Final score

24 January 2007 21:00

11' (2nd half) Burdisso
24' Crespo
9' Burdisso
referee Paolo Tagliavento / linesmen Ambrosino, Toscano / 4th man Romeo
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Minutes Text commentary
45' Sala blocks a whipped left-wing cross by Grosso.
45' Half time. Samp 0-2 Inter.
44' Franceschini's dangerous left-wing cross is headed clear by Grosso at the far post.
42' Mariano Gonzalez combines with Crespo on the edge of the Sampdoria area but is dispossessed after collecting the return ball.
42' Samp break and go close through Quagliarella, whose shot from the edge of the area is caught by Toldo.
40' Solari booked for fouling Delvecchio.
38' Speedy Gonzalez combines with Solari and Grosso as Inter rip into Samp down the left, but Novellino's side win a goal kick.
37' Toldo gets down at the right post to parry a Bonazzoli header. The flag goes up as Delvecchio was in an offside position.
36' Cordoba makes a headed clearance to deny Bonazzoli a chance from a right-wing cross.
34' Another Toldo save from... guess who? Quagliarella. The Samp number 27's dangerous-looking rising drive from the edge of the box is plucked out of the air by the Paduan custodian.
32' Franceschini's cross from the left is blocked by Cordoba. Corner for the Blucerchiati.
32' Toldo makes another save from Quagliarella, who chests down on the edge of the box, turns and rifles on target.
31' Another save by Toldo, this time from Flachi's shot on the turn.
30' Toldo pulls off a terrific save from Quagliarella as Samp attack back. Corner for the home team.
30' Headed clearance by Samuel from a Maggio ball into the Nerazzurri box.
28' Inter close to a third. Zotti smothers the ball after Samuel fails to make clean contact with Grosso's cut-back from the left-wing by-line.-
27' Quagliarella's cross into the Inter area is chested down for Flachi by Delvecchio but the Samp number 10 fails to capitalise.
27' Figo's fierce cross-shot from the left edge of the Samp area is blocked by Sala. Corner for Inter.
26' Flachi volleys into the Curva after Burdisso's headed clearance from a Samp right-wing cross.
24' GOOOOAAALLLLL!!! Nothing comes of the corner, but Inter remain in the Samp third and take a 2-0 lead with Crespo rising in the area to head home a Figo cross.
23' Solari combines with Grosso on the left and wins us a corner.
22' He's onside this time after receiving from Gonzalez but Sala pokes clear in the area.
21' Crespo is an inch offside as he runs to meet Figo's long high ball over the Blucerchiati defence.
19' Mariano Gonzalez takes on two during a blistering run down the left, but can't find a way past Accardi.
18' Crespo rattles a shot on target after a quick move involving Gonzalez and Solari, but Zotti makes a comfortable save. The Samp custodian is called into action again seconds later, with another save from Luis Figo.
17' Grosso makes a darting run down the left and plays square to Mariano Gonzalez who fires wide from 25 yards.
16' Delvecchio's long-range effort is easy prey for Francesco Toldo.
14' Franceschini fires narrowly wide of the target with a low diagonal shot from 20 yards.
12' Gonzalez attacks down the middle and floats the ball over to Solari. Franceschini makes a headed interception and concedes a left-wing corner.
10' Grosso blocks a Quagliarella cross from the right as the Blucerchiati look to muster a reaction.
9' GOOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Nicolas Burdisso, who scored two cup goals against Messina in the round of 16, flicks home Figo's inswinging cross from a 40-yard left-wing free kick.
8' Free kick to the Genoans 30 yards out on the right wing.
8' Flachi's cross into the area is headed clear by Fabio Grosso.
7' Crespo flagged offside as he races on to a through ball by Mariano Gonzalez.
6' At the other end, Inter win a left-wing corner.
6' Nothing comes of Figo's inswinging corner.
4' Franceschini's 20-yard volley from the corner takes a deflection offf Cordoba and finishes in the arms of Toldo.
3' Flachi's curling free kick is wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
3' Quagliarella's shot from inside the Inter area takes a deflection. The first corner of the game goes Samp's way.
2' Samp win a free kick for a foul from behind by Dacourt on Francesco Flachi. The French midfielder is yellow-carded.
1' 270 minutes of Samp v Inter starts here as the Nerazzurri kick off (that could be 300 minutes of course if next Thursday's cup return goes to extra time).
1' Welcome to the Marassi in Genoa for tonight's Coppa Italia semi-final first leg between Inter and the Blucerchiati.
