Final score

1 November 2009 15:00

35' (2nd half) Maicon
4' (2nd half) Milito
Referee: Emidio Morganti / Linesmen: Nicoletti, Romagnoli / Fourth official: Pinzani
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48' Half time. Livorno 0-0 Inter.
46' Livorno come close in stoppage time as Moro receives in a central position 25 yards from goal and crashes his shot narrowly wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
45' Three minutes of added time.
42' Inter hit Livorno on the break and Milito serves Vieira in the area but the French midfielder fails to capitalise.
41' Candreva pounces on a loose ball 25 metres from goal and sends his half-volley high and wide.
39' Benussi punches clear Cambiasso's left-wing corner kick.
38' Brilliant save by Julio Cesar. Candreva's fiercely struck shot goes through the wall, forcing our Brazilian keeper into a reflex block.
37' Lucio is booked for appearing to block Vitale's shot with his arm just outside the area.
32' Pulzetti controls a ball on the right side of our box and volleys high over the bar.
29' Sulley is stretchered off and on comes Esteban Cambiasso.
28' Muntari is struggling and a substitution seems inevitable this time.
27' Pulzetti swivels on to a ball just outside the box and unleashes his shot. It's blocked by Lucio.
25' At the other end, Moro rifles high and wide from 25 yards.
25' Muntari is okay to continue. Cambiasso is on standby.
24' Play resumes and we're momentarily down to ten men as Cuchu gets ready to come on.
24' Milito plays a wonderful ball into the box for Maicon. The Brazilian connects before being intercepted.
23' It looks like Sulley is unable to continue. Cambiasso has started his warm-up.
21' Pulzetti carves out space for a shot but his 25-yard effort is low, weak and off target.
21' Muntari and Diniz require medical attention after a collision in the Inter third.
19' Candreva gets a low shot on goal from distance. Easy save for JC.
18' Maicon floats a cross into the area. Diniz beats Milito and Mancini to the ball.
14' Vitale's low cross from the right-wing corner flag is blocked and cleared by Maicon.
10' Mancini climbs high in the area and heads Muntari's left-wing free kick over Benussi's crossbar.
8' Raimondi gets back and intercepts Mancini who was through on goal after a deft through ball by Stankovic.
6' Livorno win a corner after Tavano's shot on the turn from a tight angle spins off Lucio.
4' Raimondi latches on to a high ball into our area and pulls it back for Pieri, who is immediately closed down by the Nerazzurri defence.
1' Napoli did us a huge favour last night, coming from behind to beat Juventus 3-2 in Turin. The Nerazzurri will be looking to take full advantage in this afternoon's clash with Livorno at the Stadio Armando Picchi.
1' After Mario Balotelli, goalkeeper Francesco Toldo is the second Inter player to be struck down by the flu. The Italian veteran has returned to Milan and will be replaced on the bench by Paolo Orlandoni.
1' Mourinho has decided to rest several players ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match in Kiev, with the likes of Cambiasso, Eto'o and Samuel on the bench today.
1' The Portuguese has recalled Lucio in the centre of defence, while Zanetti slots in at left-back in place of the disqualified Chivu. Rene Krhin makes his first start for Inter after 2 appearances as a substitute and will play alongside Vieira and Muntari.
1' Diego Milito is the lone striker, with Mancini and Stankovic in supporting roles in a 4-3-2-1 formation.
1' Livorno: 11 Benussi; 59 Diniz, 13 Knezevic, 17 Miglionico; 77 Raimondi, 83 Candreva, 46 Pieri; 21 Moro, 7 Pulzetti, 87 Vitale; 10 Tavano.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 De Lucia, 5 Marchini, 6 Galante, 8 Bergvold, 9 Danilevicius, 15 Cellerino, 18 Dionisi.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 6 Lucio, 4 Zanetti; 15 Krhin, 14 Vieira, 11 Muntari; 5 Stankovic, 30 Mancini; 22 Milito.&#8232;<br>Subs: 21 Orlandoni, 7 Quaresma, 9 Eto'o, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 89 Arnautovic.
1' Inter-owned defender Nelson Rivas currently on loan at Livorno, is ruled out after injuring himself in the warm-up. Knezevic will take the Colombian's place.
1' Inter kick off against the Amaranto. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' Mancini wins us a corner in the opening minute. The Brazilian's cross from the flag is headed over by Lucio.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Livorno 2-0 and go seven clear of Juve and Samp at the top of the table. See you on Wednesday for our Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev.
45' Three minutes of overtime.
43' Danilevicius latches on to Tavano's cut-back and scythes a low shot just wide of the post.
41' Candreva's free kick is tipped round by Julio Cesar. Another great save by the Inter keeper.
38' Tavano gets a yellow card for a rough challenge from behind on Lucio.
35' GOAL!!!! Maicon makes it look so, so easy. The Brazilian receives a short pass from Vieira, makes a 20-yard run on goal and slots a low shot past Benussi from the edge of the box. LIVORNO 0-2 INTER.
33' On the edge of his own box Raimondi blocks a shot from Mancini.
31' Raimondi is cautioned for a foul on Patrick Vieira.
30' Mancini's crows for Milito is intercepted by Danilevicius. Samuel's header from the resulting corner, taken by Mancini, is over the bar.
28' The hosts bring on Dionisi for Pulzetti.
28' Amaranto captain Tavano makes a darting run to the edge of the box and sends a curling shot just over.
24' Walter Samuel replaces Dejan Stankovic.
23' Vieira is flagged for offside as he runs through to meet Stankovic's ball into the box. Benussi smothers.
19' Raimondi whips in a dangerous cross from the right and Lucio does well to intercept with his head.
19' Cambiasso blocks a shot by Raimondi.
12' Julio Cesar reads to perfection Candreva's cross from the corner flag and makes a punched clearance.
9' Livorno bring on Danilevicius for Vitale.
8' Eto'o glides past two in a run into the box from the left but Benussi is quick out to thwart the Cameroonian.
4' GOOOAAALLLL!!!! We're in front at the Stadio Picchi. Diego Milito receives from Stankovic just outside the area and turns Miglionico before firing a precise right-footed shot beyond Benussi. That's his 7th in Serie A for Inter. LIVORNO 0-1 INTER.
1' Livorno kick off the second half.
1' Samuel Eto'o is on for Rene Krhin.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.02
4 shots on target 2
9 shots off target 3
8 fouls committed 16
9 corners 4
2 offsides 4
48% ball possession 52%
Cosmi v Mourinho

