Final score

20 March 2010 20:45

24' Cavani
11' Milito (P)
Referee: Antonio Damato / Linesmen: Calcagno, Ayroldi / Fourth official: Gervasoni
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46' Lucio is booked for a late tackle on Pastore.
46' Half time. Palermo 1-1 Inter.
45' One minute of stoppage time.
44' Santon, who has had an excellent first half, gets to the byline and crosses for Milito. Bovo intercepts.
43' Santon crosses from the left. Simplicio makes the clearance.
41' Miccoli drills a low shot wide of the far post.
39' Missed chance for Palermo. Pastore tears down the middle and lays off to Miccoli. The Rosanero captain crosses into the area for Simplicio, who slips while shooting.
35' Sneijder duets with Eto'o before seeing his 20-yard shot blocked by the Rosanero defence.
34' Maicon steals in behind Bovo to head wide Sneijder's excellent floated pass into the six-yard box.
32' Pastore drills a low shot at Julio Cesar from the edge of the area.
31' Nocerino blasts wide from 25 yards.
30' Balzaretti makes a sliding tackle on Maicon, denying the Brazilian a clear route on goal from Eto'o's well-timed pass to the right wing.
24' Great crossfield pass by Maicon for Stankovic. At the back post the Serbian volleys wide.
24' GOAL. Fabrizio Miccoli turns Cambiasso and threads through to Edinson Cavani who takes one touch before firing low beyond Julio Cesar. PALERMO 1-1 INTER.
22' Simplicio sends a low drive several yards wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post after a swift attack by the Rosanero.
21' Bovo appears to elbow Milito in the face during an aerial duel. Inexplicably the free kick goes Palermo's way.
18' Back in the Palermo half it's a free kick to Inter out on the left. Sneijder delivers a dangerous inswinging cross and Milito rises above Balzaretti to head narrowly over the bar.
16' Balzaretti whips in a cross from the left. Good defending by Davide Santon right in the middle of the area.
15' Dejan Stankovic is booked for hand ball. He will serve an automatic one-match ban.
15' Fifteen minutes in and we're totally bossing Palermo at the Barbera, who haven't managed a single shot on goal.
15' They have now as Pastore's 20-yard drive whizzes over the bar.
14' Milito is brought down from behind by Bovo, who is already on a booking. The free kick is 25 yards out on the right. Sneijder's cross is headed clear by Migliaccio.
11' GOAL!!!!!! Diego Milito blasts past Sirigu for his 20th goal of the season. PALERMO 0-1 INTER.
10' PENALTY! Bovo is booked for bringing down Lucio in the area as both players tussle to reach Sneijder's corner at the back post Damato points straight to the spot.
9' Eto'o's drilled diagonal shot is blocked by Balzaretti. Corner.
7' Great chance for Milito. Eto'o controls a long pass from Stankovic and plays in his strike partner, who hits the upright with a shot from an almost impossible angle.
6' Lucio is sent flying by Pastore as he advances down the right. Free kick.
6' Sneijder's outswinging free kick is caught by Sirigu.
5' Sneijder looks for Eto'o with a quick-thinking pass to the edge of the box. Kjaer intercepts and heads back to his keeper.
4' Maicon floats a pass to Eto'o on the edge of the area but the Cameroon forward is beaten to the ball by Bovo. Moments later Maicon swings in another cross. Easy save for Sirigu.
3' Inter attack back and Eto'o squares for Stankovic whose first-time shot from 25 yards is blocked by the Rosanero defence.
2' Pastore hooks into the area for Miccoli, but the Palermo midfielder overhits his pass and Julio Cesar gathers.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Renzo Barbera for tonight's Serie A Week 29 clash against Palermo, who are unbeaten in their 'fortress' for over a year. The Rosanero's last home defeat was on 1 March 2009 when they lost 4-0 to their island rivals Catania.
1' If the reverse fixture is anything to go by, we're in for a few goals tonight. It ended 5-3 to Inter in Milan, with Mario Balotelli and Samuel Eto'o each scoring twice in the first half before Palermo pulled back three in a 20-minute second-half spell. Diego Milito knocked in Inter's fifth to give us a bit of breathing space in the final stages.
1' José Mourinho makes two changes to the side that dumped Chelsea out of the Champions League. Thiago Motta and Goran Pandev are dropped to the bench with Dejan Stankovic and Javier Zanetti starting in midfield and Davide Santon returning at left-back.
1' Palermo: 46 Sirigu; 16 Cassani, 5 Bovo, 24 Kjaer, 42 Balzaretti; 8 Migliaccio, 30 Simplicio, 9 Nocerino; 6 Pastore; 10 Miccoli, 7 Cavani.&#8232;<br>Subs: 28 Benussi, 3 Goian, 14 Bertolo, 20 Budan, 88 Blasi, 89 Celustka, 90 Hernandez.<br>Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o 22 Milito.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Corodoba, 7 Quaresma, 8 Thiago Motta, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 27 Pandev.
1' Seconds away, half one. Inter kick off.
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48' Full time. Palermo hold Inter 1-1 at the Renzo Barbera. See you on Wednesday for Inter v Livorno at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
47' Miccoli's left-wing free kick is on target at Julio Cesar's near post. Nice save by the Brazilian.
46' Miccoli charges forward on the counter-attack. Maicon gets back in time to tackle the Rosanero captain.
46' Diego Milito is booked for a foul on Bertolo.
45' Corner to Inter as Eto'o's crisp right-footer takes a deflection.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Delio Rossi brings on Hernandez for Cavani.
43' Chance for Maicon. The Brazilian turns his marker just outside the area and tries to beat Sirigu with a chip shot. The Palermo keeper saves.
42' Lucio gallops down the middle after intecepting in defence. He serves Pandev wide on the right and the Macedonian crosses into the middle, but Palermo clear.
41' Migliaccio is booked for elbowing.
40' Palermo hit us on the break but Cavani fails to capitalise as Samuel wins the ball despite slipping.
37' Pandev squares to Cambiasso who fires over from 20 yards.
37' Samuel is booked for foul play.
36' Sneijder has an effort blocked as the Nerazzurri attack in numbers.
34' Cavani has a go from distance. Luckily for Julio Cesar, the Uruguayan's effort is well wide.
33' Another Miccoli free kick from the right. Another easy clearance - for Maicon this time.
32' Zanetti makes an easy clearance from Miccoli's right-wing free kick.
29' Samuel heads wide a right-wing corner taken by Maicon.
28' Kjaer makes a headed clearance from Sneijder's corner. It's end-to-end at the Barbera.
27' Cavani wastes a chance, blasting over from the edge of the box after turning Cambiasso. He had two team-mates available in the area.
25' Cassani blocks a fierce angled shot from Eto'o, who did well to turn Kjaer.
21' Maicon has a low diagonal shot saved by Sirigu after a combination between our two substitutes.
20' Sneijder volleys over from outside the area.
20' Double substitution for Inter. Goran Pandev replaces Dejan Stankovic, with Thiago Motta coming on for Davide Santon.
18' Santon plays low to Cambiasso who blazes over from 20 yards.
14' Maicon is booked for a tactical foul on Bertolo.
12' Bertolo plays through to Migliaccio who sees his shot saved by Julio Cesar but the flag had already gone up for offside.
11' Pastore gets past Santon on the right and whips in a dangerous cross. Zanetti saves the day at the far post.
9' Simplicio is stretchered off and on comes Bertolo.
8' Kjaer heads away an inswinging left-wing cross from Santon.
8' Simplicio, making his 200th appearance in Serie A today, injures himself as he slides in on Lucio.
6' Inter come back at Palermo and Sneijder cuts inside Migliaccio before rifling wide from 20 yards.
5' Bovo makes a headed clearance and sets up a counter-attack. Miccoli goes on a 60-yard run before crossing over to Cavani who wastes his header at the far post.
4' Another chance for Eto'o. This time he turns Cassani and sends a curling shot over the bar.
2' Eto'o gets into the box and shoots. Kjaer blocks.
1' Seconds away, half two. Palermo get the match restarted.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.93
3 shots on target 2
8 shots off target 10
12 fouls committed 14
2 corners 6
4 offsides 2
41% ball possession 59%
Mourinho v Palermo

