Final score

18 November 2012 15:00

37' (2nd half) Astori o.g.
10' Palacio
2 - 2
21' (2nd half) Sau
43' Sau
Referee: Piero Giacomelli / Linesmen: Marrazzo, Viazzi / Fourth official: Meli / Assistants: Celi, Palazzino
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Minute Text commentary
47' The first half finishes with the score Inter 1-1 Cagliari
45' The referee awards two minutes of added time
43' Goal for Cagliari: Cossu's cross is met by a sliding Sau whose smart finish draws the visitors level
41' Gargano trips Pinilla and picks up a yellow card
40' Sau is booked for his challenge on Cassano
37' Pinilla comes on to replace Nene' for Cagliari
36' Nené is forced off on a stretcher after a painful collision with Juan Jesus leaves him bleeding
34' Third brilliant save from Handanovic as he pushes away Nene's header after Avelar's fine cross
29' Handanovic makes a terrific save to deny Astori as the Cagliari man flicks on a corner
26' Another long-range effort from Nainggolan is off-target
26' Cambiasso is cautioned for a foul on Sau in midfield
24' Nainggolan breaks well but fails to surprise Handanovic with a curling effort
23' Nagatomo beats Rossettini down the left and crosses but it's an easy claim for Agazzi
18' Nainggolan scuffs his shot and it goes over
14' Cossu's cross is headed out for a corner by Samuel
10' GOAL FOR INTER! Cassano's precision cross is headed home by an unmarked Palacio
8' Avelar's cross is met sweetly on the volley by Nene' but Handanovic does well to save the ball at the second attempt
7' Juan Jesus heads over from Cassano's free-kick
5' Ekdal shoots from range but the ball goes well wide of Handanovic's post
3' Cassano tries to feed Milito in the box but Cagliari are alert to the danger
3' Samuel nicks the ball off Sau in the box
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza: Inter v Cagliari will be underway shortly in Week 13 of Serie A 2012/13
1' Milito shoots just over after Agazzi fails to clear the corner
1' Inter straight on the front foot, Palacio's cross is diverted out for a corner by Astori
1' Inter v Cagliari is underway: the visitors kick off
1' Pulga opts for Ekdal ahead of Dessena and Nene' is in for Pinilla, who's on the bench
1' Stramaccioni welcomes back Samuel and Ranocchia who make up a back-three with Juan Jesus. Palacio, Milito and Cassano play up front
Minute Text commentary
49' It finishes Inter 2-2 Cagliari at the San Siro. The Nerazzurri move to 28 points in the table
48' Coutinho hits a curling effort but the ball is deflected out for a corner
47' Stramaccioni is sent to the stands for excessive protests
46' Astori brings Ranocchia down in the box but the referee waves play on
45' Alvarez crosses from the right and Nagatomo is agonisingly close to making contact as he slides in
44' Nainggolan hits it powerfully but the ball goes well over
43' Pinilla hobbles off with a shoulder complaint
39' Both Ranocchia and Milito go close from a corner but the ball is put behind
37' INTER ARE LEVEL! Alvarez fizzes it in across the face of goal and Astori puts through his own net. 2-2
37' Alvarez comes on to replace Cassano
36' Milito's shot is deflected out for a corner
34' Cassano shoots from range but again the ball fails to find the target
29' Ibarbo is on for Sau
29' Change for Inter: Coutinho replaces Juan Jesus
28' Conti becomes the latest Cagliari player to be booked after a foul on Cambiasso
26' Ranocchia's toe-poke draws a good save from Agazzi at the near post
25' Ekdal is well-found by Pinilla but he can't hit the target
23' Substitution for Cagliari: Cossu makes way for Dessena
21' CAGLIARI TAKE THE LEAD - Pinilla's acrobatic effort cannons back off the post and Sau keeps his feet to round Handanovic and steer home
18' Cassano gets up well but his header goes over
16' Ekdal is cautioned for a foul on Nagatomo from behind
16' Cossu's shot fails to test Handanovic
14' Milito's stinging drive is beaten out by Agazzi for a corner
10' Conti feeds Sau but his shot goes over after good pressure from Samuel
9' Delightful link-up play from Cassano and Nagatomo, the latter puts it on a plate for Milito who inexplicably puts it over from 3 yards
6' Astori is booked for a foul on Palacio on the edge of the area
6' Nainggolan goes into the book for a foul on Zanetti
5' Chance for Inter: Cassano finds Milito in the box but the Argentine's effort is cleared off the line by Avelar
4' Astori stops a dangerous Inter attack by intercepting Cambiasso's pass on the edge of the box
1' The second half is underway at the San Siro
Average rating 5.98
10 shots on target 8
8 shots off target 6
8 fouls committed 20
11 corners 6
3 offsides 2
52% ball possession 48%
Cagliari stumped in San Siro since 1995 in Serie A

Cagliari's most recent Serie A success over Inter in Milan came on 21 May 1995, the Rossoblu coming away with a 1-2 victory thanks to Dely Valdes (43) and a Paganini own goal (56), after Ruben Sosa had put the Nerazzurri in front on 17 minutes. 12 league encounters in San Siro since then have yielded 10 Nerazzurri wins and two draws.

