Final score

9 April 2017 15:00

23' Falcinelli
18' Falcinelli (P)
2 - 1
20' (2nd half) D'Ambrosio
Referee: Marco Guida / Linesmen: Marzaloni, Marrazzo / Fourth official: Carbone / Assistants: Doveri, Nasca
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48' The first half draws to a close with the home side leading, thanks to Falcinelli's brace.
48' Great chance for Ansaldi after Banega's cross but he can't get his header on target.
45' There will be three minutes of added time before the break.
43' Play is stopped after Ansaldi receives a blow to the face.
41' Miranda prevents a certain goal, blocking Rohden's shot with his chest.
39' Two chances fall to Martella in quick succession but he's unable to add to Crotone's tally.
38' Lovely cross from Perisic into the area, but it's headed out for a corner.
35' Candreva tries to slide in Icardi, but Crotone's wall of defenders stops the ball getting through.
30' Inter keep pressing forward as they look to half the deficit, but Crotone are giving up no space in their half of the pitch.
26' Banega fires from the edge of the box, but his effort hasn't got enough on it to trouble Cordaz.
25' Handanovic saves from Rohden and puts it out for a corner.
23' Trotta plays in Falcinelli as the hosts break forward. The striker plays it over Handanovic to double his team's lead!
20' Perisic plays the ball forward but Cordaz is first to reach it.
18' Falcinelli beats Handanovic and gives the home side the lead.
17' Penalty to Crotone, after the referee spots a handball from Medel.
16' Banega with a lovely bit of play; he tries to play in Candreva but Martella does well to intercept.
15' Stoian fires at goal from outside the box, but it's easy for Handanovic.
8' Candreva crosses in from the right before Ansaldi sends the ball back in, but Crotone hold firm.
5' Falcinelli and Murillo clash as they compete for an aerial ball. The referee stops play.
3' Rosi tries to play the ball forward but it's closed off by Handanovic. Ansaldi clears.
1' The referee blows his whistle and we're off!! #ForzaInter
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52' It's all over in Crotone. Falcinelli's brace seals a 2-1 win.
51' Last chance for the Nerazzurri, as they win a free kick over 25 yards out.
48' Joao Mario sends the ball forward, but Cordaz comes out and catches.
46' Miranda gets on the end of a ball into the box but he can't hit the target.
45' There will be six minutes of stoppage time here.
44' Acosty is booked for a handball.
41' Perisic goes very close with a header, after Palacio's cross.
39' Acosty's curling shot from outside the box is well-saved by Handanovic, after Crotone broke forward.
38' The Nerazzurri keep pressing. Two consecutive corners are well-defended by the hosts.
35' Pioli makes his final change: Joao Mario comes on for Kondogbia.
34' Kondogbia fires a left-foot shot from distance, but his effort is off target.
31' Palacio strikes from outside the box, forcing Cordaz into a diving save.
30' Crotone make their final change: Barberis is replaced by Capezzi.
28' Another change for the hosts: Acosty replaces Trotta.
27' A fierce right-foot strike from Eder cannons back off the post! So close to an equaliser.
25' Cordaz saves from Candreva, who was teed up by Icardi.
22' Change for Crotone: Sampirisi comes on in place of Rohden.
20' GOAL!! Kondogbia gets on the end of Banega's corner - his header is then tapped in by D'Ambrosio!! Inter are back in the game!
16' Candreva's corner is met by Kondogbia, but his header is too high. Great chance for Inter.
15' Palacio crosses the ball in but Cordaz makes it his.
13' Perisic fires on the run, beating Cordaz but sending it just wide.
12' Icardi heads towards goal, but Cordaz catches his effort.
10' Inter are dominating possession in Crotone's half, but they're yet to really test Cordaz.
5' Banega is next into the referee's notebook.
2' Ceccherini is also booked for a foul on Eder.
1' Palacio and Martella both receive yellow cards in the opening exchanges.
1' Inter adopt an attacking 3-4-3 formation for the second period.
1' The second half begins with a double change for Inter. Eder and Palacio come on for Murillo and Ansaldi.

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6 shots on target 4
4 shots off target 9
15 fouls committed 14
3 corners 7
4 offsides 2
27% ball possession 72%

Last Sunday, Crotone won, against Chievo, their first ever away game in Serie A – they have never won back-to-back games in the top-flight. Crotone have picked up only one point in their last five home Serie A fixtures, failing to score in four of these games.

Crotone’s Serie A games have produced just three goals in the opening 15 minutes of play: in fact, no side has scored (two) and conceded (one) fewer goals than the Calabrians in that period.

Mauro Icardi has scored only one goal in his last 11 league appearances on the road (at Cagliari in March 5th). Diego Falcinelli has bagged nine goals in Serie A this season: the last player to score 10 goals for a Calabrian club in the top-flight was Bernardo Corradi (10 for Reggina in 2008/09).

Inter have won five of their last seven away league games (D1 L1), as many as they had won in their previous 21 Serie A fixtures on the road (D4 L12). Inter have shipped nine goals in the last five match-days, after they had conceded just one goal in their previous five league fixtures.

Inter have mustered the most shots from set plays in Serie A this season (116). Éver Banega has already provided six assists in Serie A: he is two assists away from his personal record in a single season in the big five European leagues (eight for Valencia in La Liga 2009/10).

