Final score

19 December 2007 20:30

5' (2nd half) Pettinari
41' (2nd half) Balotelli
17' (2nd half) Solari
29' Balotelli
14' Crespo
referee Matteo Trefoloni / linesmen Alessandroni, Di Liberatore / 4th man Squillace
Watch highlights
Minutes Text commentary
46' Half time. Reggina 0-2 Inter.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Pelé collects Solari's pass and tests Novakovic with a magnificent right-foot volley from distance.
38' Pelé is yellow-carded for a foul on Montiel.
37' Balotelli launches a swift counter-attack and feeds Solari, whose shot is blocked by Novakovic.
36' Inter back on the attack. Cesar dribbles an opponent on the left and swings in a cross. Crespo frees himself of two Reggina men and sends a first-time shot inches over.
33' Reggina counter-attack. Pettinari takes the ball past Samuel and shoots on goal, forcing Paolo Orlandoni into a difficult save.
30' 2-0 to Inter!!! Samuel's header from Solari's right-wing cross is parried by Novakovic. Mario Balotelli pounces on the loose ball and converts from close range.
25' It's all Inter at the Granillo. Pelé has a go from 30 yards. The Portuguese youngster's right-footed effort is saved by Novakovic.
24' Walter Samuel helps out in attack, unleashing a thunderous 25-metre shot that isn't far over the Reggina crossbar.
20' Solari collects Crespo's pass and hits a strong shot on goal. It's too central, and Novakovic manages to block.
14' GOOOAAALLL!!!!! Hernan Crespo steals in to head home Solari's perfectly executed right-wing corner. Reggina 0-1 Inter.
8' Montiel's powerful 20-yard shot from a Reggina corner takes a deflection.
6' Reggina midfielder Aronica is booked for a harsh challenge on Nelson Rivas.
3' Balotelli and Crespo combine well to serve Cesar who is beaten to the ball by the Amaranto defence.
1' Good evening from Reggio Calabria. Inter's 2007/08 Tim Cup run starts here at the Stadio Granillo with a last sixteen first-leg clash against Reggina.
1' Reggina (3-4-1-2): 22 Novakovic; 13 Stadsgaard, 55 Lanzaro, 3 Cherubin; 20 Alvarez, 4 Cascione, 10 Cozza, Aronica; 25 Montiel; 32 Pettinari, 24 Tullberg.
1' Inter (4-4-2): 22 Orlandoni; 24 Rivas, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 40 Fatic; 21 Solari, 30 Pelé, 16 Burdisso, 31 Cesar; 18 Crespo, 44 Balotelli.
1' Inter kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
47' That's it. Inter beat Reggina 4-1 at the Stadio Granillo. See you on Sunday for the Milan derby.
45' 2 minutes of overtime.
41' 4-1!!!!!! 'Supermario' Balotelli takes advantage of a defensive lapse, rounds the keeper and slots home. What an evening for the 17-year-old!
40' Another Inter change. Aiman Napoli replaces Hernan Crespo. The captain's armband changes hands for the second time tonight. Nicolas Burdisso is now in charge.
37' Another save from the Reggina keeper, this time from Maaroufi's 20-metre shot.
32' Novakovic parries Balotelli's splendid shot on the turn, conceding a corner.
31' Balotelli is booked for converting Fatic's cross with his arm.
30' Inter make their second change. Ibrahim Maaroufi comes on for Marco Materazzi and Crespo takes the captain's armband.
18' Renzo Ulivieri brings on Modesto for Aronica.
17' GOOOAAAAALLL!!! Santiago Solari converts Burdisso's right-wing centre to restore Inter's two-goal advantage.
5' Ulivieri's side reduce the arrears. Orlandoni fails to hold Montiel's long-range shot, and Pettinari is quick to slot home the loose ball. Reggina 1-2 Inter.
1' Reggina get the second half under way.
1' Inter have brought on Gabriele Puccio for Walter Samuel.
1' Reggina have brought on Barreto and Camilleri for Cozza and Stadsgaard.
Average rating 8.03
3 shots on target 15
6 shots off target 4
10 fouls committed 16
3 corners 3
2 offsides 2
28:04 ball possession 33:00
Reggina v Inter

The Amaranto have hosted Inter on 9 previous occasions, winning 1, drawing 3 and losing 5. 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 1-0 victory in 2007/08. Reggina are without a home goal against Inter in 5 matches (772 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
2007/08 Serie A Reggina 0-1 Inter

Ulivieri v Mancini

Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in matches against current Reggina boss Renzo Ulivieri, with 1 win and 2 draws from 3 games.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: -

Disqualified: Chivu, Cordoba
Cautioned: -

No Reggina goal for 280 minutes

Reggina have not scored a goal since the 80th minute of their 2-0 home win over Genoa on 11 November. A total of 280 competitive minutes have elapsed since then (remaining 10 minutes of that match plus 0-0 home draw against Fiorentina, 3-0 away loss to Sampdoria and 3-0 defeat at Parma).

