Final score

4 March 2012 20:45

35' (2nd half) Milito
26' (2nd half) Forlan
2 - 2
38' Izco
20' Gomez
Referee: Domenico Celi / Linesmen: Nicoletti, Alessandroni / Fourth official: Tozzi
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Minutes Text commentary
45' With no injury time added the first half ends 0-2 between Inter and Catania
44' A long cross from Forlan on the left finds no one at the far post
43' A ball from Milito for Cambiasso, then Spolli sweeps up from Pazzini
38' GOAL CATANIA: IZCO scores on a ball from Marchese, who was offside
37' Barrientos wastes a great scoring opportunity when he fails to make contact with the ball when shooting all alone in the box
35' Yellow card shown to Izco for a foul on Palombo
31' Lodi clears away a shot from Forlan
29' Nagatomo's long-distance effort goes out for a goal kick
28' A long cross from Gomez for Izco but Zanetti closes him down
23' Bergessio sends in a dangerous ball for Gomez but Lucio clears for a corner
20' GOAL CATANIA: GOMEZ scores with his right and Julio Cesar can do nothing
16' Milito sends a ball to Forlan, who shoots with his right, but Carrizo is prepared
14' Carrizo makes a double save from Forlan
13' Julio Cesar comes out to claim a ball intended for Lodi
12' Palombo takes a free kick for Inter that goes out over the goal line
11' Spolli clears a long cross from Forlan intended for Pazzini
10' A low shot from Forlan is saved by Carrizo
8' Lodi takes a free kick for Catania the goes out over the goal line
5' Forlan's right-footer from distance is off target
2' A long pass from Samuel for Pazzini, but Carrizo has it covered
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. All is ready for Inter v Catania, the Week 26 match of the 2011/12 Serie A season
1' And Catania take the opening kick-off
1' Maicon, who was called up but is not in the 18, is working to get into condition for the Verona trip and overcome his knee pain
1' Palombo and Cambiasso are together in central midfield with Faraoni and Forlan on the flanks. Milito and Pazzini are starting up front
1' To face Catania, Ranier has chosen Lucio and Samuel in central defence ahead of Julio Cesar between the posts. Nagatomo and Zanetti are full-backs
Minutes Text commentary
48' After three minutes of injury time the match ends: Inter 2-2 Catania
48' Sneijder takes a free kick and his effort deflects off the wall for a corner
46' Forlan's shot goes wide
45' Pazzini controls Obi's cross and shoots straight at Carrizo. A wasted opportunity
45' The referee signals for three minutes of injury time
45' Julio Cesar makes a save from Ebagua
43' Catania with a corner kick: Julio Cesar saves Ebagua's header
43' Samuel protects Julio Cesar as he comes off his line under pressure from Seymour
42' Last substitution for Catania: Llama comes on for Gomez
40' Julio Cesar saves a shot from Seymour
39' Carrizo comes out to reach the ball before Milito
37' Sneijder's right footer goes out for a goal kick
35' GOAL INTER: MILITO scores. Forlan's pass picks out El Principe who blasts a right-footer into the net
33' Milito's right-footed attempt is deflected
31' Substitution for Catania: Seymour comes on for Barrientos
31' Sneijder passes to Pazzini but the forward is flagged for offside
30' Yellow card shown to Sneijder
26' GOAL INTER: FORLAN scores. Served by Sneijder, the attacker beats Carrizo
25' Zanetti intercepts a ball from Izco intended for Gomez
24' Substitution for Catania: Ebagua comes on for Bergessio
20' Sneijder takes a corner: Samuel gets his head to it but the ball goes to Carrizo
18' Sneijder passes to Pazzini, who goes down on the edge of the box. The ref does not whistle
16' Final substitution for Inter: Obi comes on for Palombo
16' Substitution for Inter: Poli comes on for Cambiasso
16' Forlan sends a cross to Pazzini, but he fails to make solid contact with his header and the ball goes out
15' Izco's long-distance shot goes out for a goal kick
14' Lodi sends a ball to Motta and his header grazes the post
13' A long cross from Sneijder intended for Forlan, but no one latches on to it
10' Barrientos tries with a lob that goes over the bar
9' Sneijder takes a free kick: Milito heads it but it's blocked by Carrizo
7' Cambiasso with a tackle on Barrientos
5' Gomez with a right-footer that goes wide
4' Sneijder seeks out Milito in the box but his pass is off target and Carrizo takes it
1' The second half begins between Inter and Catania
1' Substitution for Inter: Sneijder comes on for Faraoni
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.24
7 shots on target 7
5 shots off target 7
11 fouls committed 14
7 corners 3
3 offsides 3
55% ball possession 45%
Ranieri and Montella: both ex-Giallorossi coaches

This is only the second time Ranieri and Montella have faced each other as coaches, after Catania 2-1 Inter (Serie A) at the Stadio Massimino on 15 October 2011. In the 2010/11 season they were in charge of Roma at different times: Ranieri resigned after the 4-3 defeat away to Genoa (20 February 2011) and was replaced by Montella.

