Final score

24 April 2005 15:00

48' (2nd half) Rafael
14' (2nd half) Di Napoli
1' (2nd half) Cruz
referee Stefano Farina / linesmen Contini, Strocchia / 4th man Squillace
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Minutes Text commentary
47' It's 0-0 after 45 minutes of play at the San Filippo Stadium.
45' Ze Maria weaves his way into the box from the right then passes to Cruz, who is promptly intercepted by D'Alterio. A very good chance for Inter.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
44' Superb save by Francesco Toldo. The Inter number one parries Giampa's dangerous shot from inside the area.
42' Storari punches clear Kily Gonzalez's left-wing outswinging cross and remains on the ground after a clash with Cruz.
41' Zampagna makes a headed clearance from Mihajlovic's inswinging free kick and Inter win a corner. Miha takes the corner... Zanchi sweeps clear.
40' El Jardinero is brought down by Rezai and Inter win a free kick 25 yards out on the right side of the Messina area.
38' Emre is booked for protesting after a challenge with Coppola and will miss next weekend's match at home to Siena.
37' The Nerazzurri remain in attack and Veron sends a low shot with the outside of his right foot well wide of the left post.
36' Javier Zanetti's cross in from the left is headed clear by Aronica.
35' From the second corner Emre shoots wide.
34' Inter win a free kick 25 yards out. Materazzi connects with Mihajlovic's outswinging cross into the box but Storari parries.
34' D'Agostino blocks Cordoba's near-post header from Mihajlovic's right-wing fre kick.
33' Messina custodian Storari comes to the edge of his area and makes a headed clearance to deny Cruz.
32' Inter attack back after a period of Messina pressure. Kily Gonzalez plays to Stankovic, who fires over from the edge of the box.
31' Spotting Toldo off his line, Aronica tries to chip the Inter keeper with an effort 30 yards out on the left. It goes over the bar.
29' From the edge of the Inter box Di Napoli fires wide after Giampa's diagonal shot is intercepted by Ze Maria.
28' Farina awards Messoina a foul in a central position 30 yards out for a Materazzi foul on Zampagna.
28' D'Agostino's free kick hits Veron and Messina win a corner.
26' Cruz receives from Stankovic, then turns and shoots. D'Alterio blocks and Inter win a corner. Storari punches clear Mihajlovic's corner kick and Veron's shot from the loose ball is wide.
25' Juan Veron makes an acrobatic clearance from Giampa's right-wing cross.
23' Veron crosses to Cruz in the Messina area. The striker's headed pass to Kily is intercepted by Giampa', who heads back to Storari.
21' Inter attack back and Dejan Stankovic has a close-range header from Ze Maria's cross well-saved by Storari.
20' Messina attack down the right. Di Napoli crosses into the box... Marco Materazzi makes the clearance.
19' Inter counter-attack after Materazzi intercepts the ball. The move ends with Emre volleying over the bar after a short pass from Stankovic.
18' Messina cut out an Inter attack after a fine first-time passing move by the Nerazzurri midfielders.
15' Cruz mis-reads Kily's pass into the box after an excellent exchange of passes with Emre, who has made a great start to the match.
13' On the left channel Kily crosses out of play after a promising Nerazzurri attack involving Stankovic, Veron and Cruz.
12' Donati takes on Cordoba then crosses from the left edge of the Inter box. But there's no Messina player on hand to apply the final touch.
10' Di Napoli runs on to Giampa's forward pass to continue a good attacking move started by Zampagna. Moments later Di Napoli plays a one-two with Zampagna then fires over the bar.
9' Kily Gonzalez fails to connect with Dejan Stankovic's right-wing cross to the far post and the Sicilians win a goal kick.
8' Cruz plays one-two with Emre, who is intercepted. The ball falls to the Argentine again and his shot from the edge of the box is wide.
7' Kily seems to be okay now and Martins has returned to his place on the Nerazzurri bench.
6' Great solo run by Emre. The Turk bursts past two players, creates space for a shot then sees his effort saved by Storari. Corner.
6' D'Agostino heads clear Mihajlovic's corner. The ball falls to Emre, whose cross is blocked.
5' Stankovic's pass forward to Cruz is intercepted by Zanchi, who sets up a counter-attack.
4' D'Agostino clears Mihajlovic's corner kick played to the near post.
3' Inter win a free kick out on the right wing. Zanchi beats Cordoba to Miha's inswinger and Inter win a right-wing corner.
2' It looks like Kily has a problem with his right foot, and Martins is warming up on the touchline.
1' Playing in their white away strip, the Nerazzurri kick off against Messina.
1' Di Napoli beats Mihajlovic to a ball on the right wing then crosses over to the far side. No danger for Inter.
