Final score

29 October 2014 20:45

45' (2nd half) Icardi (P)
1 - 0
Referee: Carmine Russo / Linesmen: Di Fiore, De Luca / Fourth official: Marzaloni / Assistants: Valeri, Maresca
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46' The first half ends with the scores level at 0-0. At least three great chances for Inter, whilst Samp hit the crossbar late on.
45' Gabbiadini plays the ball in. The ball breaks to Duncan, whose shot cannons off the crossbar.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
39' Another gilt-edged chance for Inter. Kovacic lays it on plate for Icardi, who unleashes a right-footed effort. Romero with the diving save.
38' Obi's left-footed shot from the corner of the area is blocked, sparking confusion in the box. Romagnoli eventually hacks it away.
35' Hernanes meets the ball with a left-footed effort, but his shot goes wide.
29' Samp attack through Eder. The ball breaks to Palombo, whose long-range effort sails over the bar.
26' Obi crosses in for the right, but Icardi's headed effort goes over the bar.
26' Obiang with a powerful shot, but it's straight at Handanovic and the Inter goalie saves with ease.
23' Kovacic is booked for a foul on Mesbah.
22' Inter free-kick: Gastaldello clears, but only as far as Icardi, who heads straight at Romero.
21' Gastaldello is booked for a foul on Icardi.
21' Hernanes plays in Icardi, but the Inter man is flagged offside.
15' Palacio is upended in the box by De Silvestri, but Russo shakes his head.
13' Obiang crosses to the far post; Ranocchia heads behind for a corner.
12' Inter chance! Hernanes plays in Palacio; Romero saves a certain goal!
9' Obiang drills it through for Eder, but the ball is long and the Brazilian forward can't get on the end of it.
7' Eder advances down the right; Vidic is there to intervene and clear the danger.
6' Gabbiadini plays the ball in, but Handanovic intercepts.
3' Great chance for Inter after some excellent play by Kovacic, who plays in Palacio. The Argentine elects to pass rather than shoot.
2' Gastaldello fouls Icardi, another player to have turned out for both teams involved tonight!
1' We're at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for the second midweek match of the season: tonight's opponents for the Nerazzurri are Sampdoria!
1' Hernanes attacks immediately, but Romero saves easily.
1' Inter kick us off.
1' Alfred Duncan - the former Nerazzurri player - starts for Sampdoria.
1' Hernanes, Medel and Kovacic complete the Inter midfield, behind a strike force of Palacio and Icardi.
1' Walter Mazzarri starts with Handanovic in goal. Ranocchia, Vidic and Juan Jesus make up a back three. Obi and Dodo start on the flanks.
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49' It's all over!!! Inter beat Sampdoria thanks to Mauro Icardi's late penalty. The Nerazzurri now have 15 points!
48' Kovacic makes way for Rene Krhin.
46' Sampdoria make their last change: Obiang comes off for Rizzo.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
45' GOOOOAL INTER!!! Icardi dispatches the penalty to make it 1-0!
43' Penalty to Inter! Romagnoli brought down Kuzmanovic.
42' Okaka crosses in for Eder; Handanovic pulls off a wonderful save!
41' Palombo brings down Palacio outside the box, but the referee waves play on!
38' Mbaye's right-footed effort is deflected out for a throw by Mesbah.
36' Medel earns himself a booking after a foul on Obiang.
34' Inter so close to breaking the deadlock once again; Kovacic plays in Palacio, but the Argentine is off-balance and fails to work the goalie.
33' A second change for Inter, with Obi making way for Mbaye.
32' Kovacic sends Palacio clear, but the Argentine is offside.
30' Okaka attacks dangerously, but Vidic clears the danger.
26' Mihajlovic makes his second change of the night. Duncan takes his leave and is replaced by Soriano.
24' Kovacic unleashes a right-footed effort; Romero dives to his left to make the save.
24' Mesbah tackles Palacio, who was one-on-one with Romero. Vidic goes to ground in the penalty area, but the referee waves away his protests.
23' Sampdoria's corner kick goes harmlessly behind.
20' Mesbah commits another foul on Medel.
19' Sampdoria make their first change of the match - Gastaldello comes off for Regini.
18' Great chance for Inter; Palacio slips in Kuzmanovic, but the Serb can't make meaningful contact with the ball and Romero makes the save.
15' Palacio on the attack once more. The Argentine collects the ball and gets his shot away, but it's blocked by the Sampdoria defence.
14' Gabbiadini takes the kick; Handanovic punches the ball out for a corner.
13' Juan Jesus gives Sampdoria a free-kick in a dangerous position.
9' Okaka with a right-footed effort from distance, but Handanovic is there in a flash to eliminate the danger.
7' First change for Inter: Hernanes seems to have picked up a knock, so Kuzmanovic takes his place.
4' Palacio powers past two Samp players. The ball comes off Kovacic's chest and back to the Argentina, who shoots wide.
3' Palombo picks up a booking for a foul on Icardi.
1' The second half is underway!
Average rating 6.25
4 shots on target 5
6 shots off target 2
12 fouls committed 20
4 corners 4
4 offsides 2
63% ball possession 37%
Mazzarri on top

