Final score

16 September 2007 15:00

Inter
34' (2nd half) Cesar
14' Crespo
Catania
referee Daniele Orsato / linesmen Grilli, Rosi / 4th man Scoditti
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MinutesText commentary
46'Inter close again in additional time. Figo races down the right channel and plays to Crespo whose cross is tipped clear by Bizzarri, denying Adriano an easy tap-in at the back post.
46'Half time. Inter 1-0 Catania.
45'Inter break with Adriano. The Brazilian storms down the middle and plays wide to his compatriot Cesar who whips in a cross for Crespo. The flag goes up for offside.
45'One minute of added time to play.
44'Catania close to a half-time equaliser through Silvestri whose long-range effort takes the slightest of deflections and goes inches wide of the post.
42'Cambiasso makes a headed clearance from Sabato's left-wing free kick.
42'Maxwell boots behind as Catania create danger from a corner kick.
37'Burdisso booked for a foul on Martinez.
35'Adriano hooks the ball into the middle of the box after a tussle with an opponent, but Bizzarri gathers to deny Crespo.
31'Adriano heads in a Figo right-wing corner and the Meazza erupts, but match ref Orsato disallows the goal for a foul by the Brazilian on Edusei.
30'Headed clearance by Cordoba from Sabato's outswinging left-wing free kick.
28'Applause for Adriano who glides past two opponents before testing Bizzarri with a right-footer.
27'Inter back on the attack. Adri serves Crespo with a deft touch of the ball but Catania intercept. Cesar pounces on the loose ball and runs on goal but collides into Terlizzi.
26'Great defending by Ivan Cordoba. The Colombian blocks Mascara's dangerous ball in from the right and plays to safety.
25'Figo lifts his bending free kick over the Sicilian wall and over the crossbar.
23'Baiocco is deservedly booked for a bad challenge on Dacourt. The free kick is 25 yards out in a central position.
22'Unmarked in the box, Adriano chests down a Maxwell left-wing cross and volleys straight at Bizzarri.
21'Adriano sees one of his left-foot specials blocked by Stovini.
20'Another corner for Inter. Figo's inswinging cross is caught by Bizzarri.
19'Luis Figo is dancing around the park like a 20-year-old as Inter continue to create chances coming forward.
17'Uruguayan midfielder Martinez boots clear after Inter fail to take full advantage of a Figo corner.
15'Mascara booked for protesting.
14'Terlizzi's weak header from a Catania free kick is easy prey for Julio Cesar.
14'GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Maicon slaloms his way into the box, exchanges passes with Adriano and serves Crespo who slots home at the far post. Inter 1-0 Catania.
12'Bizzarri makes a punched clearance from Figo's inswinging left-wing corner.
12'Adriano heads wide a Dacourt cross as Inter produce yet another scoring chance.
11'Oooohhhhh. Figo elegantly sidesteps Mascara and almost scores with a chip shot that Bizzarri miraculously tips over. Corner.
10'Cesar and Figo both have shots blocked as Inter pile the pressure on Catania.
9'Good chance for Inter. Crespo receives from Cesar, twists and turns his way into the box and sends a low left-foot shot on target. Stovini blocks and concedes a corner.
9'Another chance for the Nerazzurri. Adriano collects a pass on the edge of the box and sees his left-foot shot deflected behind for a corner.
5'Another 40-yard free kick awarded to Catania for another foul by Dacourt.
4'Argentine midfielder Izco receives in the box and rifles in an angled lwo drive that forces a reflex parry from Julio Cesar. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
3'Mascara's high cross from the free kick is easily caught by Julio Cesar.
2'Baiocco wins the ball in midfield and goes down under a challenge from Daocurt, earning his team a free kick 40 yards out.
1'Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza for this afternoon's Serie A match between the Nerazzurri and Catania. It's a hot September Sunday in Milan with a temperature of around 26°.
1'Dejan Stankovic scored twice as Inter came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Catania last season. Mascara scored the Sicilians' opener.
1'Five different players (Samuel, Solari, Grosso, Ibrahimovic and Cruz) scored in Inter's 5-2 thumping of down in Sicily last term.
1'Starting lineups: <br> Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Cordoba, Burdisso, Maxwell; Figo, Esteban Cambiasso, Dacourt, Cesar; Crespo, Adriano.<br> Catania: Bizzarri; Silvestri, Stovini, Terlizzi, Sabato; Baiocco, Martinez, Edusei, Mascara, Izco; Spinesi.
1'The referees, wearing a lovely bright red strip, lead the teams out on to the pitch.
1'Catania win the toss and their captain Baiocco elects for Inter to kick off.
1'We're under way at the Meazza.
MinutesText commentary
49'Adriano is unlucky not to score Inter's third in injury time. Ibrahimovic plays him in with an umpteenth touch of magic. The Brazilian swivels and shoots. It cannons off the post and off the head of Bizzarri.
49'Full time. Inter beat Catania 2-0
45'Ibra close to a third. The Swede runs across the face of the Catania box and unleashes a fierce left-foot shot that is punched clear by Bizzarri.
45'Four minutes of added time.
42'Zlatan Ibrahimovic is clear through on goal but the flag goes up for offside.
38'Zlatan Ibrahimovic weaves some of his magic, playing in Cesar down the left with an awesome piece of skill which has to be seen to be believed!
34'GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!! Cesar receives in space from Ibra, makes a 20-yard dash solo run on goal and finishes it off perfectly with a sweet strike from inside the Catania box.
33'Inter make their third and final substitution: Javier Zanetti for Olivier Dacourt.
29'Terlizzi blocks Ibrahimovic's first-time shot. Catania clear the resultant corner kick.
28'Catania bring on Giacomo Tedesco for Mariano Izco.
26'Catania make their second change. Japanese youngster Takayuki Morimoto replaces Mascara.
24'Ibrahimovic is denied by Terlizzi after an inviting ball into the area by Adriano.
22'Inter appear to have regained the upper hand after a period of Catania pressure. Maxwell fires wide after receiving from Cesar.
20'Mancini makes his second switch. Dejan Stankovic replaces Luis Figo.
19'Ibra's shot spints off Stovini. Figo's cross from the resulting corner is punched clear by Bizzarri.
18'Vargas, who scored a stunning goal for Peru in a friendly international against Bolivia last week, tries the impossible after receiving wide on the left from Baiocco. El Loco's angled volley from 25 yards soars over the bar.
14'It's Zlatan Ibrahimovic time. Off comes Hernan Crespo and on comes the Swedish forward for his 100th appearance in Italy's Serie A.
13'Spinesi creates space for a shot just outside the Inter area but fires wide.
12'Catania win a free kick on the right wing. Maicon heads behind a dangerous inswinger from Juan 'El Loco' Vargas.
12'The Meazza applauds as the news comes through that Alvaro 'El Chino' Recoba has equalised for Torino at the Renzo Barbera in Palermo.
9'Julio Cesar makes a crucial point-blank save from Catania striker Gionatha Spinesi.
6'Stovini intercepts Maxwell's ball into the box for Adriano and pokes clear.
4'Rocco Sabato rises in the area to head over a Mascara right-wing corner.
3'Catania counter attack the Nerazzurri. Burdisso hooks clear to thwart Mascara.
1'Catania kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!!!!
1'Catania have brought on Juan Vargas for Jorge Martinez.
Zanetti
6.94
6.94
Cordoba
6.72
6.72
Adriano
8.03
8.03
Crespo
7.57
7.57
Stankovic
6.62
6.62
Cambiasso
6.65
6.65
Burdisso
6.27
6.27
Julio Cesar
7.14
7.14
Figo
7.37
7.37
Cesar
8.03
8.03
Maicon
7.44
7.44
Maxwell
6.63
6.63
Dacourt
6.64
6.64
Ibrahimovic
7.84
7.84
Average rating7.14
7shots on target5
5shots off target4
13fouls committed8
8corners9
3offsides2
25:58ball possession23:48
Mancini v Baldini