José Mourinho faces the Rosanero for the fourth time after 2 wins and a draw. His Inter side have scored in all three games for a total of 9 goals.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Palermo 2-2 2-0
2009/10 Serie A Inter-Palermo 5-3 ----

Rossi v Mourinho

Palermo boss Delio Rossi faced his Inter counterpart twice in last season's Serie A championship when in charge of Lazio, losing at home and away.

2008/09 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-3 0-2

Rossi v Inter

In 19 meetings with the Nerazzurri Delio Rossi has registered 1 victory, 4 draws and 14 defeats.

1998/99 Serie A Salernitana-Inter ---- 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-2 ----
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter ---- 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter 2-1 ----
2004/05 Coppa Italia Atalanta-Inter 0-1 0-3
2004/05 Serie A Atalanta-Inter ---- 0-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Lazio-Inter 1-1 0-1
2005/06 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-0 1-3
2006/07 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-2 3-4
2007/08 Serie A Lazio-Inter 1-1 0-3
2007/08 Coppa Italia Lazio-Inter 0-2 0-0
2008/09 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-3 0-2

Palermo unbeaten in 22 home games

Palermo are unbeaten at home since their 4-0 Serie A defeat to Sicilian rivals Catania on 1 March 2009, having won 17 and drawn 5 of their successive 22 matches at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. In the 2009/10 Serie A, the Rosanero are one of three teams yet to lose at home, with 10 wins and 4 draws. The other two are Inter and Sampdoria. Palermo have failed to score in only one of these 22 games (a 0-0 Serie A draw with Genoa on 1 November 2009), scoring 50 goals in the other 21.

