Final score

21 October 2012 15:00

Inter
40' (2nd half) Palacio
28' Cassano
2 - 0
Catania
referee Carmine Russo / linesmen De Pinto, Barbirati / 4th man Liberti / assistants Massa, Ciampi
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Inter lead Catania 1-0 at the interval thanks to Cassano's goal
45' The referee awards one minute of added time
45' Izco spurns a great opportunity to pull Catania level as he heads wide
44' Milito is once again wrongly flagged offside
41' Milito takes a heavy fall after being sandwiched between Spolli and Almiron in the aerial challenge. Thankfully El Principe is soon back to his feet
39' Milito is wrongly adjudged to be in an offside position
37' Cassano is crudely brought down by Barrientos but the referee elects not to book the Catania player
32' Marchese hits a stinging drive from the edge of the box but Handanovic is equal to it
28' GOAL FOR INTER! Cambiasso curls in a delicious cross towards the back post and finds Cassano who heads home for his 5th in the league
26' Cross is overhit for Gomez
24' Andujar gathers Obi's long-range strike at the second attempt
23' Marchese blocks Milito's right-footed effort
19' Lovely ball from Cassano to Palacio but his header is comfortably claimed by Andujar
18' Juan Jesus intercepts Gomez's diagonal ball and clears to safety
15' Great last-ditch defending from Ranocchia on Barrientos
13' Bergessio gets up well but his header is straight at Handanovic
10' Nice ball from Samuel to Cassano who cushions it beautifully on his chest, but Andujar is out smartly to deny Fant'Antonio
9' The flag's up against Catania's Bergessio
7' Almiron makes a lovely run and is well found by Barrientos but lashes over the bar from close range
4' Juan Jesus makes a good challenge on Izco
4' Milito is marginally offside
3' Gomez is offside this time as he runs back
2' Palacio tries to feed Cassano on the right but the Italian forward is flagged offside
1' It's back to league action after the international break: Inter host Catania at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Week 8
1' Inter v Catania is underway with the home side kicking off
1' Zanetti, Cambiasso, Mudingayi and Obi make up the midfield 4, with Palacio, Milito and Cassano up front
1' Stramaccioni plays a back three of Ranocchia, Samuel and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic
Minutes Text commentary
48' After 3 minutes of added time, it finishes Inter 2-0 Catania with goals from Cassano and Palacio. The Nerazzurri now have 18 points
45' Three minutes of added time
43' Castro is booked for simulation
40' GOAL FOR INTER! Palacio controls with his chest from Milito's cross and hits a wonderful volley. Inter lead 2-0
39' Handanovic acrobatically puts the ball out for a throw
38' Ricchiuti's shot goes off-target
37' Andujar saves from Alvarez
36' Ricchiuti comes on for Almiron
32' Ranocchia strikes the post
31' Alvarez is cautioned
30' Gargano finds Milito who then plays in Alvarez. He shows great feet but is denied by a superb sliding challenge from Spolli
28' Almiron's right-footed shot is deflected out for a goal kick
27' Milito can't find his range and his effort goes off-target
26' Third and final substitution for the Nerazzurri: Mudingayi is replaced by Guarin
25' Bergessio gets his shot all wrong
24' Second change for Inter: Alvarez replaces Cassano who comes off to a round of applause
20' Izco makes way for Castro as Catania make a change
19' Andujar does just enough to tip Milito's shot out for a corner after good work from Cambiasso
16' Inter make the game's first change as Gargano replaces Obi
15' Zanetti slices his cross out for a goal kick
13' Milito finds Cassano who bursts into the box and lays it square towards Palacio but the Argentine can't connect. Agonisingly close for Inter
10' Juan Jesus picks Barrientos' pocket
9' Handanovic saves well from Barrientos
9' The captain again looks for Zanetti but Andujar reads the danger well and gets there first
7' Palacio seeks out Cassano but Catania again play it safe, putting the ball out for a throw
5' Legrottaglie boots the ball into touch ahead of Palacio
3' Zanetti tries to find Milito but once again Andujar is first to the ball
2' Handanovic makes a smart stop to deny Gomez but the referee blows for offside in any case
1' The second half is underway between Inter and Catania with both sides unchanged
Zanetti
7.39
7.39
Cambiasso
8.45
8.45
Samuel
7.34
7.34
Milito
6.72
6.72
Obi
6.8
6.8
Ranocchia
8.09
8.09
Alvarez
6.05
6.05
Jesus
7.61
7.61
Guarin
6.19
6.19
Palacio
7.34
7.34
Handanovic
7.46
7.46
Mudingayi
6.8
6.8
Cassano
8.2
8.2
Gargano
7.04
7.04
Average rating 7.25
9 shots on target 3
2 shots off target 7
13 fouls committed 11
6 corners 3
6 offsides 5
34_53 ball possession 26:26
Coaches meet for the first time

