Final score

17 April 2005 15:00

Inter
20' (2nd half) Martins
40' Ze Maria
Cagliari
referee Massimiliano Saccani / linesmen Saglietti, Alvino / 4th man Castellani
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Minutes Text commentary
45' Kily Gonzalez sees his 20-yard shot finish a yard wide of the left post.
45' Inter lead Cagliari 1-0 at half time.
44' Favalli tackles Esposito on the right-wing by-line to deny the Cagliari winger a cross, but concedes a corner kick.
44' Gobbi's kung-fu effort from the corner is well off-target.
42' Cagliari centre-forward Bianchi heads wide from just inside the Inter area.
40' Ze Maria is booked for removing his shirt after scoring.
40' GOOOAAAAALLL!!!!!! Ze Maria slots home from two yards out after Obafemi Martins bursts past two opponents then squares to the Brazilian. It's Ze's first goal for Inter.
39' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out on the right flank. Mihajlovic crosses to the far post, where Iezzo punches clear.
38' Cagliari keeper Iezzo comes to the edge of his area to beat Martins to Mihajlovic's long ball forward and smash clear.
37' Martins picks out Javier Zanetti in space on the right. The captain's cross takes a deflection off Agostini and finishes in the hands of Iezzo.
37' Cruz has a shot saved by Iezzo after an excellent through ball by Obafemi Martins.
36' Inter continue to attack the Sardinians and Oba Martins' cross-shot from the left flashes wide of the far post. Juan Veron manages to keep the ball in play but Cagliari eventually win the ball back.
34' Iezzo pulls off an incredible save from Mihajlovic's second effort.
33' Mihajlovic's shot hits the wall, which moved before he took his free kick. It will be taken again, and Gobbi is booked.
32' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out on the right wing for an Agostini foul on Cruz.
32' The Nerazzurri win another free kick, this time in a central position, for Gobbi foul on Veron.
30' Inter win a right-wing corner. Mihajlovic's inswinging cross is palmed clear by Iezzo.
29' Martins weaves his way into the box after an Inter counter-attack down the right. His cross is cleared as far as Veron, whose shot from the distance is blocked.
28' Back at the other end Julio Cruz pokes a shot wide of the left post.
27' Mihajolovic clears an Abeijon cross from the right after a Cagliari attack involving Italian internationals Langella and Espostito.
25' Incredible miss by Obafemi Martins. The Nigerian pulls his close-range shot agonisingly wide after a touch-back by Cambiasso.
24' Martins outpaces Bega to a long ball on the right wing and is brought down by the Cagliari defender. Free kick.
24' Conti makes a headed clearance from Mihajlovic's inswinger.
23' Mihalovic delivers the cross. Lopez makes a headed clearance.
22' Esposito hooks clear Miha's corner kick played to the edge of the area.
22' Free kick to the Nerazzurri 25 yards out on the left wing.
21' Inter win a left-wing corner after Martins' cross from is blocked.
20' Martins receives a forward pass then tries to turn Conti and Gobbi but is dispossessed.
19' Oba's return ball to Cruz after an excellent pass by the Argentine is wayward and the Cagliari defence win the ball back.
17' Bega is booked for a foul on Cruz just inside the Cagliari half.
15' Back in the Inter half Marco Materazzi anticipates Langella to a forward pass as Cagliari counter-attack.
14' Julio Cruz sends a low shot on target from the edge of the box after Oba intelligently leaves the ball for the Argentine. But his shot is too central and Iezzo has it covered.
