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November 26, 2012
• Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
Referee: L. Banti
• Attendance: 16147
N. Sansone 75'
Shots on Target
Anyway, I'm Ben McAleer and I hope you enjoy the remainder of your evening.
Parma were certainly good value for the win against a lacklustre Inter. The visitors had their chances to score, but came up against an inspired Mirante. In the end, it was Sansone's superb run and finish midway through the second half that proved to be the difference between the two teams.
90' + 4'
Inter pump the ball into the box one last time, but the ball floats through to Mirante and the referee calls for full-time.
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Belfodil picks out Amauri in the box. The striker turns, but his effort is blocked and gathered by Handanovic.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Joseph Duncan
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Biabiany does well to pick out Acquah on the left. The midfielder drifts across and picks out Belfodil, who is foulded and wins a free kick. Parma take their time with the set piece.
Now into added time as Parma look to hold out for the win. Four minutes is signalled by the fourth official.
Referee calls for a break in play with Acquah currently down clutching his knee.
Inter have now switched to a 4-4-2 as they press for an equaliser.
Valdes delivers from the left and it picks out Benalouane. He powers his header goalbound, but Handanovic palms over for a corner. Inter head clear but only as far as Valdes. His strike is powerful, but lacking accuracy and Inter settle for the goal kick.
Good play from Amauri on the left and he wins a free kick for the hosts on the touchline after being fouled by Guarin.
Inter have just eight minutes to score here, but look lacklustre pushing forward.
Decent effort for Inter as Coutinho players into Milito. The striker holds off the challenge from the defender and lays off to the Inter midfielder. However, his shot is palmed away by Mirante.
Inter corner just evades Palacio. The ball drops to Juan, only for the defender's effort to balloon out for a goal kick.
If things stay as they are, Parma will move up to 7th, while Inter will remain in 4th.
Inter get us back underway.
Goal Nicola Sansone
GOAL!!! Wonderful strike from Sansone. The Parma striker strides forward and after dodging a weak Guarin challenge, fires past Handanovic into the near bottom corner.
Milito is fed to the right and with not a lot on, cuts back onto his left. His effort is weak and trickles through to Mirante.
Yellow Card Jaime Valdes
Gobbi delivers to the back post for Amauri to head back. Unfortunately for the hosts, Cambiasso reads the attack well and clears.
Palacio and Milito link up well, only for the latter to lose possession when attempting to play into Guarin and the attack breaks down.
This game is starting to open up, but Cambiasso can't pick out Milito as Inter look to increase the pressure breaking forward.
Zaccardo finds himself 30-yards out and fire a poor effort goalbound. It deflects off Sansone, but it takes the sting out of the ball and floats through to Handanovic.
Yellow Card Rodrigo Palacio
Sansone plays into Rosi on the right. The Parma right-back looks to cut back, but Nagatomo blocks for a corner. Ranocchia clears for Inter.
Chance for Inter. Milito receives the ball from Nagatomo, who sets up for Guarin. The midfielder launches a stinging effort goalbound, but Mirante palms over the bar for a corner, which is cleared by the Parma defence.
Marchionni looks to pick out Zaccardo with an out swinging corner, but Cambiasso heads clear.
Amauri wins a corner off Samuel after being picked out by Valdes.
Very scrappy still in the middle of the park. Both teams reluctant to really commit men forward at present.
Cambiasso drives a long ball into the feet of Guarin. His cross from the right, however, is caught well by Mirante. Parma counter and Biabiany is picked out on the right by Valdes. He gets the better of Juan, but his cross is headed clear by Ranocchia
Guarin delivers towards the six-yard box, only for Mirante to come and punch the ball away from danger.
Zanetti forces his way down the right and cuts in. 25-yards from goal to the right of the 18-yard box and the veteran defender is fouled by Paletta.
Valdes drives at goal past the wall and it takes a deflection. Handanovic hesitates from diving early and the ball ends up in his hands.
Juan gives away a free kick following a foul on Biabiany 25-yards out.
Guarin receives the ball on the right, but he smashes his effort well wide of the near post.
Sansone picked out in space in the middle of the Inter half, but his effort from 25-yards is too high and floats over.
Chance at the other end, but Cambiasso makes the wrong decision and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
Chance for the hosts. Gobbi finally gets space to deliver from the left and picks out Biabiany bursting into the middle. The former Inter man can't get enough on the ball and his header glances wide for a goal kick.
Rosi thinks he is past Nagatomo, but a free kick is called for a foul on the Inter wing-back.
Amauri barges his way past Ranocchia before Zanetti intervenes and wins a goal kick for Inter.
Inter testing early on as Milito fires at Mirante after cutting from the left onto his right.
And Parma get us underway for the second half.
Moments away from kick-off for the second half. 0-0 after a first half devoid on any real clear cut opportunities.
Both teams have had chances, Guarin coming closest for the visitors, while a deflected Marchionni cross was well saved by Handanovic early on.
And that's half-time between Parma and Inter.
Into one minute of added time.
Biabiany cuts onto his right foot from the left. His effort is deflected and drifts just wide of the far post for a Parma corner. Valdes delivers and picks out Amauri, but it's straight at Handanovic and the Inter goalkeeper holds easily.
