SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 19 - 13 Jan 2014 (20.00 UK)
Inter 1 - 1 Chievo
Paloschi 8 (C), Nagatomo 12 (I)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Inter’s crisis continued with a 1-1 home draw against Chievo, though Yuto Nagatomo had a goal incorrectly disallowed.

The Nerazzurri were in dire need of a boost after a Serie A defeat to Lazio and shock midweek Coppa Italia exit at the hands of Udinese. Fredy Guarin sat out a ban with Mauro Icardi and Cristian Chivu injured, so Mateo Kovacic supported Rodrigo Palacio. Hugo Campagnaro returned from suspension to bolster the defender. Chievo had one point from the last three games and missed the suspended Luca Rigoni.

The Flying Donkeys won their first ever trip to San Siro in 2001, but had lost their last seven visits on the trot.

Ricky Alvarez drilled wide of the near post in the opening minutes, but Chievo took a shock lead to silence the San Siro crowd.

Campagnaro lost a challenge and Milan-owned Alberto Paloschi smashed a powerful finish under the bar from a tight angle.

Inter got themselves back on level terms with Yuto Nagatomo, who snuck into the Chievo defence to fire in Alvarez’s pull-back from six yards. It was the Japanese wide man’s fifth Serie A goal of the campaign.

Just 60 seconds later Nagatomo had the ball in the net again, but was flagged offside in an incorrect. Boukary Drame was running back and kept him level.

Christian Puggioni palmed a curling Alvarez free kick out of the top corner, while Palacio missed a sitter with his free header at the back post from Jonathan’s cross.

Cyril Thereau did brilliantly to hold off defenders when running from the centre-circle and his finish was eventually deflected for a corner.

After the restart Puggioni got his fists to an Alvarez free kick and Walter Mazzarri made an attacking change, introducing Diego Milito for Esteban Cambiasso.

Thereau turned a free header over from a Chievo corner and Puggioni got away with fumbling a set piece under pressure from Milito. Thereau wasted a great opportunity on the counter-attack when he combined with Paloschi only to turn wide. Deep into stoppages, Milito couldn't put enough power on his header and Ruben Botta went down dramatically in the box.

For all their possession, the Nerazzurri created precious few actual scoring opportunities in the second half and the San Siro crowd jeered them off the pitch at the final whistle.


Inter: Handanovic; Campagnaro (Botta 88), Rolando, Juan Jesus; Jonathan, Kuzmanovic (Taider 84), Cambiasso (Milito 65), Alvarez, Nagatomo; Kovacic; Palacio
Chievo: Puggioni; Frey, Dainelli, Cesar; Sardo, Bentivoglio (Mbaye 84), Radovanovic, Hetemaj, Dramé; Paloschi (Estigaribbia 75), Thereau
Ref: Tommasi