Final score

6 April 2003 20:30

32' (2nd half) Emre
12' (2nd half) Recoba
6' (2nd half) Vieri
37' (2nd half) Montella
36' (2nd half) Di Biagio o.g.
3' (2nd half) Cassano
Referee: Pierluigi Collina / Linesmen: Ivaldi, Mitro / Fourth official: Copelli
Minute Text commentary
45' 1 minute of added time to play at the end of the first half.
37' Totti sends a ferocious shot just wide of Toldo’s left-hand post.
35' Roma dangerous on the break. Toldo comes out of his area to make a crucial clearance from Cassano, who was clear through on goal.
32' Dacourt tries from the distance, but his effort goes way over the bar.
25' He’s inspired tonight. Recoba takes on two men down the left, then sends a cross to the far post, where Bobogol is anticipated.
23' Recoba delights the San Siro with some typical out of the box thinking. After taking on three opponents, El Chino’s left-footed shot ricochets off Pelizzoli's left-hand post.
21' Conceiçao receives from Emre, controls the ball just outside the Roma box then sends a low shot straight at Pelizzoli.
18' Di Biagio smashes the ball wide form just inside the Giallorossi area after a move involving Javier Zanetti, Emre and Vieri.
16' Spotting Toldo off his line, Totti volleys from 25 yards. The ball skims the crossbar and goes out for a goal kick.
14' Recoba’s inswinger from the right-wing corner flag looks goal-bound, but the Roma defence make a clearance off the line.
13' Conceiçao wins Inter the first corner of the match after combining with Vieri on the right wing.
5' Recoba plays a one-two with Vieri, but fails to score with just Pelizzoli to beat.
2' Coco whips in a cross from the left, Aldair clears, then Recoba shoots straight at Pelizzoli from 20 yards.
1' Welcome to La Scala of football for tonight’s big match between Inter and Roma. Collina blows his whistle, and the Giallorossi get the proceedings underway. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter 3-3 Roma. See you on Wednesday for Inter v Valencia.
47' Roma substitution - Tommasi comes on for Totti.
45' 4 minutes of time added on.
43' Batistuta replaces Recoba.
37' 3-3. Montella curls a 20-yard shot past Toldo which sails into the bottom left-hand corner.
36' Roma pull one back as Di Biagio turns the ball into his own net from close range. Inter substitution – Morfeo on, Emre off. The Turk gets a standing ovation from the crowd.
33' Roma substitution – Marazzina for Cassano.
32' One, two, Emre!!!!! The Turkish wizard nets with a low drive from the edge of the box after both Recoba and Vieri fail to make contact with Conceiçao’s right-wing cross.
28' Pelizzoli makes an incredible save from Vieri, who heads on target from three yards out.
25' Inter on the break. Recoba smashes a left-footed shot at Pelizzoli after combining with Vieri.
23' Recoba wreaks more havoc in the Roma box. After beating two opponents he plays square to Bobogol, but the Nerazzurri centre-forward is anticipated.
15' Roma substitution – Capello replaces Delvecchio with Montella.
12' 2-1 to us!!!!! RECOOOOOOBA!!! El Chino dribbles four Roma players then fires a shot past Pelizzoli which goes in off the near post.
6' GOOOAAALLL!!! Vieri brings the sides level with a low shot past Pelizzoli after latching on to a upfield ball from Di Biagio and evading a challenge from Aldair.
4' Roma come forward on the break. Cannavaro clears from Delvecchio’s left-wing cross.
3' 1-0 to the Giallorossi. Cassano stuns the San Siro with a well-taken shot from outside the area.
2' Recoba and Vieri kick off the second half.
1' Excellent defending by Cordoba, who denies Totti the space to make a shot from just outside the six-yard box. Collina then blows for half time. 0-0.
Di Biagio
Average rating 6.33
7 shots on target 9
0 shots off target 0
16 fouls committed 19
6 corners 4
4 offsides 4
31:19 ball possession 25:42
Previous meetings between Capello and Inter

Fabio Capello has won 6, drawn 11 and lost 9 of his 26 matches against Inter sides. The last victory away to Inter was on 7 November 1993 (Inter 1-2 AC Milan in the Serie A). Since then, the current Roma coach has drawn 2 matches and lost 6 (the last 4 have been won by Inter).

In detail:

1986/87 Mundialito AC Milan-Inter 0-0 ----
1991/92 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 1-0 1-1
1992/93 C. Italia AC Milan-Inter 0-0 3-0
1992/93 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 1-1 1-1
1993/94 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 2-1 2-1
1994/95 C. Italia AC Milan-Inter 1-2 1-2
1994/95 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 1-1 1-3
1995/96 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 0-1 1-1
1997/98 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 0-3 2-2
1997/98 C. Italia AC Milan-Inter 5-0 0-1
1999/00 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-0 1-2
2000/01 Serie A Roma-Inter 3-2 0-2
2001/02 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-0 1-3
2002/03 Serie A Roma-Inter 2-2 -----

Previous meetings between Cuper and Roma/Capello

Cuper has faced Roma and current coach Capello on 3 occasions, recording 2 draws and 1 win.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A Inter-Roma 3-1 0-0
2002/03 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 2-2

First match against former side for Batigol

Gabriel Batistuta faces Roma for the first time since leaving the club. Batigol's first match after leaving Fiorentina was in Roma's 1- 0 win against the Viola in the Serie A on 26 November 2001. He scored the winner on that occasion.

Vieri chasing personal record

With the two headers against Como, Christian Vieri has brought 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 is also 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 13 Serie A matches

From their last 13 championship games, Inter have garnered 9 wins and 4 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.

Inter close to historical record

With eight matches to go until the end of the season, Inter boast a 12-point advantage over the fifth-placed team and as such are virtually assured a place in the Champions League next season. No Italian team that has taken part in the preliminary round of the competition has managed to qualify for the Champions League again the following season. The first Italian side to contest the Champions League preliminaries was Parma in 1997/98. The Emilians went on finish the domestic season in sixth place. Inter played in the preliminary round in 1997/98 and finished the Serie A in eighth spot. In 1999/00, Parma and Fiorentina finished the Italian championship in fifth and seventh positions respectively. Inter and AC Milan were fifth and sixth respectively in the 2000/01 Serie A, while Lazio finished sixth and Parma tenth last season.

Strikers v keepers - Vieri-Antonioli and Toldo-Montella

Along with Mazzantini, Antonioli has let in 8 Vieri goals. No other player has put as many goals past the current Roma keeper. Like Filippo Inzaghi, Montella has scored 9 goals in matches played against Inter custodian Toldo. Montella has also put 9 goals past Pagliuca.

13 goals for Totti in 2002/03 Serie A

With the goal against Piacenza before the break, Francesco Totti has brought his tally for the Serie A season in progress to 13, thus equalling his best ever seasons in 1997/98 and 2000/01 (the year the Giallorossi won the Scudetto).

Roma indisciplined

With 9 sendings-off in 26 championship matches, Roma are the most indisciplined side contesting the 2002/03 Serie A.

wins(47) draws(29) defeats(16)

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Pelizzoli
Zanetti 4 Panucci
Cordoba 2 Aldair
Cannavaro 13 Samuel
Coco 77 Candela
Conceiçao 7 Lima
Di Biagio 14 Emerson
Zanetti 6 Dacourt
Emre 5 Delvecchio
Vieri 32 Totti
Recoba 20 Cassano


Fontana 12 Antonioli
Pasquale 26 Cufrè
Materazzi 23 Sartor
Morfeo 10 Guigou
Okan 22 Tommasi
Crespo 9 Montella
Batistuta 19 Marazzina