Final score

11 March 2006 20:30

40' Adriano
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Ayroldi, De Santis / Fourth official: Mazzoleni
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45' Superb ball by Veron to Wome on the left. The Cameroonian defender crosses to the far post, where Adriano fails to control.
45' Figo's cross from the right-wing by-line spins off Falcone and goes out for a corner but there's no time to take it as Nicola Rizzoli blows for half time. Inter 1-0 Sampdoria.
44' Recoba is offside as he meets Stankovic's through ball.
43' Toldo comes off his line to catch Zenoni's dangerous inswinger from the right.
40' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!!! Adriano scores for the first time in ten matches. The Brazilian heads home from close range after his first header from Figo's cross comes back off the crossbar. 1-0 to Inter.
38' Recoba loses possession in the Samp half. The Blucerchiati counter-attack down the right. Gasbarroni sends a diagonal shot just wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
37' Pisano receives in space on the left, takes on Figo then crosses into the area. Flachi fumbles his shot. A let-off for Inter.
36' Free kick to Inter 35 yards out for a Falcone foul on Recoba. The ball is played to Stankovic, the Serb crosses in from the left and Falcone makes a headed clearance.
35' Volpi plays short to Flachi, who touches back for Zenoni to fire a low shot well wide of the left post.
34' Flachi breaks free of Cordoba then makes a diagonal run but is brought down by the Colombian and Samp win a free kick in a central position 30 yards out.
33' Figo's cross from the left-wing by-line is cleared by the Genoan defence.
32' Castellini's long cross sails over the heads of Cordoba and Flachi. Toldo gathers.
29' Adriano is flagged offside as he chests down a cross from the right by Recoba.
28' At the other end Samp win a corner. Flachi's cross is punched clear by Toldo, who then makes a superb save from Volpi's long-range shot.
27' Inter close to an opener. Adriano heads Figo's corner on to the left post.
26' Recoba's shot from the distance spins off Falcone and goes out for an Inter corner.
25' Adriano can't find space for a shot on the edge of the Samp area and plays square to Recoba who is intercepted by Castellini.
24' Samp attack. Palombo races down the right then feeds through to Flachi, who is tackled in the box by Cordoba.
22' Applause for Wome, who runs half the pitch then unleashes a low, right-foot shot from 20 yards that isn't far wide of the left post.
21' Inter have settled after a bright start by the visitors and the bulk of the action is taking place in the Sampdoria half.
20' Figo, Adriano and Recoba are hovering over the ball...
20' Figo and Adriano leave it for Recoba, whose curling free kick hits the Samp wall.
19' Castellini is dispossessed by Castellini as he receives just outside the Samp box from Veron.
19' Free kick to Inter in a central position 18 metres out for a Palombo foul on Recoba.
18' Alvaro Recoba wins Inter their first corner of the match.
18' El Chino crosses from the right-wing corner flag, Antonioli punches clear.
16' Luis Figo receives from Recoba then from 20 metres sends a left-foot shot just over Antonioli's crossbar.
15' Recoba is flagged offside as he runs on to a Wome pass down the left.
14' Free kick to us ten yards inside our half for a bad foul by Castellini on Stankovic.
12' Another corner to Samp as Burdisso heads behind a Tonetto cross from the right.
12' Zenoni's shot from the distance flies over the right post.
11' Burdisso makes a headed clearance from the corner kick. The ball falls to Pisano, who blasts his shot way over.
10' Samuel blocks a Kutuzov cross from the right-wing by-line and Samp win their third corner of the match.
9' Walter Samuel intercepts Zenoni's cross from the right to Flachi on the edge of the Inter area.
8' Samp win two corners but nothing comes of them.
7' Toldo punches clear a diagonal shot by Gasbarroni as the Blucerchiati continue to find spaces on the left wing.
6' Volpi combines with Gasbarroni on the left then the Sampdoria captain rifles a shot wide of the left post from 20 metres.
4' Chance for Sampdoria. Burdisso slips on the wing, Tonetto intercepts then crosses for Flachi to volley wide of the far post.
3' Zenoni intercepts Recoba on the edge of the Samp area to end a sweeping move by the Nerazzurri involving Figo, Adriano and Stankovic.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza, where the teams are on the newly-laid pitch for the pre-match warm-up.
1' Inter team news: With J.Zanetti and Materazzi out through suspension, Mancini has revolutionised his defence for tonight's match. Burdisso starts on the right, with Cordoba and Samuel in the middle, and Wome on the left. Toldo continues in goal.
1' Inter team news: In midfield Figo and Stankovic flank Cambiasso and Veron, who makes his return from injury. Adriano is back after a two-match ban and partners Recoba up front. The Uruguayan is Nerazzurri captain for tonight's Serie A Week 29 clash.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
1' Adriano races down the right and finds space for a cross but Pisano blocks.
1' Samuel beats Palombo to a long ball forward and heads back to Toldo.
Minute Text commentary
49' Oba wastes an incredible chance to put Inter 2-0 up, shooting wide after being put through on goal by Adriano.
49' Full time. Inter beat Sampdoria 1-0 thanks to Adriano's 40th-minute header.
46' Adriano combines with Martins then plays into the box with Stankovic in space on the left. Sampdoria regain possession and clear.
45' Adriano's central shot from inside the Sampdoria box is saved by Antonioli.
45' 4 minutes of overtime.
44' Adriano intercepts an Antonioli pass in the Samp box. The ball falls to Martins but the Nigerian fails to capitalise.
40' Stankovic blocks a Kutuzov cross from the right and concedes a corner.
39' Novellino brings on for Marchesetti for Tonetto.
37' Adriano's fierce diagonal shot from inside the Blucerchiati box is over the bar.
37' The Meazza chants Juan Sebastian Veron's name as the Argentine midfielder is substituted by Cristiano Zanetti, whose name is also chanted is he comes on to the pitch.
36' Stankovic is booked for handball and will now miss next Sunday's match against Lazio.
35' Adriano wins Inter a left-wing corner.
35' Figo's inswinging cross from the corner flag is cleared by Volpi.
33' Free kick to Samp on the right-wing by-line for a Wome foul on Zenoni.
33' Volpi's outswinging cross is caught by Toldo.
32' Stankovic heads wide from Figo's corner.
31' Burdisso's cross from the right is blocked and Inter win a corner.
31' Samp bring on Foti for Flachi.
30' Figo's cross from the right is headed clear by Volpi.
29' Adriano wins a duel with Falcone on the left then crosses. Castellini blocks.
28' Stankovic blocks a Zenoni cross from the right.
28' Pierre Wome, who has had an impressive match tonight, elegantly dispossesses Tonetto on the right flank.
27' Palombo is back on the pitch after receiving treatment on the touchline.
25' Palombo remains on the ground after a duel with Veron.
22' Adriano's curling free kick goes over Antonioli's bar.
21' Martins races on to a Figo through then races on goal. Falcone brings down the Nigerian and is shown a yellow card. Free kick to Inter 25 metres out.
19' It's El Chino's last touch of the ball as Mancini replaces the Uruguayan with Obafemi Martins.
18' Recoba's shot from 20 yards is just wide of the right post.
15' Toldo makes a magnificent save from Volpi's low free kick. Corner to the visitors.
14' With the outside of his right foot Veron plays wide to Recoba. El Chino's outswinging cross is caught by Antonioli.
14' Free kick to Sampdoria right on the edge of the Inter for a Samuel foul on Flachi.
12' Adriano's diagonal shot from the left edge of the Samp area is blocked by Castellini.
11' Veron's first-time shot from Figo's corner is cleared by Zenoni.
10' Samp bring on Dalla Bona for Gasbarroni.
9' Antonioli fails to hold Recoba's terrific low shot from the distance then the Samp keeper smothers the ball.
9' Pisano cuts out Stankovic's through ball to Adriano as the Nerazzurri edge closer to a second goal.
9' Figo's curling shot from the right wing goes over at the far post.
8' Ivan Cordoba rises above Kutuzov to make a headed clearance from Tonetto's cross.
6' Ooooohhhh!!!!!! Inter close to a second. Wome plays central to Adriano, whose fierce right-foot shot is parried by Antoniolo. Recoba's follow-up skims the right post.
4' Adriano goes through on goal and is booked for diving in the Samp area.
2' Pisano heads Wome's long throw-in to safety.
2' Cambiasso tries to dance past two players on the edge of the Samp area but is dispossessed by Falcone.
1' Sampdoria get the second half going. FORZA INTER!!!
Average rating 7.15
7 shots on target 2
8 shots off target 5
17 fouls committed 11
5 corners 9
2 offsides 2
28:54 ball possession 27:57
Mancini v Novellino

