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April 14, 2013 2:00 PM BST
Stadio Is Arenas — Quartu Sant'Elena
Referee:‬ D. Celi‎
Attendance:‬ 10000‎
 
63′ (PG) Mauricio Pinilla
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cagliari 2-0 Inter

Goal.com rates the players on show as a Mauricio Pinilla double made the Nerazzurri pay for wasteful finishing and makes a top-three finish seem a long way away

By Tom Webber

  • Michael Agazzi
    22
    0
    3.50

    Michael Agazzi

    The keeper was only really forced into a couple of difficult saves by Inter throughout the 90 minutes. He dealt with whatever was sent his way with ease and maintained concentration for the whole game.

  • Davide Astori
    24
    0
    3.50

    Davide Astori

    The centre-back was impressive in the air and ensured that he was close to any ball over the top. He and Rossettini communicated well to keep Rocchi's involvement limited and they will be delighted with the clean sheet.

  • Luca Rossettini
    14
    1
    3.00

    Luca Rossettini

    A solid performance at the heart of defence as he restricted the space in the channels to help keep Cagliari tight at the back. He read the game well and never looked to be out of position.

  • Gabriele Perico
    15
    0
    3.50

    Gabriele Perico

    A decent showing from the full-back as he got up and down the right to great effect. He timed his challenges brilliantly in the wide areas and was not afraid to get forward and provide support in the other half.

  • Nicola Murru
    16
    1
    3.00

    Nicola Murru

    The 18-year-old left-back put in a passionate display as he showed unbridled determination when going in for the tackle. He also displayed his desire to get forward and but for a block by Pereira, he would have had an assist.

  • Daniele Conti
    10
    7
    2.50

    Daniele Conti

    Attempted to police the midfield but did not manage to do an awful lot to stop Inter from controlling possession. He was lucky that Guarin did not quite seem at his best because he offered the Colombian too much space.

  • Andrea Cossu
    13
    4
    2.00

    Andrea Cossu

    Buzzed about the pitch early on but was forced to leave the pitch through injury after just seven minutes.

  • Albin Ekdal
    26
    1
    3.00

    Albin Ekdal

    The Swede did not see an awful lot of the ball and thus struggled to make his mark on the game. However, he kept on hounding opponents and won back the ball in some good areas.

  • Daniele Dessena
    11
    1
    3.00

    Daniele Dessena

    Should have done better with an early shot that rolled comfortably into the hands of Handanovic. Nevertheless, he maintained a high level of energy until he was replaced in the 56th minute.

  • Thiago Ribeiro
    12
    2
    2.50

    Thiago Ribeiro

    The Brazilian floated about the front line and provided some decent passes into the area. Inter found it difficult to pick him up but in truth he never really looked like worrying them in behind.

  • Víctor Ibarbo
    19
    0
    4.00

    Víctor Ibarbo

    A bright performance from the striker as he pulled wide and raced at the Inter defence time and again. His pace caused them no end of trouble and was only denied Cagliari's third by the crossbar.

Substitutions

  • Matías Cabrera
    10
    2
    3.50

    Matías Cabrera

    Was introduced far earlier than he may have expected when he replaced Cossu in the seventh minute, yet it seemed not to faze him. The Argentine acted as a wall for any player to bounce a pass off and that was key to Pinilla's second.

  • Federico Casarini
    9
    3
    2.00

    Federico Casarini

    Replaced Ekdal in the 85th minute.

  • Mauricio Pinilla
    48
    3
    4.50

    Mauricio Pinilla Top of the Match

    Came on for Dessena in the 56th minute and quickly made his impact known. After winning the penalty he dispatched it with aplomb before showing great control and composure to add his second and ensure a memorable victory for his team.

  • Samir Handanoviç
    22
    28
    3.00

    Samir Handanoviç

    The Slovenian did not have an awful lot to do, bar a couple of relatively simple early stops. He claimed the majority of crosses that he came for in a calm manner but could do nothing to keep out Pinilla.

  • Javier Zanetti
    46
    19
    3.00

    Javier Zanetti

    Despite being 39 years old, the Argentine was utterly tireless. He ran up and down the right wing all afternoon, frequently providing his team with the push forward in the wide areas when they needed it most.

  • Matías Silvestre
    12
    63
    2.00

    Matías Silvestre Flop of the Match

    A disappointing performance from the Argentine as Inter always looked vulnerable with him and Juan in the centre of defence. His poorly-judged tackle on Pinilla handed Cagliari a penalty which sent them on to all three points.

  • Á. Pereira
    16
    40
    3.00

    Á. Pereira

    A competent performance at left-back from the former Porto man. He regularly offered a route out for his team-mates when he moved up the pitch. But his key contribution came at the other end, diverting Ibarbo's close-range effort behind.

  • Juan Jesus
    15
    35
    2.50

    Juan Jesus

    The Brazilian picked up an early yellow card for a cynical foul on Ibarbo and was perhaps fortunate not to have been sent off following another foul soon after.

  • Mateo Kovačić
    68
    24
    2.50

    Mateo Kovačić

    Had a decent first half as he tried to dictate the tempo of the game in midfield with some short, crisp passing. However, he lacked the bite to really assert himself on his opponents and became rather limp in the second half.

  • Ricardo Álvarez
    42
    27
    3.50

    Ricardo Álvarez

    The Argentine looked full of confidence as he dropped off the front line to use his pace by running at defenders. He got a couple of promising efforts away and really should have tested Agazzi far more.

  • Fredy Guarín
    11
    54
    2.50

    Fredy Guarín

    Struggled to find space in which to pick up the ball and feed the strikers. He ended up playing a number of hopeful balls into the box and also settle for a few speculative, long-range efforts on goal.

  • Esteban Cambiasso
    12
    33
    2.50

    Esteban Cambiasso

    The post denied him what would have been a sublime goal after a fantastic move with Rocchi in the first half, though it proved to be a rare positive moment. He could not help unlock the Cagliari defence and was substituted in the second half.

  • Walter Gargano
    19
    35
    3.50

    Walter Gargano

    A combative performance in midfield from the Uruguayan as he chased down the ball and hassled the Cagliari players no end. He never shied away from a tackle and helped Inter maintain possession before injury forced him off.

  • Tommaso Rocchi
    16
    46
    2.50

    Tommaso Rocchi

    The veteran striker showcased some quality movement to get himself in dangerous areas between the defenders. Yet when he got into those positions his finishing left a lot to be desired as he sprayed a number of efforts off target.

Substitutions

  • Walter Samuel
    17
    31
    2.00

    Walter Samuel

    Played the final 15 minutes in place of Nagatomo but could not make his mark on the game.

  • Yuto Nagatomo
    19
    35
    1.50

    Yuto Nagatomo

    Replaced Cambiasso in the 67th minute but was withdrawn himself just eight minutes later after picking up a knock.

  • Zdravko Kuzmanovic
    24
    44
    2.50

    Zdravko Kuzmanovic

    Came on for Gargano in the 53rd minute and was unable to offer the same sort of protection to the defence.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0