Final score

18 May 2005 17:30

45' (2nd half) Martins
13' (2nd half) Vieri
26' Vieri
19' (2nd half) Lopez
Referee: Tiziano Pieri / Linesmen: Pisacreta, Camerota / Fourth official: Mazzoleni
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46' Giorgos Karagounis receives from Veron then sidesteps Maltagliati and shoots. Iezzo saves.
46' Inter lead Cagliari 1-0 after half time (aggregate 2-1).
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Alvarez pulls up with what looks like a hamstring problem after a race with Mihajlovic to an Esposito ball down the right.
43' Mihajlovic's outswinging cross is headed clear by Bega... Cagliari break down the right... The Meazza applauds Javier Zanetti for a great tackle on Rossoblu winger Esposito.
42' Kily is brought down by Alvarez after receiving from Martins and we win a free kick 25 yards out on the left.
41' Alvarez fails to control Conti's crossfield pass to the right and Inter win a defending throw-in.
41' Maltagliati intercepts Vieri's left-wing cross to Martins and Cagliari move forward.
40' Vieri, who is in sparkling form tonight, mis-kicks from Veron's right-wing cross.
40' Kily Gonzalez is cautioned for a foul from behind on Alvarez.
39' Iezzo pulls off a terrific save from Vieri, who plays a one-two with Martins then sends a low shot on target.
38' Marco Materazzi fouls Esposito 25 yards out. Cagliari take the free kick quickly, but quick thinking by Ivan Cordoba ends the move.
37' Giorgos Karagounis dispossesses Zola just outside the Inter area and plays calmly back to Carini.
37' The Greek midfielder is all over the pitch as he tests Iezzo with a diagonal shot at the other end. Grande Giorgos!
36' From 20 yards out Veron fires wide of the left post after receiving a Cambiasso cut-back.
35' On the left wing Kily receives from Cambiasso then shields from Alvarez before crossing. The Cagliari defence clears.
32' Great move by Inter. Cambiasso and Kily combine on the right then the ball is played forward to Martins, who plays first-time to Vieri. The Italian striker pulls his shot wide.
30' Karagounis turns an opponent on the right wing then shoots over from 25 yards out.
29' Great save by Fabian Carini from Zola, who is unmarked in the Nerazzurri box.
29' Abeijon is booked for a foul on Vieri.
28' Cagliari attack down the left. Agostini crosses into the box, Mihajlovic clears.
26' BOBOGOL!!!!!!!! Vieri slots into the roof of the net after receiving from Martins in the middle of the Cagliari area. But what a great long-range pass by Karagounis to the Nigerian. 1-0 to Inter (2-1 on aggregate).
26' That's Bobogol's 16th of the season.
25' Superb defending by Mihajlovic. The veteran defender makes a sliding tackle on Esposito, put through down the right by Alvarez. Corner to the visitors. Zola takes, Cordoba heads clear at the far post.
24' Cambiasso serves Martins, who turns on the edge of the Cagliari area then pulls his shot wide.
22' Karagounis has a low shot from the edge of the Cagliari area saved by Iezzo.
21' Mauro Esposito weaves down the right then crosses to the far post, where there is no Cagliari player on hand.
21' It's fast and furious at the San Siro as Martins storms down the right, leaving two Rossoblu players in his wake. The Nigerian crosses into the box, and Vieri is anticipated by Iezzo.
20' Inter win another corner as Vieri's header from Mihajlovic's corner shaves Abeijon.
19' Iezzo makes a massive save from Mihajlovic. Corner.
18' Martins is fouled by Bega and Inter win a free kick 25 yards out.
17' Gianfranco Zola's ball into the Nerazzurri box is headed wide by Lopez, who had his back to goal.
16' Materazzi fouls Esposito in a central position about 30 yards out and Cagliari win a free kick.
15' On the right wing Karagounis plays forward to Martins. The Nigerian's cross is blocked by Maltagliati. Seconds later Oba has a chance from the distance but his shot finishes over.
14' Vieri receives an excellent through ball from Cambiasso then looks for Martins but his pass into the middle of the box is intercepted.
12' Alvarez anticipates Martins to a Kily ball then races past both players to set up a Cagliari counter down the right.
11' Oooohhhh!!! Vieri dribbles two opponents the sends a powerful long-range shot on target. Iezzo tips it over for a corner. Mihajlovic's cross is headed clear by Lopez.
9' Abeijon looks for Langella with a long-range pass to the edge of the Inter box. Cordoba anticipates the Cagliari forward and makes a headed clearance.
8' Vieri's shot from inside the box is blocked by Esposito after excellent approach play by Giorgos Karagounis. Corner to Inter. Mihajlovic's cross is headed clear.
7' Abeijon tackles Martins mid-way inside the Rossoblu half as Veron feeds through to the Nigerian.
6' Esposito's cross-shot from the right wing goes out of play at the far post.
5' Great tackle by Materazzi on Alvarez, who receives on the right from Esposito.
