Final score

14 May 2006 15:00

33' Suazo
8' Capone
37' Solari
11' Cruz
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni / Linesmen: G.Rubino, C.Cini / Fourth official: Preschern
Minute Text commentary
45' Walter Samuel makes a well timed interception to deny Suazo a clear route on goal.
45' Half time. Cagliari 2-2 Inter.
43' Kily Gonzalez combines with two team-mates on the left, gets to the by-line and crosses into the middle of the area. Cagliari clear before Cruz can get to the ball.
37' GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!!! Solari brings the teams level with a well taken left-foot shot from just inside the Cagliari box after taking the ball past two opponents.
37' That was El Principito's fifth goal for Inter.
36' Santiago Solari unleashes a shot from 25 yards. The Argentine winger's effort is too central. Easy save for Chimenti.
34' Inter close to an immediate equaliser with Cruz finding the side-netting from a diagonal shot.
33' Cagliari retake the lead. Suazo taps in from a yard out after Cordoba fails to block an Esposito cross from the right. Cagliari 2-1 Inter.
32' Inter close to a second. Pizarro plays wide to Favalli who skips past Esposito and plays square for Solari but the Cagliari defence intercepts.
29' Esposito races past Wome on the left wing, gets to the by-line then crosses. At the near post Cordoba heads clear as far as Budel, whose 20-yard shot is wide of the right post.
27' Solari receives a low ball forward from Wome and juggles it before playing short to Cruz who serves Javier Zanetti on the right. The Inter captain's cross spins off Pisano and goes out for an attacking throw-in.
25' Pierre Wome is yellow-carded for a foul on Esposito.
24' Favalli has a go from the distance but the Italian full-back's shot is well wide.
22' Cagliari win a free kick 25 yards out on the left channel. Capone's inswinging cross is headed out for a Rossoblu corner.
20' Good crossfield move by the Nerazzurri involving Cruz, Veron and Solari. The ball is played wide to Favalli who is flagged offside.
18' Kily crosses low into the Cagliari box. Canini beats Cruz to the ball and makes a clearance.
17' Solari weaves his way into the Cagliari box from the left but is well tackled by Conticchio.
15' Gobbi brings down Javier Zanetti. Free kick to Inter 30 yards out on the right. Veron's cross is headed wide by Solari.
11' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! Julio Cruz's curling free kick is deflected off the Cagliari wall and goes in at the bottom left corner.
11' That was Julio's 21st goal in all competitions this season, and 15th in the Serie A.
10' Pizarro plays short to Cruz who is chopped down by Conticchio. Another free kick to Inter.
9' Free kick to Inter in a central position 25 yards out for a Conticchio foul on Veron.
8' Cagliari take the lead through Capone, who heads in an Esposito cross from the right.
6' Suazo's effort from the free kick hits the Inter wall.
5' Capone sweeps wide to Ferri, whose diagonal shot comes off a Nerazzurri player and falls to Capone who is fouled. Free kick to the Rossoblu just outside the Inter box.
3' Santiago Solari's shot from the same distance is well over Chimenti's crossbar.
2' Capone shoots from 25 yards. It's high and wide.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Sant'Elia in Cagliari for our last match of the season.
1' Cagliari lineup: 25 Chimenti; 29 Ferri, 6 Lopez, 3 Canini, 14 Pisano; 7 Esposito, 24 Conticchio, 16 Budel, 8 Gobbi; 9 Suazo, 21 Capone.
1' Inter lineup: 22 Orlandoni; 4 J. Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli; 21 Solari, 14 Veron, 8 Pizarro, 18 Kily González, 33 Wome; 9 Cruz.
1' Cagliari kick off. FORZA INTER!
Minute Text commentary
47' Full time. Cagliari 2-2 Inter.
45' Inter Primavera defender Leonardo Bonucci comes on for his first-team debut. Off comes Santiago Solari.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
44' Ilario Aloe has a shot saved by Chimenti's feet.
42' Mancini hands another Inter Primavera player his first-team debut: Ilario Aloe replaces Domenico Germinale, who has suffered an ankle knock.
39' Kily's cross from the left comes off Bega and hits the near post.
38' Pisano is unable to continue and is replaced by Agostini.
36' Veron's low shot from a Kily Gonzalez cut-back is wide of Chimenti's right-hand post.
35' Solari tries to chip Chimenti from 25 yards but his effort is over the bar.
34' Capone's volley from Suazo's headed pass takes a deflection. Corner to Cagliari.
33' Kily Gonzalez booked for a tactical foul on Suazo.
32' Pisano blocks a Javier Zanetti cross from the right. Corner to Inter.
31' Instead of shooting on goal, Suazo hits a pass wide to Capone, whose shot is blocked by Veron.
30' Cordoba is booked for a late tackle on Esposito. Free kick to Cagliari in a central position just outside the Inter area.
28' Cagliari bring on Abeijon for Conticchio.
28' Capone's diagonal shot from inside the Inter box is high and wide.
27' Another chance for Germinale but the young striker just fails to connect with a cross.
26' Pizarro's cross from the corner flag is headed clear. Inter remain in attack and Domenico Germinale heads just over the Cagliari crossbar.
25' Solari wins us another corner.
24' From the edge of the Cagliari area David Pizarro fires a low shot wide of Chimenti's left-hand post.
23' Canini blocks a Cruz shot and concedes a corner to Inter.
22' Suazo muscles his way past Cordoba and Samuel in the Inter area before playing to Capone. Great tackle by Ivan Ramiro on the Cagliari forward.
19' Kily Gonzalez's fierce left-foot shot from 25 yards whizzes wide of the right post.
17' Nedo Sonetti replaces Lopez with Bega.
14' Julio Cruz sends a low shot from inside the Cagliari area just wide of the right post.
13' Orlandoni beats Esposito to Budel's deft ball over the Nerazzurri defence, but the flag goes up for offside.
13' Mancini brings on Domenico Germinale for Pierre Wome. It's the Inter Primavera forward's first-team debut.
13' With the introduction of Germinale Inter switch from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2.
9' Cagliari close at the other end as a Suazo shot from the distance is not far off target.
8' Veron receives on the left, moves central then plays an intelligent ball over the Cagliari defence but Canini does well to hook clear and deny Cruz a clear scoring chance.
6' Good chance for Cagliari. Orlandoni makes a smothering save to beat Suazo to a through ball.
2' Nothing comes of the free kick as Javier Zanetti's cross from Pizarro's pass goes out of play.
1' Inter get the second half under way. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' Free kick to us in a central position 35 yards out for a foul by Conticchio on Cruz.
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 7.01
2 shots on target 4
5 shots off target 11
12 fouls committed 19
2 corners 3
1 offsides 1
23:44 ball possession 32:38
Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Conti (Cagliari); Burdisso (Inter)
Cautioned: Bega, Chimenti, Conti, Esposito, Langella, Suazo (Cagliari); Cesar, Cordoba, Cruz, Figo, Materazzi (Inter)

