Genoa 0-5 Inter: Nerazzurri Hit Five Past Grifoni At Marassi To Go Top

Inter Milan

Inter recorded an incredible 5-0 victory at the Stadio Marassi against Genoa without Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito to go top of the Serie A table.

Inter travelled to face Genoa hoping to take advantage of Juventus’ slip up earlier today against Fiorentina, who earned a draw at the Stadio Olimpico of Turin.

The league leaders didn’t take long to take the lead at the Stadio Marassi, as after just six minutes Esteban Cambiasso’s shot on a free kick move was deflected by Francesco Modesto and beat Marco Amelia to make it 1-0 Inter.

The visitors continued to create the most threats, and in the 13th minute Dejan Stankovic was found by a great pass from Wesley Sneijder, but the Serbian’s shot went just wide of the post.

Stankovic was Inter’s most dangerous player, and three minutes later he came close again with a header on a cross from the right by Maicon which he sent just wide.

At the half hour mark, the visitors made it 2-0 thanks to lone striker Mario Balotelli, who was filling in the void left behind by the injured Samuel Eto’o and Diego Milito. The teenager finished off a counterattack that started after captain Javier Zanetti stole the ball from Zapater, slotting the ball in with a precise diagonal shot on an assist by Sneijder.

Genoa thought they had pulled one back in the 40th minute, when Omar Milanetto beat Julio Cesar with a nice shot on a fine assist by Raffaele Palladino, but the linesman’s flag was up for offside.

However, it was Inter who found a third goal just before the break, as in the fourth minute of stoppage time Stankovic scored a contender for goal of the season with a volley from around the halfway line after a poor goal kick by Amelia.

As the teams re-entered the dressing rooms, there were some arguments between Genoa’s bench players and Maicon, and Lucio and Julio Cesar had to step in to prevent a fight. The referee then decided to send off Genoa’s reserve keeper Alessio Scarpi, who was trying to pick a fight with the Brazilian full back.

During the break Inter coach Jose Mourinho decided to replace goalscorer Cambiasso, who suffered a slight injury, with Patrick Vieira.

The visitors controlled the match without too many problems early in the second half, and came close to scoring a fourth in the 57th minute, when Sneijder’s free kick found Balotelli, whose header was very well saved by Amelia.

Ten minutes later, Inter did find a fourth goal, as substitute Vieira was picked out by another great pass by Sneijder, and finished it off with a low left-footed shot.

In the 71st minute, the Nerazzurri even made it 5-0, as Sulley Muntari dribbled past three defenders on the edge of the area and the ball came to Maicon, who had no problems slotting it home from inside the area.

The last twenty minutes of the match was very uneventful, as Inter felt no need to push on for more goals, while Genoa were obviously very low on confidence after shipping five goals.

The referee blew his whistle for full time without any stoppage time being added. Inter earned a hugely impressive victory that sends them on top of the table, and they will only be caught in case Sampdoria beat Lazio away from home tomorrow.


~ by footballdirecta on October 18, 2009.

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