Final score

8 January 2006 15:00

Referee: Massimiliano Saccani / Linesmen: Consolo, Di Mauro / Fourth official: Brighi
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45' The Nerazzurri counter attack through Martins, who races down the right then plays a low cross into the six-yard box. Tudor slides the ball round for a corner.
45' Half time. Siena 0 Inter 0.
44' At the back post Samuel's header from Veron's cross is collected by Mirante.
44' Back in the Inter half Bogdani fires wide from the distance.
43' J.Zanetti is caught from behind by Vergassola. Free kick to Inter just over 40 yards out.
42' Adriano is tackled in the Siena penalty box as the Nerazzurri come back at the Tuscans.
41' Julio Cesar comes off his line to deny Bogdani.
39' In the centre circle Cambiasso fouls Albanian forward Bogdani from behind. Free kick to Siena.
37' Good chance for Inter. Foglio blocks Veron's low cross into the Siena box. Cambiasso's follow-up shot is on-target but Mirante saves.
35' Mirante comes off his line to catch Stankovic's first-time ball into the box from the left wing, denying Adriano and Martins.
34' Locatelli runs into a Nerazzurri sandwich on the right channel and wins Siena a free kick.
33' Samuel concedes a corner to deny Locatelli. Julio Cesar rises to collect Chiesa's corner kick.
32' Free kick to Inter for a foul on Martins in the centre circle. The Nerazzurri take it quickly, Figo bursts down the right then crosses out of play.
30' Brazilian winger Alberto storms down the right and wins Siena a corner after his cross is blocked.
29' Inter pile the pressure on Siena and Adriano goes close with a low, left-foot shot from the edge of the box that is well-saved by Mirante.
29' Alberto is booked for a foul on Veron in the Nerazzurri half.
28' Ooooohhhh!!!! Adriano's curling free kick takes a wicked deflection off the Bianconeri wall, leaving Mirante stranded. But fortunately for the Siena keeper it's wide and Inter win a corner.
28' Veron's low cross from the left-wing corner flag is cleared by the Siena defence.
27' Oba Martins races forward and wins Inter a free kick in a central position 30 yards out after a foul by Foglio, who is yellow-carded by match referee Saccani.
25' Siena attack back. Chiesa crosses from the left, Samuel makes a headed clearance.
25' Argentine international Samuel concedes a corner kick - Siena's third of the match.
25' Foglio's cross from the corner flag is cleared by Ivan Cordoba.
24' J.Zanetti receives in acres of space on the right then plays a low ball to Oba Martins at the near post but the Nigerian is flagged offside.
22' Paro fouls Veron fifteen yards inside the Siena half. Free kick to Inter. Brujita's cross is headed out for a corner by Tudor. Mirante collects the corner kick.
21' Cordoba's near-post header from the corner kick is wide.
20' Stankovic is beaten to Veron's superb ball to the left wing and Inter win another corner.
19' Dejan Stankovic rises to meet Figo's corner and powers a header wide of the far post.
18' Good chance for Siena. In the six-yard box Gastaldello connects with Chiesa's corner kick but his first-time shot is off-target.
18' At the other end Figo has a cross blocked and Inter win their first corner of the match.
17' J.Zanetti heads Foglio's dangerous cross round for a left-wing corner.
16' Locatelli is brought down by Veron as he backtracks and it's another Bianconeri free kick.
15' Figo's low cross is blocked and cleared. Attacking throw-in for the Nerazzurri.
15' In a duel between the two captains Enrico Chiesa takes the ball past Javier Zanetti on the left then wins his team a free kick.
14' Adriano is brought down by compatriot Alberto on the left channel. Free kick to Inter.
13' Chiesa meets a Locatelli pass then curls a right-foot shot wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
11' From the left wing Stankovic crosses into the centre of the Siena box. Gastaldello beats Figo to the ball and clears.
11' Inter remain in attack and Mirante makes two crucial interventions, beating Cambiasso to a loose ball in the area then blocking Favalli's effort from the distance.
9' Tudor connects with Portanuova's headed pass and with the outside of his right foot shoots over.
8' Giuseppe Favalli, making his 400th Serie A appearance today, whips in a cross from the left. Siena defender Portanuova makes a headed clearance.
8' Locatelli twists and turns in the Inter box and wins Siena the first corner of the match.
6' Veron is dispossessed as he receives a back pass from Figo and the Bianconeri break. Siena's attacking move ends as Bogdani is flagged offside.
5' Another chance for Inter as Stankovic pulls a shot wide from 20 yards out.
5' Chiesa fires wide after connecting with a Bogdani cut-back.
4' At the other end Enrico Chiesa mistimes a shot from a position inside the Inter box.
4' Back in the Siena half Oba Martins beats a stranded Mirante to Favalli's long ball forward but lifts it over the Siena bar from a tight angle.
3' Cambiasso knocks the ball wide to Stankovic, who crosses from the left. Siena keeper Mirante gathers in his six-yard box.
