Final score

21 December 2011 20:45

36' (2nd half) Alvarez
28' (2nd half) Cambiasso
4' (2nd half) Milito
34' Pazzini
4 - 1
20' Muriel
Referee: Marco Guida / Linesmen: De Luca, Petrella / Fourth official: Baracani
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45' Pazzini celebrated with a gesture of cradling a baby; it is dedicated to his wife Silvia and his newborn son Tommaso, who was born in Milan as the player was arriving at the stadium
45' No injury time added and the first half ends 1-1 between Inter and Lecce
45' Maicon takes a corner, Nagatomo crosses to Pazzini, who heads wide
43' Faraoni sends a right-footer into the arms of Gabrieli
42' Thiago Motta sends a left-footer into the arms of Gabrieli
40' Maicon with an off-target shot
39' Alvarez crosses into the box where Brivio heads the ball to safety
34' GOAL INTER: PAZZINI scores. Maicon crosses from the right and Pazzini equalises with the toe of his right boot
33' Inter hit the woodwork again! This time it's Forlan with a header against the post
33' Di Michele flagged for offside
30' Maicon crosses for Samuel; the Argentine hits the crossbar with his header. Incredible!
30' Yellow card shown to Obodo for his foul on Faraoni
29' Maicon crosses for Zanetti, who shoots just over the bar
27' Maicon, served by Faraoni, crosses to Pazzini whose header hits the crossbar
23' Lucio's pass picks out Forlan, who smashes a powerful left-footed effort against the post. Gabrieli's touch was decisive
20' GOAL LECCE: MURIEL scores. A pass from Obodo to Muriel, who dribbles past Lucio and Maicon to score with his right
18' A left-footer from Forlan goes high
17' Alvarez attempts a left-footer that goes high
13' Oddo heads away a pass intended for Forlan
12' Maicon takes a corner that Motta rises to meet, but the midfielder's effort fails to find the goal
10' Ferrario clears away Alvarez's cross intended for Pazzini
9' Maicon sends a cross but Pazzini, marked by Oddo, fails to reach it
5' Olivera takes a corner from the right and Lucio heads the ball away
4' Long pass down the right for Cuadrado, closed down by Samuel
2' Long pass down the right for Di Michele, Lucio snuffs out the threat
1' WELCOME TO THE STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA: everything is ready for Inter v Lecce, the rescheduled Week 1 match
1' Inter v Lecce: the match begins
1' In central midfield are Zanetti and Motta, with Faraoni and Alvarez on the flanks. Forlan and Pazzini start up front
1' Ranieri has chosen Lucio and Samuel in central defense, Maicon and Nagatomo as full-backs and Julio Cesar in goal
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47' After two minutes of injury time, the match ends: Inter 4-1 Lecce. The Nerazzurri now have 26 points in the standings
45' The referee adds two minute of injury time
42' Yellow card shown to Pasquato
41' Beaten for pace, Giacomazzi strikes Maicon in the face as the Brazilian goes past him
41' Yellow card shown to Maicon
36' GOAL INTER: ALVAREZ scores. A perfect cross from Nagatomo on the left allows Alvarez to score his first Serie A goal with a left-footer
33' Julio Cesar saves Di Michele's left-footed shot
30' Substitution for Lecce: Obodo comes off for Pasquato
28' GOAL INTER: Cambiasso scores. Nagatomo's run along the goal line finds Cambiasso, who stretches to find the net with his right
26' Substitution for Inter: Pazzini comes off for Obi
24' Cuadrado passes to Corvia, who shoots high and wastes a golden chance
22' Samuel stretches to clear a cross from Cuadrado
21' Di Michele attempts a lob that ends up in the arms of Julio Cesar
18' A one-two between Alvarez and Maicon; the Argentine shoots just wide
16' Julio Cesar blocks Corvia's shot on the Nerazzurri goal
12' Pazzini's shot is off target under pressure from Tomovic
9' Substitution for Lecce: Muriel comes off for Corvia
7' Motta back-heels to Maicon, but Giacomazzi cleans up the danger
6' Milito passes to Cambiasso, but he fails to get a clean shot off
4' GOAL INTER: MILITO scores. Alvarez sends a through ball forward for Milito, who finishes with his right
2' Milito receives Zanetti's pass, then shoots off target
1' The second half begins
1' Substitution for Lecce: Olivera comes off for Piatti
1' Substitution for Inter: Forlan comes off for Milito
1' Substitution for Inter: Faraoni comes off for Cambiasso
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.3
8 shots on target 3
11 shots off target 6
5 fouls committed 12
12 corners 2
1 offsides 2
57% ball possession 43%
Cosmi unbeaten against Ranieri

This is the third time these two coaches have faced each other, with Ranieri yet to record a win: 1 draw and 1 win for Cosmi.

