Final score

18 April 2007 17:30

Inter
7' (2nd half) Materazzi (P)
Roma
50' (2nd half) Cassetti
44' (2nd half) Totti
43' Perrotta
referee Matteo Trefoloni / linesmen Strocchia, D'Agostini / 4th man Banti
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MinutesText commentary
45'Inter win a left-wing corner. Figo crosses to the far post, Materazzi fails to keep the ball in play.
45'The Giallorossi lead Inter by a goal to nil at the break. See you in the second half.
43'Roma take the lead through Simone Perrotta, who slides in from close range a Chivu cross from De Rossi's ball to the left by-line. Inter 0-1 Roma.
40'Ibra tries a one-two with Stankovic but the Serbian midfielder is beaten to the return ball by Mexes.
40'Roma close again. Mancini hits the crossbar with a 20-yard snapshot. Julio Cesar got his fingertips to the Brazilian winger's shot.
39'Figo plays a quick ball wide to Grosso whose low cross for Adriano is blocked by Doni at the near post.
37'Cordoba makes a headed interception to beat Mancini from Totti's pass.
37'Inter close through Dejan Stankovic whose right-foot effort from 25 yards strikes the top of the crossbar.
35'Roma close again. Perrotta's diagonal shot on the turn from Panucci's pass is into the sidenetting.
33'Inter awarded a free kick 30 yards out for foul on Stankovic.
33'Ibra's low shot from Figo's short pass is under the Roma wall and into the arms of Doni.
31'Chivu's powerful curling shot is just over Julio Cesar's bar.
30'Ferrari pokes back to Doni after winning a duel with Adrinao down the left.
30'Free kick to Roma in a central position 25 yards out, awarded for a Stankovic foul on Totti.
28'Free kick to Roma 30 yards out on the right, and a yellow card for Figo for a foul on Wilhelmsson.
28'Figo will automatically miss Sunday's trip to Siena.
28'Ibrahimovic makes a headed clearance from the free kick. Perrotta blasts his follow-up shot over the bar.
27'Grosso makes a diagonal run on goal but is dispossessed by Pizarro.
25'Julio Cesar gets down to block a low 20-yard shot by Wilhelmsson.
22'Stankovic collects a Maicon pass, advances a yard and rifles wide of the left post from 25 yards.
20'Figo plays to Ibra on the edge of the Roma area but the Swedish forward is intercepted by Mexes.
20'The Giallorossi hit back at Inter and go close to an opener. Totti forces a good save from Julio Cesar with a diagonal shot from the right. Perrotta's effort from the loose ball is deflected off Maicon.
19'Julio Cesar rises at the back post to catch Panucci's right-wing cross.
19'Inter attack back but nothing comes of the move as Ibra's lob shot from the right goes over at the far post.
17'Figo feeds Grosso with a well-timed pass to the left wing. The Italian tries to get past Panucci but the former Azzurri full-back is well positioned.
17'De Rossi floats wide to Wilhelmsson who swings in a cross to the far post. Totti heads past the left post.
15'Materazzi makes a clearance from a Panucci free kick. Inter attack back at Roma but Figo is flagged offside as he runs on to an Adriano pass.
13'Mancini cuts inside from the left and unleashes a low right-foot shot from 20 yards. It's wide of the right post.
12'Grosso blocks a Wilhelmsson right-wing cross. Corner for Roma.
11'Inter temporarily with ten men as Stankovic changes his boots.
10'De Rossi looks for Totti with a long pass into the Inter area. Julio Cesar is quick off his line to beat the Roma captain to the ball.
8'Ferrari gets back to win the ball off Ibrahimovic on the left channel.
6'Back in the Roma third Maicon whips in a cross from the right. Panucci rises above Ibrahimovic to head clear.
5'Stankovic overhits his long pass wide for Grosso. Defending throw-in for Roma.
5'Marco Materazzi makes a clearance from a Wilhelmsson right-wing cross after the Swede is fed by Francesco Totti.
4'Inter come back at the Giallorossi. Figo combines with Ibrahimovic but Pizarro intercepts.
3'At the other end Mancini flashes wide a cross-shot from an acute angle after good work by ex-Inter midfielder David Pizarro during the build up.
2'Stankovic's driven shot from the right wing flashes wide of Doni's left-hand post.
1'Welcome to the Stadio Meazza for today's potential title decider between Inter and Roma (kick-off at 17:30).
1'A win over the Giallorossi will give Mancini's side a 19-point lead with six games left. A draw will keep the Scudetto celebrations on ice until Sunday's visit to Siena, while a defeat will leave Inter needing 6 points to wrap up their 15th Serie A title.
1'When these two teams met on 27 April 1980, Inter twice came from behind to hold Roma 2-2 and secure their 12th Serie A title. Gabriele Oriali (close-range header) and Roberto Mozzini (low shot from just inside box) scored Inter's goals on that occasion.
1'Hernan Crespo scored the decisive goal when Inter beat Roma away earlier in the season, but the Argentine forward misses out on today's clash after sustaining a thigh strain against Palermo at the weekend.
