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4 vs 3
Played
September 12, 2011 12:15 AM IST
Stadio Renzo Barbera — Palermo
Referee:‬ C. Brighi‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Palermo 4-3 Inter

Gian Piero Gasperini's side crash to an opening day defeat in Sicily despite two Diego Milito goals and a debut strike from Diego Forlan as Fabrizio Miccoli inspires the hosts

By Jonathan Mitchell

  • Alexandros Tzorvas
    0
    0
    3.00

    Alexandros Tzorvas

    Conceded three goals but could have done little to stop any of them.

  • Eros Pisano
    0
    0
    3.00

    Eros Pisano

    A solid showing at right-back, where he refused to buckle under any attacking pressure. Made one excellent recovery to dispossess Nagatomo after he seemed to have evaded his grasp.

  • Matías Silvestre
    0
    0
    3.00

    Matías Silvestre

    Former Catania man was impressive at the heart of the Palermo defence, working hard to contain the threat offered by Milito and Forlan. Even found time for one swashbuckling run late in the game which won the free-kick for Miccoli to score.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    0
    1
    3.00

    Federico Balzaretti

    Had a fantastic 2010-11 campaign, but was quieter than usual tonight, as he decided to curb his swashbuckling forays forward in order to concentrate on defending.

  • Giulio Migliaccio
    0
    0
    3.00

    Giulio Migliaccio

    Normally anchors the Palermo midfield but was asked to fill a central defensive berth, and did so admirably until going to sleep in the closing stages and letting Forlan in behind him to score.

  • E. Álvarez
    0
    0
    2.50

    E. Álvarez

    Made an energetic start on the right flank, but seemed to lose some of his momentum after switching flanks.

  • Edgar Barreto
    0
    0
    3.00

    Edgar Barreto

    A night of mixed fortunes - setting up Miccoli's first while giving away a penalty - but was actually impressive overall, working hard to battle with Stankovic and Cambiasso in the engine room.

  • Francesco Della Rocca
    0
    1
    2.50

    Francesco Della Rocca

    Worked hard beside Barreto but was not as noticeable as his partner and was replaced by Acquah at the interval.

  • Josip Iličič
    5
    0
    2.50

    Josip Iličič

    His ingenuity and drive sparked the move which resulted in his side's second goal, but he did pass up a glorious chance to score at 2-2. Seemed to thrive after leaving the left of midfield to play in a role that varied between wide on the right and a more central position.

  • Abel Hernández
    4
    0
    3.00

    Abel Hernández

    Has really come on leaps and bounds from the player he was last season. Scored his side's second equaliser and' like Miccoli, terrorised the Inter back three with his pace and movement.

  • Fabrizio Miccoli
    9
    1
    4.00

    Fabrizio Miccoli

    A constant menace to the Inter back line, with his energy, drive, movement and creativity. Scored a double and inspired his side to victory in a real virtuoso display.

Substitutions

  • Nicolás Bertolo
    0
    0
    2.50

    Nicolás Bertolo

    Wide-man attempted to drive at a tired Inter in the closing stages.

  • Afriyie Acquah
    1
    1
    3.50

    Afriyie Acquah

    Made an impact after appearing the break. Always looking to get involved.

  • Mauricio Pinilla
    2
    0
    3.00

    Mauricio Pinilla

    Scored a stunning 88th minute goal to seal the win.

  • Julio César
    0
    3
    2.50

    Julio César

    Made some decent stops to deny Miccoli in particular, but was left brutality exposed by his back three. Should arguably have done better with Miccoli's free-kick.

  • Lúcio
    0
    0
    2.50

    Lúcio

    Part of a back three who didn't know whether they were coming or going. Was particularly poor at Palermo's equaliser, playing Miccoli onside while his team-mates stepped up.

  • Walter Samuel
    0
    0
    2.50

    Walter Samuel

    Played in the centre of the back three and appeared to have little idea of how to conduct the defensive line, failing to bring the defenders flanking up when he stepped out. Was also lucky not to be sent off.

  • Javier Zanetti
    0
    3
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti

    Was like a fish out of water on the left of the back three. Naive decision to step out onto Hernandez allowed Ilicic and the Uruguayan to play a one-two around him and then release Miccoli into the space he'd vacated, leading to the second goal.

  • Jonathan
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jonathan

    Played on the right of the midfield three and offered little in an attacking or defensive sense.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Made a similar contribution to Jonathan on the opposite flank, neither helping out his forwards or defenders.

  • Dejan Stankovic
    4
    0
    3.00

    Dejan Stankovic

    Celebrated his 33rd birthday by setting up his side's opening goal by firing ball back into the area, but wasn't nearly influential enough at the heart of the midfield.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    0
    0
    3.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Had a nightmare start, misplacing passes and prodding a woeful left footed shot wide. Didn't get much better, and was especially lazy in letting Ilicic breeze away from him to create second goal.

  • Mauro Zárate
    1
    2
    2.50

    Mauro Zárate

    Substituted after just 34 minutes after a woefully ineffective opening half hour. Almost cost his side a goal in fifth minute when his slack play gifted Miccoli the chance to cross for Hernandez.

  • Diego Milito
    3
    0
    3.50

    Diego Milito

    Played his part by scoring a double, showing real striker's instinct to stick out a leg and deflect Stankovic's drive into the net before converting with a coolly taken spot-kick early in the second half.

  • Diego Forlán
    7
    0
    3.00

    Diego Forlán

    Scored an injury-time consolation with fine finish, but by then it was too little too late. Fired off a series of long range efforts over the course of the 90 minutes with little success.

Substitutions

  • Wesley Sneijder
    9
    1
    2.50

    Wesley Sneijder

    Replaced Zarate after 34 minutes, and occupied a position wide on the left. Pushed and prompted at the Palermo rearguard and created Forlan's goal with a sumptuous pass.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    1
    2
    0.00

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Expensive summer signing had to be content with a place on the bench. Introduced in the 71st minute and showed a couple of flashes of skill.

  • Joel Obi
    2
    2
    2.50

    Joel Obi

    Wasted one glorious opportunity on the counterattack when he ran with his head down, taking one touch too many, rather than going for goal.

Results
 
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