Final score

4 December 2004 20:30

39' (2nd half) Vieri
11' (2nd half) Mihajlovic
36' Adriano
14' Adriano
3' Adriano
referee Pierluigi Collina / linesmen Griselli, Strocchia / 4th man Castellani
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Minutes Text commentary
45' Amoruso's headed pass for Yanagisawa is too long and Toldo collects.
45' With no injury time at the end of the first half, Collina sends the teams into the changing rooms. 3-0 to Inter.
44' Dejan Stankovic forces a difficult save from Eleftheropoulos with a thuunderous strike from 25 yards. Corner.
42' Van der Meyde and Stankovic have switched wings to cause even more confusion for the Messina back line.
40' Javier Zanetti, Vieri and Stankovic combine as the Nerazzurri storm forward. The Serb's cross from the left is cleared by Zanchi.
40' At the other end Parisi smacks a diagonal shot wide of the left post.
36' Great move by Inter. Van der Meyde's right-wing cross is played over to the far side. Stankovic heads into the box and Vieri takes on an opponent then shoots. Eleftheropoulos deflects the shot onto the post then out for a corner.
36' 3-0!!! Adriano completes his hat-trick with a far post shot from Mihajlovic's left-wing corner.
34' Javier Zanetti takes on Parisi on the right then crosses. Zanchi blocks and it's an Inter corner.
34' Eleftheropoulos punches clear Miha's corner kick. C.Zanetti wins the loose ball then has his shot blocked.
33' Parisi's left-footed free kick is well wide of the right post.
33' Parisi's low cross from the left is cleared by Mihajlovic.
32' Back in our half Messina win a free kick 40 yards out for a Mihajlovic foul on Yanagisawa.
31' Stankovic puts Adriano through on goal with a deft touch. The Brazilian's weak shot is easily saved by Messina's Greek keeper.
30' Marco Zanchi anticipates Adriano to a high ball then Cambiasso's cross from the loose ball is blocked. Corner.
29' Adriano close to a third goal. The Brazilian nutmegs Eleftheropoulos with a wonderful piece of skill then sees his diagonal shot saved off the line by Zanchi.
28' Messina win a free kick ten yards inside our half for a Cristiano Zanetti foul on Amoruso. Toldo comes off his line to collect a cross by Aronica.
26' The Japanese forward is tackled by both Zanettis on the left flank as he tries to get his side back into the game.
25' Messina come forward with Yanagisawa, who fires over the crossbar from 20 yards.
22' Andy van der Meyde makes a good tackle from behind on Aronica but the linesmen flags for a foul.
21' Yanagisawa races on to another long ball forward by the Sicilians but Cordoba and Mihajlovic have him covered and the Serb plays back to Toldo.
20' Toldo anticipates Amoruso to a Messina long ball forward.
18' Andy van der Meyde shows all his pace on the right wing, playing a one-two with Cristiano Zanetti then winning a throw-in.
16' In the Messina area Zoro controls Vieri's ball for Adriano then smashes clear.
13' Japanese player Yanagisawa is booked for running at the ball before Adriano could shoot.
13' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! Inter retake the free kick and Adriano finds the bottom right-hand corner with a sweetly-struck shot.
12' Christian Vieri is brought down by Zanchi in a central position 30 yards outside the Messina goal.
11' Messina play a long ball forward. Cordoba outjumps Amoruso and heads out of defence.
9' Esteban Cambiasso's superb follow-up shot from inside the Messina box is saved by the keeper. Corner. Mihajlovic takes, Donati heads clear at the far post.
6' Vieri tries a one-two with Adriano but Donati cuts out the return ball.
6' Inter continue their aggressive start to the match. Vieri has a close-range effort saved by Eleftheropoulos.
4' Messina try to muster a reaction but Javier Zanetti and van der Meyde deal with Parisi and Yanagisawa on the left channel.
3' But the Nerazzurri remain in attack and Adriano slots home from close range after Eleftheropoulos fumbles. 1-0 to Inter!!!!
2' On the other flank van der Meyde crosses and Donati clears. The Dutchman makes a second cross from the by-line seconds later and Parisi concedes a corner.
2' Inter win a second corner and Eleftheropoulos punches clear.
1' Messina kick off tonight's Serie A Week 14 clash at the San Siro.
