Final score

7 March 2010 20:45

Referee: Luca Banti / Linesmen: Maggiani, Niccolai / Fourth official: Baracani
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48' Sculli hits a classy shot on target from 20 yards. Julio Cesar saves.
48' Half time. Inter 0-0 Genoa.
47' Amelia makes a punched clearance from Sneijder's inswinging left-wing free kick.
45' Mario Balotelli controls a square pass from Sneijder before firing high and wide.
45' Three minutes of injury time.
40' Dejan Stankovic tests Amelia with a crisp right-footed shot from 20 yards.
36' Maicon gets away from Criscito and knocks wide for Stankovic but his pass is too long for the Serbian and Criscito runs back to protect the ball as it rolls out for a goal kick.
35' Banti stops play for a foul on Milito on the halfway line when he could have applied the advantage rule with Sneijder set to advance.
32' Zapater's first-time shot from Criscito's square pass swerves wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
30' Maicon gets in another cross from the right. It takes a slight deflection on its way into the arms of Amelia.
30' Genoa hit back and Inter have captain Zanetti to thank for intercepting a dangerous cross for Mesto.
29' Another clearance by Bocchetti, who beats Milito to Maicon's floated right-wing cross.
28' At the other end Stankovic crosses low into the box for Balotelli. Bocchetti gets there first.
27' Criscito floats a cross from the left over to Mesto at the far post. Zanetti beats his opponent to the ball and makes the clearance.
26' Milanetto crosses to Sculli in the area. Superb interception by the in-form Lucio.
24' Genoa look for openings down the middle and Suazo has a shot blocked at close-range by Samuel.
21' Maicon's cross sails over the head of Milito and bounces awkwardly before Rossi can make his clearance.
19' Inter counter-attack after Lucio's great tackle on Mesto and Muntari fires wide a diagonal shot from the left.
18' Sneijder's outswinging free kick is headed away by Bocchetti at the back post.
17' Sculli shoves Balotelli to the ground and Inter are awarded a free kick about 25 yards out on the right.
16' Julio Cesar makes a brilliant two-handed block from Mesto's fierce 20-yard drive.
14' Amelia beats Balotelli to Stankovic's deflected cross.
12' The Rossoblu pack their defence and clear Sneijder's long-range free kick.
11' Criscito gets a yellow card for a sliding challenge on Balotelli - about 40 yards from goal.
8' And now we have the first shot on goal. Lucio cuts out a dangerous left-wing cross from Sculli. The ball falls to the feet of Criscito who blasts wide from an inviting position.
6' Genoa captain Rossi wins his team the first corner of the game. Bocchetti's header from the cross is off the mark.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for live text coverage of Inter v Genoa. The Nerazzurri go into tonight's game with a three-point lead over second-placed AC Milan and a six-point advantage over third-placed Roma. Those two teams drew 0-0 at the Stadio Olimpico last night.
1' Inter wrapped up their biggest win of the campaign so far in the reverse fixture at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris last October, with Cambiasso, Balotelli, Stankovic, Vieira, Maicon all scoring in a magnificent 5-0 thrashing of Gian Piero Gasperini's men.
1' Samuel and Cordoba return from suspension tonight. The Argentine partners Lucio in defence while the Colombian is among José Mourinho's substitutes. Zanetti continues at left back, with Stankovic and Muntari in holding roles behind a fearsome attacking line of Balotelli, Sneijder and Pandev in support of ex-Genoa striker Diego Milito. <br> Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 11 Muntari; 45 Balotelli, 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev; 22 Milito.
