Final score

22 December 2002 20:30

11' (2nd half) Zanetti o.g.
31' (2nd half) Recoba (P)
37' Di Biagio
Referee: Pierluigi Collina / Linesmen: Pisacreta, Ricci / Fourth official: Ragone
Minute Text commentary
45' 5 minutes added on at the end of the first half.
44' From a central position just ouside the Parma area, Conceicao plays into the box for Emre, whose final shot is blocked by Bonera.
42' Mutu rifles in a shot from a dead-ball situation 25 yards out. Toldo makes an excellent save.
37' GOOOOAAAAAL!!!! Cannavaro heads square to Gladiator inside the Parma 6-yard box after a majestic free kick curled in from the left by Recoba. Gladiator's first attempt is parried by Frey, then he follows up with a shot that hits the back of the net.
29' Recoba picks out Martins on the edge of the Parma area. Ferrari makes a crucial intervention to neutralise the danger. Corner to Inter.
26' The game has stopped momentarily as Benarrivo's cut above his left eye has reopened. Ferrari also requires attention to a rather large looking bruise on his head.
22' Adriano again.... This time, Toldo punches clear a 25-yard free kick from the Brazilian.
20' Adriano volleys a left-footed shot past Toldo after latching on to a long ball forward from Benarrivo, but it's disallowed for offside.
19' Unmarked inside the Inter box, Adriano gets in a header from a Benarrivo cross. Toldo makes an easy save, but in any case the offside flag goes up.
11' Almeyda gets back well to intercept a Barone pass to Mutu inside the Inter box. Corner to Parma.
9' Emre takes on two men before passing square to Di Biagio in a central position on the edge of the Parma box. Di Biagio makes the return pass, but it's too long.
6' Conceicao finds space on the right and makes a run on goal, but his final shot is too weak and is easily collected by Frey.
3' After a two-minute interruption due to an injury to Benarrivo, the game gets underway again. Parma momentarily down to ten men.
2' Pasquale plays a long ball forward to Martins on the left wing. Martins passes to Recoba, who passes to Emre. The Turks's diagonal shot is saved by Frey.
1' Inter kick off tonight's Serie A Week 15 clash at Tardini stadium. An Inter victory will put the side back on top of the Serie A. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time.2-1 to Inter and a Merry Nerazzurri Xmas.
47' Marchionni wastes a clear-cut chance for Parma, shooting wide of the far post after receiving a through ball into the area by Nakata.
45' If we hang on for 3 more minutes, then it's 3 points for us and the Serie A top spot over Xmas.
44' Recoba strikes a free kick 20 yards out to the left of the area straight at Frey.
37' Parma substitution - Benarrivo off, Diana on.
37' Inter substitution - Conceicao is replaced by Gamarra.
36' Inter substitution - Cristiano "The Hammer" Zanetti on for Luigi "The Gladiator" Di Biagio.
31' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! Recoba converts the spot kick, striking the ball left-footed into the roof of the net. 2-1 to us.
29' Penalty to Inter after Emre is brought down in the Parma box by Benarrivo.
26' Toldo pulls off a great save from Mutu, who from the edge of the box fires a low shot aimed at the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
24' Benarrivo tries with a shot from 30 yards, but you're never going to beat Toldo from that distance.
21' On the edge of the Inter box, Cordoba neutralises danger from Adriano, who is almost through on goal after making a 20-yard run.
19' Recoba strikes a fierce left-footed shot from 25 yards which whizzes inches wide of Frey's right-hand post.
12' Inter substitution - Coco on for Pasquale.
11' Own goal. Zanetti turns a Mutu free kick from the left into the Inter net at the near post.
9' Parma substitution - Gresko on for Bonera.
8' Martins takes on a man then passes to Recoba in the Parma box. El Chino shoots, Frey makes a miraculous save with his feet.
7' Recoba gets a yard off Bonera down the left and from a position just outside the box strikes a left-footed shot into the side netting.
6' Inter get the second half underway.
5' Inter lead Parma 1-0 after forty-five minutes, courtesy of Di Biagio's near-range effort in the 37th minute.
4' Free kick to Parma right on the edge of the Inter box (central) after Pasquale is judged to have fouled Nakata. Adriano's set piece comes off the wall.
1' Pasquale is shown a yellow card for holding back Bonera.
Di Biagio
Average rating 7.13
7 shots on target 12
9 shots off target 14
29 fouls committed 24
4 corners 2
2 offsides 2
24:30 ball possession 25:30
Previous meetings between Cuper and Parma

Cuper has registered a win and a draw in the two previous meetings with Parma.

