Final score

14 December 2008 15:00

43' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
34' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
2' (2nd half) Stankovic
4' Maxwell
20' (2nd half) Bentivoglio
6' (2nd half) Pellissier
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: Costa, Musolino / Fourth official: Cavarretta
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Minute Text commentary
47' Bergonzi produces another yellow. It goes to Stankovic for a challenge from behind on Pellissier.
47' Half time. Inter lead Chievo by a goal to nil thanks to Maxwell's early goal.
45' Marcolini's drive from 25 yards soars over the bar.
45' Two minutes of added time.
45' Morero is booked after a foul on Obinna.
44' Muntari is yellow-carded for a challenge on Bentivoglio.
42' Obinna pokes a shot at Sorrentino after squeezing between Frey and Yepes.
38' Bentivoglio sends a long-range effort on target. Easy save for Julio Cesar.
36' Obinna bursts into the box and gets to the byline but the angle is too tight and his shot is saved by Sorrentino.
33' El Cuchu Cambiasso turns on the style with some fancy footwork as Inter break following a couple of Chievo corners.
31' The crowd goes ooooh as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's long-range drive is just wide of Sorrentino's left-hand post.
30' Stankovic delivers a fast cross from the right. Italiano blocks and heads to safety.
29' Luciano makes a headed clearance from Cambiasso's inswinging free kick.
28' Maicon's long throw is headed by behind by Chievo's Colombian defender Yepes.
26' Inter close to a second. Sorrentino makes a one-handed save from Dejan Stankovic's close-range header after Maicon's cross from the right. Obinna and Muntari have their follow-ups blocked.
24' Stankovic's curling free kick is headed clear by Morero.
23' Free kick to us out on the left wing after a foul by Morero on Obinna.
21' Cordoba blocks Pellissier's shot from Mantovani's right-wing cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner, taken by Frey.
20' Marcolini swings in a cross from the left. Samuel and Maxwell mop up with headed clearances.
19' Muntari rifles high and wide after collecting a short pass from Maicon.
16' Zanetti's long-range shot takes a deflection off Yepes. Sorrentino can't keep the ball in play - corner.
13' Luciano gets a cross in from the right. Samuel wins a duel with Bentivoglio and makes the clearance.
11' Stankovic has another shot blocked by Morero.
8' Ibra plays in Stankovic and the Serbian shoots from a tight angle. Morero appears to handle Dejan's shot but no penalty is given.
6' Zanetti wins us a right-wing corner after his cross is blocked by Mantovani. Nothing comes of Cambiasso's inswinging cross.
3' GOOAAAAAALLLL!!! The flag stays down as Maxwell collects Stankovic's through ball in the area, dribbles Frey and crashes into the roof of the net. INTER 1-0 CHIEVO.
2' Samuel beats Pellissier to a right-wing cross, conceding a corner. Ibrahimovic makes a headed clearance from the cross.
1' Welcome to a freezing cold Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for top versus bottom.
1' Seventeen points separate Inter and this afternoon's visitors Chievo, but the Verona outfit have always proved a tough nut to crack in this stadium.
1' A win against the Gialloblu will see us open up a nine-point lead ahead of tonight's big match between Juventus and AC Milan in Turin.
1' Mourinho makes just one change to the side that beat Lazio 3-0 last weekend, with Nigerian forward Obinna coming in for the injured Julio Cruz.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 21 Obinna.
1' Chievo: 28 Sorrentino; 21 Frey, 33 Yepes, 2 Morero, 4 Mantovani; 10 Luciano, 9 Bentivoglio, 77 Italiano, 7 Marcolini, 97 Langella; 31 Pellissier.
1' Chievo kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Chievo 4-2 and move nine points clear of Napoli, Juventus and AC Milan ahead of tonight's game in Turin.
45' Three minutes of added time.
43' IBRACADABRA!!! What a brilliant goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic! The Swede beats Sorrentino with a terrific first-time shot into the top corner from Stankovic's low right-wing cross.
41' Chievo bring on Anastasi for Luciano.
41' Crespo volleys wide Figo's cross from the right.
40' Ibrahimovic and Yepes are booked.
39' Ibrahimovic's follow-up is deflected behind after his initial effort from the free kick hits the wall.
37' Morero is booked for chopping down Zanetti just outside the Chievo box. It's the Argentine's second booking, and yellow becomes red.
34' GOOOAAALLLL!!! Figo plays wide to Maicon who crosses into the area for Ibrahimovic to head beyond the hapless Sorrentino. INTER 3-2 CHIEVO.
31' Two chances for Inter. Sorrentino palms clear Figo's right-wing free kick and then saves Cambiasso's header from Samuel's left-wing cross.
30' Chievo close to a third as Esposito goes through on goal, forcing Julio Cesar into a save.
27' Inter's three subs combine as Inter go close again. Figo heads Balotelli's cross into the path of Crespo, whose overhead kick goes over.
26' Substitution number three for Inter: Figo for Maxwell.
25' Luciano's curling cross from the right is over the head of Julio Cesar and wide of the far post.
24' Balotelli slips while trying to divert Cambiasso's shot, allowing Sorrentino to block.
22' Inter make their second substitution. Crespo comes on for Muntari.
21' Mantovani is booked for an ugly challenge on Balotelli.
20' José makes his first change. Balotelli replaces Obinna.
20' GOAL. Chievo equalise through Bentivoglio who from close range slots home Mantovani's left-wing cross. INTER 2-2 CHIEVO.
19' Ibra climbs highest in the area but can't connect with Cambiasso's inswinging free kick.
15' Substitution time. Chievo boss Di Carlo brings on Esposito for Langella.
14' Chievo counter-attack. Luciano takes on Muntari, delivers a cross from the right and Pellissier has his weak shot on the turn saved by Julio Cesar.
13' Marcolini makes a headed clearance from Maicon's left-wing corner.
12' Great cross from the right by Maicon. Frey boots behind for a corner at the back post.
10' Obinna's shot from Muntari's pass spins off an opponent and finishes in the arms of Sorrentino.
9' Bentivoglio floats a inviting cross over to Pellissier, who is thwarted by the quick-thinking Julio Cesar.
6' GOAL. Chievo pull one back through Sergio Pellissier, who fires low into the bottom right corner from 25 yards. INTER 2-1 CHIEVO.
5' Julio Cesar smothers the ball after failing to hold Pellissier's header.
2' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! Ibrahimovic meets Maicon's right-wing cross and backheels into the path of Dejan Stankovic who stabs home from the edge of the box. INTER 2-0 CHIEVO.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.07
7 shots on target 6
5 shots off target 1
10 fouls committed 13
8 corners 4
5 offsides 8
28:07 ball possession 22:49
Mourinho v Di Carlo, Chievo

