Final score

18 September 2004 20:30

1' (2nd half) Adriano
22' (2nd half) Toni
Referee: Paolo Bertini / Linesmen: Baglioni, Alessandroni / Fourth official: Preschern
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47' Bertini sends the teams back to the dressing rooms, where there will be plenty of wounds to lick after a tempestuous opening forty-five minutes.
46' Edgar Davids is yellow-carded for fouling Barone.
45' Lamberto Zauli is deservedly booked for tripping Davids.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' Davids storms down the middle then lays off to Adriano, who creates space for himself then sends one of those fearsome left-footed shots just wide of the right post.
41' Good chance for Inter. Veron receives to the left of the Palermo goal, has his pass blocked then blazes his follow-up shot wide of the far post.
38' Stankovic loses the ball in midfield then races back and fouls Corini from behind. Yellow card.
36' The Meazza applauds Stankovic, who receives from Pasquale then elegantly turns his marker before shooting on target from 20 yards. Guardalben saves.
34' Palermo win a free kick just inside our half after a cruching tackle by Davids on Zauli.
31' Materazzi is back on the pitch.
31' Van der Meyde receives from Veron then is poleaxed by Grosso as he enters the area. No decision given by Bertini.
30' The Argentine midfielder's free kick comes off the Rosanero wall.
29' Veron is booked by Bertini for counting the distance between ball and wall before the free kick is taken.
28' Edgar Davids plays short to Cruz, who is tripped by Barzagli. Free kick to Inter 25 yards out.
27' Toni elbows Materazzi in the face during an aerial challenge. Things get heated in the middle of the park. Nerazzurri momentarily down to ten men as Materazzi receives treatment to a cut.
26' Stankovic heads wide of the left post to finish off a move he started. The Serbia& Montenegro midfielder picked up the ball on the left wing then played a crossfield ball to Cruz. The Argentine returned the compliment with another crossfield ball for Stan
24' Van der Meyde crosses to Cruz, who chests the ball then heads to Adriano. Biava hooks clear.
21' Good attacking play by the Nerazzurri. Veron combines with Ze Maria then plays wide to Adriano. Palermo win possession on the by-line.
17' Inter win a free kick on the right wing after Stankovic is fouled. Ze Maria plays to van der Meyde, who sees a low shot blocked.
17' Toni finds the bottom left-hand corner with a low shot from the edge of the Inter box. But Palermo have a second goal disallowed, this time for offside.
15' Superb play by Andy van der Meyde. The Dutchman makes a central run on goal, takes on an opponent then sees his shot blocked by Zaccardo. Cruz then curls a follow-up shot wide of the left post.
13' Inter win a free kick over 35 yards out. Adriano's shot comes off the Palermo wall.
9' Palermo have a goal disallowed. Toni slots home Barzagli's headed cut-back from the right-wing by-line, but the left-wing corner had already gone out of play at the far post.
9' Palermo win a corner kick as Ze Maria blocks Gasbarroni's cross.
7' Corini shoots over the Inter bar after pouncing on a deflected ball on the edge of our penalty box.
5' At the other end Cruz takes on Biava then plays wide the van der Meyde. Adriano is anticipated as two Palermo defenders jump to clear van der Meyde's cross.
4' Palermo win a free kick 40 yards out. Captain Corini's cross goes out of play at the left-wing by-line.
3' Andy van der Meyde finds space on the right wing to get a cross in. Guardalben catches.
2' Guardalben comes off his line to beat Adriano to a Veron long ball.
1' There's an electric atmosphere at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium for tonight's Serie A Week 2 clash between Inter and Palermo. The visitors kick off.
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50' Full time. Inter 1-1 Palermo.
49' Inter win a corner in the dying seconds after Bobo's poked shot is blocked.
49' Inter remain in attack and Stankovic's right-wing cross goes out of play.
48' Grosso needs medical attention after injuring his right leg in a challenge with Adriano.
45' Toldo saves Toni's diagonal, close-range shot.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
43' Emre replaces Davids.
41' From close range Bobo Vieri heads Stankovic's right-wing cross wide of the left post.
40' Oooohhh!!! An incredible Adriano strike from the distances comes straight back off the crossbar.
39' Mancini brings on Vieri for van der Meyde.
39' Guidolin responds by bringing Conteh on for Santana.
38' Adriano's missile goes through the wall and Guardalben gets down well to make the save.
37' Biava is sent straight off for bringing down Obafemi Martins, superbly put through on goal by Andy van der Meyde as the Nerazzurri counter-attack. Free kick to Inter in a central position 20 yards out.
33' Great play from Adriano, who intercepts the ball, takes it to the by-line then beats Barzagli before seeing his cross blocked by Zaccardo.
32' Another chance for Oba Martins. Adriano crosses from the left-wing by-line, Stankovic heads at the far post then the Nigerian turns his marker and fires wide.
31' At the other end Adriano goes down in the Palermo box after he is challenged by two opponents. Keeper Guardalben smothers the ball.
30' Luca Toni is offside as he meets Barone's cross to the edge of the Inter box.
29' Oba wriggles free of an opponent then sees his 20-yard shot deflected.
27' Palermo bring on Morrone for Zauli.
27' It's Obafemi Martins time. The Nigerian comes on for Cruz.
26' Inter attack back and Stankovic curls a shot over the right post.
25' Inter survive a scare as Francesco Toldo pushes Santana's left-wing cross-shot onto the left post.
24' Cordoba blocks Santana's left-wing cross and it's a corner for Palermo. In the meantime, Oba Martins is set to come on.
22' Palermo equalise. Zauli dribbles Pasquale then plays into the six-yard box for Toni, who with an outstretched leg prods home.
19' Incredible miss by substitute Brienza, who receives in space then blasts over.
17' Guidolin brings on Brienza for Gasbarroni.
15' Another Stankovic header, this time over his own bar to deny Toni a chance from a left-wing cross.
14' Adriano and Davids woo the crowd with some silky skills in the Palermo box, the Brazilian also having two shots blocked. The Nerazzurri win a corner, Stankovic glances his header across the six-yard box and Palermo clear.
12' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out after van der Meyde is tripped. Guardalben saves the free kick at the right post.
11' Biava heads back to Guardalben to deny Cruz a shot from Veron's weighted pass into the Palermo box.
9' Ooooohhhh. From the edge of the Palermo box van der Meyde's shot goes inches wide of the left post.
4' Pasquale plays across the face of the Sicilian six-yard box. Cruz is held back as he tries to make contact.
2' Guardalben comes off his line to beat Adriano to a long ball forward.
1' GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Ze Maria crosses from the right and Adriano outjumps two Palermo defenders to power a header past Guardalben. It's the Brazilian's seventh of the season and twentieth for Inter.
1' Inter get the second half going.
Van Der Meyde
Ze Maria
Average rating 5.93
6 shots on target 3
9 shots off target 2
17 fouls committed 21
3 corners 8
2 offsides 4
29:05 ball possession 24:36
Mancini v Guidolin

