Inter 3
1 Empoli

28 Cruz, 12 (2nd half) Saudati, 14 (2nd half) Recoba, 15 (2nd half) Stankovic

referee Antonio Damato / linesmen Lanciani, De Santis / 4th man Celi
Serie A TIM — matchday 34 — Giuseppe Meazza, Milano — 29 April 2007 20:30

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1st half / 2nd half

48' / Mariano Gonzalez makes a diagonal run from the right and then plays wide to Andreolli. The Italian defender's cross is blocked.
48' / Inter lead Empoli 1-0 at the break.
47' / Bassi blocks a Stankovic cross from the left.
45' / 3 minutes of added time.
44' / Almiron close for Empoli. The Argentine midfielder runs on to a pass and hits it first time from 25 yards. Luckily for us, it's wide of the target.
43' / Great chance for Inter. Materazzi picks out Recoba with a long-range pass. The Uruguayan waltzes past an opponent and plays into the path of Figo who serves Mariano Gonzalez, but the Argentine miskicks in front of Bassi.
39' / Inter replace Julio Cruz, who appears to have suffered an injury, with Mariano Gonzalez.
39' / Headed clearance by Cordoba from Vannucchi's left-wing centre.
38' / More heroics from Julio Cesar, who gets a fingertip to the ball to deny Almiron.
37' / Vannucchi tests Julio Cesar with a 25-yard shot. Our keeper is equal to the Empoli captain's effort.
35' / Cruz is caught offside as he runs to meet a Stankovic through pass.
34' / Another brilliant save by Julio Cesar. This time, the Brazilian goalkeeper keeps out Saudati's flicked header from Moro's left-wing cross.
32' / Cruz has a penalty claim turned down by Damato after being pulled off the ball by Empoli defender Lucchini.
31' / Inter close to a second. Recoba bursts past Almiron on the right and hits the post with fierce diagonal strike. Bassi then saves a low effort from Figo.
28' / GOOAAALLL!!!!!! Inter hit straight back and take the lead through Julio Cruz. Recoba makes a darting crossfield run and plays low to Cambiasso. The Argentine midfielder backheels into the path of the unmarked Cruz who crashes past Bassi. Inter 1-0 Empoli.
27' / Andreolli whips in a cross from the right. Pratali clears and Empoli mount a counter-attack which comes to an end with Julio Cesar blocking a Vannucchi cross to deny Saudati.
25' / Empoli close again. Vannucchi outpaces Stankovic down the left and crosses for Saudati, whose close-range backheeled effort is saved by Julio Cesar.
23' / Stankovic heads Figo's curling cross into the path of Cruz who fires wide, but the linesmen gives a goal kick as the ball had crossed the by-line before the Serbian played it.
20' / Almiron makes a headed clearance from Figo's corner after Stankovic has a cross blocked.
18' / Andreolli shows his class, dispossessing Empoli captain Vannucchi before playing square to Dacourt, whose pass for Cruz is intercepted.
17' / Bassi gets down to block Recoba's low, left-foot drive from 20 yards.
16' / Cruz goes through on goal after meeting a Figo pass, but the flag goes up for offside again.
15' / Pozzi gets a cross in from the left edge of the Inter box. Eder fires wide after Grosso's half-clearance.
12' / Empoli make an early switch, with Eder replacing Buscè who has sustained an injury.
12' / El Chino's curling free kick is blocked by Bassi.
11' / Free kick to Inter 25 yards out on the right for a foul by Pratali on Luis Figo.
10' / Cruz slots in Grosso's first-time cross from the left but it won't count as the flag goes up for offside.
9' / Figo launches a long-range pass for Recoba but overhits it slightly. Bassi collects. Back in our half, Materazzi makes a vital intervention to deny the Tuscan strikers.
6' / Cruz swings in a cross from the right by-line after a great ball down the wing by Andreolli. Vanigli beats Recoba to the ball and makes a headed clearance.
6' / Empoli hit back at Inter and go close to scoring. Julio Cesar pulls off a great block from Saudati's close-range shot from Vannucchi's left-wing cross. Nothing comes of the resultant corner.
4' / Empoli captain Vanucchi fires well wide after creating space for a 25-yard shot.
3' / Recoba plays a beautiful ball over the Empoli defence for Cruz, who goes down under a challenge, but for match ref Damato there's no penalty.
2' / Alvaro Recoba's inswinging cross is caught by Empoli keeper Bassi.
1' / Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter's first home game as 2006/07 Italian champions.
1' / We beat today's opponents Empoli 3-0 in the first half of the season. Crespo, Ibrahimovic, Samuel scored second-half goals on that occasion to give Inter a seven-point lead over Roma.
