Final score

6 November 2016 18:00

48' (2nd half) Icardi
44' (2nd half) Icardi (P)
39' (2nd half) Perisic
3 - 0
referee Gianpaolo Calvarese / linesmen Giacomo Paganessi, Omar Gava / 4th man Filippo Valeriani / assistants Carmine Russo, Davide Ghersini
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Minutes Text commentary
47' The first half comes to a close at the Meazza
47' Cordaz punches away a Brozovic free kick
46' Banega has a shot that is deflected behind for a corner
45' There will be two minutes of additional time
44' D'Ambrosio nods on a Perisic cross but then Ferrari clears
43' Candreva beats two opponents but then the ball runs away from him
40' Brozovic cuts inside and shoots with his left, but there's just not enough curve to sneak inside Cordaz's post
38' Candreva plays it in behind for Icardi but Cordaz is quick off his line and sweeps up
35' Inter working hard but finding it difficult to open up Crotone, who are sitting deep in their own half
32' Miranda climbs highest on a Banega corner. Fantastic save from Cordaz
29' Inter put it in the net but it's offside! D'Ambrosio following up a vicious effort by Candreva from distance only for the ref to rule it out
28' Banega whips one for Icardi and Perisic to attack, but Rosi gets there first and puts it behind for a corner
25' Candreva is consistently putting in crosses from the right; his last two don't trouble Cordaz however
21' Brozovic receives the ball from a short corner but can't get it past the first man
20' Vecchi is forced into an early change, Murillo replacing the injured Ranocchia
18' Ranocchia has pulled up here... Murillo is hastily warming up
17' Mesbah crosses for Trotta, who volleys over with his left
15' Joao Mario searches for Ranocchia from the resulting free kick but the Italian defender can't get over the ball
14' Mesbah shown a yellow card for clumsy challenge on D'Ambrosio
11' Ranocchia fouls Falcinelli and Calvarese reckons it's enough for a yellow card
10' Candreva tries to hit Banega at the far post, but the linesman calls it back as the ball went out of play. Goal-kick for Crotone
7' Nice work from Ever Banega, holding off defenders as he drove into the box and shot but Cordaz saved with his feet
6' Joao Mario plays it deep for Perisic, who backheels to Banega but he's tackled and the ball goes out of play
4' Ranocchia wins a goal-kick after a sliding tackle on Mesbah
2' Candreva with another cross but Ceccherini heads clear
1' Candreva swings a cross in from the right; it's slightly too far for Icardi and Perisic
1' The match begins! C'mon guys!
1' The teams make their way out onto the pitch. All that remains is for the ref to get this contest under way!
1' The floodlights are on at the Meazza for Inter v Crotone in Week 12 of Serie A 2016/17
Minutes Text commentary
48' It's all over! Inter get the three points thanks to Perisic's strike and a brace from Icardi. 3-0 to the Nerazzurri
48' MAUROOOOO! This times it's legal and the skipper makes it 3-0 after Eder's cross
47' Icardi puts in the net but Calvarese rules it out for offside
45' There will be three minutes of additional time
44' GOOOOOAAAAL! Icardi makes no mistake from the spot and doubles our lead
43' Penalty! Icardi fouled in the box by Ferrari, leaving the ref with no choice.
41' Two changes for Crotone: Tonev and Sampirisi replacing Rohden and Berberis
39' GOOOOAAAAAL! Icardi finds Perisic in acres of space. The Croatian shows a cool head to slot in under Cordaz
37' Vecchi uses up his last sub, sending on Jovetic for Candreva
35' Stevan Jovetic is preparing to come on
32' Icardi tries the spectacular on a Candreva cross, but his bicycle kick flies over
30' Joao Mario runs onto a strike just outside the area but can't keep it below the bar
28' Cross-shot from Candreva that Cordaz somehow manages to save. Miranda heads over from the resulting corner
26' Crisetig comes on in place of Trotta for the visitors
25' Rosi upends Perisic and earns himself a yellow card
24' Santon's cross is turned behind for a corner, Inter's 15th of the game
22' Candreva hits one wide from outside the area
19' Aerobatics from Murillo, but his overhead kick goes over
19' Vecchi makes another change: Eder on for Banega
17' Brozovic brought down 25 yards out. Free kick in a good position for Inter
14' Candreva crosses from deep, Icardi with the header but it's wide!
13' Joao Mario tries to pick out Icardi but it's slightly too long. Cordaz makes it his
11' Umpteenth corner for the Nerazzurri, as Candreva's shot is deflected behind
8' Good interplay by Inter that ends with a Candreva cross for Joao Mario. Capezzi gets there first but nearly turns it into his own net
7' D'Ambrosio shoots from distance; it's too central and Cordaz gets his body behind it
5' Banega strikes from the edge of the area, but it takes a deflection and goes out for a corner
3' Icardi flicks a Perisic cross to the far post, but it's within Cordaz's range
2' Murillo heads over a Banega free kick unmarked in the area
1' No change to either side as the second half gets under way

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9 shots on target 0
16 shots off target 4
9 fouls committed 10
18 corners 4
3 offsides 1
74% ball possession 26%
Calabrians & Inter

Sunday will see the first-ever meeting between Inter and Crotone in Serie A. The Calabrians got their first win in the Italian top flight last time out against Chievo Verona, having got their first point on the road at Fiorentina in Week 10.

