Serie A - Inter win away at Udinese
The result means Udinese drop to fifth in the Serie A table, when victory would have sent them third after Lazio's loss earlier on Wednesday at Novara, while Inter climb one place to sixth.
Udinese opened the scoring just six minutes in when Antonio Di Natale and Pablo Armero combined brilliantly to bring Danilo into play, and the resulting strike from the Brazilian was an unstoppable effort that flew in off the left post.
Stunned only momentarily, Inter were on level terms four minutes later when Sneijder hit what was more of a speculative shot than a real tester. However, Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was unable to cope with the bouncing ball and it slipped through his grasp.
The pace did not drop and as both sides sought a second Inter prevailed. Diego Milito chased down and held up the ball excellently before squaring for the oncoming Sneijder. The Dutchman chipped over the advancing Handanovic superbly to put Inter ahead in the 28th minute.
Slightly shell-shocked, Udinese were then plunged into further disarray in the 37th minute when Alvarez picked the ball up, ran at Danilo and then placed a low shot in off the base of the left post.
Udinese pushed hard to make their way back into the game in the second half but despite their best efforts were unable to find a way through.
Di Natale and Kwadwo Asamoah both had solid efforts saved by Julio Cesar and for Inter Sneijder went close to sealing his hat-trick but shot wide from the edge of the area.