Final score

23 May 2015 20:45

44' (2nd half) Kucka
42' Lestienne
24' Pavoletti
3 - 2
30' Palacio
19' Icardi
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento / Linesmen: Dobosz, Marrazzo / Fourth official: Vivenzi / Assistants: Peruzzo, Tommasi
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Minute Text commentary
45' The ref brings the first half to a close. Icardi and Palacio twice put Inter ahead, but Pavoletti and then Lestienne equalised for Genoa.
44' Some handbags in the middle of the park sees both Kucka and Brozovic pick up yellow cards.
42' A mix-up between Ranocchia and Handanovic allows Lestienne to steal in a level the scores at 2-2.
41' Edenilson crosses in for Pavoletti, but Handanovic thinks quickest to claim the ball.
39' Hernanes brings down Bertolacci on the edge of the area, earning himself a yellow card and gifting the home side a dangerous free-kick.
37' Icardi has two goals chalked off for offside in the space of a couple of minutes!
33' Pavoletti almost hauls the Rossoblu level but he's denied by the crossbar!
32' Lestienne shoots for goal from inside the area but D'Ambrosio puts his body on the line to stop the Rossoblu No. 16.
30' GOOOOOOOOAL!!! Palacio latches on to Icardi's touch to go one-on-one with Perin. No mistake from the Argentine! 1-2 here in Genoa!
27' Lestienne scuttles in behind the Inter defence and looks for Iago Falque in the middle, but Medel slides in to quell the danger.
24' Genoa level things up. Pavoletti gathers the ball on the edge of the box, turns well and fires past Handanovic to make it 1-1 here.
21' Kucka lets fly from 35 yards, but Handanovic is alert to the danger and sees it behind for a corner.
19' GOOOOAL!!!! Hernanes crosses in for Icardi, who makes the most of some uncertainty in the box to nudge it past Perin. The Nerazzurri lead!
16' Iago Falque plays it into the box for Lestienne, but D'Ambrosio deals with the danger.
14' Medel smacks a long-range thunderbolt towards goal - Perin can only scramble it behind for a corner!
13' Hernanes swings in a cross from the right, but Kucka cuts it out and sets Genoa on their way.
10' What a save this is from Handanovic. The Inter goalie denies Lestienne from point-blank range!
9' Great chance for Inter! Kovacic holds the play up well before dinking in a cute cross for Brozovic, but the Croat's header goes just wide.
7' Hernanes finds Icardi with a lovely pass, but Roncaglia puts it behind for a corner.
5' Lestienne tries his luck from the edge of the area, drawing a diving save from our super Slovenian stopper.
3' Lestienne crosses in from the right, but it's no trouble for Handanovic.
1' Brozovic swings in a good cross, but Perin beats it away. Nagatomo fires in a first-time shot from the rebound, but Perin saves down low.
1' The Rossoblu take the kick-off. Forza Inter!
1' We're all set here at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris! Genoa v Inter is about to get underway.
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50' It's all over here at the Ferraris. Kucka's late header means Genoa take the three points.
49' Icardi goes down in the Genoa box after pressure from Burdisso, but the ref waves away the Inter protests.
48' Gasperini makes his third and final change with També coming on for Edenilson.
47' Icardi takes the kick but it's deflected behind for a corner.
46' Roncaglia brings down Icardi to give Inter a free-kick on the edge of the area. Yellow card for the Genoa man.
44' Kucka heads home from Edenilson's free-kick. It's 3-2 to Genoa here with just a few minutes left to play.
43' Juan Jesus sees yellow for a foul on Edenilson.
42' Mancini makes his third and final change, bringing on Puscas for D'Ambrosio.
38' Second change from the home side. Gasperini brings on Izzo in place of Iago Falque.
37' Shaqiri fires in a dangerous cross, but Icardi can only head wide!
36' Hernanes goes close! The Brazilian's curling shot is tipped round the post by Perin for an Inter corner.
32' Mancini throws on Shaqiri and Bonazzoli in place of Brozovic and Palacio. Gasperini replaces Lestienne with Laxalt.
30' falls to Brozovic, but the Croat's powerful strike is kept out by the crossbar! Unbelievable!
30' Incredible double chance for Inter! First Hernanes latches onto Juan Jesus' through ball only for his shot to cannon back off the post...
27' Lestienne's corner his met by the head of Burdisso. Handanovic watches it trickle just past the post.
24' Bertolacci lets fly with a stinging shot from distance. Handanovic ensures he tips it round the post for a corner.
19' Pavoletti knocks it into space but D'Ambrosio is there to body-check him. Free-kick to Genoa and a booking for the Nerazzurri defender.
18' De Maio brings down Palacio. It's a yellow card for the Rossoblu defender.
13' Great chance for Inter. Palacio bursts into the area and leaves Burdisso on the turf with a nifty turn, but the Argentine loses his footing.
11' Hernanes swings in a free-kick from midway inside the Genoa half, but Perin claims it.
10' Iago Falque looks to play in a cross, but Nagatomo gets it behind for a corner.
8' Kucka takes aim from distance, but Handanovic can watch it bobble wide.
4' Hernanes' free-kick is not troubling Perin in the Genoa goal. Goal-kick.
3' Kovacic is upended by Kucka. Inter have a free-kick just outside the box.
1' We're back underway here in Liguria. Neither side has made any subs.
Average rating 4.44
7 shots on target 5
7 shots off target 6
13 fouls committed 10
13 corners 5
6 offsides 3
47% ball possession 53%
wins(19) draws(23) defeats(28)

GENOA – Inter have been beaten 3-2 by Genoa after a pulsating encounter at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Despite taking the lead twice in the first-half through Icardi and then Palacio, the Nerazzurri were pegged back by the hosts before the break, with Kucka heading home at the death to ensure the three points stayed in Liguria.

