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Serie A

  • November 19, 2011
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: A. Damato
  • • Attendance: 56000

Inter 2-1 Cagliari: Motta and Coutinho fire Ranieri's men to victory

Inter 2-1 Cagliari: Motta and Coutinho fire Ranieri's men to victory


A close range strike from the Italy international before a great finish from the young Brazilian ensured the Nerazzurri took the points despite late strike from Larrivey.

Inter defeated Cagliari 2-1 at San Siro on Saturday evening, despite a late strike from substitute Joaquin Larrivey, courtesy of goals from Thiago Motta and Phillipe Coutinho as the Milan side moves up to 11 points in Serie A.

The match began at slow pace, however in the fifth minute the visiting side wasted a decent opportunity to open the scoring, when Albin Ekdal burst past Walter Samuel in the box, but the Swedish midfielder's effort crashed into the side netting.

The home dominated possession but struggled to create any real chances, as the first half drew to a close, perhaps missing the creativity of Wesley Sneijder who was replaced by Coutinho at the last minute after sustaining an injury during the warmup.

The second half began and the home side was still controlling the game and it didn’t take long before it took the lead. In the 52nd minute a great cross from substitute Ricardo Alvarez fell to Motta who made no mistake in poking the ball past Agazzi.

Then on the hour mark, the home team doubled the lead through a fine goal from Coutinho, the young Brazilian picked up the ball from Alvarez just outside the box before his well placed strike found the bottom corner to double the home side's advantage.

The match then slowed down again with Inter seemingly content with the lead and still dominating possession, but not creating any clear cut chances.

However with just under five minutes to go the visitors pulled one back. A cross from Radja Nainggolan found Larrivey, who poked the ball past Julio Cesar to put the away side back into the game with minutes to go.

The home team was now under considerable pressure, but managed to hold on to the slender lead to pick up all three points.

This result sees Inter climb one place to 16th, the Nerazzurri will now hope to build on this result next Sunday away to Siena, while Cagliari hosts Bologna in the next round of Serie A.

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