Reggina one game away from record unbeaten run in cup

The Granata's last Coppa Italia defeat was a 1-0 loss to Napoli on 15 August 2005. They have won 4 and drawn 2 of their 6 cup games since that date. If they avoid defeat against Inter in Reggio Calabria, Reggina will equal the club record of 7 cup games without defeat (4 wins and 3 draws from August to October 1999).

Nerazzurri unbeaten in 18 games

Inter have collected 15 wins and 3 draws since their last defeat, the 1-0 loss to Fenerbahçe in Champions League Matchday 1 on 19 September.

Inter tight at the back

The Nerazzurri haven't conceded since the 39th minute of the 2-1 home win over Atalanta on 24 November. A total of 591 competitive minutes have elapsed since Floccari's goal in that match (remaining 51 minutes of Inter 2-1 Atalanta plus 3-0 home win over Fenerbahçe, 2-0 away win at Fiorentina, 3-0 home victory against Lazio, 4-0 win at home to Torino, 1-0 away win over PSV Eindhoven and 2-0 win at Cagliari).

wins(1) draws(1) defeats(0)

REGGIO CALABRIA - Inter's road to a fourth consecutive Tim Cup final began with a 4-1 victory over Reggina at the Stadio Granillo.

Hernan Crespo opened the scoring early on, with Mario Balotelli adding a second on the half hour.

Leonardo Pettinari halved Inter's lead shortly after half time, but Santiago Solari capped a fine performance to restore the two-goal advantage.

Balotelli completed the rout in the closing stages with his second of the game to make it a full debut to remember.

Roberto Mancini fielded a mixture of experience and youth in Reggio Calabria, handing starting debuts to Inter Primavera pair Fatic and Balotelli in a 4-4-2 formation that included Rivas and Pelé, and bringing on Puccio, Maaroufi and Napoli in the second half.

Inter were a goal to the good after 14 minutes, Hernan Crespo stealing in to head home Solari's perfectly executed right-wing corner.

Samuel, Solari and Pelé had chances from distance as the Nerazzurri imposed their superiority.

Primavera superstar Balotelli doubled the lead on 30 minutes, pouncing on the loose ball to tuck home Inter's 50th goal of the season after Novakovic parried Samuel's header from Solari's cross.

Paolo Orlandoni produced a reflex save from Pettinari as the hosts looked for a way back, but it was Inter who went closer before the break.

Crespo fired narrowly over from Cesar's left-wing centre, and Pelé tested Novakovic with a sweetly struck volley from a tight angle.

Reggina reduced the arrears five minutes after the restart when Pettinari found the net after Orlandoni failed to hold Montiel's long-range effort.

The Amaranto's optimism was short-lived as Solari converted a right-wing cross from his compatriot Burdisso to restore Inter's two-goal advantage.

Balotelli added insult to injury four minutes from time, capitalising on a defensive lapse and rounding Novakovic before sliding home.

Reggina 1-4 Inter (HT: 0-2)

Scorers: Crespo 14, Balotelli 30, 86, Pettinari 50, Solari 62.

Reggina (3-4-1-2): 22 Novakovic; 13 Stadsgaard (28 Camilleri 46), 55 Lanzaro, 3 Cherubin; 20 Alvarez, 4 Cascione, 10 Cozza (8 Barreto 46), Aronica (23 Modesto 63); 25 Montiel; 32 Pettinari, 24 Tullberg.
Subs not used: Saraò, 35 Viola, 26 Squillace, 27 Lamenta.
Coach: Renzo Ulivieri.

Inter (4-4-2): 22 Orlandoni; 24 Rivas, 23 Materazzi (42 Maaroufi 75), 25 Samuel (37 Puccio 46), 40 Fatic; 21 Solari, 30 Pelé, 16 Burdisso, 31 Cesar; 18 Crespo (46 Napoli 85), 44 Balotelli.
Subs not used: 71 Alfonso, 47 Filippini, 43 Pedrelli, 48 Gerbo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Matteo Trefoloni (Siena).

Booked: Aronica 6, Pelé 38, Balotelli 76.

starting lineups

Novakovic 22 Orlandoni
Stadsgaard 24 Rivas
Lanzaro 23 Materazzi
Cherubin 25 Samuel
Alvarez 40 Fatic
Cascione 21 Solari
Cozza 30 Pelé
Pettinari 16 Burdisso
Aronica 31 Cesar
Tullberg 18 Crespo
Montiel 45 Balotelli


Saraò 71 Alfonso
Barreto 47 Filippini
Modesto 37 Puccio
Squillace 50 Maaroufi
Viola 43 Pedrelli
Lamenta 46 Napoli
Camilleri 48 Gerbo