Beaten by two good finishes but other than collecting the ball twice from his net had very little to do. Made his first save late on when Igor Budan planted a golden chance straight at him.
The Brazilian centre-back made a vital tackle in the 54th minute to deny Cesena a way back into the game. Positioned himself well in the 80th minute to survive a spell of pressure from ten man Cesena.
Slowly returning to his best. Provided an inviting cross for Chivu to convert in first-half stoppage time and linked well with Zanetti down the right.
Grabbed his first goal of the season to give Inter the edge once again before half-time and looked a genuine threat going forward. The Romanian saw a chip Eto'o would have been proud off cleared off the line moments before he scored.
Booked for a silly handball in the first-half and caught twice out of position for both goals, the first getting nowhere near Bogdani.
Fantastic spirit and energy as always, in the 52nd minute covered for Maicon and run till the end to save a certain corner. The captain allowed the Brazilian full-back to roam forward by providing a defensive base.
Crisp passing and powerful running consistently put Inter on the front foot as Sammarco struggled to get close to the Serbian at times.
At times the experienced Argentine controlled the game with chess like passing, running into space three moves forward and was a shade unlucky not to find himself on the scoresheet.
Explosive speed and fast feet got the forward in to score Inter's first and played a large part in their second. A constant threat to Cesena.
Could have shot but opted to allow Diego Milito the easy chance to slip the ball into net for 2-0. Tested Antonioli in the Cesena goal in the fifth minute but didn't catch his drive cleanly.
Played a neat move with Eto'o to allow the Cameroonian to open the scoring and had time to grab a goal himself before coming off injured in the 20th minute.
Without making any spectacular saves the veteran 'keeper kept his side alive in the second-half.
Kept tight to Maicon and Zanetti but such a deadly combo weren't going to be kept out all game when the left-back was so isolated at times.
The big defender struggled to keep up with Pandev, Eto'o and company Booked.
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Solid defending when play was in front of him, the centre-back made two superb challenges on Eto'o (10th minute) and Chivu (28th minute).
Had a rough time against the raw pace of Eto'o but limited the hitman well for the majority. Caused Inter problems bombing down the right flank.
A night the forward won't forget. A lovely volley finish to draw the game level and then a second-half red card for a dive and shooting after the whistle. Both bookings were harsh.
Made a number of interceptions to relieve defensive pressure and was quick, precise and progressive with his passing. The pick of which on the stroke of half-time almost got Cesena in on goal still at 2-2.
Had his chance for glory in the third minute when he slashed a shot well wide in space. Confident and able to mix it with a world class midfield.
Cleared Chivu's goal bound chip off the line with his 'keeper beaten. Time on the ball was a luxury against Cambiasso.
A perfect lofted pass for Giaccherini turned the game on it's head for 14 minutes. The former Inter man was inspired against his old side and looked the most likely to produce the magic for Cesena.
Finished a delightful control, spin, volley for his fifth goal of the season. Spent much of the game without the ball, somewhat of a frustrating night.
- 21 P. Orlandoni
- 39 D. Santon
Did well to tee up Pandev after coming on but found Inter under pressure to hold on after coming being introduced.
- 17 M. Mariga
- 11 S. Muntari
Came on in the 20th minute for Milito. Showed one moment of his lightning pace but just didn't have the same end product as the man he replaced. The sub was subbed in the second period.
- 33 A. Calderoni
Introduced in the second-half he found the ball being repelled from him after his team were down to ten men.
- 3 M. Pellegrino
Made a real impact in a short time, supplied a brilliant pass for Giaccherini to find the net and then be sent off. You can't help but think if his pass had been rubbish they would have finished the game with 11 players. Crossing and passing injected some hope of a draw.
- 4 S. Appiah
- 17 D. Malonga
Should have made it 3-3 with a shot from close range which he fired straight at the 'keeper.