Final score

28 January 2007 20:30

Sampdoria
Inter
30' (2nd half) Maicon
38' Ibrahimovic
referee Nicola Rizzoli / linesmen Grilli, Giordano / 4th man Mazzoleni
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Minutes Text commentary
47' Well timed tackle by Maggio on Maicon to deny the Brazilian right-back a scoring chance from Adriano's through ball. Burdisso's header from the resulting corner is wide of the far post.
47' Inter go into the break with a 1-0 lead over ten-man Samp.
45' At the other end Stankovic's first-time shot from Adriano's cut-back is way over the bar.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
44' Samp win a right-wing free kick for a handball by Zanetti.
44' Samp win a right-wing free kick for a handball by Zanetti. Zenoni's shot from Flachi's cross comes off Burdisso.
43' Ibra has a go from 25 yards. The Swedish forward's low right-foot effort is just wide of the left post.
38' Ibra tries a kung-fu style shot from a left-wing cross but fails to connect with the ball.
38' IBRACADABRA!!!!!!!! From the edge of the six-yard box Zlatan heads in a Maicon right-wing cross.
38' That was Ibra's tenth goal in Serie A this season.
36' Castellazzi does well to block Ibrahimovic's long-range drive from the direct free kick. Seconds later Adriano has a go from distance, but it's wide.
35' Adriano chests down Vieira's floated pass into the Samp area and moves wide before sending a diagonal shot on target. Castellazzi makes a near-post save.
35' Franceschini trips Cambiasso. Free kick to Inter in a central position 32 yards out.
32' Zanetti plays wide to Maxwell as Inter look for openings down the left. The Brazilian's cross is deflected out for a corner.
31' Sliding interception by Bastrini to deny Maicon a chance from a Stankovic through ball.
30' Inter attack down the left with Maxwell. The Brazilian's low cross into the box is cleared by Sala.
29' Falcone beats Maicon to Stankovic's high ball over the Samp defence with an acrobatic interception. Inter remain in attack and the Blucerchiati have Zenoni to thank for blocking Stankovic's back-heeled effort.
27' Back at the other end, Castellazzi is quick off his line to beat Maicon to Ibra's intelligent through ball.
26' Samp attack back through Quagliarella, who is well tackled by Materazzi before he can shoot. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
25' Cambiasso plays a one-two with Ibrahimovic and muscles his way into the Genoan box. Falcone wins the ball and smashes clear.
24' Quagliarella receives in the area from Zenoni, who bursts pass Maxwell on the right before crossing. The Samp fantasista is dispossessed by Materazzi.
22' Free kick to Samp 25 yards out on the right. Flachi's attempt on goal is blocked by Julio Cesar.
21' Fabio Quagliarella's low effort from the free kick is narrowly wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
20' Burdisso booked for a foul on Samp captain Francesco Flachi. Free kick to the Blucerchiati 25 yards out. The Argentine defender will automatically miss next Sunday's home game against Roma as he was on a caution.
19' With Flachi unmarked at the far post, Maggio tries to surprise Julio Cesar with a diagonal shot with the outside of his right foot.
18' Adriano stabs home from close range after Castellazzi fails to hold a fierce shot by Ibra from the right edge of the Samp area. The Brazilian's goal is disallowed for offside.
17' Maicon whips in a cross from the right. Stankovic fouls Maggio as the two players go for the ball at the back post.
16' Stankovic collects a Maxwell pass and fires high and wide from 25 yards.
15' Flachi's inswinging cross from the right is caught by Julio Cesar.
14' Stankovic escapes without caution for a late challenge on Maggio.
13' Headed clearance by Materazzi from a Zenoni right-wing cross.
12' Flachi's low effort from an acute angle on the right side of the Inter area is blocked and cleared by Burdisso.
12' Samp win a right-wing corner as Quagliarella has a cross blocked by Materazzi.
11' Adriano's thunderous shot from the free kick is blocked.
11' Quagliarella crosses low from the left. Maggio miscues his shot.
9' Adriano brought down on the edge of the Samp area by Sala, who is yellow-carded.
8' Materazzi is booked.
7' Julio Cesar collects a Maggio header from Franceschini's left-wing cross. Materazzi goes down in the area after being headbutted by Delvecchio, who is sent off. Samp down to ten men.
6' Samp attack back. Flachi floats a ball over to the right. Maggio crosses into the area. Maicon heads out for a corner at the back post.
4' Zenoni and Maggio combine on the right. Zanetti tackles the latter and sets up an Inter counter-attack. Adriano gets to the by-line and thinks he's won a corner, but the ref gives a goal kick.
