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September 11, 2010
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: C. Brighi
• Attendance: 62014
S. Eto'o 67'
A. Floro Flores 31'
90' + 6'
Free-kick Udinese. One last chance. Di Natale hits it long... Cesar saves. And that's it. Inter beat Udinese 2-1 to record their first win of the season.
90' + 4'
Benitez shouts instructions from the bench. Inter are hanging on despite Udinese pressure.
90' + 2'
Asamoah wins the throw in from Zanetti. The six minutes of injury time have encouraged Udinese who now win the corner. Di Natale... Corradi fouls following a push on Samuel.
And there will be six minutes of injury time owing to all the changes made during the second half. The announcement is met with whistles by the home crowd.
Yellow Card Juan Cuadrado
Into the final minutes here at San Siro and it seems Inter will hang on to record a narrow win. The ball falls to Mariga who drags his shot wide.
Di Natale drags his shot wide from Corradi's cross. Samuel and Cesar are glad to see the effort goe past the far post.
Corner to Inter. Sneijder delivers... Asamoah clears. Sneijder back in for Eto'o... no... he is offside. Five minutes plus injury time remain. Inter are looking safe. Udinese seem tired.
Ohh! Eto'o hits the post with a wonder strike! He turns and curls the ball from the edge of the box, but he sees it crash back off the upright.
Muntari comes on for Milito. A tactical switch from Benitez as he tries to close the game.
Great run by Milito... will he finish it... no! He drags his left-foot shot wide of the far post. Milito has not looked his best tonight.
Free-kick Udinese. it's taken quickly, Di Natale tries to control, but Cordoba and Lucio close him down and it's a corner. Good play by Udinese. Di Natale crosses, it's knocked down by Langella... Zapata arrives... ohhh! Wide of the mark from point-blank range. Inter escape.
Zanetti sticks the ball out of play as Sanchez stays down injured following a 50-50 challenge with Lucio. Play restarts. It's not serious, but the winger is limping slightly.
Play is momentarily stopped as Lucio gets treatment. It looked painful, but it's nothing serious as the magic sponge and water does the job.
Free-kick Udinese. Di Natale places it down... but the striker hits it straight at the wall. He hits Lucio in the face and the defender goes down hurt.
Handanovic is kicking himself after his Eto'o save. Excellent guessing to get to the ball, but he pokes it into the striker's path. What was Anngella thinking. Down the other end Udinese are denied a penalty after Di Natale goes down in the box. the striker gets booked.
Yellow Card Antonio Di Natale
Goal Samuel Eto'o
Penalty for Inter... Eto'o goes for it, saved by Handanovic... but the ball is in Eto'o path and he taps home the rebound. GOAL! Inter lead 2-1. The handball from Angella is fatal.
Lucio comes forward for Inter, but it's gridlock in the final third as Benatia heads the cross clear.
Antonio Floro Flores
Pandev replaces Biabiany to make his 200th appearance in Serie A. Corradi comes on for Udinese as Floro Flores comes off. Guidolin believes he can get a result as he brings on a proven goalscorer for Flores who scored the equalizer.
A balanced game here as both teams search for a second.
Benatia brings down Eto'o. Inter win the free-kick. Sneijder is ready to deliver... Headed away by Floro Flores. It's back with Sneijder who dazzles his way into the box, he squares to Mariga... Surely... No! He hits the ball tamely at Handanovic who gets down to make the save. It's Inter who waste the chance this time.
Ohhhhhhh! What a great chance wasted by Udinese. Sanchez leaves three for dead including Zanetti and feeds Floro Flores who beats the offside trap, but he fires his blasted shot wide of goal with only the goalkeeper to beat. Inter are lucky to escape. They should be 2-1 down.
Iván Ramiro Córdoba
Ohhh! Penalty appeals from Inter are waved away as Zapata brings down Eto'o in the box. There was minor contact, good decision it seems. But Inter continue to protest.
Yellow Card Samuel Eto'o
Great run again by Sanchez who sticks the ball into the box after roasting Chivu. Floro Flores.. Ohhh! Cleared.
Inter are on the ball as they try to settle. The Nerazzurri look shaky at times as they try to regather following a less than perfect start to the half. Cambiasso finds Sneijder who shoots from distance, but it's one to forget as it flies over the bar.
Ohhhhhh! Cesar is forced to come out towards the half-way line to rescue his side as Floro Flores chips it over to Di Natale who slips in behind the defence. The danger is not over yet as the ball falls to Sanchez who goes for the long-range drive with Cesar off his line, but it goes wide.
Inter get us restarted. But it's Udinese who emerge with energy as Sanchez cuts in from the right and drives a low left-footed drive towards goal, but Cesar gets down well to make the save.
It's 1-1 between Inter and Udinese at the San Siro. And it has been a very tight and balanced affair on the whole. Lucio opened the scoring after just six minutes with a well take left-foot curler. But, Floro Flores responded with a free header from the corner just after the half hour mark. Udinese have matched their opponents who have not looked too sharp.