Livorno's new coach Serse Cosmi and his Inter counterpart José Mourinho meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Cosmi v Inter

Cosmi faces Inter for the first time in over 4 years after a victory, a draw and 7 defeats from 9 games. His teams have conceded in all 9 matches, letting in a total of 20 goals. Cosmi's last meeting with the Nerazzurri was in Serie A on 23 October 2005, when his Udinese side lost 1-0 at the Stadio Friuli.

2000/01 Serie A Perugia-Inter 2-3 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Perugia-Inter 0-2 1-4
2002/03 Serie A Perugia-Inter 4-1 2-2
2003/04 Serie A Perugia-Inter 2-3 1-2
2005/06 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-1 ----

Mourinho v Livorno

José Mourinho faces the Amaranto for the first time in his coaching career.

Disciplinary info

Cautioned: Pulzetti.
Disqualified: Lucarelli.

Cautioned: -
Disqualified: Chivu.

Only 4 Livorno players on target

Livorno have scored just 4 goals after 10 rounds of the 2009/10 Serie A championship (2 at home and 2 away). No other team has scored so little. And only four Amaranto players (Danilevicius, Lucarelli, Miglionico and Tavano) have scored goals in this initial phase of the campaign. Lazio, Udinese and Bologna are the other three teams with only four different scorers.

No penalties in Livorno's favour

Livorno are one of two teams yet to have a penalty awarded in their favour this season, the other team being Juventus. The Amaranto's last penalty came in last season's 2-2 home draw with Parma on 18 April 2009. Tavano scored from the spot on that occasion.

Livorno's 189-minute invincibility

The Amaranto haven't conceded in their last two games (1-0 wins away to Roma and at home to Atalanta). Palermo's Balzaretti was the last player to score against Livorno - in the 81st minute of the Rosanero's 2-1 away win on 18 October 2009.

