Final score

15 May 2005 15:00

13' Vieri
Referee: Christian Brighi / Linesmen: Papi, Giordano / Fourth official: De Marco
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Minute Text commentary
46' Cruz recieves short from Ze Maria and crosses in from the right. Grandoni clears.
46' Half time. Inter lead Livorno by a goal to nil thanks to Vieri's strike on 13 minutes.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Toldo beats A.Lucarelli to Passoni's cross and clears. But Inter win a free kick for a foul by the Livorno defender on the Inter keeper.
43' Materazzi fouls Giallombardo close to the left-wing by-line and Livorno win a free kick.
42' Referee Brighi books both players for a scuffle on the by-line.
41' Stankovic appears to be pushed off the ball by Vargas as both players race to meet a Veron through ball.
40' On the edge of the Inter area Ze Maria clears Passoni's long-range free kick.
39' Colombo volleys wide from 20 yards after a headed pass by C.Lucarelli.
38' Mareggini comes off his line to block Vieri's shot after a defensive mistake by Livorno. What a good chance for Inter's second.
35' Cristiano Lucarelli's header from Giallombardo's left-wing cross is on target. Toldo saves.
33' Cristiano Zanetti runs into a Livorno sandwich as he tries to find a route through on goal and the visitors come forward.
32' Vieri's header from Mihaljovic's corner is over.
31' And Inter win another corner as Stankovic's right-wing cross is blocked by A.Lucarelli.
31' Livorno clear and we win yet another corner!
30' Marco Materazzi short-range header from Mihajlovic's right-wing corner takes a deflection and goes out for another corner.
29' A.Lucarelli beats Cruz to Ze Maria's right-wing cross and makes a headed clearance.
28' Kily Gonzalez floats a left-wing cross into the Livorno box. Mareggini beats Cruz to the ball and collects.
26' Great save by Toldo. The Inter number one outjumps Colombo to Grauso's dangerous right-wing cross.
24' Inter lose the ball in the Livorno half and the Tuscans break. Colombo's pass to C.Lucarelli is intercepted by Materazzi.
23' Cruz wins Inter a left-wing corner after shielding an excellent Kily pass from two opponents.
23' Mihajlovic's inwinger is cleared. The Serb-Montenegrin defender crosses again and Livorno head out for an attacking throw-in.
21' With the outside of his right foot Veron half-volleys over after a sweeping first-time passing move by the Nerazzurri.
20' Mihajlovic is booked for handball.
19' Pfertzel is yellow-carded for a late tackle on Inter captain Javier Zanetti.
16' Julio Cruz blocks Passoni's long-range drive.
15' Free kick to Livorno in a central position 35 yards out for a Cristiano Zanetti foul from behind on Colombo.
14' That's Vieri's 15th goal in all competitions this season.
13' BOBOGOL!!!!!! Veron floats a right-wing cross to Cruz at the far post then the Argentine striker heads to Vieri, who from a central position inside the box beats Mareggini with a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner.
12' Cristiano Zanetti fires well wide from long range after Cruz' cross-shot is cleared by Vargas.
11' Cristiano Lucarelli has a great chance to put the Tuscans in front. The Livorno captain receives a through ball from Colombo then pokes wide with just Toldo to beat.
9' Jorge Vargas blocks Vieri's shot from Cristiano Zanetti's short pass square.
8' A good chance for Inter. Dejan Stankovic latches on to a Cruz pass then has a shot parried. The loose ball falls to Vieri, who volleys wide.
7' Mancini's men attack back. Cruz outjumps his marker to a Veron pass and heads wide of the left post.
6' Inter come forward again but the Tuscan defence holds tight and Livorno counter-attack as Giallombardo plays a long-range ball to C.Lucarelli on the right channel.
4' And the Nerazzurri passes start flowing as Veron elegantly switches play from flank to flank. The move ends as Kily's left-wing cross goes out of play at the far post.
4' El Brujita gets back to help out in defence and neutralise a Livorno attack with a headed clearance.
2' Materazzi interrupts a flowing Livorno move and concedes a throw-in.
1' Good afternoon and welcome to a sunny San Siro for Inter v Livorno. Attacking the Curva Sud, the Nerazzurri kick off.
1' Stankovic combines with Vieri on the right wing then is tackled by an opponent and Livorno win a goal kick.
