MILAN – Inter Classics on a Wednesday evening has become a regular fixture for Nerazzurri fans as we re-watch great matches from the recent past, historical matches that have marked Inter fans’ experiences of supporting the Club. And it’s also the fans who have chosen which match to watch from week to week.
Last week we showed Bologna 2-4 Inter, with Ronaldo’s first Inter goal and tonight we’ll be heading back to January 2010 to review Inter 4-3 Siena, which was an incredible match full of twists and turns featuring some classic, and some lesser known, players.
As with every Wednesday, the event is on YouTube at 22:00 CEST and we’ll accompany the 4-3 win on our social media channels with posts, photos and videos to completely relive the emotions of that Saturday night.
At the end of the match, you will then be the protagonists once again as you’ll get the chance to vote for our next Inter Classics event on our social media channels!
INTER 4-3 SIENA, THE MATCH
Donati, Alibec, Crisetig, Stevanovic. We can start recounting that incredible night on 9 January 2010 by talking about the Nerazzurri bench, made up of four boys from the Primavera side as well as Toldo, Walter Samuel and Marko Arnautovic, who until then had only played two minutes for the Nerazzurri in Verona against Chievo. There were lots of absentees, notably Chivu who was still in hospital after his head injury in Siena.
The match, played in the rain on a slick pitch, was opened by Maccarone’s magnificent goal to make it 1-0. That difficulty in the rain was overcome by two strikes of the highest class: first Milito’s equaliser as he fired into the corner, and then Sneijder’s quality free kick to put Inter into the lead. However, it wasn’t done yet, Malesani’s Siena side drew level again via Ekdal.
What a tussle! Mourinho then made a change, he sent on Samuel for Quaresma just after half time putting the Argentine at the centre of defence and allowing Cordoba to advance up the left flank. He also subbed on Marko Arnautovic for Stankovic, which meant Inter lined up as we’d never seen them before. Then, when Maccarone made it 3-2 to Siena, Mourinho turned to the bench and sent Alen Stevanovic on, who had turned 19 two days before, for his first Nerazzurri appearance. At that point Inter were losing and they needed the points to end the first set of fixtures and send a signal to the rest of the league.
With two minutes to go, Wesley Sneijder equalised with a powerful free kick from range that struck the post and went in beating Pegolo, who had come on for Curci at the start of the second half. Two free kicks in the same game, beating two different ‘keepers for our no.10 that day. However, Mourinho’s and the team’s desire to win was immense. So, Walter Samuel was sent up front to partner Milito.
There wasn’t long left, Lucio and Cordoba looked after the defence, Maicon and Stevanovic on the wings, Zanetti holding the middle of the pitch with Sneijder, Arnautovic and Pandev behind the unusual striking pair of Milito and Samuel.
Lucio’s throw-in, Arnautovic’s touch, Milito’s control, Pandev’s pass, then, Walter Samuel’s control, swivel and left-footed strike. A beautiful goal that was celebrated with uncontrollable joy: the topless image of Samuel is a vivid memory from that extraordinary year.
INTER 4-3 SIENA
Scorers: 18' Maccarone, 24' Milito, 36' Sneijder, 38' Ekdal, 65' Maccarone, 88' Sneijder, 90+3' Samuel
Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 2 Cordoba, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (46' 89 Arnautovic), 8 Thiago Motta (67' 28 Stevanovic); 7 Quaresma (46' 25 Samuel), 10 Sneijder, 27 Pandev; 22 Milito,
Substitutes: 1 Toldo, 25 Samuel, 29 Donati, 31 Alibec, 48 Crisetig;
Coach: José Mourinho
Siena: 85 Curci (46' 31 Pegolo); 87 Rosi, 29 Cribari, 15 Brandao, 3 Del Grosso; 8 Vergassola, 10 Codrea, 12 Ekdal (81' 23 Jarolim); 7 Reginaldo (72' 17 Fini), 32 Maccarone, 24 Jajalo;
Substitutes: 6 Terzi, 9 Paolucci, 11 Calaiò, 21 Rossi;
Coach: Alberto Malesani
Referee: Peruzzo from Schio
Yellow cards: 41' Stankovic, 75' Sneijder, 90' Codrea, 93' Samuel.
Red card: 90+4' Cribari.