Final score

17 December 2003 20:30

38' Leon
48' (2nd half) Belardi o.g.
referee Daniele Tombolini / linesmen Strocchia, Maggiani / 4th man Giannoccaro
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47' Kily wins us a corner after some pure magic by Recoba.
47' Baiocco brings the ball out of defence. Almeyda brings him down... Free kick.
46' Reggina substitution: Torrisi comes on for Cozza. In the meantime Cruz receives treatment on the touchline.
46' Lamouchi's low free kick goes round the wall and hits Belardi's left-hand post.
46' It's 1-0 to Reggina after an eventful 45 minutes at the Granillo.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' YOU'RE OFF! Giacchetta is red-carded for a horrendous foul on Julio Cruz, who remains on the ground clutching his leg.
43' Lamouchi's shot from inside the Reggina box is well-saved by Belardi.
42' Another yellow card. This time it's Julio Cruz for a foul on Bonazzoli.
41' Giacchetta is booked for a foul.
39' 1-0 to them. From the right wing Martinez plays over to the far side, where Falsini takes on Luciano then passes to Leon, who from inside the six-yard box sends a diving header into the back of the net. Inter need a goal to stay in the cup.
38' Bonazzoli picks up the ball inside our box then fires a diagonal shot to the near post. Fontana pulls off a great save and the home side win a corner.
37' Reggina come forward then Bonazzoli sends a left-wing cross out of play.
36' Karagounis is anticpated by Jiranek to Lamouchi's pass forward.
33' On the right wing, Martinez cuts back for Leon, who from inside our box slices his shot well wide of Fontana's right-hand post.
32' Kily Gonzalez's left-footed strike from the distance goes straight at Belardi.
30' Superb play by Javier Zanetti, who storms past three opponents during one of his trademark runs. The Inter captain lays off to Cruz, whose shot from the edge of the Reggina box goes wide.
29' Lamouchi's left wing cross goes out of play at the far post.
28' Luciano heads back to Fontana to deny Bonazzoli a clear route through on goal.
26' Kily heads clear from Leon's 25-yard free kick.
25' Karagounis sets up Cruz with a superb pass on the right wing. Instead of trying a diagonal shot the Argentine forward plays to van der Meyde, whose weak shot from inside the area is easily saved by Belardi.
24' Luciano fouls Tedesco as the Reggina player tries to bring the ball out of his own penalty area. Free kick to them.
23' Karagounis blisters past Falsini on the right wing then at the by-line plays a high cross into the middle, where there are only red shirts.
22' Free kick to Reggina just inside our half as Gamarra fouls Bonazzoli.
20' Cruz fools an opponent inside the Reggina area then plays another backheel to Kily, whose shot is blocked.
18' Tedesco remains on the ground following a challenge with Cruz, who appeared to involuntarily stamp on the Reggina player (who had fouled the Argentine first).
17' Falsini clears from a Cruz free kick played to Karagounis.
15' Kily and Lamouchi both see shots blocked by the Calabrian back line.
13' Javier Zanetti tries an ambitious shot from the distance. No problems for Belardi.
12' Luciano storms past two Reggina players then runs into Franceschini, who clears from just inside his own area.
11' Van der Meyde capitalises on an error by Tedesco then races on goal but can't get the better of two red shirts.
9' The home side win a corner after a duel between Leon and Brechet.
9' Franceschini fails to make aerial contact with Cozza's right-wing cross. Gamarra smashes the ball clear at the far post.
8' Reggina win a free kick 35 yards outside the Inter box. Cozza's fierce, right-footed shot whizzes wide of Fontana's right-hand post.
7' Lamouchi's shot from the distance takes a deflection and finishes in the hands of Reggina custodian Belardi.
5' Inside our penalty area Bonazzoli passes to Leon. Kily intercepts and plays out of defence.
4' Martinez races onto a long ball forward, but Jimmy Fontana is well off his line and collects.
3' Free kick to us as Cruz is fouled in a central position 40 yards out.
2' Cruz plays a backheel to Kily, who on the left-wing by-line plays into the middle of the Reggina area. The home side clear.
1' After some fireworks at the Granillo, the Nerazzurri (playing for the second consecutive match in their yellow strip), kick off.
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49' Phew! Tombolini blows his whistle at a speechless Granilllo Stadium and we're through the Tim Cup quarter-finals.
48' JULIO CRUUUUUUUUUZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Inter virtually book their place in the Tim Cup last eight as Cruz's swerved shot from the distance comes off the post then rebounds off Belardi and into the net. The Reggina keeper is 'credited' with th
45' There will be 4 minutes of added time.
44' It's an all-out assult on the Reggina penalty area as the Nerazzurri look to grab that vital goal in these last few minutes.
43' Emre is blatantly pulled off the ball by Tedesco. No yellow card is given.
41' Torrisi becomes the sixth player to see yellow.
41' Emre goes close for Inter. He evades a challenge from Baiocco then forces Belardi to make a good save from his low, long-range shot.
40' Reggina move forward on the break. Mozart races onto Bonazzoli's overhead kick but ventures too close to the Nerazzurri left-wing by-line. Inter win possession.
39' Tedesco holds Recoba back in the Reggina box. It's a clear penalty but no spot-kick is given.
38' Luciano heads clear a Reggina right-wing cross to deny Bonazzoli. Tedesco pounces on the loose ball then shoots. The distance is considerable and Fontana saves.
37' Cordoba outjumps the Reggina defence and heads a left-wing cross over Belardi's bar.
36' Things have calmed down a little in the last couple of minutes.
36' But the Nerazzurri are back on the attack and Torrisi has to intervene to stop Cruz from making a close-range shot.
33' Inter close to a spectacular goal as Recoba curls a 25-metre free kick inches above the far post.
33' Inter substitution: Almeyda comes on for Brechet.
32' From the left wing Baiocco crosses over to the far post. Jimmy Fontana jumps and collects.
30' Reggina substitution: Jiranek off, Mesto on.
29' The match has taken a nasty turn as Mozart reacts after a challenge by van der Meyde. Both players are booked.
28' Tombolini shows J.Zanetti a yellow card for a foul on Tedesco.
27' It takes three red shirts to stop Emre as the Turk wizard makes a run down the middle.
25' Torrisi anticpates Kily Gonzalez to a van der Meyde through ball.
24' El Chino shoots low from 20 yards, but Belardi saves.
22' Bonazzoli is put through by Mozart as the Nerazzzurri defence is taken by surprise, then the Reggina striker heads over.
21' Reggina's goalscorer Leon comes off, Baiocco comes on.
20' Cordoba's shot from the distance is deflected. Belardi stops the ball from going out for a corner.
18' Spectacular play by Recoba, who sends the ball over the Reggina defence for Cruz, who is tackled seconds after.
17' Free kick to Reggina after Kily Gonalez brings down Mozart as the Reggina player tries to clear out of defence.
15' Corner to us after Belardi pushes van der Meyde's low shot out of play.
14' Zac replaces Lamouchi with Emre.
13' Recoba plays the ball through Torrisi's legs then is stopped by Tedesco before he can wriggle into the Reggina area.
13' Javier Zanetti plays to Cruz in the Reggina box. The striker's shot is deflected out for a corner.
12' Luciano causes more problems for Reggina. This time Torrisi wins the ball off the Nerazzurri winger and clears.
11' Excellent play by Luciano, who takes on Falsini, Leon and Tedesco before firing wide of Belardi's left-hand post.
10' Van der Medye plays wide to Luciano on the left wing. The Brazilian whips a cross in and Belardi collects.
9' Inter come forward on the attack through Luciano, Cruz and Recoba. Leon eventually clears from El Chino's cross into the box.
8' Tedesco dives as Brechet makes a late tackle. Tombolini awards Reggina a free kick.
7' Van der Meyde receives from Kily inside the Reggina box then turns Jiranek, but the Dutchman loses the ball.
5' Another chance for Reggina. Leon fires wide with a diagonal shot from eight metres out.
4' Incredible mistake in the Nerazzurri defence as Brechet and Fontana misunderstand each other. With Jimmy well off his line Bonazzoli tries a lob and hits the post.
3' Javier Zanetti plays wide to Recoba on the left wing. The Uruguayan thunders a left-footed shot not far wide of Belardi's right-hand post.
2' Kily plays a deep cross into the Reggina box. Falsini cleans up in defence.
1' Reggina kick off the second half. We need to score but they're down to ten men.
1' Zac brings on Recoba for Karagounis at the start of the second half.
Van Der Meyde
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 5.7
0 shots on target 0
0 shots off target 0
0 fouls committed 0
0 corners 0
0 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Zac v Reggina

