Final score

29 April 2012 15:00

27' (2nd half) Zarate
14' (2nd half) Obi
2 - 1
12' (2nd half) Ceccarelli
referee Andrea Romeo / linesmen Comito, Giachero / 4th man Baracani
Watch highlights
Minutes Text commentary
46' Following one minute of added time the first period finishes Inter 0-0 Cesena
45' The referee awards one minute of added time
45' Lucio hits the rebound powerfully following Ranocchia's header. His ferocious drive thuds into Antonioli's face
42' Benalouane is booked
41' Pazzini is unable to link up with Sneijder after the Dutchman plays it through the middle
38' Sneijder dinks it in and Pazzini's flicked header is tipped over
37' Antonioli saves from Sneijder's right-footed shot
34' Maicon bursts through as he is found by Sneijder but from a tough position his header goes over
32' Alvarez presses well, crosses for Cambiasso, but he's can't quite stretch enough
29' Sneijder's free-kick finishes just over the top
28' Lucio bursts forward and shoots from the right hand side but he drags his shot wide of the post
25' Antonioli is out to thwart Pazzini following Alvarez's pass
24' Maicon tries with a right-footed toe-poke, side-netting
22' Iaquinta sends the ball bouncing off Ranocchia's forehead and out for a corner
21' Antonioli denies Pazzini who, with the goal at his mercy, is unable to find the back of the net after Maicon pounces on Guana's error
20' Maicon centres for Guarin but Von Bergen clears
16' Alvarez shoots with his left but the ball finishes behind
14' Nagatomo drives forward and beats Von Bergen before shooting with his right. Antonioli makes the save
12' Pazzini is adjudged to be offside following Sneijder's through ball
11' Santana strikes with his left but Castellazzi makes the save
11' Ceccarelli gets into the box and centres but Ranocchia clears
7' Guarin shoots from range with his right. Antonioli gets down well to gather
4' Maicon delivers for Pazzini who tries to get a shot away but misses his kick and the ball finishes wide of the post
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. We're ready to go for Inter v Cesena, Week 35 of Serie A 2011/12
1' Guarin, Cambiasso and Obi will start in midfield. Alvarez and Sneijder will support the lone striker, Pazzini. Milito is on the bench
1' Zanetti and Samuel are out, while Stankovic is suspended. Lucio and Ranocchia play in front of Castellazzi with Maicon and Nagatomo the fullbacks
1' Julio Cesar is out. He had a late fitness test but has not been risked due to an elbow problem
Minutes Text commentary
49' After four minutes of added time the game finishes Inter 2-1 Cesena
49' Guarin puts Poli through but the Italian midfielder hits it just wide
48' Beretta is sent to the stands for his protests, as is his assistant
47' Poli is offside
45' The referee Mr. Romeo awards four minutes of added time
44' Lolli and Ranocchia go to ground following a clash of heads but thankfully the pair are soon back to their feet and able to continue
43' Iaquinta swivels and hits a half volley with his left but the ball goes miles wide
42' Milito is ruled offside
40' Djokovic becomes Cesena's third change as he comes on to replace Ceccarelli
35' Third change for Inter as Poli replaces Sneijder
35' Ranocchia flicks on a corner, Cambiasso heads towards goal but the ball goes just wide
33' Castellazzi easily gathers Ceccarelli's cross-shot
30' Cesena make a change as Lolli comes on for Mutu
27' GOAL FOR INTER: Zarate the scorer! Antonioli denies Milito, Zarate is dispossessed but it falls to Guarin who centres for Mauro to head home
25' Ranocchia beats Iaquinta to it at the near post
23' Guarin tries to release Milito in the box but gets it all wrong
21' Inter make their second change as Alvarez makes way for Zarate
19' Substitution for Cesena as Martinho replaces Comotto
18' Guarin tries from range but his shot goes just over the bar
17' Santana goes into the book
15' Change for Inter as Pazzini makes way for Milito
14' GOAL FOR INTER: Obi gets it as his left-footed shot takes a wicked deflection off Von Bergen, which wrong-foots Antonioli and it's in!
12' GOAL FOR CESENA: Ceccarelli loops the ball over Castellazzi via the aid of a deflection off Nagatomo.
12' Alvarez goes down in the box but Romeo waves play on
8' Cesena inches away from taking the lead as Iaquinta's left-footed shot cannons back off the crossbar
8' Antonioli gets down to deny Pazzini after he's found by Sneijder
6' Guarin hammers it with his right but the ball goes wide
4' Sneijder hits it but it finishes well over
2' Iaquinta goes for goal with his left at the near post but it's over
1' No changes for the second half between Inter and Cesena
1' Alvarez tries his luck but the ball goes over the bar
Average rating 6.71
10 shots on target 4
13 shots off target 5
9 fouls committed 11
10 corners 2
6 offsides 5
36:30 ball possession 20:32
Stramaccioni and Beretta

This is the first time that Andrea Stramaccioni and Mario Berretta have sat in opposite dugouts in a competitive fixture.

