Final score

24 October 2009 20:45

31' Sneijder
13' Muntari
39' (2nd half) Mascara (P)
Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro / Linesmen: Carrer, Pugiotto / Fourth official: Damato
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46' Inter lead Catania 2-0 at the break.
45' Zanetti is booked for a two-footed challenge on Llama.
45' One minute of stoppage time.
44' Another long ball into the Catania area. It's for Eto'o this time but it's too long, and Campagnolo gathers.
42' Balotelli controls a long ball into the box and shields from Spolli before going down under a challenge from the Rossazzurro defender. No penalty given.
38' Llama twice crosses from the left. Catania fail to capitalise.
36' Llama gets into a shooting position and fires wide from 25 yards.
34' Chivu intercepts a floated pass for Morimoto and Delvecchio pounces on the loose ball, pulling wide his shot from the edge of the box.
31' GOAL!!!!!! Wesley Sneijder finds the top left corner with a magnificent 25-yard curling free kick. INTER 2-0 CATANIA.
28' Patrick Vieira controls with his chest and hits the crossbar with a sweet strike inside the Rossazzurro box.
27' Llama swings in a cross from the left for Catania's lone striker Morimoto, but Julio Cesar has read the move.
27' Inter attack the Sicilians and Sneijder sends a low on target from 20 yards. Easy save for Campagnolo.
22' Spolli is booked for foul play.
20' The match comes to life after an eventless seven minutes, with Carboni forcing a tricky save from Juio Cesar with a long-range drive.
13' GOAL!!!!! Sulley Muntari! The Ghanaian picks out Eto'o in the box with a 25-yard cross that goes in at the far corner after the Inter striker fails to connect. INTER 1-0 CATANIA.
9' Balotelli wins a tough duel with Silvestre down the right and wins us a corner. With his foot, Campagnolo clears Lucio's header from Sneijder's cross.
6' Ivan Cordoba blocks a Potenza cross from the right and holds off a challenge from Morimoto before conceding a corner.
4' An early chance for Eto'o after a kamikaze moment from Silvestre, but the Cameroonian can't get a shot in and he plays to Sneijder, who is closed down by the Rossoblu defence.
2' Samuel Eto'o is adjudged to be offside as he runs on to Mario Balotelli's through ball, which is intercepted by Carboni.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for the second match of Serie A Week 9. Sampdoria thrashed Bologna 4-1 at home in the early game and move one point clear at the top ahead of tonight's clash with Catania.
1' Mourinho switches from a 4-3-2-1 'Christmas tree' formation to 4-3-1-2 for tonight's visit of the Sicilians and makes three changes to the team that held Dynamo Kiev 2-2 in the Champions League.
1' Balotelli returns from suspension and will partner Eto'o up front, Cordoba comes in for Samuel in defence, and Vieira starts in the holding role in a diamond midfield. Sneijder slots into his usual playmaker position with Muntari and Zanetti on the wings.
1' Captain Zanetti will reach another milestone tonight. By appearing against Catania, the 36-year-old Argentine will join club legend Giacinto Facchetti in second place on all-time list of league appearances for Inter: 476
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 2 Cordoba, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 11 Muntari; 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 45 Balotelli.<br> Subs 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 39 Santon, 5 Stankovic, 15 Krhin, 30 Mancini, 89 Arnautovic.
1' Catania: 30 Campagnolo; 2 Potenza, 3 Spolli, 6 Silvestre 33 Capuano; 5 Carboni, 27 Biagianti; 13 Izco, 4 Delvecchio 16 Llama; 15 Morimoto.<br> Subs not used: 21 Andujar; 7 Mascara, 8 Ledesma, 9 Plasmati, 12 Marchese, 18 Augustyn, 19 Ricchiuti.
1' Catania kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
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48' Full time. Inter beat Catania 2-1 and reclaim the Serie A top spot. See you on Thursday for our home fixture against another Sicilian outfit - Palermo.
45' Three minutes of injury time left.
43' Marco Materazzi comes on for Samuel Eto'o.
42' Balotelli's curling free kick is a whisker wide of Campagnolo's left-hand post.
41' Maicon is brought down by Silvestre just outside the Catania area after a strong run down the middle. Silvestre is booked.
40' Llama rifles narrowly wide as Catania come looking for a leveller.
40' Mourinho brings on Rene Krhin for Sulley Muntari. It's the Slovenian midfielder's second competitive outing for the first team.
38' Stankovic has a shot blocked after good service from Eto'o.
38' Julio Cesar spills a shot and fouls Plasmati in his attempt to reach the loose ball. Giannoccaro awards Catania a penalty.
38' Mascara fires home from the penalty spot. INTER 2-1 CATANIA.
31' Catania make their last substitution. Atzori brings on Plasmati for Delvecchio.
30' Julio Cesar makes an easy save from Spolli's header as the ball finds its way back into our area after Lucio's clearance from a corner.
29' Dejan Stankovic replaces Wesley Sneijder.
24' Maicon scythes over from 20 yards after Campagnolo's one-handed clearance from Balotelli's header following a Sneijder corner.
23' Balotelli, who swapped his long-sleeved shirt for the short-sleeved version at half time, wins us a free kick on the left after a foul by Silvestre.
21' Mascara's curling shot from the resulting free kick is high over Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
19' Ivan Cordoba tackles a goalbound Morimoto after a mistake by Lucio. The Colombian is booked for his two-footed challenge on the Japanese striker.
17' Campagnolo gets to the edge of his area and smothers the ball to deny the onrushing Javier Zanetti.
15' Eto'o's header from the edge of the box finishes on the roof of the net after Campagnolo's punched clearance from Sneijder's inswinging free kick.
13' Carboni is cautioned for a foul on Zanetti.
9' The Ghanaian and Dutch midfielders combine again with the latter looking for Balotelli with a clipped pass into the box, but the Italian hasn't read the move.
9' At the other end, Carboni runs on to Morimoto's pull-back and slices wide from the edge of the area.
8' Muntari combines with Sneijder as Inter's scorers look for a way through but Silvestre interrupts the dialogue.
4' Delvecchio heads clear a Sneijder corner after dangerous crosses from strike partners Balotelli and Eto'o.
1' We're back under way in Milan as Inter kick off the second period.
1' Catania have brought on Ledesma for Izco and Mascara for Biagianti.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.73
5 shots on target 6
3 shots off target 5
15 fouls committed 20
6 corners 3
4 offsides 1
62% ball possession 38
Mourinho v Atzori

