Final score

26 October 2014 18:00

0 - 1
32' Icardi (P)
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni / Linesmen: Musolino, De Pinto / Fourth official: Giallatini / Assistants: Guida, Nasca
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Minute Text commentary
47' The first half ends 0-1, thanks to Icardi's penalty. Cesena playing with 10 men after Leali's 31st minute expulsion
45' Palacio puts the ball in the net, only to see the goal disallowed for offside
45' Mazzoleni signals for two minutes of injury time
42' Chance for Cesena as Cascione advances before being shut down by Kovacic
40' Renzetti takes a free kick after Ranocchia fouls Djuric. Handanovic comes off his line to make the save
38' Icardi rips a shot over the crossbar
37' Giorgi goes into the referee's book for his foul on Obi
36' From a Cesena corner, Djuric with a header that forces a great save from Handanovic. Marilungo shoots the rebound high
34' Cesena threaten when Cascione volleys just over Handanovic's crossbar
32' GOAL INTER. Icardi steps up to the spot and sends the ball past Agliardi to make it 1-0 to the Nerazzurri
31' Agliardi comes on for Garritano
31' Leali shown a red card
30' Leali fouls Palacio in the box and Mazzoleni awards a penalty to Inter
25' Throw-in from Renzetti. Marilungo lets the ball run before Dodo clears the danger for a corner
22' Dodo seeks out Icardi with his cross, cleared by Lucchini
19' Good play from Inter on the right flank from Obi and Palacio, who crosses. Corner for Inter. Palacio shoots wide
16' Hernanes with a direct attempt on goal, blocked by the Cesena wall
15' Obi earns Inter a free kick from a dangerous position
14' Garritano shown a yellow card for his foul on Hernanes
10' Dodo looks to head the ball on to Icardi, but Leali intervenes
7' However, Mazzoleni had stopped the play for a foul by the Brazilian on Capelli
7' A chance for Inter as Obi crosses for Dodo. He connects for a header but Leali does well to make the save
6' De Feudis whisted for a rough foul on Kovacic
4' Marilungo and Garritano combine with the latter taking a left-footed attempt, which sails well high
2' Renzetti turns the ball over to the Nerazzurri but Palacio and Obi are stopped by the Cesena defence
1' Stadio Dino Manuzzi sold out and ready to host the Week 8 match against the Nerazzurri
1' The hosts kick off and Cesena v Inter is underway
1' Three Primavera players available to Mazzarri today: Puscas, Bonazzoli and Camara
1' Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Bergamo) to referee today's match
1' Palacio and Icardi start in attack
1' With Guarin out, Medel is back in midfield with Hernanes and Kovacic. Obi on the right, with Dodo on the left
1' After the UEL, Mazzarri rests Vidic and starts Campagnaro next to Rannocchia and Juan Jesus
Minute Text commentary
48' The match ends: Cesena 0-1 Inter. Icardi with the winner from the penalty spot. Nerazzurri now sit with 12 points in the standings
48' Cesena calling for a penalty after Ranocchia's challenge on Capelli. Mazzoleni is unmoved
47' Big chance for Inter with Agliardi making a double save: first from Icardi, then Palacio
45' Three minutes of injury time added
44' Cascione receives a yellow card for his foul on Dodo
42' Kovacic takes off on a run and exchanges with Dodo and Palacio before shooting over the bar
41' Rodriguez receives a booking
40' Hernanes takes the free kick and Campagnaro puts it in the back of the net, only to see the goal disallowed for offside
38' Marilungo's foul on Dodo earns a free kick for Inter
35' Agliardi blocks Hernanes' shot but can't hold it and Icardi puts the rebound high
34' Kovacic finds Palacio who controls and shoots. Blocked by Agliardi
31' Renzetti with a long pass for Hugo Almeida's header. Wide
30' Bisoli makes his final sub, sending Rodriguez on for Giorgi
29' Capelli crosses to Giorgi but his shot goes wide
28' Mbaye's diagonal attempt skips past the far post
26' Handanovic comes up with a huge save on the line from Cascione's close-range shot
24' Inter make their first sub: Mbaye comes on for Obi
22' Marilungo crosses for Hugo Almeida but Handanovic sweeps up the danger
19' Cesena make their second substitution, sending on Hugo Almeida for Djuric
18' Kovacic exchanges with Hernanes before having a go. Wide
16' Mazzoleni shows the yellow card to Volta for his foul on Hernanes
13' A low diagonal shot from Hernanes misses the far post by inches
9' Renzetti takes the free kick. Marilungo heads high over the bar
8' Campagnaro booked for his foul on Giorgi
7' Obi heads the ball on to Dodo in the box where he's whistled for a foul by Mazzoleni
1' Inter take the kick-off to get the second half underway
Average rating 5.75
2 shots on target 6
6 shots off target 12
19 fouls committed 15
2 corners 3
1 offsides 7
32% ball possession 68%
wins(9) draws(4) defeats(0)

CESENA - Three points earned in a balanced game, and one that Inter faced with grit and determination. It was the same approach Nerazzurri fans had witnessed against Napoli, but this time a victory was achieved. Just as everyone had hoped for. 