1'Crespo also scored in the 4-3 Super Cup victory over the capital side last August. Patrick Vieira (2) and Luis Figo scored the others as Inter produced a memorable comeback after trailing by three goals.
1'Mancini makes three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Palermo last Sunday. Cordoba comes in for Burdisso in defence, Stankovic starts in place of Dacourt in midfield and Ibrahimovic steps in for Crespo in attack.
1'Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic, 7 Figo; 10 Adriano, 8 Ibrahimovic.
1'Roma: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 21 Ferrari, 5 Mexes, 13 Chivu; 4 Wilhelmsson, 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro, 20 Perrotta, 30 Mancini; 10 Totti.
1'We have a capacity 67,500 crowd here this afternoon, and the sense of anticipation is tangible.
1'Trefoloni blows his whistle, and and Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!!!!
MinutesText commentary
50'Roma score again. Cassetti's shot goes through the legs of Cordoba and in at the bottom left corner. Inter 1-3 Roma.
50'Full time. Roma become the first team to beat Inter in the Serie A championship this season.
47'Figo volleys over the bar as Inter come looking for an injury-time leveller.
46'Cruz' backwards header from a left-wing cross is wide.
46'Doni booked for timewasting.
45'5 minutes of added time.
45'Recoba replaces Cambiasso.
45'Roma bring on Tonetto for Totti.
44'Roma take a shock 2-1 lead as Totti's free kick is deflected off Figo, giving Julio Cesar no chance of making a save.
43'Free kick to Roma 30 yards out.
41'Ibra's shot hits the Roma wall.
40'Free kick to Inter 20 yards out for a Ferrari foul on Cruz.
38'Materazzi booked for a late challenge on Totti.
36'Maicon receives on the right from Figo and flashes a cross-shot just wide of the left post.
35'Figo's curling cross from the left is caught by Doni.
33'Roma bring on Vucinic for Mancini.
32'Stankovic yellow-carded for fouling Pizarro.
30'Maicon beats Totti to a Cassetti cross and nods to Dacourt who brings the ball out of defence.
29'Dacourt requires medical attention after a tackle by Mexes.
29'Roma bring on Cassetti for Wilhelmsson.
27'Ibra collects a pass into the area, wins a duel with Mexes, turns and fires over the bar.
25'Ooohhhhh!!!! Inter close with Stankovic but Roma have Doni to thank once again for a one-handed save from the Serbian's low 25-yard drive. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
24'Mexes beats Cruz to Figo's floated cross and makes a headed clearance to deny the Argentine.
22'Ferrari concedes an attacking throw-in to deny Cruz. It's all Inter in these last few minutes.
22'Stankovic's header from Ibra's left-wing cross is headed clear by Mexes. The flag goes up as Cruz is adjudged to be in an offside position.
21'Ferrari blocks another Cruz shot from the right edge of the Roma box.
21'Another good chance for Inter. At the far post Ibra pokes wide a Stankovic cross-shot.
19'Cruz has a shot blocked by Ferrari.
19'Mexes cuts out a long ball forward by Cordoba for Cruz.
16'Roberto Mancini brings on Julio Cruz for Adriano and Olivier Dacourt for Fabio Grosso.
14'Great chance for Inter. Maicon goes on a darting run down the right and crosses for Adriano whose header is miraculously pushed on to the post by Doni. Cambiasso's effort from the loose ball is blocked.
12'Grosso miscues his shot from Ibra's deft flicked pass over the Giallorossi backline, but the flag goes up for offside.
10'Cordoba steals in at the near post to head wide Stankovic's right-wing free kick.
9'Figo hobbles to the touchline for treatment.
9'Mexes booked for protests.
8'Pizarro booked for a terrible foul on Figo on the right wing.
7'GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Materazzi sends Doni the wrong way and finds the top right corner. Inter 1-1 Roma.
6'Mancini booked for protests.
5'Ibra heads down a Maicon right-wing cross for Grosso but the Italian is dispossessed.
5'Penalty!!!!!! Inter awarded a spot kick for a Doni foul on Adriano.
4'Mancini's low first-time shot from the egde of the box is saved by Julio Cesar.
3'Ibrahimovic is denied by Doni as Inter attack back.
3'Zanetti booked for a foul from behind on Wilhelmsson.
2'Wilhelmsson steers in a low cross from the right after receiving from Totti. Maicon clears.
1'Roma get the second half under way.
1'Adriano unwittingly blocks a Stankovic shot from Figo's left-wing cross as Inter go close to a leveller.
Recoba
5.83
5.83
Zanetti
5.67
5.67
Cordoba
5.27
5.27
Materazzi
6.41
6.41
Adriano
5.14
5.14
Cruz
5.31
5.31
Stankovic
5.78
5.78
Cambiasso
5.46
5.46
Julio Cesar
6.71
6.71
Figo
7.2
7.2
Grosso
5.07
5.07
Maicon
5.45
5.45
Dacourt
5.25
5.25
Ibrahimovic
5.53
5.53
Average rating5.72
4shots on target7
9shots off target8
18fouls committed12
5corners3
5offsides3
00ball possession00
Mancini v Spalletti

