Final score

1 February 2007 21:00

referee Christian Brighi / linesmen Pirondini, Niccolai / 4th man Orsato
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45' Grosso's cross into the box is headed wide by Coppa Italia top scorer Nic Burdisso.
45' Half time. Inter 0-0 Sampdoria (agg. 3-0).
44' Cruz heads home Grosso's cross from Figo's ball down the left, but the Italian crossed after the ball had crossed the by-line.
44' Samp midfielder Palombo booked for bringing down Luis Figo. Free kick to Inter 40 yards out.
42' Maaroufi's dangerous hooked cross from the right-wing by-line sails over the head of Mariano Gonzalez. Samp clear.
40' Zenoni's low cross from the right is blocked by Samuel.
40' Zenoni crosses again, but Brighi blows his whistle for a foul by Bonazzoli on Bonucci in the area.
37' Sala's header from inside the Inter area is wide of the right post.
36' Free kick to Sampdoria on the left channel for a Burdisso foul on Blucerchiati striker Emiliano Bonazzoli.
35' Ibrahim Maaroufi has a go from distance after the resulting corner is cleared, but the Belgian midfielder's effort is wide.
34' After a promising Samp attack, Maggio fires wide from the edge of the area.
34' Burdisso makes a stylish headed clearance from Bastrini's whipped cross from the left. Inter hit Samp on the break and Cruz goes close with a fierce strike from the edge of the box which forces a good save from Castellazzi.
33' Leo Bonucci beats Pieri to a crossfield pass and heads out for a Samp throw-in.
29' Grosso plays a quick ball to Solari on the left. The Argentine winger crosses to Cruz who flicks wide at the near post with the outside of his foot.
27' Toldo comes out quickly to collect a deep right-wing cross.
26' Inter awarded a free kick for a tactical foul by Parola on Mariano Gonzalez on the halfway line.
23' Bastrini's header into the Inter area is headed clear by Walter Samuel.
23' Pieri pokes low into the box from the left. Inter's defence clears.
22' Maggio's header from Parola's free kick is deflected out for a right-wing corner.
21' Samp awarded a free kick in a central position 30 yards out for a Dacourt foul on Bazzani.
20' Inter maintain the pressure as Fabio Grosso gets to the by-line, but the Italian full-back's cross is blocked.
19' Inter on the attack. Cruz runs down the middle before playing wide to Gonzalez who serves Solari in the box. The former Real winger is tackled, and Inter win a left-wing corner.
15' Maggio's flicked header from Zenoni's right-wing centre is caught by Francesco Toldo.
14' Luis Figo's curling free kick is over Castellazzi's crossbar.
13' Cruz gets behind Sala to win a long ball forward. The Argentine striker is held back by the Samp defender, who is booked. Free kick to us on the left edge of the Blucerchiati box.
11' Mariano Gonzalez collects a Solari pass from the left and lets fly a 20-yard shot with the outside of his right foot. It's not far off.
8' Solari blocks a Zenoni cross from the right. Palombo crashes wide his 30-yard effort from the loose ball.
7' Bastrini crosses from the left. Solari makes a headed clearance.
5' Bazzani overhits his through ball for Bonazzoli. Toldo collects.
3' Inter hit back at Samp and win a corner after Sala makes a crunching tackle on Solari.
3' Figo's inswinger from the left-wing corner flag is caught by Castellazzi.
2' Bazzani receives after a Zenoni run down the right but is immediately dispossessed.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for Inter v Sampdoria. The Nerazzurri go into tonight's Tim Cup semi-final return with a 3-0 lead from last week's first leg.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 51 Bonucci, 16 Burdisso, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo, 15 Dacourt, 50 Maaroufi, 21 Solari; 91 Mariano Gonzalez; 9 Cruz.
1' Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 7 Maggio, 14 Sala, 5 Accardi, 46 Pieri; 33 Bastrini, 17 Palombo, 18 Parola, 77 Zenoni; 9 Bazzani, 20 Bonazzoli.
1' There will be a minute's silence before kick-off to remember Sammartinese manager Ermanno Licursi, who died last week.
1' Christian Brighi blows his whistle. Samp kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter 0-0 Sampdoria (agg: 3-0). Inter will face Roma in the cup final for the third year running.
47' Toldo denies Quagliarella with a terrific block from the Samp substitute.
45' Castellazzi denies Julio Cruz. The Argentine meets Recoba's through ball but sees his shot saved by the Samp keeper's feet.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
43' Good chance for Inter. Recoba plays a one-two with Grosso and tries to lift the ball over Castellazzi but the Samp keeper catches.
39' Inter bring on 19-year-old Primavera captain Simone Fautario for Santiago Solari.
37' Sampdoria replace Bonazzoli with 18-year-old striker Ferrari.
36' Julio Cruz chests down a delightful ball into the area by Recoba before crashing wide a left-foot shot.
35' Da Mota's ball into the box is cleared by the Nerazzurri defence.
35' Parola yellow-carded for a foul on Olivier Dacourt.
34' Free kick to Samp in a central position 35 yards out, awarded for a Samuel foul on Quagliarella.
33' Sampdoria bring on Fabio Quagliarella for Fabio Bazzani.
31' Maggio rises in the box but fails to make contact with Bonazzoli's cross from the right wing.
29' Recoba loses control of the ball after a Mariano Gonzalez counter-attack down the middle.
27' Samp bring on Da Mota for Palombo.
26' Alvaro Recoba replaces Luis Figo to make his return from injury.
24' Bonucci heads behind Zenoni's fast right-wing cross.
24' Parola's cross from the resulting corner is headed wide by Bazzani. Sala fails to touch home at the far post. Good chance for Novellino's side.
23' Cruz races down the right but is dispossessed by Accardi.
22' Roberto Mancini hands Francesco Bolzoni his first-team debut. Off comes Ibrahim Maaroufi.
19' Cruz latches on to a Mariano Gonzalez through ball and sees his shot on the turn take a deflection. Solari's cross from the left is collected by Castellazzi.
17' At the other end Figo heads clear a Zenoni cross from the left. There's no way through for the Blucerchiati.
16' Solari receives on the left from Cruz and creates space for a cross but Samp clear.
14' Bonazzoli connects with Pieri's cross from the left. Maggio hooks back into the middle of the box from the right-wing by-line. Inter clear.
12' Gonzalez combines with Solari and rids of one opponent before being tackled by a second.
11' Palombo's high ball into the Nerazzurri area is too long for Bazzani. Toldo gathers.
10' Maggio's flicked header from Pieri's left-wing cross is not far over Toldo's crossbar.
9' Mariano Gonzalez miscues from the edge of the Samp area. Easy save for Castellazzi.
7' Burdisso clears a Zenoni cross from the left.
6' Solari combines with Figo on the left but can't keep the ball in play. Goal kick for the visitors.
4' Cruz latches on to Grosso's flicked pass into the Samp area but loses control and Zenoni covers as the ball rolls to Castellazzi.
3' Maggio's right-footer from 25 yards is blocked by the Nerazzurri defence.
2' Burdisso beats Bonazzoli to a Zenoni right-wing centre, and heads clear.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Maggio intercepts Grosso on the right and whips in a cross. Easy save for Toldo.
Average rating 7.22
5 shots on target 2
4 shots off target 3
0 fouls committed 0
3 corners 4
0 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00
Mancini v Novellino

