Final score

9 January 2010 20:45

Inter
48' (2nd half) Samuel
43' (2nd half) Sneijder
36' Sneijder
24' Milito
Siena
20' (2nd half) Maccarone
37' Edkal
18' Maccarone
referee Sebastiano Peruzzo / linesmen Liberti, Viazzi / 4th man Tommasi
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MinutesText commentary
48'Half time. Inter 2-2 Siena.
47'Thiago Motta is okay to continue. An extra minute will be added.
46'Thiago Motta remains on the ground after colliding with Curci as they jump to meet Sneijder's inswinging free kick, which is cleared by Cribari.
45'One minute of stoppage time.
43'Quaresma receives in the area from Milito and wins us a corner after his cross comes off Del Grosso.
43'Quaresma finds Thiago Motta with his corner kick and the Brazilian heads on target. Codrea blocks.
41'Dejan Stankovic is booked for a foul on Jajalo.
37'GOAL. Siena equalise within sixty seconds. Reginaldo crosses to the unmarked Albin Ekdal who tucks past Julio Cesar from close range. That was the Swedish midfielder's first goal in Serie A. INTER 2-2 SIENA.
36'GOAL!!!!!! Wesley Sneijder's superb right-footed curling free kick sails into the top left corner, giving Curci no chance. INTER 2-1 SIENA.
34'Free kick to Inter right on the edge of the box after a foul by Rosi on Stankovic.
33'Maicon combines with Quaresma on the right before sending a looping cross into the six-yard box. Curci outjumps Milito and makes the save.
31'Reginaldo shrugs off a challenge and passes to Maccarone who goes down under a challenge from Lucio. Free kick to Siena in a central position 25 yards from goal.
31'Maccarone's free kick hits the Inter wall.
29'Pandev runs on to Milito's pass in the area but mis-controls, allowing Curci to gather.
28'Reginaldo finds Brandao in the box with his cross from the corner flag and the Portuguese defender hooks wide.
27'Zanetti blocks a right-wing cross from Rosi and Siena win a corner.
26'Siena come back at the Nerazzurri and Reginaldo rifles a fierce shot on goal. Cordoba makes a headed clearance.
24'GOAL!!!!! Inter produce a swift reply through Diego Milito. The Argentine receives a long-range pass from Sneijder on the left edge of the Siena box and takes on Cribari before firing a low shot past Curci. INTER 1-1 SIENA.
21'Stankovic plays short to Maicon and the Brazilian one-twos with Milito and pounces on a rebound before cannoning wide with the outside of his right foot.
18'GOAL. Massimo Maccarone gives Siena a shock lead with a sweetly-struck long-range shot that flies past Julio Cesar and into the top corner. INTER 0-1 SIENA.
17'Quaresma gets down the right but sends his cross out of play.
16'Reginaldo attacks down the right after a pass from Maccarone. Zanetti is hot on the heels of the Brazilian and Julio Cesar comes out of his area to make the clearance.
15'Up goes to offside flag as Quaresma serves Pandev in the box after a square pass from Sneijder.
14'Sneijder's cross from the free kick is saved by Curci.
13'Jajalo fouls Pandev on the right wing about 35 metres from goal. Free kick.
12'Maicon runs on to a pass from Pandev and sends a long-range shot way over Curci's crossbar.
9'Our first shot on goal comes from the feet of Goran Pandev. The Macedonian takes on two opponents with a deft touch and fires a low shot at Curci's left-hand post. The Siena goalkeeper saves.
9'Another chance for Pandev. He turns Brandao in the box and unleashes a low angled shot that Curci does brilliantly to parry.
7'Maicon races down the right and swings in a cross for Sneijder, who mis-controls in the box. Cribari wins the ball and boots to safety.
5'Quaresma receives wide on the left from Pandev and muscles past Rosi on his way into the box, but the Siena right-back gets back and tackles the Portuguese.
1'Benvenuti to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Siena, which is also top against bottom, and Serie A's best attack versus worst defence. We haven't lost at home since that Champions League defeat to Panathinaikos in November 2008, so unless the Bianconeri from Tuscany pull off the mother of all upsets, we should re-extend our lead at the top to 11 points ahead of tomorrow night's clash in Turin between Juventus and AC Milan.
1'We're not expecting an easy game tonight though. As José Mourinho said in yesterday's press conference, Siena's midweek wallopping at the hands of their Chiantishire rivals Fiorentina does not reflect the true reality of Malesani's team. And we have a few problems of our own. With a host of key players ruled out of Week 19, Mourinho has drafted in Primavera youngsters Donati, Crisetig, Stevanovic and Alibec.
1'A big thank you to all those who sent messages to www.inter.it for our latest signing Goran Pandev and injured defender Cristian Chivu. The response was overwhelming. Goran and Cristian pass on their heartfelt thanks for your warm support.
