Final score

7 January 2012 20:45

34' (2nd half) Faraoni
11' (2nd half) Pazzini
41' Milito
18' Motta
13' Milito
5 - 0
Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro / Linesmen: Preti, La Rocca / Fourth official: Guida
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45' That's the end of the first 45 minutes between Inter and Parma. A brace by Prince Milito and one from Motta have given Inter a 3-0 lead
41' 3-0 to INTER! Maicon's cross into a crowded box finds Milito unmarked: a free header for the Argentine and he makes no mistake
40' Another wasted chance for Parma: Biabiany beats Lucio and crosses for Modesto, whose header flies just wide of Julio Cesar's upright
31' Galloppa is shown a yellow card for a foul from behind on Thiago Motta
29' Another free kick taken by Giovinco and another threat for Julio Cesar's goal: this time the Brazilian has to pull off a smart save to keep it out of the bottom corner
28' Milito works his way into the box from wide and lays off for Alvarez, who attempts to play the return pass but Paletta gets in Milito's way
25' Giovinco takes the free kick and strikes it well, a powerful curler over the wall, but it doesn't drop enough for him and clears the bar
23' Samuel is booked for a foul on Giovinco
20' Parma have a great chance to pull one back: Biabiany's cross finds Giovinco free but the forward directs his header wide
18' AND THAT'S TWO! 18 minutes of one-way traffic pays dividends as Milito's shot rebounds to Thiago Motta, who drills home from distance. 2-0
16' Another precise cross from Alvarez, this time for Pazzini, but the striker's finish is poor and he sends it way over. Inter cranking up the pressure though as they look for a second
15' Free kick to Parma: Maicon beats Zaccardo to the ball and puts it out for a corner
13' GOAL FOR INTER! Alvarez whips the ball into the near post, where Milito is on hand to flick past Mirante with the outside of his boot. 1-0
10' Nagatomo defends the ball well on the left wing and is pushed to the ground as he goes past Morrone. No foul according to the ref
6' Inter are keeping up the pressure around the box: Maicon goes for goal but Morrone blocks and clears
4' Alvarez jinks his way to the by-line before Nagatomo wins a corner. Alvarez takes it and finds Samuel, whose header is too central and dealt with comfortably by Mirante
2' Inter have their first attack and work their way towards the edge of the box with some neat one-touch passing, before Motta lays off for Pazzini; he tries to curl his effort inside the far post but it's wide
1' Here we go again, Nerazzurri fans. For their first match of 2012, Inter host Parma in tonight's Serie A Week 17 fixture
1' The visitors take the kick-off and Inter v Parma gets under way on the Meazza's new turf. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Thiago Motta and Maicon are both one booking away from missing next week's derby clash with AC Milan but Ranieri fields them both confirming that the focus is entirely on Parma
1' With Forlan and Sneijder unavailable, Ranieri opts for a strike pairing of Pazzini and Milito with Alvarez operating in the hole behind them
Minute Text commentary
47' Faraoni's right-footed shot from the edge of the box is blocked low by Mirante
47' Inter beat Parma 5-0 and haul themselves up to 29 points. Now there's only one thing on their minds: next Sunday's derby against AC Milan
45' Giannoccaro signals 2 minutes of added time
37' Pereira has a shot but it's miles off target
34' 5-0! A first Serie A goal for Faraoni and a beauty it is too. Brandao's clearance falls nicely and he lashes a dipping effort in off the bar
31' Ranieri makes his last change and the Prince is also given a standing ovation as he makes way for Faraoni
29' Zanetti fires into his own net as he tries to clear a ball intended for Gobbi but it's disallowed as the Parma man was offside
27' Inter substitution: Alvarez is applauded off the pitch as Coutinho comes on
26' Giovinco arrows an effort just wide of the far post
23' Colomba uses up his last sub with Musacci replacing Galloppa
15' Parma's second substitution: Pereira comes on for Morrone
13' Ranieri shuffles his pack, bringing Poli on for Cambiasso
11' PAZZINI MAKES IT 4! Milito breaks forward at pace and feeds his strike partner, whose deft chip clears the onrushing Mirante
10' First change for Parma: Modesto makes way for Pelle'
6' Giovinco finds Gobbi in the area but he's flagged offside. However, replays suggest he may have been onside
1' The Nerazzurri get the second half under way. There were no half-time substitutions
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.74
6 shots on target 1
4 shots off target 9
10 fouls committed 12
4 corners 5
2 offsides 4
55% ball possession 45%
Ranieri v Colomba: the Nerazzurri coach undefeated

This is the 3rd competitive meeting between the two coaches and so far Ranieri has always defeated Colomba's teams. These meetings are from the Roma v Bologna encounters in the 2009/10 Serie A season.

