Final score

14 September 2003 15:00

29' Materazzi
referee Gianluca Paparesta / linesmen Mitro, Griselli / 4th man De Marcoi
Minutes Text commentary
46' It's 1-0 to us after the first half.
46' There will be one minute of additional time as Taddei relaliates and kicks Helveg's right ankle.
45' Paparesta asks Helveg to calm down after a harsh challenge on Taddei.
43' Cannavaro heads Chiesa's head instead of the ball and the crowd gets noisy, as does the Siena bench.
42' Chiesa dilly-dallies on the edge of the Inter box. Cristiano Zanetti sneaks in to steal the ball and set up a counter-attack.
40' Chiesa beats Cannavaro to a 40-yard pass then tries to lob Toldo, but the Siena forward's attempt is high and wide.
37' Luciano is fouled by Cirillo on the left wing. The Siena right-back requires attention after getting a boot in the face during the Brazilian's fall.
35' Cufré is booked for hacking down Cruz on the right channel. Another free kick to us.
33' Chiesa's low free kick goes through the Inter wall but the ball is cleared.
29' GOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Free kick to us on the right wing after Kallon is obrstucted. Van der Meyde whips the ball in and Materazzi's header is headed into the net by Siena defender Cufré.
26' Siena comes forward on the break. The ball is played through to Chiesa, who is quickly dispossessed by Cannavaro. It's turning into a fascinating duel between the two players.
23' Lamouchi is warned by referee Paparesta after a hard challenge on D'Aversa.
20' Inter win a free kick on right wing after Luciano is fouled. Van der Meyde's set piece is headed clear.
18' Chiesa takes the free kick and gets the right elevation, but it's too central and Toldo plucks the ball out of the air.
17' Cufré runs down the left wing then passes to Chiesa, who is fouled by Materazzi in a central position five yards outside the Inter box.
14' Inter close again. Luciano volleys on target from a tight angle after Cruz heads down a corner, but Rossi makes an excellent save at the near post.
13' Ooooooh! Luciano sends a long throw-in into the box, which is half-cleared. From the edge of the box Cristiano Zanetti volleys just over the bar.
12' Luciano wins Inter corner after a tussle with Cufré on the right-wing by-line. Van der Meyde's corner kick is headed clear.
8' Cristian Zanetti opens up play for van der Meyde on the left. The Dutchman takes on three opponents then passes back to Helveg, who crosses into the box. Kallon and Cruz fail to make contact.
6' Helveg looks for Cruz with a long throw-in into the Siena box. Goalkeeper Rossi collects.
3' Lamouchi momentarily covers for Javier Zanetti at right-back and dispossesses Lazetic.
2' Enrico Chiesa shoots over the crossbar from seven yards out.
1' After a few minutes delay, we're off. Siena kick off their first Serie A match at home.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Full time. Inter hold out to win this footballing Palio.
47' Drama in the Inter box as Siena hit the crossbar. Adani clears.
47' Helveg becomes the fourth player to yellow-carded.
45' There will be five minutes of additional time.
44' D'Aversa is booked for dissent.
43' Helveg defuses a potentially explosive situation as Emre argues with Cufré. Pararesta also intervenes.
40' Fair play. Chiesa has a chance to shoot but with Cannavaro on the ground he kicks the ball out of play.
38' Oba's OK after a quick check from the medical staff and Emre takes the free kick. His effort is headed clear.
36' Martins sprints past four opponents then tries to take on Delli Carri, who brings down the Nigerian in full flight. The Siena defender is yellow-carded, free kick to us.
29' Taddei shoots across the face of the goal after Materazzi loses the ball on the right-wing by-line.
29' Inter substitution: van der Meyde off, Emre on.
26' Splendid shot by Rubino, who from the edge of the box volleys on goal. The Siena substitute's shot dips but finishes just over Toldo's crossbar.
22' Chiesa strikes a 20-yard free kick at the far post. At full stretch, Toldo makes the save.
21' Siena substitution: Cirillo off, Rubino on.
20' Superb skill by Martins, who with a backheel pass sets up Cristiano Zanetti. The Italy midfielder is challenged and Siena clear.
18' Van der Meyde disorientates Cirillo after receiving from Materazzi then crosses for Cruz, who heads on target. Rossi saves.
17' Helveg snuffs out a good attacking move by Siena, making a sliding tackle in the box to deny Ventola.
12' Emre is warming up on the touchline.
11' Double substitution by Inter: Adani for Luciano, Martins for Kallon.
10' Good move by us on the left wing. Van der Meyde fools an opponent then passes to Cruz, who takes the ball into the Siena area and to the by-line then cuts back, but no Nerazzurri player is there to blast home.
8' Siena substitution: Nicola Ventola, on loan from Inter, replaces Lazetic.
6' Toldo punches clear from Chiesa's left-wing cross-cum-shot. Seconds later, the Nerazzurri custodian tips Taddei's header round for a corner.
5' Luciano sends in a cross from the right. It takes a deflection, forcing Rossi to make a save at the near post.
2' We're straight into the attack as Luciano takes the ball down the right wing. Cufré makes a good challenge to prevent the Brazilian from getting a cross in.
1' The Nerazzurri kick off the second half. Forza ragazzi!
Van Der Meyde
Average rating 6.24
5 shots on target 5
3 shots off target 0
17 fouls committed 17
5 corners 5
3 offsides 0
20:57 ball possession 27:45
100th appearance in A for Foglio

