Final score

12 May 2005 21:00

5' (2nd half) Zola
6' (2nd half) Martins
Referee: Paolo Bertini / Linesmen: Copelli, Lanciano / Fourth official: Morganti
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45' Cagliari win a free kick 25 yards out on the right for a Karagounis foul on Esposito. Zola delivers the cross... Veron makes a headed clearance.
45' Half time. Cagliari 0 Inter 0.
44' Marco Materazzi is booked for a foul from behind on Esposito.
43' Veron plays a one-two with Adriano and is dispossessed on the edge of the Cagliari box.
39' Martins latches on to Adriano's excellent through ball then pulls his shot wide of the right post.
38' Langella and Zola are tackled by Argentine duo Cambiasso and Veron as Cagliari attack the Nerazzurri.
37' On the edge of the Inter box Materazzi makes a headed clearance from Lopez's long ball forward for Langella.
34' Adriano's left-foot thunderbolt from 20 yards is just over Brunner's bar.
33' At the other end Karagounis crosses from the right wing to Adriano in the area. The Brazilian plays short to Veron, who fires wide.
32' Agostini receives from Zola on the left wing then advances and crosses into the six-yard box. Carini collects.
30' Kily receives on the left then turns Alvarez and has space for a shot on the edge of the area but crosses to Martins, who is intercepted.
28' Foul by Conti on Veron just inside the Cagliari half. Free kick to Inter.
28' Mihajlovic's effort from over forty yards dips and forces Brunner to tip over for an Inter corner.
25' Langella combines with Esposito on the right wing then looks for Zola with a short pass inside the Nerazzurri area. Cambiasso intercepts.
25' Cagliari win a left-wing corner. Zola's inswinger is headed clear by Adriano.
23' The Rossoblu break down the right. Esposito crosses but Langella's run is too late and Inter win possession.
22' Juan Veron plays short to Martins, who turns on the edge of the box then sees his shot blocked.
22' The Argentine plays to Martins again, this time inside the Cagliari box, but the Nigerian is anticipated.
20' Martins receives a long ball forward from Cambiasso, bursts past an opponent then plays short to Karagounis on the right. The Greek midfielder's low, diagonal drive is wide of the far post.
19' Zola's pass wide to Langella is intercepted by Javier Zanetti.
16' Inter attack back. Veron picks out Martins with a pin-point pass forward. The Nigerian plays back to Adriano, who dribbles one opponent then is dispossessed by a second.
15' Carini saves from Langella, who races past two opponents on the left wing then sends an angled shot on target at the near post.
14' From 30 yards Adriano unleashes one of his left-foot specials. It's wide of the left post.
13' Zola creates space for a shot on the edge of the Inter box but the veteran fantasista slips and the ball finishes wide of the right post.
11' Veron's long-range shot is well wide of the left post.
10' Mihajlovic delivers the cross... Adriano's effort from close range is over the bar.
9' Inter attack back and win a free kick on the left wing for a Conti foul on Oba Martins.
8' Cagliari attack down the right. Italy winger Esposito dribbles Materazzi then is tackled by Mihajlovic. Corner.
7' Alvarez combines with Zola in the Inter half but Veron dispossesses the Cagliari captain and plays back to Carini.
5' Javier Zanetti races down the right then plays short to Karagounis. The Greek midfielder cuts inside, plays square to Cambiasso, and the Argentine midfielder fires wide from 25 yards out.
3' Mihajlovic plays the ball into the box... Cagliari clear.
2' Inter come forward and the ball falls to Adriano, who is surrounded by four Rossoblu shirts and the home side regain possession.
2' Adriano is fouled by Maltagliati and Inter win a free kick in a central position 35 yards out.
1' One hundred and eighty minutes of Coppa Italia semi-final action starts here at the Sant'Elia Stadium as Inter kick off against Cagliari.
