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Serie A

  • 3 December 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Gervasoni
  • • Attendance: 56000

Inter 0-1 Udinese: Mauricio Isla goal and Giampaolo Pazzini penalty miss condemn Claudio Ranieri's side to another home defeat

The Nerazzurri's poor home form continued as Francesco Guidolin's title chasers emerged winners in a thrilling game, which saw two penalties and two red cards

Udinese grabbed a deserved 1-0 victory over Inter at the Guiseppe Meazza in a fiery Serie A match, which offered plenty of action and excitement.

Mauricio Isla gave the visitors the lead midway through the second half, and shortly after Javier Zanetti was sent off, conceding a penalty, which Julio Cesar saved.

Damiano Feronetti received his marching orders late in the game after he brought down Diego Milito in the box, but Giampaolo Pazzini also missed from the spot as the game finished 0-1.

Inter were the better team in the early minutes of the game as they were superbly shutting out Udinese's midfield and attack. Diego Milito was the first to seriously threaten Samir Handanovic's goal as in the eighth minute the Argentine sent a volley well over the bar from a difficult angle.

Milito was guilty of another miss later on, when a through-ball by Javier Zanetti found the striker in space inside the penalty area, but he once again failed to find the target. Udinese, however, started to wake up from their lethargy early on, and soon began creating chance of their own.

In the 22nd minute, a good pass by Antonio Di Natale found Isla free in the box, but the Chilean could only strike wide with just Julio Cesar to beat. Inter were struggling to repel Udinese's attacks, which were getting more dangerous by the second.

The visitors' overeager play, however, was leaving them vulnerable at the back, and on the half-hour mark Thiago Motta nearly put the Nerazzurri infront after a delightful one-two with Milito.

The two teams continued to trade chances in the second half as shortly after Gabriel Toje had a header saved in the 54th minute, Giampaolo Pazzini missed a similar opportunity on the other side of the pitch.

Still, Udinese's abundance of pace was causing Inter to struggle and the visitors were finally rewarded for their efforts. In the 73rd minute, a quick break saw Antonio Floro Flores rush between Samuel and Andrea Ranocchia before teeing up for Isla on the right side of the box, and the Chilean made no mistake with his thunderous finish.

Inter tried to mount a late comeback, but often found themselves exposed on the counter. One such break saw Javier Zanetti to foul Kwadwo Asamoah in the box, which meant a penalty for Udinese and a second yellow card for the captain. Di Natale, however, missed from the spot.

Just as things looked hopeless for the Nerazzurri, Damiano Feronetti brought down Milito in the box in a moment of madness, which earned him two yellow cards in two minutes. The drama was completed, when Pazzini rocketed his penalty over the bar, wasting a chance to earn a point for his team.

This result sees Udinese climb to second, level on points with leaders AC Milan, while Inter sit 14th, four points above the relegation zone. Francesco Guidolin's men next league game is at home to Udinese on December 11, while the Nerazzurri face Fiorentina a day earlier.

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