Final score

1 April 2012 15:00

Inter
40' (2nd half) Milito (P)
29' (2nd half) Zarate
38' Samuel
27' Milito
13' Milito
5 - 4
Genoa
45' (2nd half) Gilardino (P)
35' (2nd half) Gilardino (P)
14' (2nd half) Palacio (P)
47' Moretti
referee Paolo Valeri / linesmen Musolino, Vuoto / 4th man Doveri
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Minutes Text commentary
47' The first half finishes Inter 3-1 Genoa. A Milito double and a Samuel strike for the Nerazzurri, Moretti pulled one back for the Rossoblù.
47' Genoa pull one back. Belluschi's corner is cleared off the line. Sculli's overhead bounces off Moretti and Julio Cesar can't get there.
45' Valeri awards two minutes of added time.
41' Moretti is booked for dissent.
41' Free kick to Genoa. Veloso takes it and Kaladze challenges before claiming he was held back by Samuel.
38' Inter 3-0 up! Zarate wins a corner for the Nerazzurri. The ball breaks for Lucio who fires across for Samuel who slides in to finish.
34' Dinked ball forward from Veloso, Gilardino lays it off for Biondini but the Inter defence get it clear.
33' Cambiasso brings down Carvalho. Free kick to Genoa.
31' Zarate tries his luck from the edge of the box but Kaladze blocks. Valeri waves away the appeals for handball.
27' A brace for Milito. A long ball from Stankovic finds El Principe who stays onside, chests it down and beats Frey with his right. It's 2-0.
24' Zarate gets to the by-line and digs out a cross which Frey palms away only as far as Forlan, who scuffs his shot.
20' Veloso fouls Zarate. Inter free kick. Lucio takes and Samuel heads back across to Cambiasso whose header is beaten away by Frey.
13' Inter take the lead! Cambiasso lays it off to Zarate who spreads it wide to Forlan. His cross finds Milito who heads home, 1-0.
11' Another corner for Genoa as Veloso centres but Stankovic clears.
10' Cambiasso saves off the line, deflecting Sculli's header out for a corner.
9' Gilarino feeds Palacio, who darts towards goal but the Argentine catches Julio Cesar, who stays down.
8' Zarate goes on a dangerous solo run and his left-footed shot from range goes a fraction wide of the post.
5' Forlan comes forward with ease and crosses into the middle but fails to find a team-mate.
3' Palacio is found inside the area but Lucio closes as the Argentine shoots left-footed and the ball sails over the bar.
1' Welcome along to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Genoa, Week 30 of Serie A, Stramaccioni's first game in charge.
1' Inter win the toss and kick off against Genoa.
1' Before Inter v Genoa, a lap of honour for the Primavera side, winners of the NextGen Series, as they parade their trophy.
Minutes Text commentary
48' The match ends Inter 5-4 Genoa: a Milito hat-trick and goals from Samuel and Zarate. Inter are now on 44 points in the league
45' Three minutes of added time
45' Gilardino scores from the spot once again: 5-4 for Inter
44' Yellow card for Lucio
44' Penalty, yet again: Sculli is taken down by Lucio in the area
43' Mesto is booked for kicking the ball away
41' Sculli isn't about to give up: a right-footed blast from outside the box. The ball just misses the top corner
40' Milito puts this one away confidently from the penalty spot: El Principe and now it's 5-3 to Inter
39' Belluschi receives a red card: we're back to 10 v 10
39' Belluschi fouls Guarin in the area as he prepares to shoot
37' Genoa make another substitution: Biondini comes off for Jorquera
35' Gilardino converts the penalty: 4-3
34' Inter have to substitute the keeper: Castellazzi comes on and Zarate has to leave the pitch
34' Belluschi sets up Palacio. The Argentine finds himself with only Julio Cesar to beat, who pulls him down to avoid a certain goal. Penalty
33' Palacio is booked for a foul on Zanetti
33' Julio Cesar sees red
30' Stramaccioni makes his second substitution: Obi comes on for Forlan
29' INTER 4!!! Zarate curls in a right-footed shot and finally sees the back of the net. The Argentine notches up his first in Serie A: 4-2
24' Forlan finds himself in front of goal and shoots right-footed, but Valeri whistles because there are two balls on the pitch
21' Zanetti beats two defenders and takes aim but Belluschi manages to block him with a sliding tackle as he prepares to shoot
18' Cambiasso tries to curl a ball towards Frey's left post...wide
17' Jankovic picks up a yellow card too
17' Poli and Jankovic exchange words. The Nerazzurri is booked
15' Inter make a substitution: Stankovic comes off for Guarin
14' Valeri blows for handball in the penalty area by Zanetti following Sculli's header. Penalty for Genoa
11' Zarate shoots from the edge of the box. Frey dives to parry one-handed.
8' Gilardino tries to find the target but the ball rebounds and Julio Cesar stretches to save
6' This time Chivu volleys left-footed and the ball isn't far off target
4' Stankovic tries a long shot which takes a deflection off Carvalho and Frey manages to save
1' Genoa made a substitution at half time: Jankovic has come on for Veloso
1' The second half is underway
Zanetti
7.39
7.39
Stankovic
5.77
5.77
Cambiasso
6.91
6.91
Julio Cesar
5.61
5.61
Samuel
6.88
6.88
Chivu
5.67
5.67
Milito
8.68
8.68
Obi
6.78
6.78
Lucio
4.93
4.93
Castellazzi
5.89
5.89
Poli
7.38
7.38
Forlan
5.29
5.29
Zarate
7.14
7.14
Guarin
7.32
7.32
Average rating 6.55
10 shots on target 8
8 shots off target 3
9 fouls committed 18
2 corners 10
4 offsides 3
24:00 ball possession 21:42
First meeting between Stramaccioni and Marino

