Final score

9 January 2007 21:00

46' (2nd half) Cordoba
26' (2nd half) Adriano
referee Emidio Morganti / linesmen Consolo, Pascariello / 4th man Stefanini
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47' Maxwell, who has seen a lot of the action in this opening half, makes a headed clearance from Eder's right-wing cross.
47' Back at the other end, Vanigli does well to cut out Adriano's low right-wing cross for Ibrahimovic. Throw-in for Inter.
47' It's 0-0 after the first half of this evening's cup quarter-final first leg.
45' Inter remain in attack. Figo crosses from the right-wing by-line, Ibra rises to meet the ball but his header is off-target.
45' Maicon has a long-range shot blocked by the Azzurri defence as Inter look for an opener before the break.
45' Two minutes of overtime to play.
44' Adriano's headed pass from a Maxwell cross is booted out for a corner by Empoli defender Vanigli.
44' Maicon's outswinging cross from the right is grasped by Bassi.
42' Marianini just fails to connect with a dangerous inswinging free kick from the left.
41' Inter close to an opener. Adriano bursts an opponent on the left and crosses into the six-yard box. Bassi parries, and Vieira's header from the loose ball is cleared off the line by Marzoratti.
39' Matteini outpaces Dacourt on the left and crosses. Burdisso intercepts and clears.
38' At the other end, Empoli win a left-wing corner. They play it short, and Maxwell is quick to win the ball. The Azzurri remain in the Inter third. Ascoli's deep cross from the left is caught by Francesco Toldo.
37' Figo plays a sweet one-two with Ibra and goes down on the edge of the area after contact with Iacoponi. The Portuguese midfielder is booked for protesting. That's three yellow cards in five minutes.
36' Adriano powers down the right but is tackled when entering the box. Inter remain in attack and Ibrahimovic tests Bassi with a central shot inside the Tuscan area.
34' Iacoponi yellow-carded for fouling Luis Figo just inside the Empoli half.
32' Marco Materazzi booked for a lunge on Iacoponi.
31' Figo is dispossessed in the Empoli box by Marianini, who appears to handle the ball.
30' Materazzi is beaten to a Figo cross from the left-wing corner flag.
29' Toldo moves quickly off the line and smothers the ball to deny Gasparetto a chance from Matteini's through ball, though Burdisso had the ball covered.
29' Ibra's cross from the left for Adriano is booted clear by the opposing defence.
27' At full stretch, Gasparetto fails to connect with Matteini's fast cross into the Inter box from the left wing.
25' Empoli contain Figo and Maxwell as the Nerazzurri look for openings down the left. Inter insist, but Adriano's ball into the box for Vieira is intercepted.
24' Ibrahimovic makes a headed clearance from Eder's right-wing corner.
23' Deep cross by Figo from the right. Headed clearance by Iacoponi.
23' Matteini races down the left before crossing into the box. It takes a slight deflection and Empoli win their first corner of the game.
21' Luis Figo's curling free kick sails into the right corner but the goal is ruled out as referee Morganti had given an indirect free kick.
20' Marianini yellow-carded for a foul on Ibra after the Swedish forward received from Figo. Free kick to us 25 yards out.
19' Empoli break after Marzoratti intercepts a Vieira pass for Maicon. Nothing comes of the move, with Matteini crossing out of play from the left wing.
18' Bassi is quick off his line to beat Ibra to Maxwell's well-timed cross from the left.
17' Eder whips in a cross from the right. No problem for Maicon.
16' Adriano controls a Figo pass into the Empoli box but is dispossessed by Vanigli. From the resulting corner Bassi clears Figo's cross.
12' Matteini plays back to Ascoli, whose long-range effort is nothing to write home about.
11' Free kick to Empoli on the left wing for a foul by Vieira on Gasparetto.
9' Dacourt cuts out a Gasparetto pass for Buzzegoli to thwart a Tuscan attack.
9' Marianini crosses from the left but there's no team-mate on hand in the Inter box and Maxwell plays to safety.
8' Figo slips whilst taking his second corner. Empoli hit us on the break but Maxwell does well to get back, tackle Gasparetto and regain possession.
7' Maxwell has a left-wing cross blocked. Corner for Inter.
7' Figo's inswinger from the left-wing corner flag is palmed out for a right-wing corner by Empoli keeper Bassi.
3' Buzzegoli's backheel in the area from a Matteini left-wing cross is intercepted by the Inter defence.
