Final score

23 October 2011 15:00

34' Motta
1 - 0
referee Domenico Celi / linesmen Padovan, Barbirati / 4th man Mazzoleni
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Minutes Text commentary
45' The first half ends with no stoppage time played. Inter 1-0 Chievo
43' Maicon is shown a yellow card for a foul on Hetemaj
42' Sneijder has another go with a curling right-footed shot. Sorrentino catches and holds onto the ball
41' Jokic crosses from the left, Lucio gets to it first
40' The Nerazzurri win their second corner in a row. It's all Inter at the moment
38' Zarate's shot takes a deflection and Sorrentino manages to put behind for a corner
37' Sneijder's forward ball finds Pazzini, who chests down and tries to lob the keeper: over the bar
35' Jokic booked
34' GOAL FOR INTER! Sneijder swings in a corner and Motta heads home. 1-0 to Inter
33' Inter have a free kick from the edge of the area: Sneijder takes, Sorrentino punches clear
31' Motta is booked for a foul on Pellisser
30' There's a lot of confusion in the box but Chievo somehow manage to clear the danger
30' Sneijder releases a rocket from range: the ball flies inches past Sorrentino's right-hand upright
26' Maicon crosses from the by-line and Frey puts behind for a corner
25' Hetemaj has a go, Julio Cesar makes the save
24' Zanetti fires in a right-footed shot from the edge of the area: wide
23' Pellissier plays a ball forward for Hetemaj, offside
22' Motta and Zanetti link up well down the right but Chievo manage to clear
20' There's contact between Morero and Pazzini on the edge of the box, with the Chievo defender falling to the ground
19' Maicon lays off for Zarate: his shot on the turn is no problem for Sorrentino
14' Chievo have a corner: Bradley takes and picks out Cesar, whose effort goes wide
11' Sneijder plays a long ball forward looking for Pazzini, Morero puts it behind for a corner
9' Maicon passes to Pazzini, whose back-heeled attempt to return the ball to the Brazilian is cut out by the opposition defence
2' Inter have their first attack of the match: Maicon finds Pazzini, who crosses for Sneijder, but Chievo clear their lines
1' Here at the Stadio Meazza we're all set for Inter v Chievo, the Nerazzurri's Week 8 fixture of Serie A 2011/12
1' The Nerazzurri get the game started. FORZA INTER!!!
1' There's a minute's silence before kick-off in memory of Marco Simoncelli
1' Ranieri has opted for the same line-up as the one that beat Lille in midweek
Minutes Text commentary
50' It's all over. Inter beat Chievo thanks to Thiago Motta's goal in the 34th minute of the first half
50' Morero brings Zanetti down at the edge of the box. Maicon takes the kick for Lucio but Cesar clears
48' Thereau tries a long-distance shot, but the ball is off target
45' Five minutes of added time to be played
45' Zarate leaves the pitch to be replaced by Obi
41' Stankovic's curling shot beats Sorrentino but slips just wide
40' Cambiasso crosses for Castaignos but he is beaten to the ball...corner
37' Moscardelli launches a shot on goal which Julio Cesar manages to push out for a corner
36' Rigoni takes the place of Vacek for Chievo
36' Stankovic lays the ball off for Castaignos, but the Dutchman's shot is straight into Sorrentino's arms
33' Castaignos comes onto the pitch to substitute Pazzini
32' Pellissier takes the ball into the Inter area and Chivu puts it over for a corner; Julio Cesar catches the ensuing glancing header
31' Stankovic tries a right-footed shot which Frey manages to block with his body as he tries to keep his hands clear of the ball
28' Maicon tries a shot with the outside of his right boot, but with Sorrentino beaten, the bar saves him and Cambiasso can't control... wide
24' Zarate's corner finds the head of Lucio on the far post but the ball flies wide of the post
21' Paloschi comes off for Chievo and Moscardelli replaces him
21' Stankovic comes on in place of Sneijder
21' Maicon and Pazzini play a one-two, but the Brazilian's shot is just too high
20' Zanetti and Zarate send Pazzini through but Moreno blocks his shot
18' Maicon goes past Cruzado and shoots from the edge of the box but the ball is high
17' Nagatomo on the left wing tries to find Cambiasso in the centre of the box but Bradley heads clear
16' Substitution for Chievo, Hetemaj comes off to be replaced by Thereau
15' Chievo are putting on the pressure, but Thiago Motta and Lucio manage to clear from inside the box
12' Maicon blasts right-footed from outside the penalty area, following a pass from Sneijder
10' Vacek picks up a yellow card for a foul on Thiago Motta
8' Zanetti receives a blow to the head from Josik's shoulder, but he's fine
5' Nagatomo stays on the floor after a clash with Cruzado
5' Chivu heads clears as Paloschi looks dangerous
1' The second half gets underway with no changes being made to either side
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.05
7 shots on target 3
10 shots off target 2
10 fouls committed 14
10 corners 4
0 offsides 2
33:32 ball possession 26:05
Ranieri v Di Carlo: Inter coach 4-1 up, his sides have always scored

