Final score

18 April 2004 15:00

Inter
26' (2nd half) Martins
10' (2nd half) Stankovic
7' (2nd half) Cannavaro
33' Recoba
Bologna
32' (2nd half) Bellucci
23' (2nd half) Bellucci
referee Daniele Tombolini / linesmen Biasutto, Niccolai / 4th man Cruciani
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Minutes Text commentary
48' Bologna win a free kick on the right wing. Signori crosses, Adriano chests the ball down, brings it out of defence and makes a 40-yard run.
48' Cordoba dispossesses Nervo to defuse a potentially dangerous Bologna move.
48' Tombolini blows for half time. Inter 1-0 Bologna.
46' In space on the left Kily Gonzalez advances then is challenged by an opponent on the edge of the Bologna area. The winger's cross for Adriano is wayward and the Rossoblu move out of defence.
46' Zac brings on Martins for the remaining minute and a half of added time.
45' It looks like the Nerazzurri will finish the half with ten men as Il Chino goes straight into the players' tunnel and Martins needs time to loosen up.
45' 3 minutes of additional time to play.
44' Recoba needs attention to an injury. He cannot continue and Martins starts warming up.
43' Nakata's floated pass to Tare is headed down by the Albanian then Signori sends a low shot wide of the left-hand post.
41' Good defending by Cannavaro, who cuts out Nakata's ball to Nervo.
40' Free kick to us deep inside our half after Tare flattens Cordoba.
40' Farinos plays to Kily on the left then the Argentine passes to Adriano in the box. The Brazilian takes on three then goes down. No penalty, but we win a corner.
38' Inter remain in attack and Pagliuca makes a good save from Stankovic's diagonal shot.
37' Adriano is fouled on the left wing by Colucci. Free kick.
37' Il Chino's curled free kick is headed out of defence by Tare.
34' Inter back on the attack. Adriano receives wide on the left flank then crosses over to the far side, where Stankovic's headed pass is intercepted.
33' GOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! Adriano dummies two opponents on the left then crosses into the middle where Recoba slots home from the edge of the six-yard box.
31' Natali holds off a challenge from Recoba and lets the ball go out for a Bologna goal kick.
29' Recoba races on to a through ball but it's too long and Pagliuca gets there first.
28' Sam Dalla Bona is booked for a foul from behind on Zanetti.
27' Recoba dummies an opponent then from 25 yards unleashes a low shot which finishes wide of the right-hand post.
25' Nervo intercepts Farinos in his own half and Bologna come forward on the counter-attack.
24' Recoba's shot from the set piece has the power but it swerves wide of the left-hand post.
23' Free kick to us 30 yards out after Natali pulls Adriano's shirt as both players look to reach Cannavaro's long ball forward.
22' Nervo is yellow-carded for a foul on Recoba. Free kick to us on the left wing.
22' Pagliuca outjumps Adani at the far post to palm clear Il Chino's curled free kick.
21' Sweeping move by Inter. Stankovic takes on Signori then plays forward to Recoba, who sets up Kily Gonzalez. Pagliuca does well to deal with the Argentine's swerve shot.
18' Igli Tare remains on the ground following an aerial challenge with Daniele Adani.
17' Great move by the Nerazzurri. Adriano shows all his power on the left wing then cuts back for Kily, whose shot from the edge of the Bologna box isn't far over the crossbar.
16' Javier Zanetti makes a great tackle on Nervo to bring a 20-yard run to an abrupt halt.
15' Toldo comes way off his line to catch Nervo's cross in from the right.
14' In midfield Stankovic tackles Colucci then plays square to Recoba, who mis-reads the move.
13' On the right wing Kily brings down Gamberini. Free kick. Nakata's cross is safely caught by Toldo at the far post.
10' Free kick to the visitors in a central position 40 yards out after Adani climbs on Tare.
10' Signori's free kick is headed out of defence by Adriano.
9' Colucci picks out Nervo in space on the left but the flag goes up for offside.
8' Tombolini awards Bologna a free kick after Adriano handles Recoba's floated left-wing cross.
7' Recoba plays square to Stankovic, who slices his 20-metre shot and Bologna move out of defence.
6' Free kick to us on the left edge of the Rossoblu box after Kily is brought down by Nervo.