1' Happy New Year to all Nerazzurri fans. Inter's competitive 2007 begins here at the Stadio Castellani with a Tim Cup quarter-final first-leg clash against Empoli.
1' The Nerazzurri last faced the Tuscan side away from home in Serie A Week 15 a month ago, and ran out 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Crespo, Ibrahimovic and Samuel.
1' Empoli: 1 Bassi; 19 Iacoponi, 16 Marzoratti, 15 Vanigli, 33 Ascoli; 27 Ficini, 8 Marianini, 20 Buzzegoli; 17 Eder, 99 Gasparetto, 7 Matteini.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 4 Zanetti; 7 Figo; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.
1' Empoli kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Maxwell tackles Eder to end an Empoli attack down the right.
1' Matteini has a go from 25 yards but his right-foot effort is off-target.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Inter have one foot in the Tim Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Empoli at the Stadio Castellani.
46' GOOOAAALLL!!!! Ivan Cordoba rises to head in a Mariano Gonzalez left-wing cross. Empoli 0-2 Inter.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Empoli close through Gasparetto who outjumps Cordoba before flicking Rincon's left-wing cross over the bar.
43' Gonzalez gets into a shooting position and rifles on target, but Vanigli blocks.
41' Javier Zanetti close to scoring in the stadium he scored in four years ago. The Inter captain lobs Bassi from a tight angle but the ball goes out for an Empoli goal kick.
39' Bassi smothers the ball after goalbound Adriano's shot takes a deflection.
38' Bassi's pulls off a reflex save from Adriano's bullet header from Figo's right-wing free kick.
36' Mancini brings on Ivan Cordoba for Maxwell.
35' Buzzegoli's curling free kick is well over Toldo's left-wing post.
34' Iacoponi wins a free kick just outside the Inter area after being brought down by Burdisso.
32' Empoli replace Matteini with Balzareddu.
31' Adriano is presented with a good chance for Inter's second but his diagonal shot is over the bar.
31' Inter make their second switch: on comes Mariano Gonzalez for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
29' Empoli make a double subtitution: Cesaretti and Rincon replace Eder and Ascoli.
26' GOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!!! Adriano runs on to Ibrahimovic's superb through ball, picks his spot and lobs Bassi to put us in front.
24' Inter replace Olivier Dacourt with Esteban Cambiasso.
22' Adriano chests down Ibra's delightful ball over the Empoli defence and tries to poke in from a tight angle. Bassi blocks and Inter win another corner.
21' Vanigli heads out a Maicon cross for an Inter corner. Figo's cross from the right-wing corner flag is cleared. Maxwell's follow-up from distance is blocked.
19' Corner to Inter after a tackle by Vanigli on Adriano.
18' Inter close yet again. Ibra's flicked header from Vieira's pass is saved by Bassi.
17' Empoli win a free kick on the right wing for a Maxwell foul on his compatriot Eder.
15' Marianini plays a quick one-two with Buzzegoli. The ball falls to Matteini whose curling effort from outside the Nerazzurri area is just wide of the right post.
12' Yet another chance for the Nerazzurri. Figo creates a yard of space with a bit of magic on the left and crosses for Ibrahimovic, whose close-range shot is hooked clear by Vanigli.
10' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out for an Ascoli foul on Luis Figo.
9' Inter hit straight back and go close again as Vieira's near-range effort from Adriano's cross is saved by Bassi.
8' Empoli break with Matteini after Adriano loses possession in the opposing half. Nothing comes of the move as Materazzi wins the ball off the Azzurri winger.
6' Matteini's cross from the left takes a slight deflection off Maicon before finishing in the arms of Toldo. Inter hit Empoli on the break, but Bassi beats Adriano to Figo's cross from the right.
5' Free kick to Inter on the left wing. Matteini's inswinging cross is easy prey for Toldo.
5' Bassi collects an Ibrahimovic cross into the Empoli area.
3' Inter close again as Adriano sidefoots wide Ibrahimovic's low cross from the right.
2' Inter win a left-wing corner. Figo's inswinging cross is punched clear by Bassi, who beats Adriano to the ball.
2' Bassi blocks an Ibrahimovic's cross-shot.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
Average rating 7.52
0 shots on target 9
5 shots off target 5
0 fouls committed 0
3 corners 13
1 offsides 1
00 ball possession 00
Mancini v Empoli