Eight home wins out of eight for Delio Rossi

Delio Rossi has notched eight straight home wins since taking over at Palermo: 4-1 against Reggina in the Coppa Italia, and 2-1 against Cagliari, 1-0 against Siena, 1-0 against Atalanta, 3-0 against Fiorentina, 2-1 against Parma, 3-1 against Lazio and 1-0 against Livorno in Serie A. The last team to come away from the Renzo Barbera unbeaten was Catania, who drew 1-1 with Palermo in Serie A on 22 November 2009.

Simplicio set for 200th appearance in Serie A

By appearing against Inter in Week 29, Palermo's Fabio Henrique Simplicio will complete a double century of appearances in Italy's Serie A. The Brazilian midfielder, who has also played Serie A football for Parma, made his top-flight debut in Parma 1-2 Bologna on 22 September 2004.

Eto'o+Milito one of two most decisive partnerships in 2009/10

Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito are one of the 2009/10 Serie A's two most effective strike partnerships after 28 rounds of matches, the other one being Udinese's Antonio Di Natale and Antonio Floro Flores. The Inter strikers' goals have earned their team 28 points (14 each).

Javier Zanetti set for 135th consecutive appearance

Inter captain Javier Zanetti will make his 135th consecutive appearance in the Serie A championship if selected to play against Palermo, having last missed an Italian league match on 25 October 2006 (Inter 4-1 Livorno). The Argentine has played every league game in 6 of his 14 seasons at Inter.

wins(10) draws(13) defeats(6)

PALERMO - Inter's return trip to Sicily ended in a 1-1 draw as Palermo successfully defended their long unbeaten home run.

Diego Milito scored from the penalty spot as the Nerazzurri made a dream start at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, but Edinson Cavani brought the teams on level terms to set the tone for an exciting game.

José Mourinho made two changes to the side that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League. Thiago Motta and Goran Pandev dropped to the bench with Dejan Stankovic and Javier Zanetti starting in midfield and Davide Santon returning at left-back in a diamond 4-4-2.

After early chances for Stankovic, Eto'o and Milito, who hit the post from an acute angle, Lucio earned his team a penalty kick in the tenth minute after being brought down by Bovo. Milito stepped up to the stop and fired home his 20th goal of the season as Inter capitalised on their early domination.

The hosts responded to the early setback in the 24th minute, Miccoli turning Cambiasso and playing a low ball through to Cavani who took a quick touch before shooting past Julio Cesar.

After Palermo's equaliser the game opened up and it was end-to-end stuff with both sides producing plenty of chances.

Twenty minutes into the second half Mourinho replaced Stankovic with Thiago Motta and introduced Thiago Motta for Santon.

The result was a more attacking Inter with opportunities on goal for Sneijder, Eto'o, Cambiasso, Maicon, Samuel, but the ball wouldn't go in.

Palermo were dangerous on the counter-attack but Cavani wasted great chances to put his team ahead.

The Rosanero came closest in added time when Miccoli directed an his left-wing free kick at the near post, forcing Julio Cesar into a difficult save.

Saturday night's draw sees Serie A leaders Inter go two points clear of second-placed Milan, who host Napoli on Sunday.

Palermo 1-1 Inter (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Milito (pen) 11, Cavani 24.

Palermo: 46 Sirigu; 16 Cassani, 5 Bovo, 24 Kjaer, 42 Balzaretti; 8 Migliaccio, 30 Simplicio (14 Bertolo 54), 9 Nocerino; 6 Pastore; 10 Miccoli, 7 Cavani (90 Hernandez 89).

Subs not used
: 28 Benussi, 3 Goian, 20 Budan, 88 Blasi, 89 Celustka.
Coach: Delio Rossi.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon (8 Thiago Motta 65); 5 Stankovic (27 Pandev 65), 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o 22 Milito.

Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Corodoba, 7 Quaresma, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi.

: José Mourinho.

Referee: Antonio Damato (Barletta).

Booked: Bovo 10, Stankovic 15, Lucio 45+1, Maicon 59, Samuel 82, Migliaccio 86, Milito 90+1.

starting lineups

Sirigu 12 Julio Cesar
Cassani 13 Maicon
Bovo 6 Lucio
Kjaer 25 Samuel
Balzaretti 39 Santon
Migliaccio 5 Stankovic
Simplicio 19 Cambiasso
Nocerino 4 Zanetti
Pastore 10 Sneijder
Miccoli 9 Eto'o
Cavani 22 Milito


Benussi 1 Toldo
Goian 2 Cordoba
Bertolo 7 Quaresma
Budan 8 Motta
Blasi 17 Mariga
Celutska 23 Materazzi
Hernandez 27 Pandev