Final score

30 November 2014 20:45

46' (2nd half) Pjanic
15' (2nd half) Pjanic
2' (2nd half) Cholevas
21' Gervinho
4 - 2
12' (2nd half) Osvaldo
36' Ranocchia
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni / Linesmen: Vuoto, Meli / Fourth official: Passeri / Assistants: Rizzoli, Damato
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47' The teams head in with the scores level at 1-1. Gervinho put the Giallorossi ahead on 21 minutes, before Ranocchia equalised on 36 minutes.
45' Mazzoleni signals two minutes' added time.
44' Keita commits an ugly foul on Osvaldo. The Malian becomes the second player to earn a yellow card.
43' Inter surprise Roma with a long ball forward to Osvaldo, who is inches away from latching on to it.
42' Gervinho finds Ljajic in the Inter penalty box. The Serb looks to shoot, but Campagnaro is there in a flash to block.
39' Nainggolan slips in Gervinho, whose powerful strike is expertly blocked by Ranocchia. Corner for Roma.
36' INTER DRAW LEVEL!!!! From Kuzmanovic's corner, it's captain fantastic Andrea Ranocchia who climbs highest to head past De Sanctis! 1-1!
34' Gervinho has a goal chalked off for offside.
31' Maicon wins a corner, but Inter break swiftly. Osvaldo is closed down by four Roma players but it's the Inter man who concedes a free-kick.
29' Totti plays in Nainggolan, who looks for goal with a left-footed effort on the run. Goal kick.
25' Inter are right back at the Giallorossi through Kuzmanovic, whose fierce shot is put behind for a corner by De Sanctis.
21' Gervinho fires Roma ahead. Totti and Maicon combine to play in Ljajic, whose cross is converted by the Ivorian to make it 1-0.
19' Roma burst forward through Ljajic, who shoots for the corner. Handanovic is there to save.
18' Great play from Palacio to slip in Osvaldo, but the referee blows up for offside.
17' Totti takes the free-kick, but Handanovic gets up well to avert the danger.
16' Ranocchia picks up the first booking of the match for a foul on Nainggolan.
13' There's a coming together between Dodo and Ljajic in the Roma penalty box, which floors the Brazilian. Mazzoleni shakes his head.
11' Ljajic now looks for Gervinho on the cross, but Campagnaro once again gets there first. From the resulting corner, Nainggolan shoots wide.
8' Maicon crosses the ball in for Gervinho, but Campagnaro is there to put it behind. Totti's corner is long.
7' Ljajic looks for Totti, but Juan Jesus gets in the way to clear.
4' Maicon gets forward and wins a corner from his cross. Totti looks for goal on the volley, and then again with his right foot. Goal kick.
3' Inter win a free-kick after Keita commits a foul, but Kuzmanovic's effort goes wide.
1' The time has arrived! Kick-off between Roma and Inter at the Stadio Olimpico is just seconds away.
1' Inter straight on the front foot. Campagnaro's cross is claimed by De Sanctis.
1' The Nerazzurri get us underway! Forza Inter!
1' M'Vila, Medel and Kuzmanovic make up a midfield trident behind Fredy Guarin. Osvaldo and Palacio lead the line.
1' Super Handanovic starts in goal. Campagnaro mans the right side of defence, with Dodo on the left. Ranocchia and Juan Jesus in the middle
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48' Inter have nothing to be ashamed of, having played with great heart and character. They'll be looking to bounce back against Udinese.
48' It finishes 4-2 to Roma. The Nerazzurri twice equalised through Ranocchia and Osvaldo, but it wasn't enough to secure the points.
46' Pjanic converts a free-kick to make it 4-2. Not even Super Handanovic can stop that one.
45' There'll be three minutes' added time.
45' Guarin is booked for a foul on Nainggolan.
41' Iturbe with a great chance, but Guarin pressures well to ensure the Roma man shoots high and wide.
40' Last change for Roma: Totti takes his leave, with Iturbe the man to replace him.
38' Great play from Kovacic, who skips past De Rossi and unleashes the shot. Goal kick.
37' The Nerazzurri make their last change, with Medel making way for Obi.
37' Icardi comes on for Dodo.
32' Pjanic looks for Gervinho in the middle, but the Nerazzurri defence stands firm.
22' Medel has a pop from the edge of the area, but De Sanctis is there.
21' Inter make their first change of the match, with Kovacic replacing M'Vila.
18' Keita also makes way, with De Rossi the man to replace him.
18' Rudi Garcia takes Ljajic off for Florenzi.
17' Roberto Mancini has been sent off by the referee.
15' There seemed to be a foul on Guarin in the build-up to that goal, but Mazzoleni failed to stop play.
15' Roma take the lead again. Gervinho breaks forward, the ball falls to Pjanic and the Bosnian makes no mistake.
14' Great save from Handanovic from Nainggolan's shot.
12' INTER DRAW LEVEL! Dodo's cross picks out Osvaldo, who slams home a left-footed effort to make it 2-2.
11' Palacio picks up a booking for a foul on Maicon.
8' Top-class play from Osvaldo, who controls Kuzmanovic's cross on his chest before unleashing a shot that goes just wide.
7' Ljajic plays in Maicon, who swings in a cross. There are no Giallorossi shirts in the box, and Guarin clears.
2' Roma take the lead again through Cholevas, who beats three men before smashing the ball past Handanovic.
1' We're back underway, with neither team making any changes.
Average rating 4.84
6 shots on target 4
12 shots off target 6
11 fouls committed 14
7 corners 4
10 offsides 4
52% ball possession 48%
wins(29) draws(26) defeats(36)

ROME – At the end of a pulsating encounter, it was Roma who took the spoils. Despite digging deep to level the scores on two occasions, the Nerazzurri will return north to Milan empty handed. Ranocchia and Osvaldo answered Gervinho and Holebas’ openers for Roma, but two goals from Miralem Pjanic secured the points for Rudi Garcia’s side late on.

