Final score

26 January 2003 15:00

40' (2nd half) Vieri
29' (2nd half) Vieri
25' (2nd half) Vieri
Referee: Pasquale Rodomonti / Linesmen: Babini, Saglietti / Fourth official: Esposito
Minute Text commentary
45' Two minutes of injury time added on.
44' Batistuta falls to the ground after a challenge by Giampieretti. Rodomonti is unimpressed.
43' Di Natale gets into the Nerazzurri box, Toldo blocks.
42' Vieri fails to connect with Morfeo's assist, but Bobo is flagged offside.
41' Inter are given another free kick after Batistuta is fouled. Vieri fails to connect with Morfeo's assist, but Bobo is flagged offside.
38' Vannucchi aims the set piece for the top left-hand corner, but Toldo does Luciano 'The Jaguar' Castellini proud with a fantastic save.
37' Javier Zanetti shoulder barges Vannucchi and Empoli are given a free kick two metres outside the Inter box.
35' Batistuta misinterprets a through ball from Conceiçao.
32' Inter are awarded a free kick to the right of the Empoli box after Conceiçao is brought down by Di Natale. The free kick is played to Pasquale, who balloons his shot way over.
29' Toldo anticipates Rocchi once again.
28' Javier Zanetti takes on a man then unleashes a fierce right-footed shot from 20 yards that finishes over, but only just...
23' Toldo comes off his line and anticipates Rocchi to a long ball forward.
22' Vieri heads wide after latching onto a Conceiçao assist.
21' Inter close to an opener. Javier Zanetti does what he does best down the right wing, then crosses in for the Lion King, whose final shot from inside the box finishes just over.
18' Pratali is booked for an awful challenge on Batigol.
18' Inter substitution - Cristiano Zanetti on for Almeyda.
17' The Argentine is stretchered off. In the meantime, it's a fierce contest in the middle of the pitch and Rodomonti invites everyone to calm down. Cristiano Zanetti is warming up.
16' Javier Zanetti runs rings around the Empoli defenders just outside the box.
15' Almeyda requires treatment after falling to the ground following a challenge by Vannucchi.
14' Rocchi plays an excellent one-two with Busce' down the right wing. Captain Zanetti clears.
12' Vieri outpaces an opponent down the left, then crosses into the area for Batistuta, whose attempt at an overhead kick fails.
11' Applauses ring round the stadium after Giovanni Pasquale makes a well-timed clearance.
8' Vieri is flagged offside. But Bobogol is clearly in disagreement with the linesman.
7' Cannavaro clears after the visitors look dangerous on the break.
4' The understanding is already evident... After a one-two with Batistuta, Vieri's shot from 16 yards is saved by Berti. Morfeo's follow-up shot goes wide.
2' Vieri provides Batistuta with an assist. Batigol sends a close-range shot wide of the Empoli goal.
1' The Tuscans get the match underway.
1' Welcome to the San Siro for Inter vs. Empoli. The match will kick off after a minute's silence in memory of Gianni Agnelli, who died on Friday.
Minute Text commentary
49' That's it. 3-0 to us.
48' Bobo puts the ball into the back of the net for the fourth time, but it's disallowed for offside.
47' A thunderous shot from Recoba zips inches over the bar.
46' Batistuta goes close to a goal on his Inter debut, but his shot finishes wide.
45' 3 minutes of injury time.
44' Di Natale receives treatment on the touchline.
43' Emre exhibits his dribbling skills then falls to the ground in the area. Vieri is beaten to the loose ball by Berti.
42' An inspired Bobo latches on to a cross from the right, then hits it first time. It's spectacular, but it's wide.
41' Empoli substitution - Cappellini on for Rocchi.
40' Bobogol!!!!!!!!!! Vieri scores the simplest of goals with a tap-in after butterfingers Berti fails to hold on to a Zanetti cross.
39' Emre tries a one-two with Vieri, but nothing comes of it.
34' Batistuta finds space for himself outside the Empoli box, then sends a shot wide.
31' Toldo makes a tricky save after an Empoli free kick takes a deflection.
29' Bobogol!!!!!!!!!! Vieri makes it 2-0 with a close-range header from Okan's headed pass.
28' Empoli substitution - Vannucchi off, Grieco on.
25' Bobogol!!!!!!!!!! Vieri taps in from a yard out after Batistuta's pass takes a slight deflection.
24' Empoli substitution - Busce' is replaced by Tavano.
23' Inter substitution - Recoba on, Morfeo off.
22' Berti collects an Okan cross.
21' Incredible!!! Pasquale beats Busce' to the ball then races into the area. Vieri and Okan both fail to connect with his pass across the face of the goal.
20' Vieri tries from the distance, but his shot is blocked by two defenders.
16' Oooooh!! Vieri heads onto the crossbar after making contact with an Emre corner.
15' Inter substitution - Conceiçao off, Okan on.
14' Conceiçao turns his marker inside out then plays a superb cross into the area. Berti beats Bobo to the aerial ball.
11' Berti surpasses himself with an excellent save from a Nerazzurri corner.
10' Pasquale falls to the ground after a collision with Cannavaro.
9' Berti anticipates Vieri in the Empoli box.
8' Good move by the Nerazzurri. From a central position on the edge of the box, Bobo plays wide to Morfeo on the right. Harry Potter whips in a high cross for Batistuta, who fails to make contact.
5' Okan Buruk is warming up on the touchline.
4' Toldo makes a save from a Vannucchi cross. At the other end, Bobo storms down the left wing, taking on three opponents before crossing into the middle. The Empoli back line clear.
3' Vieri and Batistuta get the second half going.
2' It's 0-0 at the Meazza after 45 minutes.
1' Toldo neutralises danger from Grella.
Average rating 7.21
6 shots on target 5
0 shots off target 0
16 fouls committed 18
7 corners 2
5 offsides 8
36:57 ball possession 23:53
Previous meetings: Cuper vs. Empoli and Baldini vs. Inter

