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December 22, 2012
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: A. Gervasoni
• Attendance: 42000
E. Cambiasso 85'
C. Immobile 77'
And that's game over at the San Siro. Cambiasso's late header cancels out Immobile's opener, but it will surely see Inter out of the Serie A title race. Anyway, I'm Ben McAleer, I hope you've enjoyed goal.com's live blog of the encounter. Have yourself a Merry Christmas.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Cristian Chivu
90' + 3'
Vargas fires low and hard and sees his effort drift just wide of the post/
90' + 3'
Genoa win a free kick, 25 yards out - a decent opportunity to nick all three points.
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
Into the first of five minutes of injury time and Immobile is down. He'll remain there to waste time before the final whistle.
A shocking miss from substitute Livaja. He's slotted in by Milito, but somehow hits the post from two yards out. Cambiasso is on hand to follow up, but see's his effort wide.
Two minutes for Inter to find a way past Frey. They really need to net a second to keep up the pace in the title race.
A late equaliser for Inter, but after Juventus' win on Friday night, they need to find a second and quickly.
Assist Antonio Cassano
Goal Esteban Cambiasso
The Argentine is picked out unmarked in the 18 yard box and powers his header past Frey after being picked out by Cassano.
A little over five minutes to go for Inter to net the equaliser.
Genoa still pressuring on the counter, but Inter defend well. They're looking to get the ball moving quickly to put the ball past Frey.
Inter continuously pressing down the left, but struggling to find a way through the Genoa defence.
An Inter corner is headed over by Ranocchia. Inter pushing for the equaliser now, but look suspect at the back when Genoa counter.
An upset on the cards now. Inter have been poor, but don't deserve to be 1-0 down now.
Assist Luca Antonelli
Goal Ciro Immobile
Superb individual effort by the Genoa striker. He weaves through the Inter backline, before firing under Handanovic.
Genoa win a corner. The must feel they can nick a point here.
Inter still struggling to break down the stubborn Genoa defence. They need to win following Juventus' victory last night.
Gargano picks up the ball and drifts inside. He goes for goal from distance, but his effort strikes Milito and goes out for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Anselmo
Inter win a free kick around 35 yards out after Milito is fouled.
Cassano again on the left has time to get the ball out from under his feet and cross. This time he looks to pick out Cambiasso at the back post, but it's headed behind for a corner which Genoa clear.
Cassano receives the ball from Pereira on the left, but his cross is too high for Palacio and it rolls out of play for goal kick.
Kucka currently receiving treatments on the sidelines for what appears a foot problem.
Genoa continuing to hold firm against the poor Inter front-line. A draw here would be a good result for the visitors.
Chivu's effort strikes the wall and Genoa clear.
Cassano wins a free kick off Tozser around 25 yards out. A good opportunity to test Frey here.
Palacio heads back across goal looking for Milito, but Genoa turn behind for a corner. The Argentine duo are linking up well with one another this half.
Yellow Card Andrea Bertolacci
Inter have started the second half with more intent as they look to secure all three points.
Handanovic is down following a collision with Rossi.
Milito looks for Palacio on the right, but there is too much on his cross and the ball goes out of play.
Milito plays across to Palacio. The Argentine brings the ball down well, but see's his effort parried away by Frey. The ball falls to Milito, who fires over from the edge of the area.
Genoa win a corner, but the delivery is poor and headed clear by Inter.
Palacio is teed up for the volley, but his effort is blocked and Genoa clear.
Palacio is played through down the right and with just Frey to beat, the Inter striker blasts over from close range. He should've done better with that.
And Inter get us underway for the second half.
The two teams are on their way back out for the second half.
Half time at the San Siro. Inter have been the better of two teams, but lack the killer ball to really test Genoa.
45' + 2'
Some late pressure from the visitors, but Juan is on hand to clear. Inter look to counter through Cassano, but Genoa defend well and clear.
