Final score

31 October 2007 20:30

43' (2nd half) Cruz (P)
29' (2nd half) Suazo
5' (2nd half) Cambiasso
8' Cordoba
28' (2nd half) Konko
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento / Linesmen: Papi, Niccolai / Fourth official: Cavarretta
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Minute Text commentary
45' Chivu beats Borriello to Leon's fast cross from a free kick.
45' Half time. Inter 1-0 Genoa.
42' Foul by Figo on Borriello just outside our box. The Portuguese veteran is yellow-carded.
41' Milanetto is booked for foul play.
40' Chivu blocks a Borriello right-wing cross. Corner for the visitors.
40' With Orlandoni stranded, Figo heads off the line to deny Borriello a headed equaliser.
39' Cruz is fouled by Genoa captain Marco Rossi just outside the area by the left byline.
39' Figo's free kick is blocked. Cesar fails to capitalise on the rebound.
36' Leon has another go from long range. The Honduran's effort is blocked by Maxwell.
34' Superb approach play by Figo and Maicon. The latter's whipped cross is headed out by Bega. Corner for Inter - number six.
31' Figo's inswinging cross is headed behind at the far post by Fabiano. Another Inter corner.
31' Another miracle by Rubinho. Crespo's downwards header from Chivu's cross bounces up, forcing the Genoa keeper to tip over. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
30' Leon has a go from 25 yards. It's way over the Inter crossbar.
30' At the other end Julio Cruz wins us a left-wing corner.
28' Rossi charges down the right and crosses to the far side of the area, where Fabiano is lurking unmarked. Orlandoni narrows the angle to block the Brazilian forward's shot.
27' Cruz takes it. The Argentine's effort bounces back off the Genoa wall.
26' Bega brings down Crespo 30 yards out. Free kick to Inter in Cristian Chivu territory.
22' Leon's curling free kick is tipped behind for a corner by Paolo Orlandoni.
21' Borriello is fouled by Figo just outside the Inter area on the left. Free kick to the Rossoblu.
20' Rubinho palms clear Chivu's inswinging cross from the right corner flag.
19' Konko makes a headed clearance from Figo's left-wing corner.
19' Maxwell tests Rubinho with a shot from distance. Rubinho tips over and Inter win their third corner of the game.
18' Rossi gets to the byline and crosses for Borriello, whose first-time effort is blocked by Cordoba.
18' Inter move forward quickly and Cruz wins us a corner.
17' Maxwell swings in a cross from the left after a beautiful ball down the wing by Cesar. Genoa clear.
15' Cruz gets to the right edge of the Genoa area but slips before he can cross.
11' Cruz picks out Cesar with a pin-point cross from the right. The Brazilian left-winger's downwards header is just wide of the left post.
9' Crespo fires wide as Inter go close to an immediate second.
8' GOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! Cordoba nods in from close range after Rubinho pushes on to the bar Crespo's header from Zanetti's cross. Inter 1-0 Genoa.
8' That was Ivan Ramiro's second goal of the season.
7' Superb solo move by Maicon. The Brazilian receives from Figo, darts on goal and forces Rubinho into a difficult parry with a curling shot from the edge of the box.
5' Genoa build up a good move in the Inter half. Maxwell blocks a Leon cross from the right wing.
4' Free kick to Inter on the right wing. Cruz fouls Rubinho as both players jump to meet Chivu's inswinging cross.
3' Danilo shoots way over from distance after collecting a pass from Borriello.
1' Good evening and welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district.
1' Genoa's last visit here was over 11 years ago. Ruben Sosa and Marco Delvecchio scored in a 2-0 win to seal the points for Ottavio Bianchi's Inter on that occasion.
1' It's Cruz & Crespo in attack for Inter. Figo, Cambiasso, Zanetti & Cesar make up the four-man midfield. With Toldo and J.Cesar out injured Orlandoni continues in goal, behind a flat back four of Maicon, Cordoba, Chivu and Maxwell.
1' Genoa will play a 3-4-3 with Rubinho between the posts, Bega, Lucarelli and De Rosa in defence, Rossi, Milanetto, Konko and Danilo in midfield, and Leon, Borriello and Fabiano up front.
1' Paolo Tagliavento blows his whistle, and the visitors kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' Lucarelli clears Maicon's cross from the right.
Minute Text commentary
48' Maxwell makes a headed clearance from Leon's right-wing corner.
48' Full time. Inter beat Genoa 4-1. See you on Sunday for Juventus v Inter.
46' Suazo tests Rubinho with a 20-yard drive.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
43' GOOOAALLLL!!!!!! Julio Cruz sends Rubinho the wrong way and seals the points.
42' Suazo takes on three players during a run into the box. He is brought down by Rubinho and it's a penalty!
42' Rubinho is yellow carded.
40' Corner number ten for the Nerazzurri. Figo's cross is headed clear by Fabiano.
40' Standing ovation for Figo as he makes way for Solari.
39' Leon's shot from a tight angle shaves the crossbar.
36' Genoa bring on Masiello for Lucarelli.
35' Zanetti muscles his way into the box and crosses from the byline but there's no team-mate on hand in the six-yard box.
33' Inter bring on Burdisso for Cesar.
32' Maxwell makes a headed clearance from Fabiano's left-wing centre.
29' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!! DAVID SUAZO!!!!!!!!!! The Honduran breaks his scoring duck for Inter, crashing over Rubinho and into the net after capitalising on a defensive mistake by De Rosa.
28' Genoa pull one back after a devastating move. Milanetto serves Figueroa who feeds Konko with a sublime touch of the ball, and the Genoa number 24 fires past Orlandoni.
25' Crespo misses again. Fed by Cambiasso in the area, the Argentine forward shoots straight at Rubinho.
25' Mancini brings on David Suazo for Hernan Crespo.
24' Cruz combines with Crespo as the Nerazzurri hit Genoa on the break. El Jardinero enters the box and sends his snapshot high and wide.
22' Cambiasso's cannonball shot from 20 yards is blocked by Figueroa.
21' Fabiano intercepts Cruz' intelligent through ball for Crespo.
20' Orlandoni saves Fabiano's deflected cross.
17' Rubinho tips over Figo's goalbound inswinging corner from the left.
16' Genoa win a free kick on the left wing (25 yards out). De Rosa's header from Leon's inswinging free kick is high and wide. Good chance for the Rossoblu.
13' End-to-end stuff at San Siro. Cesar misses a good chance for the Nerazzurri, his shot past Rubinho finishing just wide.
12' Genoa close at the other. Paolo Orlandoni blocks Figueroa's shot with his legs.
11' Incredible miss by Hernan Crespo. El Valdanito runs on to Cambiasso's poked through ball and has just Rubinho to beat but takes too long before shooting and fires agonisingly over the far post.
9' Genoa make a double substitution. Figueroa and Juric replace Borriello and Rossi.
7' Fabiano tackles Maicon on the right byline, conceding a corner.
6' Maicon tears down the right and crosses for Crespo. The Argentine's header is wayward.
5' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Rubinho spills Chivu's free kick. Esteban 'El Cuchu' Cambiasso pounces on the loose ball and slots home. Inter 2-0 Genoa.
4' Figo goes down under a challenge from Fabiano. Free kick to Inter in a dangerous position just under 25 yards out.
4' Orlandoni saves Leon's weak shot from 20 yards.
3' Orlandoni saves a Milanetto strike from 25 yards.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
Average rating 7.41
10 shots on target 6
7 shots off target 3
15 fouls committed 15
11 corners 4
1 offsides 0
28:40 ball possession 25:39
Mancini v Gasperini