If selected for Siena against Inter, Paolo Foglio will make his one hundredth appearance in the Serie A. Foglio made his Serie A debut in Atalanta 2-2 Fiorentina on 15 September 1996. He has also played for Atalanta, Reggina, ChievoVerona and Siena in the Italian top flight.

Long unbeaten run at home for Siena

In their last seven matches of the 2002/03 Serie B season, the Tuscans let in just one goal, scored by Borgobello in Siena 0-1 Ternana on 19 April. In the whole season, Siena conceded a total of seven goals, keeping clean sheets on 14 occasions.

September a good month for Papadopulo's teams

With 14 victories, 17 draws and 7 defeats, current Siena coach Papadopulo enjoys a good record in the month of September. His points per match average is 1.55 for the ninth month of the calendar year, bettered only by June, with an average of 164 points per match.

Six wins and a draw in September for Cuper

If Papadopulo's record in September is impressive, Hector Cuper's is even better. Since coming to Inter and Italy in 2001, the Argentine has managed 6 victories and 1 draw (2-2 away to Parma on 9 September 2001).

Cannavaro to celebrate two milestones

Fabio Cannavaro will celebrate his 300th Serie A match on Sunday. It will also be his 400th as a professional. The Italy captain made his debut in the top division in Juventus 4-3 Napoli on 7 March 1993, while his absolute debut as a professional goes back to 2 September 1992 and Napoli's 3-0 victory away to Modena in the Coppa Italia. Cannavaro , who has played for Napoli, Parma and Inter, has also collected 35 appearances in the Coppa Italia and 62 in Europe.

Same goes for Toldo

Inter keeper Francesco Toldo will make his 300th Serie A appearance in Sunday's match away to Siena, his 500th as a professional footballer. The Padua-born custodian made his top flight debut in Fiorentina 2-1 Cagliari on 4 September 1994, with his absolute debut coming three years earlier: Trento 2-0 Centese, a Serie C2 match played on 8 September 1991. Toldo has played for Trento, Ravenna, Fiorentina and Inter, and apart from the Serie A appearances has played 31 matches in the Serie C1, 38 in the Serie C2, 33 in the Serie B, 44 in the Coppa Italia and 53 in European cup competitions.

Inter one away from 400th away victory and 1500th goal

From Tuscany to... Tuscany. Inter's first victory in the one-division Serie A championship came 74 years ago. The Nerazzurri beat Livorno 2-1 away, with Rivolta scoring the Milan-based side's first goal in the 31st minute. Since then, Inter have won 399 times away from home in the Serie A, with 1499 goals scored.

wins(6) draws(2) defeats(1)

starting lineups

Rossi 1 Toldo
Cirillo 4 Zanetti
Delli Carri 23 Materazzi
Mignani 17 Cannavaro
Cufré 13 Helveg
Guigou 11 Luciano
D'Aversa 6 Zanetti
Ardito 8 Lamouchi
Taddei 7 Van Der Meyde
Lazetic 3 Kallon
Chiesa 9 Cruz


Fortin 12 Fontana
Arano 2 Cordoba
Menegazzo 15 Adani
Foglio 26 Pasquale
Argilli 5 Emre
Rubino 22 Okan
Ventola 30 Martins