Final score

15 October 2006 15:00

Inter
31' (2nd half) Stankovic
29' Stankovic
Catania
16' Mascara
referee Paolo Mazzoleni / linesmen Calcagno, De Santis / 4th man Tasso
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MinutesText commentary
47'Ibra goes close with a backheeled shot from Solari's cross.
47'Half time. Inter 1-1 Catania.
46'Cross in from the right by Baiocco. No problem for Julio Cesar.
45'Julio Cesar comes off his line to beat Spinesi to Mascara's ball in from the left.
45'Sottil beats Ibra to Figo's cross from the right and heads clear.
45'Two minutes of added time to play.
43'Colucci booked for a bad foul from behind on Solari. Free kick to Inter on the left wing.
42'Sottil makes another clearance, this time from Maxwell's cross.
41'Ibra looks for Adriano after recieving from Figo. Sottil clears.
40'Ibra combines with Solari on the left and crosses into the box. Caserta makes a headed clearance.
39'Baiocco gets to the right-wing by-line and delivers a dangerous cross. Cordoba concedes a corner with a headed clearance.
38'Pantanelli moves off his line to beat Adriano to Ibra's flicked header into the Sicilian box.
36'Caserta intercepts Solari's cross for Figo and clears with an overhead kick.
35'The Nerazzurri cut out a Catania attack involving Caserta and Mascara, and counter down the right.
34'Both players are okay to continue.
32'Adriano and Minelli fall to the ground after a clash of heads in an aerial duel to reach Solari's cross from the left.
30'Another chance for Catania. Caserta shrugs off a challenge from Cordoba on the left and crosses. Samuel blocks Spinesi's header.
29'GOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! Dejan Stankovic rises in the box and heads in Figo cross from the right. Inter 1-1 Catania.
28'Figo wins a duel with Vargas and races into the box where he collides with Minelli.
26'Figo plays short to Solari who crosses into the box. Spinesi makes a headed clearance.
26'Maxwell has a go from distance. The Brazilian's powerful left-foot shot is high and wide.
25'Figo, Ibra and Adri combine as the Nerazzurri muster a reaction. The Brazilian's shot is deflected behind for a corner.
23'Ibrahimovic creates space with a beautiful piece of skill then passes to Adriano in the box but nothing comes of the move.
21'Cordoba booked for a foul on Catania scorer Mascara.
20'Another good move by Catania. Mascara's looping pass over Cordoba is too long for Spinesi. Julio Cesar gathers.
19' Spinesi's low effort from the free kick hits the Inter wall.
18'Free kick to Catania 30 yards out for a foul by Zanetti on Baiocco.
16'Catania take the lead through Mascara, who conjures up an incredible goal. From the left wing the Catania number 10 flicks the ball up and volleys it past Julio Cesar and into the top right-hand corner.
15'Ibrahimovic storms down the right and plays square for Adriano. The Catania defence intercepts.
14'Ibra sends a low shot on target from the edge of the box. Pantanelli saves.
13'Catania win a free kick for a foul by Dacourt on Mascara. The Sicilians take it quickly. Baiocco runs down the middle and plays forward to Spinesi who loses control, and Julio Cesar collects.
13'Figo glides past Caserta and Edusei during a run on goal but loses possession in the box.
11'Excellent work by Javier Zanetti, who wins the ball off Vargas, shields from the Catania full-back and brings it out of defence.
10'Stankovic combines with Figo and crosses from the right. Pantanelli collects the ball.
9'Minelli blocks a Figo cross from the right and concedes another corner.
9'Nothing comes of the corner as Ibrahimovic is flagged offside after receiving from Samuel at the back post.
7'Good move by Catania. Mascara sweeps wide to Colucci who plays into the area from the right wing. Spinesi swivels and shoots. Julio Cesar saves.
6'Good cross into the six-yard box from Solari. Ibrahimovic fails to make contact with the ball but Inter win a corner.
5'Solari's cross from the left is blocked. Corner to Inter.
5'Pantanelli makes a punched clearance from Figo's corner kick.
2'Figo's inswinger is caught by Rossazzurri keeper Pantanelli.
