Diego Milito’s brace managed to overturn an early Siena goal, as Inter emerged winners at San Siro.
The Nerazzurri were still unbeaten under Andrea Stramaccioni, albeit after conceding seven goals in two games against Genoa and Cagliari. Here they welcomed Siena, who were fighting against relegation and fresh from a surprise win away to Atalanta. Douglas Maicon, Wesley Sneijder and Luc Castaignos were still out, but Julio Cesar and Lucio’s bans had expired. Ricky Alvarez returned from a long lay-off and went straight into the starting XI for an all-Argentine trident. The visitors missed Angelo and Emanuele Calaiò.
Siena took a shock lead after just six minutes, as Walter Samuel was caught in possession in the final third by Gaetano D’Agostino. It was a chaotic move, as Julio Cesar and the defenders did all they could to deny Mattia Destro and Franco Brienza, but D’Agostino eventually fired in on the rebound.
An Alvarez angled drive whistled past the far post and Diego Milito had timid penalty appeals for a tussle with Vitiello. Milito’s glancing header was off target and Samuel was booked for a tactical foul to stop Destro going on the counter, meaning he’ll be suspended against Udinese.
Esteban Cambiasso had the ball in the net on 23 minutes, but play had already been halted for Milito’s offside position – and foul on Gianluca Pegolo – in the build-up.
Milito wasted another great chance soon after, as he was sent totally clear by Joel Obi and Cristian Chivu, but fired straight at Pegolo.
At the other end, Brienza should’ve set up the unmarked Destro on the counter-attack, but instead went for goal himself and was stopped by Samuel. The defender hurt himself and requested a substitution, so Chivu moved to centre-back as Yuto Nagatomo came off the bench.
Milito equalised for Inter after an absolute howler. Pesoli’s attempted clearance from a corner turned into an assist for Milito to tap in from close range past a helpless Pegolo.
After the restart a fierce Alvarez snapshot dipped at the last moment, forcing Pegolo into a tough save on both that effort and Milito’s follow-up. Pesoli deflected a Mauro Zarate attempt over the bar, but Destro went on a mazy run down the right and eventually fired just over.
The referee pointed to the spot for a controversial penalty, as Nagatomo seemed to pull at Mannini first before he was wrestled down, but only the second foul was awarded. Milito smashed the penalty under the bar to put Inter in front for the first time.
Inter controlled the game in the final stages and Pegolo was sent off for dissent in stoppages.
Sent off: Pegolo 93 (S)