Inter Milan dominated from start to finish against Atalanta at the San Siro this evening to earn a 2-0 win.
The hosts nearly went ahead on 17 minutes through Nemanja Vidic, but the Serbian defender's powerful header cannoned back off a post.
Palacio was then given the chance to make amends from the penalty spot after Yohan Benalouane carelessly bundled over Andrea Ranocchia in the Atalanta box, but his penalty was tipped around the post by Sportiello.
Inter Milan finally carved out the lead their performance deserved through Pablo Osvaldo on 40 minutes.
Walter Mazzarri's team started the second half on the front foot, and could have been further ahead when Palacio collected Jonathan's reverse ball in Atalanta box, but the Argentine striker's effort struck the post.
However, Inter Milan did get a second through a curling free kick from Hernanes on 87 minutes.