Final score

27 January 2005 21:00

27' (2nd half) Martins
Referee: Luca Palanca / Linesmen: Stagnoli, Puglisi / Fourth official: Girardi
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45' Palanca sends the teams into the changing rooms for the half-time break.
44' Davids is anticipated in the Atalanta half and the home side come forward on the counter-attack. Carini comes off his line to deny Sinigaglia a scoring chance.
43' Motta's looping cross from the right is headed clear by Burdisso.
42' From 20 yards Motta fires well wide of Carini's left-hand post.
42' Recoba combines with Coco then plays central to Emre, who is tackled.
41' From the left Marcolini plays a good ball into the Inter box. Sinigaglia controls but can't stop the ball going out for a goal kick.
38' Zenoni intercepts Coco in midfield, races down the right then cuts back for Bernardini, who blasts over the bar.
37' Recoba advances, plays a one-two with Davids then sees his pass to Cruz deflected.
36' Emre's long ball forward for van der Meyde is cut out by Bellini.
34' Sinigaglia's low shot from the edge of the Inter box is saved by Fabian Carini.
34' Sinigaglia receives again on the edge of the Inter box but this time he is immediately surrounded by three white shirts.
33' Palanca has a few words with Recoba for a bad foul on Motta.
32' El Chino takes it and curls the ball over the right post.
31' Inter come forward and win a free kick in Recoba/Mihajlovic territory.
30' Great save by Carini, who comes off his line to block Sinigaglia's shot from Marcolini's through ball.
28' At the other end Mihajlovic anticipates Sinigaglia to an Atalanta pass.
27' Julio Cruz is flagged offside as he races on to van der Meyde's through ball which is collected by Calderoni.
25' Burdisso plays a long ball forward. Van der Meyde wins the ball off Bellini on the right wing then plays square, but neither Cruz nor Recoba have read the move.
22' The Bergamo Nerazzurri attack down the right. Marco Motta gets to the by-line then sees his cross blocked.
21' Atalanta win another corner. Bernardini's cross is cleared as far as Zenoni, whose shot from just inside the Inter box is a yard wide of the left post.
20' Migliaccio intercepts Davids' return pass to Veron in midfield.
19' Recoba's attempt from the distance is blocked by Sinigaglia.
17' The first corner of the match goes Atalanta's way. Bernardini's cross is headed out for a throw-in.
16' After a cautious start by both sides due to the frozen pitch, the Nerazzurri put together a good first-time passing move. It ends after Edgar Davids loses the ball on the edge of the Atalanta box.
14' Zenoni plays a good ball into the Nerazzurri box. Migliaccio's short pass to Sinigaglia is intercepted by Emre.
13' Emre is intercepted in midfield and Lazzari bursts forward. But the Nerazzurri defence holds tight and the young Atalanta striker is tackled.
11' Calderoni comes to the edge of his box and collects after Natali shields the ball from Andy van der Meyde.
9' Zenoni fires wide when he should have scored after pouncing on Mihajlovic's wayward clearance.
8' At the other end Recoba plays a spectacular short pass into the Atalanta box but Julio Cruz hasn't read the move and the Bergamo Nerazzurri win the ball back.
7' Bernardini plays a long ball forward to Sinigaglia. Francesco Coco gets back to tackle the Atalanta stirker and regains possession.
5' A Ze Maria pass is intercepted by Marcolini on the left wing but Burdisso wins the ball back for Inter.
4' Nerazzurri captain for the evening Recoba plays wide to Coco, who from the left wings crosses into the box. Atalanta clear.
2' Atalanta midfielder Marcolini receives a cut-back then sends a weak shot on target. Carini collects.
1' Sinigaglia's long ball foward is headed clear by Mihajlovic.
1' We're underway at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia Stadium in Bergamo as Atalanta kick off. Inter are playing in their white away strip tonight.
Minute Text commentary
48' Budan plays short to Migliaccio, whose weak shot from 20 yards is way wide of the right post.
48' Full time. Inter beat Atalanta 1-0 thanks to Oba Martins' 72nd-minute goal.
47' Atalanta number 18 Montolivo fouls his Inter counterpart Kily Gonzalez and it's a Nerazzurri free kick.
46' Burdisso intercepts Marcolini's pass for Budan and smashes clear.
45' Ariba Ariba... Kily Gonzalez comes on for the last few seconds to make his return to competitive action. Julio Cruz comes off.
