Final score

22 January 2017 15:00

0 - 1
20' (2nd half) Joao Mario
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati / Linesmen: Paganessi, Peretti / Fourth official: Marrazzo / Assistants: Banti, La Penna
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47' And that's half time. No goals in the first 45 minutes - it's 0-0 at the break.
47' D'Ambrosio lofts in a cross, but Perisic can't keep his effort on target.
45' Icardi steps up to take the free-kick, but the ball whistles just over the bar. Goal kick.
44' There'll be two minutes' added time at the end of the first half.
43' Icardi is played through but Goldaniga brings him down inches before he can get into the box. Yellow card for the Palermo defender.
42' Corner to Inter. Murillo gets up highest but his header is well wide.
41' Perisic swings in a cross from the left, but Gonzalez lunges in to put behind for a corner before Icardi can finish.
38' Brozovic fires in a cross. It deflects off Gazzi and forces Posavec into an impressive save down to his right.
35' Jajalo jinks past D'Ambrosio, who brings the Palermo man down. Yellow card for the Inter No.33.
31' Lovely ball through from Banega for Perisic, who lofts his cross straight into Posavec's grasp.
29' Perisic gathers the ball in the box and looks to find Icardi, but Rispoli intercepts. Great pressure from the Nerazzurri!
27' What a chance for Icardi! Brozovic's curling effort is kept out by Posavec, but Icardi can only head the rebound over the bar!
27' D'Ambrosio crosses in again, but Cionek gets there before Brozovic at the far post. Corner to Inter.
25' Dangerous cross from D'Ambrosio, but Posavec does enough to avert the danger.
22' Ansaldi stops Bruno Henrique breaking with a clumsy challenge - yellow card for the Inter full-back.
22' Great chance for Inter. Icardi finds Candreva on the right-hand side of the box, but the Italian's right-footed effort is beaten away by Posavec.
21' Quaison outmuscles Murillo but can only find the side netting.
19' Nestorovski gets booked for a raised arm on Gagliardini, who gets a bloody lip in the process.
18' D'Ambrosio finds Icardi on the right-hand side of the box, but the captain's cross deflects off Gonzalez for Posavec to claim.
15' It's raining heavily here at the Stadio Renzo Barbera, where the scores are still 0-0 after 15 minutes' play.
12' D'Ambrosio swings in a cross from the right, but it goes behind for a corner.
12' Fantastic play from Icardi to control Miranda's pass. The Argentine gets away from Gonzalez but his shot is right at Posavec.
10' Quaison swings in a cross, but Brozovic is there to clear the danger.
6' Rispoli escapes punishment after a late challenge on Miranda.
5' Rispoli gets to the byline and pulls it back for Nestorovski, whose shot is smothered by a covering defender. Corner to the home side.
3' Nestorovski crosses in from the left, but Handanovic can simply watch it glide over the box and away from danger.
1' And we're off! Inter - playing in white - take the kick-off. Come on lads!
1' The Nerazzurri will get this Week 21 clash underway.
1' Palermo and Inter make their way out onto the pitch at the Stadio Renzo Barbera ahead of kick-off.
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50' There it is! Inter rack up their sixth league win on the bounce thanks to Joao Mario's second-half goal!
50' Red card! Gazzi gets a second yellow after a late foul on Brozovic. Both sides down to ten here.
46' Quaison is shown a yellow card after a poor challenge on Kondogbia.
45' There'll be five minutes' added time here.
45' Brozovic gets his through ball all wrong - Icardi would have been in on goal.
44' Brozovic earns his team a corner after a quick break from the Nerazzurri.
43' Pezzella crosses in, but Santon is there to head behind for a corner.
39' Chochev thunders a shot towards goal from distance, but it's way off target.
38' Diamanti booked for dissent after Palermo have a goal ruled out.
36' Palermo send on Chochev in place of Jajalo, while Inter replace Candreva with Santon.
35' Pioli has been sent to the stands in the melee.
35' Ansaldi red card! The Argentine has been shown a second booking after a coming together with Nestorovski. Inter are up in arms here.
34' Balogh booked for a foul on Gagliardini.
33' Palermo make a change, with Diamanti the man coming on for Rispoli.
32' Inter make their second change of the game as Kondogbia comes on to replace Perisic.
29' Icardi's effort is blocked by Gonzalez, then Brozovic blazes the rebound over.
26' Palermo make a change. Balogh comes on to replace Bruno Henrique.
25' Ansaldi's cross is overhit and goes out for a Palermo goal kick.
20' GOOOOOOAL!!!! Candreva finds Joao Mario from the right and the Portuguese fires it home!!!
18' Gazzi gets a booking for pulling back Joao Mario.
18' Inter are pushing hard here, but Palermo are refusing to give in. Neither Joao Mario nor Antonio Candreva can find the killer pass just now.
16' Great ball by Gagliardini for Icardi, who looks to dink it past Posavec but sees his shot saved by the Palermo keeper.
14' Perisic sets off on the left, nips past Gazzi and unleashes a curling effort, but it goes wide.
13' D'Ambrosio swings in a cross for Candreva, whose shot is tame.
10' Stefano Pioli makes his first switch of the match, replacing Ever Banega with Joao Mario.
9' Cionek nearly scores an own goal, then Gagliardini fires an acrobatic effort over from close range.
8' Ansaldi finds Perisic, who centres for Banega. Palermo bundle it behind for another Nerazzurri corner.
6' Perisic's cross is blocked by Cionek. Corner kick to Inter.
3' Perisic gets a first-time shot away from the edge of the box, but Posavec makes the easy save.
1' The second half begins here in Sicily with neither side making any changes at the break.

