Final score

15 November 2008 20:30

17' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
1' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento / Linesmen: Grilli, Rosi / Fourth official: Damato
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47' Half time. Palermo 0-0 Inter.
45' Two minutes of added time.
40' Migliaccio creates space for a shot and looks for the far corner with a low effort, but there's no way past Julio Cesar.
36' Vieira blocks Miccoli's ambitious long-range shot.
32' Muntari's header from Ibra's cross is blocked and cleared by Balzaretti.
30' Ibrahimovic is elbowed in the face by Carrozzieri on the edge of the box but no free kick is given.
28' A chance for Inter at the other end as Ibrahimovic turns Carrozzieri in the box and shoots on target. Fontana saves with his legs, conceding a corner.
27' Carrozzieri's low 35-yard shot is wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
22' Maicon charges forward and unleashes a brilliant shot that isn't far over Fontana's bar.
18' Julio Cesar gets down and saves Cavani's flicked header from Balzaretti's cross.
14' Cavani has a shot deflected behind for a corner.
13' Another chance for Fabrizio Miccoli, who blasts his first-time shot over after Simplicio's pull-back.
11' Migiliaccio forces a good save from Julio Cesar with a flicked header from Miccoli's dangerous left-wing free kick.
10' Cambiasso has his right-wing corner cleared by the Rosanero defence.
9' Miccoli volleys over from Migliaccio's cross.
7' The Brazilian's second corner is cleared by ex-Inter keeper Fontana.
6' Fontana punches behind Maicon's left-wing corner.
5' Julio Cesar makes an easy save from Simplicio's low shot.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Barbera in Palermo for tonight's Serie A Week 12 clash.
1' Palermo: 12 Fontana; 16 Cassani 80 Carrozzieri, 5 Bovo, 42 Balzaretti; 11 Liverani, 8 Migliaccio, 23 Bresciano; 30 Simplicio; 10 Miccoli, 7 Cavani.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso; 20 Muntari; 9 Cruz, 8 Ibrahimovic.
1' Inter get the match under way.
1' Maxwell smashes clear as Simplicio tries to get on the end of a long ball into the Inter box.
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48' Julio Cesar saves Lanzafame's shot from the edge of the area.
48' That's it. Inter beat Palermo 2-0 thanks to Ibrahimovic's brilliant brace, and move clear at the top of the table.
46' At full stretch, Fontana makes a one-handed save from Ibrahimovic's bullet shot.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Maicon finds the sidenetting with a cross-shot from the right.
42' Nicolas Burdisso comes on for Vieira.
40' Mancini narrowly misses the target with a superb curling shot from the edge of the box.
39' Budan's flicked header from Simplicio's floated pass finishes on the roof of the net.
35' Mancini misses from a yard out after Fontana fails to hold Ibrahimovic's shot.
34' Palermo make their third change. Ballardini brings on for Ciaramitaro for Cassani.
33' Balzaretti is booked after a nasty challenge on Maicon.
32' Substitution number two for Inter. José brings on Mancini for Cruz.
31' Cambiasso curls his free kick over the wall and inches wide of Fontana's right-hand post.
30' Simplicio gets a yellow card after bringing down Patrick Vieira.
29' Ibra one-twos with Cruz and hits wide his shot on the turn from a tight angle.
23' Maxwell shoots high and wide from Cambiasso's short pass.
21' Cordoba is booked for a foul on Simplicio. The Colombian defender will miss next Saturday's home match against Juventus.
21' Miccoli's curling free kick is saved by Julio Cesar.
20' And Mourinho makes his first. Stankovic replaces Muntari.
19' Ballardini makes his second change. On comes Lanzafame for Liverani.
17' GOAL!!!!!! Ibrahimovic does it again! This time, the Inter number 8 almost pierces the net with a fiercely struck 20-yard free kick.
16' Cavani fires wide after two clearances by Walter Samuel.
16' Inter win a free kick just outside the box after foul by Carrozzieri on Ibrahimovic.
13' Bovo is booked after a foul from behind on Cambiasso.
12' Cambiasso crashes a left-foot shot a yard wide of Fontana's left-hand post.
11' Palermo bring on Budan for Bresciano.
10' Blistering angled shot by Ibra from inside the area. Fontana saves at the near post, conceding a corner.
10' Balzaretti makes a headed clearance from Maicon's left-wing corner.
9' Vieira heads wide Cambiasso's cross from the resulting corner.
8' Maicon whips in a cross from the right. Migliaccio's headed clearance falls to Cruz, whose weak shot is saved by Fontana.
8' Cruz goes close with a poked shot from Ibrahimvoci's pass, forcing Fontana into a tipped save.
1' Palermo get the second half under way.
1' IBRACADABRA!!! Amazing goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Cruz serves the the Swedish ace with a headed pass and Ibra fires in off the post from 25 yards, giving Fontana no chance. PALERMO 0-1 INTER.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.13
6 shots on target 9
8 shots off target 9
15 fouls committed 18
2 corners 9
0 offsides 1
24:00 ball possession 31:31
Mourinho v Ballardini / Palermo

José Mourinho faces Davide Ballardini and Palermo for the first time in his career.

