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February 19, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: D. Celi
• Attendance: 57000
A. Ranocchia 7'
90' + 5'
The referee blows his whistle to end the match as Inter grind out a 1-0 victory over Cagliari to jump into second spot, two points behind Milan.
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Maicon
90' + 4'
Zanetti concedes a free kick in a dangerous area but Lazzari's ensuing delivery is poor and comes to nothing.
90' + 2'
Pandev leads a counter but Pazzini's first touch lets him down and the chance goes begging.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card McDonald Mariga
The fourth official indicates that there will be five minutes of extra time.
Inter can't get a touch on the ball as Cagliari press for the equaliser.
Biondini finds Pisano on the right hand side but his cross is too close to Julio Cesar who makes an easy catch.
Ranocchia wins another header as the young defender has been dominate in the air tonight.
Nagatomo wins the hosts a much needed free kick deep in Cagliari territory.
Zanetti makes a last ditch header as Cagliari turn up the pressure once more.
Pazzini nods the ball on to Pandev but he's squeezed out by two Cagliari defenders.
Cagliari have the champions on the ropes as Leonardo slows things down by making a substitution.
It's all Cagliari at the moment as they have Inter pinned back and Lazzari's shot doesn't miss by much!
Ragatzu wins his side a free kick and the ensuing delivery causes mini-scramble in the area but Nene can't pull the trigger.
OH!!! Conti controls the ball on the edge of the area and unleashes a drive that takes a deflection off Thiago Motta and almost sneaks into the bottom corner!
Maicon's through ball sends Kharja in the clear but the linesman's flag is up for offside.
Nene is lucky to escape a booking as he takes out Nagatomo.
Thiago Motta's horrible pass is intercepted by Nene who selfishly goes for goal with better options on both sides.
Kharja is chopped down by Lazzari and concedes a free kick. The second half has failed to live up to the standard set by the first 45 mins.
Inter win a corner and Maicon's delivery finds Ranocchia who sends his header over the bar.
Maicon spots Pazzini in the area but he's forced backwards and can't get a cross in.
Cagliari have ten men behind the ball at the moment.
Conti plays in a wonderful cross that is just out of Acquafresca's reach.
Eto'o does well to win his side a corner but it's taken short and comes to nothing.
A rash of fouls have slowed the game down to a snail's pace.
Play is halted as Ranocchia and Nene clash heads with the Inter defender coming off second best.
The second half is underway with Cagliari almost finding the equaliser as Lazzari's 30-yard bullet flies over the bar!
Celi blows his whistle to end a thoroughly entertaining first half as Inter take a 1-0 lead into the interval courtesy of a controversial goal by Ranocchia.
Eto'o and Kharja play a neat one-two and the Cameroon striker's shot is easily saved by Agazzi.
Biondini whips in a dangerous cross that Acquafresca nods wide of the target.
Kharja finds Pandev in behind the Cagliari defence but the linesman's flag is up for offside.
Pandev runs at the Cagliari defence on the counter and tries to pick out Pazzini but he slips and the attack fizzles out.
Lazzari does well to elude Zanetti and tries to pick out Nene but Ranocchia saves the day for Inter.
Nagatomo gives the ball away cheaply but is not punished as Biondini's cross is poor.
Maicon is running rampant and wild tonight as he floats in another cross that is cleared to safety.
Kharja finds Maicon on the right hand side and his dangerous cross is cleared away by Conti.
Nagatomo wins a free kick for his side in a dangerous area but Eto'o's curling effort sails over the bar.
Maicon has been entrenched in Cagliari's half and whips in a great cross that Canini heads out with Pandev lurking behind him.
Cagliari slow the tempo of the match down by playing some possession football.
OH!!! Maicon's low cross finds Eto'o in the box and he turns and fires a low shot that Agazzi saves!
Nene takes the ball down and Cordoba makes a sliding tackle but is whistled for a foul. Cossu stands over the ball but his delivery is poor.
OH!!! Maicon pushes forward and floats in a great cross that finds Pazzini but the striker's header misses the net. He should have done better than that!
Inter win a free kick and Eto'o stands over the ball but his ensuing delivery crashes into the Cagliari wall.
Eto'o takes his marker on and rolls the ball back to Kharja on the edge of the area but he balloons his shot over the bar!
Pandev finds Eto'o in stride and the Cameroon striker side-steps his marker but can't beat Agazzi.
Julio Cesar is forced into action once again as Cagliari look for an instant equaliser.
Yellow Card Andrea Cossu
Assist Houssine Kharja
Goal Andrea Ranocchia
GOAAAAAAAAL!!!! There's been chances galore in the early going and a goal was inevitable. Inter take the free kick quickly and Pandev's initial effort is blocked and falls to Kharja who lets a shot go that deflects off Ranocchia and into the net! Replays indicate that the Inter defender was in an offside position but the goal stands.
OH!!! It's end to end stuff at San Siro as Lazzari gets in behind the Inter defence and his first time shot is tipped over the bar by Julio Cesar!
OH!!! Pandev pounces on a loose ball and unleashes a rocket from 25 yards that Agazzi bats away!
Domenico Celi gets the match under way with Leonardo starting Pazzini and Eto'o upfront while Roberto Donadoni counters with Nene and Robert Acquafresca.
Welcome to Goal.com’s live coverage of the Serie A. Tonight’s match comes to you from San Siro where Inter are all set to lock horns with Cagliari. The defending champions could cut Milan’s lead at the top of the table to just two points with a win over the Sardinian outfit but Roberto Donadoni’s men will have other ideas this evening. It should be a wide open affair so stay tuned for all the action!
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