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Serie A

  • April 1, 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: P. Valeri
  • • Attendance: 42322

Live Commentary

  • But hey, after nine goals? Who's complaining? I've been Tom Woods, and I think I need to go for a lie down. Thanks for joining us on, you've been splendid.
  • I'm trying to pick some sense out of that utterly ridiculous game. The positives? Two of Inter's goals were of real quality, and some of the attacking play, particularly in the first half, was top drawer. Genoa also made a real impression by continuing to pile forward, and showed enough end product to suggest that they will avoid relegation. But in terms of defending set pieces, particularly high balls into the box, it was at times farcical from both sides.
  • Final whistle! What an introduction to league management for Andrea Stramaccioni. Nine goals; four penalties; two red cards and a hat-trick for Diego Milito. And at the end of it all, the new coach is still able to crack a smile as he strolls towards the tunnel. If every game he oversees is like this, it will be something to behold indeed.
  • 90' + 2'
    Free-kick to Inter on the half-way line. They will be in no rush to take this...
  • 90' + 1'
    Stramaccioni has his hand inside the breast of his jacket. He may well be feeling his heart rate.
  • 90'
    Assist Giuseppe Sculli
  • 90'
    Penalty Goal Alberto Gilardino
    GOAL GENOA! Gilardino blasts high into the net. 5-4! Anything can happen here - three minutes will be added on...
  • 90'
    Nice effort from Guarin, who fires over the bar from long range. This is the end that Inter want to keep the ball...
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Lúcio
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Giandomenico Mesto
  • 88'
    Sculli is brought down by Lucio, who clumsily clatters the no.14 in an aerial challenge. Lucio is booked, and Gilardino steps up...
  • 88'
    PENALTY! Honestly, I know it's April Fool's, but I'm not making this up.
  • 87'
    Another booking for Genoa, as Mesto petulantly kicks the ball away. Genoa may be kicking themselves at the end of this game. For a while, there was a real chance of snatching a precious point here.
  • 85'
    Assist F. Guarín
  • 85'
    Penalty Goal Diego Milito
    GOAL INTER! Calm as you like, Milito rolls the ball into the corner, and we have our eighth goal of the afternoon! 5-3 Inter! When will it end?
  • 84'
    Red Card Fernando Belluschi
  • 83'
    PENALTY/RED CARD! What is going on??? Joel Obi finds Guarin inside the area, and the debutant steps aside of Fernando Belluschi before being brought down by the no.25. The red is straight out, and it's ten versus ten! Milito to take for his hat-trick...
  • 82'
    SubstitutionDavide Biondini C. Jorquera
  • 81'
    Genoa are going to go for this, and Pasquale Marino throws on attacking midfielder Cristobal Jorquera for Davide Biondini.
  • 80'
    Assist Rodrigo Palacio
  • 80'
    Penalty Goal Alberto Gilardino
    GOAL GENOA! Gilardino's kick is well-placed into the bottom corner, and it's 4-3! Thrilling stuff here at San Siro! Welcome to Serie A, Andrea Stramaccioni...
  • 79'
    SubstitutionMauro Zárate Luca Castellazzi
  • 79'
    Red Card Julio César
  • 79'
    Replacement keeper Luca Castellazzi is on for Mauro Zarate. His first task will be to stop Alberto Gilardino...
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Rodrigo Palacio
  • 78'
    PENALTY/RED CARD! Palacio is played through on goal, takes the ball round Julio Cesar, and is brought down by the Inter keeper. Definite penalty, and as the last man, Julio Cesar is sent off!
  • 77'
    Palacio pulls the shirt of Zanetti as the Inter captain breaks away down the left. Rightly, the Genoa forward is booked for the offence.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionDiego Forlán J. Obi
  • 75'
    Here's another change from Inter. Nigerian Joel Obi replaces Diego Forlan, who has really failed to impress this second half.
  • 74'
    Assist Andrea Poli
  • 74'
    Goal Mauro Zárate
    GOOOAAALLL INTER! That, however, was not. Mauro Zarate is down the left now, and steps inside Giandomenico Mesto and curls an absolute beauty into the far corner. What a lovely goal. Inter's two-goal cushion is restored.