Roberto Mancini has won 6, drawn 3 and lost 1 of his 10 competitive meetings with Samp coach Walter Novellino. Mancini's teams have scored in all 10 games, netting a total of 17 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 1-0 2-2
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-1 2-0
2006/07 Coppa Italia Inter-Sampdoria ---- 3-0

Mancini v Sampdoria

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has never lost a competitive fixture against Samp, with 6 wins and 3 draws from 9 games. His teams have scored in each match, netting a total of 16 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 2-0
2006/07 Coppa Italia Inter-Sampdoria ---- 3-0

Novellino v Inter

Novellino has won 1, drawn 4 and lost 9 of his 14 competitive meetings with the Nerazzurri. The only victory was Venezia's 3-1 home win on 16 May 1999. The Blucerchiati coach, therefore, has never won away to Inter, collecting 2 draws and 4 defeats from 6 games at the Giuseppe 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 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 0-2 1-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 ----

Inter v Sampdoria

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 0-2 1-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 0-3 ----

Inter close to tenth Coppa final

The Nerazzurri are ninety minutes away from their tenth Coppa Italia final, having reached the showpiece tie in 1938/39, 1958/59, 1964/65, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1981/82, 1999/00, 2004/05 and 2005/06. Inter, who finished last in a four-team final tournament with AC Milan, Bologna and eventual winners Torino in 1967/68, have won the cup five times, in 1938/39, 1977/78, 1981/82, 2004/05 and 2005/06.

No Samp away draw since September 2006

Walter Novellino's side haven't drawn an away match since Ascoli 1-1 Sampdoria on 24 September 2006. Since that date, the Blucerchiati have collected 4 wins and 6 defeats on their league and cup travels.

Samp goalless since 17 January 2007

Gennaro Delvecchio's 86th-minute goal in the 2-1 win at Chievo on 17 January 2007 was Sampdoria's last in a competitive fixture. Including the remaining 4 minutes of that match plus the entire games against Empoli (0-2, Serie A) and Inter (0-3, Coppa Italia; 0-2, Serie A), Novellino's team have gone 274 minutes without scoring.

