SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 2 - 30 Aug 2015 (19.45 UK)
1 - 2 Inter
Jovetic 31, pen 89 (I), Di Gaudio 82 (C)

Stevan Jovetic scored both goals, including a last-minute penalty, as Inter squeezed past Carpi.

The Nerazzurri scraped a last-gasp victory over 10-man Atalanta last week thanks to a Stevan Jovetic gem. Mauro Icardi missed out, so the Montenegrin partnered Rodrigo Palacio. Carpi’s all-time Serie A debut was a 5-2 hammering by Sampdoria and this represented their first home game, although it was at the Stadio Braglia in Modena because their own arena is too small. Jerry Mbakogu was still on the treatment table.

Jeison Murillo got away with a risky early sliding tackle on Ryder Matos in the box, which could so easily have been a penalty, then Inter laid siege by peppering the Carpi goal with efforts.

Just as they seemed to be running out of steam and Samir Handanovic needed a stunning save on Matos – who was offside anyway – Inter broke the deadlock.

It was a mess from Zeljko Brkic, who mistimed his run on a Fredy Guarin cross and hesitated, allowing Stevan Jovetic to get there first.

Carpi were not fazed and fought back, as Handanovic had to make a great reaction save from eight yards on Wilczek, while Fedele failed to make the most of a Matos assist.

Rodrigo Palacio’s angled drive skimmed the woodwork, but Carpi changed tactics and started to pour forward in waves.

It paid off, as they equalised with Antonio Di Gaudio at full stretch to prod the ball slowly past the wrong-footed Handanovic from 10 yards on a low Letizia cross.

Rodrigo Palacio’s first touch let him down when clear on goal and he clattered into Brkic. Fredy Guarin was clearly brought down by a clumsy Gabriel Silva sliding tackle and Jovetic kept his cool to convert the penalty.

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: Brkic; Letizia, Bubnjic, Gagliolo; Wallace (Di Gaudio 76), Lollo, Marrone, Fedele (Lazzari 79), Gabriel Silva; Matos, Wilczek (Lasagna 66)
Inter: Handanovic; Santon (Nagatomo 80), Miranda, Murillo, Jesus; Guarin, Medel, Kondogbia; Brozovic (Hernanes 85); Palacio, Jovetic (Ranocchia 90)
Ref: Massa