Final score

29 October 2009 20:45

39' (2nd half) Milito
43' Eto'o
42' Balotelli
34' Balotelli
7' Eto'o (P)
22' (2nd half) Miccoli
16' (2nd half) Hernandez
4' (2nd half) Miccoli
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento / Linesmen: Giachero, Comito / Fourth official: Gervasoni
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Minute Text commentary
45' It's four-nil at half time! Two goals each for strike partners Mario Balotelli and Samuel Eto'.
43' AND THERE'S NUMBER FOUR!!! SuperMario Balotelli turns Migliaccio in the area and pulls back for Samuel Eto'o to crash home his second. INTER 4-0 PALERMO.
42' GOAL!!!!! Sirigu fails to save Walter Samuel's header from Dejan Stankovic's cross and Esteban Cambiasso is on hand to head ball home. Balotelli gets the final touch on the line just to make sure. INTER 3-0 PALERMO.
42' Maicon tries a one-two with Muntari but Goian times his interception well to deny the Brazilian a clear chance for a third.
40' Cavani wastes a golden chance to put Palermo back in the game. Completely unmarked in the box, the Rosanero forces blasts high and wide.
38' Inter hit Palermo on the break with Stankovic, Balotelli and Muntari. The Italian's cross for the Ghanaian is wayward and Goian gets a caution for his foul on the Serbian.
36' Chivu is shown a yellow card.
34' GOAL!!!! Inter go 2-0 up from the resulting corner - taken by Maicon. Mario Balotelli climbs above the Rosanero defence and powers his header past Sirigu. INTER 2-0 PALERMO.
33' And another. Maicon skips past Melinte and forces another save from Sirigu with a shot that was almost identical to Eto'o's two minutes earlier.
33' Another chance for the Nerazzurri as Cambiasso blazes over from close range after running on to a return pass from Stankovic that takes a deflection off Goian.
31' Eto'o receives from Balotelli in the box and arrows a low shot on target, severely testing Sirigu.
28' Pastore fires a right-footed shot a yard wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
27' Free kick to Palermo in a central position 30 yards from goal after a foul on Miccoli by Cambiasso. Miccoli's low shot is on target, forcing a tricky save from Julio Cesar.
25' Balotelli wins a duel in the Palermo third and sprints down the right before crossing low to Eto'o, who fails to connect in the box.
23' Sirigu gets down and saves Maicon's diagonal cross-shot from the right edge of the area.
21' Cambiasso serves Balotelli with a quick cross to the near post. The Italian heads wide.
20' Eto'o wriggles past Migliaccio on the by-line and crosses. Goian's interception is goalbound, forcing Sirigu into a difficult save.
17' A double chance for Palermo. Simplicio's low shot from just outside the box is parried by Julio Cesar. Miccoli's follow-up is off target.
15' Eto'o tries to score a cheeky second with an acrobatic shot from Muntari's ball into the box. The Cameroonian's effort goes wide.
13' Pastore one-twos with Cassani down the right and unleashes a rising drive from 25-yards. It's a nice try but it's over Julio Cesar's bar.
10' Palermo attack back and Cristian Chivu does well to beat Miccoli to a through ball and prod out for an attacking throw-in.
9' Inter come looking for a quick second. Migliaccio intercepts Muntari's low cross from Balotelli's pass and concedes a left-wing corner.
7' GOAL! Samuel Eto'o sends Sirigu the wrong way and we're 1-0 up at the Giuseppe Meazza. INTER 1-0 PALERMO.
6' Penalty! Balotelli goes down under a challenge from Melinte and Tagliavento points straight to the spot.
4' Back in our half, Simpicio latches on to Cassani's pull-back and rifles a 20-yard shot over the crossbar.
3' Balotelli wins us a corner at the other end after his cross from Maicon's pass spins off Migliaccio.
2' Julio Cesar saves Cassani's fast cross into the six-yard box from the right.
1' We're top of the table with a game in hand. That's the situation ahead of tonight's 20:45 kick-off against Walter Zenga's Rosanero.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' Palermo: 46 Sirigu; 3 Goian, 24 Kjaer, 8 Migliaccio; 21 Melinte, 30 Simplicio, 23 Bresciano, 16 Cassani; 6 Pastore; 7 Cavani, 10 Miccoli.<br>Subs: 1 Brichetto, 9 Nocerino, 14 Bertolo, 19 Succi, 26 Morganella, 88 Blasi, 90 Hernandez.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 9 Eto'o, 45 Balotelli. &#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 6 Lucio, 8 Thiago Motta, 14 Vieira, 22 Milito, 30 Mancini, 39 Santon.
1' On to tonight's lineups and it's Stankovic who fills the position left vacant by injured midfielder Sneijder. The Serbian slots in behind Eto'o and Balotelli, and in front of Zanetti, Cambiasso and Muntari. Thiago Motta and Milito are on the bench.
1' We then travel to Livorno in Week 11 before next Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash away to Dynamo Kiev.
1' Three points against Palermo will put us four clear of Juventus, who beat Samp last night to leapfrog the Blucerchiati into second position.
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter beat Palermo 5-3 and move four points clear of Juventus at the top of the table.
49' Julio Cesar makes a punched block from Miccoli's thunderous long-range free kick.
48' Milito meets Muntari's inch-perfect cross into the six-yard box but can't prod it past Sirigu.
45' Four minutes of added time.
45' Palermo haven't given up. Hernandez and Miccoli shoot wide as the Rosanero end the ninety on the attack.
41' Bertolo is booked for foul play.
40' Nocerino comes on for Simplicio.
39' Zenga brings on Bertolo for Pastore.
38' GOAL!!!!!! Maicon does brilliantly to turn Pastore on the right and deliver a low cross for Milito to slot home from close range. INTER 5-3 PALERMO.
37' Stankovic combines with Thiago Motta before sending a low shot several yards wide of the post.
34' Sirigu keeps out a strong low shot from Thiago Motta as the Brazilian looks to restore a comfortable cushion.
29' Eto'o limps to the touchline with Inter doc Combi. On comes Thiago Motta.
27' The Cameroonian hurt his foot when taking that shot, and Mourinho may be forced into a third substitution.
26' Eto'o turns Migliaccio on the edge of the box before firing high and wide.
22' Unbelievable. Palermo pull back another goal with Fabrizio Miccoli lifting over Julio Cesar from a tight angle after racing on to a ball into the box. INTER 4-3 PALERMO.
21' Diego Milito receives from Maicon in the box and sees his low shot take the slightest of deflections off Kjaer. It was going in, but the Dane's touch means it's a corner.
16' GOAL. Palermo reduce the gap again through substitute Hernandez, who slides Cassani's cross past Julio Cesar. INTER 4-2 PALERMO.
12' Palermo counter-attack and Hernandez expertly controls a long ball into the area, but Zanetti times his tackle to perfection.
11' Maicon swings in a dangerous cross. Goian's headed clearance is diverted behind for a corner by Cassani. Pastore makes a near-post clearance from the corner.
11' Cassani looks for Miccoli in the area as Palermo launch a counter-attack but Ivan Cordoba is perfectly positioned and the Colombian intercepts.
6' From the edge of the box Eto'o curls a low shot wide of Sirigu's left-hand post.
4' GOAL. Palermo reduce the gap through Miccoli. The diminutive Italian beats Samuel to a high ball into the box and then lifts it over Julio Cesar before blasting over the line. INTER 4-1 PALERMO.
3' A second switch in the Inter ranks as Mario Balotelli is unable to continue. On comes Diego Milito.
2' Fabrizio Miccoli skips past Muntari before firing a 20-yard shot over the bar.
1' Palermo get the second half going.
1' Both teams have made half-time substitutions. Palermo bring on Hernandez for Melinte. And Inter replace Chivu with Santon.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.01
10 shots on target 6
8 shots off target 11
13 fouls committed 7
8 corners 2
2 offsides 4
54% ball possession 46%
Mourinho v Zenga

