Final score

15 January 2006 15:00

13' (2nd half) Adriano (P)
15' Adriano
10' Martins
36' (2nd half) Suazo
20' Esposito
Referee: Antonio Dattilo / Linesmen: Calcagno, Alessandrini / Fourth official: Bergonzi
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Minute Text commentary
46' Julio Cesar saves Conti's long-range free kick.
46' Half time. Inter lead Cagliari 2-1 thanks to goals from Martins and Adriano.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Stankovic plays a long ball forward for Adriano but Canini gets there first and concedes an attacking throw-in.
42' Figo's outswinger is blocked by Chimenti but Inter remain in the Cagliari third. C.Zanetti serves Adriano who tries an overhead kick but the Sardinians are awarded a free kick for offside.
41' Inter win a free kick on the right for a foul on captain Zanetti.
39' Figo's inswinger is cleared by Chimenti and Gobbi.
38' Free kick to Inter on the left wing for a foul on Adriano.
37' Abeijon is yellow-carded.
36' Tempers flare on the pitch after an exhcange of 'pleasantries' between Stankovic and Abeijon.
34' Chimenti palms clear a Figo corner then saves Stankovic's cross-shot from the loose ball.
33' Stankovic's cross from the left spins off an opponent and it's another Inter corner.
32' Martins latches on to a Figo through ball then shoots from a tight angle. Chimenti pushes round for a corner. Samuel heads wide from Figo's corner.
30' In the Cagliari box Oba nods a Favalli pass down for Stankovic but Chimenti gets there first to deny the Serb.
27' Martins tries to direct a Cambiasso through ball into the path of Adriano but Cagliari intercept.
23' Figo is fine and is back on the pitch.
22' Luis Figo remains on the ground after a tackle by Bizera.
20' Cagliari pull one back through Esposito, who slots first-time through Julio Cesar's legs after meeting a Suazo pass.
17' Conti bends his free kick over the right post.
16' Giuseppe Favalli is booked for a foul on Suazo and will miss Wednesday's trip to Treviso. Free kick to Cagliari just outside the Inter box.
15' GOOOAAALLL!!!! Javier Zanetti goes on one of his trademark runs, beating three opponents in the process, then crosses from the right-wing by-line for Adriano to tap in his 57th Inter goal at the far post. 2-0!
11' That was Oba' 44rd goal for Inter, and between them Martins and Adriano have now scored 100 for the Nerazzurri (44 Martins, 56 Adriano).
10' GOOOAAALLL!!! Oba Martins races on to an Adriano pass shrugs off a challenge from Bizera then slots past Chimenti for his sixth goal against Cagliari.
9' Gobbi's shot from inside the Inter box is blocked.
7' Another good chance for Inter. Adriano dribbles an opponent in the box, takes the ball to the by-line then cuts back for Cambiasso, who fails to reach the ball.
6' Conti's ball over the Nerazzurri defence is too long for Capone. Julio Cesar gathers.
5' Figo tries a one-two with Adriano but the Brazilian's return ball is wayward and the Cagliari defence intercepts.
3' Dejan Stankovic wastes a golden opportunity to give Inter the lead. Put through on goal by Martins, the Serb midfielder is well-tackled by Agostini before he can shoot.
2' Stankovic's low cross from the left wing is saved at the near post by Chimenti.
1' Welcome to a freezing cold Giuseppe Meazza stadium for this afternoon's Serie A Week 19 match between Inter and Cagliari.
1' Roberto Mancini has made just one change to the starting eleven that drew 0-0 with Siena last weekend. In midfield Cristiano Zanetti comes in for the disqualified Juan Sebastian Veron.
1' The Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Cagliari 3-2.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
42' Bega and Martins are booked by referee Dattilo.
41' Samuel makes a headed clearance to snuff outa Cagliari attack.
38' Bega fires high and wide as Cagliari push for an equalising goal.
36' Suazo's free kick takes a deflection off Samuel and goes in. 3-2.
35' Free kick to Cagliari on the edge of the Inter box for a Samuel foul on Esposito.
34' Inter replace Luis Figo with Pizarro.
33' Cagliari bring on Cocco for Abeijon.
30' Canini is booked for a foul on Cruz.
29' Luis Figo dummies Cossu (the crowd roars), enters the Cagliari box then passes to Cambiasso, whose shot is blocked.
27' At the back post Samuel fails to connect with a Figo corner for what could have been Inter's fourth.
26' Abiejon's shot from Esposito's cut-back is saved by Julio Cesar.
23' Figo's cross is cleared as far as Stankovic, whose low, right-foot shot from 25 yards swerves wide of the right post.
22' Cruz is brought down by Canini on the left wing. Free kick to Inter.
20' The corner is cleared as far as Budel, whose deflected shot falls to Suazo. The Cagliari captain shoots over from close range.
19' Suazo's shot from inside the box is blocked by Samuel. Corner to Cagliari.
17' Nedo Sonetti brings on Budel for Conti, and Cossu for Capone.
15' An inspired Adriano takes on three on the left then plays to Stankovic, whose shot is blocked.
13' GOOAAALLL!!!! Adriano restores Inter's two-goal lead with an unstoppable penalty shot.
12' Penalty to Inter after Adriano is fouled by Capone in the Cagliari area.
11' Conti's cross from the corner flag is headed clear by Adriano.
11' Gobbi is booked for fouling Martins.
10' At the other end J.Zanetti heads a Suazo cross out for a Cagliari corner.
9' Corner to Inter after a promising counter-attack involving Cambiasso, Adriano and Martins.
7' Adriano's effort hits the Cagliari wall.
6' Back in the other half Inter win a free kick 35 yards out for a Bizera foul on Martins.
5' Martins combines with Adriano on the edge of the Sardinian area but is beaten to the return ball by Abeijon.
5' 'Abe' sends a low shot on target from 30 yards but there's no power in it and Julio Cesar makes an easy save.
4' Good chance for Inter. On the right wing Figo receives a long pass from Samuel then crosses in for Adriano to head wide.
2' At the other end Esteban Cambiasso fires over from 30 yards.
1' Cagliari kick off the second half.
1' Gobbi's through ball is too fast for Esposito and Julio Cesar collects as Cagliari spend the first minute of the second half in the Inter third.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.88
4 shots on target 5
5 shots off target 2
15 fouls committed 23
5 corners 2
3 offsides 2
26:33 ball possession 19:27
Mancini v Sonetti

