Final score

23 March 2003 20:30

13' (2nd half) Iaquinta
3' (2nd half) Jankulovski
28' (2nd half) Cordoba
Referee: Gianluca Paparesta / Linesmen: Stagnoli, Griselli / Fourth official: Pirondini
Minute Text commentary
45' Francesco Coco is booked for a foul on Muzzi.
44' 1 minute of injury time to play at the end of the first half.
41' Di Biagio tries from the distance with a 25-yard right-footed shot that creates few problems for De Sanctis.
35' Superb save from Toldo, who comes off his line to deny Iaquinta.
34' Coco makes another crucial clearance after a goalmouth scramble. Muzzi and Iacquinta were both close to striking home from close range.
30' Gladiator picks up a loose ball on the left wing then sends a high cross into the middle for Vieri. De Sanctis beats Bobo to the cross. Udinese move forward on the break, terminating in Jankulovski's shot off target.
25' Napolitano provides Batigol with a right-wing cross and on the turn the Argentine shoots straight at De Sanctis.
23' Iaquinta hits Toldo's left-hand post with a shot from a position inside the Inter box after a sweeping Udinese move down the middle involving Pizarro, Muzzi and Jankulovski.
19' Coco makes a crucial clearance from inside the Inter box after Jorgensen makes a posing low, left-wing cross.
13' Jorgensen shoots a clumsy shot wide after good work by Iaquinta in a central position just outside the Inter box.
8' Jankulovsky volleys well wide of Toldo's right-hand post after Inter make a half clearance from Jorgensen's left-wing cross.
3' At the far post, Coco beats Jankulovsky to a left-wing cross and heads out for a corner.
2' Inter on the attack right from the start. Manfredini clears after a long ball is played forward for Batistuta.
1' Welcome to live commentary of Udinese vs. Inter. Spalletti's men kick off.
Minute Text commentary
49' De Sanctis beats Bobo to Francesco Coco's deep cross from the left. It's the last chance of the match. Udinese win 2-1.
44' 4 minutes of injury time added on.
42' Spalletti makes his third substitution - Sottil comes on for Pinzi.
40' Free kick to Inter in a central position 30 yards out. Recoba's effort comes off the wall, then El Chino follows up with a ferocious, low shot that De Sanctis does extremely well to save.
35' Udinese substitution - Spalletti replaces Jorgensen with Muntari.
33' Inter continue an all-out assault on the Udinese goal. Di Biagio heads over from Recoba's right-wing corner.
32' From close range, Vieri tries to lob De Sanctis but the Udinese keeper makes the save. In any case, the flag goes up for offside.
31' Batigol outjumps Sensini then heads over the bar after receiving from Cordoba.
28' GOOOOAAALLLL!!! Cordoba heads home from just outside the six-yard box after Di Biagio's initial header from Recoba's right-wing corner comes off the bar. It's the Colombian defender's first goal in the Serie A this season.
28' Udinese substitution - Gemiti on, Muzzi off.
27' Recoba goes close for Inter with a trademark free kick at the near post. De Sanctis saves.
25' Muzzi receives from Iaquinta just inside the box then pulls his right-footed shot wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
24' Inter come forward with the 'trident'. Vieri plays wide to Recoba, El Chino crosses across the face of the goal, then Batistuta fails to make contact at the far post.
18' Cristiano Zanetti becomes the second player of the evening to be yellow-carded.
13' 2-0 to Udinese. Muzzi makes a blistering 40-yard run down the right wing then crosses in for Iaquinta, who directs the ball past Toldo from just inside the six-yard box.
8' Inter substitution - Gamarra replaces Napolitano.
7' Toldo puches clear a left-wing cross. Muzzi chests the ball down the strikes a shot straight at the Nerazzurri keeper, who saves.
3' Udinese take the lead through Jankulovski, who beats Toldo with an angled shot after Iaquinta fails to make contact with Manfredini's left-wing cross.
2' The Nerazzurri kick off the second half. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
1' De Sanctis comes out of his area and heads clear to deny an advancing Christian Vieri. Seconds later, Paparesta blows for half time.
Di Biagio
Average rating 4.99
6 shots on target 6
13 shots off target 10
20 fouls committed 19
6 corners 5
0 offsides 0
27:20 ball possession 23:40
Previous meetings between Cuper and Udinese

Sunday evening's match marks the 6th official encounter between Hector Cuper and Udinese. The current Inter coach has recorded 1 win, 2 draws and 2 defeats against the Bianconeri from Friuli and has never won away from home. Both sides have scored at least one goal in each of those matches (total 17).

Previous meetings between Spalletti and Inter

Luciano Spalletti has won 3, drawn 1 and lost 2 of his previous 6 matches against Inter.

In detail:

1997/98 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-1 1-4
1998/99 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-3
1999/00 Serie A Venezia-Inter 1-0 -----
2002/03 Serie A Udinese-Inter ---- 2-1

Previous meetings between Spalletti and Cuper

The only previous meeting between the two coaches was the Serie A fixture between Inter and Udinese at the San Siro earlier this season:

2002/03 Serie A Udinese-Inter 2-1

Discplinary situation

Disqualified: No-one
Cautioned: Bertotto, Jankulovski

Disqualified: No-one
Cautioned: Cordoba, Di Biagio, Morfeo, Pasquale
ex di turno: nessuno

Record series of negative results for Udinese in 2002/03 season

Udinese are going through their worst period of form since the current season began, having lost their last three consecutive matches: Reggina 2-3 Udinese, Udinese 0-1 Juventus and Bologna 1-0 Udinese.

Just 2 penalties given against Udinese so far this season

After 25 championship matches, Udinese are one of four Serie A sides that have seen the fewest number of penalties given against them: 2. The other teams are Brescia, Lazio and AC Milan.

Favourite target awaits Crespo

Hernan Crespo could make his return to competitive action in the match with Udinese, the Serie A side he has scored most against. The Argentine has put 14 goals past the Bianconeri from Friuli.

Vieri a goal away from equalling personal record

With his two headers against Como , Christian Vieri brings his tally in the domestic championship to 23 goals, thus beating his record for goals scored in an entire Serie A season (22 last year with Inter). Vieri is now just one goal away from equalling his record of 24 goals with Atletico Madrid in 1997/98.

Bobogol close to breaking Bierhoff's record

With 23 goals to his credit, Bobogol is well within reach of Bierhoff's record of 27 strikes in one Serie A season since three points were awarded for a win (from 1994/95 on). The German centre-forward set the record while at Udinese in the 1997/98 campaign. The last Inter player to win the Serie A top scorer title was Aldo Serena with 22 goals in 1988/89.

No draw for Nerazzurri in 12 Serie A matches

From their last 12 championship games, Inter have registered 9 wins and 3 defeats. The last draw was Lazio 3-3 Inter on 7 December 2002. The record number of draws in one Serie A season for Inter is 4 in the 1939/40 campaign, when they won the title. Cuper's men have drawn 3 matches so far this season

wins(22) draws(16) defeats(11)

starting lineups

De Sanctis 1 Toldo
Bertotto 4 Zanetti
Sensini 2 Cordoba
Kroldrup 13 Cannavaro
Jankulovski 77 Coco
Pinzi Napolitano
Pizarro 14 Di Biagio
Manfredini 6 Zanetti
Muzzi 20 Recoba
Iaquinta 19 Batistuta
Jorgensen 32 Vieri


Renard 27 Moreau
Sottil 24 Gamarra
Gemiti 26 Pasquale
Almiron 31 Vivas
Muntari 7 Conceiçao
Warley 11 Guglielminpietro
Jancker 30 Martins