Final score

3 April 2013 18:30

0 - 2
48' (2nd half) Palacio
43' Palacio
Referee: Luca Banti / Linesmen: Di Fiore, Dobosz / Fourth official: Bianchi / Assistants: Gervasoni, Giannoccaro
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46' That's the end of the first half. Inter lead Sampdoria 1-0 at the break thanks to Palacio's 43rd-minute header
45' One minute of added time to be played
44' Estigarribia fires a ferocious effort goalwards from 25 yards: it zips over the bar
43' GOAL FOR INTER: Pereira dinks a ball into the box for Palacio, who escapes from two defenders and flicks it beyond Romero. 1-0 to Inter!
40' Estigarribia sends in a free kick, Handanovic is up to claim again
38' Handanovic rises to pluck Kristic's cross out of the air
36' Jonathan and Ranocchia fail to clear their lines in the box: the Brazilian loses his footing but then recovers in time to avert the danger
35' Krsticic lets rip with a venomous effort, Handanovic claws it away from the top corner at full stretch
28' Icardi sets up Sansone, whose left-footer from range ends up in Handanovic's clutches
24' Poli has a go from distance but it flies high and wide of Handanovic's goal
22' Poli goes into the ref's book for diving
20' Sansone swings in a corner, Icardi heads towards the near post but Handanovic palms it behind for another corner
17' Obiang lofts a high ball towards Icardi in the box: the young striker directs his header over the bar
16' Estigarribia's low delivery runs straight into Handanovic's arms
13' Cassano's cross picks out Palacio in the box but the Argentine can't find the target
10' Palombo's free kick flies to safety high above Handanovic's goal
6' Cassano slides an inventive ball in behind the hosts' rearguard, Jonathan latches onto it and drives low across into the six-yard box for Guarin, only for Romero to get there first
3' Palacio gets in behind Samp's high defensive line and bears down on goal, Romero is off his line well and forces El Trenza wide and the chance slips away
2' De Silvestri whips in an early ball, Sansone heads goalwards and Handanovic makes a comfortable catch
1' Welcome to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa where we're all set for tonight's match between Sampdoria and Inter
1' We're up and away here at the Stadio Ferraris as Samp take the kick-off. The Nerazzurri are playing in their red away strip. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Zanetti, Kovacic and Gargano form a three-man midfield line with Guarin slotting into the hole behind Palacio and Cassano
1' Stramaccioni fields a back four of Jonathan, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus and Pereira in front of Handanovic's goal
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49' The ref blows the final whistle. Inter have beaten Sampdoria by two goals to nil thanks to Palacio's brace
48' GOAL FOR INTER! Palacio weaves his way past three defenders and dummies a shot before slotting past Romero. Two for Rodrigo and 2-0 to Inter
47' Poli gets a shot off from the edge of the box, Handanovic dives to make the catch
45' Banti has awarded four minutes of stoppage time
45' Palacio battles his way into the box before squaring for the onrushing Guarin at the far post: the Colombian slices his effort well wide
43' Kovacic receives for booking for holding onto Obiang
41' Delio Rossi makes his final substitution, bringing on Munari for Krsticic
40' Maxi Lopez shoots again, this time from open play, but the result is the same: Handanovic clasps the ball firmly
38' Maxi Lopez curls a free kick over the bar and into Handanovic's hands
32' Substitution for Sampdoria: Estigarribia makes way for Poulsen
31' Krsticic is cautioned for a foul on Kuzmanovic
22' Stramaccioni makes a change: Kuzmanovic comes on for Cassano
20' Gargano is shown a yellow card for a foul on Krsticic. He'll now miss the Atalanta game on Sunday through suspension
18' Obiang snatches at the ball from the edge of the box, Handanovic smothers it with relative ease
16' Guarin shoots over from distance
14' Delio Rossi responds by making a change of his own, throwing on Maxi Lopez in place of Sansone
13' Substitution for Inter: Silvestre replaces Jonathan
11' Great chance for Inter: Cassano's threaded pass picks out Palacio's run but Mustafi makes a superb sliding block just as the Argentine pulls the trigger
9' Icardi and Estigarribia exchange passes and the ball is played through for Sansone. Handanovic comes off his line and beats the Samp forward to it
5' Sansone cuts inside from the right and fizzes a low drive towards the far post: Handanovic gets down well to tip it wide at full stretch
4' Icardi's pass finds Sansone but Pereira is there to put behind for a corner
3' Palombo hits a free kick in a promising position wastefully over
1' Inter get the second half under way
Average rating 6.43
10 shots on target 4
7 shots off target 4
7 fouls committed 19
9 corners 5
1 offsides 2
49% ball possession 51%
One win against Inter in 25 attempts for Delio Rossi

This is Delio Rossi's 26th meeting with Inter in a competitive fixture. The current Sampdoria coach has recorded just a single win to date (Lecce 2-1 Inter on 2 May 2004, Serie A), with six draws and 18 defeats.

