Final score

28 February 2010 15:00

7' (2nd half) Di Natale A. (P)
2' Pepe S.
46' Milito
21' Maicon
6' Balotelli
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: Giordano, Ghiandai / Fourth official: Pierpaoli
Minute Text commentary
47' The ref has added on an extra minute.
47' Half time. Inter lead Udinese 3-1 at the break, with Balotelli, Maicon and Milito replying to Pepe's early goal for the Bianconeri.
46' GOAL!!!!!! Wesley Sneijder works the ball wide to Mario Balotelli who plants a brilliant inswinging left-wing cross onto the head of Diego Milito who glances his header past Handanovic! UDINESE 1-3 INTER.
45' One minute of added time.
44' Lucio makes a flicked clearance with his head to deny Di Natale, conceding a corner. The first comes to nothing, but there's another one and the second corner is saved by Julio Cesar.
42' At the other end, Balotelli's deflected shot is saved by Handanovic.
41' Pasquale whips in a dangerous low cross from the left after receiving in space from Pepe. Julio Cesar makes a diving save.
41' Julio Cesar gets down to block Cuadrado's speculative shot from 25 yards.
39' Javier Zanetti is booked for hand ball.
38' Julio Cesar rushes out of his six-yard box to deny Sanchez a scoring opportunity.
37' Udinese get a free kick out on the right wing after a tactical foul by Balotelli on Cuadrado. Zapata fouls Mariga as both players tussle for Pepe's cross.
36' Pandev controls Maicon's floated cross with his knee. The ball spins up and finishes between the mitts of Handanovic.
33' Lucio roams forward and gets to the edge of the Bianconeri box but his low cross is easy prey for the Udinese defenders.
30' Sanchez combines with Cuadrado on the right before seeing his diagonal shot take a deflection off Stankovic.
28' Di Natale slips in our box as he meets a low cross from Sanchez. The Udinese number ten requires medical attention after hurting his right shoulder when falling.
27' Inter snuff out an Udinese attack. Lucio brings the ball out of defence and plays upfield to Sneijder who serves Balotelli and the Italian forward hits a long-range shot at Handanovic.
24' Free kick to Udinese on the right wing after Sanchez goes down under a challenge from Stankovic.
24' Zapata climbs at the back post to meet Pepe's right-wing free kick but the ball is too high for the Colombian defender.
21' GOAL!!!!! What a brilliant move by the Nerazzurri. Milito crosses to Pandev whose first-time touch finds Maicon in space and from the right angle of the six-yard box the Brazilian sends an unstoppable volley in off the underside of the crossbar. UDINESE 1-2 INTER.
18' Inler finds Di Natale in the box with an inch-perfect through ball but the Italy forward has his back to goal and can't get a shot in before he is dispossessed by Lucio.
16' Mario Balotelli's thunderous free kick whizzes wide of the the diving Handanovic and his right-hand upright.
15' Free kick to Inter about 30 metres from goal after a Lukovic foul on Balotelli.
13' Lucio blocks a shot from Di Natale as Udinese put us under a bit of pressure.
12' Ex-Inter full-back Giovanni Pasquale takes Pepe's pass to the by-line and turns Maicon before testing Julio Cesar from an acute angle.
9' Wesley's curling free kick isn't far wide of Handanovic's right-hand stick.
8' Coda is yellow-carded for a foul on Sneijder right in... Sneijder territory.
6' GOAL!!!!! Mario Balotelli produces a wonderful leveller, rifling the sweetest of 25-yard shots past Handanovic after controlling a pass from Maicon, who took the ball past three opponents before setting up his team-mate. UDINESE 1-1 INTER.
4' Sanchez gets past Zanetti on the right and delivers his cross, but Pepe can't find space for a shot.
2' GOAL. Udinese take an early lead from a counter-attack. Cuadrado serves Di Natale in a central position in the Inter third and the Udinese captain pokes through to Simone Pepe who takes a quick touch before sliding beyond the onrushing Julio Cesar. UDINESE 1-0 INTER.
1' Thiago Motta at the back with Lucio, Maicon and Zanetti; Stankovic and Mariga in holding midfield roles; and Balotelli, Sneijder and Pandev behind Milito. Materazzi on the bench with Toldo, Quaresma, Eto'o, Krhin, Donati and Arnautovic. That's the team news ahead of this afternoon's 15:00 kick-off at the Stadio Friuli.
1' Lineups:<br>Udinese: 22 Handanovic; 2 Zapata, 13 Coda, 24 Lukovic; 4 Cuadrado, 88 Inler, 14 Sammarco, 26 Pasquale; 7 Pepe, 10 Di Natale, 11 Sanchez.<br> Subs: 1 Rafael, 19 Badu, 20 Asamoah, 27 Geijo, 32 Ferronetti, 80 Domizzi, 84 Lodi.<br>Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 8 Thiago Motta, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 17 Mariga; 45 Balotelli, 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev; 22 Milito. Subs: 1 Toldo, 7 Quaresma, 9 Eto'o, 15 Krhin, 23 Materazzi, 29 Donati, 89 Arnautovic.