5' The Danish international brings down Dalla Bona on the left wing. Attacking free kick to Bologna. Tare's headed assist from the set piece is cleared by the Inter defence.
4' Helveg intercepts the ball in midfield then plays forward to Adriano, who from outside the Bologna area blasts wide of the left-hand post.
3' Farinos wriggles free from a challenge then plays wide to Kily Gonzalez, whose left-wing cross is intercepted.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Bologna. The Rossoblu kick off.
1' On the right channel Adriano goes past two but is stopped by Natali.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Bologna 4-2.
47' Farinos picks out Kily with a beautiful ball to the left wing. The Argentine passes to Stankovic who tries a one-two but the understanding is missing.
46' Great play by Javier 'The Tractor' Zanetti, who takes the ball past four opponents then sees his shot deflected. Corner.
46' Lamouchi's shot from the corner is well wide.
45' Juve equalise at Parma. And an 'Ole' rings round the stadium.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
44' Natali is booked for a foul on Martins.
42' Lazio have come back at the Olimpico and lead Ancona 4-2.
41' Javier Zanetti is brought down by Bologna scorer Bellucci during a right-wing run.
40' Adriano is applauded as he is replaced by Sabri Lamouchi.
39' Unchallenged, Toldo catches Sussi's left-wing centre.
38' Nerazzurri on the break. Martins passes to Adriano, who creates space to get a shot in. At full stretch Pagliuca saves at the near post.
37' Cannavaro needs attention to a kick in the head from Locatelli.
35' Back at the Meazza and Bologna win a left-wing corner kick, which Natali heads over the crossbar.
34' Parma go 2-1 up at home to Juve.
32' The Bologna subs combine to reduce the deficit. Bellucci volleys past Toldo after meeting Locatelli's pass. 4-2.
30' Bologna win a free kick on the left wing. Sussi's curled cross comes to nothing. In the meantime, Juventus have equalised away to fourth place rivals Parma.
26' OBAGOLLLL!!!!!! Superb goal by the young Nigerian, who receives from Adriano then takes on Moretti before firing past Pagliuca at the near post.
24' Mazzone brings on Locatelli for Signori.
23' Bologna pull one back through Bellucci, whose angled shot beats Toldo and goes in at the far post. Inter 3-1 Bologna.
22' Good defending by Helveg, who boots the ball out for a corner to deny an opponent a shot on goal.
21' Zaccheroni brings on Jeremie Brechet for Daniele Adani.
20' Sussi anticipates Adriano to a Farinos ball forward.
18' The Meazza roars as news comes through that next Sunday's opponents Lazio are 2-1 down at home Ancona thanks to an Andersson goal.
17' With the outside of his left foot Adriano attempts a crossfield pass for Stankovic, but it's too short for the Serb.
17' Adriano sends a fierce, low shot wide of the right-hand post.
16' Sussi's left-wing cross is sussed out by Toldo, who punches clear.
15' Obagol gets on the end of an Adriano pass then tries to turn Moretti but is intercepted by the Rossoblu left-back.
14' There's no stopping Adriano. Once again the Brazilian powers past two Bologna defenders then shoots. Pagliuca parries.
12' On the left side of the Bologna area Adriano dribbles two then sends a shot across the face of the goal.
10' GOOAAAALLLLL!!!!! Obafemi Martins receives from Adriano in the middle of the Bologna area then unselfishly passes to Stankovic, who slots home from seven yards.
8' GOOOOAAAALLLLLL! At the near post Fabio Cannavaro heads Kily's corner into the back of the net.
7' Great run by Adriano, who storms past three then wins a right-wing corner.
6' Good chance for us. Adriano outjumps the Bologna defence to meet Stankovic's left-wing cross then heads wide.
4' Martins fouls Moretti as both players sprint to reach a long ball forward.
3' At the near post Adriano beats the Bologna attack to a right-wing corner kick.
1' Inter get the second period underway.
1' Bologna bring on Bellucci for Colucci at the start of the second half.
Recoba
7.64
7.64
Zanetti
7.76
7.76
Cordoba
7.1
7.1
Farinos
6.63
6.63
Toldo
6.7
6.7
Adriano
8.84
8.84
Adani
6.72
6.72
Cannavaro
7.67
7.67
Martins
8.68
8.68
Lamouchi
5.86
5.86
Helveg
6.2
6.2
Kily Gonzalez
7.53
7.53
Brechet
4.82
4.82
Stankovic
8.28
8.28
Average rating 7.17
8 shots on target 2
9 shots off target 3
19 fouls committed 19
7 corners 3
3 offsides 3
31:53 ball possession 27:10
Disciplinary situation