Ranieri v Lecce: the coach leads on past results

Claudio Ranieri is facing Lecce in a competitive fixture for the 9th time. He has won 4, drawn 1 and lost 3 of his previous encounters with the Salentini.

Cosmi's sides always concede against Inter; 6 defeats on the trot

This will be the 13th time Cosmi has crossed paths with Inter. He has managed a single win, with 1 draw and 10 defeats (all 6 of the last 6 played). In those 12 competitive matches against the Nerazzurri, Cosmi's sides have always conceded: 26 goals in total. In the last four encounters with Inter, Cosmi's team's have failed to hit the net. His only victory against the Nerazzurri is the joint biggest win he has achieved in Serie A: a 4-1 home win by his Perugia team on 19 January 2003. The other result with the same scoreline achieved by Cosmi was also with Perugia, at home to Bari on 16 December 2000.

December a great month for Ranieri

For Claudio Ranieri, December is the month in which his sides have the highest points average per league game: 1.88, with 26 wins, 14 draws and 9 defeats from 49 matches.

Inter's 273-minute shut-out

The last goal conceded by Inter was on 7 December when they were beaten 1-2 by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League: Berezutski scored the visitors' second goal in the 87th minute. Since then, in the final 3 minutes of that match plus the entire Serie A games won at home to Fiorentina (2-0) and away to Siena and Genoa (both 0-1), the Nerazzurri defence has been unbreached for 273 minutes.

Lecce are Pazzini's preferred target

Giampaolo Pazzini, who has notched up 111 goals in his club career, has scored more against Lecce (8) than against any other side.

2011: a very different year for Inter and Lecce

Inter are one of the teams with the most goals scored in Serie A between the start of 2011 and now: 67; only AC Milan have done better (69). Lecce on the other hand are the team with the worst defensive record: 61 goals conceded. The Nerazzurri also have the second highest points total, 76 (once again bettered only by AC Milan with 77), while Lecce have the fewest with 35 points. Inter have also won more games than any other Serie A outfit in 2011: 24, which is 2 more than both AC Milan and Udinese - the 2 games against Cesena at home and Fiorentina away that were postponed from 2010 so that the Nerazzurri could compete in the Club World Cup. Lecce have won fewer Serie A matches than any other team in 2011 (9) and have also lost the most games in (19).

Goals shared throughout the team for Ranieri and Cosmi

Ranocchia's header against Cesena means that 12 different players have got on the score sheet for Inter in the current Serie A season; the only side with more different goalscorers is AC Milan (13). The 12 Nerazzurri players to have hit the net are Cambiasso, Castaignos, Coutinho, Forlan, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Nagatomo, Pazzini, Ranocchia, Sneijder and Thiago Motta. Lecce are among a trio of teams in third place in this goalscoring chart with 11 different players, the same number as Juventus and Parma.

Olivera set to make it 100 in Serie A

Should he play today, Ruben Olivera will celebrate his 100th match in Serie A. His previous 99 appearances have been for Juventus, Sampdoria, Genoa and Lecce. Olivera made his Serie A debut on 19 April 2002 in Juventus 2-1 Roma.

wins(16) draws(0) defeats(1)
MILAN - Inter said goodbye to 2011 with goals: Pazzini dedicated his to his newborn son, Milito found the net after three months, Cambiasso celebrated Inter's third, and then Alvarez netted his first goal in Serie A in this evening's KO of Lecce. And thus the Nerazzurri bagged their fourth consecutive win and will head into 2012 with 26 points in the standings.

The first half saw a goal for the Giallorossi, and only the post and crossbar for the Nerazzurri, who hit the woodwork four times in 10 minutes through Forlan (twice), Pazzini and Samuel. Yes, the goal was cursed, but it was Pazzini who broke the spell, celebrating the birth of his first child, Tommaso, as well as the equaliser. Then Milito finally found the goal that had been eluding him since last 24 September. Cambiasso followed with a goal in the second half, then Alvarez added the fourth to seal the match.

FIRST HALF – Ranieri started with both Alvarez and Forlan. Pazzini was in attack alongside the Uruguayan, while Milito and Cambiasso came off the bench as subs and Ranocchia was in the stands.

