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September 11, 2011
• Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo
Referee: C. Brighi
• Attendance: 36000
F. Miccoli 48', 86'
A. Hernández 54'
M. Pinilla 88'
D. Milito 33', 51'
D. Forlán 90'+
90' + 5'
An incredible spectacle tonight as Palermo beat Inter at the Barbera for the first time in six years. Thank you very much for joining us from the Barbera. Please continue browsing on Goal.com for our match report, reactions and all the analysis.
90' + 4'
FULL TIME. Palermo hold on to win.
90' + 2'
Assist Wesley Sneijder
90' + 2'
Goal Diego Forlán
90' + 2'
GOAL! Inter score with Forlan who nets on his debut. Sneijder with the pass and the Uruguayan finishes well to cut the deficit.
Palermo continue bombing forward and there will be four minutes of added time. Inter look dead and buried.
Yellow Card M. Pinilla
Goal M. Pinilla
GOAL!!! AND PALERMO HAVE SURELY WON IT NOW! Pinilla with a rifle makes it 4-2 to the home side. Brilliant goal.
Unbelievable scenes at the Barbera as Inter seem stunned. The crowd has come alive too. Inter win the corner, it's taken quickly, but Tzorvas claims the ball.
Goal Fabrizio Miccoli
Free-kick to Palermo as Zanetti brings down Silvestre. Miccoli to have another crack on goal. Can he score the winner? HE CAN! A WONDER CURLER INTO THE TOP CORNER TO BEAT JULIO CESAR! Palermo 3-2 Inter!!
Clean challenge from Silvestre on Milito who was almost in with a sight on goal.
Inter keep the ball. Milito plays a one-two with Jonathan, but the cross is deflected out for a corner as the Milanese side flex their muscles. Forlan takes it, but it is a poor effort.
A really bad cross from Obi on the left ends up going out of play as it clears everyone in the Palermo box. Forlan shakes his head.
15 minutes left to play at the Barbera and the game could swing either way. There are some tired faces, but it feels like there are still plenty more goals to come.
Balzaretti earns the corner for Palermo. The ball comes in towards the near post from Miccoli, Stakovic clears it.
Free-kick to Palermo as Samuel hacks Hernandez. The defender should be off but he stays on the pitch. Miccoli takes it and drives the ball towards goal, but Julio Cesar fists it away.
OHHHH! Great save by Julio Cesar who denies Ilicic a clear goal. Hernandez finds the Slovenian, but he smashes it low and hard towards the goalkeeper.
Great shot from Forlan from the edge of the box. He tries to curl it into the post, but the ball flashes wide.
Inter break well with Milito who finds Obi on the left. He crosses, but Tzorvas smothers the danger. End to end football now as the teams start to open up.
Zanetti does well to recover the ball from Hernandez who showed some good skill inside the area. Even game so far.
Yellow Card Afriyie Acquah
Free-kick to Palermo as Ilicic goes down. Miccoli is looking to take it. Ohhh! Great save by Julio Cesar who dives to the right to stop Miccoli's low drive from hitting the back of the net.
Yellow Card Javier Zanetti
Milito finds Sneijder who goes for goal with a left-foot shot, but it is blocked well by Tzorvas!
Stankovic to Milito... OHHHH! Just wide and over from the striker on the near post. What a chance. It's anyone's game here tonight.
Assist Fabrizio Miccoli
Goal Abel Hernández
WONDER GOAL FROM PALERMO! Ilicic, Hernandez, Ilicic, Miccoli, HERNANDEZ! He buries the ball past Julio Cesar following brilliant passing between the three men. What a goal 2-2.
What a start to the second-half as we have had two quick goals in seven minutes.
Assist Walter Samuel
Penalty Goal Diego Milito
PENALTY TO INTER! Silvestre fouls Samuel and the referee points to the spot. Milito takes it and SCORES! Goal to Inter who are back in front.
Yellow Card Julio César
Assist Edgar Barreto
Goal Fabrizio Miccoli
GOAL! Palermo are back level through Miccoli who sends Julio Cesar the wrong way as he latches onto a high ball and buries it nicely.
