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January 22, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
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Player Ratings: Inter 2-1 Lazio

Diego Milito cancelled out Tommaso Rocchi's opener before Giampaolo Pazzini won the Nerazzurri the points to stretch their winning run to eight games in all competitions

By Kris Voakes | Italian Football Editor

  • Julio César
    88
    5
    0.00

    Julio César

    Rarely tested beyond collecting Klose’s side-foot effort after having been beaten twice by Rocchi, but saved by the post on one of those occasions.

  • Javier Zanetti
    140
    6
    0.00

    Javier Zanetti

    His superb interception on Hernanes broke up a counter-attack which had looked set to cause Inter problems, and it was one of many clever tracking runs to halt the visitors’ progress. Not as involved in possession, but did his job to great effect.

  • Lúcio
    71
    37
    0.00

    Lúcio

    Made what should have been a vital error when allowing Rocchi a sight of goal in the 14th minute, but the striker’s miss spared him some embarrassment. Continued to belie his recent good form when he could have given a way a penalty after pulling back Klose at a corner.

  • Maicon
    114
    8
    0.00

    Maicon

    Attempted to copy his goal against Genoa in midweek as he went on one of his many journeys forward, but fired just wide. Not back to his very best, but certainly in great form.

  • Walter Samuel
    83
    9
    0.00

    Walter Samuel

    Much more steady than his defensive partner Lucio, but sometimes pulled out of position by the excellent running of Rocchi, never more so than when the striker gave Lazio the lead.

  • Cristian Chivu
    54
    98
    0.00

    Cristian Chivu Flop of the Match

    Really struggled to get into the game and was pulled out of position too often before being replaced by Joel Obi at the interval.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    121
    11
    0.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Was asked to switch wings with Alvarez as Claudio Ranieri looked to keep Lazio on their toes in the first half, then dropped to left-back after Chivu was replaced at the break. Not as convincing defensively as he was when attacking.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    105
    65
    0.00

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Got himself into some nice positions in the centre as he sought to unlock the Lazio defence with his left foot, and he did exactly that shortly before half time in sending Milito through for the equaliser. His substitution at the break was something of a surprise.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    100
    10
    0.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    The Argentine continues to patrol the Inter midfield with great authority, setting the framework for their successful run of form with his diligent running and tigerish effort off the ball.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    120
    11
    0.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Didn’t always have things his own way against Dias, and often resorted to attempting things that didn’t suit him in a bid to make something happen. However, when Lazio allowed a ball to bounce beyond their back four the Italian international made them pay with an excellent lofted finish.

  • Diego Milito
    205
    9
    0.00

    Diego Milito Top of the Match

    Continued his recent renaissance by playing a one-two with Alvarez and neatly firing past Marchetti to register his fifth goal in four matches, crowning an excellent personal performance. Seemed to be running out of steam before being replaced by Faraoni in a bid to bolster the midfield.

Substitutions

  • Wesley Sneijder
    157
    12
    0.00

    Wesley Sneijder

    Replaced Alvarez at the break and led the charge for the winning goal. His canny ability to absorb opponents’ attention came in extremely handy as Inter held on to their slender lead.

  • Joel Obi
    86
    9
    0.00

    Joel Obi

    Brought on for the under-performing Chivu at the break and showed good composure at times without ever looking at the very top of his game.

  • Marco Faraoni
    77
    9
    0.00

    Marco Faraoni

    Given the final quarter in place of Diego Milito, but didn’t really have a chance to get into the game.

  • Federico Marchetti
    13
    18
    0.00

    Federico Marchetti

    His kicking was appalling when allowing Alvarez a first-half chance, then he might have done better as Milito equalised. Caught in no-man’s land as Pazzini won it for Inter.

  • Andrè Dias
    12
    10
    0.00

    Andrè Dias

    His constant battle with Pazzini was one of the features of the match, but when the Inter man wasn’t falling over after having his hair brushed the big defender generally had the better of the tussle in the first half. However, he let that Italian run when Lazio misjudged the offside trap after the break, allowing Inter to take the lead.

  • Giuseppe Biava
    9
    9
    0.00

    Giuseppe Biava

    Was tough and strong against Diego Milito, but all too regularly lost the Argentine when asked to keep up with his superior movement. One of a number of defenders stood calling for offside as Pazzini struck the winner.

  • Stefan Radu
    15
    6
    0.00

    Stefan Radu

    Made good forward progress down the left, especially at 1-1 as Lazio looked to get back on top, but his effectiveness was never really at such a level that he was likely to spark a comeback once his side fell behind. Steady defensive showing.

  • Luciano Zauri
    6
    9
    0.00

    Luciano Zauri

    A steady but unspectacular showing from the veteran former Sampdoria full-back, but he was occasionally outstripped down the flank by Nagatomo having seen off Alvarez earlier on, leading to his withdrawal for Cisse.

  • Hernanes
    16
    5
    0.00

    Hernanes

    Replaced at the break having seen some of his better opportunities to create something snuffed out by the Inter defence. Edy Reja also seemingly wanted to change his side’s shape and add extra numbers in the midfield.

  • Alvaro Gonzalez
    8
    8
    0.00

    Alvaro Gonzalez

    Showed a willingness to stick his boot in when necessary as Inter looked to get back into the game after Rocchi’s opener, but when Lazio were chasing a goal he lacked some of the necessary creativity and was replaced by Konko.

  • Senad Lulic
    13
    10
    0.00

    Senad Lulic

    Had a real battle going with Alvarez at times down the Lazio left in the first half, but his effectiveness in the match was negligible. He could easily have not been playing in the second half, such was his lack of serious output.

  • Cristian Ledesma
    18
    5
    0.00

    Cristian Ledesma

    His cultured passing was one of Lazio’s main outlets, and it was his perfectly weighted pass which teed up Rocchi for the opener. His drive and determination led to another couple of chances, but he couldn’t conjure up an equaliser for his side.

  • Tommaso Rocchi
    29
    4
    0.00

    Tommaso Rocchi

    Should have buried the chance which Lucio handed to him on a plate, but scuffed his shot and could only hit the post. Made up for it with a magnificent run and finish on the turn to lose the Brazilian and put Lazio in front. Almost made an equaliser for Klose, who side-footed weakly after Rocchi’s great work on the right.

  • Miroslav Klose
    42
    8
    0.00

    Miroslav Klose

    Led the line well, and even dropped in behind Rocchi at times when Lazio led, but then he failed to find the net when he got through on goal from Rocchi’s pass, side-footing straight at Julio Cesar. Was hard done to when penalised for having his shirt pulled when Lazio could have had a penalty.

Substitutions

  • Abdoulay Konko
    8
    7
    0.00

    Abdoulay Konko

    Brought on to replace Gonzalez soon after Inter went 2-1 up, but couldn’t help to fashion a turnaround in fortunes.

  • Matuzalem
    5
    6
    0.00

    Matuzalem

    Replaced Hernanes at the break as Lazio changed their shape, but he was unable to stem the flow of Inter attacks.

  • Djibril Cissé
    9
    11
    0.00

    Djibril Cissé

    Given 18 minutes to get Lazio back into the game, but he could do nothing of the sort, with his best effort finding the Curva Sud.

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