2' Stankovic receives with his back to goal, turns and fires a 25-yarder on target. Castellazzi saves.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris for Samp v Inter part II.
1' Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 7 Maggio, 14 Sala, 19 Falcone, 33 Bastrini; 77 Zenoni, 40 Delvecchio, 17 Palombo, 21 Franceschini; 10 Flachi, 27 Quagliarella.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.
1' The Nerazzurri will wear black armbands in tonight's match, to honour the memory of Pirelli & Co. honorary president Leopoldo Pirelli, who died last Tuesday.
1' Sampdoria kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
Minutes Text commentary
48' Bonazzoli's back-heeled effort from a Bazzani right-wing cross is over Julio Cesar's bar.
48' Full time. Inter beat Sampdoria 2-0 and remain 11 points clear of Roma.
48' See you on Thursday for Samp v Inter part III.
45' Zanetti's first-time effort from Figo's ball square is well wide of the left post.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
43' Zenoni sidesteps Cambiasso before firing high and wide from 25 yards.
42' Maicon and Crespo fail to connect with Ibra's fast cross from the left.
41' Parola clears a corner by Figo, who has a second cross blocked by the Samp defender.
40' Roberto Mancini replaces Maxwell with Ivan Cordoba.
38' Castellazzi gets down to save Luis Figo's curling free kick from the left channel.
37' Walter Novellino brings on Bazzani for Bastrini.
35' Samp keeper Castellazzi grasps a Luis Figo centre from the right-wing by-line.
34' Quagliarella's low right-footer from distance is a yard wide of the left post.
30' GOOOAALLLLL!!!!! Maicon beats Castellazzi with an unstoppable first-time shot from Ibrahimovic's right-wing cross.
30' That was the Brazilian right-back's first goal for Inter.
29' Materazzi is back on the pitch.
28' Materazzi stretchered off following an aerial duel with Bonazzoli.
26' Falcone makes a headed clearance from Figo's right-wing centre.
26' Castellazzi grabs the ball to deny Ibra a close-range chance from Crespo's looping header.
24' Julio Cesar catches Zenoni's cross from the by-line as Samp mount another counter-attack.
24' Zenoni booked for kicking Javier Zanetti.
24' Sampdoria bring on Bonazzoli for Flachi.
23' Inter replace Adriano with Hernan Crespo, who scored here last Wednesday.
21' Maxwell thwarts a Samp counter with a well-timed tackle on Quagliarella.
20' Great first-time passing move by Inter. Falcone heads behind to deny Ibra a chance from Vieira's whipped cross.
18' Zenoni blocks a Maxwell cross. Left-wing corner for the Nerazzurri.
18' Materazzi rises at the far post but fails to connect with Figo's inswinger from the corner flag.
17' Ibrahimovic collects a Vieira pass in the Samp box and muscles his way past three opponents, forcing Castellazzi to boot the ball out for a throw-in.
16' Headed clearance by Adriano from Flachi's floated cross from the right channel.
15' Zenoni's swerve shot from 25 yards is wide of the left post.
13' Figo's cross from the free kick is headed clear by Zenoni.
13' Figo's right-wing cross from the free kick is headed clear by Zenoni.
12' Parola booked for a bad challenge on Maicon.
11' Flachi's effort from the free kick is wide.
10' Maxwell beats Maggio to a through ball and boots out for a right-wing corner. The Brazilian full-back is booked for holding back the Sampdoria winger.
9' Sampdoria replace Franceschini with Parola.
8' Ibra wins the ball just outside the Blucerchiati area and flicks it over the opposing defence for Adriano. Castellazzi gets there first.
7' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out on the right, awarded for a Franceschini foul on Maicon.
7' Adriano's left-foot effort from the free kick finishes in the Curva.
6' Cambiasso's first-time strike from an Adriano cut-back is blocked by the Samp defence.
5' Another Samp counter-attack. Quagliarella races down the middle, turns Materazzi and fires wide a low shot from 20 yards.
3' Maxwell beats Zenoni on the left with a yard of pace and crosses. Ibrahimovic is beaten to the ball by Falcone.
3' Samp break and win a left-wing corner.
2' Figo's cross from Ibra's short pass goes behind for a Sampdoria goal kick.
1' Inter get the second period under way.
1' Inter have replaced Stankovic with Figo (tactical substitution).
Zanetti
7.66
7.66
Cordoba
6.72
6.72
Materazzi
7.61
7.61
Adriano
7.4
7.4
Crespo
7.06
7.06
Stankovic
6.49
6.49
Cambiasso
7.01
7.01
Burdisso
6.98
6.98
Julio Cesar
7.09
7.09
Figo
7.33
7.33
Maicon
8.56
8.56
Maxwell
6.71
6.71
Vieira
6.6
6.6
Ibrahimovic
9
9
Average rating 7.3
1 shots on target 6
8 shots off target 7
11 fouls committed 17
7 corners 5
2 offsides 3
23:03 ball possession 29:58
Sampdoria v Inter

