Final score

25 November 2017 20:45

26' (2nd half) Pavoletti
1 - 3
38' (2nd half) Icardi
10' (2nd half) Brozovic
29' Icardi
Referee: / Linesmen: Vuoto, Del Giovane / Fourth official: Piscopo / Assistants: Mariani, Martinelli
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45' The first half ends here at the Sardegna Arena without any added time, with the Nerazzurri leading 1-0 through Mauro Icardi
44' Santon flashes his effort across the box, with Rafael happy to see it go wide
42' The Rossoblu rearguard defend well after the Inter attack attempt to extend the away side's lead
39' Cagliari try their luck from the flanks in successive fashion, with Miranda and Handanovic both present to defend on both occasions
35' Great chance for Inter, as Vecino delivers a sumptuous cross for Icardi, whose off-balance effort is collected by the Rossoblu rearguard
34' Handanovic completes an easy take following a cross from Faragò
32' Pavoletti ruled offside after a pass from Ionita. Inter break from their resulting free-kick
29' GOAL! GOOALLLL! GOOOOAAAALLLLLLLL! A cross from Candreva finds Perisic at the back post, who precisely cuts it back for Mauro Icardi to fire home! 1-0!!!
25' Candreva plays in Borja Valero, whose following shot is turned out for a corner
23' Romagna swings in a cross for Pavoletti, whose header fails to find the target
20' Handanovic gets the better of Pavoletti to clear, before Barella's wayward effort sails high over the crossbar
18' Another superb stop from Handanvoic, who palms away yet another strike from Pavoletti
16' Handanovic pulls off a great back-peddling save to keep out an effort from Pavoletti. Corner for Cagliari
13' Romagna's speculative effort strikes the arm of Miranda, with the referee awarding a foul for handball. The Brazilian defender is booked and will now be missing for Inter vs. Chievo Verona
11' Handanovic remains untroubled after a left-sided cross from Padoin
7' D'Ambrosio puts in a strong challenge on Joao Pedro, although fails to find Icardi with his following pass
5' Handanovic puts it out for a corner following an effort from Pavoletti
3' Handanovic picks up possession after Joao Pedro tried to work his way through the Inter defence
2' Dangerous counter-attack from the Nerazzurri, although Ceppitelli successfully breaks up play
1' And we're off! The home side get us underway. Come on lads! #ForzaInter
1' Coach Spalletti has put out the same team that overcame Atalanta in their previous encounter in Serie A
1' We are almost ready here at the Sardegna Arena, as the week 14 encounter between Cagliari and Inter is about to begin!
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50' It's all over here in Sardinia, with Luciano Spalletti's Inter side picking up their 11th win of the season and now moving up to top spot in the league table thanks to goals from Mauro Icardi and Brozovic!
48' Final change from Spalletti, with Eder replacing captain Mauro Icardi
45' Five minutes of added time to be played
44' Despite just making his on-field entrance, Gianetti receives a yellow card for a tough tackle on Borja Valero
43' Yet another chance for Mauro Icardi, who skips past his opponent on the edge of the box, before then forcing a strong save from Rafael
42' Third and final change for Cagliari, with Pavoletti making way for Giannetti
40' Pairetto analyses VAR to double-check the goal's validity, failing to find any infringement. Spalletti also makes another change, with Cancelo coming on for Candreva
38' GOAL! GOOAALLL! GOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL! A clearance header from Faragò falls nicely to Icardi, who makes no mistake in firing the ball past Rafael! 3-1!!!
36' Cossu comes on to replace Joao Pedro for Cagliari
36' Gagliarini receives a yellow card and will now also be absent from Inter vs. Chievo Verona
35' Farias receives possession in-behind Skriniar, although his shot is well-saved by Handanovic
32' Cross-come-shot from Perisic, which is dealt with by Rafael
26' Cagliari get one back through Pavoletti, who latches onto a Faragò cross and comfortably volleys the ball past a helpless Handanovic. It's now 2-1 here at the Sardegna Arena
24' Brozovic plays in Perisic, who is ruled offside by the referee's assistant
21' Fantastic play from Icardi, whose persistent running eventually forces a foul from Ceppitelli, who duly receives a yellow card
19' Change for Cagliari as Farias replaces Ionita
18' Handanovic comes out to dispel any danger from the hosts, subsequently pushing his side forward on the counter-attack
17' Superb chance for Perisic on the edge of the area, although he is unable to direct his strike goalward
15' Inter continue pressing, as they seek to infiltrate gaps within the Cagliari defence
10' GOAL! GOOOAAALLL! GOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLL! Great play from Candreva to tee up Brozovic, who produces a cracking first-time finish to double Inter's lead!
8' Spalletti makes his first change, with Brozovic coming on for Vecino
4' Counter-attack from the Nerazzurri, with Candreva teeing up Perisic who tries a wonder strike that sails high and wide
3' Barella's effort deflects off Santon, with Cagliari getting a corner
1' The Nerazzurri get the ball rolling for the second half with no changes for either side

Average rating 6.68
4 shots on target 3
5 shots off target 3
12 fouls committed 15
7 corners 5
5 offsides 3
44% ball possession 56%

Cagliari have won three of their last seven games against Inter in Serie A (D2 L2), as many as in their previous 37 meetings (D15 L19).