Ranieri v Parma: Ranieri with a slight advantage

In competitive matches there have been 20 meetings between Ranieri and Parma - the team that he was with from February to June 2007 - with a record of 7 wins for the Inter coach, 7 draws and 6 wins for Parma. Ranieri's last defeat to Parma came on 24 September 1995 in the Serie A when his Fiorentina was defeated at the Stadio Tardini 0-3; in the following 9 matches he has 6 wins and 3 draws. At home, in the 9 previous matches played up until now, Ranieri's teams have always scored against Parma, for a total of 15 goals.

Colomba winless in Milan, where he suffered his greatest defeat as a coach

This is the 12th competitive match between Colomba and Inter with 2 wins for the Parma coach, 3 draws (all 1-1) and 6 Nerazzurri wins. Colomba has never tasted victory in Milan: in the 5 previous encounters he has had 2 defeats and 3 draws, in which his teams have let in 12 goals. On 22 November 2003 his Reggina lost 0-6 at the San Siro; the heaviest defeat of his coaching career.

Inter, one of the two goal-cooperatives in the 2011/12 Serie A

Along with AC Milan, Inter are one of the two teams to have the greatest number of different players with a goal this season, for a total of 13. The 13 Nerazzurri players are: Alvarez, Cambiasso, Castaignos, Coutinho, Forlan, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Nagatomo, Pazzini, Ranocchia, Sneijder and Thiago Motta.

Stankovic, goals against Parma and Mirante

Parma is one of the two teams that Dejan Stankovic has scored his greatest number of goals against since he has been playing in Italy; 6 of his 76 total goals, the same number of which he has scored against AC Milan. And the goalkeeper Mirante is among the preferred targets of the Serbian midfielder; he has put 3 past him, as he has against Ballotta, Castellazzi, Dida, Ferron, Frey and Strakosha.

Inter, a record in penalties against. Parma first in penalties received

Inter are one of the 2 Serie A teams this season, along with Cesena, to have had the most number of penalties awarded against them. There have been 6 so far; 3 converted and 3 missed. Parma, along with Catania and AC Milan, are one of the 3 teams that have received the most penalties in their favour so far this season. 5 have been granted to each of the three clubs, and for Parma 4 have been converted with 1 missed.

Parma: both positive and negative records underway this season

Parma have not won in the Serie A since last 20 November when they beat Udinese at home 2-0: in the following 5 matches the team from Emilia have had 4 draws (in their last 4 matches) and one defeat. It is a negative record for the team. The 4 consecutive draws however represent the most positive run of the team so far this season; the last defeat came on 26 November in a 1-2 loss to Novara.

200 in Serie A for Gobbi

Should he take to the pitch, Massimo Gobbi will celebrate the 200th appearance of his Serie A career. His current 199 matches were disputed wearing the shirts of Cagliari, Fiorentina and Parma. Gobbi's Serie A debut came on 12 September 2004 in Cagliari 1-0 Bologna.

Parma's 2nd half collapses

Parma is the team that has lost the highest number of points this season in the second half, compared to the first 45 minutes of play, for a total of 7 points. This is obviously explained by the fact that Parma have let in the highest number of goals in the second half this season: 22 of their 26 total goals conceded (84.6%). In particular the team from Emilia is the one that is the most fragile in the closing minutes of the match: from minute 76 to 90, injury time included, they have allowed 10 goals.

wins(15) draws(10) defeats(2)

MILAN - The year got off to the best possible start for Inter in general and Diego Milito in particular as Parma were blown away in front of the San Siro faithful. The Prince scored two and made one with the Nerazzurri running out comfortable 5-0 winners.

The Argentine opened the scoring in the 13th minute as he turned in a perfect near-post cross from Alvarez, who played a blinder tonight. Five minutes later it was 2-0 thanks to Thiago Motta's daisy-cutter, then shortly before half time Milito connected with Maicon's cross to give his team a three-goal cushion at the interval. Pazzini made it four after the restart with Milito again having a hand in things, before a beauty from substitute Faraoni - his first goal in Serie A - wrapped things up ten minutes from time. A fifth win on the trot which takes us up to 29 points in the table. And now the crosshairs move onto next weekend's derby.

