Final score

16 February 2005 17:30

9' (2nd half) Cruz
36' Emre
31' Recoba
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Saglietti, Milardi / Fourth official: Brighi
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Minute Text commentary
45' Sinigaglia's diagonal, first-time shot from the right side of the Inter area is wide of the far post. It was a good chance for Atalanta to pull a goal back.
45' Half time. Inter lead Atalanta by two goals to nil (3-0 on aggregate).
43' Atalanta attack back and captain Marcolini's shot from 20 yards swerves wide of the right post.
43' Back at the other end van der Meyde is caught offside as he brings down a long ball to the right flank.
42' Emre picks out El Chino in space on the right. The Uruguayan shields the ball then plays to Stankovic in the middle. Dejan's first-time cross is blocked.
41' Davids' low shot from 20 yards is easily saved by Calderoni.
40' At the other end Inter win a corner, which is cleared by the Atalanta defence.
39' Pagano's shot from the edge of the Inter box is deflected and Carini collects at the by-line.
36' El Chino attempts a one-two with Cruz but the Argentine is caught in possession.
36' GOOOAAALLL!!!! Emre dribbles two Atalanta players then beats Calderoni with a low, left-foot shot into the far corner.
34' Inter win a free kick over 35 yards out. Recoba floats his cross into the box... Calderoni collects.
31' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Recoba cuts out an Atalanta attacking move then runs for forty yards before playing to Cruz. The Argentine runs into the box and passes back to El Chino, who slots into an open goal.
30' Recoba plays his right-wing corner to the far post... Calderoni is beaten and Cruz heads wide to waste another chance.
29' From the left wing Burdisso crosses over to the far side. Adriano heads out for an Inter corner.
28' Ooohhhhh! Edgar Davids rattles the crossbar with a shot from 25 yards out. Julio Cruz' effort from the rebound is over.
27' Sala's header from Marcolini's outswinging cross is over.
26' Atalanta attack back and win a free kick on the left wing after Materazzi brings down Sinigaglia.
25' The Nerazzurri attack down the right channel. Van der Meyde crosses to the edge of the box, Recoba lets the ball do the work, beating one opponent before losing it.
24' Calderoni comes off his line to beat Cruz to the ball after a defensive mistake by Sala. Van der Meyde pounces on the clearance and whips a cross in, but Atalanta clear.
22' Cruz curls his free kick high over the Atalanta wall. It dips but finishes over Calderoni's bar.
21' Inter win a free kick 25 yards out for a foul on Davids.
20' Uruguayan leeper Fabian Carini collects Pagano's low shot from 20 yards.
18' Emre Belozoglu unleashes a ferocious left-foot shot from the edge of the box. It's just over.
17' On the left side of the Atalanta box Burdisso races on to an intelligent through ball from Emre then crosses, but there's no Nerazzurri player there.
16' On the right Van der Meyde plays a one-two with Ze Maria then crosses into the box. The Atalanta defence blocks and clears.
14' On the left wing Emre makes a diagonal run, takes the ball past two then crosses at the near post. Calderoni collects.
13' Alvaro Recoba plays a pin-point pass to van der Meyde wide on the wing. The Dutchman mis-kicks his cross and Atalanta win a goal kick.
11' Ze Maria is anticipated in the Inter half but Carlos Gamarra wins the ball back for the Nerazzurri, who move forward.
9' In the Atalanta box Julio Cruz heads Ze Maria's right wing cross across the area, but Recoba is anticipated.
8' In defence Materazzi anticipates Marcolini to Sinigaglia's cut back and boots clear.
6' Burdisso cleans up at the back, dispossessing Pagano on the wing then playing to safety.
5' Davids, Emre and Stankovic combine as the Nerazzurri attack, but the Serbia&Montenegro's final pass to Recoba is misguided.
4' Marcolini's shot from 20 yards is well wide.
3' Atalanta midfielder Adriano is booked for obstructing van der Meyde.