45' In the meantime Carini makes a near-post save from Budan's right-wing cross-shot.
45' Three minutes of overtime.
42' Bellini intercepts outside the Inter area then sends his shot well wide.
42' Inter bring on C.Zanetti for van der Meyde.
41' Cruz' looping header from Juan Veron's 25-yard free kick is over the bar.
40' A pitch-side ad has caught fire as a few firecrackers have been thrown on to the pitch. Play resumes after the firefighters intervene.
40' Natali is booked for an off-the-ball foul on Martins.
38' Veron shoots well wide of the left post after good work by Martins on the right. The Nigerian has certainly added zip to our game in the second half.
38' Highly-rated Atalanta youngster Montolivo replaces Bernardini.
36' Martins sets up Veron with a deft touch of the ball. The Argentine runs into the box but is intercepted by Natali.
35' Cruz is tripped by Sala, who is promptly booked by Palanca. Free kick to us in a central position over 40 yards out.
32' Atalanta bring on Budan for Lazzari, who hasn't been as effective as he was against Juventus in the round of sixteen.
31' Bellini's left-wing cross is blocked by van der Meyde and it's an Atalanta corner kick.
31' From the edge of the Inter box Migliaccio blasts wide.
29' Lazzari receives on the left side of the Nerazzurri area then crosses into the six-yard box. Carini catches.
27' OBAGOL!!!!!!!! Martins receives on the edge of the box, takes on an opponent then lifts the ball over Calderoni.
26' Inter break and Cruz is adjudged to have fouled an opponent as he battles his way into the Atalanta box.
25' Atalanta win a free kick 40 yards out on the right wing. Motta whips in a cross, Sinigaglia is anticipated.
22' We're in bad need of a goal to liven up this match.
22' And Veron has a good chance to get it when he receives from Martins then shoots on target. But it's too central and Calderoni saves.
21' Francesco Coco is a yard offside as he runs on to Martins' ball to the left flank.
20' After some pinball in the Atalanta area Cruz's diagonal shot from the loose ball is wide of the left post.
19' At the other end Inter win a free kick on the right wing.
19' Sinisa's cross is disappointing and Migliaccio makes an easy clearance.
18' Lazzari's 20-yard shot with the outside of his left foot comes back off the crossbar.
17' Oba gives the captain's armband to Emre.
16' Mancini brings on Martins for Recoba.
15' Veron plays wide to Coco, who from the left flank crosses to the near post. Cruz is anticipated.
14' Sinigaglia receives just inside the Nerazzurri box then dribbles Mihajlovic before Burdisso intercepts and concedes a corner kick.
12' Cruz glances his near-post header wide after meeting Ze Maria's cross from the right.
11' Emre Belozoglu dances past three opponents then takes on a fourth but can't get to the deflected ball before Calderoni.
10' From the left wing Marcolini plays a dangerous ball into the Inter box but once again Fabian Carini shows excellent positioning and collects to deny Sinigaglia.
9' Coco gets to the left-wing by-line then crosses. Atalanta keeper Calderoni jumps and catches.
8' Van der Meyde is dispossessed by Bellini after receiving on the right from Ze Maria and Atalanta move forward.
6' Lazzari chests down a Sinigaglia pass into the Inter box then sees his first shot blocked by Carini then his follow-up attempt blocked by Coco.
4' Burdisso outjumps Lazzari and makes a headed clearance from Natali's long ball forward.
3' Attacking throw-in to Inter on the right after Bellini intercepts van der Meyde.
3' The Dutch winger receives from Ze Maria and this time wins a corner kick.
3' Mihajlovic crosses to the near post, Migliaccio clears.
2' Julio Cruz wins the ball just outside the Atalanta box and plays square to Recoba, but the Bergamo defence intercept.
1' The temperature has dropped sharply as Inter get the second half under way.
Van Der Meyde
Kily Gonzalez
Ze Maria
Average rating 6.41
4 shots on target 2
9 shots off target 2
15 fouls committed 11
3 corners 1
4 offsides 5
23:57 ball possession 34:43
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Mingazzini
Cautioned: Motta, Natali
Former players: Choutos (0 appearances in competitive matches from July 2004 to January 2005)
Gonnella (youth sector from 1993/94 to 1994/95)
Sinigaglia (1 appearance, 0 goals in competitive matches from 1997/98 to 1999/00)