1' On the left wing Stankovic crosses with the outside of his right foot. Zanchi makes the clearance.
Minutes Text commentary
45' Full time. Inter beat Messina 5-0.
40' Inter bring on Ze Maria for Dejan Stankovic.
39' BOBO VIERI!!!!! 5-0 to Inter. Vierik runs on to a long ball forward from Favalli, shrugs off a challenge from Rezaei then smashes home.
34' Adriano is given a standing ovation as he makes way for Davids.
33' Adriano races on goal then plays wide to Vieri, who shoots over.
32' Amoruso retakes the penalty and Fabian Carini saves on his Inter debut!!!!
31' Penalty to Messina after Cristiano Zanetti brings down Rafael in the Nerazzurri box.
31' Amoruso sends his spot kick into the bottom left-hand corner but will have to take it again as Collina spotted two Messina players move into the box.
30' Gonias delivers the cross, Carini punches clear.
29' Gonias floats a ball into the Nerazzurri box. Cordoba outjumps Yanagisawa and heads out of the area.
29' Messina win a free kick on the left after Cristiano Zanetti fouls Rafael.
28' Messina attack back and Gonias shoots from 25 yards. It's too central and Carini collects.
27' Vieri and Cambiasso combine as Inter mount another attack but Messina win possession.
26' Inter remain in attack and Vieri passes to Adriano, whose 20-yard shot is tipped over the bar by Eleftheropoulos. Corner.
25' Javeri Zanetti crosses from the right-wing by-line. Zoro clears after Vieri fails to make what would have been a spectacular back-heel shot.
24' Messina bring on Bernardo for Parisi.
23' Cristiano Zanetti fouls speedy Messina substitute Iliev on the left wing.
22' Messina have woken up and start to play a bit with a series of well-worked passing moves.
20' You wouldn't think we're down to ten men by the way we're dominating this match.
20' Fabian Carini pulls off a tremendous save from Parisi's long-range drive.
17' Rafael brings down Adriano on the left flank. Free kick.
17' Mihajlovic curls his free kick to the far post, Eleftheropoulos punches clear.
17' Messina break and substitute Iliev takes on two Nerazzurri on the left wing then fires wide.
15' Messina bring on Iliev for Cucciari.
14' Messina attack back and Rafael's shot from inside the box is blocked.
13' Adriano is through on goal but Eleftheropoulos comes out of his area and makes a sliding clearance.
12' Parisi's curling free kick is headed clear by Vieri.
12' Cordoba blocks Parisi's deep cross from the left then Esteban Cambiasso cleans up.
11' At the other end Yanagisawa is brought down on the left wing. Free kick to Messina.
10' 4-0!!!!! Sinisa Mihajlovic's free kick hits the left post then comes off Eleftheropoulos and goes in.
9' Inter break and Dejan Stankovic's shot is punched clear by Eleftheropoulos.
9' Free kick to the Nerazzurri on the edge of the Messina box and yellow card for Cucciari for a foul on Adriano.
8' Mihajlovic anticipates Amoruso to Aronica's ball to the edge of the box and makes a headed clearance.
7' Fabian Carini is applauded by the Meazza for plucking a left-wing cross out of the air.
7' Carini shows his credentials once again, coming off his line to cut out a Messina counter-attack.
6' Parisi's free kick from the edge of the Inter box comes off the wall.
5' Fabian Carini comes on to make his debut for the Nerazzurri. Van der Meyde comes off.
4' Toldo is sent off for bringing down Yanagisawa just outside the box as the Japanese striker races onto a through ball.
3' Favalli gives away a free kick on the right wing. Gonias crosses into the six-yard box, Toldo collects.
2' Dejan loses the ball after a one-two with Adriano and the visitors come forward.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Messina substitution: Greek player Gonias has replaced Donati at the start of the second half.
1' Stankovic crosses from the right after receiving short from Favalli. Parisi heads out of defence.
Van Der Meyde
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.6
15 shots on target 3
2 shots off target 5
19 fouls committed 14
7 corners 2
0 offsides 3
28:32 ball possession 26:12
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: No one
Cautioned: Favalli, Materazzi, Stankovic, van der Meyde
Former players: Materazzi (Messina youth sector, 1990/91 season)

