Final score

29 January 2006 20:30

Lecce
Inter
48' (2nd half) Stankovic
26' (2nd half) Figo
referee Matteo Trefoloni / linesmen Biasutto, Stagnoli / 4th man Preschern
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MinutesText commentary
49'Javier Zanetti beats Cassetti to a Polenghi ball in from the right-wing by-line.
49'It's 0-0 between Lecce and Inter after the first half.
47'Stovini clears a Figo cross in from the left.
46'Julio Cesar blocks a Vucinic free kick taken right-footed from 25 yards.
45'4 minutes of added time.
45'Burdisso comes on for Favalli as the Italian is unable to continue.
44'Play momentarily interrupted as Favalli receives medical attention for what looks like a muscle-related injury.
43'Cambiasso's shot from Figo's cross is well-saved by Benussi.
41'Benussi blocks a Figo cross into the Lecce box.
39'Figo's ball down the right for Javier Zanetti is too long and the Giallorossi regain possession.
37'Veron's cross from a left-wing free kick goes behind for a Lecce goal kick.
33'In the middle of the Lecce area Cordoba heads wide a cross in from the left.
27'Lecce custodian Benussi blocks a left-footed free kick from Adriano.
24'Another good save by Julio Cesar, this time from Babù's 20-yard strike.
21'In the Lecce box Cruz plays to Stankovic. The Serb's volley from 10 yards bounces before going over.
13'Lecce midfielder Cassetti fires over from 20 yards.
12'Cruz rises to head Favalli's cross wide of the far post.
10'Veron close with a free kick as Benussi tips over at the angle between the post and bar.
8'The Giallorossi attack back. Julio Cesar makes a great save from a diagonal shot by Vucinic.
5'It's an attacking Inter in these opening minutes, with almost all the action in the Lecce half.
2'Shot by Giorgino from the distance. It's wide.
1'Welcome to the Via del Mare stadium for Lecce v Inter.
1'Inter line-up: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J. Zanetti , 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo, 19 Cambiasso, 14 Veron, 5 Stankovic; 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano
1'Veron and Figo kick off for Inter.
1'Adriano heads high and wide from a Veron free kick.
MinutesText commentary
50'Full time. Inter beat Lecce 2-0 with goals from Figo and Stankovic.
48'GOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!! Dejan Stankovic beats Benussi with a fine shot from the edge of the area.
47'Veron booked for a foul on Vucinic.
46'Lecce make their third switch: Cozzolino on for Angelo.
43'Adriano's left-foot shot from outside the area is wide.
42'Lecce bring on Pecorari for Diamoutene.
41'Inter attack back. Adriano directs the ball into the path of Cruz, who serves Stankovic in the box but the ball is too long for the Serb.
39'Lecce close to an equaliser as Cassetti heads wide of an open goal after Julio Cesar mis-times his exit.
35'Inter bring on Cristian Kily Gonzalez for Luis Figo.
35'Cassetti has a go from the distance. It's wide.
31'Lecce down to ten men as Ledesma is booked for a foul on Adriano then dismissed after a second yellow for protests.
28'Nicolas Burdisso booked for a foul on Angelo.
26'GOOOOAAALLLLL!!! Luis Figo beats Benussi with a right-footed finish from inside the Lecce area.
25'Javier Zanetti booked for a foul on Cassetti. The Inter captain will now miss next Sunday's match against Chievo.
24'Right-foot shot by Veron. It's a whisker wide of the right post.
21'Angelo booked for a foul on Figo.
21'Adriano fails to make aerial contact with Figo's free kick played into the box from the left.
19'An Adriano shot from a free kick is deflected out for a corner.
15'Stovini is booked for protests.
13'Lecce substitution: Angelo replaces Babù.
13'Figo's cross from a left-wing free kick is blocked by the Lecce defence.
12'Burdisso's cross from the left is cleared by the Giallorossi defence.
11'Javier Zanetti dispossesses Vucinic to stop the Serb striker entering the Inter box from the right.
6'Figo's cross in from the right is too high for Dejan Stankovic.
5'Cambiasso makes a headed clearance from a Babù cross.
5'Cordoba stops a Vucinic counter-attack down the right.
3'A fierce left-foot shot from Adriano is pushed behind for a corner by Benussi.
1'Lecce kick off the second half.
Zanetti
7.31
7.31
Cordoba
7.2
7.2
Adriano
6.7
6.7
Kily Gonzalez
6.55
6.55
Cruz
6.38
6.38
Stankovic
7.64
7.64
Favalli
6.39
6.39
Veron
7.52
7.52
Cambiasso
8.09
8.09
Burdisso
6.58
6.58
Julio Cesar
6.18
6.18
Samuel
7.16
7.16
Figo
8.64
8.64
Average rating7.1
3shots on target6
5shots off target7
25fouls committed18
1corners6
5offsides2
18:15ball possession46:20
Disciplinary situation

Lecce:
Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Cassetti, Del Vecchio, Konan, Ledesma, Stovini

Inter:
Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Cambiasso, Samuel, Stankovic, J.Zanetti

Mancini v Lecce

In seven matches against Lecce, Inter coach Roberto Mancini has recorded 5 wins, a draw and a defeat. Mancini's teams have scored in each of those matches (total 15 goals).