The current Inter and Palermo coaches meet for the fifth time, with one win apiece and 2 draws (both 1-1) from the other four matches.

In detail:

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Bologna 1-1 ----
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Bologna ---- 2-3
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Bologna 1-1 2-0

Mancini v Palermo

Since becoming a coach, Roberto Mancini has never faced Sicilian side Palermo.

Guidolin v Inter

Francesco Guidolin has faced Inter 18 times and has recorded 4 victories, 3 draws and 11 defeats.

In detail:

1995/96 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 1-1 0-1
1996/97 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 1-1 1-0
1997/98 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 1-3 1-2
1998/99 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-1 3-1
1999/00 C. Italia Bologna-Inter 1-3 1-2
1999/00 Serie A Bologna-Inter 3-0 1-1
2000/01 Serie A Bologna-Inter 0-3 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Bologna-Inter 2-1 0-1
2002/03 Serie A Bologna-Inter 1-2 0-2

Mancini: 100th Serie A match as coach

At the San Siro on Saturday Inter coach Roberto Mancini celebrates a century of Serie A matches as coach. Mancini, who has also coached Fiorentina and Lazio in the Serie A, made his top-flight coaching debut in Perugia 2-2 Fiorentina on 11 March 2001. He has recorded 39 victories, 30 draws and 30 defeats.