1' The Rossoblu have a slight case of 'yellow fever'. Dainelli, Rossi, Milanetto, Zapater, Juric, Sculli, Palacio, Acquafresca, Gucher are all within a booking of suspension, although only four of these nine players are in the Genoa starting lineup.<br> Genoa: 32 Amelia; 15 Papastathopoulos, 26 Bocchetti, 24 Moretti; 7 Rossi, 77 Milanetto, 21 Zapater, 4 Criscito; 14 Sculli, 19 Suazo, 20 Mesto.
1' And we're off. Genoa, who are wearing their home strip, kick off against Inter, who are wearing the Centenary away shirts tonight.
1' Sneijder's deep free kick from the right channel is cleared by the Rossoblu rearguard.
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49' Mario Balotelli is booked for protesting.
49' Full time. Genoa hold Inter 0-0.
48' Zanetti runs half the pitch and tries to get a cross in from the byline but Moretti makes a last-gasp tackle.
47' Palacio makes a headed clearance from Sneijder's right-wing corner.
45' Rossi intercepts Quaresma and crashes his shot way wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
45' At the other end Quaresma wins the ball off Rossi but can't get a shot in.
45' Four minutes of overtime.
44' At the far post Balotelli fails to connect with Sneijder's outswinging free kick.
43' Free kick just outside the Genoa area on the right after a foul by Milanetto on Eto'o.
42' Nothing comes from the first corner but there's a second one and Samuel rises in the area to head wide.
41' Quaresma gets past Rossi down the left and whips in a cross, winning us a right-wing corner.
40' Milito is flagged offside as he runs through to meet Eto'o's through ball. The replay shows that Diego was onside when he started his run.
38' Quaresma links up with Sneijder again. This time, the Inter number ten's floated cross is headed away by Moretti.
37' Quaresma passes square to Wesley Sneijder who unleases a fierce drive from distance. Amelia dives to protect his left-hand post but the Dutchman's effort is just wide.
36' Eto'o creates space for a shot after receiving from Balotelli. His low effort directed at the bottom corner is blocked by Amelia.
31' The crowd give the Nerazzurri a lift as Maicon's low shot from the right channel whizzes wide of the far post.
30' Fifteen minutes for Quaresma who replaces Stankovic as Inter make their final change.
28' Brilliant crossfield pass by Maicon for Milito. El Principe chests down on the edge of the box but Bocchetti - a candidate for Genoa's man of the match - intercepts.
26' Wesley Sneijder sees his 30-yard free kick fly wide of Amelia's right-hand post.
25' Chance for Inter. Maicon wins the ball on the right and serves Milito who fires over from an acute angle.
23' Genoa bring on Palladino for the injured Jankovic.
22' Balotelli hits a low shot on target from 25 yards. Amelia makes a comfortable save.
20' Cordoba and Maicon make clearances as Genoa start to put us under a bit of pressure with a sustained attack.
18' Milito races down the right and crosses into the box but Bocchetti reaches the ball before Eto'o.
17' Genoa's second substitution sees Palacio replace Sculli.
13' Double change for Inter. Samuel Eto'o replaces Goran Pandev and Ivan Cordoba comes on for Sulley Muntari.
10' Papastathopoulos controls Zapater's short pass with his chest and half-volleys narrowly over the bar.
8' Genoa make their first change. Jankovic replaces Suazo.
6' Milito fires wide from close range after an inch-perfect through pass from Stankovic.
6' Samuel is booked for a foul from behind on Suazo. The Argentine will automatically miss Friday's trip down south to Catania.
5' Maicon's deep cross finishes on the roof of Amelia's net.
2' Mesto mis-hits after receving in space on the right from ex-Inter forward David Suazo.
1' We're back under way at the Meazza as Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.8
3 shots on target 2
10 shots off target 55
14 fouls committed 18
3 corners 2
5 offsides 1
52% ball possession 48%
Mourinho v Gasperini / Genoa

