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Walter Mazzarri's first victory as Inter Milan manager was a less than comfortable one, with the home side needing more than 70 minutes to break down a resilient Genoa side on Sunday.
Full-back Yuko Nagatomo broke the deadlock for Inter, before Rodrigo Palacio—a former Genoa player himself—notched in injury time to confirm the three points.
Inter dominated the statistics, but Mazzarri will nevertheless have a lot to reflect on. A switch to a 3-5-1-1 formation saw the Nerazzurri devour possession, but Palacio—the final '1' in that arrangement—found himself ploughing a lone furrow for much of the contest.
The first half saw neither side create many clear-cut openings, but the second saw a bit more invention, especially after Mauro Icardi was introduced shortly after the break. Icardi produced the game's first shot on target, something that would have seen Palacio break the deadlock soon after had he repeated the feat—but he instead dragged his effort wide.
It thus fell to Nagatomo to get the opening goal, the Japanese in the right place to turn in after Jonathan's cross had deflected off Luca Antonelli.
Searching for that all-important second goal Icardi then hit the bar, while Andrea Ranocchia was denied by a finger-tip save. But Inter were firmly in the ascendancy, and clinched the three points in injury time as Palacio clipped over the stranded goalkeeper.