Final score

2 November 2003 20:30

23' (2nd half) Recoba
19' (2nd half) Vieri
referee Domenico Messina / linesmen Griselli, Maggiani / 4th man Tombolini
Minutes Text commentary
48' Messina blows for half-time. Chievo 0-0 Inter.
47' On the right Emre plays a short pass to Recoba who curls the ball over to the far post. It's too long for Vieri.
46' Lanna receives from Santana then dribbles two Nerazzurri on the left wing. The defender doesn't manage to get a cross in.
45' There will be 3 minutes of additional time.
44' On the right wing Javier Zanetti plays back to Almeyda, whose cross goes straight into the arms of Frezzolini.
40' Cossato is caught by Cannavaro as he runs on goal. The Chievo striker requires treatment.
38' After several minutes of confusion Recoba takes the free kick, striking hard and low. Frezzolini gets down to make the save.
37' Chievo substitution: Amauri is replaced by 2nd goalkeeper Frezzolini.
36' Lanna is booked for protesting.
35' After deliberating with his linesmen, Messina dismisses the Chievo goalkeeper.
34' Vieri latches on to an assist from Emre and is poleaxed by Marchegiani just outside the Chievo area.
33' Almeyda is booked for a relatiatory foul on Santana in midfield.
31' Recoba sends a left-footed shot at the near post. It ricochets off the crossbar.
30' Javier Zanetti is caught by Lanna as he attempts to jump over the Chievo defender. Free kick.
26' From a central position 20 yards out Santana fires two metres over Toldo's crossbar.
25' Emre picks out Recoba on the left. The Uruguayan cuts inside, takes the ball across the face of the box then fires a low shot at the near post which is saved by Marchegiani.
25' Coco plays a long ball forward for Vieri. The Inter striker is caught offside.
24' Cannavaro plays a long ball forward for Vieri, who is anticipated by the Chievo defence.
22' Lanna plays a dangerous cross into the Inter box. Javier Zanetti does well to shield the ball from Semioli but then concedes a corner.
20' Santana picks up a loose ball and makes a great assist into the box for Amauri who fails to make clean contact. Goal kick to us.
19' Bobogol heads a long pass forward on for Recoba, who is beaten to the ball by D'Anna.
18' Baronio curls the free kick at Toldo's right-hand post. The ball is half a metre off-target.
17' Chievo win a free kick 30 yards out after a foul is given against Cristiano Zanetti.
15' Recoba tries to feed the ball through to Vieri five yards outside the Chievo box. D'Anna intercepts.
12' D'Anna is booked by Messina for the challenge.
12' El Chino's left-footed free kick comes off the Chievo wall.
11' Recoba is brought down by D'Anna on the edge of the Chievo box. Free kick to us.
10' Semioli crosses into the Inter box from the left wing, Cordoba heads out of defence.
7' Chievo work a move down the right. Semioli's cross is blocked by Cordoba. Toldo beats Cossato to the corner and clears with the palm of his hand.
6' Toldo parries a left-wing cross-cum-shot by Semioli and Coco comes forward for Inter.
5' Recoba's left-wing corner is headed clear by Semioli.
4' Vieri turns his marker in the Chievo box then shoots on goal, forcing Marchegiani to tip the ball over the bar.
3' The Uruguayan strikes a low shot at the far post. It hits the side-netting.
2' The Nerazzurri comes forward as Recoba takes the ball down the right wing. El Chino is held back by Chievo captain D'Anna. Free kick.