Inter: 26 games without defeat

Inter are unbeaten in 26 competitive matches, with 23 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: 22-game scoring run

Roberto Mancini's team have hit the target in each of their last 22 games, scoring a total of 49 goals. Inter's last match without scoring was the goalless Serie A draw at Udinese on 22 October 2006.

Inter: no home draw since September 2006

Inter's last home draw was the 1-1 Serie A stalemate with Sampdoria on 16 September 2006. Since then the Nerazzurri have collected 13 victories and a defeat from 14 Meazza matches.

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 18 wins and 9 draws from 27 games to better the club's previous record of 20 cup matches without defeat, set between May 1986 and April 1988.

Mancini unbeaten in cup since 2002

With 16 wins and 5 draws, Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in the Coppa Italia since taking over at Inter. If we add Mancini's 8 cup games with Lazio in 2003/04, the current Inter boss hasn't lost in the competition for 29 matches (22 wins and 7 draws). His last Coppa defeat came on 16 April 2003 when the Biancocelesti lost 1-0 to city rivals Roma.

No cup goal against Inter for 460 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 return leg, plus the entire games against Messina (home and away), Empoli (home and away) and Sampdoria (away) this term, Inter have not let in a Coppa goal for 460 competitive minutes.

Inter's 265-minute invincibility

Luca Toni's 5th-minute goal in Inter 3-1 Fiorentina on 21 January was the last conceded by Mancini's side. Including the remaining 85 minutes of that game plus the league and cup visits to Sampdoria (0-3, 0-2), Inter haven't let in a goal for 265 competitive minutes.

Inter one away from 200th goal against Samp

In 111 competitive meetings with Sampdoria, Inter have scored 199 goals (104 at home, 95 away). Zapirain (34') and Campatelli (78') were the first Nerazzurri players to score against the Blucerchiati, in a 2-1 Serie A home win on 2 February 1947. Samp's reply came from Bassetto (88').

Flachi in sight of Mancini's Coppa total for Samp

With 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 away from reaching Mancini's total of 26 cup goals for the Blucerchiati, and 15 short of Gianluca Vialli's club record of 36.

wins(2) draws(3) defeats(0)
MILAN - Inter held Sampdoria 0-0 at the Meazza to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory and set up a third consecutive Coppa Italia final meeting with Roma.

The cup holders defended their lead from the first leg as the visitors enjoyed periods of possession but failed to capitalise.

Inter went closer to scoring than their opponents in the opening half, Mariano Gonzalez firing just wide from 20 yards before Julio Cruz forced a save from Castellazzi.

Samp's best chances before the break fell to Maggio, who sent a flicked header wide before having another blocked by Toldo.

Coppa top scorer Burdisso then rose to nod wide a Grosso cross.

There was no change to the pattern of the game after the restart. Sala failed to tap home at the far post after Bazzani's header from a Parola cross, but once again it was Inter who produced the best chances.

Cruz chested down a delightful ball into the area by Recoba before crashing wide a left-foot shot.

The Uruguayan then played a one-two with Grosso only to see his lob blocked by the Samp keeper.

Cruz had a second chance from another Chino through ball saved by Castellazzi before Samp sub Quagliarella was brilliantly denied by Toldo in time added on.


Inter: 1 Toldo; 51 Bonucci, 16 Burdisso, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo (20 Recoba 71), 15 Dacourt, 50 Maaroufi (47 Bolzoni 67), 21 Solari (36 Fautario 84); 91 Mariano Gonzalez; 9 Cruz.
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 4 Zanetti, 99 Choutos.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 7 Maggio, 14 Sala, 5 Accardi, 46 Pieri; 33 Bastrini, 17 Palombo (66 Da Mota 72), 18 Parola, 77 Zenoni; 9 Bazzani (27 Quagliarella 78), 20 Bonazzoli (25 Ferrari 82).
Subs not used: 15 Zotti, 16 Soddimo, 21 Franceschini, 31 Enow.
Coach: Walter Novellino.

Referee: Christian Brighi (Cesena).

Booked: Sala 13, Palombo 44, Parola 80.

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Castellazzi
Bonucci 51 Maggio
Burdisso 16 Sala
Samuel 25 Accardi
Grosso 11 Pieri
Figo 7 Mastrini
Maaroufi 50 Palombo
Dacourt 15 Parola
Solari 21 Zenoni
Gonzalez 91 Bazzani
Cruz 9 Bonazzoli


Orlandoni 22 Zotti
Cordoba 2 Soddimo
Zanetti 4 Franceschini
Fautario 36 Ferrari
Recoba 20 Quagliarella
Choutos 99 Enow
Bolzoni 47 Da Mota