4' The Nerazzurri attack down the right. J.Zanetti plays forward to Karagounis, who whips in a cross. Vieri is anticipated by Lopez.
3' Cagliari slow the pace a bit and play the ball around in their own half. The Rossoblu move forward and Veron regains possession for Inter.
2' Inter remain in attack and Oba plays a one-two with Vieri then is intercepted by Lopez.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan's San Siro district for this afternoon's Italian Cup semi-final return. Cagliari kick off and will attack the Curva Sud in the first half.
1' An immediate chance for Inter. Vieri nods back to Kily, who doesn't have room for a shot and plays back to Veron, whose fierce long-range effort is on target. Iezzo fails to catch it and Lopez sweeps clear.
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter beat Cagliari 3-1 (4-2 on aggregate) and go through to the Coppa Italia final.
48' Carini catches Pisano's cross from the right.
48' Oba tries to carve out a chance for a fourth but Lopez shields the ball and Iezzo collects.
48' And to round off, a bit of Nerazzurri cup history. On this day in 1939 Inter won their first Coppa Italia, with a 2-1 victory over Novara in the final.
46' OBAGOL!!!!!!!! From counter-attack Martins puts Inter into the cup final with a low shot past Iezzo after receiving from Vieri.
46' Albini is booked for protesting.
45' Vieri tries to set up Martins with a flicked pass from Stankovic's ball forward, but Cagliari intercept.
45' Four minutes of added time.
44' Albino's long-range shot takes a slight deflection off Cristiano Zanetti and finishes in the hands of Fabian Carini.
43' Inter bring on Ze Maria for Ivan Cordoba.
42' Superb defending by Cristiano Zanetti, who blocks Esposito then takes the ball past Agostini before playing to safety.
41' C.Zanetti picks out Martins free on the right with a wonderful long-range pass. It's two on two, but the Nigerian mis-times his pass square for Vieri and Cagliari intercept.
40' Cagliari sub Albino's powerful first-time shot from the distance is wide.
35' Materazzi anticipates Esposito to Zola's dangerous-looking inswinger from the left.
35' Inter replace Karagounis with C.Zanetti.
33' Cagliari bring on Albino for Abeijon.
32' Cagliari break and it's two on two. Good defending by Cordoba, who denies Esposito a shot from Bianchi's pass and gets injured in the process.
31' Free kick to Inter on the left wing. Mihajlovic's cross into the six-yard box is caught by Iezzo.
30' Cristiano Zanetti is set to come on.
29' Dejan tries a flicked header from Sinisa's free kick, but it doesn't work out and Cagliari move out of defence.
29' From the edge of the Cagliari box Kily fires well wide of the right post.
27' Inter bring on Stankovic for Veron.
27' Vieri has a headed goal disallowed for offside.
26' Abeijon blocks a Mihajlovic cross from the left and it's another Inter corner.
25' Veron's shot from outside the box is deflected out for a left-wing corner.
23' Mihajlovic crosses to the near post, Vieri heads into the side-netting.
22' Cambiasso's shot from the distance takes a deflection and Inter win a right-wing corner.
20' Arrigoni brings on Bianchi for Langella.
19' Cagliari pull a goal back. Lopez steals in at the near post and nods home Zola's inswinging cross. It's 2-1 to Inter (3-2 on aggregate).
18' Free kick to Cagliari on the left wing for a J.Zanetti foul on Agostini.
14' For the record, in 2004/05 Inter have scored 64 in the Serie A, 23 in the Champions League and 12 in the Coppa Italia.
14' Cagliari win a right-wing corner. Zola takes, Carini punches clear.
13' GOOAAAALLLL!!!! Vieri receives from Cambiasso, rounds Iezzo then find the net with a shot from a tight angle. That's Inter's 100th goal of the season.
12' Maltagliati pokes back to Iezzo with Vieri ready to pounce on an Oba through ball.
11' Argentine quartet Zanetti, Veron, Cambiasso and Kily pass the ball around in the middle as Inter look to move forward.
7' Superb defending by Javier Zanetti, who shadows Agostini on the left wing then tackles the Cagliari player.
7' Inter attack the Sardinians and Karagounis rifles a low shot on target. It's too central and Iezzo makes a comfortable save.
6' Conti plays a free kick into the Nerazzurri box. Carini collects.
5' Martins takes on Bega and Lopez then sends a low shot inches wide of the left post.
4' Karagounis receives from Kily, creates space then shoots. Iezzo saves after a deflection.
3' Vieri mis-reads a move after Veron combines with Karagounis then passes into space.
2' Martins fails to control a good pass from Javier Zanetti and the ball rolls through to Iezzo.
1' Inter get the second period under way.
1' Cagliari have brought on Pisano for Alvarez, who suffered an injury on the stroke of half time.
Kily Gonzalez
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.4
11 shots on target 2
18 shots off target 4
10 fouls committed 16
9 corners 3
4 offsides 2
31:18 ball possession 24:11
Tiziano Pieri: referee stats