This is the eighth time Ranieri and Di Carlo have faced each other in competitive fixtures as coaches: there have been 4 wins for Ranieri, 2 draws and 1 win for Di Carlo. Ranieri's teams scored in each of those 7 matches, with 14 goals in total.

Ranieri ahead against Chievo

Ranieri is facing ChievoVerona for the seventh time, having won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1 of the previous games.

Di Carlo yet to beat Inter, his teams having always conceded

The current Chievo coach has taken on the Nerazzurri on seven previous occasions but has never won, having lost 5 and drawn 2. Inter scored in all seven games, notching up 17 in total.

Inter seeking first goals of the season in San Siro

The last time Inter scored a goal in a competitive home game was on 22 May, when they beat Catania 3-1 in Serie A: Nagatomo scored the Nerazzurri's third goal in the 63rd minute. Since then, in the remaining 27 minutes of that match plus the 2011/12 games against Trabzonspor (0-1 in the Champions League), Roma (0-0 in Serie A) and Napoli (0-3 in Serie A), they have only drawn blanks at the Stadio Meazza.

Inter's dropped points in the 2nd half

In Serie A 2011/12 Inter are the team that has lost the most points in the second half: compared to their first-half scorelines, they are 6 points worse off after 90 minutes. Considering all 10 competitive fixtures played by the Nerazzurri this season, including the Italian Super Cup and the Champions League, Inter have thrown away 10 points after the break.

Samuel's goals against Chievo

Walter Adrian Samuel has scored more times in competitive fixtures against Chievo than against any other team since he arrived Italy: 3 of his 22 total goals.

Two goalless draws for Chievo: 180 mins without scoring, 222 without conceding

ChievoVerona have drawn their last two league matches 0-0: against Cesena (away) and Juventus (at home). The last time Chievo scored was on 25 September, when they beat Genoa 2-1 in Serie A - Moscardelli got the second goal after 90 minutes. Since then the Veneto outfit have gone 180 minutes without hitting the net. Genoa's goal was scored by Palacio in the 48th minute, meaning that Chievo have now shut out the opposition for 222 consecutive minutes.

October a good month for Di Carlo

For Domenico Di Carlo October is the month in which his sides have the highest points average per game: 1.7, coming from 15 wins, 13 draws and 6 defeats over 34 matches.

Chievo's prolific bench

ChievoVerona have scored more goals through substitutes than any other side in Serie A 2011/12: 3, which have come from Moscardelli (2) and Paloschi (1).

wins(12) draws(4) defeats(1)

MILAN – The same team that played against Lille and the same result: Inter won 1-0 and claimed their first victory of the season at the Stadio Meazza, in Week 8 of Serie A 2011/12.

The decider came from a Sneijder corner on 34 minutes which Thiago Motta headed to put Inter in front. In the second half the Nerazzurri came close to scoring their second on more than one occasion, with Maicon even hitting the bar in the 73rd minute, but the match ended with the same score as the first half. The Nerazzurri now move on to seven points in the league table.