The current Inter and Catania coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Mourinho v Catania

José Mourinho has won both of his previous encounters with Sicilian outfit Catania, with wins at home and away in last season's Serie A championship.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Catania 2-1 2-0

Atzori v Inter

Gianluca Atzori faces the Nerazzurri for the first time in his coaching career.

Zanetti to join Facchetti in second place on all-time list of league apps for Inter

Club captain Javier Zanetti's 475 appearances rank him third in the all-time list of Serie A appearances for Inter. By appearing against Catania the Argentine will climb to joint second place alongside ex-captain and president Giacinto Facchetti, who ended his playing career on 476 league appearances for the Nerazzurri.

Maicon set for 100th match in Serie A

Brazilian full-back Douglas Sisenando Maicon will complete a century of appearances in Italy's top flight if he features for Inter against Catania. He made the first of his 99 Serie A appearances - all with Inter - in a 3-2 victory over Fiorentina on 9 September 2006.

Inter scorers into double figures

After last weekend's 5-0 victory over Genoa, 10 different Inter players have hit the target in Serie A games this season - more than any other team. In alphabetical order, they are: Balotelli, Cambiasso, Eto’o, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Motta, Sneijder, Stankovic and Vieira.

Inter unbeaten in last 26 home league matches; one goalless game in last 80

Inter have avoided defeat in their last 26 Serie A games at home, collecting 19 victories and 7 draws since their 2-1 reverse against Juventus on 22 March 2008. Goals are guaranteed in league matches at the Meazza with the Nerazzurri failing to score in just one of their last 80 - a 0-0 draw with Genoa on 26 October 2008. They have scored 175 goals in the other 79 matches.

Ton up for Potenza

Inter academy product Alessandro Potenza will celebrate 100 appearances as a professional if he plays against the Nerazzurri in Week 9. The Italian defender, who made his professional debut for Inter in their 1-0 Coppa Italia defeat at Bari on 5 December 2002, has played 91 times in Serie A, 5 in Coppa Italia and 3 in European competitions. Besides Inter, he has played professional football for Ancona, Parma, ChievoVerona, Fiorentina, Genoa and Catania.