1'Good afternoon and welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Catania. The Sicilians have good travelling support today, with about 4,000 Rossazzurri fans in the Curva Sud.
1'Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 7 Figo, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic, 21 Solari; 10 Adriano, 8 Ibrahimovic.
1'Catania: 1 Pantanelli; 21 Silvestri, 5 Minelli, 4 Sottil, 7 Vargas; 26 Caserta, 8 Edusei, 17 Baiocco; 23 Colucci, 24 Spinesi, 10 Mascara.
1'The whistle goes, and Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
1'Inter win a free kick on the left wing for a Catania foul on Solari.
MinutesText commentary
47'Full time. Inter beat Catania 2-1.
45'Two minutes of added time to play.
44'Inter replace Luis Figo with Marco Materazzi.
41'Caserta sidesteps Dacourt in a central position 25 yards out and tests Julio Cesar with a right-foot shot.
41'Cordoba tackles Colucci and pokes clear to deny the Catania winger a good chance on goal.
40'Pantanelli makes a one-handed save from Figo's corner kick.
38'Catania bring on Del Core for Edusei.
37'Colucci blocks a Stankovic cross as the Nerazzurri push for a third goal.
35'Figo is well tackled by Caserta after a powerful run down the right channel.
31'GOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! Stankovic volleys home from the edge of the box after Pantanelli's punched clearance from Figo's free kick.
30'Solari weaves his way into a crossing position on the left and wins a corner for Inter.
29'Solari rifles on target from 25 yards. Pantanelli saves.
28'Another good chance for Inter. Ibra turns on to a pass into the box but is intercepted by Vargas. The loose ball falls to Solari whose shot is deflected out for a corner.
24'Pantanelli goes the right way and keeps out Julio Cruz' penalty kick.
24'Inter close to a second from the resulting corner, but more heroics from Pantanelli who produces a great save from Cordoba's bullet header.
22'Free kick to Inter on the right wing. Figo crosses, Cruz is fouled by Minelli in the box and the Nerazzurri win a penalty.
22'Sottil booked for bringing down Cruz in the area.
21'Catania win a right-wing corner kick. Julio Cesar plucks Colucci's cross out of the air.
17'Great ball by Stankovic to Ibrahimovic on the right. The Swedish forward's cross is blocked.
16'Inter awarded a free kick 30 yards out on the left for a Mascara foul on Zanetti.
16'Pantanelli punches clear Figo's curling free kick.
16'Baiocco booked for protesting.
15'Mancini brings on Cruz for Adriano.
12'Catania replace Spinesi with Corona - a striker for a striker.
11'Free kick to Inter on the left wing. Figo's curling cross is caught by Pantanelli at the far post.
10'Santiago Solari gets into a shooting position and unleashes a right-foot shot from just inside the Catania area, forcing Pantanelli to make good save.
9'Maicon makes a headed clearance from Colucci's corner at the back post. Vargas pounces on the loose ball and crashes a low shot on target. Julio Cesar saves.
8'Catania win a free kick on the right wing, awarded for a Solari foul on Colucci.
8'Zanetti heads behind Baiocco's free kick for a Catania corner.
7'Stankovic's cross from Figo's ball wide is headed clear by Sottil.
4'Silvestri's cross from the right is blocked by Solari. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
2'Samuel's header from Figo's corner is cleared by the Catania defence and the Sicilians come forward on the break.
1'Catania kick off the second half.
1'Inter have brought on Maicon for Maxwell. Javier Zanetti has switched from right to left-back.
1'Maicon's impact is immediate as he wins the Nerazzurri a corner after a run down the right.
Zanetti
7.22
7.22
Cordoba
6.27
6.27
Materazzi
7.29
7.29
Adriano
5.24
5.24
Cruz
5.57
5.57
Stankovic
8.67
8.67
Solari
7.13
7.13
Julio Cesar
4.88
4.88
Samuel
6.24
6.24
Figo
6.84
6.84
Maicon
6.17
6.17
Maxwell
5.28
5.28
Dacourt
6.45
6.45
Ibrahimovic
5.86
5.86
Average rating6.36
7shots on target4
6shots off target1
15fouls committed23
12corners4
3offsides4
29:12ball possession30:06
Mancini v Catania