The current Inter coach has recorded 6 victories and 1 draw from his previous 7 matches against Reggina, with at least one goal scored in each match (for a total of 19).

In detail:

1997/98 C. Italia Udinese-Reggina 4-0 2-1
1999/00 Serie A AC Milan-Reggina 2-2 2-1
2000/01 Serie A AC Milan-Reggina 1-0 ----
2003/04 Serie A Inter-Reggina 6-0 ----
2003/04 C. Italia Inter-Reggina 2-1 ----

Camolese v Inter

Giancarlo Camolese is looking for his first win against Inter. In the previous 4 encounters the current Reggina coach has managed 1 draw and 3 defeats.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A Torino-Inter 0-1 0-0
2002/03 Serie A Torino-Inter ---- 0-1
2003/04 Serie A Reggina-Inter ---- 1-2

Camolese v Zac

The two coaches have met in competitive matches on just two occasions, with one victory apiece.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A Torino-Lazio 1-0 ----
2003/04 C. Italia Reggina-Inter ---- 1-2

Vieri two away from Nerazzurri century

Two weeks ago at the Meazza Christian Vieri scored twice against Perugia to bring his total for the Nerazzurri to 98 goals. The centre-forward has scored 84 in the Serie A, 5 in the Coppa Italia, 5 in the Champions League and 4 in the Uefa Cup.