Roberto Mancini has won 7, drawn 4 and lost 2 of his 13 competitive matches against teams coached by Luciano Spalletti. Mancini's sides have scored on each occasion, netting a total of 25 goals.

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2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Udinese 2-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-2 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Udinese 3-1 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Roma 2-3 1-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 3-1 1-1
2006/07 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 4-3 ----
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 1-0

Mancini v Roma

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has faced Roma 19 times, winning 7, drawing 6 and losing 6. His teams have scored in all 9 home games, netting a total of 19 goals.

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2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Roma 3-1 ----
2002 Italian Super Cup Fiorentina-Roma ---- 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Roma ---- 1-2
2002/03 Coppa Italia Lazio-Roma 1-2 0-1
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Roma 2-2 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Roma 1-1 0-2
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Roma 2-0 3-3
2004/05 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 1-0 2-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Roma 2-3 1-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 3-1 1-1
2006/07 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 4-3 ----
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 1-0

Spalletti v Inter

Luciano Spalletti has collected 6 wins, 6 draws and 7 defeats from 19 competitive meetings with Inter. Spalletti's sides have never drawn in Milan, with 3 wins and 6 defeats from 9 games, and have conceded in each away match (total 24 goals let in).

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1997/98 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-1 1-4
1998/99 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-3
1999/00 Serie A Venezia-Inter 1-0 -----
2002/03 Serie A Udinese-Inter 2-1 2-1
2003/04 Coppa Italia Udinese-Inter 0-0 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-0 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Udinese-Inter 1-1 1-3
2005/06 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-1 3-2
2005/06 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter 1-1 1-3
2006/07 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 3-4
2006/07 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-1 ----

Sixteen different Roma players on target

Roma, along with AC Milan, have scored with more players than any other team in this season's Serie A. In alphabetical order, the 16 Giallorossi players on target in 2006/07 so far are Aquilani, De Rossi, Ferrari, Mancini, Mexes, Montella, Okaka, Panucci, Perrotta, Pizarro, Rosi, Taddei, Tavano, Totti, Vucinic and Wilhelmsson.

No away goal against Roma for 239 minutes

The Giallorossi haven't conceded a Serie A goal since Gilardino's 62nd-minute effort in Roma 1-1 AC Milan last 31 March. That was 208 competitive minutes ago (remaining 28 minutes of that match plus entire games against Catania and Sampdoria). Away from home, Roma haven't conceded since Soncin's 31st-minute goal in Ascoli 1-1 Roma. That was 239 competitive minutes ago (remaining 59 minutes of that match plus goalless draw at Fiorentina and 2-0 away win against Catania).

Inter close to yet another record

Inter's 2006/07 team are two victories away from equalling the club's record of 27 wins in one Serie A season, set in 1950/51. The absolute record for the Italian championship belongs to the Great Torino side, who racked up 29 victories in 1947/48, the only Italian league season to be played with 21 teams over 42 matchdays.

Inter unbeaten in 39 games

Inter are unbeaten in their last 39 competitive matches, with 30 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 9 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Inter undefeated at San Siro in 21 games, on target in 34 matches

Inter's last home defeat in the league was a 2-1 loss to Juventus on 12 February 2006. Since that date the Nerazzurri have collected 17 wins and 4 draws from 21 Serie A home matches at the Giuseppe Meazza. Inter have scored in their last 34 league fixtures at home, netting a total of 78 goals. Their last home game without scoring was the 0-0 draw with Reggina on the final day of the 2004/05 season.

Inter invincible in Serie A

Inter's last league defeat came way back on 30 April 2006 when they lost 1-0 at Empoli. Since then the Nerazzurri have collected 25 Serie A wins and 8 draws for a new club record of 33 top-flight matches without defeat. The previous record of 27 matches was set between 2003/04 and 2004/05. With their 31-match unbeaten run in 2006/06, Inter have set a new absolute record in the history of the Serie A championship with 20 teams. The previous record belonged to Juventus who remained undefeated for 28 matches (Weeks 11-38) in 2005/06.

