Eurosport - Sun, 07 Mar 21:49:00 2010
Internazionale wasted the opportunity to go six points clear at the top of Serie A with a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Genoa at the San Siro.
Jose Mourinho's side thumped their visitors 5-0 in October and with the chance to extend their lead over arch-rivals Milan, an expectant home crowd expected more of the same.
But there was little to cheer in a disappointing match as Inter registered a second successive 0-0 draw for the first time since 1998.
With Mourinho currently serving a touchline ban, his side were out of sorts and the first 45 minutes ended without his side testing Rossublu keeper Marco Amelia.
Instead it was Genoa who carved out the early chances.
Sulley Muntari was next to try his luck for Inter with a wayward effort, before Alberto Zapata mirrored it with a poor shot of his own for the visitors.
It took 39 minutes before Inter recorded a shot on target.
Wesley Sneijder found Dejan Stankovic, but his strike flew straight at Amelia and when Mario Balotelli's shot failed to trouble the Rossublu keeper, the Inter faithful sensed it was not to be their night.
Papastathopoulos came close with a dipping snapshot on 54, but as Inter began to force proceedings, Emiliano Moretti let in Milito and was relieved to see the Argentinian's finish fly over Amelia's bar.
Opposite number Cesar was then called into action as Mesto tried his luck, while almost immediately, Amelia did well to push away Sneijder's thumping shot.
As Inter became more desperate with the minutes ticking away, Genoa held their nerve and when Walter Samuel headed over with three minutes remaining, Inter's last real chance evaporated and the Rossublu hung on for a creditable draw.