Adriano: six goals in four matches

Adriano Leite Ribeiro has scored at least one goal in each of Inter's four official 2004/05 season matches. The Brazilian netted decisive goals in the draws away to Basel and Chievo, and scored doubles at home to the Swiss side and Werder Bremen.

Palermo: no Serie A win in 43 matches

Palermo's last away win in the top flight was on 27 October 1968 when the Rosanero beat Sampdoria 1-0 at the Marassi thanks to a goal by Beppe Furino. Since then the Sicilians have played 43 Serie A away matches (13 in 1968/69, 15 in 1969/70 and 15 in 1972/73), with 13 draws and 30 defeats.

Sicilians on target in 13 consecutive matches

Palermo have scored at least one goal in each of their last 13 matches (the last 11 of the 2003/04 Serie B season, in the 2004/05 Coppa Italia and in Week 1 of the 2004/05 Serie A). The Sicilians have scored a total of 27 goals, their last scoreless match a 0-0 draw away to Atalanta last 28 March. The draw in Bergamo is the only match in which Guidolin's Palermo have failed to score.

wins(20) draws(9) defeats(0)
MILAN - There was no love lost at the Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday evening as Inter and Palermo played out a tempestuous 1-1 draw in Week 2 of the Serie A TIM. The Sicilians snatched a point on their return to Milan after a forty-year absence, Luca Toni neutralising Adriano's forty-first top-flight goal in seventy-eight games.

Palermo had two goals disallowed in a first half characterised by foul play on the eighth FIFA Fair Play day. Four yellow cards were shown in the opening period - three to Inter players, and Marco Materazzi required medical attention to a facial cut after being elbowed in the face by Luca Toni on the half hour.

Inter took the lead seconds after the restart when Adriano outjumped two Palermo defenders to power a header part Guardalben. It was the Brazilian's seventh in five competitive matches this season and his twentieth in an Inter shirt.

The visitors equalised midway through the second half. Zauli dribbled Stankovic and Pasquale then crossed for Toni to slide home his one hundredth career goal. Inter survived a scare minutes later when Toldo pushed a Santana effort onto the right-hand post.

With just over half an hour to play Obafemi Martins replaced Cruz to make his first appearance of the season. The Nigerian was immediately in the thick of the action with two goal attempts in three minutes and a run on goal which resulted in Biava's sending-off. Taking advantage of the numerical superiority, Roberto Mancini threw on Vieri for van der Meyde. With the never-before-seen attacking trio of Vieri, Adriano and Martins, Inter pushed for a second goal in the closing stages. Adriano went closest, his spectacular long-range shot rattling the Palermo crossbar.

Inter are back in Serie A action this Wednesday evening with a match away to Atalanta, the first of four midweek championship matches this season.


Scorers: Adriano 46', Toni 67'

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Van der Meyde (32 Vieri 83'), 8 Davids (5 Emre 87'), 9 Cruz (30 Martins 72') , 10 Adriano, 13 Zè Maria, 14 Veron, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic, 26 Pasquale
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 3 Burdisso, 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso
Coach: Roberto Mancini

PALERMO: 99 Guardalben, 2 Zaccardo, 5 Corini, 8 Barone, 9 Toni, 10 Zauli (4 Morrone 72'), 11 Grosso, 18 Santana (25 Conteh 83'), 21 Biava, 43 Barzagli, 46 Gasbarroni (90 Brienza 62')
Subs not used: 1 Santoni, 6 Terlizzi, 7 Farias, 22 Mutarelli
Coach: Francesco Guidolin

Referee: Bertini (Arezzo)

Booked: Veron 29', Stankovic 38', Zauli 45', Davids 45'+1'

Sent off: Biava 82'

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Guardalben
Cordoba 2 Zaccardo
Van Der Meyde 7 Corini
Davids 8 Barone
Cruz 9 Toni
Adriano 10 Zauli
Ze Maria 13 Grosso
Veron 14 Santana
Materazzi 23 Biava
Stankovic 25 Barzagli
Pasquale 26 Gasbarroni


Fontana 12 Santoni
Burdisso 3 Morrone
Emre 5 Terlizzi
Favalli 16 Farias
Cambiasso 19 Mutarelli
Martins 30 Conteh
Vieri 32 Brienza