Final score

6 March 2016 20:45

9' (2nd half) Perisic
23' Icardi
11' Ljajic
3 - 1
45' Vazquez
Referee: Carmine Russo / Linesmen: De Luca, Marrazzo / Fourth official: Crispo / Assistants: Calvarese, Di Paolo
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Minute Text commentary
46' Inter lead 2-1 at the break thanks to goals from Ljajic and Icardi
45' Palermo halve the deficit on the counter. Rispoli centres for Vazquez to lunge in and finish. 2-1
44' There will be one minute of added time
42' Perisic feeds Icardi from the left touchline. The Argentine can't connect with a sliding effort
38' Perisic tries his luck from 20 yards and Sorrentino gets down smartly to divert the ball behind
36' Vazquez thumps it with his left from the edge of the box and Carrizo pushes the ball to safety
34' Nice work between Icardi and Palacio. Only a good sliding challenge denies El Trenza
29' Kondogbia collects the loose ball and shoots over from the edge of the box
28' Inter go close to making it three. Palacio squares it for Ljajic who skips past Gonzalez but shoots off target from a good position
25' Miranda nips in ahead of Gilardino from Rispoli's low cross
23' GOAL FOR INTER! Palacio curls the ball in from the right and Mauro Icardi toe-pokes home. Inter lead 2-0
21' Vazquez tries to catch out Carrizo with a chip from the halfway line. Meat and drink for the Nerazzurri keeper
20' Icardi is floored by Gonzalez on the edge of the box. Mr Russo waves play on
16' Palacio finds Ljajic who tries to steer one into the path of Medel. Just too much weight on the pass
15' The Nerazzurri defence comes back to deny Chochev. Carrizo collects easily
11' GOAL FOR INTER! Great feet from Ljajic who works a shooting angle on the edge of the box and steers it into the corner past Sorrentino
9' Kondogbia plays it deep for Icardi, easy claim for Sorrentino
8' Perisic gets down the left and Vitiello puts it behind for a corner
5' The Nerazzurri try and take the game by the scruff of the neck, while Palermo sit deep
1' The Nerazzurri get us up and running
1' The teams come out to strains of "Pazza Inter". Inter v Palermo is nearly underway
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time! Inter take home the three points courtesy of a 3-1 win. Ljajic, Icardi and Perisic on the scoresheet
48' Brozovic shoots over from outside the box
47' Biabiany bends in towards Perisic who can't make winning contact at the back stick
45' The fourth official's board shows four minutes
43' Last sub for Mancini: Felipe Melo replaces Medel
38' Substitution for the Rosanero: Balogh replaces Rispoli
35' Carrizo saves at the second attempt from Djurdjevic's close-range effort
33' Inter change: Biabiany comes on for Palacio
26' Another switch for Iachini: Djurdjevic comes on for Gilardino
26' Sorrentino makes a good save to repel Palacio's header from Brozovic's free-kick
25' Gonzalez cautioned
23' Palermo change: Iachini sends on Quaison in place of Chochev
20' Inter substitution: Brozovic replaces Ljajic
14' Chance to make it 4-1. Palacio is found by Perisic whose cross doesn't quite reach Icardi
13' Medel is cautioned for a tactical foul
9' GOAL FOR INTER! Icardi curls in a delicious cross from the right and Perisic stoops to meet the ball with his head. 3-1 to Inter!
3' Chochev fires it across the face of goal but none of his team-mates can latch onto it
1' The second half is underway with both sides unchanged
Average rating 6.61
7 shots on target 5
7 shots off target 4
12 fouls committed 12
8 corners 5
2 offsides 2
63% ball possession 37%
wins(20) draws(9) defeats(0)
MILAN - After their Coppa Italia commitments, it was back to Serie A action for Inter, as they hosted Palermo at the Meazza in Week 28. Handanovic came down with the flu, handing a first league start of the campaign to Carrizo. Nagatomo, Miranda, Murillo and D'Ambrosio made up the back four, while midfielders Medel and Kondogbia were tasked with supporting the front four of Ljajic, Perisic, Palacio and captain Icardi.

Inter dominated possession early on, albeit without creating anything noteworthy. The Nerazzurri made the breakthrough down the left flank, as Perisic raced clear before feeding Ljajic. The Serb controlled before working half a yard away from Andelkovic and firing back across goal past Sorrentino.

