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September 23, 2012 2:00 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ D. Massa‎
Attendance:‬ 44000‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 0-2 Siena

Serse Cosmi's men earn a hugely credible victory over the disappointing home side, leaving Andrea Stramaccioni with plenty of questions left to answer

By SW Lim

  • Samir Handanoviç
    37
    14
    3.00

    Samir Handanoviç

    The former Udinese net-minder was solid when called upon, and was helpless for either goal, let down by poor marking and lapses in concentration on the part of his defensive team-mates.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    27
    22
    3.00

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Nearly scored an own-goal from a Siena corner in the 28th minute, but the ball thankfully ballooned over the bar. Proved solid and reliable for the most part, performing several astute interceptions.

  • Á. Pereira
    18
    32
    2.50

    Á. Pereira

    The former Porto wing-back evidently needs more time to settle in, after he was left clueless when put under pressure by an enthusiastic Siena side.

  • Juan Jesus
    35
    18
    2.50

    Juan Jesus

    The burly youngster dominated his opponent's attacks, then calmly redistributed the ball. Was dragged out of position on occasion by a mobile Siena attack though. Nearly set up a goal for defensive partner Ranocchia at the other end.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    37
    22
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Despite not getting forward as much he usually does, the Japan international was nevertheless assured in possession, helping to shore up in the spaces left by his side's advancing midfielders.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    24
    38
    2.00

    Wesley Sneijder

    What a disappointment from the Dutchman. Despite testing Pegolo on several occasions, drawing a particularly noteworthy save in the 32nd minute, Sneijder spurned a glorious opportunity to open the scoring for Inter, opting to pass to Milito when he was better off shooting.

  • Fredy Guarín
    10
    51
    2.00

    Fredy Guarín Flop of the Match

    Was wasteful in distribution, and also lucky to escape a booking by the referee all game. The Colombia international must step up the level of his performances, and likewise the quality of his shots, if he is to continue featuring in Stramaccioni's plans.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    29
    24
    3.00

    Esteban Cambiasso

    One of the few Inter players to lead by example on the night, Cambiasso lent a crucial bustle in the centre for the Nerazzurri, proving key to shackling the likes of D'Agostino.

  • Walter Gargano
    11
    33
    2.50

    Walter Gargano

    Neat and tidy on the ball, the on-loan Napoli man will have to expand his range of passing nevertheless, after too often resorting to over-simplistic balls sideways and backwards when better opportunities were available ahead. Did lend a graft to the midfield however.

  • Diego Milito
    18
    28
    2.00

    Diego Milito

    Absent for portions of the game, his header wide was just about his only contribution all match, after finding himself well-shackled by Siena's defence.

  • Antonio Cassano
    39
    17
    3.00

    Antonio Cassano

    The former AC Milan man looked particularly dangerous in the first half, being full of tricks, flicks and intelligent running. Presented Sneijder with a gilt-edge chance to score, but faded badly in the second period, tellingly short of match fitness.

Substitutions

  • Coutinho
    41
    13
    3.00

    Coutinho

    Came on in the 80th minute and very nearly clawed one back for Inter, when his shot hit the side netting.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    37
    14
    3.00

    Ricardo Álvarez

    The Argentine substitute's presence lent the Nerazzurri renewed intent, finding Milito in the box before turning up with a rasping drive from distance.

  • Gianluca Pegolo
    28
    2
    3.50

    Gianluca Pegolo Top of the Match

    A one-man wall against the Inter onslaught, the 31-year-old produced remarkable saves against Sneijder, Cambiasso and Ranocchia. The solid base upon which Siena built their memorable victory from.

  • Cristiano Del Grosso
    13
    1
    3.00

    Cristiano Del Grosso

    Turned in an assured performance on the left, regularly halting Inter's forays forward throughout the game.

  • Mariano de Almeida Angelo
    12
    1
    2.50

    Mariano de Almeida Angelo

    The Brazilian certainly lacked no effort, but struggled to apply himself against a resolute Inter midfield line.

  • Neto
    10
    2
    3.00

    Neto

    Proved crucial to his side retaining their lead, reading a Juan cut-back to perfection in the 65th minute to perform a crucial interception. A rock on the ground and in the air.

  • Felipe
    14
    1
    3.00

    Felipe

    Sturdy as a rock, Felipe was an unyielding presence at the back of the Tuscan outfit, making key blocks and tackles as Inter pressed their attacks.

  • Massimo Paci
    14
    1
    3.50

    Massimo Paci

    The veteran defender nullified the threat of Milito with aplomb, and even found the time to venture forward and lend an extra body in midfield.

  • Simone Vergassola
    11
    2
    3.00

    Simone Vergassola

    Put himself about in the centre of midfield to stifle the likes of Cambiasso and Guarin, and popped up to net Siena's first with a clinical effort.

  • Gaetano D'Agostino
    13
    2
    3.00

    Gaetano D'Agostino

    The deep-lying playmaker tried to dictate his side's play, as Siena aimed to hold their own against Inter in the early stages of the match. Became increasingly swamped however as the match wore on, subsequently being substituted off.

  • Emanuele Calaiò
    17
    1
    3.00

    Emanuele Calaiò

    Denied a goal only by Handanovic's intervention, the striker was crucial nonetheless, setting up the opening goal with a neat one-two.

  • Alessandro Rosina
    19
    2
    3.50

    Alessandro Rosina

    The former Zenit man gave his side that something extra in attack. Fizzing a venomous effort just over the crossbar in the 52nd minute, Rosina started the move that led to Vergassola's opener against the run of play.

  • Zé Eduardo
    15
    1
    3.00

    Zé Eduardo

    Snubbing the opportunity to join AC Milan in the summer, Ze Eduardo's presence always posed a constant threat to Inter's backline, his pace and trickery always a menace.

Substitutions

  • Francesco Valiani
    11
    2
    3.00

    Francesco Valiani

    Came on as a substitute, and was always a threat with his pace and control. Set up Valiani's goal.

  • R. Rodríguez
    9
    1
    3.00

    R. Rodríguez

    Introduced to beef up the Siena midfield, Rodriguez added steel in the centre, breaking up attacks in the closing stages.

  • Alessio Sestu
    9
    1
    3.00

    Alessio Sestu

    Came on as a substitute, and was always a threat with his pace and control. Set up Valiani's goal.

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