Experience the thrilling full match replay and highlights of Genoa vs Inter. The excitement kicks off at 19:45 (GMT) on the 29th of December, 2023. Keep an eye out for the renowned referee D. Doveri overseeing the game at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris. Don’t miss this electrifying match in Italy – Serie A, Week 18, Season 2023/2024.
Genoa vs Inter Full Match Reports
In a rare occurrence spanning 15 Serie A (SA) head-to-head clashes between Genoa and Inter Milan, both teams found the back of the net, culminating in a hard-fought 1-1 draw. Marko Arnautović finally broke his 14-year league goal drought for Inter, only for the hosts to mount a comeback and secure the equalizer during first-half stoppage time.
Genoa drew inspiration from a solid stalemate with Juventus before Christmas, implementing a strategic approach that subdued their visitors and defied one of their more notorious nicknames – the ‘Old Fool.’ A peculiar eight-minute delay, triggered by an excess of flare smoke on the pitch, briefly disrupted Genoa’s early rhythm. However, the restart witnessed an uncommon defensive lapse from Inter, affording Caleb Ekuban and Albert Guðmundsson an opportunity to breach the lines. Only a flurry of hurried clearances prevented Genoa from seizing a surprising lead.
As Inter stirred to life, Hakan Çalhanoğlu tested Josep Martínez with a blistering volley from the edge of the box. The breakthrough for Inter came in the 42nd minute when Nicolò Barella’s shot, following a throw-in from Matteo Darmian, was parried onto the post by Martínez, allowing Arnautović to tap in his inaugural SA goal for Inter. However, the script took a twist in added first-half time, as a Guðmundsson corner found Radu Drăgușin, who headed in at the far post despite Yann Sommer’s valiant effort.
Unsurprisingly, Inter dominated the early stages of the second half, with Arnautović narrowly missing a chance to double his tally. Genoa responded with an unmarked Guðmundsson directing a header at Sommer from a corner. However, Ekuban’s injury-enforced substitution and Genoa’s triple substitution by the hour mark hinted at Inter’s superior squad depth.
Anticipating the potential impact of their substitutes, Martínez made a crucial save from Çalhanoğlu’s free-kick, while Sommer had to stay alert during a nervy corner at the opposite end. The introduction of Inter’s substitutes, starting with Alexis Sánchez for Arnautović, failed to shift the dynamics. In the closing moments, Genoa displayed a renewed sense of purpose, with Drăgușin narrowly missing the target with a header from a long-range free-kick.
Ultimately, Genoa earned a well-deserved draw, establishing a seven-point cushion above the relegation zone and breaking a streak of four unsuccessful attempts to win at home against Inter. Despite being the only team in the league unbeaten on the road (W7, D2), Inter’s lead could be trimmed to two points in the coming days.
Man of the Match: Albert Guðmundsson (Genoa).