Roberto Mancini has never lost a competitive match against Silvio Baldini. He has won four and drawn one of the five matches between the two coaches. Mancini's sides have scored in each game (total 12 goals).

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2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Empoli 4-1 2-1
2002/03 Coppa Italia Lazio-Empoli 2-0 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Parma 2-2 ----

Mancini v Catania

The Inter coach is unbeaten in competitive encounters with Catania, having won both of last season's games against the Sicilians.

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2006/07 Serie A Inter-Catania 2-1 5-2

Baldini v Inter

Catania boss Silvio Baldini has never beaten the Nerazzurri, with a draw and two defeats from three competitive matches.

Details:

2002/03 Serie A Empoli-Inter 3-4 0-3
2004/05 Serie A Parma-Inter ---- 2-2

Ibrahimovic poised for 100th Serie A appearance

If he plays against Catania, Inter forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will complete a century of appearances in Italy's Serie A. The Swedish forward, who played for Juve before joining the Nerazzurri, made his top-flight debut in Brescia 0-3 Juventus on 12 September 2004.

Inter's long scoring streak at home

The Nerazzurri have scored in 39 consecutive home Serie A matches, netting a total of 90 goals. Inter last failed to score in the league on 29 May 2005 when they were held by Reggina on the last day of the season.

Inter at home: one clean sheet in last eight games

The Nerazzurri have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight home matches: Inter 3-0 Torino on 27 May 2007. In the other seven games Mancini's team have let in a total of 12 goals.

Vieira & goals in September

Of his six goals in the Italian championship, Patrick Vieira has scored three in the ninth calendar month, more than in any other period of the year.