The record of Walter Mazzarri’s previous encounters with Sampdoria – the team he managed between 2007 and 2009, guiding them to the final of the Coppa Italia, which they lost on penalties to Lazio – works out marginally in favour of the current Inter coach. Of his 14 previous matches against the Blucerchiati, Mazzarri has won six, drawn three and lost five.

History against Mihajlović?

Siniša Mihajlović has taken charge of six previous matches against Inter, managing one victory, one draw and four losses. The Nerazzurri scored in every one of those matches, notching 13 times in total. However, we should not overlook the wealth of history tying Mihajlović to this fixture – on top of being the Nerazzurri assistant manager to Roberto Mancini between 2006 and 2008, the Serb is also a former Inter player. Between 2004 and 2006, Mihajlović turned out 43 times for the club, scoring six times.

Goals from the bench

After eight rounds of Serie A matches, four out of the Nerazzurri’s 14 goals have come from players who started the match on the bench. It’s a stat that means Mazzarri’s bench is the most prolific in the Italian top flight. Guarin has scored twice after coming on as a substitute, whilst Hernanes and Osvaldo have one apiece. There’s a similar trend in the Europa League, too; Icardi has two goals off the bench whilst D’Ambrosio has one.

Inter unbeaten at home versus Sampdoria in 18 years

The Nerazzurri have a great record against Sampdoria at home – in the last 14 meetings between the two sides, Inter have racked up eight wins and six draws. The last time the Genoese outfit recorded a victory at the San Siro came on 15 December 1996, when Sampdoria ran out 3-4 winners in Serie A. Vincenzo Montella was among the goals for the Blucerchiati, bagging a brace alongside strikes from Franceschetti and Mancini. The Nerazzurri’s goals were provided by Berti and a Branca double.

Samp play for history

Siniša Mihajlović’s Sampdoria side are unbeaten in their last ten matches, taking into account both the end of last season and the first eight rounds of this. The record stands at five wins and five draws and stems from 11 May 2014, when they were turned over 2-5 by Napoli at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. More impressive still is the fact that Samp are one of the two remaining unbeaten sides in Serie A this year, alongside Juventus. If they were to avoid defeat tonight at the San Siro, the Blucerchiati would equal their best-ever start by going the first nine games of the season without loss. The other time? The year they won the Scudetto – 1990/91 – when Samp’s first defeat was handed to them by Genoa in the tenth match of the season.

wins(41) draws(16) defeats(8)

MILAN – It took a last-gasp penalty for Inter to overcome Sampdoria at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza this evening, and it was Mauro Icardi who stepped up to dispatch the decisive spot-kick. The Nerazzurri looked dangerous throughout and created a host of chances, with Kovacic in particularly inspired form. It was a good performance from Inter as a whole, however; the team fought tirelessly throughout and were rewarded late on as Icardi snatched his side the win.