  • 73'
    Oh Diego. Milito pulls the ball back for Forlan, who mis-cues his shot from six yards out. That was really desperate finishing there.
  • 70'
    A word on the Genoa penalty. Zanetti had absolutely no chance of getting his arm out of the way of Sculli's header. Unless the defender is on the goal line, can a penalty ever justifiably be given in those circumstances?
  • 69'
    Just wide! That should have been curtains. Chivu bends over a free-kick and Lucio rises to meet it six yards from goal. The ball flashes inches wide, but the Brazilian defender should have done much better. Things could be about to get very nervy here, and the home fans are beginning to show it.
  • 68'
    Now that is frustrating. Forlan breaks towards goal but, for some reason, there is another ball on the pitch, and Valeri has to stop play. Even Stramaccioni can't hide his fury at such a ridiculous stroke of luck. Let off for Genoa.
  • 67'
    Inter starting to wake up, as Milito powers his way towards goal before firing over from the angle.
  • 65'
    That could so easily be a penalty. Zanetti scythes through the Genoa defence, and is brought down by a sliding tackle from Belluschi. You see those given more often than not, but this is one of the rare few. The home fans whistle in disapproval.
  • 64'
    @edallefratte How the hell is that ever a penalty? At this rate FIFA might as well tape a player's arms to their sides before a match.
  • 63'
    Guarin is looking lively on the ball here, and has just won a free-kick on the far touchline. Looks like a sensible injection of creativity from Stramaccioni, that change.
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Bosko Jankovic
  • 62'
    Yellow Card Andrea Poli
  • 62'
    Inter are looking for a response, and Cambiasso has sight of goal on the edge of the box. His curling effort is just wide, but the Nerazzurri need more of that positive energy if they are to keep this lead from slipping.
  • 61'
    Handbags here, as Jankovic and Poli go for the same ball, square up, bump chests and are both booked. Calm it down guys, no need for that.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionDejan Stankovic F. Guarín
  • 60'
    Stramaccion's response is to send on Fredy Guarin, the Porto loanee making his debut in place on Dejan Stankovic.
  • 59'
    Penalty Goal Rodrigo Palacio
    GOAL GENOA! Palacio converts the spot-kick calmly. Comeback time? Surely not...
  • 59'
    PENALTY GENOA! Sculli's header is blocked by Zanetti's arm, and the spot-kick is given!
  • 57'
    It's been rather quiet from Diego Forlan in the last ten minutes, and his first attempt at a ball through to Milito is terribly over-hit. There is a lack of cohesion in Inter's play right now.
  • 55'
    No real clear cut chances for either side since the restart, but Zarate looks determined to make something happen. His skidding shot from 25-yards is punched away by Frey, and Genoa can clear.
  • 53'
    ...straight into the Genoa wall. Not the best free-kick you'll see this weekend.
  • 53'
    Milito wins a free-kick on the edge of the area, after a trip by Carvalho...
  • 51'
    Zarate looks happy to run all day. Again the Argentine takes the ball to the byeline, before he is tackled by Moretti. Sooner or later, he ought to pick out a man from those positions.
  • 50'
    The ball is played right to the back post, and Cristian Chivu is there to meet it with a half-volley. Unfortunately for the left-back, he can't get his body over the ball and the shot skews horribly off target. Nice idea though.
  • 49'
    Zarate is getting a lot of joy down the right wing, and forces a corner from Kaladze...
  • 48'
    First sight of goal for Inter in this second half. Dejan Stankovic has room to shoot on the edge of the box, but the ball is deflected and Frey is able to make a comfortable save.
  • 48'
    Ey? Mauro Zarate motors away down the right, and in attempting to bustle past a challenge, is called for a foul. Since when did trying to run past your man become an offence?
  • 47'
    @nishant_pant dead cat bounce..a term more appropriately used for Genoa goal after non existent first half...
