Inter 2
2 Catania

20 Gomez, 38 Izco, 26 (2nd half) Forlan, 35 (2nd half) Milito

referee Domenico Celi / linesmen Nicoletti, Alessandroni / 4th man Tozzi
Serie A TIM — matchday 26 — Giuseppe Meazza, Milano — 4 March 2012 20:45

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1st half / 2nd half

45' / With no injury time added the first half ends 0-2 between Inter and Catania
44' / A long cross from Forlan on the left finds no one at the far post
43' / A ball from Milito for Cambiasso, then Spolli sweeps up from Pazzini
38' / GOAL CATANIA: IZCO scores on a ball from Marchese, who was offside
37' / Barrientos wastes a great scoring opportunity when he fails to make contact with the ball when shooting all alone in the box
35' / Yellow card shown to Izco for a foul on Palombo
31' / Lodi clears away a shot from Forlan
29' / Nagatomo's long-distance effort goes out for a goal kick
28' / A long cross from Gomez for Izco but Zanetti closes him down
23' / Bergessio sends in a dangerous ball for Gomez but Lucio clears for a corner
20' / GOAL CATANIA: GOMEZ scores with his right and Julio Cesar can do nothing
16' / Milito sends a ball to Forlan, who shoots with his right, but Carrizo is prepared
14' / Carrizo makes a double save from Forlan
13' / Julio Cesar comes out to claim a ball intended for Lodi
12' / Palombo takes a free kick for Inter that goes out over the goal line
11' / Spolli clears a long cross from Forlan intended for Pazzini
10' / A low shot from Forlan is saved by Carrizo
8' / Lodi takes a free kick for Catania the goes out over the goal line
5' / Forlan's right-footer from distance is off target
2' / A long pass from Samuel for Pazzini, but Carrizo has it covered
1' / And Catania take the opening kick-off
1' / Maicon, who was called up but is not in the 18, is working to get into condition for the Verona trip and overcome his knee pain
1' / Palombo and Cambiasso are together in central midfield with Faraoni and Forlan on the flanks. Milito and Pazzini are starting up front
1' / To face Catania, Ranier has chosen Lucio and Samuel in central defence ahead of Julio Cesar between the posts. Nagatomo and Zanetti are full-backs
1' / Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. All is ready for Inter v Catania, the Week 26 match of the 2011/12 Serie A season
48' / After three minutes of injury time the match ends: Inter 2-2 Catania
48' / Sneijder takes a free kick and his effort deflects off the wall for a corner
46' / Forlan's shot goes wide
45' / Pazzini controls Obi's cross and shoots straight at Carrizo. A wasted opportunity
45' / The referee signals for three minutes of injury time
45' / Julio Cesar makes a save from Ebagua
43' / Samuel protects Julio Cesar as he comes off his line under pressure from Seymour
43' / Catania with a corner kick: Julio Cesar saves Ebagua's header
42' / Last substitution for Catania: Llama comes on for Gomez
40' / Julio Cesar saves a shot from Seymour
39' / Carrizo comes out to reach the ball before Milito
37' / Sneijder's right footer goes out for a goal kick
35' / GOAL INTER: MILITO scores. Forlan's pass picks out El Principe who blasts a right-footer into the net
33' / Milito's right-footed attempt is deflected
31' / Substitution for Catania: Seymour comes on for Barrientos
31' / Sneijder passes to Pazzini but the forward is flagged for offside
30' / Yellow card shown to Sneijder
26' / GOAL INTER: FORLAN scores. Served by Sneijder, the attacker beats Carrizo
25' / Zanetti intercepts a ball from Izco intended for Gomez
24' / Substitution for Catania: Ebagua comes on for Bergessio
20' / Sneijder takes a corner: Samuel gets his head to it but the ball goes to Carrizo
18' / Sneijder passes to Pazzini, who goes down on the edge of the box. The ref does not whistle
16' / Final substitution for Inter: Obi comes on for Palombo
16' / Substitution for Inter: Poli comes on for Cambiasso
16' / Forlan sends a cross to Pazzini, but he fails to make solid contact with his header and the ball goes out
15' / Izco's long-distance shot goes out for a goal kick
14' / Lodi sends a ball to Motta and his header grazes the post
13' / A long cross from Sneijder intended for Forlan, but no one latches on to it
10' / Barrientos tries with a lob that goes over the bar
9' / Sneijder takes a free kick: Milito heads it but it's blocked by Carrizo
7' / Cambiasso with a tackle on Barrientos
5' / Gomez with a right-footer that goes wide
4' / Sneijder seeks out Milito in the box but his pass is off target and Carrizo takes it
1' / Substitution for Inter: Sneijder comes on for Faraoni
1' / The second half begins between Inter and Catania

