INTER 4 Mantovani (og) 13, Cambiasso 34, Milito 39, Balotelli 52
CHIEVO 3 Samuel (og) 12, Gianoche 60, Pellissier 74
Mistakes were made by both sides but ultimately ended in a win for Inter and they are on their way for a fifth straight Serie A title. It was Chievo who opened the scoring, maybe not in the way they would have desired but still with the same effect as Samuel directed it towards his own goal. The immediate pure joy for Chievo, has quickly turned into bitter disappointment when Andrea Mantovani inadvertently helped a shot from Samuel Eto’o into the back of his own net. Chievo had to start all over again.
The Nerazzurri seemed to be on cruise control firing in goals left, right and centre, on the 32 minute Mario Balotelli provided a splendid cross for Thiago Motta who could then lay it perfectly for Dejan Stankovich, and the Serb hammered the ball with such intensity making the keeper performing an impressive save. Inter were leading by three goals before the break and it seemed all done and dusted yet there was more to come for the Nerazzurri.
The second half started the same as the first and they didn’t have to wait long as on the 52nd minute Balotelli calmly slotted the fourth. Balotelli had been an outcast within his own club ever since that Champions League game against Barcelona when he threw his shirt on the ground sparking outrage with the fans and his team mates. There was allegedly an altercation in the tunnels with his colleagues and in the car park with fans. For the entire match super Mario had worked hard to try to get the ball and even applauding the efforts made by his team mates – a complete turnaround from his previous behaviour. Balotelli hadn’t started a game since week 32 where he was also on the score-sheet. Suffice to say the teenager has talent but not the right mentality or discipline to get on with his team-mate or the fans. However that all seemed to disappear in this fixture as the fans were applauding his every attempt on goal, and gave him a standing ovation when he was substituted on the 64th minute for Goran Pandev.
Even though Inter were ahead they never went on the defensive and wanted another goal. They kept testing the keeper with strikes from Eto’o, but when a team is always attacking they leave gaps at the back and they allowed Chievo back into the game. For the last 15 minutes it was all missed chances from the Nerazzurri and nerves were further made tense by the news that Roma had gone up by two goals against Cagliari. This had meant that if Inter lose this game, the Giallorossi would have clinched the title. As luck would have it Inter walked away from this thrilling tie with all three points, but so do Roma, and with just two points separating the teams, promises to be an enthralling end to the season.