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Serie A

  • January 23, 2011
  • • 11:30
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: E. Morganti
  • • Attendance: 20000

Live Commentary

  • ALL OVER!! A superb win for Udinese, who have completely outplayed the champions and inflicted a first defeat for Leonardo as Inter boss. Thanks for joining me and do stick with for the upcoming Serie A games, which begin in just under 40 minutes. Until next time, Arrivederci.
  • 90' + 4'
    Yellow Card Dejan Stankovic
  • 90' + 3'
    One last counter from Udinese as Denis lays the ball off for Sanchez, who takes on Cordoba with a drop of the shoulder and he beats him down the outside. The ball comes to Armero on the left and he tries to find Denis but is foiled by Lucio, who has done more than his fair share to keep the scoreline down to three.
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionCristian Chivu Davide Santon
  • 90' + 2'
    A special thanks to the Italian broadcasters for their very helpful caption, which read: Christian Chivu, 30 years old, Defender, Age 30!
  • 90' + 1'
    Chivu is limping off and he will be replaced for the rest of the duration of this game by Davide Santon.
  • 90'
    The medical staff come on to attend to Chivu who took a nasty kick from behind before stumbling to the ground in installments. There will be three minutes of added-on time.
  • 89'
    Cordoba walks the tightrope there as he runs with the ball across his own box and has just about enough pace to shrug off the attentions of Pinzi, who was snapping at his heels with the persistence of those who accosted a certain Spurs coach the other day in Madrid..
  • 88'
    SubstitutionAntonio Di Natale Germán Denis
  • 88'
    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Sanchez is taken down - this time by Lucio.
  • 87'
    Udinese make that change as the captain Di Natale walks off to a standing ovation to be replaced by German Denis, who scored in the cup elimination to Sampdoria in midweek.
  • 86'
    After a patient build-up from Inter, Eto'o is played in by Maicon down the right but the Cameroonian also gets the last touch as he is snuffed out by Domizzi.
  • 85'
    As Udinese prepare a sub, a Maicon mistake gifts the ball to Armero. Asamoah then looks for Pinzi at the far post and finds him after Chivu only half heads the ball away.
  • 84'
    Excellent work from Maicon who jinks past one man, comes infield, opening up the space on the right for Biabiany but credit to Asamoah who tracks back and forces the Frenchman to slice his cross behind for a goal-kick.
  • 82'
    Udinese have just upped the tempo here and Castelazzi comes to Inter's rescue once again as the static defence in front of him are powerless to prevent Sanchez's left-foot shot, which is driven in with power but saved by Julio Cesar's deputy, who flings himself to his left.
  • 81'
    Udinese ten minutes away from a first win in 14 against Inter. Sanchez plays a 1-2 with Isla and fires his shot away from the edge of the box. Castelazzi throws himself to his left and beats the ball away with both hands. It doesn't quite run for Pinzi, who can't keep it in play.
  • 79'
    Good pressing from Pinzi enables him to find Asamoah but the ball forward is swept up by Lucio. Udinese have just taken their foot off the accelerator here since the third goal although neither do they look vulnerable to an Inter comeback.
  • 78'
    Not even Eto'o is exempt from the incompetence sweeping through this Inter side like a contagious bout of flu as he overhits the cross-field ball out of play and beyond a helpless Biabiany.
  • 77'
    Biabiany gives the ball away yet again due to the unwillingness of Zanetti and Cambiasso to make themselves available. Pinzi delivers the ball in from the right only to see it cleared by Lucio. Biabiany is then able to sprint forward on the counter but once again he misplaces his pass.
  • 75'
    Biabiany is outmuscled in midfield and he vents his frustration by following through on Asamoah and bringing him down with an ugly challenge. The Frenchman would be a possible makeweight in any Inter move for Sanchez.
  • 74'
    Sanchez gives Biabiany a taste of his own medicine after a mistake from the French winger. However, Udinese aren't able to capitalise on the counter attack. There are plenty of smiles though among those in the Udinese presidential suite as they begin to sense a famous victory over the Italian, European and world champions.
