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Milan 0-1 Inter: Inter strike early, then hold on with ten men despite constant Milan pressure

October 9, 2012
Milan 0-1 Inter: Inter strike early, then hold on with ten men despite constant Milan pressure

Inter preserved a one-goal lead for almost the entire match after Walter Samuel’s crucial early goal. Max Allegri played Daniele Bonera at right-back rather than Ignazio Abate, and used Urby Emanuelson on the right flank. Andrea Stramaccioni named the same XI that defeated Fiorentina last weekend, in a 3-4-1-2 starting shape. There was barely a tactical battle...
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Napoli 3-0 Lazio: Cavani x 3

September 28, 2012
Napoli 3-0 Lazio: Cavani x 3

Edinson Cavani hit a hattrick – and missed a penalty – as Napoli stormed to victory. Walter Mazzarri started Alessandro Gamberini rather than Salvatore Aronica in defence and Valon Behrami ahead of Blerim Dzemaili in midfield. Vladimir Petkovic moved back to his 4-1-4-1 / 4-3-3 after an unsuccessful experimentation with 4-4-2 against Genoa, with Miroslav Klose...
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Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus: home side dominate in a clash of similar systems

September 25, 2012
Fiorentina 0-0 Juventus: home side dominate in a clash of similar systems

3-5-2 versus 3-5-2, and one point apiece. Vincenzo Montella made three changes. The most significant involved him selecting the industry of Romulo over the creativity of Mati Fernandez. Adem Ljajic came in for Haris Seferovic, and Manuel Pasqual for Mattia Cassani. Antonio Conte and Massimo Carrera decided to rest Claudio Marchisio, with Emanuele Giaccherini starting instead....
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Inter 1-3 Roma: Zeman collects the first win of his second spell at Roma

September 3, 2012
Inter 1-3 Roma: Zeman collects the first win of his second spell at Roma

An extremely open game finished with Roma on top. Andrea Stramaccioni surprisingly used new signing Alvaro Pereira on the left of his central midfield three in place of Esteban Cambiasso – otherwise, the XI was the same as in the 3-0 win over Pescara last week. Zdenek Zeman gave debuts to Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Alessandro Florenzi and Mattia Destro...
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Inter 4-2 Milan: Inter build up play down the left, then spread it to the right

May 7, 2012
Inter 4-2 Milan: Inter build up play down the left, then spread it to the right

This was a rather eventful Milan derby – not only were there six goals (including three penalties), but the result confirmed Juventus as Serie A champions.
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