Final score

6 January 2005 15:00

29' (2nd half) Vieri (P)
42' Vieri
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Calcagno, Grilli / Fourth official: De Marco
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46' Free kick to Inter on the left wing after Adriano is fouled by Galante.
46' Van der Meyde crosses, Galante's 'clearance' spins wildly and Amellia is forced into a save.
46' Inter lead Livorno by a goal to nil after the first half.
45' Cambiasso plays to Adriano on the right wing but the Brazilian is closed down well by Giallombardo.
45' 1 minute of added time.
42' GOOOAAAALL!!!!!Van der Meyde takes the corner and Materazzi heads home at the far post.
41' Vieri wins a left-wing corner for Inter after his cross comes off Vargas.
40' Materazzi brings down Vidigal after Cambiasso is fouled and Livorno win a free kick 40 yards out.
40' Javier Zanetti and Materazzi deal with Livorno crosses from both wings.
38' Good work by Javier Zanetti, who cuts Ruotolo's dangerous pass across the face of the Inter box.
37' Igor Protti picks out C.Lucarelli with a good ball into the Nerazzurri area. The Livorno striker shoots but Toldo pulls off a fantastic save.
35' Vargas intercepts van der Meyde, who is put through by Adriano.
34' Livorno whips in a free kick from 40 yards on the left. Stankovic heads clear but the Tuscans remain in attack and Burdisso does well to block two opponents.
33' Great goalkeeping by Amelia, who comes to the edge of his box and smothers the ball to deny Adriano.
30' Favalli receives on the right then is fouled by Ruotolo as he tries to cut inside the Livorno player. Stankovic's free kick goes out of play at the far post.
28' Adriano takes on two then plays wide to van der Meyde, who is intercepted as he tries to find room for a shot.
27' The Nerazzurri break and van der Meyde races on to a forward pass. The Dutchman is booked for a foul on an opponent and will miss Sunday's match at home to Sampdoria.
27' Inter bring on Marco Materazzi for an injured Sinisa Mihajlovic.
26' Livorno attack Inter and Vidigal's attempt from inside Toldo's penalty box is blocked.
25' Adriano pulls his spot kick wide of the right post.
24' A.Lucarelli handles Stankovic's corner. Rosetti awards Inter a penalty and books Fabio Galante for protesting.
23' Mihajlovic's free kick comes off the wall and goes over for a left-wing corner.
22' Adriano's free kick is handled by a Livorno player in the wall and Inter win another free kick, this time from a closer position.
21' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out after Adriano is fouled by A.Lucarelli.
19' Vieri heads just over from van der Meyde's right-wing cross.
18' At the other end Protti receives from Ruotolo then makes a chested pass into the path of C.Lucarelli. Toldo anticipates the Livorno striker and collects.
17' Another good chance for Inter. Adriano shoots just wide from a Vieri cut-back.
16' Free kick to Inter on the right wing. Burdisso makes headed contact with the cross but is penalised for a foul.
15' Adriano is anticipated by Galante as he tries to get a shot in from Vieri's short pass into the middle of the box.
13' Good chance for Inter. Van der Meyde is put through on goal but Amelia is well positioned and Dutchman shoots wide from a tight angle. The linesman flags offside but Andy was well onside as he ran on to the ball.
11' Adriano fools two red shirts on the left edge of the Livorno box then crosses, but there's no Nerazzurri player in a position to shoot.
10' Vidigal crosses from the left... C.Lucarelli controls and looks to get a shot in but Cambiasso is right on him and hooks clear.
9' On the right wing Cambiasso blocks a C.Lucarelli cross and it's a Tuscan throw-in.
8' The Nerazzurri put together a good attacking move involving five players. It ends after Favalli shoots over from 20 yards.
6' Free kick to Livorno inside their own half after Adriano brings down A.Lucarelli.
5' Vieri plays a one-two with Adriano then passes back to the Brazilian instead of taking a long-range shot. Adriano is intercepted.
4' Inter on the attack. From the right wing van der Meyde feeds the ball through to Vieri but the Nerazzurri striker is anticipated.
3' El Cuchu neutralises a Livorno attack down the right wing.
2' Cristiano Zanetti takes on A.Lucarelli on the right wing after receiving from van der Meyde then commits a foul on his opponent. Livorno win a free kick deep inside their own half.
1' After a minute's silence at the Armando Picchi Stadium in memory of the tsunami victims, Livorno kick off this afternoon's Serie A Week 17 clash.