2' Pagano combines with Innocenti as Atalanta attack down the right. But there's no way past Nicolas Burdisso, who is being tried out at left-back tonight.
1' Welcome to the San Siro for the third all-Nerazzurri clash in the space of a month. Inter go into this cup clash with a 1-0 lead from the first leg. The visitors kick off.
Minute Text commentary
46' Karagounis' low shot is well wide of the left post.
46' That's it. Inter beat Atalanta 3-0 (aggregate 4-0) and qualify for the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia.
45' Nicolas Burdisso needs medical attention after an aerial collision with Motta.
45' 1 minute of overtime.
44' On the edge of the Inter six-yard box Fabian Carini cuts out Makinwa's cross for Sinigaglia.
43' Ze Maria's right-wing cross to the far post finds his fellow countryman Adriano. But the striker is intercepted.
42' Giorgos Karagounis' shot from Adriano's square pass is caught by Calderoni.
41' Bellini shoves Karagounis off the ball in midfield and it's an Inter free kick. Recoba tries an ambitious shot from over 40 yards out. It goes over.
36' At the other end Edgar Davids's shot is deflected.
36' The visitors attack back immediately and Sinigaglia wastes an easy chance, pulling his shot wide of the far post.
35' Carini pulls off a terrific save from Mingazzini, whose shot deflects off Gamarra.
33' Inter attack back and Rivalta makes a good tackle on Recoba to deny the Uruguyan a clear route on goal.
32' Motta's shot from the edge of the box is collected by Fabian Carini after Sinigaglia's initial effort spins off a Nerazzurri defender.
30' Atalanta win two left-wing corners. Nothing comes of the first, while the second is cleared as far as Montolivo, who crashes a low shot on target. Carini collects.
27' Atalanta break after Inter lose the ball in midfield. Rivalta's shot is blocked, then Sinigaglia sends his follow-up wide of the right post.
26' Recoba's outswinging corner arrives at the feet of Karagounis, whose low shot from 25 yards is blocked.
25' Rivalta heads out for a corner to deny Adriano a sure chance on goal from Cruz' pass.
24' Good goalkeeping by Carini. The Uruguyan comes off his line to anticipate Makinwa to Sinigaglia's through ball.
22' Cruz intelligently let's Ze Maria's cross roll through to Adriano, but the Brazilian forward is intercepted before he can shoot.
18' Cruz fails to control Burdisso's cross from the left-wing by-line, but makes amends seconds later with a header from Karagounis' cross back in which goes over the bar.
17' Oooohhhh. Emre's shot from Recoba's square pass forces Calderoni into a difficult save and we win a corner.
13' An inspired Emre shoots from the distance. It's not far over.
13' Delio Rossi brings on Makinwa for Pagano.
12' Marcolini shoots from the edge of the Inter box. Ze Maria blocks.
9' GOOOAAALLL!!!!! At the far post Julio Cruz heads home a pin-point cross from Alvaro Recoba.
8' Recoba's free kick comes off the Atalanta wall.
8' Adriano receives short from Emre then tries to dribble two players but is tackled by Pagano and Atalanta break.
7' Motta receives on the right side of the Inter box and shoots on target. Carini parries, the Nerazzurri break and Julio Cruz wins a free kick after being fouled midway inside the Atalanta half.
6' Ten yards outside the Inter box Montolivo tries a one-two with Marcolini but the Nerazzurri cut out the return ball.
5' Atalanta captain Marcolini's low shot hits the Inter wall.
4' Burdisso concedes a free kick in a central position 30 yards out after losing the ball then committing a foul to win it back.
2' Giorgos Karagounis wins a free kick on the left after dancing between three opponents
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Atalanta have brought Bellini on for Adriano and Motta on for Innocenti.
1' And Inter have brought Adriano on for van der Meyde and Karagounis on for Stankovic.
Van Der Meyde
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.22
0 shots on target 0
0 shots off target 0
0 fouls committed 0
0 corners 0
0 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Mancini v Rossi

