Final score

1 September 2007 20:30

Empoli
Inter
38' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
14' Ibrahimovic
referee Nicola Giovanni Ayroldi / linesmen Nicoletti, Romagnoli / 4th man Velotto
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MinutesText commentary
47'It's 1-0 to us after 45 minutes of play at the Castellani.
46'Another good chance for the Nerazzurri. Cesar floats in a cross from left. Ibra heads down for Cambiasso whose shot is blocked. Suazo then has a follow-up effort blocked.
45'Great effort by David Suazo. The Honduran collects a pass, swivels on the ball and unleashes a right-foot bullet shot. Balli parries.
45'Two minutes of added time to play.
43'Toldo spills a Vannucchi right-wing cross. Fortunately for us, Maxwell boots clear.
42'Cambiasso floats a ball into the Empoli box. It's too long for Maxwell, and Balli makes a comfortable catch.
41'Cesar's inswinging cross is headed behind by Buscé. Corner.
41'Samuel's scythed shot from Cesar's left-wing corner is way off target.
40'Free kick to Inter, awarded for a foul by Adani on Ibra.
36'Incredible miss by the home team. Left-winger Antonini blasts wide after being played in by Giacomazzi.
35'According to the ball possession stats it's even stevens at the Castellani.
34'Veteran keeper Toldo gathers Tosto's deflected cross from the left.
30'Toldo makes a diving parry from Raggi's dangerous ball in from the right.
29'Brilliant intervention by Walter Samuel. 'The Wall' makes a well timed tackle to deny Buscé a shot on goal.
29'Cesar booked for a foul on Giacomazzi.
25'Uruguayan midfielder Giacomazzi, the only foreign player in Empoli's squad, is yellow-carded for a foul on Cambiasso.
23'Saudati's header from Tosto's left-wing cross is deflected behind by Samuel. Nothing comes of the corner.
22'Suazo gets a cross in from Ibrahimovic's flicked pass into the box, but Cesar fails to connect in the six-yard box.
20'Suazo bursts into the box after collecting an Ibra pass but Marzoratti does well to intercept. Stankovic's cross from the resulting corner is cleared by Empoli.
19'Cesar, with his head bandaged following that aerial collision, receives wide on the left but the flag goes up for offside.
17'Saudati goes down under a challenge from Samuel. The Empoli striker remains on the ground in the Inter penalty box.
14'GOOOAALLL!!!! At the far post Zlatan Ibrahimovic pokes in Maicon's splendid right-wing cross. 1-0 to Inter.
13'The Empoli midfielder also requires medical attention to a cut.
12'Cesar remains on the ground following a clash of heads with Buscé.
8'With an outstretched foot Cordoba hooks behind Vannucchi's dangerous cross into the box for Saudati. Marzoratti's header from the resultant corner is over the bar.
6'Free kick to the Nerazzurri, awarded for a Giacomazzi foul on Ibrahimovic.
6'Stankovic's fierce right-foot effort from the free kick hits the Azzurri wall.
5'Brilliant ball into the area by Ibra. Cesar's low angled shot from the Swedish forward's hooked pass is wide of the far post.
4'Ex-Inter defender Daniele Adani intercepts a Cambiasso through pass for Suazo.
3'Ibrahimovic sends in a low cross from the left. Suazo fails to reach the ball and the Empoli defence clears.
1'Welcome to the Stadio Castellani in the Tuscan town of Empoli for tonight's Serie A clash between Inter and the Azzurri.
1'Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and Walter Samuel once in last season's 3-0 win here, but Empoli are never an easy side to face away from home.
1'Last season Luigi Cagni led Empoli to a seventh-place finish and their first ever qualification for the UEFA Cup.
1'Lineups: <br>Empoli: Balli; Raggi, Marzoratti, Adani, Tosto; Buscé, Giacomazzi, Moro, Antonini; Vannucchi; Saudati. <br> Inter: Toldo; Maicon, Cordoba, Samuel, Maxwell; Stankovic, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Cesar; Ibrahimovic, Suazo.
1'Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
MinutesText commentary
48'Full time. Empoli 0-2 Inter.
47'Maicon makes a strong run on goal but Raggi brings the move to an abrupt end.
45'There will be three minutes of added time.
43'Mancini replaces the impressive Cesar with Olivier Dacourt.
40'Toldo blocks a Tosto cross from the left.
38'GOOOAAAALLL!!!! Cesar plays in Ibrahimovic who tucks home at the far post to double Inter's lead.
34'Vannucchi's high ball in from the left is easy prey for Francesco Toldo.
33'Figo tests Balli with shot from outside the box.
30'Inter make their second substitution. Cristian Chivu comes on for Maxwell.
28'Time for an Inter switch. Suazo off, Luis Figo on.
27'Another decisive intervention by Ivan Cordoba. This time, the Colombian makes a sliding tackle on Pozzi to deny the striker a chance from Abate's cross.
26'Suazo crosses from the left but there's no team-mate on hand.
24'Miraculous reflex save by Toldo, who with his feet denies Pozzi's shot from Giovinco's left-wing centre.
23'Samuel's header from Cesar's left-wing cross is blocked by Empoli keeper Balli.
22'Maxwell collects a Cesar pass and makes a mazy run into the box. He goes down under a challenge but no penalty is given. Instead, we get a corner.
21'Empoli make their second substitutio. Abate on for Adani.
20'Ibra's effort from the resulting free kick hits the Empoli wall.
19'Suazo is chopped down by Marzoratti just outside the Empoli box. The defender is booked by Ayroldi.
18'Headed clearance by Cordoba from Giovinco's outswinging corner kick.
18'After a strong start to the second half by the Nerazzurri, it's Empoli who are running the show at the moment.
17'Tosto's left-foot cross-shot from the left is tipped over by Toldo.
16'Good defending by Cordoba. The Colombian beats Pozzi to Vannucchi's right-wing cross and makes a headed clearance.
15'Inter counter attack the Azzurri. Adani intercepts Ibra's fast cross into the box for David Suazo.
14'Empoli bring on talented youngster Sebastian Giovinco for Antonini.
12'Ibrahimovic creates space for a 25-yarder but his left-foot effort is too weak. Marzoratti blocks and clears.
11'Cesar races down the left and lays off to Suazo but is beaten to the Honduran's return pass by Raggi.
10'Moro has a long-range effort parried by Toldo.
6'Cordoba blocks a low cross from Tosto. Nothing comes of the corner as Ibrahimovic sweeps clear.
2'Wonderful solo move by Suazo. The Honduran wins the ball in the Empoli third, sprints past an opponent and into the box and tests Balli with a fierce low shot.
1'Empoli kick off the second half.
1'The Azzurri have brought on Pozzi for Saudati. No changes to the Inter XI.
Zanetti
6.81
6.81
Cordoba
6.23
6.23
Toldo
7.84
7.84
Stankovic
6.46
6.46
Cambiasso
6.47
6.47
Samuel
7.53
7.53
Figo
7.18
7.18
Cesar
6.87
6.87
Maicon
7.12
7.12
Maxwell
6.44
6.44
Dacourt
6.3
6.3
Ibrahimovic
9.07
9.07
Suazo
6.6
6.6
Chivu
6.39
6.39
Average rating6.95
4shots on target6
2shots off target2
19fouls committed16
4corners5
2offsides5
34:21ball possession29:46
Cagni v Mancini

