Serie A

  • J. Carrizo (OG) 74’
  • 47’ M. Kovačić
  • 68’ M. Icardi
24/02/2015
Serie A
Stadio Sant'Elia

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      SI Z. Kuzmanović SO D. Čop
    • 90'
      Z. Kuzmanović comes on for M. Kovačić.
    • 90'
      Mancini makes his final change, with Kuzmanovic coming into the fray in place of goalscorer Kovacic. That shows Inter's intentions, they want to close this one out and the Croatian youngster won't be rushed from the field of play either! Hernanes cracks a long-range effort goalwards, but it strikes
    • 90'
      Danilo Avelar is cautioned by the referee.
    • 90'
      Conti unleashes a low drive from a free-kick effort, with Carrizo getting down well to make a save. Avelar then makes a cynical tackle to stop Santon from breaking, earning himself an obvious and cheap yellow card.
    • 0'
      FULL TIME! Inter squeeze out a narrow 2-1 win over Cagliari at Stadio Sant'Elia, courtesy of second-half goals from Kovacic and Icardi! A great strike from Longo resulted in an own goal from Carrizo, with the hosts fighting back with great spirit throughout the second period. Zola's men fail to lift
    • 0'
      HALF TIME! The two sides go in goalless at the break, despite them both having half chances that could have been capitalised upon! Podolski has gone closest for the away side, while M'Poku has caused a few problems with his running on the break for Cagliari! The hosts won't be too unhappy, a point w
    • 0'
      Inter substitutes: Andreolli, Palacio, Kuzmanovic, Obi, Dodo, Ranocchia, Puscas, D'Ambrosio, Berni, Hernanes, Shaqiri, Dimarco.
    • 0'
      Inter starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Carrizo; Campagnaro, Vidic, Juan, Santon; Medel, Brozovic; Guarin, Kovacic, Podolski; Icardi.
    • 0'
      Cagliari substitutes: Colombi, Gonzalez, Murru, Longo, Pedro, Pisano, Farias, Barella, Husbauer, Cragno, Ceppitelli, Diakite.
    • 0'
      Cagliari starting line-up (4-3-3): Brkic; Dessena, Rossettini, Capuano, Avelar; Crisetig, Conti, Donsah; M'Poku, Cop, Cossu.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS: Juan Carrizo deputises in goal, with Samir Handanovic missing out due to injury. Juan Jesus returns from suspension to partner Nemanja Vidic in the centre of defence, with Davide Santon starting at left-back. Hugo Campagnaro is asked to fill in at right-back for the away side. Marcelo Bro
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS: Marco Capuano recovers from a knock to start for the hosts, but Marco Sau is unavailable through injury and Albin Ekdal misses out due to flu. Paul-Jose M'Poku comes into the side in behind Duje Cop, with Andrea Cossu on the left-hand side of the attack. Zola has plenty of options on the
    • 0'
      I'm Simon Harrison and I will be keeping you up to date with all of the action from Stadio Sant'Elia, as the Rossoblu look for some points to aid their survival push. Two wins out of their last 10 matches, however, suggests that Zola will have to pull of a miracle to repel opposition which has Xherd
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to live coverage of one of this evening's Serie A matches, as Inter travel to face Cagliari in the Italian top flight. The Nerazzurri haven't taken to the field since playing in the Europa League against Celtic last week, while the hosts have had an entire week without competitive
    • 1'
      We are underway in the first half in Cagliari! The home fans are making plenty of noise, as their side needs some points this evening to move towards Serie A safety! Zola's men are in red and blue halves, while Inter don their all white away kit.
    • 2'
      Donsah wastes the first half chance of the evening, blasting a volleyed effort high into the stands behind Carrizo's net from 25 yards out! Moments later, M'Poku tries to dance into the box with some neat footwork, but Santon makes a timely tackle.
    • 4'
      Inter are seeing plenty of the ball in the early minutes, with the home crowd whistling constantly. Cagliari aren't to be rushed into pressing, with the Nerazzurri having to break into the opposition half before they receive any attention. Guarin tries to cross from the right, but a deflection off R
    • 6'
      The resulting corner is easily caught by Brkic. Inter are looking positive in the opening minutes, but vulnerable on the break. M'Poku is released down the right, before clipping a cross towards the back post, but Campagnaro is able to help the poor delivery clear of danger.
