Serie A

  • D. Falcinelli 18’
  • D. Falcinelli 22’
  • 65’ D. D'Ambrosio
Serie A
Ezio Scida
Attendance 13,967


    • KICK OFF
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      That's all from this one, where Crotone ran out winners. Thanks, as ever, for joining us. Until next time, goodbye!
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      D'Ambrosio offered a response for the visitors, but it was not enough and they slip out of the European places, below rivals Milan ahead of Saturday's derby. Inter's fine run of form earlier in the year seems a long time ago now.
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      What a result for Crotone! They move to within three points of safety, registering a first ever win over Inter thanks to Falcinelli's goals.
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      Inter have offered next-to-nothing in attack, only threatening through that late Ansaldi header. With Milan winning comfortably elsewhere, Pioli's men need a big second half to avoid slipping out of the European places ahead of next week's derby.
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      Crotone are good value for their lead, scoring twice through Falcinelli, and they could have netted further goals, with Handanovic and his defence as busy as they have been clumsy.
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      Here come the teams in Calabria! We are now just a couple of minutes from kick-off.
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      Inter play Milan on Saturday, so today's results could shape a very interesting derby clash...
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      With third-placed Napoli playing fourth-placed Lazio later in the day, this represents a big opportunity for Inter to pile the pressure on one or both of those sides. Failure to get a positive result, though, could allow Milan to take advantage and move into the top six with victory over struggling
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      Inter won the reverse fixture 3-0 at San Siro, but the game was goalless with less than 10 minutes remaining. Ivan Perisic opened the scoring in the 84th minute and Mauro Icardi added a late double as interim coach Stefano Vecchi earned a hard-fought three points in his only league game in charge.
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      After Crotone's maiden Serie A away win at Chievo, Leonardo Capezzi drops out for Andrea Barberis. Pioli makes two changes to the Inter side beaten by Sampdoria, bringing in Jeison Murillo and Geoffrey Kondogbia for Marcelo Brozovic and the injured Roberto Gagliardini.
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      Subs: Andreolli, Joao Mario, Palacio, Biabiany, Sainsbury, Santon, Eder, Carrizo, Nagatomo, Brozovic, Gabriel.
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      Inter: Handanovic, D'Ambrosio, Murillo, Miranda, Ansaldi, Medel, Kondogbia, Candreva, Banega, Perisic, Icardi.
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      Subs: Claiton, Festa, Nalini, Mesbah, Kotnik, Dussenne, Acosty, Capezzi, Sampirisi, Viscovo, Suljic, Simy.
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      Crotone: Cordaz, Rosi, Ceccherini, Ferrari, Martella, Rohden, Crisetig, Barberis, Stoian, Trotta, Falcinella.
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      Let's get some team news from Stadio Ezio Scida...
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      Inter, meanwhile, are aiming to seal a European spot as hopes of Champions League football fade. A run of only two wins in five league matches has seen Stefano Pioli's men drift nine points short of the top three in sixth - just one place and one point above rivals AC Milan coming into the weekend.
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      These two sides have very contrasting aims for the final weeks of the season, with 18th-placed Crotone, in their first top-flight campaign, hoping to close the six-point gap to Empoli and safety.
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      Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the Serie A clash between Crotone and Inter!
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      And the hosts are looking to attack Inter from the off. Marcello Trotta's cross from the left is tame, before Marcus Rohden is flagged offside as he makes progress on the right.
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      KICK-OFF: Crotone get us under way.
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      SAVE! Great energy from Aleandro Rosi! He pushes the ball forward to Diego Falcinelli and keeps running to take a return pass in behind, beating Samir Handanovic to the ball. The goalkeeper stays big, though, and blocks a low shot.
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      Trotta and Falcinelli are certainly going to keep Murillo and Miranda busy at the back, with the latter Crotone player now receiving treatment after winning a free-kick in an aerial battle.
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      Another close call for Inter, with Gianmarco Ferrari just offside as he flings himself at the free-kick. It's all Crotone so far.
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      Inter cannot get a foot on the ball. Kondogbia and Miranda are both hassled into giving possession away and Crotone come again.
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      That's more like it from the visitors. Antonio Candreva crosses from the right and, when Rosi fails to deal with the delivery, Icardi tees up Cristian Ansaldi to centre again. Crotone hold firm.
    • 9'
      Frustration for Candreva as he is pulled up for handball, despite seemingly controlling with his thigh. Gary Medel is quickly on the scene to usher his protesting team-mate away.
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      Inter are now very much in an even game, wasting a set-piece through Ever Banega before conceding a free-kick due to a rugged Miranda challenge. Pioli's men just about get the ball clear.
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      A lengthy spell of treatment for Perisic now as an advancing Crotone player bulldozes through his challenge. He's finally back on his feet.
