Final score

12 April 2003 20:30

AC Milan
17' (2nd half) Inzaghi
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Stevanato, Contini / Fourth official: Calcagno
Minute Text commentary
45' 2 minutes of additional time.
42' Javier Zanetti crosses from the right wing. Nesta misses the ball, Dida blocks.
41' Vieri makes a long run upfield but stumbles inside the box before passing wide to Emre. Nesta intercepts.
40' Materazzi is booked for fouling Sheva.
39' Shevchenko just misses the target with a backheel from close range.
38' Fantastic challenge by Materazzi on Shevchenko, who beats Pasquale on the right wing then storms into the box.
36' Gigi Di Biagio shoots on target from 35 yards, but it’s too central and Dida collects.
34' Costacurta makes a sliding tackle on Vieri, who has just Dida to beat.
33' Serginho shoots across the face of the goal. No Milan player is on hand to make the final touch.
32' From the right channel, Sheva makes a diagonal run on goal and from the edge of the box sends a ferocious shot over the bar.
31' Several yards outside the Inter box, Toldo beats Shevchenko to an up-and-under.
28' Gladiator is booked for protesting after foul from behind on Serginho.
27' Di Biagio plays square to Emre 25 yards out. The Turk’s chip shot goes inches wide.
24' Emre makes a diagonal run on goal from the left channel. His low, angled shot at the near post is well saved by Dida.
18' Javier Zanetti clears off the line from Rui Costa’s close-range header.
17' Maldini is anticipated by Di Biagio. Corner to the Rossoneri.
13' Pasquale clears from a Rossoneri free kick.
11' Receiving a long ball forward from Materazzi, Recoba dances past two opponents then loses the ball to Nesta on entering the Milan penalty area.
7' Superb move by the Nerazzurri. Emre plays a one-two with Recoba, the Turk plays the ball to Vieri, who in turn passes to Javier Zanetti on the right wing. Nesta blocks the Inter captain's cross.
6' Gattuso sends a shot from 25 yards on target. Toldo tips the ball over the bar.
3' Inzaghi beats the offside trap and is clear through on goal. The Milan striker then slips in the box and Cannavaro makes the tackle. Corner to the 'visitors'.
2' The Rossoneri win a free kick after Vieri fouls Maldini just outside the area.
1' Welcome to the Meazza for the 253rd Milan derby, brought to you by Gillette Mach 3 Turbo. Inter kick off after a spectacular firework display.
Minute Text commentary
50' Full time. Milan win the derby 1-0.
49' Toldo is booked for protesting.
48' Cannavaro is suffering from cramp but will have to stay on the pitch.
45' Gattuso is booked for protesting. 5 minutes of additional time.
42' Dida comes off his line to deny Batistuta.
41' Cannavaro anticipates Rivaldo on the edge of the Inter box.
39' Gamarra comes on for Pasquale.
39' Rui Costa is booked for a foul from behind on Emre.
37' Batistuta replaces Recoba.
35' Dida gets down to make a save from Recoba's low shot.
35' Rivaldo comes on for Inzaghi.
32' Former Nerazzurri defender Simic is yellow-carded for a foul on Emre.
31' Ambrosini handles the ball inside his own penalty area. The ref waves play on.
30' From inside the box, Shevchenko sends a powerful shot just wide of Toldo’s right-hand post.
27' Milan on the break. Shevchenko finishes the move with a shot from the distance which finishes wide.
27' Update: Paolo Maldini has sustained a fracture to his nose. He has been taken to hospital.
26' Inzaghi gets on the end of a chipped assist by Rui Costa. Toldo comes off his line to deny the Rossoneri a second goal. At the other end, Recoba curls a left-footed shot on target. Dida tips the ball over the bar.
26' Milan substitution – Serginho off, Brocchi on.
23' Batistuta is warming up on the touchline.
22' Cordoba is given his marching orders for a sliding tackle on Serginho.
21' Gattuso glances his header wide of Toldo's right-hand post after receiving from Shevchenko.
20' Rui Costa shoots on target after making a diagonal run into the box. Toldo saves.
17' 1-0 to them. Inzaghi gets on the end of a well-worked move by the Rossoneri and strikes a left-footed shot past Toldo from twelve yards.
15' Inter substitution – Okan on, Di Biagio off.
12' Cannavaro makes a sliding tackle to prevent Sheva from getting a shot in from eight yards out.
9' At full stretch, Toldo makes an excellent save from Serginho's diagonal shot.
8' Vieri sends a 25-yard shot inches wide of Dida's left-hand post.
7' Laursen replaces the Milan captain, who made his 43rd appearance in a Madonnina derby tonight.
6' Rossoneri momentarily down to ten men as Maldini is forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher following a clash with Vieri.
5' Toldo uses his feet to block a close-range effort from Inzaghi, who weaves his way into the six-yard box after latching onto a long ball forward.
4' Free kick to us 25 yards out (left channel). Recoba curls the ball into the box, Gattuso heads clear. Vieri requires attention from the medics after a challenge from Simic, but it's nothing serious.
3' Milan kick of the second half.
3' Visibility is low as more fireworks provide entertainment for the crowd during the break.
2' It's 0-0 after 45 minutes of play.
Di Biagio
Average rating 5.16
4 shots on target 8
2 shots off target 6
27 fouls committed 22
2 corners 6
3 offsides 2
23:02 ball possession 25:52
Previous meetings between Ancelotti and Inter sides

