SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 12 May 2013 (11.30 UK)
Genoa 0 - 0 Inter
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Samir Handanovic’s heroics earned Inter a point at Marassi, as Genoa started the party by securing their Serie A status.

These sides both hoped for so much more this season, but Genoa were fighting against relegation and the Nerazzurri had been cut out of Europe for the first time in 14 years after losing seven of the last nine games. The injury crisis continued to take its toll on Andrea Stramaccioni’s men, who welcomed back Yuto Nagatomo, but missed the likes of Diego Milito, Javier Zanetti, Rodrigo Palacio, Walter Samuel, Cristian Chivu, Walter Gargano and Jonathan. Alvaro Pereira and Juan Jesus also sat out bans for this trip, so 19-year-old Simone Pasa had his first Serie A start in defence.

Genoa were unbeaten in five and knew a win would mathematically secure their Serie A status. Antonio Floro Flores’ snapshot stung Samir Handanovic’s palms after five minutes, then the goalkeeper flew to flap a Marco Borriello free header out from under the crossbar.

A weak Fredy Guarin curler was straight at Sebastien Frey and Floro Flores again fired just wide.

Handanovic was again called into action on an Andrea Bertolacci blockbuster from distance.

After the restart, Handanovic smothered a Juan Manuel Vargas header at the back post and an audacious Borriello overhead kick whistled wide.

Frey’s first real save of the game arrived after 57 minutes when he got down to beat away a Guarin strike. Antonio Cassano replaced Ricky Alvarez for his first game since suffering a thigh strain on April 7.

Inter had a fantastic chance on 70 minutes when Tommaso Rocchi suddenly spun round to smash a curling finish on to the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Andrea Ranocchia has been playing with the aid of pain-killing injections for over a month, so pulled up with cramp to give Austrian Under-21 international Lukas Spendlhofer his Serie A debut.


Genoa: Frey; Granqvist, Portanova, Manfredini, Antonelli; Vargas (Moretti 90), Matuzalem, Rigoni; Bertolacci; Borriello (Immobile 86), Floro Flores (Kucka 75)
Inter: Handanovic; Ranocchia (Spendlhofer 77), Cambiasso, Pasa; Schelotto, Kuzmanovic, Kovacic, Guarin (Benassi 83), Nagatomo; Alvarez (Cassano 60); Rocchi
Ref: Tagliavento