    • 8'
      Kovacic works the ball out to Santon on the left, but the right-footed defender only comes inside to run into trouble. There isn't a lot of natural width in this Inter line-up, with Campagnaro an orthodox centre-half, Guarin a central midfield and Santon preferring to use his strongest foot whenever
    • 10'
      Mancini's men continue to enjoy more of the ball, with Cagliari seemingly content to play on the break for now. Kovacic gives away a foul for bringing down Donsah, as the Nerazzurri attempt to use their creative forces down the centre of the field. It's a bit narrow and congested in the final third
    • 12'
      Cossu breaks down the left, before angling in a cross, but it's too high and looping for Cop or M'Poku to meet. The latter keeps the delivery in play, but his own ball into the penalty area is comfortable headed back to Carrizo by a composed Campagnaro.
    • 13'
      M. Brozović gets yellow.
    • 14'
      Cagliari win themselves a free kick 35 yards from goal, with the opportunity to send a long ball into the penalty box completely wasted by working it short in poor fashion. Zola's side have not looked good going forward so far tonight, while Mancini looks on from his own technical area. The Italian
    • 16'
      Cossu is set in behind the Inter back four, but the linesman's flag saves the visitors the work of tracking back to challenge the Italian wide man. Inter continue to enjoy the lion's share of the ball, but chances have been at an absolute premium at the quarter-of-an-hour mark.
    • 18'
      Inter look for Icardi with an early lofted ball, but Brkic is alive to the danger and collects. Cagliari then break themselves, with Cop and M'Poku linking up, but Brozovic ends up coming out with possession. Not great service in and around the box so far.
    • 20'
      Awful finishing from Inter! The away side manage to break upfield at pace, before Icardi clips a ball to the back post for Podolski. The Germany international beats two players and the goalkeeper, but his final touch is too far wide to create an angle for himself! Instead of shooting, he squares a p
    • 22'
      Brozovic looks to dip a cross in towards the back post, but nobody is there to meet it! Inter are looking the better of the two sides, but both goalkeepers are yet to be tested. Giving the ball away too cheaply on the attack has been the main theme of the first half so far.
    • 24'
      Inter manage to release Santon down the left-hand side, before the former Newcastle defender clips a teasing cross into the six-yard box! Podolski makes contact with his forehead, but can only steer a very tame effort way beyond the back post! He should have done better with that.
    • 26'
      Podolski makes a good run down the right channel, committing Brkic to come off his line! The German forward takes the ball around him, but can only struggle to keep it in play at the byline and the chance disappears! Inter then break down the right through Campagnaro, but the Argentine sees an attem
    • 28'
      Zola continue to try and get his message across from the touchline, but Cagliari have had few ideas other than pumping long balls upfield in search of their offensive trio. It has occasionally stuck to Cossu or M'Poku, but Cop has been very quiet so far tonight.
    • 30'
      Good save from Brkic! The goalkeeper gets down smartly to his right-hand side to deny a close-range strike from Brozovic, before Icardi's attempted follow up is blocked by a combination of Avelar and the Serbian shot-stopper.
    • 32'
      Inter have been wasteful with some good chances thus far, which might come back to bite Mancini's men. The away side are getting into their offensive rhythm now, though! Guarin unleashes a long-range effort with his right foot, but Brkic is able to watch it all the way before smothering with ease.
    • 33'
      Mistake from Carrizo! The Inter goalkeeper flaps at a corner delivery, but nobody is able to capitalise in red and blue! Inter then break up the other end and deliver a lofted ball towards the head of Podolski, but Brkic rises above his opponent to claim.
    • 34'
      Santon tries his luck from range this time, with Brkic able to watch the ball bounce before it makes its way into his midriff. He might be the busier of the two goalkeepers, but Inter aren't forcing the Serbian into anything more than routine stops.
    • 36'
      M'Poku breaks down the left byline with some wonderful footwork, before attempting to clip a pass into Cop! Carrizo manages to get a touch on the Croatian's close-range stab, but a combination of his leg and Santon's clearance is enough to ease Inter's concerns.
    • 38'
      Zola is looking like a very concerned man on the sideline, as Inter continue to press forward. Cagliari have had their fair share of half chances on the break, but as the underdogs they have to take one to place the onus firmly on their opponents. The home fans aren't disheartened, as of yet, mind!
    • 39'
      D. Čop is cautioned by the referee.
    • 40'
      Five minutes remain until the break, with Inter looking to make their pressure count. Kovacic finds Medel on the edge of the box, before the Chilean sees a speculative shot deflected behind for a corner.
