Final score

17 October 2009 20:45

26' (2nd half) Maicon
22' (2nd half) Vieira
49' Stankovic
31' Balotelli
6' Cambiasso
Referee: Emidio Morganti / Linesmen: Copelli, Di Liberatore / Fourth official: Ciampi
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Minute Text commentary
50' Inter lead Genoa 3-0 at the break.
50' Genoa's reserve goalkeeper Scarpi is sent off for protesting.
49' GOAL!!!!!!! Dejan Stankovic intercepts Amelia's clearance and volleys home from the halfway line. The Genoa fans are stunned. And Dejan can hardly believe it himself. GENOA 0-3 INTER.
45' Play halted temporarily as Stankovic receives medical attention following an aerial clash with Bocchetti.
45' There will be four minutes of overtime.
40' Genoa have a goal disallowed. Palladino finds Milanetto with a lofted pass over the Inter defence and Milanetto hooks home, but the Genoa number 77 is adjudged to be in an offside position.
35' Balotelli has a plaster applied to his right temple after being elbowed in the face by Bocchetti.
31' GOAL!!!!! Mario Balotelli latches on to Sneijder's through ball and slams his shot first time past Amelia and into the far corner. Good work by Zanetti who won the ball off Zapater in the Rossoblu third. GENOA 0-2 INTER.
27' Stankovic beats Modesto to a ball down the right and gets a low cross in from the byline. There's no team-mate on hand and Amelia makes a comfortable save.
24' Another yellow card in Genoa. It goes to Walter Samuel for a foul from behind on Floccari.
23' Modesto gets a booking for a foul on Balotelli.
22' Maicon receives a short pass from Muntari and sends his snapshot from the egde of the box just over the bar.
18' Stankovic again. Sneijder plays a crossfield pass to the Serbian, who volleys wide.
16' Another chance for Dejan. Maicon swings in a perfect cross from the right but the Serbian heads wide.
14' Stankovic comes close to a second but his low right-footed shot from Sneijder's pin-point through pass is a whisker wide of Amelia's post.
11' Lucio sweeps to safety after a dangerous move by Palladino.
11' Mario Balotelli is shown a yellow card after a foul on Moretti.
6' GOAL!!!! Inter hit straight back and take the lead through Esteban Cambiasso! Maicon heads Sneijder's free kick into the path of Cuchu and the Argentine's shot on the turn goes in off Modesto. GENOA 0-1 INTER.
4' Sculli heads Milanetto's cross from a free kick into the six-yard box and Zanetti boots behind. Moretti's header from the resulting corner kick is over the crossbar.
1' Inter's league campaign resumes here at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with a Week 8 clash against Genoa - our second consecutive Serie A away match in this stadium after the Week 6 defeat to Sampdoria.
1' With Milito unfit to face his ex-team and Eto'o ruled out with a foot injury, Balotelli has been selected to spearhead the Inter attack tonight. The Italian will play in front of a five-man midfield of Zanetti, Muntari, Cambiasso, Stankovic & Sneijder.
1' Honduran striker Suazo, fresh back from national service, is on the bench with José Mourinho's other attacking options: Austrian starlet Marko Arnautovic and Brazilian winger Mancini.
1' Genoa: 32 Amelia; 25 Biava, 24 Moretti, 26 Bocchetti; 15 Papastathopoulos, 77 Milanetto, 21 Zapater, 23 Modesto; 10 Palladino, 33 Floccari, 14 Sculli.&#8232;<br>Subs: 73 Scarpi, 7 Rossi, 8 Palacio, 9 Crespo, 16 Esposito, 18 Raggio Garibaldi, 40 Tomovic.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 11 Muntari, 19 Cambiasso; 5 Stankovic, 10 Sneijder; 45 Balotelli.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 14 Vieira, 18 Suazo, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon, 89 Arnautovic.
1' The teams are back on the pitch after the warm-up and the atmosphere in Genoa is electric.
1' Morganti blows his whistle and Inter get tonight's match under way. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
Minute Text commentary
45' Julio Cesar is quick off his line to intercept Palladino's through ball for Crespo.
45' Full time. Inter beat Genoa 5-0. See you Tuesday for our UCL Matchday 3 tie at home to Dynamo Kiev.
43' Lucio makes a last-gasp tackle on Palladino in the box and concedes a corner.
38' Palladino weaves his way into the box and tests Julio Cesar with an angled drive.
32' Ivan Ramiro Cordoba takes the place of Walter Samuel, who hasn't put a foot wrong tonight.
28' Mourinho brings on Mancini for the excellent Wesley Sneijder.
27' Milanetto is yellow-carded for a foul on Sneijder.
26' AND THERE'S NUMBER FIVE!!!!! Surrounded by three Rossoblu players, Muntari somehow pokes through to Maicon who slots past Amelia. GENOA 0-5 INTER.
25' Gasperini makes his last change, with Tomovic replacing Papastathopoulos.
21' GOAL!!! Sneijder turns his marker and serves Patrick Vieira who holds off a challenge from Modesto and crashes past Amelia. GENOA 0-4 INTER.
19' A trickier save for the Brazilian as Biava's cross spins dangerously off Chivu.
18' Palacio's first contribution to the game is a long-range effort that is easily saved by Julio Cesar.
17' Genoa make two changes in attack. Crespo and Palacio replace Floccari and Sculli.
12' Sneijder wins himself a free kick out on the left channel. The Dutchman swings in his cross and Balotelli heads on target but Amelia makes a reflex save to deny the Italian.
10' Wesley Sneijder charges forward on the counter-attack and sweeps wide to Balotelli, who is an inch offside.
8' Sulley combines with Mario again but this time Balotelli is flagged offside.
4' Muntari finds Mario Balotelli in space and the Italy Under-21 forward rifles over the bar from the right edge of the Genoa area.
2' Milanetto fires a 25-yard shot on target. It's blocked by Walter 'The Wall' Samuel.
1' Genoa kick off the second half.
1' Patrick Vieira is on for Esteban Cambiasso.
1' Sulley Muntari is yellow carded after 20 seconds for a foul on Papastathopoulos.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 8.08
2 shots on target 6
1 shots off target 5
16 fouls committed 17
6 corners 2
2 offsides 3
53% ball possession 47%
Gasperini v Inter

The current Genoa coach has never won against Inter, with 2 draws and 3 defeats from 5 games.

