Saturday April 9, 2011 Day 32 Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Internazionale 2 - 0 Chievo

  • Cambiasso 65’
  • Maicon 84’

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  1. Inter win to close gap on Milan

    Inter win to close gap on Milan

    Maicon scored his first goal in a year as Internazionale overcame Chievo 2-0 to move to within two points of Serie A leaders Milan. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Internazionale
    • Chievo
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! Inter complete a 2-0 win. A bit fortunate, but they get the job done to keep their title hopes alive.
    • 89' Five minutes to be added to the match.
    • 88' Inter on the break as Sneijder plays in Nagatomo. He hammers the shot at goal, but Sorrentino stands talls to make the save from eight yards out.
    • 87' Jokic headed the ball away, but also most supplies Milito to nod home the third goal. Good awareness from Milito, whose effort slips wide of the target.
    • 86' Milito hammers a shot at the target. Good movement from the Argentine forward on the edge of the box, but swerves wide of the goal.
    • 85' Kharja fouls Sardo and Chievo have a free-kick, but looks a long way back for them now. Time against them.
    • 84' Milito goes too early in trying to dash away from the visiting defence. He is offside. Homes fans a lot more relaxed now.
    • 83' Maicon played the ball to Sneijder before the ball broke kindly to him off Milito in the area. 2-0. Job done.
    • 82' SECOND GOAL FOR INTER! Maicon joins the party as he slides the ball under Sorrentino for what is likely to be the killer second goal. His first goal in a year for Inter in Serie A.
    • 81' Another chance for Chievo on the break. Uribe dashed into the heart of the home area, but he thrashes his shot into the side of the net. Chance gone.
    • 80' Motta picks out Sneijder. He attempts the volley, but fails to get the power on the attempt. Saved by Sorrentino.
    • 79' Kharja is booked for a late tackle on Rigoni. Can have few complaints about that one.
    • 78' Chance for Inter to put the match to bed as Milito races on to a pass from Motta, but he fails to get enough power on the attempted chip. Easy save for Sorrentino.
    • 77' So change for Chievo as Fernando Uribe replaces Mariano Bogliacino.
    • 76' Lucio again in the wars with Fernandes. Looked like his hamstring that time, but he is back on his feet and running around again.
    • 75' Pellissier thrashes a shot over the bar with Inter down to men and Lucio off for treatment on his ankle. That was a glorious chance. From 10 yards, should have been the leveller.
    • 74' Lucio wallops the ball out of the area. He has fallen awkwardly. Looks like he will need a bit of treatment.
    • 73' Eto'o taking the acclaim of the home fans. He looks as happy as he was when he won the European Cup a year ago.
    • 72' Inter make their change as Eto'o departs to be replaced by Thiago Motta.
    • 71' Another change coming here for the visiting side after Kharja fouls Bogliacino.
    • 70' Marcolini throws a cross into the heart of the Inter area. Plenty of air on the cross, and that gives Cesar time to pluck the ball from the air.
    • 69' The Inter coach Leonardo looking a lot more relaxed on the touchline. At least his side don't have to chase the game.
    • 68' Eto'o picks out skipper Zanetti. He looks at goal from 30 yards. Sees the chance of glory, but screws the shot wide.
    • 67' Maicon escapes the attenton of Jokic. Inter on the attack and looking in business all of a sudden. Amazing the difference a goal make.
    • 66' Michele Marcolini takes over from Constant for Chievo.
    • 65' A bit tough on Chievo, it must be said, but Fernandes failed to clear Sneijder's free-kick cross and they pay a heavy price for that.
    • 64' GOAL FOR INTER! Maicon picks out Cambiasso in space and his shot deflects beyond the stranded visiting keeper Sorrentino. The vital opener for Inter.
    • 63' Maicon tries to pick out Milito before Inter earn a free-kick out wide as Fernandes is fouled by Nagatomo.
    • 62' An offside flag goes up against Pellissier. Chievo could easily win this one. That Inter defence is all over the place.
    • 61' Superb play by Thereau to cut open the home side. Great ball into the area, but Constant narrowly fails to connect with that pass. So close.
