But in the end Walter Mazzarri's team got three points: fresh air after picking up only one in the last two matches (0 against Roma and 1 against Torino), getting ahead Hellas Verona and settling in the fourth place at 18 points, waiting for Fiorentina which could reach the nerazzurri today.
Hellas Verona, the big surprise of the championship so far, played a bad match and were dominated in large parts of the game. One of the main themes of the night was the comeback of Andrea Mandorlini – Hellas' coach - in the stadium where he experienced the most exciting moments of his footballer career: he played for Internazionale from 1984 till 1991, winning the 1989 title.
The other main theme was the clash between two young talented and emerging players: Inter's Mateo Kovačić (Croatian) and the Argentinian Juan Iturbe, who wears the gialloblu. None sparkled: San Siro's night was perfect for the working class, not for artists.
Inter fans performed a protest against the territorial discrimination rule, which leads to the closure of an area of the stadium even in case of chants against other cities or opposite supporters. Curva Nord, the part where the most passionate Inter's tifosi sit, divided in two in a planned protest. One part self-hironically chanted “Milan in flames” and “We are not Milanese”, and the other part insulted Verona and Napoli's fans. Later, they exposed a banner: “Which part of the curva do you think to close?” accompanied with the chant “You are ridicolous”. Another chapter in this endless saga.
In the other saturday match, Sampdoria won for the first time in its stadium in the 2013-2014 season. The German defender Shkodran Mustafi decided the game against Atalanta with a header in a corner-kick play. Now Sampdoria is outside the relegation area and reached Parma with 9 points. But the team coached by Donadoni will play today against Milan.
Thanks to our reviewer Noemi Stacconi
Sunday, October 27 th, 2013
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