1' Sampdoria: 15 Zotti; 7 Maggio, 14 Sala, 5 Accardi, 46 Pieri; 27 Quagliarella, 40 Delvecchio, 17 Palombo, 21 Franceschini; 10 Flachi, 20 Bonazzoli.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo, 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt, 21 Solari; 91 Mariano Gonzalez; 18 Crespo.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter take a giant step towards their third consecutive Tim Cup final with a 3-0 win over Samp. We'll be back at at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on Sunday for Serie A Week 21.
46' Flachi's curling free kick is just wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
45' Da Mota has a go from distance. His impressive effort sails wide of the left post.
45' Free kick to Samp in a central position just outside the Inter area, awarded for a Dacourt foul on Palombo.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
42' Burdisso beats Franceschini to a Quagliarella right-wing cross and heads out for a corner.
42' Flachi's corner is cleared by the Nerazzurri defence.
40' The Inter coach brings on Ibrahim Maaroufi for Javier Zanetti.
39' Roberto Mancini replaces Luis Figo with Lambros Choutos.
37' At the other end, Toldo makes yet another save from Quagliarella whose low diagonal effort is on target.
36' Samp survive a let-off as Solari volleys over following a defensive error by Palombo.
34' Grosso's flicked header from Burdisso's right-wing inswinger is wide of the far post.
33' Franceschini's first-time effort from Zenoni's cross is blocked. Inter break with Figo but the Portuguese winger is caught in possession.
32' Cruz' shot from Zanetti's intuitive ball into the Samp box is blocked by Zenoni.
31' Figo's curling free kick is a yard or so wide of the left post.
30' Bastrini latches on to a Flachi cut-back and fires a low left-foot shot wide of the near post.
30' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out for a Da Mota foul on Gonzalez.
29' Flachi's fast cross ricochets off Palombo. His follow-up finds the side-netting.
28' Free kick to Samp on the right edge of the Inter area for a Grosso foul on Maggio.
27' Samp sub Da Mota is straight into the action with a 20-yard shot that is comfortably collected by Toldo.
26' Julio Cruz makes his return from injury as Hernan Crespo is replaced.
26' El Jardinero last played a competitive match in Inter v Reggina on 19 November 2006.
26' Samp bring on Da Mota for Delvecchio.
23' Toldo tips over a Quagliarella diving header from Bastrini's cross.
22' Solari overhits his pass down the left for Grosso.
21' Quagliarella plays through to Franceschini who can't find space for a shot and plays back to his team-mate. Quagliarella's 20-yard effort from the return pass is off-target.
20' Palombo fires high and wide from 20 yards after a promising attack by the Blucerchiati.
19' Quagliarella dances past Dacourt and Burdisso, but can't find a way past Cordoba.
16' Quagliarella zips into the Inter area and passes back to Flachi, who is intercepted by Burdisso.
15' Palombo's cross from a left-wing free kick is headed clear by Dacourt.
11' Inter win a right-wing corner. GOOOAAALLLLL!!!!! Zotti gets a hand to Burdisso's bullet header from Figo's corner, but can't stop it from going in.
11' That's four Tim Cup goals for the Argentine defender this season.
9' Samp bring on Bastrini for Pieri.
8' Gonzalez chests down a cross from the right and serves Grosso, whose ball into the six-yard box from the left-wing by-line is blocked and cleared.
7' Quagliarella rises in the Inter box to meet Zenoni's outswinging cross from the right and heads wide.
7' Inter counter with Crespo, but nothing comes of the move as the Argentine forward loses possession.
5' Quagliarella plays a fast one-two with Flachi as Samp enter the Inter area. But Ivan Cordoba is even faster, and intercepts to deny the home side a scoring chance.
5' Flachi's floated cross from the right is booted clear by Cordoba.
4' Samp attack back. Quagliarella pokes wide to Zenoni who plays central to Maggio, whose weak ball into the box is cleared.
3' Inter close to a third as Crespo flicks over Solari's low cross from the left.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Sampdoria replace Bonazzoli with Zenoni.
1' Solari boots behind a Quagliarella cross as Samp run at Inter in the opening minute.
Average rating 7.68
9 shots on target 6
6 shots off target 4
0 fouls committed 0
7 corners 5
2 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Novellino v Mancini

Roberto Mancini has won 4, drawn 3 and lost 1 of his 8 competitive meetings with Samp coach Walter Novellino. Mancini's teams have scored in all 8 games, netting a total of 12 goals, while Novellino's sides have never won at home, with a draw and 2 defeats from 3 games.


