Final score

9 January 2005 15:00

49' (2nd half) Recoba
46' (2nd half) Vieri
43' (2nd half) Martins
38' (2nd half) Kutuzov
44' Tonetto
Referee: Paolo Bertini / Linesmen: Puglisi, Papi / Fourth official: Nucini
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46' Vieri misses a chance to level before the break, shooting wide after good work by Stankovic and Cambiasso.
46' Samp lead by a goal to nil at half time.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Against the run of play Samp take the lead. Tonetto finds the bottom right-hand corner of the net with an angled shot from Diana's cross after shaking off an Emre challenge.
41' Back at the other end Adriano takes on two opponents then crosses across the face of the Samp six-yard box. Vieri is a couple of yards off the ball.
40' Zenoni's cross from the right finds Flachi. The Samp striker's right-foot shot from twenty yards whizzes wide of the left post.
39' Adriano is fouled by Falcone on the right wing and we win a free kick. Emre curls it into the box and Vieri heads on target. Antonioli makes another excellent save and it's another Inter corner.
37' Just outside the Samp box Emre Belozoglu takes on Palombo, creates space for a shot then fires over.
36' Cambiasso is put through on goal by Adriano. His close-range shot brings a great save out of Antonioli and it's an Inter corner.
34' Marco Materazzi close to his second goal in as many games. The Inter defender outjumps the Samp defence to Emre's left-wing cross then sends a looping header just over the left upright.
33' Volpi boots the ball out of play to neutralise a J.Zanetti-Adriano attack on the right wing.
31' Samp win a free kick on the right wing for a Materazzi foul on Flachi.
30' Favalli and Stankovic combine well on the left wing but the Serbia&Montenegro midfielder is anticipated to the return pass.
28' Another good chance for Inter. Cordoba's long ball forward finds Adriano. The Brazilian plays short to Vieri, who tries the return ball but it's too long and Samp win possession.
26' The Blucerchiati attack back. Materazzi and Cordoba both make headed clearances from right-wing crosses.
25' With Samp penned back in their own half, the Brazilian tries a bit of trickery with a pass to Cambiasso after receiving from Satnkovic. El Cuchu is anticipated.
25' Adriano crosses from the left channel. Falcone boots to safety.
23' Favalli's left-wing cross to Adriano is intercepted by Castellini.
23' Adriano finds space for a 20-yard shot from the left side of the Samp box. It swerves wide of the left post.
22' Adriano looks for Stankovic again but this time Falcone intercepts and hooks clear.
21' Inter continue to press for an opener. Stankovic's shot from Adriano's lay-off is wide of the left post.
20' Free kick to us on the right wing. Emre curls it to Vieri on the edge of the box and the striker plays square to Cambiasso, whose spectacular shot on the turn is saved by the Samp keeper.
19' Emre serves Vieri, whose chested pass sets up Adriano. The Brazilian's shot is collected by Antonioli.
18' Good defending by Cordoba. The Colombian intercepts a pass into the box for Flachi.
17' Flachi is fouled by Materazzi on the right-wing by-line. Free kick to Samp. It is taken quickly, but Cambiasso is well-prepared and heads out of defence.
17' Pisano's left-wing cross goes out of play at the far post.
16' Ref Bertini 'intercepts' Stankovic's crossfield ball for Cambiasso.
15' Falcone intercepts Favalli's long ball for Vieri.
14' Adriano beats two players on the left wing then crosses at the by-line. Antonioli collects.
13' Stankovic, Vieri and Adriano combine as the Nerazzurri come forward. The Brazilian's cross from the left is headed clear by Castellini.
12' Samp midfielder Volpi blasts a long-range shot wide of the left post.
11' Inter counter and Adriano pulls an ambitious shot from 25 yards well wide of the right post.
11' Flachi runs down the left and fouls Javier Zanetti in the process. Free kick to us.
10' Pisano's free kick hits the wall.
9' Flachi is brought down by Favalli as he lines up a 20-yard shot. Free kick to the visitors in a dangerous position.
8' Another superb Nerazzurri move. Stankovic plays a one-two with Adriano on the edge of the Samp box then plays to Cambiasso, whose shot from ten yards is tipped over the bar by Antonioli. Corner.
7' Good chance for Inter. El Tractor storms down the right after receiving a short pass from Emre, then plays to Vieri, who picks out Adriano with a first-time pass into the box. The Brazilian's shot goes across the face of the goal.
5' Castellini outjumps Adriano to beat the Brazilian to Cordoba's high ball forward.
5' Emre fouls Palombo after losing the ball on the right wing.
3' Inter venture into the Genoan half and Bertini gives the visitors a free kick for a Stankovic foul on Volpi.
3' Adriano is tackled by Pisano as he receives a forward pass from C.Zanetti.
2' Samp win a throw-in on the right wing. The ball is played into the Nerazzurri box and Javier Zanetti blasts clear.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Sampdoria. The Blucerchiati kick off.
