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September 2, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ M. Bergonzi‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Inter 1-3 Roma

Goal.com evaluates the performances of everyone involved at the Giuseppe Meazza, after a game in which Francesco Totti created two goals for the triumphant Giallorossi

By Mark Doyle

  • Luca Castellazzi
    20
    64
    2.50

    Luca Castellazzi

    Was definitely not at faul for either Florenzi's header or Osvaldo's deft finish, but he will be disappointed with himself after getting beaten by Marquinho at the near post.

  • Javier Zanetti
    55
    44
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti

    There were signs at the Adriatico last weekend that time is finally catching up on Zanetti and there was further evidence at San Siro that this might very well be the case. His passing was unusually poor while he really should have made a greater effort to cut out Totti's cross.

  • Matías Silvestre
    31
    83
    2.00

    Matías Silvestre Flop of the Match

    Made several vital interceptions, including a terrific block on a goal-bound effort from Osvaldo. However, he was marking nobody when Florenzi headed home and the centre of the Inter defence looked increasingly vulnerable the longer the game wore on.

  • Andrea Ranocchia
    31
    55
    2.50

    Andrea Ranocchia

    Looked steady enough during the first half but the second half was a different story altogether. He was booked for a reckless challenge on Marquinho and then reverted to type as Inter unravelled in the final quarter.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    69
    35
    3.00

    Yuto Nagatomo

    A fiesty presence down the left-hand side, the Japanese acquitted himself very well indeed in what was a spiky duel with Destro. Indeed, it was a physical test of strength that the diminutive Japanese passed with flying colours. At the other end, he went close to scoring with a well-struck drive, but he did not get forward as much in the second half.

  • Á. Pereira
    58
    43
    3.00

    Á. Pereira

    An encouraging debut from the left-sided player. He always wanted the ball and demonstrated a good touch and an ability to beat players in tight areas. However, his crossing was desperately poor and he faded badly. Still, more to come.

  • Wesley Sneijder
    48
    54
    2.50

    Wesley Sneijder

    The Dutchman struggled to get himself into the game but he did produce a sublime outside-of-the-foot cross which Milito went desperately close to converting. One free-kick aside, he never threatened a goal and just did not see enough of the ball to make something happen.

  • Fredy Guarín
    43
    53
    3.00

    Fredy Guarín

    A ridiculously frustrating player, Guarin is capable of some pinpoint passing and nimble footwork in possession, but he is often guilty of over-complicating things and giving the ball away.

  • Walter Gargano
    48
    40
    3.00

    Walter Gargano

    Initially picked up where he left off at Pescara last weekend, breaking up play and distributing the ball sensibly and swiftly. However, he really should have been tracking Florenzi for the opener, while his influence waned the longer the game went on.

  • Diego Milito
    31
    64
    2.00

    Diego Milito

    Positioning himself on the should of the last defender, the Argentine was caught offside several times, but he also very nearly earned himself a couple of penalties. Still, he should have done better with a near-post header after shrugging off Balzaretti to get himself on the end of Sneijder's left-wing cross.

  • Antonio Cassano
    82
    41
    3.00

    Antonio Cassano

    Another encouraging display for the enigmatic forward, who drew Inter level with a deflected effort just before the break. Was always alive to the short-corner during a first half in which he played some wonderful lay-offs, as well as a couple of terrific through-balls, one of which very nearly led to Milito earning a penalty.

Substitutions

  • Coutinho
    38
    44

    Coutinho

    Came on for Gargano with 14 minutes remaining, which wasn't sufficient time for him to turn the game around.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    24
    54
    2.50

    Esteban Cambiasso

    Replaced Pereira midway through the second half but was unable to help Inter secure control of the middle of the park.

  • Rodrigo Palacio
    37
    40
    2.50

    Rodrigo Palacio

    Took over up front from Cassano but despite creating a couple of half-chances for Milito, he was not as influential as the man he had replaced.

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    103
    13
    3.00

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    Made a big call in rushing off his line after Milito had been put straight through but his decision was vindicated, the Dutchman palming the ball away to safety as the Argentine tried to round him. In light of the farcical nature of Inter's equaliser, can count himself unlucky not to have kept a clean sheet.

  • Leandro Castán
    78
    13
    3.00

    Leandro Castán

    Made a number of great tackles and brave blocks, but he was a little bit over zealous at times and was lucky to avoid going into the referee's notebook after twice going through the back of Cassano. Also failed badly to prevent the attacker's from getting the shot away that led to Inter's equaliser.

  • Iván Rodrigo Piris
    64
    27
    3.00

    Iván Rodrigo Piris

    Really had his hands full with Pereira during the first half but he stood up well to the challenge and ultimately outlasted the former Porto man.

  • Nicolas Burdisso
    96
    13
    3.50

    Nicolas Burdisso

    It would be a shame if Inter's equaliser goes down as a Burdisso own goal because the Argentine played a key role in Roma's fine rearguard action. Caught out a couple of times by compatriot Milito but that was more a product of the visitors' high line.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    87
    11
    3.00

    Federico Balzaretti

    Always a willing runner down the left wing, the versatile full-back played a key role in keeping Zanetti pinned back inside his own half. However, he got away with a slight tug on Milito in the area during the first half and his evening was ultimately cut short by injury.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    99
    16
    3.00

    Daniele De Rossi

    Tried valiantly to play on after coming off worse after a hefty collision with Pareira, but was eventually forced off just after the half-hour mark. Had been enjoying the cut and thrust of a full-blooded encounter up until that point.

  • Alessandro Florenzi
    122
    11
    3.50

    Alessandro Florenzi

    Surprisingly handed his first Serie A start by Zeman and repaid his coach's faith in him with an energetic and fearless display that was capped by a brilliant headed goal.

  • Panagiotis Tachtsidis
    90
    16
    3.00

    Panagiotis Tachtsidis

    Covered an awful lot of ground in midfield and was never afraid to put the boot in - or indeed put his head in where it hurts. The one negative was his rather bizarre decision to position himself 10 metres behind his central defenders at one point during the first half, thus playing Sneijder onside.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    129
    12
    3.50

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Worked his socks off up front and felt he wasn't getting a fair share of frees from the officials, with his frustration eventually manifesting itself in a booking and ultimately a stupid red card. Snatched at two openings early in the second period but kept his cool, which is a pretty apt description of the finish that decided the game in Roma's favour.

  • Francesco Totti
    294
    12
    4.00

    Francesco Totti Top of the Match

    Put quite simply, the best player on the pitch. His touch was a joy to behold, while he caused chaos every single time he dropped deep to pick up the ball. His cross for Florenzi's opener was sublime, but his through-ball for Osvaldo was just heavenly. At nearly 36, still a world-class performer.

  • Mattia Destro
    75
    37
    2.50

    Mattia Destro

    Never stopped running and made a couple of incisive runs at various intervals in the game, but he came off a clear second best in his entertainingly competitive duel with Nagatomo, with Destro picking up a booking for a clumsy challenge on the Japanese.

Substitutions

  • Marquinho
    108
    10
    3.50

    Marquinho

    Saw more game time than he would have expected, having been thrown on in place of the injured De Rossi 32 minutes in.

  • Rodrigo Taddei
    61
    16
    3.00

    Rodrigo Taddei

    Came on in place of the injured Balzaretti just over 10 minutes into the second half.

  • Miralem Pjanic
    67
    18

    Miralem Pjanic

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  • Erik Lamela
    76
    25
    2.50

    Erik Lamela

    Came on in place of Destro with 20 minutes remaining but did not really influence the proceedings.

Results
 
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15 0