José Mourinho faces Domenico Di Carlo and Chievo for the first time in his career.

Di Carlo v Inter

Domenico Di Carlo faces Inter for the second time after last season's Serie A Week 19 match at the Stadio Tardini.

2007/08 Serie A Parma-Inter ---- 2-3

Disciplinary info

Cautioned: Maicon, Quaresma, Stankovic.
Disqualified: -

Cautioned: Bentivoglio, Esposito, Italiano, Langella, Marcolini.
Disqualified: Mandelli, Pinzi.

One Inter defeat in last 29 Serie A home games

Inter have lost just one of their last 29 Serie A fixtures at home (the 1-2 defeat against Juventus on 22 March), winning 24 and drawing 4 of the other 28 games.

Nerazzurri goalless at home just once in 64 league matches

Inter have failed to score in only one of their last 64 Serie A matches at home (Inter 0-0 Genoa on 26 October 2008). The Nerazzurri have scored a total of 139 goals in the other 63 matches.

Inter scorers into double figures

Ten different Inter players have scored Serie A goals this term - more than any other team. In alphabetical order, they are Adriano, Cordoba, Cruz, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Muntari, Obinna, Samuel, Stankovic and Vieira.

Samuel & goals against Chievo

Walter Adrian Samuel, who scored Inter's quick opener against Napoli last weekend, has scored more against Chievo than any other team. Of his 18 goals for Italian clubs, the Argentine defender has scored 3 against the Gialloblu.