    • 60' A draw is really no use to the home side as Chievo break up the park again.
    • 59' Chance for the home side as Diego Milito arrives to take over from Pazzini.
    • 58' Mandelli furious with the referee. He reckons he was pushed by Lucio and Cambiasso after Pellissier had header back across goal. Inter whack the ball out.
    • 57' Kharja fouls Bogliacino. This game really starting to open up.
    • 56' Inter almost in for the opener. Nagatomo's cross is headed away by Mandelli before the corner is scrambled clear by the visting defence.
    • 55' Cambiasso feeds Maicon out wide, but again the cross is disappointing. Pazzini can't meet it. Eto'o nowhere to be seen. Chievo clear.
    • 54' Change coming for Chievo. Moscardelli departs to be replaced by Cyril Thereau.
    • 53' Pellissier continues to give Inter some serious headaches. He smashes a shot at the goal from 30 yards out. Cesar saves. Good take.
    • 52' Pazzini takes down Constant, who is going to require a bit of treatmenet out there.
    • 51' Pellissier with a dangerous header for the visiting side. Just couldn't get the required direction on the ball. Chievo have not lacked adventure in this match. Good cross by Jokic.
    • 50' Constant dashes beyond Maicon. Whips a good cross into the area, but Nagatomo is on hand to clear the danger.
    • 49' Sneijder throws over a cross deep into the box, but there are no takers on hand. Disappointing cross from a man of Sneijder's quality.
    • 48' A change to bring you news of with Wesley Sneijder on for Dejan Stankovic. That should give the home side a lift.
    • 47' Constant fouls Maicon and Inter win a free-kick early in the second period.
    • 46' We are ready to go in this second period. That pitch looks crisp and ideal for football in sunny conditions. No excuses for either side.
    • 45+2' The whistle sounds for the end of the first period. Inter 0-0 Chievo. We will be right back with the action from the second period.
    • 44' Two minutes to be added to the half.
    • 43' Kharja is felled by Fernandes at the halfway line. Can Inter find the breakthrough before the break? looking unlikely.
    • 42' Maicon with a corner from out wide. Met by Lucio, but well wide of the target with the header. Tough to trouble the Chievo goal from there.
    • 41' Corner from Maicon is only half-cleared before Maicon thrashes a volley into the side of the net seconds later. Better play by the home side.
    • 40' Mandelli forced to concede the corner after Constant fails to pick up the run of Zanetti. Inter searching for the opening goal in the death throes of the half.
    • 39' Chievo certainly coming to life in the death throes of this half, but Zanetti is back on the run for Inter.
    • 38' Pellissier unlucky with two attempts in quick succession! A header deflects off Ranocchia and falls wide before he backheels wide of the target seconds later.
    • 37' Nagatomo knocks the ball long looking for Eto'o. Was an ambitious pass to say the least as the ball falls out of play. Chievo have a corner at the other end which Nagatomo heads out.
    • 36' Eto'o shows his class at the other end. Fine turn and shot by the home forward, but wide of the target and the blue-and-black shirts.
    • 35' Ranocchia makes a timely tackle on Pellissier. Had to make that tackle as the Chievo striker was set to pull the trigger from the edge of the area.
    • 34' Lucio needing a bit of treatment out on the touchline. Cambiasso's attempted pass is knocked out by Andreolli at the heart of the visiting defence.
    • 33' Terrific run forward by Lucio. Really impressive play. He plays in Eto'o, but the striker takes too long to move forward and Chievo get back to clear the danger.
    • 32' Sardo looking to get the ball into the area from out wide. He throws the ball high towards Cesar, but the Brazil keeper keeps his eye on the ball under his bar.
    • 31' Lucio tackles Pellissier to concede a corner before he heads behind seconds later. Chievo win a couple of corner, but Inter survive this bout of pressure.
    • 30' Moscardelli goes for goal from fully 40 yards out. Didn't miss by much down to Cesar's right, but he should have played in Pellissier.
    • 29' Lucio and Moscardelli collide. 50-50 ball, but the Chievo man came off worse. Inter in possession. No foul.
