Final score

26 October 2003 20:30

Referee: Pierluigi Collina / Linesmen: Mitro, Farneti / Fourth official: Morganti
Minute Text commentary
46' Collina blows for half time. Inter 0-0 Roma.
45' Totti comes forward then plays wide to Cassano, whose shot is blocked by Cordoba. There will be one minute of additional time.
44' Great move involving six Nerazzurri. On the end of it is Francesco Coco, who crosses into the box for Vieri. Roma clear.
43' Cassano races onto a ball played over to the right wing then shoots across the face of the Nerazzurri goal.
42' Recoba passes to Vieri in the Roma box. Zebina beats Bobogol to the ball and heads away from danger.
41' Cristiano Zanetti does well to get back and intercept Cassano's pass to Mancini.
39' Cassano sets up Emerson, who from a position five metres outside the Inter box fumbles his shot.
36' Almeyda goes feet high on Dacourt just inside the Roma half, free kick to Capello's side.
34' C.Zanetti is shoved off the ball by Mancini on the right wing, free kick to Inter. Recoba's cross is cleared.
32' Recoba plays a delightful ball into the Roma box but Vieri is disposessed by Zebina.
31' J.Zanetti plays a right-wing cross over to the far post, Zebina heads out for a corner.
30' Recoba is dispossessed by Dacourt and Roma storm forward on the break. Totti gets a diagonal shot in, forcing Toldo to pull off a terrific save.
28' Vieri heads on Recoba's 25-yard pass into the Roma box but it's not powerful enough to threaten Pellizoli's goal.
26' Cannavaro misses a long ball into the Nerazzurri box and Cassano tries to lob Toldo. Fortunately for us it goes over the bar.
24' Applauses ring round the Meazza as Inter play one-touch football on the left wing.
23' Totti mis-kicks his shot after beating Cordoba to a high ball.
21' Chivu is cautioned for hand ball.
21' Free kick to Roma on the right-hand side of the area as Materazzi is adjudged to have fouled Cassano. Nothing comes of the Giallorossi set piece and the Nerazzurri come forward.
20' Recoba curls his free kick on target, De Rossi heads clear.
19' The Meazza boos as Javier Zanetti is fouled by Lima. Free kick but no yellow card.
17' Roma win a free kick in a central position 20 yards out. Totti's strike comes off one of his team-mates, resulting in open play.
16' J.Zanetti takes a quick throw-in, Recoba tries to turn Chivu on the edge of the box but the Romanian clears.
15' Dacourt fouls Vieri on the edge of the centre circle. Free kick to us.
14' Roma slow down the pace of the match, passing the ball around in their own half of the pitch.
12' Inter build up a good move on the right wing. Recoba plays a short pass back to Almeyda who plays forward for J.Zanetti. The captain takes the ball as far as the by-line, Roma win a goal kick.
9' Recoba curls the ball to the near post where Materazzi heads wide.
8' Inter win a free kick on the left wing after Coco is chopped down by Dacourt.
7' Cassano receives a long ball played to the left wing. The Bari-born striker plays square to Totti, who from a position inside the Inter box fails to make good contact with the ball.
6' De Rossi heads clear from Il Chino's curled free kick.
5' Free kick to Inter as Recoba is fouled by Lima on the right wing.
4' Chivu plays a long ball forward for Totti, but Materazzi gets there first and passes back to Toldo.
3' The two Argentines combine again and venture into the Roma box. The Giallorossi defence clears.
2' Javier Zanetti runs down the right wing then passes back to Almeyda, who loses the ball.
1' Inter kick off this evening's Serie A Week 7 match.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter 0-0 Roma.
47' Bobogol hits the upright after his first shot is saved by the Roma keeper.
46' Karagounis crosses from the right and Vieri seems to have been shoved off the ball. The Meazza cries penalty but Collina doesn't hear.
45' Bobo combines with Cruz but Zebina beats the Italy striker to the return pass. There will be 3 minutes of additional time.
43' Cristiano Zanetti tackles Montella and kicks the ball out of play but Collina decides it's a foul.
37' The crowd is on its feet as Almeyda remains on the ground after being elbowed by Mancini on the left-wing touchline. Collina awards Roma a foul!
35' Superb move by the Nerazzurri. Almeyda makes the final shot, which Pelizzoli can't hang on to. Cruz is anticipated before being able to make a folow-up shot.
33' Cruz heads on for Vieri but Chivu has the ball covered and Pelizzoli collects.
31' Karagounis replaces Kily to make his official debut for the Nerazzurri.
31' Cruz turns Zebina and from the edge of the box sends a left-footed shot past Pelizzoli, but Collina disallows the Argentine's effort for handling the ball.
29' Zac brings on Helveg for Coco.
29' The Roma sub shoots from outside the box. It's way wide.
28' Roma replace Cassano with Montella.
27' Bobo Vieri latches on to a pass forward and tries to get a shot in but Zebina tackles the Inter striker.
26' Kily strikes a right-wing free kick at the near post, Pelizzoli catches.
25' Ivan Cordoba heads wide from Kily's left-wing corner.
22' Cruz replaces Recoba.
21' C.Zanetti is cautioned for fouling Emerson in midfield.
21' Dacourt plays over Cordoba and into the path of Totti, but the Roma captain is flagged offside.
20' Cannavaro makes an acrobatic clearance to deny De Rossi.
18' Totti sees a close-range shot blocked by Materazzi then Cassano gets on the end of the rebound and shoots just wide.
16' Coco combines with Kily on the left wing then crosses in for Bobo Vieri. Zebina heads out of defence.
15' J.Zanetti is fouled from behind by Lima. No free kick given by Collina.
13' Dacourt fires wide from 20 yards. Meanwhile, Oba Martins is warming up on the touchline.
11' Coco comes back on then Totti sends a right-wing cross to Lima who fires wide of Toldo's right-hand post.
10' The Nerazzurri are temporarily down to ten men as Coco requires treatment.
9' Chivu curls his free kick over the far post.
8' Coco brings down Cassano in a central position two metres outside the Nerazzurri box.
6' Totti plays to Mancini, who from eight yards out volleys wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
5' El Chino strikes a 30-yard free kick on target. Pelizzoli saves.
4' With the outside of his right foot Vieri passes to Recoba. The Roma defence intercept and clear.
2' Totti passes to Mancini in the Inter box, Materazzi heads out for a corner.
1' Roma get the second half underway. FORZA NERAZZURRI.
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 6.39
4 shots on target 2
1 shots off target 8
21 fouls committed 28
4 corners 3
3 offsides 3
23:57 ball possession 23:11
Previous meetings: Zac v Roma

