Final score

2 February 2005 20:30

33' Martins
Referee: Salvatore Racalbuto / Linesmen: Farneti, Titomanlio / Fourth official: Banti
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45' Cambiasso's header from Veron's corner is saved off the line.
45' Inter lead Atalanta by a goal to nil at half time.
44' Inter win a free kick 25 yards outside the Atalanta goal for a Sinigaglia foul on Cordoba.
44' Veron's free kick is on target and Calderoni tips it over for a corner.
42' Sinigaglia plays wide to Makinwa, who crosses from the right. Javier Zanetti makes the clearance.
41' Free kick to us just outside the Atalanta box for a Bellini foul on Martins.
41' Materazzi's effort goes round the wall and into the arms of Calderoni.
39' Bobo Vieri receives from Martins then runs forward before Natali gets the tackle in.
38' Javier Zanetti goes on one of his trademark runs down the right but is well tackled by Pagano.
37' We're dominating play in midfield as Veron and co come looking for a quick second goal.
35' Superb first-time pass to Cambiasso by Veron. El Cuchu then appears to be fouled in the area but Racalbuto was well positioned.
33' OBAGOL!!!!!!! Martins latches on to Stankovic's pass after Natali fails to make contact then turns Bellini and fires past Calderoni.
32' Atalanta win a free kick on the edge of their own box for a Stankovic foul on Mingazzini.
29' Montolivo wins the ball in midfield then sets up Makinwa. The Nigerian runs with the ball then plays back to Migliaccio. Motta crosses to the edge of the Inter box, where Cordoba makes a headed clearance.
27' Emre tries one from the distance but it's wide.
26' Veron, who keeps switching flanks in these opening 25 minutes, wins an attacking throw-in on the right.
26' Inter close again to an opening goal as Veron's shot from inside the box takes a deflection off Vieri then is cleared off the line by Capelli.
25' It's all Inter as Bobo Vieri sends a rather weak shot from an Oba pass wide of the left post.
24' Oba plays another one-two with Stankovic, gets a lucky rebound from the return pass then loses control. Moments later the Nigerian receives a headed pass from Zanetti then fires wide of the right post.
23' Cambiasso's long ball forward for Vieri is dealt with by Capelli.
21' Emre to Stankovic... The Serb plays a quick one-two with Oba then sees his shot blocked... Inter stay in attack and incredibly Oba Martins misses from close range, his shot coming off the crossbar.
19' Good work by Cambiasso, who tackles Sinigaglia then leaves it for Cordoba to boot clear. Inter break and from inside the Atalanta box Stankovic heads at Calderoni.
18' In the Inter half Atalanta win a free kick 35 yards out. Materazzi makes a headed clearance from Mingazzini's cross.
17' Oba appears to be fouled by Capelli as he controls a pass, but Racalbuto gives no free kick.
15' Stankovic picks out Vieri with a long ball forward. Bobo controls with his chest then tries to find space for a shot but can't and his attempt to feed it through to Veron is intercepted.
14' Veron's cross is caught by Calderoni.
13' The Turk, who has made a bright start to the match, turns Migliaccio in midfield then plays forward to the front men. Atalanta clear.
13' Inter win a free kick out on the left flank after Favalli is fouled by Pagano.
12' Emre's cross into the box is headed clear by Migliaccio and Atalanta break down the right.
9' The first corner of the match goes Atalanta's way. Favalli heads out of defence, then Montolivo's low, long-range strike goes just wide of the left post.
8' Sinigaglia is well tackled by Materazzi as the visitors mount an attack.
7' Another free kick to Inter in the centre circle after Oba is fouled by Atalanta captain Natali.
6' Emre turns Mingazzini with some wonderful skill in the centre circle then wins a free kick after he is fouled by the Atalanta midfielder.
4' Superb 50-yard run by Il Capitano, who storms past Migliaccio then plays to Oba on the right. The Inter forward is intercepted.