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1 shots on target 6
2 shots off target 7
19 fouls committed 12
7 corners 12
1 offsides 3
51% ball possession 49%
Pioli facing Corini

The two respective coaches have crossed paths on just one prior occasion, when Pioli's Bologna beat Eugenio Corini's Chievo Verona 4-0 in 2012/13. Pioli has only suffered two losses from ten encounters against Palermo in the top flight. Geoffrey Kondogbia and Miranda will miss the game through suspension.

History so far

There are 57 previous encounters between these two clubs: Inter are ahead on 29 wins to six and are unbeaten in their last five. Nevertheless, all Palermo's victories against the Nerazzurri have come at home.

wins(10) draws(13) defeats(6)

PALERMO – Inter made it six wins from six in the league with a 1-0 defeat of Palermo at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Sunday afternoon.

After a goalless first half, the Nerazzurri took the lead in the 65th minute as Joao Mario calmly slotted home from close range. Cristian Ansaldi was sent off for a second bookable offence ten minutes from time, but there was to be no denying the Nerazzurri.

Palermo started brightly, with Quaison forcing Miranda into some early defensive duties. Murillo and Brozovic were both called into action soon afterwards, as the home side looked to keep the pressure up on Inter.

The Nerazzurri promptly whirred into life, with Icardi first drawing a good save from Posavec, then teeing up Candreva only for the Italian to watch his fierce effort palmed away by the man in the Palermo goal. Inter’s best chance of the half came on 26 minutes, as Posavec’s parried Brozovic’s shot straight at Icardi – yet the Argentine could only nod over the bar.

As Inter took control, so Palermo began to look more threatening on the counter, with both Quaison and Jajalo squandering chances. There was time for one more chance for the Nerazzurri before half time, but Icardi’s free-kick fizzed just over the bar.

Neither side made any changes at half time, but the energy that characterised the first 45 minutes was clearly lacking after the break and Stefano Pioli soon called for Joao Mario, with Ever Banega the man making way. The Nerazzurri began to exert more and more pressure on the Palermo goal, with Perisic and Icardi left shaking their heads as the chances went begging.

Inter’s moment came five minutes after the hour mark: Candreva’s cross from the right fell to Joao Mario in the box, with the Portuguese side footing home from a yard or two out to hand his side a vital 1-0 lead.

The Nerazzurri took control of the game following the goal, but there were choppy waters ahead as Ansaldi was shown a second yellow card after a coming together with Nestorovski. Palermo roused themselves and poured forward, but Inter stood firm. The numbers were briefly evened up as Gazzi was shown a second yellow card five minutes into added time, with Inter happy to wind down the clock to secure another three points.

PALERMO 0-1 Inter (HT: 0:0)
Scorers: Joao Mario 65.

PALERMO: 1 Posavec; 15 Cionek, 12 Gonzalez, 6 Goldaniga; 3 Rispoli (Diamanti 77), 25 Henrique (Balogh 70), 14 Gazzi, 28 Jajalo (Chochev 81), 97 Pezzella; 21 Quaison; 30 Nestorovski.
Subs not used: 55 Marson, 2 Vitiello, 4 Andelkovic, 8 Trajkovski, 11 Embalo, 19 Aleesami, 27 Bentivenga, 89 Morganella, 98 Lo Faso.
Coach: Eugenio Corini.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 24 Murillo, 25 Miranda, 15 Ansaldi; 5 Gagliardini, 77 Brozovic; 87 Candreva (Santon 82), 19 Banega (Joao Mario 56), 44 Perisic (Kondogbia 76); 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 8 Palacio, 11 Biabiany, 13 Ranocchia, 17 Medel, 23 Eder, 55 Nagatomo, 96 Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

Yellow cards: Nestorovski 19, Ansaldi 21, D'Ambrosio 35, Goldaniga 43, Gazzi 63, Balogh 78, Diamanti 83, Quaison 90.
Red cards: Ansaldi 80, Gazzi 90+5

Added time: 2 + 5 minutes.

Referee: Irrati.
Assistants: Paganessi, Peretti.
Fourth official: Marrazzo.
Additional assistants: Banti, La Penna.

starting lineups

Posavec 1 1 Handanovic
Cionek 15 33 D'Ambrosio
Gonzalez 12 24 Murillo
Goldaniga 6 25 Miranda
Rispoli 3 15 Ansaldi
Bruno Henrique 25 5 Gagliardini
Gazzi 14 77 Brozovic
Jajalo 28 87 Candreva
Pezzella 97 19 Banega
Quaison 21 44 Perisic
Nestorovski 30 9 Icardi


Marson 55 30 Carrizo
Vitiello 2 2 Andreolli
Andelkovic 4 6 Joao Mario
Trajkovski 8 7 Kondogbia
Silva 9 8 Palacio
Embalo 11 11 Biabiany
Chochev 18 13 Ranocchia
Aleesami 19 17 Medel
Balogh 22 21 Santon
Diamanti 23 23 Eder
Bentivegna 27 55 Nagatomo
Morganella 89 96 Barbosa

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