Minutes Text commentary
49' Karagounis has a long-range shot saved by Storari.
49' Messina win 2-1 and send the Nerazzurri to their first league defeat away from home in almost 12 months.
48' Messina take the lead. Substitute Rafael finishes off a counter-attack with a low shot past Toldo.
46' Materazzi anticipates Yanagisawa to a ball and concedes a corner.
45' The Sicilians make their third switch: Yanagisawa replaces Di Napoli.
45' 4 minutes of added time to play.
44' Mihajlovic and Materazzi deal with Messina sub Amoruso, who receives a long ball forward but can't find room for a shot.
43' Messina substitution: Amoruso comes on for Zampagna.
39' Messina bring on Rafael for D'Alterio.
38' Martins races on to an excellent ball forward then sees his shot parried. Corner.
38' After a goalmouth scramble Karagounis wins another corner after his shot is deflected over the bar.
35' Martins has an excellent chance for Inter's second but his volley is just wide of the right post.
33' Veron's long-range swerve shot comes off the left post. Spectacular!
32' Karagounis sets up Ze Maria on the right. The Brazilian's cross over to the far side is controlled by Giampa' and Messina break.
31' Storari collects an Inter cross from the left after Zampagna fails to make headed contact.
30' Inter win a right-wing corner. In the meantime Karagounis comes on for Stankovic.
29' Dejan Stankovic remains on the ground with what looks like a thigh problem.
27' Donati dribbles Veron then plays wide to Giampa' who crosses into the box from the right. Veron makes a headed clearance.
25' Dejan Stankovic plays a defence-splitting one-two with Julio Cruz then sends his low, right-foot shot wide of the right post.
24' Giampa's cross-shot from the right after a short run is well wide.
24' Inter bring on Cristiano Zanetti for Emre Belozoglu.
23' Messina continue to push for a second goal. Giampa's cross in from the right is headed clear by Materazzi.
22' Cordoba wins a duel with Di Napoli on the left wing and concedes a corner.
21' Cordoba beats Di Napoli to a ball played to the edge of the box and sweeps clear.
21' Seconds later Toldo comes off his line and punches clear to deny the Messina goalscorer.
19' The Serb-Montenegrin defender's second corner is cleared as far as Veron, whose long-range shot is deflected and Inter win a third corner, this time on the left.
19' Ivan Cordoba's header from the left-wing corner is over the crossbar.
18' Cordoba's left-foot shot from inside the Messina box is blocked by Zanchi. Inter win a right-wing corner.
18' Mihajlovic's cross is cleared and it's another corner kick.
17' Di Napoli receives in the box with his back to goal, then tries an overhead kick. But it's way off-target.
16' At the far post Storari collects Ze Maria's cross from the right. But Farina fails to see a clear foul on Materazzi as the central defender was held back by Rezai. It should have been a penalty.
14' Messina equalise through their 'King Arthur'. From close range Arturo Di Napoli heads D'Agostino's cross past Toldo.
12' Zampagna's free kick takes a deflection off a Nerazzurri player. Toldo catches to avoid a corner.
11' The Sicilians win a free kick in a central position 25 yards for a Veron foul.
10' Storari punches clear Veron's free kick. Cruz picks up the ball on the left-wing and crosses back into the box. Messina clear and counter-attack.
9' Martins is brought down by Zanchi as he runs on to a Cruz forward pass. The Messina defender is booked.
9' The free kick is 30 yards out in a central position.
7' Zanchi anticipates Cruz to a Martins cross into the box and heads back to Storari.
6' Martins runs on to a Cruz ball into the Messina box but it's too long and Storari lets it roll out for a goal kick.
6' Martins takes on Rezai after a defensive mistake then runs on goal but Storari is well-positioned and wins the ball off the Nigerian.
5' Materazzi fails to connect with Mihajlovic's ball to the far post and Messina win a goal kick.
4' Zampagna's shot from the distance is blocked by Mihajlovic and Inter break down the left wing.
4' Martins is fouled by Coppola, who is yellow-carded. The free kick is 35 yards out on the left.
2' It's El Jardinero's eighth goal of the season.
1' Messina kick off the second half.
1' Martins has come on for Kily Gonzalez.
1' GOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Ze Maria crosses from the right.... Julio Cruz turns and stabs home from close range after the Messina defence fails to clear.
Kily Gonzalez
Ze Maria
Average rating 5.63
5 shots on target 11
5 shots off target 11
20 fouls committed 16
3 corners 12
1 offsides 0
27:16 ball possession 36:02
Mutti v Mancini

Roberto Mancini has won both of his two matches against teams coached by Bortolo Mutti.