    • 28' Eto'o is trampled on by the foot of Constant. Not much in it, but the Cameroon striker needed a bit of treatment. He is back on his feet.
    • 27' Some fine attacking play by Jokic. The ball breaks to Bogliacino on the edge of the area. He fires a shot at the goal, but easy take for Cesar. No power on the shot.
    • 26' Fernandes picks out Pellissier on the edge of the box. He rushes the volley. Again, well over the bar but at least Chievo are getting forward.
    • 25' Moscardelli hammers a shot at goal. High and not so handsome. Ball flies well over the target. Poor attempt really.
    • 24' Fully 40 yards out. Chievo looking to float this in to the home box or have a go at the target. What is it going to be?
    • 23' No Christian Chivu this week after he was sent off in the 3-0 loss to Milan in the derby a week ago. Bogliacino is fouled by Kharja.
    • 22' Sardo gets the better of Stankovic out wide. Great position to take up, but the cross is poor. Fails to pick out Bogliacino.
    • 21' Pazzini rises above Mandelli to win the header, but the ball finds its way through to Sorrentino in the visiting goal.
    • 20' Maicon again disappoints as he throws a cross deep into the heart of the Chievo box. Nobody there. Really poor stuff from the Brazilian.
    • 19' Sardo pushes the back of Eto'o and the Cheivo defender is booked. All a bit soft. Should never have been a booking there.
    • 18' Stankovic, fresh from that stunning opener against Schalke in midweek, drills a shot at goal, but too many bodies between him and the goal. Chievo survive.
    • 17' Eto'o goes to ground. Late tackle by Sardo midway inside the Chievo half. Inter with the free-kick.
    • 16' Long pass by Maicon tries to find Zanetti on the run. Just too much pace on the pass. Most of Inter's success is coming down that right flank.
    • 15' Glorious spell of play by Zanetti in these opening moments. He worked wonders to pick out Maicon. He is driving on Inter.
    • 14' Maicon plays in Pazzini. Looked like the opener all the way, but he has screwed the shot wide of Sorrentino and wide of the target.
    • 13' Surging run by Nagatomo! Superb run, but the cross narrowly evades Eto'o as Chievo somehow survive. Best of move of the match so far.
    • 12' Not exactly an electric atmopshere inside the San Siro for this match. Inter trying to break down this visiting side.
    • 11' Bogliacino throws over the free-kick. Plenty of air on that ball, but straight into the gloves of Julio Cesar. Inter can break.
    • 10' Moscardelli is felled by Cambiasso out wide and the visiting side have a free-kick. This is a chance for Chievo.
    • 9' Constant showing admirable awareness to halt the run of Zanetti. He makes sure the Argentina midfielder can't do any damage. Another goalkick to the visiting side.
    • 8' Inter break up the park with Kharja on the ball for the home side. Maicon with the ball out wide, but the cross is poor and past the post. Goalkick to Chievo.
    • 7' Pellissier goes down like he has been shot under a tackle from Lucio. Was a late tackle, but no malice in the challenge.
    • 6' Eto'o goes for goal from 25 yards. Plenty of power on that shot, but Sorrentino got down to make the save. Good handling skills.
    • 5' Rigoni alive to the danger to head out of the area as Zanetti dashed to the by-line. That was some run by the Inter midfielder and a fine cross.
    • 4' Jokic back to muscle Kharja off the ball. Strong defending by the visiting player. Inter have made a bright start.
    • 3' Jokic guilty of foul play on Eto'o as he tried to dash into the visiting box, but the referee waves play on. Should have been a foul.
    • 2' Inter five points behind leaders and city rivals Milan ahead of this match. Pazzini looks like he has taken a sore one early on. He is limping around out there.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one.
    • - Internazionale captain Javier Zanetti insists that things can only get better for his side after a horror week. Zanetti: Inter over horror week
    • - It is a chance for Inter to get back into the title race. They will move second with a win - two points behind Milan who beat them last week. Serie A table
    • - Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Serie A clash between Internazionale and Chievo. Kick-off is at 17:00
  • Summary