The very beginning of the match saw both teams sizing each other up before Garritano’s high shot broke the ice after three minutes. The Nerazzurri responded immediately when Obi sent a dangerous cross to Dodo on the left flank; Leali produced a fine save to deny the Brazilian, although Mazzoleni had whistled the play dead. Then at the other end an alert Dodo snuffed out an attack from Marilungo. 

After some excellent individual play, Hernanes picked out Palacio. The Argentine striker found himself one-on-one with Leali before the Cesena keeper brought him down. There was no doubt for Mazzoleni: penalty. Icardi placed the ball on the spot before sending Agliardi the wrong way, putting Inter ahead 1-0 on 31 minutes. The hosts did not let their heads drop, however, and Cascione nearly found the equaliser with a volley that sailed just high. Just before the half-time whistle Palacio thought he had the Nerazzurri’s second, only to see the goal correctly disallowed for offside.  
The second half began and fans saw a much more open game for both sides. Obi in particular was enjoying the space available to him; his cross reached Hernanes who then found Icardi, but the final shot was just off target. In the 50th minute Hernanes ran at De Feudis before seeing his right-footer go inches wide. Inter were ramping up the pressure in search of their second goal: first through Kovacic, who missed with a side-footed effort from Hernanes’ pass; then through Mbaye (subbed on for Obi), with an off-target attempt from distance. 

Cesena recovered and then tried to react. Cascione forced Handanovic into a miracle save with his shot in what proved to be a decisive moment in the game. From distance, Hernanes again tested Agliardi who blocked the ball but could not hold it; Icardi swooped down on the rebound but shot well over the crossbar. Inter remained focused in defence, leaving a 10-man Cesena side exhausted. The game then ended 0-1 with the Nerazzurri claiming three valuable points and their thoughts now switching to their next opponent: Sampdoria.

Cesena 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-1) 

Scorer: Icardi 32.

Cesena: 1 Leali; 25 Capelli, 14 Volta, 6 Lucchini, 33 Renzetti; 34 Cascione, 8 De Feudis, 5 Giorgi (Rodriguez 75); 61 Garritano (Agliardi 31); 18 Djuric (Hugo Almeida 64), 89 Marilungo.
Unused subs: 2 Nica, 3 Mazzotta, 7 Carbonero, 15 Krajnc, 17 Magnusson, 19 Succi, 24 Perico, 77 Ze Eduardo, 81 Bressan.
Coach: Pierpaolo Bisoli.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 14 Campagnaro, 23 Ranocchia, 5 Juan Jesus; 20 Obi (Mbaye 69), 88 Hernanes, 18 Medel, 10 Kovacic, 22 Dodo; 8 Palacio, 9 Icardi.
Unused subs: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 6 Andreolli, 15 Vidic, 17 Kuzmanovic, 28 Puscas, 29 Camara, 44 Krhin, 97 Bonazzoli.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Bergamo).

Booked: Garritano 14, Giorgi 37, Campagnaro 53, Volta 61, Rodriguez 86, Cascione 89.
Sent off: Leali 31.
Added time: 2 + 3 minutes. 


starting lineups

Leali 1 1 Handanovic
Capelli 25 14 Campagnaro
Volta 14 23 Ranocchia
Lucchini 6 5 Jesus
Renzetti 33 20 Obi
Cascione 34 88 Hernanes
De Feudis 8 18 Medel
Giorgi 5 10 Kovacic
Garritano 61 22 Dodò
Djuric 18 8 Palacio
Marilungo 89 9 Icardi


Agliardi 30 30 Carrizo
Nica 2 46 Berni
Mazzotta 3 6 Andreolli
Carbonero 7 15 Vidic
Rodriguez 9 17 Kuzmanovic
Krajnc 15 25 Mbaye
Magnusson 17 28 Puscas
Succi 19 29 Camara
Perico 24 44 Krhin
Hugo Almeida 27 97 Bonazzoli
Ze Eduardo 77
Bressan 81