1' Zola plays to Langella on the left wing but Cordoba gets there first.
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48' From 25 yards out Julio Cruz turns and sends a shot on target. Brunner saves.
48' Full time. Cagliari 1-1 Inter.
45' Alvarez cuts out Kily's pass to Veron on the left and plays forward to Brambilla, who is tackled by Materazzi.
45' Inter come straight back forward and Vieri shoots wide from the distance.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
40' Vieri's low shot from Veron's square pass is wide of the right post.
39' Veron's long-range shot is over the bar.
37' Cagliari win a free kick out on the right wing. Zola crosses to the far post... substitute Gobbi heads way over.
37' Inter bring on Julio Cruz for goalscorer Obafemi Martins.
35' Vieri takes on Conti then slips while taking a shot from the distance.
34' Cagliari bring on Brambilla for Budel and Gobbi for Agostini.
34' And Inter replace Adriano with Vieri.
33' Adriano plays a delightful one-two with Stankovic then takes the ball to the by-line and crosses. Brunner collects.
30' Martins receives from Veron on the right wing, sprints forward then plays to Stankovic inside the box. But the Serb-Montenegrin forward hasn't read the move and Cagliari intercept.
28' On the left channel Kily plays an excellent ball to Cambiasso, whose pass forward to Martins is intercepted.
27' Adriano is fouled by Conti on the left wing and Inter win a free kick.
26' Free kick to Cagliari 25 yards out after Cambiasso handles a Rossoblu pass.
26' Zola's volley from Alvarez's cross is collected by Carini.
25' Adriano feeds the ball through to Stankovic but the pass is iintercepted by Budel.
24' Esposito is back on his favoured right wing as Materazzi beats the Cagliari number seven to a high ball and heads back to Carini.
23' Inter bring on Stankovic for Karagounis.
21' Cambiasso finds Martins with a long ball forward. The Nigerian plays to Karagounis who sets up Adriano. The Brazilian's shot is blocked by Bega.
20' Cordoba wins a left-wing duel with Esposito, who has switched flanks in the second half.
17' Free kick to Inter 35 yards out for a Maltagliati foul on Martins.
17' Adriano's powerful left-foot effort is just over the bar.
16' Langella's cross-shot from the left flank is over Carini's crossbar.
14' Cagliari attack back. Esposito's first-time effort from Langella's low pass into the Nerazzurri box is wide of the left post.
13' Inter win a free kick 25 yards out on the right for a Conti foul on Adriano.
13' Adriano's header from Veron's free kick is directed at the far post. Brunner anticipates Materazzi and pushes to safety.
11' Zola curls his free kick wide of the far post.
10' Free kick to Cagliari on the left wing for a Karagounis foul on Zola. This game has really come to life after the two goals.
8' Bertini books Bega and Martins after an off-the-ball incident in the Cagliari area.
7' That's Obagol's 21st goal in all competitions this season.
7' Inter win another corner.
6' OBAGOL!!!!! The Nerazzurri equalise through Martins, who stabs home Mihajlovic's corner kick after a goalmouth scramble. 1-1.
5' Zola's curling free kick goes in at the top left-hand corner. 1-0 to Cagliari.
5' Inter react immediately as Adriano dribbles three then plays forward to Martins, who is intercepted. Corner.
3' Carini handles a Cagliari forward pass outside his area. The Uruguayan keeper is booked and the Rossoblu win a free kick right on the edge of the Inter box.
1' Cagliari get the second period under way.
1' Adriano combines with Veron and Martins then has a shot blocked. The ball falls to Giorgos Karagounis, whose stunning drive is superbly saved by Brunner.
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 6.52
3 shots on target 3
6 shots off target 12
12 fouls committed 20
2 corners 5
0 offsides 1
24:19 ball possession 33:33
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Abeijon, Delnevo, Albino (Cagliari)
Cautioned: Brambilla, Conti, Lopez, Sabato (Cagliari), C.Zanetti (Inter)