13' Materazzi blocks Agostini's cross-shot from the left.
12' At the other end Cagliari win the first corner of the match. Lopez heads Conti's right-wing cross off-target.
11' Good move by the Nerazzurri. Ze Maria crosses into the area, Cruz chests it back for Cambiasso to rifle a low shot on target. Iezzo saves.
10' This time Saccani gives us a free kick, for a two-footed tackle by Conti on Cambiasso. Mihajlovic's deep cross to the right side of the Cagliari area is headed wide by Ze Maria.
9' The Argentine striker appears to be fouled by Maltagliati as he meets Oba's headed pass from Mihajlovic's upfield ball. No free kick given.
8' Cruz fails to control Kily's excellent ball to the edge of the Cagliari box and the Sardinian defence gains possession.
6' Materazzi cuts out a Lopez long ball forward for Langella and makes a headed clearance.
6' Inter break and Iezzo jumps to catch Julio Cruz's high header from inside the Cagliari area.
4' Conti bends his 25-yard free kick over the crossbar.
3' Esposito combines with Langella then is tackled by Mihajlovic as he enters the Inter box. But Saccani gives the Sardinians a free kick for a foul on Langella.
2' Cruz receives in the Cagliari box from Martins after a darting run by the Nigerian then has his poked shot saved by Iezzo.
2' The Cagliari keeper catches Kily's outswinging cross from the left wing as the Nerazzurri make a promising start to the match.
1' Welcome for the Giuseppe Meazza for this afternoon's Serie A Week 31 match against Cagliari. It's not the warmest of days in Milan considering it's mid-April, but the the sun is now breaking through the clouds after the morning rain.
1' Inter team news: Cruz and Martins start up front behind a South American midfield of Kily Gonzalez, Cambiasso, Veron and Ze Maria. In defence Materazzi and Mihajlovic are flanked by Favalli and J.Zanetti, as Cordoba is suspended for this match.
1' Cagliari team news: Arrigoni makes two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Sampdoria last weekend. Bianchi replaces Suazo in the middle of a three-pronged attack with Azzurri strikers Esposito and Langella on the wings, and Abeijon returns in midfield.
1' Attacking the Curva Sud, Cagliari kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Full time. Inter beat Cagliari 2-0 thanks to goals in each half from Ze Maria and Obafemi Martins.
49' Bianchi fires wide of the left post from close-range after a devastating run by Gobbi.
49' Andy van der Meyde will be unable to finish the match with what looks like a knee problem after falling awkwardly.
45' Ooooohhhhhh!!!! Vieri's shot from Martins' cut-back is parried by Iezzo then hits the post. Corner.
45' 4 minutes of added time to play.
44' The Meazza roars as news comes through the AC Milan are losing 2-1 away to Siena.
44' Iezzo beats Vieri to Veron's through ball to deny Inter a sure third goal.
42' Another free kick to Cagliari, this time for a Mihajlovic foul on Alvarez.
42' Conti's effort is over again.
41' Free kick to Cagliari in a dangerous position on the edge of the Inter box for a Veron foul on Alvarez.
41' Conti bends his free kick over the wall and over the bar.
40' Inter bring on van der Meyde for Favalli.
39' Another great chance for Inter. The Nerazzurri break after the Cagliari corner, Oba plays to Vieri in space and the Italian has his low shot parried by Iezzo. Gamarra heads wide from the corner.
38' Gamarra and Ze Maria make two headed clearances from a Cagliari cross and the visitors win a corner.
