Final score

11 December 2016 20:45

Inter
25' (2nd half) Brozovic
38' Brozovic
2 - 0
Genoa
referee Paolo Valeri / linesmen Salvatore Longo, Sergio Ranghetti / 4th man Fabiano Preti / assistants Luca Pairetto, Gianluca Manganiello
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46' The first half comes to a close. Brozovic's goal in the 38th minute all that's separating the sides
44' The referee has indicated one minute of additional time
41' Candreva drills a cross-shot across the area. Nervous times for the Genoa defence
38' GOOOOOOOAAAAAL!!! The ball drops to Brozovic from a corner and he guides home a delightful half-volley from the edge of the area!
37' Joao Mario plays it forward to Icardi, who controls and shoots earning a corner
35' Veloso puts a dangerous ball into the area but Murillo is first to it and heads clear
32' Icardi plays in Nagatomo, who draws a save from the Genoa keeper but it was already called back for offside
28' Miguel Veloso brings down Palacio, halting an Inter counter attack. Yellow for the Portuguese midfielder
27' Lazovic crosses for Ocampos to get his head on it. Great save from Handanovic
25' Ocampos booked for handball
23' Palacio swings a ball deep into the box and Veloso clears
20' Brozovic volleys just over from outside the area
20' Candreva comes off better in a one-on-one with Laxalt; he's closed down just as he prepares to shoot
19' Lazovic bursts down the wing and shoots but D'Ambrosio is there to clear
18' Palacio crossed from the right but the Genoa defence clears
15' It's been a balanced affair in the first 15 minutes at the Meazza. Inter trying to force the issue but Genoa are staying compact
11' Miranda slides it through to Icardi, who had just strayed offside
9' Miguel Veloso strikes a free kick from 25 yards out; Handanovic gathers comfortably
7' Brozovic cuts inside for Icardi, who backheels to Eder, but the Genoa rearguard manage to get the tackle in
2' Murillo plays it deep but it's too far for Palacio
1' Mauro Icardi gets us started in the late kick-off of Week 16 in Serie A 2016/17
1' Inter and Genoa make their way out onto the pitch at San Siro. Kick-off is just seconds away
Minutes Text commentary
48' That's your lot! Brozovic's brace hands all three points to the Nerazzurri in Week 16! Forza Inter!
47' Ninkovic miscues his cross and Handanovic watches the ball safely behind
44' There will be three minutes of additional time. Final push for the Nerazzurri
42' Pioli has used up his third sub as well, Banega relieving Joao Mario of his duties
41' Pandev fires in a dangerous low cross; D'Ambrosio does well to snuff out the danger
40' Final change for Genoa: Edenilson on for Laxalt
39' Ninkovic hooks one to the far post; Murillo reads the flight well and nods it behind to safety
36' Nagatomo shaves the top of the crossbar with a shot on the turn
34' Genoa make a change: Rigoni makes way for Pandev, who comes on to a rapturous applause from the Meazza
33' This time it's Miranda who makes contact, forcing Perin into an acrobatic save to keep out his header. Inter searching for a third goal
32' Perisic earn a corner from a free-kick. Brozovic then attempts a sideways scissor quick but it goes behind for another corner
29' Simeone shoots from distance; it's too central and easy for Handanovic
28' Perisic cuts inside and shoots but he must have misplaced his compass because it goes wide
25' GOOOOOAAAAAL! Wonderful run from Joao Mario, who has the wherewithal to cut it back for an easy finish from Brozovic! 2-0
23' Lazovic beats Nagatomo in a foot race but his cut-back is off target
21' Ninkovic has a go from distance and it finishes wide of Handanovic'a poat
18' Perisic tries to knock down a Nagatomo cross into Icardi's path but the Genoa defence are able to clear
15' A quick free-kick clipped forward Candreva; the Italian went too early and is pulled up for offside
12' A change per side: Perisic replacing Palacio for Inter, Ninkovic on for Ocampos for Genoa
11' Cross ball from Candreva; Icardi can't get above it and heads over
8' Murillo is booked for dissent
7' Handanovic denies Lazovic with an instinctive save. Another corner for Genoa
6' Ocampos sees his shot deflected wide for a corner. Simeone gets his head on the corner but puts it wide
3' Brozovic crosses for Candreva, who can't direct his header on goal
1' The second half gets under way! C'mon guys!
1' One change for Inter at half-time: Felipe Melo on for Eder

Nagatomo
4.5
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Palacio
4.51
4.51
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Handanovic
6.69
6.69
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Icardi
5.56
5.56
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D'Ambrosio
5.29
5.29
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Brozovic
8.13
8.13
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Miranda
6.41
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Murillo
5.4
5.4
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Perisic
5.18
5.18
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Melo
5.83
5.83
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Eder
4.23
4.23
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Banega
5.42
5.42
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Candreva
5.46
5.46
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Joao Mario
7.38
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3 shots on target 4
10 shots off target 6
13 fouls committed 18
5 corners 5
4 offsides 1
51% ball possession 49%
Clash stats

Inter will be seeking their 50th Serie A victory against Genoa in the 99th meeting between these two sides.

Can Icardi bag a fourth consecutive home double?

