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  1. Inter swat aside Serie A newcomers Pescara

    Inter swat aside Serie A newcomers Pescara

    Internazionale got their Serie A campaign off to the best possible start with a crushing 3-0 victory over Pescara at the Stadio Adriatico. More

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    • 90' Full-time: Pescara 0-3 Internazionale. Inter begin the new campaign with a comfortable victory at newly-promoted Pescara, who might find life in the top division far from easy this season.
    • 90+3' Coutinho attempts an audacious lob from just inside the Pescara half, but Perin had it covered as it travels over.
    • 90+2' Colucci sends a low free-kick towards Castellazzi's near post but the Inter keeper is more than equal to it.
    • 90' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played as Pescara go in search of a late consolation goal.
    • 89' Quintero, who has to Pescara's credit looked lively since coming on, sends a free-kick from the right well over Castellazzi's goal.
    • 88' This time Guarin goes close with a long-range drive, as the Colombian lets fly and sees his effort travel agonisingly wide of Perin's far post.
    • 87' Mattia Perin gets down well to parry substitute Marko Livaja's rapsing drive, following a lay-off from Sneijder.
    • 87' Final Inter sub: Walter Gargano comes off for Alfred Duncan.
    • 86' Another Guarin strike from distance and another attempt that flies wide of goal.
    • 84' Inter sub: Diego Milito comes off for Marko Livaja
    • 82' GOAL FOR INTER MILAN! PESCARA 0-3 INTER MILAN (Philippe Couthino). Now it is game over as Milito collects the ball out on the right and slides it along the box for Coutinho to slot home.
    • 81' Castellazzi is out quickly to ensure that Quintero does not get on the end of a through-ball.
    • 80' A nice move from Pescara sees Abbruscato head the ball back for Weiss, who proceeds to teethe on-rushing Cascione up on the edge of the Inter box. However, his drive is always travelling wide.
    • 79' Substitute Quintero attempts to link the ball through to Celik, but it's all too unnecessarily intricate and Castellazzi can claim easily.
    • 77' What a miss from Diego Milito! The Argentinean is played in by substitute Coutinho and, aiming for the top corner, sends his effort beyond over Perin's goal. It remains 2-0.
    • 75' Final Pescara sub: Elvis Abbruscato comes on for Mauricio Jonathas
    • 72' Matias Silvestre, who has looked solid for Inter, heads away Zanon's delivery into the visitors' box.
    • 70' Pescara have looked devoid of ideas in this half, with Inter's greater attacking threat negating their desire to press forward as much as they would like.
    • 68' Inter sub: Philippe Coutinho comes on for Antonio Cassano
    • 66' Pescara sub: Gianluca Caprari comes off for Mervan Celik
    • 65' Zanon charges down Nagatomo's cross as Inter continue to look threatening going forward and on the counter. Sneijder's corner flies straight into the arms of Pescara's Perin.
    • 63' Pescara sub: Nielsen comes off for Juan Fernando Quintero.
    • 62' Romagnoli makes a fantastic last-ditch tackle to prevent Milito from pulling the trigger and, moments later, Sneijder almost plays in Cassano but the pass is just out from the Italian's stride.
    • 60' Excellent goalkeeping from Mattia Perin as Fredy Guarin is played in on goal by Diego Milito, but the Pescara keeper is out quickly to rob the ball from the Colombian's feet and prevent the shooting opportunity.
    • 58' Wesley Sneijder whips in a cross from the right, but Esteban Cambiasso sends his header over from close in. He should have done better from just a few yards out.
    • 56' Jonathas holds up the ball well and finds Zanon advancing forward from right-back, but his return cross into the Inter box asks too much and Castelllazzi can gather.
    • 54' Guarin attempts an ambitious drive from 35 yards but that effort is closer to the corner flag than Perin's goal.
    • 53' The tempo has cooled a little since the end of the first-half, with Inter content to patiently probe for an opening and tire out their opponents.
    • 51' Sneijder attempts to play in Milito having received the initial pass from the Argentinean,but the Pescara defence is alert to the intention.
    • 48' No changes at the start of this half, as Romagnoli puts his goalkeeper Mattia Perin under pressure with a short back pass that Inter's Milito was ready to pounce on.
    • 46' Pescara get us back underway for the second-half looking to overturn their 2-0 deficit and get something out of this match.
    • 45' Half-time: Pescara 0-2 Internazionale
    • 45' Milito and Sneijder attempt to link-up, but the Pescara backline recovers and the chance goes begging.
    • 44' Fantastic one-handed save by Luca Castellazzi to claw Emmanuel Cascione's downward header around his post. Pescara do look promising when they counter-attack and they came so close to halving their deficit with that chance.
    • 43' Gianluca Caprari looses the ball and he promptly goes down in the Inter box. Boos from the home crowd as no penalty is given.
    • 42' Cassano attempts to fed the ball through to Milito making his way into the Pescara penalty area, but the pass is cut out.
    • 41' Inter have not offered too much going forward since scoring the second, although they haven't had to with Andrea Stramaccioni's men looking comfortable. Weiss will continue to attempt to cause them problems though.
    • 38' The free-kick from the Zanon foul is taken by Sneijder who cuts the ball back for Guarin to drive from the edge of the Pescara penalty area. However, the shot is deflected and the reduced sting allows Mattia Perin to collect easily.
    • 37' Booking for Damiano Zanon who hauls back Yuto Nagatomo.
    • 37' Colucci receives the ball centrally but his clipped ball over the top for Caprari to run onto is overhit.
