Final score

14 December 2003 15:00

39' Recoba
30' Martins
Referee: Tiziano Pieri / Linesmen: Ivaldi, Camerota / Fourth official: Romeo
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46' Martins plays through to Cruz, but Pagliuca narrows the angle and collects the ball.
46' Pieri blows for half time. Bologna 0-2 Inter.
45' There will be 1 minute of additional time.
42' From a postion just inside the Rossoblu box Julio Cruz receives from J.Zanetti then blasts a right-footed shot into the Curva.
39' Bologna win a free kick 25 yards out. Signori shoots low, Toldo saves.
39' RECOBA!!!!! We're 2-0 up as El Chino beats the offside trap and slots past Pagliuca. Kudos to Cruz for the assist and Martins for playing a dummy to set up the Uruguayan.
37' Another chance for Oba, who pokes the ball inches wide of Pagliuca's right-hand post after receiving from Cruz and shaking off a challenge.
36' Recoba pounces on a loose ball ten yards outside the Bologna area then plays short to Cruz, who tries to lob Pagliuca from the distance. The Argentine's shot goes over the bar.
34' Rossini elbows Cordoba in the face during a duel on the left-wing by-line.
33' Gamberini heads clear from Recoba's left-wing cross into the Bologna penalty area.
31' Beppe Signori is cautioned for verbal abuse after Pieri fails to give Bologna a free kick.
30' OBAGOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! And what a great move by the Nerazzurri. From the left wing Recoba plays to Kily, who from inside the Bologna area plays first time to Martins. The Nigerian forward strokes home from inside the six-yard box.
28' Cordoba acrobatically clears from Bellucci's left-wing corner at the near post.
27' Fabio Cannavaro denies Signori an attempt on goal from the edge of the Inter penalty area.
26' Beppe Signori plays a left-wing cross straight into the hands of Francesco Toldo.
24' Colucci looks for Rossini with a ball over the Nerazzurri defence. But Toldo is well-positioned and collects.
22' Inter close to a goal. Julio Cruz plays a one-two with Recoba then from the return pass forces a great save from Pagliuca with a low, angled shot.
20' Obagol heads Cruz's left-wing cross over the bar.
20' Corner to Bologna after Signori's shot from the edge of our box comes off Adani.
19' Superb run by Recoba, who takes the ball past four Bologna players before losing it in the area.
17' Recoba's corner finds Kily Gonzalez. The Argentina winger shoots way off target but Martins tries to correct the trajectory. Pagliuca saves and it's another corner.
16' Great move by the Nerazzurri. Recoba plays a high ball over the defence then Obagol hits it first time. Pagliuca saves, corner to us.
15' Bellucci fires wide from the edge of the box, then moments later powers a header on goal which Toldo pushes over the bar.
14' From the free kick the Nerazzurri keep possession just inside the Bologna half. After a string of six passes Cruz is intercepted, the home side come forward and win a corner.
13' Another foul in midfield. This time, Colucci brings down Adani.
12' Bologna win a free kick in midfield after Almeyda fouls Colucci. Gamberini takes it and the ball eventually falls to the feet of Amoroso, who pulls his shot off target.
10' Free kick to us as Gamberini brings down Oba Martins in midfield.
10' Good chance for Cruz, who latches onto Almeyda's through ball then advances on goal. The Argentine striker is intercepted by Moretti. Corner to us.
9' Signori fires wide of Toldo's left-hand post with a low shot from the edge of our penalty area.
7' Recoba tries a one two with Emre on the left wing. Zaccardo cuts out the return pass.
5' Oba Martins is flagged offside as he races onto Julio Cruz's through ball.
4' Colucci cuts out Kily's left-wing low cross to the edge of the Bologna box and Pagliuca collects.
3' Almeyda plays forward for Cruz, but the pass is too long and Bologna win a throw-in on the left wing.
3' Nervo's right-wing cross goes across the face of the Inter six-yard box. Cordoba gets to the ball and moves out of defence.
2' Moretti picks up the ball from Colucci and from the left wing crosses into our area. The Nerazzurri defence clear.
1' Welcome to the Renato Dall'Ara for Bologna v Inter. Mazzone's side kick off against the Nerazzurri, who are playing in their yellow away strip this afternoon.
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49' Pecchia heads well wide from a right-wing cross.
49' That's it. Bologna 0-2 Inter.
47' Almeyda is booked for a challenge on Gamberini.
45' Natali tries to lob Toldo but there's no chance of success with the Nerazzurri keeper only a yard off his line.
