Final score

30 April 2011 18:00

11' (2nd half) Budan
1 - 2
50' (2nd half) Pazzini
46' (2nd half) Pazzini
Referee: Paolo Valeri / Linesmen: Di Fiore, Comito / Fourth official: Orsato
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46' After a minute's added time, the first half of Cesena v Inter ends 0-0
45' The ref signals one minute of added time
45' Lucio tries a snapshot from distance, into the arms of Antonioli
42' Caserta loses the ball inside the box but Milito is unable to take advantage
36' Nagatomo crosses for Milito but the Prince is offside
35' On his line, Castellazzi controls Budan's cross
34' Pellegrino called into action again, this time to close down Maicon
32' Maicon's cross is laid off by Milito for Cambiasso, whose shot is charged down by Pellegrino in the box
29' Eto'o runs onto a risky back-pass by Giaccherini, but Antonioli comes out to close down the Cameroonian and the ball goes behind for a goal kick
24' Maicon crosses from deep looking for Pandev, who is beaten to the ball by Antonioli in the air
17' Budan hits a weak left-footed effort and the ball bounces into Castellazzi's arms
17' Nagatomo cuts inside from the left wing and curls an effort into Antonioli's arms
15' Another dangerous-looking ball played over the top for Giaccherini is cleared from the box by Cambiasso
14' Budan is the first into Valeri's book, after taking a lump out of Motta's leg with a late challenge
11' Thiago Motta takes a pop from long range. Wide
6' A great chance falls Cesena's way: Giaccherini latches onto a ball played over the top and finds himself with just Castellazzi to beat, but Julio Cesar's stand-in rushes off his line to block the shot, Maicon then clearing the loose ball
2' Budan heads wide from Jimenez's corner
2' Thiago Motta blocks an early shot from Ceccarelli
1' Welcome to the Stadio Dino Manuzzi. We're almost ready to get things underway here in the Serie A 2010/11 Week 35 fixture between Cesena and Inter.
1' The Nerazzurri take the kick-off. FORZA INTER!
1' Against Cesena Leonardo selects Lucio and Ranocchia at the heart of the defence in front of Castellazzi (Julio Cesar suspended); Maicon and Nagatomo start in the full-back berths; Zanetti and Cambiasso sit in front of the defence; attacking trio Pandev, Motta and Eto'o behind target man Milito
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50' After 5 minutes of stoppage time, in which Pazzini struck a brace to complete a dramatic turnaround for the Nerazzurri, the match between Cesena and Inter finishes 1-2. Leonardo's team move up to 69 points
50' GOAL FOR INTER!!! Pazzini scores again! Milito plays in Maicon, whose cross is met at the far post by 'il Pazzo'. This time his header is on target and the net bulges. What a comeback by Inter!!!!!
48' Mariga is unsuccessful with a right-footed shot
46' GOAL FOR INTER! A clinical finish by Pazzini. Eto'o pings a cross into the box and Pazzini rises to beat his marker and flick the ball past Antonioli with an acrobatic volley
45' The referee awards 5 minutes of stoppage time
42' Malonga enters the six-yard box along the by-line and gets a shot in, the ball goes behind
42' Lucio goes into the book for an adjudged elbow
40' Pazzini gets on the end of Lucio's cross, but the ball goes wide again
40' Caserta cuts out Mariga's through ball for Milito in the box
39' Caserta is booked for a foul on Nagatomo
38' Cesena use up their final substitution: Ceccarelli off, Piangerelli on
35' Maicon whips in another cross, Pazzini heads just wide
34' From Maicon's corner Ceccarelli puts the ball into his own net, but the ball went out of play on Maicon's cross
32' Ficcadenti makes another change, Malonga coming on for Budan
28' Cesena substitution: Giaccherini comes off, replaced by Benalouane
27' Cambiasso's in-swinging free kick is met at the far post by Lucio, who nods just wide
25' Mariga is shown the yellow card
23' Zanetti spreads play out to Maicon, who crosses into the box for Pazzini, Von Bergen beats him to the ball
22' Antonioli catches Eto'o's effort
19' Another change for Inter: Motta makes way for Mariga
16' Eto'o is called offside
14' Inter change: Pazzini replaces Pandev
13' Ceccarelli is booked for a nasty foul on Pandev, who is forced off as a result
11' GOAL FOR CESENA. Ceccarelli crosses from the right, the ball sails over both Ranocchia and Lucio leaving Budan free to tap home from a few yards out
9' Giaccherini hits a deep cross to the far post, where it is met by Jimenez in the air; his header goes over
6' Pandev's right-footed effort takes a deflection
4' Jimenez takes a free kick: Pellegrino is beaten to the ball by Castellazzi; Jimenez immediately hits the ball back in but the ball goes wide
3' Jimenez fires in from the right, Castellazzi parries and Lucio clears
2' Lauro's cross-shot is met at the near post by Castellazzi
1' The second half gets underway with no substitutions for either side
Average rating 6.22
2 shots on target 5
3 shots off target 7
11 fouls committed 11
9 corners 3
1 offsides 3
35% ball possession 65%
Ficcadenti v Leonardo: Leo o.k. in previous match

Inter's 3-2 win over Cesena in the two sides' first meeting this season is the only previous occasion in which Ficcadenti and Leonardo have faced each other in a competitive fixture. They also met once on the pitch: on 16 April 2000 in a 2-2 draw between Torino and AC Milan.