1' / With that victory over the Tuscan outfit, Mancini's side matched the club's record of 8 consecutive top-flight victories set in 1939/40, 1964/65 and 1988/89.
1' / Inter went on to notch an incredible 17 Serie A wins in a row before being held 1-1 at Udinese in Week 26.
1' / Back to today's match, and the stadium is beginning to fill ahead of what will be a memorable evening for Inter fans.
1' / The pre-match entertainment has started with an eight-a-side game between the players of the academy's record-breaking Pulcini A (Under-11) team, who won their championship with 22 wins out of 22, scoring 292 goals and conceding just 30.
1' / A thunderous roar rings around the Meazza as the Nerazzurri come on to the pitch for the pre-match warm-up.
1' / Lineups:
Inter: Julio Cesar; Andreolli, Cordoba, Materazzi, Grosso; Figo, Dacourt, Cambiasso, Stankovic; Recoba, Cruz.
Empoli: Bassi; Raggi, Vanigli, Pratali, Lucchini; Buscè, Almiron, Vannucchi, Moro; Pozzi, Saudati.
1' / Cruz and Recoba start in attack together for the first time this season. The Argentine has scored one career goal against Empoli, while the Uruguayan has scored three against the Azzurri, including that famous effort from the halfway line in January 1998.
1' / Central defender Marco Andreolli is set for his seventh first-team appearance. The Italy Under-21 international made his Inter debut in the goalless draw with Reggina on the final day of the 2004/05 season - Inter's last home game without scoring.
1' / The players are set to come back out on the pitch as the loudspeakers blast out the re-recorded version of our anthem - Pazza Inter.
1' / A fireworks display is under way as the Curva Nord provides a pre-match Scudetto spectacle, with a huge Italian flag flanked by the black and blue colours of Inter. On the pitch, a thousand black and blue balloons are released.
1' / It will be a few more minutes before kick-off as the players and coaching staff pose for a group photo with their children.
1' / And on the big screen, a photo of Giacinto Facchetti looks down on the pitch.
1' / We're under way as Empoli kick off.
1' / Figo sweeps wide to Materazzi, whose right-wing cross is blocked. Corner for Inter.
47' / Full time. Inter beat Empoli 3-1.
46' / Figo has a volley blocked after Bassi's parry from Stankovic's cross.
45' / Mariano Gonzalez slaloms an opponent during a run into the box from the left but is then dispossessed.
45' / Two minutes of injury time to play.
37' / Almiron's effort from distance is wide.
34' / Saudati strikes the post with a poked effort from Marianini's right-wing cross.
31' / Empoli bring on Marzoratti for Lucchini, and Marianini for Pozzi.
30' / Grosso fires wide from an acute angle.
29' / Mancini makes his third switch. On comes Maxwell for Olivier Dacourt.
26' / Incredible miss by Figo. With just Bassi to beat, the Portuguese midfielder blazes over the bar.
26' / Javier Zanetti is welcomed with a roaring applause as he comes on for Alvaro Recoba.
25' / Recoba drills in a low cross from the left. Vanigli beats Gonzalez to the ball and concedes a corner.
23' / Vannucchi fires narrowly over Julio Cesar's bar after a ten-yard run on goal.
20' / The Inter defence clears Vannucchi's outswinging right-wing free kick.
19' / Stankovic is denied a second as Lucchini makes a vital block in the penalty area.
15' / GOOOOAAALLL!!!!! In loads of space on the right side of the area Dejan Stankovic receives a pass from Cambiasso, picks his spot and drills it low past Bassi and into the far corner.
14' / Vanigli heads behind for a corner after Bassi's one-handed save from Grosso's cross-shot.
14' / We're back in front!!!! Alvaro Recoba scores directly from the corner flag. What a way to score your first of the season! Inter 2-1 Empoli.
12' / The visitors have equalised at the Meazza. Saudati collects Almiron's short pass, takes one touch of the ball and fires low into the left corner. Inter 1-1 Empoli.
10' / Recoba tries a combination with Mariano Gonzalez on the edge of the box but Eder intercepts.
8' / Pratali blocks a Mariano Gonzalez effort from inside the Empoli box. Corner for Inter.
5' / Julio Cesar makes a brilliant diving save from Saudati's flicked header from Pratali's right-wing cross.
4' / Stankovic is booked for a foul on Vannucchi. On a caution, the Serbian midfielder will automatically miss next Sunday's trip to Messina.
3' / Julio Cesar blocks the Empoli captain's curling free kick with his fists.
2' / Empoli awarded a free kick in a central position 25 yards out after a Dacourt fol on Vannucchi.
1' / Inter kick off the second half. FORZA CAMPIONI!!!!