Losing & winning positions

Inter have salvaged more points from losing positions than any other side in the league this season with eight, while Crotone have lost more points from winning positions than any other side with ten.

Former nerazzurri

Lorenzo Crisetig- Two of Crotone’s squad came up through the ranks of the Inter youth academy: goalkeeper Alex Cordaz and midfielder .

wins(1) draws(1) defeats(0)

MILAN – Inter left it late but goals from Ivan Perisic and a brace from Mauro Icardi gave the club a well-deserved and much-needed victory tonight at San Siro.

Crotone turned up at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza with one aim in mind: to park the bus and try to get away with a point. For much of the contest it looked as if they would do just that, but as the Calabrian side tired, the Nerazzurri's quality came to the fore and 3-0 was ultimately a fair reflection of the dominance by Stefano Vecchi's players.

The interim coach lined up in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Icardi leading the line and Ever Banega in the hole behind him. His side immediately gained territory in the midfield and Antonio Candreva threatened early doors with a couple of crosses from the right flank. 

In the sixth minute, Banega won the ball and drove at the heart of the Calabrian defence before shooting from the edge of the area. However, Alex Cordaz was in fine form in the visitors' goal and saved with his feet. 

Crotone had a couple of half chances down the other end: the first when they outnumbered the Inter defence on a counter attack and the second when Djamal Mesbah put in a good cross for Marcello Trotta. In both cases, Miranda did well to snuff out any serious threat. 

The contest settled into a rhythm of wave after wave of Inter attacks down the wings and crosses into the box. Just before the half-hour mark, the Crotone defence failed to clear a ball properly and it fell to Candreva, who unleashed a stinging shot that Cordaz couldn't keep hold of. Danilo D'Ambrosio was the first to react and put the ball in the net, but replays showed he was fractionally offside and the goal didn't stand.

There were no changes to either side at half-time and the sides picked up where they left off at the end of the first: Inter banging on the door and Crotone trying to keep them out. Jeison Murillo, Mauro Icardi and Banega all had chances within the first five minutes of the restart that were either too high, safely saved or deflected behind for a corner. 

In the 62nd minute, Marcelo Brozovic won a free-kick in an ideal position and Banega nominated himself to take it. The Argentine successfully got the ball up and over the wall, but Cordaz caught sight of it early and managed to pull out the diving save. That proved to be Banega's last contribution, as he was replaced by Eder for the last 30 minutes.

As the minutes ticked away, it began to look as if this would be yet another occasion when luck was set against us. Happily, in the 84th minute, Icardi played a first-time ball out to Perisic on the right wing. The Croatian drove into the area and struck an angled shot under Cordaz to break the deadlock. 

Three minutes later, Inter's captain was brought down unfairly in the area and Gianpaolo Calvarese pointed immediately to the spot. The Argentine No.9 stood up and put the result beyond doubt, smashing an unsaveable penalty into the bottom corner. 

The icing on the cake was applied with essentially the last kick of the game, when the lively Eder put in an inch-perfect cross for Icardi to volley home his second of the evening and restore some confidence to the club.

Inter 3-0 Crotone (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Perisic 84, Icardi 88 (pen.) and 90+2.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 25 Miranda, 13 Ranocchia (24 Murillo, 19), 21 Santon; 87 Candreva (10 Jovetic, 82), 77 Brozovic, 6 Joao Mario, 44 Perisic; 19 Banega (23 Eder, 63); 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 5 Melo, 7 Kondogbia, 11 Biabiany, 27 Gnoukouri, 55 Nagatomo, 96 Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Vecchi.

CROTONE: 1 Cordaz; 22 Rosi, 17 Ceccherini, 13 Ferrari, 15 Mesbah; 6 Rohden (31 Sampirisi, 85), 28 Capezzi, 18 Barberis (24 Tonev, 5); 29 Trotta (8 Crisetig, 71), 11 Falcinelli, 7 Palladino.
Subs not used: 5 Festa, 95 Cojocaru, 3 Claiton, 9 Nalini, 20 Salzano, 23 Doussenne, 77 Fazzi, 87 Martella, 99 Nwankwo.
Coach: Davide Nicola.

Yellow cards: Ranocchia 11, Mesbah 14, Rosi 70.

Additional time: 2+3 minutes.

Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese.
Assistants: Giacomo Paganessi, Omar Gava.
Fourth official: Valeriani.
Additional assistants: Filippo Irrati, Davide Ghersini.

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 1 Cordaz
Santon 21 22 Rosi
Miranda 25 17 Ceccherini
Ranocchia 13 13 Ferrari
D'Ambrosio 33 15 Mesbah
Brozovic 77 6 Rohden
Joao Mario 6 28 Capezzi
Banega 19 18 Berberis
Candreva 87 29 Trotta
Icardi 9 11 Falcinelli
Perisic 44 7 Palladino


Carrizo 30 5 Festa
Andreolli 2 95 Cojocaru
Melo 5 3 Claiton
Kondogbia 7 8 Crisetig
Jovetic 10 9 Nalini
Biabiany 11 20 Salzano
Eder 23 23 Dussenne
Murillo 24 24 Tonev
Gnoukouri 27 31 Sampirisi
Nagatomo 55 77 Fazzi
Barbosa 96 87 Martella
99 Nwankwo

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