Icardi will be hoping to extend his hot streak at the Meazza: he's bagged three doubles in his last three home games, against Torino, Crotone and Fiorentina.

Torino-Crotone-Fiorentina

Inter - who have won their last three home fixtures in the league – have had more shots than any other Serie A outfit this season. However, Mauro Icardi and Co. will be up against the league's second-best defence.

Will Perisic score and continue as Inter's good-luck charm?

Ivan Perisic, Inter's second highest scorer, has proved something of a good-luck charm this season: when he scores, Inter don't lose.
Sunday's game will have a derby feel for former Samp man Eder while Rodrigo Palacio could face his ex-club – and he's already scored three times in six games against them.

wins(41) draws(12) defeats(12)

MILAN – A brace from Marcelo Brozovic, one in each half, helped Inter to three fully deserved points this evening against Genoa.

The Rossoblu were organised, compact and hard to break down, even threatening Samir Handanovic's goal on occasion, but Inter had the greater quality and took their chances when they arose.

The Nerazzurri were back at San Siro on the hunt for their sixth consecutive home victory in all competitions and Stefano Pioli chose to start with a front three of Rodrigo Palacio, Mauro Icardi and Eder against Ivan Juric's Genoa.

The opening period at a fog-enveloped Stadio Giuseppe Meazza was cagey as the teams probed each other. Inter were looking to take control of the ball more, while the visitors were happy to sit back and rely on Giovanni Simeone's counter attacks.

The first action of note came in the 19th minute when the dangerous Darko Lazovic cut into the area and had Handanovic beaten with his shot, but luckily Danilo D'Ambrosio read the move well and got into position to clear off the line. Inter went straight down the other end and worked a good opening for themselves; Antonio Candreva was closed down by Ezequiel Munoz just as he went to shoot.

In the 38th minute, Icardi worked himself an angle for a shot and let fly from outside the area, winning a corner as his effort deflected off a defender. The ball from the corner eventually fell to Brozovic on the edge of the box and the Croatian defender connected neatly with a side-footed half volley, sending the ball into the bottom corner for 1-0 with Mattia Perin well beaten.

Pioli's men managed their slim lead until half-time and then the head coach decided for a change in personnel, bringing on Felipe Melo for Eder to shore things up in midfield.

However, Genoa started the second half well and the Nerazzurri No.1 had to be alert on a number of occasions to prevent the opposition getting back into the game.

In the 67th minute, Lazovic beat Yuto Nagatomo in a foot race and burst into the area, cutting the ball back for one of his team-mates to come onto it. Neither Simeone nor Nikola Ninkovic read the pass and the move fizzled out.

That would prove to be costly, as the Nerazzurri doubled their lead two minutes later. Joao Mario carried the ball from midfield into the Rossoblu penalty box and then had the wherewithal to square it, leaving Brozovic with a simple one-on-one to make it 2-0.

To their credit, Pioli's players didn't try to sit back on their lead and kept looking for the third. It didn't come, but the team should nevertheless be pleased with a decent shift and three well-earned points.

INTER 2-0 GENOA (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Brozovic 38 and 69.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 24 Murillo, 55 Nagatomo; 87 Candreva, 77 Brozovic, 6 Joao Mario (19 Banega, 87), 23 Eder (5 Melo, 45); 8 Palacio (44 Perisic, 57), 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 7 Kondogbia, 10 Jovetic, 11 Biabiany, 13 Ranocchia, 94 Yao, 95 Miangue, 96 Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

GENOA: 1 Perin; 5 Izzo, 8 Burdisso, 24 Munoz; 22 Lazovic, 88 Rincon, 44 Veloso, 93 Laxalt (2 Edenilson, 85); 30 Rigoni (27 Pandev, 79), 9 Simeone, 11 Ocampos (99 Ninkovic, 56).
Subs not used: 23 Lamanna, 38 Zima, 3 Gentiletti, 4 Cofie, 10 Nctham, 13 Gakpe, 14 Biraschi, 28 Brivio, 29 Fiamozzi.
Coach: Ivan Juric.

Yellow cards: Ocampos 24, Veloso 28, Murillo 52.
Additional time: 1+3 minute.

Referee: Paolo Valeri.
Assistants: Salvatore Longo, Sergio Ranghetti.
Fourth official: Fabiano Preti.
Additional assistants: Luca Pairetto, Gianluca Manganiello.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Perin
D'Ambrosio 33 5 Izzo
Miranda 25 8 Burdisso
Murillo 24 24 Munoz
Nagatomo 55 22 Lazovic
Candreva 87 44 Veloso
Brozovic 77 88 Rincon
Joao Mario 6 93 Laxalt
Eder 23 30 Rigoni
Palacio 8 9 Simeone
Icardi 9 11 Ocampos

substitutes

Carrizo 30 23 Lamanna
Andreolli 2 38 Zima
Melo 5 2 Edenilson
Kondogbia 7 3 Gentiletti
Jovetic 10 4 Cofie
Biabiany 11 10 Ntcham
Ranocchia 13 13 Gakpé
Banega 19 14 Biraschi
Perisic 44 27 Pandev
Yao 94 28 Brivio
Miangue 95 29 Fiamozzi
Barbosa 96 99 Ninkovic

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