The two coaches meet for the third time after Inter's home and away wins over Catania last season.

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

Mourinho v Palermo

The Inter coach is unbeaten in matches against the Rosanero, with a win and a draw from two games - both in last season's championship.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Palermo 2-2 2-0

Zenga v Inter

Ex-goalkeeper Walter Zenga, who made 473 appearances for Inter from 1982/83 to 1993/94 after coming through the club's youth ranks, faces his former side for the third time as a coach. Last season, Zenga's Catania side lost both of their Serie A matches against Inter.

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

Javier Zanetti set to surpass Facchetti

Javier Zanetti, who reached Giacinto Facchetti's total of 476 Serie A appearances for Inter in last weekend's match against Catania, will move into outright second position on the club's all time list by appearing against Palermo. This statistic includes end-of-season playoffs. Giuseppe Bergomi is top of the list with 519 appearances.

Goals from eleven different players

With his goal against Catania, Sulley Muntari became the eleventh Inter player to score in a Serie A fixture this season. In alphabetical order, the other ten players who have netted in the first nine games are Balotelli, Cambiasso, Eto'o, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Motta, Sneijder, Stankovic and Vieira.

Milestone appearance for Stankovic

If he appears against Palermo, Dejan Stankovic will make his 300th appearance in Italy's Serie A. The Serbian midfielder, who has played Serie A football for Lazio and Inter, made his Italian top flight debut in Piacenza 1-1 Lazio on 13 September 1998.

