Final score

20 October 2007 20:30

18' Adriano
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: D'Agostini, Giordano / Fourth official: Squillace
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47' Maxwell makes a headed clearance from Cozza's right-wing centre.
47' Half time. Inter lead Reggina by a goal to nil.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
43' Julio Cruz is booked for a foul from behind on Aronica.
42' Toldo is quick off his line to deny Ceravolo.
41' Cozza booked for protesting.
40' Good counter attack by the Nerazzurri. Figo runs down the right and serves Maicon who passes into the box for Adriano. The striker's backheeled return ball to the right-back is intercepted.
39' Chivu blocks Cozza's shot from Hallfredsson's through ball to thwart a good chance for the Amaranto.
37' Campagnolo spills Adriano's fierce strike from the resulting free kick but smothers the ball before it can cross the line.
36' Aronica is booked for fouling Maicon.
35' Adri receives from Figo on the left edge of the Reggina area and passes to Cruz but the home team intercept.
29' Toldo punches clear Fabio Ceravolo's cross from the right-wing corner flag.
26' Ceravolo wastes a gilt-edged chance for Reggina. He takes on Cordoba during a run into the area but mis-kicks with just Toldo to beat. To be fair to him, the rainsoaked playing surface didn't help.
25' At the other end Adriano crosses for Cruz but Lanzaro gets to the ball first and chests it back to his keeper.
24' Francesco Cozza looks for the top left corner with a floated free kick from 25 yards. It's high and wide.
22' Reggina inches close to an equaliser. Cascione races down the right, takes on Cesar and feeds Cozza with a low ball into the area. The Amaranto striker's low effort is just wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
18' GOOOOOAAALLLLL!!!!! Adriano gets the slightest of touches to Luis Figo's inswinging left-wing free kick and glances it into the bottom right corner. Reggina 0-1 Inter.
17' Right-wing free kick to Inter. Figo delivers the cross. Cherubin heads clear but the Nerazzurri remain in the Reggina third and Cesar tests Campagnolo with a floated cross-shot.
15' Cordoba blocks a Missiroli shot. It's all Reggina at the moment.
14' Another chance for Reggina. Toldo is out quickly to block Cozza's close-range effort.
13' Icelandic midfielder Hallfredsson wins the ball and serves Cozza whose 25-yard piledriver is over Toldo's bar.
10' Cristian Chivu heads clear to deny Cascione a chance from Ceravolo's ball into the box.
7' Maicon blocks crosses from Aronica and Hallfredsson as Reggina look for openings down the left.
6' Cruz tries a one-two with Adriano after collecting Cambiasso's ball but the Brazilian's return ball is intercepted.
2' Cruz' curling free kick hits the Amaranto wall and spins out for an attacking throw-in.
1' Welcome to the Reggio Calabria in the south of Italy for tonight's Serie A clash between Reggina and Inter.
1' It's raining hard at the Stadio Granilllo with less than half an hour until kick-off.
1' It's Adriano and Cruz in attack for the Nerazzurri. Patrick Vieira returns in midfield, with Toldo preferred to Julio Cesar in goal.
1' Reggina: 30 Campagnolo; 55 Lanzaro, 3 Cherubin, 16 Valdez, 6 Aronica; 34 Missiroli, 14 Tognozzi, 18 Hallfredsson, 4 Cascione; 21 Ceravolo, 10 Cozza.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 7 Figo, 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar; 9 Cruz, 10 Adriano.
1' Mauro Bergonzi blows his whistle and Reggina kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' Brazilian trio Adriano, Maxwell and Cesar combine down the left. The latter is fouled just outside the area and Inter win a free kick.
Minute Text commentary
48' It's end to end in these last few minutes at the Granillo. Suazo sees a right-foot effort deflected.
48' Full time. Inter hang on to beat Reggina 1-0.
47' Reggina close again. Cascione's diving header from Aronica's cross is saved by Toldo.
46' Ibrahimovic is yellow carded by Bergonzi.
45' Cozza swivels in the box and fires inches wide. What a let off for the Nerazzurri.
45' Back at the other end Suazo shoots high and wide from just outside the Reggina area.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
43' Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes on Cherubin and Barreto and tests Campagnolo with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box.
39' Suazo is flagged offside as he runs to meet Maxwell's left-wing pass but the Honduran began his run from an onside position.
38' Suazo nods the ball into the path of Cesar who rifles a low shot wide of the far post.
38' Reggina bring on Danish striker Mike Tullberg for Simone Missiroli.
37' Another change for Inter. David Suazo replaces Julio Cruz.
32' At the other end Cruz squeezes between two opponents to meet Ibrahimovic's headed pass. The Argentine's low shot is blocked by Campagnolo.
31' Cordoba intercepts Missiroli's intelligent ball into the box for Ceravolo to deny the Italian forward a certain goal.
30' Figo blasts wide after dancing past two opponents during a run into the box from the right.
30' Reggina make their second switch. Ficcadenti replaces Emil Hallfredsson with Montiel.
29' Ibrahimovic storms into the Reggina box and appears to be fouled by Cherubin. Not according to the referee though.
27' Reggina bring on Barreto for Tognozzi.
26' Another good chance for Reggina. Maxwell boots clear Cascione's sliding effort from Missiroli's acrobatic pass.
25' Cozza's 30-yard free kick is saved by Toldo.
24' Vieira is substituted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will reach double figures if he scores tonight.
23' Campagnolo makes a smothering save to deny Julio Cruz.
23' Vieira is yellow-carded for a challenge from behind on Tognozzi.
19' Toldo catches Tognozzi's high cross from the left after two Reggina corners in quick succession.
15' Luca Tognozzi makes a headed clearance from Figo's right-wing free kick.
11' Mancini makes his first change. Javier Zanetti on, Adriano off.
9' Cordoba blocks Cozza's strike from Ceravolo's pass.
7' Reggina fail to clear Chivu's corner kick. Cambiasso shoots from close range but the Argentine's effort is blocked by Lanzaro.
6' Maicon's right-wing cross is deflected behind for a corner by Aronica.
3' Luis Figo's left-wing cross is straight into the arms of Campagnolo.
1' We're back under way at the Granillo as Inter kick off the second half.
Average rating 7.16
2 shots on target 5
5 shots off target 4
21 fouls committed 16
4 corners 1
1 offsides 6
27:58 ball possession 26:32
Reggina v Inter