Ficcadenti always beaten by Inter

This will be Ficcadenti's third match against Inter as a coach. He has lost both previous fixtures.

Leonardo v Cesena, same as Leo v Ficcadenti

Leonardo is facing Cesena for the second time in a competitive fixture in his coaching career, after the 3-2 home win with Inter on 19 January.

Cesena 2010/11: most wins in a season, third best tally for goals scored

Cesena have won 9 of their 34 games played in Serie A 2010/11 so far, equalling the best ever performance in the club's history: Cesena ended the season with 9 wins in 1975/76, the year they qualified for the UEFA Cup. The 32 goals scored so far constitute Cesena's third best record for number of goals scored in a Serie A season; the Romagnoli did better only in 1975/76 (39 goals scored) and 1981/82 (34).

Cesena on longest unbeaten streak of the season

Cesena come into this game on the back of a 4-match unbeaten run: 2 wins and 2 draws (both 2-2). Their last defeat came on 19 March: 1-0 away to Lazio. The Romagnoli have thus equalled their previous longest unbeaten sequence this season: from Week 26 to Week 29 they also avoided defeat for 4 consecutive games.

Cesena's 233-minute shut-out

Cesena haven't conceded a goal in competitive fixtures since 10 April, when they drew 2-2 away to Palermo (Serie A), Pinilla netting the Sicilians' second goal after 37 minutes. Since then, in the remaining 53 minutes of that match plus the games won against Bari (1-0 at home) and Bologna (0-2 away) Cesena's defence has been unbreached for 233 minutes.

Giaccherini: 100 times with Cesena

If he should play today, Emanuele Giaccherini will celebrate his 100th appearance in a competitive fixture for Cesena. His 99 appearances to date are divided as follows: 32 in Serie A, 32 in Serie B, 29 in Prima Divisione (ex-C1), 4 in Coppa Italia and 2 in other tournaments. Giaccherini made his Bianconeri debut on 9 August 2008, in Cesena 3-1 Chioggia (Coppa Italia).

No away goals in Serie A for Inter in 252 mins

The last time Inter scored an away goal in Serie A was on 11 March, when they drew 1-1 at Brescia, Eto’o hitting the back of the net in the 18th minute. Since then, in the remaining 72 minutes of that match and the games lost away to AC Milan (3-0) and Parma (2-0), Inter have clocked up 252 minutes without scoring away from home.

Second-half success for Inter 2010/11

In Serie A 2010/11, Inter are the team that has earned the most points in the second half. Compared to their first-half scorelines, they are 23 points better off after 90 minutes. Inter have scored more goals in the last half hour of games (including added time) than any other side on Serie A 2010/11: 31 of their 60 total goals (51.7%). 19 of those goals have been scored between the 61st and 75th minute (the highest number in Sere A 2010/11) and 12 in the last 15 minutes (including added time).

Milito three away from 100th Italian goal

Diego Alberto Milito needs three more goals to make it 100 in games played for Italian teams. The first of his 97 strikes – which have come wearing the colours of Genoa and Inter, 51 in Serie A, 33 in Serie B, 5 in the Coppa Italia, 7 in European competitions and 1 in the Club World Cup – came on 1 February 2004, in the 39th minute of Genoa 1-1 Ascoli (Serie B).

Cambiasso 300 times a Nerazzurri player

If he plays today, Esteban Cambiasso, will make his 300th appearance in a competitive fixture in Italy - all in Nerazzurri colours. His 299 appearances to date are divided as follows: 210 in Serie A, 22 in Coppa Italia, 58 in European competitions and 9 in other competitions. Cambiasso made his debut for Inter on 11 August 2004, in Basel 1-1 Inter (Champions League).

wins(9) draws(4) defeats(0)

CESENA - Thanks to their never-say-die attitude and some smart finishing by Pazzini, Inter pulled off an amazing injury-time turnaround to beat Cesena 1-2 in their Serie A 2010/11 Week 35 fixture.

After a goalless first half, Budan opened the scoring in the 56th minute with a goal that may well have been offside. The game seemed to have slipped away from Inter as the match entered stoppage time but then up stepped Pazzini, twice, to complete a magical victory that gives the Nerazzurri some breathing space in second place.

FIRST HALF – Against Cesena Leonardo had to make do without the suspended Julio Cesar and injured duo Sneijder and Stankovic so he opted to start with Pandev and Motta alongside Eto'o in support of Milito. Nagatomo was making a return to the stadium where he made his name in Italy, while ex-Nerazzurri player Jimenez featured in the Cesena starting line-up. On-loan Inter defender Santon was injured in the warm-up, so Ceccarelli was drafted in at the last minute. Up front Ficcadenti went for Budan over Malonga.