2001/02 Serie A Piacenza-Fiorentina ---- 3-1
2003/04 Serie A Sampdoria-Lazio 1-2 1-1
2004/05 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 2-3
2005/06 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter ---- 1-1

Novellino v Inter

Walter Novellino has collected 1 victory, 4 draws and 7 defeats from his 12 games against Inter.


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 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter ---- 1-1

Mancini v Sampdoria

Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini has never lost a competitive fixture against Sampdoria, with 4 wins and 3 draws from 7 games. His teams have scored in all 7 matches, netting a total of 11 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 1-0 2-2
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-1 ----

Sampdoria v Inter

1946/47 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-5 1-2
1947/48 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-4 4-2
1948/49 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-4 2-4
1949/50 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 0-2
1950/51 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-4 1-5
1951/52 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-3 1-0
1952/53 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-0 1-2
1953/54 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 1-2
1954/55 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-1
1955/56 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-2 1-7
1956/57 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 1-6
1957/58 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 2-2
1958/59 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-4 1-5
1959/60 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 0-0
1960/61 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-2 0-3
1961/62 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 1-1
1962/63 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 0-4
1963/64 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-5 0-1
1964/65 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 2-3
1965/66 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-5 1-1
1967/68 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-2
1968/69 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 1-1
1969/70 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 ----
1969/70 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-5 2-3
1970/71 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 1-3
1971/72 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 4-4
1972/73 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 ----
1972/73 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 0-0
1973/74 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-3 ----
1973/74 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 1-2
1974/75 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-0
1975/76 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 1-2
1976/77 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 0-0
1982/83 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 2-1
1983/84 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 2-1
1984/85 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-2 0-2
1985/86 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 0-1
1986/87 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-1 0-1
1987/88 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 1-3
1987/88 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-0 0-0
1988/89 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-1 0-1
1989/90 Italian Super Cup Sampdoria-Inter ---- 0-2
1989/90 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-0 0-2
1990/91 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-1 2-0
1991/92 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-0
1992/93 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-3 0-0
1993/94 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 1-0 1-1
1993/94 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-1 0-3
1994/95 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 2-2 0-2
1995/96 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-0 2-0
1996/97 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-2 4-3
1997/98 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-3
1998/99 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-3
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 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter ---- 1-1

Samp in semi-final for first time in 13 years

Sampdoria last reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals in 1993/94. The Blucerchiati qualified for the final that season, beating Ancona over two legs (6-1 at home, 0-0 away).

No home goal against Sampdoria for 258 minutes

The Genoa-based outfit have not conceded a goal at home since Vigiani's 12th-minute effort in Sampdoria 4-1 Livorno last 20 December. Including the remaining 78 minutes of that match plus the entire games against Chievo (1-0, Coppa Italia) and Fiorentina (0-0, Serie A), Samp have gone 258 competitive minutes without letting in a goal at the Marassi.

Sampdoria unbeaten, on target in last 12 cup games

Samp's last Italian Cup defeat was a 2-0 reverse at Cagliari on 27 January 2005. Since that date the Blucerchiati have collected 9 victories and 3 draws, scoring 23 goals (at least one in each game).

Samp: record run of cup wins

Sampdoria have collected 7 straight Coppa Italia wins to beat the club's previous record, a run of six consecutive victories between September 1986 and September 1987.

Flachi close to Mancini's Coppa total for Samp

With his 4 goals in this season's domestic cup competition, Francesco Flachi has brought his total of Coppa Italia goals for Sampdoria to 21. The Florentine striker is now just 5 goals away from reaching Mancini's total of 26 cup goals for the Blucerchiati, and 15 short of Gianluca Vialli's club record of 36.