1'Dejan Stankovic and Thiago Motta return from suspension and will do the job done by Zanetti and Vieira against Chievo as the two midfielders will slot into holding roles in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Zanetti comes in for Chivu at left-back, with Quaresma replacing the disqualified Balotelli in attack. The Portuguese winger will play alongside Sneijder and Pandev (who makes his first appearance in front of the home fans tonight), in support of lone striker Milito.
1'Inter: Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 2 Cordoba, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 8 Thiago Motta; 7 Quaresma, 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev; 22 Milito.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 25 Samuel, 28 Stevanovic, 29 Donati, 31 Alibec, 48 Crisetig, 89 Arnautovic.<br><br> Siena: 85 Curci; 87 Rosi, 29 Cribari, 15 Brandao, 3 Del Grosso; 8 Vergassola, 10 Codrea, 12 Ekdal; 7 Reginaldo, 32 Maccarone, 24 Jajalo.&#8232;<br>Subs: 31 Pegolo, 6 Terzi, 9 Paolucci, 11 Calaiò, 17 Fini, 21 Rossi, 23 Jarolim.
1'Siena kick off in the pouring rain. FORZA INTER!
1'Maccarone attacks down the middle and plays to Calaiò in the box. Lucio intercepts.
MinutesText commentary
50'Full time. Samuel celebrates his return from injury with a stoppage-time winner as Inter come from behind to beat Siena 4-3.
50'Cribari is sent off for protesting.
48'GOAL!!!!! Pazza Inter!!!!!! Walter Samuel receives from Goran Pandev and fires past Pegolo from just inside the area. INTER 4-3 SIENA.
46'Sneijder fires his free kick over the bar.
45'Codrea is booked for fouling Zanetti to stop a strong run down the middle by the Inter captain.
45'Four minutes of injury time.
44'GOAL!!!! It's there. Wesley Sneijder equalises again with a powerful free kick in on the post. INTER 3-3 SIENA.
43'Free kick to Inter in a central position 30 yards from goal.
42'Maicon balloons his right-wing cross over Pegolo's bar.
40'Walter Samuel swings in a cross from the left. Pegolo saves.
38'Stevanovic is closed down by two Bianconeri shirts as he looks for space for a cross on the left-wing byline.
36'Siena bring on Jarolim for Ekdal.
31'Julio Cesar comfortably saves Maccarone's weak left-footed shot from the edge of the area.
30'Wesley Sneijder is booked for protesting.
29'Maccarone rifles wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post after receiving short from Rosi.
28'Arnautovic fires over the bar from 25 yards.
27'Alberto Malesani makes his second substitution. Reginaldo off, Fini on.
25'Reginaldo turns Samuel on the edge of the area and plays to Maccarone who glances his header high and wide.
23'Stevanovic's first contribution is an inch-perfect through ball for Pandev but the Macedonian is beaten to the ball by the onrushing Pegolo.
22'Mourinho makes his last change. Attacking midfielder Alen Stevanovic replaces Thiago Motta for his competitive debut.
20'GOAL. Siena are back in front. Reginaldo races down the right, gets into the box and plays back to Maccarone, who calmly places his shot past Julio Cesar from just inside the area. INTER 2-3 SIENA.
18'Vergassola sidefoots over the bar after a half-clearance from Cordoba.
17'Rosi one-twos with Ekdal in the box and crosses from the byline. Lucio blocks and heads to safety.
16'Siena attack back and Rosi has a long-range effort deflected out for a corner by Cordoba.
15'Sneijder floats an inswinging cross into the six-yard box. Pegolo beats Arnautovic to the ball.
15'Milito gets away from Brandao on the left and swings in a low cross. Pegolo gets down and makes a smothering save.
13'Sneijder delivers a dangerous inswinging cross from the left corner flag but the ref blows for a foul in the area. Free kick to the visitors.
11'Free kick to Siena on the left wing 20 yards from goal. Reginaldo aims directly for goal, forcing Julio Cesar into a tipped save.
10'Reginaldo crosses into the area for Cribari after a clearance by Thiago Motta. The flag goes up for offside.
8'Sneijder looks for Milito with another of his long-range passes. Pegolo races outside his area and makes a headed clearance to thwart Il Principe.
6'Wesley Sneijder tests Pegolo with a low shot from distance. Siena's substitute goalkeeper parries away, and then saves Arnautovic's follow-up shot.
4'Siena captain Vergassola makes a hooked clearance from Maicon's right-wing cross.
1'Inter get the second half under way.
1'Both teams have made changes at the break. Inter replace Quaresma with Samuel, and Stankovic (who pulled up with a calf injury as he came on to the pitch) with Arnautovic, while Siena bring on substitute goalkeeper Pegolo for Curci.
Zanetti
7.2
7.2
Cordoba
5.4
5.4
Stankovic
6.31
6.31
Julio Cesar
5.35
5.35
Samuel
8.36
8.36
Maicon
4.43
4.43
Quaresma
4.59
4.59
Milito
7.69
7.69
Motta
3.86
3.86
Lucio
4.64
4.64
Arnautovic
6.54
6.54
Sneijder
9.48
9.48
Stevanovic
6.53
6.53
Pandev
6.68
6.68
Average rating6.22
6shots on target5
4shots off target7
15fouls committed14
3corners4
2offsides2
59%ball possession41%
Mourinho v Malesani