38' Arrigoni makes his third and final switch. Loria replaces Maltagliati.
37' It's four against four as Inter counter-attack. The ball is played wide to Martins, whose diagonal shot is well-saved by the Cagliari custodian.
36' Vieri unleashes a low shot from 20 yards but it's blocked by Maltagliati.
36' Seconds later Veron plays a delightful ball to the edge of the six-yard box. Vieri is denied by Iezzo.
34' Vieri is tackled by Maltagliati after a combination with Veron.
32' Cagliari bring on Alvarez for Langella.
27' There's no way Materazzi can continue, and Gamarra replaces the Italian defender.
27' The Sardinians replace Abeijon with Albino.
25' Materazzi remains on the ground after a clash with Bianchi, and Gamarra has started warming up.
25' In the meantime Vieri comes on for Cruz.
24' Mihajlovic is furious as a player in Cagliari wall appears to block the defender's free kick with his hand.
23' Abeijon blocks a Veron pass with his hand and Inter win a free kick in a central position 30 yards out.
22' Martins sprints on goal again. This time the Nigerian speedster tries a one-two with Cruz, but it's unsuccessful and Cagliari win the ball.
20' OBAGOLLLLL!!!! Superb individual effort by Martins, who beats Agostini to Cruz's pass, runs on goal then sidesteps Iezzo before slotting into an open net.
19' Esposito's cross from the right-wing by-line is blocked by Favalli and Cagliari win a corner.
19' Favalli blocks Conti's corner and it's... another corner.
19' Materazzi is booked for a foul on Bianchi.
18' Another great chance for Inter. Six yards out Martins is intercepted by Maltagliati after a short pass form Cruz.
17' Agostini makes a clearance from the six-yard box to deny Ze Maria another close-range shot.
15' Gobbi's far post header from Conti's left-wing corner is blocked by Mihajlovic. The visitors are pushing hard for an equaliser.
11' Cagliari win a free kick 30 yards out on the left wing. Conti delivers the cross, Esposito heads over.
10' Cruz does well to chest a Veron ball into the path of Obafemi Martins, who squeezes between two Cagliari defenders he loses control of the ball and Iezzo collects.
9' From Conti's inswinger Bianchi directs his header wide of the near post.
8' Veron fouls Bianchi, in full flow down the right. Free kick to the visitors.
7' Bianchi leans on Materazzi as he makes aerial contact with a cross and Inter win a free kick.
6' Cruz hobbles to the touchline for treatment.
6' The Argentine striker is okay to continue and he comes back on.
5' Iezzo punches clear Veron's diagonal shot from the left. The ball falls to Ze Maria, who plays short to Cruz, who remains on the ground after a clash with Bega.
4' Cambiasso makes a great tackle on Abeijon to end a Cagliari attack.
2' Good chance for Inter. Martins twists and turns, leaves Bega for dead then unleashes a low shot from the edge of the box. Iezzo parries with his leg.
1' Inter get the second period under way.
1' Cruz combines with compatriot Veron on the edge of the Cagliari box but the midfielder's shot is disappointing.
Vieri
7.47
7.47
Zanetti
7.54
7.54
Materazzi
7.15
7.15
Toldo
6.62
6.62
Gamarra
6.58
6.58
Martins
8.46
8.46
Van Der Meyde
6.82
6.82
Kily Gonzalez
6.45
6.45
Cruz
6.59
6.59
Favalli
6.29
6.29
Veron
7.39
7.39
Cambiasso
8.05
8.05
Mihajlovic
6.57
6.57
Ze Maria
7.27
7.27
Average rating 7.09
14 shots on target 2
5 shots off target 8
23 fouls committed 20
6 corners 8
1 offsides 1
22:46 ball possession 23:07
Head-to-head

