Final score

29 March 2008 20:30

Lazio
14' (2nd half) Rocchi
Inter
11' Crespo
referee Roberto Rosetti / linesmen Calcagno, Griselli / 4th man Tagliavento
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Minutes Text commentary
45' Hernan Crespo's goal separates the two teams at the break.
44' Pandev muscles his way into our box as Lazio look for a half-time equaliser, but Burdisso is alert to the danger and makes a timely interception.
38' Burdisso heads behind Ledesma's 25-yard shot. Lazio fail to take advantage of the resulting corner.
36' Lazio hit straight back and Dabo has another go from distance, forcing Julio Cesar into a spectacular tipped save.
35' Crespo close to a second against his ex-team, but the Argentine's placed effort from Chivu's through pass is saved by Ballotta.
33' Ibra blocks Dabo's long-range follow-up after Burdisso's headed clearance from a left-wing corner.
27' Inter close to a second in Rome. Ibra goes through on goal and shoots with his right foot. Ballotta saves.
25' Chivu plays to the back post where Burdisso sends a diving header on target. Ballotta gets down and saves.
24' Free kick to Inter about 35 yards from goal.
23' De Silvestri forces a save from Julio Cesar after the Nerazzurri fail to clear Ledesma's right-wing corner.
22' Chivu beats Rocchi to the ball just inside our area and makes an acrobatic clearance.
17' Maniche sidesteps De Silvestri and rifles on target from 25 metres. Lazio keeper Ballotta saves.
13' Cribari's header from Ledesma's right-wing cross is saved by Julio Cesar. Lazio go close again seconds later after Ibra loses the ball, but Julio Cesar makes another save, this time from Dabo.
11' GOAL!!!! From close range Hernan Crespo slots home Maicon's low cross from the right. LAZIO 0-1 INTER.
10' Behrami just fails to connect with De Silvestri's dangerous inswinger from the right edge of our box.
9' Hernan Crespo latches on to Maniche's ball over the Lazio defence, but the flag goes up for offside.
7' Rolando Bianchi unleashes a shot from 30 yards. It swerves wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
3' Ledesma fires over the bar from 25 yards.
2' Ledesma's shot is blocked by the Inter wall.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico for Lazio v Inter.
1' Roma held Cagliari 1-1 in today's early kick-off, which means we go into tonight's Week 31 clash with a 3-point lead at the top.
1' Team news: <br> Lazio: 32 Ballotta; 29 De Silvestri, 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 2 Radu; 6 Dabo, 24 Ledesma, 85 Behrami; 19 Pandev; 9 Bianchi, 18 Rocchi.
1' Team news: <br> Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas, 16 Burdisso, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic, 26 Chivu, 28 Maniche; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
1' Inter kick off at the Olimpico. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
1' Lazio win a free kick in a central position 25 metres from goal after a foul by Nelson Rivas.
Minutes Text commentary
48' That's it. Rocchi's second-half equaliser ensures Lazio a share of the points. Inter stay four points clear at the top, with Roma held in Cagliari earlier today.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Igli Tare replaces Rolando Bianchi.
41' Behrami is booked for a foul on Crespo.
39' The Bianocelesti bring on Kolarov for De Silvestri.
38' Lazio hit the woodwork again. Dabo's magnificent shot from 25 yards hits the underside of the bar and bounces back into open play.
36' Bianchi sends a low shot wide from 25 yards.
33' Julio Cesar moves off his line to gather De Silvrestri's right-wing cross.
32' Rocchi volleys narrowly wide as Lazio come looking for a winner.
30' Jimenez is booked for a foul on Ledesma.
28' Mancini makes his final change: Vieira for Chivu.
28' At the back post Rivas just fails to connect with Jimenez' dangerous free kick.
24' Inter make their second switch. David Suazo replaces Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
24' Chivu's curling free kick is wide of the left post.
23' Dabo is booked for a two-footed challenge on Cristian Chivu.
22' Inter bring on Luis Jimenez for Maniche.
21' Radu sends a 25-yarder over the bar.
19' Lazio close to a second. Julio Cesar tips Behrami's lob shot on to the crossbar.
16' Ibrahimovic climbs at the back post and heads wide Chivu's right-wing corner.
14' Stankovic's low cross from the right is saved by Ballotta.
14' Lazio hit straight back and equalise through Tommaso Rocchi. The Biancocelesti captain beats the offside trap, controls Ledesma's through ball, enters the area and slots past Julio Cesar and into the far corner. 1-1 at the Olimpico.
13' Ibrahimovic powers forward on the counter attack but is dispossessed before he can lay off to Crespo.
10' Maniche's poked effort from Ibrahimovic's square pass is saved by Ballotta.
7' De Silvestri's volleyed effort from Ledesma's left-wing corner is headed clear by Rivas.
1' Lazio get the second half under way.
Zanetti
6.72
6.72
Crespo
7.11
7.11
Stankovic
4.88
4.88
Burdisso
5.59
5.59
Julio Cesar
8.65
8.65
Maicon
6.89
6.89
Maxwell
5.85
5.85
Vieira
5
5
Ibrahimovic
5.26
5.26
Suazo
5.43
5.43
Jimenez
5.6
5.6
Rivas
6.68
6.68
Chivu
6.38
6.38
Maniche
6.34
6.34
Average rating 6.17
Lazio v Inter in Rome

The two teams have met in Rome on 72 previous occasions. There have been 25 Lazio wins, 29 draws and 18 Inter wins. Lazio's last home victory over Inter was a 2-1 victory in 2003/04 (Serie A). The last draw between the two sides in Rome was a 1-1 stalemate in 2005/06 (Coppa Italia), while Inter's last win against Lazio at the Olimpico was their 2-0 win in 2006/07 (Serie A).

