Final score

5 December 2015 20:45

Inter
15' (2nd half) Ljajic
1 - 0
Genoa
referee Piero Giacomelli / linesmen Di Fiore, Vuoto / 4th man Padovan / assistants Valeri, Baracani
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Minutes Text commentary
48' Mr Giacomelli brings the first period to a close. Goalless between Inter and Genoa
47' Palacio plays it through to Ljajic who drives it narrowly wide from the edge of the box
45' There will be three minutes of added time
44' Perin produces a wonder save to deny Ljajic from Telles' perfect cross
34' Felipe Melo goes off with a bit of dizziness
30' Medel tries to pick his spot from the edge of the box. Perin gets everything behind it
29' Tino Costa is shown a yellow card
26' Great work from Jovetic. He rolls it into Palacio who meets the ball with a diagonal run. Ansaldi clears for a corner
23' Biabiany breaks at pace and feeds Ljajic on the left. The Serbian gets the ball caught under his feet however
18' Ljajic and Jovetic combine in the box. The Serbian forward shoots narrowly over
15' Palacio lays it off to Jovetic who's sent tumbling just inside the box. Mr Giacomelli waves play on
12' Felipe Melo collides with Medel and play is stopped whilst the Nerazzurri pair receive treatment
2' Inter go close to taking the lead but Felipe Melo fires over from a great position
1' Inter v Genoa is underway
1' A minute's silence at the Meazza in memory of Giammaria Visconti di Modrone, the Inter vice president from 1995 to 199, who died on Thursday
1' The sides are out at the Meazza. Inter v Genoa kicks off shortly
Minutes Text commentary
49' It's all over! Ljajic's goal secures the points for the Nerazzurri. Inter 1-0 Genoa
46' Perotti booked for simulation
45' Four minutes of added time
45' Guarin comes on for Palacio
44' Ansaldi is cautioned
41' D'Ambrosio is shown a red card
41' Second yellow for D'Ambrosio
37' Telles is booked after illegally stopping a Genoa break
35' Cissokho replaces Izzo in Genoa's final substitution
33' Tino Costa drives it from range and Handanovic gets down sharply to save
32' Ljajic cuts inside and calls Perin into action
29' Perisic replaces Jovetic, while Pandev is on for Figueiras for the visitors
24' D'Ambrosio halts a Genoa counter with a foul and collects a yellow card
18' Ljajic wrongly adjudged offside
16' Genoa change: Diego Capel is on for Lazovic
15' GOAL FOR INTER! Ljajic scores directly from a whipped free-kick which skips into the far corner
12' Jovetic is unable to find the target after strecthing with a half volley
8' Figueiras collects the ball at the back post and fires back across goal. Handanovic is down sharply to save
6' Rincon shoots way over from outside the box
1' Mr Giacomelli gets the second period underway
1' Brozovic relieves the stricken Felipe Melo for the second half
Biabiany
7.38
7.38
Guarin
5.75
5.75
Palacio
6.23
6.23
Handanovic
6.91
6.91
D'Ambrosio
5.78
5.78
Medel
6.79
6.79
Brozovic
6.18
6.18
Miranda
8.36
8.36
Murillo
7.62
7.62
Jovetic
6.23
6.23
Perisic
5.88
5.88
Ljajic
8.46
8.46
Melo
6.37
6.37
Telles
6.89
6.89
Average rating 6.77
5 shots on target 2
10 shots off target 2
13 fouls committed 16
5 corners 3
3 offsides 0
63% ball possession 37%
wins(41) draws(12) defeats(12)
MILAN - Inter and Genoa held a minute's silence before kick-off in memory of former Nerazzurri vice president Gianmaria Visconti di Modrone, who died aged 80 on Thursday.

Inter made a fast start and could have taken the lead inside two minutes. Captain for the night, Palacio won the ball back and linked up with Ljajic who rolled it square to the onrushing Felipe Melo. The cross, however, was slightly behind the Brazilian and he shot over.

The Nerazzurri kept pushing with Jovetic and Ljajic posing their main threat. With a quarter of an hour on the clock, Palacio flicked the ball onto Jovetic who was clean through. There was contact with Ansaldi - albeit outside the penalty area - but Mr Giacomelli waved play on.