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Arrigoni v Inter

Cagliari coach Arrigoni has lost 1 and drawn 2 of his 3 matches against Inter.

2004/05 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 3-3 0-2
2004/05 C.Italia Cagliari-Inter 1-1 ----

Mancini v Cagliari

Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in matches as a coach against Cagliari, with 1 win and 2 draws to his credit.


2004/05 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 2-0 3-3
2004/05 C.Italia Inter-Cagliari ---- 1-1

Mancini v Arrigoni

Mancini has never lost to Arrigoni, with 2 draws and 1 win against Cagliari this season. Inter have scored at least once in each of those matches (total 6 goals).


2004/05 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 2-0 3-3
2004/05 C. Italia Inter-Cagliari ---- 1-1

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Carini, Martins, Materazzi, C.Zanetti
Former players: C.Zanetti (18 appearances, 0 goals in competitive matches from November 1998 to June 1999)

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Bega, Brambilla, Conti, Lopez, Sabato
Former players: -

Holes in Cagliari goal

Inter's cup semi-final opponents have let in at least one goal in each of their last 15 (Serie A & Coppa Italia) away matches (total 33 goals conceded). The last time the Sardinians kept a clean sheet on the road was on 10 November 2004 when they held Sampdoria 0-0 at the Marassi.

No Rossoblu away win since November

Cagliari at home and Cagliari away in 2004/05 are two different sides in terms of results. On the road, Arrigoni's men haven't won in their last 14 matches, with 3 draws (2-2 at Siena, 3-3 at Livorno, and 1-1 at Verona in the Serie A) and 11 defeats. Their last away victory was the 3-2 win against Lazio in Rome last 28 November.

Mancini & the Coppa Italia

No player has played more Coppa Italia finals than Roberto Mancini (15 appearances from AC Milan 0-1 Sampdoria on 30 May 1985 to Inter 0-0 Lazio on 18 May 2000). Mancini has also lifted more Italian Cups than any other player, (four times with Sampdoria in 1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89 and 1993/94, and twice with Lazio in 1997/98 and 1999/00). And since he has become a coach, Mancini has added two more domestic cups, one with Fiorentina in 2001 (Parma 0-1 Fiorentina, Fiorentina 1-1 Parma) and the other with Lazio last season (Lazio 2-0 Juventus, Juventus 2-2 Lazio).

