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December 13, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris — Genova
Referee:‬ L. Banti‎
Attendance:‬ 23708‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Genoa 0-1 Inter

The visitors moved up to seventh spot with a solitary Yuto Nagatomo goal. The Japan international's second strike in consecutive games capped a fine individual performance

By Kris Voakes

  • Sebastien Frey
    62
    6
    3.50

    Sebastien Frey

    Made an excellent save from Samuel’s header, probably earning the luck that came soon after with Milito shooting straight at him. Immediately following Nagatomo’s winner he kept his side in the game by showing lightning reactions to keep out Pazzini.

  • Dario Dainelli
    7
    11
    3.00

    Dario Dainelli

    His continued use at full-back points to Alberto Malesani’s wish to make his side difficult to break down, but Inter still made chances by making the most of his immobility. What’s more, he rarely supplemented the Genoa attack, giving the visitors an easy time down his flank.

  • Andreas Granqvist
    13
    8
    3.00

    Andreas Granqvist

    Would have been unlucky to be penalised for his challenge on Milito as he tried to get his body in front of the striker, but then Nagatomo was somehow allowed to get up unmarked for the winner in his territory. Thrown up front at the death in a forlorn attempt to snatch an equaliser.

  • Kakhaber Kaladze
    3
    5
    3.00

    Kakhaber Kaladze

    Did well in the air, but was largely unable to deal with the movement of Pazzini. Seemed more interested in squaring up to the ex-Sampdoria striker that actually rescuing a point for his side as time ran out.

  • Emiliano Moretti
    8
    7
    2.50

    Emiliano Moretti

    Still doesn’t appear at ease in the left-back role, though he did get forward a couple of times in the second half in order to test the visitors’ defence. Needs to show more ingenuity to nail down his place out wide though.

  • Kevin Constant
    9
    12
    2.50

    Kevin Constant

    Wasn’t quite on the same wavelength as Ze Eduardo during the first half, meaning neither were able to ask too many questions of the Inter back line. It got no better for him after the break, and he was replaced by Jankovic.

  • Miguel Veloso
    28
    5
    3.00

    Miguel Veloso

    Guilty of losing the ball too often in his quest to be the cool and assuring ball-player, though his left foot did look to be the most likely source of anything positive for the Grifone, and he forced Julio Cesar into an excellent save in injury time.

  • Marco Rossi
    34
    4
    3.00

    Marco Rossi

    The man will never change. His all-action, belligerent style continues to be a key feature of Genoa’s play, and it would have been no surprise had his late volley beaten Julio Cesar. If his team-mates had shown the same application Genoa may well have got something from the game.

  • Giandomenico Mesto
    6
    11
    2.50

    Giandomenico Mesto

    Didn't really get forward enough to justify his inclusion as a right-sided midfield player rather than at full-back as he has of late. Almost ended up as a fifth defender at times as Nagatomo attacked at will in behind his natural line.

  • Alexander Merkel
    21
    13
    2.50

    Alexander Merkel

    Endeavour wasn’t quite enough to open up Inter tonight, and the Nerazzurri's ability to get on top in midfield left the German-Belarussian short of real opportunities to get at the visitors. Replaced by Caracciolo with 15 to go as Genoa chased the game.

  • Zé Eduardo
    9
    19
    2.50

    Zé Eduardo Flop of the Match

    Often found himself completely isolated from his team-mates in the first half, with the midfield failing to supply him with the necessary support. Hauled off soon after the break in favour of Pratto.

Substitutions

  • Bosko Jankovic
    18
    5
    2.50

    Bosko Jankovic

    Replaced the largely ineffective Constant early in the second half, but his delivery wasn't always as crisp as it has been at times this season.

  • Lucas Pratto
    11
    8
    2.50

    Lucas Pratto

    Brought on for Ze Eduardo just after the interval and brought a new dimension to the attack with his height, yet it still wasn't enough for Genoa to forge better openings until he laid on Veloso's chance in injury time.

  • Andrea Caracciolo
    9
    4
    0.00

    Andrea Caracciolo

    Thrown on for the last 15 in place of Merkel.

  • Julio César
    135
    11
    3.50

    Julio César

    Largely untroubled, but he was forced into an excellent double save at the end, getting a strong double-handed stop behind Rossi's volley before tipping over Veloso's fierce strike. Organised his back line very well too.

  • Javier Zanetti
    114
    11
    3.50

    Javier Zanetti

    Not his usual dominant self on his return to the side after suspension, but he held his position well enough to ensure Inter were not overly tested. Allowed Nagatomo to roam on the other flank by filling in as a third defender whenever the Japanese went forward.

  • Lúcio
    91
    13
    3.00

    Lúcio

    Not overly stretched defensively, his distribution was mixed between the typical domineering runs and uncharacteristic long passes. On one of the rare occasions he was required at the back, he appeared to pull a muscle clearing on the volley, but showed no ill effects thereafter.

  • Walter Samuel
    103
    10
    3.00

    Walter Samuel

    Had plenty of space to get a header in from Faraoni’s corner, and will probably think he could have done much better with his attempt. Defensively he was as sound as ever though, keeping a second successive clean sheet alongside Lucio.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    342
    14
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo Top of the Match

    Had the rule of the roost down the left side at times, with Poli’s tendency to drift inside making the Japan international a more than useful overlap option. Having come close to an opener with his knee, he grabbed his second goal in successive games by nodding home unmarked from Alvarez’s cross.

  • Thiago Motta
    100
    21
    3.00

    Thiago Motta

    Guilty of misjudging his passes on occasion, with one such instance resulting in a dangerous counter set up by Merkel. Helped to stretch the Genoa back line too though, especially as they chased the game late on.

  • Andrea Poli
    179
    23
    2.50

    Andrea Poli

    Starting his first game for the club against his former rivals, he was quickly into the heart of the action. Won plenty of possession with timely tackles, and was a forceful presence in his 68 minutes on the pitch.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    81
    19
    3.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Had to bail himself out with great recovery work after his poor control nearly handed Genoa cheap possession in Inter’s half, and it was a measure of both the good and bad of his game at the moment. Occasionally too slow, but he has the wily knack of getting through matches unscathed still.

  • Marco Faraoni
    76
    34
    2.50

    Marco Faraoni

    Looked to show positive intent when he could, but one left-foot shot which he dragged wide was an example of his inability to make the right choices at times, and his tendency to fade out of the reckoning resulted in him being replaced at the break.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    69
    37
    2.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Forced two good saves out of Frey, thought he should have scored from the second in injury time. Largely won his battle with Kaladze, though he could sometimes do with winning more ball in the air and linking better with Inter's wide men.

  • Diego Milito
    57
    85
    2.50

    Diego Milito

    The Bidone d’Oro winner might be already making a case for back-to-back awards, with his shot from five yards being hit straight at Frey. While his workrate remains high, he can't seem to stop delivering poor results in front of goal.

Substitutions

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    208
    10
    3.50

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Replaced Faraoni at the interval and proved to be a vital addition when crossing for Nagatomo to open the scoring. Still appears unsure about the best way to take on full-backs, but he did his just in beating Dainelli in the game-winning move.

  • Joel Obi
    81
    28
    3.00

    Joel Obi

    Replaced debutant Poli midway through the second half but lost a bit too much ball for a side hanging on to a one-goal lead. Was excellent in the tackle though.

  • Diego Forlán
    126
    11
    0.00

    Diego Forlán

    Given just 10 minutes to shine in place of Milito, and aside from one snapshot straight at Frey he had little to do but hold up the ball as Inter held on.

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