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Played
February 19, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ D. Celi‎
Attendance:‬ 57000‎
 
Top of the Match
Andrea Ranocchia
Andrea Ranocchia
FC Internazionale
Goran Pandev
Goran Pandev
FC Internazionale
Flop of the Match
Giampaolo Pazzini
Giampaolo Pazzini
FC Internazionale
Giampaolo Pazzini
Giampaolo Pazzini
FC Internazionale

Inter 1-0 Cagliari: Controversial Andrea Ranocchia Goal Seals Victory For Leonardo's Side

Donadoni’s men were dominant in the second half but lacked quality in the final third…

By David Schiavone

Andrea Ranocchia - Inter Milan (Getty Images)


Inter took all three points at the San Siro this evening after a nervy 1-0 win over Cagliari, thanks to a controversial Andrea Ranocchia goal.

The away side started the match well and had a couple of early opportunities, as  Andrea Lazzari's shot was tipped over the bar by Julio Cesar, then a Daniele Conti header flew just wide.

Inter came through this early period of Cagliari dominance and took the lead in the seventh minute. Houssine Kharja’s shot deflected in off Michele Canini and Ranocchia, but despite the Inter defender being in an offside position when the ball was struck, the goal stood, leaving Cagliari feeling a little aggrieved.

Settled by the goal, Inter asserted a cool dominance on the match and looked particularly dangerous on the right side as Maicon bombed forward at will and Giampaolo Pazzini saw a header go just wide.

Then, just as the half drew to a close Davide Biondini had a sliding shot well blocked by Ivan Cordoba, not long after his long range effort had rolled inches wide.

Cagliari came out reinvigorated and Lazzari signalled their intent with a wild effort from range, then Robert Acquafresca saw his shot from a Conti cross bounce wide.

Roberto Donadoni’s men were more threatening as they pressed their opponents well, but lacked quality in the final third, but did go close once more through Conti, whose deflected effort was agonisingly close.

But despite looking tired and rarely having a shot in the second period, Inter managed to see out the game and take three valuable points.

As a result they move into second place, for 24 hours at least, while Cagliari remain in ninth.

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FC Internazionale

30
Julio César
Goalkeeper
3.00
55
Yuto Nagatomo
Defender
3.00
-
3.00
23
3.50
13
Maicon
Midfielder
94′
3.00
4
Javier Zanetti
Midfielder
3.50
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
72′
2.50
-
Houssine Kharja
Midfielder
7′ 78′
3.00
19
Goran Pandev
Striker
3.00
11
2.50
29
Samuel Eto'o
Striker
61′
3.00

Cagliari

3.00
-
Michael Agazzi
Goalkeeper
2.50
33
3.00
13
3.00
-
3.00
14
3.00
21
Andrea Lazzari
Midfielder
3.00
5
Daniele Conti
Midfielder
3.00
-
2.50
7
2.50
18
Nenê
Striker
3.00
12

Substitutes

12
0.00
23
0.00
19
3.00
77
3.00
10
2.50
20
Joel Obi
Midfielder
0.00
10
Coutinho
Striker
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
22
Ivan Pelizzoli
Goalkeeper
0.00
24
0.00
-
0.00
-
Simon Laner
Midfielder
0.00
7
3.00
23
3.00
-

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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Results
 
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