total votes 7908

Zanetti 5.4945
Cambiasso 4.0311
Julio Cesar 5.7710
Samuel 4.7471
Milito 6.7485
Obi 6.4051
Lucio 4.4551
Sneijder 5.7355
Pazzini 3.5023
Nagatomo 4.7795
Faraoni 4.4756
Poli 6.8915
Forlan 6.7361
Palombo 3.7113
average rating 5.2488

wins

14

draws

3

defeats

0

26 January 2014 0-0 Vai alla partita
21 October 2012 2-0 28' Cassano, 86' Palacio Vai alla partita
4 March 2012 2-2 20' Gomez, 38' Izco, 71' Forlan, 80' Milito Vai alla partita
22 May 2011 3-1 15' Pazzini, 49' Pazzini, 64' Nagatomo, 67' Ledesma Vai alla partita
24 October 2009 2-1 13' Muntari, 31' Sneijder, 85' Mascara (Rig) Vai alla partita
13 September 2008 2-1 42' Plasmati, 43' Quaresma, 50' Terlizzi Vai alla partita
16 September 2007 2-0 14' Crespo, 80' Cesar Vai alla partita
15 October 2006 2-1 16' Mascara, 29' Stankovic, 78' Stankovic Vai alla partita
13 May 1984 6-0 12' e 13' Muller , 45' Rig., 59', 71' e 86' Altobelli
29 November 1970 3-2 2' Boninsegna, 31' Bernardis, 59' Achilli, 61' Boninsegna, 90' Bonfanti
3 October 1965 3-1 59' Facchetti, 64' Facchin, 65' Bedin, 79' Mazzola (Rig)
1 June 1965 5-1 2' Rozzoni, 12' Mazzola, 13' Bedin, 36' Jair, 48' Bedin, 72' Domenghini
19 April 1964 4-1 35' Battaglia, 43' Petroni, 50' Petroni, 54' Mazzola, 83' Ciccolo
3 February 1963 2-1 55' Suarez (Rig), 75' Corso, 80' Petroni
10 December 1961 1-1 7' Guarneri, 67' Prenna
29 January 1961 5-0 13' Morbello, 30' Giavara (Aut), 42' Giavara (Aut), 69' Grani (Aut), 81' Corti (Aut)
1 May 1955 3-0 3' Skoglund, 46' Savioni, 75' Savioni

Statistics

7 shots on target 7
5 shots off target 7
11 fouls committed 14
7 corners 3
3 offsides 3
55% ball possession 45%

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report

MILAN – It was the strength of a group that refused to give up and it allowed Inter to come back against Catania and secure a draw in the Week 26 match of the 2011/12 Serie A season.

The Nerazzurri let in two goals in the first 45 minutes of the match; Gomez and Izco punished them in the 20th and 38th minute before Forlan finally ended Inter's drought in the 71st minute. Then Cacha found Milito who evened the score by beating Carrizo and making it 2-2.

FIRST HALF - With Ranocchia injured, Ranieri decided to keep Maicon out of the 18, despite the fact that he was named to the squad yesterday; the Brazilian is still feeling pain in the knee he injured in Marseille and will work to get fit for Chievo. Therefore in defence Nagatomo and Zanetti were the full-backs playing beside Lucio and Samuel in the centre. Sneijder and Juan Jesus started on the bench.

Forlan was the first to have a go after 5 minutes when his right-footer from distance showed power but not the right accuracy. The Uruguayan tried again with a low shot after a series of Nerazzurri corners but Carrizo made the crucial block. Julio Cesar was decisive on 13 minutes when he dropped low to anticipate Lodi. Then immediately following at the other end Forlan forced a double save out of Carrizo after a pass from Lucio. Cacha's raids on the Argentine goalkeeper continued without rest, and in the 16th minute his turn and cross for Milito allowed El Principe to try a scissor kick that was blocked by Catania's number 20. But the Sicilians took advantage of a switch of the play that caught Inter napping; on the edge of offside Gomez (kept onside by Samuel) punished the Nerazzurri when he received a long pass from Barrientos to cut past Nagatomo and beat Julio Cesar to open the scoring. Gomez threatened again, after a cue from Bergessio, but Lucio closed him down for a corner kick.