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Mancini v Genoa

Roberto Mancini faces Genoa for the first time as a coach. As a player, the Inter boss took part in many Genoa derbies during his long spell at Sampdoria.

Gasperini v Inter

Gian Piero Gasperini faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Inter: 42-match scoring run at home

The Nerazzurri have scored in 42 consecutive Serie A matches at San Siro, netting a total of 97 goals. Inter last failed to score in a home league fixture on 29 May 2005 when they were held by Reggina on the final day of the 2004/05 season.

Nerazzurri unbeaten in 15 league games

Inter 1-3 Roma on 18 April 2007 was the Nerazzurri's last Serie A defeat. Mancini's team have since won 11 and drawn 4.

Inter one away from 100th home goal against Genoa

Inter have scored 99 goals in 44 home matches against Genoa since the Serie A became a one-division championship. Club legend Giuseppe Meazza scored the first three goals in a 3-3 draw on 15 June 1930.

Adriano seeking 100th goal

After his headed winner against Reggina in Serie A Week 8, Adriano is one away from a century of goals for Italian clubs. The Brazilian striker has scored 74 in Serie A, 6 in Coppa Italia and 19 in European cups (67 for Inter and 32 for Fiorentina/Parma). Adri's first Italian goal came in Inter 2-1 Venezia on 16 September 2001.