Cordoba one away from 400th Inter outing

Ivan Ramiro Cordoba will wear the black and blue colours of Inter for the 400th time if selected to play Palermo. The Colombian defender, who made his Inter debut in a 5-0 Serie A home victory against Perugia on 6 January 2000, has played 280 times in Serie A, 30 in Coppa Italia, 85 in European competition and 4 in other tournaments.

Rosanero chasing fourth consecutive victory

Palermo go into Serie A Week 10 on the back of three consecutive league wins (2-0 at home to Juventus, 2-1 away to Livorno and 1-0 at home to Udinese). If they beat Inter, the Rosanero will have won four on the trot for the first time since October 2006 (4 consecutive wins in Serie A & UEFA Cup games).

Zenga's teams on form in October

Walter Zenga has coached Italian teams to 4 wins, 2 draws and just 1 defeat in 7 matches in October - his best month of the footballing year in terms of results.

Fair play Palermo

No red cards have been shown in Palermo's 9 Serie A matches so far this season. Neither have there been any dismissals in Juventus' league fixtures in 2009/10.

Miccoli, Cavani chasing Di Maso record

With 3 goals apiece in the start to the 2009/10 Serie A season, Fabrizio Miccoli and Edinson Cavani have reached second and third place in the all time list of Palermo scorers in Serie A. Di Maso is top of the table with 40 goals.

wins(20) draws(9) defeats(0)

MILAN - Inter scored four without reply before half time but Palermo produced a strong second-half comeback before Diego Milito celebrated his return from injury with goal number five in a thrilling 5-3 victory at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

In a match which saw Cordoba make his 400th appearance in black and blue, Stankovic his 300th for Italian clubs, and Javier Zanetti surpass Giacinto Facchetti's total of 476 Serie A games, strike partners Samuel Eto'o and Mario Balotelli scored braces to seemingly put Inter in complete control at the half-way mark, but Miccoli added a double of his own either side of Hernandez' goal to leave the result hanging in the balance.

Diego 'Il Principe' Milito, on for Balotelli in the second half, restored a two-goal advantage for the Nerazzurri with his sixth of the season to put José Mourinho's defending champions four points clear at the top of the table.

Cameroon goal machine Eto'o opened the floodgates from the penalty spot early on, sending Sirigu the wrong way after a Melinte foul on Balotelli in the box. The Italy Under-21 international added the second ten minutes before the break, rising above the Rosanero defence to head home Maicon's corner.

Inter were goal hungry and they were three-nil up by the 42nd when Balotelli saw Cambiasso's header over the line after Sirigu failed to clear Samuel's header. Not to be outdone, Eto'o crashed home the fourth - his fifth in Serie A - within sixty seconds after Balotelli brilliantly turned Migliaccio before setting up his team-mate.

The second half was anything but a walk in the park as Zenga's men battled their way back, scoring three times in a 20-minute spell. Miccoli beat Samuel to a long ball forward before lifting over Julio Cesar and crashing into an open net four minutes after the break. The Palermo striker slid home his second from a tight angle on 67 minutes, just after substitute Hernandez slotted home a pin-point cross from Cassani.

Suddenly, Inter had a game on their hands, and things weren't looking good when Eto'o hobbled off after hurting his foot when taking a shot. He was replaced by Thiago Motta and the Nerazzurri reorganised well to keep a buoyant Palermo side at bay.

Milito gave his team the required breathing space with seven minutes remaining when he slotted home from close range after Maicon's superb move down the right.

Inter 5-3 Palermo (HT: 4-0)

Scorers: Eto'o (pen) 7, 43, Balotelli 35, 42, Miccoli 49, 67, Hernandez 61, Milito 83.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu (39 Santon 46); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 9 Eto'o (8 Thiago Motta 74), 45 Balotelli (22 Milito 48).
Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 6 Lucio, 14 Vieira, 30 Mancini.
: José Mourinho.

Palermo: 46 Sirigu; 3 Goian, 24 Kjaer, 8 Migliaccio; 21 Melinte (90 Hernandez 46), 30 Simplicio (9 Nocerino 85), 23 Bresciano, 16 Cassani; 6 Pastore (14 Bertolo 84); 7 Cavani, 10 Miccoli.
Subs not used
: 1 Brichetto, 19 Succi, 26 Morganella, 88 Blasi.
: Walter Zenga.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).

Booked: Chivu 36, Goian 38, Bertolo 86.

Att.: 53,261.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Sirigu
Maicon 13 Goian
Cordoba 2 Kjaer
Samuel 25 Migliaccio
Chivu 26 Cassani
Zanetti 4 Simplicio
Cambiasso 19 Bresciano
Muntari 11 Melinte
Stankovic 5 Pastore
Eto'o 9 Cavani
Balotelli 45 Miccoli


Toldo 1 Brichetto
Lucio 6 Morganella
Santon 39 Bertolo
Vieira 14 Blasi
Mancini 30 Nocerino
Motta 8 Succi
Milito 22 Hernandez