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0 vs 2
Played
April 3, 2013 10:00 PM IST
Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris — Genova
Referee:‬ L. Banti‎
Attendance:‬ 25258‎
 
 
 
Rodrigo Palacio 90+3′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sampdoria 0-2 Inter

Goal.com rates the players' performances as Inter secure a crucial 2-0 win over Sampdoria with a goal in each half

By Ben McAleer

  • Sergio Romero
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sergio Romero

    Did well to deny Palacio early on, but perhaps should have done better for the opener. Rarely called upon.

  • Shkodran Mustafi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Shkodran Mustafi

    Performed well in the Sampdoria back four and was at his best to deny Palacio with a superb last ditch block following half time.

  • Angelo Palombo
    0
    0
    2.50

    Angelo Palombo

    Targeted weak link Jonathan in the Inter defence and to a high standard and pressed forward well, but could little to break past Zanetti on a consistent basis.

  • Daniele Gastaldello
    0
    0
    2.50

    Daniele Gastaldello

    Like De Silvestri, was also napping for Palacio's header, only to improve defensively as Sampdoria pushed Inter deeper into their own half as the encounter wore on.

  • Marcelo Estigarribia
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marcelo Estigarribia

    A poor outing for the Paraguayan who struggled up against the physically imposing duo of Juan and Ranocchia. Substituted with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Pedro Obiang
    0
    0
    3.00

    Pedro Obiang

    Full of energy in the midfield and never stopped running. Tested Handanovic with a long range effort in the second half, but could not drag his side back into the encounter.

  • Andrea Poli
    0
    0
    2.50

    Andrea Poli

    Booked for diving in the first half, but a continuous threat on the right flank for his side. Pressed Pereira back into the Inter half, hindering his impact pushing forward.

  • Lorenzo De Silvestri
    0
    0
    2.50

    Lorenzo De Silvestri

    Asleep for the first goal, allowing the Argentine a free header. Caught out in the first half, but solid after the interval.

  • Nenad Krsticic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nenad Krsticic

    Forced Handanovic into a superb save midway through the first half with a thunderous effort from distance, but was booked and substituted after the interval. Impressive nonetheless, however.

  • Gianluca Sansone
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gianluca Sansone

    Tested Handanovic with a teasing left footed drive following the interval, but was substituted in the second half after a poor outing by his standards.

  • Mauro Icardi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mauro Icardi Flop of the Match

    A bright spark in the Sampdoria attack and could have opened the scoring in the first half with a near post header. However, kept quiet by the impressive Inter defence.

Substitutions

  • Simon Poulsen
    0
    0

    Simon Poulsen

    Replaced Estigarribia late on, but didn't really have enough time to make a sustained impact during his cameo appearance.

  • Gianni Munari
    0
    0

    Gianni Munari

    Not enough time to make an impact.

  • Maxi López
    0
    0
    2.50

    Maxi López

    Tested Handanovic from distance with a free kick while the scores remained at 1-0, but rarely posed a genuine attacking threat for his side in the second half.

  • Samir Handanoviç
    4
    1
    3.00

    Samir Handanoviç

    Impressive in between the sticks to deny the Sampdoria attack, most notably from Icardi and Krsticic in the first half. Turned a Sansone effort around the post in the second to claim a deserved clean sheet.

  • Javier Zanetti
    3
    0
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti

    Gave Jonathan the necessary cover defensively as Sampdoria pressured the Inter right flank before a change of shape allowed him to push forward on the hour mark.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    1
    1
    2.50

    Andrea Ranocchia

    A calming influence in the heart of the Inter defence as the visitors held on for a crucial three points to move into fifth in Serie A.

  • Á. Pereira
    0
    2
    2.50

    Á. Pereira

    Rarely broke forward as much as he would have hoped, but his superb ball picked out Palacio for the opener. Defensively solid and dealt well with the threat of Poli.

  • Juan Jesus
    2
    1
    2.50

    Juan Jesus

    Alongside Ranocchia, was impressive and dealt with the threat of Estigarribia and Icardi expertly. Performed well defensively and was a threat from set pieces when called upon.

  • Jonathan
    1
    0
    2.00

    Jonathan

    Pushed forward well, but was regularly targeted by the Sampdoria frontline, highlighting his defensive deficiencies and it was no shock to see him withdrawn from action on the hour mark.

  • Mateo Kovačić
    5
    1
    2.50

    Mateo Kovačić

    Hard to believe he is only 18, but once again churned out a performance of the highest order in the heart of the Inter midfield. At the heart of everything attacking for his side.

  • Fredy Guarín
    1
    1
    2.50

    Fredy Guarín

    Not the greatest of performances for the Colombian, who is likely to forget his last minute dismal effort as he struggled to make his mark on the encounter.

  • Walter Gargano
    2
    0
    2.50

    Walter Gargano

    Provided the necessary shielding in front of the Inter defence in the absence of Cambiasso and performed his duties to the highest of standards.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    4
    1
    3.50

    Rodrigo Palacio Top of the Match

    Could have opened the scoring in the opening exchanges before heading past Romero at the end of the first half. May have added a second, but was denied expertly by Mustafi in the second half before adding a second late on.

  • Antonio Cassano
    0
    2
    2.50

    Antonio Cassano

    A creative threat, but often isolated when he pushed forward. Struggled to bring his regular attacking verve to the side before his withdrawal in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Matías Silvestre
    1
    0
    2.50

    Matías Silvestre

    Replaced Jonathan on the hour mark as Inter altered their shape, defensively, and was solid as Sampdoria chased the game.

  • Zdravko Kuzmanovic
    1
    1
    2.50

    Zdravko Kuzmanovic

    Replaced Cassano in the second half to add an extra body into the Inter midfield as Sampdoria pushed for the equaliser. Turned in an impressive cameo.

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