Final score

19 November 2011 18:00

15' (2nd half) Coutinho
9' (2nd half) Motta
2 - 1
43' (2nd half) Larrivey
Referee: Antonio Damato / Linesmen: De Pinto, Barbirati / Fourth official: Guida
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46' The first half between Inter and Cagliari ends 0-0, the Nerazzurri having hit the woodwork twice
45' The referee has signalled a minute of added time
44' There's a goalmouth scramble inside the Cagliari area; Biondini eventually clears the ball
43' Zanetti crosses from the left, Cambiasso gets his head to it - over the bar
40' Coutinho connects with a diving header but his effort is too high
37' On the edge of the box Zarate slips as he's about to shoot, making Agazzi's task easy
31' Thiago Motta fires a free kick into the wall
30' Zarate again bamboozles the Cagliari defenders and crosses looking for Pazzini. Agazzi collects
30' Zanetti strides forward with the ball and is brought down from behind by Conti: yellow card
28' Zarate goes on a mazy run, Nainggolan denies him with a sliding tackle inside the box
24' Zarate curls a free kick around the wall and onto the bar, Agazzi getting a crucial touch once more
21' A great strike by Pazzini but his right-footed effort is turned onto the bar by Agazzi
20' Zarate crosses, Ariaudo beats Pazzini to the ball
13' Zarate shows a burst of pace, Agostini uses what ever means possible to stop him
9' Biondini takes a free kick from out on the left and Nainggolan gets a touch from inside the box but that's no problem for Julio Cesar
7' Coutinho whips in a corner kick, Ranocchia gets his head on it, over the bar
6' Ekdal goes on a dangerous run and gets a shot in from the right - wide of the near post
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, where we're all set for Inter v Cagliari, the Nerazzurri's 2011/12 Serie A Week 12 fixture
1' The Nerazzurri take the kick-off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Sneijder has to withdraw with a problem during the warm-up so Coutinho comes into the starting line-up. Alvarez is on the bench
1' Stankovic, Motta and Cambiasso form the three-man midfield while Sneijder will tuck into the hole behind Pazzini and Zarate
1' Julio Cesar returns between the sticks, Ranocchia and Samuel line up in central defence and Jonathan and Zanetti start in the full-back berths
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48' After three minutes of added time, Inter v Cagliari finishes 2-1. The Nerazzurri move up to 11 points
45' Damato awards three minutes of stoppage time
43' GOAL FOR CAGLIARI: Larrivey turns in Nainggolan's cross to pull one back for the visitors
42' Inter substitution: Faraoni comes on for Jonathan to make his Serie A debut
41' Alvarez is booked for protesting
38' Alvarez swings in a corner, Stankovic's fierce volley is saved by Agazzi
35' Ballardini makes his final change, bringing on Rui Sampaio for Biondini
34' Stankovic plays a delightful ball to Pazzini,which Agazzi comes out to claim
30' Ibarbo has a go from inside the box on the right, Zanetti charges down his shot
26' Larrivey has the ball in the back of the net but the offside flag is up: a good call by the linesman
23' Inter substitution: goalscorer Coutinho makes way for Obi
22' Julio Cesar blocks an effort by Larrivey
18' Thiago Riberio and Ibarbo are both close getting on the end of a cross from the left, but the Nerazzurri defence clear their lines
17' Cagliari make another change: Ibarbo comes on for Ekdal
15' 2-0 INTER! Coutinho scores. Alvarez picks out the Brazilian, who controls the ball and slams a low drive inside the near post
14' Cagliari substitution: Larrivey replaces Nene'
11' Jonathan slides a ball into the centre for Coutinho; the Brazilian's first-time shot is a whisker wide
9' GOAL FOR INTER! Motta the scorer. Pazzini gets a touch on Alvarez's curling free kick and it runs for Motta, who makes no mistake
9' Pisano is booked
7' Nainggolan's header is off target
3' Alvarez tries to play the ball into the box, Ariaudo clears
1' Ranieri makes one change at half time: Alvarez replaces Zarate
1' The second half gets under way
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.68
8 shots on target 3
5 shots off target 2
19 fouls committed 18
4 corners 0
2 offsides 5
57% ball possession 43%
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Ranieri 10-4 Cagliari

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Ballardini's only victory over Inter in 2009 Italian Super Cup

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Inter's 344-minute shutout against Cagliari

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Ranieri looking to secure his 200th league win as coach

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Cagliari goalless for 252 minutes

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Biondini to make it 200 in Serie A

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wins(25) draws(10) defeats(7)

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Agazzi
Jonathan 42 Ariaudo
Ranocchia 23 Nainggolan
Samuel 25 Conti
Zanetti 4 Biondini
Stankovic 5 Pisano
Motta 8 Nene'
Cambiasso 19 Thiago Ribeiro
Coutinho 29 Ekdal
Zarate 28 Canini
Pazzini 7 Agostini


Castellazzi 12 Avarmov
Cordoba 2 Gozzi
Faraoni 37 Larrivey
Poli 18 Ibarbo
Obi 20 Perico
Alvarez 11 Sampaio
Milito 22 Ceppellini