SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 3 Feb 2013 (14.00 UK)
3 - 1 Inter
Emeghara 21 (S), Cassano 22 (I), Sestu 25 (S), Rosina pen 56 (S)
Stadio Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena

Siena earned a shock 3-1 victory over 10-man Inter, as Cristian Chivu saw red and Innocent Emeghara scored on his full Serie A debut. They had also won 2-0 at San Siro, but with Serse Cosmi on the bench.

The Nerazzurri were short on confidence after fighting back to scrape a point against Torino last week, celebrating just one win in the previous four, but Siena continued to prop up the table after six defeats in seven rounds. Diego Milito, Esteban Cambiasso, Walter Samuel, Dejan Stankovic, Luca Castellazzi and Gaby Mudingayi were out injured. Fredy Guarin picked up a muscular problem in the morning training session, but was able to start with new signings Ezequiel Schelotto and Zdravko Kuzmanovic.

Nicola Pozzi is still not fit for the hosts after his January move from Sampdoria, but gave Nigerian-Swiss striker Innocent Emeghara his first start after joining from Lorient.

Rodrigo Palacio couldn’t quite get his first touch right on a long ball that had sent him clear on goal, while at the other end Juan Jesus had to stop the Emeghara counter-attack reaching Alessandro Rosina.

Gianluca Pegolo flew to fingertip a Guarin rocket out from under the crossbar, as the shot came from 25 metres away. From that corner, a spectacular Juan Jesus flick up and scissor-kick volley on the turn was palmed round the post.

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was also forced into an acrobatic save, tipping the Rosina scorcher over the bar.

Siena youngster Emeghara broke the deadlock on his first Serie A start, as Matteo Rubin burst down the left and rolled across for the Nigerian to tap in from five yards. There were some suspicions of offside, though it was extremely tight.

The advantage lasted just 60 seconds, as moments later Antonio Cassano curled a cross from the left that went past Yuto Nagatomo and the defenders to slot into the far bottom corner.

It was wide open and there was a third goal in a four-minute spell. Alessio Sestu feinted a cross from the edge of the box, but instead curled a magnificent finish in off the underside of the bar with Handanovic stranded.

Emeghara drilled just wide and a Kuzmanovic snapshot took a massive deflection off Massimo Paci to whistle past the post.

Cassano wanted a penalty for a coming-together with Belmonte, though replays suggest he got the ball, but Siena nearly added a third when Rubin’s shot was deflected out for a corner. It was wide open and Pegolo completely misjudged a Nagatomo cross with Schelotto deflection, but was fortunate to see it bounce off his stomach. Angelo mistimed his volley on a dangerous counter-attack inspired by Rubin.

After the restart, Inter gave 18-year-old Mateo Kovacic his debut in place of Schelotto, moving Nagatomo to a four-man defence.

However, Emeghara was on the counter-attack and brought down from behind by Cristian Chivu as he was preparing to shoot. The red card was inevitable and Rosina converted the penalty by sending Handanovic the wrong way.

Pegolo got down well to palm away a daisy-cutter Guarin free kick, then Cassano’s rocket thumped the underside of the crossbar, bounced back off the ground and out again.

Inter poured forward, leaving huge gaps for the counter-attack and Sestu curled just over the top corner after Rosina’s effort was well held.


: Pegolo; Belmonte, Paci, Felipe; Angelo, Vergassola, Della Rocca, Rubin; Rosina (Valiani 59), Sestu (Bolzoni 79); Emeghara (Bogdani 81)
Inter: Handanovic; Ranocchia, Chivu, Juan Jesus; Schelotto (Kovacic 46), Kuzmanovic, Zanetti, Nagatomo; Guarin (Gargano 86); Cassano (Rocchi 73), Palacio
Ref: Doveri

Sent off: Chivu 55 (I)