Scoropsky unable to get enough.