The only previous meeting between the two coaches was Lazio's home win against Ancona two seasons ago.


2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Ancona ---- 1-0

Mancini v Cagliari

Roberto Mancini has faced Cagliari four times in his coaching career and is unbeaten, with 2 home wins and 2 away draws. Mancini's sides have scored in all four matches (total 9 goals).


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

Sonetti v Inter

In 10 matches against Inter current Cagliari coach Nedo Sonetti has collected 3 wins, 2 draws (both 1-1) and 5 defeats. He has never drawn in matches away to the Nerazzurri, with 1 victory and 5 defeat at San Siro.


1984/85 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 1-1 0-1
1985/86 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 2-1 3-1
1986/87 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 1-0 0-1
1988/89 Coppa Italia Udinese-Inter 1-1 ----
1994/95 Serie A Torino-Inter ---- 1-2
1995/96 Serie A Torino-Inter ---- 0-4
2003/04 Serie A Ancona-Inter ---- 0-3

Inter prolific with subs

Of Inter's 36 Serie A goals in 2005/06, 9 have been scored by substitutes: Cruz (5), Adriano (2), Cambiasso (1) and Pizarro (1). No other team has scored as many goals with subs this season.

Cagliari's poor away form

Cagliari haven't won a Serie A away match since 28 November 2004 when they beat Lazio 3-2 at the Olimpico. Since that date they have lost 18 matches and drawn 4. The Sardinian side have let in at least one goal in each of their last 30 away games, with 68 goals conceded in Serie A and Coppa Italia fixtures. The last time they kept a clean sheet on the road was on 10 November 2004 when the Rossoblu held Sampdoria 0-0 at the Marassi.

Martins & goals against Cagliari

Five of Obafemi Martins' 43 goals for Inter came in matches against Cagliari last season. The Nigerian scored twice at home (1 in Serie A, 1 in Tim Cup) and three times away (2 in Serie A, 1 in Tim Cup). Martins has also scored five goals against Bologna, his other favourite target.

Inter unbeaten in 14 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 5 draws for an unbeaten run of 14 matches.

wins(25) draws(10) defeats(7)
MILAN - Adriano scored twice and Obafemi Martins once as Inter beat Cagliari 3-2 at the Giuseppe Meazza to move back up to second place in the Serie A table.

Playing his last Serie A match before the African Nations Cup, Martins raced on to an Adriano pass, shrugged off a challenge from Bizera then sent a diagonal shot past Chimenti for Inter's opening goal after ten minutes. It was his sixth in matches against Cagliari, 44th for Inter and the 100th goal scored by the strike partnership of Martins and Adriano.

The Brazilian put the pair on their way to a second century of Nerazzurri goals with Inter's second and his 57th for the club on the quarter-hour mark with a far-post tap-in after a surging run down the right by captain Javier Zanetti.

Cagliari pulled one back five minutes later, Esposito slotting first-time through Julio Cesar's legs after meeting a Suazo pass, but Adriano restored Inter's two-goal lead soon after the restart with an unstoppable penalty kick after being brought down in the box by Capone.

With under ten minutes remaining Rossoblu captain Suazo gave Cagliari a lifeline when his 20-yard free kick went in off Samuel, but the Nerazzurri held on for their first win of 2006.


Scorers: Martins 10, Adriano 15, (pen) 58, Esposito 20, Suazo 81

INTER: 1 Julio Cesar; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli; 7 Figo (8 Pizarro 79), 6 C.Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 65), 30 Martins
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 3 Burdisso, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 21 Solari, 23 Materazzi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

CAGLIARI: 25 Chimenti; 4 Bega, 3 Canini, 2 Bizera, 31 Agostini; 18 Abeijon (19 Cocco 78), 5 Conti (16 Budel 62), 8 Gobbi, 21 Capone (27 Cossu 62); 7 Esposito, 9 Suazo
Subs not used: 12 Campagnolo, 6 Lopez, 14 Pisano, 24 Conticchio,
Coach: Nedo Sonetti

Referee: Antonio Dattilo (Locri)

Bookings: Favalli 16, Abeijon 37, Gobbi 56, Canini 75, Bega 87, Martins 87

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Chimenti
Zanetti 4 Bega
Cordoba 2 Canini
Samuel 25 Bizera
Favalli 16 Agostini
Figo 7 Abeijon
Zanetti 6 Conti
Cambiasso 19 Gobbi
Stankovic 5 Capone
Adriano 10 Esposito
Martins 30 Suazo


Toldo 1 Campagnolo
Burdisso 3 Pisano
Materazzi 23 Lopez
Pizarro 8 Conticchio
Kily Gonzalez 18 Budel
Solari 21 Cossu
Cruz 9 Cocco