Final score

12 December 2015 20:45

Udinese
0 - 4
Inter
42' (2nd half) Brozovic
39' (2nd half) Icardi
31' Jovetic
23' Icardi
referee Davide Massa / linesmen Dobosz, Pegorin / 4th man Paganessi / assistants Tagliavento, Maresca
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MinutesText commentary
45'That's the end of the first half. Inter lead by two goals to nil, Icardi and Jovetic the scorers
44'Felipe Melo gives away the ball but then wins it back immediately to prevent an Udinese counter
40'Inter almost have a third. Montoya collects Jovetic's ball and fires it into the mixer. The Udinese rearguard manage to clear their lines
38'Di Natale chips towards the far post looking for Edenilson but Ljajic is there tracking back to avert the danger
35'Thereau bursts forward on the break and unleashes a shot which Handanovic again puts behind for a corner
34'Montoya whips in a cross from the right, Domizzi gets there a fraction before Icardi
31'Another mistake by the Udinese rearguard and this time it's Jovetic who punishes them with a dinked finish. It's 2-0!
28'Nice move by the hosts with Thereau teeing up Di Natale and the Zebrette skipper firing goalwards on the spin. Handanovic turns it behind
23'GOAL!!! Icardi latches onto an Udinese mistake and fires past Karnezis. We're 1-0 up!
22'Di Natale steps up to take the free kick and sends it narrowly wide
21'Handball by Ljajic. Free kick to Udinese on the edge of the box and a caution for the Serb
19'Montoya and Felipe Melo combine well but the Brazilian overhits his return pass with the Spaniard looking to bear down on goal
16'Telles goes into the book for a supposed foul on Widmer. The Nerazzurri's protests are waved away
15'Perisic cuts inside from the right and lets fly but shoots wide
14'Thereau's strike calls Handanovic into action, who drops to his right and pushes it away
13'Edenilson dinks a great ball in behind Miranda for Di Natale to run onto but Murillo is back to cover and deflect the shot over for a corner
11'Guarin tries to pick out Icardi's run but overhits it and Karnezis claims
8'Perisic is booked for a foul on Fernandes
7'Karnezis makes a brilliant save with his feet to keep out Jovetic's goalbound shot following Perisic's run and pullback
6'Iturra lays off for Bruno Fernandes, who scuffs his effort sending it wide
4'Bruno Fernandes' ball into the box is easy pickings for Handanovic
3'Guarin is the first to line up a shot from 40 yards. Wague makes the block
1'The home team take the kick-off. FORZA INTER!
1'We're all set to go here at the Stadio Friuli!
MinutesText commentary
48'Inter beat Udinese 4-0 at the Stadio Friuli with Icardi (2), Jovetic and Brozovic on the scoresheet!
48'Handanovic is called into action again to keep out Perica's header
47'Aguirre has a chance to beat Handanovic from close range, the Slovene shotstopper comes up with a big save to deny the Uruguayan
45'Three minutes of added time to be played
44'Mancini makes his final substitution: Manaj comes on for Icardi
44'Marquinho goes into the book
42'Brozovic makes it 4-0 with a wonder goal into the top corner!
39'Lodi's mistake lets in Icardi and the captain laps it up to make it 3-0!
37'Mancini replaces Ljajic with Juan Jesus
34'Di Natale makes way for Aguirre
30'Incredible run by Murillo! The defender glides past four opponents and fires a blistering effort at goal. Karnezis denies him a wonder goal
25'Udinese bring on young Croatian striker Perica for Iturra
24'Iturra is handed a great chance as Handanovic's parry falls at his feet but he can't hit the target
20'Domizzi is shown a yellow card for a nasty foul on Guarin
16'Mancini makes his first substitution. Brozovic comes on for Jovetic
16'Icardi lays off for Ljajic in a decent position but the Serb gets to it late
11'Udinese make a change. Marquinho replaces Bruno Fernandes
11'Wague lays off for Edenilson, who shoots from inside the box but can't get it on target
9'Widmer curls in a neat delivery from deep, Di Natale tries to connect with a stooping header but can't quite make contact
7'Bruno Fernandes is booked for holding back Montoya
5'Lodi's drive is turned into the net by Thereau but the Frenchman is clearly offside
1'The second half gets underway. No changes made at half time
Jesus
6.19
6.19
Guarin
6.16
6.16
Handanovic
8.15
8.15
Icardi
8.26
8.26
Brozovic
8.07
8.07
Miranda
7.8
7.8
Murillo
7.69
7.69
Montoya
7.32
7.32
Jovetic
7.36
7.36
Manaj
6.42
6.42
Perisic
6.67
6.67
Ljajic
6.71
6.71
Melo
6.36
6.36
Telles
6.87
6.87
Average rating7.15
7shots on target7
14shots off target6
12fouls committed13
9corners2
3offsides2
55%ball possession45%
wins(20)draws(14)defeats(11)

UDINE - Inter produced a display of clinical finishing to crush Udinese by a 4-0 scoreline on Saturday night and reaffirm their position as Serie A leaders.