Details:

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Lecce 2-0 ----
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Lecce ---- 1-4
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Lecce 4-1 1-0
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Lecce 2-1 2-2
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Lecce 3-0 ----

Paleari v Mancini

New Lecce coach Franco Paleari faces his Inter counterpart Roberto Mancini in a competitive match for the first time.

Paleari v Inter

Franco Paleari faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Lecce & penalties against

After 21 matches Lecce have had more penalties (6) given against them than any other Serie A 2005/06 team.

Just 6 Lecce players on target

Lecce and Empoli have both scored with just six different players this season, fewer than any other team. The Giallorossi's 15 Serie A goals in 2005/06 have been scored by Cozzolino, Del Vecchio, Konan, Ledesma, Pinardi and Vucinic.

Three Inter players prolific against Lecce

Three Nerazzurri players count Lecce as their favourite Italian targets. Six of Recoba's 79 goals have come in matches against Lecce. Cordoba has scored three of his 12 goals against the Giallorossi, and Cruz five of his 60.

Inter unbeaten in 18 matches

Inter's last defeat was the 3-2 loss to Roma on 26 October 2005. Since then the Nerazzurri have collected 12 wins and 6 draws in Serie A, Tim Cup and Champions League matches for an unbeaten run of 18 games.

Nine Inter goals from subs

Of Inter's 43 Serie A goals in 2005/06, 9 have been scored by substitutes: Cruz (5), Adriano (2), Cambiasso (1) and Pizarro (1). No other team has scored as many goals with subs this season.

No Lecce goal since 8 January

Lecce's last goal in a competitive match was on 8 January when Del Vecchio scored in the 29th minute of Chievo 3-1 Lecce. The Giallorossi are therefore without a goal for 331 minutes (remaining 61 minutes of that match plus the entire games against Sampdoria, Livorno and Ascoli).

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(9)draws(3)defeats(3)
LECCE - Second-half goals from Luis Figo and Dejan Stankovic gave Inter a hard-earned 2-0 win at Lecce in Serie A Week 22 to put the Nerazzurri four points clear of third-placed AC Milan and stretch the long unbeaten run in all competitions to nineteen matches. The gap at the top of the table remains eight points, with leaders Juventus 3-1 winners at Ascoli.

Serie A cellar dwellers Lecce had the best chance of the opening period when Mirko Vucinic went through then had a diagonal shot parried by Julio Cesar, but Inter gradually came into the game and went close when Veron had a curling free kick tipped over by Benussi, who blocked a Cambiasso volley from the edge of the box with more first-half heroics.

Adriano's fierce left-footed drive from 20 metres forced a diving save from Benussi on 50 minutes as the Nerazzurri continued to create the best chances after the restart, but there was nothing the Lecce goalkeeper could do to stop Figo giving Inter the lead with a well-struck low shot from inside the box on 71 minutes.

Inter's task was made easier after Ledesma was dismissed for a second yellow card with fifteen minutes remaining, but ten-man Lecce almost grabbed a late equaliser through Cassetti who headed wide of an open goal with Julio Cesar stranded.

In time added on Dejan Stankovic, who returned to scoring in the midweek cup draw at Lazio, met an Adriano pass then sent a 20-yard drive into the roof of the net to make extra sure of the points.

LECCE 0-2 INTER (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Figo 71, Stankovic 90+3

LECCE: 99 Benussi; 26 Polenghi, 2 Diamoutene (4 Pecorari 87), 21 Stovini, 3 Rullo; 77 Cassetti, 24 Ledesma, 40 Del Vecchio, 17 Giorgino; 9 Vucinic, 13 Babù (6 Angelo 58; 19 Cozzolino 90+1)
Subs not used: 90 Rosati, 30 Camisa, 20 Valdes, 23 Marianini
Coach: Roberto Rizzo

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli (3 Burdisso 45); 7 Figo (18 Kily Gonzalez 80), 19 Cambiasso, 14 Veron, 5 Stankovic; 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 6 C.Zanetti, 8 Pizarro, 21 Solari
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Matteo Trefoloni (Siena)

Booked: Stovini 60, Angelo 66, J.Zanetti 70, Burdisso 75, Ledesma 76, Veron 90+2
Sent off: Ledesma 76

starting lineups

Benussi12 Julio Cesar
Polenghi4 Zanetti
Diamoutene2 Cordoba
Stovini25 Samuel
Rullo16 Favalli
Cassetti7 Figo
Ledesma19 Cambiasso
Del Vecchio14 Veron
Giorgino5 Stankovic
Vucinic9 Cruz
Babù10 Adriano

substitutes

Rosati1 Toldo
Pecorari3 Burdisso
Angelo23 Materazzi
Camisa6 Zanetti
Valdes8 Pizarro
Marianini18 Kily Gonzalez
Cozzolino21 Solari