Final score

12 January 2013 20:45

9' (2nd half) Guarin
30' Palacio
2 - 0
referee Domenico Celi / linesmen Petrella, Crispo / 4th man Dobosz / assistants Ciampi, Tommasi
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Minutes Text commentary
46' The first period ends Inter 1, Pescara 0. Palacio's clinical strike on the half-hour mark separates the sides at the break
46' Inter close to a second there. Cassano shows fantastic vision to thread a ball through for Jonathan: the Brazilian overhits his cross towards an unmarked Palacio at the far post
45' We'll have two minutes of added time
43' Balzano's speculative 40-yarder finishes some way over the bar
37' Celik's weak effort from outside the box takes a touch off Benassi and is saved comfortably by Handanovic
36' Colucci takes a free kick on the left and goes for goal: Handanovic is well positioned to make the block
36' Pereira looks for Palacio with a ball over the top but it's too heavy and runs out of play
32' Inter are probing for another: Guarin's shot is deflected out for a corner
30' GOAL FOR INTER! Chivu's pass is dummied by Cassano, Palacio collects and turns his man before placing his finish where Perin can't reach it
28' The corner finds its way to Pereira on the edge of the box: he volleys wide
27' Silvestre feeds Guarin and the Colombian beats Bjarnason before his run is halted by a last-ditch challenge. Another corner for Inter
26' Guarin hits a long ball towards Cassano, the striker stretches for it but his touch is poor and it goes behind
24' Guarin fizzes a free kick over the bar
23' Inter are cranking up the pressure now. First Jonathan's delivery to the far post is headed clear, then immediately afterwards an exquisite backheel from Pereira frees Benassi for another cross - again headed away by Pescara
20' Cassano drops deep to collect the ball and slides a lovely pass in behind the defence for Pereira: the linesman's flag is up
17' Cassano curls a shot towards Perin's goal from wide on the left, the young shotstopper punches clear
16' Benassi tries his luck from range, it takes a deflection and goes behind. Inter have a corner
15' Zanetti gets another ball into the box, Pescara clear their lines again
10' Jonathan's ambitious effort from the right of the box goes out for a throw-in on the far side
9' Pereira powers past three men and reaches the byline on the left of goal, his low centre is dealt with by the Pescara defence
6' Inter looking dangerous. Guarin lobs a ball over the top for Palacio, who beats the last defender with a smart header before aiming his finish towards the far corner from a tight angle: it rolls harmlessly across the six-yard box
4' Cambiasso intercepts Weiss' delivery and nods behind for a corner
3' Pereira receives the ball from Cassano and sends in a cross: Palacio gets his head to it but doesn't connect well
1' Welcome to the Stadio Meazza, where we're all set for tonight's Serie A match between Inter and Pescara
1' Palacio and Cassano take the kick-off and we're under way. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Jonathan and Pereira start on the flanks with Zanetti, Benassi and Guarin in the centre. Cassano partners Palacio up front
1' Inter line up with Handanovic in goal and a back three of Silvestre, Cambiasso and Chivu
Minutes Text commentary
48' Inter have beaten Pescara 2-0 at the Meazza with a goal and an assist from Palacio. The Nerazzurri move up to 38 points in the table
45' The referee has awarded two minutes of stoppage time
43' Milito is making his 200th league appearance in Italy
42' Stramaccioni gives his pack a final shuffle and brings on Milito for Palacio
37' Pescara substitution: Caprari comes on with Weiss making way
36' More Inter pressure in the box: Benassi picks out Palacio but the Argentine's attempt is off target
34' Pereira slams a low drive towards Perin's goal: the Pescara No.1 claws it away
33' Stramaccioni responds by introducing a fresh pair of lungs in midfield: Mudingayi replaces Guarin
32' Jonathas tries a volley from inside the box: over
32' Pescara make another change, Abbruscato coming on for Celik
31' Palacio attempts to beat the Pescara back line with his pace but knocks it too far ahead of himself and gives away a goal kick
29' Zanetti's raking pass is controlled superbly by Pereira, the Uruguayan fires in a low delivery and Rocchi connects but Terlizzi takes the sting out of it allowing Perin to gather with ease
24' Celik is shown a yellow card for protesting
23' Stramaccioni hands Rocchi his Meazza debut as the former Lazio man replaces Cassano
22' Bjarnason sends over a deep cross, Celik meets it at the far post but can only direct his header over
21' Balzano is cautioned for handball
19' First substitution for Pescara: Cascione comes on for Nielsen
16' Cassano tries to centre from the left, the ball goes out of play
15' Celik has a chance to shoot from inside the area but doesn't get enough on it to trouble Handanovic
14' Palacio finds Guarin in the box but this time the Colombian fires wide
12' Zanetti drives forward with the ball at his feet and wins a corner. Inter are still in the hunt for more goals
10' Benassi goes into the book for a foul in midfield
9' 2-0 TO INTER! Jonathan slips a ball in for Palacio, he puts a defender on the floor and finds Guarin, who slots home from close range
7' Inter on the attack again. Guarin charges up the pitch before the ball finds its way to Jonathan via a deflection. The Brazilian goes for goal but his shot drifts wide of the far post
6' Weiss' long-range effort is too high
4' Weiss' cross from the left sees a diving Cambiasso knock it out for a corner
1' The second half begins. No changes made by either side during the interval
1' Palacio is booked for shooting after the whistle was blown
1' Palacio has the ball in the back of the net inside the first 60 seconds of the restart but he's adjudged to have been offside from Guarin's pass. If he was, it can only have been by a hair's breadth
Average rating 6.54
4 shots on target 2
6 shots off target 6
8 fouls committed 7
5 corners 4
5 offsides 2
56% ball possession 44%
Stramaccioni vs Bergodi, Round 1

Andrea Stramaccioni and Cristiano Bergodi face each other as coaches for the first time today.

