Internazionale vs. Catania  2 - 2


Zanetti encouraged by fighting spirit

5 March 2012 09:57

Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has praised his team's attitude after they came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to Catania on Sunday.

Inter went in at half-time trailing 2-0, but were able to rescue a point following goals from Diego Forlan and Diego Milito in the last 20 minutes of the Serie A match.

Zanetti, 38, felt goalkeeper Julio Cesar played a crucial part in the side's comeback at San Siro, as they ended a sequence of five defeats in succession.

"Considering how it was going, we showed great character," Zanetti told Inter's television channel.

"It was not easy, because after our good start, Catania hit us hard with two goals."

"At half-time, Julio Cesar gave us a team talk in the locker room and I have to compliment him for that."

"We are all aware that this situation is not good and we want to get back to picking up points."

Zanetti also commented on an incident involving club veteran Esteban Cambiasso, who started crying when Inter's fans cheered loudly as he was replaced by Andrea Poli on 61 minutes.

"You would have to ask the coach if it was correct to replace someone who has won so much," Zanetti said.

"If (Claudio) Ranieri replaced him, he must have had his reasons. We can all have difficult moments and I do not think that us (members) of the team are responsible."

"We have to understand the mood of the fans and we are not angry with their reaction. Unfortunately, we have lost many matches."

"At the end of the game, I thanked the fans because they were very important in encouraging us."

Inter have now gone seven Serie A matches without a win and sit seventh on the table, 11 points behind Lazio, who currently occupy the third Champions League qualification place.


Serie A wrap: Mauri earns Lazio full points

5 March 2012 02:34

Stefano Mauri's second-half strike saw Lazio defeat a 10-man Roma 2-1 in Sunday's Serie A action.

Roma made a terrible start to the derby as they were reduced to 10 men after just nine minutes.

Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was the man to receive his marching orders after he fouled Miroslav Klose in the penalty area.

The resultant spot-kick was tucked away by Hernanes and Roma faced an uphill battle.

They managed a quick equaliser though as forward Fabio Borini scored after 16 minutes.

The scoreline remained the same until half-time, before Lazio took the lead for a second time through Mauri on 62 minutes.

And despite having defender Lionel Scaloni sent off for a second yellow card in the dying stages, Lazio held on for all three points.

In other matches, Napoli beat Parma 2-1 thanks to Ezequiel Lavezzi's late winner.

Cristian Zaccardo cancelled out Edinson Cavani's opener with 13 minutes left but Lavezzi had the last laugh on 86 minutes.

Udinese drew 0-0 with Atlanta, Siena thumped Cagliari 3-0 and Fiorentina defeated bottom-placed Cesena 2-0.

The day's other match saw Genoa's Giuseppe Sculli score twice to give his side a point in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Lecce.

Bologna stole a late 1-0 victory over Novara to leap three points clear of the drop zone, in which the losers sit - 11 points from safety.

In the late kick-off, Inter Milan fought back from a two-goal deficit at home to earn a 2-2 draw with Catania.

Alejandro Gomez and Mariano Izco had the visitors two goals to the good in the opening half, before two second-half strikes eight minutes apart from Diego Forlan and Diego Milito saw the San Siro side earn a point.


Serie A preview: Top two seek to retain supremacy

2 March 2012 23:50

AC Milan and Juventus are both in action on Saturday, and will surely hope to avoid the controversy that dogged their meeting last week.

The top two teams in Serie A clashed at San Siro last weekend, with league leaders Milan retaining a one-point advantage over second-placed Juve following a 1-1 draw between the two heavyweights.

Milan were aggrieved not to take a 2-0 lead in the match when the assistant referee failed to award a goal to Sulley Muntari.

The Ghana international's header appeared to have crossed the line by as much as a metre, only to be clawed out by Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, subsequently fooling the match officials.

Buffon later stood by his actions, saying although he instinctively plucked the ball out of his goal, he would not have corrected the referee's mistake even if he had the opportunity to do so.

Milan's displeasure with the outcome is understandable - the reigning champions may continue to top the standings, but they have played one game more than Juve, who can move into first place with victories in their next two matches.

Next up for Milan is a trip to face eighth-placed Palermo, while Juve - still unbeaten in 24 league matches this season - host 10th-placed Chievo in Turin.

On Sunday, all eyes are likely to be on struggling Inter Milan and under-fire coach Claudio Ranieri.

Without a victory from their last eight matches in all competitions, Inter host mid-table Catania at San Siro.

The other big match of the day takes place in the capital, when fierce local rivals Roma and Lazio meet at the Stadio Olimpico.

Also on Sunday, Parma are at home to Napoli, Novara go to Bologna and Fiorentina host Cesena.

Lecce await the visit of Genoa, Cagliari travel to face Siena and Udinese are at home to Atalanta.

Later in the week, Juve visit Bologna on Wednesday in one of three fixtures rescheduled due to bad weather.

The other matches see Catania go away to Cesena, and Parma host Fiorentina.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 84
2 38 +41 80
3 38 +17 64
4 38 +9 62
5 38 +20 61
6 38 +3 58
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +1 56
9 38 -2 51
10 38 -10 49
11 38 -5 48
12 38 -2 46
13 38 -6 46
14 38 +0 44
15 38 -9 43
16 38 -10 43
17 38 -19 42
18 38 -16 36
19 38 -30 32
20 38 -36 22