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September 22, 2013
• Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia
Referee: C. Russo
• Attendance: 22001
R. Palacio 7'
S. Taïder 23'
R. Pucino 33' (own goal)
R. Álvarez 53'
D. Milito 64', 83'
E. Cambiasso 75'
Full time in Sassuolo as the referee ends the match prematurely. Goals from Palacio, Taider, Cambiasso, Alvarez, and a double from the returning Diego Milito and an own goal from Pucino see Inter on their way to a massive 7-0 win over Serie A new boys, Sassuolo. An awful display from the hosts, they'll definitely need to get over this one quickly. However, can't take anything away from the performance of Walter Mazzarri's men, they were professional and ruthless. I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us!
Yellow Card Paolo Bianco
Not a lot of ambition being shown by either side at the moment. Sassuolo are begging for the final whistle. Definitely an afternoon to forget for the newly promoted side.
The game is being played at a snail's pace here. No pressing from Sassuolo and Inter are just stabbing short passes to each other.
Inter are still probing for more goals here, and this could get worse for the hosts.
Assist Fredy Guarín
Goal Diego Milito
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLL FOR INTER!!! Guarin leaves Acerbi for dead before dashing forward and cutting a pass to the back post for Milito, who scores with an easy finish.
Sassuolo aren't even bothering to chase Inter around anymore. If they keep this attitude up the scoreline has the potential to get much worse.
It gets even worse for the hosts now as Floro Flores will not be able to continue and they have made all three of their allocated changes. Sassuolo to play just over ten minutes with 10 men.
The whole match has been like a training session for Inter, and not more so than at the moment as they swagger about the park spraying passes at will.
It's all getting pretty embarrassing for Sassuolo now.
Assist Diego Milito
Goal Esteban Cambiasso
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR INTER! THAT'S SIX! Milito lays the ball on a plate for Cambiasso and the Argentine curls a perfect strike into the top left corner from the edge of the box! 6-0!
NAGATOMOOOOO!!! The Japanese receives a lovely pass from Alvarez to the left-hand side and cuts back into the box before smashing a strike towards the top corner. It takes a nick off Ziegler though, and goes out for a corner.
Wallace has looked bright since his introduction. The Brazilian is very much in the same mould as Jonathan and say Maicon. Always looking to burst down that right-hand side with pace.
It's all incredibly easy for Inter at the moment. Sassuolo are attempting to get in their faces but in reality they aren't getting anywhere close.
Lovely play from Kovacic! The Croatian collects possession on the edge of the area and scoops a superb pass over the top of the defence for Guarin, but the Colombian sends his header just over the bar.
Final change of the match from Walter Mazzarri as Jonathan is replaced by on-loan Chelsea man, Wallace.
Assist Ricardo Álvarez
Goal Diego Milito
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLL FOR INTER!!! A MAGICAL RETURN FOR MILITO! Alvarez does brilliantly on the byline and cuts a cross back inside, and the predatory Argentine slides home from close range!
GUARIN! IT SHOULD BE 5-0! The Colombian makes a late run into the box and gets on the end of a cross but sends his header wide of the Sassuolo goal!
FLORO FLORESSSSS!!! HE SHOULD HAVE SCORED! Much like the previous chance, a cross if floated to the back post but the on-loan Genoa man heads wide from eight yards out! A bit of a sitter, than one!
Sassuolo make their third and final change of the match as Jonathan Rossini is replaced by Paolo Bianco, who has recently signed from Atalanta.
Zazaaaaa!!! A cross is floated to the back post and the substitute rises high to power a header at goal! It was straight down the throat of Handanovic though, and the Inter 'keeper makes a good save.
A hugely encouraging moment for Inter now as Diego Milito makes his return to action after nine months out. He'll replace Rodrigo Palacio up top.
Goal Ricardo Álvarez
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR INTER!!! Palacio runs into the inside right channel and hits a shot towards the bottom left corner. Pomini makes the save but Alvarez is there to smash in the rebound! 4-0, Inter are cruising!
Sassuolo need to find an early goal here if they are to have any hope of getting back into this.
NO TAKERS FOR SASSUOLO! Schelotto smashes a fantastic cross into the Inter box but none of his team-mates burst a gut to get on the end of the pass! A chance passed up!
ALVAREZ!!! Nagatomo breaks forward at pace and finds the Argentine on the edge of the box, who skips past two challenges into the area but his eventual shot a goal wickedly runs across the six yard box and by the right-hand post!
We are back under way in Sassuolo!
Half time. Inter are cruising here as goals from Rodrigo Palacio, Saphir Taider and an own goal from substitute Raffaele Pucino see them go into the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead. There doesn't look to be any way back for Sassuolo and Walter Mazzarri's men will be looking to add to their tally in the second period! Join us in 15 minutes for the remaining half!