Gasperini v Mourinho

Gasperini is without a win in 3 meetings with José Mourinho's Inter (2 defeats and a draw).

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 9 of his 45 Serie A goals in the tenth calendar month. Marco Materazzi, scorer of 49 league goals in Italy, has scored 8 in October, while 3 of Ivan Cordoba's 15 goals have come in the same month. The Colombian has netted the same number in March matches.

Zanetti within sight of Facchetti milestone

Javier Zanetti is third in the all time list of Serie A appearances for Inter with 474 games under his belt. The club captain is two matches away from equalling the tally of ex-captain and president Giacinto Facchetti, who made a total of 476 top flight appearances.

Goals from every department

Genoa and Inter are two of 6 Serie A teams whose goals in 2009/10 have come from every department (attack, midfield and defence). The other four are Parma, Juventus, Roma and Sampdoria.

Gasperini's super subs

Five of Genoa's 14 goals in the 2009/10 Serie A have come from substitutes - more than any other team. Crespo has come off the bench to net twice, while Criscito, Kharja and Zapater have scored one apiece.

Nine different Genoa players on target

More players have scored goals for Genoa so far this Serie A season than any other team. The Rossoblu's nine scorers are Biava, Crespo, Criscito, Floccari, Kharja, Mesto, Moretti, Sculli and Zapater.

Genoa goalless in just one of last 16 games

Gasperini's Rossoblu have failed to score in only one of their last 16 games (0-2 away to Udinese on 27 September), scoring 35 goals in the other 15.

wins(19) draws(23) defeats(28)

GENOA - There was no Diego Milito against his ex-team. There was no Samuel Eto'o, who is nursing a foot injury. But there was Mario Balotelli, who showed great strength of character after being plagued by fouls from start to finish. There was a five-man midfield that soaked up every Rossoblu manoeuvre. And there was a flat back four that ensured Julio Cesar an easy ride as Inter ripped Genoa to shreds at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Saturday's 5-0 victory moves Serie A leaders Inter three points clear of Genoa's city rivals Sampdoria, and four clear of Juventus and Fiorentina who drew 1-1 in the early game in Turin.

Esteban Cambiasso opened the floodgates six minutes in. Maicon headed Wesley Sneijder's free kick to the Argentine who saw his shot on the turn go in via Modesto. Inter doubled their lead just past the half hour. Zanetti tackled Zapater in the Genoa third, allowing Sneijder the space to free Balotelli and the Italian powered his shot into the far corner.

The third goal was nothing short of amazing. It came from the feet of Dejan Stankovic, who got his reward in incredible fashion after creating a host of chances thanks to his telepathic interplay with Sneijder. Deep in injury time at the end of the first half, the Serbian intercepted a clearance by Amelia - who was out of his area - and volleyed home from the halfway line, much to the incredulity of the home fans.

Anyone who thought Inter would save their energy for Tuesday's Champions League visit of Dynamo Kiev was much mistaken, as Mourinho's side added two more goals in the second half to complete a memorable victory.

The fourth came on 66 minutes when Sneijder elegantly turned his marker and played into the path of second-half substitute Patrick Vieira. The Frenchman held off a challenge from Modesto and rifled past Amelia.

Maicon added the fifth six minutes later, bending his shot round the Genoa custodian after Muntari kept three opponents at bay before poking through to his team-mate.

Genoa 0-5 Inter (HT: 0-3)

Scorers: Cambiasso 6, Balotelli 31, Stankovic 45+4, Vieira 66, Maicon 72.

Genoa: 32 Amelia; 25 Biava, 24 Moretti, 26 Bocchetti; 15 Papastathopoulos (40 Tomovic 70), 77 Milanetto, 21 Zapater, 23 Modesto; 10 Palladino, 33 Floccari (9 Crespo 62), 14 Sculli (8 Palacio 62).

Subs not used
: 73 Scarpi, 7 Rossi, 16 Esposito, 18 Raggio Garibaldi.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel (2 Cordoba 77), 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 11 Muntari, 19 Cambiasso (14 Vieira 46); 5 Stankovic, 10 Sneijder (30 Mancini 73); 45 Balotelli.

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 18 Suazo, 39 Santon, 89 Arnautovic. 

: José Mourinho.

Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno).

Booked: Balotelli 11, Modesto 23, Samuel 24, Muntari 46, Milanetto 70.
Sent off
: Scarpi 45+5.

starting lineups

Amelia 12 Julio Cesar
Biava 13 Maicon
Moretti 6 Lucio
Bocchetti 25 Samuel
Papastathopoulos 26 Chivu
Milanetto 4 Zanetti
Zapater 19 Cambiasso
Modesto 11 Muntari
Palladino 10 Sneijder
Floccari 5 Stankovic
Sculli 45 Balotelli


Scarpi 1 Toldo
Tomovic 2 Cordoba
Rossi 39 Santon
Esposito 14 Vieira
Palacio 30 Mancini
Crespo 89 Arnautovic
Raggio Garibaldi 18 Suazo