Mauro Icardi and Stevan Jovetic struck in the first half before the Argentine made it a brace and Marcelo Brozovic completed the rout late on.

Roberto Mancini managed to conjure up another surprise in his starting selection by naming Martin Montoya in the Nerazzurri line-up for the first time. Alex Telles, Jeison Murillo and Joao Miranda completed the backline while Felipe Melo and Fredy Guarin formed a double pivot in front of the defence. Adem Ljajic initially started high up on the left flank with Ivan Perisic on the opposite wing and Stevan Jovetic tucked in behind Mauro Icardi to complete an attack-minded 4-2-3-1 formation.

Inter might have opened the scoring as early as the 7th minute. Perisic skipped away down the wing and pulled back intelligently to find Jovetic in the box, the Montenegrin tried to pick his spot but Oreste Karnezis managed to get a foot to it.

The home side were playing some enterprising football too and they carved out two chances in the space of minute. Murillo did brilliantly to get back and block Antonio Di Natale's effort, then from the resulting corner Samir Handanovic reminded his former employers of what he can do when he beat away Cyril Thereau's thunderbolt. Moments later the referee unfairly booked Telles after being conned by Silvan Widmer's dive.

A defensive mix-up offered Icardi the chance to break the deadlock in the 23rd minute and the Argentine duly obliged by firing beyond Karnezis.

The Nerazzurri made it 2-0 less than ten minutes later courtesy of another blunder at the back. Maurizio Domizzi made a complete hash of his attempted backpass and handed Jovetic the chance to run clean through on goal, the Montenegrin coolly lifting his finish over the onrushing keeper.

With the half-time whistle approaching, Montoya linked up well with Guarin and put in a decent delivery that sadly found no takers in the box.

The first period came to a close with applause from the many Nerazzurri fans who had filled the newly renovated Stadio Friuli, despite the away section being closed.

The second half continued in much the same vein with Inter largely in control of proceedings.

Brozovic made his entrance midway through the half - Jo-Jo exiting to applause - while Ljajic and Perisic both squandered opportunities to add a third goal before Mancini moved to defend the clean sheet by bringing on Juan Jesus for Ljajic.

However, far from hanging on until the final whistle, Inter did quite the opposite and finished with a flourish.

Icardi doubled his tally for the night when he lashed home at the near post after Francesco Lodi's misplaced pass, then Brozovic stepped up to the table to score a real peach of a goal, skipping past two black and white shirts before curling his finish into the top corner.

Rej Manaj made a late substitute appearance in place of Icardi, who left the field amid scenes of ecstasy in the stands.

Inter thus sent out a resounding message to the chasing pack as they prepare for a San Siro double header in the final week of 2015: Cagliari visit in the cup on Tuesday followed by a league meeting with Lazio next Sunday night.

Udinese 0-4 Inter (HT 0-2)
Scorers: Icardi 23, 84, Jovetic 31, Brozovic 87.

Udinese: 31 Karnezis; 2 Wague, 11 Domizzi, 89 Piris; 27 Widmer, 16 Iturra (18 Perica 70), 20 Lodi, 8 Fernandes (23 Marquinho 66), 21 Edenilson; 77 Thereau, 10 Di Natale (74 Aguirre 81).
Subs not used: 97 Meret, 13 Insua, 19 Guilherme, 26 Pasquale, 32 Camigliano, 33 Kone, 42 Coppolaro, 53 Adnan, 95 Evangelista.
Coach: Stefano Colantuono.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 14 Montoya, 25 Miranda, 24 Murillo, 12 Telles; 13 Guarin, 83 Melo; 22 Ljajic (5 Jesus 82), 10 Jovetic (77 Brozovic 61), 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi (97 Manaj 89).
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 6 Dodò, 7 Kondogbia, 8 Palacio, 11 Biabiany, 17 Medel, 27 Gnoukouri, 55 Nagatomo, 77 Brozovic.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Booked: Perisic 8, Telles 16, Ljajic 21, Fernandes 52, Domizzi 65.
Added time: 0+3 minutes.
Referee: Massa.
Assistants: Dobosz, Pegorin.
Fourth official:Paganessi.
Additional assistants: Tagliavento, Maresca.

 

starting lineups

Karnezis 311 Handanovic
Wague 214 Montoya
Domizzi 1125 Miranda
Piris 8924 Murillo
Widmer 2712 Telles
Iturra 1613 Guarin
Lodi 2083 Melo
Fernandes 822 Ljajic
Edenilson 2110 Jovetic
Di Natale 1044 Perisic
Thereau 779 Icardi

substitutes

Meret 9730 Carrizo
Insua 1346 Berni
Perica 185 Jesus
Guilherme 196 Dodò
Marquinho 237 Kondogbia
Pasquale 268 Palacio
Camigliano 3211 Biabiany
Kone 3317 Medel
Coppolaro 4227 Gnoukouri
Adnan 5355 Nagatomo
Aguirre 7477 Brozovic
Evangelista 9597 Manaj