Sassuolo counterattack with pace and the ball comes to Missiroli who cuts inside and finds Floro Flores. The on-loan Genoa man has another crack at goal from the edge of the box but once again Handanovic is well-positioned to make a comfortable save.
Guarin charges forward with an extremely powerful run and skips past two attempted challenges, but his final ball to Palacio into the area is intercepted by Pacino. Great play by the Colombian!
Sassuolo are forced into another change as Raman Chibsah has picked up a knock. He'll be replaced by Simone Zaza.
FLORO FLOREEEEEES!!! That was inches away! The Sassuolo striker picks up possession on the edge of the box and drives a strike towards the bottom left corner, but his attempt flashes by the post!
It may have been Taider that got the final touch on that one, the footage is pretty inconclusive!
Own Goal Raffaele Pucino
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR INTER!!! SHAMBOLIC DEFENDING FROM THE HOSTS! Guarin curls a cross to the back post and substitute Pacino heads into his own net whilst under pressure from Taider! 3-0!
Cambiasso picks out Palacio with a superb pass over the top of the Sassuolo defence and the Argentine breaks towards goal after taking an assured touch, but play is brought back as he is flagged as offside.
Much better from Sassuolo. Schelotto is involved in the action again as he breaks forward down the left wing and reverses a pass inside. Floro Flores whips a shot at goal but it's easily dealt with by Handanovic.
Schelotto has been in the wars so far. The on-loan Inter man has come in for some rough treatment and this time it's Nagatomo who has a go as he just leaves the arm in when the duo were both going for a header.
Alvarez cuts in from the right-hand side and sprays a fantastic pass out to the left wing for Taider, but Sassuolo get the free kick as the Algerian is flagged for offside.
Goal Saphir Taider
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL FOR INTER!!! Palacio blasts a strike towards the bottom corner and Pomini makes a great save! He isn't helped out by his defence though, as Taider comes in to tuck in the rebound! 2-0!
Yellow Card Simone Missiroli
Naughty from Missiroli! The Sassuolo man in booked for simulation after going down under the challenge of Jonathan.
Sassuolo provide a rare piece of attacking play as Kurtic floats a teasing cross to the back post. Floro Flores does his best to get a header in at goal but he is put off by the jump of Nagatomo and Inter get the goal kick.
Fantastic challenge from Ziegler!! Inter work the ball out to the right-hand side and Jonathan smashes a shot at goal from inside the box, but the Swiss comes in with a super tackle at the front post to send the ball out for a corner!
Yellow Card Saphir Taider
The bookings are raining in now as Taider picks up the first Inter yellow card of the match for a very late challenge. Doesn't look as if the referee is going to put up with much.
TAIDER!!!! The Algerian curls the set-piece over the wall but it just misses the top corner by a few inches! Unlucky!
Yellow Card Francesco Magnanelli
Magnanelli is caught in possession in a dangerous area in front of goal and is forced to give away a foul on Cambiasso in a useful position for Inter. The Sassuolo captain picks up a booking for his trouble.
Palacio picks up a lovely pass to the right wing from Alvarez and then sends a wicked cross to the back post. There are no takers for Inter though, and Sassuolo manage to clear.
Floro Flores picks up possession on the edge of the box and looks to have a crack at goal. It's a decent attempt but Ranocchia makes a good block on the edge of the box to see the ball back to Handanovic.
Assist Yuto Nagatomo
Goal Rodrigo Palacio
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL FOR INTER!!! THEY DO TAKE ADVANTAGE! Nagatomo breaks the offside trap and bursts down the left before lashing a cross along the goal. Rodrigo Palacio is on hand to slide the ball home! 1-0!
The visitors have been dominant so far and Sassuolo are looking pretty devoid of confidence at the moment. Can Inter take advantage of their early possession?
It's been a bright opening for Inter. Jonathan bursts down the right-hand side and picks out Palacio inside the box, and the Argentine manages to squeeze out a corner kick from the Sassuolo defence.
We are under way in Italy!
In contrast, Serie A new boys Sassuolo are yet to pick up a point this season. A baptism of fire it seems!
Walter Mazzarri's men have notched up two wins and a draw from their opening three matches, and are looking for their fourth win of the season today.
Inter (3-5-1-1): Handanovic; Campagnaro, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Guarin, Cambiasso, Taider, Nagatomo; Alvarez; Palacio
Sassuolo (4-3-3): Pomini; Gazzola, Rossini, Acerbi, Ziegler; Kurtic, Magnanelli, Chibsah; Schelotto, Floro Flores, Missiroli
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good evening folks, welcome to LIVE coverage of the Serie A clash between Sassuolo and Inter from the Stadio Citta del Tricolore!
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