Final score

12 March 2010 20:45

45' (2nd half) 25 Martinez
37' (2nd half) 7 Mascara (P)
29' (2nd half) 11 Maxi Lopez
9' (2nd half) Milito
Referee: Paolo Valeri / Linesmen: Romagnoli, Nicoletti / Fourth official: Brighi
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46' Sneijder is closed down by four Catania players as he looks for shooting space just outside the area.
46' Half time. Catania 0-0 Inter.
45' Javier Zanetti is booked for a tactical foul on Martinez.
45' One minute of added time.
39' Another chance for Ricchiuti in front of goal. Izco crosses to his team-mate but Lucio does extremely well to thwart the Catania midfielder.
37' Ricchiuti carves out some space in the Inter third and takes the ball past Materazzi before blasting over the bar.
34' Sneijder races into the box and severely tests Andujar with a crisp, right-footed shot, earning us another corner.
32' Another nice move by the Nerazzurri. Mariga serves Eto'o whose deflected shot finishes in the arms of Andujar.
30' Eto'o receives from Cambiasso, turns and shoots. His effort spins off Ricchiuti and it's a corner for Inter - our first of the game.
29' Materazzi intercepts Capuano's dangerous left-wing cross from Maxi Lopez.
28' Mariga tests Andujar with a low shot from distance.
26' Martinez frees Maxi Lopez down the right but Materazzi times his sliding tackle to perfection. Corner.
24' Biagianti gets a yellow card for a foul on Mariga.
20' Eto'o fires a low, 25-yard shot wide of Andujar's right-hand post.
19' Milito one-twos with Sneijder and hits wide his shot from the return pass.
17' Maxi Lopez's cross from the right sails over the head of Mascara. A good chance wasted.
15' Milito gets into the box at the other end but the angle is too tight for a shot.
12' Mascara whips in a dangerous-looking cross from the left. Materazzi makes a headed clearance.
12' More danger in the Nerazzurri box. Ricchiuti controls a cross but the excellent Julio Cesar narrows the angle and blocks the shot. After a bit of pinball the ball falls to Capuano, who rifles over the bar from 20 yards.
10' Martinez slaloms past four opponents down the right but he can't stop the ball from going out for a goal kick.
8' Catania charge forward on the counter after an attack by Milito down the left, but Izco loses his footing, allowing for the Inter defenders to recover the ball.
7' Sneijder has a shot on the turn saved by Andujar after a loose clearance from Maicon's right-wing cross.
4' Mariga floats a cross to Eto'o on the edge of the box. The Cameroonian heads down for Sneijder to his left but the Dutchman can't get a shot in.
3' Catania win a corner after Martinez' deflected cross-shot. Terlizzi's bullet header from the corner is over Julio Cesar's bar.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Angelo Massimino, a ground we haven't lost at since 1966. On 20 February of that year Facchin scored to give Catania a 1-0 win. We have returned to the east coast of Sicily on seven occasions since '66, winning five games and drawing two.
1' Three points in the pouring rain tonight will move us seven clear of second-placed AC Milan and ten clear of third-placed Roma, who play their Serie A Week 28 games on Sunday.
1' Catania: 21 Andujar; 22 Alvarez, 23 Terlizzi, 6 Silvestre, 33 Capuano; 19 Ricchiuti, 27 Biagianti, 13 Izco; 25 Martinez, 11 Maxi Lopez, 7 Mascara. <br>Subs: 30 Campagnolo, 2 Potenza, 4 Delvecchio, 5 Carboni, 8 Ledesma, 15 Morimoto, 18 Augustyn.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 23 Materazzi, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 17 Mariga; 10 Sneijder; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 15 Krhin, 27 Pandev.
1' If you're wondering why José Mourinho has named two goalkeepers among his substitutes, it's because Thiago Motta is ruled out with the flu and Davide Santon is struggling with a knee problem.
1' Inter saw off Catania in the reverse fixture in Week 9, Sulley Muntari and Wesley Sneijder scoring in a 2-1 win.
1' Inter kick off against Catania. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
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49' Full time. Catania beat ten-man Inter 3-1.
45' GOAL. Jorge Martinez puts Catania 3-1 up with a brilliant solo effort. The Argentine picks the ball up on the left and gets past Lucio before rounding Julio Cesar and slotting into an open goal. CATANIA 3-1 INTER.
45' Four minutes of overtime.
44' Pandev has an angled shot saved by Andujar.
43' Potenza replaces Capuano as Mihajlovic uses up his last substitution.
39' Catania replace Maxi Lopez with Carboni.
36' Muntari blocks Mascara's free kick with his hand. He's sent off for a second bookable offence, and Catania are awarded a penalty.
36' Mascara beats Julio Cesar with a Totti-style 'cucchiaio' shot from the spot, and Catania are 2-1 up at the Massimino.
35' Seconds after coming on as a sub, Muntari is yellow-carded for a foul from behind on Martinez.
34' Sulley Muntari replaces Esteban Cambiasso as Inter make their final change.
32' Inter bring on Pandev for Stankovic.
31' Mihajlovic replaces Ricchiuti with Delvecchio.
31' Martinez is booked for protesting.
29' GOAL. Catania equalise. Alvarez crosses low from the right and Maxi Lopez gets in behind Lucio and slides past Julio Cesar. CATANIA 1-1 INTER.
26' Stankovic wins a rebound just outside the Catania box and fires over but the whistle goes for a handball by the Serbian.
19' Maicon sends a low shot wide of the diving Andujar after receiving a short pass from Eto'o following a defensive blunder by the Rossazzurri.
17' At the back post Alvarez beats Eto'o to Maicon's cross and heads behind for a corner. Sneidjer's corner kick is cleared by Terlizzi, Maicon pounces on the loose ball and cannons wide from 25 yards.
15' Materazzi makes a last-ditch block from Ricchiuti's low cross from the byline, denying Maxi Lopez a clear chance from close range.
13' Mascara's low shot from the free kick is round the wall and just wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
12' Free kick to Catania in a central position just outside the box after a Materazzi foul on Maxi Lopez.
11' Inter close to a quick second. Quaresma attacks down the middle and passes wide to Sneijder who fires into the side-netting.
9' GOAL!!!!!!! Inter take the lead from a counter-attack. From the half-way line Sneijder sends a lofted pass into the path of Eto, who beats the offside trap and squares for Diego Milito to slot past Andujar. CATANIA 0-1 INTER.
6' Sneijder's outswinging cross from the corner flag is headed away by Martinez.
6' Dejan Stankovic is yellow-carded for a foul on Martinez.
5' Quaresma races down the left and takes on two players before pulling back to Sneijder, whose 20-yard shot is blocked by Terlizzi.
2' Quaresma looks for Eto'o with a trivela cross from the left. The Portuguese's cross is deflected behind for a corner.
1' The Rossazzurri get the second period under way.
1' Inter start the second half with Quaresma on for Mariga.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.1
4 shots on target 9
7 shots off target 7
17 fouls committed 20
5 corners 5
3 offsides 1
42 ball possession 58
Mihajlovic v Mourinho