45' There will be 4 minutes of added time to play.
43' Emre curls the free kick to the far post, where Adani clashes heads with Bologna sub Meghni. The Nerazzurri are momentarily down to ten men as the defender receives treament on the touchline.
42' Amoroso fires high after receiving from an opponent outside the Inter area.
42' J.Zanetti is brought down by Colucci to the right of the Bologna box. Free kick to us.
40' Great play by Bobo Vieri. He lobs Pagliuca from outside the penalty area and the ball looks as if it's going in, but somehow the Bologna keeper gets back to make a superb save.
39' Bologna almost pull one back. Natali hits the far post with a shot on the turn from nine yards out.
37' Mazzone brings on Meghni for Moretti.
37' And Zaccheroni also makes his third and final switch: Cruz goes off to applauses from the Dall'Ara crowd. On comes Lamouchi.
36' Vieri shields the ball from Gamberini on the right-wing by-line then wins a corner for Inter.
35' Pecchia's set piece goes way over the crossbar.
34' Free kick to the Rossoblu just outside our area after Cannavaro brings down Nervo.
33' Albanian forward Tare picks up the ball five metres outside our box then slams a low shot on target. Toldo collects.
31' Nervo takes the ball to the right-wing by-line then plays a high cross into the six-yard box. Toldo jumps and catches.
30' Andy van der Meyde comes on for Recoba.
29' Vieri gives away a free kick, Bologna take it quickly and Tare sets up a shot. Adani clears.
28' Tare chests the ball down for Signori, then from the rebound off a Nerazzurri defender sees his shot deflected into the arms of Toldo.
26' Bolgona win a free kick just outside our penalty area. Signori's effort comes off the wall, but the Rossoblu stay in attack and Toldo makes a diving save from Coluccii's header.
24' Matias Almeyda receives short from J.Zanetti then tries to lob Pagliuca. The Argentina midfielder's attempt finishes on the top-netting.
23' Colucci plays through to Signori, but the flag goes up for offside.
22' Tare fouls Cannavaro and we win a free kick.
22' Zac replaces Obafemi Martins with Christian Vieri.
21' Recoba twists and turns Colucci on the left-wing by-line and wins Inter a corner. Cruz heads over from El Chino's cross.
21' Vieri is set to come on for Oba Martins.
20' A misunderstanding between Adani and Kily in the Bologna box allows the home side to play out of defence and come forward on the break.
18' Almedya loses the ball in midfield, Pecchia wins it and Bologna come forward. Our midfielders get back well and the Rossoblu counter-attack ends with a shot that goes straight into the hands of Toldo.
16' Toldo catches Signori's free kick.
16' Cruz wriggles past two of his former team-mates then shoots on goal. Pagliuca saves. At the far post Martins picks up the ball then plays across the face of the goal, but there's no Inter player on hand.
15' Tare is fouled ten yards outside our box. Free kick. Bologna are gaining in confidence.
14' A chance for Bologna. Igli Tare finds the side-netting with a close-range angled shot.
12' Inter close to a third goal. After a pacey run down the right Oba plays square to Almeyda, who in turn plays to Recoba in space on the left. The Uruguayan fires inches wide of the far post with a fierce, low shot.
10' In the Nerazzurri box Cordoba closes down Signori, blocks the veteran striker's shot and Bologna win a corner.
9' Cruz heads wide from fellow countryman Kily's left-wing corner.
8' Nervo is cautioned for a foul on Kily Gonzalez.
7' Tare chests the ball down for Signori, who hits the crossbar with a violent left-footed strike from 12 yards. Cannavaro clears from the rebound with a spectacular bicycle kick.
5' At the other end, Gamberini closes down Cruz and we win a corner.
5' Cannavaro heads on target from Recoba's left-wing corner. Pagliuca saves.
4' Free kick to Bologna in a central position 25 yards out after Almeyda fouls Pecchia. Adani heads clear from the set piece.
3' It's Bologna in attack at the start of the second half but both Cordoba and Adani make interventions to deny the Rossoblu attempts on goal.
2' Nervo tries to take on Kily on the right wing. The Argentine makes a sliding tackle and Bologna win a free kick.
1' Inter get the second period underway.
1' Bologna replace Rossini with Tare and Bellucci with Pecchia.
Van Der Meyde
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 7.4
8 shots on target 5
9 shots off target 8
10 fouls committed 25
9 corners 10
6 offsides 4
26:00 ball possession 33:12
Zac v Bologna

