Final score

3 October 2009 20:45

48' (2nd half) Sneijder
23' Stankovic
27' Di Natale
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: Nicoletti, Romagnoli / Fourth official: Saccani
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48' Half time. Inter 1-1 Udinese.
46' Another yellow card. It goes to Domizzi for foul play.
46' Stankovic fires high and wide from an inviting position on the edge of the box.
45' Floro Flores is booked for protesting.
45' Superb skill by Eto'o. He creates a yard of space just outside the box and rifles narrowly over.
45' Two minutes of added time.
42' What a chance for Udinese. Sanchez receives in the area, swivels round Lucio and has just Julio Cesar to beat, but the Chilean blasts over the bar.
39' SuperMario crashes a low shot on target from 25 yards. Handanovic gets down to his right and makes the save.
38' Lucio's toe poke from 25 yards is straight into the hands of Handanovic.
35' Udinese's Serbian full-back Dusan Basta makes a headed clearance from Sneijder's 30-yard curling free kick.
34' Balotelli combines well with Muntari on the left and sees his shot from the egde of the box cannon off Sanchez.
32' Breathtaking stuff from Eto'o. The Cameroonian receives a superb pass from Balotelli in box and dribbles three players with some fancy footwork. He is eventually intercepted and the ball appears to come off D'Agostino's arm.
29' Inter win a free kick out on the right wing. Lucio climbs highest in the area but his header from Sneijder's cross is straight at Handanovic.
27' GOAL. Serie A top scorer Antonio Di Natale beats the offside trap and smashes Inler's assist past Julio Cesar from close range. Nine goals for him this season. INTER 1-1 UDINESE.
26' It's Il Principe's last taste of the action tonight as he has picked up an injury. On comes Mario Balotelli.
25' Milito one-twos with Sneijder to split open the Udinese defence but the Dutchman's return pass is a tad too long for the Argentine.
22' GOAL!!!!!!!! Dejan Stankovic lays off to Samuel Eto'o and the Inter number nine races on goal before passing wide to the Serbian who crashes his shot past Handanovic. INTER 1-0 UDINESE.
19' Sneijder receives in the area from Cambiasso and goes down under a challenge from Inler. Bergonzi books the Dutchman for diving.
18' Cambiasso blocks a low long-range shot from Floro Flores.
17' Eto'o's fierce shot takes a deflection off Inler. Comfortable save for Handanovic.
16' Julio Cesar saves Sanchez' header from Di Natale's cross.
12' Pepe advances a couple of yards and rifles over a decent shot from the left angle of our box.
11' Milito gets past Basta on the left and crosses into the middle of the area, but there's no team-mate on hand.
9' Eto'o whips in a high cross from the right. Muntari's back-post header is high and wide.
8' Sneijder gets into a shooting position after receiving from Muntari and sees his left-footed shot spin off Coda. Samuel's header from the resulting corner - taken by Sneijder - is wide of the far post.
6' Inler serves Simone Pepe and the Italy international unleashes a 20-yard shot. His right-footed effort is several yards wide.
3' Brilliant ball through to Samuel Eto'o by Sulley Muntari. The Cameroonian takes it round Handanovic but the angle is too tight for a shot. Udinese win a goal kick.
1' Hello and welcome to the Meazza for live coverage of our Serie A Week 7 match against Udinese. A win tonight will see us back up there where we belong, with Juve and Samp both in action tomorrow.
1' The teams are warming up and José Mourinho has made three changes to the team that held Rubin Kazan 1-1 in the Champions League, Diego Milito, Sulley Muntari and Wesley Sneijder returning to the starting lineup.