Roberto Mancini faces Catania for the first time in his coaching career.

Mancini v Marino

The current Inter and Catania coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Marino v Inter

Catania boss Pasquale Marino faces Inter for the first time in a competitive fixture.

Ten Inter goals in five games

After 450 minutes of 2006/07 Serie A football only three teams have scored in all five matches played - Inter, Lazio and Sampdoria. The Nerazzurri have netted a total of ten goals.

Inter vulnerable in final periods of matches

Inter, who have conceded seven goals in their first five league games, are the most vulnerable Serie A team in the final fifteen-minute periods of matches, with four goals let in.

Dacourt poised for 100th Serie A appearance

If he plays against Catania at the Meazza, Inter midfielder Olivier Dacourt will complete a century of Serie A appearances. The Frenchman made his Italian top-flight debut in Roma 0-1 Chievo on 1 January 2003.

Dacourt poised for 100th Serie A appearance

If he plays against Catania at the Meazza, Inter midfielder Olivier Dacourt will complete a century of Serie A appearances. The Frenchman made his Italian top-flight debut in Roma 0-1 Chievo on 1 January 2003.

Ibra set for 100th Italian match

In 99 appearances for Italian clubs, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played 74 times in Serie A, twice in Coppa Italia, 21 in Europe and twice in other competitions. The Swedish forward made his 'Italian' debut in Juve's 3-0 Serie A win at Brescia on 12 September 2004.

Inter on target in 21 consecutive Serie A home games

Since their goalless draw with Reggina at the Meazza on 29 May 2005, the Nerazzurri have scored in 21 consecutive Serie A matches at home, netting a total of 52 goals.

Penalties against Inter

Inter have conceded two penalties in their opening five matches of the 2006/07 Serie A season. Three other teams have had two penalties given against them after five rounds of games - Empoli, Reggina and Sampdoria.

Catania hit for six in 1983/84

Catania's heaviest Serie A defeat came against Inter at San Siro during their last top-flight season in 1983/84. The Sicilians were hit for six by the Nerazzurri, Hansi Muller (2) and Altobelli (4, 1 pen) scoring for Inter.

Catania and sendings-off

With three red cards in five games, Catania are one of the two most undisciplined teams in this start to the Serie A season. Biso, Mascara and Stovini are the three Catania players to have been sent off. The other team is Sampdoria.

Marino's black October

According to the statistics October is a dark month for Pasquale Marino. The Sicilian coach has collected 9 wins, 13 draws and 6 defeats in the tenth calendar month - a points per game average of 1.42.

Last Catania away draw in February

Catania's last away draw in a competitive fixture was their 1-1 Serie B stalemate at Avellino on 13 February 2006. The Sicilians have won 4 and lost 6 of their ten away matches since that date.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(14)draws(3)defeats(0)
MILAN - Serb midfielder Dejan Stankovic scored in either half as the Nerazzurri came back from behind to beat Catania 2-1 at the Giuseppe Meazza.

The victory moves Inter to the top of the Serie A table as Palermo and Roma both lost their Week 6 fixtures.

Catania took a shock lead on 16 minutes through Mascara who flicked the ball up on the left wing and whipped a spectacular volley over Julio Cesar and into the top right corner.

The Nerazzurri were level on the half hour when Stankovic rose in the box and sent a flicked header from Figo's cross past Pantanelli.

Ibrahimovic narrowly missed the target with a backheeled shot from Solari's cross in added time before the break.

Roberto Mancini made a half-time switch, bringing on Maicon for Maxwell and switching Zanetti to left back.

Inter had an early chance in the second half when Santiago Solari tested Pantanelli with a low effort from inside the Rossazzurri box.

Mancini made his second substitution fifteen minutes in, replacing Adriano with Julio Cruz.

The Argentine forward marked his return to competitive action by winning a 67th-minute penalty but saw his spot kick parried by Pantanelli.

Dejan Stankovic made amends soon after, firing in from the edge of the box after the Catania keeper's punched clearance from Figo's corner.

INTER 2-1 CATANIA (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Mascara 16, Stankovic 29, 76

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell (13 Maicon, 46); 7 Figo (23 Materazzi 89), 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic, 21 Solari; 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 60), 8 Ibrahimovic
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 11 Grosso, 20 Recoba, 50 Maaroufi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

CATANIA: 1 Pantanelli; 21 Silvestri, 5 Minelli, 4 Sottil, 7 Vargas; 26 Caserta, 8 Edusei (11 Del Core 83), 17 Baiocco; 23 Colucci, 24 Spinesi (9 Corona 57), 10 Mascara
Subs not used: 16 Polito, 2 Sardo, 13 Izco, 18 Lucenti, 25 Millesi
Coach: Pasquale Marino

Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (Bergamo)

Booked: Cordoba 21, Colucci 43, Baiocco 61, Sottil 67

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12Pantanelli
Zanetti 4Silvestri
Cordoba 2Minelli
Samuel 25Sottil
Maxwell 6Vargas
Figo 7Caserta
Dacourt 15Edusei
Stankovic 5Baiocco
Solari 21Colucci
Adriano 10Spinesi
Ibrahimovic 8Mascara

substitutes

Toldo 1Polito
Cruz 9Sardo
Grosso 11Corona
Maicon 13Del Core
Recoba 20Izco
Materazzi 23Lucenti
Maaroufi 50Millesi