Andrea Stramaccioni and Rolando Maran meet for the first time. It's also the first time the current Nerazzurri coach takes on Catania. Maran has never met Inter.

Cambiasso's goals against Andujar

Esteban Cambiasso's favourite goalkeeper is Andujar, with the Argentine having scored 3 of his 44 competitive goals against him: Cuchu has scored the same number against Frey.

Inter, Catania and goal-scoring defenders

At the league's first international break, after 7 games, Inter are one of three sides to have the highest number of goals scored by defenders - 2: one from Alvaro Pereira away at Chievo Verona on 26 September and one from Walter Samuel in the derby win over AC Milan on 7 October. Catania and Sampdoria have the same number of goals from the back but statistically their defenders have made a more telling contribution with Maran and Ferrara's sides having both scored 9 goals overall thus far (22.2% from defence) while the Nerazzurri have managed 11 (18.2% from the back).

No penalties in Catania's games in 2012/13

Catania have not seen a penalty this season, neither for nor against them. They are one of two sides in Serie A with this record, the other being Palermo.

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MILAN - Inter have beaten Catania 2-0 thanks to goals from Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. 

The home side were solid in the first period and the excellent Cassano opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark, Cambiasso curling in a beautiful cross which saw Fant'Antonio sneak in round the back to head home and claim his fifth league goal of the season. 

The Nerazzurri took the sting out of the contest after the break but, despite numerous chances, only secured the three points at the death. Palacio scored an absolute peach as he expertly controlled Milito's cross before drilling a left-foot volley past Andujar. That sealed the win for Inter and they move onto 18 points in the league.

Inter 2-0 Catania (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Cassano 28, Palacio 85.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 40 Juan Jesus; 4 Zanetti, 16 Mudingayi (Guarin 71), 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi (Gargano 61); 8 Palacio, 22 Milito, 99 Cassano (Alvarez 69).
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 32 Cincilla, 6 Silvestre, 7 Coutinho, 31 Pereira, 33 Mbaye, 41 Ducan, 42 Jonathan, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Catania: 21 Andujar; 3 Spolli, 4 Almiron (Ricchiuti 81), 6 Legrottaglie, 9 Bergessio, 10 Lodi, 12 Marchese, 13 Izco (Castro 65), 17 Gomez, 22 Alvarez, 28 Barrientos.
Subs not used: 1 Frison, 2 Potenza, 5 Rolin, 15 Morimoto, 27 Biagianti, 30 Salifu, 33 Capuano, 34 Messina, 35 Doukara.
Coach: Rolando Maran.

Referee: Carmine Russo (Nola).
Booked: Alvarez 76, Castro 88.
Added time: 1+3 minutes.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 Andujar
Zanetti 4 Spolli
Palacio 8 Almiron
Mudingayi 16 Legrottaglie
Cambiasso 19 Bergessio
Obi 20 Lodi
Milito 22 Marchese
Ranocchia 23 Izco
Samuel 25 Gomez
Jesus 40 Alvarez V.
Cassano 99 Barrientos

substitutes

Belec 27 Frison
Cincilla 32 Potenza
Silvestre 6 Rolin
Coutinho 7 Morimoto
Alvarez 11 Castro
Guarin 14 Ricchiuti
Gargano 21 Biagianti
Pereira 31 Salifu
Mbaye 33 Capuano
Duncan 41 Messina
Jonathan 42 Doukara
Livaja 88