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the seventh time. Mancini has won 5 and lost 1 of his 6 encounters with the current Empoli boss.

Details:

2002/03 Serie A Piacenza-Lazio ---- 1-2
2005/06 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-0 ----
2006/07 Serie A Empoli-Inter 0-3 1-3
2006/07 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter 0-2 0-2

Cagni v Inter

Luigi Cagni has faced Empoli on 10 occasions, winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 7. None of his 5 matches at home to the Nerazzurri have ended in draws, with 3 Empoli wins and 2 Inter victories.

Details:

1995/96 Serie A Piacenza-Inter 1-0 0-0
1996/97 Serie A Verona-Inter 0-1 1-2
2002/03 Serie A Piacenza-Inter ---- 1-3
2005/06 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-0 ----
2006/07 Serie A Empoli-Inter 0-3 1-3
2006/07 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter 0-2 0-2

Mancini v Empoli

Roberto Mancini has won 10, drawn 1 and lost 1 of his 12 competitive encounters with Empoli.

Details:

2002/03 Coppa Italia Lazio-Empoli 2-0 2-1
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Empoli 4-1 2-1
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Empoli 3-0 2-2
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Empoli 4-1 0-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Inter-Empoli 2-0 2-0
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Empoli 3-1 3-0

Empoli v Inter

Inter have won 20, drawn 3 and lost 3 of their 26 competitive matches against Empoli.

Details:

1983/84 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter ---- 1-3
1984/85 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter 0-1 0-1
1985/86 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter 1-1 ----
1986/87 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-0 1-2
1986/87 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter 0-2 0-1
1987/88 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-1 0-2
1987/88 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter 0-1 1-2
1997/98 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-1 1-4
1998/99 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-2 1-5
2002/03 Serie A Empoli-Inter 3-4 0-3
2003/04 Serie A Empoli-Inter 2-3 1-0
2005/06 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-0 1-4
2006/07 Serie A Empoli-Inter 0-3 1-3
2006/07 Coppa Italia Empoli-Inter 0-2 0-2

Inter last team to beat Empoli at Castellani

Empoli haven't lost a Serie A match at home since 10 December 2006 when they were beaten 3-0 by Inter. Since that date the Azzurri have collected 8 league wins and 3 draws. Inter's 3-0 win at the Castellani is Empoli's only defeat in their last 16 league games at home. In the other 15 matches the Tuscans have won 9 and drawn 6.

