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15 October 2011
• Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 13000
S. Almirón 47'
F. Lodi 50'
E. Cambiasso 6'
90' + 4'
You can join me for more, yes more Italian football in 45 minutes for Milan - Palermo. Do it!!
90' + 4'
Inter lose its fourth game of the season! Catania 2-1 Inter. Misery for the giants, rapture in the rain for the the Elefanti. Ranieri is going to get his backside tanned in the press tomorrow. Montella on the other hand gets a steroid in the arm. Catania win!!
90' + 3'
Corner for Inter to the back post, Muntari finds Cambiasso who for a half second had the space to shoot but was closed down. Four minutes of added time, two gone.
90' + 2'
Catellani making all sorts of weird faces after a collision. You do wish footballers were a bit harder sometimes. Inter on the ball, hoping wishing they can get a draw. Desperate times.
Yellow Card Giuseppe Bellusci
Answer's on Ranieri's team talk to @owenneilson on twitter, the funniest ones win a prize.
Worked into a dangerous area, Pazzini, who? Haven't seen him all game, but the forward directs a header goalward, that takes a deflection. Another corner, but Muntari sends it out for a goal-kick.
Catellani just tries a 30 yard bomb, doesn't work out but why not. How many times are Catania going to boss Inter in a game. Corner Inter.
Inter are holding on for dear life, mistakes happening in defence and you just know their confidence is as fragile as Chivu's cranium.
What a chance!! Catellani you absolute plonker!!! Put clean through Catellani goes for Castelazzi's near post but the keeper puts it out for a corner. Should've been 3-1.
Chances are few and far between. Ranieri is thinking how he's going to explain this one to Moratti. Has to go down as worst half-time team talk of the weekend, even though it is the first game.
Yellow Card Gennaro Delvecchio
Pericoloso says the Italian commentator. That's danger. Castelazzi comes out to cut off a ball over the top. Montella still has his hood up, but he's going to be happy if Catania can win this.
Delvecchio cuts in from the right and fires a low shot but Castelazzi saves for a corner.
Inter harassing Catania for possession in midfield, but there's no real quality in the play the last few mintues. Zarate gets booked for simulation, always what you need from the sub who's just come on.
Yellow Card Mauro Zárate
Gustavo Rubén Bergessio
The game is more broken which will suit Inter as they chase the goal. Catania not committing too many men forward.
Iván Ramiro Córdoba
Ooo. A half chance, crossed in by Maicon byt Milito and Muntari are beaten to the ball. Those two goals have turned the tempo up about ten notches which is always good. Would love to know what Ranieri's team-talk was at half time.
Well how are Inter going to go about getting at least a point? Catania understandably have their tails up, but one feels they'll need a third to avoid the dreaded, 'sit back and defend' tactic with 15 minutes to go.
Don't worry Inter fans, it's a season of transition, with a manager that will stay for a decade and bring untold success to the club....
Two counter-attacks, two goals for Catania and Inter's flimsy defence again exposed.
Lodi!!!! 2-1 to Catania, Francesco Lodi from the penalty spot makes it a nightmare start for Inter. Pummels the spot-kick down the middle and Inter are more than rattled. More than tottering. They're punch drunk lying in a pool of their own mess.
Assist Gustavo Rubén Bergessio
Yellow Card Luca Castellazzi
Penalty Goal Francesco Lodi
Muntari at the back post but couldn't pull it back. The replay of the goal is even better. Almiron's first goal since joining from Bari...Penalty!!Ball over the top and Bergessio goes down.
Assist Gustavo Rubén Bergessio
Goal Sergio Almiron
Almiiiroooooon!!!!!! 1-1 Sixty-five seconds into the second half and The Tinkerman's must have fallen on deaf ears. First time shot from the edge of the area, curled beautifully into the top right corner. What a start. What a finish. Sweet child o' mine that's what we needed.
Off we go again. Daniele Orsato the referee is ready to get us underway. Inter only had two shots in the first period, one on target. Catania had four shots, but none tested Julio Cesar. Maxi Lopez has warmed up for the home side.
That's, Catania are third bottom of the shots on target league before you start sending carrier pigeons with corrections. Half time at the Renzo Barbera.
In fact I want a cup of tea and a biscuit. Catania third bottom in the league after six games with the fewest shots on target this season. They're still yet to record one as Inter charge forward on the counter. Inter are just sitting back after the goal and waiting to catch Catania out with a quick break. Not the most inspiring stuff, but they're ahead.