Inter were on the front foot from the off. Kovacic played a great ball through for Palacio, but he elected to pass rather than shoot himself. The Argentine’s ball for Icardi was wayward. Ten minutes later, the Nerazzurri were once again pushing for a goal. This time it was Dodo who crossed in from the left for Hernanes. With his back to goal, the Brazilian set up Palacio, but his effort was right down the middle and Romero could save easily.

Sampdoria were very much in the game, reacting instantly through Obiang. The Spaniard played a dangerous ball into the box and Ranocchia was forced to clear. It was a purple patch for the Blucerchiati, who in the 29th minute caused Inter further problems through Eder. Attacking from the right, the Brazilian put the ball into the box only for Palombo’s strike to sail over Handanovic’s crossbar.

Inter soon came back at the Genoese outfit, Kovacic providing excellent service to Icardi in the box. Maurito attempted his signature back-to-goal move, turning on a sixpence and getting a smart shot away. Romero did excellently to keep it out and prevent Inter from going ahead.

There was time for a scare before the break, as Duncan thrashed a rasping effort off the Nerazzurri crossbar. The San Siro held its breath, but the referee soon brought the half to a close.

The second 45 minutes started with Palacio looking menacing. The Argentine got a slice of luck to collect a loose ball and work himself into a shooting position, but his effort fizzed wide. Sampdoria stood firm and once again troubled the Nerazzurri, Gabbiadini’s powerful shot forcing Handanovic into a low save.

Hernanes soon made way for Kuzmanovic, who almost made an instant impact. Receiving the ball from Palacio, the Serb was unable to get a meaningful shot away. Kuz was once again involved minutes later, crossing the ball in for Ranocchia to head down to Kovacic, whose shot was disappointing.

On 79 minutes, Palacio had a gilt-edged opportunity to give Inter the lead. Kovacic put a sumptuous ball through for the Argentine, but he couldn’t hit the target. Sampdoria came again, this time through Eder. Handanovic pulled off a fantastic save to deny the Brazilian.

And then, the big moment. Kuzmanovic was pulled back by Romagnoli and, after a few seconds’ deliberation, the referee pointed to the spot. Icardi despatched a perfect penalty, sending the San Siro faithful into raptures.

Inter 1-0 Sampdoria

Scorers: Icardi 90 (pen.)

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia, 15 Vidic, 5 Juan Jesus; 20 Obi (Mbaye 78), 88 Hernanes (Kuzmanovic 52), 18 Medel, 10 Kovacic (Krhin 90+3) , 22 Dodo; 8 Palacio, 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 6 Andreolli, 28 Puscas, 29 Camara, 54 Donkor, 97 Bonazzoli.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri

Sampdoria: 33 Romero; 29 De Silvestri, 28 Gastaldello (Regini 64), 5 Romagnoli, 3 Mesbah; 6 Duncan (Soriano 71), 17 Palombo, 14 Obiang (Rizzo 90+1); 11 Gabbiadini, 9 Okaka, 23 Eder.
Subs not used: 1 Da Costa, 7 Fedato, 12 Sansone, 18 Bergessio, 32 Marchionni, 44 Fornasier, 77 Wszolek, 86 Cacciatore, 96 Massolo.
Coach: Sinisa Mihajlovic

Referee: Carmine Russo (Nola)

Booked: Gastaldello 21, Kovacic 23, Palombo 48, Medel 81.

Added time: 1+3 mins.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 33 Romero
Ranocchia 23 29 De Silvestri
Vidic 15 28 Gastaldello
Jesus 5 5 Romagnoli
Obi 20 3 Mesbah
Hernanes 88 6 Duncan
Medel 18 17 Palombo
Kovacic 10 14 Obiang
Dodò 22 11 Gabbiadini
Palacio 8 9 Okaka
Icardi 9 23 Eder


Carrizo 30 1 Da Costa
Berni 46 7 Fedato
Andreolli 6 12 Sansone
Kuzmanovic 17 18 Bergessio
Mbaye 25 19 Regini
Puscas 28 21 Soriano
Camara 29 22 Rizzo
Krhin 44 32 Marchionni
Donkor 54 44 Fornasier
Bonazzoli 97 77 Wszolek
86 Cacciatore
96 Massolo