1' Flachi plays a one-two with Rossini then is superbly tackled by Cordoba as the visitors start on the attack.
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51' Full time. Inter beat Sampdoria 3-2. What a comeback by the Nerazzurri!!!
50' Stankovic is booked for time-wasting.
49' GOOOAAALLLLLL!!!!! Recoba sends the San Siro into ecstasy with a shot into the bottom left-hand corner from Dejan Stankovic's cut-back.
48' Ooooohhhh Antonioli parries a Recoba shot from 30 yards.
46' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Vieri shoots home from close range after Martins hooks the ball into the six-yard box.
45' Inter close to an equaliser. Stankovic shoots into the side-netting after Vieri's shot comes off Zenoni.
45' 4 minutes of added time.
43' GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Recoba feeds the ball through to Martins, who turns Castellini then with the outside of his left foot finds the bottom right-hand corner.
43' Carrozzieri comes on for Flachi.
42' Oooooohhh! Recoba hits the post with a blistering shot from 30 yards.
40' Kutuzov heads over from close range as Samp look for a third.
39' Inter bring on Karagounis for Emre.
38' Kutuzov gives Sampdoria a 2-0 lead.
38' Kutuzov gives Sampdoria a 2-0 lead. The Samp sub controls a right-wing cross from Diana then thumps it home.
36' Flachi lays the ball off to Zenoni then from the return pass heads wide of the right post.
34' Vieri is flagged offside as he meets Cambiasso's high pass into the Samp box.
33' El Chino is straight into the action. He beats an opponents on the left with a fancy piece of footwork then crosses over to the far side, where Samp regain possession.
32' Adriano's shot is over.
32' Recoba replaces Adriano.
30' Inter win a free kick in a central position 25 yards out for a foul on Vieri.
29' Novellino brings on Kutukov for Rossini.
29' Inter win a right-wing corner. Stankovic takes, Materazzi heads on target and Antonioli clears.
28' At the other end Zenoni's shot from 20 yards is well wide.
27' Favalli crosses from the left. Castellini makes a headed clearance and the visitors come forward.
27' But the Nerazzurri come straight back and Stankovic's long-range shot is parried by Antonioli. Corner.
26' Emre's curled free kick is half-cleared and Martins' shot from the distance is blocked.
26' Cambiasso's shot from the edge of the Samp box skims off Vieri.
25' Zenoni fouls Adriano 30 yards out of the left.
24' Favalli is tackled by Diana on the left wing and Inter win a corner. At the near post Palombo makes a headed clearance from Emre's cross.
23' Volpi is booked for handling the ball in the centr circle.
22' The Nerazzurri work a move down the right. Zenoni anticipates Vieri to a Javier Zanetti pass as the ball is played to the edge of the Samp box.
20' Emre's floating cross-shot from 25 yards is plucked out of the air by Antonioli before Adriano can make aerial contact.
19' Mancini brings on Martins for C.Zanetti.
18' Adriano meets Vieri's headed pass then beats one opponent before a second concedes a corner. Emre takes, Vieri heads wide.
17' Rossini's first-time shot from inside the Inter area is over the bar.
16' Antonioli comes to the edge of his box to beat Adriano to Cristiano Zanetti's long ball forward.
15' Emre curls his free kick into the Samp six-yard box... Antonioli punches clear. But the ball is played back into the area and Adriano (who is flagged offside) pulls his shot wide of the right post.
14' Falcone is replaced by Pavan.
12' Inter win a corner after Adriano's shot from Cambiasso's headed pass is deflected off Falcone, who now requires medical attention.
11' Materazzi anticipates Rossini to Flachi's pass then plays back to Toldo to snuff out a Samp attack.
10' Great save by Francesco Toldo. Flachi runs on goal then unleashes a right-foot shot from 20 yards. The Nerazzurri keeper concedes a corner.
9' Rossini is yellow-carded for protesting.
8' Adriano is tackled by Castellini on the left flank and Inter win an attacking throw-in.
6' Inter on the attack. Emre plays short back to Stankovic, whose shot from 12 yards is blocked by Antonioli. Moments later Adriano heads wide of the far post.
5' Emre crosses.. the Samp defence clear.
5' In our half Flachi races on to a forward pass but is flagged offside.
4' Adriano is fouled on the left wing and we win a free kick.
3' At the other end Adriano's shot from 20 yards is well over.
2' Rossini runs on goal and is brought down by Ivan Cordoba. The Colombian is booked and Samp win a free kick in a central position 25 yards out.
2' Samp captain Volpi sends his free kick just over the crossbar.
1' Attacking the Curva Nord, Inter get the second half under way. FORZA RAGAZZI!
1' Cristiano Zanetti floats a cross into the box. Castellini beats Vieri to the ball and heads out of defence.
Average rating 7.09
14 shots on target 3
13 shots off target 6
14 fouls committed 16
12 corners 3
2 offsides 2
33:34 ball possession 26:31
Ref Bertini & Inter matches