No Cagliari win on Sardinian soil since 1993/94

Cagliari's last home win over Inter dates back to 1993/94, a UEFA Cup tie won 3-2 by the Rossoblu. The last Sant'Elia draw between these two teams was this season's 1-1 stalemate in the Coppa Italia, and Inter's most recent win at Cagliari was a 2-0 victory in the 1999/00 Serie A. Cagliari have won 5, drawn 16 and lost 9 of their 30 competitive home matches against Inter.

Mancini unbeaten against Sonetti

Roberto Mancini has faced veteran coach Nedo Sonetti in two competitive matches, and has won both.

Mancini's winning bench

Of Inter's 66 Serie A goals in 2005/06, 11 have been scored by substitutes: Cruz (5), Adriano (2), Cambiasso (1), Pizarro (1), Recoba (1) and Mihajlovic (1). No other team has scored as many goals with subs this season.

Martins & goals against Cagliari

Six of Obafemi Martins' 49 goals for Inter have come in matches against Cagliari. The Nigerian striker put five past the Rossoblu last season, twice at home (1 in Serie A, 1 in Tim Cup) and three times away (2 in Serie A, 1 in Tim Cup). The sixth was Inter's opening goal in the 3-2 home win over Cagliari in Week 19 on 15 January 2006.

Suazo emulates Riva

With 21 goals in this season's Serie A, David Suazo has equalled Cagliari legend Gigi Riva's record of 21 goals for the club in one top-flight season, set in 1969/70 and repeated in 1971/72.

Cagliari and goals conceded

Cagliari have let in goals in each of their last 7 Serie A matches (total 10 goals conceded). The Rossoblu last kept a clean sheet in the goalless home draw with Fiorentina on 22 March 2006.

Cagliari and penalties against

After 37 Serie A 2005/06 matches Cagliari and Livorno have each had 11 penalties given against them, more than any other team.