Zaccheroni meets Roma in official matches for the 16th time, having won 6, drawn 4 and lost 5 of the previous encounters. The new Inter coach's sides have netted at least once goal in each of the 8 matches played at home to the Giallorossi, while including away matches the total is 17 goals.

In detail:
1995/96 Serie A Udinese-Roma 1-1 1-2
1996/97 Serie A Udinese-Roma 1-0 3-0
1997/98 C. Italia Udinese-Roma 2-2 1-2
1997/98 Serie A Udinese-Roma 4-2 2-1
1998/99 Serie A AC Milan-Roma 3-2 0-1
1999/00 Serie A AC Milan-Roma 2-2 1-1
2000/01 Serie A AC Milan-Roma 3-2 ----
2001/02 Serie A Lazio-Roma 1-5 0-2

Previous meetings: Zac v Capello

Fabio Capello has won 4 of the previous 9 meetings between the two coaches, with Zaccheroni victorious on 2 occasions.

In detail:
1995/96 Udinese-AC Milan 0-2 1-2
1997/98 Udinese-AC Milan 2-1 0-0
1999/00 AC Milan-Roma 2-2 1-1
2000/01 AC Milan-Roma 3-2 ----
2001/02 Lazio-Roma 1-5 0-2

Previous meetings: Capello v Inter

Fabio Capello has faced the Nerazzurri in 27 competitive matches, winning 6, with 12 draws and 9 defeats. The current Roma coach's last win away to Inter was on 7 November 1993 when the Rossoneri won 3-2 away from home. Since then, Capello has drawn 3 and lost 6 matches.

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 3-3

Winning debuts for seven replacement coaches of Moratti era

Alberto Zaccheroni will be looking to emulate past coaches of the Moratti administration when he makes his debut on the Inter bench on Sunday. The 7 Nerazzurri coaches that have taken over during seasons since 1995 have never lost: Suarez (Inter 4-0 Torino), Castellini (Inter 3-2 Napoli, Inter 2-0 Fiorentina), Hodgson (Inter 0-0 Lazio, Roma-Inter 4-5), Tardelli (Inter 3-1) and Lucescu (Vicenza 1-1 Inter).

Montella nightmare for Francesco Toldo

After Pippo Inzaghi, Giallorossi striker Vicenzo Montella is the player that has scored more in competitive matches against Toldo . The 'Little Aeroplane' has put a goal past the current Inter goalkeeper in Fiorentina v Sampdoria (1997/98 Serie A), two in Sampdoria v Fiorentina (1997/98 Serie A), two in Sampdoria v Fiorentina (1998/99 Serie A), three in Roma v Fiorentina (1999/00 Serie A), and in both of Roma's matches against the Nerazzurri last season.

No Inter victory in 4 Serie A matches

The Nerazzurri haven't won in 4 domestic championship matches - the first time it had happened in the Cuper era. The last negative run of four matches was during the Tardelli reign from November to December in 2000 when Inter drew against Vicenza, Juve and Brescia and lost at Fiorentina. Inter went 6 matches without victory when Lippi was head coach: 3 draws against Lazio, Bologna and Reggina, and 3 defeats against Lecce, Udinese and Juve.

Eight different Giallorossi on target this season

Along with Juventus and Lazio, Roma are one of the three Serie A sides that have scored with eight different players: Carew, Cassano, Chivu, Delvecchio, Montella, Samuel, Totti and Zebina.

Subs lucky for Capello

Roma coach Capello has hit the nail on the head with his substitutions in the Serie A this season. Montella (2), Carew and Delvecchio have scored after coming on to make the Giallosrossi bench the most prolific so far this term.

Roma's second-half sprints

Fabio Capello's Roma are showing the kind of second-half form they displayed during their championship-winning campaign in 2000/01 and the successive season. After 540 minutes of the 2003/04 Serie A, Roma have won 5 points in the second halves of matches, going from 1-1 to 2-1 in Udine, 1-2 to 2-2 at Juventus and 0-0 to 3-0 against Ancona. In the second periods Roma have scored 8 goals and let in none.

wins(48) draws(29) defeats(16)

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Pelizzoli
Cordoba 2 Chivu
Zanetti 4 Zebina
Zanetti 6 Lima
Cannavaro 17 Totti
Kily Gonzalez 18 Emerson
Recoba 20 Dacourt
Materazzi 23 Cassano
Almeyda 25 Samuel
Vieri 32 De Rossi
Coco 77 Mancini


Fontana 12 Lupatelli
Cruz 9 Montella
Helveg 13 D'Agostino
Adani 15 Carew
Karagounis 19 Wahab
Martins 30 Dellas
Farinos 14 Candela