Carlo Ancelotti has faced Inter sides on 11 occasions. Of those matches, the current AC Milan coach has won 6, lost 3 and drawn 2.

In detail:

1996/97 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 1-3
1997/98 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 0-1
1998/99 Serie A Juventus-Inter ---- 0-0
1999/00 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-0 2-1
2000/01 Serie A Juventus-Inter 3-1 2-2
2001/02 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 0-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A AC Milan-Inter 1-0 ----

Previous meetings between Cuper and AC Milan

Hector Cuper has faced AC Milan on three occasions:

2001/02 Serie A Inter- AC Milan 2-4 1-0
2002/03 Serie A Inter- AC Milan ---- 0-1

Cuper v Ancelotti

Saturday's 253rd Milan derby is the third meeting between Hector Cuper and Carlo Ancelotti. The current Nerazzurri and Rossoneri coaches have recorded a victory apiece in the previous two clashes:

2001/02 Serie A Inter-AC Milan ---- 1-0
2002/03 Serie A Inter-AC Milan ---- 0-1

Inter on target for 19 championship matches in a row

The last time Inter failed to score in front of their own fans in a championship match was in the 0-0 draw with Camolese's Torino on 2 February 2002. Since then, Inter have scored 44 goals in 19 Serie A games.

Di Biagio up against favourite target

Gigi Di Biagio has scored more goals against AC Milan and his current side Inter than any other Italian club (a total of 5 goals against both clubs). Gladiator scored 1 goal in Foggia v AC Milan (1994/95 Serie A), 2 in Roma v AC Milan (1997/98), 1 in AC Milan v Inter (1999/00 Serie A) and 1 in AC Milan v Inter (2000/01 Serie A).

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 15 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 two matches in which Inter have worsened their result in the second half were against Udinese (from 1-1 to 1-2 in Milan and from 0-0 to 1-2 in Udine).

Bobo Vieri from record to record

With his goal against Roma, Christian Vieri has brought his total for the domestic championship to 24 goals in 21 matches, thus equalling his record set with Atletico Madrid in 1997/98. Bobogol is now 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. A rather more ambitious target for Bobogol is Angelillo's record of 33 goals for Inter in one Serie A season (1958/59).

Milan derbies in April - Nerazzurri in command

Saturday evening's derby is the 17th to be played in the month of April since the Serie A became a one-division championship in 1929/30. Inter have the edge over their cross-city rivals with 8 victories to 5. The last time a Milan derby was played in April was in 1997, when the Nerazzurri won 3-1. The last draw was a 1-1 affair in 1993, while AC Milan's last victory in an April derby was a 1-0 home win in 1992.

