Inter held to draw by Genoa

Eurosport - Sun, 07 Mar 21:49:00 2010

Internazionale wasted the opportunity to go six points clear at the top of Serie A with a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Genoa at the San Siro.

FOOTBALL 2010 Inter-Genoa (Sneijder) - 0

Jose Mourinho's side thumped their visitors 5-0 in October and with the chance to extend their lead over arch-rivals Milan, an expectant home crowd expected more of the same.

But there was little to cheer in a disappointing match as Inter registered a second successive 0-0 draw for the first time since 1998.

With Mourinho currently serving a touchline ban, his side were out of sorts and the first 45 minutes ended without his side testing Rossublu keeper Marco Amelia.

Instead it was Genoa who carved out the early chances.

Marco Rossi and Domenico Criscito both had shots without testing Julio Cesar, but Giandomenico Mesto forced the keeper into action with a fierce drive which Cesar did well to beat out.

Sulley Muntari was next to try his luck for Inter with a wayward effort, before Alberto Zapata mirrored it with a poor shot of his own for the visitors.

It took 39 minutes before Inter recorded a shot on target.

Wesley Sneijder found Dejan Stankovic, but his strike flew straight at Amelia and when Mario Balotelli's shot failed to trouble the Rossublu keeper, the Inter faithful sensed it was not to be their night.

Giuseppe Sculli forced Cesar into a save three minutes into stoppage time but it was Inter who almost struck in the second period when Diego Milito's effort went wide under pressure.

Papastathopoulos came close with a dipping snapshot on 54, but as Inter began to force proceedings, Emiliano Moretti let in Milito and was relieved to see the Argentinian's finish fly over Amelia's bar.

Sneijder then tried an audacious 30-yard free kick that had the power, but not the direction, before Maicon dragged a shot wide and sub Samuel Eto'o's effort was comfortably dealt with by Amelia.

Opposite number Cesar was then called into action as Mesto tried his luck, while almost immediately, Amelia did well to push away Sneijder's thumping shot.

As Inter became more desperate with the minutes ticking away, Genoa held their nerve and when Walter Samuel headed over with three minutes remaining, Inter's last real chance evaporated and the Rossublu hung on for a creditable draw.

Ian Hare / Eurosport

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