Final score

3 March 2013 15:00

Catania
19' Marchese
7' Bergessio
2 - 3
Inter
47' (2nd half) Palacio
25' (2nd half) Palacio
7' (2nd half) Alvarez
referee Mauro Bergonzi / linesmen Vuoto, Costanzo / 4th man Dobosz / assistants Guida, Tommasi
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MinutesText commentary
47'After 2 minutes of added time, the ref blows the whistle to end the first half. Catania 2-0 Inter
45'Bergonzi adds 2 minutes of injury time
44'Guarin slides a dangerous low cross through the box but Pablo Alvarez clears before it can get to Ricky Alvarez
43'Zanetti crosses into the heart of the box. After a deflection from a defender the ball lands in the arms of Andujar
37'Pablo Alvarez receives a yellow card for a foul on Pereira
32'Alvarez concludes his run with a left-footed attempt but the ball goes well over Andujar's crossbar
28'Pereira crosses from the left. Rocchi connects with his right foot but the ball goes high
24'During a challenge Bergessio's hand catches Chivu in the face. The referee's card remains in his pocket
23'A diagonal ball into the box from Guarin. Rocchi attempts a scissor-kick but Andujar handles it without problems
19'GOAL CATANIA: Lodi floats in a free kick and Marchese leaps to head it past Handanovic and inside the far post
18'Kuzmanovic rips a right-footer from distance and sees it go wide of goal
14'Handanovic drops low to save a right-footer from Gomez from outside the box
7'GOAL CATANIA: Bergessio wins the ball in the box from a hesitant Juan Jesus and beats Handanovic
6'Free kick taken by Lodi. Bergessio hits a quick shot after controlling the ball. Blocked by Juan Jesus
1'The Nerazzurri, wearing all white kits, take the opening kick-off
1'Guarin, Kuzmanovic and Gargano are in midfield behind Schelotto, Rocchi and Alvarez
1'Stramaccioni has chosen Chivu and Juan Jesus in central defence, Handanovic in goal and Zanetti and Pereira as full-backs
MinutesText commentary
49'After 4 minutes of injury time the game at the Stadio Massimino comes to an end. Inter's comeback win gives them 47 points in the standings
47'GOAL INTER: Cambiasso gets past Spolli in the box and cuts the ball back to Palacio who beats Andujar with a 1st-time shot. 2-3!
45'The ref signals for 4 minutes of injury time
44'A first-time passing combination in the box between Schelotto and Cambiasso concludes with Cuchu volleying a hair wide of Andujar's post
41'Cani booked for a foul on Chivu
40'Catania go to their bench and send on Cani for Bergessio
39'The ref shows Schelotto a yellow card
38'Castro's shot from distance finishes high and to the right of Handanovic
38'Andujar saves twice in succession: first from Alvarez, then from Schelotto
32'Substitution for Catania: Almiron comes on for Biagianti
32'Inter make another substitution: Cambiasso comes on for Guarin
30'Handanovic intercepts a low cross from Bergessio
25'GOAL INTER: after a surging run down the left, Pereira crosses to Palacio who directs a header downward into the goal
25'Bergessio sees his name go down in the referee's book
25'Handanovic shown a yellow card for his reaction
24'Alvarez sends a low cross to Bergessio who shoots, but Handanovic comes off his line to smother it
23'Alvaro Pereira moves down the left and crosses. Guarin connects for a header but the ball goes high over the bar
22'Lodi has a go from distance with his left and Handanovic watches the shot roll wide
19'Palacio is flagged for offside after a pass from Schelotto
17'Bergessio crosses from the right. Juan Jesus clears away the danger
10'Rolin is shown a yellow card for a foul on Palacio
7'GOAL INTER. Schelotto finds Palacio who beats his man to cross to Alvarez. Ricky's diving header beats Andujar. 2-1 now
6'A diagonal shot from Guarin goes wide of Andujar's post
4'Palacio crosses but Lodi gets to it before Schelotto to head away the danger
3'Gomez crosses to Bergessio whose shot is punched away by Handanovic
2'A dangerous cross from Guarin. Spolli heads clear for a corner
1'The 2nd half of Catania v Inter begins and the Nerazzurri focus on getting back on track
1'Substitution for Inter as Palacio comes on for Rocchi
1'Another substitution for the Nerazzurri as Stankovic takes the place of Kuzmanovic
Zanetti
6.48
6.48
Stankovic
7.26
7.26
Cambiasso
7.79
7.79
Chivu
6.17
6.17
Alvarez
6.62
6.62
Jesus
5.16
5.16
Guarin
6.17
6.17
Palacio
9.41
9.41
Handanovic
7.45
7.45
Gargano
5.5
5.5
Pereira
6.24
6.24
Rocchi
3.89
3.89
Kuzmanovic
5.18
5.18
Schelotto
6.86
6.86
Average rating6.44
3shots on target2
1shots off target5
13fouls committed9
0corners4
1offsides2
44%ball possession56%
Inter have scored in 11 straight games

Inter have scored at least once in their last 11 competitive matches, managing 20 in the process. The last time the Nerazzurri failed to find the net was on 6 January when they lost 3-0 at Udinese in Serie A.