FIRST HALF - Claudio Ranieri reconfirmed his victorious starting line-up from the match against Lille in the Champions League. Therefore he picked Lucio and Chivu to play in front of Julio Cesar in the centre of defence, with Maicon and Nagatomo playing wide of them. The midfield was composed of Zanetti, Motta and Cambiasso, with Sneijder playing behind strikers Pazzini and Zarate.
Before the kick-off a minute's silence was held for Marco Simoncelli, the Honda rider who died earlier in an accident during the Malaysian GP in Sepang. The Nerazzurri president, Massimo Moratti stood with his hand on his heart.
The game opened with both teams testing each other out, Pazzini putting himself in the limelight with a neat backheel and various incursions into the penalty area. Zarate too, showed his skill finding open spaces and proving dangerous in one-on-one situations. Chievo stayed compact and were extremely cautious in defence. In the 19th minute Maicon turned the ball for Zarate, who shot left-footed: but it was no problem for Sorrentino who gathered the ball with ease. Three minutes later Zanetti and Motta worked a nice move, but the last ball was cut out by Jokic just inside the box. In the 24th minute Julio Cesar had to be sharp to deal with a right-footed shot from Hetemaj. The Nerazzurri were beginning to grow in confidence as Sneijder let loose a powerful right-footed shot on the half-hour mark, which just missed the post. On 33 minutes Sorrentino denied the Dutchman a goal from a free kick as he flew across the goalmouth to turn the ball away for a corner. The corner however was to result in Inter's lead. In the 34th minute, Thiago Motta headed home from Sneijder's corner. The goal gave the Nerazzurri a boost and Pazzini almost made it two, closely followed by Zarate and Sneijder. There was no added time and the teams went into the dressing rooms with the score at 1-0 to Inter.

SECOND HALF – The second half got underway without any changes in the line-ups. Inter had to back-pedal when Lucio risked a backpass and Julio Cesar's clearance went straight to Paloschi who wasted no time in shooting, but Chivu was there to hoof the ball upfield. In the 57th minute Maicon's right-footed power drive wasn't far off target and he was proving more and more dangerous for the Chievo defence. But Chievo didn't sit back, as Vacek tried a sharp right-foot and then Pellissier had a go. In the 65th minute Zanetti, Zarate and Pazzini combined to produce a skillful move but the Italy striker was closed down by Morero. A neat one-two between Maicon and Pazzini resulted in another right-footed shot from the full-back and the ball flew high over the bar. And it was Maicon again in the 73rd minute who shook the bar with another right-footed shot: the Nerazzurri came close to scoring their second, once again. On 76 minutes a Stankovic shot came off Frey's body hitting his right arm as he tried to pull it back. The Serb claimed for a penalty although the Chievo player had been trying to avoid the contact. Two minutes later Julio Cesar managed to parry a header from Cesar. In the 81st Sorrentino mesmerised Castaignos (who had come on for Pazzini), after he was set up by Stankovic. Julio Cesar had to be on his toes to deal with a shot from Moscardelli in the 82nd minute. Stankovic was unlucky to see his shot go wide in the 86th. Inter were really baring their teeth. After five minutes of added time the match between Inter and Chievo finished 1-0. This was the first win of the season for Inter at the Stadio Meazza, and their second (consecutive with that scoreline) by a margin of 1-0 after that against Lille.

INTER 1-0 CHIEVO (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Motta 34.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 26 Chivu, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Motta; 10 Sneijder (Stankovic 66); 7 Pazzini (Castaignos 78), 28 Zarate (Obi 90)
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 42 Jonathan, 22 Milito.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Chievo: 54 Sorrentino; 21 Frey, 4 Morero, 12 Cesar, 13 Jokic; 25 Vacek (Rigoni 83), 6 Bradley, 56 Hetemaj (Thereau 61); 8 Cruzado; 23 Paloschi (Moscardelli 66), 31 Pellissier
Unused subs: 17 Puggioni, 3 Andreolli, 5 Mandelli, 7 Sammarco.
Coach: Domenico Di Carlo.

Referee: Domenico Celi (Campobasso).
Bookings: Motta 31, Jokic 35, Maicon 43, Vacek 55.
Added time: 0 + 5 minutes.
Spectators: 48,058.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Sorrentino
Maicon 13 Frey
Lucio 6 Morero
Chivu 26 Cesar
Nagatomo 55 Jokic
Zanetti 4 Vacek
Cambiasso 19 Bradley
Motta 8 Hetemaj
Sneijder 10 Cruzado
Pazzini 7 Paloschi
Zarate 28 Pellissier


Castellazzi 12 Puggioni
Cordoba 2 Andreolli
Stankovic 5 Mandelli
Obi 20 Sammarco
Milito 22 Moscardelli
Castaignos 30 Rigoni
Jonathan 42 Thereau