Date & TimeSeasonCompetition MatchResultScorers
17 December 2000 (00:00) 2000-01Serie AInter-Brescia0- 0
12 November 2001 (20:45) 2001/02Coppa ItaliaUdinese- Inter2-1Seedorf 30, Di Michele 71, Pizarro 83
14 Settember 2002 (15:00) 2002/03Serie AInter-Torino1- 0Vieri 23
15 December 2002 (15:00)2002/03Serie AInter- Atalanta1-0Kallon 71
19 January 2003 (15:00) 2002/03Serie APerugia-Inter4- 1Ze Maria 10, Vryzas 34, Fusani 55, Vryzas 64, Vieri 79
10 January 2004 (20:30) 2003/04Serie AParma-Inter1- 0Filippini 41
4 February 2004 (21:00)2003/04Coppa ItaliaJuventus- Inter2-2Adriano 3, Di Vaio 7, Di Vaio 73, Adriano 33
18 September 2004 (20:30) 2004/05Serie AInter-Palermo1- 1Adriano 49, Toni 70
3 October 2004 (20:30)2004/05Serie ARoma- Inter3-3Montella 9, Cambiasso 46, Veron 54. Recoba 57, Totti 60, De Rossi 77


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Novellino v Inter

At the San Siro on Sunday Walter Novellino faces Inter for the eighth time. Of the seven previous matches the current Sampdoria coach has won 1, drawn 2 and lost 4. Novellino has never won away to Inter (1 draw and 2 defeats).

In detail:

1996/97 C. Italia Ravenna-Inter 0-1 ----
1998/99 Serie A Venezia-Inter 3-1 2-6
2001/02 Serie A Piacenza-Inter 2-3 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-0

Mancini v Sampdoria

As a coach Roberto Mancini has faced Sampdoria twice, and is unbeaten with one win and a draw.

In detail:

2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Sampdoria 1-1 2-1

Mancini v Novellino

The current Inter and Sampdoria coaches have faced each other three times, with a win apiece and one draw.

In detail:

2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Piacenza 1-3 ----
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Sampdoria 1-1 2-1

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: van der Meyde
Cautioned: Materazzi, Stankovic
Former players: Mihajlovic (128 appearances, 15 goals in competitive matches from 1994/95 to 1997/98); Veron (68 appearances, 6 goals in competitive matches from 1996/97 to 1997/98)

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Flachi, Palombo, Pavan
Former players: Bettarini (Nerazzurri youth sector from 1989/90 to 1990/91)

Inter unbeaten in 28 games

The Nerazzurri have gone 28 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 13 victories and 15 draws in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League matches.

200th Serie A appearance for Vieri

If he plays against Sampdoria, Christian Vieri will make his 200th appearance in the Italian top flight. Apart from Inter, the striker has also played for Torino, Atalanta, Juventus and Lazio in the Serie A. Vieri made his debut in Torino's 2-0 win at home to Fiorentina on 15 December 1991. And against the Blucerchiati Vieri is up against his favourite target, as 10 of his 179 goals in competitive matches have been scored against Samp keeper Antonioli: 2 in Atalanta 2-0 Bologna (1995/96 Coppa Italia), 1 in Bologna 0-1 Lazio and 1 in Lazio 2-0 Bologna (1998/99 Serie A), 1 in Inter 2-1 Roma (1999/00 Serie A), 2 in Roma 3-2 Inter (2000/01 Serie A), 1 in Inter 3-1 Roma (2001/02 Serie A) and 2 in Sampdoria 2-2 Inter (2003/04 Serie A). Of the 455 goals let in by Antoniolo, no player has scored more against the current Blucerchiati custodian than Bobogol.

Two consecutive clean sheets

Against Brescia and Livorno, Inter have kept clean sheets in two consecutive matches for the first time this season. The last time the Nerazzurri let in a goal in the Serie A was when Flo scored in the 87th minute of Siena 2-2 Inter last 12 December. Limiting Inter's invincibility to home matches, Ibrahimovic's 66th penalty in Inter 2-2 Juventus was the last time the Nerazzurri let in a goal at the San Siro. Since then, Inter haven't let in a goal at home for 204 minutes (the remaining 24 minutes of that match and the entire games against Messina and Brescia).

