Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Mourinho, Ronaldo watch Inter get back to winning ways

22 February 2016, 08:13

Milan - Mauro Icardi struck late as Inter Milan got back to winning ways under the watchful eyes of former coach Jose Mourinho and striker Ronaldo with a 3-1 win over Sampdoria on Saturday.

Inter had secured just one victory in their past seven games and were especially desperate for a win after falling to Khouma Babacar's late strike in a 2-1 reverse at Fiorentina last week.

That result virtually ended Inter's title hopes, but Roberto Mancini's men are among several sides chasing a top three finish in a bid to secure Champions League.

Inter's 14th win in 26 games lifted them one place to fourth, 10 points behind leaders Juventus but only one behind third-placed Fiorentina ahead of La Viola's trip to Atalanta on Sunday.

"It was important to win tonight. When you're going through difficult times, you have to know when to turn things around by playing tightly and seizing all your opportunities," said Mancini.

If Mancini felt under pressure after last week's defeat, he probably had reason to feel even more so after the club announced Mourinho and Ronaldo would be special guests at the San Siro.

Mourinho, sacked by Chelsea two months ago but tipped to take over at Manchester United, steered Inter to the first treble in Italian football history when they won the league, Cup and Champions League in 2010.

But Mancini said: "Mourinho was Inter's coach for two years and is part of the club's history, the same for Ronaldo. I don't see anything wrong (with their presence."

Inter survived a number of early scares from Vincenzo Montella's visitors to break the deadlock on 23 minutes when Danilo D'Ambrosio volleyed Marcelo Brozovic's header from a corner past Emiliano Viviano to score his maiden goal for the club.

Inter reject Andrea Ranocchia looked fired up for the encounter and the towering defender twice came close, bundling a header from a corner just over and then failing to make contact at the back post when a cross deflected off Icardi.

Also read: Euro 2016 slips further away from Balotelli

Inter, however, soon took command of the game and doubled their lead on 57 minutes when Brazilian defender Joao Miranda, also hitting his maiden goal for Inter, got his head to a loose ball at the back post.

Although Viviano clawed the ball out the net, television replays showed it had crossed by at least a foot.

When Ranocchia gave possession away cheaply 17 minutes from the finish, Icardi was sent down the middle by Brozovic and held off two defenders chasing back to beat Viviano with a deft touch from the outside of his boot.

Inter 'keeper Samir Handanovic's hopes for a clean sheet were dashed in the second minute of added-on time when recent Samp signing Fabio Quagliarella fired a superb, angled strike from the edge of the area past the Slovenian 'keeper at the death.

It was his first goal in his second spell at the club, but did little to fix the Genoa club's woes.

Sampdoria remain fourth from bottom just three points ahead of third-from-bottom Frosinone and Montella told Sky Sport: "Obviously, we can't afford to feel relaxed. When you see our league position we have plenty of reason to feel scared.

"At times we dominated Inter, but when you play as well as we did and come away with a defeat like that then something's wrong."

Earlier, Verona breathed life into their survival bid with a 3-1 derby win -- just their second win of the campaign -- over city rivals Chievo.

Verona remain bottom of the table, meaning Luigi Delneri's men still face an anxious run-in to the end of the season.

But striker Giampaolo Pazzini, who hit Verona's second goal, said the players won't quit: "We believe we can stay up. We all know how difficult that's going to be but we have to have faith.

"We won't give up till it's finished."

After Juventus were held to a scoreless draw at Bologna on Friday, Napoli will go top of the pile with a one-point lead on the champions if they beat AC Milan on Monday.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...