Inter and 1-1 draws from cup first legs

Inter go into an Italian Cup second leg after a 1-1 draw from the first leg for the fourth time in their history, and have progressed in the competition on two of the previous three occasions: 1-0 at home to Napoli, round of 32 in 1938/39 and 1-0 at home to Pisa, quarter-finals in 1967/68. Instead, the Nerazzurri were knocked out in 1986/87 when Cremonese won the quarter-final clash on penalties after the return leg in Milan also finished 1-1.

Inter unbeaten in 11 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 5 draws. Inter's longest unbeaten cup run is 20 matches between May 1986 and April 1988.

wins(5) draws(0) defeats(1)
MILAN - A brace from Christian Vieri and an injury-time goal from Obafemi Martins gave Inter a 3-1 victory over Cagliari at the Meazza on Wednesday and see the Nerazzurri through to the Coppa Italia final with an aggregate 4-2 win.

Inter made their intentions clear from the opening minute when Veron tested Iezzo with a fierce long-range effort which the Cagliari keeper couldn't hold on to, forcing Lopez to smash clear. Vieri went even closer with a stinger from 20 yards that Iezzo managed to tip over, then Inter's perseverance paid off on 26 minutes. Karagounis picked out Martins with a long-range pass to the far post, then the Nigerian played into the middle for Vieri to slot into the roof of the net.

Cagliari's only meaningful chance of the opening period fell to Zola, whose close-range effort was well-saved by Carini. But the Nerazzurri proceeded to dominate, forcing Iezzo into more saves from Veron, Vieri and Karagounis before the break.

The Greek midfielder had two long-range efforts parried by the Cagliari custodian early in the second half before Vieri doubled on 58 minutes with Inter's 100th goal in all competitions this season. After receiving from Cambiasso, the Italian striker took the ball past Iezzo and found the net with a shot from a tight angle. The Rossoblu reduced the deficit six minutes later through Lopez, who stole in at the near post to nod home a Zola inswinger.

Vieri thought he'd completed his hat-trick with a looping header over Iezzo on 72 minutes but the flag was raised for offside. Cagliari substitute Albino had a couple of chances from the distance before Obafemi Martins made the result safe in time added on with a low shot under Iezzo from a Vieri assist.

In June's final Inter face the winner of tomorrow's second leg at the Stadio Friuli between Roma and Udinese (first leg 1-1).

INTER 3-1 CAGLIARI (HT: 1-0, AGG: 4-2)

Scorers: Vieri 26, 58, Lopez 64, Martins 90+1

INTER: 15 Carini, 2 Cordoba (13 Zè Maria 88), 4 J.Zanetti, 11 Mihajlovic, 14 Veron (25 Stankovic 72), 18 Kily Gonzalez, 19 Cambiasso, 21 Karagounis (6 C.Zanetti 80), 23 Materazzi, 30 Martins, 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano, 24 Gamarra
Coach: Roberto Mancini

CAGLIARI: 34 Iezzo, 4 Bega, 5 Conti, 6 Lopez, 7 Esposito, 10 Zola, 18 Abeijon (3 Albino 78), 21 Alvarez (14 Pisano 46), 23 Langella (32 Bianchi 65), 31 Agostini, 35 Maltagliati
Subs not used: 22 Brunner, 8 Gobbi, 15 Loria, 16 Budel
Coach: Daniele Arrigoni

Referee: Tiziano Pieri (Genoa)

Bookings: Abeijon 29, Kily Gonzalez 40, Albino 90+1

starting lineups

Carini 15 Iezzo
Cordoba 2 Bega
Zanetti 4 Conti
Mihajlovic 11 Lopez
Veron 14 Esposito
Kily Gonzalez 18 Zola
Cambiasso 19 Abeijon
Karagounis 21 Alvarez
Materazzi 23 Langella
Martins 30 Agostini
Vieri 32 Maltagliati


Toldo 1 Brunner
Zanetti 6 Albino
Cruz 9 Gobbi
Adriano 10 Pisano
Ze Maria 13 Loria
Gamarra 24 Budel
Stankovic 25 Bianchi