Ranieri unbeaten in 9 home games against Catania; his teams always score

Ranieri, who plied his trade at Catania as a player for two years (1982/83 and 1983/84, 62 appearances and 1 goal, Serie A and Serie B), has faced his former side as a coach 14 times in competitive fixtures before today. He has won 6, drawn 6 (all 1-1) and lost 2. Ranieri is unbeaten in home games against the Sicilians, with 5 wins and 4 draws in 9 matches, his teams having scored in each of those games (15 goals in total).

Montella v Inter: level as coach; Nerazzurri his favourite target in playing career

This is the fourth meeting between Montella and Inter, with previous results evenly balanced: 1 win apiece and 1 draw, the Nerazzurri hitting the target each time. As a player, Montella was involved in 19 competitive matches against the Nerazzurri, 17 in Serie A and 2 in Coppa Italia: 4 wins for Montella, 6 draws and 9 wins for Inter. Montella hit the net 12 times in those 19 games, making Inter - joint with Fiorentina - his favourite target.

Inter goalless for 471 minutes

The last time Inter scored in a competitive game was on 1 February, in the 4-4 draw against Palermo at the Meazza (Serie A). All four Nerazzurri goals were bagged by Milito, the last one coming in the 69th minute. Since then, in the remaining 21 minutes of that match plus the Serie A matches lost to Roma (4-0 away), Novara (0-1 at home) and Bologna (3-0 at home), the Champions League defeat to Olympique Marseille (0-1) and the league defeat away to Napoli (1-0), Inter have gone 471 minutes without finding the back of the net.

Spring goals for Pazzini

March is one of the two most prolific months for Giampaolo Pazzini. The Tuscan striker has notched up 13 goals in the month of March, the same number as in April, out of 89 total goals in professional league matches.

Catania awarded most penalties; Inter second most penalised

Catania have been awarded more penalties than any other team in the 2011/12 Serie A campaign (8). Inter are one of the teams with the highest number of penalties given against them, 6, the same as Bologna, Cesena, ChievoVerona and Siena; the only side to have conceded more penalties is Genoa with 8.

Inter, Catania and those half-time oranges

Inter and Catania, along with Lazio, hold the record in the 2011/12 Serie season for most goals scored at the start of the second half: between the 46th and 60th minute, each of these sides have netted 9 goals.

Izco to become Catania's 3rd highest appearance holder in Serie A

With his 141 appearances in the top flight wearing a Catania shirt, Mariano Izco is the club's fourth highest appearance holder. If he plays today, he will join Rambardelli in 3rd place with 142 games.

wins(14) draws(3) defeats(0)

MILAN – It was the strength of a group that refused to give up and it allowed Inter to come back against Catania and secure a draw in the Week 26 match of the 2011/12 Serie A season.

The Nerazzurri let in two goals in the first 45 minutes of the match; Gomez and Izco punished them in the 20th and 38th minute before Forlan finally ended Inter's drought in the 71st minute. Then Cacha found Milito who evened the score by beating Carrizo and making it 2-2.

FIRST HALF - With Ranocchia injured, Ranieri decided to keep Maicon out of the 18, despite the fact that he was named to the squad yesterday; the Brazilian is still feeling pain in the knee he injured in Marseille and will work to get fit for Chievo. Therefore in defence Nagatomo and Zanetti were the full-backs playing beside Lucio and Samuel in the centre. Sneijder and Juan Jesus started on the bench.

