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May 22, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: N. Pierpaoli
• Attendance: 58000
G. Pazzini 17', 48'
Y. Nagatomo 63'
P. Ledesma 66'
And the 2010/11 season has come to an end for these two sides, as Inter finish runners-up and Catania narrowly avoid relegation. For more great coverage of the final day in Serie A, stay here at Goal.com for when the big boys grace their respective pitches tonight!
90' + 2'
Catania feature in the game's last chance, as Bergessio is almost set up by Ledesma, but the ex-Saint Etienne striker lost his footing at the crucial moment in the box.
There will be two minutes of injury time in this great end-of-season encounter.
Leonardo will be delighted to see his own signings perform at such a fantastic level today, not to mention returning players such as Milito and Samuel put their shift in. However, question marks remain over Ranocchia, who was quickly replaced by Samuel after the Catania goal had gone in.
Nagatomo is fighting with Kharja for the man of the match accolade in my opinion, and is probably edging it. The loanee has been absolutely scintillating today, giving Potenza the hardest of times down the right hand side. He almost bursts through again, but the ball is shepherded out.
Bergessio is found by Capuano with a raking long ball on the deck, but is well offside. Milito is also caught offside moments later.
Ricchiuti receives the ball from fellow forward Gomez on the edge of the Inter box, but his shot is tame and is gathered by Castellazzi.
Inter are regaining their dominance, and Kharja has again been found in space on the left, but his shot is wild and goes wide. Moments before, Lodi was close to being through on goal and beating the Inter defensive line, but Samuel impressively performed a last-gasp sliding tackle to dispossess him.
Nagatomo again whips a dangerous ball into the box, this time being a high one, and it meets Kharja who climbs to nod the ball at goal, requiring Andujar to pull off a fine diving save.
Francesco Lodi is furious with Samuel, after falling to the ground very easily.
A corner is expertly fizzed through and substitute Samuel is inches away from making contact and scoring on his return!
Mariano Julio Izco
EQUALISER FOR CATANIA!! It is Argentine midfielder Ledesma who has grabbed the equaliser for the Sicilians, finding himself in the box all on his own, chesting down a cross and delicately lobbing the ball over an onrushing Castellazzi! Suddenly they have hit back and given Inter a game on their hands.
THIRD GOAL FOR INTER!!! And it is a screamer from Nagatomo, who collects a pass on the right and absolutely smashes the ball past a stranded Andujar. Superb strike from the ex-Cesena man who has been a breath of fresh air for Leonardo.
Pazzini is found out wide on the left by Motta, but his shot goes high and wide over the Catania goal. He seems very disappointed with himself in the aftermath of the chance.
A scramble ensues from a Catania corner, and Inter's defensive frailties are again exposed, which eventually goes off for a goal kick.
Superbly intricate play from Catania's attacking trio, as Bergessio is found with a simple pass by Schelotto, and his shot at goal is sailing into the top corner, if not for a fine save by Castellazzi to tip the ball wide of the post.
Kharja has an attempt at goal shortly after the second goal had gone in, but his low shot skews just wide of the target.
A SECOND GOAL FOR PAZZINI AND INTER!!! The ex-Samp hitman times his run to perfection and expertly meets Milito's low cross and taps the ball into an empty net. It is now 17 goals in 36 games for Pazzini this season, with nine for his new club!
Catania begin most positively, as they earn a corner, but it is headered just wide. Lucio is first to barrack his fellow defenders.
The second-half is underway!
The players come out of the tunnel, with Diego Milito coming on to replace Samuel Eto'o. Pablo Ledesma did in fact return to the field of play, as his stretchered exit was just a precaution. A bit of banter is shared between Pazzini and Pandev in the dressing room, cheeky stuff!
The whistle is blown to signal the end of the first-half. Let's hope the second continues in similar vein to the first! Looking forward to hearing from you guys who make these live commentaries worthwhile!!
There will be one minute of added time in this eventful first-half.
Schelotto is Catania's best bet for an opening, and he almost repeats his earlier chance but his low cross is executed properly and goes off for a throw.
Inter are looking dangerous again, with a couple of balls being whipped into the box, and Pazzini almost through but his touch is too heavy.