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CROTONE – In their 31st Serie A fixture of the season, the Nerazzurri were looking to bounce back after their home defeat against Sampdoria. 

With Roberto Gagliardini missing through injury, Stefano Pioli picked Jeison Murillo in the centre of defence and moved Gary Medel into midfield.

Crotone were pushed on by their home support at the Stadio Ezio Scida and they took the lead within the first 20 minutes. Geoffrey Kondogbia lost the ball in his own half, under intense pressure from the home team. Diego Falcinelli picked it up and dribbled into the box where Gary Medel, in an attempt to make a sliding challenge, appeared to touch the ball with his arm.

The referee wasted no time pointing to the spot and it was Falcinelli who stepped up and stuck the penalty away, low to the left of Samir Handanovic. The Inter keeper went the right way but the spot kick was well-struck into the corner.

The hosts doubled their lead just minutes later. Marcello Trotta received the ball just inside the Inter half and played it forward to Falcinelli, launching a swift counter attack. The striker latched onto the ball, sped into the box from the left, and lifted a composed finish over Handanovic to make it 2-0.

Despite being rattled by the quick-fire double the visitors kept hold of the ball well, but were faced with a well-organised side, unwilling to give up any space. Ever Banega struck one of the Nerazzurri’s few first-half efforts on goal, but it wasn’t enough to trouble Alex Cordaz, while Ivan Perisic sent in a whipping cross from the right but nobody could apply the decisive touch.

Crotone remained a threat on the counter attack. Bruno Martella missed two presentable chances in quick succession, before Marcus Rohden saw a certain goal blocked by Miranda, the Brazilian stopping the ball with his chest.

At the start of the second period Pioli made two changes, shifting to a more attacking formation. Eder and Rodrigo Palacio entered the fray in place of Jeison Murillo and Cristian Ansaldi.

Kondogbia was presented with a glorious opportunity just after the one-hour mark. He managed to get on the end of Antonio Candreva’s corner but headed over from just yards out.

Inter eventually managed to half the deficit. Danilo D’Ambrosio was in the right place to tap home from inside the six-yard area, after Banega’s corner was headed forwards by Kondogbia.

The visitors were determined in their pursuit of a leveller. Candreva tested Cordaz with a shot on the turn, having been set up by Icardi. The Inter captain teed up Eder soon after with some strong play with his back to goal. The substitute struck a fierce shot from outside the area but his right-foot drive cannoned back off the post.

Eder was involved again soon after, playing in Palacio who fired a powerful right-foot shot that Cordaz could only punch.

Pioli’s final change came in the form of Joao Mario, who replaced Kondogbia, and the Nerazzurri continued to press for an equaliser. They were almost caught out on the break when Boadu Acosty broke forward but his effort forced Handanovic into a great save.

During the six minutes of stoppage time Candreva, D’Ambrosio and Miranda were each thwarted in their attempts to equalise, while the final chance of the game was a free kick struck by Joao Mario but his effort was off target.

The Ezio Scida erupted when the final whistle was blown, as Inter slumped to a second straight league defeat. All eyes are now on the Milan derby on Saturday at the San Siro. 

Scorers: Falcinelli pen. 19, 22, D’Ambrosio 65.

CROTONE: 1 Cordaz; 22 Rosi, 17 Ceccherini, 13 Ferrari, 87 Martella; 6 Rohden (Sampirisi 67), 18 Barberis (Capezzi 75), 8 Crisetig, 12 Stoian; 29 Trotta (Acosty 63), 11 Falcinelli.
Subs not used: 5 Festa, 33 Viscovo, 3 Dos Santos, 9 Nalini, 15 Mesbah, 20 Kotnik, 23 Dussenne, 42 Suljic, 99 Simy.
Coach: Davide Nicola.

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 24 Murillo (Palacio HT), 25 Miranda, 15 Ansaldi (Eder HT); 17 Medel, 7 Kondogbia (Joao Mario 81); 87 Candreva, 19 Banega, 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 2 Andreolli, 11 Biabiany, 20 Sainsbury, 21 Santon, 55 Nagatomo, 77 Brozovic, 96 Barbosa.
Coach: Stefano Pioli.

Yellow cards: Martella 46, Palacio 46, Ceccherini 47, Banega 52, Acosty 90, Capezzi 90+8.
Added time: 3 + 6 minutes.

Referee: Guida.
Assistants: Marzaloni, Marrazzo.
Fourth official: Carbone.
Additional assistants: Doveri, Nasca.

starting lineups

Cordaz 1 1 Handanovic
Rosi 22 33 D'Ambrosio
Ceccherini 17 24 Murillo
Ferrari 13 25 Miranda
Martella 87 15 Ansaldi
Rohden 6 17 Medel
Barberis 18 7 Kondogbia
Crisetig 8 87 Candreva
Stoian 12 19 Banega
Trotta 29 44 Perisic
Falcinelli 11 9 Icardi


Festa 5 30 Carrizo
Viscovo 33 2 Andreolli
Claiton 3 6 Joao Mario
Nalini 9 8 Palacio
Mesbah 15 11 Biabiany
Kotnik 20 20 Sainsbury
Dussenne 23 21 Santon
Acosty 27 23 Eder
Capezzi 28 55 Nagatomo
Sampirisi 31 77 Brozovic
Suljic 42 96 Barbosa
Nwankwo 99

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