  • 73'
    A rare blot on Handanovic's copybook as he mishits his goal-kick to Stankovic but Udinese are able to win the ball back. Benatia swings the ball forward, looking for Armero but Maicon sees the ball out of play before taking the throw-in.
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Cristian Chivu
  • 71'
    SubstitutionThiago Motta Jonathan Biabiany
  • 71'
    Chivu receives a yellow card for bundling Sanchez to the ground as the Chilean looked to get into his stride.
  • 70'
    Leonardo looks to be on the verge of a first defeat in charge of Inter. Diego Milito has been a big miss today upfront. Leonardo reacts by bringing on Biabiany for Thiago Motta.
  • 69'
    Assist Kwadwo Asamoah
  • 69'
    Goal Maurizio Domizzi
  • 69'
    GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL UDINESE!!! 3-1!!! Domizzi diverts the ball home and gives Udinese the goal their dominance has deserved!!! Asamoah headed the ball back in after Stankovic initially cleared Di Natale's free-kick and Domizzi was alert to latch onto the ball before stretching and sliding it into the net past Castelazzi.
  • 68'
    Now Inler is fouled by Stankovic who goes in for afters. Free-kick to Udinese in another promising position for the cross into the area.
  • 67'
    Inter have a free-kick on the left. Maicon curls it into the box but can only pick out the head of Inler. Cambiasso with the second ball after a slip from Isla but it's well-anticipated by Handanovic.
  • 65'
    Wonderful close control from Sanchez who keeps the ball alive before Isla carelessly picks out Zanetti. Udinese have a player down injured and Inter play on for a few seconds before the referee calls a halt to play. It's Pinzi who appears to be hurt.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Iván Ramiro Córdoba
  • 64'
    Surely a second booking of the match for Cordoba, who brings down Asamoah who was on a rampaging run forward and indeed it is produced. That's all Inter can do against the pace and physical prowess of the home team. They are looking rather old at the moment. Can they dig deep and salvage something?
  • 63'
    A vital touch from Cambiasso to divert the ball away from the danger zone after Armero burst down the left, came inside and put a testing ball low into the penalty box. Udinese may come to rue not turning this superiority into a bigger lead.
  • 62'
    Foul from Chivu, again on Sanchez, the victim for the umpteenth time but the former Ajax man escapes a caution despite being nowhere near winning the ball.
  • 61'
    Sanchez races through the middle of the defence before finding Asamoah. He plays a diagonal ball to Di Natale who squares the ball across the face of the goal and Stankovic bundles it behind. Wonderful working of the angles from Udinese, which completely confounded Inter.
  • 60'
    Composed play from Lucio as he eventually picks out the space to clear under huge pressure from Sanchez. However, it's only straight to Armero, who comes agonisingly close to picking out Di Natale at the back post. Stretching for the ball, Toto can't direct the ball on target.
  • 58'
    Armero races down the left, almost catching Inter off guard and the full-back wins a corner. The speed of Udinese's attacking has unsettled the Inter defence all match.
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Thiago Motta
    And finally we have a yellow and it's completely warranted as Motta piles in on Sanchez before there is a mass scuffle between players from both sides. Handbags at ten paces really but to reiterate - a deserved booking for Motta.
  • 56'
    Di Natale with a few stepovers before looking for the back post cross. Chivu's clearance is rushed and straight out to Asamoah on the left side. The Romanian then makes amends by reading and cutting out the Ghanaian's pass.
  • 55'
    Inler hauls Maicon to the ground with a basketball-style foul. The Brazilian's cross bounces dangerously inside the box before Zapata nods it behind at the far post for an Inter corner. Udinese breaking the first golden rule of defending on that occasion and getting away with it. Handanovic punches the ensuing corner away. There is an almighty scramble before they somehow get it away as Lucio is robbed of the ball.
  • 54'
    Maicon comes from in to out as he finds himself over on the left eventually but his cross from inside the box is too long and Handanovic, sporting a baseball cap to deal with the sunshine. watches it drop for Domizzi, who can clear.
  • 53'
    Lucio does all the hard work by beating two men and striding forward out of defence but as the play compresses, he hacks the ball through the plethora of bodies and through to Handanovic. Inter looking a bit predictable here against a well-organised home rearguard.