Inter on target in last 19 home games against Cagliari

Inter have hit the target at least once in their last 19 competitive fixtures against Cagliari, notching up 44 goals in total. The Nerazzurri have not drawn a blank against the Sardinians since 8 March 1992, a 0-0 stalemate in Serie A. Inter have found the back of the net in every game home and away in each of their last 28 meetings with the Rossoblu - 56 goals overall. The Nerazurri last failed to score in Milan or Cagliari on 28 April 1996, when honours ended even in a 0-0 draw on Sardinian soil.

Nerazzurri fair play

Inter have so far picked up fewer yellow cards than any other side in Serie A 2012/13: just 22.

Sendings off against Inter

Inter are the team that has had the most opponents sent off in the current campaign, with six opposing players seeing red. Only one Nerazzurri player has received his marching orders until now, so Inter can also boast Serie A's highest 'red card difference': +5.

Cagliari's penalty record

Cagliari have been awarded the highest number of penalties (five) in the top flight this season.

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

MILAN – The fans didn’t have a second to catch their breath in this afternoon’s Week 13 match of the 2012/13 Serie A season between Inter and Cagliari at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Inter started strong and Milito nearly found an early opener before Palacio’s effort hit the back of the net on the 10-minute mark after he was brilliantly picked out by Cassano. Sau equalised for the visitors on 43 minutes and then in the 2nd half, after Pinilla had hit the post, his dizzying feints got the better of Handanovic and the Nerazzurri defence to make it 1-2. On 82 minutes Stramaccioni sent on Alvarez and the Argentine repaid him by creating the play that led to Astori’s own-goal, making the score 2-2. Two minutes before full time Cagliari were reduced to 10 men (Pinilla left the pitch due to a back problem), but Inter missed out on a penalty in the 90th minute; Astori brought Ranocchia to the ground in the box – a clear foul – but Giacomelli did not whistle.

Inter remain in second place in the standings on 28 points.

Inter 2-2 Cagliari (HT: 1-1)
Scorers: Palacio 10, Sau 43, 66, Astori 82 (o.g.).

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 40 Juan Jesus (Coutinho 74); 4 Zanetti, 21 Gargano, 19 Cambiasso, 55 Nagatomo; 8 Palacio, 22 Milito, 99 Cassano (Alvarez 82).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec, 6 Silvestre, 17 Mariga, 31 Pereira, 33 Mbaye, 41 Duncan, 42 Jonathan, 52 Romanò.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Cagliari: 1 Agazzi; 14 Pisano, 15 Rossettini, 13 Astori, 8 Avelar; 20 Ekdal, 5 Conti, 4 Nainggolan; 7 Cossu (Dessena 68); 27 Sau (Ibarbo 74), 18 Nenè (Pinilla 36).
Unused subs: 25 Avramov, 19 Thiago Ribeiro, 24 Perico, 32 Casarini.
Coach: Ivo Pulga.

Referee: Piero Giacomelli (Trieste).
Booked: Cambiasso 26, Sau 40, Gargano 41, Nainggolan 50, Astori 51, Ekdal 61, Conti 73.
Sent off: Stramaccioni 90+2.
Added time: 2+3 minutes.
Attendance: 51,671. 

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 Agazzi
Ranocchia 23 Nainggolan
Samuel 25 Conti
Jesus 40 Cossu
Zanetti 4 Avelar
Gargano 21 Astori
Cambiasso 19 Pisano
Nagatomo 55 Rossettini
Palacio 8 Nene'
Milito 22 Ekdal
Cassano 99 Sau


Castellazzi 12 Avramov
Belec 27 Thiago Ribeiro
Silvestre 6 Dessena
Coutinho 7 Ibarbo
Alvarez 11 Perico
Mariga 17 Casarini
Pereira 31 Pinilla
Mbaye 33
Duncan 41
Jonathan 42
Romanò 52