FIRST HALF – Against Parma Claudio Ranieri opted for a central defensive pairing of Lucio and Samuel in front of Julio Cesar with Maicon and Nagatomo as full-backs, a three-man midfield of Zanetti, Motta and Cambiasso, and Alvarez in a free role behind Pazzini and Milito.

Parma had the first sight on goal just a minute in but Giovinco's effort was no trouble for Julio Cesar. A minute later Alvarez and Motta linked up well before the Italo-Brazilian teed up Pazzini, whose effort ended wide of the far post. A 4th-minute corner by Alvarez found Samuel but the defender failed to test Mirante with his header. The Argentine playmaker was a live wire throughout the match and it was from one of his crosses that the deadlock was broken in the 13th minute, Milito flicking home at the near post to net for the second game running after his goal against Lecce. Two minutes later Ricky sent in another cross, this time for Pazzini, whose attempt sailed way over. However, Inter soon doubled their lead after Milito's shot was deflected out of the box on 18 minutes and Thiago Motta connected beautifully, his left-footed strike zipping onto the corner. Giovinco had an opportunity to halve the deficit almost immediately when Biabiany's cross found him free, but the pocket-sized forward directed his header wide. He tried to make up for it in the 29th minute with a well-taken free kick but Julio Cesar dived low to keep the ball out of the bottom corner. The visitors wasted another good chance on 40 minutes as Modesto messed up following Biabiany's cross. A minute later Milito notched his second and Inter's third of the evening when he nodded home from Maicon's cross. There was no added time so after 45 minutes Inter headed into the dressing rooms three goals to the good.

SECOND HALF – The same 22 players took to the pitch after the interval with Parma seemingly determined not to lie down and Giovinco still looking the most likely source of a goal. Inter were in no mood for charity though and Pazzini made it 4-0 in the 56th minute, finishing a counter-attack when played in behind the defence by Milito. On 64 minutes Julio Cesar came out to deny Pellè, who had replaced Modesto, and soon after tempers flared briefly when Milito was on the receiving end of an elbow from Brandao. Giovinco popped up again in the 71st minute to flash a low drive just wide, then two minutes later Zanetti succeeded where the Parma players had failed by inadvertently firing past Julio Cesar in an attempt to clear, though the goal was rightly ruled out for Gobbi's offside position; the captain could breath a sigh of relief and even afford a smile as he apologised to the San Siro crowd and received applause in return. A wonderfully struck volley from Gobbi gave Julio Cesar a chance to prove he was still paying attention with a quarter of an hour to go, and there was still time for Faraoni, who came on as a late sub, to net his first goal in Serie A: his dipping effort clipped the bar on its way in leaving Mirante with no chance. After two minutes of added time, the ref blew the final whistle: 5-0 and a thoroughly convincing start to 2012 for the Nerazzurri.

Inter 5-0 Parma (HT: 3-0)

Scorers: Milito 13 and 41, Thiago Motta 18, Pazzini 56, Faraoni 79.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 8 Thiago Motta, 19 Cambiasso (Poli 58), 11 Alvarez (Coutinho 72); 7 Pazzini, 22 Milito (Faraoni 76).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 23 Ranocchia, 28 Zarate, 30 Castaignos.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Parma: 83 Mirante; 5 Zaccardo, 29 Paletta, 13 Brandao,18 Gobbi; 7 Biabiany, 4 Morrone (Pereira 60), 8 Galloppa (Musacci 68), 23 Modesto (Pellè 55); 10 Giovinco, 11 Floccari.
Unused subs: 1 Pavarini, 22 Palladino, 33 Santacroce, 80 Valiani.
Coach: Franco Colomba.

Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro (Lecce).
Booked: Samuel 23, Galloppa 31.
Added time: 0+2 minutes.
Attendance: 47,326.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Mirante
Maicon 13 Zaccardo
Lucio 6 Paletta
Samuel 25 Brandao
Nagatomo 55 Gobbi
Zanetti 4 Bibiany
Motta 8 Morrone
Cambiasso 19 Galloppa
Alvarez 11 Modesto
Pazzini 7 Giovinco
Milito 22 Floccari


Castellazzi 12 Pavarini
Poli 18 Pereira
Ranocchia 23 Palladini
Zarate 28 Musacci
Coutinho 29 Santacroce
Castaignos 30 Valiani
Faraoni 37 Pelle'