Inter cruised to a comfortable victory over Catania ahead of the Coppa Italia final against Palermo
There was really nothing to play for due to Inter’s failure to take the title race to the last day, and Catania’s safety from the relegation battle, and Leonardo played something of an understrength team with an eye on the upcoming Coppa Italia final against Palermo.
However, from the outset, both teams seemed desperate to prove a point on the last day of the season, with Inter seeing lots of the ball.
The hosts were determined to give a good account of themselves and they who drew first blood after 17 minutes when good work from Houssine Kharja allowed him to poke the ball to Giampaolo Pazzini who made no mistake with a firm sweeping finish.
The home side were now looking to dominate proceedings and that’s exactly what they did for the remainder of the first half with most of their chances being created by Kharja.
The visitors held out until the half time whistle, but the team talk seemed to have no effect as Diego Simeone’s men immediately found themselves two down after the break as Pazzini doubled his tally, tapping in a precision cross from substitute Diego Milito, to make it 2-0.
Things went from bad to worse for Catania and it was soon 3-0 when Yuto Nagatomo picked up the ball on the right and unleashed a fabulous strike leaving the keeper with no chance.
The visitors replied three minutes later however, when Pablo Ledesma used space in the box efficiently to fire into the bottom corner and give his team a lifeline.
It was to prove of little use and the Nerazzurri soon regained their dominant form with Kharja and Nagatomo in particular consistently causing problems down the flanks.
Inter comfortably saw out the victory and the final whistle was greeted by a warm reception from the San Siro who applauded the teams efforts in Serie A this season.