Mihajlovic milestone

If fielded against the Blucerchiati, Sinisa Mihajlovic will make his 400th appearance for Italian clubs. The Serbia&Montenegro defender, who apart from Inter has played for Roma, Sampdoria and Lazio, made his debut in Roma 4-1 Taranto in the Coppa Italia on 26 August 1992. He has played 297 games in the Serie A, 42 in the Coppa Italia, 56 in European cup competitions and 4 in other tournaments.

Inter v Samp goals

Inter are one away from a century of goals in home matches against Sampdoria. Bibiano Zapirain scored the first in Inter 2-1 Sampdoria on 2 February 1947. Including home and away games, Sampdoria have scored 98 against Inter. Bassetto scored the Blucerchiati's first in the aforementioned match.

Novellino set for 200th match as coach

Sampdoria coach Walter Novellino has made 199 appearances as a coach (41 Serie A, 85 Serie B, 23 Serie C1, 19 Serie C2, 21 Coppa Italia, 8 Serie C Coppa Italia matches, and 2 in other competitions). Apart from the Genoa-based club, Novellino has also coached Perugia, Gualdo, Ravenna, Venezia, Napoli and Piacenza. He made his coaching debut in Avellino 0-3 Perugia, a Serie C1 match played on 20 December 1992.

Flachi 400

Francesco Flachi will make his 300th appearance as a professional footballer if he plays against Inter at the San Siro. The Samp striker, who has also played for Fiorentina, Bari and Ancona, has played 71 Serie A matches, 182 in the Serie B, 42 in the Coppa Italia and 4 in other tournaments.

Samp and penalties against

Sampdoria are one of four teams contesting the 2004/05 Serie A championship that have had the most penalties given against them. After 17 matches the Genoans, Siena, Cagliari and Lecce have each conceded four spot kicks.

wins(41) draws(16) defeats(8)
MILAN - The Nerazzurri overturned a two-goal deficit to edge Sampdoria 3-2 in a heart-stopping Serie A Week 18 encounter at the San Siro thanks to late strikes from Martins, Vieri and Recoba.

Inspired goalkeeping by Antonioli saw Cambiasso denied three times in a first half during which Adriano, Vieri and Materazzi were also presented with scoring chances. Against the run of play, the Blucerchiati took the lead on the stroke of half time when Tonetto found the bottom right-hand corner with a diagonal shot from Diana's first-time cross.

Inter continued to dominate after the restart and had more chances before Walter Novellino's side built on their lead with seven minutes left when substitute Kutuzov brought down a Diana cross then thumped the ball past Toldo.

But Inter scored three in a dramatic finale to preserve their long unbeaten run and, more importantly, keep pace with the Serie A front runners. Obafemi Martins gave the Nerazzurri a lifeline with two minutes of normal time remaining. The Nigerian latched on to Recoba's forward pass then turned Castellini before scoring with the outside of his left foot.

Christian Vieri celebrated his 200th Serie A match with the equaliser a minute into added time with a close-range shot from Martin's acrobatic cross. Then in the 94th minute Alvaro Recoba completed the incredible comeback with a long-range shot from Dejan Stankovic's cut-back which found the bottom left-hand corner and sparked wild celebrations on the stands.


Scorers: Tonetto 44, Kutuzov 83, Martins 88, Vieri 90+1, Recoba 90+4

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 5 Emre (21 Karagounis 84), 6 C.Zanetti (30 Martins 64), 10 Adriano (20 Recoba 77), 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic, 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 3 Burdisso, 13 Zè Maria, 77 Coco
Coach: Roberto Mancini

SAMPDORIA: 21 Antonioli, 4 Volpi, 10 Flachi (5 Carrozzieri 88), 14 Castellini, 17 Palombo, 19 Falcone (32 Pavan 59), 20 Rossini (13 Kutuzov 74), 22 Tonetto, 23 Diana, 26 Pisano, 77 Zenoni
Subs not used: 1 Turci, 7 Pagano, 8 Edusei, 15 Donadel
Coach: Walter Novellino

Referee: Paolo Bertini

Bookings: Cordoba 47, Rossini 54, Volpi 68, Stankovic 90+4

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Antonioli
Cordoba 2 Volpi
Zanetti 4 Flachi
Emre 5 Castellini
Zanetti 6 Palombo
Adriano 10 Falcone
Favalli 16 Rossini
Cambiasso 19 Tonetto
Materazzi 23 Diana
Stankovic 25 Pisano
Vieri 32 Zenoni


Fontana 12 Turci
Burdisso 3 Carrozzieri
Ze Maria 13 Pagano
Recoba 20 Edusei
Karagounis 21 Kutuzov
Martins 30 Donadel
Coco 77 Pavan