Final score

15 March 2015 20:45

3' (2nd half) Palacio
1 - 1
30' Defrel
referee Andrea Gervasoni / linesmen Dobosz, Iori / 4th man Di Fiore / assistants Tagliavento, Manganiello
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46'The half-time whistle blows here at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Cesena go in with a 0-1 lead after Defrel's well-taken lob.
46'Ranocchia brings down Magnusson, earning himself a yellow card and giving Cesena a free-kick in a good position.
45'The referee signals that there'll be one minute of added time at the end of this first half.
43'Magnusson swings in a cross from the left, but Andreolli clears the danger and sets the Nerazzurri on their way.
38'Kuzmanovic swings in a free-kick. Guarin gets up highest, but despite connecting with the header the Colombian can't quite work the 'keeper.
37'Great chance for Inter! Kuzmanovic picks up the ball in the Cesena box and puts his foot through it, but Magnusson blocks his effort.
34'Guarin lets fly with a left-footed rocket, but the ball whistles just past Leali's right post.
33'Dodo fires in a cross-cum-shot, but the ball evades every single player in black and blue in the Cesena box.
30'Cesena take the lead! Carbonero slips Defrel in behind the Nerazzurri defence, with the Frenchman lobbing Handanovic to make it 0-1.
26'A strong challenge from Defrel on D'Ambrosio sees the Cesena man become the first man in the referee's book. Yellow card.
24'Mancini is forced into an early change. Shaqiri has been struggling with an injury and is replaced by Kovacic.
22'Djuric finds Carbonero, who lets fly from the edge of the area. Ranocchia is there to get his body in the way and make the block.
17'D'Ambrosio tries his luck again with a left-footed effort, but it's not troubling the Bianconeri keeper.
16'Palacio finds Shaqiri with a cheeky backheel. The Swiss fires in a powerful cross, but the Cesena backline puts it behind for a corner.
14'A lovely Guarin cross from the right finds Kuzmanovic, but the Serb can't quite direct his header goalwards.
13'Dodo puts in a dangerous cross from the left for Guarin, but the Colombian is flagged up for offside.
8'Kuzmanovic swings a cross into the danger zone, but it's overhit and Leali can claim easily.
6'Guarin sets up D'Ambrosio, whose curling effort from the edge of the area whistles a few feet past the far post.
5'Inter are knocking the ball around nicely in these early stages, trying to tempt Cesena out from their defensive lines.
1'Inter v Cesena is underway! Roberto Mancini's Nerazzurri get us underway here at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
1'The teams observe a minute's silence to mark the death of referee Luca Colosimo.
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48'It's all over here at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Defrel put the visitors ahead, but Palacio equalised for Inter to make it 1-1.
47'Another shot from Podolski earns the Nerazzurri a corner.
45'There'll be three minutes' added time here in Milan.
45'Podolski cuts in from the right and has a go, but it doesn't work the goalkeeper.
43'Inter threaten again through Podolski, but the German can't quite find the telling finish.
42'Rodriguez lets fly with a right-footed effort, but it's not troubling Handanovic.
41'Guarin fires in a powerful cross, but Icardi can't guide his header goalwards. Goal-kick.
39'Guarin crosses in from the right. The ball ricochets around in the box, but Leali is there to avert the danger.
38'Another chance for Inter! Podolski finds Icardi in the box, but the Argentine can't quite turn and get his shot away.
35'Double change for Cesena: Mudingayi and Djuric make way for Rodriguez and Cascione.
34'Guarin plays Icardi in behind, but the ball is just too long for the Argentine forward. Goal-kick to Cesena.
31'Inter are really forcing the issue here. Palacio plays in Podolski, but the German can't apply the finish.
30'Double chance for Inter! Icardi comes so close to putting the Nerazzurri ahead, then Podolski stings Leali's fingertips with a smart effort.
29'Di Carlo makes his first change of the night, with De Feudis being replaced by Pulzetti.
26'D'Ambrosio puts in a threatening cross, but Giorgi reads it well and clears the danger.
21'D'Ambrosio crosses in from the right. Icardi thinks fastest to get up and connect with a header, but Leali claims easily.
18'Santon tries his luck from distance with a right-footed shot. Leali gets down well to save.
17'Dodo is unable to continue. Mancini brings on Santon in place of the Brazilian defender.
14'Dodo is struggling with an injury and has to leave the field for treatment. Inter are down to ten men whilst the Brazilian is seen to.
13'Great play from Andrea Ranocchia to stop a Cesena break in its tracks.
10'So unlucky Lukas Podolski! The German's shot cannons off the inside of the post with Leali beaten, but it won't go in! Inter so close to 2-1
6'Defrel finds himself one on one with Handanovic, but the big Slovenian goalie does excellently to claim the ball at the Frenchman's feet.
3'GOOOOOAL! Lovely play from the Nerazzurri: Icardi fires a low ball in for Palacio, who calmly sweeps it home for 1-1.
2'Icardi controls Dodo's shot and puts the ball in the net with a stunning overhead kick, but it's ruled out for offside.
1'The second half is underway here at San Siro.
1'Roberto Mancini has made a change at half time, with Podolski coming on for Kuzmanovic.
Average rating5.07
4shots on target1
16shots off target8
15fouls committed18
68%ball possession32%

starting lineups

Handanovic 11 Leali
D'Ambrosio 3324 Perico
Ranocchia 2325 Capelli
Andreolli 615 Krajnc
Dodò 2217 Magnusson
Guarin 135 Giorgi
Medel 1826 Mudingayi
Kuzmanovic 178 De Feudis
Shaqiri 917 Carbonero
Palacio 892 Defrel
Icardi 918 Djuric


Carrizo 3030 Agliardi
Berni 4681 Bressan
Kovacic 102 Nica
Podolski 119 Rodriguez
Campagnaro 1411 Brienza
Obi 2014 Volta
Santon 2119 Succi
Felipe 2628 Gaiola
Puscas 2832 Moncini
Brozovic 7734 Cascione
Hernanes 8856 Pulzetti