Final score

6 March 2011 15:00

39' (2nd half) Nagatomo
26' (2nd half) Pandev
12' (2nd half) Eto'o
6' (2nd half) Eto'o
5' (2nd half) Pazzini
5 - 2
45' (2nd half) Boselli
40' Palacio
Referee: Carmine Russo / Linesmen: Passeri, Dobosz / Fourth official: Velotto
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45' No added time according to referee Russo and the first half finishes Inter 0-1 Genoa
43' Eto'o crosses from the right, Pazzini doesn't make contact and Eduardo claims the ball
40' GOAL GENOA: Konko to Palacio who places the ball in the corner of the net beyond the reach of Julio Cesar
39' Sneijder tries to hit one from outside after a Sneijder pass but the ball is well over
37' Konko puts through Paloschi who can only hit the side-netting
35' Eduardo saves Eto'o's right-footed effort
33' Chivu slides into a tackle on Rafinha
32' Pazzini receives a pass, but Kaladze stops him
31' Maicon crosses from the right for Stankovic, but Kaladze beats him to it
29' Pazzini rises to head Eto'o's cross, but the whistle blows for a foul on Moretti
27' Palacio is sent chasing a pass though the middle, but Ranocchia is there to tackle
26' Sneijder crosses for Eto'o who dribbles past opponents and shoots left-footed to see the ball slip wide of the post
22' A neat back-heel from Pazzini finds Stankovic whose strike goes wide
20' Eto'o lets fly a right-footed shot but Eduardo is equal to it
16' Eto'o falls in the box after Moretti slips
15' Eto'o looses his right foot, Dainelli saves
12' Palacio has a chance, but Ranocchia closes him down
10' Thiago Motta finds Pazzini, but Moretti is there to block the pass
10' Maicon's assist into the centre for Eto'o, but the flag goes up for offside once again
7' A left-footed shot by Thiago Motta, spins wide of the mark
6' Palacio, but offside
5' Sneijder receives from Lucio but is caught offside
4' A right-footed volley from Maicon flies high over the bar
2' Konko attacks from the right but Lucio tackles
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza where everything is set up for Inter v Genoa Week 28 Serie A 2010/11
1' Inter kick's off
1' Leonardo has chosen Lucio and Ranocchia as the duo in defence in front of Julio Cesar, with maicon and Chivu playing wide. In midfield Zanetti, Motta and Stankovic with Sneijder playing behind Pazzini and Eto'o
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45' Referee Russo doesn't add any time on and the match finishes Inter 5 -2 Genoa. The Nerazzurri are on 56 points now
45' GOAL GENOA: Boselli gets his name on the scoresheet. A cross from Palacio on the right and Boselli's header gives Genoa their second of the match
44' Moretti blocks Kharja
43' Mesto clears from Nagatomo for a corner on the left
39' GOAL INTER: Nagatomo is the scorer. Maicon finds Kharja in the centre who plays a great through ball to Nagatomo. The Japanese defender scores his first for Inter
38' SUBSTITUTION GENOA: Chico comes on in place of Kaladze
38' ETo'o crosses for Sneijder from the left but he is tackled by Dainelli
35' Rafinha shoots on the turn but his effort is high
34' Nagatomo has a go from outside the area, but Eduardo saves
33' SUBSTITUTION INTER: Nagatomo is brought on in place of Ranocchia
30' SUBSTITUTION INTER: Kharja comes on for Pazzini
29' SUBSTITUTION GENOA: Konko comes off and Antonelli takes over
29' SUBSTITUTION GENOA: Paloschi is taken of and replaced by Boselli
26' GOAL INTER: Pandev gets his second. Eto'o to Sneijder, who passes to Pandev. The Macedonian sends the ball left-footed into the net
23' Pandev makes it into the box and drives left-footed but the advancing Eduardo saves
21' Mesto attempts a right-footed shot across the box, but it just misses the post
18' Mesto breaks on the right wing and crosses for Kaladze but it's just out of his reach
15' Maicon tries to find Pazzini in the box...offside
14' The ball is heading towards Pandev on the edge of the box, but Dainelli gets there first
12' GOAL INTER: Eto'o once again; his second of the match. He steals the ball from Mesto on the left, glides past Kaladze and hits left-footed. Inter 3-1 Genoa
9' Lucio makes his way towards goal and tries a right, but the shot is central and doesn't create problems for Eduardo
6' GOAL INTER; Eto'o this time. Pandev hits a shot from outside the box, Eduardo can't control and Eto'o is there to slot it home.
5' GOAL INTER: Eto'o passes to Maicon on the right, who finds Pazzini and his right-footed shot hits the back of the net. Inter 1-1 Genoa
3' Sneijder takes the free kick, but Eduardo has the post covered and knocks the ball wide for a corner
2' Kaladze is booked for a foul on Pandev
1' The second half gets underway
1' SUBSTITUTION Inter. Stankovic comes off and Pandev replaces him
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.2
11 shots on target 2
3 shots off target 7
7 fouls committed 14
7 corners 2
3 offsides 5
34:33 ball possession 25:00
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wins(45) draws(12) defeats(12)

MILAN - The final score was 5-2, and that means the seventh victory of the Leonardo era, as Inter took on Genoa in Week 28 Serie A 2010/11.

It was Palacio who got the scoring off to a start with a shot which beat Julio Cesar on the right, and hit the corner of the net on 40 minutes. Inter went into the dressing rooms one goal down but replied in the second half with two in sixty seconds from Pazzini and Eto'o (on 50 and 51 minutes) to turn the match around. The Cameroonian was inspirational and scored with the calm he has always shown. In the 57th minute his goal which brought the score to 3-1 was worthy of a footballing Oscar. San Siro then saw Goran Pandev's first home goal of the season as he hit the fourth. And that was followed by Yuto Nagatomo, who sealed the victory with his first goal for the club on 84 minutes. Genoa managed to pull one back though, in the 90th minute, as Boselli rounded off the match to bring the final score to 5-2.

