SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 12 - 9 Nov 2013 (19.45 UK)
Inter 2 - 0
Bardi og 30 (I), Nagatomo 91 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Inter beat Livorno 2-0 thanks to a Francesco Bardi howler and Javier Zanetti made his comeback.

The Nerazzurri were fresh from a 3-0 victory away to Udinese, but Walter Samuel stepped in for the suspended Juan Jesus. Livorno were decimated, as Leandro Greco, Andrea Coda and Leandro Rinaudo were banned with Marco Biagianti injured. Several of their players, including Francesco Bardi and Alfred Duncan, are on loan from Inter.

Massimo Moratti was in the stands and the ultras unveiled a long banner thanking him for his 18 years at the helm. “The greatest joys and the most embarrassing setbacks. 18 years wrapped up in 12 questions. We often attacked you, but never abandoned... Despite it all, we have something in common, the undeniable love for Inter... Being too much of a fan is sometimes damaging. Now we await with curiosity... But in the meantime, thank you for everything President, you deserve it. At the end of the day, we cared for you.”

Esteban Cambiasso got a knock to the head and needed treatment after a dizzy spell, but was able to continue. Jonathan and Rodrigo Palacio turned wide with glancing headers from dangerous crosses down the right.

Inter were making precious little impact on Livorno’s defence, but were gifted an opener by one of their own players. Bardi made a hash of blocking a Jonathan cross and the 21-year-old goalkeeper deflected it into his own net under very little pressure. This was the third own goal the Nerazzurri have benefited from this season.

Paulinho and Luci had attempts off target, but Palacio threatened a second with his looping header on to the roof of the net. Palacio went down when he tried to shoot between two players, but the referee waved play on.

Bardi made up for his earlier error on the stroke of half-time, getting down to palm a Ricky Alvarez snapshot round the far post.

Marco Benassi came on for Duncan in the second half, one Inter-owned player for another. A powerful Emerson free kick flashed wide from distance, while Walter Samuel nodded a corner over the bar.

Valentini was in the right place for a decisive block on Palacio from point-blank range, and another Emerson set play was off target.

Ishak Belfodil made his return, having sat out a two-match ban, and Bardi smothered a well-worked Cambiasso effort. More bad news for Livorno, as Paulinho was booked for handball and will be suspended against Juventus. The Brazilian managed to get in front of his marker only to nod over the bar and Andrea Ranocchia’s header was straight at Bardi.

San Siro provided a standing ovation when Javier Zanetti made his comeback after rupturing his Achilles tendon in April. The 40-year-old came off the bench for the final minutes, six-and-a-half months after the injury medics said would require seven-to-nine months to heal.

However, Inter ended the game with 10 men, as Jonathan was stretchered off with cramp at the 87th. Nonetheless, they still added to their tally. Zanetti sparked the move with a forward run, then Mateo Kovacic threaded through for Yuto Nagatomo’s shot on the half-volley.


Inter: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Rolando, Samuel; Jonathan, Taider (Zanetti 82), Cambiasso, Alvarez (Kovacic 58), Nagatomo; Guarin (Belfodil 71); Palacio
: Bardi; Ceccherini, Valentini, Emerson; Gemiti (Borja 87), Luci, Duncan (Benassi 46), Schiattarella, Mbaye; Siligardi (Emeghara 65); Paulinho
Ref: Peruzzo