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMiguel Veloso Bosko Jankovic
  • 46'
    Zanetti heads the ball away, but Genoa follow up to force their 11th corner of the game. There is no pressure on Lucio, however, and Brazilian heads away.
  • 46'
    First chance for Genoa to force an attempt on goal, as Stankovic concedes a free kick over on the far touchline...
  • 45'
    Genoa make a half time change, with Miguel Veloso being replaced by Bosko Jankovic.
  • 45'
    Now, Inter have been in the habit of capitulating in the second half of games recently. Notable examples include recent 2-0 defeats to Napoli and Juventus, after having had the better of the first half. I wonder if Stramaccioni had this in mind during his half time team talk? We're about to find out, as the second half gets under way.
  • Here's that definition of a 'dead cat bounce' - a term used in economics for a positive spell after a poor period. Still not sure I get it, but there you go.
  • Well how about that? For the vast majority of the first half, it was all Inter, and with three goals to show for their efforts, you'd think this game is still pretty much secure. However, Genoa have been rewarded for their attacking commitment with that goal on half-time, and may as well go for it in the next 45. Can they pull an unlikely result out of the bag? Stay with us to find out...
  • That goal is the last action of the first half, as Valeri blows his whistle immediately after Moretti's goal.
  • 45' + 2'
    Assist Giuseppe Sculli
  • 45' + 2'
    Goal Emiliano Moretti
    GOAL GENOA! Well, that wasn't in the script. From a corner, Sculli heads powerfully at goal, and Cambiasso is there again to head off the line. The loose ball is met with an overhead kick from Sculli, and the ball ricochets wildly off Emiliano Moretti, leaving Julio Cesar with no chance. Genoa now have something to chase in this second half.
  • 45'
    Inter are really having fun out there, as we enter two minutes of added time at the end of this first half. Andrea Poli earns a few 'Ole's from the crowd as he turns majestically away from two Genoa challenges, before stroking a lovely 40-yard ball out to the left. Everything going according to Stramaccioni's plan so so far.
  • 43'
    What on earth is a dead cat bounce?
  • 42''s Renger Dotinga has this to say over at @RengerDotinga - Just a dead cat bounce or an end of season resurgence for Inter? Only time will tell, but Milito sure looks in the mood.
  • 42'
    @nishant_pant Roberto Di Matteo in chelsea and Stramaccioni in Inter...two great clubs back to life...european football made more exciting
  • 41'
    Yellow Card Emiliano Moretti
  • 40'
    The first booking of the afternoon is awarded, Emiliano Moretti cautioned after speaking out of turn to referee Valeri. There's more than a few frustrated Genoa players out there now.
  • 39'
    Stramaccioni's reaction to that third goal? A pout and a thumbs up. Lovely stuff.
  • 38'
    Assist Lúcio
  • 38'
    Goal Walter Samuel
    GOOAALL INTER! A third goal for the Nerazzurri! This time it's the two centre-backs that combine, as Lucio fires a volley across goal that is stabbed home by Walter Samuel. Terrible marking from Genoa there, but Inter are enjoying every minute of this.
  • 36'
    He might not be a winger by trade, but Diego Forlan is sure looking dangerous in the wide positions. His latest effort is cut out for a corner...
  • 34'
    Some of you are pointing out that my earlier Palacio-ponytail story was an attempt at an April Fool. It wasn't. It was just poor observation. But keep the contributions coming to @woodstome.
  • 33'
    ... bit of a waste. The kick is chipped into the box, Alberto Gilardino can't control it, and Biondini's drive is smothered by Stankovic. Inter mixing attacking prowess with defensive solidity here. The new coach is totally unmoved on the sidelines, but must be delighted with his new side's display so far.
  • 32'
    Credit to Genoa, who are continuing to pile forward at every opportunity here. They win yet another corner, which is cleared easily, but now have a free-kick 30 yards from goal...
  • 30'
    Inter could well have a penalty after Zarate's attempted cross is blocked by the arm of Kaladze. Not given, and on second look, it probably should have been.
  • 29'
    Admittedly, Genoa are one of the league's struggling sides, but the verve and creativity of the Inter play today has been remarkable, when compared to the past few weeks. Early signs of Stramaccioni's influence?
