Final score

25 August 2013 18:00

47' (2nd half) Palacio
30' (2nd half) Nagatomo
2 - 0
Referee: Marco Guida / Linesmen: Di Fiore, Passeri / Fourth official: Iannello / Assistants: Ostinelli, Valeri
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45' The first half comes to a close. 0-0 between Inter and Genoa at the break
44' Kucka gets on the end of a delivery from the left but fails to direct his header at Handanovic's goal
38' Nerazzurri close again from another corner. Ranocchia beats his man but fails to hit the target with his header
36' Great chance for Inter: Guarin collects Alvarez's cross and dinks it back in but it's just overhit
31' Kuzmanovic works a bit of space for the shot from outside the box: over
29' Lodi tries his luck from long range but it's well wide
26' From a good position on the right, Jonathan drives a shot across goal and wide of the far post
21' After creating lots of early openings Inter are keeping hold of the ball now looking for a way through as Genoa defend well
12' From the resulting set piece, Ranocchia connects with a towering header but nods wide
11' Guarin slides a superb ball in behind the defence for Palacio to run onto, but the Genoa rearguard manage to stab it behind for a corner
7' Nagatomo sends in a high cross which Perin manages to flap away
6' Guarin whips a decent ball into the box, Palacio is just beaten to it
4' Jonathan tries to play in Palacio behind the backline but his pass is too far away from El Trenza
1' Welcome to the Stadio Meazza for Inter v Genoa. We're almost ready for the start of a new Serie A season!
1' Inter take the kick-off and we're under way!
1' Jonathan and Nagatomo will operate down the flanks with Kuzmanovic, Cambiasso and Guarin in central midfield. Alvarez provides support for Palacio up front
1' Mazzarri has gone with a back three of Campagnaro, Ranocchia and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic's goal
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48' The ref blows after three minutes of stoppage time. Inter start the 2013/14 Serie A with a win, beating Genoa 2-0 thanks to Nagatomo and Palacio
48' Guarin is shown a yellow card
47' 2-0 TO INTER! Smart work by Guarin, who releases Palacio inside the box with a through ball: one on one with Perin, the Argentine makes no mistake
45' We'll have 3 minutes of added time
45' Taider lays off for Guarin, whose right-footer comes off a Genoa shirt and goes behind
44' Last change for Liverani: Stuaro replaces Cofie
44' Jonathan is cautioned
43' Kovacic's effort is deflected into the path of Icardi, who fires off a shot from a decent position: out for a corner
42' Manfredini goes into the ref's book
40' Mazzarri uses up his final substitution: Alvarez comes off and Taider is handed his debut
40' Genoa make a change: Santana off, Floro Flores on
38' Ranocchia draws a great save out of Perin, Nerazzurri again close to adding a second
37' Icardi rattles the crossbar with a header from a corner
36' Icardi sends Palacio away, El Trenza tries to cut inside a defender but finds the route blocked
30' GOAL FOR INTER! Jonathan gets to the byline and chips the ball to the far post where Nagatomo is on hand to head home. 1-0!
28' Inter asking questions of Genoa again down the flanks: this time Palacio's delivery is gathered by Perin
27' Another substitution for Inter: Kovacic is on for Cambiasso
27' Perin is booked for timewasting
26' Genoa substitution: Bertoacci makes way for Konate
25' Guarin finds space for the shot from distance, Perin saves
21' Alvarez tries to play Icardi in with a clever ball but the young striker is just beaten to it by a Genoa defender
19' Gilardino is booked
13' Superb play from Guarin: the Colombian drives up the pitch with the ball, beats his man and drills in a low cross which Palacio is a whisker away from stabbing home
13' Genoa almost take the lead following a goalmouth scramble, Ranocchia clears the lines
8' Moments after making his entrance, Icardi connects with a cross from the right and forces a save out of Perin
7' Kumanovic leaves the pitch with Mauro Icardi coming on in his place; Inter now with two up top
7' Kuzmanovic shoots wide from the edge of the box
5' Gilardino tries to knock the ball on for a team-mate but Handanovic is off his line in a flash to claim
2' Great chance for Inter. Alvarez and Guarin link up well and the Colombian puts in a lovely cross that gets deflected behind for a corner
1' The second half is under way, no changes made at half time
Average rating 6.77
5 shots on target 1
12 shots off target 4
15 fouls committed 9
12 corners 2
4 offsides 2
57% ball possession 43%
wins(45) draws(12) defeats(12)

MILAN – Inter’s match against Genoa at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, their first of the 2013/14 season, ended as a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Nagatomo and Palacio.