total votes 2922

Recoba 9.0900
Zanetti 8.1782
Cordoba 7.5820
Materazzi 8.2814
Cruz 8.3166
Stankovic 8.4445
Cambiasso 8.2991
Andreolli 7.1665
Julio Cesar 8.4146
Figo 8.5185
Grosso 7.2860
Maxwell 7.4864
Dacourt 7.6778
Gonzalez 6.5683
average rating 7.9507

wins

10

draws

0

defeats

1

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Statistics

9 shots on target 7
6 shots off target 14
14 fouls committed 13
4 corners 3
1 offsides 4
28:18 ball possession 25:57

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report

MILAN - Inter celebrated their 15th league title in front of their own fans with a scintillating 3-1 victory over Empoli.

Julio Cruz opened the scoring just before the half hour but Empoli were back in the game after the interval through Saudati. But the Nerazzurri stunned their opponents with two goals in as many minutes from Alvaro Recoba and Dejan Stankovic.

Inspired by the carnival atmosphere on the stands, Inter produced an exciting display of attacking football despite the absences of numerous key players.

The Nerazzurri could have been a goal to the good after just three minutes but the flag went up for offside when Cruz ran to collect Recoba's weighted pass over the Empoli defence.

But the Tuscan outfit, still in with a chance of a Champions League spot, soon hit back, and Saudati forced Julio Cesar into a save with a close-range effort from Vanucchi's cross.

Cruz was flagged offside again when he crashed home Grosso's first-time cross, but El Jardinero didn't have to wait long for his eleventh goal of the season.

In the 28th minute Recoba made a darting run and served Cambiasso who fed through to the unmarked Cruz with a sweet backheeled pass. In acres of space, the Inter number nine picked his spot and crashed past Bassi.

Uruguayan forward Recoba went close to a second just three minutes later but saw his diagonal strike bounce back off the post.

And just before half time Mariano Gonzalez, on for the injured Cruz, miskicked with just Bassi to beat after great approach play by El Chino and Figo.

Empoli made an encouraging start to the second half, with Julio Cesar twice called into action. The Brazilian delighted the crowd with a punched clearance from Vannucchi's free kick, and then again with a splendid diving save from Saudati's flicked header.

The visitors threatened to spoil the Scudetto party on 57 minutes when Saudati collected Almiron's short pass, took one touch of the ball and fired low into the left corner to bring the teams on level terms. But the Nerazzurri's double reply was immediate, and spectacular.

Alvaro Recoba has always been a player capable of delivering the impossible. In January 1998 El Chino scored against Empoli from the halfway line. This time, he found the net with a brilliant left-foot curler directly from the right corner flag.

A minute later, Dejan Stankovic received in space from Cambiasso and rifled a low right-foot shot past Bassi to stun the Tuscans.

Empoli went closest to reducing the deficit when Saudati struck the upright with a poked effort from Marianini's cross.

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

Scorers: Cruz 28, Saudati 57, Recoba 59, Stankovic 60.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 2 Cordoba, 77 Andreolli, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo, 15 Dacourt (6 Maxwell 74), 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 20 Recoba (4 Zanetti 71); 9 Cruz (91 Gonzalez 39).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 21 Solari, 62 Figliomeni, 99 Choutos.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Empoli: 1 Bassi; 46 Raggi, 15 Vanigli, 50 Pratali, 3 Lucchini 8 (16 Marzoratti 76); 24 Buscè (17 Eder 12), 4 Almiron, 10 Vannucchi, 5 Moro; 9 Pozzi (8 Marianini 76), 11 Saudati.
Subs not used: 23 Balli, 27 Ficini, 32 Coralli, 33 Ascoli.
Coach: Luigi Cagni.

Referee: Antonio Damato (Barletta).

Booked: Stankovic 49, Recoba.

Inter vs Empoli

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Bassi
Cordoba 2 Raggi
Andreolli 77 Vanigli
Materazzi 23 Pratali
Grosso 11 Lucchini
Figo 7 Buscè
Dacourt 15 Almiron
Cambiasso 19 Vannucchi
Stankovic 5 Moro
Recoba 20 Pozzi
Cruz 9 Saudati

substitutes

Toldo 1 Balli
Zanetti 4 Marianini
Maxwell 6 Marzoratti
Solari 21 Eder
Figliomeni 62 Ficini
Gonzalez 91 Coralli
Choutos 99 Ascoli

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