2' Samuel clears Paro's ball to the edge of the Nerazzurri penalty area.
1' Welcome to the Artemio Franchi stadium in Siena for Inter's first competitive match of 2006.
1' For this afternoon's Serie A Week 18 clash with the Tuscan Bianconeri Roberto Mancini keeps faith with the same starting eleven that saw Inter collect six consecutive victories before the winter break.
1' Inter line-up: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J. Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo, 19 Cambiasso, 14 Veron, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 30 Martins
1' Siena kick off against Inter, who are playing in their traditional black and blue shirts this afternoon.
1' Siena win a free kick for a Martins foul on Paro in the centre circle.
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48' Free kick to Siena on the right wing. Tudor's cross is cleared by Veron.
48' Full time. Siena hold Inter to a 0-0 draw.
47' Cordoba's header from J.Zanetti's cross is saved by Mirante.
46' Free kick to Inter midway inside the Siena half for an Alberto foul on Pizarro.
46' Siena bring on ex-Inter player Colonnese for Paro.
45' Stankovic's overhead kick from Veron's pass is wide of the right post.
45' 2 minutes of added time to play.
43' Javier Zanetti's cross from the right-wing by-line is headed clear by Tudor.
41' Cruz is fouled by D'Aversa on the right wing. Free kick to Inter.
41' Recoba's curling free kick dips and finishes on the roof of the net.
40' Inter bring on Cruz and Pizarro for Adriano and Martins.
39' Siena bring on Negro for Locatelli.
39' Recoba's free kick from the right wing is high and wide.
38' Free kick to Inter on the right wing for a foul on Javier Zanetti.
36' Favalli's cross from the left is over the heads of Martins and Adriano, and out for a Siena goal kick.
34' Mirante saves Recoba's low left-foot shot from the edge of the box.
33' D'Aversa tackles Adriano on the right and concedes an attacking throw-in.
32' Oba Martins' flicked header from Favalli's outswinging cross is caught by Mirante.
31' Recoba is surrounded by three opponents and dispossessed as he receives from Veron on the right wing.
30' Javier Zanetti crosses from the right, Adriano heads into the path of Martins but the Nigerian fumbles his shot and Mirante smothers the ball to deny Inter again.
30' Siena replace captain Enrico Chiesa with D'Aversa.
29' Inter close once again as Adriano is presented with a golden opportunity from Veron's intelligent ball over the Siena defence, but the Brazilian fails to connect.
27' In the Siena box Tudor intercepts Cambiasso's ball for Stankovic.
26' Alvaro Recoba replaces Luis Figo.
25' Inter close again as Martins heads over Stankovic's cross from the left.
23' Adriano's shot hits the Bianconeri wall, then a Veron-Favalli combination comes to nothing.
22' Cambiasso runs on to a Veron pass and wins Inter a free kick in an interesting position for a foul from behind by Locatelli.
19' Another incredible chance for Inter. Adriano races into the area then crosses into the six-yard box. Stankovic connects but the ball goes inches wide of the far post.
19' Adriano pulls a low shot wide of the right post as Inter edge closer to an opener.
17' Incredible save by Mirante, who denies Stankovic from close range after an attacking move involving the Serb, Cambiasso and Favalli.
17' Veron is booked for foul play and will miss next Sunday's home match against Cagliari.
16' Stankovic is tackled by Paro on the edge of the Siena box as he looks for space for a shot.
15' Figo receives from Veron, takes on two then crosses. Paro blocks and concedes an attacking throw-in.
14' Free kick to Inter for a Paro foul on Cambiasso.
13' Foglio's wayward cross from the right is caught by Julio Cesar.
11' Favalli, 34 years old today, wins a ball in midfield and sets up a Nerazzurri attack. Saccani stops play for a handball by Locatelli and awards Inter a free kick.
9' Luis Figo's cross from the right is headed clear by Vergassola.
8' Locatelli takes on Cambiasso on the right then serves Bogdani but nothing comes of the Siena attack and the Nerazzurri clear.
7' Martins races to meet Tudor's backpass to Mirante but the Siena keeper gets there first.
6' Veron crosses to Samuel, whose first-time header from the right edge of the Siena area is over the crossbar.
5' Free kick to Inter for a foul on Adriano.
4' Chiesa intercepts a Cambiasso pass and breaks but Veron gets back to make a clearance.
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
1' Pressed by Martins, Gastaldello concedes an attacking throw-in on the right wing.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.66
0 shots on target 6
5 shots off target 11
37 fouls committed 15
5 corners 5
4 offsides 3
28:32 ball possession 34:11
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Gastaldello, Portanova (Siena); Cambiasso, Favalli, Stankovic, Veron, C.Zanetti (Inter)

Inter away to Siena

Inter have played two competitive away matches against Siena, with a win (1-0 in 2003/04 Serie A) and a draw (2-2 in 2004/05 Serie A).