The two coaches go head-to-head in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Mourinho v Siena

José Mourinho meets Siena for the third time after home and away wins in last season's Italian championship.

Details:
2008/09 Serie A Inter-Siena 3-0 2-1

Malesani v Inter

Alberto Malesani meets Inter for the eighteenth time in his coaching career after 5 wins, as many draws and 7 defeats. His last away victory over the Nerazzurri was on 8 May 1999 when his Parma side won 3-1. Malesani has since paid six visits to Inter, drawing twice and losing four times.

Details:
1997/98 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 1-1 2-3
1998/99 Coppa Italia Parma-Inter 2-1 2-0
1998/99 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 3-1
1999/00 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-1 1-5
1999/00 Serie A playoff Parma-Inter --- ---- 1-3 (played in Verona)
2000/01 Coppa Italia Parma-Inter 6-1 0-0
2001/02 Serie A Verona-Inter 0-3 0-3
2003/04 Serie A Modena-Inter 1-1 0-2
2006/07 serie A Udinese-Inter ---- 1-1
2007/08 Serie A Empoli-Inter ---- 0-1

Impregnable Inter

Inter haven't let in a goal since since Tiribocchi's 81st-minute effort in the 1-1 draw at Atalanta on 13 December 2009. Mourinho's team have since played three competitive matches, winning 1-0 at home to Livorno and Lazio, and 1-0 away to Chievo. The Nerazzurri haven't conceded at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza since Mirko Vucinic's 13th-minute goal in the 1-1 Serie A draw with Roma on 8 November 2009. Inter have since played four home matches, keeping clean sheets against Fiorentina (1-0, Serie A), Rubin Kazan (2-0, Champions League), Livorno (1-0, Coppa Italia) and Lazio (1-0, Serie A).

Nerazzurri unbeaten at home since November 2008

Inter last lost at home on 26 November 2008 when they were beaten 1-0 by Panathinaikos in the Champions League. They have since played 30 European and domestic fixtures at home, winning 21 and drawing 9.

Top against bottom; best attack versus worst defence

Inter v Siena is a match between top and bottom, but also between the best attack and worst defence in Serie A. League leaders Inter (42 points) have scored 37 goals, while cellar dwellers Siena (12 points) have conceded 33.

Siena: no clean sheet since October

Siena have conceded in each of their last 11 league fixtures, letting in a total of 22 goals. The Tuscan Bianconeri's last clean sheet was on 4 October 2009, when they were held to a 0-0 home draw by regional rivals Livorno.

Bianconeri without result on road since 30 August

Siena's last win away from home was a 3-1 victory at Cagliari on 30 August 2009. They have since played seven matches on the road, losing to Sampdoria (1-4), Napoli (1-2), Parma (0-1), Bologna (1-2), Genoa (2-4), Bari (1-2) and Palermo (0-1).

Worst ever start to Serie A campaign for Tuscans

Whatever the result against Inter in Week 19 - the halfway point in the Serie A season, Siena have made their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign. Their previous worst was 17 points in 2004/05 and 2007/08. The encouraging news for the Tuscans is that the bottom-placed teams at the halfway stage in the last two seasons went on to avoid the drop to Serie B: Cagliari in 2007/08 and Chievo in 2008/09.

