Final score

16 March 2003 15:00

30' (2nd half) Vieri
10' (2nd half) Vieri
24' Di Biagio
13' Batistuta
Referee: Massimo De Santis / Linesmen: Di Mauro, Maggiani / Fourth official: Farina M.
Minute Text commentary
45' Good defending from our captain, who denies Caccia the space to get a cross in.
43' El Chino sends a 25-yard free kick over the Como bar.
41' Cauet is booked for a foul from behind on Cristiano Zanetti. Music then goes on a symphonic run (whatever that is...) down the left. The Como player is eventually stopped by Javier.
40' Como protest with De Santis after Amoruso is blocked in the Inter box. No penalty given.
39' Applauses all round for Javier Zanetti after a trademark run down the right which includes a one-two with Batigol. The Inter captain’s cross finishes in the hands of Ferron.
36' Cristiano Zanetti’s right-footed shot from a loose ball outside the Como box finishes in the Curva Sud.
34' Rossi beats Coco and sends a shot (right-footed) high over the bar.
31' It’s not the right music… Bobo misses from the spot, dragging his shot wide of Ferron’s left-hand post.
30' Penalty to us after Christian Vieri is fouled in the Como area by Music.
26' Toldo saves the penalty, then beats Caccia to the rebound!!!
25' At full stretch, Toldo pulls off a magnificent save from Amoruso. But Como are awarded a penalty as Okan is judged to have pulled the striker’s shirt.
24' Goooaaalll!!!! El Chino curls in a corner from the right wing and Di Biagio heads home at the near post. 2-0.
21' A rarity! Recoba gets back to intercept the ball from the visitors then makes a clearance worthy of a world class defender.
19' Toldo plucks the ball out of the air after Music crosses in from the left.
17' Cristiano Zanetti is booked by De Santis for a foul on former Nerazzurri player Cauet.
16' Cristiano Zanetti makes all the right movements in midfield, advances, then sends a 20-yard shot just over.
15' Amoruso has a goal ruled out for offside.
13' Batigol!!!!!!!!!! Gabriel Batistuta rounds Ferron and puts the ball into the back of the net after Javier Zanetti bulldozes his way through the Como defence. 1-0 to us.
12' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out after Vieri is fouled by Stellini. Batistuta takes the set piece and his fast, low shot (right-footed) goes inches wide of Ferron’s right-hand post.
10' Coco heads clear a dangerous ball into the Inter box by Caccia. The clearance goes as far as Cauet, who sends a 20-yard shot over the bar.
8' Okan dribbles an opponent then passes to Batigol on the edge of the box. The Argentinian misinterprets the pass but the Turk pounces on the half clearance and gets a shot in, which Ferron saves.
6' Coco plays a one-two with Cristiano Zanetti on the right then crosses in for Vieri. Juarez beats Bobogol to the ball.
5' Caccia tries a shot from a position on the left wing. It's high and goes out of play.
3' Okan receives a pass from Vieri and plays forward to Cristiano Zanetti, who is intercepted on the edge of the Como box.
1' Vieri and Batistuta get the match underway.
1' Welcome to La Scala of football for Inter vs. Como. The teams are on the pitch and we're all set for the kick-off.
Minute Text commentary
45' De Santis blows his whistle after 2 minutes of added time. Inter win 4-0 and finish the match in ten men with Di Biagio leaving the pitch minutes earlier with a slight injury.
44' A Vieri free kick from 20 yards takes a deflection, but Ferron gets down to make the save at the near post.
43' Vieri lays the ball off for Napolitano, who from the edge of the box strikes his shot just wide.
42' Toldo catches a cross-cum-shot from Benin.
39' Conceiçao beats his marker on the right wing then sends a high cross over to the far post. Vieri volleys into the Curva Nord.
36' Francesco Coco hits a left-footed shot first time after a pass wide from Vieri. The wing-back’s shot almost breaks the side-netting.
33' Bobo smacks the ball into the roof of the net after Coco plays the ball into the 6-yard box. The goal is disallowed for offside.
30' Bobogol heads home at the far post after Javier Zanetti’s cross from the right. 4-0.
27' Gamarra makes a crucial challenge on Amoruso in the Nerazzurri box.
26' Carbone tries with a shot from the distance. It goes wide.
25' Guly causes chaos in the Como box, taking on two players. The Argentine is eventually dispossessed.
24' Toldo makes another unbelievable save, this time from Caccia.
23' Como substitution - Pecchia off, Carbone on.
22' Inter substitution - Recoba is replaced by Napolitano.
21' Rossi volleys over the Inter bar from close range.
20' Inter are pushing hard for a fourth goal and it seems just a matter of time before this turns into a thrashing.
19' Inter win three corners in quick succession, but no goal is scored despite some delightful play from Conceiçao and Recoba.
18' Recoba gets a fierce shot in from a position inside the Como box despite being closely marked by two opponents. Ferron does well to save.
17' Como substitution – Juarez off, Benin on.
16' Caccia wastes a good chance to pull a goal back for Como. He sends his angled shot over the bar.
14' Recoba crosses in from the left. Ferron beats Vieri to the high ball.
11' Inter make a double substitution – Guly and Conceiçao on for Cristiano Zanetti and Batistuta.
10' Bobogol!!!!!!! Vieri scores his 22nd goal of the championship so far with a near-range header from Recoba’s right-wing corner. 3-0 to us.
8' Vieri shields the ball well then sends a high cross for Okan on the far side of the Como area. The Turk is bundled to the ground but no decision is given.
5' Cauet half-volleys wide of Toldo’s left-hand post after the Nerazzurri clear from a Como corner.
3' Caccia makes a left-wing cross then substitute Binotto’s shot comes off the crossbar.
2' Como make half-time substitution -Binotto comes on for Music.
2' Como get the second half underway.
1' End of part one after a minute of injury time. Inter 2-0 Como.
Di Biagio
Average rating 7.56
6 shots on target 4
8 shots off target 10
9 fouls committed 16
6 corners 7
0 offsides 8
30:31 ball possession 27:28
Previous meetings between Fascetti and Inter

