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April 23, 2011 2:00 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ E. Morganti‎
Attendance:‬ 60000‎
 
Mauro Zárate 24′ (PG)
53′ Samuel Eto'o
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 2-1 Lazio

Goal.com takes a close look at the players who featured in this top-of-the-table clash in Serie A on Easter Saturday

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Julio César
    39
    51
    2.50

    Julio César

    Untroubled while he was on the pitch, but a horrible lunge in the first-half on Zarate puts his questionable decision-making in the spotlight.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    152
    33
    3.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    The ever-burgeoning full-back had a poor first half against Lichtsteiner, where he struggled to make an impact at all, but the second 45 was a completely different story, as he dazzled at times down the left.

  • Lúcio
    124
    13
    2.50

    Lúcio

    Forced to make a number of last-gasp interventions, as his leadership qualities and presence at the back proved indispensable to Inter, who would have definitely conceded more without him in defence.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    76
    8
    3.00

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Did not get as involved in his defensive work like his partner, but stood his ground against a dangerous Lazio attack. Signs that promising partnership may be blooming.

  • Maicon
    93
    10
    3.00

    Maicon

    A typically impressive full-back display, where he showed his usual quality down the right flank and also showed defensive solidity at times.

  • Dejan Stankovic
    73
    10
    3.00

    Dejan Stankovic

    An influential midfield display for the first hour or so, where he looked neat and tidy in possession, whilst also powering attempts at goal. Unfortunately picked up an injury and was replaced by Mariga.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    53
    17
    3.50

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Industrious enough, but did not shield his defence quite as commandingly as he has showed he can. His impact and authority in midfield has seemingly dipped since Mourinho's departure.

  • Javier Zanetti
    130
    8
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti

    The veteran captain produced another admirable performance in midfield where he once again showcased his well-documented talents, and even managed to twinkle past 2 Lazio players near the corner flag. Simply legendary.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    141
    8
    3.00

    Wesley Sneijder

    The Dutchman, along with Eto'o, spearheaded virtually every Inter attack while he was on the pitch. Scored a magnificent free-kick to get this side on level terms and always looked for an opening.

  • Diego Milito
    65
    16
    2.50

    Diego Milito

    One of the many documented strugglers in European football since the World Cup, he showed signs of his clinical edge returning with a couple of chances early on but was sacrificed for Julio Cesar's sending off.

  • Samuel Eto'o
    160
    12
    3.00

    Samuel Eto'o Top of the Match

    Superb striking display from the Cameroonian hitman, as he scored the winner for his team, courtesy of a Biava slip, but always looked dangerous with the ball at his feet and showed fantastic movement all game.

Substitutions

  • Luca Castellazzi
    61
    6
    3.00

    Luca Castellazzi

    A reassuring performance from the ex-Sampdoria number one, as he dealt with everything that came his way and showed bravery to smother the ball through a melee in his own box.

  • McDonald Mariga
    34
    27
    3.00

    McDonald Mariga

    Looked clumsy and struggled to adapt to the high tempo nature of the match. Lazio dominated the midfield battle since his introduction.

  • Joel Obi
    45
    6
    0.00

    Joel Obi

    Late cameo from the Nigerian starlet.

  • Néstor Muslera Micol
    22
    12
    2.50

    Néstor Muslera Micol

    Possibly could have done better with his positioning for the Sneijder goal, but made a number of impressive saves to keep his team in contention.

  • Javier Garrido
    10
    15
    2.50

    Javier Garrido

    Received a yellow card for his cynical tackle on Zanetti and was outclassed at times by Maicon.

  • Andrè Dias
    12
    10
    3.00

    Andrè Dias

    Looked comfortable and assured with the ball in both defence and attack, and ensured danger was cleared.

  • Giuseppe Biava
    12
    33
    2.50

    Giuseppe Biava Flop of the Match

    Poor defensive display from the ex-Genoa man, whose mistake lead to Eto'os winner. Clumsy and nervous at times, it was a performance that won't live long in the memory.

  • Stephan Lichtsteiner
    24
    9
    2.50

    Stephan Lichtsteiner

    Although Nagatomo got the better of him towards the end of the match, it was very much the other way round for the first hour of the game as the Swiss wingback whipped in cross after cross and caused the Inter backline all sorts of problems.

  • Hernanes
    13
    19
    2.50

    Hernanes

    A neat and tidy display from the attacking midfielder who, if not as ruthless as his counterpart Sneijder, was positive and made a number of key forward passes.

  • Cristian Ledesma
    13
    10
    2.50

    Cristian Ledesma

    Disappointing holding display in midfield, who was shown a yellow card in poor fashion and struggled to live with the tenacious Inter midfield.

  • Sergio Floccari
    12
    10
    2.50

    Sergio Floccari

    Apart from a chance which was stolen from him by Lucio, he was ineffective and made little effort to get into the game. Substituted by the far better Rocchi.

  • Mark Bresciano
    15
    9
    3.00

    Mark Bresciano

    Lazio's most enterprising midfielder along with Hernanes, his attacking style had to be sacrificed after Mauri's sending off.

  • Stefano Mauri
    9
    16
    2.00

    Stefano Mauri

    Very uninspiring and unproductive performance from the playmaker, who showed petulance in his sending-off.

  • Mauro Zárate
    48
    7
    3.50

    Mauro Zárate

    Lazio's man of the match by a distance. Gave Inter's defence an afternoon of complete havoc and was explosive for the entire 90 minutes, whilst winning and scoring the penalty.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Brocchi
    15
    11
    3.00

    Cristian Brocchi

    Showed industry and quality on the ball upon his arrival. Almost set up Zarate expertly for an equaliser.

  • Tommaso Rocchi
    20
    7
    0.00

    Tommaso Rocchi

    Very lively in his short spell on the pitch, who tried his utmost to force an equaliser for his team. Did far more in the time he was on the pitch than the hour or so Floccari appeared for.

  • Libor Kozák
    20
    6
    3.00

    Libor Kozák

    Not quite as effective as Rocchi, but showed glimpses of his talent in his late cameo.

Results
 
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