Final score

2 December 2012 15:00

29' (2nd half) Garcia o.g.
1 - 0
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: Costanzo, Altomare / Fourth official: Di Fiore / Assistants: De Marco, Borriello
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Minute Text commentary
45' The 1st half at the San Siro ends: Inter 0-0 Palermo
45' Palacio gets his head onto a ball in the box: it lands at the feet of Milito and his shot is blocked for a corner
44' Palacio darts through the Palermo box before crossing to the left. The defence clears
42' Zanetti crosses from the right to Milito but his header goes over the crossbar
40' Yellow card. Pereira's name goes into the book after taking Morganella
37' Milito sends a ball into the box that is cleared by Ujkani
36' Handanovic parries a shot from Barreto
34' Ilicic shoots from distance but his effort goes out for a goal kick
32' A deflected corner falls to Cambiasso and his volley is blocked by Ujkani
30' Milito finds some space and tries to curl the ball into the top corner with his right. The ball goes just wide
28' Ilicic sends a low cross to Dybala but a sliding Samuel manages to clear the danger for a corner
24' Morganella crosses from the right to Dybala but his header is off target
24' Interplay between Palacio and Milito in the box but Palermo close it down
23' Cambiasso sends a forward pass to Milito but the ball is just out of his reach
20' Pereira takes the free kick but his effort sails over the crossbar
19' Barreto shown a yellow card for his foul on Coutinho
17' Free kick for Inter after Kurtic fouls Coutinho in midfield
12' Samuel connects with the corner for a header but Ujkani has it under control
12' Gargano releases Milito with a long pass. The Argentine forward's shot is then deflected out for a corner
10' Von Bergen fouls Milito from behind in the centre of the pitch
6' Ranocchia blocks Dybala's shot in the box. Throw-in for Palermo
4' Zanetti crosses to Palacio whose header is controlled by Ujkani
2' Morganella's foul on Pereira gives Inter a free kick that the Rosaneri's defence manages to clear
1' Inter v Palermo begin shortly at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
1' In attack Gasperini has chosen the trio of Ilicic, Dybala and Brienza
1' In midfield, from right to left, the Rosaneri field Morganella, Barreto, Kurtic and Garcia
1' Palermo go with Ujkani between the posts behind Pisano, Von Bergen and Munoz in defence
1' In midfield it's Zanetti, Gargano, Cambiasso and Pereira, while up front Coutinho joins Palacio and Milito
1' Andrea Stramaccioni has chosen Handanovic in goal and a back line of Ranocchia, Samuel and Juan Jesus
Minute Text commentary
49' The referee blows the final whistle. Inter defeat Palermo 1-0, leaving the Nerazzurri with 31 points in the standings
45' Referee Bergonzi adds 4 minutes of injury time
42' Coutinho takes a corner kick. Ujkani clears
36' Inter send on Mariga in the place of Cambiasso
34' Palermo make their final substitution: Zahavi on for Dybala
34' Cambiasso finds Coutinho but his right-footer lacks accuracy
32' Coutinho shoots from distance but Ujkani controls after some initial difficulty
32' Budan comes on for Ilicic as Palermo make another substitution
29' GOAL INTER - Ranocchia sends in a cross from the right. Garcia attempts to clear but only deflects it past a helpless Ujkani into the net
25' Samuel shown a yellow card after taking down Dybala from behind
24' Dybala takes off on a run before hitting a left-footer that finishes high
24' Coutinho unleashes a low shot that finishes off target
23' Palmero make a substitution: Giorgi comes on for Brienza
20' Interplay between Nagatomo, Cambiasso and Guarin: the Colombian's cross is parried by Ujkani
19' Another change for Inter: Zanetti comes off for Nagatomo
19' Substitution for Inter: Guarin takes the place of Milito
18' Kurtic shown a yellow card after fouling Coutinho on a breakaway
14' Ranocchia follows up his initial shot with another one and Ujkani feels relieved as the ball goes just high
9' Garcia fouls Pereira in midfield and is then shown a yellow card
8' Palacio with a left-footer that finishes off target
7' Coutinho shoots after an exchange with Milito, but the ball goes high
5' A low left-footer from Pereira is blocked by Ujkani
4' Coutinho tries to spring Palacio but the forward is offside
1' The second half is now underway with Inter kicking off
Average rating 5.99
4 shots on target 1
10 shots off target 3
10 fouls committed 17
7 corners 1
3 offsides 3
24:40 ball possession 23:12
100 times in Serie A for Palacio

Should he feature today, Sebastian Rodrigo Palacio will make his 100th appearance in Serie A. His 99 previous matches have all come wearing the colours of Genoa or Inter. Palacio made his top-flight debut in Italy on 23 August 2009 in Genoa 3-2 Roma.

