Final score

17 September 2005 20:30

39' (2nd half) Cruz
29' Stankovic
25' Martins
Referee: Tiziano Pieri / Linesmen: Consolo, Di Mauro / Fourth official: Brighi
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Minute Text commentary
45' Figo's cross into the six-yard box is smothered by Sicignano.
45' At the other end Pinardo's low, right-foot shot is saved by Julio Cesar.
45' Half time. Inter lead Lecce by two goals to nil.
44' Free kick to Inter on the right side of the Lecce box for a foul on Ze Maria.
42' Serbia&Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic glances a header from Cassetti wide of the left post.
40' Marco Cassetti is yellow-carded for a foul on Cordoba.
39' Lecce attack down the right. Captain Ledesma crosses into the box, Materazzi clears.
35' Adriano is offside and is anticipated by Sicignano as he runs on to Stankovic's through ball after an excellent first-time passing move by the four Nerazzurri midfielders.
34' Oba tries a one-two with Adriano but is anticipated to the return ball by Angelo.
32' Inter close to a third. Sicignano blocks Stankovic's crisp shot from just inside the area then Cambiasso's follow-up hits the post. But what a great backheeled pass by Adriano to the Serb-Montenegrin midfielder.
29' Figo gets the better of Pinardi on the right and wins Inter an attacking throw-in.
29' GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! Dejan Stankovic scores his first goal for Inter since last November with a far-post shot from Ze Maria's cross in from the right. 2-0.
25' GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!! Oba Martins meets a Cambiasso through ball then with the outside of his left foot flicks it over Sicignano and in at the far post.
24' Another Inter corner, this time on the left. Figo's inswinger is punched clear by Sicignano at the far post.
22' Adriano is caught by Lecce captain Ledesma as he tries to break free and wins Inter a free kick midway inside the visitors' half.
22' Inter win a right-wing corner. Figo delivers the cross, Delvecchio makes a headed clearance.
20' Lecce counter attack and Pinardi wastes a glorious chance to give Lecce the lead. Vucinic plays wide to the unmarked Pinardi who fires a low shot wide of the far post.
19' Adriano receives in the Lecce box from Stankovic but is immediately surrounded by three opponents and can't find space for a shot.
18' Luis Figo barges past Angelo on the left but Pieri gives a foul against the Portuguese winger.
17' Favalli receives a delightful ball from Figo on the right, advances down the flank then crosses in for Martins. The Nigerian striker heads over.
15' At the far post Dejan heads Figo's corner wide.
15' Diamoutene intercepts Adriano's pass for Martins and the Giallorossi break.
14' Stankovic races to the left-wing by-line and wins Inter their second corner of the match.
13' Nothing comes of the corner and Lecce win a free kick as Cambiasso goes in feet high on an opponent.
12' Pinardi tackles Ze Maria on the right channel and concedes a corner kick.
10' Cambiasso volleys a loose ball over the bar from 25 yards out.
9' Ivan Cordoba wins a duel with Pinardi then brings the ball out of the Nerazzurri box to neutralise a Lecce attack.
8' Lecce keeper Sicignano comes out of his area to beat Oba Martins to Adriano's superb backheeled through ball.
6' At the other end Konan has a go from 30 yards. The Ivorian's low shot is saved by Julio Cesar.
5' Brazilian pair Ze Maria and Adriano combine. The winger crosses in for the striker, who heads over.
4' Materazzi wins an aerial duel with Delvecchio and wins the Nerazzurri a free kick.
3' Ze Maria is flagged offside as he runs to meet Cambiasso's through ball.
1' Welcome to a wet Giuseppe Meazza Stadium for tonight's Serie A Week 3 tie.
1' We're under way as Inter kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!!!
