Palermo 1-1 Inter Milan (Serie A)

It was fourth against first and Jose Mourinho’s men were fresh from conquering Chelsea, but their lead at the top of the Serie A table was cut to one point. The Nerazzurri had managed just six points from five games and lost 3-1 in Sicily to Catania last week. Mario Balotelli was frozen out, Sulley Muntari suspended and Cristian Chivu injured. Palermo lost captain Fabio Liverani, so Fabio Simplicio stepped in, but had won seven consecutive home matches and were unbeaten in 22 here.

Diego Milito had the first chance after seven minutes, as a deflected Samuel Eto’o pass sent him free to thump the near post from the tightest of angles.

A sliding Federico Balzaretti tackle blocked off Eto’o and from the resulting corner Cesare Bovo gave away a penalty for hauling down Lucio by the arm and shirt. Milito stepped up and converted with a powerful finish under the bar.

Javier Pastore blasted high from distance, but Inter were dominating and Milito nodded Esteban Cambiasso’s free kick over.

Palermo drew level with a well-worked team move. Fabrizio Miccoli’s inspired slide-rule pass split the defence in two and freed Edinson Cavani for an angled drive in at the near post.

Salvatore Sirigu smothered Dejan Stankovic’s effort, while at the other end Pastore’s angled drive was blocked. Douglas Maicon got his head to a smart Wesley Sneijder ball over the top, but nodded wide from close range.

Palermo went so close when Miccoli’s cross was deflected into the path of Simplicio, who at full stretch couldn’t make the decisive contact as he came sliding in.

The Sicilians saw a lot more of the ball now and Miccoli’s daisy-cutter flashed across the face of goal.

After the restart Miccoli went on a blazing counter from Inter’s own corner, but the cross took a nick off Maicon’s head to put off Cavani’s free header at the back post.

Simplicio stretched too far in the tackle and was stretchered off to make way for Nicols Bertolo. Jose Mourinho made a double tactical change to adopt the line-up of Stamford Bridge with Thiago Motta and Goran Pandev replacing Santon and Stankovic, so Javier Zanetti moved to left-back.

Cavani blasted over on the counter, but Walter Samuel rose above the crowd to nod inches wide of the upright from a Cambiasso corner kick.

Palermo now left Inter the initiative in order to strike with dangerous counter-attacks. Cavani flashed a blockbuster wide from 25 metres. The Rosanero protested on 81 minutes when Samuel appeared to tug Cavani’s shirt off the ball to take him out of another rapid counter.

Cambiasso blasted over, but Inter were fortunate to block a counter-attack with two players against two. Cavani was clear on goal when Samuel slipped in front of him and managed to clear from the ground, as the Uruguayan practically walked into his prone body.

Sirigu plucked Maicon’s chip out of the air and in stoppages Julio Cesar had his palms stung by a rocket of a Miccoli free kick aimed at the near post.

Perez wants to plunder the Inter: after Mou, the objective is Maicon

Barcelona has Dani Alves? Then Real Madrid on the corsia of right does not have to be from less. And who to the world is more hard of the blaugrana outside? The compatriot Douglas Maicon, obviously, holder of the role in the Seleçao. If Mourinho is between the candidates to the park bench of the Blanca House in the next one stagion, the next Galactico could be just the Brazilian of the Inter, at least second how much public Sport stamattina. Perez, scottato from the elimination in Champions League, wants to strengthen a corsia, that right, than with Sergio Ramos she has suffered too much up to now. It wants a champion to us of the role and Maicon answers to requirement demands. Moreover, if indeed Mourinho, as they support in Spain, the next year guides Real Madrid, it would be easier to convince the Brazilian to follow it. It is arcinoto, in fact, the tie between the two (slid summer the Portuguese defined the terzino only to the world in its role).

The first movement in the strategies merengues is to re-establish the relationships with the agent of Maicon, Antonio Caliendo, already contacted the slid summer for an approach to the negotiation. To find an agreement economic, considered the Madrilenian cases, would not be sure a problem, but Maicon has already made to know that in its head, today, there is only the Inter, and every speech of market must be sent back to the term of the season. It comes to ask, however, in that way will take to Milan the new courtship to the player, than to July compirà 29 years. Already months ago Moratti it rejected the coming onslaughts from Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid, therefore between some month thus it is not discounted that it can change idea. Than less not arivi an offer of those which they cannot be refused. Better cash in order to finance the next campaign acquires (is spoken about 30 million, but months ago were rejected 40…), probably, but considered the precedence (Cambiasso, Sneijder, Samuel…), if players in “esubero” arrived from the Real, certainly they would render the Inter still more fort.

Rossi: Inter is the strongest

Tomorrow evening Palermo will face the Inter veteran from the Victoria in Champions on the Chelsea but also from the defeat of friday slid against the Catania. The nerazzurri they return in Sicily but Delio Rossi, in press conference, does not make illusions: “This for we is not the game, but a game like the others. Not there is null of similar to the contest that the Inter has lost against the Catania slid friday, every challenge has a history has oneself. I only hope that Palermo you play from Palermo, because the Inter will play from Inter. We will have of forehead a square constructed in the time, also with economic efforts, much technique and much physical. It is for that the Inter is the square more hard in Italy. I hope that they have also of the points weak people”.

