Catania 2
5 Inter

45 Samuel, 4 (2nd half) Solari, 12 (2nd half) Grosso, 20 (2nd half) Spinesi, 22 (2nd half) Ibrahimovic, 29 (2nd half) Corona, 33 (2nd half) Cruz

referee Paolo Bertini / linesmen De Santis, Lanciani / 4th man Pierpaoli
Serie A TIM — matchday 25 — Dino Manuzzi, Cesena — 25 February 2007 15:00

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1st half / 2nd half

46' / Stankovic booked for a foul from behind on Baiocco. The Serbian will automatically miss Wednesday's home game against Udinese.
46' / Vargas' curling cross from the free kick is caught by Julio Cesar.
46' / Inter lead Catania by a goal to nil after the first half.
45' / Ibra plays a one-two with Cruz but Stovini gets back in time and pokes behind for a corner.
45' / GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Walter Samuel scores with a flicked header from Stankovic's left-wing corner. Catania 0-1 Inter.
45' / One minute of added time.
41' / Inter close yet again. Ibrahimovic collects a Stankovic though ball in the Catania area before dragging his shot agonisingly wide of the right post.
39' / Inter close again through Stankovic. The Serbian midfielder receives a Zanetti square pass and unleashes a fierce right-footer from 25 yards that shaves the outside of the left post.
36' / Good chance for Inter. Solari's first-time effort from 15 yards is blocked by Pantanelli. Solari touches back the loose ball to Maxwell whose follow-up shot is well wide.
35' / Edusei wins the ball in his own half and plays forward for Spinesi. Samuel reads the move perfectly and dispossesses the Catania forward.
34' / Cruz' effort from Maicon's right-wing cross goes behind for a Catania goal kick.
33' / Grosso's volleyed cross from the left is hooked clear by Sottil.
31' / Pantanelli is quick out to beat Cruz to Grosso's ball over the Catania backline.
30' / Zanetti blocks a Caserta shot as Catania look for openings down the right before playing central.
29' / Ibrahimovic is okay to continue.
28' / Grosso has a shot blocked by Lucenti. Ibra runs on to the loose ball and appears to twist his ankle.
27' / There's no Inter player on hand in the box as Pantanelli collects Solari's backheeled through pass.
26' / Zanetti storms down the right and plays wide to Solari whose inswinging cross is headed clear by Sottil.
25' / Spinesi's header from a Catania left-wing cross is easily caught by Julio Cesar.
25' / At the other end Ibra wins us a corner. Stankovic delivers the cross, Samuel's header is wide.
23' / Julio Cesar is quick out to grasp Lucenti's floated cross from the right after a flowing Catania move.
21' / Ibra's backheeled effort from Stankovic's corner kick is off-target.
20' / Grosso's cross from the left spins off Lucenti. Corner for Inter.
19' / Mascara's inswinger from the left-wing corner flag comes off an Inter player. Another corner for Catania.
19' / Mascara plays his second corner to Caserta whose thunderous right-foot volley from the edge of the box is punched clear by Julio Cesar.
18' / Julio Cesar rises to deny Spinesi a chance from Lucenti's looping ball in from the right.
18' / Great challenge by Cordoba on Mascara. Corner for Catania.
17' / Samuel outpaces Spinesi to a Catania through ball and nudges back to his keeper.
16' / Solari gets a cross in after some trickery on the left, but Edusei blocks and plays to safety.
14' / Colucci's effort from a 30-yard free kick is caught by Julio Cesar.
12' / Ibra tests Pantanelli with a fierce low shot from the edge of the Catania box. Stovini beats Solari to the loose ball to deny the Argentine a follow-up.
11' / Ibrahimovic bursts past two opponents before crossing to Cruz, whose back-post header is blocked by Pantanelli.
9' / At the other end Grosso's left-wing free kick is headed clear by Stovini.
8' / Baiocco overhits his through ball for Caserta. Julio Cesar collects.
7' / Solari's cross from the left-wing by-line is straight into the arms of Pantanelli.