De Canio v Mancini

Siena and Inter coaches De Canio and Mancini have met twice in the Serie A, with one win apiece.

Inter unbeaten in 12 games

Inter's last defeat was the 3-2 loss to Roma on 26 October 2005. Since then the Nerazzurri have collected 9 wins and 3 draws for an unbeaten run of 12 matches.

Favalli set for 400th Serie A match

If he plays against Siena at the Artemio Franchi, Giuseppe Favalli will celebrate his 400th match in the Italian top flight. The defender, who in his long career has played for Cremonese, Lazio and Inter, made his Serie A debut in Inter 2-1 Cremonese on 27 August 1989.

Inter okay in first match of year since 2000

Since the turn of the century Inter have never lost their first match of a new year, with 4 wins and 2 draws. The last time the Nerazzurri lost their first match of a new year was on 6 January 1999 when they were beaten 1-0 by Parma at the Tardini.

Siena & own goals

Along with Lecce, Siena have had two own goals in their favour in the 2005/06 Serie A championship, more than any other team.

Chiesa-Montella duel continues

With 136 goals against Vincenzo Montella's 134, Siena striker Enrico Chiesa is two ahead at the top of the scorers list of those players still playing Serie A football.

Siena & substitutions

Siena are one of five 2005/06 Serie sides to have used 50 out of 51 substitutions after 17 matches this season. The other four teams are Messina, Palermo, Reggina and Treviso.

wins(6) draws(2) defeats(1)
SIENA - Inter were held 0-0 by Siena at the Artemio Franchi to stretch their unbeaten run to thirteen matches but slip to ten points behind Serie A leaders Juventus who beat Palermo 2-1 in Saturday's Week 18 clash.

Roberto Mancini stuck with the tried and tested formation that saw Inter win six matches in a row before the Christmas break, but a spirited Siena side kept the Nerazzurri at bay with goalkeeper Mirante making a series a crucial saves.

Adriano twice went close in the opening forty-five, pulling a low shot wide after seeing a long-range free kick spin out for a corner after a deflection off the Siena wall. The Tuscan Bianconeri had a few chances themselves, the best of which fell to defender Gastaldello who bundled a Chiesa cross wide.

In a Nerazzurri-dominated second half Mirante pulled off a miraculous point-blank save from Dejan Stankovic, who minutes later poked an Adriano cross wide from close range as Inter edged closer to an opening goal. But it just wouldn't come as the Siena keeper twice denied Martins then kept out a shot from second-half substitute Recoba to stop the Nerazzurri from scoring in a Serie A match for the first time since last November's goalless draw with Lazio at the Olimpico.

Inter host Parma in the Coppa Italia round of 16 second leg on Thursday before next Sunday's Serie A Week 19 visit of Cagliari.


SIENA: 83 Mirante; 31 Foglio, 90 Portanova, 7 Tudor, 46 Gastaldello; 75 Alberto, 19 Paro (5 Colonnese 90+1), 6 S.Vergassola; 20 Locatelli (2 Negro 84); Bogdani, 10 Chiesa (23 D'Aversa 75)
Subs not used: 14 Fortin, 26 Bachini, 9 Nanni, 30 Molinaro
Coach: Luigi De Canio

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo (20 Recoba 71), 19 Cambiasso, 14 Veron, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 85), 30 Martins (8 Pizarro 85)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 3 Burdisso, 11 Mihajlovic, 6 C.Zanetti
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Massimiliano Saccani (Mantua)

Bookings: Foglio 27, Alberto 29, Veron 72

starting lineups

Mirante 12 Julio Cesar
Foglio 4 Zanetti
Portanova 2 Cordoba
Tudor 25 Samuel
Gastaldello 16 Favalli
Alberto 7 Figo
Paro 19 Cambiasso
Vergassola 14 Veron
Locatelli 5 Stankovic
Bogdani 10 Adriano
Chiesa 30 Martins


Fortin 1 Toldo
Negro 3 Burdisso
Colonnese 11 Mihajlovic
D'Aversa 6 Zanetti
Bachini 8 Pizarro
Nanni 9 Cruz
Molinaro 20 Recoba