1' Inter close to an opener in the opening minute. Oba Martins runs to the edge of the box the passes to Adriano, whose shot is blocked by Sicignano.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Lecce 3-0 and go top of the Serie A table.
47' Abruzzese's cross from the left is straight into the arms of Julio Cesar.
46' Good save by Sicignano from Cambiasso's 20-yard strike.
45' Julio Cesar pulls off an excellent save from Konan's close-range shot and Lecce win a corner.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out. Diamoutene beats Cruz to Pizarro's cross and makes an acrobatic headed clearance.
40' The Argentine striker is booked for taking his shirt off during the goal celebrations.
40' Inter bring on Pizarro for Adriano.
39' At the other end Cristiano Zanetti blocks Valdes's cross-shot from the right the Ze Maria plays to safety.
39' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! Julio Cruz scores Inter's third and his fourth in three games. El Jardinero controls Veron's floated cross with his chest then smashes past Sicignano from close range.
38' Veron's attempt from the distance is high and wide of the left post.
36' Veron's cross from the right is punched clear by Sicignano.
34' Adriano wins Inter a left-wing corner kick.
34' Lecce bring on Camorani for Angelo, and Inter replace Martins with Cruz.
33' Mancini replaces Luis Figo with Cristiano Zanetti.
29' Stankovic crosses in from the right, Martins just fails to make aerial contact.
27' Cassetti gets back to cut out a Figo pass to Adriano and deny the Brazilian a clear scoring chance.
24' Figo crosses in. The ball falls looses to Cambiasso, who is closed down by two opponents, and the Argentine leaves it for Martins to fire wide.
23' Gregucci brings on Valdes for Pinardi.
23' Free kick to Inter by the right-wing corner flag for a foul on Ze Maria.
22' Martins close to a third goal. The Nigerian meets Adriano's right-foot cross from the right then pokes the ball wide.
21' Adriano's effort ricochets off the wall and Sicignano punches clear to deny Cambiasso a follow-up shot.
20' Inter attack back and Stankovic has a low shot from the distance parried by Sicignano.
20' Free kick to Inter in a central position 25 yards out for a foul on Stankovic.
18' Luis Figo tries a one-two with Veron but Lecce intercept the return ball and mount a counter attack.
17' Cassetti looks for Vucinic with a looping pass to the edge of the box. Materazzi intercepts.
16' Adriano receives on the edge of the box from Stankovic but is tackled by Cassetti.
12' Pinardi plays a long ball forward to Vucinic on the left. Cordoba intercepts.
11' Nerazzurri close to a third goal as Stankovic's near-range shot at the left post is blocked by Sicignano.
10' Lecce attack back and Cassetti's fierce, low shot from 25 yards is parried by Julio Cesar.
9' Martins bundles Figo's cross into the net at the near post but Pieri blows for a foul by the Nigerian on Abruzzese.
8' Konan blocks Figo's cross to the near post.
8' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out on the right for a foul on Adriano.
7' Inter counter attack. Stovini cuts out Adriano's curled pass for Martins and Inter win a corner.
6' Julio Cesar punches out for a left-wing corner. Favalli blocks and Lecce win another corner kick, which is headed clear by Materazzi.
5' Free kick to Lecce 25 yards out on the right for a Materazzi foul.
4' Lecce have switched from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 as Cassetti joins Konan and Vucinic up front.
3' Konan enters the Inter box from the right, takes the ball past Materazzi then has a cross-shot blocked.
2' Cassetti shoots wide from 25 yards.
1' Lecce kick off the second half on a rain-soaked San Siro pitch.
Ze Maria
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.53
8 shots on target 4
5 shots off target 2
16 fouls committed 19
5 corners 3
4 offsides 1
28:28 ball possession 20:28
Gregucci v Inter

