Final score

13 January 2008 15:00

46' (2nd half) Forestieri
31' Maccarone
7' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
46' Cambiasso
26' Ibrahimovic (P)
Referee: Oscar Girardi / Linesmen: Carretta, Carrer / Fourth official: Orsato
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46' GOAL!!!!!!! Inter retake the lead after a three-man move in the box. Chivu passes short to Ibrahimovic. The Swede serves Cambiasso and the Argentine converts from close range. SIENA 1-2 INTER
45' Cruz' effort spins off the Siena wall and finishes behind for a corner.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Cruz goes down under a challenge from Codrea. Free kick to us 30 yards out.
42' Galloppa fires over a sweetly struck shot from 20 yards.
40' Locatelli wins a confrontation with Maicon and lets loose a blistering 30-yard left-foot shot that isn't far over Julio Cesar's bar.
38' The away fans applaud Javier Zanetti for some brilliant defending and a 40-yard run during which he glides past four opponents. What a captain!
33' Ibra collects the ball out on the left flank and has a go from 25 yards. The Swedish sorcerer's effort is saved by Manninger.
31' Siena level. Locatelli evades challenges from two players and crosses to the far post. Frick heads into the six-yard box and Maccarone bundles over the line. It will go down as an own goal by Cordoba as the Colombian made the last touch. SIENA 1-1 INTER.
28' Siena come looking for a quick reply and go close through Loria, whose acrobatic shot from inside the box is narrowly wide of the right post.
26' GOAL!!!! Zlatan Ibrahimovic beats Manninger from the spot, shooting low into the bottom left corner. SIENA 0-1 INTER.
26' That was Ibra's 10th league goal this season, and his 15th in all competitions.
24' Codrea fouls Cruz in the area. Penalty to Inter!
23' Ibra unleashes a fierce shot from 20 yards. It spins off a Siena defender and we win a left-wing corner.
23' Maccarone makes two near-post clearances from two Chivu corners.
20' On the edge of the Siena box Cruz swivels on to a Chivu pass and sends a low shot well wide of the left post.
18' Maxwell floats a left-wing cross over to the far post. Manninger beats Ibra to the ball and palms round for a corner.
18' Materazzi fouls Loria as both players rise at the back post to meet Chivu's long corner kick.
16' Materazzi and Maxwell thwart a Siena attack down the right.
14' Nothing comes of Codrea's inswinging corner kick as Girardi blows for a foul by Locatelli on Julio Cesar.
13' Zanetti blocks Galloppa's left-wing cross. Siena win the first corner of the game.
10' Right-wing free kick to the Tuscans after a Materazzi foul on Frick.
8' Maccarone is flagged offside as he runs to meet Locatelli's through ball.
6' Inter remain in the Siena third. Cruz plays a deft ball through to Chivu but the Romanian can't keep it in play. Goal kick for the home side.
5' Ibrahimovic goes on a marauding run down the left channel, gets to the byline and crosses for Cruz. Manninger makes a smothering save.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Siena, the stadium where we won the 2006/07 Scudetto last April.
1' Siena: 1 Manninger; 73 Bertotto, 90 Portanova, 15 Loria, 11 De Ceglie; 8 Vergassola, 5 Codrea, 14 Galloppa, 20 Locatelli; 7 Frick, 32 Maccarone.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Chivu; 11 Jimenez; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Oscar Girardi blows his whistle, and the Nerazzurri kick off. Game on.
Minute Text commentary
48' Inter close to a fourth in the dying seconds. Cruz combines with Ibra but Manninger narrows the angle to deny the Argentine.
48' Full time. Inter beat Siena 3-2. See you on Thursday for the Italian Cup return against Reggina.
47' Forestieri reduces the arrears with a splendid goal. The Siena sub controls a loose ball with his chest and volleys an unstoppable shot past Julio Cesar. SIENA 2-3 INTER.
45' 2 minutes of overtime.
39' Vergassola tests Julio Cesar with a low effort from distance.
38' Siena make their third switch. Locatelli off, Alberto on.
38' So do Inter. Burdisso replaces Maxwell.
37' Chivu is booked for foul play.
37' Ibrahimovic blasts over from an inviting position.
36' Maccarone hits a 20-yard curling shot wide of the right post.
34' Julio Cesar outfoxes Maccarone in the box to deny Siena a lifeline.
31' Siena bring on Forestieri for Codrea.
30' Ibra looks for Cruz with a floated pass into the area. Portanova intercepts and heads to safety.
27' Inter bring on Pelé for Luis Jimenez.
25' Galloppa's cross from the opposite flank finishes on the roof of the net.
24' Julio Cesar saves Maccarone's low cross-shot from the right.
19' Wonderful cross in from the right by Dejan Stankovic. Ibra just fails to connect.
18' Siena aren't giving up. Beretta's men appear determined to claw their way back into this game.
14' Locatelli threads through to Corvia who has just Julio Cesar to beat. Brilliant save by the Brazilian.
12' The omnipresent Esteban Cambiasso blocks a dangerous ball into the box by Locatelli and then makes a clearance from the resulting corner.
12' Julio Cesar is yellow-carded for time-wasting.
10' Siena come back at Inter and Galloppa tries to reduce the arrears with a left-foot shot. Julio Cesar dives to his left but the Siena midfielder's effort is a yard wide.
7' IBRACADABRA! What an extraordinary goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Chivu races down the left and cuts back for the Swedish forward, who picks his spot and crashes a right-foot shot into the top right corner. SIENA 1-3 INTER.
4' De Ceglie is booked for a foul on Luis Jimenez.
4' Jimenez shoots just wide after a collecting Ibra's pass into the box.
1' Siena get the second half under way.
1' Inter have brought on Dejan Stankovic for Maicon.
1' The Serbian midfielder, who made his Inter debut in a 4-0 home win over Siena in February 2004, has been out of action since the Champions League victory over Fenerbahçe last November.
1' Siena have replaced Frick with Corvia.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.24
5 shots on target 6
8 shots off target 4
13 fouls committed 8
2 corners 5
2 offsides 1
20:32 ball possession 30:00
Siena v Inter

