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January 12, 2011
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: N. Pierpaoli
• Attendance: 15254
S. Eto'o 15', 43'
M. Mariga 59'
H. Kharja 54'
G. Sculli 90'
90' + 3'
And that's it. Inter win and progress in the Coppa Italia despite a late scare.
90' + 1'
GOAL! GENOA grab one back with a late flourish as Sculli heads home from the free-kick delivered by Veloso.
Goal Giuseppe Sculli
There will be three minutes of added time as Criscito is fouled by Cambiasso.
Great save by Castellazzi to tip around an effort from Mesto late on. Good strong hand by the goalkeeper.
Full credit to Genoa here. They are unwilling to lie down as we approach the final few minutes as Veloso sees his free-kick head over.
Palacio has a crack at curling the ball from the edge of the box, but Castellazzi is there again as he makes another good save.
Good work by Sculli who combines well with Criscito, but the defender's left foot shot is weak and easy for Castellazzi to make the save.
Little under 10 minutes remain at San Siro, and Inter look comfortable to maintain their 3-1 lead as Genoa silently give up.
Good run by Palacio diown the other end, he controls on his right foot to take a touch and then drive a curler, but Castellazzi watches the ball go wide of his near post.
Maicon bombs forward with the run, he is played through well as he continues to gallop into the box, but Scarpi anticipates the action and comes out early.
Ohhh! Unlucky Genoa! Good move from the Ligurians with Veloso pulling the strings, but Sculli is flagged for offside. However, he was not offside and could have scored as he was one-on-one with Castellazzi.
Genoa just look limited to shooting from distance as another drive flies over the bar. This time it is Rafinha who goes for glory, but gets it horribly wrong.
Veloso spreads the ball wide... it is hit first time by Sculli, but his effort flies well wide.
That won't work as Kucka smashes one over. Inter hardly troubled there with a wasteful effort.
The game's rhythm has slowed down. Both sides looking a little sloppy during this phase of play.
Maicon is caught napping offside following Cambiasso's good intention ball.
Palacio wins the corner for Genoa as his volley cannons off Mariga. It's taken low... out for another corner... this time Inter clear their lines.
What a goal that is by Mariga! Scarpi was left with no chance. Genoa's hard work is quickly undone by Leonardo's men who are back in command and control.
Goal McDonald Mariga
Biabiany wins the corner this time with a show of pace. Maicon comes over to take it... GOAL! MARIGA rifles a header into the top corner! Inter 3-1 Genoa!
Yellow Card Sulley Muntari
Muntari's cross is cut out by Moretti. Corner to Inter... Pandev takes it... ohhh Ranocchia gets up for it well, but he heads it over the bar.
And Genoa have found a way back into this Coppa Italia tie following some truly sloppy marking from Ranocchia who gifted them a penalty cooly stuck away by Kharja. Inter need to be careful here.
Yellow Card Andrea Ranocchia
Penalty Goal Houssine Kharja
GOAL! GENOA score through Kharja who slides the penalty home!
PENALTY TO GENOA! Ranocchia brings down Rudolf in the box... penalty for the referee.
Veloso does well for Genoa as he cuts inside onto his right, he goes for the curler, but Ranocchia turns his back to block the shot.
Genoa try to work an opening through Criscito, but his left-footer is charged down on the edge of the area.
Inter attack in large numbers. Eto'o lays the ball off for Mariga to hit, but the right-foot effort flies wide of the mark.
Tight and intricate play from both sides. Ranocchia smashes it long down the pitch.
Inter get the second half underway. One change for Genoa as Mesto replaces Jelenic.
45' + 1'
And that's it for the first half. Inter lead 2-0 at the interval through Eto'o.
Genoa win the corner... whipped in dangerously from the right, but Materazzi heads it clear.
Goal Samuel Eto'o
GOAL! Eto'o doubles Inter's lead! Maicon cuts the ball back into the box, the striker takes a great touch on the near post and buries the ball under Scarpi! Inter 2-0 Genoa!
Genoa win the corner... cleared by Pandev for another corner. It's swung in from the right, but Castellazzi punches clear.
Kharja tries to power his way into the box with a good run, but Materazzi strength is enough to hold him off. Inter get it down the other end in no time with the ball falling to Muntari... ohhh! Left-foot rifle flies wide of the mark!
Genoa win the corner, but the poor effort is cleared away. It's an awful outswinging cross which makes it so easy for Inter to deal with as Ranocchia heads away.
Inter win the corner. Eto'o and Pandev work it short, but the move fizzles out, allowing Genoa to break.
Inter in total control as they pass their way around a Genoa side failing to prosper from the little action they have created thus far.
Ohhhh! Boakye feeds Veloso who goes for power from distance, but sees his effort fly wide.
Both sides playing well in the middle of the park where battles are taut and hard.
Ranocchia fouls Rudolf. Free-kick Genoa, and it is taken quickly. Veloso gets mixed up with Jelenic and the ball goes out of play.
Inter have raised the bar over the last 10 or so minutes here. They have a strong grip on the game and look likely for a second. Genoa struggling to create any worthy chances.
Excellent move by Inter as Zanetti picks out Maicon's run, but Criscito makes a great challenge to win back possession for his side.
Good work by Santon who wins the corner following a great run down the left... It's delivered by Pandev, but cleared by the Genoa defence.
Genoa win the corner. It's swung in deep to the back post, but Castellazzi comes out to catch the ball.
Ohhh! Eto'o should have doubled the money there as Scarpi tips away a right-foot curler which was heading for the bottom corner. Great save. Inter burst into life.
It's just the start Inter wanted, and they got it against the run of play as Genoa had looked sharp up to the goal.
Goal Samuel Eto'o
GOAL! Inter take the lead through Eto'o! Muntari's cross is controlled brilliantly inside the box, Eto'o then swivels past two defenders to stab the ball under the Genoa 'Keeper.
Karja makes a great run down the left and provides a chipped through pass for Rudolf, but he fails to reach it as Castellazzi gathers.
Good pressing by Genoa who continue to attack Inter.
Eto'o fails to keep the ball in touch following a decent run... Genoa have it back as Leonardo issues instructions from the bench.
Eto'o gives away possession allowing Genoa to break out fast. Veloso feeds Rudolf, but Ranoacchia holds out firm and wins the ball inside the box.
Materazzi wins the free-kick for his side. Inter prefer patience in their build up. Neither side have all guins blazing yet.
Mariga tries a blast from distance, but it flies into the stands.
Inter are moving the ball around well, but Genoa are well set up it seems with plenty of organisation in midfield.
Good start by Genoa on the flanks as the cross comes over from Rafinha, but Castellazzi is there to save.
And we are off at San Siro as Genoa start the game. The Grifoni all in white, Inter playing in there traditional black and blue kit.
And so here are the official formations: Inter (4-3-1-2): Castellazzi; Maicon, Ranocchia, Materazzi, Santon; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Mariga; Muntari; Pandev, Eto’o. Genoa (4-3-1-2): Scarpi; Rudolf, Dainelli, Moretti, Criscito; Kucka, Veloso, Kharja; Rafinha; Jelenic, Boakye.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the Coppa Italia last 16 match between Inter and Genoa. The winner of tonight's game at San Siro will meet either Napoli or Bologna who play each other next week.
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