1946/47 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-5 1-2
1947/48 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-4 4-2
1948/49 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-4 2-4
1949/50 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 0-2
1950/51 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-4 1-5
1951/52 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-3 1-0
1952/53 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-0 1-2
1953/54 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 1-2
1954/55 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-1
1955/56 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-2 1-7
1956/57 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 1-6
1957/58 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 2-2
1958/59 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-4 1-5
1959/60 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 0-0
1960/61 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-2 0-3
1961/62 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 1-1
1962/63 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 0-4
1963/64 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-5 0-1
1964/65 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 2-3
1965/66 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-5 1-1
1967/68 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-2
1968/69 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 1-1
1969/70 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 ----
1969/70 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-5 2-3
1970/71 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 1-3
1971/72 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 4-4
1972/73 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 ----
1972/73 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 0-0
1973/74 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-3 ----
1973/74 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 1-2
1974/75 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-0
1975/76 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 1-2
1976/77 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 0-0
1982/83 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 2-1
1983/84 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 2-1
1984/85 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-2 0-2
1985/86 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 0-1
1986/87 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-1 0-1
1987/88 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 1-3
1987/88 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-0 0-0
1988/89 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 0-1
1989/90 Italian Super Cup Sampdoria-Inter ---- 0-2
1989/90 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-0 0-2
1990/91 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-1 2-0
1991/92 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-0
1992/93 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-3 0-0
1993/94 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-0 1-1
1993/94 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-1 0-3
1994/95 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-2
1995/96 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 2-0
1996/97 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-2 4-3
1997/98 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-3
1998/99 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-3
2003/04 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-0
2004/05 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 2-3
2005/06 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter ---- 1-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 ----

Mancini v Sampdoria

Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini has never lost a competitive fixture against Sampdoria, with 5 wins and 3 draws from 8 games. His teams have scored in all 8 matches, netting a total of 14 goals.

Details:

2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Sampdoria 1-1 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 3-2 1-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 2-2
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-1 ----
2006/07 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 ----

Novellino v Mancini

Roberto Mancini has won 5, drawn 3 and lost 1 of his 9 competitive meetings with Samp coach Walter Novellino. Mancini's teams have scored in all 9 games, netting a total of 15 goals, while Novellino's sides have never won at home, with a draw and 3 defeats from 4 games.

Details:

2001/02 Serie A Piacenza-Fiorentina ---- 3-1
2003/04 Serie A Sampdoria-Lazio 1-2 1-1
2004/05 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 2-3
2005/06 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter ---- 1-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 ----

No Samp goal in Serie A for 230 minutes

The Blucerchiati haven't scored a league goal since Franceschini's 40th-minute effort in Catania 4-2 Sampdoria on 23 December 2006. Including the remaining 50 minutes of that game plus the entire matches against Fiorentina (0-0 at home) and Empoli (0-2 away), the Genoa-based outfit haven't scored a Serie A goal for 230 competitive minutes.

Samp & penalties against

Sampdoria have had seven penalties awarded against them after 20 rounds of 2006/07 Serie A matches - more than any other team.

No Samp home goal for 249 minutes

Novellino's side haven't scored at home since Sala's 21st-minute goal in Sampdoria 1-0 Chievo on 10 January 2007. Including the remaining 69 minutes of that match plus the home games against Fiorentina (0-0, Serie A) and Inter (0-3, Coppa Italia), the Blucerchiati have failed to hit the target in front of their fans for 249 competitive minutes.