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: C.Zanetti
Former players: Fontana (112 appearances, 0 goals in competitive matches from July 1997 to January 2001)
Vieri (21 appearances, 9 goals in competitive matches in 1995/96)

Rossi v Mancini

Delio Rossi is still looking for his first win against Mancini after two defeats to Lazio last season.

2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Lazio 0-1 1-4

Rossi v Inter

Current Atalanta coach Rossi has won 1 and lost 3 of his four matches against Inter. Rossi's sides have scored in each of those games (total 5 goals), as have Inter (8 goals).


1998/99 Serie A Salernitana-Inter ---- 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-2 ----
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter ---- 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter 2-1 ----

Mancini v Atalanta

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has never lost a competitive match against Atalanta (3 wins and 2 draws).


2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Atalanta 1-1 ----
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Atalanta 3-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Atalanta 0-0 1-0
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Atalanta ---- 3-2

Mihajlovic milestone

If he plays at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia Stadium, 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.

Nerazzurri stretch unbeaten run

Inter are now unbeaten in 32 matches. Since their last defeat at Lecce on 2 May 2004, the Nerazzurri have recorded 15 victories and 17 draws in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League matches.

Inter's unbeaten runs in cup

Inter haven't lost in 8 Coppa Italia games, with 4 victories and 4 draws since the 2-1 loss at home to Bari on 19 December 2002. The last time the Nerazzurri went so many domestic cup matches without defeat was seven years ago, when they won 6 and drew 4 between August 1996 and October 1997.

Nerazzurri away goals in cup

Inter have failed to score in just one of their last 15 Italian Cup away matches (the scoreless draw at Udine on 13 January 2004), with a total of 25 goals in the others.

Atalanta unbeaten at home in cup for almost a decade

Excluding the 2003/04 tie with Triestina (forfeit defeats for both sides), Atalanta haven't lost a Coppa Italia match at home since the 1995/96 final when they were beaten 2-0 by Fiorentina on 18 May 1996. Since the the Bergamo Nerazzurri have recorded an impressive 18 victories and 5 draws.

Atalanta goalless once in 23 home cup matches

Atalanta are unbeaten in their last 23 Coppa Italia matches played at home, and have scored a total of 51 goals. The only match they failed to score in was the 0-0 draw with Bologna on 29 November 2001.

Lazzari in fine cup form

Young Atalanta striker Andrea Lazzari is 2004/05 Coppa Italia top scorer with 9 goals (5 of those came against Juventus in two the round of sixteen matches). Lazzari has already beaten Nicola Caccia's club record of 6 domestic cup goals in 1999/00, and has even reached Cristiano Doni as the Bergamo Nerazzurri's all-time top scorer in the competition.

Double figures for five players in cup history

Andrea Lazzari could become the sixth scorer to reach double figures in one edition of the Coppa Italia after (in chronological order since 1922) Marchetti (11 goals for Vicenza in 1938/39), Tozzi (11 goals for Lazio in 1958), Savoldi (10 goals for Bologna in 1973/74 and 12 goals for Napoli in 1977/78), Giordano (10 goals for Napoli in 1986/87) and Vialli (12 goals for Sampdoria in 1988/89).

wins(2) draws(0) defeats(1)
BERGAMO - Inter beat Atalanta 1-0 in a dull Coppa Italia quarter-final first-leg encounter at a freezing Atleti Azzurri d'Italia Stadium thanks to Obafemi Martins' 72nd-minute goal.

On for Recoba in the second half, the Nigerian immediately added verve to the Nerazzurri's game and left his mark after eleven minutes. Receiving a forward pass from Veron, Martins elegantly turned Sala on the edge of the Atalanta box then lifted the ball over Calderoni to notch his fourth domestic cup goal in two games.

Roberto Mancini brought on Kily Gonzalez for Julio Cruz in the final seconds to hand the Argentine winger his return to competitive action after months out through injury.

Inter warm up for the return leg at the Giuseppe Meazza on 16 February with a midweek Serie A match at home to Atalanta next Wednesday.


Scorer: Martins 72

ATALANTA: 27 Calderoni, 6 Bellini, 7 Marcolini, 8 Bernardini (18 Montolivo 83), 9 Sinigaglia, 19 Zenoni, 21 Lazzari (11 Budan 77), 24 Sala, 25 Natali, 26 Motta, 53 Migliaccio
Subs not used: 1 Taibi, 3 Gonnella, 13 Innocenti, 17 Dos Santos, 23 Capelli
Coach: Delio Rossi

INTER: 15 Carini, 3 Burdisso, 5 Emre, 7 Van der Meyde (6 C.Zanetti 87), 8 Davids, 9 Cruz (18 Kily Gonzalez 90), 11 Mihajlovic, 13 Zè Maria, 14 Veron, 20 Recoba (30 Martins 61), 77 Coco
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 4 J.Zanetti, 21 Karagounis, 24 Gamarra
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Luca Palanca

Bookings: Sala 80, Natali 85

starting lineups

Calderoni 15 Carini
Bellini 3 Burdisso
Marcolini 5 Emre
Bernardini 7 Van Der Meyde
Sinigaglia 8 Davids
Zenoni 9 Cruz
Lazzari 11 Mihajlovic
Sala 13 Ze Maria
Natali 14 Veron
Motta 20 Recoba
Migliaccio 77 Coco


Taibi 12 Fontana
Gonnella 4 Zanetti
Budan 6 Zanetti
Innocenti 18 Kily Gonzalez
Dos Santos 21 Karagounis
Montolivo 24 Gamarra
Capelli 30 Martins