It was a breathless affair right from the off. Both sides roared out of the blocks, keen to draw first blood. And it took just 60 seconds for the Nerazzurri to create their first chance, with Nagatomo bursting forward and forcing an astute save from Perin.

Inter continued to press, winning numerous corners and packing the Rossoblu half. With the game still in its infancy, Kovacic scuttled down the wing and swung in a perfect ball for Brozovic, but the Croat’s header ended up going behind for a goal-kick.

Genoa fought back through Lestienne. Rincon played in a dangerous cross from the left, but the Belgian’s header was somehow kept out by Handanovic at point-blank range. On 19 minutes, Inter took the lead. Hernanes made great use of the space on the left flank to find Icardi lurking in the box – Edenilson failed to get it away and Maurito made no mistake in slotting past Perin with a calm left-footed effort.

Far from rolling over, Genoa dug their heels in and looked to level things up. First Kucka called Handanovic into action with a long-range strike, then Iago Falque’s shot had to be cleared by Medel. The Rossoblu kept the pressure up and on 24 minutes the Nerazzurri defence was breached. Pavoletti received the ball from Bertolacci on the edge of the box, showing great agility to turn and fire a truly unstoppable shot into the net.

Now it was Inter’s turn to show a response, and that’s exactly what they did. Just six minutes after the equaliser, Icardi nudged the ball on for Palacio, who made no mistake through one-on-one with Perin to restore the Nerazzurri’s advantage.

Incredibly, Genoa came right back at Inter once more, with Pavoletti denied by the crossbar on 32 minutes. Icardi, meanwhile, was a constant threat up front for the Nerazzurri, and had two goals disallowed for offside in the space of 60 seconds in the 38th minute. Down the other end, a defensive mix-up between Ranocchia and Handanovic allowed Lestienne to ghost in and level the scores once more on 42 minutes. The scoreboard read 2-2 at the break.

It was a different game in the second half, with both sides seemingly intent on restoring some order to proceedings. Genoa had the best of the early chances, without ever really troubling Handanovic – Kucka had the best of them, a long-range effort that called the Slovenian keeper into action once more.

Palacio had a great chance to put Inter back in front on 58 minutes. The Argentine cut inside Burdisso, leaving the Genoa man on the turf, but Palacio lost his own footing at the decisive moment. The chance seemed to light the touchpaper once more – Bertolacci stung Handanovic’s palms with another Genoa shot from distance.

Inter were left shaking their heads in the 72nd minute, when Hernanes found a yard of space on the left-hand side of the box only to watch the ball cannon back off the post. Incredibly, the rebound fell to Brozovic, whose powerful effort thundered onto the crossbar before bouncing clear.

Buoyed by the double chance, the Nerazzurri continued to press forward. Hernanes worked Perin once more with a curling free-kick, before Icardi headed just wide from an inch-perfect Shaqiri cross.

The match looked to be heading for a draw, but there was to be a sting in the tail for Roberto Mancini’s men. Genoa won a free-kick in the 89th minute; Edenilson swung it in and it was Kucka who rose highest at the back post to head home for 3-2.

The Nerazzurri threw everything at the Rossoblu in the final exchanges and had a decent shout for a penalty after Icardi hit the deck in the Genoa box, but there was to be no reprieve. The three points stay in Liguria.

Scorers: Icardi 19, Pavoletti 24, Palacio 30, Lestienne 42, Kucka 89.

GENOA: 1 Perin; 14 Roncaglia, 8 Burdisso, 4 De Maio; 21 Edenilson (Tambè 90+3), 88 Rincon, 91 Bertolacci, 33 Kucka; 24 Iago Falque (Izzo 85), 19 Pavoletti, 16 Lestienne (Laxalt 77).
Subs not used: 23 Lamanna, 39 Sommariva, 10 Perotti, 20 Tino Costa, 35 Soprano, 37 Panico, 38 Mandragora.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio 28 (Puscas 86), 23 Ranocchia, 5 Juan Jesus, 55 Nagatomo; 10 Kovacic, 18 Medel, 77 Brozovic (Shaqiri 77); 88 Hernanes; 8 Palacio (Bonazzoli 77), 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 6 Andreolli, 14 Campagnaro, 17 Kuzmanovic, 20 Obi, 21 Santon, 26 Felipe, 27 Gnoukouri, 54 Donkor.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Yellow cards: Hernanes 38, Kucka 44, Brozovic 44 , De Maio 62, D'Ambrosio 64, Juan Jesus 87, Roncaglia 90.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).
Assistants: Dobosz and Marrazzo.
Fourth official: Vivenzi.
Additional assistants: Peruzzo and Tommasi.

starting lineups

Perin 1 1 Handanovic
Roncaglia 14 33 D'Ambrosio
Burdisso 8 23 Ranocchia
De Maio 4 5 Jesus
Rincon 88 55 Nagatomo
Kucka 33 10 Kovacic
Bertolacci 91 18 Medel
Edenilson 21 77 Brozovic
Lestienne 16 88 Hernanes
Pavoletti 19 8 Palacio
Iago Falque 24 9 Icardi


Lamanna 23 30 Carrizo
Sommariva 39 6 Andreolli
Tambè 2 14 Campagnaro
Izzo 5 17 Kuzmanovic
Perotti 10 20 Obi
Tino Costa 20 21 Santon
Soprano 35 26 Felipe
Panico 37 27 Gnoukouri
Mandragora 38 28 Puscas
Laxalt 93 54 Donkor
91 Shaqiri
97 Bonazzoli