Eight Rossoblu on target in 2005/06

Like Empoli and Lecce, just eight Cagliari players have scored league goals for the Rossoblu this season: Abeijon, Bega, Capone, Conti, Esposito, Gobbi, Langella and Suazo.

One Cagliari player off bench and on target

Cagliari are one of three Serie A 2005/06 teams to have scored with just one substitute: Langella in Cagliari 2-1 Udinese on 8 January 2006. The other two teams are Livorno and Ascoli.

Eleven Cagliari dismissals in 2005/06

Cagliari are one of three least disciplined teams contesting this season's Serie A, with 11 Rossoblu red cards after 37 games. Bega, Canini and Conti have been sent off twice while Abeijon, Bizera, Gobbi, Langella, Lopez have each been dismissed once.

Inter one away from 700th draw

Last Sunday's 1-1 draw with Siena was Inter's 699th stalemate in the one-division Serie A championship (since 1929/30). The Nerazzurri's first Serie A one-pointer was a 1-1 home draw with Lazio on 27 October 1929. Balestrini equalised for the Nerazzurri on 63 minutes to cancel out Sbrana's 33rd-minute opener for the Romans.

Goals conceded by Inter in last 9 away games

Livorno 0-0 Inter on 18 February 2006 was the last time the Nerazzurri kept a clean sheet on the road. Mancini's team have conceded goals in each of the 9 away matches played since that date (5 in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia and 2 in Champions League), letting in a total of 11 goals.

wins(17) draws(18) defeats(7)
CAGLIARI - Inter's 3,500th competitive match finished in a draw as the Nerazzurri played out a 2-2 stalemate with Cagliari at the Sant'Elia on the final day of the Serie A season.

The Nerazzurri twice came back from behind, with Julio Cruz and Santiago Solari replying to Rossoblu goals from Capone and Suazo.

Andrea Capone rose above Zanetti and headed in an Esposito cross to give the Rossoblu an 8th-minute lead, but Cruz brought the teams level three minutes later with his 15th goal of the Serie A season, a curling free kick which hit the Cagliari wall on its way into the bottom left corner.

Suazo restored the home side's lead just after the half-hour mark, slotting into an open goal after Cordoba failed to block Esposito's ball in from the right. But once again the Nerazzurri's reaction was immediate. Receiving a Cruz cut-back, Solari drifted past two opponents before rifling an unstoppable left-foot shot past Chimenti for his fifth goal in an Inter shirt.

After the restart Roberto Mancini handed first-team debuts to three Inter Primavera players. Domenico Germinale replaced Pierre Wome early on but was forced off in the closing stages with an ankle knock. On came Germinale's Primavera strike partner Ilario Aloe who went close to a dramatic winner for the Nerazzurri but his shot from inside the Cagliari area on 89 minutes was saved by Chimenti's feet. Defender Leonardo Bonucci replaced Santiago Solari on the stroke of full time.

Inter finish the Serie A season in third place with 76 points from 38 matches.


Scorers: Capone 8, Cruz 11, Suazo 33, Solari 37

CAGLIARI: 25 Chimenti; 29 Ferri, 6 Lopez (4 Bega 62), 3 Canini, 14 Pisano (31 Agostini 83); 7 Esposito, 24 Conticchio (18 Abeijon 73), 16 Budel, 8 Gobbi; 9 Suazo, 21 Capone
Subs not used: 12 Campagnolo, 2 Bizera, 23 Langella, 27 Cossu
Coach: Nedo Sonetti

INTER: 22 Orlandoni; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 16 Favalli; 21 Solari (51 Bonucci 90), 14 Veron, 8 Pizarro, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 33 Wome (42 Germinale 58; 86 Aloe 87); 9 Cruz
Subs not used: 87 Bindi, 49 Andreolli, 52 Belaid, 55 Maa Boumsong
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Bergamo)

Bookings: Wome 25, Cordoba 75, Kily Gonzalez 78

starting lineups

Chimenti 22 Orlandoni
Ferri 4 Zanetti
Lopez 2 Cordoba
Canini 25 Samuel
Pisano 16 Favalli
Esposito 21 Solari
Conticchio 14 Veron
Budel 8 Pizarro
Gobbi 18 Kily Gonzalez
Suazo 33 Wome
Capone 9 Cruz


Campagnolo 87 Bindi
Bizera 42 Germinale
Bega 49 Andreolli
Abeijon 51 Bonucci
Langella 52 Belaid
Cossu 55 Maa Boumsong
Agostini 86 Aloe