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October 17, 2010 11:30 AM BST
Stadio Sant'Elia — Cagliari
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 20000‎
 
 
Samuel Eto'o 39′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cagliari 0-1 Inter

Goal.com looks at the players on show at Sant'Elia as Inter claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Cagliari to go joint top of Serie A...

By Luke Matthews

  • Michael Agazzi
    5
    4
    0.00

    Michael Agazzi

    The 'keeper had a solid game and made several smart saves to deny Inter. Was helpless to stop Eto'o's brilliant winner in the first-half.

  • Francesco Pisano
    3
    5
    0.00

    Francesco Pisano

    The right-back had a fairly decent outing going forward but struggled at times against the tricky Coutinho in the first-half.

  • Michele Canini
    2
    6
    0.00

    Michele Canini

    The defender should have been more aggressive in the challenge to stop Eto'o from bringing the ball down for Inter's winner. Apart from that was solid at the back.

  • Davide Astori
    8
    4
    0.00

    Davide Astori

    The 23-year-old, co-owned with Inter's rivals Milan had a good game and made several telling interceptions. Unlucky to be on the losing team.

  • Alessandro Agostini
    5
    2
    0.00

    Alessandro Agostini

    The experienced left-back was unable to provide much of an attacking threat especially as Maicon was constantly on the attack.

  • Davide Biondini
    2
    8
    0.00

    Davide Biondini

    The red-haired Italian was unable to show the form that has seen him win caps for the national team. His passing was poor and he was hauled off early in the second half.

  • Daniele Conti
    9
    4
    0.00

    Daniele Conti

    Captain Conti had a good game in midfield and came very close to scoring the equaliser when his cross deflected off Chivu and hit the bar.

  • Andrea Cossu
    6
    5
    0.00

    Andrea Cossu

    The winger performed well and if he had his shooting boots on could have scored that all important equaliser. Good chance in the first half which he hit just wide of the target.

  • Radja Nainggolan
    7
    6
    0.00

    Radja Nainggolan

    The Belgian midfielder passed well throughout and was always looking to get forward to support the attack. Great lay-off to set Cossu up for a chance in the first-half.

  • Alessandro Matri
    5
    19
    0.00

    Alessandro Matri Flop of the Match

    Very quiet game from the front-man. Struggled to trouble the imposing Lucio and Samuel plus should have done better with an effort on 49 minutes where he latched on to a parried ball from Cesar.

  • Nenê
    9
    5
    0.00

    Nenê

    Cagliari's record-signing failed to prove his worth and failed to get into the game. Did create a decent chance early in the second half and after creating space could only hit the ball straight at Cesar.

Substitutions

  • Andrea Lazzari
    6
    3
    0.00

    Andrea Lazzari

    The midfielder who was called up to the Italian squad last week was an improvement on Biondini and added some much-needed attacking impetus for Cagliari.

  • Alex Pinardi
    5
    4
    0.00

    Alex Pinardi

    Replaced Nainggolan with just over ten minutes to go and struggled to get into the game.

  • Robert Acquafresca
    7
    6
    0.00

    Robert Acquafresca

    The former Inter striker was poor when he came off the bench. Perhaps should have done better with the rebound when the ball bounced off the bar.

  • Julio César
    96
    21
    0.00

    Julio César

    The 'keeper didn't have much to do but was always there when called upon. Excellent double save after the break to maintain Inter's lead.

  • Maicon
    75
    16
    0.00

    Maicon

    The marauding right-back was always looking to get forward and had several long-range efforts, all of which missed the goal by some distance. Cagliari struggled to trouble the international.

  • Lúcio
    75
    11
    0.00

    Lúcio

    Solid performance from the veteran defender. Made some good interceptions but in truth was rarely troubled by Cagliari's weak attack.

  • Walter Samuel
    71
    13
    0.00

    Walter Samuel

    Like Lucio the experienced centre-back was rarely troubled by the Cagliari strikers. However he did make several important tackles to maintain Inter's slender lead.

  • Cristian Chivu
    67
    23
    0.00

    Cristian Chivu

    Solid performance from the Romanian who kept Cossu quiet for the majority of the game. Always willing to support the attack too.

  • Javier Zanetti
    152
    10
    0.00

    Javier Zanetti

    The veteran still looks a class act and was able to control play well in the centre of midfield. Inter will miss the Argentinian when he eventually retires.

  • Dejan Stankovic
    69
    26
    0.00

    Dejan Stankovic

    The Serbian passed the ball well and was able to stifle the Cagliari midfield on a regular basis. Inter could have done with his vision to create more attacks.

  • Jonathan Biabiany
    75
    22
    0.00

    Jonathan Biabiany

    The French winger is finally getting his chance at Nerazzurri through their injury list and looks determined to take it. Showed good trickery at times and passed well.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    93
    18
    0.00

    Wesley Sneijder

    Quiet game for the playmaker, especially after his exploits for Holland midweek. Did the simple things well and played a part in the Inter goal.

  • Coutinho
    163
    21
    0.00

    Coutinho

    The youngster continues to impress in his first season for Inter and showed why he is so highly rated. Linked up play well and wasn't afraid to have a shot on goal.

  • Samuel Eto'o
    227
    19
    0.00

    Samuel Eto'o Top of the Match

    The Cameroonian is in excellent form at the moment and created a real moment of magic for his goal. The striker was full of running and a constant nuisance to the Cagliari defence.

Substitutions

  • Sulley Muntari
    44
    21
    0.00

    Sulley Muntari

    The Ghanaian replaced Sneijder with three minutes to go and didn't have enough time to make an impact on the game.

  • Joel Obi
    42
    37
    0.00

    Joel Obi

    His predecessor kept Pisano quiet for the majority of the game but the full-back was able to get down the touchline a lot more when Obi was on the pitch.

  • Thiago Motta
    56
    19
    0.00

    Thiago Motta

    The Brazilian was only on the pitch for 10 minutes for ten minutes when it looked like his knee injury returned.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0