SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 25 - 17 Feb 2018 (19.45 UK)
Genoa 2 - 0 Inter
Ranocchia og 45 (G), Pandev 59 (G)
Stadio Luigi Ferraris

Inter’s revival was short-lived, as they went down 2-0 to Genoa after a bizarre Andrea Ranocchia own goal and Goran Pandev poacher’s finish.

The Nerazzurri had to do without injured Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Joao Miranda, so Eder, Yann Karamoh and captain Ranocchia started. They ended their dismal run of two months without a win by beating nine-man Bologna 2-1 last week. Genoa, on the other hand, were transformed under Davide Ballardini, but missed Adel Taarabt, Giuseppe Rossi, Armando Izzo, Davide Biraschi and Miguel Veloso.

Inter have a very poor record in this fixture, now losing their last five trips to Genoa. It also means, with Roma beating Udinese, that they slip down to fourth and potentially fifth once Lazio host Verona on Monday.

Goran Pandev went on a rapid counter to force Samir Handanovic into a save with his legs at the near post, but nearly scored with a genuinely bizarre incident.

Handanovic misjudged the long Pandev cross from the right, it bounced right in front of the goalkeeper, looped over him and off the underside of the bar back into his grateful arms.

Antonio Candreva was surprisingly used on the left and his impressive cross was shinned into the stands by Karamoh, but Andrej Galabinov couldn’t keep his free header on target.

Mattia Perin flew to palm away a splendid Candreva right-foot half-volley with a wicked bend, but Genoa took the lead on the stroke of half-time with a thoroughly unexpected and strange own goal.

A cross came in, Milan Skriniar slipped, his clearance ricocheted off Ranocchia’s knee and into the net past a stunned Handanovic. That was the first own goal in Ranocchia’s Serie A career, though there was precious little he could’ve done about it.

Inter’s terrible luck continued, as after an acrobatic Ranocchia interception on a counter-attack, the corner came to Laxalt, whose wayward shot turned into an assist for Pandev to score from 12 yards.

Karamoh drilled over the bar, but the best chance to get back into the game was from Eder, whose curling finish had beaten Perin only to be cleared off the line by Ervin Zukanovic.

Moments later, Gianluca Lapadula’s deflected finish looped on to the roof of the net with Handanovic again stranded.

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Genoa: Perin; Rossettini, Spolli, Zukanovic; Rosi, Bessa (Omeonga 56), Bertolacci, Hiljemark, Laxalt; Pandev (Lazovic 80), Galabinov (Lapadula 77)
Inter: Handanovic; Cancelo, Ranocchia, Skriniar, D’Ambrosio; Gagliardini, Vecino (Rafinha 61); Candreva (Pinamonti 77), Borja Valero (Brozovic 77), Karamoh; Eder
Ref: Fabbri