3' In the Nerazzurri box Makinwa outjumps Materazzi and Cordoba to make aerial contact with a long ball forward. Racalbuto awards Inter a free kick for a foul by the Nigerian on Materazzi.
2' Migliaccio beats two in midfield then plays short to Sinigaglia, who is promptly intercepted by Cordoba.
1' It's not the warmest of evenings at the Giuseppe Meazza. But at least the pitch isn't frozen... Atalanta kick off.
Minute Text commentary
48' Calderoni saves Vieri's low shot from the edge of the box.
48' Full time. Inter beat Atalanta 1-0.
47' Mancini brings on Kily Gonzalez for goalscorer Martins.
45' Makinwa is offside as he runs on to Innocenti's long ball upfield.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
40' Emre's left-wing corner is cleared by Sala, but the Nerazzurri win another corner on the right, which Veron takes. Vieri heads over.
39' Good chance for Inter. Oba crosses from the left and Natali just about manages to prevent Vieri from making contact. Seconds later Martins wins another corner.
38' Emre floats his cross straight into the hands of Calderoni.
37' Martins races on goal after a delightful pass by Vieri. The Nigerian is closed down as he prepares a shot and Inter win a corner.
36' Oba crosses from the right edge of the penalty box. Veron shoots into the Curva Nord.
35' Atalanta sub Innocenti is booked for fouling Emre, and the Turk needs medical attention.
34' Edgar bodychecks Migliaccio and Atalanta win a free kick.
33' Inter bring on Davids for Stankovic.
31' Atalanta substitution: Sala replaces Capelli.
30' Stankovic receives from Vieri then whips a cross in from the left. Atalanta clear.
28' Excellent defending by Cordoba, who blocks Makinwa's cross from inside the box.
24' Good cross by Stankovic from the left... And good defending by Migliaccio, who beats Vieri to the ball.
22' Emre's effort from the distance is high and wide of the left post.
21' And Migliaccio is shown a yellow card for a foul on Vieri. The free kick is in a central position 35 yards out.
20' Emre is booked for a foul on Sinigaglia in the centre circle.
19' Atalanta defender Capelli does well to cut out Stankovic's first-time pass for Vieri and deny the Inter forward a clear route through on goal.
17' At the other end Materazzi blocks Motta's 20-yard shot with his head.
16' Favalli's cross from the left rolls into the hands of Calderoni at the near post.
14' Veron crosses into the box... Oba outjumps the opposing defence and heads over.
13' Atalanta captain Natali is booked for a foul on Veron and it's an Inter free kick 20 yards out to the right of the goal.
13' Marcolini replaces Montolivo.
12' Martins and Stankovic combine on the left wing. At the by-line Oba crosses. Atalanta clear.
10' Dejan Stankovic's header from Cambiasso's left-wing cross is over the bar as Inter continue to create loads of chances.
8' Sinigaglia shoves Emre off the ball in midfield and it's an Inter free kick.
8' Capelli beats Vieri to Oba's right-wing cross and heads over. But Racalbuto gives Atalanta a goal kick!
6' Veron skilfully sets up Javier Zanetti on the right wing. The Inter captain runs with the ball then wins a corner. Veron takes... Vieri heads over.
4' Bobo Vieri's header from Veron's free kick is wide of the far post.
3' Inter win two corners in quick succession.
3' Free kick to us out on the right right after Emre is fouled.
2' Atalanta concede a corner after beating Stankovic to a Cambiasso pass.
2' Calderoni punches Veron's corner to the edge of the box, then Sinigaglia hooks it clear.
1' Oba's goal has warmed us up a bit, but let's hope we're in for some more as the Nerazzurri kick off the second half.
1' Atalanta have brought on Innocenti for Pagano.
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 7.42
9 shots on target 1
12 shots off target 0
13 fouls committed 20
9 corners 1
1 offsides 2
35:42 ball possession 20:01
Mancini v Rossi