  • 52'
    Castelazzi has to be alert once again as Domizzi squeezes out a cross from the left-hand side. With Sanchez lurking inside the six-yard area, the Inter goalie smothers the ball at the near post before it can reach the Chilean.
  • 51'
    The angle favours Domizzi for whom Di Natale steps away...and that's why!!! Great save Castelazzi who tips the left-footed effort over the crossbar. Another superb free-kick from an Udinese player.
  • 50'
    Great save Castelazzi! Di Natale with a brilliant ball over the top, which finds Pinzi. He nips in ahead of the defender, who is Chivu but Castelazzi is out of his goal to make an important save with both feet. Moments later, Stankovic gives away a free-kick just outside the box after a foul on Sanchez.
  • 48'
    Just wide from Di Natale!!! More mediocre defending from Inter. Cordoba's nonchalant clearance from Pinzi's cross goes straight to the Serie A top scorer and he flashes his shot wide of the goal with a first-time hit.
  • 47'
    Di Natale makes his run half a second too early in behind Chivu and is correctly flagged for offside as he looks to latch onto Armero's ball in behind the Romanian.
  • 47'
    A stray pass from Lucio at the back goes out of play and that's the kind of carelessness Inter could do without as they strive to claw their way back into this game. Domizzi gets the better of Pandev again - it's been a frustrating time for the former Lazio man today.
  • 46'
    We're underway in the second half with Udinese and both sides are unchanged.
  • That's half-time and Pandev is immediately over to the referee to complain. Let that not detract from an exciting opening 45 minutes, which saw Stankovic give Inter the lead before Zapata and Di Natale hit back for Udinese. All three goals were of the highest quality. Join us in 15 for the second period.
  • 45'
    Stankovic finds Pandev whose first touch lets him down and the Macedonian goes to the ground after being caught by a high foot from Zapata. Pandev wants a free-kick, doesn't get one and attracts boos from the home fans. On balance, the right decision.
  • 44'
    Sanchez threads the ball through the eye of the needle and beats Motta before Cordoba unashamedly wins it back with a strong challenge. Udinese recover possession and look to spring Di Natale forward but he is caught offside.
  • 43'
    Zanetti does well to jink inside Armero before he goes down and then Maicon tiumbles to the ground in theatrical fashion as the ball rolls behind for a goal-kick.
  • 42'
    Comical scenes as Inler wins the ball back before Sanchez tries to dispossess his own team-mate. The Swiss plays a superb ball forward to Di Natale who returns it infield. Pinzi is caught offside and the move comes to an end.
  • 41'
    Benatia compensates for a terrible attempt at heading Motta's right-wing cross by blocking Eto'o's subsequent effort on goal and deflecting it via his back over the top for a corner.
  • 40'
    The ball breaks kindly for Cambiasso who threads it through to Maicon. His cross is aimed for the far post but no-one can manage to get on the end of it. Udinese counter and pressure Inter into a mistake. Sanchez closes down Cordoba before Castelazzi's clearance strikes di Natale and goes out for an Udinese throw.
  • 39'
    Inler is called over by the referee after a niggly foul on Eto'o but still no yellow card is produced from our referee today.
  • 38'
    I barely need to inform you as to who is taking this set-piece. Di Natale looks for Zapata at the far post and the two goalscorers almost combine but the Colombian can't quite reach the ball with his left foot and hook it back into play.
  • 37'
    Brilliant give and go from Sanchez, which tied the Inter defenders in knots and Chivu has to resort to foul play to stop the Chilean in his tracks. Frustration boils over for Inter who look unable to cope with Sanchez at the moment.
  • 37'
    Second time around Eto'o places the ball very carefully and after a discussion with Stankovic, the Serb drills it low arrowing towards the bottom right corner and Handanovic, unsighted at first, makes a superb stop to tip the ball around the post and behind.
  • 36'
    Stankovic does well for the team to win a free-kick as he's sandwiched between Pinzi and Inler. The free-kick is taken quickly and the referee calls it back for a re-take.