No Coppa Italia draw away since 1998

Inter's last away draw in the Coppa Italia was a 1-1 stalemate at Castel di Sangro on 11 November 1988. Since then the Nerazzurri have played 10 away matches in the domestic cup competition, with 4 victories and 6 defeats recorded.

Inter and 2-1 wins in first legs

Wednesday's match at the Granillo is the fourth time the Nerazzurri defend a 2-1 win from the first, home leg of a Coppa Italia tie. On three of those occasions Inter have progressed in the competition: in 1981/82 Inter knocked out Catanzaro in Calabria despite losing 3-2 after extra time, in 1987/88 they beat Empoli 1-0 in Tuscany, and in 1999/00 the Nerazzurri defeated Bologna 3-1 in the return match. The only cup exit after a victorious first leg came in 1990/91 when Torino beat Inter 1-0 at the Delle Alpi.

Recoba prolific against Reggina

Like Christian Vieri, Alvaro Recoba has scored 4 times against Reggina. El Chino's goals against the side from Reggio Calabria have come in Reggina v Inter (1999/00), Inter v Reggina (1999/00), Reggina v Inter (2000/01) and Reggina v Inter (2002/03).

Reggina's goal crisis

The Calabrians have scored just one goal in their last 5 matches: Di Michele's effort in the 55th minute of the first leg in Milan. Taking into account the remaining 35 minutes of that match plus the entire games against Udinese and Chievo, Reggina haven't scored for 215 minutes. At home, Reggina haven't netted since Dall'Acqua's goal in the 31st minute of Reggina 1-1 Modena on 9 November.

No Reggina draw in 8 cup matches

Reggina's last draw in the Coppa Italia was a 0-0 stalemate at home to Messina on 25 August 2002. Since then, the Calabrians have recorded 5 victories and 3 defeats.

Calabrians one away from 100 cup goals let in

The two goals conceded during the first leg at the San Siro mean Reggina have now let in a total of 99 goals in the domestic cup competition. The first Coppa Italia goal let in by the Calabrians was on 7 September 1958 when Lenuzza scored in the 99th minute (extra time) of Messina 1-0 Reggina.

wins(1) draws(1) defeats(0)
REGGIO CALABRIA - Inter are through to the quarter-finals of the Tim Cup after some fairytale yet tempestuous football at the Granillo on Wednesday evening.

Defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg, the Nerazzurri fell behind to Leon's diving header six minutes before the break, then after playing a half against ten-man Reggina following Giacchetta's sending-off, Julio Cruz and Belardi's back combined to give Inter that required goal to progress in the domestic cup competition.

In the peultimate minute of added time at the end of the second half Inter's Argentine striker picked up the ball outside the box then struck a shot which swerved onto the post then rebounded off the Reggina keeper and into the net.

The dramatic equaliser aside, posts played a major part in the drama, as did Tombolini's cards (the ref pulled out as many yellows as goals we put past the Calabrians in the Serie A this season). Lamouchi could have levelled minutes before the break with a curled free kick that went round the Reggina wall and hit Belardi's left-hand post. At the other end early in the second half Inter's task could have been made a lot more difficult had Bonazzoli's impetuous lob not hit the woodwork.

Inter will face either Udinese or Bologna in the quarter-finals. The Bianconeri enjoy a 1-0 lead from the first leg ahead of Thursday's return match at Friuli Stadium.

Match facts:

REGGINA 1-1 INTER (ht: 1-0) Agg: 2-3

Scorers: Leon 39', Belardi (o.g.) 90'+3'

REGGINA: Belardi; Jiranek (Mesto 75'), Giacchetta, Franceschini, Falsini; Martinez, Mozart, Tedesco; Cozza (Torrisi 46'); Bonazzoli, Leon (Baiocco 66')
Subs not used: Lejsal, Stellone, Dall'Acqua, Di Michele
Coach: Camolese

INTER: Fontana; Cordoba, Gamarra, Brechet (Almeyda 78'); Luciano, J.Zanetti, Lamouchi (Emre 59'), Kily Gonzalez; van der Meyde, Cruz, Karagounis (Recoba 46')
Subs not used: Cordaz, Cannavaro, Pasquale, Eliakwu
Coach: Zaccheroni

Referee: Tombolini

Booked: Giacchetta 41', Cruz 42', J.Zanetti 73', van der Meyde 74', Mozart 74', Torrisi 86'

Sent off: Giacchetta 44'

starting lineups

Belardi 12 Fontana
Jiranek 2 Cordoba
Giacchetta 24 Gamarra
Franceschini 31 Brechet
Falsini 11 Luciano
Martinez 4 Zanetti
Mozart 8 Lamouchi
Tedesco 18 Kily Gonzalez
Cozza 7 Van Der Meyde
Bonazzoli 9 Cruz
Leon 19 Karagounis


Lejsal 17 Cannavaro
Torrisi 26 Pasquale
Mesto 25 Almeyda
Baiocco 5 Emre
Stellone 20 Recoba
Dall'Acqua 33 Eliakwu
Di Michele