The two teams have met in Tuscany on four previous occasions. Siena are without a home win against Inter, with 2 draws (both 0-0) and 2 defeats. The last defeat was a 2-1 reverse on 22 April 2007, a result which saw Inter win the Scudetto.

Beretta v Mancini

The two coaches have met on 8 previous occasions. Beretta has won just one game while Mancini has won 4. There have been 3 draws.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Galloppa (Siena); Burdisso (Inter)

No Siena home win in 3 months

Since their last home win, a 3-0 Tuscany derby victory over Empoli on 7 October 2007, Siena have drawn 4 and lost 1.

Siena scoreless once in last 11 home matches

Siena have failed to score in just one of their last 11 home games (the goalless draw with Reggina on 28 October 2007). The Bianconeri have netted a total of 15 goals in the other 10 matches.

Frick on fire in January

Mario Frick counts January as his most prolific month since moving to Italy. The Liechtenstein striker, who has scored 77 goals in Serie A, B and C1 matches, has netted 16 in the first calendar month.

Inter unbeaten in 1st game of new year since turn of century

The Nerazzurri have yet to lose the first league match of a new year since the turn of the 21st century. Inter's last 'new year defeat' was a 1-0 loss at Parma on 6 January 1999. They have won 5 and drawn 3 in the successive 8 seasons.

Inter unbeaten in 23 Serie A matches...

Inter 1-3 Roma on 18 April 2007 was the Nerazzurri's last Serie A defeat. Mancini's team have since played 23 top-flight games, winning 18 and drawing 5. 20 competitive games

Inter's last defeat in all competitions was a 1-0 Champions League loss at Fenerbahçe on 19 September 2007. Mancini's men have since notched 17 wins (including 10 from last 10) and 3 draws in Serie A, Champions League and Coppa Italia matches.

...and in 28 Serie A away fixtures

Inter's last away defeat in the Italian top flight was over year and a half ago - on 30 April 2006 when they lost 1-0 at Empoli. The Nerazzurri have since collected 20 wins and 8 draws on their Serie A travels.

Inter on target in 12 consecutive games

The goalless draw at Palermo on 28 October 2007 was the last time the Nerazzurri failed to score in a competitive match. Mancini's players have scored a total of 32 goals in the 12 fixtures played since that match.

Julio Cesar set for 100th match in Italian football

Julio Cesar is poised to make his 100th appearance in Italian football. The Brazilian goalkeeper, who made his Nerazzurri debut in Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 Inter, a Champions League qualifier played on 10 August 2005, has played 75 times in the Serie A, 4 the in Tim Cup, 19 in European competitions and once in the Italian Super Cup.