Arrigoni v Mancini

The two coaches have met on two previous occasions (both league matches this season). Roberto Mancini has never lost, with a win and a draw against Daniele Arrigoni.


2004/05 Serie A Cagliari 3-3 Inter
2004/05 Serie A Inter 2-0 Cagliari

The ref: Paolo Bertini

Paolo Bertini (Arezzo section) has taken charge of four Nerazzurri matches so far this season (Inter-Palermo, Roma-Inter, Inter-Sampdoria and Inter-Fiorentina), and a total of 11 (4 Inter wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats. At the Sant'Elia Stadium in Cagliari he will be assisted by linesmen Copelli (Inter-Parma, AC Milan-Inter and Inter-Fiorentina this season) and Lanciano, and by fourth man Morganti (AC Milan-Inter and Lazio-Inter this season).
Bertini's last Cagliari match was the Rossoblu's 2-1 win at home to Bari in the Serie B on 1 May 2004.

No Nerazzurri draw since March

Roberto Mancini's men haven't drawn a competitive match since the 1-1 at Lazio on 12 March. Since then, Inter have collected 7 wins and 3 defeats.

Inter unbeaten in 10 cup games

The Nerazzurri's last Coppa Italia defeat was the 2-1 loss at home to Bari on 19 December 2002. Inter have since registered 6 victories and 4 draws. The last time Inter put together a series of ten positive domestic cup results was between August 1996 and October 1997 (6 victories and 4 draws), while the club's absolute unbeaten cup run is 20 matches between May 1986 and April 1988.

Wins only for Inter in 2004/05 cup

Inter are yet to draw or lose a Coppa Italia match in 2004/05, with four wins since entering the competition at the last sixteen stage. Mancini's men followed up two 3-1 victories over Bologna with 1-0 and 3-0 wins against Atalanta in the quarter-finals. Martins (4), Cruz (2), Recoba (2), Emre and Vieri have scored the club's 10 domestic cup goals this season.

No Cagliari win in 8 games

Daniele Arrigoni's side haven't won a competitive match since the 3-0 victory at home to Roma last 13 March. Since then, the Sardinians have drawn 6 games (four in a row) and 2 defeats.

wins(1) draws(2) defeats(0)
CAGLIARI - Inter bring a valuable away goal back to Milan for next week's Coppa Italia semi-final return leg as the Nerazzurri held Cagliari 1-1 at the Sant'Elia Stadium on Thursday.

The Rossoblu took the lead five minutes into the second half when Gianfranco Zola's text book curling free kick found the top left-hand corner.

But Inter's reaction was immediate. Less than sixty seconds later Obafemi Martins stabbed home a Mihajlovic corner following a goalmouth scramble to notch his 21st goal of the season.


Scorers: Zola 50, Martins 51

CAGLIARI: 22 Brunner, 4 Bega, 5 Conti, 6 Lopez, 7 Esposito, 10 Zola, 16 Budel (19 Brambilla 79), 21 Alvarez, 23 Langella, 31 Agostini (8 Gobbi 79), 35 Maltagliati
Subs not used: 34 Iezzo, 13 Rocco, 14 Pisano, 15 Loria, 18 Abeijon, 32 Bianchi
Coach Daniele Arrigoni

INTER: 15 Carini, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 10 Adriano (32 Vieri 79), 11 Mihajlovic, 14 Veron, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 19 Cambiasso, 21 Karagounis (25 Stankovic 68), 23 Materazzi, 30 Martins (9 Cruz 82)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 24 Gamarra, 47 Marino, 49 Andreolli
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Paolo Bertini

Booked: Materazzi 44, Carini 48, Bega 53, Martins 53

starting lineups

Brunner 15 Carini
Bega 2 Cordoba
Conti 4 Zanetti
Lopez 10 Adriano
Esposito 11 Mihajlovic
Zola 14 Veron
Budel 18 Kily Gonzalez
Alvarez 19 Cambiasso
Langella 21 Karagounis
Agostini 23 Materazzi
Maltagliati 30 Martins


Iezzo 1 Toldo
Gobbi 9 Cruz
Rocco 24 Gamarra
Pisano 25 Stankovic
Loria 32 Vieri
Brambilla 47 Marino
Bianchi 49 Andreolli