1' Welcome to the Bentegodi for Chievo v Inter. The Nerazzurri kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Chievo 0-2 Inter.
47' Cossato beats Cannavaro to Lanna's left-wing cross then heads straight at Toldo.
45' There will be 3 minutes of extra time.
44' The pace of the match drops considerably as Chievo try to mount an attack.
43' Pellissier plays an inviting left-wing cross into the Inter six-yard box. No Chievo player is there to apply the final touch.
40' Chievo win a free kick on the left wing after Farinos fouls Santana. The Spanish midfielder smashes clear from the set piece.
38' Inter substitution: Coco off, Helveg on.
37' Martins is brought down by Lanna. Free kick to the right of the Chievo box.
34' Cristiano Zanetti is shown a yellow card for pulling Pellissier's shirt.
32' The two Zanettis combine then Cristiano plays forward to Martins, who is anticipated by the Chievo defence.
27' Zac replaces Emre with Farinos.
26' Martins is brought down just outside the area as he attempts to get on the end of a Recoba cross. Free kick.
24' Unmarked just inside the Chievo area Vieri is presented with a golden opportunity to score a third goal but he fails to make clean contact.
23' GOOOOOAAAAALLLL! !!!!!! Recoba puts us 2-0 up with a volley from Vieri's right-wing cross over to the far post.
20' Del Neri makes his third subsitution: Morrone for Baronio
19' BOBOGOL!!!!!!!!!! Recoba plays a high ball into the Chievo box and Vieri heads past Frezzolini.
18' Emre is booked for fouling Cossato.
17' From the distance, Emre fires hard and low. Frezzolini pulls off a difficult save.
16' Good chance for Inter. Vieri recieves in the Chievo area from Recoba then sees an angled, left-footed shot deflected. Materazzi heads wide from the corner.
15' Chievo counter-attack after Emre loses the ball in midfield. The Nerazzurri defence clear.
14' Coco combines with Martins on the left then loses the ball after failing to control the return pass.
13' Recoba curls a right-wing corner into the six-yard box. Chievo clear.
12' Santana rids of two opponents on the left then plays into the box. Cordoba clears as far a Pellissier, who slices his 20-yard shot wide.
10' The Nigerian is straight into the thick of the action: Recoba dribbles two players then loses the ball. Emre recovers it then plays a short pass to Martins, who is caught offside.
9' Inter make their first switch: Obagol comes on for Almeyda.
8' The substitute races onto a high ball over the Nerazzurri defence but Toldo is well-positioned and clears.
7' Chievo subsitution: Pellissier replaces Semioli.
6' Emre fools Sala just outside the Chievo area, finding space to get a shot in. Frezzolini saves at the near post.
5' Coco is fouled on the right wing as he runs onto a return pass from Emre.
4' Chievo lose the ball in midfield and Inter build up a move with Cristiano Zanetti, Emre and Coco.
3' Materazzi intercepts the ball in midfield then plays the ball forward for Vieri. Bobo is flagged offside.
2' Vieri turns on the edge of the box then fires high over the crossbar.
1' Ten-man Chievo kick off the second half.
Average rating 7.02
2 shots on target 8
4 shots off target 6
19 fouls committed 16
4 corners 2
2 offsides 3
24:00 ball possession 28:00
Previous meetings: Zac v Chievo

