The only goal of the game came after an Eduardo blunder at the end of the first half. Genoa goalkeeper misjudged a 25-yard shot from Sulley Muntari, which lobbed him in a quite embarassing way. In fairness the Portoguese keeper error was forced by a clod that change Muntari shot direction.
With Diego Milito on the bench again, Samuel Eto'o looked very determined to keep his recent one-game-one-goal form. But at minute 28 he missed miserably a sitter. Ten minutes later the Cameroon striker, back to his usual standards, delivered a lovely pass to Coutinho inside the Genoa penalty area but the Brazilian youngster failed to control. At minute 40 it was Marco Rossi to miss an open goal, shooting wide a perfectly weighted Chico pass from the right.
When you talk about creating room for forwards and playing wide none can match Genoa. Gasperini's team exploits flanks better than anyone and it explains why Santon and Maicon were kept at bay for the whole game. At minute 45 Biabiany led a counter-attack but in a 3-against-3 situation at the edge of Genoa penalty box he missed the decisive pass. Two minutes later, at the second of the 3 minutes added-on time, the Muntari & Eduardo goal change the whole script.
In the second half Genoa runs were less and slower. Only twice the homeside came close to score with Criscito at 72' and with Boakye at 79'. Not enough. Good win for Inter against a good team. Not one to remember but these are the bread and butter victories needed to win titles.
Man of the match. Biabiany. A Dirk Kuyt in making. Too many mistakes inside the penalty area but what a formidable workrate. He was all over the pitch, giving a hard time to Dainelli, Kaladze and Criscito.
Serie A 2010-11 day 9 / Genoa, Marassi stadium
GENOA-INTER 0-1 (0-1)
Genoa: Eduardo; Dainelli, Ranocchia, Kaladze, Criscito; Chico (58' Destro), Milanetto, Rossi (79' Boakye); Rafinha, Toni, Mesto (59' Zuculini). Coach: Gasperini
Inter: Julio Cesar (65' Castellazzi); Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Santon; Zanetti, Cambiasso (19' Muntari); Biabiany (83' Cordoba), Sneijder, Coutinho; Eto'o. Coach: Benitez
Goal: Muntari 45'+2