1' Our record against Udinese in recent seasons is pretty good. We're unbeaten in 13 meetings with the Friuli Bianconeri, who haven't scored a home goal against us since 2005. We need another win this afternoon to stay clear of the chasers. AC Milan, who are four points adrift, play at home to Atalanta this afternoon while third-placed Roma are away to fifth-placed Napoli.
1' Off we go in rainy Udine as Pasquale Marino's men kick off. FORZA INTER!
Minute Text commentary
50' Inler's deflected shot off Stankovic hits the crossbar as Udinese go close again in stoppage time.
50' Full time. Inter beat Udinese 3-2 and stay four points clear of second-placed AC Milan, who beat Atalanta 3-1 at home.
49' Pepe bursts past Maicon down the left and gets in a cross from the byline. Stankovic makes a headed clearance.
48' Another card. Yellow for Asamoah after his foul from behind on Milito.
47' Dejan Stankovic is booked for a late tackle on Alexis Sanchez.
46' Rene Krhin replaces Wesley Sneijder for his fourth Serie A appearance in black and blue this season.
46' Four minutes of added time.
46' Pepe turns and shoots as Udinese look for a late leveller. Julio Cesar gets down to his left and says no to the Italy international.
45' Cuadrado's cross from the right is easily saved by Julio Cesar at his far post.
43' Pepe finds Di Natale in the area with a lofted pass but the flag goes up for offside.
42' Inter attack down the right. The ball falls to Samuel Eto'o on the edge of the box and he blazes over the bar.
40' Javier Zanetti's long-range shot is a few yards wide of Handanovic's right-hand post.
37' Marco Materazzi replaces Mario Balotelli and Thiago Motta switches to his familiar midfield position.
36' Free kick to Udinese right by the left corner flag after a foul by Lucio. Cuadrado can't keep Pepe's high cross in play at the far side. Goal kick.
34' Udinese replace Sammarco with Geijo.
34' Pepe scythes over after weaving into space just outside our box on the left.
33' Milito beats the offside trap as he meets Sneidjer's through ball and he serves his team-mate with a quick return ball but the Dutchman fluffs his shot.
30' Wasted chance in Julio Cesar's six-yard box as Pepe lifts over the defence for Cuadrado and the Colombian inexplicably slots wide with just the keeper to beat.
29' Balotelli makes a headed clearance from Sanchez' corner kick and the Nerazzurri come forward on the counter-attack. Maicon makes a 50-yard dash before playing wide to Eto'o but he overhits his pass for the Cameroonian.
27' Inter replace Goran Pandev with Samuel Eto'o, who gives some advice to Balotelli before making his entrance.
26' Coda intercepts Maicon's cross for Milito and heads away.
24' Fast move by Udinese. Pepe frees Lukovic down the left with a neat back-heeled pass and the Serbian crosses over to the far side by there's no team-mate on hand.
24' Pepe looks for the top right corner with a curling shot from the left wing. It's high and wide.
23' Balotelli is booked for a foul from behind on Sanchez.
22' Sammarco is yellow-carded for obstructing Javier Zanetti.
19' Udinese bring on Asamoah for Pasquale.
18' Balotelli wins us a free kick on the left wing after a foul by Cuadrado. SuperMario's header from Sneijder's free kick is wayward.
17' Handanovic makes a miraculous one-handed from Maicon's right-wing cross-shot with Pandev lurking at the back post as the Nerazzurri build another lovely move.
14' Balotelli has a 20-yard left-wing effort saved by Handanovic.
11' Zapata makes a headed clearance from Sneijder's powerful right-wing cross.
10' Sanchez is presented with a brilliant chance to bring the teams on level terms. Pepe's corner to the far post is headed into the middle of the area by Zapata and Sanchez - completely unmarked - heads straight at Julio Cesar.
9' Sanchez twists and turns on the right but can't get past Zanetti and is forced to cross. It's blocked by the Inter captain.
7' GOAL. Di Natale's spot kick goes in off the post. UDINESE 2-3 INTER.
6' UDINESE GOAL DISALLOWED, PENALTY TO UDINESE. Di Natale's free kick takes a deflection off Balotelli's arm and smacks against the post. Inler is first to the rebound and he heads in, but the goal won't stand as Bergonzi points to the spot.
5' Free kick to the home side in a central position 25 yards out.
4' Inler's shot spins off a blockade of Inter players and the ball falls to the feet of Pepe who pulls back for Di Natale to shoot on goal. Julio Cesar gets a hand to the shot and the ball trickles round for a corner.
3' Corner for Udinese. Zanetti makes a headed clearance from Pasquale's left-wing cross.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Di Natale is flagged offside as he runs to meet Pasquale's left-wing cross.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.12
10 shots on target 5
5 shots off target 4
22 fouls committed 12
10 corners 1
3 offsides 1
52% ball possession 48%
Disciplinary information, former players

