Final score

17 October 2004 15:00

12' (2nd half) Vieri
11' Adriano
8' Adriano
5' (2nd half) Mauri
Referee: Gianluca Paparesta / Linesmen: Griselli, Gemignani / Fourth official: Nucini
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46' Udinese win a free kick ten yards outside our area after Materazzi trips Jankulovski. Di Natale curls his shot over the bar.
46' Half time. Inter 2-0 Udinese.
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' The stadium applauds Nicolas Burdisso, who gets back to beat Di Natale to the ball and play to safety.
41' Van der Meyde blasts wide after Vieri and Adriano fail to make aerial contact with Favalli's left-wing cross.
37' Andy van der Meyde is booked for a foul on Felipe.
35' Udinese win a free kick over 35 yards out for a foul on Pinzi. Jankulovski blasts his shot over the bar.
33' Vieri is put through by Adriano but has his close-range shot blocked by De Sanctis.
32' Vieri plays a superb first-time ball to free Veron on the left wing. The Argentine crosses into the box and Kroldrup anticipates Adriano, heading out for a corner.
31' Fava robs Cristiano Zanetti then plays wide to Di Natale who from the left wing crosses over to the far side, where Pinzi gives away a goal kick.
30' Czech Republic midfielder Jankulovski shoots high over the Inter bar from 25 yards.
29' Adriano serves Vieri with a ball to the edge of the Udinese box, but Bobo fires wide.
27' De Sanctis comes out of his area to blast clear and deny Adriano a shot from Cristiano Zanetti's long ball forward.
25' Veron plays a 50-yard pass into the Bianconeri box, but it's too long for Vieri and Udinese win a goal kick.
24' Bobo receives from Veron then from the left wing crosses into the area. Adriano is anticipated and Udinese move out of defence.
22' Andy van der Meyde shows some wonderful skill on the right wing then sends a diagonal shot just over the Udinese bar.
21' Muntari's long pass forward to Di Natale is wayward and it's a goal kick to Inter.
17' Bobo Vieri is brought down by Cribari just outside the Udinese box as he tries to turn the Bianconeri defender. Once again, Paparesta waves play on.
16' Veron plays short to Favalli on the left. The full-back crosses and Kroldrup heads out for an Inter throw-in.
12' Superb goal by Adriano!!!!! The Brazilian gets on the end of Veron's pass then runs half the pitch, taking on three Udinese players then firing past De Sanctis.
11' Burdisso concedes a corner to deny Fava a shot from a tight angle.
10' At the other end Di Natale's shot from outside the box is blocked at close range by Nicolas Burdisso.
9' Vieri receives on the left wing then makes a storming 20-yard run. Bertotto brings him down just outside the area but Paparesta doesn't give us a free kick.
8' GOOOAAALLLL!!! Adriano's curls a left-foot shot past De Sanctis and in at the right post.
7' Free kick to Inter 35 yards out after Vieri is fouled by Cribari as he latches on to Cambiasso's forward pass.
5' Inter captain Marco Materazzi coolly cuts out Marek Jankulovski's pass to Fava.
3' The Argentine picks out Adriano on the left wing. The Brazilian crosses, De Sanctis parries, and van der Meyde's shot from outside the box is wide of the right post.
2' Goalkeeper Jimmy Fontana comes off his line to beat Fava to an Udinese forward pass.
2' The Nerazzurri move forward and Juan Veron skips past three in midfield before losing possession.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Udinese. The Nerazzurri, playing with Adriano and Vieri in attack, kick off.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Udinese 3-1 thanks to goals from Adriano (2) and Vieri.
46' It takes two Udinese defenders to stop Adriano making a cross from the left wing.
46' Fontana makes an easy save from Muntari's long-range shot.
45' 3 minutes of additional time.
39' Fontana makes a good save from Mauri, whose powerful left-foot shot from inside the box is on-target.
38' Bobo is tackled by Kroldrup as he looks for a pocket of space inside the Udinese penalty box.
36' Cristiano Zanetti is booked for foul play.
35' Davids wins Inter win a left-wing corner. Veron takes, De Sanctis catches at the far post.
32' Adriano puts Vieri through on goal. The centre-forward storms past two opponents then pulls his shot wide.
32' Ivan Cordoba comes on for Giuseppe Favalli.
31' At the other end Di Natale heads Jankulovski's cross wide of the left post.
29' Javier Zanetti crosses from the right, Cribari blocks and concedes a corner.
27' After a quick check-up by the medical staff, today's Inter captain is back on the pitch.
27' The Bianconeri bring on Belleri for Bertotto.
26' Vieri plays wide to Adriano, who starts a run on goal but is intercepted by Kroldrup.
26' Materazzi remains on the ground after a sliding tackle by Fava.
25' Favalli crosses from the left, Vieri heads wide at the far post.
22' Fava beats the Nerazzurri to Veron's corner and it's another corner.
22' The second corner is cleared as far as Davids, whose shot is blocked. Seconds later Materazzi has a close-range header saved by De Sanctis.
22' Udinese bring on Pazienza for Pinzi
21' Kroldrup tackles Javier Zanetti on the right wing and it's an Inter corner.
19' Pinzi is yellow-carded for an awful foul on Cambiasso.
19' Inter substitution: Edgar Davids replaces Ze Maria.
14' Fontana makes a good save from Di Natale, who is through on goal.
12' BOBOGOL!!!!!!!!! Christian Vieri puts Inter 3-1 up with his first goal in a long while! He races on to a forward pass then holds off a challenge from Cribari before poking past De Sanctis.
11' Fava heads over from close range to finish off a good Udinese move.
10' Burdisso elegantly beats Di Natale to Mauri's pass into the Nerazzurri box.
8' Adriano crosses from the left-wing by-line, Cribari plays clear.
7' The Bianconeri look for an equaliser. Di Michele's angled shot from the left side of the box is well saved by Fontana.
7' Mancini brings on Javier Zanetti for Andy van der Meyde.
6' Udinese pull a goal back through Mauri, who wins the ball just inside the Inter area then places his shot past Fontana.
5' Adriano receives on the left wing and plays a one-two with Veron but the return ball is too long and Udinese win possession.
2' Cristiano Zanetti serves Adriano in the Udinese box but the Brazilian is stopped by two defenders.
1' Udinese kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!!!
Van Der Meyde
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.3
5 shots on target 5
6 shots off target 6
14 fouls committed 9
8 corners 1
2 offsides 0
28:10 ball possession 31:41
Mancini v Spalletti

