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November 28, 2010
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: A. Giannoccaro
• Attendance: 49787
D. Stanković 18', 19', 75'
E. Cambiasso 23'
Thiago Motta 73'
H. Crespo 4', 36'
90' + 2'
There goes the final whistle! It's a 5-2 win for the Nerazzurri. They were unconvincing, but they got the job done. They move up to fifth with five goals. A special well done to hat-tricjk hero Dejan Stankovic!
90' + 1'
Mariano de Almeida Angelo
90' + 1'
Only two minutes of stoopages to play. Which is enough time for Ze Eduardo to claim a substitute appearance in place of Angelo.
Even as Inter play keep-ball in the last minute Parma continue to press high up the field. Fair play. 10 out of 10 for effort!
The magic spray didn't work... Inter will finish with 10 men as Wesley Sneijder has given up the ghost. His left foot is causing him too many problems to continue. That could be bad news for the Nerazzurri over the next week or two if they can't get him fit again.
Well you can say many things about Parma, but you can't claim they've given up on this one. Castellazzi has to be on his toes again as the Gialloblu ask more questions of the failing Inter backline.
MAGNIFICENT SAVE!!! Castellazzi has to stretch full length to keep out Bojinov's piledriver. He even collects it at the second attempt.
A moment of concern for Inter right now as Sneijder has picked up a nasty looking knock to his left foot. Time for the magic spray methinks.
Well this kind of result will keep Benitez in a job, but will this kind of performance actually convince anyone of his suitability for the job? They've been great going forward, but atrocious at the back.
Great ball by Sneijder for Thiago Motta, who plays a one-two with Pandev but can't get a shot in, but the ball still runs loose for Pandev, who should really score but hits the side-netting. Should have been 6-2.
The hat-trick hero is off. Stankovic is replaced by Obiorah Nwankwo.
Even with a three-goal lead the Nerazzurri can't stop balls flashing across their box. They need to just play keep-ball from here.
HAT-TRICK FOR STANKOVIC!!! THEY'RE SCORING IN BUNCHES AGAIN!!! The Serb nets his tripletta will a cool strike from 15 yards as Parma's defence parted like the red sea. They're moving to within seven points of Milan, it would seem.
SUPERSUB!!!!! THIAGO MOTTA SCOORES!!!! Who needs to worry about defending, just keep bagging them at the other end like this. Motta originally goes up for a header but is beaten to it by Mirante, but when Materazzi knocks it back in the ball eventually breaks for the midfielder to fire home. Surely Inter can't stuff it up from here!
A switcheroo for Parma as Giovinco makes way for Bojinov. Can the extra striker bring about an equaliser?
Kahar Muzzakar reckons Benitez needs a copy of the "Beginner's Guide to Defending", so if anyone knows where to get a copy... Presumably Marco Materazzi used his copy to support a wonky chair leg.
La Formica Atomica Giovinco works a wonder or two on the left, the ball is switched to the right for Angelo, but then when his overhit cross goes back to Giovinco, the little fella is easily squeezed out by two defenders.
A change for Inter. Biabiany, who was excellent in the first half, is replaced by Thiago Motta - not long since fit again.
We've gone almost half an hour without a goal now but it's been no less a horror show for the two defences, particularly the champions'. You still get the feeling they could yet be breached again.
Marco Materazzi is on terra firma after apparently being "seen to" by Gabriel Paletta. Inter's players are not happy with the Parma defender, but he sees no sanction from referee Giannocaro.
Onyedikajah Onyia says on Twitter that Benitez needs to change Inter's style of play, and it's hard to disagree given the number of chances Parma are getting. Angelo wastes a good crossing opportunity by finding the Curva Sud with his effort.
Goran Pandev runs at pace at two defenders but loses sight of the ball and the Gialloblu can again break. This one ends when Giovinco fires over from outside the box.
Successive corners for Parma as Giovinco runs at Lucio to win the first, then Cambiasso concedes the second after Inter fail to clear their lines. When it comes in Materazzi and Cordoba challenge for the same ball but they're lucky that it bounces for Castellazzi.
Bit of a scramble around the edge of the box as Sneijder tries to get through for Inter, then Parma hit them on the break once more. It's pulsating stuff, but there'll be a fair amount of defensive training undertaken on Tuesday morning!
There could easily have been about 10 goals so far! And can anyone tell me the last time a Rafa Benitez side scored three goals in seven minutes to bring smiles to Inter fans' faces?!
Ooh unlucky! Angelo sidefoots a shot onto the near post after decent build-up play. Almost 3-3. Almost!
Deki wants a hat-trick! Stankovic shoots powerfully from 25 yards, but it's always just curler away from the top corner. Decent effort nonetheless.
Castellazzi does well there. One-on-one, Crespo gets a shot in, but Inter's No. 12 blocks with his legs.
First chance of the half goes to Inter, but Cambiasso drags his shot wide from Sneijder's free-kick. Very nearly three players on a hat-trick there.
Here we go then... five more goals? Let's hope not for the defences' sakes! Davide Santon has been replaced by Felice Natalino and Francesco Valiani is on for Massimo Gobbi.
What a ridiculous first half... or "a very open game from both sides" as Hamad Bahrouh described it on Twitter. Remember, @krisvoakes to join in. Can we really expect more of the same in the second 45?
Peep...peep...peep. Half-time at San Siro after just another run-of-the-mill opening 45 minutes. Five goals, loads more chances. Plenty more to come in 15. See you then.
After Pandev is felled 25 yards from goal. Sneijder's free-kick takes a deflection, but this one is not of the type which brought Inter two goals. Instead it's a corner.