Roberto Mancini has won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1 of his 6 competitive matches against Walter Novellino. Mancini's teams have scored in each of those matches (total 10 goals).


2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Piacenza 1-3 ----
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Sampdoria 1-1 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 3-2 1-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria ---- 2-2

Mancini v Sampdoria

Since becoming a coach Roberto Mancini has faced his former team 5 times and has never lost, with 3 wins and 2 draws. Mancini's teams have scored in each of these 5 games (total 9 goals).


2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Sampdoria 1-1 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 3-2 1-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria ---- 2-2

Novellino v Inter

Walter Novellino has won 1, drawn 3 and lost 6 of his 10 competitive matches against Inter. Novellino has never beaten the Nerazzurri in Milan, with 1 draw and 3 defeats from 4 matches at the Meazza.


1996/97 Coppa 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 0-1 2-3
2005/06 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 ----

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Marco Materazzi, Javier Zanetti
Cautioned: Nicolas Burdisso, Luis Figo, Dejan Stankovic

Disqualified: Aimo Diana
Cautioned: Simone Pavan, Marco Pisano, Max Tonetto, Sergio Volpi

Inter v Sampdoria

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in Genoa
Matches played
Inter victories
Sampdoria victories
Inter goals
Sampdoria goals

200th competitive match in Italy for Cruz

After his 100th appearance for Inter against Roma in last Sunday's match at the Olimpico, Julio Cruz is set for his 200th competitive match in Italian football in Saturday's home clash with Sampdoria. Cruz, who played for Bologna before joining Inter, has played 150 matches in the Serie A, 19 in the Coppa Italia and 30 in European cup competitions. He made his 'Italian' debut on 6 September 2000.