1' Captain Zanetti will fill the right-back slot tonight in place of the disqualified Maicon while Mancini and Balotelli - both starters in Russia - drop to the bench.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari; 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 15 Krhin, 18 Suazo, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon, 45 Balotelli.
1' Udinese: 22 Handanovic; 8 Basta, 13 Coda, 80 Domizzi, 24 Lukovic; 11 Sanchez, 21 D'Agostino, 88 Inler, 7 Pepe; 83 Floro Flores, 10 Di Natale.&#8232;<br>Subs: 6 Belardi, 2 Zapata, 9 Corradi, 14 Sammarco, 19 Felipe, 26 Pasquale, 84 Lodi.
1' With ten minutes to go until kick-off, Inter's Under-17 team come on the pitch to celebrate their 2008/09 Scudetto and show the trophy to the fans.
1' Udinese kick off. FORZA INTER!
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49' Full time. Wesley Sneijder's injury-time goal gives us a 2-1 win over Udinese and puts us top of the table ahead of tomorrow's games.
48' GOAL!!!!! Wesley Sneijder finds the bottom right corner with a low shot from a tight angle. What away to open his scoring account for the Nerazzurri! INTER 2-1 UDINESE.
47' Balotelli has a penalty claim turned down by Bergonzi after a clear foul by Zapata in the area.
46' Stankovic pulls a low shot well wide of the target.
45' Ex-Inter defender Giovanni Pasquale comes on for Simone Pepe.
45' Four minutes of additional time.
44' Di Natale goes through on goal but Julio Cesar narrows the angle sufficiently to deny the Udinese forward.
43' Santon replaces Lucio.
42' Eto'o ghosts past two in the Udinese box and forces a save from Handanovic with an angled shot.
41' Udinese break and Di Natale sets up Lukovic, who blasts wide with just Julio Cesar to beat.
40' Eto'o's free kick hits the black and white wall.
39' Lucio is flagged for offside as he connects with Suazo's cross from the left.
39' Coda trips Sneijder just outside his own box and he gets a yellow card.
38' Chivu sends in a deep cross from the left but it's too high and too long for Samuel Eto'o.
33' Corradi is booked for a foul on Stankovic.
30' Marino brings on Bernardo Corradi for Floro Flores.
29' Floro Flores tests Julio Cesar with a thunderous shot from distance.
27' Mourinho introduces David Suazo for Sulley Muntari.
26' Muntari slices way wide after Cambiasso has a shot blocked by the Udinese defence.
25' Udinese make their first change. Zapata replaces Basta.
23' Another shot by Stankovic. At full stretch, Handanovic makes a one-handed block. Muntari's follow-up is over the bar.
23' Pepe is shown a yellow card after a foul from behind on Balotelli.
20' A chance for Inter as Stankovic sends a low shot just wide of Handanovic's right-hand post.
14' Muntari finds Balotelli with a high cross from the left to the far side. Mario's header finishes on the roof of the net.
10' Cristian Chivu is booked for a foul on Floro Flores.
6' Udinese come close as Di Natale's close-range shot from Lukovic's cross takes a deflection off Zanetti.
5' Di Natale races on to a long ball upfield from Sanchez but Lucio does enough to distract the Italian, who drags his first-time shot wide.
2' Floro Flores hits a low shot straight at Julio Cesar at the other end.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Eto'o receives from Sneijder, turns and shoots. Handanovic saves.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.78
7 shots on target 4
9 shots off target 6
13 fouls committed 16
4 corners 3
2 offsides 2
30:03 ball possession 26:15
Mourinho v Udinese / Marino