45' + 1'
Cassano again looks to cross to the back post after linking up well with Pereira. Genoa head his ball out for a corner before clearing the danger.
Three minutes of added time at the San Siro.
Cassano lofts to the back post, but Genoa clear. The Italian has been at the heart of all of Inter's attacking movements in the first half.
Cambiasso wins a free kick just to the left 18-yard box in a dangerous area.
Inter dominating possession still, but can't find that killer ball to take the initiative.
Vargas looks to test Handanovic from distance, but his effort flies wide for a goal kick.
Genoa come within one pass of unlocking the Inter backline, but Kucka can't get the ball out from under his feet and Inter clear.
Inter lacking the cutting edge pushing forward at present and continuing to dominate possession.
Palacio plays into Milito on the right. He looks to pick out Cassano at the back post, but Genoa again clear. The visitors backline holding firm at the moment.
Good play by Cassano, who picks out Juan with a perfectly executed backheel. The latter crosses, but Genoa clear for a corner.
First decent effort for Genoa as Immobile looks to fire into the far bottom corner. However, Handanovic gets a strong hand behind the ball and palms away to safety.
Inter looking the more comfortable of the two teams thus far, but Genoa looking dangerous when pushing forward.
Yellow Card Andrea Ranocchia
Ranocchia is the first man in the back after needlessly giving the ball away before bringing down Bertolacci. Poor few seconds for the Inter defender.
Inter continue to hound Genoa every time they're on the ball, giving them no time to settle. As a result, the ball ends up back at the feet of Frey.
Cambiasso delivers to the back post, looking for Ranocchia. However, a clash of heads between the Inter defender and Antonelli, forcing play to stop.
Milito wins a free-kick around 25-yards out, with Cambiasso standing over as Samuel and Ranocchia make their way forward.
Extended spell of pressure from the hosts, but Genoa manage to clear. However, Inter win the ball back and force a corner, which again is cleared.
The ball is played back to Kucka at the edge of the 18-yard box, but the midfielder can't fire away a decent effort. His shot balloons in the air and Handanovic gathers easily.
Rossi attempts to play in Immobile down the right, but a wonderfully timed Ranocchia challenge ensures the Genoa attack is short lived.
Genoa look to play in Immobile through Kucka, who injures himself in the process. The former manages to win a corner off Juan.
Genoa attack down the right, but Inter clear and look to instigate a counter attack. Cambiasso's pass is poor for Palacio, however, and the visitors gather the ball again.
The best chance of the game so far. Cassano again at the heart and he lofts a perfectly weighted pass over to Palacio. However, he takes a heavy touch and Frey can parry away from danger.
At the other end, Palacio see's his goalbound effort blocked and Genoa clear.
A rare bit of pressure for Genoa as Immobile looks to unleash an effort, only to have the ball stolen off him by Cambiasso and Inter clear.
Cassano receives the ball on the left and puts in a teasing ball for Milito. Genoa clear, but Cambiasso manages to forge out an effort that Frey holds comfortably.
Genoa put the ball into the box, but Inter clear. Cassano picks up the ball and looks to play into Milito, but it rolls through to Frey and the visitors clear.
Hopeful punt up to Alvarez flies out of play. A relief for Genoa, who have been put on the backfoot early on.
Inter making the early attacking movements, but look susceptible on the counter.
And we're underway at the San Siro, Genoa kicking us off this morning.
The two teams are in the tunnel as we edge closer to kick off.
And for visitors Genoa: Frey; Antonelli, Canini, Granqvist, Sampirisi; Rossi, Vargas, Tozser, Kucka, Bertolacci; Immobile
We'll have some team news for you all. First up hosts Inter: Handanovic; Zanetti, Ranocchia, Samuel, Juan; Alvarez, Cambiasso, Gargano; Palacio, Milito, Cassano.
Good morning all and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Inter Milan vs Genoa. I'm Ben McAleer and I'll be live blogging today's Serie A encounter.
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