Controversy ensues at the end of the half, as Chivu is completely taken off his feet and needs urgent attention, after Pablo Alvarez slides into him near the corner flag and the Romanian ends up hitting a sponsorship board.
Kharja has been involved in much of Inter's good attacking play thus far, but he totally wasted a through ball from Pazzini, who found him in plenty of space through on goal from a break, but he is instantly dispossessed and the ball goes off for a corner.
Pazzini traps the ball on the edge of the box once again, but he attempts to backheel the ball at goal through the legs of his marker, which is safely gathered by Andujar.
A rare foray into the Inter box is made by Ezequiel Schelotto, but his cut-back is well dealt with by Lucio.
Moments later, and again Eto'o is laid off by Kharja, who has looked lively in the absence of Sneijder, but the Cameroon striker's shot goes well over.
Eto'o has his own attempt at goal, embarking on a mazy run, but his curling effort is tame and is saved by Andujar.
Pablo Ledesma is stretchered of after a collision with Thiago Motta. Lets hope he makes a speedy recovery.
Nagatomo shows his fantastic lung-bursting style once again by fizzing another dangerous ball into the middle of the box, and Catania struggle to deal with it, even though it goes off for a throw-in.
Kharja is caught offside after collecting Zanetti's pass, although replays show he was being played onside.
Pazzini was almost in again, but Terlizzi this time deals with him and promptly dispossesses. There were slight calls for the referee to take action against the away team's centre back, but they were quickly sounded out.
GOAL!! Kharja squeezes the ball past Potenza on the edge of the box and it is well struck by Pazzini, who swipes the ball past a helpless Andujar. Inter's burgeoning dominance has paid off in the early stages and it seems Catania will be in for a difficult afternoon.
A cross is whipped in by Chivu, but it is easily claimed by Andujar, who shows great authority to collect.
A free-kick is won by Eto'o, and he lays the resulting set-piece off to Stankovic, but he skews his shot well wide.
Straight after, Inter go close again! This time it's Nagatomo again, who drills a low ball into the box but no-one manages to get on the end of it.
Kharja unleashes a fantastic drive from distance, stinging the hands of Mariano Andujar! Inter are looking more productive in this opening period.
Nagatomo is starting at right-back today and looks as perilous as ever even in an unusual starting possession, and he almost made a successful burst down the flank, reaching the Catania box with some nice footwork, but the ball goes off for a goal kick to the away side.
A very open game so far, with both teams looking dangerous in possession. Hopefully this may be the sign of an exciting game to wrap up the 2010/11 campaign for these two teams.
Catania make the first foray in attack, but it is dealt with by Lucio. And just as I say that, Pazzini has a snapshot at goal which goes just wide after some impressive individual play by Motta, who charged through and laid the ball off to his Italian compatriot on the edge of the box.
Stankovic powers a drive at goal, but it takes a big deflection off a defender and Andujar is helpless. Fortunately, the ball went wide for a corner.
The two sides come out of the tunnel, with kick-off now upon us. It is a rather empty venue. Inter are in all-white, whilst Catania are wearing their home strip of blue and red.
It is a visibly weakened side put out by coach Leonardo, as he is unsurprisingly preparing in advance for their Coppa Italia final with Palermo next Sunday. For Catania, they have little to play for after securing survival last week in last-gasp fashion with a 2-1 victory over Roma, and possibly keep Diego Simeone in a job with the Sicilians.
And for the visitors Catania: Campagnolo; Potenza, Carboni, Schelotto, Ledesma, Bergessio, Marchese, Gomez, Alvarez, Terlizzi, Capuano. Substitutes: Kosicky, Lodi, Izco, Morimoto, Augustyn, Ricchiuti, Martinho
Inter 's line-up looks like this: Castellazzi; Nagatomo, Ranocchia, Lucio, Chivu; Zanetti, Thiago Motta, Stankovic; Kharja; Pazzini, Eto'o. Subs are as follows: Orlandoni, Mariga, Milito, Materazzi, Samuel, Pandev, Coutinho
Hello and welcome to Goal.com International's coverage of the end-of-season clash at San Siro between Inter and Catania! I'm Livio and you can follow the match with me on Twitter by sending your tweets to livmc. Team news is imminent.
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