Francesco Della Rocca
Palermo get the game back underway. Can Palermo show some of their first-half enthusiasm now? They were flying before Inter's goal as Acquah wins the corner. Ilicic takes it, but Inter clear.
45' + 1'
And it is half-time at the Barbera with Inter leading 1-0 at the interval courtesy of a close range effort from Milito.
Ohhh! Nagatomo does well to find Forlan who goes for glory but sends his effort over on the volley.
Balzaretti does well on the flank and cuts it back to Miccoli who shows quick feet and shoots with his right foot, but the ball deflects off a defender and goes over the bar.
Great challenge from Migliaccio on Milito. The Palermo man times his tackle to perfection.
Palermo will be feeling penalised. It was one-way traffic before Inter's goal. However, there is still plenty of time for the Sicilians to get back into the game.
Sneijder drives one from distance, but it is well over the target.
After weathering the Palermo storm, Inter have been sparked into life from Milito's strike. Suddenly they have come alive.
Assist Dejan Stankovic
Goal Diego Milito
GOAL! Just when Inter were struggling, Milito gives them the lead. The striker taps in from close range as Palermo fail to clear a corner.
Brilliant run from Forlan who gets his cross away, but Migliaccio heads it to safety. Sneijder has started warming up - a sign Gasperini is not happy with his less than perfect attack.
Awful return pass from Cambiasso. Too high and too long for Milito who does not look impressed. He has yet to touch the ball.
Sneijder and Pazzini watch on from the bench as Palermo win another free-kick from Miccoli. Balzaretti crosses from the left, but Miccoli cannot get on the end of it.
Yellow Card Walter Samuel
Great run by Jonathan who finds Forlan. He tees up Cambiasso on the overlap, but the midfielder fires wide of the mark. Great chance for Inter as Palermo escape.
Miccoli is in behind the Inter defence here and he runs onto the ball, but Julio Cesar is out early and sees it to safety.
Nagatomo tries to spark Inter into life, but his shot is always rising and clears the bar.
Free-kick to Palermo on the left. Ilicic steps up to take it, but his effort is wayward and no-one can get onto it.
It's all Palermo tonight. Inter have not even had a sniff at goal. This Forlan-Milito-Zarate does not seem to be working for the Milanese side.
Jonathan goes down theatrically in the box and gets nothing for his attempts at winning a penalty. Right decision, but we have seen these given.
Cambiasso takes down Miccoli and it is yet another free-kick for Palermo on the edge of the box. Miccoli steps up and beats the wall but not Julio Cesar who is well placed to make the save.
Inter are struggling to find their rhythm against a very strong Palermo side here.
Zarate gives away another free-kick to Palermo. This time it is further away from goal. The ball reaches Della Rocca, but Julio Cesar is there again as he makes the save.
Free-kick to Palermo as Zarate handles outside the box. Miccoli smashes the ball against the wall. Not the best of efforts from the frontman.
Zarate shoots from distance, but the ball flies wide.
Zarate gives the ball away, allowing Palermo to break. The cross is whipped in for Hernandez who heads towards goal, but Julio Cesar is ready and makes the save.
Palermo are pressing hard as Inter struggle. Miccoli wins a free kick and takes it, but the ball deflects off the wall and goes out for a corner.
And the final game of Serie A's week one round of fixtures is underway as Inter get us rolling in Sicily.
The big surprise news before the game is Wesley Sneijder being left on the bench by coach Gian Piero Gasperini. Thus, A South American trio of Diego Forlan, Diego Milito, and Mauro Zarate start up front for Inter.
And Palermo (4-4-2) - Tzorvas; Pisano, Silvestre, Migliaccio, Balzaretti; Alvarez, Barreto, Della Rocca, licic; Hernandez, Miccoli
Here are the official formations for the game: Inter (3-4-3) - Julio Cesar; Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti; Jonathan, Cambiasso, Stankovic, Nagatomo; Forlan, Milito, Zarate.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the Serie A fixture between Palermo and Inter at the Renzo Barbera stadium. Thank you for joining us for what promises to be a special game. These teams never fail to excite, their last meeting was in the Coppa Italia final in May which Inter won 3-1.
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