Serie A Player Ratings: Roma 1-1 Inter
By Max De Luca
Inter came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
The Nerazzurri were slow out of the gate and paid the price when Andrea Ranocchia conceded a contentious penalty in the 20th minute. Francesco Totti made no mistake from the spot to give the Giallorossi the lead.
Inter regrouped and created a few opportunities of their own before some good work from Fredy Guarin was rewarded when he left Rodrigo Palacio with a simple tap-in.
Roma had some chances to win it in the second half but Samir Handanovic stood tall and proud to ensure the visitors left the capital with a point in tow.
Football.com’s Max De Luca rates the Inter players on show…
Samir Handanovic: 7 - The 28-year-old has an uncanny ability to stop penalties but had no chance of saving Totti’s rocket that found the top corner. Did well to take the ball off the feet of Osvaldo and Totti in rapid succession. Great save to foil Lamela late on and preserve the draw.
Andrea Ranocchia: 6 - Conceded a contentious penalty when his seemingly innocuous slide was viewed as a foul on Bradley. Had some problems with Osvaldo early on but shut him down in the last 30 minutes.
Cristian Chivu: 6.5 - Put in a solid shift against his former club. Saw his shot cleared off the line as Inter turned on the pressure before the end of the first half. Stramaccioni will be pleased with his showing.
Juan Jesus: 6 - Made a couple of vital tackles in open space on Lamela and wasn’t afraid to join the attack.
Yuto Nagatomo: 5 - Had some trouble with Balzaretti and was ineffective on the right hand side. Was replaced by Obi in the 55th minute.
Javier Zanetti: 6 - The ageless captain was a calming presence as Inter were threatening to get overrun in the first 15 minutes. We didn’t see any of his trademark runs but he was solid as always.
Walter Gargano: 6 - The Uruguayan bruiser was an active participant in the midfield wars and did the dirty work for the Nerazzurri. Ran himself into the ground and was replaced in the late going.
Alvaro Pereira: 6 - A relatively quiet night by his standards. Was cut down by Lamela but gave as good as he received.
Fredy Guarin: 7 - The 26-year-old has attracted interest from some Premier League clubs and continued his rich vein of form against the Giallorossi. His tenacity was rewarded when he held off three players to set up Palacio’s goal on the cusp of half-time. Inter’s best player on the evening.
Rodrigo Palacio: 6.5 - Grew in stature as the game wore on and was well positioned to tap in Guarin’s cross, which gave Inter new life going into the half-time interval.
Marko Livaja: 6.5 - The youngster was unlucky to see his shot hit the woodwork after expertly taking the ball down off his chest. An encouraging performance from the Croatian striker.
Joel Obi: 5.5 - Returned to the fold after a thigh injury and did what was asked of him.
Tommaso Rocchi: 5.5 - The former Lazio man was greeted with a chorus of boos upon his arrival in the 74th minute. Had enough time to pick up a booking for a foul on Perrotta.
Gaby Mudingayi: N/A - Made a short, six-minute cameo.