Final score

22 May 2005 15:00

36' Adriano
Referee: Salvatore Racalbuto / Linesmen: Contini, Pirondini / Fourth official: Brighi
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45' Half time. Inter lead Samp 1-0 thanks to Adriano's goal.
44' Flachi's header from the middle of the Inter box is caught by Toldo.
44' Volpi's shot from 25 yards is blocked.
42' Kutuzov wastes another good chance for Sampdoria. The Belarus forward receives from Flachi then sends a weak shot straight at Toldo.
41' Cordoba is booked for a foul from behind on Flachi.
39' Samp's reaction is immediate as Kutuzov sees a diagonal shot come back off the post.
36' Dejan has a good chance inside the Sampdoria box but is dispossessed by Pisano.
36' GOOAAALL!!!! Adriano takes a Cruz through ball round Antonioli then slots into an open goal to put Inter in front.
35' Antonioli comes out of his area and clears a Stankovic ball for Cruz, who is well covered by Castellini.
32' Toldo blocks Diana's shot from Tonetto's ball over the defence but the flag has already gone up for offside.
31' On the edge of the Samp box Diana dispossesses Kily to end a good Inter build-up.
30' Free kick to the Blucerchiati 30 yards out. Volpi crosses to the far post... Tonetti beats Ze Maria to the ball and heads wide.
29' Ivan Cordoba's header from a Materazzi right-wing cross is caught by Antonioli.
28' Kily's outswinging cross into the Sampdoria box is headed high and wide by Julio Cruz.
28' The Argentine winger plays a one-two with compatriot Cruz and wins Inter a corner.
27' Kily Gonzalez is fouled during a duel with Zenoni. The free kick is about 25 yards out.
24' Toldo comes out of his box and heads clear to deny Flachi.
22' From the edge of the Sampdoria box Adriano sends a low, left-foot shot just wide of the right post.
21' Excellent defending by Kily Gonzalez, who cuts out a Samp attack on the right.
21' The Argentine winger comes forward then lays off to Cruz, who is tackled from behind by Castellini. The Samp defender is booked.
19' Tonetto's shot from Palombo's short pass is cleared by Javier Zanetti and Samp win a left-wing corner.
17' Samp win another free kick just outside the Inter box for a Materazzi foul on Kutuzov.
16' Novellino's men maintain the initiative in these early stages as Tonetto whips in a cross from the left and Kutuzov heads wide of the near post.
15' Samp attack back after an Inter counter and Flachi's cross from the right finishes wide of the far post, with Kutuzov set to pounce.
14' Volpi's cross-shot is cleared by the Nerazzurri defence.
13' Kutuzov is fouled by Cordoba 25 yards out. Free kick to Sampdoria in a dangerous position.
12' Tonetto is flagged offside as he runs on to a ball down the left wing.
10' A Kily Gonzalez cross from the left is caught by Antonioli.
10' Dejan Stankovic turns and shoots from 25 yards. It's not far over Antonioli's bar.
9' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out for a foul on Cambiasso. Ze Maria's cross into the box is headed clear by Volpi and it's a Nerazzurri corner.
8' Kily Gonzalez is anticipated by Diana to a Cruz pass after a good Inter move in the Sampdoria half.
6' Pisano's first-time shot from a Palombo cut-back shaves the crossbar.
5' The Nerazzurri break down the right. Ze Maria's cross is blocked and the home side move forward again.
5' Samp win the first corner of the match as Materazzi blocks Zenoni's cross from the right.
4' Inter captain Javier Zanetti intercepts Flachi on the right flank to cut out a Blucerchiati attack.
3' Samp have another chance as Zenoni's diagonal shot from the right edge of the Inter box flashes wide of the far post.
2' Cambiasso is intercepted in midfield. The ball is played forward to Flachi, who tries to lob Toldo from 30 yards. The Samp striker's effort is over the right post.
1' Welcome to the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa for Samp v Inter. The Nerazzurri kick off.
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50' Gasbarroni's shot from inside the Inter box is deflected out for a corner.
