Final score

27 February 2008 20:30

43' (2nd half) Zanetti
38' Totti
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Griselli, Calcagno / Fourth official: Orsato
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45' Half time. Inter 0-1 Roma.
45' Burdisso climbs in the box and powers over his header from Luis Figo's corner.
45' Inter win a corner on the stroke of half time.
45' Chivu's inswinging free kick is headed out for a throw by Vucinic.
44' Perrotta trips Maicon on the right channel. Free kick.
43' Ferrari beats Crespo to Stankovic's hooked cross from the right and heads to safety.
40' Free kick to Roma right by the corner flag after a foul by Zanetti on Cassetti.
38' Goal. Totti steals in and thumps home Vucinic's left-wing centre. INTER 0-1 ROMA.
35' It's evenly balanced with ten minutes to go until half time.
34' Stankovic fouls Cassetti as both players jump for Maicon's outswinging cross.
33' De Rossi serves Totti who swivels and fires a low shot wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
32' Chivu to Stankovic, Stankovic to Maxwell. Fast cross by the Brazilian. Clearance by Ferrari.
30' Doni moves quickly off his line and beats the onrushing Stankovic to Cambiasso's long ball into the Roma box.
27' Figo takes it. Totti blocks.
26' De Rossi brings down Figo on the left channel. Free kick (30 yards from goal).
25' Maicon slices wide of the far post from outside the area after running on to Vieira's low pass.
22' Figo collects on the left wing and takes the ball to the byline. Cassetti tackles, and it's a corner to Inter. Chivu's cross is headed clear.
20' At the other end Maicon heads behind Totti's perfectly-weighted cross for Taddei, conceding a corner and denying the Roma full-back a clear-cut scoring chance.
20' What a start to the game by the two best teams in Italy.
19' Incredible! Vieira hooks into the middle of the box from the byline and Hernan Crespo (who scored in the reverse fixture) smacks the post with a delightful shot on the turn.
16' Mancini's men hit straight back, Crespo firing over after a 30-yard dash on goal.
15' Brilliant save by Julio Cesar. Perrotta races down the right and sends in a low cross. The Brazilian smothers the ball with Cassetti lurking at the far post.
15' Chivu's high inswinger is headed clear by Ferrari.
14' Pizarro fouls Figo from behind. Free kick to us over 40 yards out on the right wing.
12' Perrotta has a long-range shot blocked by Zanetti after Taddei runs into a wall of black and blue.
11' Brilliant right-wing cross from Figo. Mexes beats Crespo to the ball and heads to safety.
10' Vieira plays short to Figo. The Inter number 7 runs on goal and passes to Crespo who looks for the unmarked Maicon with a backheeled pass. It's intercepted.
9' Inter come back at the Giallorossi. Figo works the ball into the box but Stankovic's return pass is intercepted.
7' Vucinic overhits his through ball for Perrotta. Julio Cesar gathers.
5' Julio Cesar makes a smothering save to deny Perrotta and end a swift Roma counter-attack started by Vucinic.
3' Figo plays in Maxwell with a brilliantly timed first-time pass. The Brazilian cuts back to Stankovic, who hits his shot over the bar.
2' Perrotta and Totti attack down the right but the Roma pair are closed down quickly and forced to backtrack.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for tonight's table-topping clash against Roma.
1' Figo swings in a cross from the right after receiving from Zanetti. Mexes makes a headed clearance.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!
1' Roma (4-4-2): 32 Doni; 77 Cassetti, 5 Mexes, 21 Ferrari, 22 Tonetto; 11 Taddei, 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro, 20 Perrotta; 9 Vucinic, 10 Totti.
1' Team news: <br> Inter (4-4-1-1): 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 7 Figo; 18 Crespo.
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50' Full time. Inter hold Roma 1-1.
49' Inter break down the left. Perrotta is booked for fouling Zanetti.
48' There will be an extra couple of minutes of added time.
47' Cassetti remains on the ground with what looks like a shoulder problem after a duel with Zanetti.
46' Balotelli is booked for a foul on De Rossi. Tempers flare at the Meazza.
45' 4 minutes of added time.
43' GOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Javier Zanetti volleys into the bottom left corner after Juan's headed clearance from Burdisso's cross. INTER 1-1 ROMA.
42' Inter so close to a late leveller. Doni pulls off a miraculous save from Hernan Crespo's close-range header.
41' Roma make their last switch. Juan comes on for Taddei.
39' Lifeline for Inter. Mexes is booked for a foul on Crespo. It's his second yellow, and the Frenchman is off.
37' Mexes is booked for protesting.
36' De Rossi sweeps clear after Doni dives to beat Balotelli to Zanetti's left-wing throw.
32' Roma bring on Giuly for Vucinic.
30' De Rossi's long-range shot is wide.
28' And again. Aquilani's bending shot from 20 yards is deflected out for a corner.
27' Roma close again. Burdisso blocks Perrotta's shot.
23' Bad news for the Nerazzurri. Maxwell is unable to continue, we have used up all our subs, and we're playing with three strikers.
22' Totti fires over from distance.
22' With his feet Julio Cesar saves from Aquilani, played in by Perrotta.
20' Totti shoots weakly at Julio Cesar after a defensive mistake by Burdisso.
19' Inter temporarily down to ten men as Maxwell (twisted ankle) receives treatment behind the goal.
17' Ferrari blocks Balotelli's strong shot from 30 yards.
16' Inter bring on Pelé for Figo.
15' Another chance for Roma. Totti plays square to the unmarked Taddei, whose chip shot is just wide.
15' Roma replace Pizarro with Aquilani.
14' Chivu's free kick is cleared by De Rossi.
13' Mancini brings on Inter Primavera striker Mario Balotelli for Esteban Cambiasso.
13' Taddei is booked for a foul on Vieira. Free kick (30 yards from goal).
12' Roma clear a Vieira cross as the Nerazzurri come looking for a way back into the game.
11' Maicon sends in a cross from the right. Figo's volley is well off target.
6' Rosetti produces his first yellow card. It's shown to Nicolas Burdisso after a foul on Perrotta.
3' Chance for Roma. Taddei holds off a challenge from Maxwell before hooking wide.
1' Roma kick off the second half.
1' Mancini has made a half-time change. Suazo is on for Stankovic.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.97
2 shots on target 3
8 shots off target 8
20 fouls committed 17
5 corners 5
1 offsides 1
00 ball possession 00
Mancini v Spalletti