Inter

Suspended: Kallon
Cautioned: Almeyda, Farinos, Pasquale, Stankovic, Vieri
Former players/coaches: Cruz (98 appearances, 30 goals in offical matches from July 2000 to August 2003)
Kallon (6 appearances, 2 goals in official matches from August to October 1997)
Zaccheroni (5 victories, 4 draws and 5 defeats in 14 matches as coach from July to November 1993)

Bologna

Suspended: -
Cautioned: Signori, Tare
Former players: Guglielminpietro (48 appearances, 1 goal in official matches from 2001/02 to 2002/03)
Pagliuca (232 appearances in official matches from 1994/95 to 1998/99)

Zaccheroni v Mazzone

The current Inter and Bologna coaches have faced each other on 11 occasions. Zaccheroni has the edge with 7 victories to 1, with the other 3 matches ending in draws. Mazzone has never won away to Zaccheroni (1 draw and 4 defeats).

In detail:
1995/96 Serie A Udinese-Roma 1-1 1-2
1996/97 Serie A Udinese-Cagliari 1-0 ----
1998/99 Serie A AC Milan-Bologna 3-0 3-2
1999/00 Serie A AC Milan-Perugia 3-1 3-0
2000/01 Serie A AC Milan-Brescia ---- 1-1
2001/02 Serie A Lazio-Brescia 5-0 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Inter-Bologna ---- 2-0

Zaccheroni v Bologna

Zaccheroni meets the Rossoblu for the 18th time in competitive matches, with 8 wins, 6 draws and 3 defeats from the other 17 games. With 5 victories and 3 draws to his credit, Zaccheroni has never lost at home to Bologna.

In detail:
1991/92 Serie B Venezia-Bologna 1-0 1-1
1992/93 Serie B Venezia-Bologna 1-0 0-0
1996/97 Serie A Udinese-Bologna 2-2 0-0
1997/98 Serie A Udinese-Bologna 4-3 0-2
1998/99 Serie A AC Milan-Bologna 3-0 3-2
1999/00 Serie A AC Milan-Bologna 4-0 3-2
2000/01 Serie A AC Milan-Bologna 3-3 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Lazio-Bologna 2-2 0-2
2003/04 Serie A Inter-Bologna ---- 2-0

Mazzone v Inter

Veteran coach Carletto Mazzone has faced Inter on 52 occasions. He has won 11 matches, lost 21 and drawn 20.

In detail:
1974/75 Serie A Ascoli-Inter 0-0 1-0
1974/75 C. Italia Ascoli-Inter ---- 1-3
1975/76 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 0-1
1976/77 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 3-0 1-1
1976/77 C. Italia Fiorentina-Inter 2-2 ----
1977/78 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-2 ----
1978/79 Serie A Catanzaro-Inter 1-1 0-0
1979/80 Serie A Catanzaro-Inter 0-0 1-3
1980/81 Serie A Ascoli-Inter ---- 2-1
1981/82 Serie A Ascoli-Inter 2-2 0-0
1982/83 Serie A Ascoli-Inter 0-0 0-2
1983/84 Serie A Ascoli-Inter 1-0 0-0
1988/89 Serie A Lecce-Inter 0-3 0-2
1989/90 Serie A Lecce-Inter 0-0 1-2
1991/92 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 1-1 0-0
1992/93 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 0-0 1-3
1993/94 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-1 2-2
1994/95 Serie A Roma-Inter 3-1 1-0
1995/96 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-0 0-2
1996/97 C. Italia Cagliari-Inter 2-2 1-2
1996/97 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 1-2 2-2
1997/98 Serie A Napoli-Inter 0-2 ----
1998/99 Serie A Bologna-Inter 2-0 1-3
1998/99 Uefa Cup play-off Bologna-Inter 2-1 2-1
1999/00 Serie A Perugia-Inter 1-2 0-5
2000/01 Serie A Brescia-Inter 1-0 0-0
2001/02 Serie A Brescia-Inter 1-3 1-2
2002/03 Serie A Brescia-Inter 0-1 0-4
2003/04 Serie A Bologna-Inter 0-2 ----

Head-to-head

In Milan

In Bologna

Total

Matches played

68

73

141

Inter wins

39

27

66

Draws

19

13

32

Bologna wins

10

33

43

Inter goals

106

103

209

Bologna goals

58

105

163

Five in a row for Inter?

Inter have won their last four Serie A matches (against Ancona, Reggina, Juventus and Perugia). Victory at home to Bologna will see the Nerazzurri one win away from equalling the series of six consecutive championship wins which came to an end at the Olimpico in December when Lazio beat Inter 2-1.