Just one penalty against Inter in 2007/08

Defending Italian champions Inter are one of 5 teams to have had just one penalty kick given against them in the 2007/08 Serie A season. The other four are Atalanta, Fiorentina, Sampdoria and AC Milan.

Ibrahimovic one of two most decisive players

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Napoli forward Marcelo Zalayeta are the 2007/08 Serie A championship's most decisive players after 17 rounds of matches. With their goals, both players have earned their teams 13 points.

Cesar, Materazzi and goals against Siena

Inter's Cesar and Materazzi both count Siena as their favourite targets. Of his 21 goals in Italy, the Argentine wing-back has scored 4 against the Bianconeri. The Italian defender, scorer of 48 goals in his career, has also netted 4 against the Tuscans (including both goals in last April's Scudetto-winning victory).

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

SIENA - Inter emerged 3-2 victors over Siena in a well balanced match at the Stadio Franchi.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring from the penalty spot but Siena were soon back in the game after Maccarone's close-range effort went in off Ivan Cordoba.

Esteban Cambiasso restored Inter's lead at the end of the first half, with Ibrahimovic adding a stunning third after the break.

But Siena never gave up and their substitute Forestieri scored with a stunning strike in the final seconds.

Mancini's defending champions remain seven points clear of second-placed Roma, who came from behind to beat Atalanta 2-1 in Bergamo.

A compact Siena proved a tough nut to crack for the Nerazzurri, who edged in front after 26 minutes when Ibrahimovic beat Manninger from the penalty spot after a foul by Codrea on Cruz.

The Tuscans battled hard for a leveller and were rewarded in the 31st, Maccarone's close-range effort going in off Cordoba after Frick's headed assist from Locatelli's cross.

Locatelli and Galloppa hit long-range shots narrowly over as Siena came looking for a second goal.

But seconds before the break Cambiasso popped up in the box to finish off a three-man move involving Chivu and Ibrahimovic and deliver a psychological blow to Beretta's men.

Mancini made a half-time switch, bringing on Dejan Stankovic for Maicon. The Serbian midfielder, who made his Inter debut in a 4-0 home win over Siena in February 2004, had been out of action since the Champions League victory over Fenerbahce last November.

Seven minutes after the interval Ibrahimovic conjured up a splendid goal to give Inter a two-goal cushion. Collecting a Chivu cut-back following a run down the left by the Romanian, Ibra picked his spot and unleashed a rising drive that flew into the top right corner.

Despite the uphill task Siena never gave up, with Julio Cesar forced into saves from Corvia, Maccarone and Vergassola.

But there was nothing Inter's shotstopper could do to block Forestieri's magnificent volley in time added on.

The Nerazzurri went close to a fourth in the dying seconds, Manninger narrowing the angle to deny Cruz after a combination with Ibrahimovic.

Siena 2-3 Inter (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Ibrahimovic (pen) 26, 52, Cordoba (o.g.) 31, Cambiasso 45+1, Forestieri 90+2.

Siena: 1 Manninger; 73 Bertotto, 90 Portanova, 15 Loria, 11 De Ceglie; 8 Vergassola, 5 Codrea (30 Forestieri 76), 14 Galloppa, 20 Locatelli; 7 Frick, 32 Maccarone.
Subs not used: 31 Eleftheropoulos, 13 Rossettini, 22 Alberto, 23 Jarolim, 21 Rossi, 9 Corvia.
Coach: Mario Beretta.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon (5 Stankovic 46), 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Chivu; 11 Jimenez (30 Pelé 72), 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 16 Burdisso, 31 Cesar, 18 Crespo, 45 Balotelli.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Oscar Girardi (San Donà di Piave).

Booked: De Ceglie 49, Julio Cesar 55, Chivu 82.

starting lineups

Manninger 12 Julio Cesar
Bertotto 13 Maicon
Portanova 2 Cordoba
Loria 23 Materazzi
De Ceglie 6 Maxwell
Vergassola 4 Zanetti
Codrea 26 Chivu
Galloppa 19 Cambiasso
Locatelli 11 Jimenez
Frick 8 Ibrahimovic
Maccarone 9 Cruz


Eleftheropoulos 22 Orlandoni
Rossettini 16 Burdisso
Alberto 5 Stankovic
Jarolim 30 Pelé
Rossi 31 Cesar
Corvia 45 Balotelli
Forestieri 18 Crespo