Luca Antonelli left it very late to snatch a shock 1-0 Genoa victory, as Gian Piero Gasperini took revenge on Inter.
Ex-Genoa stars Diego Milito and Rodrigo Palacio joined Ricky Alvarez in an all-Argentina front three, as the Nerazzurri tried to turn around their poor form, but Fredy Guarin and Andrea Ranocchia were dropped to fuel transfer speculation. Gian Piero Gasperini faced the club that fired him and had Alberto Gilardino back from his ban, but Francelino Matuzalem was suspended with Daniele Portanova and Alessandro Gamberini sidelined. 20-year-old youth product Stefano Sturaro was given a surprise start.
There were flood warnings before the game and the rain resumed soon after kick-off. Mattia Perin was in doubt with an injury, but performed a great save on Jonathan’s strike at the near post.
Jonathan had another chance charged down in the box and Palacio failed to make the most of a poor Perin clearance. Gilardino had the ball in the back of the net, but was correctly flagged offside.
Palacio missed an incredible opportunity when Isaac Cofie gave away the ball in midfield, as he surged forward only to flash an angled drive across the face of goal.
The Nerazzurri also lost Alvarez to an early injury, replacing him with Mateo Kovacic. Jonathan stumbled in a puddle when defending and was fortunate Sturaro’s finish was weak into Samir Handanovic’s arms.
Inter seemed particularly shaky on corners and ran a big risk on 39 minutes when scrambling clear from Giovanni Marchese and Gilardino.
Straight after the restart Palacio blasted over from a Kovacic assist, but the conditions got the better of Gilardino when he ran past both Juan Jesus and Rolando only to see the ball get mired in the mud, slowing down his progress. Handanovic dived on to the feet of Ivan Fetfatzidis to prevent him turning in a Gilardino assist.
Inter were also very dangerous, as Perin flew to keep out a powerful Fredy Guarin volley set up by Esteban Cambiasso, prompting a mad scuffle in the six-yard box to clear.
Handanovic flew to fingertip a wonderful Fetfatzidis lob out from under the bar, then from the corner the Greek talent also drilled wide of the near post. Fetfatzidis was wreaking havoc in the Inter defence and tested Handanovic again from close range.
Genoa introduced Paolo De Ceglie, who made his debut just 24 hours after completing his loan move from Juventus. The conditions were shocking and Perin fumbled a simple ball, fortunate his defender cleared before Milito could pounce.
Gilardino looked certain to score from seven yards until Juan Jesus threw himself at his feet to block. However, from the resulting corner Luca Antonelli was left unmarked in the middle for a free header to give Genoa the lead.
The visitors still could’ve grabbed a point in stoppages, but Perin did brilliantly to deny first Botta’s diving header and then the Palacio follow-up.