Final score

9 February 2014 20:45

3' (2nd half) Samuel
1 - 0
Referee: Sebastiano Peruzzo / Linesmen: Liberti, Paganessi / Fourth official: Schenone / Assistants: De Marco, Cervellera
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Minute Text commentary
47' The half time whistle goes: Inter 0-0 Sassuolo
45' There will be two minutes of added time
44' Inter pour forward relentlessly: Guarin whips the ball in, Pegolo misses it but Palacio is unable to get a shot off
42' Another Palacio cross for Milito, Pegolo responds
42' Hernanes latches on to Guarin's cross but again Pegolo makes the stop
41' Palacio makes a great run down the right and crosses for Milito but his effort is well saved
36' Guarin smashes a powerful drive wide of the post
34' Palacio, sent away down the left, is pushed by Bianco: the referee fails to spot a blatant foul
33' Berardi strikes a lovely free-kick but Handanovic is equal to it
30' Hernanes takes the corner, Samuel tries to head it but is held back. The Nerazzurri appeals fall on deaf ears
25' Ariaudo sends his header over the top from a free-kick
23' First change for Sassuolo: Chibsah is on for Biondini
22' Inter pressing the ball carrier very tightly, the Nerazzurri playing well with a lot of intensity
20' Hernanes with an excellent effort from range: his shot just misses
16' Guarin hits it from 25 yards, Pegolo makes the save: corner
15' Guarin brings the ball down expertly and crosses from the right: Pegolo is out to claim
15' Inter are camped in the Sassuolo half
9' It's been a cagey opening to the contest
6' Floccari bursts down the left but the Inter defence clears well
1' Welcome along to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Sassuolo in Week 23 of Serie A 2013/14
1' Inter get us underway
1' Five across the middle with Jonathan, Guarin, Kuzmanovic, Hernanes and Nagatomo. Palacio partners Milito in attack
1' Here's Walter Mazzarri's starting XI: Handanovic in goal behind a back three of Rolando, Samuel and Juan Jesus
Minute Text commentary
47' Full time: Inter return to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Sassuolo
47' First Guarin, then Botta: Pegolo is there again
45' There will be two minutes of added time
39' Kuzmanovic makes way for Taider in Inter's final switch
39' Floro Flores can't wrap his foot around the bouncing ball
38' Ruben Botta fires over from the edge of the box
35' Another change for Inter: Campagnaro is on for Samuel
35' Third sub for Sassuolo: Floro Flores replaces Floccari
34' Botta crosses well for Guarin: Missiroli covers well to get in ahead of the Colombian
31' Botta and Guarin combine well, but Pegolo gets there ahead of Palacio
30' Second switch for Sassuolo: Missiroli is on for Bianco
29' Ruben Botta is giving Sassuolo problems down the flank
26' Great work from Palacio who dinks it in, Hernanes meets the ball on the half-volley but Pegolo makes an excellent stop
23' Botta is cautioned for preventing Sassuolo from taking a quick free-kick
21' First substitution for Inter: Botta is on for Milito
20' Hernanes shows great feet in a tight area: he feeds Milito who hits it straight at Pegolo
18' Pegolo's punch drops at Jonathan's feet but the Brazilian skies it
12' Berardi kicks out at Juan Jesus but the referee takes no further action. A yellow might have been warranted
11' Guarin shoots well over
10' First booking of the match: Rosi upends Palacio
3' GOAL FOR INTER: Walter Samuel plants a header into the roof of the net to give the Nerazzurri the lead! Inter 1-0 Sassuolo
1' Sassuolo get the second half going
Average rating 6.2
7 shots on target 1
5 shots off target 2
12 fouls committed 15
10 corners 3
3 offsides 0
30:05 ball possession 17:49
wins(4) draws(2) defeats(5)
MILAN - Walter Samuel scored the goal that saw the Nerazzurri return to winning ways, three minutes into the second half. The Argentine planted his header into the roof of the net from Hernanes' corner.

Mazzarri picked a back three of Rolando, Samuel and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic against Sassuolo. Jonathan, Guarin, Kuzmanovic, Hernanes and Nagatomo made up the midfield, with Milito joining Palacio in attack. Hernanes tried to delight the San Siro crowd on his debut, just missing out with a curling right-footed shot. All eyes were on him as he tried to win over the Nerazzurri fans, who already seemed smitten with the Brazilian.

Inter appealed for a penalty on the half-hour mark as Samuel appeared to be held from Hernanes' corner. Handanovic was excellent as ever, saving from a beautiful Berardi free-kick. Despite plenty of creativity and attacking intent, the sides went into the interval with the score goalless.

Inter took the lead immediately after the break: the second period was just three minutes old when Samuel connected with Hernanes' corner to head home his first goal of the season. The Prophet might have found the net himself later in the second half, but Pegolo denied him a debut goal. The Wall's strike proved enough though as Inter saw off Sassuolo 1-0 and recorded their first win of 2014.

Inter 1-0 Sassuolo (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Samuel 48.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 35 Rolando, 25 Samuel (Campagnaro 80), 5 Juan Jesus; 2 Jonathan, 13 Guarin, 17 Kuzmanovic (Taider 84), 88 Hernanes, 55 Nagatomo; 8 Palacio, 22 Milito (Botta 66).
Subs not used: 12 Castellazzi, 30 Carrizo, 4 Zanetti, 6 Andreolli, 9 Icardi, 10 Kovacic, 14 Campagnaro, 16 Mudingayi, 23 Ranocchia, 33 D'Ambrosio.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Sassuolo: 79 Pegolo; 3 Longhi, 6 Ariaudo, 8 Marrone, 9 Floccari (Floro Flores 80), 16 Biondini (Chibsah 68), 20 Bianco (Missiroli 74), 22 Brighi, 25 Berardi, 28 Cannavaro, 87 Rosi.
Subs not used: 1 Pomini, 98 Polito, 2 Pucino, 5 Antei, 10 Zaza, 17 Sansone, 23 Gazzola, 70 Farias, 86 Ziegler.
Coach: Alberto Malesani.

Referee: Peruzzo.
Booked: Rosi 55, Botta 68.
Added time: 2+2 minutes.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 79 Pegolo
Rolando 35 3 Longhi
Samuel 25 6 Ariaudo
Jesus 5 8 Marrone
Jonathan 2 9 Floccari
Guarin 13 16 Biondini
Kuzmanovic 17 20 Bianco
Hernanes 88 22 Brighi
Nagatomo 55 25 Berardi
Palacio 8 28 Cannavaro
Milito 22 87 Rosi


Castellazzi 12 1 Pomini
Carrizo 30 99 Polito
Zanetti 4 2 Pucino
Andreolli 6 5 Antei
Icardi 9 7 Missiroli
Kovacic 10 10 Zaza
Campagnaro 14 17 Sansone
Mudingayi 16 23 Gazzola
Botta 20 45 Chibsah
Taïder 21 70 Farias
Ranocchia 23 83 Floro Flores
D'Ambrosio 33 86 Ziegler