Inter, Chievo & substitutions

Inter and Chievo are two of six 2008/09 Serie A teams to have used all 45 substitutions after 15 rounds of matches. The other four teams are Bologna, Fiorentina, Genoa and Napoli.

Bentivoglio set for 100th appearance

If selected to play against Inter, Chievo midfielder Simone Bentivoglio will complete a century of appearances since turning professional. Bentivoglio, who has worn the shirts of Mantova, Modena and Chievo, has played 10 times in Serie A, 88 times in Serie B and once in Coppa Italia. He made his debut in Mantova 3-2 Cesena on 10 September 2005.

No Chievo goal from substitutes

None of Chievo's goals in this season's Serie A championship have come from substitutes. There are two other teams yet to score from subs: Bologna and Reggina.

wins(12) draws(4) defeats(1)

MILAN - Inter open up a nine-point lead at the top of the table ahead of tonight's match between Juventus and AC Milan with an action-filled 4-2 victory over Chievo.

Maxwell got the Nerazzurrri off to the perfect start and Dejan Stankovic added a quick second just after the break, but Chievo produced a strong reaction with goals from Pellissier and Bentivoglio.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed Inter back in front and with two minutes remaining scored the kind of goal that only Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores to make it seven Serie A wins in a row.

Mourinho made one change to the team that beat Lazio last weekend, bringing in Obinna for the injured Julio Cruz.

Inter started as they did at the Olimpico last Saturday, with Maxwell latching on to Stankovic's through pass and sidestepping Frey before firing into the roof of the net to become the eleventh Inter player to hit the target this season.

Stankovic went close to a second before half-time when his close-range header forced a one-handed save from Sorrentino, doubling Inter's lead just after the break when he fired low past the Chievo keeper after Ibrahimovic's backheeled pass from Maicon's cross.

Chievo reduced the arrears through their captain Pellissier, who shot low into the bottom right corner a minute after testing Julio Cesar with a header, and Bentivoglio brought the visitors level with a close range shot from Mantovani's left-wing cross to celebrate his 100th appearance in professional football.

Inter came back at the Verona outfit and restored their lead when Figo played in Maicon on the right and the Brazilian crossed for Ibrahimovic to head beyond Sorrentino.

Di Carlo's team played the final minutes with ten men after Morero was sent marching for a second booking.

Zlatan saved his best for last, bringing the house down with a ferocious first-time shot from Stankovic's cross that flew into the top corner.

Inter 4-2 Chievo (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Maxwell 3, Stankovic 47, Pellissier 51, Bentivoglio 65, Ibrahimovic 79, 88.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell (7 Figo 71); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (18 Crespo 67); 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 21 Obinna (45 Balotelli 65).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 11 Jimenez, 16 Burdisso, 26 Chivu.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Chievo: 28 Sorrentino; 21 Frey, 33 Yepes, 2 Morero, 4 Mantovani; 10 Luciano (64 Anastasi 86), 9 Bentivoglio, 77 Italiano, 7 Marcolini,  97 Langella (79 Esposito 60); 31 Pellissier.
Subs not used: 18 Squizzi, 3 Scardina, 13 D'Anna, 16 Rigoni.
Coach: Domenico Di Carlo.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Muntari 44, Morero 45, 82, Stankovic 45+2, Mantovani 66, Ibrahimovic 85, Yepes 85.
Sent off: Morero 82.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Sorrentino
Maicon 13 Frey
Cordoba 2 Yepes
Samuel 25 Mantovani
Maxwell 6 Morero
Zanetti 4 Luciano
Cambiasso 19 Marcolini
Muntari 20 Italiano
Stankovic 5 Bentivoglio
Ibrahimovic 8 Pellissier
Obinna 21 Langella


Orlandoni 22 Squizzi
Figo 7 Scardina
Jimenez 11 D'Anna
Balotelli 45 Rigoni
Burdisso 16 Moro
Chivu 26 Anastasi
Crespo 18 Esposito