The current Inter and Udinese coaches have met on 5 occasions. Mancini has the edge with 3 victories to 1, the other match finishing in a draw. Mancini and Spalletti's teams have scored in each of those five matches (9 goals for Mancini, 7 goals for Spalletti).

In detail:

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Udinese 2-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-2 2-1

Mancini v Udinese

Inter coach Mancini has recorded 4 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat in his 6 matches against Udinese. All four three-pointers were 2-1 wins.

In detail:

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Udinese 2-1 ----
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Udinese ---- 2-1
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-2 2-1

Spalletti v Inter

The Tuscan coach was won 5, drawn 3 and lost 3 of his 11 competitive matches against the Nerazzurri. Spalletti has never drawn in Milan (2 wins and 3 defeats).

In detail:

1997/98 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-1 1-4
1998/99 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-3
1999/00 Serie A Venezia-Inter 1-0 -----
2002/03 Serie A Udinese-Inter 2-1 2-1
2003/04 C. Italia Udinese-Inter 0-0 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-0 2-1

Inter's second half form decisive

After five Serie A matches, Inter are the team that has improved its results most in the second halves, with 5 points gained (from 1-2 to 2-2 in Verona, from 0-1 to 3-2 in Bergamo and from 0-1 to 2-2 against Parma at the San Siro).

Six different players on target

Inter are one of the two Serie A sides that have scored with the highest number of players after 5 games. In alphabetical order, Adriano, Cambiasso, Martins, Recoba, Stankovic and Veron have hit the target for the Nerazzurri in the league so far this season. Messina are the other club to have scored with six different players.

Inter & goals from substitutes

Along with Juventus, 3 of Inter's goals in the 2004/05 Serie A season have been scored by substitutes (Recoba in Bergamo and Martins' brace against Parma at the San Siro).

