Final score

23 February 2003 15:00

22' (2nd half) Vieri
20' (2nd half) Vieri
19' (2nd half) Batistuta
44' (2nd half) Hubner
referee Marco Gabriele / linesmen Mitro, Ricci / 4th man Renosto
Minutes Text commentary
45' Dalmat commits football suicide, giving the ball away in midfield. Tosto takes advantage and runs half the length of the pitch before being stopped by Cannavaro.
45' 1 minute of injury time added on.
43' Mangone saves Piacenza with a headed clearance from Zanetti's dangerous right-wing cross destined for Batistuta.
41' On the turn, Maresca volleys a 25-yard shot on target. Toldo makes a good save. Applauses all round.
39' Gabriele shows Domenico Morfeo a yellow card for a late challenge on Maresca.
34' Incredible chance for us. Cristiano Zanetti crosses for Batistuta. Batigol heads on target, but Orlandoni makes an acrobatic save. Vieri just misses with a shot from the loose ball.
30' Mangone makes a headed back pass in the Piacenza area. Vieri is ready to pounce, but Orlandoni collects.
27' After a patchy start, the Nerazzurri look close to an opening goal. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
26' Dalmat is growing in confidence. This time his takes on two opponents outside the Piacenza area, then floats a cross over to the far side. Morfeo’s header is disappointing.
22' Dalmat works his magic on the right wing, then crosses for Batistuta, who glances his near-post header wide.
21' Good wing play from the Emilians. A fluid passing movement is interrupted by Toldo, who comes off his line again to block De Cesare.
18' At the other end, Vieri's left-footed shot from seven yards is well-saved by Orlandoni.
17' Piacenza close to a goal. Inter have Toldo to thank for a close-range save from a Hubner shot.
16' Cannavaro shows what defending is all about with a crucial headed clearance from a right-wing cross.
10' The Nerazzurri come forward. Dalmat takes on a man then plays square to Batistuta. The Argentine plays a first-time ball through to Vieri, but the Piacenza defence intercept.
9' Piacenza on the break. Marchionni swings in a cross from the left. Toldo comes off his line to make an easy save.
7' On the edge of the Piacenza six-yard box, an unmarked Vieri fails to latch onto a through ball from Di Biagio.
6' Tosto strikes a free kick from the distance. Toldo makes a clean save.
5' Piacenza are pinned back in their own half in the opening minutes of this clash.
2' Batigol finds space on the right then crosses over to the far side of the area. Morfeo heads the ball out of play.
1' Piacenza kick off this afternoon’s match.
1' It's a sunny afternoon in Milan, with a temperature of around eight degrees.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. 3-1 to us and we're still on top of the table.
45' 3 minutes added on at the end of the second half.
44' Piacenza get a consolation goal. Veteran striker Dario Hubner lobs Toldo from close range.
42' Ferrarese misses an easy chance for Piacenza. The substitute fails to make contact with Gurenko's cross.
40' Inter substitution – Coco on, Pasquale off.
38' The Nerazzurri have certainly made up for the lack of entertainment in the first half. From 25 yards, Batigol rifles in a shot that Orlandoni somehow manages to keep out.
36' From the spot, the Sierra Leone striker shoots over the bar, thus missing out on that record…
35' Penalty to us after Kallon is brought down in the Piacenza box.
34' Francesco Coco is warming up on the touchline.
31' Double substitution for Piacenza - Ferrarese and Cois on for Gurenko and Maresca
30' From a good position just inside the Inter box, Hubner shoots wide of the far post.
29' Applauses ring round the Meazza as Toldo elegantly neutralises a long-range shot from Hubner.
27' Batistuta heads over the bar after beating the Piacenza defence to a high cross from Zanetti.
26' Gamarra is cautioned for a foul on Maresca.
24' Piacenza substitution - De Cesare is replaced by Patrascu.
24' Mangone is yellow-carded for a last-man foul on Kallon.
23' Inter substitution – Kallon replaces Vieri, who in this match has scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season.
22' 3-0!!!! Morfeo has a hand in this one with a defence-splitting assist for Bati, who is challenged. Vieri pounces on the loose ball and smacks it home.
20' Bobogol!!! 2-0 to us after Vieri evades a challenge on the edge of the box then curls his shot into the far corner.
19' Batigol!!!!!!! Gabriel opens his scoring account for the Nerazzurri, deviating a Dalmat shot past Orlandoni.
16' Yet another save from Toldo. This time he pushes the ball round for a corner after Maresca’s shot swerves dangerously.
14' Maresca tries from the distance. Toldo makes his nth save of the match.
13' Inter substitution – Guly replaces Di Biagio.
12' Domenico Morfeo delights the crowd with a deft pass for Batistuta. The Argentine is anticipated by Lamacchi, who passes back to Orlandoni.
10' Vieri goes down in the Piacenza area after a challenge with De Cesare. No penalty is given, but there are no protests from the Inter striker.
9' Captain Zanetti plays a short pass to Dalmat, who shoots immediately from outside the box instead of looking for a team-mate. Goal kick.
7' Toldo pulls off another crucial save from Hubner, who finds his way into the area after taking on Gamarra and Cannavaro.
4' Good move by us. Vieri nods down a long ball forward for Batisuta who controls on the edge of the box then plays back to Di Biagio, who fires a long-range shot inches wide.
3' Orlandoni comes off his line to anticipate Batistuta.
3' Kallon also starts to warm up.
3' Guly is warming up on the touchline.
2' We're underway in the second half. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' It's 0-0 after forty-five minutes at the Meazza. During the break, why not sign up for's exclusive services, including our new look newsletter in HTML format. Here's the link:
Di Biagio
Average rating 7.02
5 shots on target 8
5 shots off target 3
18 fouls committed 15
2 corners 6
2 offsides 4
30:43 ball possession 28:10
Previous meetings between Cuper and Piacenza

