Milan, Italy – Unfortunately for last-place Novara, it does not play Inter Milan again this season.
Andrea Caracciolo scored in the 56th minute Sunday and Novara won for just the third time in Serie A this season - and the second time against Inter - 1-0 at the San Siro.
Novara, which downed Inter 3-1 earlier this season at home, won its first road game in 11 matches this season - even after Ivan Radovanovic was sent off with 10 minutes left in normal time.
Inter Milan lost its second straight and for the third time in its last four - with the first defeat in the four-match winless streak against Lecce, another club in the bottom three.
Although Inter dominated possession in the first half, it had nothing to show for it at the break as the match was 0-0 after 45 minutes.
Novara snatched the only goal it needed early in the second half off a counter that Caracciolo finished perfectly. Jeda swung a ball in from the leg wing and Caracciolo settled with his right foot, then curled a left-footed shot from 25 yards past Inter goalie Julio Cesar and just inside the left post.
Inter caught a break when Radovanovic received a second yellow card, but again failed to beat Novara goalie Samir Ujkani, who also got a little help from his crossbar.
Inter turned its possession into more chances over the remainder of the match, but a 20-yard rocket from Wesley Sneijder in the 88th that smashed off the bar was one of its few real scoring chances.
Ujkani made the last of his six saves on a point-blank effort from Giampaolo Pazzini in stoppage time, as Novara held on for the improbable victory.
Catania, Italy - Pablo Barrientos scored twice in a 2-minute stretch early in the second half as Catania snapped a five-match winless run with a 4-0 victory Sunday over Genoa at the Stadio Angelo Massimino in Serie A.
Francesco Lodi and Gonzalo Bergessio also scored for Catania, which climbed to 12th in the table. Genoa, which had a two-game win streak snapped, is ninth.
Atalanta 0, Lecce 0
Bergamo, Italy - Guido Marilungo and Federico Peluso hit the post as Atalanta settled for a 0-0 draw against Lecce on Sunday at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia.
Atalanta still stayed six points clear of the relegation zone and Lecce, which is 18th after its second straight draw during a three-game winless run.