One Catania win from last 37 away games

The Rossoblu have won only once in their last 37 away matches (a 4-0 Serie A victory at Sicilian rivals Palermo on 1 March 2009), drawing 10 and losing 26 of the other 36.

Catania's goal drought

With back-to-back goalless draws at Atalanta and Bari, Catania haven't scored or conceded in their last two away matches. Mascara was his team's last scorer with a penalty in the 34th minute of Udinese 4-2 Catania in Serie A Week 3. Di Natale was the last player to score against Catania in the 79th minute of the same match.

wins(14) draws(3) defeats(0)

MILAN - The goals came from midfielders as Inter followed up last weekend's 5-0 win at Genoa with a 2-0 home victory over Catania.

It was plain sailing at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza with Sulley Muntari grabbing a quick opener to become the eleventh different Inter player to score in Serie A this season, and Wesley Sneijder doubling up just past the half hour.

Catania sub Mascara reduced the gap from the penalty spot seven minutes from time.

Mourinho made three changes to the side that held Dynamo Kiev in midweek. Balotelli partnered Eto'o up front after sitting out the Champions League clash through suspension as Inter went from 4-3-2-1 to 4-3-1-2.

Cordoba came in for Samuel in defence and Vieira slotted into a holding midfield role, with Sneijder at the tip of the diamond midfield and Muntari and Zanetti (who joined club legend Giacinto Facchetti in second place on the all-time list of Serie A appearances for Inter) on the wings.

The early goal came on 13 minutes. Muntari floated in a deep cross from the left and Eto'o tired to divert it home with an outstretched leg but there was no need as the ball bounced on its way past Campagnolo.

Catania striker Morimoto was a solitary figure up front in the first half as his team-mates struggled to provide decent service, and the Rossazzurri found themselves limited to long-range efforts, the best of which fell to Carboni who forced a difficult save from Julio Cesar.

The Nerazzurri should have been two-nil up in the 28th minute when Vieira's saw his crisp half volley from close range bounce back off the bar, but Sneijder added the second three minutes later to put Inter in total control, scoring from a trademark curling free kick that found the top left corner.

Catania boss Atzori made two changes at the break, bringing on Ledesma and Mascara for Izco and Biagianti. But Inter's domination continued and Eto'o came close after Campaganolo's punched clearance from Sneijder's free kick, his header from the edge of the box floating on to the roof of the net.

Inter had a further chance when Maicon's 20-yard shot soared just over after Balotelli's header from Sneijder's corner was fisted clear by the Catania custodian.

The Rossazzurri were handed a lifeline with time running out when Mascara slotted home from the spot after Julio Cesar's foul on Plasmati, but it was Inter who went closest to a late goal when Balotelli sent a brilliant curling free kick just wide of the post.

Inter 2-1 Catania (HT: 2-0)

Scorers: Muntari 13, Sneijder 31, Mascara (pen) 83.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 2 Cordoba, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 11 Muntari (15 Krhin 85); 10 Sneijder (5 Stankovic 74); 9 Eto'o (23 Materazzi 88), 45 Balotelli.
Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 39 Santon, 30 Mancini, 89 Arnautovic.

: José Mourinho.

Catania: 30 Campagnolo; 2 Potenza, 3 Spolli, 6 Silvestre, 33 Capuano; 5 Carboni, 27 Biagianti (7 Mascara 46); 13 Izco (8 Ledesma 46), 4 Delvecchio (9 Plasmati 76), 16 Llama; 15 Morimoto.
Subs not used: 21 Andujar; 12 Marchese, 18 Augustyn, 19 Ricchiuti.

: Gianluca Atzori.

Referee: Danilo Giannoccaro (Lecce).

Booked: Spolli 22, Zanetti 45, Carboni 58, Cordoba 64, Silvestre 86.

Att.: 57,745.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Campagnolo
Maicon 13 Potenza
Lucio 6 Silvestre
Cordoba 2 Spolli
Chivu 26 Capuano
Zanetti 4 Biagianti
Vieira 14 Carboni
Muntari 11 Llama
Sneijder 10 Izco
Eto'o 9 Delvecchio
Balotelli 45 Morimoto


Toldo 1 Andujar
Stankovic 5 Mascara
Krhin 15 Ledesma
Materazzi 23 Plasmati
Mancini 30 Marchese
Arnautovic 89 Augustyn
Santon 39 Ricchiuti