Roberto Mancini has a good record against Empoli, with 7 wins, a draw and a defeat from 9 games.


2002/03 Coppa Italia Lazio-Empoli 2-0 2-1
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Empoli 4-1 2-1
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Empoli 3-0 2-2
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Empoli 4-1 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Empoli ---- 3-0

Cagni v Inter

Empoli coach Luigi Cagni has faced Inter on 7 occasions, collecting 2 victories, 1 draw and 4 defeats. In home matches against the Nerazzurri, Cagni has won 2 and lost 2.


1995/96 Serie A Piacenza-Inter 1-0 0-0
1996/97 Serie A Verona-Inter 0-1 1-2
2002/03 Serie A Piacenza-Inter ---- 1-3
2005/06 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-0 ----
2006/07 Serie A Empoli-Inter 0-3 ----

Cagni v Mancini

The two coaches meet for the fourth time. Mancini has the edge over his Empoli counterpart with 2 victories to 1 from their previous three encounters.


2002/03 Serie A Piacenza-Lazio ---- 1-2
2005/06 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-0 ----
2006/07 Serie A Empoli-Inter 0-3 ----

Disciplinary situation


Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Cesaretti, Ficini, Gasparetto, Pizza, Pozzi, Tosto
Ex-players: Daniele Adani (45 appearances, 5 goals in competitive matches from July 2002 to August 2004)

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Burdisso
Ex-players: Maxwell (0 appearances in competitive matches from January to June 2006)

Empoli in cup quarters for third time

Empoli are taking part in the Coppa Italia for the 27th time in their history, and have never gone past the quarter-final stage. Before this season the Azzurri reached the last eight in 1985/86 (knocked out by Fiorentina) and 1987/88 (eliminated by Inter).

Empoli: record run in Coppa

Empoli haven't lost a Coppa Italia match since their 5-3 defeat at Torino on 22 August 2004. Since that date the Tuscans have collected 4 wins and 2 draws - a new record run for the club in the domestic cup after the 4 wins and 1 draw between September 1983 and September 1984.

No cup goal against Empoli for 258 minutes

Simplicio's 42nd-minute penalty conversion in Empoli 1-1 Parma (a.e.t) on 21 August 2005 was the last Coppa Italia goal conceded by the Tuscan outfit. Including the remaining 78 minutes of that match plus both round of 16 games against Genoa, Empoli have not let in a cup goal for 258 minutes.

Inter unbeaten in 20 games

Inter are unbeaten in 20 competitive games, with 17 wins (including 11 consecutive victories, a club record under the administration of Moratti) and 3 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Inter on target in 16 consecutive games

Mancini's team have scored at least one goal in each of their last 16 competitive matches, netting a total of 34 goals. Inter's last match without scoring was the goalless Serie A draw at Udinese on 22 October 2006.

