Final score

27 November 2011 15:00

0 - 1
45' (2nd half) Castaignos
referee De Marco / linesmen Rosi, Grilli / 4th man Romeo
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Minutes Text commentary
46' After one minute of injury time, the first half of Siena v Inter ends at 0-0
45' The referee signals for one minute of injury time
45' Inter survive a scare when Calaio' shoots just wide of the far post
42' Brkic punches away a corner kick
41' Del Grosso closes down Nagatomo on the right
40' Nagatomo closes down Larrondo on the left
39' Vitiello does a good job closing down Zanetti on the left
38' Yellow card shown to Terzi for a foul on Pazzini
35' Samuel expertly closes down Calaio'
32' Mannini shoots wide at the far post
31' Inter in trouble on a counterattack, but Brienza's attempt goes over
30' Brkic does a poor job clearing a corner and the ball ends up at Samuel's feet, but the defender's 1st time attempt is forgettable
27' Larrondo heads away Zarate's corner
24' Alvarez crosses from the right for Pazzini; his header is powerful but imprecise and goes over the crossbar
22' Del Grosso closes down Pazzini near the end line
16' Cross from the right headed on by Pazzini to Zarate. His header is easily claimed by Brkic
14' Yellow card shown to Ranocchia for his foul on Calaiò
12' Larrondo and Thiago Motta are both down for nearly a minute after colliding in the box on a corner kick
10' Stankovic, picked out by Alvarez, shoots from distance, but Brkic saves
8' Alvarez finds Zarate out wide, but the Siena defence manages to close him down
2' Calaiò with a back-heel that goes out
1' Welcome to the Stadio Artemio Franchi; everything is ready for Siena v Inter, the Week 13 match
1' Opening kick-off taken by Siena
1' A minute of silence is observed for the victims of the flooding in Messina
1' Motta lines up in front of the defence along with Stankovic and Cambiasso. Alvarez and Zarate are on the flanks, and Pazzini plays the lone forward role
1' Ranieri is fielding a 4-1-4-1: Ranocchia and Samuel in central defence ahead of Julio Cesar, with Zanetti and Nagatomo as full-backs
Minutes Text commentary
48' The Nerazzurri are now at 14 points
48' The game ends after three minutes of injury time: Siena 0-1 Inter
46' Brienza is sent off for a second yellow card
46' Another yellow card for Brienza
45' GOAL INTER: CASTAIGNOS scores. On an assist from Motta, Castaignos shoots on the turn into the corner with his right
43' Yellow card shown to Stankovic for a foul on Mannini
42' Long pass from Motta. Pazzini's back-heel frees Stankovic whose right-footer goes high
40' Motta takes a free kick for Inter; saved by Brkic
37' A cross from Nagatomo to the near post goes out
36' Yellow card shown to Brienza
36' Substitution for Inter: Cambiasso comes off for Milito
35' Pazzini whistled for offside
34' Cambiasso takes a throw-in and Bolzoni elbows Nagatomo in the stomach
31' Castaignos surges down the left, but Vitiello closes him down to give away a corner
30' Substitution for Siena: Larrondo comes off for Gonzalez
28' Julio Cesar comes off his line to punch away a corner from D'Agostino
25' Substitution for Siena: Gazzi comes off for Bolzoni
22' Pazzini receives a pass in the box; he attempts a shot on the turn but Vitello closes him down
22' Samuel with a long pass for Pazzini; Brkic comes out to anticipate it
19' Substitution for Siena: Calaio' comes off for Reginaldo
18' Zanetti closes down Calaio'
15' A pass into the box for Larrondo, who makes contact with Samuel
11' Stankovic surges forward and shoots wide of the far post
8' Larrondo shoots wide with his left
3' Calaio' receives a cross from deep and shoots on the half-volley; the ball goes just wide
1' The second half begins between Siena and Inter
1' Substitution for Inter: Zarate comes off for Castaignos
1' Substitution for Inter: Alvarez comes off for Obi
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.91
0 shots on target 4
7 shots off target 5
10 fouls committed 12
5 corners 6
3 offsides 1
21:16 ball possession 37:02
First match-up for Sannino and Ranieri

This is the first time Giuseppe Sannino and Claudio Ranieri have faced each other as coaches.

Sannino facing Inter for the first time

Giuseppe Sannino will take on Inter for the first time in a competitive fixture as a coach today.

Ranieri v Siena: no draws, Ranieri leads 5-1

This is Ranieri's 7th meeting with Siena as a coach, having won 5, drawn 0 and lost 1 of the previous games.

Siena have never beaten Inter

There have been 14 previous meetings between these two sides (7 in Tuscany and 7 in Milan), and Siena are yet to beat Inter. There have been 4 draws and 10 Nerazzurri wins, including all 4 of the last 4 matches played.

Just one blank drawn by Siena in last 11 home fixtures

Siena have failed to hit the net in just one of their previous 11 home matches; that happened on 18 September when they lost 0-1 to Juventus (Serie A). In the other 10 games in that period the Tuscan outfit have scored 26 times.

Inter have clinched the Scudetto two (and a half) times against Siena

Siena bring back fond memories for Inter, who have claimed two of their 18 Scudetto successes after playing today's opposition. The Nerazzurri beat Siena 1-2 away on 22 April 2007 with six games of the season remaining to claim the 2006/07 Scudetto; then a 1-0 win on the last day of the season (16 May 2010) sealed the 2009/10 league title on the way to treble success. Inter v Siena was also the scene of celebrations for the 2008/09 Scudetto, on 17 May 2009, but the title had been won the night before while Inter were in their pre-match retreat in Appiano Gentile as AC Milan lost 2-1 away to Udinese.

