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April 11, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ A. Romeo‎
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42′ Diego Milito
81′ (PG) Diego Milito
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 2-1 Siena

Goal.com evaluate the players on show at San Siro, as a Diego Milito double puts the Robur to the sword

By Alex Mott

  • Julio César
    76
    4
    3.00

    Julio César

    Made a superb double save before D'Agostino bagged the opening goal, but other than that, the Brazilian hardly had to make a save. He was troubled late in the second half by a Gonzalez drive, but it was a fairly straight forward night.

  • Javier Zanetti
    259
    1
    3.50

    Javier Zanetti Top of the Match

    The captain equalled Dino Zoff's tally of 570 appearances in Serie A, and played as well as you'd expect. He made some great surging runs, and drew more than a few fouls, most notably from Bolzoni in the first half. Brienza did get round the outside of him on the counter attack in the first half, but other than that, he was superb.

  • Lúcio
    71
    11
    3.00

    Lúcio

    Much like his South American partner, he was sluggish in the first half: not reacting well to the D'Agostino goal. But in the second 45, with Chivu alongside him, he was imperious. He dealt with Destro expertly, and was surging forward at every possible moment.

  • Walter Samuel
    51
    52
    2.50

    Walter Samuel

    Gave away possession for the Destro goal, and never really recovered. He looked sluggish all night, and was eventually subbed off on 38 minutes for Nagatomo.

  • Cristian Chivu
    73
    20
    3.00

    Cristian Chivu

    Was poor at left back in the first half; Mannini got around the outside of him on more than one occasion, and his concentration seemed to be lacking. In the second 45 though, he moved into the centre and was superb. He nullified Destro brilliantly, and almost scored with a header midway through the half.

  • Dejan Stankovic
    66
    29
    3.00

    Dejan Stankovic

    He was caught in possession more than once in the first half, and struggled up against Vergassola and Bolzoni. His work rate though, was never in doubt, and he improved dramatically in the second period. He missed a great effort in the first half though: firing over from 12 yards, when it looked easier to score.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    61
    42
    2.50

    Ricardo Álvarez

    Came off after 76 minutes without actually contributing very much. He was quiet in the first half, and had to wait until 60 minutes before he had a shot on goal. His crossing was a plus point, but he'll have to do much more next time to convince Stramaccioni he's worth a starting place.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    66
    10
    3.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Struggled initially, getting caught in possession and misplacing passes. He was though, superb going forward, and would have scored in the second half were it not for a fine save by Pegolo.

  • Joel Obi
    147
    11
    3.00

    Joel Obi

    The Nigerian was given a huge ovation when he came off on 67 minutes, and with good reason. He was terrific going forward, and played a lovely one-two with Chivu inside the first 25 minutes to set up a Milito chance. His work rate was exemplary, and he nullified Vergassola and Bolzoni well.

  • Diego Milito
    222
    3
    3.50

    Diego Milito

    Was lively all evening, and took his goal brilliantly well in the first half. The runs he made were intelligent, and stretched Siena's backline constantly. His link up play with Zarate will have especially pleased Stramaccioni. The second period was much of the same, and he coolly slotted home the penalty to give his side the win.

  • Mauro Zárate
    165
    12
    3.50

    Mauro Zárate

    Back in the starting XI, he now looks like the player Inter expected when they signed him from Lazio in the summer. His jinking runs were always dangerous, and Vitiello struggled to cope with his pace and creativity. He tended to cut inside a lot on to his stronger right foot, but otherwise, the Argentine was excellent.

Substitutions

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    180
    6
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Came on for Samuel in the first half, and was brilliant down the left-hand side. He teamed up with Zarate superbly, and it was his bombastic run that got Inter their vital penalty.

  • Andrea Poli
    63
    12
    3.00

    Andrea Poli

    Came on for Obi on 67 minutes, and had very little time to have an impact on the game. He played a few nice passes for Milito and Zarate, but other that that, never really featured.

  • Giampaolo Pazzini
    55
    28
    0.00

    Giampaolo Pazzini

    Replaced Alvarez on 76 minutes, and did virtually nothing in those 15 minutes.

  • Gianluca Pegolo
    10
    1
    3.00

    Gianluca Pegolo

    Kept his side in the game on more than one occasion. He made a superb save from Milito in the first half, and then denied Cambiasso and Milito again in the second period. He commanded the box well, and cannot be blamed for either goal.

  • Roberto Vitiello
    4
    6
    2.50

    Roberto Vitiello

    Was impressive in the first half, keeping Zarate reasonably quiet down the left-hand side, and getting forward well. In the second 45 though, he was shocking. Nagatomo and Zarate had a field day, and got round the back of him on half a dozen occasions.

  • Cristiano Del Grosso
    4
    2
    2.00

    Cristiano Del Grosso

    Wasn't at fault for either of the goals, but he will feel he could have done better. Zanetti outpaced him at least three times in the second half, and very rarely did he contribute going forward.

  • Claudio Terzi
    2
    4
    2.50

    Claudio Terzi

    He was commanding in the air when called upon, and dealt fairly well with the runs of Milito. Was there to put off Cambiasso when he should have scored midway through the second half

  • Emanuele Pesoli
    5
    4
    2.00

    Emanuele Pesoli Flop of the Match

    Was booked for a foul on Cambiasso late in the first half, and struggled with the late runs the Inter midfield produced. Milito also caused him all sorts of problems, and he was often left stranded at the back.

  • Simone Vergassola
    2
    3
    2.50

    Simone Vergassola

    Played some nice passes early on, and coped well with the pressure Cambiasso and Obi put on him. In the second 45 though, much like the rest of his team, he was anonymous, and very rarely got the chance to show his class on the ball.

  • Gaetano D'Agostino
    5
    3
    3.00

    Gaetano D'Agostino

    Scored a good goal on six minutes, following up a parried Destro effort. But other than that, he may as well have not been there. Stankovic was always around him when he got the ball, and he was eventually subbed off on the hour.

  • Francesco Bolzoni
    2
    2
    2.50

    Francesco Bolzoni

    Dispossessed Stankovic midway through the first half, but then fouled Zanetti moments later. Other than that, he was fairly quiet, and was subbed on 62 minutes for Gazzi.

  • Daniele Mannini
    3
    8
    2.50

    Daniele Mannini

    Had a real game to forget. It was his misplaced clearance that helped Milito to score his first goal, and then, when tracking back Nagatomo, he tripped the Japanese full-back inside the area for a penalty.

  • Mattia Destro
    12
    3
    3.50

    Mattia Destro

    The former Inter youngster looked like he could cause all sorts of problems early on when he dispossessed Samuel for the goal. After that though, he was kept in check by Lucio and Chivu, and never troubled the Inter goal again.

  • Franco Brienza
    4
    3
    3.00

    Franco Brienza

    Got around the outside of Zanetti on a few occasions in the first half, but again, like most of his team mates, the second half virtually passed him by.

Substitutions

  • Matteo Contini
    3
    2
    0.00

    Matteo Contini

    Replaced Vitiello on 73 minutes, and in that time didn't do anything of note.

  • Alessandro Gazzi
    4
    2
    0.00

    Alessandro Gazzi

    Came on for Bolzoni on the hour mark, and got forward fairly well. Other than that, he didn't make any sort of mark on the game.

  • Pablo González
    3
    2
    0.00

    Pablo González

    On for D'Agostino after 62 minutes. He went close soon after with a shot from outside the area. Apart from that though, he never really had the chance to get in the game.

Results
 
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