Vieri close to double figures against Bologna

Bologna are Christian Vieri's fourth favourite target. The Inter striker has scored 9 goals against the Rossoblu, who are preceded by Verona and Roma (10) and Perugia (12).
Vieri's goals against Bologna:
2 in Atalanta v Bologna (1995/96 Coppa Italia)
1 in Bologna v Lazio and 1 in Lazio v Bologna (1998/99 Serie A)
2 in Bologna v Inter (1999/00 Coppa Italia)
1 in Bologna v Inter and 1 in Inter v Bologna (2000/01 Serie A)
1 in Inter v Bologna (2002/03 Serie A).

Don't leave the stadium early!

Of Inter's 50 goals scored so far this season, 23 have come from the 61st to 90th minutes of matches (46% of the total). The same goes for goals let in, with 15 of 31 scored in the last half hours of matches (48.4% of the total).

Tare set for 100th appearance

If he plays against Inter, Igli Tare will celebrate a century of Serie A appearances. The Albanian striker, who has scored 20 goals in the top flight, made his debut in Brescia 1-1 AC Milan on 28 January 2001. In Italy, Tare has played for Brescia and Bologna.

Bologna on target for 7 matches in a row

The Rossoblu have scored at least one goal in their last 7 matches, for a total of 15 goals. The last time they failed to score was in the 1-0 defeat at home to Juventus on 22 February.

Bologna: 12 different players on target

Twelve different Bologna players have scored in the 29 Serie A matches played so far this season. Since they returned to the top flight in 1996/97, the Rossoblu have had twelve different players on target in two other seasons: 1998/99 and 2000/01.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(43) draws(23) defeats(11)
MILAN - Inter put the midweek Uefa Cup exit behind them with a 4-2 victory over Bologna on Sunday afternoon. The morale-boosting result sees the Nerazzurri move fourth in the Serie A as Parma were held at home to Juventus.

Recoba combined with Adriano to fire Zaccheroni's men into the lead in the 33rd minute. The Brazilian wriggled free of two opponents on the left then sent a pin-point cross in for the Uruguayan to place past Pagliuca from the edge of the six-yard box.

Forced off the pitch in the final minutes of the first half due to a calf injury, Il Chino was replaced by Obafemi Martins, who played a pivotal role in the second period.

After Fabio Cannavaro stole in at the near post to head home Kily's right-wing corner in the 53rd minute, the Nigerian forward received from Adriano in the middle of the Bologna area and unselfishly passed to the unmarked Stankovic, who slotted home from seven yards to put Inter 3-0 up.

Bologna pulled one back on 68 minutes through substitute Bellucci, who beat Brechet before sending an angled shot past Toldo and in at the far post, then three minutes later Martins restored Inter's three-goal advantage with a magnificent solo effort. After meeting an Adriano pass, the Nigerian turned Moretti then beat Pagliuca with a clinical finish from nine yards out.

Bologna weren't finished and Bellucci grabbed his second on 77 minutes with a low volley past Toldo after a pass from Locatelli, but it wasn't enough to stop Inter from registering their fifth consecutive Serie A win.

The Nerazzurri entertain Lazio in Week 31 of the championship next Sunday.

Match facts:

INTER 4-2 BOLOGNA (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Recoba 33', Cannavaro 53', Stankovic 55', Bellucci 68', 77', Martins 71'

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J. Zanetti, 10 Adriano (8 Lamouchi 85'), 11 Stankovic, 13 Helveg, 14 Farinos, 15 Adani (31 Brechet 66'), 17 Cannavaro, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 20 Recoba (30 Martins 45'+2')
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 9 Cruz, 26 Pasquale, 29 Biava
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni

BOLOGNA: 1 Pagliuca, 5 Moretti, 7 Nervo, 8 Dalla Bona, 10 Signori (20 Locatelli 69'), 14 Natali, 16 Nakata, 17 Tare, 21 Colucci (11 Bellucci 46'), 23 Sussi, 25 Gamberini
Subs not used: 12 Manninger, 2 Zaccardo, 31 Meghni, 34 Loviso, 35 Pecchia
Coach: Carlo Mazzone

Referee: Tombolini

Booked: Nervo 22', Dalla Bona 28', Natali 89'

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Pagliuca
Cordoba 2 Moretti
Zanetti 4 Nervo
Adriano 10 Dalla Bona
Stankovic 11 Signori
Helveg 13 Natali
Farinos 14 Nakata
Adani 15 Tare
Cannavaro 17 Colucci
Kily Gonzalez 18 Sussi
Recoba 20 Gamberini

substitutes

Fontana 12 Manninger
Lamouchi 8 Zaccardo
Cruz 9 Bellucci
Pasquale 26 Locatelli
Biava 29 Meghni
Martins 30 Loviso
Brechet 31 Pecchia