    • 88' Inter on the break as Sneijder plays in Nagatomo. He hammers the shot at goal, but Sorrentino stands talls to make the save from eight yards out.
    • 82' SECOND GOAL FOR INTER! Maicon joins the party as he slides the ball under Sorrentino for what is likely to be the killer second goal. His first goal in a year for Inter in Serie A.
    • 81' Another chance for Chievo on the break. Uribe dashed into the heart of the home area, but he thrashes his shot into the side of the net. Chance gone.
    • 78' Chance for Inter to put the match to bed as Milito races on to a pass from Motta, but he fails to get enough power on the attempted chip. Easy save for Sorrentino.
    • 75' Pellissier thrashes a shot over the bar with Inter down to men and Lucio off for treatment on his ankle. That was a glorious chance. From 10 yards, should have been the leveller.
    • 64' GOAL FOR INTER! Maicon picks out Cambiasso in space and his shot deflects beyond the stranded visiting keeper Sorrentino. The vital opener for Inter.
    • 61' Superb play by Thereau to cut open the home side. Great ball into the area, but Constant narrowly fails to connect with that pass. So close.
    • 58' Mandelli furious with the referee. He reckons he was pushed by Lucio and Cambiasso after Pellissier had header back across goal. Inter whack the ball out.
    • 56' Inter almost in for the opener. Nagatomo's cross is headed away by Mandelli before the corner is scrambled clear by the visting defence.
    • 51' Pellissier with a dangerous header for the visiting side. Just couldn't get the required direction on the ball. Chievo have not lacked adventure in this match. Good cross by Jokic.
    • 38' Pellissier unlucky with two attempts in quick succession! A header deflects off Ranocchia and falls wide before he backheels wide of the target seconds later.
    • 30' Moscardelli goes for goal from fully 40 yards out. Didn't miss by much down to Cesar's right, but he should have played in Pellissier.
    • 27' Some fine attacking play by Jokic. The ball breaks to Bogliacino on the edge of the area. He fires a shot at the goal, but easy take for Cesar. No power on the shot.
    • 14' Maicon plays in Pazzini. Looked like the opener all the way, but he has screwed the shot wide of Sorrentino and wide of the target.
    • 13' Surging run by Nagatomo! Superb run, but the cross narrowly evades Eto'o as Chievo somehow survive. Best of move of the match so far.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • Júlio César
      • Maicon Goal
      • Lúcio
      • A. Ranocchia
      • Y. Nagatomo
      • E. Cambiasso Goal
      • J. Zanetti
      • D. Stankovic Substitution Out (45′)
      • H. Kharja Yellow Card
      • G. Pazzini Substitution Out (61′)
      • S. Eto'o Substitution Out (76′)

      Subs

      • L. Castellazzi
      • M. Materazzi
      • T. Motta Substitution In76′
      • W. Sneijder Substitution In45′
      • G. Pandev
      • I. Córdoba
      • D. Milito Substitution In61′
    • Starting line-up

      • S. Sorrentino
      • G. Sardo Yellow Card
      • D. Mandelli
      • M. Andreolli
      • B. Jokic
      • L. Rigoni
      • G. Fernandes
      • M. Bogliacino Substitution Out (76′)
      • K. Constant Substitution Out (67′)
      • S. Pellissier
      • D. Moscardelli Substitution Out (56′)

      Subs

      • M. Marcolini Substitution In67′
      • B. Cesar
      • A. Mantovani
      • L. Squizzi
      • N. Pulzetti
      • C. Théréau Substitution In56′
      • F. Uribe Substitution In76′
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