Eleven players on target so far this season

Eleven Inter players have scored goals in this season's Serie A - more than any other team. In alphabetical order, they are: Balotelli, Cambiasso, Eto'o, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Motta, Muntari, Sneijder, Stankovic and Vieira.

Inter's scoring form in last 15 minutes of first half

Inter have scored more goals in the fifteen-minute periods before half time in the 2009/10 Serie A so far, scoring 9 goals in 10 games.

Suazo & goals against Livorno

David Suazo has scored 9 goals in games against Livorno - more than any other Italian team. The Honduran has scored a total of 110 goals since his move to Italy a decade ago.

wins(7) draws(8) defeats(6)

LIVORNO - Inter warmed up for Kiev with a 2-0 victory over Livorno in Serie A Week 11 at the Stadio Armando Picchi.

Diego Milito and Maicon sent the Amaranto to their first defeat under Serse Cosmi with goals in the second half to put us seven points clear at the top. Sampdoria join Juventus in second place after their 0-0 home draw against Bari. 

Mourinho rested Cambiasso, Eto'o and Samuel ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match, handing Rene Krhin his first Serie A start after appearances as a substitute against Parma and Catania.

The 19-year-old Slovenian slotted in alongside Vieira and Muntari as Mourinho reverted to a 4-3-2-1 'Christmas tree' formation with Mancini and Stankovic in support of solitary striker Milito.

Cordoba continued at the back and was partnered by Lucio, who sat out Thursday's win over Palermo, with Zanetti switching to left-back in place of the suspended Chivu.

Francesco Toldo returned to Milan after becoming the second victim of the flu in the Inter camp after Mario Balotelli. He was replaced on the bench by Orlandoni.

Cambiasso made his entrance sooner than expected after Inter lost Muntari to injury, while Eto'o came on for Krhin at the start of the second half.

Spurred on by a vocal crowd, Livorno had the better chances of a low-key first half, Candreva coming closest in added time with a thunderbolt free kick that brought a superb save out of Julio Cesar.

Milito put the game on the right track with his 7th goal for Inter four minutes after the interval. Stankovic picked out the Argentine with a square pass and Il Principe elegantly turned Miglionico, picked his spot and sent a crisp low shot beyond Benussi's grasp.

Adopting a cat and mouse approach, the Nerazzurri proceeded to stifle Livorno's attacking play. Mourinho added an extra reinforcement in defence midway through the half, bringing on Samuel for Stankovic and pushing Zanetti into midfield.

Maicon doubled the lead ten miniutes from time, taking Vieira's short pass to the edge of the area and poking low into the bottom corner for his third of the campaign.

There was still work to do in the closing stages as Julio Cesar made a tipped save from Candreva's free kick, before Danilevicius sent his low effort narrowly wide.  

Livorno 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Milito 49, Maicon 80.

Livorno: 11 Benussi; 59 Diniz, 13 Knezevic, 17 Miglionico; 77 Raimondi, 83 Candreva, 46 Pieri; 21 Moro, 7 Pulzetti (18 Dionisi 73), 87 Vitale (9 Danilevicius 54); 10 Tavano.
Subs not used: 1 De Lucia, 5 Marchini, 6 Galante, 8 Bergvold, 15 Cellerino.
: Serse Cosmi.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 6 Lucio, 4 Zanetti; 15 Krhin (9 Eto'o 46), 14 Vieira, 11 Muntari (19 Cambiasso 29); 5 Stankovic (69), 30 Mancini; 22 Milito.
Subs not used
: 21 Orlandoni, 7 Quaresma, 23 Materazzi, 89 Arnautovic.

: José Mourinho.

Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno).

Booked: Lucio 37, Raimondi 76, Tavano 83.

starting lineups

Benussi 12 Julio Cesar
Diniz 13 Maicon
Knezevic 2 Cordoba
Miglionico 6 Lucio
Raimondi 4 Zanetti
Candreva 15 Krhin
Pieri 14 Vieira
Moro 11 Muntari
Pulzetti 5 Stankovic
Vitale 30 Mancini
Tavano 22 Milito


De Lucia 21 Orlandoni
Marchini 7 Quaresma
Galante 9 Eto'o
Bergvold 19 Cambiasso
Danilevicius 23 Materazzi
Rivas 25 Samuel
Dionisi 89 Arnautovic