Soon after Biabiany found space between the lines before finding Ljajic who combined with Jovetic. The Serbian, however, shot off target with his left.

Inter were the more positive of the two sides, with Genoa content to sit deep in a 5-3-2 system and look to hit the Nerazzurri on the counter. On the half-hour mark, we had the game's first caution after contact between Tino Costa and Medel saw the Genoa man go into the book. The first half saw a few more half-chances but little of any real note.

The best opportunity of the first period came two minutes shy of the break, however. Jovetic worked it wide for Alex Telles and his cross was met by the head of Ljajic at the back post. Somehow Perin got down to produce a wonder save and keep it out.

The Nerazzurri were forced to make a change for the second half, with Felipe Melo suffering the ill effects of a head injury sustained in the opening 45 minutes. Marcelo Brozovic replaced him after the break. The second half began with a slow tempo but the Rossoblu created the first meaningful opportunity. Figueiras shot back across goal and Handanovic got down smartly to repel the effort.

The deadlock was broken on the hour mark. Ljajic won a free-kick midway inside the Genoa half and took the resulting set-piece himself. Perin was caught in two minds as players looked to meet the whipped delivery and the ball skipped into the far corner to give the Nerazzurri the lead. Moments later, Inter had the ball in the net again but Mr Giacomelli stopped play for an offside decision against Ljajic, though replays later showed he was level.

The Nerazzurri pushed forward in search of a second and Mancini threw on Perisic in place of Jovetic. Ljajic came close again, cutting inside to leave Burdisso on his backside only to shoot straight at Perin,

Handanovic showed he was alert, denying Tino Costa's fierce drive late on. D'Ambrosio was then shown a second yellow for a foul on halfway, leaving Inter to play the final eight minutes with a man light. Guarin came on for Palacio in stoppage time and Inter held on for three points in front of 40,000 at the Meazza.

The Nerazzurri therefore return to winning ways after the defeat at Napoli and sit top of the table ahead of the weekend's remaining fixtures.

Inter 1-0 Genoa (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Ljajic 60.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 24 Murillo, 12 Telles; 83 Melo (77 Brozovic 46), 17 Medel; 11 Biabiany, 8 Palacio (13 Guarin 89), 22 Ljajic; 10 Jovetic Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 5 Jesus, 6 Dodò, 9 Icardi, 14 Montoya, 23 Ranocchia, 27 Gnoukouri, 97 Manaj.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Genoa: 1 Perin; 5 Izzo (90 Cissokho 80), 8 Burdisso, 3 Ansaldi; 11 Figueiras (21 Pandev 74), 88 Rincon, 20 Tino Costa, 93 Laxalt; 22 Lazovic (16 Capel 60), 10 Perotti, 13 Gakpe.
Subs not used: 23 Lamanna, 27 Ujkani, 4 De Maio, 18 Ntcham, 38 Ricozzi, 54 Sandro, 97 Ghiglione.
Coach: Gianpiero Gasperini.

Booked: Tino Costa 27, D'Ambrosio 69, Telles 82, Ansaldi 89, Perotti 90+1.
Sent off: D'Ambrosio 86.

Added time: 3+4 minutes.

Referee: Giacomelli.
Assistants:
Di Fiore & Vuoto.
Fourth official: Padovan.
Additional assistants: Valeri & Baracani.


starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Perin
D'Ambrosio 33 5 Izzo
Miranda 25 8 Burdisso
Murillo 24 3 Ansaldi
Telles 12 11 Figueiras
Medel 17 88 Rincon
Melo 83 20 Tino Costa
Biabiany 11 93 Laxalt
Palacio 8 10 Perotti
Ljajic 22 22 Lazovic
Jovetic 10 13 Gakpè

substitutes

Carrizo 30 23 Lamanna
Berni 46 27 Ujkani
Jesus 5 4 De Maio
Dodò 6 16 Diego Capel
Icardi 9 18 Ntcham
Guarin 13 21 Pandev
Montoya 14 38 Ricozzi
Ranocchia 23 54 Embalo
Gnoukouri 27 90 Cissokho
Perisic 44 97 Ghiglione
Brozovic 77
Manaj 97