No Inter defeat in Coppa Italia since 2002

Inter 1-2 Bari on 19 December 2002 was the Nerazzurri's last defeat in Italy's cup competition. Since that date Inter have collected 15 wins and 9 draws from 24 games to better the previous record of 20 cup matches without defeat, set between May 1986 and April 1988. With 13 wins and 5 draws, Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in the Coppa Italia since taking over at Inter.

wins(4) draws(1) defeats(0)
EMPOLI - Inter take a two-goal lead into next week's Tim Cup quarter-final return leg with Empoli after a 2-0 victory at the Stadio Castellani.

The Nerazzurri dominated for long stretches of their first competitive fixture of the new year as Adriano started 2007 as he ended 2006, with a well-taken second-half goal to give further confirmation he's returning to his best.

Substitute Ivan Cordoba headed in the second in added time to give Inter a comfortable cushion ahead of next Wednesday's clash at the Meazza.

Luis Figo had a goal ruled out on 21 minutes after his indirect free sailed over the Empoli rearguard, out of Bassi's reach and into the left corner.

Mancini's men went close again twenty minutes later when Patrick Vieira had a header cleared off the line by Marzoratti after Bassi's one-handed clearance from an Adriano cross.

Right on the stroke of half time Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested the Empoli custodian with a crisp left-foot shot from inside the Tuscan box.

Francesco Toldo was rarely troubled in the opening period as the Empoli strikers failed to capitalise on a series of decent balls into his area.

Inter stepped up a gear after the restart, producing chance after chance. Adriano sidefooted wide an Ibrahimovic low cross before Vieira had a near range effort blocked by Bassi after receiving from Adriano.

Ibra then had a close-range shot hooked clear by Vanigli before Matteini sent a curler just wide after a quick one-two involving Marianini and Buzzegoli.

The inevitable breakthrough came on 71 minutes when Adriano (who ended his goal drought against Atalanta in the last game before the Christmas break, and added two more in the friendly match against Bahrain) ran on to Ibrahimovic's pin-point through ball before lobbing the onrushing Bassi.

Adriano was denied a second soon after by Bassi, who pushed the Brazilian's bullet header from Figo's free kick on to the post.

Empoli's best chance of an equaliser fell to Gasparetto, who outjumped Cordoba to head narrowly over Toldo's crossbar. The Colombian defender made amends in added time, rising in the Tuscan box to send a looping header from Mariano Gonzalez' cross over Bassi and into the back of the net.

EMPOLI 0-2 INTER (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Adriano 71, Cordoba 90+1

EMPOLI: 1 Bassi; 19 Iacoponi, 16 Marzoratti, 15 Vanigli, 33 Ascoli (2 Rincon 74); 27 Ficini, 8 Marianini, 20 Buzzegoli; 17 Eder (18 Cesaretti 74), 99 Gasparetto, 7 Matteini (21 Baldanzeddu 77).
Subs not used: 23 Balli, 28 Musacci, 13 Arcidiacono, 25 Pizza.
Coach: Luigi Cagni.

INTER: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (2 Cordoba 81); 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt (19 Cambiasso 69), 14 Vieira; 7 Figo; 8 Ibrahimovic (91 Mariano Gonzalez 76), 10 Adriano.
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 77 Andreolli, 21 Solari, 60 Ribas.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli).

Booked: Marianini 20, Vieira, Materazzi 32, Iacoponi 34, Figo 37.

starting lineups

Bassi 1 Toldo
Iacoponi 13 Maicon
Marzoratti 16 Burdisso
Vanioli 23 Materazzi
Ascoli 6 Maxwell
Marianini 14 Vieira
Buzzegoli 15 Dacourt
Ficini 4 Zanetti
Eder 8 Ibrahimovic
Gasparetto 7 Figo
Matteini 10 Adriano


Balli 12 Julio Cesar
Rincon 2 Cordoba
Balzareddu 77 Andreolli
Musacci 19 Cambiasso
Cesaretti 21 Solari
Arcidiacono 91 Gonzalez
Pizza 60 Ribas