Beretta's record against Inter

Beretta is facing Inter for the 13th time in a competitive fixture, but only has 1 win to his name: Parma 1-0 Inter on 25 March 2006. In the other 11 matches, there have been 4 draws and 7 Nerazzurri wins.

Stramaccioni's first time against Cesena

As a professional coach Andrea Stramaccioni has never been involved in a match against Cesena.

One defeat for Inter in last 10

Inter have tasted defeat just once in their last 10 competitive matches, losing 2-0 away to Juventus on 25 March. The other 9 games In that period have produced 5 wins for Inter and 4 draws.

Milito, Italy's joint top scorer in 2012

Diego Milito has reached 20 league goals in a single season for the sixth time in his career. He previously managed it in 2003/04 (Racing Club, Argentine first division, 8 goals + Genoa, Serie B, 12; total 20) 2004/05 (Genoa, Serie B, 21), 2006/07 (Real Saragoza, Spanish first division, 23), 2008/09 (Genoa, Serie A, 24), 2009/10 (Inter, Serie A, 22). Milito is Italy's joint top scorer in 2012 with 17 goals since the new year, the same number as Napoli's Cavani.

Zarate vs Antonioli

Francesco Antonioli is one of the keepers that Mauro Zarate has scored against most often in competitive fixtures since he came to Italy: 3 of his 35 total goals, the same number he has put past Castellazzi and Mirante.

Inter and Cesena share record for most penalties conceded in Serie A 2011/12

With the penalty awarded to Genoa on 22 April, Inter have now had 10 penalties given against them in 34 matches this season. This not only means the Nerazzurri are the side with the most penalties against them in the 2011/12 Serie A campaign - tied with Cesena - it also sets a new club record in a single Serie A season since the start of a unified top flight in Italy: the previous record of 9 penalties conceded was established in 1985/86.

Cesena winless in 16 games

Cesena are without a league win since 15 January when they overcame Novara 3-1 at the Stadio Manuzzi. They have racked up 7 draws and 9 defeats in the 16 matches since then - their worst run of the season.

Cesena's 2nd-half collapse in 2011/12

Cesena have lost more points in the second period than any other team in Serie A 2011/12: compared to their half-time scorelines, they are 8 points worse off after 90 minutes.

wins(8) draws(4) defeats(1)

MILAN – Inter came back from a goal down once again to collect all three points at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, as they defeated Cesena 2-1 in Week 35 Serie A 2011/12.

The first half was a one-sided affair with the Nerazzurri doing everything but score. The goal did come after 57 minutes, but it was Cesena who found the back of the net. It all happened in the space of two minutes: Ceccarelli gave Cesena the lead, helped by a deflection off Nagatomo, Obi responded with a little help from Von Bergen to bring the scores level at 1-1. Then Stramaccioni reshuffled Inter: Pazzini and Alvarez made way for Milito and Zarate, and it was the Argentine pair who sparked off the victory with Inter's second goal as Zarate hit the match-winner, taking the Nerazzurri into fourth position in the league table (with 55 points) as we await the outcome of the evening kick-off between Udinese and Lazio.

FIRST HALF – To face a Cesena side which has already mathematically been relegated, Stramaccioni rested Julio Cesar (elbow injury) and Milito, fielding Castellazzi between the posts and Pazzini as lone striker playing in front of Alvarez and Sneijder. As Zanetti was injured Cambiasso took over the captaincy. Stankovic was suspended.

