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2 vs 3
Played
March 3, 2013 9:00 AM EST
Stadio Angelo Massimino — Catania
Referee:‬ M. Bergonzi‎
Attendance:‬ 14000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Catania 2-3 Inter

Goal.com was on hand to cast an eye over affairs at Stadio Angelo Massimino, as Rodrigo Palacio inspired a heroic Nerazzurri comeback to take fourth place in Serie A.

By Simon Harrison

  • Mariano Andújar
    4
    7
    2.50

    Mariano Andújar

    Was untroubled in the first half, but the second was a different story as his goal came under fire from a resurgent Inter side. Made several good saves to at least halt the visitors for a brief period.

  • Nicolás Spolli
    1
    7
    2.00

    Nicolás Spolli

    After a solid opening period, Catania's defense fell apart in the second half, and for Palacio's winning goal the central defenders have to take the blame.

  • Alexis Rolín
    1
    7
    2.00

    Alexis Rolín

    Put in a solid first-half performance, making two vital sliding interceptions to deny Guarin and Schelotto. In the second period however, he found himself stretched time and again by Inter attacks.

  • Giovanni Marchese
    4
    4
    3.00

    Giovanni Marchese

    Took his goal well, as he managed to turn home Lodi's ball from a tight angle. In the second half, Schelotto had a bit more luck against Marchese, as Catania struggled defensively in general.

  • Pablo Álvarez
    4
    5
    3.00

    Pablo Álvarez

    Worked hard and was particularly tenacious for the home side, but suffered when Palacio came on and began to drift down his flank.

  • Francesco Lodi
    5
    4
    2.50

    Francesco Lodi

    Worked tirelessly as the hub of Catania's side, spraying passes out wide, harrying opposition midfielders, and even picking up the scraps after failed Inter attacks.

  • Mariano Julio Izco
    4
    5
    2.50

    Mariano Julio Izco

    Worked well as part of the midfield trio in the first half, but struggled to contribute in the second half, as Inter really began to push and look for some goals.

  • Lucas Castro
    3
    6
    2.50

    Lucas Castro

    Had a couple of reasonable efforts at goal, but similarly to his teammates he faded a little in the second half, as the game truly was a case of two halves.

  • Marco Biagianti
    4
    4
    3.00

    Marco Biagianti

    Made a great block to deny Guarin in the opening period and wasn't afraid to put himself about in the center of midfield. Performed his defensive duties quite well throughout.

  • Gonzalo Bergessio
    5
    6
    3.50

    Gonzalo Bergessio

    Finished his goal clinically with a curling effort. In the second half, the Argentine should have scored two more, but failed to turn his chances home, which proved extremely costly.

  • Alejandro Gómez
    4
    4
    3.50

    Alejandro Gómez

    His pace caused a great deal of problems for the Inter defense, and he tested Handanovic a couple of times in the opening 45 minutes. Integral to Catania's breaks in the second half too.

Substitutions

  • Sergio Almiron
    2
    4
    2.00

    Sergio Almiron

    Made a slight difference in the center of midfield, but failed to have the battling impact he would have desired.

  • Samir Handanoviç
    40
    3
    3.00

    Samir Handanoviç

    Made a few crucial saves, particularly one to deny Bergessio early in the second half. However, he received a yellow card after reacting angrily to a challenge from Bergessio.

  • Javier Zanetti
    35
    7
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti

    Struggled to deal with the pace of Catania's breaks throughout, but certainly wasn't Inter's worst defender on the pitch. Didn't contribute as much offensively as he is capable of.

  • Cristian Chivu
    17
    17
    2.50

    Cristian Chivu

    Similarly to his central defensive partner, Chivu struggled to impose himself on the game, and failed to beat Marchese to the header for Catania's second goal.

  • Á. Pereira
    38
    7
    3.00

    Á. Pereira

    He was the only member of the Inter back four who performed well. His delivery from the left was a great outlet for the visitors, and he picked up an assist for his efforts.

  • Juan Jesus
    23
    13
    2.50

    Juan Jesus

    Made several errors in the first half, the first of which led to Bergessio giving the home side the lead. He looked nervous in possession and failed to inspire any sort of confidence.

  • Ezequiel Schelotto
    45
    4
    3.50

    Ezequiel Schelotto

    Frustrating performance for the winger, as he saw plenty of the ball and contributed well in the second half, but couldn't seem to find his goalscoring touch. Was presented with a good chance in the dying stages, but fired straight at Andujar.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    54
    4
    3.50

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Took his goal well, turning home a Palacio cross, and looked lively throughout. Although he didn't contribute whatsoever in the first half, he looked reasonably lively in the second.

  • Fredy Guarín
    31
    13
    2.50

    Fredy Guarín

    Looked to be Inter's only threat in the first 45 minutes, hammering some trademarks efforts at goal from long-range. Battled well in the second half, as he performed more of the battling tasks in midfield. Unlucky not to grab a goal.

  • Zdravko Kuzmanovic
    19
    21
    2.00

    Zdravko Kuzmanovic

    Struggled to get tight to the Catania midfield in the first half, but was unfortunate not to score with a great long-range strike, which whistled narrowly wide of Andujar's post.

  • Walter Gargano
    15
    23
    2.00

    Walter Gargano

    A forgettable performance from the midfielder who did nothing worthy of note and was left chasing shadows for much of the opening period.

  • Tommaso Rocchi
    10
    45
    2.00

    Tommaso Rocchi Flop of the Match

    Had a couple of half chances in the first half, but was relatively non-existent, and rightfully substituted at halftime. His lack of pace and movement really hindered Inter, as Rocchi allowed himself to become extremely isolated.

Substitutions

  • Dejan Stankovic
    61
    1
    3.50

    Dejan Stankovic

    Played despite worries about his match fitness, and brought some experience and calmness to his side. Didn't give the ball away and certainly helped to kick-start Inter's revival.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    69
    1
    4.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Produced a wonderful assist for the winning goal. His vision and patience was key to Palacio being presented with the chance for his winning goal.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    115
    3
    5.00

    Rodrigo Palacio Top of the Match

    Nothing short of inspirational after replacing Rocchi. He caused all kinds of problems for the Catania defense, who couldn't deal with him. Took his goals extremely well, and almost single-handedly won Inter the game.

Results
 
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Position
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Striker
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Inter
15 0