Delio Rossi has seen the Victoria of the Inter on the Chelsea, that it comments thus: “The qualification Is a reason of virtue for Italy of the Inter to the quarters, has held high the flag. We must be craftsmen of our destiny, they we will not be satisfied for what they have made London, because the Inter is a made square of accustomed champions to gain and to hold high the tension. If they will not succeed to absorb the euphoria for the Victoria with Chelsea he wants to say that they are not then thus champions”.

Chelsea-Inter: 0-1 (Champions league)

The 0-1 comparison between Chelsea and Inter Ends, valid contest for the return of eighth of end of Uefa Champions League. The Inter qualification to the quarters, thanks to the net of Samuel Eto’o to the 33 ‘ of the resumption.

The first time passes to inviolate nets, with the Chelsea bridled from the pressing of the Inter. The nerazzurri they hold well, thanks also to the defense, that it succeeds to grant little of forehead to the offensive of the blues, that they find the better occasion with Anelka, in the last minuteren. Of Eto’o instead the more dangerous action of the Inter, to the 33 ‘, of head. According to time it begins with the Chelsea still more aggressive and the match one becomes nervous: fioccano the yellows. But to the quarter now the Inter reacts, before with Pandev and then with I support, but without fortune. The nerazzurri they insist: to 20 ‘ Argentine us new evidence, primed from Sneijder, but wastes kicking badly. Al 25 ‘ the occasion passes from the head of Thiago Motta, on the punishment of Sneijder, but the ball ends little over the crosspiece. The Inter is made more aggressive and in fact to the 34 ‘ the advantage arrives nerazzurro, thanks to the goal of Eto’o, of skillful outside in race, served from a cross perfect of Sneijder. The park bench nerazzurra explodes of joy. The match between Chelsea and Inter 0-1 finishes, with the nerazzurri of Mourinho that are characterized to the quarters of end.

FIRST TIME – For this return of eighth of end of Uefa Champions League, after the Victoria nerazzurra for 2-1 to the gone one, José Mourinho chooses capitan Zanetti like terzino left to complete the composed defense from Maicon, Lucio and Samuel in front of Julio Cesar. To centrocampo Cambiasso and Thiago Motta, with Sneijder to inspire the heavy tridente Pandev-Support. A spregiudicata formation that of the Stamford Bridge, all exhausting, that the great former Mourinho with applauses and choruses from the tifosi of the Chelsea receives, than it has not never forgotten.

After a pair of minuteren in which the two squares they seem to study itself, to the 5 ‘ the first occasion is nerazzurra, with Maicon who give the skillful one serve Sneijder with rasoiata, the Dutch goes to the shooting from the distance but Alex beats again and Eto’o does not succeed in to touch on the rimpallo. Two minuteren after answer the Chelsea with Malouda, than part ball to the foot in dribbling but it comes blocked ready from the defense nerazzurra. Al 12 ‘ Chelsea anchor, with Ballack that gives the distance goes to the shooting of right power, the ball finishes little to side on the right of Julio Cesar. The Blues is proposed with insistence in ahead but the defense of the Inter does not leave spaces. Al 25 ‘ Drogba on a rimpallo finds on the feet an inviting ball, dangerous its shooting, but Maicon succeeds to beat again. Al 33 ‘ dangerous Inter: from the Maicon right crossa for Eto’o, but the camerunese does not find the moment and when it crushes of head, to a step from Turnbull, does not find the door outside sending the ball. Five dangerous minuteren after anchor nerazzurri, with Eto’o that it touches to behind for I support, but Ballack anticipates the Argentine. Al 41 ‘ then touches to the Chelsea to have a great occasion in area with Malouda, but to close skillfully there is Samuel. A minute after is Thiago Motta, with Julio Cesar chopped herbs, to make an other participation decisive, this time on the action of Anelka primed from Drogba. Manciata of second and the ivoriano test then to serve Lampard, but is still Samuel to demonstrate itself providential. The Chelsea closes the first time to the attack, with the Inter defended in defense. After a recovery minute the 0-0 first fraction of game between Chelsea and Inter finishes therefore.

ACCORDING TO TIME – the resumption is opened without changes. The first occasion of according to time, to the 4 ‘, is of the Chelsea, with a punishment of Drogba, but Julio Cesar makes its football without problems. Optimal Al 7 ‘ the opening of Sneijder for Eto’o but Zhirkov recovers. Malouda answers quickly, to the shooting of power from the right on the first pole. The blues they begin the resumption the many aggressive and fioccano yellows from both the parts: the game is made incandescent. Al fourth now Pandev loses a great occasion, making itself to anticipate from Zhirkov. Little second and test I support to us, of right in area, but Turnbull rejects. Al 20 ‘ anchor I support, primed from Sneijder, but the Argentine kicks unfortunately badly and the ball finishes to side, to the left of Turnbull. Al 25 ‘, on punishment of Sneijder, Thiago goes us to Motta of head but the ball ends little over the crosspiece. Now the Inter appears very more aggressive and in fact to the 33 ‘ the goal arrives nerazzurro, with Eto’o that, primed from Sneijder, marks the beautifulst and heaviest goal, of skillful outside in race, striking Turnbull. The park bench explodes of joy nerazzurra. Now they are the present tifosi nerazzurri to Stamford Bridge to inneggiare to José Mourinho. Al 42 ‘ the Stark arbitrator expels with a red one directed Drogba in order to have treaded on the ankle of Thiago Motta, already to earth in area: the Chelsea remains in ten men. After four minuteren of recovery the 0-1 match finishes therefore between Chelsea and Inter: the nerazzurri they strike blues thanks to the net of Eto’o and they are characterized to the quarters of end of Uefa Champions League.