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October 17, 2010
• Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 20000
90' + 4'
Referee Tagliavento blows for FULLTIME...Inter secure the three points and join Milan at the top of the standings. Cagliari are left to rue some poor finishing after having created numerous chances to equalise.
90' + 3'
Eto'o dribbles the ball towards the corner flag and goes down following a push from Canini...Inter win a throw deep into enemy territory.
90' + 1'
Samuel blasts the ball forward underlining his side's desire to dig in and hold the 1-0 lead.
The fourth official signals four minutes of added time as Cagliari push forward for a late equaliser. The stuffing seems to have been taken out of the home side who lack any sense of direction now.
Zanetti pushes down the right with a chance to hit the box...With Matri down at the opposite end the Argentine generously puts the ball out of play.
Matri looks to serve Agostini down the left but the winger fails to read the pass...The ball rushes out of play to the fury of the home crowd.
Cossu cuts a great ball back to Matri inside the box...The hitman side foots a shot over the bar...Great chance again for Cagliari who should have tested Julio Cesar there.
Lucio is under pressure at the back and is forced to launch the ball forward..The Nerazzurri are still in control but have little desire to push on and close the tie with a second goal.
Motta is set to grit his teeth and try to run off the the pain...Inter are back in possession down the left but Canini steps in to steal the ball off Obi.
Thiago Motta is being forced off with an injury just four minutes after his entry from the bench...What a blow for the midfielder.
Conti whips a cross in from the right and the ball takes a strange deflection off Chivu...OFF THE CROSSBAR!!! Close call for Inter at the back.
Matri floats a ball over for Cossu who is left one-on-one with the 'keeper...Julio Cesar comes storming off his line to blast the danger into touch.
The Nerazzurri are controlling the game by conceding tactical fouls to break up the Rossoblu's tempo going forward.
Pisano pushes down the right flank but under pressure from Obi...The wide man can't find a way through and eventually concedes and Inter throw.
The rhythm has dropped a little as fatigue starts to kick in...Cagliari need to pick up the tempo if they are to get back into the game.
Maicon cuts in from the right and looks to shoot...Wide of the post.
Eto'o carries the ball down the right but there is a distinct lack of movement from his teammates...The Cameroonian is forced to play it backwards to Maicon.
Yellow Card Andrea Lazzari
Sneijder whips in a corner from the right and Chivu makes a great headed connection...Over the bar..Great chance for Inter.
The sides are far more stretched now as they both look to score...Inter are running few risks at the back but seem to be lacking support up top for Eto'o.
Lazzari attempts a wild drive from 35m and the effort finishes well wide of the mark...Poor effort from the substitute who will have to work far harder if he is to make an impact.
Inter are looking far more direct in this second period as they push forward in search of a second.
Eto'o nears the box from the left and sends a curling effort towards the top corner...Great save from AGAZZI who palms out the danger.
Coutinho turns and shoots inside the box but with little power his effort again fails to trouble the Cagliari glovesman.
Nene breaks into the box and smashes a great drive on goal...JULIO CESAR blocks spectacularly to deny the hitman.
Stankovic looks to find Eto'o with a long range pass forward but the ball is too deep and ends up in the path of Agazzi.
We're back underway on the island as Cagliari look to get back into the game following Eto'o's first half opener.
45' + 3'
Referee Tagliavento blows for HALFTIME at the Sant'Elia...Inter are a goal to the good thanks to a piece of individual brilliance from Samuel Eto'o...Cagliari can be satisfied after a bright opening but will a little downbeat with the scoreline given their positive efforts for 45 minutes.
45' + 2'
Samuel gifts possession to Conti who carries the Rossoblu forward...Nene is set free into the box but he fails to work out a shooting chance as 'The Wall' comes in the clean up the danger.
The fourth official signals three minutes of added time as Maicon heads wide following a corner.
Benitez's men are closing the half in attack and look far more in control now. The home side are struggling to find their early discipline as they continue to commit useless fouls.
Sneijder cross from the corner flag as Inter get men in numbers into the box...The Rossoblu scramble clear the danger but are coming under fire now as the Nerazzurri attack with more confidence.
Assist Wesley Sneijder
Goal Samuel Eto'o
Eto'o picks up a loose ball on the edge of the box. He controls, turns then shoots...Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooal!!! What a strike from the Cameroonian hitman who once again solves Inter's problems all by himself.
Maicon whips in a cross from deep, but with just Eto'o inside the box it is far too easy for Cagliari to clear the danger.
Nainggolan cuts a great ball square for Cossu who strikes first time on the edge of the box....Just wide, another great chance for the Islanders!
Yellow Card Lúcio
Lucio commits another foul on Matri and this time goes into the book for an outstretched elbow...Free kick to the Isolani.
Sneijder shoots from 20-yards but the effort does little to trouble the Cagliari glovesman who is well placed on the line...Inter are looking uncharacteristically tame in attack.
Nene plays a give and go with Biondini and finds space to shoot on the edge of the box...Over the bar, but a fine attacking move from Cagliari.
Coutinho plays a one-two with Eto'o on the edge of the box...The Brazilian then drills a shot goalbound but it is well smothered by Agazzi.
Yellow Card Radja Nainggolan
Maicon lifts up his head and rifles a shot from range....Wide of the mark but a great effort from the Brazilian.
Biondini whips in a decent cross from the right and Lucio takes no risks as he heads out for a corner.
Matri plays a sombrero over the head of Samuel who appears to make contact with an outstretched arm...Incredibly the referee doesn't spot the offence and the Rossoblu are denied a penalty.
Matri goes down in the box following a cross from the left...The Cagliari hitman protests but Tagliavento waves play on.
Yellow Card Nenê
The rhythm has dropped a little now as Cagliari utilise a higher backline...Pierpaolo Bisoli's men are finally looking threatening going forward as they enjoy more time on the ball.
Samuel plays an awful back pass to his 'keeper and with Matri bearing down Julio Cesar has to keep his wits about him...The Brazilian shows pure class as he dribbles round the advancing hitman to avoid an embarrassing opener.
Sneijder whips a corner in from the left but Matri heads clear with ease at the near post.
So far it has been all Inter but Cagliari are keeping well organised at the back. For all their possession the visitors still haven't created a shot on goal.
Chivu loses possession in attack and Cossu looks to carry the Rossoblu forward...The Cagliari man eventually runs into the path of a 'brick wall' Walter Samuel and the Argentine restores possession for the visitors.
After a three minute pause the action finally gets back underway.
The game has been momentarily halted as referee Tagliavento orders an announcement to be sounded out against the racist chants voiced towards Samuel Eto'o. The fans have been warned that should such chants continue there is a risk of postponement.
Inter get proceedings underway and are working the ball around at the back in their all white away strip.
Nene goes down following a push from Samuel and the Argentine blasts the forward for being too soft.
The Nerazzurri have some injury issues but will be desperate to secure maximum points as they look to join rivals Milan at the top of the standings. The Rossoblu will be keen to stop the champions in their tracks and will look back to their 5-1 demolition of Roma as means of inspiration.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Stadio Sant'Elia in Cagliari. Stay tuned for live play-by-play commentary of Cagliari-Inter.
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