50' Gasbarroni wins another corner as his cross comes off J.Zanetti.
50' Full time. Inter beat Sampdoria 1-0 thanks to Adriano's first-half goal.
49' Vieri turns and shoots from 25 yards. It's high and wide.
47' Dejan Stankovic is shown a yellow card.
46' Vieri plays wide to Martins. The Nigerian crosses back into the middle and Vieri's header is well-saved by Antonioli.
46' Marco Materazzi is booked for handling the ball.
45' Inter break and have an excellent chance to double as Stankovic's volley from Martins' cross is blocked by Pisano.
45' Five minutes of added time.
44' From the left side of the Samp area Gasbarroni sends an inswinging cross to the far post, where Flachi heads over.
42' Martins plays square to Vieri, whose first-time shot is well over.
39' Mancini hands Dino Marino his Serie A debut as the midfielder comes on for Kily Gonzalez.
39' What a birthday present for the young Primavera midfielder, who turns 20 tomorrow.
39' C.Zanetti is booked for a foul on Edusei in the centre circle.
36' Inter bring on Oba Martins for goalscorer Adriano.
35' Another good chance for Samp. Flachi turns J.Zanetti inside the Inter area then shoots. Cambiasso manages to deflect it over for a corner.
35' Vieri puts the ball into the back of the net but Racalbuto has already blown for a foul on Castellini.
33' Flachi's outswinging cross is headed clear by Adriano.
32' J.Zanetti fouls Gasbarroni on the right edge of the Inter area and is yellow-carded. Free kick.
31' Toldo anticipates Rossini to a Blucerchiati cross and sets Ze Maria off on a run down the right.
28' Mancini replaces Cruz with Vieri.
27' Sampdoria hit the woodwork for the third time in this match as Edusei's shot from outside the area hits the left post.
27' Novellino brings on Gasbarroni for Diana.
24' Volpi's ferocious shot from the edge of the Inter area is wide of the right post. Samp attack with renewed confidence as Cagliari have equalised against Udinese.
22' Samp replace Zenoni with Rossini.
21' Samp attack back and win a right-wing corner after Toldo fails to keep the ball in play. Castellini's shot from Edusei's corner is blocked by Cristiano Zanetti.
20' Pisano crosses in from the left... captain Zanetti heads clear to deny Flachi a chance.
20' Inter break. Cruz serves Stankovic on the right. The Serb-Montengrin midfielder cross is deflected into the hands of Antonioli.
19' It's all Samp at the moment as Novellino's men desparately look for an equaliser to remain in contention for a Champions League qualifiying spot.
17' Pavan tackles Cruz on the right-wing by-line and it's an Inter corner kick.
17' Samp captain Volpi makes a headed clearance from Ze Maria's cross to the near post.
14' Samp continue to push for an equaliser. Diani fails to make clean contact with Tonetto's cross and Inter win a goal kick.
12' Edusei's fierce volley from the edge of the Inter area is wide of the left post.
11' Ze Maria beats Tonetto to Edusei's right-wing cross and clears. Both players remain on the ground after a clash of heads.
7' Zenoni crosses from the right... Ze Maria makes a headed clearance.
7' Inter keeper Toldo anticipates Kutuzov to a Tonetto cross in from the left to deny Sampdoria a certain equaliser.
6' Kily does well to stop the ball going out for a corner and concedes an attacking throw-in on the right wing.
5' Zenoni receives from Flachi, advances then unleashes a right-foot shot from the edge of the Nerazzurri area. It goes over.
3' Cruz slips as Dejan Stankovic plays an intelligent ball to the edge of the Genoan area.
2' Adriano receives just inside the Samp box but is immediately surrounded by two opponents and his shot is blocked.
1' The Blucerchiati kick off the second half.
1' Sampdoria have brought on Edusei for Palombo.
Kily Gonzalez
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.33
10 shots on target 4
11 shots off target 5
8 fouls committed 33
7 corners 4
6 offsides 0
32:58 ball possession 26:55

