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February 7, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio 'G.Meazza' - Milano
Referee:‬ Gervasoni‎
47′ Diego Milito
90′ +4
That's all from the San Siro! Inter 3-0 Cagliari. The visitors showed a couple bright patches in the first-half, but overall Inter were worthy of yet another Serie A victory. Thank you for joining Goal.com LIVE commentary and we hope you do so again in the future!
90′ +2
Matri does well to hold off Samuel on the byline and lay the ball off, but Lazzari's cross goes out of play. At the other end, Balotelli tries his luck again but Agazzi is ready to make the block.
A stop in play as Muntari is hit by a vicious shot, with the ball striking him in the face, but he looks OK to continue.
Balotelli latches onto a high cross to bring the ball past Astori, but he fires his first chance wildly over the crossbar from 20 yards away.
Substitution Jeda Radja Nainggolan
Substitution Diego Milito Mario Balotelli
Matri is involved again, missing a good chance after being set up by Astori. Soon after, Balotelli comes in for Milito and the third goal-scorer is given a round of applause as he exits.
Yellow Card Diego Milito
Corner to Cagliari...Jeda slips and Santon clears for a throw in. Cagliari restart play by launching the ball into the box, Matri shows great control, but his strike on the turn is off target. Good try from the Italian.
Matri is caught offside, as the pass from midfield is too late. He would have been through on goal.
Substitution Thiago Motta McDonald Mariga
Inter winter signing Mariga makes his way onto the field as a replacement for Thiago Motta.
The substitute Larrivey wastes a chance, cutting back to his right foot, giving time for Zanetti to block his shot. It was the visitors best opportunity of the second-half.
Milito gets away from his marker and fakes a shot before a cheeky pass on the edge of the area for Pandev, but Canini slides in to deny the Macedonian a sure goal.
Conti completely wastes a freekick by firing well over the bar from 30 yards.
Inter have once again taken a hold on the match. Maicon floats the ball into Milito, whose control on the chest lets him down and Agazzi beats him to the ball.
It's taken 64 minutes, but the first booking goes to Thiago Motta, who commits a late challenge on Daniele Conti.
Yellow Card Thiago Motta
Calamity of errors at the Cagliari end. Astori completely misses Maicon's cross and the unsuspecting Agazzi fumbles the ball, luckily no Inter player is there to capitalise.
Substitution Nenê Joaquin Larrivey
More substitutions. Muntari replaces Eto'o, adding some more steel to the midfield and Nene makes way for Larrivey.
Substitution Samuel Eto'o Sulley Muntari
Substitution Davide Biondini Simone Barone
It's no surprise Biondini makes way for Barone. The red-haired Italian has struggled all afternoon against Cambiasso and Zanetti.
It's end-to-end stuff right now. Eto'o puts Maicon through down the flank with a textbook through pass, but his cross is cut out and Cagliari burst forward. Astori is left in acres of space. However, his effort from 25 yards skips wide of the goal and doesn't worry Julio Cesar.
A scramble in the Inter box ends with Cordoba's last-ditch tackle to deny Matri. Jeda then fails to find a team-mate after getting the ball under control and Inter clear the danger.
GOOOALLLLL! Inter's three strikers combine with a brilliant move to score! Eto'o prods it forward for Pandev, who slips it through for Milito. The Argentine holds off the defender and slips it past Agazzi. 3-0.
Goal Diego Milito
The second-half kicks off! Let's hops it's as exciting as the first!
45′ +2
The first half ends 2-0 in favour of Inter. It's been a good match with the hosts controlling the opening 25 minutes, but after that Cagliari really came out of their shell. We'll be back for the second-half in 15 minutes.
Freekick to Inter on the right after Maicon is taken down....Cambiasso lines it up and curls it into the box, he goes for goal, nice save from Agazzi! Who gets down well to fist it away. Agazzi the stops a daisy-cutter from Thiago Motta.
After a challenge against Dessena, Eto'o is down on the ground. It looks like he's hurt his knee. Out comes the magic spray, as he limps to the sideline.
Eto'o shows great pace down the left to fly past Dessena and pass it into the box for Milito, but the Argentine is crowded out in front of Agazzi.
GREAT SAVE BY JULIO CESAR. Lazzari's floats the ball in an Nene one-times it out of the air from eight yards, but the Brazilian shot stopper palms it away. Cagliari are again unlucky not to be on the scoresheet.
GOOOOOOALLLLL...wait OFFSIDE! Matri's goal is disallowed as the Cagliari hitman is waved offside. It looks controversial as it seems Santon touched the ball and not Nene. It should be 2-1, but remains 2-0. It was a tough call to make with so many bodies in the way of the referee and assistant.
Cagliari break on the counter after stealing the ball from Zanetti, Lazzari decides to shoot, but it's too central and Julio Cesar picks up the ball.
Freekick to Cagliari about 35 yards from goal. Conti fires it on goal, but Julio Cesar collects with a slight fumble after a bounce and calms down play.
The hosts are in control of the scoreline and the match thus far. Cagliari have failed to provide any threat after the first ten minutes. The Nerazzurri now have men behind the ball as Cagliari struggle to find a way through. Jeda tries a long range effort that skips wide of the net.
Goal Walter Samuel
Eto'o and Maicon play a clever exchange on the byline, but it's cut out for a corner.....GOAAAAALLLLL. The Brazilian's corner finds Samuel, who rises high to head home for a 2-0 lead.
Pandev has looked very good filling in for the absent Sneijder in an attacking midfield role, always offering his team-mates an option and looking to play the ball quickly.
Pandev nearly scores a brace. Maicon whips in a cross from the right and Pandev fires a volley from the centre of the area. Agazzi is equal to it and no Inter play can control the rebound.
Eto'o tries to get to a long pass, but fouls an alert Canini. Freekick to the visitors in their own end.
Daniele Conti nearly hits back immediately. His powerful strike is tipped over the crossbar by Julio Cesar.
Goal Goran Pandev
GOOOOOOOOOALLLLLLL! Inter take an early lead with Pandev! A quick counter by Inter started with an exceptional run by Zanetti, who broke into the box and cut back for Eto'o. The Cameroon star's shot deflected to Pandev, who made no mistake.
Nene fires a low shot wide of the post from about 20 yards.
Some key notes, both of the sides are unbeaten in Serie A since early December. Inter are missing Lucio and Sneijder due to suspension, but Eto'o makes his first start since returning from the African Cup of Nations.
And we have kick-off!
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Inter - Cagliari. The Nerazzurri have been rampant in Serie A, extending their lead at the top of the table, but last season Cagliari were impressive in a 1-1 draw at the San Siro. Can they do it again? Stay tuned...the match starts in just a few minutes.
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