Inter on the road: one point from 21 and no cleans sheets in nine

Inter last won away from home on 3 November when they beat Juventus 3-1: since then the Nerazzurri have drawn one and lost six on the road. Inter have conceded at least once in each of their last nine matches on their travels, leaking 18 overall at an average of 2 a game. The last clean sheet away from home came on 7 October when Inter beat AC Milan 1-0 in the derby.

No goalless draws in 2012/13

Inter, along with Roma, are one of two sides in Serie A yet to record a 0-0 draw this season.

Catania have won three consecutive home games and have taken 13 from a possible 15 on their own patch

Catania come into the match on the back of three straight home league victories against Roma (1-0), Fiorentina (2-1) and Bologna (1-0). The last time they failed to secure all three points in front their own fans came on 5 January 2013 when they drew 0-0 with Torino. The Rossoazzurri have plundered 13 from a possible 15 points at the Stadio Massimino lately.

Lodi set to make his 300th professional league appearance

Francesco Lodi could make his 300th professional league appearance this afternoon. His current total of 299 - playing for Empoli, Vicenza, Frosinone, Udinese and Catania - have come in the following competitions: 113 in Serie A and 186 in Serie B. Lodi made his league debut on 3 September 2000 as Pistoiese won 2-0 at Empoli in Serie B.

Alvarez and Gomez on course for their 100th appearances in Italian football

Pablo Sebastian Alvarez and Alejandro Dario Gomez are both in line for their 100th appearances in Italian football this afternoon. The pair have only featured for Catania in Italy so far. Alvarez's 99 comprise 87 in Serie A and 12 in the Coppa Italia. He made his debut in this fixture on 10 February 2008: Catania 0-2 Inter in Serie A. Gomez has featured 94 times in Serie A and on 5 occasions in the Coppa Italia. He made his bow in Italian football on 12 September 2010: Catania 2-1 Parma in Serie A.

Stramaccioni v Maran

Andrea Stramaccioni got the better of Rolando Maran in their only previous encounter, as Inter beat Catania 2-0 at the San Siro on 21 October 2012.

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CATANIA – The match at the Stadio Massimino ended with an incredible comeback win for the Nerazzurri. In the first half Catania scored twice through Bergessio and Marchese, but after the break Inter managed to secure the three points thanks to a goal from Alvarez and a brace from Palacio, leaving them with 47 points in the standings.

It took Catania just seven minutes to take the lead when Bergessio capitalised on a mistake from Juan Jesus: as the defender was trying to protect the ball the Argentine striker picked his pocket and beat Handanovic with a right-footer. On 19 minutes the home side doubled their lead when Lodi’s floated free kick was headed inside the far post by Marchese. Inter struggled to react.

In the second half Catania again started aggressively and were nearly up 3-0 through Bergessio. But Inter managed to cut their lead in half on 52 minutes: Schelotto picked out Palacio who crossed to the 6-yard box where Alvarez met the ball with a diving header. It was his first goal of the season. In the 70th minute the Nerazzurri drew level when Palacio expertly headed Pereira’s cross from the left downward into the goal, giving Andujar no chance. Later, Cambiasso came agonisingly close with a volley that finished just a hair wide of the far post. However, Inter’s winner arrived in the 2nd minute of added time. Palacio, who initially started the action, first-timed Cambiasso’s cutback past Andujar. It was an extraordinary interchange between the two Argentines and completed the 2-3 comeback at the Stadio Massimino.

Catania 2-3 Inter (HT: 2-0)
Scorers: Bergessio 7, Marquis 19, Alvarez 52, Palacio 70, 90+2.

Catania: 21 Andujar; 22 Alvarez, 3 Spolli, 5 Rolin, 12 Marchese; 27 Biagianti (Almiron 77), 10 Lodi; 13 Izco, 19 Castro, 17 Gomez; 9 Bergessio (Cani 85).
Unused subs: 1 Frison, 2 Potenza, 18 Augustyn, 8 Sciacca, 24 Ricchiuti, 26 Keko, 30 Salifu, 34 Messina, 35 Doukara.
Coach: Maran.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 4 Zanetti, 26 Chivu, 40 Juan Jesus, 31 Pereira; 14 Guarin (Cambiasso 77), 17 Kuzmanovic (Stankovic 46), 21 Gargano; 7 Schelotto, 18 Rocchi (Palacio 46), 11 Alvarez.
Unused subs: 30 Carrizo, 77 Di Gennaro, 28 Pasa, 33 Mbaye, 42 Jonathan, 10 Kovacic, 24 Benassi, 47 Colombi.
Coach: Stramaccioni.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Pablo Alvarez 37, Rolin 55, Handanovic 70, Bergessio 70, Schelotto 84, Cani 86.
Added time: 2+4 minutes. 

starting lineups

Andujar 211 Handanovic
Alvarez 224 Zanetti
Spolli 326 Chivu
Rolin 540 Jesus
Marchese 1231 Pereira
Biagianti 2714 Guarin
Lodi 1017 Kuzmanovic
Izco 1321 Gargano
Castro 197 Schelotto
Gomez 1718 Rocchi
Bergessio 911 Alvarez

substitutes

Frison 130 Carrizo
Potenza 277 Di Gennaro
Augustyn 1828 Pasa
Almiron 433 Mbaye
Sciacca 842 Jonathan
Ricchiuti 245 Stankovic
Keko 2610 Kovacic
Salifu 3019 Cambiasso
Cani 3224 Benassi
Messina 348 Palacio
Doukara 3547 Colombi