1' The first free kick of the match goes our way after Doga fouls Adriano.
Minute Text commentary
52' Full time. Inter beat Livorno 2-0. See you on Sunday for Inter v Sampdoria at the San Siro.
51' Back at the other end Livorno win a corner. Both Lucarellis have attempts on goal and Cambiasso makes a goalline clearance.
50' Amelia has few problems dealing with Stankovic's shot from the distance.
49' Livorno try to move out of defence but Emre, Stankovic, Martins and Cambiasso close down their opponents to keep the Tuscans penned back in their own half.
47' Toldo smothers the ball to deny C.Lucarelli.
45' Inter bring on Emre for Vieri.
45' 6 minutes of added time.
44' C.Lucarelli's spectacular volley from inside the Inter box comes off Burdisso and Livorno win another corner.
43' Martins is tackled by Giallombardo as he latches on to a Vieri ball.
41' Livorno win yet another corner after Cambiasso blocks a cross... Passoni's header is well off-target and Javier Zanetti gains possession... C.Lucarelli is yellow-carded for a bad foul on the Inter captain.
40' Amelia catches van der Meyde's corner.
39' Obafemi Martins runs half the pitch then plays wide to Favalli, whose diagonal shot is parried. Corner.
38' Van der Meyde boots the ball to safety after Toldo fumbles a right-wing cross.
37' C.Lucarelli's free kick hits the Nerazzurri wall.
36' With his back to goal, Cristiano Lucarelli is fouled by Materazzi on the edge of the Inter box. Free kick to Livorno.
35' Play has resumed at the Armando Picchi.
32' Pitch invasion. The game will have to be stopped for several minutes as a home fan has come on to the pitch. Francesco Toldo tries to stop him.
29' GOOOAAALLLL!!!! Vieri makes no mistake from the spot. His left-foot strike is too strong for Amelia and it's 2-0 to the Nerazzurri!!!!
28' An inspired Christian Vieri takes on three then crosses. Van der Meyde is brought down by Giallombardo and Rosetti points to the spot.
26' Vieri takes on three in a central run on goal then is tackled by Vargas.
25' With Amelia off his line El Cuchu tries an ambitious shot from midfield.
24' Cambiasso plays a one-two with Martins but is immediately closed down by two red shirts as he looks for a way into the box.
22' Vieri crosses from the right channel. Galante hooks clear.
22' Inter bring on Obafemi Martins for Adriano.
20' Livorno make a double substitution: Colomba brings on for Vigiani for Doga and Pfertzel for Ruotolo.
19' Another right-wing corner for Livorno. Vieri clears but Livorno remain in attack. Ruotolo takes the ball to the right-wing by-line and crosses. Materazzi clears.
18' Javier Zanetti plays a long ball to Adriano on the right but the Brazilian fouls A.Lucarelli.
17' The home side win another corner, this time on the left flank. The ball is crossed to the far post, where Toldo jumps and catches.
16' C.Lucarelli is anticipated by Stankovic and the Nerazzurri move out of defence.
16' But Livorno win the ball back and attack down the right. Igor Protti's cross-shot is collected by Toldo.
15' It takes two Livorno players (Galante and Vargas) to stop Adriano from getting a shot in after a good ball into the box by Vieri.
15' At the other end Livorno win a right-wing corner.
11' Passoni's high ball into the Inter box is headed out for a right-wing corner by Burdisso.
10' Vieri slips as van der Meyde plays the ball into the Livorno box and the Tuscans clear.
8' Inter win another right-wing corner. Van der Meyde takes, Materazzi slices his left-foot volley wide of the left post.
7' Van der Meyde plays his corner to the far post, where Materazzi and Vidigal both fail to make contact. Favalli's follow-up shot is off-target.
6' Vargas intercepts Adriano on the right edge of the Tuscan box and Inter win a corner kick.
5' Doga crosses from the left and from inside the Nerazzurri box ex-Inter defender Galante heads wide of the right post.
4' Materazzi brings down Vidigal on the right wing and it's a Livorno free kick.
3' Ruotolo's cross from the right is blocked by Favalli and Livorno win the first corner of the second half. The corner is whipped into the box and Toldo catches.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Van der Meyde receives from Stankovic, cuts inside Vargas and falls down in the area. No penalty given.
Van Der Meyde
Average rating 6.99
3 shots on target 7
2 shots off target 9
15 fouls committed 19
11 corners 5
0 offsides 1
36:11 ball possession 24:41
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Balleri (Livorno), Cordoba (Inter)