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


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

Mancini v Atalanta

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has never lost a competitive match against Atalanta (5 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 1-0 3-2
2004/05 C. Italia Inter-Atalanta ---- 1-0

Rossi v Inter

Current Atalanta coach Delio Rossi has won 1 and lost 5 of his six matches against Inter. The Nerazzurri have scored in each of those games (total 10 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 ----
2004/05 Serie A Atalanta-Inter ---- 0-1

Inter and unbeaten runs in cup

Inter haven't lost in 9 Coppa Italia games, with 5 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. Inter's record unbeaten run in the Coppa Italia is 20 matches between May 1986 and April 1988.

Inter remain unbeaten in 2004/05

Saturday's 2-0 victory at home to Roma sees the Nerazzurri extend their unbeaten run in competitive fixtures to 37 matches (19 wins and 18 draws). Inter's last defeat was the 2-1 reverse at Lecce on 2 May 2004.

Inter and 1-0 leads from cup first legs

For the fourth time in the club's history, Inter go into a home Coppa Italia second leg with a 1-0 lead from the first leg, and have progressed in the tournament on each of the three previous occasions: Empoli 0-1 Inter, Inter 1-0 Empoli in 1984/85; Monza 0-1 Inter, Inter 2-1 Monza in 1990/91; and Foggia 0-1 Inter, Inter 3-2 Foggia in 1997/98.

Atalanta's poor away form

Atalanta haven't won away from home since last 29 September, when they beat Reggina 3-2 in the Coppa Italia. Since then, the Bergamo Nerazzurri have collected 9 defeats and 2 draws in 11 league and cup trips. Including home matches, Atalanta have let in at least one goal in each of their last 16 matches (total 28 goals). The last time they kept a clean sheet was in last season's 3-0 win away to Treviso on 5 June 2004.

Lazzari in fine cup form

Young Atalanta striker Andrea Lazzari is 2004/05 Coppa Italia top scorer with 9 goals (including 5 against Juventus in the two 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(4) draws(1) defeats(1)
MILAN - The Nerazzurri ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over local rivals Atalanta at the Meazza on Wednesday to qualify for the Coppa Italia semi-finals and a two-legged clash with either Cagliari or Sampdoria, who meet on 17 March.

Recoba, Emre and Cruz added to Obafemi Martins' goal from the first leg and stretch the Nerazzurri's unbeaten run in all competitions to thirty-eight matches.

Edgar Davids went close to his first goal for Inter when his long-range shot crashed onto the crossbar on 29 minutes. It was a taste of things to come as Alvaro Recoba opened the scoring just after the half-hour. The Uruguayan cut out an Atalanta attack, ran with the ball for over forty yards, played a defence-splitting ball to Cruz then raced into the box to meet the return pass and slot his 65th Nerazzurri goal into an open net.

Inter's second was just as spectacular. Emre received just inside the Atalanta half then dribbled two opponents in a mazy run on goal then beat Calderoni with a crisp, low shot.

Argentine striker Julio Cruz made extra sure of qualification early in the second half, beating his marker to meet Recoba's pin-point left-wing cross and head into the far corner.

INTER 3-0 ATALANTA (HT: 2-0, AGG: 4-0)

Scorers: Recoba 31, Emre 36, Cruz 54

INTER: 15 Carini, 3 Burdisso, 5 Emre, 7 van der Meyde (10 Adriano 46), 8 Davids, 9 Cruz, 13 Zé Maria, 20 Recoba, 23 Materazzi, 24 Gamarra, 25 Stankovic (21 Karagounis 46)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 4 J. Zanetti , 6 C.Zanetti, 11 Mihajlovic, 18 Kily Gonzalez
Coach: Roberto Mancini

ATALANTA: 27 Calderoni, 7 Marcolini, 9 Sinigaglia, 13 Innocenti (26 Motta 46), 16 Rivalta, 18 Montolivo, 22 Mingazzini, 23 Capelli, 24 Sala, 35 Pereira Da Silva Adriano (6 Bellini 46), 77 Pagano (20 Makinwa 58)
Subs not used: 28 Caglioni, 8 Bernardini, 21 Lazzari, 33 Stendardo
Coach: Delio Rossi

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna)

Booked: Pereira Da Silva Adriano 3

starting lineups

Carini 15 Calderoni
Burdisso 3 Marcolini
Emre 5 Sinigaglia
Van Der Meyde 7 Innocenti
Davids 8 Rivalta
Cruz 9 Montolivo
Ze Maria 13 Mingazzini
Recoba 20 Capelli
Materazzi 23 Sala
Gamarra 24 Pereira da Silva Adriano
Stankovic 25 Pagano


Toldo 1 Caglioni
Zanetti 4 Bellini
Zanetti 6 Bernardini
Adriano 10 Makinwa
Mihajlovic 11 Lazzari
Kily Gonzalez 18 Motta
Karagounis 21 Stendardo