In detail:

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

Previous meetings between Prandelli and Inter

In the 6 previous meetings between Prandelli and Inter sides, there has never been a draw. Against the Nerazzurri, the current Parma coach has registered 2 wins and 4 defeats.

In detail:

1993/94 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 2-1 2-1
1997/98 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-5 ----
1999/00 Serie A Verona-Inter 1-2 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Venezia-Inter ---- 1-2

Previous meetings between Prandelli and Cuper

The only previous meeting in official matches between Prandelli and Cuper is related to last year's Serie A match between Inter and Venezia in Venice. With the score locked at 1-1, Adriano scored a late winner for the Nerazzurri, his first goal in the Italian top flight.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A Venezia-Inter ---- 1-2

All the Nerazzurri stats of 2002

Inter's match against Parma is the last of the calendar year. The Milanese outfit have played 50 matches so far (32 in the Serie A, 2 in the Coppa Italia, 10 in the Champions League and 6 in the UEFA Cup), registering 27 wins, 14 draws and 9 defeats. A total of 91 goals have been scored, and 55 let in. The most present player is Javier Zanetti with 47 appearances, followed by Toldo with 46. The Inter captain is also top for the number of minutes played (4184'), followed by Toldo (4138'). Di Biagio is the Inter player that has been substituted the most times (18), while Emre is the player who has come on as a substitute the most (13). Di Biagio and Cordoba have both picked up a record 12 yellow cards each for the Nerazzurri this season, while Cannavaro, Conceiçao, Emre, Morfeo and Toldo have each been red-carded on one occasion. Nerazzurri top scorer in 2002 is Vieri with 23 goals, and with 6 more than Del Piero, Bobo is certain to be Serie A top scorer of the calendar year. Javier Zanetti has played more minutes than any other Serie A player, and Inter are on course to becoming the side that has scored more goals in the Italian top flight in 2002 with 60 goals so far. Roma have also scored 60 goals, while Lazio and Juventus have notched 59.

More players on target for Inter than any other Serie A side this season

No less than 11 Nerazzurri have scored in the 2002/03 season so far. Kallon, who scored against Atalanta last Sunday, joins Adani, Crespo, Di Biagio, Emre, Materazzi, Morfeo, Okan, Recoba, Vieri and Javier Zanetti on the Inter scorers' chart. Inter are the side with the highest number of players on the Serie A top scorers' chart, followed by Juventus, Chievo, Parma, Roma and AC Milan, who have each scored goals with 10 different players.

Cuper's Nerazzurri close to record 4 away matches without victory

Should Inter not win away to Parma on Sunday, it will be the first time the Nerazzurri under Cuper have gone 4 matches away from home without a win. For the second time since the Argentine took over at the Milanese club, the team has gone 3 matches away from home without a win - Roma 2-2 Inter, AC Milan 0-1 Inter and Lazio 3-3 Inter this season, and Udinese 1-1 Inter, Juventus 0-0 Inter and Roma 0-0 Inter last season.

wins(7) draws(6) defeats(14)

starting lineups

Frey 1 Toldo
Bonera 2 Cordoba
Barone 4 Zanetti
Lamouchi 5 Emre
Adriano 7 Conceiçao
Nakata 13 Cannavaro
Filippini 14 Di Biagio
Mutu 20 Recoba
Ferrari 25 Almeyda
Benarrivo 26 Pasquale
Cannavaro P. 30 Martins


De Lucia 12 Fontana
Diana 23 Materazzi
Gresko 24 Gamarra
Marchionni 77 Coco
Gilardino 11 Guglielminpietro
Brighi 6 Zanetti
Donati 21 Beati