This is the first time Andrea Stramaccioni and Pasquale Marino have met in opposite dugouts.

Stramaccioni's first against Genoa

Andrea Stramaccioni is facing Genoa for the first time as a professional coach.

Marino v Inter: no wins in 10 and no clean sheets in Milan for the coach

Pasquale Marino has faced Inter on 10 previous occasions in competitive fixtures and he has yet to win: just 2 draws and 8 defeats against the Nerazzurri. What's more, Marino's teams have always conceded at least once when playing in Milan: 13 goals in 6 games so far.

Stramaccioni's debut: no coach coming in mid-season has lost first match in Moratti era

Since Massimo Moratti took over Inter, when there has been a change of coach mid-season the new coach has never lost his first league match. Of the 10 previous times that has happened there have been 7 wins: Suarez (Inter 4-0 Torino 1995/96), Castellini in both spells (Inter 3-2 Napoli 1996/97 and Inter 2-0 Fiorentina 1998/99), Hodgson in his second cycle (Roma 4-5 Inter 1998/99), Tardelli (Inter 3-1 Napoli 2000/01), Leonardo (Inter 3-1 Napoli 2010/11) and Ranieri (Bologna 1-3 Inter 2011/12). There have also been 3 draws: Hodgson's first cycle (Inter 0-0 Lazio 1995/96), Lucescu (Vicenza 1-1 Inter 1998/99) and Zaccheroni (Inter 0-0 Roma 2003/04).

Frey the favourite target for three Nerazzurri

For three Inter players, Sebastien Frey is the goalkeeper against whom they have scored most often since they began playing in Italy: Cambiasso (3 out of 42, the same number as against Andujar), Samuel (2 out of 24, like against Chimenti and Sorrentino) and Stankovic (3 out of 76, like against Ballotta, Castellazzi, Dida, Ferron, Mirante and Strakosha).

Inter's fair play

Inter are the team with the fewest yellow cards in Serie A 2012/12: just 46.

Only one clean sheet in 21 away games for Genoa

Genoa have avoided conceding just once in their last 21 away trips in Serie A: on 10 December they beat Siena 0-2. In the other 20 games in that period the Rossoblu have let in 51 goals.

Genoa's 8-match winless streak: their worst run of the season

Genoa haven't won a league match since 5 February, when they beat Lazio 3-2 at home. Since then they have managed 4 draws and 4 defeats. This 8-game sequence is the Ligurian side's longest run without winning this season.

Happy birthday, Marco Rossi!

Marco Rossi celebrates his 34th birthday today. He was born in Seravezza on 1 April 1978.

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MILAN - Yesterday Andrea Stramaccioni said: "We'll only know if we can call last week a good one or not after 17:00 today." Well it turned out for the better, but it wasn't a match for anyone with a weak heart. Inter v Genoa finished 5-4, with four penalties and both teams receiving a red card. It really was a thriller.

Inter hadn't won a home league match since 22 January: 2-1 against Lazio. Today they did it with a new coach on the bench, who just 7 days ago was celebrating winning the NextGen Series in London with the Primavera team. There was much enthusiasm and great joy following the victory, which takes the Nerazzurri onto 44 points in the league, but thrills and spills kept Inter, Stramaccioni and the fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle. Three of the goals came from Milito and were added to by Samuel and Zarate. This was the fifth 5-4 win by the Nerazzurri in their history. Last time it happened was in the 1932/33 season (Ambrosiana Inter 5-4 AC Milan).

FIRST HALF – With Maicon and Sneijder ruled out Stramaccioni, on his debut on the bench, chose Lucio and Samuel in the centre of defence in front of Julio Cesar, with Zanetti and Chivu playing wide of them. He picked a three-man midfield with Poli, Stankovic and Cambiasso, and sent Zarate, Milito and Forlan into attack.

