Final score

7 December 2002 20:45

36' Lopez
31' Lopez
10' Lopez (P)
32' (2nd half) Emre
23' (2nd half) Emre
38' Couto o.g.
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Pisacreta, Contini / Fourth official: Di Mauro
Minute Text commentary
45' 2 minutes added on at the end of the first half.
38' Inter reply immediately. Recoba crosses in from the left for Crespo, who heads against the crossbar. Couto puts the rebound into his own net. 3-1.
37' Crespo meets a Recoba cross in from the left and sends a header crashing onto the crossbar.
36' Pasquale commits defensive suicide in the Inter box, giving the ball away to Lopez, who evades a subsequent challenge from the young defender and shoots past Toldo from close range. 3-0.
35' Vieri rises beats the Lazio defence to a Recoba right-wing corner but sends his powerful downwards header wide of the left-hand post.
32' Cuper brings on Recoba for Okan.
31' Fiore passes to Stankovic, who shoots on goal from the edge of the Inter box. From close range, Lopez directs the ball in to the net past Toldo. No offside decision is given. 2-0 to Lazio.
28' Zanetti wins a corner for Inter after a trademark run down the right wing. Pancaro clears from the resulting corner kick.
27' Conceiçao sends another free kick inches over the Lazio bar.
26' Another Lazio player goes into Rosetti's book. Simeone is shown the yellow card for fouling Vieri.
25' Stankovic is cautioned for a malicious foul from behind on Vieri.
23' Cesar crosses in from the left for Corradi, who is anticipated by Pasquale.
20' Conceiçao curls a 20-yard free kick (right-footed) inches over the Lazio bar.
18' Vieri feeds the ball through to Crespo in the middle of the Lazio area, but the pass is too fast.
16' Toldo collects a cross-cum-shot from Lopez directed into the top left-hand corner.
10' Claudio Lopez sends Toldo the wrong way. 1-0 to Lazio.
8' Penalty to Lazio after Almeyda handles the ball in the Inter area.
5' Pasquale makes a long pass forward for Crespo, who from a position inside the Lazio box fails to control the ball.
3' Conceiçao crosses into the middle from the left wing. Vieri makes contact with the ball, but is dispossessed by a Lazio defender.
1' Rosetti gets the proceedings underway.
Minute Text commentary
48' End of part two. Grazie Emre.
47' Liverani booked for protesting after a challenge on Conceiçao.
45' 3 minutes added on at the end of the second half.
44' Lazio make their third substitution. Oddo replaces Fiore.
40' OOOOHHHHH! At the near post, Crespo heads a Recoba corner from the right onto the post.
39' Cuper brings on Gamarra for Pasquale.
37' Lazio substitution - Liverani on for Pancaro.
35' INCREDIBLE MISS BY VIERI. From the right channel, Recoba sends a high cross over the Lazio area. Bobo heads wide at the far post when it would have been easier to score.
34' From inside the Lazio box, Recoba sends a powerful left-footed shot on target. Peruzzi makes an excellent save.
32' TURKISH DELIGHT It's 3-3!!!! Emre thunders a right-footed shot from the distance past Peruzzi and in at the right-hand post.
31' Yet another yellow card. This time, it's Corradi who is booked for a foul on Almeyda.
30' Inter withstand several minutes of pressure by the Romans.
29' Cordoba is booked for a foul on Corradi.
27' Toldo tips a Corradi header onto the crossbar.
24' Recoba swings in a right-wing corner which has Peruzzi in all sorts of trouble. Vieri shoots wide at the far post.
23' GOOAAALLL!!!!! Emre scores an absolutely amazing goal to put the Nerazzurri right back into the match. Spotting Peruzzi off his line, the Turkish international chips the Lazio keeper from 25 yards after making a run from the halfway line.
21' Lazio substitution - Mancini brings on Gianichedda for Simeone.
20' Peruzzi makes a crucial save from a ferocious Recoba shot.
15' Zanetti takes on two Lazio players before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box. The Inter captain's shot finishes wide of the right-hand post.
13' Vieri is cautioned for a dangerous challenge on Simeone.
9' Zanetti passes into the middle of the Lazio box. Crespo strikes on the turn, but there's little power in his shot.
7' Conceiçao slams a left-footed shot from the left of the Lazio box straight at Peruzzi.
4' Crespo outjumps a Lazio defender to power a header on goal from just inside the Lazio area. Peruzzi saves.
3' Inter kick off the second half.
2' End of part one. 3-1 to Lazio.
Average rating 6.62
7 shots on target 7
14 shots off target 14
14 fouls committed 12
4 corners 8
3 offsides 0
25:30 ball possession 27:30
Previous meetings between Cuper and Lazio

Cuper has faced Lazio on 5 previous occasions, registering 1 victory, 1 draw and 3 defeats.

In detail:

1998/99 Cup Winners' Cup Mallorca-Lazio - --- ---- 1-2 (on neutral pitch)
1999/00 Champions L. Valencia-Lazio 5-2 0-1
2001/02 Serie A Inter-Lazio 0-0 2-4

Previous meetings between Mancini and Inter

There are two previous meetings between current Lazio coach Mancini and Inter.

In detail:

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter - --- 2-4
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter - --- 0-2

Previous meetings between Mancini and Cuper

There is just one previous meeting in official matches between the two coaches.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter - --- 0-2

No win for Inter in 9 matches away to Lazio

Inter haven't beaten Lazio since 3 March (Lazio 0-1 in the Serie A, own goal by Nesta in the 64th minute). Since then, Inter have played 9 matches away to the Biancocelesti, registering 2 draws and 7 defeats. This negative series of results at the Olimpico has equalled a previous stretch of matches without a win (between 1975/76 and 1988/89, the Nerazzurri drew 5 and lost 4 matches away to Lazio before winning the Serie A in 1988/89, when they beat the Roman side 3-1 on 4 June 1989).

Lazio nightmare for Toldo

Lazio have put more goals past Francesco Toldo than any other Serie A club. The Romans have scored 34 out of 479 goals conceded by the current Nerazzurri keeper.

Inter favourite target for Giuseppe Pancaro

Inter are Giuseppe Pancaro's favourite target. The Lazio defender has scored more goals in matches against Inter than against any other Serie A side (3 out of 15). All 3 goals came in the final minutes of matches - in the 84th minute of Cagliari vs. Inter (1996/97 Coppa Italia), in the 90th minute of Inter vs. Lazio (1999/00 Serie A) and the 88th minute of Lazio vs. Inter at the Olimpico during the same season.

No penalty kick awarded to Lazio in 19 Serie A matches

Along with AC Milan, Lazio are the only other Serie A club not to have had a penalty awarded against them so far this season. The last time the Biancocelesti had a penalty given against them was on 17 March 2002 in Brescia 1-1 Lazio. Yllana scored from the spot for the Lombardy side on that occasion.

wins(22) draws(29) defeats(30)

starting lineups

Peruzzi 1 Toldo
Stam 4 Zanetti
Negro 2 Cordoba
Couto 13 Cannavaro
Pancaro 26 Pasquale
Fiore 22 Okan
Simeone 25 Almeyda
Stankovic 5 Emre
Cesar 7 Conceiçao
Corradi 9 Crespo
Lopez 32 Vieri


Concetti 12 Fontana
Colonnese 15 Adani
Oddo 24 Gamarra
Giannichedda 21 Beati
Liverani 20 Recoba
Inzaghi 8 Farinos
Chiesa 3 Kallon