José Mourinho faces Genoa and their coach Gian Piero Gasperini for the fifth time after 3 victories and a draw.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Genoa 0-0 2-0
2008/09 Coppa Italia Inter-Genoa 3-1 ----
2009/10 Serie A Inter-Genoa ---- 5-0

Gasperini v Inter

Genoa boss Gasperini has never won against Inter, with 2 draws and 4 defeats from 6 games.

il dettaglio:
2007/08 Serie A Genoa-Inter 1-1 1-4
2008/09 Serie A Genoa-Inter 0-2 0-0
2008/09 Coppa Italia Genoa-Inter ---- 1-3
2009/10 Serie A Genoa-Inter 0-5 ----

Pandev and goals against Amelia

Of his 68 goals in Italian competitions, Goran Pandev has scored six against Genoa's Marco Amelia - more than any other goalkeeper.

Fifteen Rossoblu on target

Fifteen Genoa players have scored goals in the Serie A championship this season. In alphabetical order, they are: Acquafresca, Biava, Crespo, Criscito, Floccari, Kharja, Mesto, Milanetto, Moretti, Palacio, Palladino, Rossi, Sculli, Suazo and Zapater. The only other two teams with as many scorers after 26 rounds of matches are Juventus and Roma.

Inter unbeaten in 16 games

Inter's last defeat was a 2-1 Serie A loss to Juventus in Turin on 5 December 2009. The Nerazzurri have since played 16 games, winning 11 and drawing 5.

No home defeat since November 2008

Inter haven't lost at home since their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Panathinaikos on 26 November 2008. In their successive 37 home games, the José Mourinho's side have won 27 and drawn 10.

Three clean sheets since Siena win

Inter last let in a home goal in Serie A in the 4-3 victory over Siena on 9 January 2010. Maccarone scored for the Tuscan Bianconeri in the 65th minute of that match. Inter have since played three league matches at home, beating AC Milan (2-0) and Cagliari (3-0), and drawing with Sampdoria (0-0).

One Genoa win in last 14 away games

Genoa have won only one of their last 14 away matches (a 3-1 win at Bologna on 4 October 2009), drawing 3 (all 0-0) and losing 10 of the other thirteen.

Amelia set for 200th Serie A appearance

If he plays against Inter in Week 27, Genoa goalkeeper Marco Amelia will complete a double century of Serie A appearances. Amelia, who has played top-flight football for Lecce, Livorno, Palermo and Genoa, made his Serie A debut in Lazio 4-1 Lecce on 31 August 2003.

wins(45) draws(12) defeats(12)

MILAN - There was no repeat of last October's 5-0 win at the Luigi Ferraris as Genoa held Inter to their third 0-0 draw in four Serie A games.

Keen to avoid a similar drubbing in the return fixture, the visitors matched the Nerazzurri blow for blow in an evenly-balanced first half that saw few shots on goal.

Julio Cesar was severely tested by Mesto in the early stages, and again by Sculli in time added on. Inter's best chance of the opening forty-five fell to Stankovic, whose crisp 20-yard drive was saved by Amelia.

Struggling to gain the upper hand, Inter reorganised in the second half with holding midfielders Muntari and Stankovic making way for Cordoba and Quaresma, and Eto'o replacing Pandev.

Zanetti, the only recognisable defensive midfielder on the pitch, switched from full-back to the centre of the park and Inter, top-heavy in attack, slipped through the gears.

Genoa were pinned back for much of the second half as Inter created plenty of chances coming forward. Balotelli had a shot saved and Milito fired wide from tight angles on both wings, with Sneijder narrowly missing from a free kick and Samuel nodding wide from a corner.

In the closing stages Milito thought he was through on goal from Eto'o's well-timed pass, but mysteriously the flag went up for offside with the replay showing El Principe to be in an onside position.

Inter 0-0 Genoa

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (7 Quaresma 75), 11 Muntari (2 Cordoba 58); 45 Balotelli, 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev (9 Eto'o 58); 22 Milito.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 89 Arnautovic.
: José Mourinho.

Genoa: 32 Amelia; 15 Papastathopoulos, 26 Bocchetti, 24 Moretti; 7 Rossi, 77 Milanetto, 21 Zapater, 4 Criscito; 14 Sculli (6 Palacio 62), 19 Suazo (17 Jankovic 53; 10 Palladino 68), 20 Mesto.

Subs not used: 73 Scarpi, 5 Kharja, 28 Juric, 40 Tomovic.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Referee: Luca Banti (Livorno).

Booked: Criscito 11, Samuel 51, Balotelli 45+4.

Att.: 51,795.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Amelia S.
Maicon 13 Papastathopoulos S.
Lucio 6 Bocchetti S.
Samuel 25 Moretti E.
Zanetti 4 Rossi M.
Stankovic 5 Milanetto O.
Muntari 11 Zapater A.
Balotelli 45 Criscito D.
Sneijder 10 Sculli G.
Pandev 27 Suazo D.
Milito 22 Mesto G.


Toldo 1 Scarpi A.
Cordoba 2 Kharja H.
Quaresma 7 Palacio R.
Eto'o 9 Palladino R.
Mariga 17 Jankovic B.
Materazzi 23 Juric I.
Arnautovic 89 Tomovic N.