Both Milanese sides within reach of historical record

With seven matches of the Serie A season to play, Inter and AC Milan are virtually assured of qualification to next season's Champions League as they currently enjoy a 10- and 7-point advantage respectively over the fifth-placed club. 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 preliminary round of Europe's most prestigious cup competition 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.

Vieri v Inzaghi

Inter v AC Milan sees the two top scorers in Italy this season up against each other. With 26 efforts (24 in the Serie A, 2 in the Champions League) to his credit, Christian Vieri leads Pippo Inzaghi by a single goal.

Defeat for Inter would equal club's second most negative series in home derbies

Inter are without a win in the last five Milan derbies played at 'home'. The Nerazzurri's last win at home to AC Milan was a 1-0 victory in the Coppa Italia on 21 January 1998, courtesy of Branca's goal in the 32nd minute. Since then, Inter have managed 2 draws and 3 defeats. Should Inter not win on Saturday, they will equal their second most negative series of results in Madonnina derbies played at home. The worst series of results is 9 matches without a win - 3 draws and 6 defeats between 1986/87 and 1993/94 (8 Serie A matches and 1 Coppa Italia tie), while the second most negative run of form was 6 matches without a win between 1974/75 and 1978/79 - 3 draws and 3 defeats in 5 championship matches and 1 Coppa Italia game.

Scoring problems for Rossoneri

AC Milan have scored just 3 goals in their last 7 official matches (4 in the championship and 3 in the Champions League). Those three goals came in Real Madrid 3-1 AC Milan and AC Milan 2-1 Juventus. Away from home, the Rossoneri haven't scored for 278 minutes, since Rivaldo's 82nd-minute goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. Since then, the 8 remaining minutes of that match have passed plus the entire matches away to Reggina, Parma and Ajax.

Shevchenko danger for Inter

Ukrainian marksman Shevchenko has scored a total of 87 goals since joining AC Milan. And Inter are the Italian side he has scored most against (9 goals). Sheva scored 5 in the Serie A and Coppa Italia in 1999/00, 2 in AC Milan's famous 6-0 victory in 2000/01 and 2 in last year's 4-2 win 'away' to the Nerazzurri.

Paolo Maldini set to rewrite derby history

Paolo Maldini is set to take part in his 43rd Milan derby. If fielded against the Nerazzurri on Saturday, Maldini will overtake Gianni Rivera to become the most present AC Milan player of all time in Madonnina derbies. Former Nerazzurri captain Beppe Bergomi holds the record for derby appearances with 44 matches played against AC Milan.

Ancelotti - 99 draws in coaching career so far

Current AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti is just one draw away from his 100th stalemate since becoming a coach. Ancelotti has drawn 59 matches in the Serie A, 13 in the Serie B, 10 in the Coppa Italia, 14 in European cup competitions and 3 in other competitions. His first draw as a coach was Trapani 1-1 Reggiana in the Coppa Italia on 20 August 1995. His former club Reggiana went on to win after a penalty shoot-out.

AC Milan awarded more penalties this season than any other Serie A side

In the 2002/03 Serie A season so far, AC Milan have been awarded 11 penalties. Along with Lazio, Udinese and Brescia, Ancelotti's side have seen just 2 penalties given against them.

AC Milan one of 3 sides to score with 8 subs

Along with Juventus and ChievoVerona, AC Milan are one of the 3 teams to have scored the most goals with players that have come on as substitutes during matches. The 8 AC Milan players to have scored after coming on are: Inzaghi (2), Tomasson (2), Pirlo, Rivaldo, Seedorf and Serginho.

wins(37) draws(31) defeats(31)

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Dida
Cordoba 2 Maldini
Zanetti 4 Shevchenko
Emre 5 Gattuso
Zanetti 6 Inzaghi
Cannavaro 13 Rui Costa
Di Biagio 14 Nesta
Recoba 20 Simic
Materazzi 23 Costacurta
Pasquale 26 Ambrosini
Vieri 32 Serginho


Fontana 12 Abbiati
Conceiçao 7 Helveg
Crespo 9 Rivaldo
Adani 15 Tomasson
Batistuta 19 Laursen
Okan 22 Dalla Bona
Gamarra 24 Brocchi