Final score

29 September 2007 18:00

8' (2nd half) Perrotta
23' (2nd half) Cordoba
15' (2nd half) Cruz
12' (2nd half) Crespo
29' Ibrahimovic (P)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Calcagno, Griselli / Fourth official: Dondarini
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Minute Text commentary
46' Perrotta makes a headed clearance from Figo's looping ball over the Roma defence as Inter finish the half on the attack.
46' Inter go into the break with a 1-0 lead over ten-man Roma.
45' Stankovic swings in a cross from the right. Headed clearance by Juan.
45' Samuel yellow-carded for fouling Totti in midfield.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Olivier Dacourt has a go from 35 yards. The Frenchman's effort is high over the bar.
42' Cordoba beats Perrotta to Tonetto's ball into the Inter area.
41' Zanetti takes the ball into the Roma area and cuts back for Ibrahimovic who is promptly dispossessed.
40' Ibra controls a short pass from Stankovic and sends a 25-yard screamer over Doni's crossbar.
37' Totti races down the right and cuts inside for Mancini. The Brazilian's shot is blocked by Ivan Ramiro Cordoba.
35' Great ball into the box by Cesar for Figo, who fluffs his shot from an inviting position.
33' Maxwell twists and turns and shoots from the edge of the area. The Roma defence blocks.
32' De Rossi blocks a Stankovic cross from the right as the Nerazzurri look to exploit the numerical superiority.
29' Zlatan Ibrahimovic tucks his penalty kick into the bottom right corner! Roma 0-1 Inter.
28' Totti's free kick takes a deflection. Left-wing corner for Roma.
28' Inter break and go close to scoring from a move that results in the sending-off of Giuly and a penalty for Inter.
28' Here's what happened: Cesar runs down the middle and has a shot inside the box blocked by Doni. Ibrahimovic's header from the loose ball is handled by Giuly, who is shown a straight red card.
27' Another free kick for the Giallorossi, awarded for another foul by Dejan Stankovic (on Mancini this time).
26' Roma win a free kick in a central position 40 yards out, awarded for a Stankovic foul on Pizarro.
26' Stankovic wins an aerial duel with De Rossi and heads behind Totti's looping ball into the area.
25' Pizarro boots clear after an Inter attack involving Ibrahimovic and Cesar.
23' At the other end Mexes blocks and clears Ibrahimovic's right-wing cross.
22' Roma hit Inter on the break. Mancini goes close with a low shot from the edge of the area but Julio Cesar pulls off a great save. Samuel makes a headed clearance from the resulting corner.
19' Doni rises to catch Figo's corner kick.
18' Tonetto tackles Figo on the by-line. Right-wing corner for Inter.
17' Good chance for Inter. Zanetti gets to the right-wing by-line and swings in a cross. The ball spins off Juan and falls to Cambiasso who tests Doni with a volleyed effort from the edge of the box.
14' Ibrahimovic collects a pass into the Roma box, shields the ball from two players, swivels and shoots. Doni saves the Swedish forward's weak effort.
13' Samuel makes a headed clearance from a free kick taken by his former Roma team-mate Totti.
12' Mancini receives in acres of space on the left from De Rossi and serves Tonetto in the box. Samuel wins the ball and clears.
7' Figo combines well with Cambiasso in the middle of the park and knocks the ball forward for Ibrahimovic. Panucci gets there first and plays back to his keeper.
6' Panucci races into the Inter box from the right. Maxwell blocks the Italian's cross and concedes a corner.
5' Luis blasts wide after a counter down the right.
5' Roma captain Totti sends a long-range free kick into the Nerazzurri area. Maxwell sweeps clear.
3' Figo combines with Stankovic and flicks wide to Cesar whose left-wing cross is blocked by the Roma rearguard.
2' Totti's thunderous shot is blocked by Julio Cesar who keeps out Mancini's left-footed follow-up.
1' Good afternoon and welcome to Rome for today's top-of-the-table clash. The Stadio Olimpico is slowly filling up ahead of kick-off.
1' Roberto Mancini has opted for a 4-3-3 with Figo and Cesar partnering Ibrahimovic up front behind midfielders Stankovic (back in the starting lineup after resting against Sampdoria), Dacourt and Cambiasso.
1' Ex-Inter midfielder David Pizarro comes in for Roma starlet Alberto Aquilani, who suffered a slight injury against Fiorentina in midweek.
1' Twelve different nations will be represented at the Olimpico today: Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Chile, Argentina, Ghana, France, Serbia, Montenegro, Italy, Sweden and Portugal.
1' Roma: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 5 Mexes, 4 Juan, 22 Tonetto; 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro; 14 Giuly, 20 Perrotta, 30 Mancini; 10 Totti.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 5 Stankovic, 15 Dacourt, 19 Cambiasso; 7 Figo, 8 Ibrahimovic, 31 Cesar.
1' Nicola Rizzoli blows his whistle and the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!!
1' Mancini goes down under a challenge from Dacourt after latching on to a De Rossi pass. Free kick to the Giallorossi in a central position 25 yards out.
Minute Text commentary
47' Full time. The Nerazzurri sink Roma 4-1. See you on Tuesday for Inter v PSV Eindhoven.
45' 2 minutes of overtime.
42' Cesar crosses from the left edge of the Roma area. Doni saves.
41' Nothing much happening now as Inter defend their unassailable lead.
38' Samuel blocks an Esposito cross.
35' Samuel, who has been outstanding at the centre of defence today, intercepts Pizarro's ball in for Vucinic.
32' Inter also make their final change. Portuguese youngster Pelé comes on for Portuguese veteran Luis Figo.
31' Roma bring on ex-Cagliari winger Mauro Esposito for Francesco Totti.
28' Pizarro booked for a rash challenge on Luis Figo.
25' Perrotta fouls Maxwell from behind. Free kick to Inter 30 yards out. Cesar's cross is headed clear by Daniele De Rossi.
24' Roma make a double substitution: Vucinic and Cicinho replace Mancini and Panucci.
23' GOOOAAAALLL!!!! Ivan Ramiro Cordoba rises at the back post to head in Figo's pin-point left-wing cross. Roma 1-4 Inter.
22' Panucci knocks behind for a corner to deny Cesar a chance from Cruz' intelligent ball.
18' Inter counter attack. Cesar runs down the left and crosses. Roma block.
17' Panucci's back-post header from Totti's floated cross is wide.
16' Totti's 25-yard swerveshot is just wide of the left post.
15' GOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!!! Julio Cruz collects a short ball from Figo, switches to his left foot fires in a low shot from 25 yards. Roma 1-3 Inter.
12' WE'RE BACK IN FRONT AT THE OLIMPICO!!!!! Hernan Crespo volleys in after Cambiasso's shot is parried by Doni.
10' Julio Cruz strikes the post with his sweet right-foot shot from just inside the Roma box.
8' Roma equalise through Simone Perrotta who lashes home from close range after a defensive mistake by Maxwell.
7' Inter revert to a 4-4-2.
7' Maxwell crosses from the left. Crespo, who scored five in games against the Giallorossi last term, is flagged offside.
6' Ibrahimovic is unable to continue. Neither is Olivier Dacourt. Mancini makes a double substitution. Cruz for Ibra and Crespo for Dacourt.
3' Ibrahimovic muscles past De Rossi and goes down under a challenge from Juan, who got a foot to the ball.
3' The buggy drives Ibra off the pitch for treatment to a foot injury.
2' Totti receives in space on the right and shoots straight at Doni.
1' Roma kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.82
5 shots on target 10
3 shots off target 2
10 fouls committed 18
6 corners 3
1 offsides 4
26:09 ball possession 32:00
Roma v Inter