Disqualified: -
Within a booking of suspension: Basta, D’Agostino, Domizzi, Handanovic, Pasquale, Pepe.
Former players:
Udinese: Corradi (July-August 2002 – 1 appearance, 0 goals); Pasquale (1999/00 to 2001/02 – academy; July 2002 January 2005 – 57 appearances, 0 goals).

Disqualified: Cambiasso, Cordoba, Muntari, Samuel.
Within a booking of suspension: Eto'o, Samuel, Sneijder.
Former players: Muntari (2002/03 to 2006/07 – 153 appearances, 9 goals).

Marino v Mourinho

The two coaches meet for the fourth time. Udinese boss Marino has lost all three of their previous encounters.

2008/09 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-1 0-1
2009/10 Serie A Udinese-Inter ---- 1-2

Marino v Inter

Udinese coach Pasquale Marino has never won a match against Inter, with 2 draws and 5 defeats from 7 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
2009/10 Serie A Udinese-Inter ---- 1-2

Udinese: one home game without scoring in last 18

The Bianconeri have failed to score in just one of their last 18 home matches (Udinese 0-1 Fiorentina on 8 November 2009), netting a total of 41 goals in the other 17.

Lukovic set for Udinese milestone

By appearing against Inter, Aleksandar Lukovic will make his 100th appearance for Udinese. The Serbian defender, who made his debut for the Friuli club in their 3-2 Serie A away win over Torino on 27 January 2007, has represented Udinese 85 times in the Serie A, 7 in the Coppa Italia and 7 in the UEFA Cup.

Floro Flores set for 100th Serie A appearance

Antonio Floro Flores will complete a century of appearances in Serie A if selected to play against Inter. The Neapolitan striker, who has played Italian top-flight football for Napoli, Sampdoria and Udinese, made his Serie A debut in Napoli's 3-0 away defeat to Roma on 28 January 2001.

Most decisive striker v most decisive strike partnership

Antonio Di Natale is the most decisive player in the 2009/10 Serie championship as his goals have earned Udinese 20 points. Inter's Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o, meanwhile, are the championship's most potent strike force. Their goals have earned Inter 28 points (14 points each).

No Udinese goal at home to Inter in 4 Serie A games

Udinese haven't scored at home to Inter in Serie A since their 1-1 draw with the Nerazzurri on 19 February 2005, Goitom the scorer in the 90th minute. The Bianconeri have since hosted Inter in the league on three occasions, losing 1-0 in 2005/06, drawing 0-0 in 2006/07 and 2007/08, and losing 1-0 in 2008/09. Considering all competitive matches between the two teams at the Stadio Friuli, Iaquinta was the last player to score for Udinese against Inter. That goal came in the 89th minute of their 2-2 Coppa Italia draw on 11 April 2006.

Inter unbeaten in 13 games against Udinese

Inter haven't lost a competitive fixture against Udinese since 15 February 2004 when they lost 2-1 in Milan, winning 7 and drawing 6 of the successive 13 games.

Materazzi set for 300th professional appearance

If he plays against Udinese, Marco Materazzi will make his 300th professional appearance in Italian football. The veteran defender, who has played for Trapani, Perugia, Carpi and Inter in Italy, has played 235 matches in Serie A, 33 in Serie B and 31 in Serie C1. He made his professional debut in Trapani's 2-2 home draw against Siracusa in Serie C1 on 11 September 1994.

Nerazzurri on 15-game unbeaten run

Inter's last defeat was a 2-1 reverse against Juventus in Turin on 5 December 2009. The Nerazzurri have since played 15 games, winning 10 and drawing 5.

