Final score

14 November 2004 15:00

16' (2nd half) Esposito
33' Langella
6' Zola (P)
44' (2nd half) Martins
31' (2nd half) Martins
35' Stankovic
Referee: Tiziano Pieri / Linesmen: Mitro, Rossomando / Fourth official: Bergonzi
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Minute Text commentary
46' Stankovic takes the ball to the left-wing by-line then sees his cross blocked.
46' The islanders lead by two goals to one after the first half.
45' Emre and Martins are flagged offside as the Turk tries to slide the ball past Katergiannakis.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
43' Cagliari custodian Katergiannakis catches Martins' looping header to beat Stankovic to the ball.
42' Adriano is fouled 35 yards out. The Brazilian takes the free kick himself and sends it over the bar.
40' Emre shoots from a central position 25 yards out. Katergiannakis collects.
39' Katergiannakis palms clear Emre's right-wing corner to keep the Nerazzurri at bay as Inter push for an equaliser.
35' 2-1. Javier Zanetti takes the ball to the right-wing by-line then cuts back for Dejan Stankovic to slam into the roof of the net.
33' Cagliari go 2-0 up. Langella takes on Burdisso on the left wing then beats Toldo with a diagonal shot. The Inter keeper gets a hand to the ball but can't stop it from going over the line.
32' Gobbi anticipates Zanetti to a ball played across the face of the Cagliari box, denying the Inter captain a diagonal shot.
32' Ivan Cordoba crosses from the right channel, Zola heads out of defence and Langella brings the ball forward before losing control and giving away a throw-in.
31' Inter win a right-wing corner. Emre curls into the box, Materazzi glances his header wide of the far post.
29' Inter put together a string of first-time passes but Esposito anticipates Adriano to end the attack and he brings the ball out of defence.
29' Marco Materazzi is yellow-carded for a foul on his opposite number Langella.
27' Another Dejan Stankovic shot from the distance. It's closer, but still off-target.
26' Langella takes on Cordoba then crosses from the left. It goes out of play and we win a goal kick.
24' Dejan Stankovic shoots from the distance. It's well wide of the left post.
21' Burdisso makes a sliding tackle on Langella to end a Cagliari counter down the left flank.
20' The Nerazzurri win a second corner and Gobbi heads out for a third.
20' Emre's third corner in the space of a minute is headed over the bar by Oba Martins.
19' Javier Zanetti receives on the right side of the Cagliari box then from just inside shoots. The Inter captain's shot is deflected out for a corner.
18' Zola crosses, Burdisso heads out of defence.
17' From the right wing Zola takes on Emre then crosses into the Inter box. Materazzi clears.
17' It's another Cagliari free kick on the right after C.Zanetti trips an opponent.
16' Cagliari win a free kick deep on the right wing after Materazzi fouls Esposito.
14' Oba Martins's shot from the edge of the Sardinian box is blocked by the defence.
14' With his left foot Emre volleys just wide of the right post from the left side of the Cagliari goal.
11' Adriano storms past two then has a weak shot easily collected by Cagliari keeper Katergiannakis.
10' Martins receives on the edge of the Cagliari box. With his back to goal, he turns then sends a fierce shot just wide of the left post.
6' Cagliari veteran Gianfranco Zola sends his low spot kick in at the left-hand corner. 1-0.
5' Pieri awards Cagliari a penalty for a Materazzi foul on Langella in the Inter box.
4' Emre dribbles two opponents then plays forward to Martins in the Cagliari box. The Nigerian beats two defenders to the ball then plays short back to Adriano, whose shot is blocked.
3' Katergiannakis collects a Stankovic shot from the distance.
1' Inter get this afternoon's match underway.
Minute Text commentary
50' Full time. Cagliari 3 Inter 3.
48' Adriano crosses from the left but no player is on hand to direct it into the net.
45' 5 minutes of added time.
44' Cagliari replace Bega with Loria.
44' GOOOAALLL!!!! Obafemi Martins equalises for Inter. He controls Ze Maria's right-wing corner then sends a right-foot shot from nine yards in at the top right-hand corner.
43' Bega is stretchered off with what looks to be like a right-leg injury.
43' Inter close to an equaliser. Adriano rises above the Cagliari defence, heads Ze Maria's right-wing cross on target and Katergiannakis tips it over the bar.
42' Mancini brings on Primavera striker Meggiorini for Favalli.
39' Marco Materazzi's shot from 25 yards flashes wide of the right post.
37' Lopez is booked for a sliding tackle on Cordoba.
36' Cagliari substitution: Zola off, Bianchi on.
34' Inter win a free kick in a central position just over 35 yards out. Stankovic curls his shot well over.
33' Ze Maria comes on for Cristiano Zanetti.
31' GOOOAALLL!!! Oba Martins receives from Stankovic on the edge of the box, turns then fires a left-foot shot into the left-hand corner.
29' Giorgos Karagounis forces compatriot Katergiannakis into a great save with a blistering shot from the edge of the Sardinian box.
28' Cagliari replace an impressive Langella with Albino.
24' A good chance for Inter. Martins plays back to Cristiano Zanetti, whose powerful, low shot from 20 yards is saved by Katergiannakis.
22' Adriano's cross-shot from the left is deflected out for a corner by Agostini. Materazzi's header from the corner is over the bar.
19' Adriano's looping header from Favalli's left-wing cross goes just over the bar.
17' Giorgos Karagounis replaces Nicolas Burdisso.
16' Cagliari go 3-1 up. Langella takes on Materazzi on the right wing then crosses into the box for Esposito to head home.
16' Esposito is booked for taking his shirt off while celebrating his goal.
15' Cordoba intercepts Zola then runs forward with the ball. The Colombia cpatain passes to Martins, who is anticipated by Bega.
11' Unmarked at the far post Abeijon floats his header from Zola's free kick over Toldo's crossbar.
10' Favalli is yellow-carded for a foul from behind on Esposito. Free kick to the home side 20 yards out on the right.
8' Maltagliati beats Adriano to Cristiano Zanetti's ball into the Cagliari six-yard box.
7' Adriano tries a one-two with Stankovic but fumbles his return pass.
6' Emre's thunderous left-footed shot from the distance is tipped over the Cagliari bar by Katergiannakis.
5' Zola serves Langella on the left. The Cagliari forwards races on goal and is stopped by Burdisso just outside Toldo's area.
5' At the other end Oba Martins just fails to make headed contact with Dejan Stankovic's inswinger from the left.
3' Cordoba beats Zola to Esposito's right-wing cross into the Nerazzurri box.
3' Pieri shows a yellow card to Abeijon for a foul on Adriano 45 yards out.
1' The home side get the second half going.
Ze Maria
Average rating 5.7
3 shots on target 9
1 shots off target 12
22 fouls committed 21
0 corners 10
0 offsides 1
18:50 ball possession 34:29
Referee Pieri and Cagliari matches