Biabiany has switched to the left momentarily, with Santon now on the right. Benitez probably wants the Frenchman to test out Cristian Zaccardo.
Inter look so ragged at the back it's ridiculous. And it has to be said that apart from those 5 for 10 minutes, they've been second best so far. A sign of champions, maybe?
OOOOOH! Almost a hat-trick for Crespo, but his header is palmed over by Castellazzi.
What a ridiculous game! Two of the worst defences seen in a while, even if Parma got unlucky on two goals.
GAME ON AGAIN!!!! AND CRESPO AGAIN!!! You'd think Inter would know what to do to stop him! Inter give the ball away 25 yards from goal, Candreva pokes it forward and Materazzi's scuffed attempted clearance comes off Gobbi and falls into the path of the predatory Crespo, who obliges with the finish. 3-2!!!
Parma still knocking on the door. Materazzi and Crespo both go for Antonelli's near-post cross, but it goes wide off the front man for a goal kick.
The good and the bad almost brought about the ugly for Alessandro Lucarelli. He dispossessed Pandev brilliantly, but then handed the ball straight back to Sneijder. Luckily for the centre-back Inter made nothing of it.
Great play again by Biabiany, who is turning in his best performance of the season against his former club. He plays in Pandev, but the Macedonian is closed out by Paletta.
Despite their three goals in 300 seconds, Inter still don't look tremendously convincing at the back. Candreva tries to find Angelo but the pass is just too long.
When backing Inter on Twitter earlier I did so in the belief it would be 1-0 or 2-0 at the end, not crazy goals to one by the 23rd minute! Mental stuff.
IT'S ANOTHER FOR INTER!!!! ESTEBAN CAMBIASSO!!! A corner comes in from the right, Biabiany flicks on, and the whole Parma defence stand and watch as Cambiasso comes in at the far post to tap home. Second goal in four days for the Argentine.
Amazing scenes at San Siro as we go two whole minutes without Stankovic scoring a deflected goal! Parma just need to settle and keep doing what they were doing.
ANOTHER ONE FOR STANKOVIC!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! That could almost have been a TV replay! Biabiany cuts the ball back to Stankovic, whose shot comes off the heel of Antonelli. Another that leaves Mirante stranded!! What a stroke of good luck for Rafa Benitez's side! It's suddenly 2-1!
EQUALISER!!!! AND A SICKENER FOR PARMA!!!! IT'S DEKI STANKOVIC!! Out of pretty much nothing, Stankovic launches an effort from around 25 yards which cannons off Lucarelli and leaves the highly unfortunate Antonio Mirante flat-footed. We're even stevens.
Crespo was almost in again there. He scuffs one across goal from the right, but the flag was up. He certainly looked onside to me.
Dejan Stankovic takes offence to Massimo Gobbi after the ex-Fiorentina midfielder caught him around the face. No malice in it, but it still looked like it hurt.
Oh my word... Parma 5-0 in the shots department according to the stats, and the latest was a sweet chip dug out by Giovinco, who just misses his target inside the far post. The champions are living on the edge here.
The Nerazzurri are in for a challenge here, as Candreva does well to get forward in the right hand channel before forcing Castellazzi to parry away his shot.
Parma practically playing with a nine-man backline at the moment as Inter are throwing everything at them in the quest for a quick reply.
It's an end-to-end affair at the minute as Angelo gets another chance to cross by Zanetti blocks and then Pandev's shot is deflected out for a corner of Lucarelli.
So... Rafa Benitez's boys have some work on if they're going to remain Rafa Benitez's boys for much longer. Can they respond? A defeat could see them drop to ninth by tonight....YES, NINTH!!
AssistMariano de Almeida Angelo
AMAZING START FOR PARMA!!!!!! HERNAN CRESPO SCORES!!!! The Gialloblu were allowed to progress all too easily down the right, Angelo's cross is deflected by Javier Zanetti and Crespo pounces at the near post. 1-0 to the visitors!
Crespo gets in Parma's first shot, after being put through by a neat Giovinco pass, but the ex-Nerazzurro blazes high above Castellazzi's bar.
As I guessed, it appears as though Sneijder is lining up basically as a second striker rather than part of an attacking midfield three, and his low left-footed cross is met by.... nobody. Eto'o already being missed?
We're underway here, with Inter wearing their familiar blue and black stripes and Parma in one of these weird silver away kits that teams have started to favour. Hernan Crespo, Parma's skipper for the day, dropped the pennant before the coin toss... an early sign of a bad day to come?!
I have to tell you (although if you're also in northern Italy you'll know this already) that the temperature has dropped markedly over the last few days, with some snow on display on the parked cars of Milan. So unlike many of the lunchtime kick-offs earlier in the season, we have fans in hats, scarves and big coats rather than t-shirts, shorts and sandals.
So the main team news is that Davide Santon and Sebastian Giovinco both start. Most sources think that Goran Pandev will be Inter's lone striker due to Samuel Eto'o's ban, but don't be surprised to see Wesley Sneijder start alongside him in a 4-4-2, just as he did on Wednesday v Twente. Parma will likely be in a 4-3-3 with Giovinco, Crespo and Angelo up top.
Hello all. Welcome to the first of Goal.com's LIVE commentaries from Serie A today. Hope everyone in Europe is enjoying their lunch. Maybe the Parma fans have brought theirs along with them again as they have travelled early for the 12:30 kick-off against Inter at San Siro. I'm Kris Voakes and I'll be blathering on for the next couple of hours. If you want to add your own five cents worth, why not tweet me @krisvoakes and you can contribute to the fun of it all. Interesting team news coming up shortly.
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