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      SAVE! It's easy pickings for Handanovic as Adrian Stoian curls a meek effort into his arms after Trotta's lay-off, with Inter again giving the ball away too easily.
    • 16'
      Icardi has been starved of the ball so far. The Crotone defence are doing a good job at shielding the ball from Inter's captain.
    • 17'
      It's wonderful play from the hosts. Stoian tees up Trotta, whose dummy causes both Miranda and Medel to slip. With the forward knocking the ball right, Medel's arm intercepts and it's a clear spot-kick.
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      G D. Falcinelli
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      GOAL! Falcinelli dispatches the spot-kick with a cool, calm finish! 1-0.
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      CHANCE! This is all one-way traffic now! Stoian is causing Inter real problems as Crotone pounce on a poor Miranda clearance and move the ball swiftly around the penalty area. When the ball eventually drops for Rosi, though, he volleys high and wide.
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      G D. Falcinelli
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      Trotta was central to that second goal, dropping deep off Miranda and controlling before teasing a pinpoint pass through for Falcinelli. Marvellous.
    • 22'
      GOAL! Unbelievable! What a move, what a finish - it's Falcinelli again. He is in acres of space on the left as he runs clear to lift a delicate finish over Handanovic into the far corner. 2-0.
    • 24'
      SAVE! Crotone are hammering their esteemed visitors! Now Rohden skips in the box and lashes a low drive at Handanovic, who blocks well with his legs.
    • 25'
      AT THE OTHER END! It's all going on! Handanovic flaps at a cross following the corner and Inter break. Banega's low shot is comfortably saved, but Icardi appears to have picked up a knock in the build-up.
    • 27'
      Icardi is back on his feet, but Inter are not. Crotone's dominance continues and Murillo is looking very shaky at the back, just about escaping as he is fouled by Stoian.
    • 30'
      Inter lack their usual fluency in the final third. Candreva crosses and Icardi controls, hoping a team-mate will run onto the ball. There's no-one there and Crotone can attack once more.
    • 32'
      Better from Murillo - and it has to be. Crotone have men over in attack, but the visiting defender nips in front of Falcinelli to clear.
    • 34'
      While Inter are now gaining possession in the Crotone half, their passing is still off. Each move is slow and laboured, with simple balls going astray everywhere.
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      And when Inter do get into a good position, Candreva weaving through, Crotone have such vast numbers back in defence that there is no way through. This being a side that went to San Siro and held out for 84 minutes, they will be happy to sit on this lead.
    • 38'
      Great defensive header from Ferrari! Candreva's ball was dangerous from the left, but he nods it behind for a corner, which Inter fail to make anything of. It's been an incredibly frustrating half for Pioli and his side.
    • 40'
      CHANCE! Crotone are twice so close to adding to their lead! Bruno Martella races in behind and cannot quite find a team-mate with his cross, before meeting a return ball and nodding wide.
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      BLOCK! Incredible! Crotone should be well and truly out of sight. Medel's hopeless clearance from a Stoian centre falls back to the midfielder, who can tee up Rohdan. He looks destined to score, but Miranda blocks bravely on the line, with his chest, and the rebound is lashed over the top.
    • 44'
      Inter cannot build any momentum in response and Ansaldi has taken a whack to the head. He's bleeding, but is quickly patched up and back on the field.
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      SI R. Palacio SO C. Ansaldi
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      SI Eder SO J. Murillo
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      There will be three minutes added at the end of this half.
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      YC B. Martella
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      YC R. Palacio
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      YELLOW! Palacio was also booked for his role in that clash.
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      YELLOW! Martella clashes with Palacio and picks up a booking.
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      KICK-OFF: Inter get us started again, with a big 45 minutes to come for Pioli's side.
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      SUB! Ansaldi, who missed that chance late in the first half after picking up a head injury, is off in an attacking switch for Rodrigo Palacio.
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      SUB! Murillo is also off, with Eder Martins coming on. These switches will dictate a change in formation.
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      Inter look to be pressing in the hope of halving the deficit before the break, but Lorenzo Crisetig takes possession for Crotone and plays in Falcinelli on the right. The hosts' own move soon slows, though, and Inter have the ball back.
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      YC F. Ceccherini
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      YELLOW! And another yellow card as Federico Ceccherini clatters Eder.
    • 48'
      It's been a frantic start to the second half, Alex Cordaz also dangerously dropping a cross beneath his crossbar. Inter are on top so far.
    • 48'
      HALF-TIME: Crotone 2-0 Inter.
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      CHANCE! A first genuine sight of goal for Inter. Ansaldi is in space at the far post to meet a deep cross, but screws his header horribly wide. The defender really should have done better there.
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      YC E. Banega
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      YELLOW! And, yet again, the referee goes to his pocket. Danilo D'Ambrosio swiped wildly at two Crotone players in quick succession.