Inter looking for first home win of domestic season

After drawing 1-1 against Palermo and 2-2 against Parma, the Nerazzurri are still looking for their first win at the San Siro in the 2004/05 Serie A season. If they don't beat Udinese on Sunday, Inter will equal the winless run at home at the start of the 1982/83 season, when after losing 2-1 to Sampdoria and draws against Fiorentina (0-0) and Napoli (2-2), they won 2-0 at home to Ascoli.

Mihajlovic, Veron to score?

According to the statistics, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Sebastian Veron have a good chance of scoring if they play in Sunday's match at home to Udinese. Both players count the Friuli side as their favourite target in Italy. Mihajlovic has scored 5 goals against Udinese, while Veron has scored 3 against the Bianconeri (as well as against current club Inter and Bari).

Pinzi set for 100th Serie A appearance

if he plays at the Meazza on Sunday, Giampiero Pinzi will celebrate a century of Serie A appearances. Pinzi made his top-flight debut in Parma 2-0 Udinese on 12 November 2000. Udinese is the only Serie A club he has played for.

Udinese goalless away in 2004/05

The Bianconeri from Friuli haven't scored or let in goals in their away matches of the 2004/05 Serie A season so far, with 0-0 draws in Reggio Calabria against Reggina and in Verona against Chievo. Udinese's last away goal in the championship was scored by Marek Jankulovski in the 90th minute of Parma 4-3 Udinese on 16 May. The last goal they let in on the road was scored by Alberto Gilardino in the 86th minute of the same match.

wins(29) draws(11) defeats(10)
MILAN - He might have missed his flight back to Italy on Friday, but Adriano didn't miss the target at the San Siro on Sunday afternoon. The Emperor inspired Inter to a 3-1 victory over Udinese with two first-half corkers and Christian Vieri made the result safe with the Nerazzurri's other goal - his first in a competitive match since April.

The Brazilian bomber gave Inter a dream start to their first league win at home this season with a thunderous long-range free kick in the eighth minute, then doubled the score four minutes later with what has to be the best individual effort of the Serie A campaign so far. He received from Juan Veron then ran over half the pitch, dribbled three opponents and fired past De Sanctis.

Udinese pulled one back early in the second half through Mauri, who won the ball just inside the Inter box then placed his shot past Fontana. After several minutes of Bianconeri pressure, Christian Vieri restored the Nerazzurri's two-goal advantage. The Italian centre-forward took Adriano's assist past Cribari then poked home. Who said Vieri and Adriano can't play together?

Inter are next in action this Wednesday with a Uefa Champions League Matchday 3 clash with Valencia at the Mestalla.


Scorers: Adriano 8, 12, Mauri 52, Vieri 57

INTER: 12 Fontana, 3 Burdisso, 6 C. Zanetti, 7 Van der Meyde (4 J. Zanetti 52), 10 Adriano, 13 Zè Maria (8 Davids 64), 14 Veron, 16 Favalli (2 Cordoba 77), 19 Cambiasso 23 Materazzi, 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 21 Karagounis, 25 Stankovic, 26 Pasquale
Coach: Mancini

UDINESE: 1 De Sanctis, 2 Kroldrup, 3 Cribari, 4 Bertotto (77 Belleri 72), 6 Jankulovski, 10 Di Natale, 11 Fava, 13 Pinzi (21 Pazienza 67), 18 Muntari, 19 Felipe (17 Di Michele 46), 23 Mauri
Subs not used: 24 Handanovic, 20 Sensini, 22 Alberto, 26 Pieri,
Coach: Spalletti

Referee: Paparesta

Booked: van der Meyde 37, Pinzi 64, C.Zanetti 81

starting lineups

Fontana 12 De Sanctis
Burdisso 3 Felipe
Zanetti 6 Kroldrup
Van Der Meyde 7 Cribari
Ze Maria 13 Bertotto
Adriano 10 Mauri
Cambiasso 19 Pinzi
Veron 14 Muntari
Favalli 16 Jankulovski
Materazzi 23 Di Natale
Vieri 32 Fava


Toldo 1 Handanovic
Cordoba 2 Di Michele
Zanetti 4 Sensini
Karagounis 21 Pazienza
Davids 8 Alberto
Stankovic 25 Pieri
Pasquale 26 Belleri