Cagliari v Crotone 4-0 (Serie B 2000/01)
Cagliari v Salernitana 1-1 (Serie B 2000/01)
Salernitana v Cagliari 1-0 (Serie B 2001/02)
Como v Cagliari 1-0 (Serie B 2001/02)
Cagliari v Cittadella 1-0 (Serie B 2001/02)
Livorno v Cagliari 2-1 (C. Italia 2002/03)
Cagliari v Salernitana 2-0 (Serie B 2002/03)
Messina v Cagliari 2-2 (Serie B 2003/04)
Fiorentina v Cagliari 2-1 (Serie B 2003/04)
Atalanta v Cagliari 2-2 (Serie A 2004/05)

Referee Pieri and Inter matches

Brescia v Inter 2-2 (Serie A 2003/04)
Bologna v Inter 0-2 (Serie A 2003/04)

The ref: Tiziano Pieri

Born: 16/11/1971 in Genoa
Referee section: Capannori (Lucca province)
Debut in Serie A: 16/09/01 Fiorentina 3-1 Atalanta

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Conti (Cagliari), Cambiasso (Inter) Cautioned: Abeijon, Del Nevo (Cagliari)

Arrigoni v Mancini

The current Cagliari and Inter coaches have never faced each other in a competitive fixture.

Cagliari v Inter in Sardinia

Cagliari and Inter have played a total of 28 matches on Sardinian soil. The Rossoblu have won 5 matches (the last a 3-2 win in the 1993/94 Uefa Cup), with 14 draws (the last a 0-0 stalemate in the 1995/96 Serie A) and 9 Nerazzurri victories (the last was a 2-0 win in the 1999/2000 Serie A).

Arrigoni's golden November

According to the statistics, Daniele Arrigoni's sides do better in November than any other month (exlcuding June, in which they have played just one match). His teams have managed 12 wins, 8 draws and 7 defeats in November (a points per match average of 1.62).

No Sardinian goal for 239'

Zola's 39th-minute goal in Roma 5-1 Cagliari on 31 October 2004 was the Sardinians' last in the league. Since then, the remaining 59 minutes of that game and the enitre matches against Livorno and Sampdoria have passed.

