SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 22 - 5 Feb 2012 (14.00 UK)
Roma 4 - 0 Inter
Juan 12 (R), Borini 39, 48 (R), Bojan 87 (R)
Stadio Olimpico

Roma absolutely demolished their former Coach Claudio Ranieri’s Inter 4-0 at the Olimpico with Fabio Borini bagging a brace.

This big match was meant to kick off last night, but moved to Sunday afternoon due to the heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures in Rome. The Giallorossi needed to get back on track after an embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Cagliari on Wednesday, while even four goals from Diego Milito failed to give Inter more than a 4-4 draw with Palermo.

Wesley Sneijder, Ricky Alvarez, Dejan Stankovic, Diego Forlan and new buy Fredy Guarin were unavailable, so Inter went back to the 4-4-2 system. Roma missed Marco Cassetti, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, Simone Perrotta and Nicolas Burdisso, but Daniele De Rossi was fit again. It was an emotional moment for Claudio Ranieri returning to the Olimpico against his beloved Giallorossi, who he left last season.

Fabio Borini’s strike whistled wide, but it was Juan who broke the deadlock when he rose above the crowd to nod in a Francesco Totti set piece. De Rossi was being fouled, but that just opened up the space for Juan.

Diego Milito went on a strong run from midfield to test Maarten Stekelenburg, but Erik Lamela ran on to a disguised Totti pass and tested Julio Cesar at the near stick. As expected, the Giallorossi dominated possession and Totti completed a give-and-go with Jose Angel only for the first touch to let him down.

Lamela’s free header was high from a Jose Angel cross, while on 38 minutes Yuto Nagatomo horribly misplaced his cross with Giampaolo Pazzini in the box unmarked.

Roma deservedly went 2-0 up before the break with a great individual goal from Under-21 international Fabio Borini. He sprung the offside trap, braked to pull back and commit Samuel, then flashed his right-foot finish across Julio Cesar.

The Giallorossi extended their advantage to three goals after the restart, despite a double Inter substitution. Borini sprung the offside trap on a long Juan ball and held off Lucio to thump the finish past Julio Cesar. The Inter defence was caught very square on this occasion.

The Nerazzurri barely had a shot on target in the second half, as Ranieri changed to a 4-5-1 system and they couldn’t break down an organised and confident Roma.

In fact, Roma made it 4-0 in the final minutes when Bojan controlled with his back to goal in the D, turned between three defenders and whacked the angled drive past Julio Cesar.


Roma: Stekelenburg; Taddei, Heinze, Juan, Josè Angel; Gago (Simplicio 71), De Rossi, Pjanic; Totti, Lamela (Bojan 73), Borini (Piscitella 80)
Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon (Faraoni 67), Lucio, Samuel (Cordoba 46), Nagatomo; Zanetti, Palombo, Cambiasso, Obi; Pazzini (Poli 46), Milito
Ref: De Marco