  • 35'
    Zanetti clips Asamoah and Udinese have a free-kick over on the left-hand side. Di Natale behind it once more although it would take a miracle to score directly. Indeed it's a poor cross and Stankovic heads away at the near post.
  • 34'
    Di Natale and Armero play a 1-2 before Asamoah is released down the left. His cross into the centre evades everyone. Sanchez retrieves the situation allowing Pinzi to cross but it's headed away. Udinese trying to work an opportunity just outside the box but Inter are shutting the door at every opportunity, although there is sustained pressure being applied from the home side.
  • 32'
    Maicon looks to break forward but his touch lets him down just outside the box and Domizzi punts the ball clear. Stankovic has another effort from distance, which glances off the top of the net an was never troubling Handanovic.
  • 31'
    Di Natale holds the ball up parallel to the penalty box before it opens up for Isla, who skies his shot over the crossbar.
  • 30'
    Eto'o looks to test Hadanovic from range but his daisycutter could have been saved in the goalkeeper's sleep. Udinese counter and Pinzi's cross is cleared away by Lucio.
  • 29'
    Great one-touch football from Udinese on the counter but the final ball lets them down and it eludes Sanchez.
  • 28'
    Chivu, who lately has really shown his worth as an attacking left-back, whips in a superb cross to Cambiasso, who heads wide when he really should have directed that on target. Never count Inter out.
  • 27'
    A quizzical look from Leonardo on the touchline as he ponders a way for Inter to get back on level terms. Udinese have been up for this game and played with a good tempo - running at Inter defenders when the opportunity has presented itself.
  • 26'
    Francesco Guidolin, the Udinese coach, said it was time his team took on one of the big teams and beat them. They could be on the way to doing that today but there's a lot of football still to be played in this one.
  • 25'
    Goal Antonio Di Natale
    GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL UDINESE!!!!! I said he was dangerous from this range and he has not disappointed!!!! After a longish delay as Inter organise the wall, Di Natale steps up and curls the ball inches over the wall before it dipped into the bottom corner beyond Castelazzi. Even the scorer himself is slightly disbelieving! What a turnaround here!
  • 24'
    Inler is brought down by Stankovic a few yards outside the box though he did delay his fall. Di Natale is dangerous from this range in dead-ball situations.
  • 23'
    Sanchez is racking up the fouls - on him that is. Stankovic trips the elusive Chilean to stop him in his tracks before he can really get going.
  • 22'
    Nice idea from Domizzi looking for di Natale over the top with a raking pass but he just applied too much power to the ball and Castelazzi was able to collect. Udinese have gone up another gear since the goal, pressurising the Inter shirts with renewed vigour.
  • 21'
    Assist Maurizio Domizzi
  • 21'
    Goal Cristian Zapata
    GOLLLLLLLLLLLL UDINESE!!!!!! From an unlikely source in Christian Zapata!!! He rifles the ball home on his left-foot past Castelazzi. He was left unmarked as the second ball came back in from the corner and the Inter 'keeper had no chance at his near post.
  • 20'
    Good anticipation from Chivu who slides in on Pinzi just as he was about to collect the pass forward from Benatia. Udinese win a corner from the throw, again off the Romanian left-back.
  • 19'
    And almost a second!!!! That man Stankovic once again with a stunning first-time volley after the corner is headed away. Handanovic is forced into a superb save, tipping the ball over the crossbar. From that corner, Lucio's shot from the edge of the box trickles through to the Slovenian goalkeeper.
  • 18'
    Leonardo is spoken to by the fourth official after losing his cool a little after Domizzi's foul on Stankovic. Meanwhile, Maicon plays a magnificent ball forward to Zanetti with the outside of the right boot and the veteran wins a corner for his side.
  • 17'
    Assist Thiago Motta
    It was wonderful work from Thiago Motta, who used his strength to win the ball back from the defender before keeping his cool to pick out the Serbian in just enough space and just inside the 18-yard box. Clinical play from the champions.
  • 17'
    Goal Dejan Stankovic
    GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL INTER!!! Inter's first real attack and the champions have taken the lead! Stankovic with a superb finish, drilling the ball into the back of the net beyond a static Handanovic from the edge of the box.