Rossi v Mancini

Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in competitive encounters against teams coached by Delio Rossi, with 10 wins and 2 draws from 12 games.

Disciplinary situation


Disqualified: Mutarelli (Lazio); Cruz (Inter).
Cautioned: Dabo, De Silvestri, Ledesma, Mudingayi, Pandev, Siviglia (Lazio); Cambiasso, Cordoba, Figo, Julio Cesar, Vieira (Inter).

Lazio chasing seventh straight win

With six wins from their last six home matches (2-1 against Fiorentina in Coppa Italia, 2-1 against Samp in Serie A, 3-0 against Atalanta in Serie A, 1-0 against Reggina in Serie A, 2-0 against Livorno in Serie A and 3-2 against Roma in Serie A), Lazio are one more victory away from their run of seven straight wins in league, cup and UCL matches from October to December 2001. Genoa were the last team to beat Lazio away (2-1 on 13 January 2008).

No Lazio home draw since Oct '07...

The Biancocelesti are without a draw at home since their 2-2 stalemate with Real Madrid in the Champions League on 3 October 2007. Delio Rossi's team have since played 16 home games, winning 10 and losing 6.

...and no draw in Serie A since September

Delio Rossi's team have won 8 games and drawn 5 since their last draw in the Serie A championship - a goalless stalemate with Empoli on 15 September 2007.

Biancocelesti on target in last 13 home matches

Lazio have scored in each of their last 13 home games, netting a total of 24 goals. Their last home match without scoring was the 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina on 3 November 2007.

Siviglia celebrates 35th birthday

Lazio defender Sebastiano Siviglia, born on 29 March 1987 in Palizzi Marina (Reggio Calabria province), celebrates his 35th birthday today.

Lazio, Inter & red cards

No teams have had more players sent off in the 2007/08 Serie A season than Lazio (12) and Inter (10).

Mancini & points in March

Apart from June (2 defeats in as many games), Roberto Mancini counts March as his worst month of the footballing calendar, with 11 victories, 9 draws and 5 defeats from 25 Serie A matches (a points per match average of 1.68).

Ibra one of two most decisive players

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Genoa's Marco Borriello are the two most decisive players in the 2007/08 championship. Both strikers have earned their team 22 points.

Inter & bookings

The Nerazzurri have picked up 54 yellow cards after 30 rounds of the 2007/08 championship - fewer than any other team.

Stankovic - 3 goals against Ballotta

Dejan Stankovic has scored three goals against Lazio keeper Ballotta - his favourite target along with Castellazzi, Dida, Ferron, Frey and Strakosha. The Serbian midfielder has scored a total of 57 goals since moving to Italy.

DA IMPLEMENTARE
wins(20) draws(28) defeats(27)

ROME - Serie A leaders Inter drew 1-1 with Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico but stay four points clear of Roma who held Cagliari by the same scoreline earlier on Saturday evening.

Hernan Crespo sidefooted the Nerazzurri in front on 11 minutes after meeting Maicon's low cross from the right.

Lazio equalised 14 minutes after restart through their captain Tommaso Rocchi, who coolly slotted past Julio Cesar after latching on to Ledesma's through pass.

The Biancocelesti produced chances to secure a seventh straight home win, Julio Cesar tipping Behrami's lob shot on to the bar, before Dabo struck the underside of the bar with a sweet strike from distance.

Lazio 1-1 Inter (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Crespo 11, Rocchi 59.

Lazio: 32 Ballotta; 29 De Silvestri (3 Kolarov, 84), 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 2 Radu; 6 Dabo, 24 Ledesma, 85 Behrami; 19 Pandev; 9 Bianchi (17 Tare 89), 18 Rocchi.
Subs not used
: 1 Muslera, 7 Rozenhal, 23 Meghni, 26 Mudingayi, 68 Manfredini.
Coach
: Delio Rossi.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas, 16 Burdisso, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic, 26 Chivu (14 Vieira 73), 28 Maniche (11 Jimenez 67); 8 Ibrahimovic (29 Suazo 69), 18 Crespo.
Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 30 Pelé, 45 Balotelli.
Coach
: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Dabo 68, Jimenez 75, Behrami 86.

 

starting lineups

Ballotta 12 Julio Cesar
De Silvestri 13 Maicon
Radu 24 Rivas
Siviglia 16 Burdisso
Cribari 6 Maxwell
Behrami 4 Zanetti
Dabo 5 Stankovic
Ledesma 26 Chivu
Bianchi 28 Maniche
Pandev 8 Ibrahimovic
Rocchi 18 Crespo

substitutes

Muslera 1 Toldo
Kolarov 23 Materazzi
Rozenhal 11 Jimenez
Meghni 14 Vieira
Mudingayi 30 Pelé
Manfredini 29 Suazo
Tare 45 Balotelli