26 Etoo , 31 (2nd half) Etoo , 43 (2nd half) Munoz, 47 (2nd half) Milito
referee Emidio Morganti / linesmen Rossomando, Papi / 4th man Tagliavento
TIM Cup — final — Olimpico, Roma — 29 May 2011 21:00
|46' /||The first half between Inter and Palermo ends with the Nerazzurri leading by one goal to nil|
|45' /||Morganti signals one minute of added time|
|43' /||Hernandez has a shot, Julio Cesar saves|
|41' /||Illicic drops to the ground inside the box after perhaps a millimetre of contact. Nothing given|
|40' /||An interesting ball over the top reaches Pazzini on his own in space but he's blown for offside. Close call that one|
|39' /||Nagatomo crosses from the right looking for Pazzini; Balzaretti clears|
|35' /||Nocerino fouls Zanetti but, for reasons known only to the referee, Palermo are awarded a free kick|
|33' /||Stankovic tries to pick out Pazzini in front of goal but he can't reach it|
|32' /||Julio Cesar comes to Inter's rescue! At the end of a series of rebounds inside the box, Hernandez's shot takes a deflection off Chivu but the Brazilian keeper somehow manages to shuffle and dive low to keep it out|
|28' /||Illicic crosses for Balzaretti, whose effort goes over the bar|
|27' /||Acquah is shown a yellow card|
|26' /||GOOOOOAAAAL FOR INTER! Eto'o is the scorer. Thiago Motta wins the ball in midfield and it runs to Sneijder, who slides a pass in behind the Palermo back line for Eto'o to latch onto; the Cameroonian gallops into the box before coolly slotting beyond Sirigu to give the Nerazzurri the lead|
|24' /||Palermo make a change: Goian has to leave the pitch with an injury; Carrozzieri comes on|
|23' /||The ball reaches Sneijder after a series of dummies by Eto'o, but his left-footed effort is way over|
|20' /||Another chance for Pastore, who shoots left-footed from just inside the box: over the bar|
|18' /||Great chance for Palermo: Pastore plays off Illicic and finds himself running into the box unchallenged, but he overhits the ball slightly and Julio Cesar rushes off his line to collect|
|17' /||Chivu plays the ball into the box but there's no one on the end of it|
|15' /||Stankovic hits a useful long ball over the top looking for Pazzini, who manages to get a foot to it but can't bring it down and it runs to Sirigu|
|13' /||There are lots of fouls flying in at the moment. This time it's Sneijder who bears the brunt of a rough challenge from Acquah|
|11' /||Pastore tries to play a one-two with Hernandez but Lucio cuts out the return pass|
|7' /||Nasty foul from behind by Goian on Pazzini|
|4' /||Hernandez is clean through on goal but the flag is up for offside|
|1' /||Lucio loses the ball just outside the area and Illicic feeds Hernandez, who shoots from an angle into the side netting|
|1' /||We're off: the Nerazzurri get the game underway. FORZA INTER!!!|
|1' /||The teams are out on the pitch as the Italian national anthem is played|
|1' /||The Stadio Olimpico is completely sold out tonight|
|1' /||Ranocchia has recovered from the bout of flu he had in midweek to line up alongside Lucio in front of Julio Cesar, with Nagatomo and Chivu in the full-back berths; Zanetti, Motta and Stankovic play in midfield while Sneijder, who was also in doubt, starts in the hole behind the front two Pazzini and Eto'o|
|1' /||Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where we're all set the 2010/11 Coppa Italia final between Inter and Palermo|
|50' /||The players go over to the Inter fans to start the celebrations|
|50' /||After 5 minutes of added time, the final between Inter and Palermo finishes 3-1 to the Nerazzurri, who win the Coppa Italia for the 7th time|
|47' /||GOOOAAL FOR INTER! That has to be it now. Pandev pulls back a low cross from the by-line for Milito, who is lurking inside the six-yard box, and the Prince makes no mistake with his finish. Inter 3, Palermo 1|
|46' /||From the resulting free kick, Eto'o hits the bar|
|45' /||Morganti awards 5 minutes of stoppage time|
|45' /||Munoz is shown his second yellow of the night and goes in for an early bath|