Forlan was the first to have a go after 5 minutes when his right-footer from distance showed power but not the right accuracy. The Uruguayan tried again with a low shot after a series of Nerazzurri corners but Carrizo made the crucial block. Julio Cesar was decisive on 13 minutes when he dropped low to anticipate Lodi. Then immediately following at the other end Forlan forced a double save out of Carrizo after a pass from Lucio. Cacha's raids on the Argentine goalkeeper continued without rest, and in the 16th minute his turn and cross for Milito allowed El Principe to try a scissor kick that was blocked by Catania's number 20. But the Sicilians took advantage of a switch of the play that caught Inter napping; on the edge of offside Gomez (kept onside by Samuel) punished the Nerazzurri when he received a long pass from Barrientos to cut past Nagatomo and beat Julio Cesar to open the scoring. Gomez threatened again, after a cue from Bergessio, but Lucio closed him down for a corner kick.

In the 24th minute a roar erupted in the Meazza when Spolli stopped a pass intended for Milito with a touch between his stomach and arm, but Celi swallowed his whistle. Then Barrientos wasted a golden opportunity when he found himself alone in front of Julio Cesar after a pass from Almiron, but the decisive touch towards the goal failed him. After some delay Catania's second goal arrived in the 38th minute, although it was tainted by offside; Almiron's pass found Gomez who knocked the ball on to Marchese before he crossed – from an offside position – to Izco, allowing the Argentine midfielder to double the visitors' lead. It was 0-2 when both teams went to the dressing rooms.

SECOND HALF – The second half started with Sneijder on in place of Faraoni. In the 54th minute the Dutchman's free kick found the head of Milito whose effort troubled Carrizo just in front of his line, but Celi whistled for an offside infraction from Lucio. At the other end Julio Cesar kept out Catania's third goal; in a one-on-one against Gomez he blocked the ball just before Barrientos attempted to lob in the rebound, which went over the bar. In the 59th minute Motta brought a fright from the Nerazzurri defence when he headed Lodi's cross just a hair wide of the far post. Ranieri then made a double substitution: Poli and Obi on for Cambiasso and Palombo. Inter pressed, but on Forlan's 65th-minute corner Carizzo was again there to block Milito's header. Then finally it was Forlan who – after one month – ended Inter's drought on 71 minutes when the Uruguayan attacker chested down Sneijder's pass, dribbled past Motta and smacked a left-footer that went in off of Carrizo's hands.

It was now 1-2, but Inter were in no mood to give up and once again the Forlan-Milito tandem struck. This time it was in the 80th minute when Cacha picked out El Principe in the box, allowing the Argentine to blast a right-footer into the top corner to make it 2-2. The Nerazzurri kept up the pressure with action from Pazzini but the San Siro trembled when Seymour, alone and face to face with Julio Cesar, make a glaring error, practically passing the ball into the keeper's hands. On 90 minutes Ebagua took a shot but found Julio Cesar ready just before Pazzini had a fantastic chance to see Inter come out as winners; Pazzo controlled Obi's pass with his chest and, two yards from the goal line, fired his effort straight at Carrizo. Immediately afterwards Forlan's long-distance effort was off target. After 3 minutes of injury time the game ended 2-2.

One step at a time and taking it match by match. It may not be much, but it's something: Inter move in the standings and earn a point to bring them to 37 total.

Inter 2-2 Catania (HT: 0-2)
Scorers: Gomez 20, Izco 38, Forlan 71, Milito 80.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 55 Nagatomo, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 37 Faraoni (Sneijder 46), 17 Palombo (Obi 61), 19 Cambiasso (Poli 61), 9 Forlan; 22 Milito, 7 Pazzini.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 28 Zarate, 40 Juan Jesus.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Catania: 20 Carrizo; 11 Motta, 6 Legrottaglie, 3 Spolli, 12 Marchese; 13 Izco, 10 Lodi, 4 Almiron; 17 Gomez (Llama 87), 18 Bergessio (Ebagua 68), 28 Barrientos (Seymour 76).
Unused subs: 1 Kosiscki, 14 Bellusci, 19 Ricchiuti, 33 Capuano.
Coach: Vincenzo Montella.

Referee: Domenico Celi (Bari).
Booked: Izco 35, Sneijder 75.
Added time: 0+3 minutes.
Attendance: 28,970.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Carrizo
Nagatomo 55 Motta
Lucio 6 Legrottaglie
Samuel 25 Spolli
Zanetti 4 Marchese
Faraoni 37 Izco
Palombo 17 Lodi
Cambiasso 19 Almiron
Forlan 9 Gomez
Milito 22 Bergessio
Pazzini 7 Barrientos


Castellazzi 12 Kosicky
Cordoba 2 Seymour
Jesus 40 Bellusci
Poli 18 Llama
Obi 20 Ricchiuti
Sneijder 10 Ebagua
Zarate 28 Capuano