Inter unbeaten in 24 games

Inter are unbeaten in 24 competitive matches, with 21 victories (including 11 wins in a row - 7 wins in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia & 2 in Champions League from 25 October 2006 to 2 December 2006 - 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 20 consecutive matches

Roberto Mancini's team have hit the target in each of their last 20 games, scoring a total of 44 goals. Inter's last match without scoring was the goalless Serie A draw at Udinese on 22 October 2006.

Inter unbeaten in last 13 away matches

The Nerazzurri have collected 10 victories and 3 draws on their travels since their last away defeat: Sporting Lisbon 1-0 Inter (Champions League, 12 September 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 17 wins and 9 draws from 26 games to better the club's previous record of 20 cup matches without defeat, set between May 1986 and April 1988. With 15 wins and 5 draws, Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in the Coppa Italia since taking over at Inter.

No cup goal against Inter for 370 minutes

Nonda's 80th-minute strike in Inter 3-1 Roma on 11 May 2006 was the last Coppa Italia goal conceded by the Nerazzurri. Including the remaining 10 minutes of last season's final second leg, plus the entire games against Messina (home and away) and Empoli (home and away) this term, Inter have not let in a domestic cup goal for 370 competitive minutes.

Adriano set for 200th appearance

If he plays against Sampdoria in Wednesday's cup first leg, Inter striker Adriano will celebrate his 200th appearance for an Italian club. The Brazilian, who has also played for Fiorentina and Parma, has played 148 times in Serie A, 16 in Coppa Italia, 32 in European cups and 3 in other tournaments. He made his debut in Parma 2-2 Inter on 9 September 2001.

wins(2) draws(2) defeats(3)
GENOA - Luis Figo set them up and Nicolas Burdisso and Hernan Crespo grabbed the goals to give Inter a 3-0 victory over Sampdoria at the Marassi and keep Mancini's men on course for a third consecutive Coppa Italia triumph.

Inter overpowered the Blucerchiati with a dominant display to extend their unbeaten run to 25 games and take a healthy lead into next Thursday's semi-final return.

Burdisso, who netted twice against Messina in the round of sixteen, hit the target in either half to become top scorer in the domestic cup competition this season.

The Argentine defender flicked home Figo's inswinging cross from a 40-yard free kick to put Inter ahead in the 9th minute.

Crespo lifted his tally for the season to double figures on 24 minutes, rising in the box to head home another Figo cross.

The Nerazzurri then soaked up a period of Samp pressure, with Francesco Toldo making a succession of saves from Quagliarella and Flachi.

Burdisso put an end to Samp's run of seven straight cup wins 11 minutes after the restart with a bullet header past Zotti from a Luis Figo corner.

Spurred on by a vociferous crowd, Novellino's side pushed to reduce the arrears, but Toldo emerged the victor from his personal duel with Quagliarella, with more vital blocks from the Blucerchiati fantasista.


Scorers: Burdisso 9, 56, Crespo 24

SAMPDORIA: 15 Zotti; 7 Maggio, 14 Sala, 5 Accardi, 46 Pieri (33 Bastrini 54); 27 Quagliarella, 40 Delvecchio (66 Da Mota 71), 17 Palombo, 21 Franceschini; 10 Flachi, 20 Bonazzoli (77 Zenoni 46).
Subs not used: 22 Di Gennaro, 16 Soddimo, 9 Bazzani, 25 Ferrari.
Coach: Walter Novellino.

INTER: 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo (99 Choutos 84), 4 Zanetti (50 Maaroufi 85), 15 Dacourt, 21 Solari; 91 Mariano Gonzalez; 18 Crespo (9 Cruz 71).
Subs not used: 79 Carini, 6 Maxwell, 51 Bonucci, 19 Cambiasso.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).

Booked: Dacourt 2, Solari 40.

starting lineups

Zotti 1 Toldo
Maggio 16 Burdisso
Sala 2 Cordoba
Accardi 25 Samuel
Pieri 11 Grosso
Quagliarelli 7 Figo
Delvecchio 4 Zanetti
Palombo 15 Dacourt
Franceschini 21 Solari
Flachi 91 Gonzalez
Bonazzoli 18 Crespo


Di Gennaro 79 Carini
Bastrini 6 Maxwell
Zenoni 51 Bonucci
Soddimo 19 Cambiasso
Da Mota 50 Maaroufi
Bazzani 9 Cruz
Ferrari 99 Choutos