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wins(6)draws(2)defeats(1)

MILAN - The goals flew in on a rainy evening in Milan as Serie A leaders Inter came from behind to beat cellar dwellers Siena 4-3 and extend their advantage at the top to eleven points.

Massimo Maccarone thought he had opened and closed the scoring to lift the Tuscans off the bottom rung of the table, but Wesley Sneijder grabbed a late equaliser from a free kick before Walter Samuel celebrated his return from injury with a dramatic winner in time added on.  

Dejan Stankovic and Thiago Motta returned from suspension and filled holding midfield roles as José Mourinho kept faith with the 4-2-3-1 formation that beat Chievo in midweek, with Quaresma replacing the disqualified Balotelli and Zanetti switching to left-back in place of Chivu.

Keen to impress on his home debut, Goran Pandev rattled Siena's cage in the ninth minute, forcing two good saves from Curci after some great close ball control.

Siena soaked up the early pressure and took a shock lead on eighteen minutes, Maccarone beating Julio Cesar with a long-range shot that travelled at a whopping 108km/hour on its way into the top right corner.

The Nerazzurri's reply came six minutes later. Sneijder picked out Milito on the left edge of the area and the Argentine turned Cribari before sending a crisp low shot beyond Curci and in at the far post.

Free kick maestro Sneijder treated the home fans to a repeat of his goal against Livorno in the Tim Cup last month, giving Inter a 36th-minute lead with a trademark curling shot.

But Malesani's men hadn't come to the Meazza to defend and they equalised within a minute through Ekdal. Unmarked in the area, the Swedish youngster latched on to Reginaldo's low cross from the right and rifled past Julio Cesar.

Walter Samuel replaced Quaresma at the break, but Inter suffered a further injury setback when Stankovic pulled up with a calf problem when emerging from the tunnel, and on came Marko Arnautovic for his home debut.

Siena boss Alberto Malesani replaced the injured Curci with Pegolo and the Bianconeri's substitute goalkeeper was kept busy with saves in quick succession from Sneijder and Arnautovic.

The Bianconeri edged back in front in the 65th minute when Reginaldo tore down the right and sidestepped Samuel before playing to Maccarone, who sidefooted past Julio Cesar.  

Mourinho's response was to bring off Thiago Motta and hand Inter Primavera attacking midfielder Alen Stevanovic his competitive debut. The Swiss youngster made an immediate impact with a precise through ball for Pandev but the Macedonian, who appeared to be pushed off the ball, was denied by Pegolo.

The Inter coached looked to be heading for his first home defeat in domestic league and cup matches since 23 February 2002, but Sneijder gave the Nerazzurri a lifeline two minutes from time with an unstoppable thunderbolt free kick that flew in off the post.

In time added on Samuel popped up in the area to finish off a well-worked move, receiving short from Pandev and firing past Pegolo to stun Siena.

Inter 4-3 Siena (HT: 2-2)

Scorers: Maccarone 18, 65, Milito 24, Sneijder 36, 88, Ekdal 37, Samuel 90+3.

Inter: Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 2 Cordoba, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (89 Arnautovic 46), 8 Thiago Motta (28 Stevanovic 67); 7 Quaresma (25 Samuel 46), 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev; 22 Milito.

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 29 Donati, 31 Alibec, 48 Crisetig.

Coach
: José Mourinho.

Siena: 85 Curci (31 Pegolo 46); 87 Rosi, 29 Cribari, 15 Brandao, 3 Del Grosso; 8 Vergassola, 10 Codrea, 12 Ekdal (23 Jarolim 81); 7 Reginaldo (17 Fini 72), 32 Maccarone, 24 Jajalo.
Subs not used
: 6 Terzi, 9 Paolucci, 11 Calaiò, 21 Rossi.

Coach
: Alberto Malesani.

Referee: Sebastiano Peruzzo (Schio).

Booked: Stankovic 41, Sneijder 75, Codrea 88.
Sent off: Cribari 90+5.

Att.: 52,979.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12Curci
Lucio 6Rosi
Maicon 13Cribari
Cordoba 2Brandao
Zanetti 4Del Grosso
Stankovic 5Vergassola
Motta 8Codrea
Quaresma 7Edkal
Sneijder 10Reginaldo
Milito 22Maccarone
Pandev 27Jajalo

substitutes

Toldo 1Pegolo
Samuel 25Terzi
Donati 29Paolucci
Crisetig 48Calaiò
Stevanovic 28Fini
Alibec 31Rossi
Arnautovic 89Jarolim