In both cases, Sunday's match is the second meeting. Cuper was victorious in the first match.
In detail:
2002/03 Serie A Inter 4-3 Empoli

Inter vs. Empoli - Former players and disciplinary situation

Former players: Barollo (1 appearance and 0 goals scored in official matches from July 1989 to November 1991, from July to November 1992 and from July to November 1994).
Disqualified: Di Biagio
Cautioned: Pasquale
Cautioned: Belleri, Cribari, Giampieretti, Grella, Lucchini

Winning debuts for Batistuta with Fiorentina and Roma

Gabriel Omar Batistuta could make his debut for the Nerazzurri this Sunday. The statistics are on his and Inter's side - Batistuta made winning starts to his stints at Fiorentina and Roma. His debut for Fiorentina was a 2-1 win against Cesena in the Coppa Italia on 28 August 1991, while his first match for the Giallorossi was a 7- 0 thrashing of Hit Gorica in the UEFA Cup on 28 September 2000. Batistuta's first goal for Roma also came in that European clash. In his long Serie A career, Batigol has scored 182 goals, a total which has earned him seventh position in the table of all time top scorers in the Italian top flight. The Lion King's first goal was Fiorentina's second in a 3-1 win at home to Genoa on 8 September 1991. Added to the 16 goals he has scored in the Serie B, the Argentine centre-forward is close the 200 mark in the Italian league.

No goal conceded by Inter at home for 305'

Inter haven't conceded goals in championship home matches for 305 minutes. The last time the Nerazzurri let in a goal at home was in the 55th minute of Inter's 2-1 defeat by Udinese. Muzzi was the goalscorer. Nothing has hit the back of the Inter net in home matches at the San Siro since the last 35 minutes of that encounter and the entire matches against Brescia, Atalanta and Modena.

El Chino ready for Empoli

Empoli are one of Alvaro Recoba's second favourite targets. Scorer of 56 goals since he came to Italy, the Uruguayan has put 4 past Empoli, a feat surpassed only against Lecce (6 goals). El Chino has also scored 4 goals against Fiorentina, Perugia, Reggina and Roma.

Inter and Empoli among top scorers in final phases of matches

After Juventus, Inter and Empoli are the two 2002/03 Serie A sides that have scored most in the last fifteen minutes of matches, injury time included. Both Cuper and Baldini's sides have scored 10 goals from the 76th to 90th minutes of matches so far this season.

January crisis month for Baldini

Empoli have been through a bad patch recently, though the Tuscans have notched 22 points so far this season - the highest ever number of points won in a Serie A season for the club. But in their last seven matches, Empoli have registered 1 win, 3 draws and 3 defeats. According to the statistics, sides coached by Baldini have lost 16 out of 35 matches played in the month of January (45.7% of the total).

wins(13) draws(0) defeats(2)

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Berti
Zanetti 4 Belleri
Cannavaro 13 Cribari
Cordoba 2 Pratali
Pasquale 26 Cupi
Conceiçao 7 Grella
Almeyda 25 Giampieretti
Emre 5 Buscè
Morfeo 10 Vannucchi
Batistuta 19 Di Natale
Vieri 32 Rocchi


Fontana 12 Cassano
Materazzi 23 Lucchini
Zanetti 6 Agostini
Guglielminpietro 11 Ficini
Okan 22 Grieco
Recoba 20 Cappellini
Kallon 3 Tavano