After a touch from Maicon, it was Thiago Motta who sought the goal in the 7th minute with a shot from distance that ended up sailing over the crossbar. The Brazilian defender crossed again to Pazzini who, already in the box, couldn't manage to strike the ball cleanly under the challenge of Oddo. Inter then came close to scoring on a corner from Maicon when Thiago Motta did well to aim for the near post, but the ball went all the way through the box untouched. Lecce responded through Brivio, with the defender shooting too high. The same fate befell Forlan when the Uruguayan did everything on his own before shooting over the goal. Then the visitors became the team to first find the scoreboard; Obodo's long pass picked out Muriel, who out-dribbled both Maicon and Lucio to put the ball past Julio Cesar and open the scoring. However, the Colombian attacker's position when the ball was passed seemed questionable. Inter responded with Forlan and his left-footed blast from the edge of the box that only found the post. But things didn't stop there; 3 minutes later Pazzini was foiled when his header, from Maicon's cross, smacked off the crossbar. Zanetti also had a go this evening; in the 29th minute the captain sent a powerful effort at Gabrieli's goal but his shot was off target. Inter again struck the woodwork – the third time in 6 minutes – when Samuel climbed high to send his header against the post. How about a fourth time? Incredibly it happened in the 34th minute when Forlan's header struck the upright. The goal seemed to be cursed, but then Pazzini found a way to break the spell when he stretched to poke the ball into the net with the tip of his boot from just a few yards in front of the goalmouth, bringing the result to 1-1. Once again it was Pazzo threatening after a short corner from Nagatomo, but he sent his header too far wide of Gabrieli's goal.

SECOND HALF – The second half began with two changes for Inter and one for Lecce. Milito and Cambiasso were sent on for Faraoni and Forlan, and it was El Principe who latched on to a lovely through ball sent forward to him by Alvarez; the forward then touched the ball past the shoulder of Gabrieli and into the net to put the Nerazzurri ahead. Pazzini then looked to add to that when, after a touch from Cambiasso, he took a shot under pressure from Tomovic, only to see his effort go high. The Giallorossi came close to equalising on 61 minutes when Di Michele found Corvia with a pass, but Julio Cesar blocked his effort with a foot save. At the other end Maicon picked out Alvarez and the Argentine's left-footed touch sent the ball just a hair wide of the goal. A second great opportunity was wasted by Corvia when, after the corner taken by Cuadrado, he shot over the crossbar from a dangerous position. However, the Nerazzurri were not so wasteful at the other end; after being released by Zanetti, Nagatomo did some excellent work before cutting the ball back for Cambiasso, who put the ball into the net at full stretch. Nagatomo was again the provider eight minutes later when his perfect cross was volleyed in by Ricky Alvarez for the fourth, ending Inter's 2011 in style.

After two minutes of injury time the match ended; Inter 4-1 Lecce. The Nerazzurri now sit with 26 points in the standings and will next face Parma on 7 January.

Lecce 4-1 Inter (HT 1-1)
Scorers: Muriel 20, Pazzini 34, Milito 49, Cambiasso 73, Alvarez 81.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 37 Faraoni (Cambiasso 46), 4 Zanetti, 8 Thiago Motta, 11 Alvarez; 9 Forlan (Alvarez 46), 7 Pazzini (Obi 71).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 29 Coutinho, 30 Castaignos.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Lecce: 1 Gabrieli; 30 Oddo, 40 Tomovic, 13 Ferrario; 7 Cuadrado, 18 Giacomazzi, 8 Obodo (Pasquato 75), 10 Olivera (Piatti 46), 28 Brivio; 24 Muriel (Corvia 54), 17 Di Michele.
Unused subs: 50 Turbacci, 16 Diamoutene, 20 Bergougnoux, 21 Grossmulle.
Coach: Serse Cosmi.

Referee: Marco Guida (Torre Annunziata).
Booked: Obodo 30, Maicon 86, Pasquato 87.
Attendance: 39,602.
Added time: 0+2 minutes.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Gabrieli
Maicon 13 Oddo
Lucio 6 Tomovic
Samuel 25 Ferrario
Nagatomo 55 Cuadrado
Faraoni 37 Giacomazzi
Zanetti 4 Obodo
Motta 8 Olivera
Alvarez 11 Brivio
Forlan 9 Muriel
Pazzini 7 Di Michele


Castellazzi 12 Turbacci
Cordoba 2 Corvia
Cambiasso 19 Diamoutene
Obi 20 Bergoughoux
Milito 22 Grossmuller
Coutinho 29 Piatti
Castaignos 30 Pasquato