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2 vs 0
Played
August 25, 2013 9:30 PM IST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ M. Guida‎
Attendance:‬ 42797‎
 
 
90+2′ Rodrigo Palacio
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 2-0 Genoa

Goal was on hand to observe the Nerazzurri's hard fought opening day win, as Yuto Nagatomo and Rodrigo Palacio fired the hosts to victory

By Simon Harrison

  • Samir Handanoviç
    5
    0
    3.00

    Samir Handanoviç

    Was untested throughout, his only involvement being to collect back-passes and re-distribute, or to pounce on a couple of loose balls.

  • Jonathan
    4
    1
    3.00

    Jonathan

    Offered great width down Inter's right-hand side, providing several testing crosses over the 90 minutes. Arguably had Inter's best chance of the first half, flashing an effort wide of Perin's back post.

  • Juan Jesus
    6
    0
    3.00

    Juan Jesus

    Not the Brazilian's most convincing performance, losing several aerial duels and almost allowing Kucka to grab the opening goal from a Genoa set piece.

  • Hugo Campagnaro
    5
    0
    3.50

    Hugo Campagnaro

    A pleasing debut from the Argentine, as he was not only defensively solid, but also provided a good outlet for Jonathan to return to when faced with no options down the right hand side.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    4
    0
    3.00

    Andrea Ranocchia

    The Italian wasn't tested too often, but proved a physical match for the tenacious Gilardino. Forced a good save from Perin in the second half.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    6
    0
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Offered plenty of energy down the left, exploiting the attacking nature of Vrsaljko. Netted the opening goal by turning home Jonathan's cross.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    3
    4
    3.00

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Didn't have the most productive game, as the Argentine struggled in the space behind Palacio. Gave the ball away on numerous occasions.

  • Fredy Guarín
    8
    0
    4.00

    Fredy Guarín Top of the Match

    Excellent in the second half after a quiet first 45. His willingness to shoot from anywhere won Inter countless corners.

  • Zdravko Kuzmanovic
    2
    1
    3.50

    Zdravko Kuzmanovic

    Had a few long range efforts, bursting from deep to contribute to Inter's attacks when required. He didn't give the ball away often, and looked one of the most likely players on the pitch to score.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    3
    1
    2.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Was given the captain's armband for the game, but didn't quite live up to expectations. Picked out only a couple of decent balls, but did little else.

Substitutions

  • Mateo Kovačić
    6
    0
    3.00

    Mateo Kovačić

    Was full of energy and running after his introduction, and perhaps should be been thrown into the fray a little earlier. A candidate to replace either Cambiasso or Kuzmanovic in the next game.

  • Mauro Icardi
    5
    0
    3.50

    Mauro Icardi

    A great debut for the former Sampdoria forward, as he tested Perin within a minute of taking to the field. Unfortunate to strike the crossbar with a well-directed and powerful header.

  • Mattia Perin
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mattia Perin

    Made a couple of smart saves, as well as being alert to come off his line on several occasions to cut out crosses from the likes of Nagatomo and Jonathan.

  • Daniele Portanova
    0
    1
    2.50

    Daniele Portanova

    Made key interceptions throughout the game, putting in a real captain's performance and denying Icardi and Palacio more than once.

  • Luca Antonelli
    0
    1
    2.00

    Luca Antonelli Flop of the Match

    Struggled against Jonathan and Guarin down Inter's right hand side, as the combined pace and power of the duo proved too much for the Italian to deal with.

  • Sime Vrsaljko
    3
    0
    3.50

    Sime Vrsaljko

    An excellent debut from the 21-year-old, offering width down the right and combining well with Cofie. The Croatian provided a couple of good crosses, without shirking defensive responsibility.

  • Thomas Manfredini
    1
    0
    2.50

    Thomas Manfredini

    A solid partner for Portanova, Manfredini made various blocks to deny Guarin and Kuzmanovic, aswell as being a useful aerial presence.

  • Andrea Bertolacci
    0
    1
    2.50

    Andrea Bertolacci

    Had a few silky and noticeable touches, but lacked the cutting edge that Genoa desperately needed.

  • Francesco Lodi
    1
    0
    2.50

    Francesco Lodi

    Sat deep and did what he could to orchestrate his side, but struggled against the tenacity of the Inter midfield in the second half.

  • Isaac Cofie
    1
    1
    2.50

    Isaac Cofie

    Was full of running, perhaps leaving his full-back a little exposed in the first half, but going forward his link-up play with Vrsaljko and Kucka was impressive.

  • Juraj Kucka
    1
    0
    2.00

    Juraj Kucka

    Had a couple of chances to open the scoring for his side, beating Juan to a set piece header, but was otherwise only involved in fits and starts.

  • Mario Santana
    0
    1
    1.50

    Mario Santana

    Aside from one lovely piece of skill to beat Nagatomo in the first half, the Argentine struggled to impose himself on the match against the pace and power of Guarin in nidfield.

  • Alberto Gilardino
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alberto Gilardino

    Battled well at the head of a team which didn't provide him with good service. The Italy international proved a handful for Ranocchia, but didn't even get to test Handanovic.

Substitutions

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