Kuzmanovic eyeing 100th game with Italian clubs

Should he feature this afternoon, Zdravko Kuzmanovic will make his 100th appearance in competitive fixtures for an Italian team. His 99 games to date – wearing the colours of Fiorentina and Inter – are divided as follows: 75 in Serie A, three in the Coppa Italia and 21 in European competition. Kuzmanovic made his Italian debut on 4 March 2007 in Fiorentina 5-1 Torino (Serie A).

No bore draws for Nerazzurri in 2012/13

Inter and Roma are the only two teams yet to have been involved in 0-0 draw in 2012/13 Serie A. Stramaccioni's side's last goalless stalemate came away to Fiorentina on 22 April 2012, 32 matchdays ago.

Nerazzurri on the road: conceded in last 10

Inter have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 away trips in Serie A, letting in 20 goals in the process. The last time they kept the door closed for the whole 90 minutes in an away fixture was on 7 October 2012: AC Milan 0-1 Inter.

Four home wins on the trot for Samp

Sampdoria have claimed victory in each of their last four Serie A matches played at the Stadio Ferraris, against Pescara (6-0), Roma (3-1), ChievoVerona (2-0) and Parma (1-0). They haven't dropped points on home soil since 13 January when AC Milan held them to a goalless stalemate. If Delio Rossi's men were to win today, it would be their longest winning run at home since April-August 2010.

Delio Rossi: 700 games as coach

Delio Rossi is celebrating his 700th match as a professional coach this evening. His 699 previous games (with Salernitana, Foggia, Pescara, Genoa, Lecce, Atalanta, Lazio, Palermo, Fiorentina and Sampdoria) have come in the following competitions: 47 in Serie A, 223 in Serie B, 34 in Serie C-1, 59 in the Coppa Italia, 8 in the Serie C Coppa Italia, 20 in European competition and eight in other tournaments. Rossi's overall record reads 261 wins, 210 draws and 228 defeats.

wins(30) draws(22) defeats(13)

GENOA - Inter got back to winning ways by beating Sampdoria 2-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris this evening. Rodrigo Palacio grabbed both goals in a victory that takes the Nerazzurri up to 50 points in the table.

The first period was an evenly matched affair with chances for both sides but it was Inter who broke the deadlock two minutes before half time. Pereira carried the ball forward before floating a ball into the box for Palacio to latch onto and nod into the far corner. Handanovic did his job superbly as always, pulling off a number of stops to keep Inter in front. Palacio sealed the win with his second of the night in stoppage time after going it alone on the counter-attack: he beat Palombo for pace and escaped from Obiang then finished clinically past Romero. That's 22 goals for the Nerazzurri striker this season.

Sampdoria 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-1)
Scorer: Palacio 43, 90+2.

Sampdoria: 22 Romero; 8 Mustafi, 17 Palombo, 28 Gastaldello; 19 De Silvestri, 16 Poli, 25 Krsticic (Munari 86), 14 Obiang, 2 Estigarribia (Poulsen 77); 12 Sansone (Maxi Lopez 59), 98 Icardi.
Subs not used: 1 Da Costa, 32 Berni, 13 Berardi, 7 Castellini, 33 Rossini, 4 Rodriguez, 6 Maresca, 5 Renan, 21 Soriano.
Coach: Delio Rossi.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 42 Jonathan (Silvestre 58), 23 Ranocchia, 40 Juan Jesus, 31 Pereira; 4 Zanetti, 10 Kovacic, 21 Gargano; 14 Guarin; 8 Palacio, 99 Cassano (Kuzmanovic 67).
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 30 Carrizo, 25 Samuel, 7 Schelotto, 11 Alvarez, 24 Benassi, 28 Pasa, 18 Rocchi.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Luca Banti (Livorno).
Booked: Poli 22, Gargano 65, Krsticic 76, Kovacic 88.
Added time: 1 + 4 minutes.

starting lineups

Romero 22 1 Handanovic
Mustafi 8 42 Jonathan
Palombo 17 23 Ranocchia
Gastaldello 28 40 Jesus
De Silvestri 19 31 Pereira
Poli 16 21 Gargano
Krsticic 25 10 Kovacic
Obiang 14 4 Zanetti
Estigarribia 2 14 Guarin
Sansone 12 8 Palacio
Icardi 98 99 Cassano


Da Costa 1 27 Belec
Berni 32 30 Carrizo
Berardi 13 6 Silvestre
Castellini 7 25 Samuel
Rossini 33 7 Schelotto
Poulsen 15 11 Alvarez
Rodriguez 4 17 Kuzmanovic
Maresca 6 24 Benassi
Munari 11 28 Pasa
Renan 5 18 Rocchi
Soriano 21
Maxi Lopez 10