Ibrahimovic one of four most decisive players in 2007/08

Inter's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Genoa's Marco Borriello, Atalanta's Riccardo Zampagna and Napoli's Marcelo Zalayeta are the 2007/08 Serie A championship's four most decisive players after nine rounds of matches. With their goals all four players have earned their teams seven points.

Genoa without goal for 197 competitive minutes

Genoa have not scored since Di Vaio's goal in the 2-0 home win over Cagliari on 7 October. A total of 197 competitive minutes have elapsed since the Italian forward's goal in the 73rd minute of that game (remaining 17 minutes of Genoa 2-0 Cagliari plus Juventus 1-0 Genoa and Genoa 0-0 Fiorentina).

wins(45) draws(12) defeats(12)

MILAN - Ivan Cordoba and Esteban Cambiasso scored at the start of each half, David Suazo broke his scoring duck, and Julio Cruz converted a late penalty to give Inter a comfortable victory over Genoa at the Giuseppe Meazza.

The win keeps the Serie A leaders and defending champions three points clear of Roma, and four in front of Juventus ahead of Sunday's clash at Turin's Stadio Olimpico

Mancini's men were a goal to the good after just eight minutes of the midweek clash when Cordoba stole in to nod home after Crespo's header from Zanetti's cross was pushed on to the bar by Rubinho.

Chances for a quick second were plenty, but the Genoa keeper pulled off heroics to thwart Cesar, Maxwell and Chivu.

Genoa carved out two good opportunities for a first-half equaliser. On the half hour Orlandoni narrowed the angle to block a shot from the unmarked Fabiano. Figo headed off the line five minutes before the break to deny Borriello.

Inter made a strong start to the second half and doubled their lead five minutes in. Rubinho spilled Chivu's free kick and Esteban 'El Cuchu' Cambiasso pounced to slot home.

Crespo and Cesar missed two great chances to kill off the game as Genoa fought back hard.

Figueroa had a shot blocked by Orlandoni's legs just minutes after coming on for the ineffective Borriello.

Rossoblu defender De Rosa then missed a gilt-edged chance, rising to nod over Leon's dangerous inswinger from close range.

Crespo missed again in the 70th minute, prompting Mancini to introduce Suazo.

Genoa reduced the arrears after a devastating move in the 74th when Konko crashed an angled shot past Orlandoni after a sublime flicked pass from Figueroa.

The Rossoblu's celebrations were short-lived as Suazo restored the two-goal advantage within sixty seconds, lifting the ball over Rubinho after intercepting De Rosa's headed back pass.

The Honduran striker's first goal in black and blue sparked wild celebrations with his team-mates and sent San Siro into delirium.

Inspired, Suazo won a penalty with two minutes left on the clock, dribbling three opponents during a central run on goal before being brought down by the keeper.

Julio Cruz stepped up to the spot and sent Rubinho the wrong way, sealing an emphatic victory.

Inter 4-1 Genoa

Scorers: Cordoba 8, Cambiasso 50, Konko 73, Suazo 74, Cruz (pen) 88.

Inter (4-4-2): 22 Orlandoni; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 7 Figo (21 Solari 85), 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti, 31 Cesar (16 Burdisso 78); 9 Cruz, 18 Crespo (29 Suazo 70).
Subs not used: 71 Alfonso, 8 Ibrahimovic, 15 Dacourt, 25 Samuel.

Genoa (3-4-3): 83 Rubinho; 4 Bega, 16 Lucarelli (34 Masiello 81), 25 De Rosa; 7 Rossi (28 Juric 54), 77 Milanetto, 24 Konko, 8 Danilo; 11 Leon, 22 Borriello (9 Figueroa 54), 29 Fabiano.
Subs not used: 73 Scarpi, 3 Bovo, 14 Sculli, 23 Ghinassi.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).

Booked: Milanetto 41, Borriello 42, Rubinho 87.

starting lineups

Orlandoni 22 Rubinho
Maicon 13 Bega
Cordoba 2 Lucarelli
Chivu 26 De Rosa
Maxwell 6 Rossi
Figo 7 Milanetto
Cambiasso 19 Konko
Zanetti 4 Danilo
Cesar 31 Leon
Cruz 9 Borriello
Crespo 18 Fabiano


Alfonso 71 Scarpi
Ibrahimovic 8 Bovo
Dacourt 15 Figueroa
Burdisso 16 Sculli
Solari 21 Ghinassi
Samuel 25 Juric
Suazo 29 Masiello