27.03.10 / 20:05
ROME - Inter return from the capital with a slender one-point lead at the top of Serie A after losing 2-1 to Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Giallorossi took a 1-0 lead on 17 minutes with Daniele De Rossi slotting home from a yard out after Julio Cesar dropped Burdisso's header from a Pizarro free kick.
Walter Samuel went close to a leveller right before the break, his header from Wesley Sneijder's corner rattling the underside of the crossbar.
Inter hit the woodwork again early in the second half when Samuel Eto'o served Diego Milito, whose deflected diagonal shot smacked the angle between post and bar.
Mourinho replaced Stankovic with Pandev, Inter went from 4-3-1-2 to 4-2-1-3, slipped through the gears, and Sneijder forced a great save from Julio Sergio before Milito's equaliser in the 66th minute.
Eto'o squared to Sneijder who combined with Pandev before seeing his shot blocked. The Dutchman was first to the loose ball and he crossed low for The Prince to slide home from close range.
Roma's reply was swift and it came in the 73rd minute from the feet of Luca Toni, who controlled a cross-shot from substitute Taddei and fired low past Julio Cesar and into the bottom corner.
Inter rearranged again, going from 4-2-1-3 to 4-2-4 with the introduction of Quaresma and Chivu for Thiago Motta and Cambiasso, and were unlucky not to come away from Rome with a point when Milito volleyed against the post deep in stoppage time.
No less than seven Nerazzurri were yellow carded at the Olimpico. Four of them - Zanetti, Lucio, Maicon and Eto'o - were within a booking of suspension and will therefore miss next Saturday's Easter Saturday fixture against Bologna.
Roma 2-1 Inter (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: De Rossi 17, Milito 66, Toni 73.
Roma: 27 Julio Sergio; 77 Cassetti, 29 Burdisso, 5 Juan, 17 Riise; 20 Perrotta, 7 Pizarro, 16 De Rossi (33 Brighi 74); 94 Menez (11 Taddei 68), 30 Toni, 9 Vucinic (10 Totti 86).
Subs not used: 32 Doni, 5 Mexes, 19 Baptista, 22 Tonetto.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.
Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (27 Pandev 59), 19 Cambiasso (26 Chivu 76), 8 Thiago Motta (7 Quaresma 76); 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 11 Muntari, 23 Materazzi.
Coach: José Mourinho.
Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno).
Booked: Menez 26, Samuel 30, Zanetti 31, Thiago Motta 37, Lucio 54, Perrotta 56, Maicon 79, Eto'o 83, Brighi 89, Chivu 90+1.