Cesar needs to attempts at saving from Sanchez's low drive. And that's the end of the first half. No injury time as the referee blows bang on 45 minutes.
Milito, back to Sneijder who crosses, Milito rises up with Benatia, but the defender gets there first and heads back towards his goalkeeper. Good defending, but it could so easily have been an own goal.
Zapata fouls Biabiany on the right side of the area. It's in Sneijder territory. The Dutchman goes for it, but his effort curls away from the near post and the ball goes out for an Udinese goalkick. Not one of his best free-kicks by any means.
Di Natale with the turn and shot... easy for Cesar. Not enough power on the effort and it's no problem for the Brazilian who gets behind it.
Udinese are matching Inter blow for blow. The Fruilani are especially dangerous on the break with their pace and skill. Di Natale and Sanchez are pulling the strings.
Pinzi fouls Sneijder. Free-kick Inter. The stopper is booked. Sneijder takes it... Floro Flores does his job as he heads the ball away. Udinese break, great run by Sanchez, he finds Asamoah... bang... the shot cannons back off Lucio who blocks.
Yellow Card Giampiero Pinzi
Milito with the rocket... What a save from Handanovic who tips the ball around the post. Corner, it's taken quickly... Samuel... Ohhh! He heads wide of the mark from close range. Udinese escape.
The warnings have been coming, but Inter never took notice, allowing Udinese to level.
Assist Alexis Sánchez
Goal Antonio Floro Flores
The corner is taken short... Sanchez crosses... GOAL! UDINESE score! Floro Flores heads the cross home and it's a great goal by Udinese. Mariga stands still, Lucio is nowhere, and Floro Flores is free to nod home.
Inler goes for the long range strike, but the ball thunders back off his own man in Floro Flores. The Fruilani are doing well here. Sanchez wins them a first corner.
Zanetti wins the corner off Pinzi. Sneijder takes it, Handanovic flaps again. The goalkeeper looks shaky on corners tonight. Inter continue to press the opposition.
Sanchez goes on a nice run and finds Pinzi who crosses, but the ball hangs up in the air, allowing Cesar to make a comfortable save. Udinese are playing well as Asamoah dribbles, but Lucio stands firm to stop the Ghana midfielder.
Inter are patient in their build up, but Biabiany lets his side down as a slack pass towards Milito allows Benatia to clear. Di Natale wins the throw. It's long from Pasquale, but Cambiasso clears the ball on the edge of the box.
Cambiasso fouls Floro Flores. Free-kick to Udinese. Guidolin tells his men to keep a high line. The free-kick is taken, but Pinzi fouls Chivu with a silly challenge. Not a high tempo game here. The Fruilani are playing with seven behind the ball as Biabiany fires over.
Ohhhhh! Great half-volley by Sanchez from the right which flies over the crossbar. Excellent header from Di Natale to pick out the wide-man.
Milito knocks it down to Sneijder... he's through, no! Great block by Zapata who blasts clear. Udinese's defence are coping well under pressure. They break with Sanchez who picks out Floro Flores, but his header fails to trouble.
Good build up by Udinese as Inler finds Pinzi, it's now with Sanchez who tries to cut back to Di Natale in the box... ohhh, good anticipation from Mariga. Inter not looking too sharp when they are off the ball.
Sneijder finds Eto'o to his left. The striker takes a touch and fires one with his right, but the ball flies well wide of goal. Like Mourinho before him, Benitez takes notes on the bench.
Great chance for Di Natale down the other end... no! What a mistake as both Cesar and Lucio scramble clear. It's an open game here.
Yellow Card Javier Zanetti
Inter in front here thanks to Lucio. Udinese are giving them a game though.
Assist Wesley Sneijder
GOAL! Inter take the lead. The Brazilian meets Sneijder's corner on the far post and curls the ball into the net. It's a terrible moment for Handanovic though as he flapped at the cross.
Mariga handles the ball. Free-kick Inter. Pasquale takes it and goes long, Lucio gets it away. It's back with Di Natale who chips it over towards Pasquale o the flank... out.
Sneijder plays a one-two off Eto'o, but his shot is charged down. Free-kick Inter as Eto'o is fouled. Sneijder whips in the cross from the left, but Floro Flores heads the ball clear. It's still with Inter who try to find space, but Biabiany gives away a foul.
And we are off. Udinese get us underway. Inter are in their traditional black and blue shirt, whereas Udinese are all in white.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the Serie A week 2 clash between Inter and Udinese at the San Siro. Goran Pandev has been dropped to the bench with Jonathan Biabiany taking his place, perhaps with Tuesday's trip to Twente in the Champions League in mind. Here are the official line ups: INTER (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar; Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Cambiasso, Mariga; Biabiany, Sneijder, Eto'o; Milito. UDINESE (3-4-3): Handanovic; Zapata, Domizzi, Benatia; Pinzi, Asamoah, Inler, Pasqual; Di Natale, Sanchez, Floro Flores. Both teams will be hoping for a result here after negative starts in week 1. Udinese lost at home to Genoa, while Inter could only muster a 0-0 away to Bologna.
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