Inter bared their teeth immediately, creating problems for the Cesena defence in the 4th minute when Guarin won back a ball and played it to Maicon who set Pazzini up. The striker tried to put the ball away but found Antonioli well prepared. Guarin tried a long-range shot on 7 minutes, but following that Cesena pulled themselves together and attacked Inter in front of goal: on 11 minutes Santana's shot was on target but Castellazzi dived to make the save. Cambiasso picked up a ball in the 14th minute and found Nagatomo in space, he easily passed Von Bergen, forcing Antonioli to punch his attempt away from the goalmouth. Alvarez showed his skills as he dribbled, ran, shot and provided inspiration for his team, then on 17 minutes he narrowly missed the near post with a daisy-cutter. A timely dash off his line by Antonioli kept Inter from taking the lead in the 21st minute, when Guana's error fell to Maicon and the 'Colossus' drove the ball in low for Pazzini. The Nerazzurri striker was deceived by the speed of the ball and slammed his shot against the Cesena keeper. After a one-two with Alvarez it was Lucio's turn to have a shot on 28 minutes, but his effort was narrowly wide. Inter kept piling on the pressure and looked convincing as they persevered in their hunt for a goal: Sneijder in the 37th and Pazzini in the 38th minute were denied on both occasions by Antonioli (parrying on the right from the Dutchman's long-range shot and pushing Pazzo's header from an offside position over the bar). In the last minute of the first half it was Inter once again who almost broke the deadlock: following a Maicon corner, Ranocchia headed down for Lucio who slammed the ball left-footed full into Antonioli's face. The Cesena keeper stayed down but recovered after help arrived.

After a minute of added time the teams went into the changing rooms with the score at 0-0. 

SECOND HALF – There were no changes made to either side at the interval and Cesena were the first team to move into attack as Iaquinta timed his run perfectly to shoot, but Castellazzi did well to tip the ball over the bar one-handed after 48 minutes. Once again it was the Sneijder-Pazzini duo who caused Antonioli problems in the 52nd minute: a long ball from the Dutchman picked out 'Pazzo', but the keeper denied him. The tables were suddenly turned in the 53rd minute when, with Castellazzi beaten, the crossbar saved the Nerazzurri from Iaquinta's effort, but there was nothing anyone could do to stop Ceccarelli's shot from the edge of the box after it took a deflection off Nagatomo on 57 minutes. Fortunately Cesena's lead at San Siro lasted only 2 minutes: Alvarez provided the assist for Obi whose right-footed blast took a deflection off Von Bergen, wrong-footing Antonioli and putting the sides level at 1-1. The all-important goal came in the 72nd minute and was scored by Zarate: Antonioli punched Milito's left-footed shot clear, Zarate tried again but his shot was blocked. The ball fell to Guarin who centred for Zarate and this time he made his header count giving Inter a 2-1 lead. After 4 minutes of added time Inter v Cesena came to an end with the same scoreline. The Nerazzurri now have 55 points in the league and have drawn level with Lazio and Napoli, as they await the outcome of the evening kick-off between Udinese and Lazio.

Inter 2-1 Cesena (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Ceccarelli 57, Obi 59, Zarate 72. 

Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 23 Ranocchia, 55 Nagatomo; 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso; 20 Obi; 11 Alvarez (Zarate 66), 10 Sneijder (Poli 80); 7 Pazzini (Milito 60).

Unused subs: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 37 Faraoni, 9 Forlan.

Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Cesena: 1 Antonioli; 77 Ceccarelli (Djokovic 85), 28 Benalouane, 25 Von Bergen, 2 Rodriguez, 16 Comotto (Martinho 65); 7 Santana, 5 Guana, 18 Parolo; 10 Mutu (Lolli 75), 9 Iaquinta.

Unused subs: 88 Ravaglia, 13 Rossi, 17 Malonga, 24 Arrigoni.

Coach: Mario Beretta. 

Referee: Andrea Romeo (Verona).

Yellow cards: Benalouane 42, Santana 62. Red cards: Beretta 90+3, Canzi 90+3.

Added time: 1 + 4 minutes.

starting lineups

Castellazzi 12 Antonioli
Maicon 13 Rodriguez
Lucio 6 Guana
Ranocchia 23 Santana
Nagatomo 55 Iaquinta
Guarin 14 Mutu
Cambiasso 19 Comotto
Obi 20 Parolo
Alvarez 11 Von Bergen
Sneijder 10 Benalouane
Pazzini 7 Ceccarelli


Orlandoni 21 Ravaglia
Cordoba 2 Rossi
Faraoni 37 Martinho
Poli 18 Malonga
Forlan 9 Djokovic
Milito 22 Arrigoni
Zarate 28 Lolli