Minute Text commentary
48' Incredible save by Toldo. The Inter keeper denies Colombo from close range. Inter win a free kick as the Livorno striker 'shot' with his hand.
48' Full time. Inter beat Livorno 1-0 and finish the Serie A season in third place as Sampdoria and Udinese draw 1-1.
46' Mihajlovic makes a headed clearance from Passoni's cross.
46' Vigiani is yellow-carded for a foul on Obafemi Martins as the Nerazzurri counter-attack.
45' C.Zanetti makes a clean tackle on Balleri on the right wing, and incredibly Brighi gives Livorno a free kick.
45' Three minutes of added time.
43' Balleri chests the ball back to Mareggini to deny Kily a clear chance from Stankovic's crossfield pass.
42' Cristiano Zanetti tackles Colombo in the Inter half then plays a long ball forward for Adriano. What a match 'The Hammer' has had this afternoon.
41' Veron is applauded as he makes way for Giorgos Karagounis.
40' And the crowd roars again as Adriano is brought down by Grandoni just outside the Livorno box and Brighi fails to give a free kick.
40' The crowd is obviously inspired by that Lecce equaliser as chants of 'Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool...' ring round the San Siro.
39' The Meazza roars as news comes through that Vucinic has equalised for Lecce and it's now Lecce 2-2 AC Milan at the Via del Mare.
37' Livorno bring on Osei for Grauso.
36' Kily tries to dribble on Livorno player too many and is dispossessed by Passoni just outside the Livorno box.
35' Superb long-range pass by Veron to Adriano. The Brazilian looks for space to shoot but is tackled by an opponent.
34' At the other end Balleri heads back to keeper Mareggini to neutralise a Nerazzurri break.
33' Ze Maria anticipates Grandoni and clears Balleri's right-wing corner.
30' From 25 yards out Ze Maria blasts high and wide.
29' Inter attack Livorno. Cristiano Zanetti plays through the Adriano, who plays across the face of the six-yard box but Martins hasn't read the move.
28' Vargas makes a headed clearance from Stankovic's outswinging cross from the right.
26' It's Adriano time! The Brazilian replaces goalscorer Vieri.
25' Vigiani shoots from 25 yards after a half-clearance by J.Zanetti. The other Zanetti blocks.
25' Vigiani crosses into the box, Giallombardo heads over.
23' Inter counter attack. Vieri storms down the left then plays central to Martins, who wins a challenge then passes back to Stankovic. Dejan's long-range shot is over the bar.
22' The Livorno subs wins his side a corner after his cross is blocked by J.Zanetti.
20' Martins goes down in the box after superb play by Vieri, who wins the ball back on the left-wing by-line then crosses for the Nigerian, who should have played wide to Stankovic in space on the right instead of looking to shoot.
20' Livorno replace A.Lucarelli with Vigiani.
17' Mancini brings on Martins for Cruz.
17' Veron plays a delightful one-two with Stankovic but the Argentine's next pass wide for Kily is intercepted.
16' Balleri's floated cross to Colombo is way too long and Inter win a goal kick.
14' Balleri skips past both Zanettis then tries to feed the ball through to Colombo. But Mihajlovic has read the move and intercepts.
13' Mihajlovic crosses to the near post, Livorno clear.
12' Stankovic beats two on the right wing then goes down after contact with Doga.
12' Dejan receives from Ze Maria then has his cross blocked. Right-wing corner to Inter.
11' Cristiano Zanetti holds off a challenge then sends a long-range shot on target. It's blocked and Inter win a corner. Mihajlovic's cross is cleared.
10' Donadoni brings on Balleri for Pfertzel.
9' Ze Maria's low cross from the right is blocked and cleared by Passoni.
6' Inside the Livorno Vargas cuts out Vieri's ball for Cruz after good approach play by Veron and C.Zanetti.
4' Stankovic is brought down by Giallombardo in the centre circle. Free kick to Inter, but no card for the Livorno midfielder.
2' Incredible run by Il Capitano. J.Zanetti takes on three Livorno players in a 50-yard run down the right and the Meazza applauds.
1' Livorno get the second half under way.
Kily Gonzalez
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.2
3 shots on target 1
9 shots off target 5
12 fouls committed 14
8 corners 2
6 offsides 2
28:30 ball possession 21:35
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Donadoni v Inter