6' / Colucci races down the left and lays off to Mascara, who is promptly intercepted by Zanetti.
4' / Samuel overhits his long pass for Cruz. Goal kick for Catania.
3' / Free kick to Inter on the left wing for a Colucci foul on Santiago Solari. Stankovic's cross is cleared.
1' / Welcome to the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena for Catania v Inter. The match will be played behind closed doors.
1' / Catania: 1 Pantanelli; 18 Lucenti, 4 Sottil, 6 Stovini, 7 Vargas; 17 Baiocco, 8 Edusei, 26 Caserta; 23 Colucci, 24 Spinesi, 10 Mascara.
1' / Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 21 Solari, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic, 11 Grosso; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' / Catania kick off. FORZA INTER!
1' / Ibra's cross from the left is headed clear by the Sicilian defence.
48' / Full time. Inter breeze to a 5-2 win over Catania.
45' / 3 minutes of added time.
44' / Cruz close to a sixth. The Argentine's diagonal shot is parried by Pantanelli.
43' / Spinesi is booked by Bertini.
43' / Spinesi sent off for a second yellow.
41' / Samuel makes a headed clearance from a Catania corner.
39' / Catania bring on Izco for Caserta.
34' / Catania bring on Morimoto for Colucci.
33' / GOOOAAAALLL!!!! Cruz slots past Pantanelli from close range after chesting down Maicon's ball into the box. Catania 2-5 Inter.
32' / Mancini makes his third switch. Stankovic is replaced by Nicolas Burdisso.
32' / Cruz blasts over from the left edge of the Catania box after receiving from Solari.
29' / Inter replace Maxwell with Mariano Gonzalez.
29' / Catania reduce the arrears again as Corona sends a low volley under Julio Cesar and into the far corner.
28' / Baiocco booked for protesting after being fouled from behind by Maxwell.
27' / Grosso's deflected cross from the left is blocked by Pantanelli at the near post.
26' / Maicon's whipped cross for Adriano is headed clear by Sottil.
25' / Free kick to Catania in a central position 30 yards out. Vargas' shot is over the wall but too central. Easy save for Julio Cesar.
24' / Adriano replaces Ibrahimovic.
23' / Julio Cruz' diagonal effort from the left is wide of the far post.
22' / IBRACADABRA!!! The Swedish forward controls a Solari pass into the box, picks his spot and beats Pantanelli with a precise right-foot shot. It's a goal a minute at the Manuzzi!
21' / The Sicilians replace Mascara with Corona.
20' / Catania pull one back through Spinesi who meets a through ball, rounds Julio Cesar and fires into an open net.
19' / Baiocco's ball over the Inter defence is chested back to Julio Cesar by Maicon.
18' / Ibrahimovic gets into the Catania box before being intercepted by Edusei. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
17' / At the other end Colucci fires over after some good approach play by Baiocco.
16' / Maxwell has a go from 25 yards. It's off-target.
15' / Cordoba blocks Caserta's attempt from 25 yards.
12' / What an incredible goal by Fabio Grosso!!!!! The Italian full-back's cross-shot from a tight angle on the left sails over Pantanelli and into the far corner. Catania 0-3 Inter.
10' / Caserta blasts over from 25 yards after a half-clearance by Cordoba.
9' / Solari feeds Grosso after a run down the left. The Italian crosses for Cruz who is beaten to the ball by Stovini.
8' / Cruz' near-post header from Maxwell's left-wing cross is just wide.
5' / Julio Cruz goes close to a third for Inter after collecting an Ibra thorugh pass. The Argentine striker's shot from 12 yards hits the underside of the crossbar.
4' / GOOOAAALLLL!!!!! We're 2-0 up as Santiago Solari drifts across the face of the Catania area before sending a low left-foot shot past Pantanelli and in off the right post.
3' / Ibrahimovic's return pass for Solari is too long for the Argentine. Pantanelli collects.
2' / Zanetti takes the ball past two opponents before firing well wide of the target.
1' / Inter get the second half under way.
1' / Lucenti's cross from the right is blocked and cleared by Maxwell.