Messina v Inter

The Nerazzurri have won both of their previous two matches against Messina in Sicily (both 1-0). The last victory was in the 1964/65 Serie A season.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Zoro Kpolo, Cristante (Messina)

Cautioned: Storari, Parisi, Cucciari, Donati (Messina); C.Zanetti, Emre, Mihajlovic, Cambiasso (Inter)

Inter: 273 minutes of invincibility

Inter have gone 273 Serie A minutes without letting in a goal (since Cordoba's own goal in the 87th minute of the 3-2 win at home to Fiorentina on 20 March). The Nerazzurri have kept a clean sheet for the remaining 3 minutes of that match and the entire games against Bologna, Cagliari and Juventus.

Record second half of season for Inter

The Nerazzurri have collected 28 points in the second half of the season, with 8 victories, 4 draws and just 1 defeat. If the league table were limited to these 13 matches, Inter would level on points with Milan at the top of the table.

Inter still unbeaten away in Serie A

The Nerazzurri's last defeat in a Serie A trip was that 2-1 reverse at Lecce last 2 May. Since then Inter have played 17 league matches away from home, winning 6 and drawing 11.

Inter equal two historic records

The draw with Lazio in Week 28 was Inter's 17th of the 2004/05 Serie A campaign. The 1-1 stalemate at the Olimpico saw the Nerazzurri equal the club's record of draws in one season (set in 1991/92), and also equalled Bologna's record of draws in one 20/21-team Serie A season (set in 1948/49).

Mancini's golden April

According to the statistics, April is the best month for Roberto Mancini's teams in the Italian championship, with 10 victories, 4 draws and 2 defeats in the fourth calendar month (a points per match average of 2.12). And April 2005 has begun in the best possible way for Mancini with 1-0 wins against Bologna and Juventus and a 2-0 victory over Cagliari.

wins(4) draws(0) defeats(1)
MESSINA - Sicilian outfit Messina beat Inter 2-1 in Sunday afternoon's Serie A Week 33 clash to send the Nerazzurri to their first league defeat away from home in almost a year.

Inter dominated for long stretches, created a dozen good chances and took the lead through Cruz, but Messina were always dangerous on the break and drew level with a Di Napoli header before Rafael grabbed a late winner for Mutti's men.

Julio Cruz continued his fine moment of form, following up Wednesday's winner at Juve with his eighth goal of the season just seconds after the restart. The Messina defence failed to deal with Ze Maria's cross from the right then El Jardinero turned before slotting past Storari from six yards.

The home side equalised on 59 minutes when Di Napoli beat his marker to power home a header from D'Agostino's left-wing cross. Juan Veron hit the post with a long-range screamer and Martins had an effort parried by Storari as Inter pushed to restore their lead, but Messina hit the Nerazzurri on the break and clinched victory deep in injury time, Rafael finishing off a counter-attack with a low shot past Toldo.

Despite the defeat, Inter are four points clear of fourth-placed Sampdoria ahead of next weekend's match at home to Siena.


Scorers: Cruz 46, Di Napoli, Rafael 90+3

MESSINA: 1 Storari, 2 Rezaey, 5 Donati, 6 Aronica, 7 D'Agostino, 9 Zampagna (18 Amoruso 88), 11 Di Napoli (20 Yanagisawa 90), 17 Giampa', 24 Coppola, 27 Zanchi, 58 D'Alterio (32 Rafael 84)
Subs: 60 Santoro, 10 Iliev, 25 Fusco, 30 Cucciari
Coach: Bortolo Mutti

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 5 Emre (6 C.Zanetti 69), 9 Cruz, 11 Mihajlovic, 13 Zè Maria, 14 Veron, 18 Kily Gonzalez (30 Martins 46), 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic (21 Karagounis 75)
Subs: 15 Carini, 19 Cambiasso, 24 Gamarra, 49 Andreolli
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Stefano Farina (Novi Ligure)

Bookings: Emre 38, Coppola 59, Zanchi 64

starting lineups

Storari 1 Toldo
Rezaey 2 Cordoba
Donati 4 Zanetti
Aronica 5 Emre
D'Agostino 9 Cruz
Zampagna 11 Mihajlovic
Di Napoli 13 Ze Maria
Giampa' 14 Veron
Coppola 18 Kily Gonzalez
Zanchi 23 Materazzi
D'Alterio 25 Stankovic


Santoro 15 Carini
Iliev 6 Zanetti
Amoruso 19 Cambiasso
Yanagisawa 21 Karagounis
Fusco 24 Gamarra
Cucciari 30 Martins
Rafael 49 Andreolli