Yellow Card Nicolás Spolli
Puddles on the flanks of the pitch as Nagatomo tries to launch an attack on the right. It's swept to the left as Maicon loses out. A few niggly stoppages and the referee is having to talk to the players. Montella looks like he wants a cup of tea and a biscuit.
So after 39 minutes I think Inter have had one chance, and that was the goal. Catania, possibly one half chance.
Catania have only lost one of their last eleven matches at home, but new coach Montella is going to have to make some changes at half-time if it's to stay like that.
Ball to the back post as Catania look for the equalizer but the goal scorer, Esteban Cambiasso, which sounds a bit like a singer's name, clears the ball.
Inter has games against Chievo and Atalanta, and they will want nine points to try and get this season underway. Two shocking appointments by Moratti and the board in my opinion. Benitez effectively ended their chances before Christmas, and Gasperini has seriously hampered their hopes this time out.
Catania are also trying quick counter-attacks. Gomez find space at the back post, and the pint sized forward tried to pass, or maybe shoot, hard to tell. Either way Cesar gobbled it up.
Weather changing in Italy, Autumn has arrived in the north, and a deluge in the south. Ball slopping about in midfield without much danger of a chance on goal.
Inter looking to hit Catania on the counter-attack. This time a ball over the top by Izco and Almiron runs the long way round trying to get it. Cambiasso sends the pass up but Catania cut it out and come again. Montella also under a hood, his is a blue one.
Do you think Moratti goes to bed each night wishing he'd never appointed Gasperini?
Ball slipped through for Milito to chase, he manages to pull it back off the greasy surface but Andujar puts it out for a corner.
Inter finally have some possession in the final third, working it about on the right first, then Lucio tries to charge for glory through the middle which doesn't work. Maicon then has his cross charged down.
The Eto'o loan story was a laugh during the week. I'm sure his Russian employers loved that one. Gomez tackled from behind and wins a free-kick from Walter Samuel.
How long ago does the multiple Scudetto winning Inter sides seem? Champions League winners in 2009/10 now a pale side lacking the confidence and swagger of years gone by. Gomez wins a corner after a quick counter.
In conditions like this teams need to either play short balls to minimize mistakes or fling crosses in to test the keeper. Catania are doing neither at the moment.
As I said, quality isn't the best because of the rain. Passes going astray, Catania not looking very well organized in terms of their tactics of breaking Inter down.
Ranieri walking about with his hood up as he's pelted by the rain.
Massively important Inter start winning successive games if they're even to have the smallest hope of winning the Scudetto, though with Ranieri that's unlikely.
Inter are trying to use the ball wide, but look a little flimsy up front when the play is spread out. Counter attack snuffed out by Almiron.
Cross flies across the face of goal, Castelazzi with the ball, but Gomez can't get on the end of it.
Apologies for the hiatus. The downpour got into my computer then. Still 0-1 to Inter, players sporting some wet locks.
Well what a start for Inter. Chucking it down now, so expect the quality to be patchier than Berlusconi's hair extensions.
Goal Esteban Cambiasso
Injuries galore for the Nerazzurri, but GOAL!! Cambisso scores with their first attack. As the rain comes down the Argentinean volleys in at the back post, struck beautifully with his left. 0-1 Inter.
I Elefanti are controlling possession in the back three early on, as a defense splitting pass comes through to Gomez who scored that crucial equalizer against Novara on matchday 6.
Corner followed up and a chipped shot by Izco but out for a goal kick.
It's a sodden game in Sicily with a rain falling throughout the day, and an early free-kick for Catania.
Diego Forlan is injured after picking up a hamstring injury in the game with Uruguay earlier in the week. The striker will be out for two months, which you know is a pain in the Tinkerman's tinker box.
Inter Milan have travelled south with only one win in their locker and are desperate for three points today.They are lining up with a (4-3-1-2): Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Muntari; Stankovic; Pazzini, Milito
Catania are currently undefeated at home after two draws and a win but are without David Suazo, Alessandro Potenza and Pablo Alvarez today. Their line-up looks like this; Catania (4-4-1-1): Andujar; Spolli, Bellusci, Legrottaglie, Izco; Almiron, Lodi, Ricchiuti, Capuano; Gomez; Bergessio.
Hello, good morning, good evening and good night wherever you are in the world. We're just about ready for Catania v Inter Milan from the Stadio Renzo Barbera with me Owen Neilson GOAL.com's Serie A minute by minute man.
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