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23 October 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: D. Celi
• Attendance: 57000
Thiago Motta 34'
90' + 5'
And that's it from San Siro. Inter hold on to win 1-0. Not enough determination from Chievo as they fail to pick up any points.
90' + 3'
Free-kick to Inter. Cambiasso delivers the cross from the left ... Ohh! That's a terrible effort from the midfielder as the ball misses everyone because its too deep.
There will be five minutes of stoppages.
Into the final minute in Milan. Will Inter be able to keep a clean sheet? What was that madness from Moscardelli as he shoots from his own half. The ball ends up closer to the corner flag.
Nagatomo concedes a corner following pressure by Frey. Chievo with some late chances here. The header from Morero is wide as Inter breathe a sigh of relief.
Cambiasso with a dangerous cross in towards Castaignos. Corner to Inter as the ball is cleared by Morero. The corner is too deep as Bradley flicks it clear.
Ohhh! Great shot by Moscardelli which flies over the bar as Julio Cesar's fingers take a sting. The corner is cleared by Chivu who is fouled by Morero.
Ohhhh! Castaignos blows his chance to put the result beyond doubt as he shoots straight at Sorrentino under no pressure at all. What a chance for Inter.
Little over 10 minutes remain in Milan as Pazzini comes off for Castaignos. Perhaps Claudio Ranieri is thinking about upcoming games against Atalanta on Wednesday, and then Juventus on Saturday.
Pellissier wins the corner from Chivu who makes another excellent clearance. Bradley delivers it well, Cesar heads it, but it's too central for Inter's Julio Cesar.
Inter are happily keeping possession and are looking good for a second goal here at San Siro. Chievo are struggling to get back into the match.
Maicon goes for another shot. Ohhh! Off the crossbar with Sorrentino beaten, but no goal. The Brazilian is getting closer and closer as he hits the target, but not the back of the net.
Maicon in for Pazzini, but it's a poor first touch from the striker which allows Morero to stab the ball clear.
Corner to Inter. It's whipped in deep. Lucio gets the better of Vacek in the air and heads it towards goal, but it's just wide of the mark
Maicon seems desperate to score today as he runs riot down the middle, but fires over the bar from Pazzini's pass.
Zarate for Pazzini who takes a touch before shooting ... No! The shot is blocked by Bradley who clears from deep.
Maicon skips away from Cruzado, but it is another wild effort from the Brazilian as the ball goes behind goal.
It's plenty of stop and start from both sides with scrappy play all over the pitch. Neither side has a complete grip on proceedings.
Frey finds Pellissier who takes a shot. It rebounds off Chivu, but Lucio deals with the danger as he clears it for his side. Inter looking a little shaky at times.
Maicon makes a powerful run down the right and blasts the ball towards goal, but Sorrentino is happy to see the effort bend wide of his post.
Yellow Card Kamil Vacek
Ohhh! That's unlike Sneijder as his failure to control Maicon's pass allows Cruzado to clear for his side. Poor play by the Netherlands international there.
This time it's Zanetti who takes a blow to the head after a collision with Jokic. It seems like he is able to continue after a spray of the magic water.
Nagatomo is down momentarily as he takes an elbow to the head from Cruzado. The defender receives treatment, but is soon back on the pitch
Maicon losses out again to Hetemaj who wins it back for Chievo, but his cross from the left flank is wayward.
Ohhh! A terrible clearance from Julio Cesar allows Paloschi with a rare sight on goal, but Zanetti gets in the way of the shot.
Welcome back for the second-half of Inter's game against Chievo. The away side get us back underway and they will be hoping to find an equaliser.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first-half. Inter fans will be happy as the team takes a deserved lead at the interval.
Maicon wins the corner off Hetemaj. Sneijder delivers, Thiago Motta is there again, but the ball goes over this time as Chievo escape.
Yellow Card Maicon
Zarate spins away from four defenders and lays the ball off to Sneijder who shoots from distance to draw a good save from Sorrentino.
Five minutes remain before the end of the first-half, but it is all Inter. Chievo have struggled to respond to going a goal behind.
One way traffic at San Siro now as Inter continue applying pressure. Zarate forces a good save from Sorrentino who does brilliantly to push the striker's shot around the post.
Ohhh! It's almost 2-0 Inter as Pazzini lifts the ball over Sorrentino, but it also goes over the bar. Inter are dominating now.
Yellow Card Bojan Jokic
Assist Wesley Sneijder
Goal Thiago Motta
GOAL! Inter take the lead through Thiago Motta. The corner, which followed on from Sneijder's free-kick, is headed into the net by the Italy international. It is Inter's first home goal of the season in Serie A.
Maicon is fouled. Free-kick to Inter on the edge of the area. Chivu and Sneijder stand over the ball. Sneijder curls it over and around the wall ... Ohhhh! What a save from Sorrentino who parries clear. Corner to Inter.
Yellow Card Thiago Motta
Ohhh! Another good chance for Inter as they continue sweeping forward. Zarate crosses for Cambiasso, but he fails to connect cleanly and Chievo scramble the ball clear.
Sneijder cuts in on the left and goes for the shot from range. Ohh! The ball cannons off the side netting. Half the stadium thought he had scored for Inter.
Zanetti goes strong on Jokic who stays down for a moment, but the Argentine won the ball cleanly there.
Route one football from Chievo who go long ball. The ball falls to Hetemaj on the edge of the area. He shoots! No. Julio Cesar makes the save. Inter escape.
Zarate in space. He losses the ball, but Zanetti wins it back. Good effort from the Inter captain who shoots low with his right, but the ball flies past Sorrentino's far post.
Ohhh! Well read by Chievo's Cesar as he does enough to stop Zanetti's return pass falling to the feet of Pazzini who would have been in on goal. Inter continue to build up the play, but they have been less than sharp in the final third.
Maicon squares for Zarate. The striker shoots with his left on the turn from the edge of the box. However, Sorrentino is there to make a comfortable save. The shot from Zarate makes for an easy stop.
Getting a little sloppy from Inter here as Paloschi applies pressure on Maicon. Lucio comes across to help his Brazilian colleague. Chievo are keeping shape and look determined at the back.
Vacek wins the corner kick for Chievo. It's swung in deep, but Julio Cesar is not troubled as the touch from Jokic goes wide of the mark.
Zarate dazzles and turns down the left side for Inter. He gets his cross away, but no-one is there to meet the ball as another chance is wasted.
First real clear-cut chance for Pazzini who is put through by Cambiasso's fine pass, but his shot takes a deflection off Morero. It's an Inter corner. Cleared by Chievo as the cross is headed away.
Maicon in for Pazzini who makes an angled run. The Italian back-heels the ball for the Brazilian as they try a one-two move, but Cesar's foot saves Chievo from danger.
Inter are moving the ball around well, but they are not making any in- roads. No chances worthy of mention just yet as we have a sluggish start to the game.
Maicon surges forward this time. He delays the cross which allows Chievo defenders to get back in time. In the end the move fizzles out. However, Inter are keeping good possession early on.
Zarate does well with his run down the left and tries to cut the ball back for Pazzini who is lurking nearby, but the cross is cleared by Morero.
Inter get the game underway at San Siro. The home side are playing in their traditional black and blue kits, while Chievo are all in white.
Chievo (4-3-3) - Sorrentino; Frey, Morero, Cesar, Jokic; Vacek, Bradley, Hetemaj; Cruzado; Paloschi, Pellissier
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the Serie A clash between Inter and Chievo at San Siro. Here are the official confirmed line ups for the game: Inter (4-3-1-2) - Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Chivu, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Thiago Motta; Sneijder, Zarate, Pazzini
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