Saturday evening's Serie A Week 3 match at the Meazza is Lecce coach Angelo Adamo Gregucci's first against Inter.

Mancini v Lecce

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1 of his 6 matches against Lecce. Mancio is unbeaten at home against the Apulians, with 3 wins out of 3.

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Lecce 2-0 ----
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Lecce ---- 1- 4
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Lecce 4-1 1-0
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Lecce 2-1 2-2

Mancini v Gregucci

The two coaches meet for the first time in a competitive fixture.

No league goal against Inter at San Siro for 453'

The last time Inter let in a Serie A goal at home was in the 87th minute of the 3-2 win against Fiorentina on 20 March 2005 when Ivan Cordoba turned the ball into his own net. The Nerazzurri have not conceded a goal for the remaining three minutes of that match plus the entire games against Cagliari, Siena, Livorno, Reggina last season and Treviso this term.

Three likely scorers against Lecce

According to the stats three Nerazzurri players are likely to score against Lecce if fielded against the Giallorossi on Saturday. Of his 77 Inter goals, Alvaro Recoba has scored 6 against Lecce, Bologna and Roma. Lecce are also Ivan Cordoba's favourite target, with 3 of his 8 goals against the Apulian team. Julio Cruz, scorer of 53 goals in Italy, has put 4 past Lecce, Juventus and Parma.

Two Lecce players chasing club record

Lorenzo Stovini and Mirko Vucinic are close to setting Serie A records for Lecce in 2005/06. With 96 top-flight appearances for Lecce, Florentine defender Stovini is close to Liugi Piangerelli's club record of 127. Similarly, Serb-Montenegrin striker Vucinic is ten goals away from Ernesto Javier Chevanton's club record of 30 Serie A goals.

Lecce's poor away form

With 2 draws and 8 defeats from their last 10 away matches Lecce are without a win on the road since the 1-0 victory at Brescia on 30 January 2005. The Giallorossi have let in at least one goal in each of those matches (24 in total).

wins(16) draws(0) defeats(1)
MILAN - Obafemi Martins scored his first league goal of the season, Dejan Stankovic his first for Inter since last November and Julio Cruz his fourth in three games to give the Nerazzurri a comfortable 3-0 home win against Lecce on Saturday evening.

Inter were rarely troubled by Gregucci's Giallorossi and took a 25th-minute lead when Martins sprinted between Abruzzese and Stovini to meet Cambiasso's deft through ball then with the outside of his left foot flicked it over Sicignano and in at the far post.

Four minutes later Dejan Stankovic refound his scoring touch, sliding Ze Maria's cross over the line from close range at the far post to give the Nerazzurri a two-goal cushion.

Second-half substitute Julio Cruz made extra sure of the points six minutes from time. On for Martins, El Jardinero controlled Veron's floated cross with his chest then with just the Lecce keeper to beat smashed past Sicignano to put the Nerazzurri on top of the Serie A table ahead of Sunday's Week 3 matches.

INTER 3-0 LECCE (HT: 2-0)

Scorers: Martins 25, Stankovic 29, Cruz 84

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Zè Maria, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo (6 C.Zanetti 78), 14 Veron, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano (8 Pizarro 85), 30 Martins (9 Cruz 79)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 33 Wome, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 20 Recoba
Coach: Roberto Mancini

LECCE: 1 Sicignano; 6 Angelo (7 Camorani 79), 2 Diamoutene, 21 Stovini, 5 Abruzzese; 8 Pinardi (20 Valdes 68), 24 Ledesma, 25 Konan, 40 Delvecchio, 77 Cassetti; 9 Vucinic
Subs not used: 99 Benussi, 4 Pecoari, 19 Cozzolino, 23 Marianini, 26 Polenghi
Coach: Angelo Gregucci

Referee: Tiziano Pieri

Bookings: Cassetti 40, Cruz 85

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Sicignano
Ze Maria 13 Diamoutene
Cordoba 2 Abruzzese
Materazzi 23 Angelo
Favalli 16 Pinardi
Figo 7 Vucinic
Veron 14 Stovini
Cambiasso 19 Ledesma
Stankovic 5 Del Vecchio
Adriano 10 Cassetti
Martins 30 Konan


Toldo 1 Benussi
Wome 33 Pecoari
Zanetti 6 Camoani
Pizarro 8 Cozzolino
Kily Gonzalez 18 Valdes
Cruz 9 Marianini
Recoba 20 Polenghi