The game then came to life. Midway through the first half, Vazquez tried an audacious lob from the best part of 50 yards by Carrizo was on his mettle. Inter then broke forward to double their lead. After a sustained spell of pressure in Rosanero territory, Icardi darted back towards the near post to turn home Palacio's cross.

The visitors nearly pulled one back after a fine team move. Gilardino found Hiljemark who flicked the ball into the path of Vazquez: Carrizo got down well to punch clear the Argentine's effort, however.

Icardi might have made it 3-0 moments before the break but was a whisker away from making contact, before Palermo grabbed a lifeline on the stroke of half time. Rispoli streaked clear down the right and his cross dropped perfectly for Vazquez to control a finish from 12 yards.

The second period began with both sides unchanged. Inter faced a scare three minutes into the half, as Chochev's low centre eluded everyone in the penalty area. Inter, though, were clinical on the break on 54 minutes. Palacio played the ball to Kondogbia, before the Frenchman spread it wide to Ljajic. The Serb then fed Icardi who had pulled wide beyond the Rosanero backline. His teasing cross was just too inviting for Perisic, who finished with an emphatic diving header to make it 3-1.

Mancini sent on Brozovic midway through the second half in place of Ljajic and the substitute very nearly laid on a fourth for the hosts on 70 minutes but Sorrentino made an excellent stop to keep out Palacio's header from the Croat's free-kick.

Palermo tried to threaten but both Vazquez and Rispoli shot off target. With 15 minutes to play, the lively Perisic looked for his second and the Nerazzurri's fourth but once again Sorrentino was equal to it, saving the curling effort at his far post. With 10 minutes to play, Carrizo was called into action, saving at the second attempt after substitutes Quaison and Djurdjevic combined.

Inter then saw out the rest of the contest - one-sided throughout - and might have added a fourth had Perisic made better contact with a Biabiany delivery.

Roberto Mancini's side secure a third straight home win in the league after victories over Chievo and Sampdoria. Next up are Bologna. The Rossoblu visit San Siro on Saturday 12 March.

Inter 3-1 Palermo (HT: 2-1)
Scorers: Ljajic 11, Icardi 23, Vazquez 45, Perisic 54.

Inter: 30 Carrizo;  55 Nagatomo, 25 Miranda, 24 Murillo, 33 D'Ambrosio; 17 Medel (83 Melo 87), 7 Kondogbia; 44 Perisic, 8 Palacio (11 Biabiany 78), 22 Ljajic (77 Brozovic 66); 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 46 Berni, 98 Radu, 5 Jesus, 12 Telles, 21 Santon, 23 Eder, 27 Gnoukouri, 97 Manaj.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Palermo: 70 Sorrentino; 2 Vitiello, 12 Gonzalez, 4 Andelkovic; 3 Rispoli (22 Balogh 83), 10 Hiljemark, 25 Maresca, 18 Chochev (21 Quaison 68), 97 Pezzella; 20 Vazquez, 11 Gilardino (99 Djurdjevic 70).
Subs not used: 1 Posavec, 53 Alastra, 9 Bentivenga, 15 Cionek, 16 Brugman, 23 Struna, 24 Cristante, 28 Jajalo, 77 Morganella.
Coach: Giuseppe Iachini.

Booked: Medel 57, Gonzalez 70.
Added time
: 1+4 minutes.

Referee: Russo.
Assistants: De Luca & Marrazzo.
Fourth official: Crispo.
Additional assistants: Calvarese & Di Paolo.

starting lineups

Carrizo 30 70 Sorrentino
D'Ambrosio 33 2 Vitiello
Miranda 25 12 Gonzalez
Murillo 24 4 Andelkovic
Nagatomo 55 3 Rispoli
Medel 17 10 Hiljemark
Kondogbia 7 25 Maresca
Perisic 44 18 Chochev
Palacio 8 97 Pezzella
Ljajic 22 20 Vazquez
Icardi 9 11 Gilardino


Berni 46 1 Posavec
Radu 98 53 Alastra
Jesus 5 9 Bentivenga
Biabiany 11 15 Cionek
Telles 12 16 Brugman
Santon 21 21 Quaison
Eder 23 22 Balogh
Gnoukouri 27 23 Stuna
Brozovic 77 24 Cristante
Melo 83 28 Jajalo
Manaj 97 77 Morganella
99 Djurdjevic