New Inter coach Zaccheroni has never beaten Chievo, having drawn 5 and lost 2 of his 7 meetings with the Verona club.

In detail:

1990/91 Serie C-1 Venezia-ChievoVerona 0-0 1-1
1993/94 Serie C-1 Bologna-ChievoVerona 2-2 ----
1994/95 Serie B Cosenza-ChievoVerona 0-0 0-1
2001/02 Serie A Lazio-ChievoVerona 1-1 1-3

Previous meetings: Del Neri v Inter

Luigi Del Neri has recorded 2 wins, a draw and a defeat against Inter and has never lost in matches played at home.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-2 2-1
2002/03 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-1 1-2

Previous meetings: Del Neri v Zaccheroni

Zac has faced Chievo coach Del Neri on two occasions:

2001/02 Serie A ChievoVerona-Lazio 3-1 1-1

Excellent home record for Del Neri's men

Since gaining promotion to the Serie A Chievo have scored in 33 of their 37 home matches at the Bentegodi, for a total of 67 goals.

Chievo metamorphosis

Chievo hold the record for the highest number of substitutes that came on and scored last season (11 players). But after seven matches of the current campaign they still haven't had a substitute score, like Brescia , AC Milan and Udinese.

When Christian Vieri plays against Chievo, he scores

In his previous three matches against the Verona-based side, Inter striker Bobo Vieri has netted 4 goals: 1 in 2001/02 and 3 last season (2 at the Meazza and 1 in Verona). Vieri didn't play in the 2-2 draw at the Bentegodi in 2001/02.

No Nerazzurri win in five league matches

Inter haven't won in 5 domestic championship matches (4 draws and 1 defeat). The last negative run of 6 matches was from March to April 2000 when Lippi's Inter side drew against Lazio, Bologna and Reggina, and lost against Lecce, Udinese and Juventus. Inter's last 2003/04 Serie A victory was the 1-0 win at Siena on 14 September.

Four draws in seven matches

Inter have drawn 4 of their 7 league matches played so far this season. That's a draw more than at the same stage of the 1991/92 season when the Nerazzurri finished the championship with a record 17 stalemates.

Five clean sheets out of seven for Toldo

Against Roma at the San Siro Inter kept a clean sheet for the fifth time in 7 Serie A matches. The five goals let in this season have come at home to Milan (3) and away to Brescia (2). Like the Nerazzurri, Roma have also gone the most number of 2003/04 Serie A matches without letting in goals.

wins(9) draws(4) defeats(4)
VERONA - Two goals in the space of four minutes saw the Nerazzurri cruise to victory over a Chievo side forced to play 55 minutes in ten men.

Zaccheroni fielded a 3-5-2 formation for his second game in charge, with Emre in a more advanced position than his four midfield team-mates. And Inter made the brighter start to the game, Recoba presented with two good chances from set pieces before the home side compacted at the back.

The turning point came in the 35th minute when Marchegiani poleaxed Vieri a yard outside his area in an attempt to beat the Nerazzurri striker to an Emre assist. The Chievo keeper was deservedly given his marching orders after referee Messina consulted with his assistants.

The Nerazzurri stayed calm for the remainder of the opening period then stepped up a gear after the restart. Vieri celebrated his 100th Serie A match in black and blue with a powerful header into the bottom left-hand corner from Recoba's pin-point assist on 64 minutes, then the Italy forward returned the compliment four minutes later, sending a right-wing cross over to the far side where the unmarked Uruguayan fired in off the post.

Match facts:


Scorers: Vieri 64', Recoba 68'

CHIEVOVERONA (4-4-2): 1 Marchegiani (76 Frezzolini 37'), 27 Moro, 14 Sala, 23 Lanna, 10 D'Anna, 8 Baronio (4 Morrone 65'), 7 Semioli (31 Pellissier 52'), 20 Perrotta, 11 Amauri, 81 Santana, 24 Cossato
Subs not used: 2 Mensah, 3 Sculli, 16 De Franceschi, 43 Barzagli
Coach: Del Neri

INTER (3-5-2): 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 17 Cannavaro, 23 Materazzi, 4 J.Zanetti, 6 C.Zanetti, 25 Almeyda (30 Martins 54'), 5 Emre (14 Farinos 72'), 77 Coco (13 Helveg 83'), 20 Recoba 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 7 van der Meyde, 9 Cruz, 15 Adani,
Coach: Zaccheroni

Referee: Messina

Yellow cards: D'Anna 12', Almeyda 33', Lanna 36', Emre 63', C.Zanetti 79'

Red card: Marchegiani 35'

starting lineups

Marchegiani 1 Toldo
Semioli 2 Cordoba
Baronio 4 Zanetti
D'Anna 6 Zanetti
Amauri 5 Emre
Sala 17 Cannavaro
Perrotta 20 Recoba
Lanna 23 Materazzi
Cossato 25 Almeyda
Moro 32 Vieri
Santana 77 Coco


Frezzolini 12 Fontana
Mensah 7 Van Der Meyde
Sculli 9 Cruz
Morrone 13 Helveg
De Franceschi 14 Farinos
Pellissier 15 Adani
Barzagli 30 Martins