On a surprisingly warm Roman night, with temperatures hovering around the 20-degree mark, Roberto Mancini set his Inter side up in a solid-looking 4-3-1-2 formation. Campagnaro, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus and Dodo made up a back four, with M’Vila preferred to Kovacic in midfield. Guarin was the man tasked with supplying a front two of Palacio and Osvaldo.

Inter started brightly, again displaying the kind of assured possession that has characterised the early days of Mancini’s second spell in charge of the club. The defence came through their opening test well, blocking Maicon’s cross and making light work of the resulting corner. Two minutes later, Roma had the first real chance of the match. Pjanic swung in a ball from the left, looking for Gervinho. The ball eventually fell to Ljajic, but his shot was deflected wide.

Roma continued to push forward, this time through Nianggolan, whose tricky run drew a rash challenge from Ranocchia. The referee had no choice but to book the Inter captain. Seconds later, a suspiciously offside-looking Gervinho burst through one-on-one with Handanovic. The Ivorian chose to look for Francesco Totti, but Medel was there with a timely challenge.

You could sense a goal on the horizon, and indeed the Giallorossi took the lead on 21 minutes. Maicon and Ljajic combined well on the flank, the latter fizzing a low ball into the box. Gervinho was on his toes and on point to slot home from close range, leaving Handanovic no chance.

It was a wake-up call for Inter, who almost produced the perfect response.  A cross from the right wing found Kuzmanovic in the area, but the Serb’s shot was somehow kept out by De Sanctis. The Nerazzurri would get their reward on 35 minutes, however, with Andrea Ranocchia rising highest to power home the first league goal Roma had conceded all season. Soon after, the half-time whistle blew to bring down the curtain on an entertaining first 45 minutes, with Inter in the ascendency.

The players were greeted by rain on their return to the pitch, and Inter were soon behind once more. Holebas beat two defenders to power home an unstoppable strike from the edge of the area. The Nerazzurri were in no mood to lie down, however, and Osvaldo nearly scored a wondergoal to level things once more. The Italian expertly controlled a deep cross on his chest, but he couldn’t quite steer his overhead kick home.

It wasn’t long before Inter were level, though, and it was Osvaldo who converted a dangerous cross to make it 2-2. Sadly, parity was short lived, as Gervinho set off on yet another marauding run down the right flank. His cross found Totti in the box, and though the Roma captain couldn’t steer it home, the ball broke to Pjanic who made no mistake.

Not about to accept defeat, Inter continued to attack. On 67 minutes, Medel forced another tidy save from De Sanctis with a left-footed effort. With Roma slowing the pace of the game right down, Mancini – who’d seen red for his protests in the aftermath of the Roma goal – threw on Icardi and Joel Obi in place of Medel and Dodo.

Roma made a change of their own, with Iturbe relieving Totti. The Argentine was soon involved, spurning a golden opportunity to make it 4-2. The Nerazzurri had one last throw of the dice through Kovacic, whose shot looped dangerously over De Sanctis’ goalmouth. However, all hope was extinguished when Pjanic stepped up to convert an inch-perfect free-kick. The game was up for Inter, who nonetheless can be proud of a battling performance on a tough ground.

Scorers: Gervinho 21, Ranocchia 36, Holebas 47, Osvaldo 57, Pjanic 60, 90+1.

ROMA: 26 De Sanctis; 13 Maicon, 44 Manolas, 23 Astori, 25 Holebas; 15 Pjanic, 20 Keita (De Rossi 63), 4 Nainggolan; 27 Gervinho, 10 Totti (Iturbe 85), 8 Ljajic (Florenzi 63).
Subs not used: 28 Skorupski, 2 Yanga-Mbiwa, 3 Cole, 6 Strootman, 9 Borriello, 22 Destro, 32 Paredes, 35 Torosidis, 50 Somma, 82 Emanuelson.
Coach: Rudi Garcia

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 14 Campagnaro, 23 Ranocchia, 5 Juan Jesus, 22 Dodo (Icardi 82); 90 M'Vila (Kovacic 66), 18 Medel (Obi 82), 17 Kuzmanovic; 13 Guarin, 7 Osvaldo, 8 Palacio.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 46 Berni, 6 Andreolli, 25 Mbaye, 33 D'Ambrosio, 44 Krhin, 54 Donkor, 97 Bonazzoli.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Booked: Ranocchia 16, Keita 44, Palacio 56, Guarin 90.
Sent off: Mancini 62. 
Added time: 2+3 minutes.
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Bergamo).


starting lineups

De Sanctis 26 1 Handanovic
Maicon 13 14 Campagnaro
Manolas 44 23 Ranocchia
Astori 23 5 Jesus
Cholevas 25 22 Dodò
Pjanic 15 90 M'Vila
Keita 20 18 Medel
Nainggolan 4 17 Kuzmanovic
Gervinho 27 13 Guarin
Totti 10 7 Osvaldo
Ljajic 8 8 Palacio


Skorupski 28 30 Carrizo
Yanga-Mbiwa 2 46 Berni
Cole 3 6 Andreolli
Iturbe 7 9 Icardi
Borriello 9 10 Kovacic
De Rossi 16 20 Obi
Destro 22 25 Mbaye
Florenzi 24 33 D'Ambrosio
Paredes 32 44 Krhin
Torosidis 35 54 Donkor
Somma 50 97 Bonazzoli
Emanuelson 82