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February 5, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ A. De Marco‎
Attendance:‬ 33000‎
 
13′ Juan
 
41′ Fabio Borini
 
49′ Fabio Borini
 
89′ Bojan Krkic
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Roma 4-0 Inter

Fabio Borini scored twice, with Juan and Bojan Krkic adding the other goals as the Giallorossi overwhelmed Claudio Ranieri's men with an awesome display at the Stadio Olimpico

By Kris Voakes

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    162
    3
    3.00

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    Hardly troubled but for a weak second-half header and his own decision to come to the edge of the area to clear under pressure. To be fair, he was probably bored due to the inactivity!

  • Juan
    155
    1
    3.00

    Juan

    An early foul on Pazzini suggested a shortage of pace, but he was to have a great impact at the other end, heading home high above Maicon to open the scoring. Hardly troubled thereafter, except when caught out by Gago’s loss of possession to Milito.

  • G. Heinze
    118
    5
    3.00

    G. Heinze

    Dragged out of position a couple of times as Inter built rare first-half attacks, but for much of the game he was a mere passenger as his Roma side bossed possession and territory.

  • José Ángel
    148
    4
    3.00

    José Ángel

    From his great interplay with Totti to consistently getting into good crossing positions, he was one of Roma’s most effective attackers in the first half. Less of a threat in the second period, but his job by then was simply not to take risks with his side well in command.

  • Rodrigo Taddei
    107
    11
    3.00

    Rodrigo Taddei

    Showed good energy down the right, often becoming an extra midfielder in his command of the ball in Roma’s superb passing masterclass. Let Nagatomo have a couple of sighters from the wing, but it was a largely solid display.

  • Miralem Pjanic
    341
    3
    3.00

    Miralem Pjanic

    Alongside De Rossi, he was much of the reason for Roma’s sheer dominance in the first half, playing the ball all too easily around Inter’s cowering midfield. Racked up a 96 per cent passing rate to even trump his midfield partner, ensuring that the visitors saw far too little of the ball to harbour real hopes of getting something from the game.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    250
    7
    3.50

    Daniele De Rossi

    Added a sense of organisation and protection for the back four which had been sadly lacking during his recent absence, chalking up a 93 per cent passing success over the 90 minutes as he led Roma from the middle. Only contract talks can stop him becoming the leader of this new Roma side now.

  • Fernando Gago
    168
    5
    3.00

    Fernando Gago

    Played a delightful ball over the top of the Inter back four for Borini which so nearly gave Roma an early lead, but then lost position to Milito, allowing the Argentine to force Inter’s best opening of the first half. A very assured display before his early withdrawal for Simplicio.

  • Erik Lamela
    179
    8
    3.00

    Erik Lamela

    Beat Lucio easily but shot at Julio Cesar from a narrow angle after Totti’s backheel assist, then made a magnificent leap to reach Jose Angel’s cross but headed just over. Kept Inter on their toes throughout before being replaced by Bojan for the final 20.

  • Francesco Totti
    247
    4
    3.50

    Francesco Totti

    His magnificent little backheel sent Lamela clear for a chance shortly before the opener, then his great interplay with Jose Angel almost fashioned a second. Continued to drop into space to make the most of the midfield’s command as Roma fashioned countless opportunities.

  • Fabio Borini
    309
    7
    4.00

    Fabio Borini Top of the Match

    Didn’t quite catch his shot right after running on to Gago’s tremendous chipped pass, firing wide of the near post. Made up for it with his goal, leaving Maicon standing before pulling Samuel apart and striking low beyond Julio Cesar. Sprung the square offside trap a second time to grab a second soon after the break. Given a late standing ovasion when replaced by Piscitella.

Substitutions

  • Fabio Henrique Simplicio
    83
    10
    3.00

    Fabio Henrique Simplicio

    Replaced Gago for the last 19 minutes with the game already won.

  • Bojan Krkic
    197
    11
    3.00

    Bojan Krkic

    Brought on for Lamela with 17 to go and wrapped up the win by wriggling free of three defenders to turn in after chesting down Piscitella’s cross.