  • 27'
    Goal Diego Milito
    GOOOAALLL INTER! Too easy, really. A long ball from the back is only helped on by Kaladze, and Milito is through on goal with nobody around him. He has all the time in the world to control and slide the ball calmly past Frey. Inter 2-0 up and coasting.
  • 25'
    A rare mistake from Zanetti lets Giuseppe Sculli gain a sight of goal on the edge of the box. It ends in disappointing fashion, however, as the striker's shot rolls tamely towards the waiting Julio Cesar. Sigh.
  • 23'
    Another good chance for Inter. Zarate's cross is pushed away by Frey and falls awkwardly for Forlan, who can't get enough power behind his effort. The Genoa defence is really struggling to deal with the balls being played into the box, and Inter are looking to exploit that as often as possible.
  • 22'
    PONYTAIL CORRECTION. Having claimed that Palacio's ponytal was no more, I've just it flapping behind the forward as he prepares a throw in. Sincere apologies for a glaring error, there.
  • 21'
    Biondini wants a free kick right on the edge of the area, as Cristian Chivu appears to hold him off chasing a loose ball. Looked like good, physical defending from the Romanian however, and nothing more.
  • 19'
    So nearly two for Inter! Lucio flights a free kick to the back post, and Walter Samuel heads across goal to find Cambiasso totally unmarked. It takes a flying save from Genoa keeper Sebastien Frey to keep the Argentine's header out. Great stop.
  • 18'
    This is really exciting from Inter. Quick, incisive passes are being played in triangles all over the pitch, and the forward line are cropping up here there and everywhere, pulling defenders with them as they go. The home crowd likes what it sees, and sings its appreciation.
  • 15'
    There's now a real zip about Inter's play. Milito looks particularly up for it, easily barging Roger Carvalho off the ball before sliding the ball across the box for Forlan. The ball is just cut out, but there are signs that Inter really have the bit between their teeth.
  • 13'
    Assist Diego Forlán
  • 13'
    Goal Diego Milito
    GOOOAAALLL INTER! Just like that, the home side brush all that early Genoa pressure aside, and take the lead. What a goal it was too. An audacious backheel flick from Cambiasso finds Zarate, who plays Forlan into space on the wing. His whipped cross is headed emphatically home by Diego Milito. Stramaccioni is off his feet in delight.
  • 11'
    Genoa have won four corners in the past two minutes. The latest effort is punched away by Julio Cesar from under his crossbar. Great positive intent being shown here by Pasquale Marino's side. Inter under the kosh in these early stages.
  • 9'
    Off the line! Kaladze meets the corner with a powerful header, but Cambiasso is there on the back post to block the goal-bound effort. It's chance-a-minute here.
  • 8'
    Palacio is almost in! After Gilardino plays him in, the no.8 is through on Julio Cesar, albeit from a tight angle. However, under pressure from Samuel, the ball is blocked away for a corner.
  • 7'
    Mauro Zarate shows some creativity to skip in from the right, beat Biondini and lash a shot towards goal. Just wide. I'm really enjoying this.
  • 6'
    Powerful run from Zanetti, the right back breaking forward past three or four Genoa tackles. He finds Zarate, whose cross is headed away by Kakha Kaladze. It's all very entertaining here, just no end product at the moment.
  • 5'
    Genoa aren't afraid to shoot on sight here. Davide Biondini tries a spectacular attempt from 30 yards, but it misses the goal by almost the same distance. Maybe the next one will fly in...
  • 4'
    Positive stuff from Inter, as Diego Forlan gets away down the left and flashes a cross across goal. Nobody there to connect with the ball, but signs of attacking intent none the less.
  • 3'
    I should mention, also, that Palacio has now lost that infamous ponytail. Bit disappointed to see it go, if I'm honest.
  • 2'
    There's the first effort on goal, and it comes from the visitors. Palacio has an inch of room inside the box and unleashes a fierce left-foot drive. It's always rising, however, and is well over Julio Cesar's crossbar.