In the 24th minute a roar erupted in the Meazza when Spolli stopped a pass intended for Milito with a touch between his stomach and arm, but Celi swallowed his whistle. Then Barrientos wasted a golden opportunity when he found himself alone in front of Julio Cesar after a pass from Almiron, but the decisive touch towards the goal failed him. After some delay Catania's second goal arrived in the 38th minute, although it was tainted by offside; Almiron's pass found Gomez who knocked the ball on to Marchese before he crossed – from an offside position – to Izco, allowing the Argentine midfielder to double the visitors' lead. It was 0-2 when both teams went to the dressing rooms.

SECOND HALF – The second half started with Sneijder on in place of Faraoni. In the 54th minute the Dutchman's free kick found the head of Milito whose effort troubled Carrizo just in front of his line, but Celi whistled for an offside infraction from Lucio. At the other end Julio Cesar kept out Catania's third goal; in a one-on-one against Gomez he blocked the ball just before Barrientos attempted to lob in the rebound, which went over the bar. In the 59th minute Motta brought a fright from the Nerazzurri defence when he headed Lodi's cross just a hair wide of the far post. Ranieri then made a double substitution: Poli and Obi on for Cambiasso and Palombo. Inter pressed, but on Forlan's 65th-minute corner Carizzo was again there to block Milito's header. Then finally it was Forlan who – after one month – ended Inter's drought on 71 minutes when the Uruguayan attacker chested down Sneijder's pass, dribbled past Motta and smacked a left-footer that went in off of Carrizo's hands.

It was now 1-2, but Inter were in no mood to give up and once again the Forlan-Milito tandem struck. This time it was in the 80th minute when Cacha picked out El Principe in the box, allowing the Argentine to blast a right-footer into the top corner to make it 2-2. The Nerazzurri kept up the pressure with action from Pazzini but the San Siro trembled when Seymour, alone and face to face with Julio Cesar, make a glaring error, practically passing the ball into the keeper's hands. On 90 minutes Ebagua took a shot but found Julio Cesar ready just before Pazzini had a fantastic chance to see Inter come out as winners; Pazzo controlled Obi's pass with his chest and, two yards from the goal line, fired his effort straight at Carrizo. Immediately afterwards Forlan's long-distance effort was off target. After 3 minutes of injury time the game ended 2-2.

One step at a time and taking it match by match. It may not be much, but it's something: Inter move in the standings and earn a point to bring them to 37 total.

Inter 2-2 Catania (HT: 0-2)
Scorers: Gomez 20, Izco 38, Forlan 71, Milito 80.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 55 Nagatomo, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 37 Faraoni (Sneijder 46), 17 Palombo (Obi 61), 19 Cambiasso (Poli 61), 9 Forlan; 22 Milito, 7 Pazzini.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 28 Zarate, 40 Juan Jesus.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Catania: 20 Carrizo; 11 Motta, 6 Legrottaglie, 3 Spolli, 12 Marchese; 13 Izco, 10 Lodi, 4 Almiron; 17 Gomez (Llama 87), 18 Bergessio (Ebagua 68), 28 Barrientos (Seymour 76).
Unused subs: 1 Kosiscki, 14 Bellusci, 19 Ricchiuti, 33 Capuano.
Coach: Vincenzo Montella.

Referee: Domenico Celi (Bari).
Booked: Izco 35, Sneijder 75.
Added time: 0+3 minutes.
Attendance: 28,970.

Inter vs Catania

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Carrizo
Nagatomo 55 Motta
Lucio 6 Legrottaglie
Samuel 25 Spolli
Zanetti 4 Marchese
Faraoni 37 Izco
Palombo 17 Lodi
Cambiasso 19 Almiron
Forlan 9 Gomez
Milito 22 Bergessio
Pazzini 7 Barrientos

substitutes

Castellazzi 12 Kosicky
Cordoba 2 Seymour
Jesus 40 Bellusci
Poli 18 Llama
Obi 20 Ricchiuti
Sneijder 10 Ebagua
Zarate 28 Capuano

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