Catania yet to win or lose in 2007/08

The Sicilian outfit go into Sunday's match against Inter on the back of two 0-0 draws, away to Trieste (a.e.t.) in the cup and at home to Genoa in the league. They drew their opening match of the season 2-2 against Parma. Since Baiocco's goal in the 44th minute of that match, Catania have gone 256 minutes without scoring. And since Rossi's goal in the 43rd minute of the same game, the Sicilians have gone 257 minutes without conceding.

Sottil set for 400th professional appearance

Andrea Sottil will make his 400th appearances as a professional if he plays against Inter on Sunday. The 33-year-old midfielder, who wore the shirts of Torino, Fiorentina, Atalanta, Udinese, Reggina and Genoa before joining Catania, has played 248 times in the Serie A, 96 in the Serie B, 37 in the Coppa Italia and 18 in European cup competitions. He made his professional debut in Torino 1-1 Foggia on 6 December 1992.

Silvestri, Terlizzi prolific in September

Catania defenders Christian Silvestri and Christian Terlizzi count September as their most prolific time of the footballing year, with three goals apiece in the ninth calendar month. Silvestri has scored a total of nine goals in Italian championships while Terlizzi has scored eight.

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MILAN - Goals in each half from Hernan Crespo and Cesar gave the Nerazzurri a comfortable 2-0 win over Catania in Week 3 of the Serie A championship.

The Argentine striker opened the scoring early on, with the Brazilian wing-back adding Inter's second in the final stages.

Mancini opted for a 4-4-2 formation with Julio Cesar returning from suspension and Adriano and Crespo making their seasonal debuts up front. With Wednesday's Champions League match against Fenerbahce in mind, the Inter coach rested the likes of Zanetti, Stankovic and Ibrahimovic.

Catania midfielder Mariano Izco produced the first clear chance of the game, forcing a reflex save from Julio Cesar with an angled drive from the right side of the area.

Inter reacted with devastating period of domination which culminated in Crespo's first goal of the season. Maicon slalomed his way into the area, combined with Adriano and sent a fast ball across the box for Crespo to slide in from close range.

With Figo running around the pitch like a 20-year-old and Adriano a constant threat with his powerful runs, Inter could have scored a few more before the break. Just past the half-hour mark the Brazilian bomber had a headed effort from Figo's corner ruled out for a shove on Edusei.

Inter went close again in added time. Figo raced down the right channel and fed Crespo whose cross was tipped clear by Bizzarri, denying Adriano an easy tap-in at the back post.

Catania came out for the second half with renewed confidence. Gionatha Spinesi, isolated in the opening period, saw more of the ball and was presented with several good chances, the best of which forced a point-blank save from Julio Cesar in the 54th minute.

Mancini shuffled his pack, replacing Crespo with Ibrahimovic for the Swedish forward's 100th appearance in Italy's Serie A, and bringing on Stankovic for Figo.

Inter regained the upper hand, former Ajax team-mates Ibrahimovic and Maxwell both having shots blocked by the Catania rearguard.

Cesar made sure of the points with eleven minutes left on the clock. He received in space from the dazzling Ibrahimovic, made a darting run into the area and fired past Bizzarri.

Adriano was unlucky not to score what would have been a deserved goal deep in injury time. Played in by Ibra, the Brazilian's shot cannoned off the post and off the head of Bizzarri.

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

Scorers: Crespo 14, Cesar 79.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso, 6 Maxwell; 7 Figo (5 Stankovic 65), 19 Cambiasso, 15 Dacourt (4 Zanetti 78), 31 Cesar; 18 Crespo (8 Ibrahimovic 59), 10 Adriano.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 9 Cruz, 21 Solari, 24 Rivas.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Catania: 1 Bizzarri; 21 Silvestri, 6 Stovini, 23 Terlizzi, 3 Sabato; 17 Baiocco, 25 Martinez (7 Vargas 46), 8 Edusei, 10 Mascara (15 Morimoto 71), 13 Izco (19 Tedesco 73); 24 Spinesi.
Subs not used: 16 Polito, 2 Sardo, 18 Babù, 32 Nardini.
Coach: Gianluca Atzori.

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Schio).

Booked: Mascara 15, Baiocco 23, Burdisso 37.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12Bizzarri
Maicon 13Silvestri
Cordoba 2Stovini
Burdisso 16Terlizzi
Maxwell 6Sabato
Figo 7Baiocco
Cambiasso 19Martinez
Dacourt 15Edusei
Cesar 31Mascara
Crespo 18Izco
Adriano 10Spinesi

substitutes

Toldo 1Polito
Zanetti 4Sardo
Stankovic 5Vargas
Ibrahimovic 8Morimoto
Cruz 9Babù
Solari 21Tedesco
Rivas 24Nardini