Disqualified: Coppola
Cautioned: Donati, Iliev
Former players: Conte (28 appearances, 0 goals in competitive matches in 1992/93 and 1994/95)
Di Napoli (6 appearances, 0 goals in competitive matches in 1992/93 and from January to June 1997)

Mancini v Mutti

The only previous meeting between the two coaches was last season, when Mutti lost his job as Reggina coach after losing 3-0 at home to Mancini's Lazio.

2002/03 Serie A Reggina-Lazio ---- 0-3

Mancini v Messina

Roberto Mancini faces Messina for the first time in his coaching career.

Mutti v Inter

Current Messina coach Bortolo Mutti faces Inter for the fourth time. He has lost all three of the other matches.
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1996/97 Serie A Piacenza-Inter 0-3 0-2
2002/03 Serie A Reggina-Inter 1-2 ----


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Vieri hot in December

According to the statistics, December is Christian Vieri's most prolific month. Of his 145 goals in the Serie A and B, Bobogol has scored 24 in the twelfth calendar month (17 in A and 7 in B).

No Inter penalty since May

Inter are one of six Serie A teams that still haven't been awarded a penalty this season (the others are Atalanta, Fiorentina, Lecce, Reggina and Siena). The Nerazzurri's last championship spot kick was on 2 May when Adriano scored against Lecce.

Nerazzurri still unbeaten in 2004/05

Inter 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, the Nerazzurri have played 23 matches in the Serie A, Champions League and Tim Cup, winning 9 and drawing 14.

Donati set for 100th appearance

If fielded against Inter, Messina midfielder Massimo Donati will complete a century of Serie A appearances. Donati made his top-flight debut in Atalanta 2-2 Lazio on 1 October 2000. Besides the Bergamo Nerazzurri and the Sicilian club, he has also played for AC Milan, Parma, Torino and Sampdoria.

No red cards for Messina opponents

Messina are the only team contesting the 2004/05 Serie A championship not to have had an opponent sent off so far this season.

wins(5) draws(0) defeats(0)
MILAN - The Nerazzurri were back to winning ways on Saturday evening with a 5-0 drubbing of Messina at the Giuseppe Meazza. A first-half hat-trick from Adriano and second-half strikes from Sinisa Mihajlovic and Christian Vieri ended the series of seven consecutive Serie A draws.

The Brazilian gave Inter a dream start, sliding home from close range in the third minute after his initial shot was parried by Messina keeper Eleftheropoulos. The Emperor scored his second ten minutes later with a trademark left-footed long-range drive which found the bottom right-hand corner, then completed his hat-trick on 36 minutes, hooking his twentieth goal of the season into the net after connecting with a Mihajlovic corner.

The Nerazzurri were reduced to ten men four minutes after the restart when Francesco Toldo was red-carded for a last-man foul on Yanagisawa. Fabian Carini came on to make his debut for Inter, and immediately showed his credentials with a series of fine saves.

Sinisa Mihajlovic put the result beyond doubt on 55 minutes with a blistering shot which rattled the left post then came off Eleftheropoulos' back and into the net, then Fabian Carini rose to the occasion again, saving Nicola Amoruso's 76th-minute penalty after Cristiano Zanetti brought down Rafael.

Christian Vieri completed the rout six minutes from time when he ran on to Favalli's long ball forward, held off a challenge from Rezaei then smahed home.

Inter entertain Belgian champions Anderlecht in Matchday 6 of the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday evening.


Scorers: Adriano 3, 13, 36, Mihajlovic 55, Vieri 84

INTER: 1 Toldo (15 Carini 51), 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 6 C. Zanetti, 7 van der Meyde, 10 Adriano (8 Davids 79), 11 Mihajlovic, 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 25 Stankovic (13 Ze Maria 85), 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 3 Burdisso,9 Cruz, 20 Recoba, 23 Materazzi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

MESSINA: 21 Eleftheropoulos, 2 Rezaei, 5 Donati (7 Gonias 46), 6 Aronica, 8 Zoro, 18 Amoruso, 19 Parisi (50 Bernardo 69), 20 Yanagisawa, 27 Zanchi, 30 Cucciari (10 Iliev 60), 32 Rafael
Subs not used: 12 Sorriso, 13 Ametrano, 54 Eranio, 58 D'Alterio
Coach: Bortolo Mutti

Referee: Pierluigi Collina

Bookings: Yanagisawa 13, Cucciari 54

Sent off: Toldo 49

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Eleftheropoulos
Cordoba 2 Rezaei
Zanetti 4 Donati
Zanetti 6 Aronica
Van Der Meyde 7 Zoro
Adriano 10 Amoruso
Mihajlovic 11 Parisi
Favalli 16 Yanagisawa
Cambiasso 19 Zanchi
Stankovic 25 Cucciari
Vieri 32 Rafael


Carini 15 Sorriso
Burdisso 3 Gonias
Davids 8 Iliev
Cruz 9 Ametrano
Ze Maria 13 Bernardo
Recoba 20 Eramo
Materazzi 23 D'Alterio