    • 41'
      Another save from Brkic! The resulting corner is met at the near post and flicked on, but the Cagliari goalkeeper is able to claim low down under some pressure! That looked like it might have been creeping into the bottom corner without an intervention from the Serbian!
    • 43'
      Chances are becoming more regular, but still Carrizo remains fairly untested! Given that Inter's number two goalkeeper has made two mistakes when he has been asked to do a handful of things all half, it'd be common sense for Zola to get his side to try their luck at the Argentine shot-stopper.
    • 45'
      Santon switches play out to the right-hand side, before Campagnaro slips a pass on into Guarin. The Colombian midfielder shoots again from 30 yards out, but Brkic gathers up with ease.
    • 46'
      We are underway in the second half at Stadio Sant'Elia! The hosts have held Inter to a 0-0 stalemate at the break, but there is still plenty of opportunity for both sides to take a bigger share of the spoils here tonight!
    • 47'
      G M. Kovačić Assist D. Čop
    • 47'
      GOOOOOOOOAL! KOVACIC OPENS THE SCORING FOR INTER! The young Croatian thumps a finish into the ceiling of the net after Cagliari just couldn't clear their lines! A cross was angled in towards Icardi, who took a couple of errant touches himself, but his teammate was on hand to finish off opportunistic
    • 49'
      That was the perfect start to second-half proceedings for the away side, with Cagliari now being asked to chase a deficit! The hosts have a lot on their plate now, with Inter looking to have the potential to score more. Cossu is nearly fed in behind enemy lines, but Vidic covers across well to make
    • 50'
      Donsah forces a save! The young midfielder unleashes a full-bodied effort from 25 yards, which leaves Carrizo with no option but to get down smartly to his left! A warning sign for Inter, there.
    • 52'
      Podolski works the ball out to the right-hand side to Guarin, before the Inter midfielder curls in a near-post cross that is headed clear! The Nerazzurri win a corner as a result, which is half cleared at the first upright, before Donsah does the rest.
    • 54'
      Donsah breaks down the right-hand side, before earning the hosts a corner of their own. The Rossoblu populate the penalty area heavily, bringing up their sizeable presences from the back. The delivery is awful, however, bouncing once before being hacked clear at the near post.
    • 55'
      Medel fires an effort at goal from range, but Brkic is once again able to make a fairly comfortable save. Zola then uses a break in play to make a change, replacing the anonymous Cop with Longo.
    • 56'
      SI S. Longo SO D. Čop
    • 56'
      S. Longo comes on for D. Čop.
    • 56'
      Awful attempt from Cossu! The left-sided midfielder is set away behind the Inter back four, before coming under pressure from Carrizo! With the goal relatively at his mercy, the Cagliari man can only blast high and wide! The crowd voice their displeasure, he should have buried that!
    • 58'
      M'Poku manages to steal the ball from Juan on the right-hand side, before trying to slide a cheeky finish past Carrizo at his near post! The Argentine makes a save to concede a corner, which is hurriedly cleared after a goalmouth scramble!
    • 60'
      Half an hour remains for Cagliari to grab an equaliser, with the Rossoblu causing Inter a few problems in the last 10 minutes or so! M'Poku's sheer pace and power is a real issue, they can't seem to take the ball off the winger cleanly! An acrobatic clearance from Vidic denies Conti from firing home
    • 61'
      Another close ball for Inter! Medel gives the ball away, before Cossu and Longo exchange possession! The substitute takes hold of possession in the box, but Carizzo is quick off his line to make a decent save before smothering the rebound!
    • 63'
      Podolski tries to turn smartly and release an effort from 25 yards, but sees his shot well blocked. Cagliari are on the rise, with Longo making something of a difference. The Italian has already been more involved in 10 minutes than Cop was for arguably the entire match.
    • 65'
      Good interception from Juan! Avelar overlaps down the left-hand side, before receiving a ball into his path from Longo. The Brazilian curls a cross in, but his compatriot is on hand to concede a corner with a clearance. Cagliari continue to ramp up the pressure with a few set pieces in quick success
    • 67'
      SI João Pedro SO D. Čop
    • 67'
      João Pedro comes on for A. Cossu.