Roberto Donadoni faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Mancini v Livorno

The win away to the Tuscans earlier in the season is Inter coach Mancini's only previous match against Livorno.
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Livorno ---- 2-0

Mancini v Donadoni

As coaches, Mancini and Donadoni have never met in a competitive match.

Inter consistently on target

Inter have scored at least one goal in each of their last 9 Serie A matches (total 16 goals) and are close to equalling the run of 11 matches between Weeks 8 and 18 when they scored a total of 24 goals. The last time the Nerazzurri failed to score in a league match was last 27 February when they lost 1-0 to AC Milan.

Nerazzurri close to record

Inter have lost just two league matches in 2004/05 (at home to AC Milan and away to Messina). If the Nerazzurri remain unbeaten until the end of the season Roberto Mancini will go down in the club's history as one of three coaches to suffer the fewest number of defeats in the one-division Serie A championship. The other two are Helenio Herrera (1964/65) and Giovanni Trapattoni (1988/89). Inter won the Scudetto on both occasions.

Two historic records equalled

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).

Donadoni in May

According to the statistics, May is one of the worst months for teams coached by Roberto Donadoni, who in the fifth calendar month has recorded 1 victory, 2 draws and 5 defeats (average points per match of 0.62).

Livorno: 20 goals in 9 matches

Livorno have scored at least once in each of their last 9 Serie A matches (total 20 goals) - a record run for the Tuscans this season. The last time Donadoni's men failed to score in a league match was on 27 February when they drew 0-0 away to Bologna.

Lucarelli on course for club record

With 22 goals this season, Cristiano Lucarelli has bettered his tally of 15 for Lecce in 1999/00. He is also the most decisive player in the 2004/05 Serie as his goals have won Livorno 25 points. Lucarelli is now just two goals away from equalling Giovanni Busoni's club record of 24 goals for Livorno in the 1933/34 Serie A season.

wins(15) draws(3) defeats(2)
MILAN - Inter finish the Serie A season in third position and win a place in the Champions League qualifying round thanks to a 1-0 victory over Livorno, as Sampdoria and Udinese play out a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Friuli to give the Nerazzurri an eight-point advantage with two matches to play.

Despite the slender scoreline, Roberto Mancini's side dominated their Tuscan opponents and took an early lead when Christian Vieri beat Mareggini with a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner after connecting with Julio Cruz's headed assist.

The Italian striker had a good chance to double before the break when he capitalised on a defensive error, but the Livorno keeper was quick to move off his line and block.

Cristiano Zanetti and Juan Veron were superb in midfield as the Nerazzurri enjoyed the run of play in the second half, but a more compact Livorno defence kept substitutes Martins and Adriano from inflicting further damage.

Inter are back in action this Wednesday afternoon with the Coppa Italia semi-final return leg at home to Cagliari.


Scorer: Vieri 13

INTER: 1 Toldo, 4 J. Zanetti, 6 C.Zanetti, 9 Cruz (30 Martins 62), 11 Mihajlovic, 13 Zé Maria, 14 Veron (21 Karagounis 86), 18 Kily Gonzalez, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic, 32 Vieri (10 Adriano 71)
Subs not used: 15 Carini, 19 Cambiasso, 2 Cordoba, 24 Gamarra
Coach: Roberto Mancini

LIVORNO: 22 Mareggini, 5 A.Lucarelli (20 Vigiani 65), 7 Grandoni, 8 Pfertzel, (69 Balleri 55), 13 Vargas, 14 Grauso (17 Osei 82), 15 Doga, 16 Giallombardo, 23 Colombo, 28 Passoni, 99 C.Lucarelli
Subs not used: 84 Mazzoni, 4 Vidigal, 10 Protti, 86 Betanin
Coach: Roberto Donadoni

Refereee: Christian Brighi (Cesena)

Bookings: Pfertzel 19, Mihajlovic 20, Stankovic 42, Vargas 42, Vigiani 90+1

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Mareggini
Zanetti 4 A.Lucarelli
Zanetti 6 Grandoni
Cruz 9 Pfertzel
Mihajlovic 11 Vargas
Ze Maria 13 Grauso
Veron 14 Doga
Kily Gonzalez 18 Giallombardo
Materazzi 23 Colombo
Stankovic 25 Passoni
Vieri 32 C.Lucarelli


Carini 15 Mazzoni
Cambiasso 19 Vidigal
Cordoba 2 Protti
Karagounis 21 Osei
Adriano 10 Vigiani
Martins 30 Balleri
Gamarra 24 Betanin