Inter: 10 goals from subs this season

Of Inter's 52 Serie A goals in 2005/06, 10 have been scored by substitutes: Cruz (5), Adriano (2), Cambiasso (1), Pizarro (1) and Recoba (1). No other team has scored as many goals with subs this season.

Recoba prolific in March

Alvaro Recoba, scorer of 80 goals in competitive matches since moving to Italy, counts Roma, Bologna and Lecce as his favourite targets, with six goals against each of these three teams. And 14 of El Chino's 61 Serie A goals have come in March (22.9% of the total).

Inter: no home Serie A draw since last May

With 12 victories and 2 defeats from 14 home matches, the Nerazzurri are yet to draw a match at San Siro in the 2005/06 Serie A championship. Inter's last league draw at home was the goalless stalemate with Reggina on 29 May 2005, the final matchday of the 2004/05 season.

Antonioli, Zenoni set for 100th Samp appearances

If fielded against Inter at the Meazza, Sampdoria players Francesco Antonioli and Christian Zenoni will each celebrate a century of appearances for the Blucerchiati. Goalkeeper Antonioli, who made his debut for the club in Reggina 2-2 Sampdoria on 30 August 2003, has played 96 matches in the Serie A, 1 in the Coppa Italia and 2 in European competitions. Defender Zenoni made his Blucerchiati debut in Pro Patria 0-1 Sampdoria (Coppa Italia) on 1 October and has played 85 times for Samp in the Serie A, 8 in the Coppa Italia and 6 in Europe.

Palombo set for 100th Serie A match

If he plays against Inter in Serie A Week 29 Angelo Palombo will complete a century of appearances in the Italian top flight. Palombo, who played for Fiorentina before joining Samdoria, made his Serie A debut in Venezia 2-0 Fiorentina on 10 February 2002.

Flachi one away from 100th Samp goal

With his goal against Fiorentina in Week 20, Francesco Flachi brought his Sampdoria tally to 99 goals (32 in Serie A, 48 in Serie B, 17 in Coppa Italia, 2 in UEFA Cup). His first goal for Samdoria came in the 1-1 Serie B draw between Salernitana and Sampdoria on 5 November 1999. To date, Flachi has made 255 appearances for the Blucerchiati.

Samp: 12 goals conceded in last 9 games

In the second half of the 2005/06 Serie A season Sampdoria have let in a goal in each of their 9 matches (total 12 goals).

wins(41) draws(16) defeats(8)
MILAN - Adriano refound his scoring touch as Inter beat Sampdoria 1-0 at the Meazza in Serie A Week 29 to move within a point of second-placed AC Milan, who face league leaders Juventus in Turin tomorrow night.

After a bright start by the visitors it was one-way traffic, with Mancini's side going close just before the half-hour mark when Adriano headed a Figo corner on to the far post.

The Brazilian ended his ten-game goal drought with his 13th Serie A goal of the season five minutes before half time, nodding past a hapless Antonioli from close range after his first header from Figo's corner came back off the crossbar.

Recoba missed a glorious chance to double Inter's lead six minutes into the second half when his close-range effort skimmed the post after Antonioli failed to hold a fierce right-foot drive by Adriano.

Samp's best chance of a reply fell to captain Sergio Volpi, whose low free kick on 60 minutes was expertly saved by Francesco Toldo.

In time added on second-half substitute Obafemi Martins missed another chance to make it 2-0, shooting wide after being put through by Adriano.


Scorer: Adriano 40

INTER: 1 Toldo; 3 Burdisso, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 33 Wome; 7 Figo, 14 Veron (6 C.Zanetti 82), 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 20 Recoba (30 Martins 64)
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 11 Mihajlovic, 8 Pizarro, 31 Cesar, 9 Cruz
Coach: Roberto Mancini

SAMPDORIA: 21 Antonioli; 77 C.Zenoni, 14 Castellini, 19 Falcone, 26 Pisano; 7 Gasbarroni ( 8 Dalla Bona 55), 4 Volpi, 17 Palombo, 22 Tonetto (11 Marchesetti 84); 10 Flachi (88 Foti 76), 13 Kutuzov
Subs not used: 1 Castellazzi, 15 Sala, 28 Iuliano, 29 Mingozzi
Coach: Walter Novellino

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna)

Booked: Adriano 49, Falcone 66, Stankovic 81

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Antonioli
Burdisso 3 C.Zenoni
Cordoba 2 Castellini
Samuel 25 Falcone
Wome 33 Pisano
Figo 7 Gasbarroni
Cambiasso 19 Volpi
Veron 14 Palombo
Stankovic 5 Tonetto
Adriano 10 Flachi
Recoba 20 Kutuzov


Julio Cesar 12 Castellazzi
Mihajlovic 11 Sala
Zanetti 6 Iuliano
Pizarro 8 Dalla Bona
Cesar 31 Marchesetti
Cruz 9 Mingozzi
Martins 30 Foti