total votes 2314

Zanetti 7.5873
Cordoba 5.8730
Adriano 6.5735
Cruz 7.7925
Stankovic 7.2389
Burdisso 6.8072
Solari 7.8546
Julio Cesar 6.0325
Samuel 7.5525
Grosso 7.3426
Maicon 7.9687
Maxwell 6.6235
Ibrahimovic 8.4615
Gonzalez 6.5177
average rating 7.159







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4 shots on target 8
5 shots off target 12
23 fouls committed 9
3 corners 7
2 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00



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CESENA - Five different Inter players hit the target as the table-toppers saw off Catania 5-2 in Cesena.

The Nerazzurri remain 14 points clear of second-placed Roma, who won 3-0 at home to Reggina.

Walter Samuel opened the floodgates on the stroke of half time, with Santiago Solari and Fabio Grosso increasing Inter's lead with two splendid solo goals before Ibrahimovic and Cruz cancelled out replies from Spinesi and Corona.

Inter had the lion's share of the chances behind closed doors at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Ibrahimovic testing Catania keeper Pantanelli in the 12th minute with a fierce low strike from 20 yards.

Julio Cesar kept out a thunderous volley from Caserta before the Nerazzurri took control.

Solari had a first-time effort blocked by Pantanelli, with Stankovic shaving the post with a 25-yard stinger.

Ibra then dragged a Stankovic through ball agonisingly wide before Samuel headed in a corner by the Serbian midfielder to give Inter a half-time lead.

Solari added to Inter's lead four minutes after the restart. The Argentine winger drifted across the face of the Catania area before sending a low left-foot shot past Pantanelli and in off the right post.

Cruz hit the underside of the crossbar from close range before Grosso made it 3-0 with a spectacular cross-shot from a tight angle that sailed over Pantanelli and into the far corner.

The Sicilians pulled one back through Spinesi in the 65th, but Ibrahimovic controlled a Solari through pass and fired home restore the three-goal lead.

Catania reduced the arrears for the second time when substitute Corona lashed a low volley under Julio Cesar, but once again, Inter's reply was swift, with Cruz chesting down a Maicon pass and slotting past Pantanelli to seal Inter's 17th consecutive Serie A victory.

Pasquale Marino's side played the final minutes with ten men after the sending-off of Spinesi for a second booking.


Scorers: Samuel 45, Solari 49, Grosso 57, Spinesi 65, Ibrahimovic 67, Corona 74, Cruz 78.

Catania: 1 Pantanelli; 18 Lucenti, 4 Sottil, 6 Stovini, 7 Vargas; 17 Baiocco, 8 Edusei, 26 Caserta (13 Izco 84); 23 Colucci (15 Morimoto 79), 24 Spinesi, 10 Mascara (9 Corona 66).
Subs not used: 22 Spadavecchia, 2 Sardo, 34 Cesar, 20 Rossini.
Coach: Pasquale Marino.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell (91 Gonzalez 74); 21 Solari, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (16 Burdisso 77), 11 Grosso; 8 Ibrahimovic (10 Adriano 69), 9 Cruz.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 7 Figo, 18 Crespo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Paolo Bertini (Arezzo).

Booked: Stankovic 46, Baiocco 73, Spinesi 88.
Sent off: Spinesi 88.

Catania vs Inter

starting lineups

Pantanelli 12 Julio Cesar
Lucenti 13 Maicon
Sottil 2 Cordoba
Stovini 25 Samuel
Vargas 6 Maxwell
Baiocco 21 Solari
Edusei 4 Zanetti
Caserta 5 Stankovic
Colucci 11 Grosso
Spinesi 8 Ibrahimovic
Mascara 9 Cruz


Spadavecchia 1 Toldo
Sardo 16 Burdisso
Cesar 23 Materazzi
Izco 91 Gonzalez
Corona 7 Figo
Morimoto 18 Crespo
Rossini 10 Adriano

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