A shocker in the Serie as Inter crashed and burned against Catania, a club 15 places below and struggling against relegation. The beneficiaries are Milan if they can shake of their Man Utd shellacking to win against visiting Chievo this weekend and close the gap to a point.
Both teams played fast attacking football as the first half finished with no goals but plenty of chances. The second half saw Inter take the lead as Diego Milito finished of a Samuel Et’oo pass.
But Catania showed they were no slouches as they fought back through Maxi Lopez’s emphatic finish off a scintillating cross by Sebastian Alvarez. Things got worse as Sulley Muntari was sent off after handballing a Giuseppe Mascara free kick and Catania were awarded a PK. Mascara duly scored off a cheeky lob. The door slammed shut when Jorge Martinez pulled of a goal that had shades of Samir Nasri against Porto.
Sweet redemption for Catania’s manager Sinisa Mihajlovic a former assistant coach at Inter who had a testy relationship with Jose Mourinho. Their disagreements ranged from Adriano, the absconding Brazilian striker; Mihajlovic’s personal conduct on the field (he was a notorious spitter); to Mourinho’s knowledge of the game. By the way, Mihajlovic might have the last laugh but as this article points out he has a reputation as a rather unsavoury character.