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2 vs 2
Played
November 19, 2012 1:00 AM EST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ P. Giacomelli‎
Attendance:‬ 51671‎
 
Marco Sau 43′
82′ (OG) Davide Astori
Marco Sau 66′
Top of the Match
Marco Sau
Marco Sau
Cagliari
Marco Sau
Marco Sau
Cagliari
Flop of the Match
Esteban Cambiasso
Esteban Cambiasso
Inter
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Inter

Inter 2-2 Cagliari: Astori own goal gifts Nerazzurri a point

The Nerazzurri failed to make the most of Juventus' goalless draw against Lazio as they were held to a draw by a determined Rossoblau side to go four points behind the leaders

By Patrick Gleeson

Marco Sau - Inter-Cagliari - Serie A
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Inter failed to make the most of their home advantage when they were held to a 2-2 draw by a determined Cagliari.

Two goals from Marco Sau looked to have been enough to rule out Rodrigo Palacio’s early opener, but an unfortunate own goal in the last 10 minutes was enough to give the Nerazzurri a share of the spoils.

Inter started brightly and it was Diego Milito responsible for the first effort of the game. Just seconds after kick-off, his long-range shot was deflected for a corner, and from the set piece the Argentine subsequently shot narrowly over the bar.

Cagliari’s top-scorer Nene tried his luck at the other end with a speculative volley from an acute angle, but the Samir Handanovic was equal to the effort, pulling off an instinctive one-handed save.

The hosts responded positively and showed their attacking efficiency by taking the lead as the game entered the 10th minute. A delicious delivery from Antonio Cassano was met by the head of Rodrigo Palacio, who nodded his fifth Serie A goal of the season.

The Sardinians were denied an equaliser when Handanovic managed to get a finger-tip to Astori’s goalwards flick to keep his side ahead. The Slovenia international was again the hero just after the half-hour mark when he got behind a powerful Nene header to push the ball away from his net, a save which completed a trio of fantastic first-half stops from the former Udinese player.

The visitors were unfortunate to lose Nene to a badly-cut head towards the end of the first-half, with Mauricio Pinilla replacing the 29-year old, but they would not allow that to act as a deterrent to their ambition of levelling the match.

In fact, it was the complete opposite as a delightful diagonal cross from Andrea Cossu picked out Marco Sau, who had found space between the Inter centre-backs, to then slide the ball into the back of the net.

The opening stages of the second-half were a scrappy affair, with the persistent fouling from both sides halting fluidity, but Milito mirrored his start to the first-half with a prodded attempt towards the opposition’s net, only to be blocked by the Brazilian, Avelar.

Shortly after, a weaving run from Palacio was brought to an abrupt end when he was hacked down by Davide Astori, but Cassano could not take advantage, firing into the wall from the resulting free-kick. When the ball was returned into the box, Milito entered himself as a candidate for miss of the season when he somehow ballooned the ball over the bar from a matter of yards.

Cagliari's counterattack-mentality eventually paid off. When Cossu again delivered an early cross deep into Handanovic’s area, Pinilla was there to rattle the post with an acrobatic volley which ultimately fell to Sau, who kept his composure to knock the ball into the net for his second of the game.

A low cross from substitute Ricardo Alvarez was turned into his own net by Astori to set up a dramatic end to the clash, but Inter failed to capitalise on a crumbling Cagliari side.



Inter

1
Samir Handanoviç
Goalkeeper
4.00
4
Javier Zanetti
Defender
3.50
23
3.00
25
Walter Samuel
Defender
3.00
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
73′
2.50
55
Yuto Nagatomo
Defender
2.50
19
Esteban Cambiasso
Midfielder
26′
2.50
5
Walter Gargano
Midfielder
41′
2.50
8
3.00
22
Diego Milito
Striker
2.50
99
3.50

Cagliari

4.50
-
Michael Agazzi
Goalkeeper
3.50
8
3.00
13
3.00
14
3.00
15
3.50
23
3.00
5
Daniele Conti
Midfielder
73′
4.00
7
Andrea Cossu
Midfielder
43′ 68′
2.50
20
Albin Ekdal
Midfielder
61′
3.00
18
Nenê
Striker
37′
5.00
9
Marco Sau
Striker
40′ 43′ 66′ 74′

Substitutes

12
 - 
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Vid Belec
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
 - 
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 
2
Jonathan
Defender
 - 
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
73′
3.00
11
3.00
77
 - 
41
Joseph Duncan
Midfielder
 - 
-
Andrea Romanò
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
25
Vlada Avramov
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
 - 
21
 - 
-
 - 
-
3.00
23
3.00
51

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0