Genoa vs. Inter Milan: Nagatomo Gives Inter the Road Win

Nate KahnContributor IIIDecember 13, 2011

GENOA, ITALY - DECEMBER 13:  Yuto Nagatomo (L) of FC Internazionale Milano scores the opening goal during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on December 13, 2011 in Genoa, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Inter picked up an important win on the road, thanks to a goal by Yuto Nagatomo. The win brings Inter up to seventh place and ten points behind the league leaders, Juventus. This match was originally supposed to be played on November 4, but due to flooding the match was postponed until today.

The first half did not have many good chances, except for one that was clear-cut. It came to Inter in the 34th minute on a corner kick. Walter Samuel was unmarked and his header was brilliantly saved off the line by the keeper, Sebastien Frey.

The ball pinballed around and found former Genoa striker Diego Milito, who had a golden chance to score from point-blank range. Somehow, Frey kept out his shot and even held the ball. The next-best chance came right before halftime, when Nagotomo kneed the ball just wide of the right post off of a cross by Lucio.

In the second half it looked as if Genoa had taken the lead in the 56th minute.

Andreas Granqvist headed the ball home off of a free kick, but the linesman ruled out the goal. It was unclear if he had blown for a foul or offsides, but the replay showed that Granqvist had certainly pushed Lucio in the back going up for the ball.

11 minutes later, Inter got a breakthrough.

It came off of a wonderful ball from Ricky Alvarez that Nagamoto headed home. The momentum from the goal carried Inter as they searched for a second that would kill off the match. They created a couple of close calls but couldn’t do so, leaving the game ajar.

They almost were left to regret this as Genoa came close to an equalizer at the end of the match.

Marco Rossi had a shot on goal that looked to be going in, but Nagamoto headed it off of the line. The rebound fell to Miguel Veloso, who drilled a shot from well outside of the box. Julio Cesar made a fine save to deny him by tipping it over the bar. Genoa would not threaten again, and Inter took all three points.

It was a solid performance all-around from Inter, and they will be pleased with how they played. They will look to keep moving up the table and cutting into the lead at the top before the winter break.

Next up for the Nerazzurri will be Cesena on Sunday, which will be another important match.