    • 67'
      Campagnaro concedes a free kick on the right-hand side for a slight nudge on Cossu, with M'Poku standing over it ready to strike. The delivery dips into a congested penalty box, before the referee takes the easy option and awards a foul for a supposed push on Carrizo. Soft decision.
    • 68'
      G M. Icardi Assist D. Čop
    • 68'
      Assist by G. Medel.
    • 68'
      GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! ICARDI MAKES IT 2-0 TO THE AWAY SIDE! Out of nowhere, despite creating nothing for the best part of 15 minutes, the Nerazzuri double their lead! The Argentine striker jinks inside from the right, before placing a curling finish into the top left-hand corner! Lovely stuff.
    • 70'
      Cagliari race straight down the other end in an attempt to claw back a goal, winning a free-kick high on the right flank. It is whipped into the near-post zone yet again, but Inter clear with consummate ease. Moments later, M'Poku is fed in down the same side of the field, but the forward's cut back
    • 72'
      SI L. Ceppitelli SO D. Čop
    • 72'
      L. Crisetig is done for the day. L. Ceppitelli is his replacement.
    • 72'
      Zola makes his second change of the evening, with Crisetig replaced by Ceppitelli. That should result in a reshuffle for the hosts. Kovacic and Brozovic link up wonderfully with a one-two just inside the penalty box, but the latter curls a wild shot beyond the far post!
    • 74'
      Just wide from M'Poku! After a free kick delivery is headed half clear, the Belgian forward rifles a low drive just beyond the left-hand upright with Carrizo at full stretch! So nearly the equaliser, as the goalkeeper was unsighted by a ruck of bodies!
    • 74'
      GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! LONGO MAKES IT 2-1! Donsah plays a hopeful flick over the top for the substitute to chase, before he rattles a powerful volley off the inside of the near post and into the back of the net! It cannoned off the back of the goalkeeper on its way in, so that might go down as an own goal
    • 76'
      Less than a quarter of an hour remains for Cagliari to complete a comeback, with the Rossoblu looking capable of exploiting a fairly slow visiting backline. Mancini has every right to be concerned on the touchline, as in the second half his men haven't looked convincing in front of their own goal, w
    • 78'
      LONGO GOES CLOSE! The goalscorer manages to cut back a cross-cum-shot from a tight angle, which Campagnaro is just about able to shepherd from harm's way! Cagliari continue to press on, lumping cross after cross into the box! They're leaving plenty of red and blue shirts forward and the home fans ar
    • 79'
      Longo goes close again! Ceppitelli whips in a cross from the right-hand side, which the substitute can't quite rise enough to meet! If he'd made contact, it would have been tough to miss the target and Carrizo was at his mercy! Mancini hurriedly readies some substitutes on the touchline.
    • 81'
      SI Dodô SO D. Čop
    • 81'
      Dodô enters the game and replaces L. Podolski.
    • 81'
      Inter have 10 minutes to hold onto the result, but Mancini might just have to throw on a couple more defensive bodies to ensure that the game reaches the right conclusion for the Nerazzurri. Dodo will be introduced for Podolski, with the visitors potentially slotting into a back five as a result, wi
    • 83'
      SI Hernanes SO D. Čop
    • 83'
      Hernanes enters play, replacing M. Brozović.
    • 83'
      Hernanes is the second man to be introduced by Mancini, with the Italian coach presumably hoping that the Brazil international can look after the ball more composedly in a tough situation. Brozovic comes off, but the Croatian midfielder gave a good account of himself this evening.
    • 85'
      It looks as though Santon is filling in on the right-hand side at the moment, as a more defensive option to track the runs of Avelar. Vidic, Juan and Campagnaro will hope to have the numerical advantage centrally against the likes of Longo and M'Poku.
    • 87'
      The switch in system has allowed for Inter to weather the storm, with Cagliari's front two being watched under closer surveillance as a result. The hosts have only a few minutes left of normal time to restore parity. The pressure is on now, as home points are vital in the relegation scrap!
    • 89'
      H. Campagnaro goes into the referee's book.
    • 89'
      Inter manage to win a corner from Avelar, which they will most certainly take their time over! The Nerazzurri take it short, before clipping a cross in towards the back post, but Vidic can only guide a header within the reach of Brkic.
    • 90'
      There are four minutes of stoppage time at Stadio Sant'Elia!
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE

    SUBSTITUTES

    MANAGERS

    italy
    Leonardo Semplici
    italy
    Antonio Conte

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 19 21
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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