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4 vs 4
Played
February 2, 2012 1:15 AM IST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ M. Guida‎
Attendance:‬ 15000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 4-4 Palermo

Both teams were guilty of twice losing the lead as Diego Milito's four goals and Fabrizio Miccoli's hat-trick stole the headlines at San Siro

By Kris Voakes

  • Julio César
    0
    2
    2.50

    Julio César

    Will be more overworked in many a game this season, but was left high and dry all too often by his back four to give him a fighting chance.

  • Javier Zanetti
    3
    1
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti

    Led the way once more in driving beyond the Palermo midfield, and was even more effective when switched to the right, crossing for Pazzini in the build-up to Milito’s fourth.

  • Lúcio
    0
    2
    2.50

    Lúcio

    When he made his trademark runs forward he found it more difficult than normal to control the ball on the snowy surface, and when he was asked questions by Miccoli he rarely had any answer. Clearly missed the assurance of Walter Samuel.

  • Maicon
    2
    1
    3.00

    Maicon

    Looked lively down the right from the opening moments, and it was no surprise when Milito turned home his cross for the equaliser. Continued to bomb forward, but that also meant his fellow defenders were often exposed to counterattacks.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    0
    3
    2.00

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Struggled with the pace of Palermo’s attacks from the first whistle, and his distribution was regularly poor and wasteful. His most obvious moment of disappointment came when he failed to stop Miccoli driving through to put Palermo back in front again at 2-1, and his lack of any speed of thought was glaring.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    3
    0
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Drove forward well at times, particularly when earning the penalty, but defensively he still has areas to improve. Often allowed for runners in behind him on Palermo attacks.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    3
    0
    2.50

    Wesley Sneijder

    Switched to the left to provide balance in Ranieri’s favoured 4-4-2 midway through the first half and looked dangerous up against Munoz. Had a couple of attempts when cutting in onto his right, but he was once again hauled off just after the hour mark with the score at 3-3.

  • Andrea Poli
    3
    0
    3.50

    Andrea Poli

    Went down with cramp shortly before being replaced by Palombo having put in a decent shift on the left. Tried his best to provide good cover for Nagatomo, but still not up to race pace yet.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    3
    0
    2.50

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Advanced early on, but saw his effort blocked by Balzaretti’s chest, then should have done much better from Sneijder’s square ball on the stroke of half-time. Grabbed an assist with a neat header to Milito for the hat-trick goal.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    3
    0
    2.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    His poor control wasted the run of Maicon as Inter pressed in the first half, but was then unfortunate not to get a touch on Zanetti’s teasing cross. His scuffed shot later teed up Milito for his fourth as his endeavour caused increasing problems for Palermo.

  • Diego Milito
    9
    1
    4.00

    Diego Milito Top of the Match

    Magnificent Milito! Fired home Maicon’s deflected cross at the far post, then got his second from the spot and completed his hat-trick by walking the ball around Viviano. Grabbed a fourth when he turned in Pazzini’s scuffed shot, and could have had six but for a disallowed effort in each half.

Substitutions

  • Angelo Palombo
    2
    0
    3.00

    Angelo Palombo

    Made his debut when replacing the cramp-hit Poli just after the hour mark, but couldn’t provide the necessary cover for the back four as they twice lost the lead after his introduction.

  • Joel Obi
    1
    0
    3.00

    Joel Obi

    Brought on for Sneijder with the score at 3-3, but his push at the far post foiled Milito’s hopes of a fifth goal. Booked for a silly foul to boot.

  • Mauro Zárate
    0
    1
    0.00

    Mauro Zárate

    A late replacement for man of the moment Milito.

  • Emiliano Viviano
    0
    1
    3.00

    Emiliano Viviano

    An unfortunate return to San Siro, as he was beaten four times by former team-mate Milito. Could have been more after he was left hopelessly exposed at times.

  • Andrea Mantovani
    0
    1
    2.50

    Andrea Mantovani

    Turned in only the second goal scored by a Palermo player away from the Barbera this term when converting the Rosanero’s fifth corner in the first 17 minutes. Defensively he had less success on the night, with Milito and Pazzini causing him many a problem.

  • Matías Silvestre
    0
    1
    2.50

    Matías Silvestre Flop of the Match

    Often found himself bailing out the over-worked Munoz in the first half, and inadvertently set up Milito’s first when trying to block Maicon’s cross. After the break he and Mantovani had no answer to Il Principe.

  • Ezequiel Muñoz
    0
    1
    2.50

    Ezequiel Muñoz

    Probably the biggest victim of the conditions in the first half as Inter looked to make use of the rare patch of green grass down his flank to construct many of their attacks. He had no such excuses when dragging down Nagatomo for the second half penalty though. Replaced at 3-2 in a mercy move.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    0
    1
    3.00

    Federico Balzaretti

    Not allowed to advance as he usually likes to, but still grabbed an assist when crossing for Miccoli’s hat-trick goal. At the back he had trouble keeping a lid on the tireless Zanetti.

  • Edgar Barreto
    1
    0
    2.50

    Edgar Barreto

    One of Palermo’s better performers, and showed a real desire to roll up his sleeves and get involved in the tough stuff as his sides guts eventually earned them a point.

  • Nicolás Bertolo
    1
    0
    2.50

    Nicolás Bertolo

    Got completely swamped in midfield at times as Palermo spent much of the time firefighting. However, there was the occasionally gut-busting run which set his side on the right path.

  • Massimo Donati
    1
    0
    3.00

    Massimo Donati

    Rarely looked like bossing the midfield battle, but then few visiting midfielders do at San Siro. Worked hard until the end, but seemed to lack the ability to really threaten Inter on the ball.

  • Eran Zahavi
    0
    1
    2.50

    Eran Zahavi

    Got very few touches of the ball after the first 20 minutes as he went missing too often to be a truly creative force in the game. Replaced after Milito’s third by Ilicic.

  • Fabrizio Miccoli
    8
    1
    3.50

    Fabrizio Miccoli

    From minute one he was Palermo’s only real threat. Set up Mantovani’s opener, then his magnificent run and finish put his side back in front. His diving header from Balzaretti’s cross made it 3-3, then he completed his hat-trick with another wonderful run and left-foot strike five minutes from time. Without his contribution, Palermo could have been given a hiding.

  • Igor Budan
    1
    0
    2.50

    Igor Budan

    Looked a real danger leading the line in the opening moments but was largely silent thereafter and was replaced by Vasquez near the end.

Substitutions

  • Eros Pisano
    2
    0
    0.00

    Eros Pisano

    Given a run in place of the hapless Munoz for the latter stages of the match and provided a much more solid presence in the right-back slot.

  • Franco Vázquez
    2
    0
    0.00

    Franco Vázquez

    A late replacement for Budan.

  • Josip Iličič
    3
    1
    3.00

    Josip Iličič

    Replaced Zahavi early in the second period but was unable to really provide a noticeable increase in quality, other than adding another distraction to an underperforming Inter defence.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0