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      Crisetag was the first man brought down there, and he now requires treatment on the pitch.
    • 53'
      D'Ambrosio appears to be lining up alongside Medel and Miranda in a back three, with Candreva and Perisic converted into wing-backs.
    • 55'
      Understandably, Crotone are sitting deep in this second period - and they're doing it well. Inter are still limited in their forward forays.
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      SAVE! A first effort for Icardi? He didn't appear to know a great deal about it as Candreva's cross was deflected off his head and into the arms of Cordaz.
    • 57'
      WIDE! Oh, so close! While Trotta is isolated in attack for the hosts, Inter have bodies forward and a high ball falls for Perisic to volley. He thunders an effort narrowly wide. Better frmo the visitors.
    • 60'
      It looks like Inter will spend the entire second half probing, passing the ball around the opposition half and searching for a route through. Crotone, seemingly, have no intention to attack.
    • 61'
      CHANCE! A corner from the right, delivered by Candreva, but Kondogbia directs a header well, well wide. He should have done better.
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      Crotone get forward and win a corner of their own, but the quality evident in the first half is no longer there, the delivery easily cleared at the near post.
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      G D. D'Ambrosio
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      GOAL! They're back in it through D'Ambrosio! He turns home from just a couple of yards out following Kondogbia's header from the corner. 2-1.
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      Assist Geoffrey Kondogbia
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      And back to Inter pressure. Candreva wins a free-kick in a threatening position, but takes it quickly and they have to start again. Another centre is turned behind by Rosi for a corner...
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      SI M. Sampirisi SO M. Rohdén
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      There was always a risk for Crotone as they sat back in the second half, with Inter sure to push on further now. The hosts really should have heeded the warning of the previous centre when Kondogbia nodded wide.
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      SUB! Mario Sampirisi is on for Rohdan for Crotone.
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      There's a clash now, with Palacio again involved, and tempers are rising as that goal piques both sides' interests once more.
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      SAVE! Inter keep pushing and Candreva's low shot is stopped by Cordaz. The pressure is on now.
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      POST! So, so close to an equaliser! What an effort from Eder. Taking Icardi's lay-off, he smashes a low strike against the upright and the ball bounces behind.
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      SI B. Acosty SO M. Trotta
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      SUB! Trotta has tired in the second half and Boadu Maxwell Acosty is on in another defensive change.
    • 75'
      SI L. Capezzi SO A. Barberis
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      SUB! Capezzi is also on, replacing Barberis.
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      SAVE! Can Crotone hold out? They'll need more good stops from Cordaz, and he blocks Palacio's drive after a neat turn on the edge of the area.
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      WIDE! Wild from Kondogbia. He pushes on from Miranda's flick and powers a shot high and wide from distance.
    • 81'
      SI João Mário SO G. Kondogbia
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      SUB! Joao Mario is on for Inter, with Kondogbia making way after that wayward effort.
    • 83'
      CHANCE! D'Ambrosio wins a free-kick for Banega to deliver, but Crotone clear for a corner. A second delivery picks out Miranda at the near post, but he pokes wide.
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      SAVE! Fine break from Crotone! After a pair of poor Inter corners, Acosty plays an extended one-two with Falcinelli and then curls a fine effort towards the right side of the goal, Handanovic saving well.
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      CHANCE! And then Inter have the opportunity to equalise! Perisic meets a cross at the far post, but directs his header wide.
    • 88'
      Crotone are clinging on, but the ball continues to bounce around in dangerous areas! They are ever so close to a famous victory - their first against Inter.
    • 89'
      YC B. Acosty
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      Yellow card Boadu Maxwell Acosty
    • 91'
      WIDE! And in the first of those, Miranda nearly steals a point! He prods inches wide after controlling inside the area.
    • 91'
      There will be a mammoth six minutes of additional time.
    • 93'
      Huge take from Cordaz! With Inter passing the ball back and forth, a high ball into the box is plucked out of the air by the goalkeeper. That should relieve some of the palpable tension.
    • 94'
      And now Crotone have won a corner! They just need to keep the ball and they will have taken a huge step towards survival.
    • 95'
      Rosi is receiving treatment in the corner after battling to keep the ball. Meanwhile, the home fans are bouncing in the stands!
    • 96'
      Free-kick to Inter in a shooting position...
    • 98'
      YC L. Capezzi
    • 98'
      FULL-TIME: Crotone 2-1 Inter.
    • 98'
      WIDE! Crotone are home and dry now, with the free-kick crawling harmlessly wide. A poor effort that sums up Inter's blunt attack today.
    • 98'
      YELLOW! Capezzi is booked for creeping forward in the wall.

    Line Up




    Serse Cosmi
    Antonio Conte



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


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


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


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


    Fouls Conceded 15 14
    Yellow Cards 4 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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