Serie A - Inter win away at Udinese

Wed, 25 Apr 15:58:00 2012

A Wesley Sneijder double and a goal from Ricardo Alvarez nullified Danilo's early opener as Inter beat Udinese 3-1 at Stadio Friuli.

2011/12 Serie A Udinese-Inter Sneijder Ranocchia Guarin - 0

The result means Udinese drop to fifth in the Serie A table, when victory would have sent them third after Lazio's loss earlier on Wednesday at Novara, while Inter climb one place to sixth.

Udinese opened the scoring just six minutes in when Antonio Di Natale and Pablo Armero combined brilliantly to bring Danilo into play, and the resulting strike from the Brazilian was an unstoppable effort that flew in off the left post.

Stunned only momentarily, Inter were on level terms four minutes later when Sneijder hit what was more of a speculative shot than a real tester. However, Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was unable to cope with the bouncing ball and it slipped through his grasp.

The pace did not drop and as both sides sought a second Inter prevailed. Diego Milito chased down and held up the ball excellently before squaring for the oncoming Sneijder. The Dutchman chipped over the advancing Handanovic superbly to put Inter ahead in the 28th minute.

Slightly shell-shocked, Udinese were then plunged into further disarray in the 37th minute when Alvarez picked the ball up, ran at Danilo and then placed a low shot in off the base of the left post.

Udinese had a penalty shout turned away just before half time when Dusan Basta's cross struck Yuto Nagatomo on the arm, and the hosts went in 3-1 down at the interval.

Udinese pushed hard to make their way back into the game in the second half but despite their best efforts were unable to find a way through.

Di Natale and Kwadwo Asamoah both had solid efforts saved by Julio Cesar and for Inter Sneijder went close to sealing his hat-trick but shot wide from the edge of the area.

Antonio Floro Flores was denied from close range by Julio Cesar when substitute Gabriel Torje's cross-field pass found him inside the Inter area, but the goal never came for the home team.

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  1. Inter - Udinese will finish above you again!!

    From JEREMY, on Thu 3 May 15:48
  2. Very good result. This means Inter will be pushing hard­ against Milan in their attempt to make it to the­ Champions League, and that can only be great for Juve.

    From Half A Brain, on Wed 25 Apr 23:04
  3. you men 3th place.. next year germany will have the 4t­ champions league spot

    From Eddy, on Wed 25 Apr 17:45
  4. Come on guys, let's finish off in 3rd or 4th and­ play champions league next year! You can do it!!!!­ Forza Inter!!

    From Weelz, on Wed 25 Apr 16:14
  5. I wrote Inter off early during their recent woes from­ finishing 3rd but it looks more likely they will do­ this seeing as all their rivals for third are falling­ all over the place

    From Mr Burns, on Wed 25 Apr 16:11
  6. interesting

    From neil, on Wed 25 Apr 16:06
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