  • 15'
    Zanetti rather curiously kicks the ball out of play like a fast bowler who disapproves of the ball and Udinese then sportingly return possession to Inter from the resulting throw.
  • 13'
    Eto'o releases Maicon down the left and the Brazilian wins the throw. His rampaging runs forward from full-back were a key component in midweek for Inter but this Udinese defence looks much better organised than Cesena's.
  • 12'
    Zanetti battles his way past two challenges but eventually he loses out. Udinese win the free-kick when Sanchez is tugged back by the Argentine in the centre circle.
  • 11'
    Lucio concedes a free-kick with an untidy challenge on Lucio. It's taken quickly and Sanchez appeals for a corner but none is forthcoming.
  • 10'
    The pressure is eased when Motta is fouled by Zapata. It really was a casual attempt at a clearance from Maicon, which he shanked off his right shin. Castelazzi's tip onto the bar was rather unconvincing and it needed Cordoba's no-nonsense approach to save Inter a great deal of embarassment.
  • 9'
    Very disappointing and anti-climactic delivery from the Brazilian, which allows Udinese the chance to counter. Maicon, who by this time has got back into his own box, bizarrely sticks out a lazy leg out at the cross into the box and Castelazzi has to tip the ball onto the crossbar before Cordoba puts it behind for a corner.
  • 8'
    Domizzi tries to protest his innocence after a crude challenge, which sends Pandev tumbling to the ground close to the right-hand touchline. Maicon to take the ensuing free-kick...
  • 6'
    Isla, who needs no invitation to go forward, does well to persist and win a corner off Motta. From the corner, Sanchez outjumps Cordoba but flashes his header wide at the back post. Superb cross from the right from Pinzi.
  • 5'
    Sanchez runs through the midfield and lets fly from distance and Maicon has to be alert to clear with di Natale lurking inside the box looking to add to his considerable goalscoring tally this season.
  • 4'
    Cambiasso stabs the ball towards goal in a reflex action after a poor clearance from Domizzi but it's a comfortable save for Handanovic. Sanchez then wins a free-kick after a trip from Stankovic from behind.
  • 3'
    Asamoah looks for Armero down the left but the latter was extremely lazy there and strayed a good three or four yards offside. Udinese will be looking to turn around a poor recent record against Inter.
  • 2'
    Excellent long ball forward from the back looking for the pacy Alexis Sanchez but Lucio is wise to that and he clears the ball out of play without taking even the slightest of risks.
  • 1'
    Inter apply some early pressure at the back to Handanovic and Zapata but the former is able to clear without too much trouble. A mistake at the back from Zanetti allows Udinese a first attack and chance to knock the ball about in the opposition half.
  • Our referee Emidio Morganti gets us underway. Udinese in their usual black and white stripes and Inter in their trademark black and blue stripes. The away side kick us off.
  • Once again, Antonio di Natale is at the forefront of this Udinese team and he finds himself at the top of the Serie A scoring charts. He comes up against Samuel Eto'o, who is proving more prolific than last season and who was superb against Cesena in midweek. Diego Milito went off injured in that 3-2 win and he's replaced by Thiago Motta, with Pandev shifting forward to play alongside Eto'o.
  • Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 2 Cordoba, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic; 27 Pandev, 9 Eto'o. Subs: 21 Orlandoni, 15 Ranocchia, 23 Materazzi, 39 Santon, 17 Mariga, 20 Obi, 88 Biabiany
  • Udinese: 1 Handanovic; 17 Benatia, 2 Zapata, 11 Domizzi; 3 Isla, 66 Pinzi, 88 Inler, 20 Asamoah, 27 Armero; 7 Sanchez, 10 Di Natale Subs: 6 Belardi, 13 Coda, 26 Pasquale, 19 Badu, 23 Abdì, 16 Denis, 9 Corradi
  • Good morning and welcome to's live commentary of the Serie A clash between Udinese and resurgent champions Inter from Friuli. Udinese are comfortably placed in the top half of the table with an outside chance of a European spot. However, they will do well to be the first time to halt the charge of Inter under Leonardo. Should the Nerazzurri win today, they would go level on points with second-placed Roma.