Inter's second-half form

Inter have improved their results in the second halves of matches this season to earn 23 points, more than any other team taking part in the 2006/07 Serie A championship.

Spalletti one away from 200th win as coach

Roma boss Luciano Spalletti is one victory short of his 200th win since becoming a coach. From 454 games, the Tuscan trainer has collected 109 wins in Serie A, 25 in Serie B, 18 in Serie C1, 17 in Coppa Italia, 9 in Serie C Coppa Italia, 17 in European competitions, and 4 in other tournaments. His first win as a coach was Empoli 4-2 victory over Fiorenzuola, a Serie C1 match played on 29 May 1994.

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wins(45)draws(26)defeats(14)

MILAN - The Scudetto remains on ice as Roma sent Inter crashing to their first defeat of the 2006/07 Serie A season.

Francesco Totti's deflected free kick and Marco Cassetti's injury-time goal ensured all three points for the capital side after Marco Materazzi's penalty cancelled out Simone Perrotta's opener.

Inter, beaten in the league for the first time this season after 25 wins and 6 draws, need six points from the remaining six fixtures to wrap up their fifteenth title.

Mancini made three changes to the team that held Palermo on Sunday, with Cordoba in for Burdisso in defence, Stankovic preferred to Dacourt in the middle, and Ibrahimovic in place of Crespo up front.

Roma fielded a 4-5-1 formation with Totti as the lone striker, and the Giallorossi's numerical advantage in midfield showed as Spalletti's men conceded few spaces in the opening half.

The first real chance came on 20 minutes and it went Roma's way when Julio Cesar saved Totti's diagonal effort. Maicon blocked Perrotta's follow-up to deny the Italy midfielder a sure goal.

Inter came closest to a first-half goal in the 37th minute when Dejan Stankovic's 25-yard strike bounced off the top of Doni's crossbar.

Julio Cesar pulled off another terrific save before the interval, tipping Mancini's 20-yard snapshot on to the bar, but there was nothing he could do to stop Roma taking the lead on 43 minutes. De Rossi played to Chivu on the by-line and the Romanian defender swung in a low cross for Perrotta to slide over from two yards out.

Inter were level seven minutes after the break when Materazzi sent Doni the wrong way from the penalty spot after a foul by the Roma keeper on Adriano.

There was only one team on the pitch in the second half of Sunday's draw with Palermo, and it was a similar situation against Roma as the Nerazzurri piled on the pressure after Materazzi's sixth goal of the season.

Adriano was brilliantly denied by Doni who pushed the Brazilian's header on to the post in the 59th minute.

Ibrahimovic then poked wide a Stankovic cross-shot, and Roma had their keeper to thank again for a one-handed save from Stankovic's 25-yard drive.

Nine minutes from time Maicon received on the right from Figo and flashed his cross-shot just wide of the left post.

But the Meazza fell silent with sixty seconds to play when Totti's free kick took a wicked deflection off Figo, giving Julio Cesar no chance of making a save.

Giallorossi substitute Cassetti added insult to injury in time added on with Roma's third goal, a low shot between the legs of Cordoba.

Inter 1-3 Roma (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Perrotta 43, Materazzi (pen) 52, Totti 89, Cassetti 90+5.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso (15 Dacourt 61); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso (20 Recoba 90), 5 Stankovic, 7 Figo; 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 61), 8 Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 16 Burdisso, 21 Solari, 91 Mariano Gonzalez.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Roma: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 21 Ferrari, 5 Mexes, 13 Chivu; 4 Wilhelmsson (77 Cassetti 74), 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro, 20 Perrotta, 30 Mancini (23 Vucinic 78); 10 Totti (22 Tonetto 90).
Subs not used: 1 Curci, 14 Faty, 17 Tavano, 28 Rosi.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.

Referee: Matteo Trefoloni (Siena).

Booked: Figo 28, Zanetti 48, Mancini 51, Pizarro 53, Mexes 54, Stankovic 77, Materazzi 83, Doni 90+1.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12Doni
Maicon 13Panucci
Cordoba 2Ferrari
Materazzi 23Mexes
Grosso 11Chivu
Zanetti 4De Rossi
Cambiasso 19Pizzarro
Stankovic 5Wihelmsson
Figo 7Perrotta
Adriano 10Mancini
Ibrahimovic 8Totti

substitutes

Toldo 1Curci
Burdisso 16Cassetti
Dacourt 15Tonetto
Solari 21Faty
Gonzalez 91Rosi
Cruz 9Vucinic
Recoba 20Tavano