The two coaches meet for the second time after last season's encounter at the Stadio Dall'Ara, when Mourinho came away from Bologna with a 2-1 victory.

2008/09 Serie A Bologna-Inter 1-2 ----

Mihajlovic v Inter

Sinisa Mihajlovic faces his ex-club for the second time after Bologna's 2-1 home defeat in Serie A on 21 February 2009.

2008/09 Serie A Bologna-Inter 1-2 ----

Mourinho v Catania

José Mourinho is unbeaten against Catania, with three wins from as many games against the Sicilian outfit.

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

No Catania win against Inter since 1966

Catania have drawn 2 games and lost 13 since in 15 meetings with Inter since their last victory against the Nerazzurri, a 1-0 home win on 20 February 1966. Facchin scored for the Rossazzurri on that occasion. Both draws ended 0-0, the last one coming on 8 January 1984.

No Catania win against Inter since 1966

Catania have drawn 2 games and lost 13 since in 15 meetings with Inter since their last victory against the Nerazzurri, a 1-0 home win on 20 February 1966. Facchin scored for the Rossazzurri on that occasion. Both draws ended 0-0, the last one coming on 8 January 1984.

Two clean sheets for Catania

Catania haven't let in a goal at home since Floro Flores' 33rd-minute goal in the 1-1 Serie A draw with Udinese on 31 January 2010. The Rossazzurri have since played two home games, drawing 0-0 with Atalanta and winning 4-0 against Bari. Floro Flores' goal for Udinese in that 1-1 draw is the only goal Catania have conceded at home in their last 5 games.

Mascara one goal away from making Catania history

With 28 goals to his name, Giuseppe Mascara is Catania's second all-time scorer in Serie A. Prenna is top of the list with 29 top-flight goals for the Sicilian club.

