The veteran goalkeeper looked very solid this evening. His catching was a particular highlight while his communication with the Cesena back four gave his team-mate's confidence. Could not be faulted for either goal.
Solid game from the Argentine, who tackled well and also provided a useful attacking threat from set-pieces. Helped keep Eto'o and Milito quiet, which is not easy.
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The Swiss defender was in brilliant form and is desperately unlucky to end up on the losing team. He made several vital interceptions and was a real rock at the back for his team. Solid in the air too.
Not a bad game from the skipper, who kept to his task well throughout although Inter did recognise him as a potential weak-link in the Cesena back-line, often looking to attack the left-back. All in all, a decent performance.
The full-back was a surprise starter following Santon's injury before kick-off but performed well. He defended resolutely and provided a wonderful cross for Budan's goal.
The midfielder was workmanlike and battled well against Inter's midfield three. Kept his play simple and positioned himself well.
The central midfielder has impressed this season and had another good game against the champions. His passing was accurate and he worked hard throughout.
Impressive this evening in a deep-lying role in the middle of the park. Kept Pandev quiet, constantly breaking up Inter's attacking play while keeping his passing simple.
The Chilean showed some nice touches against one of his former clubs and looked dangerous when on the ball. But he faded as the game went on, which would have disappointed his coach.
The attacker was full of energy today and made some decent runs, especially down the wing. Caused Maicon some problems.
The on-loan Palermo striker was a surprise starter for Cesena but had a great game. He held the ball up well and caused Ranocchia a few problems with his power. Brilliant run and finish for his goal.
The keeper did not have much to do despite Cesena playing well. Could not be blamed for the goal which was a fantastic close-range volley.
Average performance from the experienced defender who looked shaky in tackles but attacked well at times.
The ex-Genoa man made such an impressive start to his Inter career. However, it has gone down hill since then and continues to do so. The defender was given a tough time by Budan and his positioning left a lot to be desired.
Worked hard in midfield, despite not being at his best. He never gave up and enjoyed a fine finish to the game.
The Japanese full-back had an awful game versus his parent club. He was constantly caught out of position especially by Giaccherini and Budan. Not even his lightning pace could rescue him.
The Brazilian was one of his side's better performers. Wasn;'t at his best defensively but he attacked constantly and always looked dangerous down the wing.
The Italian international had a frustrating game in the middle with the Cesena midfielders coming off better for large parts of the game. Was eventually brought off after picking up a knock.
Not a great game from the Argentine, who failed to track back as often as he usually does. His passing was solid but lacked imagination.
The Macedonioan endured a difficult game, struggling to make an impact in Sneijder's absence and was taken off injured with half an hour to go.
The Cameroonian tried hard, even if he did not have his shooting boots on this evening. His desire to win saw the striker play a brilliant ball into the box for Pazzini to make it 1-1.
The Argentine striker was not at his best. His movement lacked imagination and he struggled to get the better of the Cesena defence.
- 33 A. Calderoni
The defender entered the game late on but had a poor time, often giving the ball away.
- 4 S. Appiah
- 19 N. Gorobsov
Entered the game late on for the tiring Ceccarelli but did not have enough time to make an impact.
Many were surprised the striker did not start the game, and he impressed in a cameo. Nearly scored after some great skill to put the ball through Ranocchia's legs.
- 70 E. Bogdani
- 21 P. Orlandoni
- 26 C. Chivu
- 23 M. Materazzi
The former Parma man added attacking impetus to Inter's play in the final half-hour. Not everything came off but his presence was valuable in Cesena's final third.
- 20 J. Obi
- 14 H. Kharja
Brilliant performance off the bench. Cesena's backline were warned when he uncharacteristically sent two free headers wide of goal. However, he made up for these missed chances with two perfect examples of how to finish, a brilliant volley and a wonderful header.