Cesena got off to a strong start with first Jimenez then Budan threatening inside the Nerazzurri box, but it was Giaccherini, in the 6th minute, who had the first real chance to open the scoring: he ran onto a ball played over the top at pace and nodded goalwards but as he took his shot he was denied by Castellazzi's burst off the goal line, before Maicon completed the clearance. Inter hit back after 11 minutes with a shot by Thiago Motta that ended wide of Antonioli's goal. The game then remained quiet until the 25th minute, when Maicon hit an inviting cross towards Pandev, only for Antonioli to pluck it out of the air. On 33 minutes, Eto'o opened up play on the right for Maicon to hit another ball into the box, with Cambiasso having a shot charged down from inside the six-yard box. Shortly before half time Zanetti teed up Lucio, whose snapshot from distance went straight into Antonioli's arms. So with no goals and few chances, the first half between Cesena and Inter came to an end after 46 minutes of play.

SECOND HALF – The second half began with the same twenty-two on the pitch. Three minutes in, Jimenez went for goal from out on the right and Castellazzi could only parry the ball, but Lucio was on hand to hoof clear. A minute later the Chilean tried his luck again when he connected with a volley from Caserta's pass, failing to hit the target, however. The beating rain mattered little to the Romagnoli, who continued to launch attacks on Inter's goal. Another Cesena cross into the box, this time by Giaccherini, was met by Jimenez, who got up to head the ball but committed a foul as he did so. A goal for the home side seemed in the air and it came in the 56th minute: Giaccherini found Ceccarelli free on the right, his cross cleared both Ranocchia and Lucio and landed at the feet of Budan, who had the simple task of turning in from yards out to give Cesena the lead. Replays showed that the Croatian was offside but it went unnoticed by the linesman. Inter immediately picked themselves up and set about finding an equaliser: Eto'o saw his shot from the edge of the box smothered by Antonioli (67 minutes), a delightful ball from Maicon for Pazzini came to nothing as Von Bergen nipped in ahead of the Italy striker (68), then Cambiasso's in-swinging free kick was met by Lucio in the air, with the ball going just wide (72). In the 78th minute the ball hit the back of Cesena's net via Ceccarelli, but the ball had gone out of play from Maicon's corner. Pazzini then warmed up for his stoppage time show with a couple of headers from crosses by Maicon (79 minutes) and Lucio (85), but on both occasions was unable to get them on target. He wasn't discouraged, though, and he put Inter on level terms in the first minute of added time: Eto'o powered a cross into the centre of the area, where Pazzini leapt well and connected with his foot at full stretch to beat his marker and the keeper with a fantastic finish, making it 1-1. Happy with a point snatched at the death? Other sides perhaps would be, but this gritty Nerazzurri team never lets up. 'Il Pazzo' ('the crazy one') made sure there was a crazy end to this game, as he found a winner in the last of five minutes of injury time. Milito found Maicon out wide and the Brazilian curled in one last, delightful, ball into the middle, where Pazzini rose higher than everyone else and steered his header into the back of the net to stun the Stadio Manuzzi.

Moments later Valeri blew the final whistle to call time on a fantastic, memorable match. The win means Inter are now on 69 points in second place.

Cesena 1-2 Inter (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Budan 56, Pazzini 90+1 and 90+5.

Cesena: 1 Antonioli; 77 Ceccarelli (44 Piangerelli, 83), 25 Von Bergen, 3 Pellegrino, 6 Lauro; 24 Sammarco, 8 Caserta, 18 Parolo; 23 Giaccherini (15 Benalouane, 73), 10 Jimenez; 11 Budan (17 Malonga, 77).
Unused subs: 33 Calderoni, 4 Appiah, 19 Gorobsov, 70 Bogdani.
Coach: Massimo Ficcadenti.

Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 15 Ranocchia, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev (7 Pazzini, 59), 8 Thiago Motta (17 Mariga, 64), 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito,
Unused subs: 21 Orlandoni, 14 Kharja, 20 Obi, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu.
Coach: Leonardo.

Referee: Paolo Valeri (Roma 2).

Booked: Budan 14, Ceccarelli 58, Mariga 70, Caserta 84, Lucio 87.
Added time: 1+5 minutes.

starting lineups

Antonioli 12 Castellazzi
Ceccarelli 13 Maicon
Von Bergen 6 Lucio
Pellegrino 15 Ranocchia
Lauro 55 Nagatomo
Sammarco 4 Zanetti
Caserta 19 Cambiasso
Parolo 27 Pandev
Giaccherini 8 Motta
Jimenez 9 Eto'o
Budan 22 Milito


Calderoni 21 Orlandoni
Benalouane 7 Pazzini
Malonga 14 Kharja
Gorobsov 17 Mariga
Piangerelli 20 Obi
Bogdani 23 Materazzi
Appiah 26 Chivu