Inter unbeaten in 17 games

The Nerazzurri are on a 17-game unbeaten run, having won 11 matches and drawn 6 since their 2-1 Serie A defeat at Juventus on 5 December 2009.

Maicon's scoring form

With four goals from 27 Serie A games, Brazilian defender Maicon has equalled his record of goals in one league campaign. He managed the same number for Inter last season and bagged four at Monaco in 2004/05.

Inter on fire in first halves of games

Eleven of Inter's 55 league goals this season have come in the opening 15 minutes of matches, while twelve have come in the last 15 minutes of first halves. Bari are the only other team that has scored 11 goals in the first 15-minute periods of games.

wins(10) draws(2) defeats(5)

CATANIA - Inter were tested to the max at the Stadio Massimino as José Mourinho's men were sent to their first defeat in eighteen games.

Diego Milito scored his nineteenth of the season to put the Nerazzurri in front but Maxi Lopez equalised before a Giuseppe Mascara penalty after the dismissal of Muntari and a solo effort from Jorge Martinez gave the home side a famous victory.

It was never going to be easy down in Sicily. The Rossazzurri defended in numbers and looked dangerous coming forward, but their finishing was off the mark in a first half which saw Ricchiuti waste two good chances. 

Inter's best opportunity of the opening half fell to Sneijder who forced a punched block from Andujar with a terrific 20-yard drive.

The introduction of Quaresma for Mariga at the interval gave Inter a more attacking dimension and the Portuguese treated us to a trivela cross and some pacy dribbling before setting up Sneijder who saw his shot blocked by Terlizzi.

Inter broke the deadlock nine minutes after the break when Sneijder served Eto'o with a precise lofted pass and the Cameroonian beat the offside trap and unselfishly squared for Milito to slot past the despairing dive of Andujar.

Sneijder found the side-netting as Inter looked to kill off the game with a quick second goal, but after a stuttering start to the second half Catania attacked with renewed belief and cancelled out Milito's opener in the 74th minute when Maxi Lopez got in behind Lucio to convert a low cross from Alvarez.

Inter used up their remaining two substitutions after the Rossazzurri's equaliser, bringing on Pandev for Stankovic and Muntari for Cambiasso.

The Ghanaian midfielder's presence on the pitch lasted all of two minutes, during which he was booked for a foul on Martinez and then sent off for handling Mascara's shot from the resulting free kick. Referee Valeri had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Mascara stepped up to put his side in front with a cucchiaio penalty kick.

Catania added insult to injury in the last minute when Martinez slipped past Lucio on the left and took the ball round Julio Cesar before slotting into an open goal to send the home fans into delirium.

Inter's last defeat away to Catania came 44 years ago on 20 February 1966. The Nerazzurri went on to win the Scudetto that year.

Catania 3-1 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Milito 54, Maxi Lopez 74, Mascara (pen) 81, Martinez 90.

Catania: 21 Andujar; 22 Alvarez, 23 Terlizzi, 6 Silvestre, 33 Capuano (2 Potenza 88); 19 Ricchiuti (4 Delvecchio 76), 27 Biagianti, 13 Izco; 25 Martinez, 11 Maxi Lopez (5 Carboni 84), 7 Mascara.

Subs not used
: 30 Campagnolo, 8 Ledesma, 15 Morimoto, 18 Augustyn.
Coach: Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 23 Materazzi, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (27 Pandev 77), 19 Cambiasso (11 Muntari 79), 17 Mariga (7 Quaresma 46); 10 Sneijder; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 15 Krhin.
: José Mourinho.

Referee: Paolo Valeri (Rome).

Booked: Biagianti 24, Zanetti 45, Stankovic 51, Martinez 76, Muntari 80, 81.
Sent off: Muntari 81.

starting lineups

Andujar 12 Julio Cesar
Alvarez 13 Maicon
Terlizzi 6 Lucio
Silvestre 23 Materazzi
Capuano 4 Zanetti
Ricchiuti 5 Stankovic
Biagianti 19 Cambiasso
Izco 17 Mariga
Martinez 10 Sneijder
Maxi Lopez 22 Milito
Mascara 9 Eto'o


Campagnolo 1 Toldo
Potenza 21 Orlandoni
Delvecchio 2 Cordoba
Carboni 7 Quaresma
Ledesma 11 Muntari
Morimoto 15 Krhin
Augustyn 27 Pandev