Guarin attempts to pick out Milito in the 18-yard box, only for Zaccardo to clear.
Nagatomo is looking dangerous pushing forward, but defensively suspect after giving away a free-kick having been turned by Marchionni.
Parma enjoying attacking down the right as Biabiany turns Nagatomo. He breaks towards the Inter box, only for Juan to tackle and the visitors clear.
Parma win a free-kick in a threatening position after Guarin fouls Sansone.
Valdes picks out Paletta at the far post, but can't get enough on his header and the ball bounces out for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Massimo Gobbi
Valdes cuts in from the right and gets his shot away on his left just inside the Inter 18-yard box. The ball is blocked by Rannocchia and Inter clear.
Guarin picks out Ranocchia. The defenders header picks out Cambiasso in space and he heads goalbound. Mirante equal to his effort and Parma counter before winning a corner at the other end.
Palacio forces another Inter corner off Paletta.
Inter probing the Parma backline and manage to win a corner after some good work by Alvarez.
Biabiany does well to get in behind Juan. He crosses for Amauri, but his header is straight at Handanovic and Inter clear.
A Parma corner is cleared only as far from Sansone 35-yards out. He tee's himself up for a speculative effort, only to skew his shot wide for a goal kick.
Nagatomo finds himself in the six-yard box and looks to cut back to Milito. His ball is too powerful for the Argentine, but the linesman on the far side has his flag raised for offside.
Good work by Milito and Palacio, who are supported by Guarin. Ball is played back to the midfielder, but his effort is deflected for a corner. Parma do well to defend the set-piece.
Cambiasso looks to play the ball through to Milito, but he's flagged for offside. Good line by the Parma backline.
Brief break in play following a clash of heads between Zaccardo and Cambiasso.
Marchionni feeds into Rosi on the right. He looks to pick out a white shirt in the box, but Juan is on hand to put behind for a corner, which is defended by Inter.
Biabiany drifts inside from the left, but his run is tracked by Juan, who successfully stops the former Inter man just inside the 18-yard box.
Guarin attempts a speculative 45-yard effort, but his shot drifts over.
Guarin ball into the 18-yard box is easily caught by Mirante.
Palacio in the box is brought down by Paletta in the box. The defender wins the ball and the referee waves play on.
Guarin fires a ball across the top for Milito to run onto. He finds space in behind Paletta. Defender heads behind for a corner, but Parma can clear.
Meanwhile, Valdes finds space just outside the Inter 18-yard box, but his effort is smashed over for a goal kick.
Parma attempt to counter as the corner breaks down. The Inter defence hold firm, before Marchionni receives the ball on the right. His cross is blocked well by Nagatomo and goes out for a Parma throw-in.
Nagatomo wins a corner off Marchionni.
This is Alvarez's first Serie A start for Inter and he's looked lively in the midfield. He's looking to make things tick in the middle of the park.
Guarin strikes his effort with power and keeps it low. His shot, however, is fired just inches wide of the near post.
Alvarez wins a free-kick following a foul from Marchionni in a dangerous position.
Nagatomo looks to pass inside to Milito, but Zaccardo does well to get between the Inter striker and the ball and clears.
Acquah pressures Zanetti by the corner flag. The veteran Inter captain holds off well and wins a free-kick.
Palacio looks to free Milito on the right. The Argentine fires a shot away, but his effort is blocked by former Liverpool defender Paletta.
Rosi sloppily gives the ball away to Alvarez. He feeds in Nagatomo, who looks to pick out Milito. Too much on his cross and Parma clear for a throw-in, which the hosts defend well.
Good work from Guarin down the right, but he concedes a free-kick rather unnecessarily.
Chance for Parma. Marchionni finds space in behind the Inter backline. The ball across the box is blocked and after a minor panic in the defence, Handanovic gathers the ball.
Inter enjoying the lion's share of the ball early on and looking comfortable in possession.
Ranocchia plays a long ball up field for Milito, but the front-man is flagged for offside.
Inter kicking from right to left in the first half.
And we're underway for Parma vs Inter
Both teams out now for the pre-match handshakes. Moments away from kick-off.
Both teams head into the encounter on the back of 2-2 draws, Parma securing a point away at Udinese, while Inter could only muster a draw at home to Cagliari.
A win for Parma on the other hand will see them move three places up Serie A into 7th.
With Juventus' defeat to AC Milan on Sunday, and Napoli currently 1-0 up away at Cagliari, a win for the Nerazzuri will send them into second place, one point off top spot.
However, visitors Inter are the in form team on the head-to-head, winning three of the last six encounters, losing two and drawing one.
The last time these two teams met at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma emerged 3-1 victors on the day.
Meanwhile, for visitors Inter Milan: 1 Handanovic; 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 40 Juan Jesus; 4 Zanetti, 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Alvarez, 55 Nagatomo; 8 Palacio, 22 Milito.
Some team news prior to kick-off, first up is hosts Parma: 83 Mirante; 87 Rosi, 5 Zaccardo, 29 Paletta, 18 Gobbi; 32 Marchionni, 10 Valdes, 20 Acquah; 21 Sansone, 11 Amauri, 7 Biabiany.
Good evening all, my name is Ben McAleer and I'll be your guide for the Serie A encounter between Parma and Inter Milan.
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