Before the match began, Inter's new coach saw his past and present come together as the Primavera team, winners of the NextGen Series, completed a lap of honour with the trophy they won in London. The fans at the Stadio Meazza applauded the Inter youngsters and of course Stramaccioni.

There was an atmosphere of renewed confidence as the match kicked off: the Nerazzurri showed great tenacity and took the lead before the 15-minute mark. In the 13th minute Cambiasso passed to Zarate, who in turn passed wide to Forlan: El Cacha lofted a cross from the left for Milito and El Principe didn't waste the opportunity. The fans' hopes had been reawakened by the change. In the 20th minute they almost made it two, but Frey denied them pulling off a great save from a header by Cambiasso. In the 27th minute the second goal came and it was Milito again, with a left-foot shot this time, following a through pass from Stankovic. The Stadio Meazza burst into life again, as did president Moratti in the directors' box, but Milito, as in the first goal scored against his former team, contained himself out of respect. In the 38th minute Inter extended their lead to 3-0, taking advantage of a mistake by the Genoa defence, which the Nerazzurri capitalised on: Lucio crossed from the right and Samuel slid in to score left-footed. Two minutes into added time Genoa pulled one back as an overhead kick from Sculli took a deflection off Moretti and caught Julio Cesar wrong-footed. The whistle blew with Inter leading Genoa by three goals to one.

SECOND HALF – Genoa made one change at half time with Jankovic coming on for Veloso. The Nerazzurri opened the second half with the same aggressive attitude they had shown in the first, Stankovic going for goal immediately from outside the area, but Frey managed to deny him. In the 56th minute Zarate blasted right-footed but the Genoa keeper was on hand to save. On 59 minutes Valeri awarded Genoa a penalty after Sculli's header came off Zanetti's outstretched arm in the area: Palacio didn't miss. Guarin made his debut on the hour mark, as he substituted Stankovic. Cambiasso tried to react, curling in a shot which just missed the target.

In the 66th minute Zanetti dribbled into the box but was blocked by Belluschi's sliding tackle. In the 70th Lucio came close with a header. On 74 minutes Zarate made it 4-2 with a spectacular curling right-footed shot from the left side of the box; it was the first in Serie A for the Argentine who seemed to have found a new lease of life. In the 78th minute Julio Cesar saw red after pulling down Palacio in the area: Inter were down to ten and Zarate had to come off to make room for Castellazzi. Gilardino took the penalty: goal, and it was 4-3. In the 84th minute the ref pulled out the red card again: this time for Belluschi for a foul on Guarin. In the 85th Milito scored from the spot for his hat-trick and brought the score to 5-3. On 89 minutes Lucio made a clumsy tackle on Sculli: penalty. Gilardino scored in the 90th minute to make it 5-4. After three minutes of added time Inter v Genoa finished 5-4 and the Nerazzurri are now on 44 points.

Inter 5-4 Genoa (HT: 3-1)

Scorers: Milito 13, 27, 85 (pen) Samuel 38, Moretti 45+2, Palacio 59 (pen), Zarate 74, Gilardino 80 (pen) 90 (pen).

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar, 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu, 18 Poli, 5 Stankovic (Guarin 60), 19 Cambiasso, 28 Zarate (Castellazzi 79), 22 Milito, 9 Forlan (Obi 75).

Unused subs: 23 Ranocchia, 55 Nagatomo, 7 Pazzini, 88 Livaja.

Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Genoa: 1 Frey; 20 Mesto, 3 Carvalho, 13 Kaladze, 24 Moretti, 88 Biondini (Jorquera 82), 4 Veloso (Jankovic 46), 25 Belluschi, 81 Sculli, 82 Gilardino, 8 Palacio.

Unused subs: 22 Lupatelli, 9 Zé Eduardo, 10 Birsa, 18 Alhassan, 21 Bovo.

Coach: Pasquale Marino.

Referee: Paolo Valeri (Rome section).

Booked: Moretti 41, Jankovic 62, Poli 62, Palacio 78, Mesto 88, Lucio 89. Sent off: Julio Cesar 78, Belluschi 84. 

Added time: 2+3. 

Attendance: 42,322.


starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Frey
Zanetti 4 Mesto
Lucio 6 De Carvalho
Samuel 25 Kaladze
Chivu 26 Moretti
Poli 18 Biondini
Stankovic 5 Veloso
Cambiasso 19 Belluschi
Zarate 28 Sculli
Milito 22 Gilardino
Forlan 9 Palacio

substitutes

Castellazzi 12 Lupatelli
Pazzini 7 Zè Eduardo
Guarin 14 Birsa
Obi 20 Jankovic
Ranocchia 23 Alhassan
Nagatomo 55 Jorquera
Livaja 88 Bovo