Raggi set for milestone appearance

If he plays against Inter at the Castellani, Andrea Raggi will make his 100th competitive appearance as a professional player. Besides his current club Empoli, the defender has also played for Carrarese. Pinzi, who made his debut in Carrarese 1-2 Imolese (Serie C2) on 7 September 2003, has collected 61 appearances in Serie A, 9 in Serie B and 29 in Serie C2.

Giacomazzi and goals in September

Empoli's Uruguayan striker Guillermo Giacomazzi has scored more in September than in any other month of the year since he moved to Italy. Nine of his 25 goals have come in matches played in the ninth calendar month.

Last Inter away defeat in Serie A at Empoli

Empoli 1-0 Inter on 30 April 2006 was the Nerazzurri's last league defeat away from home. The match was settled by Marco Materazzi's own goal. Since that date Inter have collected 15 wins and 5 draws from their Serie A travels.

Inter goalless in just one of last 15 away league games

The Nerazzurri have failed to score in just one of their last 15 Serie A away matches: Reggina 0-0 Inter on 7 April 2007. Mancini's team have notched 33 goals from the 14 away games played since that date.

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EMPOLI - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in each half as Inter beat Empoli at the Stadio Castellani.

The Swedish forward tucked home Maicon's cross early on, adding his second goal of the season from Cesar's pass in the final minutes to send the Tuscans to their first home defeat in the league since last December.

Roberto Mancini fielded a 4-4-2 formation for Inter's second game of the Serie A campaign, with Toldo in between the posts in place of the suspended Julio Cesar.

The Nerazzurri made the stronger start to an evenly balanced first half and could have taken an early lead through Brazilian left-winger Cesar who fired wide his angled shot from Ibrahimovic's pass.

The breakthrough came in the 14th minute when Ibrahimovic stole in a the back post to poke home Maicon's splendid inswinger from the right.

Empoli were left to rue a glaring miss by Antonini as the Nerazzurri stepped up a gear before half time, an invigorated Suazo going close with a 20-yard bullet shot.

Suazo came out for the second half firing on all cylinders and could have doubled Inter's lead two minutes in when his strong low shot forced a two-fisted block from Balli.

From then on in it was all Empoli as the Nerazzurri appeared to sit on their lead and rely on counter-attacks.

Tosto forced a tipped save with a left-wing cross-shot that dipped dangerously on target. Inter's veteran Italian keeper then made a miraculous reflex with his feet to deny Pozzi.

And some alert defending from Cordoba and Samuel kept Empoli at bay.

Mancini's reaction was to bring on Figo for Suazo and replace Maxwell with Chivu.

With an extra man in the middle Inter saw more possession of the ball in the closing stages.

The reward came seven minutes from time. Figo played across the face of the area for the impressive Cesar who served Ibrahimovic, and the Swede slotted his second of the game past a hapless Balli.

Empoli 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-1)

Scorer: Ibrahimovic 14, 83.

Empoli (4-4-1-1): 23 Balli; 46 Raggi, 16 Marzoratti, 14 Adani (6 Abate 66), 7 Tosto; 24 Buscé, 18 Giacomazzi, 5 Moro, 77 Antonini (21 Giovinco 59); 10 Vannucchi; 11 Saudati (9 Pozzi 46).
Subs not used: 1 Bassi, 8 Marianini, 15 Vanigli, 19 Marchisio.
Coach: Luigi Cagni.

Inter (4-4-2): 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell (26 Chivu 75); 5 Stankovic, 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar (15 Dacourt 88); 8 Ibrahimovic, 29 Suazo (7 Figo 73).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 9 Cruz, 16 Burdisso, 18 Crespo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Nicola Ayroldi (Molfetta).

Booked: Giacomazzi 25, Cesar 29, Marzoratti 64.

starting lineups

Balli1 Toldo
Raggi13 Maicon
Marzoratti2 Cordoba
Adani25 Samuel
Tosto6 Maxwell
Buscè5 Stankovic
Giacomazzi4 Zanetti
Moro19 Cambiasso
Antonini31 Cesar
Vannucchi8 Ibrahimovic
Saudati29 Suazo

substitutes

Bassi22 Orlandoni
Vanigli16 Burdisso
Abate26 Chivu
Marchisio7 Figo
Marianini15 Dacourt
Pozzi9 Cruz
Giovinco18 Crespo