Inter have failed to score against Cagliari in only one of their last 30 Serie A meetings (2-0 for the Sardinians in April 2013).

Cagliari have won three of their last four Serie A games (L1), including the last two: the last time they won three games in a row was in October 2016.

Inter have won 10 games in Serie A this season: they won more games in the first 13 MDs only once before (11 in 1950/51).

Inter are unbeaten away from home in their last seven games (W5 D2): the last time they managed eight was in November 2013

Since joining Inter, Mauro Icardi has scored in all his three away league games against Cagliari (three goals).

wins(18) draws(18) defeats(7)

CAGLIARI – Luciano Spalletti’s Inter picked up another win with another brace from Mauro Icardi as the Nerazzurri return home with three points in the bag and top of the table ahead of tomorrow’s matches. The captain scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season, while Brozovic found the net straight after coming on. Pavoletti scored for the hosts.

The home side were very aggressive in the opening exchanges. In the third minute, Joao Pedro controlled the ball inside the area and looked to find the net but Handanovic saved from a central position. Two minutes later, the Nerazzurri goalkeeper had to make a save down low from Pavoletti who then went close to opening the scoring in the 16th minute with a header from Faragò’s cross but Handanovic was alert again to say no with a great stop. After Cagliari had started at a high tempo, Icardi stuck in the 29th minute. Candreva crossed from the right, Perisic was there at the far post to knock it back into the middle where Mauro is always lethal. Six minutes later and Inter almost doubled the lead from a similar move. Rafael came out for a Candreva cross from the right but missed it. Icardi wasn’t then able to connect cleanly with his left and Romagna was able to clear before it could cross the line. Spalletti’s side finished the half on the front foot. In the 44th minute, Santon received the ball at the edge of Cagliari’s box and his powerful but inaccurate shot went off target. The sides went into the break with Inter 1-0 up.  

The second half began with Cagliari on the front foot, with Barella earning his side a corner in the 48th minute following a deflection from Santon. Vecino was then forced to depart the pitch in the 53rd minute with a muscular injury, with Brozovic coming on as his replacement. It took just 120 seconds for the Croatian to then get himself on the scoresheet. With Skriniar launching a long ball forward to the impressive Candreva, his cross then found the incoming Brozovic on the edge of the area, who fired a cracking first-time finish past Rafael. Having doubled their lead, Inter once again regained control of the match and came close to making it three in the 62nd minute through Perisic. The hosts got one back in the 71st minute through Pavoletti, as he volleyed home following a fine cross from Faragò. Just 10 minutes later, substitute Farias forced a strong save from Handanovic, before Icardi then settled any Nerazzurri nerves soon after. Come the 83rd minute, the ball fell nicely for the captain after a poor punched clearance, who then easily placed the ball past Rafael. The goal was awarded after brief VAR analysis, with Icardi now having scored 15 goals in 14 matches. Still hungry for more however, the Argentine attacker troubled the Rossoblu shot-stopper once again with a decent individual effort in the 90th minute. Following five minutes of added time at the end, Inter successfully ran out 3-1 winners at the Sardegna Arena, consequently moving top of the Serie A standings for the time being. 

Goalscorers: 29' Icardi (I), 55' Brozovic (I), 71' Pavoletti (C), 83' Icardi (I)

CAGLIARI: 1 Rafael; 13 Romagna, 23 Ceppitelli, 3 Andreolli; 16 Faragò, 18 Barella, 8 Cigarini, 21 Ionita (64' 17 Farias), 20 Padoin; 30 Pavoletti (87'9 Giannetti), 10 Joao Pedro (82' 7 Cossu)
Substitutes: 26 Crosta, 28 Cragno, 2 Van der Wiel, 4 Dessena, 12 Miangue, 19 Pisacane, 24 Capuano, 36 Melchiorri
Coach: Diego Lopez

INTER: 1 Handanovic; 33 D'Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 25 Miranda, 21 Santon; 11 Vecino (53' 77 Brozovic), 5 Gagliardini; 87 Candreva (86' 7 Cancelo), 20 B. Valero, 44 Perisic; 9 Icardi (94' 23 Eder)
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 10 Joao Mario, 13 Ranocchia, 17 Karamoh, 29 Dalbert, 55 Nagatomo, 99 Pinamonti
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

Bookings: Miranda (I), Ceppitelli (C), Gagliardini (I)

Added time: 0' + 5'

Referee: Pairetto
Assistants: Vuoto, Del Giovane
Fourth Official: Piscopo
VAR operators: Mariani, Martinelli

starting lineups

Rafael 1 1 Handanovic
Romagna 13 33 D'Ambrosio
Andreolli 3 37 Skriniar
Ceppitelli 23 25 Miranda
Faragò 16 21 Santon
Ionita 21 11 Vecino
Cigarini 8 5 Gagliardini
Barella 18 87 Candreva
Padoin 20 20 Valero
Joao Pedro 10 44 Perisic
Pavoletti 30 9 Icardi


Crosta 26 27 Padelli
Cragno 28 46 Berni
Van der Wiel 2 7 Cancelo
Dessena 4 10 Joao Mario
Cossu 7 13 Ranocchia
Giannetti 9 17 Karamoh
Miangue 12 23 Eder
Farias 17 29 Estevão
Pisacane 19 55 Nagatomo
Capuano 24 77 Brozovic
Melchiorri 36 99 Pinamonti

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