The Amaranto have hosted Inter on 8 previous occasions, winning 1, drawing 3 and losing 4. Reggina's only victory against the Nerazzurri was a 2-1 win in the 2000/01 Serie A. The last draw between the two teams was a 0-0 stalemate in the 2006/07 championship. Inter's last away win against Reggina was a 4-0 victory in 2005/06. Reggina are without a home goal against Inter in 4 matches (682 competitive minutes have elapsed since Leon's 38th-minute goal in a 1-1 Coppa Italia draw on 17 December 2003).


1999/00 Serie A Reggina 0-1 Inter
2000/01 Serie A Reggina 2-1 Inter
2002/03 Serie A Reggina 1-2 Inter
2003/04 Coppa Italia Reggina 1-1 Inter
2003/04 Serie A Reggina 0-2 Inter
2004/05 Serie A Reggina 0-0 Inter
2005/06 Serie A Reggina 0-4 Inter
2006/07 Serie A Reggina 0-0 Inter

Ficcadenti v Mancini

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Modesto
Cautioned: Lanzaro

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: -

One Reggina win in last 11 games

Reggina are without a Serie A win since their 2-0 home victory over AC Milan on 27 May 2007. The Amaranto have collected 7 draws and 3 defeats since that date.

Reggina's defensive vulnerability

Reggina have conceded in each of their eight (Serie A and Coppa Italia) games in 2007/08, letting in a total of 15 goals. The Amaranto last kept a clean sheet on 27 May 2007 when they defeated AC Milan 2-0 at home.

Just 2 Reggina players on target in 2007/08

Francesco Cozza and Nicola Amoruso are the only two Reggina players to have scored goals so far this season.

Amaranto exposed in closing stages

Reggina have conceded more in the final 15-minute periods of 2007/08 Serie A matches than any other team, letting in 5 goals from the 76th-90th minutes (added time included).

Inter unbeaten in 13 league games

Inter 1-3 Roma on 18 April 2007 was the Nerazzurri's last Serie A defeat. Mancini's team have since notched 10 wins and 3 draws.

Inter's last away defeat in April 2006

The Nerazzurri's last Serie A defeat came on 30 April 2006 when they lost 1-0 to Empoli. Inter have since collected 17 wins and 6 draws on their top-flight travels.