In his career as a coach, Eugenio Fascetti has faced Inter on 17 occasions and there has never been a draw. The Tuscan coach has won 9 matches and lost 8 against the Nerazzurri.

In detail:

1982/83 C. Italia Varese-Inter 1-0 0-2
1985/86 Serie A Lecce-Inter 0-1 0-3
1991/92 Serie A Verona-Inter 1-0 0-2
1993/94 C. Italia Lucchese-Inter 2-1 0-2
1995/96 Serie A Bari-Inter 4-1 0-3
1997/98 Serie A Bari-Inter 2-1 1-0
1998/99 Serie A Bari-Inter 1-0 3-2
1999/00 Serie A Bari-Inter 2-1 0-3
2000/01 Serie A Bari-Inter ---- 0-1

Previous meetings between Cuper and Como

Sunday's match is the second meeting in official matches between Hector Cuper and Como. The first match was the victory away from home earlier this season.

In detail:

2002/03 Serie A Inter-Como ---- 2-0

Previous meetings between Cuper and Fascetti

The current Inter and Como coaches have never met before in official matches.

Maximum points against bottom eight Serie A teams

Inter's high position 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 at Sinigaglia stadium), Brescia (4-0 at the San Siro), Atalanta (1-0 at the San Siro) and Piacenza twice (4-1 at Garilli stadium and 3-1 at home).

Inter consistently on target in championship matches at San Siro for over a year

The last time Inter failed to score in the Serie A in front of their own fans was the 0-0 draw against Camolese's Torino on 2 February 2002. Since then, Inter have scored 37 goals in the 17 championship matches played at home.

Nerazzurri lethal in second halves of Serie A matches

Inter are the 2002/03 Serie A side that have improved their results most in second halves of matches. The Nerazzurri have gained 16 points from the 46th to 90th minutes (injury time included), going from a draw to a win against ChievoVerona, Bologna (twice), Como, Atalanta, Empoli, Torino and Piacenza, and from a defeat to a draw against Lazio in Rome. The only match in which Inter worsened their result in the second half was the 2-1 defeat at home to Udinese (1-1 at half time).

Vieri close to breaking personal Serie A scoring record

With the double strike against Piacenza in Week 22, Christian Vieri has taken his 2002/03 Serie A total to 21 goals in 18 matches, just one away from beating his record of goals in one Italian season (2001/02). Bobo is three away from equaling his personal record of 24 goals in one season, a feat he achieved with Atletico Madrid in the 1997/98 season. Vieri's goals have won Inter 22 points in the league this season.

No draw for Nerazzurri in 11 championship matches

From their last 11 championship games, Inter have registered 8 wins and 3 defeats. The last draw was Lazio 3-3 Inter on 7 December 2002.

Tarantino to celebrate 200th appearance in Serie A

If he plays against Inter this Sunday, Massimo Tarantino will celebrate his 200th appearance in the Italian top flight. The Como defender made his Serie A debut in Ascoli 0-1 Napoli on 27 August 1989. Apart from Como and Napoli, the other side Tarantino has played for in the Serie A is Bologna.

Como on target for 5 consecutive matches

Como have scored 6 goals in their last 5 championship matches (at least one goal per match), a record for the club in the current season.

No win for Como in regional derby matches played away from home since January 1985

Como have registered 5 draws and 10 defeats in their last 15 regional derby matches played away from home in the Serie A . During the run of negative results, Como have faced AC Milan (4 times), Inter (4 times), Atalanta (4 times), Brescia (twice) and Cremonese (once). Como's last win away to a side from Lombardy in the Serie A was AC Milan 0-2 Como on 13 January 1985 thanks to goals from Matteoli and Bruno.

wins(14) draws(0) defeats(1)

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Ferron
Zanetti 4 De Souza
Cordoba 2 Padalino
Gamarra 24 Stellini
Coco 77 Amoruso
Di Biagio 14 Tomas
Okan 22 Music
Zanetti 6 Pecchia
Recoba 20 Rossi
Batistuta 19 Cauet
Vieri 32 Caccia


Fontana 12 Brunner
Conceiçao 7 Carbone
Guglielminpietro 11 Allegretti
Pasquale 26 Benin
Vivas 31 Tarantino
Franchini Binotto
Napolitano Corrent