Zaccheroni meets the Rossoblu for the 17th time in competitive matches, with 7 wins, 6 draws and 3 defeats from the other 16 games.

In detail:

1991/92 Serie B Venezia-Bologna 1-0 1-1
1992/93 Serie B Venezia-Bologna 1-0 0-0
1996/97 Serie A Udinese-Bologna 2-2 0-0
1997/98 Serie A Udinese-Bologna 4-3 0-2
1998/99 Serie A AC Milan-Bologna 3-0 3-2
1999/00 Serie A AC Milan-Bologna 4-0 3-2
2000/01 Serie A AC Milan-Bologna 3-3 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Lazio-Bologna 2-2 0-2

Mazzone v Zac

Sunday's Serie A Week 13 match at the Dall'Ara is the 11th meeting between the two coaches. Zac has the edge with 6 victories to 1, Mazzone's only victory a 2-1 over Udinese on 6 April 1996.

In detail:

1995/96 Serie A Roma-Udinese 2-1 1-1
1996/97 Serie A Cagliari-Udinese ---- 0-1
1998/99 Serie A Bologna-AC Milan 2-3 0-3
1999/00 Serie A Perugia-AC Milan 0-3 1-3
2000/01 Serie A Brescia-AC Milan 1-1 ----
2001/02 Serie A Brescia-Lazio 1-1 0-5

Vieri two away from Nerazzurri century

At the Meazza last Sunday 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.

Vieri set to win 2003 top scorer title

Christian Vieri is on top of the scorers chart with 180 minutes of 2003 Serie A action to go. From January to the present date the Nerazzurri striker has scored 19 goals, 3 more than Juventus forward Trezeguet and 5 more than Adriano and Shevchenko. During the course of his career Bobogol has put 9 goals past Bologna, who like Roma are the team he has scored most against after Perugia (12) and Verona (10).

Second-half goals

Inter have scored 22 goals in the championship this season, with 13 of those coming in the last half hours of matches (incl. additional time). Expressed as a percentage, 59% of the Nerazzurri's goals have come in the last 30 minutes of matches.

Nerazzurri looking for sixth consecutive win

Inter notched their fifth consecutive championship victory last Sunday, and since the arrival of Zaccheroni the Nerazzurri have won 16 out of a possible 18 points. The 0-0 draw at home to Rome was followed by victories over ChievoVerona, Ancona, Reggina, Juventus and Perugia, and Inter have scored a total of 16 goals (an average of 3 per game). A win away to Bologna will see Inter equal a series of six straight victories under Gigi Simoni from March-April 1998: Atalanta (4-0), AC Milan (3-0), Vicenza (2-1), Sampdoria (3-0), Roma (2-1) and Udinese (2-0)

Rossoblu and fair play

Bologna and Juventus are the only two sides not to have had a player sent off in the domestic season so far. The Rossoblu's last red card was shown to Nervo in the 2-1 defeat at home to Inter on 7 March 2003. A total of 22 championship matches have been played since then.

Signori aiming to overtake Batigol

Beppe Signori's goal against Ancona last Sunday was his 184th in the Serie A. The Bologna forward, who has joined Gabriel Batistuta as the seventh top scorer of all time since the Serie A became a one-division championship, can now set his sights on Kurt Hamrin who scored 190 goals in the top flight.

wins(33) draws(15) defeats(35)
BOLOGNA - Alberto Zaccheroni's Inter keep pace on the Serie A leaders thanks to a 2-0 victory away to Bologna on Sunday afternoon.

The Nerazzurri were rarely troubled in the opening forty-five minutes of their sixth consecutive domestic championship win, with the home side more creative after the restart when Tare came on for Rossini.

Inter's opening goal at the Dall'Ara came on the half hour. From the left wing Alvaro Recoba passed to Kily Gonzalez in the Rossoblu area then the Argentina winger played first time to Obafemi Martins, who, unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box stroked home.

Recoba added the second before half time, a low shot past Pagliuca from Cruz's assist which Martins unselfishly let roll through to the Uruguayan.

Match facts:

BOLOGNA 0-2 INTER (ht: 0-2)

Scorers: Martins 30', Recoba 39'

BOLOGNA: Pagliuca, Zaccardo, Moretti (Meghni 82'), Natali, Nervo, Colucci, Amoroso, Gamberini, Rossini (Tare 46'), Signori, Bellucci (Pecchia 46')
Subs not used: Manninger, De Souza, Dalla Bona, Loviso
Coach: Carlo Mazzone

INTER: Toldo, Cordoba, Adani, Cannavaro, J.Zanetti, Emre, Almeyda, Kily Gonzalez, Cruz (Lamouchi 82'), Recoba (van der Meyde 75'), Martins (Vieri 67')
Subs not used: Fontana, Gamarra, Brechet, Luciano
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni

Referee: Tiziano Pieri

Booked: Signori 31', Nervo 53', Almeyda 90'+2'

starting lineups

Pagliuca 1 Toldo
Zaccardo 2 Cordoba
Moretti 15 Adani
Natali 17 Cannavaro
Nervo 4 Zanetti
Colucci 25 Almeyda
Amoroso 5 Emre
Gamberini 18 Kily Gonzalez
Rossini 9 Cruz
Signori 20 Recoba
Bellucci 30 Martins


Manninger 12 Fontana
De Souza 24 Gamarra
Dalla Bona 31 Brechet
Meghni 8 Lamouchi
Loviso 11 Luciano
Pecchia 7 Van Der Meyde
Tare 32 Vieri