Ballardini v Inter

Rosanero coach Davide Ballardini's only previous match against Inter was last season's match at the Sant'Elia Stadium in Cagliari.

2007/08 Serie A Cagliari-Inter ---- 1-2

Disciplinary info

Cautioned: Balzaretti, Bovo.
Disqualified: Nocerino.

Cautioned: Cordoba, Maicon, Quaresma.
Disqualified: -

Palermo's scoring form at home

The Rosanero have scored in every home game this season. In 5 league games and 1 Coppa Italia fixture, Ballardini's team have netted 11 goals. Their last home game without scoring was the 2-0 Serie A loss to Sampdoria on 11 May 2008.

Bovo & goals against Inter

Palermo defender Cesare Bovo has scored twice against Inter and Cagliari out of a total of 6 career goals. Both of Bovo's goals against the Nerazzurri (one at home, the other away) came in the 2003/04 season when he was at Lecce.

One defeat in 16 games for Inter under Mourinho

Inter have lost just one game in 16 since José Mourinho took over. The Nerazzurri's only defeat under the Portuguese coach was the 1-0 Milan derby loss on 28 September 2008. Mourinho's team have won 9 and drawn 6 of the other 15 matches.

Mourinho's attacking options

Eight Nerazzurri have scored Serie A goals this term: Adriano, Cordoba, Cruz, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Obinna, Stankovic and Vieira. AC Milan are the only other team with eight different scorers after 11 rounds of matches.

Mancini, Vieira & goals against Palermo...

Patrick Vieira has scored twice against Palermo, Roma and Siena out of a total of 13 goals for Italian clubs, while Mancini has scored 5 against Palermo, Inter, Parma and Torino out of a total of 60. The French midfielder counts Alberto Fontana as his favourite target, with 3 goals against the Palermo goalkeeper.

...Ibra, Obinna & goals against Amelia

Besides Vieira and Mancini, strikers Ibrahimovic and Obinna are two other likely scorers against Palermo. The Swede has scored 6 in games against Rosanero keeper Marco Amelia out of a total of 68 'Italian' goals, while the Nigerian has scored 3 against Amelia and De Sanctis out of a total of 21 goals in Italian football.

wins(10) draws(13) defeats(6)

PALERMO - Zlatan Ibrahimovic stunned Palermo with two brilliant goals in the second half as Inter saw off the Rosanero in Sicily.

The result moves Inter clear at the top of the table ahead of next Saturday's 'derby d'Italia' showdown against Juventus.

Ballardini's Palermo attacked and defended in numbers at a packed Renzo Barbera, creating plenty of chances in the first half.

Julio Cesar made saves from Simplicio, Migliaccio and Cavani, with Miccoli wasting three good chances.

Inter went close through Maicon, and Ibrahimovic had a shot blocked by Fontana as the teams went into the break on even terms.

Whatever Mourinho said during his half-time talk was understood to perfection by Ibrahimovic, who took 22 seconds to break the deadlock. The Swede raced to collect a headed pass from Cruz, rolled the ball forward a yard and then unleashed a wicked right-foot shot that went in off the post, giving Fontana no chance.

Ibrahimovic stunned Palermo for a second time 16 minutes later with a blistering free kick that travelled at an incredible 124kmh.

The home side failed to react to the double blow and Mancini had two good chances to make extra sure of the points after coming on for Cruz, missing from a yard out before curling a sweet shot inches wide of the far post.

Palermo sub Lanzafame had a shot blocked in added time, and Ibrahimovic was denied a hat-trick when his shot forced a one-handed save from Fontana.

Palermo 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorer: Ibrahimovic 46, 62.

Palermo: 12 Fontana; 16 Cassani (18 Ciaramitaro 79), 80 Carrozzieri, 5 Bovo, 42 Balzaretti; 11 Liverani (77 Lanzafame 64), 8 Migliaccio, 23 Bresciano (20 Budan 56); 30 Simplicio; 10 Miccoli, 7 Cavani.
Subs not used: 1 Ujkani, 14 Guana, 15 Dellafiore, 24 Kjaer.
Coach: Davide Ballardini.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira (16 Burdisso 87), 19 Cambiasso; 20 Muntari (5 Stankovic 65); 9 Cruz (33 Mancini 77), 8 Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 21 Obinna, 45 Balotelli.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).

starting lineups

Fontana 12 Julio Cesar
Bovo 13 Maicon
Cavani 2 Cordoba
Migliaccio 25 Samuel
Miccoli 6 Maxwell
Liverani 4 Zanetti
Cassani 14 Vieira
Bresciano 19 Cambiasso
Simplicio 20 Muntari
Balzaretti 9 Cruz
Carrozzieri 8 Ibrahimovic


Ujkani 1 Toldo
Guana 5 Stankovic
Dellafiore 23 Materazzi
Ciaramitaro 16 Burdisso
Budan 33 Mancini
Kjaer 21 Obinna
Lanzafame 45 Balotelli