Sent off for fouling Palacio inside the area after 80 minutes, the Brazilian was otherwise faultless in goal. He wasn't to blame for either of the Genoa goals he let in, and was his usual brave, commanding self throughout the game. He coped well with a flurry of dangerous crosses early in the first half, and got down well to stop Palacio midway through the second.
Went forward with gusto, and provided plenty of over-lapping runs for Zarate and Forlan. His corssing was often good, and his defensive positioning was always reliable. The Romanian could have scored as well on 50 minutes, but his volley went over the bar from the edge of the area.
Imperious at the back. The Brazilian looked today like the defender of old. He coped well with the darting runs of Palacio and Gilardino, and even set up Samuel's goal with a low ball across the six yard box. His ageing legs did tire in the second half though, and he gave away the second Genoa penalty with a late, clumsy challenge.
Looked like he was going to struggle early on as Palacio got round the back of him within the first three minutes. But from then on, he coped well with the movement of Genoa's front three, and won almost all the headers he competed for. The Argentinian even managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a first half tap-in.
Was almost Maicon-esque in his forays forward, and showed pace beyond his years to get past Moretti on more than one occasion. His positioning was first class, and the composure he showed on the ball was a joy to behold. The veteran did give away a penalty after a suspect handball in the second half, but his contribution in open play more than made up for that.
Provided a delightful through-ball for Milito's second goal, and showed the range of passing that has been generally missing from his game this season. He was replaced after 60 minutes by Guarin.
The youngster added to his collection of impressive displays this afternoon with another assured performance in the centre of midfield. He never gave Biondini, Veloso or Belluschi any time in the middle of the park, and was always looking for the forward runs of Milito, Zarate and Forlan. He was booked midway through the second half after a tussle with Jankovic, but it's that sort of bite that has been missing from the Inter midfield this season.
Made two brilliant goal-line clearances in the first half that saved certain goals, and was his usual terrier-like self breaking up Genoa possession, and bombing forward whenever possible.
Started the game in the best possible fashion by giving his team the lead after 13 minutes. And then doubled his tally 15 minutes later with a superbly calm finish past Frey. He worked tirelessly up top, and dragged Genoa's back four out of position constantly. He completed his hat-trick late on with a penalty, and was easily Inter's man of the match.
It was his cross from the left-hand side that gave Milito his opening goal, and it was down the flanks that the Uruguayan provided all his best work. Once again though, he never really troubled scoresheet, and faded away drastically in the second half before being replaced by Obi.
Looked like a new man in Stramaccioni's 4-3-3. His runs early in the first half caused Kaladze and Carvalho all sorts of problems, and his link up play with Forlan and Milito was short and zippy. He faded in the second half, but came to life on 74 minutes when he cut in from the left, and curled a wonderful effort into the far corner.
Cannot be blamed for any of the goals in the first half, and made one of his trademark reflex stops on 20 minutes, denying Cambiasso from close range. He was commanding inside the area, and kept his side in the game when it looked to be running away from them.
Along with his central defensive partner, the former Milan man had an afternoon to forget. His positioning was all over the place for both of the opening goals, and was nowhere to be seen for third as Lucio smashed it across the six yard box.
Spent more time arguing with the referee than actually making an impact with the ball. He was caught out of position on a number of occassions, and watched passively as Zanetti flew past him a number of times. His forward runs were aimless and he never put in one decent cross. A very poor performance.
Was an absolute disaster at the back, and can probably be blamed for all three of the goals in the first half. He was nowhere to be seen for the opener as Milito headed home unmarked. And was then caught napping as Stankovic played in the Argentinian for his second. The Brazilian was then left floundering for the third, as his afternoon went from bad to worse.
Came off at half time for Jankovic after a poor first 45. He put in a few nice corners, one of which Genoa scored from. But from open play he never made an impression on the game.
Replaced by Jorquera on 80 minutes, the midfielder, like most of his team mates, was completely overshadowed by his Inter counterparts. He was kept silent by Cambiasso and Poli, and was caught in possession on a number of occassions.
Sent off with five minutes remaining for a foul inside the area, the Argentinian was otherwise quiet throughout the game. He was nullified by Poli and Cambiasso, and couldn't produce his usual range of passes.
Was at fault for Inter's fourth by letting Zarate cut inside on his stronger right foot, and was generally lapse throughout the game. He did get forward well, but up against Chivu struggled to impose himself in an attacking sense.
Genoa's leading goalscorer had a quiet first half by his standards. He missed a good chance after three minutes as he blazed over inside the box, but other than that he had no other efforts of note. His runs throughout the match were lively and considered, but none of his team mates had the neccessary vision, time or skill to find them. The second 45 saw the Argentinian get a bit more involved, and it was his penalty that brought the scoreline back to 3-2.
Received very little of the ball in open play in the first half, but almost got himself a goal within 10 minutes from a set-piece. The on loan Lazio forward did manage to get himself on the scoresheet though on the stroke of half time. A shot from Bellushi hitting his knee and going in.
The former Milan forward was incredibly quiet and never really troubled Julio Cesar in the Inter goal. His movement was fairly aimless, with Samuel and Lucio keeping him in check for the entire match. He somehow managed to grab himself two goals though, with two late penalties.
Came on for Zarate with 10 minutes remaining. His first duty was to pick the ball out of the net after Gilardino scored his penalty, and did exactly the same late on as the former Milan striker scored his second penalty. Other than that though, he was kept quiet.
- 55 Y. Nagatomo
- 23 A. Ranocchia
Came on after 60 minutes to replace Stankovic, and was fairly quiet on his debut. He put in a few crunching challenges to break down some Genoa possession, and showed a few nice touches when under pressure.
Came on for Forlan with 15 minutes remaining, and never really made an impact on the game.
- 7 G. Pazzini
- 88 M. Livaja
- 22 C. Lupatelli
- 18 M. Alhassan
- 21 C. Bovo
Came on for Biondini with 10 minutes to go, he never made an impact on the game.
- 10 V. Birsa
- 9 Zé Eduardo
Introduced at half time, he was fairly impressive down the right-hand side. Midway through the half, he whipped in a brilliant ball for Sculli to get his head on, and provided other crosses that the Genoa forwards couldn't convert.