One win for Palermo in Milan; San Siro goal-fest in last 6 meetings

The Sicilian outfit have tasted success against the Nerazzurri in Milan just once in their history - a Coppa Italia tie on 31 August 1980, Calloni and then De Stefanis sealing the win after Muraro had temporarily levelled. Palermo have never won a league meeting away to Inter: of the 25 Serie A encounters played in Milan, there have been 17 Nerazzurri wins and 8 draws. The last 6 games in San Siro have produced a feast of goals with both sides always scoring: Inter 18 and Palermo 14.

Fair-play duel for fewest yellow cards in 2012/13 Serie A

Stramaccioni's side have picked up fewer bookings in the 2012/13 league campaign than any other Serie A team, just 26. Palermo are second in the yellow card table with 28.

Diego Alberto Milito has found the net more times against Palermo in competitive games than against any other Italian team, putting 11 goals past the Rosanero (out of 131 in total).

Last 15 minutes: Inter on fire, Palermo all at sea

The Nerazzurri have plundered 7 goals in the last quarter of an hour (76th to 90th minute including added time) in the current league campaign. Juventus have scored the same number while only AC Milan have got more (8). In that same 15-minute spell, Palermo have conceded 8 times; only Genoa have done worse, letting in 9.

Dearth of goal scorers at Palermo

Palermo are one of the Serie A sides with the fewest different goal scorers this season: just 6 players have been on the score sheet so far, the same number as for Genoa. Arevalo Rios, Brienza, Dybala, Giorgi, Ilicic and Miccoli are the only Rosanero to have hit the target.

No away wins for Palermo since April

Palermo haven't won a game on the road since 1 April, when they engineered a 3-1 victory over Bologna in Serie A. Since then, Palmermo have played away 11, managing just 4 draws and losing 7. Palermo are one of three clubs (the others are Catania and ChievoVerona) still seeking their first away win in 2012/13.

Gasperini returns

Gian Piero Gasperini is taking on Inter for the first time since being relieved of his coaching duties at Massimo Moratti's club in September 2011. Gasperini's time in charge of the Nerazzurri was a brief one (from July to September 2011) involving just 5 competitive matches: 0 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats.

Stramaccioni's first against Palermo

Andrea Stramaccioni has yet to face Palermo in a competitive match in his coaching career.

Gasperini seeking first win

Gasperini has met Inter on 8 previous occasions but is yet to win. His record stands at 3 draws and 5 defeats.

wins(20) draws(9) defeats(0)

MILAN - Inter got back on the winning path; the victory came thanks to an own-goal from Palermo, but the important thing was claiming the three points.

The first half ended scoreless and it wasn’t due to a lack of chances for the Nerazzurri. Palacio, Milito and Cambiasso all came close to finding the net, but Palermo held out well. In the second half Ranocchia, who shone brightly in this match, nearly broke the deadlock twice. Then on 74 minutes his cross was deflected by Garcia into the Rosaneri’s goal. Inter now sit with 31 points in the standings.

Inter 1-0 Palermo (HT: 0-0)
Scorer: Garcia 74 (o.g.).

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 40 Juan Jesus; 4 Zanetti (Nagatomo 64), 21 Gargano, 19 Cambiasso (Mariga 81), 31 Pereira; 7 Coutinho; 8 Palacio, 22 Milito (Guarin 64).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 27 Belec, 6 Silvestre, 24 Benassi, 33 Mbaye, 41 Duncan, 42 Jonathan, 52 Romanò, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Palermo: 1 Ujkani, 6 Munoz, 25 Von Bergen, 29 Garcia; 89 Morganella, 5 Barreto, 28 Kurtic, 31 Pisano; 27 Ilicic (Budan 77), 21 Brienza (Giorgi 68), 9 Dybala (Zahavi 79).
Unused subs: 22 Brichetto, 99 Benussi, 4 Cetto, 7 Viola, 15 Milanovic, 16 Zahavi, 18 Labrin, 20 Arevalo Rios, 50 Sanseverino, 55 Goldaniga.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Barreto 19, Pereira 40, Garcia 54, Kurtic 63, Samuel 71.
Added time: 0+4 minutes.
Attendance: 42,113. 

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 Ujkani
Ranocchia 23 Barreto
Samuel 25 Munoz
Jesus 40 Dybala
Zanetti 4 Brienza
Gargano 21 Von Bergen
Cambiasso 19 Ilicic
Pereira 31 Kurtic
Coutinho 7 Garcia
Palacio 8 Pisano
Milito 22 Morganella


Castellazzi 12 Brichetto
Belec 27 Benussi
Silvestre 6 Cetto
Guarin 14 Viola
Mariga 17 Milanovic
Benassi 24 Zahvi
Mbaye 33 Giorgi
Duncan 41 Labrin
Jonathan 42 Budan
Romanò 52 Arevalo Rios
Nagatomo 55 Sanseverino
Livaja 88 Goldaniga