Cuper has won all three of his three previous matches against Piacenza.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A Inter-Piacenza 3-1 3-2
2002/03 Serie A Inter-Piacenza - --- 4-1

Previous meetings between Cuper and Cagni

The two coaches have never faced each other in official matches.

Previous meetings between Inter and Cagni

Cagni has met Inter in official matches on 4 occasions. Against the Nerazzurri, the current Piacenza boss has registered 1 victory, 1 draw and 2 defeats.

In detail:

1995/96 Serie A Piacenza-Inter 1-0 0-0 1996/97 Serie A Verona-Inter 0-1 1-2

No goal conceded during home matches for 485'

Inter haven't let in a goal in Italian championship home matches for 485 minutes. The last goal conceded was on 9 November 2002, when Muzzi scored in the 55th minute of Udinese's 2-1 victory over Inter. Cuper's side have kept a clean sheet at the San Siro for the remaining 35 minutes of that match and the entire matches against Brescia, Atalanta, Modena, Empoli and Reggina.

Maximum points and no goals let in at home against bottom eight Serie A teams

Inter's first place in the Italian top flight is also due to the excellent performances against the bottom eight clubs in the Serie A . So far this season, the Nerazzurri have beaten Empoli twice (3-0 at home and 4-3 away), Torino twice (1-0 at home and 2-0 in Turin), Reggina twice (2-1 in Calabria and 3-0 in Milan), Modena (2-0 at the San Siro, Como (2-0 the Sinigaglia stadium), Brescia (4-0 at the San Siro), Atalanta (1-0 at the San Siro) and Piacenza (4-1 at Garilli stadium). In the 6 matches played at the Meazza, Inter haven't conceded any goals.

Kallon close to making history

With his penalty at home to Reggina, Mohamed Kallon maintained his 100% record from the penalty spot in Serie A matches. The Sierra Leone striker has scored 9 goals out of 9 from eleven metres. By scoring a 10th penalty in the Serie A, Kallon will equal the record set by Adelio Moro, who scored all 10 of the spot kicks he took in the Italian top flight during a career which spanned the 70s and 80s.

No away win for Cagni in Serie A for almost 10 years

Luigi Cagni has won only once in 52 Serie A matches away from home. The current Piacenza coach has collected 17 draws and 34 defeats. The only away win for Cagni was on 24 October 1993 - a 1-0 victory with Piacenza against Genoa at the Marassi. Turrini scored with winner in the 60th minute of that match.

wins(6) draws(2) defeats(0)

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Orlandoni
Zanetti 4 Gurenko
Zanetti 6 Baiocco
Morfeo 10 Cristante
Cannavaro 13 Tosto
Di Biagio 14 Maresca
Dalmat 18 De Cesare
Batistuta 19 Mangone
Gamarra 24 Hubner
Pasquale 26 Marchionni
Vieri 32 Lamacchi


Fontana 12 Franzone
Kallon 3 Campagnaro
Conceiçao 7 Patrascu
Guglielminpietro 11 Cois
Martins 30 Ferrarese
Vivas 31 Zerbini
Coco 77 Abbate