  • 2'
    Stramaccioni starts the game stood calmly on the touchline, arms tucked into the pockets of his blazer. A picture of calm. For now.
  • 1'
    And we're off...
  • Here come the teams. Blue and black stripes for the home side; changed white strip for Genoa. Referee Paolo Valeri is about to get us underway.
  • So, Inter fans, is there reason to be optimistic in a fresh, forward thinking reign? Or Genoa, are you confident of spoiling Stramaccioni’s party? Keep your thoughts coming to me on Twitter, via @woodstome.
  • A bit of history for you. Inter have not lost to Genoa in the last ten meetings, and the Rossoblu have conceded 24 goals in their last eight away games. About this time last year, this fixture ended in an exhibition of attacking football (or comical defending, depending on your outlook on life), ending 5-2 to the home side. I’m sure nobody would say no to seven goals this time round, but I think for most Inter fans, just one would be a rare and pleasant sight.
  • A bit of history for you. Inter have not lost to Genoa in the last ten meetings, and the Rossoblu have conceded 24 goals in their last eight away games. About this time last year, this fixture ended in an exhibition of attacking football (or comical defending, depending on your outlook on life), ending 5-2 to the home side. I’m sure nobody would say no to seven goals this time round, but I think for most Inter fans, just one would be a rare and pleasant sight.
  • Genoa meanwhile, are without the services of key men Kevin Constant and Luca Antonelli through injury, and Marco Rossi is not fit to return from a muscle strain. Full lineup (4-3-3): Frey; Mesto, Carvalho, Kaladze, Moretti; Belluschi, Veloso, Biondini; Sculli, Gilardino, Palacio. Bench: Lupatelli, Alhassan, Sampirisi, Ze Eduardo, Jankovic, Birsa, Jorquera, Bovo
  • There is always high interest over a new coach’s first side, so without further ado, let me bring you the starting 11 that Stramaccioni has picked. From last week’s team against Juventus, out go Yuto Nagatomo, Joel Obi and the injured Maicon. In come Cristian Chivu, Esteban Cambiasso and Mauro Zarate. Croatian teenage striker Marko Livaja, who starred in that NextGen winning side, takes a place on the bench. Full lineup (4-3-3): Julio Cesar; Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Poli, Stankovic, Cambiasso; Zarate, Milito, Forlan. Bench: Castellazzi, Ranocchia, Nagatomo, Guarin, Obi, Pazzini, Livaja
  • Perhaps I should also introduce myself. I’m Tom Woods and I’ll be bringing you every kick from today’s encounter. Thoughts; debates; April Fool’s jokes; I want it all. Tweet me over at @woodstome and I’ll put your efforts up on the feed.
  • One thing is for clear. Both of today’s sides are in a right trough, and can be found right at the bottom of the form table. Inter have one win in their last ten, while Genoa have managed two victories in twelve games. One side is slipping away from the league’s European places, while the other is still at risk of being sucked into a relegation dogfight. Confidence might not be easy to spot out there today, but sometimes there are the types of games that produce an absolute goal fest. We can but hope.
  • Allow me to introduce Andrea Stramaccioni, the man who, until very recently, didn’t even have a Wikipedia page. Age? 36. Place of birth? Rome. Hair? A gently parted dark brown. As coach of Inter’s Primavera side, he has just won the first ever NextGen series, the equivalent of the under-19s Champions League. A former player at Bologna, and with a degree in law, he has that alluring mix of intellectual and physical attributes that many of the world’s best new coaches seem to possess. An intriguing choice, certainly. The right one? The Nerazzurri fans can only hope.
  • Hello there. Welcome to’s coverage of Inter-Genoa, live from San Siro. It’s April Fool’s Day, but for today’s hosts, there’s nothing much left to joke about. After a season in which nothing has gone right, Inter has sunk into mid-table mediocrity, axed manager Claudio Ranieri, and today begins the era of Andrea Stramaccioni, its third new manager of the season. Will this change spark a turn in the club’s fortunes? Well, with nine games to go this season, if there is to be a revival, it had better happen soon.