    • 34' Giuseppe Colucci is booked for a late challenge on Wesley Sneijder.
    • 33' So close for Pescara! Gianluca Caprari collects the ball on the right and sends a low shot just wide of Luca Castellazzi's far post.
    • 32' A little bit of handbags between Weiss and Fredy Guarin needs to be diffused by the referee. He'll have to keep an eye on those two.
    • 31' Mauricio Jonathas is flagged offside when attempt to get on the end of a through-ball played over the Inter defence.
    • 30' The flamboyant Weiss robs the ball off Guarin in the middle of the field and proceeds on a mazy run which is eventually tracked by the two Inter covering players, including Zanetti., deep in their own box
    • 27' Gargano finds Nagatomo deep in Pescara territory out on the left, but the Japanese attacking full-back is unable to control as the ball rebounds out for a Pescara goal-kick.
    • 25' More positive play from Pescara as Simone Romagnoli sends a looping header onto the roof of the net, and Jonathas heads wide after being sweetly picked out by Weiss.
    • 24' Mauricio Jonathas sends a dangerous ball from the right into the Inter box, which Walter Gargano has to turn behind with Emmanuel Cascione lurking.
    • 23' Pescara look unable to cope with Inter at the moment, despite a bright opening 15 minutes. The visitors are now well into their stride and pulling Pescara one way and then the other to open up gaps.
    • 20' GOAL FOR INTER MILAN! PESCARA 0-2 INTER MILAN (Diego Milito). Could it be game over already? Another flowing move sees Sneijder play Cassano in, and the new signing selflessly slides the ball across for Milito to slam home from just a few yards out. Pescara look shocked.
    • 19' GOAL FOR INTER MILAN! PESCARA 0-1 INTER MILAN (Wesley Sneijder). Soon after that Nagatomo cross, Inter take the lead against the run of play. Zanetti cuts in off the right flank, before feeding Milito whose pass along the Pescara box is swept home by Sneijder to complete a flowing move.
    • 18' Nagatomo's low cross from the left intended for Milito is cut out. That was a dangerous delivery for the hosts to have to contend with.
    • 17' A Pescara corner sees Simone Romagnoli snatch at his shot as the ball drifts wide of the Inter goal.
    • 16' Gianluca Caprari takes the resulting free-kick and his whipped effort at goal is palmed over with one hand by Castellazzi in the Inter goal. Good save that.
    • 15' This time Weiss does get the referee's decision as his rampaging run down the left flank is cut short by Walter Gargano who is promptly booked.
    • 13' First major talking point of the match sees Javier Zanetti bring down Vladimir Weiss in the Inter penalty box. No spot-kick is awarded and the Slovakian is promptly booked for diving. However, on second viewing, it would appear that Weiss and Pescara were hard done by there.
    • 12' Cambiasso attempts to fed the ball through to Milito - the ball is hacked away but only into the path of Sneijder, whose acrobatic strike flies straight into the arms of Mattia Perin.
    • 10' Nagatomo and Sneijder link up down the Inter left flank, but they fail to work the ball into a shooting position.
    • 9' Inter struggling to keep hold of the ball in these opening moments, with Pescara having the lionshare of possession.
    • 6' Damiano Zanon crosses from the right but it is overhit, and Inter can clear.
    • 5' Inter's Luca Castellazzi has to come out quickly to deny Gianluca Caprari - very positive start from the hosts.
    • 4' Emmanuel Cascione's free-kick is driven into the Inter wall but the ball does rebound to Jonathas whose strike is deflected wide.
    • 3' Pescara have started well infront of their buoyant home crowd, with Slivestre having to head clear and Guarin brining down Manchester City's on-loan winger Vladimir Weiss on the edge of the Inter box.
    • 1' Inter Milan get the first-half underway...
    • 19:42 Meanwhile, new boys Pescara surprised many as they finished as Serie B champions last season to book their place in Italy's top flight. There aren't too many harder challenges than Inter at home on the opening weekend, but Giovanni Stroppa's men will look to cause what would be a huge upset.
    • 19:38 Stramaccioni will be looking to build a period of stability and calm at a club who lost 14 times in the league last term and still appear to be living in the shadow of the side that claimed an historic treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League titles under Jose Mourinho in 2010.
    • 19:35 Three managers oversaw a difficult campaign for Inter in which they just managed to scrape into the UEFA Europa League qualifying positions. Following the dismissals of Gian Piero Gasperini and Claudio Ranieri, Andrea Stramaccioni will continue in charge for this season having taken over the managerial reigns at the end of May.
    • 19:30 So the big team news for Inter is that new signing Antonio Cassano starts. The striker joins Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito in a three-pronged attack as the Nerazzurri look to get off to a winning start and put last season's disappointing sixth-placed finish behind them.
    • 19:25 Team News for Inter Milan... (4-3-2-1): Castellazzi; Zanetti, Ranocchia, Silvestre, Nagatomo; Cambiasso, Guarin, Gargano; Sneijder, Cassano; Milito.
    • 19:20 Team News for Pescara... (4-3-3): Perin; Balzano, Capuano, Romagnoli, Zanon; Cascione, Colucci, Nielsen; Caprari, Jonathas, Weiss.
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to live text coverage of this evening's Serie A clash between newly-promoted Pescara and Internazionale.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Pescara

    Manager: Giovanni Stroppa

  • Internazionale

    Manager: Andrea Stramaccioni

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