December 16, 2007
Cagliari 0-2 Inter Milan
|1 Vincenzo Marruocco||12 Júlio César|
|31 Alessandro Agostini||4 Javier Zanetti|
|29 Michele Ferri||26 Cristian Chivu|
|20 Paolo Bianco||2 Ivan Cordoba|
|14 Francesco Pisano||25 Walter Samuel|
|6 Lopez||13 Maicon|
|23 Michele Fini||6 Maxwell|
|5 Daniele Conti||19 Esteban Cambiasso|
|18 Andrea Parola||18 Hernán Crespo|
|32 Alessandro Matri||9 Julio Cruz|
|9 Robert Acquafresca||29 David Suazo|
|22 Joe Bizera||Marco Materazzi 23|
|4 Alessandro Budel||Aparecido César 31|
|21 Michele Canini||Santiago Solari 21|
|3 Cristiano Del Grosso||Paolo Orlandoni 22|
|26 Marco Mancosu||Nicolás Burdisso 16|
|19 Joaquin Larrivey||Mario Balotelli 45|
|12 Jan Koprivec||Pelé 30|
|Joaquin Larrivey for Francesco Pisano (71)||Aparecido César for Hernán Crespo (58)|
|Alessandro Budel for Michele Fini (76)||Pelé for Maxwell (81)|
|Marco Mancosu for Alessandro Matri (86)||Mario Balotelli for David Suazo (90)|
|Andrea Parola (29)|
|Daniele Conti (75)|
|· Squads: Cagliari | Internazionale|
CAGLIARI, December 16 (Serie A) - Internazionale extended their lead at the top of Serie A to seven points after two second-half goals helped them see off plucky Cagliari.
The visitors were unable to find a way through in the first half, but took the lead after 57 minutes through Julio Cruz before former Cagliari striker David Suazo finished off his old side 11 minutes from time.
The win saw Inter capitalise on Roma's goalless draw with Torino, while Cagliari remained rooted to the bottom of the table following a third consecutive league defeat.
Inter started the game well and Suazo fired a warning shot to his former employers when he sent an effort just off-target after only eight minutes.
However, Cagliari slowly began to find their rhythm and Michele Fini's cross found Robert Acquafresco, whose acrobatic effort was kept out by Julio Cesar.
Moments later Daniele Conti sent a curling free-kick just over the bar as the home side began to threaten.
The game was beginning to get more stretched and Cristian Chivu almost put Inter in front, but his powerful effort from the edge of the area cannoned agonisingly off the bar.
Cagliari provided an immediate response and Fini's free-kick from 20 yards was kept out by good low save from Julio Cesar.
Inter came flying out of the traps once more in the second half and Chivu's long-range effort forced Vincenzo Marruocco into a good save.
Suazo then missed a gilt-edged opportunity to give Inter the lead when another Chivu effort was palmed out by Marruocco into his path, but Honduras striker somehow missed with the goal gaping.
However, two minutes later Suazo made up for that miss by linking up well with Cruz who put Inter in front with an angled drive past Marruocco.
The goal sparked Cagliari back into life and despite putting Inter under pressure, they were struggling to find a way through the Nerazzurri's well-drilled backline.
Inter appeared happy to soak up the pressure and hit Cagliari on the break and Suazo almost made it 2-0 with a powerful shot that was parried out by Marruocco.
Cagliari boss Nedo Sonetti pushed Acquafresca further forward in an attempt to get back into the game, but Inter showed why they are the best team in Italy by holding firm.
With the home side committing men forward in search of the equaliser, they left themselves open at the back and Inter took advantage to kill the game off 15 minutes from time.
Colombian defender Ivan Cordoba's header was superbly kept out by the excellent Marruocco, but the rebound fell to Suazo who this time made no mistake and tucked the ball away from close range.
The Cagliari players looked despondent after the goal and Inter pressed for a third late on, but were unable to find a way through.