Inter unbeaten in 25 games

Inter are unbeaten in 25 competitive matches, with 22 victories (including 11 wins in a row - 7 wins in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia & 2 in Champions League from 25 October 2006 to 2 December 2006 - a club record under the administration of Moratti) and 3 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Inter on target in 21 consecutive matches

Roberto Mancini's team have hit the target in each of their last 21 games, scoring a total of 47 goals. Inter's last match without scoring was the goalless Serie A draw at Udinese on 22 October 2006. On the road, the Nerazzurri have scored in each of their last 11 matches, netting a total of 24 goals.

Inter unbeaten in last 14 away matches

The Nerazzurri have collected 11 victories and 3 draws on their travels since their last away defeat: Sporting Lisbon 1-0 Inter (Champions League, 12 September 2006).

Inter's second-half form

Inter have improved their results in the second halves of Serie A matches this season to collect a total of 13 points, more than any other team.

Adriano set for 200th appearance

If he plays against Sampdoria in Serie A Week 21, Inter striker Adriano will celebrate his 200th appearance for an Italian club. The Brazilian, who has also played for Fiorentina and Parma, has played 148 times in Serie A, 16 in Coppa Italia, 32 in European cups and 3 in other tournaments. He made his debut in Parma 2-2 Inter on 9 September 2001.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(27) draws(21) defeats(12)
GENOA - Serie A leaders Inter beat Sampdoria 2-0 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to keep intact their eleven-point lead over Roma.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his tenth of the season and Maicon his first for the Nerazzurri after Delvecchio took an early bath for doing a Zidane on Materazzi.

Roberto Mancini made widespread changes to the side that won 3-0 here last Wednesday, with Adriano partnering Ibrahimovic in attack on his 200th appearance for an Italian club, and Julio Cesar back between the posts after recovering from a back injury.

Inter were handed an early advantage after seven minutes when Delvecchio was shown a straight red card for headbutting Materazzi.

Adriano stabbed home from close range on 18 minutes after Castellazzi failed to hold an Ibrahimovic rocket, only to see his effort disallowed for offside.

Keen to avoid a repetition of the midweek cup thrashing, ten-man Samp rallied and went closest through Fabio Quagliarella who fired narrowly wide from a free kick.

Inter gradually took control, carving out five decent chances before Ibrahimovic headed in a Maicon right-wing centre seven minutes before the break.

Mancini's men proceeded to dominate after the restart, limiting the Blucerchiati to sporadic counter-attacks.

Brazilian full-back Maicon grabbed the all-important second goal on 75 minutes, prodding home first-time from a Ibrahimovic right-wing cross to open his Inter scoring account.

Inter face Sampdoria for the third time in eight days next Thursday in the Tim Cup semi-final return leg.

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

Scorers: Ibrahimovic 38, Maicon 75.

SAMPDORIA: 1 Castellazzi; 7 Maggio, 14 Sala, 19 Falcone, 33 Bastrini (9 Bazzani 82); 77 Zenoni, 40 Delvecchio, 17 Palombo, 21 Franceschini (18 Parola 54); 10 Flachi (20 Bonazzoli), 27 Quagliarella.
Subs not used: 15 Zotti, 46 Pieri, 66 Da Mota, 8 Olivera.
Coach: Walter Novellino.

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (2 Cordoba 85); 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (7 Figo 46); 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (18 Crespo 68).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 11 Grosso, 15 Dacourt, 9 Cruz.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Materazzi 8, Sala 9, Burdisso 20, Maxwell 55, Parola 57, Zenoni 69.
Sent off: Delvecchio 7.

starting lineups

Castellazzi 12 Julio Cesar
Maggio 13 Maicon
Sala 16 Burdisso
Falcone 23 Materazzi
Bastrini 6 Maxwell
Zenoni 14 Vieira
Delvecchio 19 Cambiasso
Palombo 4 Zanetti
Franceschini 5 Stankovic
Flachi 8 Ibrahimovic
Quagliarella 10 Adriano

substitutes

Zotti 1 Toldo
Pieri 2 Cordoba
Da Mota 11 Grosso
Parola 7 Figo
Olivera 15 Dacourt
Bazzani 9 Cruz
Bonazzoli 18 Crespo