FIRST HALF - To face Genoa, Leonardo confirmed the defensive duo of Lucio and Ranocchia to command in the centre with Maicon and Chivu playing wide of them. Genoa were without Criscito, Veloso and Floro Flores, who were disqualified, as well as coach Ballardini, and Paloschi and Palacio were given the task of leading the attack. Thiago Motta, Ranocchia and Kharja are all former Genoa players, and Mattia Destro was out of the Genoa side because of injury.
After a minute's silence dedicated to the memory of Massimo Ranzani, the Alpino regiment soldier who died in Afghanistan a few days ago the game kicked off. On five minutes Lucio teed up Sneijder's right-footed effort but he was in an offside posititon. The same thing happened to Eto'o minutes later as he was alone with only the Genoa keeper, Eduardo, to beat after being put through by Maicon (on 10 minutes). He came into contact with Moretti in the 16th minute and was stopped in front of goal, but he admitted himself that the tackle was clean. In the 22nd minute Stankovic had another go, but his shot from the edge of the box went wide. Then in the 26th minute Inter wasted a golden opportunity. Sneijder hit a long ball to Eto'o, who dribbled past three opponents and aimed a left-footed effort across goal. The ball ran along the whole length of the goalmouth, but Pazzini wasn't able to make contact as it passed everyone and rolled out the other side. The former Genoa player tried a header on 29 minutes from an Eto'o cross but fouled Moretti in the process. In the 35th minute Eto'o retreived the ball after a one-two and shot right-footed at goal, but Eduardo was ready for him and saved. Two minutes later, Genoa responded with a cross from Konko for Paloschi and his shot hit the side-netting. In the 40th minute came the goal. Palacio scored from an assist by Konko, once again, hitting the ball hard and low into the bottom corner to beat Julio Cesar: 0-1 to Genoa. In the 43rd minute Eto'o tried to place the ball on Pazzini's head but Eduardo came out to stop the move. On 45 minutes exactly, Russo whistled to bring the first half to a close with the score at 0-1 to Genoa.

SECOND HALF - The second half got off to a start with Pandev on the pitch instead of Stankovic, and it was Kaladze's foul on the Macedonian which gave away a free-kick to the Nerazzurri from 23 metres out. Sneijder took it but Eduardo saved by turning the ball around the post for a corner. Inter drew level in the 50th minute when Pazzini followed up passes between Eto'o and Maicon to blast an unstoppable ball into the top of the net from the right. Sixty seconds later and Eto'o struck again. Pandev shot from outside the box, Eduardo blocked it with his knees but lost control of the ball which fell for Samuel who put it away confidently to make the score 2-1. But today Eto'o had super powers. from just outside the box, the man from Cameroon physically beat Mesto and took the ball off him, then he dribbled past Kaladze, and headed at speed for goal before nutmegging Eduardo. Pazzini's goal and two from Eto'o brought the score to Inter 3-1 Genoa. In the 65th minute Genoa bared their fangs and looked dangerous with Mesto, whose right-footed shot from outside the box scraped the paintwork of Julio Cesar's right post without taking a deflection. But Inter didn't relax and on 68 minutes Pandev missed goal number four, not once, but twice, having to surrender to Eduardo first of all and then to Dainelli. The Macedonian kept on trying though, and his determination was rewarded in the 71st minute with some assistance from Eto'o and Sneijder. Kharja and Nagatomo were brought on in the 75th and 78th minute respectively for Pazzini and Ranocchia. Pandev got a long-awaited goal and Yuto Nagatomo scored for the first time in an Inter shirt, when in the 84th minute he met a ball which Maicon had crossed and Kharja passed on, and spun to hit Eduardo's net just below the bar. Boselli's goal in the 90th minute, from Palacio's cross, ended the scoring. There was no injury time and referee Russo's whistle confirmed the Nerazzurri's second place in the league with 56 points.


Scorers: 40 Palacio, 50 Pazzini, 51 and 57 Eto'o, 71 Pandev, 84 Nagatomo, 90 Boselli.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 15 Ranocchia (78 55 Nagatomo), 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 8 Thiago Motta, 5 Stankovic (46 27 Pandev); 10 Sneijder; 7 Pazzini (75 14 Kharja), 9 Eto'o.
Subs not used: 12 Castellazzi, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 29 Coutinho.
Coach: Leonardo.

Genoa: 1 Eduardo; 20 Mesto, 3 Dainelli, 13 Kaladze (73 2 Chico), 24 Moretti; 7 Rossi, 5 Konko (74 23 Antonelli), 33 Kucka, 18 Rafinha; 8 Palacio, 43 Paloschi (74 9 Boselli).
Subs not used 73 Scarpi, 35 Polenta, 71 Jankovic, 77 Milanetto.
Coach: Davide Ballardini.

Referee: Carmine Russo (Nola).
Bookings. 47 Kaladze.

Added time: 0-0

Spectators: 56,322

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Eduardo
Maicon 13 Mesto
Lucio 6 Dainelli
Ranocchia 15 Kaladze
Chivu 26 Moretti
Zanetti 4 Rossi
Motta 8 Konko
Stankovic 5 Kucka
Sneijder 10 Rafinha
Pazzini 7 Palacio
Eto'o 9 Paloschi


Castellazzi 12 Scarpi
Materazzi 23 Polenta
Nagatomo 55 Antonelli
Kharja 14 Jankovic
Mariga 17 Milanetto
Coutinho 29 Chico
Pandev 27 Boselli