  • Giammario Piscitella
    101
    7
    3.00

    Giammario Piscitella

    Given the final 10 minutes in place of Borini and grabbed an assist by crossing for Bojan for the fourth.

  • Julio César
    30
    75
    3.00

    Julio César

    Has now conceded eight goals in four days, and while his defence have contributed massively to that statistic, he has hardly looked like stopping any of them. Going through one of the most uncertain spells of his career.

  • Javier Zanetti
    38
    59
    2.50

    Javier Zanetti

    A poor game from Zanetti – which is a real rarity. Never really looked any more likely to get close to the Roma midfield than his team-mates, despite his attempts to cover decent yardage. He will doubtless be the first to insist on a better performance against Novara next week.

  • Lúcio
    27
    64
    2.00

    Lúcio

    He started reasonably, but quickly went downhill. His part in the third goal will see him turning away from the video later, while he was also one of the countless Inter players that stood off Bojan as he made it 4-0. An afternoon to forget.

  • Maicon
    60
    89
    2.50

    Maicon Flop of the Match

    Failed to get anywhere near Juan as his countryman opening the scoring with a towering header, then could have been punished for an over-zealous challenge on Borini. Minutes later he was caught ball-watching as the young striker made it 2-0. Regularly failed to get close to the advancing Jose Angel too. Put out of his misery with Faraoni’s introduction at the three-quarter mark.

  • Angelo Palombo
    24
    57
    2.00

    Angelo Palombo

    Nothing more than a passenger as Roma completely dominated in midfield, calling into question why he was even taken on by the Nerazzurri. Had nothing in attack, did nothing to stem the flow against them off the ball, and will be wondering whether he will get another look-in next week.

  • Walter Samuel
    29
    58
    2.50

    Walter Samuel

    Turned inside out by Borini as he dived in to foil the striker’s efforts to double Roma’s lead, and it was symptomatic of a half in which he seemed to be behind the eight-ball constantly. Substituted at the interval.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    39
    58
    2.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Got forward well at times, but his crossing was occasionally wayward, especially when lumping a square ball well beyond the unmarked Pazzini. Once more, he couldn’t even get close to his opposite number defensively though, as his ability without the ball was again called into question.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    26
    51
    2.50

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Battled, but it was just not enough to stop Roma’s bullying Inter out of the game almost from the first minute to the last. He was unable to provide the back four with the protection he often gives them, while he rushed a couple of passes when put under pressure.

  • Joel Obi
    25
    64
    2.50

    Joel Obi

    Lacked any real go-forward as Inter looked to his energy to be one of their plus points on the day. Looked a little too lightweight off the ball and often ended up running around with little purpose as his side struggled throughout.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    27
    56
    2.50

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Dropped into a left-wing position fairly regularly in his desire to see some of the action, before having his back-post run ignored by Nagatomo as Inter had a rare break. Replaced by Poli at the break.

  • Diego Milito
    41
    52
    2.50

    Diego Milito

    Did superbly to wriggle away from Gago and create a chance for himself, but his right-foot effort was tame in the end. Thereafter he offered very little as he paid the price for his side’s complete ineffectiveness from back to front.

Substitutions

  • Iván Ramiro Córdoba
    17
    48
    2.50

    Iván Ramiro Córdoba

    Brought on at the break in place of the disappointing Samuel, but did little to improve the situation. Immediately caught out by Borini’s run which put Roma 3-0 up, then stood off as Bojan made it four.

  • Andrea Poli
    33
    40
    2.50

    Andrea Poli

    Introduced as a fifth midfielder as Claudio Ranieri looked to stem the flow of pressure from midfield, but his use was quickly negated by Roma’s third goal. Buzzed around with plenty of purpose, but it was never going to be enough to turn around Inter’s afternoon.

  • Marco Faraoni
    24
    45
    2.50

    Marco Faraoni

    Replaced Maicon for the final quarter, but allowed Piscitella space to get a couple of late crosses in.

Results
 
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Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0