It was a special day that saw Dejan Stankovic warmly received by the Nerazzurri fans, as well as Esteban Cambiasso take to the pitch for the 400th time in the blue and black.

For Inter’s Serie A opener Walter Mazzarri chose a back line of Campagnaro, Ranocchia and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic in goal. Guarin, Kuzmanovic and Cambiasso started in midfield, with Jonathan and Nagatomo working the flanks. In attack it was Alvarez playing just behind Palacio.

Both teams started with a cautious approach and midway through the half the first real chance fell to Jonathan, who looks more confident with every game. In the closing minutes Kucka had an attempt for Genoa but the referee’s whistle brought the half to a scoreless end.

The second half began without substitutions, although after a few minutes Icardi came on to add some presence up front. The rhythm of the match picked up decisively and soon Guarin had a clear chance. Inter were assertive and at the same time looked sharp in defence.

The constant pressure paid off on 75 minutes when some interplay on the right between Guarin and Jonathan saw the Brazilian cross for Nagatomo to head home.

Seven minutes later Icardi watched his shot crash off the bar – he’ll have to wait a bit longer for his first San Siro goal.

Then two minutes into injury time the Nerazzurri grabbed their second as Guarin served the ball to Palacio to tuck away. The final score ended 2-0.

Inter 2-0 Genoa (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Nagatomo 75, Palacio 90+2.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 5 Juan Jesus, 23 Ranocchia, 14 Campagnaro; 2 Jonathan, 13 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso (Kovacic 72), 17 Kuzmanovic (Icardi 52), 55 Nagatomo; 11 Alvarez (Taider 85); 8 Palacio.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 30 Carrizo, 6 Andreolli, 7 Belfodil, 16 Mudingayi, 18 Wallace, 31 Pereira, 35 Rolando, 90 Olsen.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Genoa: 1 Perin, 10 Lodi, 11 Gilardino, 13 Antonelli, 14 Cofie, 17 Santana (Floro Flores 85), 20 Vrsaljko, 21 Manfredini, 33 Kucka, 90 Portanova, 91 Bertolacci (Konate 72).
Unused subs: 32 Donnarumma, 28 Zima, 2 Sampirisi, 4 Demiao, 5 Gamberini, 23 Velocci, 27 Matuzalem, 69 Sturaro, 93 Jara Martinez, 94 Blaze.
Coach: Fabio Liverani.

Booked: Gilardino 64, Perin 72, Manfredini, Jonathan 89, Guarin 90+3.
Added time: 0 + 3 minutes.
Attendance: 42,797.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Perin
Campagnaro 14 10 Lodi
Ranocchia 23 11 Gilardino
Jesus 5 13 Antonelli
Jonathan 2 14 Cofie
Guarin 13 17 Santana
Cambiasso 19 20 Vrsaljko
Kuzmanovic 17 21 Manfredini
Nagatomo 55 33 Kucka
Alvarez 11 90 Portanova
Palacio 8 91 Bertolacci


Castellazzi 12 32 Donnarumma
Carrizo 30 38 Zima
Andreolli 6 2 Sampirisi
Belfodil 7 4 Demaio
Icardi 9 5 Gamberini
Kovacic 10 23 Velocci
Mudingayi 16 27 Matuzalem
Wallace 18 69 Sturaro
Taïder 21 77 Konate
Pereira 31 83 Floro Flores
Rolando 35 93 Jara Martinez
Olsen 90 94 Blaze