No Inter goal in Serie A since Parma draw

Inter haven't scored a Serie A goal since Mario Balotelli's 59th-minute effort in the 1-1 draw away to Parma on 10 February, having drawn both of their successive games 0-0 (away to Napoli and at home to Sampdoria). The last player to score against Inter was Parma's Bojinov in the 55th minute of that draw at the Tardini.

wins(23) draws(16) defeats(11)

UDINE - Inter fell behind to an early goal at the Stadio Friuli, but as has happened so often this season José Mourinho's players overwhelmed their opponents with a brilliant fightback.

Simone Pepe put the home side ahead within two minutes, Mario Balotelli equalised in the seventh, and Maicon and Diego Milito finished off well-worked moves to put the Nerazzurri in command at the break.

Antonio Di Natale fired in a penalty kick early in the second half to set up an exciting last forty minutes.

The win keeps Inter four points clear at the top of the table as second-placed AC Milan beat Atalanta 3-1 at home to remain hot on the heels of their city rivals.

Deprived of Samuel, Cordoba, Muntari and Cambiasso, José Mourinho resolved his suspension crisis by shifting Thiago Motta into a central defensive role alongside Lucio, and handing Mariga his first start for Inter alongside Stankovic in holding midfield positions with Balotelli, Sneijder and Pandev behind Milito up front.

The Italian champions barely had time to settle when Pepe latched onto Di Natale's through ball from Cuadrado's square pass and slotted past Julio Cesar for Udinese's shock opener.

Their lead lasted all of five minutes. Maicon held off three opponents before squaring to Balotelli whose 20-yard blockbuster gave Handanovic no chance.

Some brilliant approach play saw the Nerazzurri rewarded in the 21st minute when Milito crossed to Pandev and the Macedonian played first time into the path of Maicon who almost broke the net with a rocket volley that went in off the underside of the bar.

In added time at the end of the first half Sneijder picked out Balotelli in space on the left and the Italian put his inch-perfect inswinging cross onto the head of Milito who sent a glancing header beyond the reach of Handanovic to give Inter a two-goal cushion with his 18th of the season.

The Bianconeri started the second half as they had begun the first as Milito's rival for the Serie A top scorer title Di Natale saw his penalty kick go in off the post in the 51st minute after Balotelli handled his free kick in the area - Inler having his headed goal from the rebound disallowed as Bergonzi pointed directly to the spot.

Sanchez headed straight at Julio Cesar from a corner, Pepe sent his left-wing curling shot just over and Cuadrado wasted a close-range chance as the home side were left rueing missed opportunities.

Inter came closest to restoring their two goal-lead when Handanovic made a crucial one-handed save from Maicon's right-wing cross-shot with Pandev ready to poach at the far post.

Pivotal to Udinese's attacking play throughout, Pepe had another chance for a late equaliser in stoppage time but Julio Cesar got down to make the save. The ball just wouldn't go in for the Bianconeri as Inler saw his deflected shot in the dying seconds come back off the crossbar.

Udinese 2-3 Inter (HT: 1-3)

Scorers: Pepe 2, Balotelli 7, Maicon 21, Milito 45+1, Di Natale (pen) 52. 

Udinese: 22 Handanovic; 2 Zapata, 13 Coda, 24 Lukovic; 4 Cuadrado, 88 Inler, 14 Sammarco (27 Geijo 79), 26 Pasquale (20 Asamoah 64); 7 Pepe, 10 Di Natale, 11 Sanchez.
Subs not used
: 1 Rafael, 19 Badu, 32 Ferronetti, 80 Domizzi, 84 Lodi.

: Pasquale Marino.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 8 Thiago Motta, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 17 Mariga; 45 Balotelli (23 Materazzi 82), 10 Sneijder (15 Krhin 90+1), 27 Pandev (9 Eto'o 72); 22 Milito.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 7 Quaresma, 29 Donati, 89 Arnautovic.

Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Coda 8, Zanetti 39, Sammarco 67, Balotelli 66, Stankovic 90+2, Asamoah 90+3.

starting lineups

Handanovic S. 12 Julio Cesar
Zapata V. 13 Maicon
Coda A. 6 Lucio
Lukovic A. 8 Motta
Cuadrado G. 4 Zanetti
Inler G. 5 Stankovic
Sammarco P. 17 Mariga
Pasquale G. 45 Balotelli
Pepe S. 10 Sneijder
Di Natale A. 27 Pandev
Sanchez A. 22 Milito


Rafael E. 1 Toldo
Badu E. 7 Quaresma
Asamoah K. 9 Eto'o
Geijo A.P. 15 Krhin
Ferronetti D. 23 Materazzi
Domizzi M. 29 Donati
Lodi F. 89 Arnautovic