Stramaccioni won previous meeting with Pescara

The Inter coach is up against Pescara for the second time in his professional coaching career. His Nerazzurri side returned from the Stadio Cornacchia with a 0-3 win on the opening day of the current league campaign, 26 August 2012.

Inter unbeaten in 10 home games. Best run since 2008-2010

Inter's last defeat on home soil in a competitive fixture came on 23 September: 0-2 to Siena in Serie A. Their 10-game unbeaten streak since then consists of seven wins and three draws. If the Nerazzurri avoid defeat again tonight, it would be their longest run at home since stringing together 53 positive results between 2008 and 2010.

Rocchi targeting 100th Serie A strike

Inter's new signing Tommaso Rocchi is one goal away from taking his career tally in Serie A to 100. Rocchi netted the first of his 99 top-flight goals for Empoli on 29 September 2002, in the 65th minute of Perugia 1-3 Empoli. His total includes 17 for Empoli and 82 for Lazio.

Inter and Pescara: draw shy

Inter and Pescara are two of the four Serie A sides who have recorded the fewest draws this season, having shared the spoils on just two occasions each. The other teams with only two draws to their name are Juventus and Roma.

Only one win for Pescara away to Inter... and Bergodi was on the pitch!

Pescara's only victory away to Inter in six previous games was recorded on 13 September 1987: 0-2 in Serie A. Cristiano Bergodi, now the manager, made his top-flight debut that day and played the full 90 minutes. Galvani (40) and Sliskovic from the spot (57) grabbed the goals to seal victory for the 'Dolphins'.

Milito close to 200th league game in Italy

Should he feature this evening, Diego Alberto Milito will notch up his 200th league appearance in Italy. The Argentine striker's 199 matches to date have come wearing the colours of Genoa and Inter: 140 in Serie A and 59 in Serie B. He made his professional debut in Italy on 1 February 2004, in Genoa 1-1 Ascoli (Serie B).

wins(5) draws(1) defeats(1)

MILAN – Inter marked their first outing at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in 2013 with a comfortable 2-0 win over Pescara in Week 20 of Serie A.

The Nerazzurri were mostly in control of things from the start, with 18-year-old Marco Benassi giving an assured performance in midfield on his league debut. Palacio opened the scoring on the half-hour mark after Chivu's firm pass was dummied by Cassano, the Argentine striker shaking off his marker with a dip of the shoulder to fire clinically beyond Perin's despairing dive and take his tally for the season to 11. Inter had the chance to make it two in first-half stoppage time. Cassano's brilliant through ball picked out Jonathan and the Brazilian looped a cross-shot towards the far post, but Palacio wasn't able to get on the end of it.

Inter did manage to double their lead after the restart when Guarin scored in the 54th minute following an excellent build-up. Jonathan slid the ball into the path of Palacio and the Argentine pretended to cross before dragging the ball back and picking out Guarin on the edge of the six-yard box, enabling the Colombian to steer home with ease. Mudingayi made his return to the side as a 78th-minute substitute and shortly afterwards Pereira almost netted a third at the end of fast-flowing move: Perin parried his fierce drive.

The result sees Inter rise to 38 points in the standings.

Inter 2-0 Pescara (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Palacio 30, Guarin 54.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 6 Silvestre, 19 Cambiasso, 26 Chivu; 42 Jonathan, 4 Zanetti, 24 Benassi, 31 Pereira; 14 Guarin (Mudingayi 78); 8 Palacio (Milito 87), 99 Cassano (Rocchi 68).
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 77 Di Gennaro, 7 Coutinho, 17 Mariga, 20 Obi, 21 Gargano, 41 Duncan, 44 Bianchetti, 88 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Pescara: 77 Perin; 14 Balzano, 88 Terlizzi, 5 Capuano, 11 Modesto; 20 Nielsen (Cascione 64), 18 Colucci, 8 Bjarnason; 17 Weiss (Caprari 82); 10 Celik (Abbruscato 77), 80 Jonathas.
Subs not used: 32 Pelizzoli, 41 Falso, 2 Zanon, 6 Romagnoli, 15 Bocchetti, 22 Vukusic, 26 Blasi.
Coach: Cristiano Bergodi.

Referee: Domenico Celi (Bari).
Booked: Palacio 46, Benassi 56, Celik 69.
Added time: 1 + 3 minutes.
Attendance: 39,118.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 Perin
Silvestre 6 Capuano
Cambiasso 19 Bjarnason
Chivu 26 Celik
Jonathan 42 Modesto
Zanetti 4 Balzano
Benassi 24 Weiss
Pereira 31 Colucci
Guarin 14 Nielsen
Palacio 8 Jonathas
Cassano 99 Terlizzi


Belec 27 Pelizzoli
Di Gennaro 77 Falso
Coutinho 7 Zanon
Mudingayi 16 Cascione
Mariga 17 Romagnoli
Rocchi 18 Abbruscato
Obi 20 Bocchetti
Gargano 21 Vukusic
Milito 22 Blasi
Duncan 41 Caprari
Bianchetti 44
Livaja 88