In Genoa

In Milan


Matches played




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Inter wins




Sampdoria goals




Inter goals




Mancini v Sampdoria

As a coach, Roberto Mancini has never lost a match against his ex- club Sampdoria (2 wins and a draw). Both Mancini's sides and the Blucerchiati have scored in each of these matches (total 6 Mancini goals, 4 Samp goals)


2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Sampdoria 1-1 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 3-2 ----

Novellino v Inter

Walter Novellino has registered 1 win, 2 draws and 5 defeats in his 8 matches against Inter.


1996/97 C. Italia Ravenna-Inter 0-1 ----
1998/99 Serie A Venezia-Inter 3-1 2-6
2001/02 Serie A Piacenza-Inter 2-3 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-0
2004/05 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter ---- 2-3

Novellino v Mancini

The Inter coach has the edge over his Samp counterpart, with 2 victories to 1, and 1 draw. Both Mancini and Novellino's teams have scored in each of these four matches (7 goals per team).


2001/02 Serie A Piacenza-Fiorentina ---- 3-1
2003/04 Serie A Sampdoria-Lazio 1-2 1-1
2004/05 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter ---- 2-3

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Diana, Falcone, Gasbarroni, Pavan, Pisano, Sacchetti, Volpi
Former players: -

Disqualified: Mihajlovic
Cautioned: Cambiasso, Stankovic, Veron
Former players: Mihajlovic (128 appearances, 15 goals in competitive matches from 1994/95 to 1997/98)
Veron (68 appearances, 6 goals in competitive matches from 1996/97 to 1997/98)

Vieri nightmare for Antonioli

Of the 471 goals let in by Antonioli, no player has scored more against the current Blucerchiati custodian than Christian Vieri (11 goals): 2 in Atalanta 2-0 Bologna (1995/96 Coppa Italia), 1 in Bologna 0-1 Lazio and 1 in Lazio 2-0 Bologna (1998/99 Serie A), 1 in Inter 2-1 Roma (1999/00 Serie A), 2 in Roma 3-2 Inter (2000/01 Serie A), 1 in Inter 3-1 Roma (2001/02 Serie A), 2 in Sampdoria 2-2 Inter (2003/04 Serie A) and 1 in Inter 3-2 Sampdoria (2004/05 Serie A).

Inter on target in 10 consecutive games

Since the 1-0 defeat to AC Milan on 27 February, the Nerazzurri have scored in each of their last 10 matches (total 17 goals), and are one goal away from equalling the run of 11 matches between Weeks 8 and 18 when they notched 24 goals. And the Inter defence hasn't let in a goal in the league for 270 minutes (since Rafael's goal in the 90th minute of Messina 2-1 Inter on 24 April).

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).

Mancini unbeaten against ex-club in Genoa

Roberto Mancini returns to the Marassi for the fourth time since leaving Sampdoria in 1997, and has never lost against his ex-club. As a Lazio player Mancini beat Samp 4-0 on 14 March 1998 and 1-0 on 25 April 1999, and as Biancocelesti coach beat the Genoans 2-1 on 13 September 2003.

Inter on course for best attack title

With 64 goals scored, Inter are set to win the platonic award of best attack in the 2004/05 Serie A. The Nerazzurri won the same title together with Juventus in 2002/03, with 64 goals, and in the record- breaking 1988/89 Scudetto season, with 67 goals scored.

wins(30) draws(22) defeats(13)
GENOA - Adriano's first goal for Inter since his Champions League hat-trick against Porto in March gave the Nerazzurri a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria in Genoa, a match the Blucerchiati desperately needed to win to keep their Champions League qualifying hopes alive.

Samp dictated play for long stretches and twice hit the woodwork through Pisano and Kutuzov in the first half. But Inter soaked up the pressure and hit their opponents on the break six minutes before the break when Julio Cruz fed the ball through to Adriano, who sidestepped Antonioli then slotted into an open goal to score his 26th goal in all competitions this season.

Novellino's men continued to create chances after the restart and went closest when substitute Edusei rattled the post with a long-range screamer. Inter's best chance of increasing their lead fell to Dejan Stankovic, whose volley from a Martins cross in the final minute was blocked by Samp defender Pisano.


Scorer: Adriano 36

SAMPDORIA: 21 Antonioli, 4 Volpi, 10 Flachi, 13 Kutuzov, 14 Castellini, 17 Palombo (8 Edusei 46), 22 Tonetto, 23 Diana (81 Gasbarroni 72), 26 Pisano, 32 Pavan, 77 Zenoni (20 Rossini 67)
Subs not used: 1 Turci, 5 Carrozzieri, 9 S.Inzaghi, 27 Doni
Coach: Walter Novellino

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 6 C.Zanetti, 9 Cruz (32 Vieri 73), 10 Adriano (30 Martins 81), 13 Zè Maria, 18 Kily Gonzalez (47 Marino, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic
Subs not used: 15 Carini, 21 Karagounis, 24 Gamarra 40 Giani
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Salvatore Racalbuto

Bookings: Castellini 21, Cordoba 41, J.Zanetti 77, C.Zanetti 84, Materazzi 90+1, Stankovic 90+2

starting lineups

Antonioli 1 Toldo
Volpi 2 Cordoba
Flachi 4 Zanetti
Kutuzov 6 Zanetti
Castellini 9 Cruz
Palombo 10 Adriano
Tonetto 13 Ze Maria
Diana 18 Kily Gonzalez
Pisano 19 Cambiasso
Pavan 23 Materazzi
Zenoni 25 Stankovic


Turci 15 Carini
Carrozzieri 21 Karagounis
Edusei 24 Gamarra
Inzaghi 30 Martins
Rossini 32 Vieri
Doni 40 Giani
Gasbarroni 47 Marino