|43' /||Goal for Palermo! Munoz heads in a corner that should never have been given (the ball had clearly gone behind before the corner was won)|
|42' /||That is Sneijder's last meaningful contribution: he's given a standing ovation as he heads off the pitch to be replaced by Milito|
|41' /||Sneijder tries to curl the ball into the top corner but Sirigu pulls off a wonderful save|
|40' /||Lucio shuts out Miccoli|
|37' /||Inter make a substitution: Motta is replaced by Mariga|
|32' /||Delio Rossi tries one last throw of the dice by bringing on Pinilla in place of Hernandez|
|31' /||2-0 to Inter!!! Eto'o strikes again. Sneijder picks out the Cameroon forward, who runs into the box before finishing with aplomb|
|31' /||Eto'o launches a rapid counter-attack and passes to Sneijder, who is unable to finish|
|28' /||Balzaretti's cross goes straight behind|
|26' /||Zanetti finds Eto'o, who tries to play in Nagatomo but the Palermo defence clears|
|23' /||Carrozzieri is booked for a very late challenge on Eto'o|
|21' /||Chivu makes a perfectly timed challenge on Hernandez just as the Uruguayan was preparing to pull the trigger inside the box|
|19' /||Palermo work their way into the box and a scramble ensues: after several blocked shots and half chances, Lucio clears with an overhead kick|
|18' /||Stankovic blocks Hernandez's shot|
|16' /||Leonardo brings on Pandev for Pazzini|
|15' /||So close for Palermo: Pastore's cross from the right finds Miccoli in the box; the striker directs his header towards the far post but Julio Cesar shows great reflexes to turn it round the post|
|13' /||Miccoli collects the ball out on the wing but is offside|
|10' /||Palermo make a change, with Acquah handing over to Miccoli|
|8' /||Munoz goes into the book|
|7' /||Julio Cesar rushes off his line to deny Hernandez, who was through on goal|
|6' /||From a free kick inexplicably given to Palermo and taken by Illicic, Julio makes a high catch|
|5' /||Pastore shoots from distance... into the stands|
|4' /||Pastore feeds Hernandez, Chivu slides in to make the interception|
|2' /||Palermo have started aggressively and with a sense of purpose. Julio Cesar denies Balzaretti|
|1' /||The second half kicks off|
|29 May 2011||3-1||26' Eto'o , 81' Eto'o , 93' Munoz, 97' Milito||Vai alla partita|
|31 August 1980||1-2||25' Calloni, 56' Muraro C., 60' De Stefanis|
|1 September 1976||1-0||31' Rig. Mazzola|
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|0||shots off target||0|
ROME - Inter have won the 2010/11 Coppa Italia by beating Palermo 3-1 in this evening's final.
A completely sold-out Stadio Olimpico hosted two sides who had never met before in the final to determine the winner of the 63rd edition of the Coppa Italia. Eto'o gave Inter the lead with a cool finish in the 26th minute, following Sneijder's perfectly weighted through ball. In the 76th minute, precisely the same combination sent the Nerazzurri fans wild with joy, as Inter placed a firm grasp on the cup. An eventful finale awaited, though, as Munoz pulled one back for Palermo on 88 minutes, before Milito stroked home two minutes into added time to seal the win. The Nerazzurri now have a seventh Coppa Italia to add to their trophy cabinet, and can count 15 trophies won in the last 7 years.
FIRST HALF – Leonardo had to make do without Maicon (suspended) and Cambiasso (injured) but was able to select Ranocchia, who recovered from flu to partner Lucio at the heart of defence, and Sneijder, who nestled in behind Eto'o and Pazzini. Kharja and Milito started from the bench.
It wasn't long after the Inno di Mameli (Italian national anthem) and Morganti's opening whistle that Palermo created the first chance of the game, Ilicic setting up Hernandez and the Uruguayan firing into the side netting with 2 minutes on the clock. The opening period saw the Sicilians throwing their weight around a bit: Hernandez elbowed Sneijder, Goian crunched into Pazzini from behind and Balzaretti fouled Lucio on the edge of the box, all within the first quarter of an hour.