Inter on target in 15 consecutive league matches

Reggina 0-0 Inter on 7 April 2007 was the last time Mancini's team failed to score in a Serie A match. The Nerazzurri have scored 33 goals in their 15 league matches played since the above-mentioned date.

Seven Inter players on target so far

Seven different Inter players have scored league goals in the 2007/08 Serie A season so far. They are Cesar, Cordoba, Crespo, Cruz, Figo, Ibrahimovic and Stankovic. Fiorentina, Juventus, Roma and Palermo are the other four teams with seven different players on target in the first seven rounds of matches.

Ibrahimovic one of three most decisive players in 2007/08

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Atalanta's Riccardo Zampagna and Genoa's Marco Borriello are the 2007/08 Serie A championship's three most decisive players after seven rounds of matches. All three players have earned their teams seven points.

Inter: just 11 yellows in 6 games

The Nerazzurri are among the three most disciplined teams of the Serie A season so far, with just 11 yellow cards in 7 matches. The other two are Roma and Siena.

wins(6) draws(2) defeats(1)

MILAN - Adriano scored his first goal since April as Inter defeated Reggina 1-0 on a rainsoaked pitch at the Stadio Granillo.

The slender victory moves Roberto Mancini's team five points clear of second-placed Roma ahead of Sunday's games.

With Tuesday's Champions League trip to Moscow in mind, Mancini rested the likes of Zanetti, Ibrahimovic and Samuel, and partnered Cruz with Adriano in attack.

Vieira made his return from injury while Toldo was preferred to Julio Cesar in goal.

Reggina made the Nerazzurri work hard for their points and launched an early assault on Toldo's goal.

Inter took the lead against the run of play on 18 minutes when Adriano got the slightest of touches to Luis Figo's inswinging left-wing free kick and glanced past Campagnolo.

Reggina produced a spirited reaction and Cozza fired narrowly wide after meeting a threaded pass from Cascione.

Ceravolo then wasted a gilt-edged chance, mis-kicking after dancing past Cordoba during a run into the box.

On 38 minutes Campagnolo spilled Adriano's stinging shot from a free kick but the Reggina keeper smothered the loose ball before it could cross the line.

Chivu blocked Cozza's shot from Hallfredsson's through ball as the Amaranto relentlessly searched for a leveller.

The pace dropped markedly in the second half as Inter defended their lead.

Mancini replaced Adriano with Zanetti, leaving Cruz as lone striker until the introduction of Ibrahimovic for Vieira.

The Inter coach made his final switch with 13 minutes remaining, substituting Cruz with Suazo.

The game came back to life in the closing stages, Ibrahimovic gliding past Cherubin and Barreto before testing Campagnolo with a thunderous strike.

Reggina almost snatched a late equaliser through Cozza who shot inches wide.

Ficcadenti's side went close again in added time when Cascione's diving header from Aronica's cross was well saved by Toldo.

Reggina 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-1)

Scorer: Adriano 18.

Reggina: 30 Campagnolo; 55 Lanzaro, 3 Cherubin, 16 Valdez, 6 Aronica; 34 Missiroli (24 Tullberg 83), 14 Tognozzi (8 Barreto 72), 18 Hallfredsson (25 Montiel 75), 4 Cascione; 21 Ceravolo, 10 Cozza.
Subs not used: 22 Novakovic, 11 Joelson, 20 Alvarez, 32 Pettinari.
Coach: Massimo Ficcadenti.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 7 Figo, 14 Vieira (8 Ibrahimovic 69), 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar; 9 Cruz (29 Suazo 82), 10 Adriano (4 Zanetti 56).
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 18 Crespo, 21 Solari, 25 Samuel.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Paolo Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Aronica 36, Cozza 41, Cruz 43, Vieira 68, Ibrahimovic 90+1.

starting lineups

Campagnolo 1 Toldo
Cherubin 13 Maicon
Cascione 2 Cordoba
Aronica 26 Chivu
Cozza 6 Maxwell
Tognozzi 7 Figo
Valdez 14 Vieira
Hallfredsson 19 Cambiasso
Ceravolo 31 Cesar
Missiroli 9 Cruz
Lanzaro 10 Adriano


Novakovic 12 Julio Cesar
Barreto 4 Zanetti
Joelson 8 Ibrahimovic
Alvarez 18 Crespo
Tullberg 21 Solari
Montiel 25 Samuel
Pettinari 29 Suazo