Final score

26 January 2014 15:00

0 - 0
Referee: De Marco / Linesmen: Posado, Marrazzo / Fourth official: Russo / Assistants: Fabbri, Cariolato
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46' The first half ends: Inter 0-0 Catania
45' The ref signals for 1 minute of injury time
44' The ball moving back and forth on the edge of the Nerazzurri box. It then falls to Leto, who shoots well off target
37' Kuzmanovic picks up a booking for a foul
36' Palacio with a fantastic ball for Milito, but he misses his chance to get off a shot
31' Inter doing well to hold the ball, as Catania look to hit on the break
26' Palacio finds Milito and El Principe strikes a violent shot that Frison somehow manages to palm away
25' Great cross from Jonathan for Palacio, but his header isn't quite up to par
23' Catania's Rinaudo fouls Kuzmanovic and receives a yellow card
20' Palacio launches Jonathan for a counterattack. The Brazilian's cross is cleared for a corner
17' Nagatomo crosses and Palacio throws himself for a diving header, just failing to connect
17' On Inter's corner kick, Bellusci hauls back Campagnaro in the box
14' Inter are getting forward but still slightly off with the final ball
13' The match rhythm begins to increase as the teams battle more in the centre of the pitch
7' Alvarez has a go from 30 yards with his left. Just over
7' The two sides taking a measured approach, but Inter start pushing
3' Palacio fights in defence to win a ball, and applause from the San Siro fans
1' Welcome to Inter v Catania, the Week 21 match of the 2013/14 Serie A season
1' The Nerazzurri take the kick-off to begin the match
1' Jonathan, Kuzmanovic, Cambiasso and Nagatomo in 4-man midfield. Alvarez and Palacio behind Milito in attack
1' Walter Mazzarri's starting line-up: Handanovic in goal; Campagnaro, Rolando and Juan Jesus in defence
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49' The game ends: Inter 0-0 Catania
46' Castro with a header that is deflected over the crossbar
45' The referee signals for 4 minutes of injury time
42' A header from Palacio goes over the crossbar
39' Rolando connects for a solid header, which Frison keeps out by diving low
36' Inter make a substitution: Juan Jesus comes off for Ruben Botta
33' Inter continue to press forward
30' Legrottaglie fouls Palacio on the edge of the box and earns himself a booking
29' Final sub for Catania: Almiron comes on for an injured Peruzzi
25' Another substitution for Catania: Castro comes on for Leto
22' Catania go to the bench, sending on Gyomber for Bellusci
21' Inter continue to push forward, but without solid results
16' 2nd substitution for Inter: an injured Cambiasso comes off for Taider
15' Alvarez looks to set up Palacio in the box, but a defender arrives first. Corner kick
10' Rinaudo controls and shoots from the top of the Nerazzurri box. The ball goes high
8' Cambiasso with a long pass. Milito manages to get his foot to it but it's not enough. Catania counter
6' Cambiasso crosses for Palacio for a diving header, but the ball smacks off the crossbar
4' Bergessio rips a left-footer that whistles inches past Handanovic's far post
2' Palacio claims the first chance of the half, but Frison blocks his shot
1' Catania take the kick-off to start the 2nd half
1' Inter's 1st substitution: Kovacic on for Kuzmanovic
Average rating 4.36
3 shots on target 0
10 shots off target 5
13 fouls committed 15
14 corners 4
5 offsides 2
59% ball possession 41%
Mazzarri leads Maran 3-1

These two coaches have faced off five times before today, with three wins for Mazzarri, one draw and one victory for Maran.

Mazzarri has upper hand against Catania

Walter Mazzarri has pitted his wits against Catania on 17 previous occasions, winning eight, drawing five and losing four.

Nothing but defeat for Maran against Inter

This is Rolando Maran's fourth meeting with Inter as a coach and so far he has always lost against the Nerazzurri.

No penalties in 22 league matches for Inter

Inter are one of just two Serie A sides yet to have been awarded a penalty this season, a record they share with Chievo Verona. The statistic is particularly incredible for Mazzarri's men, considering that they boast the league's fourth-best attack (38 goals). The Nerazzurri's last spot-kick was on 8 May: Alvarez missed from 12 yards in Inter 1-3 Lazio, 22 championship games ago.