Cautioned: Giallombardo, C.Lucarelli, A.Lucarelli (Livorno), Materazzi, Van der Meyde, Stankovic (Inter)

Colomba v Mancini

The current Livorno and Inter coaches have never met in a competitive fixture.

Colomba & substitutions

Along with Brescia and ChievoVerona, Colomba's Livorno are one of the three sides contesting the 2004/05 Serie A championship to have used all their substitutions in the 16 matches played so far.

Livorno unbeaten after Xmas

Since their return to professional football in 1994, Livorno have recorded 7 wins and 4 draws in their first matches after Christmas breaks.

Inter ok after Xmas since 2000

Inter haven't lost their first match of a solar year since 6 January 1999 when they were beaten 1-0 away to Parma. Since the turn of the century Inter have started new years with 3 victories (5-0 at home to Perugia in 2000, 2-0 at home to Modena in 2003, 3-1 at home to Lecce in 2004) and 2 draws (2-2 away to AC Milan in 2001, 0-0 at home to Lazio in 2002).

Inter unbeaten in 27 games

The Nerazzurri have gone 27 matches without defeat, their last zero- pointer the 2-1 loss to Lecce at the Via del Mare Stadium last 2 May. Since then Inter have recorded 12 victories and 15 draws in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League matches.

Roberto Mancini winless in new year matches

As a coach, Roberto Mancini has never won the first match of a solar year, with a draw (Brescia 0-0 Lazio in 2003) and two defeats (Fiorentina 1-3 Perugia in 2002, Reggina 2-1 Lazio in 2004) in three new year games

Inter on target in 10 consecutive matches

Inter have netted at least once in each of their last 10 competitive games (7 in the Serie A, 2 in the Champions League and 1 in the Coppa Italia), with a total of 23 goals scored. The last time the Nerazzurri failed to score in 2004/05 was last 3 November when they were held to a scoreless draw by Valencia at the San Siro. The only Serie A match Inter haven't scored in this season was the 0-0 draw away to AC Milan in October.

Reggina goalless with subs

Reggina and Siena haven't scored with substitutes in the 2004/05 Serie A season so far. The last goal scored by an Amaranto sub was Leon's effort in Reggina 2-1 Siena on 19 October 2003.

wins(7) draws(8) defeats(6)
LIVORNO - Inter showed character and determination to keep a spirited Livorno side at bay and win their first match of 2005 by two goals to nil thanks to efforts in each half from Materazzi and Vieri.

Adriano squandered a chance to give the Nerazzurri a 25th-minute lead at the Armando Picchi Stadium, pulling his spot kick wide of the right post after Alessandro Lucarelli handled the ball in the Tuscan penalty box. But Marco Materazzi, on for an injured Mihajlovic, made amends just before the half-time break with a far-post header from Andy van der Meyde's corner.

Inter were awarded a second penalty with a quarter of an hour remaining after Giallombardo brought down van der Meyde. Christian Vieri obliged, beating Amelia with a fiercely-struck shot to take his tally for the season to seven goals.

The victory sees the Nerazzurri remain fourth in the Serie A table along with this Sunday's opponents Sampdoria, who beat third-placed Udinese 2-0.


Scorers: Materazzi 42, Vieri (pen) 74

LIVORNO: 1 Amelia, 4 Vidigal, 5 A.Lucarelli, 6 Galante, 10 Protti, 13 Vargas, 15 Doga (20 Vigiani 65), 16 Giallombardo, 28 Passoni, 67 Ruotolo (8 Pfertzel 60), 99 C.Lucarelli
Subs not used: 22 Mareggini, 7 Grandoni, 9 Danelivicius, 14 Grauso, 79 Melara
Coach: Franco Colomba

INTER: 1 Toldo, 3 Burdisso, 4 J.Zanetti, 6 C.Zanetti, 7 van der Meyde, 10 Adriano (30 Martins 67), 11 Mihajlovic (23 Materazzi 27), 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 25 Stankovic, 32 Vieri (5 Emre 90)
Subs not used 12 Fontana, 13 Ze Maria, 20 Recoba, 77 Coco
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin)

Bookings: Galante 24, van der Meyde 27, C.Lucarelli 86

starting lineups

Amelia 1 Toldo
Vidigal 3 Burdisso
A. Lucarelli 4 Zanetti
Galante 6 Zanetti
Protti 7 Van Der Meyde
Vargas 10 Adriano
Doga 11 Mihajlovic
Giallombardo 16 Favalli
Passoni 19 Cambiasso
Ruotolo 25 Stankovic
C. Lucarelli 32 Vieri


Mareggini 12 Fontana
Grandoni 5 Emre
Pfertzel 13 Ze Maria
Danilevicius 20 Recoba
Grauso 23 Materazzi
Vigiani 30 Martins
Melara 77 Coco