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Played
February 9, 2014 2:45 PM EST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ S. Peruzzo‎
Attendance:‬ 34528‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Walter Samuel
Walter Samuel
Inter
Walter Samuel
Walter Samuel
Inter
Flop of the Match
Sergio Floccari
Sergio Floccari
Sassuolo
Diego Milito
Diego Milito
Inter

Inter 1-0 Sassuolo: Samuel header seals first win in 2014

The veteran center back bulleted an effort home to gain the Nerazzurri their first three points since December.

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A Walter Samuel header gave Inter a narrow victory over Sassuolo and its first three points in 2014.

The 35-year-old defender's strike came just after halftime, when he emphatically headed home from a corner to give goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo no chance.

That earned a deserved win for Walter Mazzarri's side, which dominated for much of the game and perhaps should have had more than the one goal it scored.

In the end, though, it mattered little as it finally ended a poor run of form that had seen it pick up just two points from its previous five games and not win in any competition since December 22nd's victory over city rivals Milan.

Sassuolo started with six players signed in January, but the new-look nature of the side was not obvious early on as it pushed its more illustrious opponents back, Jonathan having had to head away a particularly dangerous cross.

Fredy Guarin then had Inter's first effort of note when he unleashed a long-range drive that had Pegolo scrambling to palm away.

Hernanes almost marked his first start with a spectacular goal after he profited from a poor defensive header from Paolo Cannavaro, but the Brazilian's fiercely curling effort whistled just wide of the top corner after 19 minutes.

Sassuolo could have taken the lead when Domenico Berardi’s dangerous free kick was met by Lorenzo Ariaudo after 24 minutes, but he could not keep his header down.

Berardi was instrumental in Sassuolo's last win - netting four against Milan - and he almost opened the scoring with a 30-yard free kick that was heading for the corner until Samir Handanovic made a superb flying save.

Diego Milito had two great chances for Inter late in the first half. First, Rodrigo Palacio's surging run ended with him setting up his fellow countryman, but Pegolo saved with his feet after Ariaudo's desperate block took the sting out of the shot.

An even better chance was passed up when Palacio sprung the offside trap and crossed to Milito, but he took a touch to control, which gave Pegolo time to smother his shot.

Inter did finally take a deserved lead after 47 minutes through the veteran Samuel, whose bullet header flew past Pegolo from Hernanes' set piece.

Sassuolo looked beleaguered, and Pegolo almost put his team in more trouble when he punched straight to Jonathan, but he lashed wide when well placed.

The impressive Hernanes continued to threaten, and his fierce drive was only stopped by the legs of Pegolo as Inter pushed for more.

The goalkeeper continued to keep his side in touch as he stood firm in the face of sustained pressure, but Sassuolo never looked like springing a surprise on the counter as Inter controlled matters.

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Inter

1
Samir Handanoviç
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
Jonathan
Defender
3.00
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
3.00
25
Walter Samuel
Defender
48′ 80′
4.00
35
Rolando
Defender
3.00
55
Yuto Nagatomo
Defender
3.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
3.00
17
Zdravko Kuzmanovic
Midfielder
84′
3.00
-
Hernanes
Midfielder
48′
3.50
8
3.00
22
Diego Milito
Striker
66′
2.50

Sassuolo

3.50
79
2.50
3
3.00
-
3.00
20
3.50
-
3.00
-
Aleandro Rosi
Midfielder
54′
3.00
8
Luca Marrone
Midfielder
3.00
-
3.00
-
Matteo Brighi
Midfielder
2.50
99
3.00
25

Substitutes

12
 - 
30
Pablo Carrizo
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
6
 - 
14
 - 
23
 - 
-
 - 
10
 - 
16
Gaby Mudingayi
Midfielder
 - 
-
Rubén Botta
Midfielder
66′ 68′
3.00
21
Saphir Taider
Midfielder
84′
 - 
9
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Alberto Pomini
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Ciro Polito
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
5
Luca Antei
Defender
 - 
23
 - 
86
3.00
7
3.00
45
Raman Chibsah
Midfielder
23′
 - 
10
 - 
-
 - 
70
 - 
83

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  • Assist
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  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
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  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0