The two teams have met in Italy's capital on 82 occasions. There have been 34 Roma victories (last win 6-2, 2006/07 Tim Cup final 1st leg), 22 draws (last draw 1-1, 2005/06 Coppa Italia) and 26 Inter victories (last win 1-0, 2006/07 Serie A).

Spalletti v Mancini

Roberto Mancini has won 8, drawn 4 and lost 5 of his 17 competitive meetings with the current Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: -

Disqualified: Maicon
Cautioned: -

Roma's 10-game scoring run

The Giallorossi have netted in each of their last 10 competitive matches (total 21 goals scored). The last time they failed to score was in the 1-0 Serie A defeat at home to Torino on 13 May 2007.

Giallorossi unbeaten since May

Roma's last defeat was the 3-2 reverse at Cagliari on 20 May 2007. Since that date Spalletti's team have played 8 competitive matches, winning 6 and drawing 2.

Totti most prolific player still in activity

Francesco Totti has scored 4 goals in 2007/08, bringing his Serie A total to 155. The Roma captain is the most prolific player still playing in Italy's top flight.

Adriano, Cruz, Vieira & goals against Roma

There are three players in the 2007/08 Inter squad who count Roma among their favourite targets. Of his 98 goals since arriving in Italy, Adriano has scored 6 against the Giallorossi and Juventus. Cruz, currently on 83 goals, has scored 6 against Roma and Udinese. Vieira has scored 9 goals for Italian clubs. He hit a brace against Roma in last season's Super Cup.