On 15 minutes Stankovic played a long ball over the top looking for Pazzini, who held off the challenges of Goian and Munoz as he attempted bring the ball down, but it ran into Sirigu's arms.
In the 19th minute, Julio Cesar was alert to dive at the feet of Pastore as the Palermo playmaker raced into the box after playing a one-two with Ilicic. The Argentinian tried his luck again a minute later, after another exchange with Ilicic, but lifted his effort over the bar.
Goian asked to come off midway through the half and on came Carrozzieri, making his first appearance of the season after completing a two-year drugs ban.
The Olimpico exploded in the 26th minute when Inter took the lead: Thiago Motta won the ball while being brought down by Hernandez; Sneijder picked it up and, seeing Eto'o's run, slid a delightful pass in behind the defence for Samuel to latch onto, bear down on goal and sidefoot past Sirigu into the far corner. The Cameroon striker raised his hand to his chest after notching up his 36th goal of the season and repeated with Materazzi the same celebration seen in the Club World Cup final.
Five minutes later, Palermo almost found an equaliser when, following Hernandez's cross to Balzaretti and a scramble in the box, Hernandez's deflected shot was kept out by Julio Cesar with a stunning reflex save.
Ilicic made a dangerous run into the box on 41 minutes, only to flop to the ground after an alleged foul by Ranocchia that rightly wasn't given.
The last action of the half saw Hernandez's central shot saved comfortably by Julio Cesar, so after 46 minutes played the half-time scoreline was Inter 1-0 Palermo.
SECOND HALF – The second half began with Julio Cesar keeping out an effort from Balzaretti, then Chivu made a crucial interception as Hernandez was heading for goal in the 49th minute.
Julio Cesar was called into action again soon after, getting up above everyone to claim the ball following Ilicic's free kick; he then made another timely intervention to pluck the ball away from Hernandez (52nd), with Lucio guarding the goal line.
Miccoli replaced Acquah on 55 minutes and it took the substitute just five minutes to make his presence felt: connecting with Pastore's cross, he nodded towards the far corner, only for an alert Brazilian keeper to fly through the air and turn the ball round the post with a great save.
Pazzini made way for Pandev on the hour mark, with Eto'o moved forward to play as the side's spearhead.
Another scramble inside the Nerazzurri box saw Palermo go close again, but after a series of rebounds Lucio cleared with an overhead kick.
After 67 minutes, a contrast between Chivu and Hernandez in the box led to more protests from the Sicilians, but the Romanian had clearly won the ball.
Inter went close in the 75th minute as Eto'o laid off for Sneijder, but the playmaker failed to connect. However, just a minute passed and the Nerazzurri extended their lead: Pandev won the ball with a little luck and fed Sneijder, who released Eto'o once more and the Cameroonian striker entered the box and slotted into the far corner with another display of clinical finishing. The Olimpico went wild as the cup edged ever closer.
Inter might have gone three up in the 86th minute, when Sneijder curled a lovely shot towards the top corner, yet it was matched by a top-drawer save from Sirigu. And Palermo's hopes were restored two minutes later when Munoz headed past Julio Cesar from Miccoli's corner, which in fact shouldn't have been given – Morganti and his assistants failed to see that the ball had gone out of play before the corner was awarded.
Moments after celebrating his goal, Munoz's evening was ruined when he was shown a second yellow for bringing down Mariga on the edge of the box as the game entered stoppage time. Eto'o stepped up to take the free kick and struck the ball sweetly but it came back off the underside of the crossbar.
Yet almost immediately afterwards Milito did put the game to bed, turning home Pandev's pull-back just yards from goal to put the Nerazzurri 3-1 up.
After five minutes of stoppage time, Morganti blew the final whistle on the 2010/11 Coppa Italia final - Inter were the winners.
The president of the Italian Senate, Renato Schifani, handed over two trophies: the Coppa Italia to captain Zanetti and the cup to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification to Marco Materazzi.
Inter 3-1 Palermo (HT: 1-0)
Inter vs Palermo
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