Delio Rossi is still looking for his first win against Mancini after two defeats to Lazio last season and one to Inter in the cup this year.


2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Lecce 4-1 1-0
2004/05 C. Italia Inter-Atalanta ---- 1-0

Mancini v Atalanta

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has never lost a competitive match against Atalanta (4 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
2004/05 C. Italia Inter-Atalanta ---- 1-0

Rossi v Inter

Current Atalanta coach Rossi has won 1 and lost 4 of his five matches against Inter. The Nerazzurri have scored in each of those games (total 9 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 ----
2004/05 C. Italia Atalanta-Inter 0-1 ----

Bobo one hundred

Christian Vieri is one away from his 100th Serie A goal for Inter, having scored his 98th and 99th at th Renzo Barbera on Sunday. Vieri's first league goal for the Nerazzurri was on 29 August 1999, when he scored a hat-trick in Inter 3-0 Verona.

Martins, Vieri top scorers so far in 2005

Obafemi Martins is Italy's top scorer after a month of the new year with six goals (two in league, four in cup), together with Roma striker Montella. Including just Serie A matches, Vieri and Montella are top of the list with five goals each.

Inter still unbeaten

The Nerazzurri haven't lost a competitive match in 2004/05. Including the last two victories at the end of last season after the 2-1 defeat at Lecce on 2 May, Inter are now unbeaten in 34 matches (17 wins and 17 draws).

Mancini's Inter always on target at home

Mancini's Inter have scored at least one goal in each of their home Serie A matches since the start of the season (total 21 goals in 10 matches). The positive run started at the end of last season when the Nerazzurri beat Parma 1-0. The last time they failed to score at the Meazza was in the 0-0 draw against... Mancini's Lazio, last 25 April.

Atalanta's poor second-half form

Bergamo Nerazzuri Atalanta would have seven more points in the table if their matches lasted 45 minutes instead of 90, having worsened their results in second halves more than any other Serie A side this season.

Atalanta: 25 goals conceded in 14 away matches

Atalanta haven't finished an away match without letting in goals since last 5 June when they beat Treviso 3-0 in the Serie B. In their 14 trips since then, the Bergamo side have let in a total of 25 goals.

wins(42) draws(10) defeats(9)
MILAN - Inter followed up Sunday's win in Palermo with another convincing performance at the Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday to beat Atalanta 1-0 and consolidate third spot in the Serie A table.

The scoreline suggests a close match, but Fabian Carini was a spectator for most of the ninety minutes as the Nerazzurri produced a dominant display and created chance after chance.

Atalanta twice cleared off the line in the first half, while Obafemi Martins saw his close-range shot come off the crossbar before he opened the scoring just after the half hour. The Nigerian squeezed between Natali and Bellini then turned the Atalanta number six before firing past Calderoni to make it sixteen goals in all competitions this season.

Inter continued to attack the Bergamo Nerazzurri in the second half and were at their most dangerous from set pieces as Vieri, Martins and Stankovic all headed over the crossbar. Bobo had a chance for his 100th Serie A goal for Inter in the final minutes but his low shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Calderoni.


Scorer: Martins 33

INTER: 15 Carini, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 5 Emre, 14 Veron, 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic (8 Davids 78), 30 Martins (18 Kily Gonzalez 90+2), 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 87 Bindi, 3 Burdisso, 7 Van der Meyde,11 Mihajlovic, 13 Zè Maria
Coach: Roberto Mancini

ATALANTA: 27 Calderoni, 6 Bellini, 9 Sinigaglia, 18 Montolivo (7 Marcolini 58), 20 Makinwa, 22 Mingazzini, 23 Capelli (24 Sala 76), 25 Natali, 26 Motta, 53 Migliaccio, 77 Pagano (13 Innocenti 46)
Subs not used: 1 Taibi, 8 Bernardini, 21 Lazzari, 35 Pereira Da Silva Adriano
Coach: Delio Rossi

Referee: Salvatore Racalbuto (Gallarate)

Bookings: Natali 58, Emre 65, Migliaccio 66, Innocenti 80

starting lineups

Carini 15 Calderoni
Cordoba 2 Bellini
Zanetti 4 Sinigaglia
Emre 5 Montolivo
Veron 14 Makinwa
Favalli 16 Mingazzini
Cambiasso 19 Capelli
Materazzi 23 Natali
Stankovic 25 Motta
Martins 30 Migliaccio
Vieri 32 Pagano


Bindi 87 Taibi
Burdisso 3 Marcolini
Van Der Meyde 7 Bernardini
Davids 8 Innocenti
Mihajlovic 11 Lazzari
Ze Maria 13 Sala
Kily Gonzalez 18 Adriano