Inter, Crespo: two nightmares for Doni

Roma goalkeeper Doni has conceded 83 goals since moving to Italy. He has let in 17 (20.5%) in games against Inter - more than any other team. Hernan Crespo scored five goals against Doni last season to become the Brazilian goalkeeper's most feared opponent.

Inter's last Serie A defeat at home to Roma

The Nerazzurri have not lost a Serie A match since their 3-1 home defeat to Roma on 18 April 2007. Since that date Inter have collected 8 wins and 3 draws.

Inter goalless in just one of last 17 away league games

The Nerazzurri have failed to score in just one of their last 17 Serie A away matches: Reggina 0-0 Inter on 7 April 2007. Mancini's team have notched 37 goals in the 16 away games played since that date.

Ibrahimovic one of two most decisive players in 2007/08

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Atalanta's Riccardo Zampagna are the two most decisive players after five rounds of league matches. The Swedish forward's goals have earned Inter 7 of their 11 points while Zampagna's efforts have won the Bergamo side 7 of their 9 points. September is Ibrahimovic's most prolific time of the year. Of his 44 league goals for Italian clubs, he has scored 10 in the ninth calendar month.

wins(29) draws(26) defeats(36)

ROME - Defending champions Inter thrashed ten-man Roma 4-1 at the Olimpico to move three points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Giuly was red-carded for hand ball.

Simone Perrotta struck a second-half reply for the Giallorossi who were finished off by three quick goals from Hernan Crespo, Julio Cruz and Ivan Cordoba.

Roberto Mancini opted for a surprise 4-3-3 lineup, flanking Ibrahimovic with Cesar and Figo in a three-pronged attack in front of midfield trio Stankovic, Dacourt and Cambiasso.

Roma made the brighter start and could have taken an early lead but Julio Cesar kept out Totti's thunderous free kick and Mancini's left-footed follow-up shot.

The Nerazzurri's first chance fell to Ibrahimovic who shielded from Mexes and turned quickly before sending a weak shot at Doni.

Inter kept up the pressure and went close again when Cambiasso tested the Roma custodian with a volleyed effort from the edge of the box after Zanetti's right-wing cross spun off Juan.

The breakthrough came after a counter-attack on 28 minutes. Doni parried a Cesar shot and Giuly was shown a straight red for handling Ibrahimovic's subsequent header. The Swedish forward dispatched the resulting penalty low to Doni's right to put the Nerazzurri in front.

Inter lost Ibrahimovic and Dacourt to injury early in the second half. Mancini threw on Argentine forwards Crespo and Cruz and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.

Roma took advantage of the Nerazzurri's tactical switch and equalised through Simone Perrotta who lashed home from close range after a defensive mistake by Maxwell.

But the Giallorossi's leveller was short-lived as Inter stepped up a gear and stunned their opponents with three goals in nine minutes.

Cruz struck the post with a sweet right-foot shot from just inside the Roma box.

Crespo restored Inter's lead on 57 minutes, volleying in after Cambiasso's shot was parried by Doni.

Cruz then opened up a two-goal advantage with a low screamer from distance after receiving from Figo.

Cordoba killed off the game in the 66th, rising at the far post to power home Figo's pin-point left-wing cross.

Roma 1-4 Inter (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Ibrahimovic (pen) 29, Perrotta 53, Crespo 57, Cruz 60, Cordoba 66.

Roma: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci (3 Cicinho 69), 5 Mexes, 4 Juan, 22 Tonetto; 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro; 14 Giuly, 20 Perrotta, 30 Mancini (9 Vucinic 69); 10 Totti (18 Esposito 76).
Subs not used: 1 Curci, 21 Ferrari, 29, Barusso, 33 Brighi.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 5 Stankovic, 15 Dacourt (18 Crespo 51), 19 Cambiasso; 7 Figo (30 Pelé 77), 8 Ibrahimovic (9 Cruz 51), 31 Cesar.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 10 Adriano, 21 Solari, 29 Suazo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Samuel 45, Pizarro 73.
Sent off: Giuly 28.

starting lineups

Doni 12 Julio Cesar
Panucci 4 Zanetti
Mexes 2 Cordoba
Juan 25 Samuel
Tonetto 6 Maxwell
De Rossi 5 Stankovic
Pizarro 15 Dacourt
Giuly 19 Cambiasso
Perrotta 7 Figo
Mancini 8 Ibrahimovic
Totti 31 Cesar


Curci 1 Toldo
Cicinho 9 Cruz
Vucinic 10 Adriano
Esposito 18 Crespo
Ferrari 21 Solari
Barusso 29 Suazo
Brighi 30 Pelé