Inter's 11-match scoring streak on the road

Inter have scored at least once in each of their last 11 competitive away fixtures, netting 18 goals in the process. The last time the Nerazzurri drew a blank away from home was on 16 April 2011 when they lost 2-0 to Parma.

wins(6) draws(2) defeats(1)

SIENA – Little excitement and no goals for 90 minutes before Luc Castaignos decided the game. In this Week 13 match of the 2011/12 Serie A season it was the Dutchman's goal that settled the game between Siena and Inter, after chances from Pazzini (24) and Thiago Motta (85). Therefore, thanks to Castaignos' first goal for the Nerazzurri, Inter extended their unbeaten run at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to eight matches and reached 14 points in the standings.

FIRST HALF – Ranieri, forced to do without the injured Lucio, Chivu and Jonathan, fielded Nagatomo as a right-back and put Zanetti on the left. Motta was available again and lined up in front of the defence, and Pazzini was up top as the lone striker. For Siena, Destro was unavailable, but Calaiò returned to line up alongside Larrondo.

After a minute of silence for the flood victims in Messina, the match saw the Nerazzurri come close after only 8 minutes of play through Alvarez; the Argentine won the ball in midfield and found Zarate at the edge of the box, only to see him lose it with his back pass. Stankovic tested Brkic two minutes later with a powerful right-footer from distance after a pass from Alvarez, but the keeper went low to block the shot. After a yellow card was shown to Ranocchia for holding Calaiò, who was moving in on goal, Inter once again had possession and Pazzini flicked on a cross for Zarate, but his header went straight into the arms of Brkic. Again with a header, Pazzini made an attempt from a perfect cross from Alvarez, but his effort was just off target. Mannini's foul in the 29th minute handed Inter a free kick in a dangerous position, which then lead to two consecutive corner kicks; on the second one, taken by Zarate, Brkic came off his line and missed the ball but Samuel failed to take advantage of the chance when it fell right at his feet. The Bianconeri then broke forward on a counterattack that finished with Brienza shooting high in the 31st minute. A minute later it was Brienza who crossed for Mannini, who failed to get his effort on target. De Marco added one minute of injury time but Calaiò added a final scare to the half when his low shot went just wide of the far post.

SECOND HALF – Inter started the second half with Ranieri making a double substitution: out went Alvarez and Zarate, and in went Obi and Castaignos. Then after only three minutes Siena threatened when Mannini's long pass found Calaiò, who beat Ranocchia before sending his half-volley wide. When Obi lost the ball in midfield he sparked a Siena counterattack that ended with Larrondo shooting just wide with his left. In the 57th minute Stankovic grazed the post with his right-footer from distance. Three minutes later Gazzi's pass picked out Larrondo in the box; the Argentine protected the ball and then went to the ground under a challenge from Samuel, claiming a penalty that wasn't given. Zanetti did not put a foot wrong today and demonstrated his form when he expertly closed down Calaiò, who had found himself in the box after receiving a pass from Larrondo. When Pazzini thought he was in on goal in the 80th minute he was thwarted by De Marco's whistle for offside. Castaignos then earned a free kick from an optimal position when he was fouled by Bolzoni in the 89th minute; Thiago Motta stepped up to take it but his shot was saved by Brkic.

Then, when all seemed lost, Castaignos came through; the Dutchman controlled the ball and shot home on the turn from an excellent ball provided by Thiago Motta to break the deadlock and hand Inter a 0-1 victory. After 3 added minutes, De Marco whistled to end the match. Inter now sit with 14 points in the standings.

Siena 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-0)
Scorer: Castaignos 90.

Siena: 1 Brkic; 2 Vitiello, 13 Rossettini, 19 Terzi, 3 Del Grosso; 70 Mannini, 10 D'Agostino, 14 Gazzi (Bolzoni 70), 23 Brienza; 11 Calaiò (Reginaldo 62), 9 Larrondo (Gonzalez 75).
Unused subs: 25 Pegolo, 6 Angelo, 27 Belmonte, 80 Contini.
Coach: Giuseppe Sannino.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 55 Nagatomo, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 8 Thiago Motta; 11 Alvarez (Obi 46), 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso (Milito 81), 28 Zarate (Castaignos 46); 7 Pazzini.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 16 Caldirola, 18 Poli.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Referee: De Marco (Chiavari).
Booked: Ranocchia 14, Terzi 38, Brienza 81, 90+1, Stankovic 88. 
Sent off: Brienza 90+1.
Added time: 1+3 minutes.

starting lineups

Brkic 1 Julio Cesar
Vitiello 55 Nagatomo
Rossettini 23 Ranocchia
Terzi 25 Samuel
Del Grosso 4 Zanetti
Mannini 8 Motta
D'Agostino 11 Alvarez
Gazzi 5 Stankovic
Brienza 19 Cambiasso
Calaiò 28 Zarate
Larrondo 7 Pazzini


Pegolo 12 Castellazzi
Angelo 2 Cordoba
Belmonte 16 Caldirola
Gonzalez 18 Poli
Bolzoni 20 Obi
Contini 22 Milito
Reginaldo 30 Castaignos