In Milan

In Cagliari

Total

Matches played

29

29

58

Inter wins

17

9

26

Draws

6

15

21

Cagliari wins

6

5

11

Inter goals

62

39

101

Cagliari goals

32

29

61

Mancini v Cagliari

The only previous meeting was the Serie A match in Sardinia earlier this season.

Details:

2004/05 Serie A Inter-Cagliari ---- 3-3

Mancini v Arrigoni

The only meeting between the two coaches was last November's draw at the Sant'Elia.

Details:
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Cagliari ---- 3-3

Disciplinary situation

Inter Disqualified: Cordoba
Cautioned: Emre, Mihajlovic
Former players: C.Zanetti (18 appearances, 0 goals in competitive matches from November 1998 to June 1999)

Cagliari
Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Conti, Delnevo, Suazo
Former players: -

Mancini's golden April

According to the statistics, April is the best month for Roberto Mancini's teams in the Italian championship, with 8 victories, 4 draws and 2 defeats in the fourth calendar month (a points per match average of 2). And April 2005 began in the best possible way for Mancini with a 1-0 victory over Bologna last Saturday.

Record second half of season for Inter

The Nerazzurri have collected 22 points in the second half of the season, with 6 victories, 4 draws and just 1 defeat. If the league table were limited to these 11 matches, Inter would be third in the table, but just one point behind Juve and three behind Milan. At the same point in the first half of the season Inter had just 15 points.

Inter equal two historic records

The draw with Lazio in Week 28 was Inter's 17th of the 2004/05 Serie A campaign. The 1-1 stalemate at the Olimpico saw the Nerazzurri equal the club's record of draws in one season (set in 1991/92), and also equalled Bologna's record of draws in one 20/21-team Serie A season (set in 1948/49).

No win outside Sardinia since November

Cagliari haven't won an away match since they beat Lazio 3-2 at the Olimpico on 28 November 2004. Since then, the Rossblu have collected two draws (2-2 at Siena, 3-3 at Livorno) and 9 defeats.

Cagliari and goals let in away

Including league and cup fixtures, Cagliari have let in at least one goal in each of their last 12 away matches (total 28 goals conceded). The last time the Sardinians kept a clean sheet on the road was on 10 November 2004 when they held Sampdoria to a 0-0 draw at the Marassi.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(21) draws(9) defeats(7)
MILAN - Ze Maria's first goal for Inter since joining the club last summer plus a magnificent solo effort by Obafemi Martins gave the Nerazzurri a convincing 2-0 victory over Cagliari in Sunday's Serie A Week 31 match at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Gennaro Iezzo pulled off good saves to deny Cruz and Cambiasso in the opening half hour, then surpassed himself with a parry from Mihajlovic's free kick on 33 minutes. But there was nothing the Cagliari keeper could do to stop Ze Maria smashing home Inter's opener five minutes before half time after Obafemi Martins bamboozled two opponents on the left then played square to the Brazilian.

Martins doubled for the Nerazzurri with a sensational goal twenty minutes after the restart. The Nigerian sprinted on to Veron's forward pass, powered past Agostini then sidestepped Iezzo before slotting into an open goal.

Second-half substitute Christian Vieri went close to a third goal late on when his strike from the distance was parried by Iezzo then hit the post.

The result sees Inter move five points clear of fourth-placed Sampdoria ahead of Wednesday's clash with Serie A leaders Juventus at the Delle Alpi.

INTER 2-0 CAGLIARI (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Ze Maria 40, Martins 65

INTER 1 Toldo, 4 J.Zanetti, 9 Cruz (32 Vieri 70), 11 Mihajlovic, 13 Ze Maria, 14 Veron, 16 Favalli (7 van der Meyde 85), 18 Kily Gonzalez, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi (24 Gamarra 72), 30 Martins
Subs not used: 15 Carini, 6 C.Zanetti, 21 Karagounis, 49 Andreolli
Coach: Roberto Mancini

CAGLIARI: 34 Iezzo, 4 Bega, 5 Conti, 6 Lopez, 7 Esposito, 8 Gobbi, 18 Abeijon (3 Albino 72), 23 Langella (21 Alvarez 77), 31 Agostini, 32 Bianchi, 35 Maltagliati (15 Loria 83)
Subs not used: 22 Brunner, 14 Pisano, 16 Budel, 19 Brambilla
Coach: Daniele Arrigoni

Referee: Massimiliano Saccani (Mantua)

Bookings: Bega 17, Gobbi 33, Ze Maria 40, Materazzi 64

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Iezzo
Zanetti 4 Bega
Cruz 9 Conti
Mihajlovic 11 Lopez
Ze Maria 13 Esposito
Veron 14 Gobbi
Favalli 16 Abeijon
Kily Gonzalez 18 Langella
Cambiasso 19 Agostini
Materazzi 23 Bianchi
Martins 30 Maltagliati

substitutes

Carini 15 Brunner
Zanetti 6 Albino
Van Der Meyde 7 Pisano
Karagounis 21 Loria
Gamarra 24 Budel
Vieri 32 Brambilla
Andreolli 49 Alvarez