Inter unbeaten in seven at home for first time in a year

The Nerazzurri are currently enjoying a seven-match unbeaten run at home in competitive fixtures (won four, drawn three), their last defeat in San Siro coming at the hands of Roma (0-3 on 5 October 2013). Inter haven't gone this long without losing on home turf since the period from September 2012 to February 2013, when they put together 11 wins and 5 draws for a 16-game streak without defeat.

Palacio & Cambiasso, Catania's nightmare double act

Rodrigo Palacio and Esteban Cambiasso have scored ten goals between them against Catania, meaning that today's visitors are the Argentine pair's second favourite target in Italy: they have netted six and four times respectively against the Sicilian team. Their favourite victims of all are Parma for the striker (nine), and Fiorentina for the midfielder (six).

Catania's last away win 11 months ago

Catania haven't tasted victory on the road since they overcame Parma 1-2 on 24 February 2013 in a Serie A meeting. In their 16 away trips since then, they have managed just three draws and 13 defeats (10 in the last 10) and have failed to pick up a single point outside Sicily all season: their last was against Torino on 19 May (2-2). Catania have also conceded in 13 consecutive away games, shipping 34 goals in the process: their last clean sheet came in a 0-0 stalemate at Chievo Verona on 14 April 2013.

wins(14) draws(3) defeats(0)

MILAN - The game between Inter and Catania ended scoreless, with both president Erick Thohir and Massimo Moratti watching in the stands. There were plenty of chances but the Nerazzurri lacked the clinical finishing necessary in front of goal. 

Walter Mazzarri fielded a three-man defence of Campagnaro, Rolando and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic in goal. Jonathan, Kuzmanovic, Cambiasso and Nagatomo lined up in midfield, and Alvarez and Palacio supported Milito in attack. 

Inter were the ones to force the action, as Catania sat back and waited to counter. On 17 minutes Campagnaro was the victim of an obvious shirt pull by Bellusci on a corner kick. Nine minutes later it took a great save from Catania’s keeper to deny Milito’s right-footed grass-cutter. The first half then ended scoreless.

In the 53rd minute a lovely long pass from Cambiasso picked out Milito, who got a toe to the ball but couldn’t quite tuck it away. Still, Milito, Palacio and Alvarez continued to push forward, with even Rolando contributing to the attack now and then. However, the Nerazzurri couldn’t summon the necessary solidity and clinical finishing needed to put the game away and had to content themselves with a solitary point from this scoreless draw.

Inter 0-0 Catania

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 14 Campagnaro, 35 Rolando, 5 Juan Jesus (Botta 81); 2 Jonathan, 17 Kuzmanovic (Kovacic 46), 19 Cambiasso (Taider 61), 55 Nagatomo; 11 Alvarez, 8 Palacio; 22 Milito.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 30 Carrizo, 4 Zanetti, 6 Andreolli, 9 Icardi, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Catania: 1 Frison; 2 Peruzzi (Almiron 74), 5 Rolin, 6 Legrottaglie, 9 Bergessio, 10 Lodi, 11 Leto (Castro 70), 13 Izco, 14 Bellusci (Gyomber 67), 15 Rinaudo, 34 Biraghi.
Unused subs: 21 Andujar, 35 Ficara, 8 Plasil, 12 Lopez, 17 Guarente, 23 Boateng, 26 Keko, 33 Capuano.
Coach: Rolando Maran.

Referee: De Marco.
Booked: Rinaudo 22, Kuzmanovic 37, Legrottaglie 75.
Added time: 1 + 4 minutes.
Attendance: 35,007.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Frison
Campagnaro 14 2 Peruzzi
Rolando 35 5 Rolin
Jesus 5 6 Legrottaglie
Jonathan 2 9 Bergessio
Kuzmanovic 17 10 Lodi
Cambiasso 19 11 Leto
Nagatomo 55 13 Izco
Alvarez 11 14 Bellusci
Palacio 8 15 Rinaudo
Milito 22 34 Biraghi


Castellazzi 12 21 Andujar
Carrizo 30 35 Ficara
Zanetti 4 4 Almiron
Andreolli 6 8 Plasil
Icardi 9 12 Lopez
Kovacic 10 17 Guarente
Botta 20 19 Castro
Taïder 21 23 Boateng
Ranocchia 23 24 Gyomber
Samuel 25 26 Keko
33 Capuano