21.11.10 / 18:25
VERONA - At the "Marc'Antonio Bentegodi" stadium in Verona, the Round 13 game between Chievo and Inter (Tim Serie A 2010-11 season) finishes 2-1 to the hosts.
Pandev hit the post (13 mins) before Pellissier opened the scoring after 29 minutes of play, heading home Frey's cross. The Nerazzurri came close to equalising several times in the second half: Stankovic's lob on 64 mins and Eto'o's effort - after being set up by Pandev - were both blocked by Sorrentino. In fact, Inter were unlucky to come up against the Chievo keeper in such good form. They fell further behind after 82 mins when Moscardelli scored, then managed to pull one back through Eto'o (92 mins) but were unable to complete the comeback and thus suffered their second away defeat of the season.
FIRST HALF - Inter had 11 players unavailable but were able to recall Cambiasso, who started in front of the back four alongside Stankovic. With Chivu out, the back line was reshuffled once more: protecting Castellazzi were Santon (right) and Zanetti (left) flanking Lucio and Cordoba. Pellissier returned to partner Thereau up front for Chievo.
Chievo began pressing Inter from the off and had the first chance when Thereau shot from distance after 5 mins, forcing Castellazzi to parry around the post. Inter hit back on 7 mins when Pandev played Eto'o through, the Cameroonian dribbling past Cesar before shooting high over the bar. On 13 mins Pandev struck the post: set up by a lovely ball from Eto'o, the Macedonian went round Sorrentino but couldn't quite find the right angle. Poor control from Frey on 17 mins allowed Zanetti to break on the right but the ball ran too far ahead of him and went out for a goal-kick. Rigoni then brought down Eto'o right on the edge of the box (20 mins). Sneijder struck the freekick powerfully but too centrally and Sorrentino was able to deal with it. A good piece of individual work from Santon came on 22 mins: after winning the ball and moving forward, his shot was once again kept out by the Chievo keeper. Then, after a neat one-two with Sneijder, Eto'o put Pandev through on goal but his shot was way off target. Chievo took the lead on 29 mins: Frey's inch-perfect cross from the right was headed home by Pellissier. Shortly after (36 mins), Thereau's shot finished high, while Zanetti had to clear (44 mins) after Marcolini had set up Mantovani. Just before the half-time whistle, Lucio did enough to put off Pellissier as the striker was about to shoot with just Castellazzi to beat and the ball went wide. The first half finished 1-0.
SECOND HALF - There were no changes at half time. Two minutes after the restart, Santon fired at Castellazzi's right-hand post and the keeper had to put it behind. From the resulting corner, Stankovic headed over. Rigoni went close to making it 2-0 after 53 mins, hitting goalwards from a corner but Stankovic was well positioned to hack it off the line. Benitez made his first change after 55 mins, Nwankwo coming on for Cambiasso. A delightful pass from Sneijder on 64 mins gave Stankovic a great chance to equalise, but his delicate lob was just touched wide by Sorrentino. Chievo soon had another chance: Pellissier to Constant, who struck a sweet volley from outside the box that Castellazzi was able to parry. Fernandes latched onto the rebound but scuffed his shot wide. The chance seemed to shock Inter into action, as the Nerazzurri quickly improved: on 67 mins Pandev set up Eto'o, who poked the ball goalwards but Sorrentino was once again a match for it and pushed behind for another corner. Biabiany was replaced by Alibec after 76 mins, and it was the Inter youngster who created another chance for Eto'o 5 minutes after coming on. However, Inter's fate was sealed right after that when Rigoni's low cross was dummied (missed?) by Thereau and Moscardelli was able to fire home from close range to make it 2-0. On 90 mins Thereau tried to score from an almost impossible position, before Eto'o finally got an Inter goal on the board, and it was all of his own making: starting on the left he skipped past three players and then slotted past Sorrentino from inside the area. Rocchi blew the final whistle after three minutes of added time to confirm Inter's second away defeat of the season. The Nerazzurri thus remain on 20 points.
Scorers: 29' Pellissier, 82' Moscardelli, 92' Eto'o
Chievo: 28 Sorrentino; 21 Frey, 3 Andreolli, 12 Cesar, 4 Mantovani; 6 Fernandes, 16 Rigoni, 7 Marcolini (65' Guana); 23 Costant (87' 26 Bogliacino); 77 Thereau, 31 Pellissier (68' 80 Moscardelli)
Unused substitutes: 18 Squizzi, 5 Mandelli, 11 Granoche, 20 Sardo.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.
Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 39 Santon, 6 Lucio, 2 Cordoba, Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (42' st 30 Mancini), 19 Cambiasso (55' 40 Nwankwo); 88 Biabiany (68' 31 Alibec), 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev; 9 Eto'o.
Unused substitutes: 21 Orlandoni, 23 Materazzi, 24 Rivas, 57 Natalino.
Coach: Rafael Benitez.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence).
Cards: Booked: 23' Thereau, 33' Fernandes, 34' Cordoba, 46' Rigoni, 74' Stankovic
Added time: 3' (first half) and 3' (second half)