No goal against Cagliari for 180'

Cagliari haven't let in a single goal in their last two Serie A matches against Livorno and Sampdoria. Montella was the last player to score against the Sardinians (in the 90th minute of Roma 5-1 Cagliari on 31 October).

Cagliari and penalties conceded

Along with Sampdoria, Cagliari have had more spot kicks given against them than any other 2004/05 Serie A team (3 penalties).

100 Inter appearances for Emre

If he plays against Cagliari, Turkish midfielder Emre Belozolgu will celebrate a century of appearances for Inter. So far, Emre has played 67 matches in the Serie A, 4 in the Italian Cup and 28 in European cup competitions. He made his Inter debut in the 4-1 Serie A win at home to Perugia on 26 August 2001.

Inter stretch unbeaten run

The Nerazzurri haven't lost a competitive fixture since last 2 May when they were beaten 2-1 by Lecce at the Via del Mare Stadium. Since then, Inter have played 19 matches in the Serie A and Champions League, winning 8 and drawing 11.

No penalty for or against Inter since May

Inter are the only side playing the 2004/05 Serie A championship that still haven't had a penalty given either in their favour or against them. The Nerazzurri's last championship spot kick was on 2 May when Adriano scored against Lecce, while the last penalty given against Inter was on 7 March when Totti converted for Roma.

Eight different Nerazzurri on target

In alphabetical order, Adriano, Cambiasso, Martins, Mihajlovic, Recoba, Stankovic, Veron and Vieri have netted in the league this season. AC Milan, Lazio and Udinese have also scored with eight different players.

wins(17) draws(18) defeats(7)
CAGLIARI - Inter snatched a point from Sunday's Serie A Week 12 match away to Cagliari thanks to two stunning second-half strikes from Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins.

The islanders took a 6th-minute lead at the Sant'Elia Stadium when veteran playmaker Gianfranco Zola converted the first penalty given against the Nerazzurri this season after Materazzi brought down Langella in the box.

Cagliari went into a shock 2-0 lead just after the half hour when Langella beat the offside trap, controlled with his knee then raced past Burdisso before scoring with a diagonal shot which Toldo managed to get a hand to, but couldn't stop from going over the line.

Stankovic reduced the deficit before the break, smashing Javier Zanetti's cut-back into the roof of the net to notch his sixth goal of the season.

Arrigoni's men built on their lead 16 minutes into the second half when Langella dribbled Materazzi on the right flank then crossed to the far post where Esposito headed home.

Obafemi Martins salvaged a point for Inter with two sensational strikes - his fifth and sixth of the season - in the final quarter of an hour. On 76 minutes the Nigerian received from Stankovic on the edge of the Cagliari box, turned then sent his left-foot shot into the top left-hand corner. Then a minute from time he brought the sides level with sweet strike from an almost identical position, this time on his right foot, which took a slight deflection off an opponent.

Inter's next match is the Tim Cup round of sixteen first leg at home to Bologna on Sunday 21 November.


Scorers: Zola (pen) 6, Langella 33, Stankovic 35, Esposito 61, Martins 76, 89

CAGLIARI: 1 Katergiannakis, 4 Bega (15 Loria 89), 6 Lopez, 7 Esposito, 8 Gobbi, 10 Zola (32 Bianchi 81), 18 Abeijon, 23 Langella (3 Albino 73), 35 Maltagliati, 31 Agostini, 49 Del Nevo
Subs not used: 34 Iezzo, 14 Pisano, 19 Brambilla, 20 Peralta
Coach: Daniele Arrigoni

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 3 Burdisso (21 Karagounis 62), 4 J. Zanetti, 5 Emre, 6 C. Zanetti (13 Zè Maria 78), 10 Adriano, 16 Favalli (48 Meggiorini 87), 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic, 30 Martins
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 11 Mihajlovic, 26 Pasquale, 47 Marino
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Tiziano Pieri

Bookings: Materazzi 29, Abeijon 48, Favalli 55, Esposito 61, Lopez 82

starting lineups

Katergiannakis 1 Toldo
Bega 2 Cordoba
Lopez 3 Burdisso
Esposito 4 Zanetti
Gobbi 5 Emre
Zola 6 Zanetti
Langella 10 Adriano
Maltagliati 16 Favalli
Agostini 23 Materazzi
Abeijon 25 Stankovic
Del Nevo 30 Martins


Iezzo 12 Fontana
Albino 11 Mihajlovic
Pisano 13 Ze Maria
Loria 21 Karagounis
Brambilla 48 Meggiorini
Peralta 47 Marino
Bianchi 26 Pasquale