José Mourinho faces Udinese and their coach Pasquale Marino for the third time after last season's league matches, which both ended in 1-0 wins for the Nerazzurri.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Udinese 1-0 1-0

Marino v Inter

Current Udinese boss Pasquale Marino has never won against Inter, with 2 draws and 4 defeats from 6 games.

2006/07 Serie A Catania-Inter 2-5 1-2
2007/08 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-0 1-1
2008/09 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-1 0-1

One Inter defeat in last 35 home matches

Inter have lost just one of their last 35 competitive matches at home (a 1-0 defeat to Panathinaikos in last season's UCL) winning 22 and drawing 12 of the other 34.

One defeat in last 44 home fixtures, one goalless game in last 79

Inter have lost just one of their last 44 home matches (1-2 against Juventus on 22 March 2008), winning 34 and drawing 9 of the other 43. The Nerazzurri have failed to score in just one of their last 79 league games at home (a 0-0 draw with Genoa on 26 October 2008), scoring 173 goals in the other 78 matches.

Stankovic, Materazzi, Cordoba on fire in October

October is the most prolific time of the footballing year for three Inter players. Dejan Stankovic has scored 8 of his 44 Serie A goals in the tenth calendar month. Marco Materazzi, scorer of 49 league goals in Italy, has scored the same number as the Serbian in October. The same goes for Ivan Cordoba, with 3 of his 15 goals coming in October. The Colombian has netted the same number in March matches.

One Udinese defeat in last 14 Serie A games

Udinese have lost just one of their last 14 top flight matches (1-3 at Samp on 30 August), winning 10 and draw 3 of the other 13.

Di Natale 4 away from milestone

With 8 goals in 6 games so far this season, Antonio Di Natale has brought his tally of Serie A goals for Udinese to 63. He now lies second behind the Bianconeri's all time scorer in the Italian top flight - Bettini with 67 goals.

wins(29) draws(11) defeats(10)

MILAN - Wesley Sneijder opened his scoring account for Inter in dramatic fashion as the Nerazzurri saw off Udinese in Week 7 of the Serie A championship.

The match was heading for a draw after Antonio Di Natale cancelled out Dejan Stankovic's opener, but the Dutch ace popped up with the winning goal in added time to put Inter on top of the table ahead of Sunday's matches.

Mourinho made three changes from the draw with Rubin Kazan. Milito, Muntari and Sneijder returned to the starting lineup with Mancini and Balotelli dropping to the bench, while Zanetti switched to right-back in place of the suspended Maicon.

Balotelli came on sooner than he expected when Milito pulled up with an injury in the 26th minute, with Inter already a goal up thanks to Stankovic's clinical diagonal finish. The Serbian passed to Eto'o and the Cameroonian made a darting run on goal before setting up his team-mate, whose snapshot flew into the top corner via the fingers of Handanovic.

Udinese produced a quick reply and it came from the feet of Serie A top scorer Antonio Di Natale. The Italian beat the offside trap to Inler's through ball and crashed past Julio Cesar from close range to bring his tally to nine goals in seven games.

Inter bossed the Bianconeri for the remainder of the first half, but Marino's team should have gone into the break on top when Sanchez rounded Lucio and blasted over with just Julio Cesar to beat.

There were fewer chances in a slower second half, but plenty of bookings as both sides adopted a cat and mouse approach in search of a winner.  Floro Flores and Di Natale had scoring opportunities early on, before Inter stepped up the pressure midway through the half with Stankovic forcing a one-handed save from Handanovic.

Udinese failed to capitalise on chances from counter-attacks in the final stages with Lukovic blasting wide from an inviting position and Julio Cesar narrowing the angle to deny Di Natale, before Sneijder brought the house down in time added on with a diagonal shot into the far corner.

Inter 2-1 Udinese (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Stankovic 22, Di Natale 27, Sneijder 45+3.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio (39 Santon 88), 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari (18 Suazo 73); 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito (45 Balotelli 26).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 15 Krhin, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Udinese: 22 Handanovic; 8 Basta (2 Zapata 70), 13 Coda, 80 Domizzi, 24 Lukovic; 11 Sanchez, 21 D'Agostino, 88 Inler, 7 Pepe (26 Pasquale 89); 83 Floro Flores (9 Corradi 75), 10 Di Natale.

Subs not used
: 6 Belardi, 14 Sammarco, 19 Felipe, 84 Lodi.

: Pasquale Marino.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Sneijder 19, Floro Flores 45, Domizzi 45+1, Chivu 55, Pepe 68. Corradi 78, Coda 84.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Handanovic
Zanetti 4 Basta
Lucio 6 Coda
Samuel 25 Domizzi
Chivu 26 Lukovic
Muntari 11 Sanchez
Cambiasso 19 D'Agostino
Stankovic 5 Inler
Sneijder 10 Pepe
Eto'o 9 Floro FLores
Milito 22 Di Natale


Toldo 1 Belardi
Cordoba 2 Zapata
Krhin 15 Corradi
Suazo 18 Sammarco
Mancini 30 Felipe
Santon 39 Pasquale
Balotelli 45 Lodi