Roberto Mancini has met his Roma counterpart on 18 previous occasions, winning 9, drawing 4 and losing 5. Spalletti's teams have scored in all 10 away games against Inter, netting a total of 17 goals.

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Udinese 2-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-2 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Udinese 3-1 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Roma 2-3 1-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 3-1 1-1
2006 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 4-3 ----
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Roma 1-3 1-0
2006/07 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 2-1 2-6
2007 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 0-1 ----
2007/08 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 4-1

Mancini v Roma

Since becoming a coach, Roberto Mancini has faced Roma on 24 occasions. He has won 9 games, drawing 6 and losing 9. Mancini has never drawn at home to the Giallorossi, with 5 wins and 3 defeats from 8 games.

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Roma 3-1 ----
2001 Italian Super Cup Fiorentina-Roma ---- 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Roma ---- 1-2
2002/03 Coppa Italia Lazio-Roma 1-2 0-1
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Roma 2-2 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Roma 1-1 0-2
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Roma 2-0 3-3
2004/05 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 1-0 2-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Roma 2-3 1-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 3-1 1-1
2006 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 4-3 ----
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Roma 1-3 1-0
2006/07 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 2-1 2-6
2007 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 0-1 ----
2007/08 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 4-1

Spalletti v Inter

Luciano Spalletti has won 9, drawn 6 and lost 9 of his 24 matches against Inter. His teams have never drawn in Milan, with 5 wins and 7 defeats from 12 games.

1997/98 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-1 1-4
1998/99 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-3
1999/00 Serie A Venezia-Inter 1-0 -----
2002/03 Serie A Udinese-Inter 2-1 2-1
2003/04 Coppa Italia Udinese-Inter 0-0 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-0 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Udinese-Inter 1-1 1-3
2005/06 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-1 3-2
2005/06 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter 1-1 1-3
2006 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 3-4
2006/07 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-1 3-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter 6-2 1-2
2007 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 1-0
2007/08 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-4 ----

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Burdisso, Cambiasso, Chivu, Cordoba, Materazzi, Vieira.

Disqualified: Cicinho.
Cautioned: De Rossi, Mexes, Pizarro, Vucinic.

Inter on target in 50 consecutive home league games

Roberto Mancini's team have scored in 50 consecutive Serie A matches at home, netting a total of 118 goals since their 0-0 draw with Reggina on 29 May 2005 - the final matchday of the 2004/05 season.

Inter unbeaten in 17 home games

The Nerazzurri have not lost a home match since their 1-0 Italian Super Cup defeat to Roma on 19 August 2007. Mancini's team have since notched 15 victories and 2 draws from 17 matches at the Meazza, scoring 43 goals.

Inter unbeaten in 30 Serie A matches

The Nerazzurri haven't lost a Serie A fixture since their 3-1 home defeat to Roma on 18 April 2007. Mancini's team have since collected 23 wins and 7 draws.

Suazo set for 300th match in Italy

If he plays against Roma in Serie A Week 25, David Suazo will make his 300th appearance for Italian clubs. The Honduran striker, who made his debut in Cagliari 1-1 Venezia on 26 September 1999, has played 125 times in Serie A and 147 in Serie B. He has played 21 Coppa Italia games, 5 European games and one match in other tournaments.

Spalletti to make 500th coaching appearance

Giallorossi boss Luciano Spalletti will make his 500th coaching appearance in Inter v Roma. Spalletti, who has coached Empoli, Sampdoria, Venezia, Udinese, Ancona and Roma, has made 296 appearances in Serie A, 58 in Serie B, 40 in Serie C1, 47 in Coppa Italia, 14 in Serie C Coppa Italia, 37 in European cups and 7 in other tournaments. He made his coaching debut in Massese 3-1 Empoli (Serie C1) on 24 April 1994.

Spalletti's coaching record:
225 victories
132 draws
142 defeats

Totti set to make Roma history

If he plays against Inter in Serie A Week 25, Francesco Totti will make his 387th appearance for the Giallorossi and better the record for longest-serving player held by Giacomo Losi. The Roma captain made his debut for the club in a 2-0 away win at Brescia on 28 March 1993.

wins(48) draws(29) defeats(16)

MILAN - Inter held Roma 1-1 in a table-topping clash that had everything.

Javier Zanetti scored a dramatic equaliser two minutes from time after Roma thought Francesco Totti's first-half goal was enough to throw open the title race.

The result keeps Mancini's men nine points clear of the capital side.

Both teams made a fast and furious start at the Meazza.

Inter went close 19 minutes through Hernan Crespo. Vieira hooked into the middle and the Argentine produced a spectacular volley on the turn that smacked the inside of the post and went out for a goal kick at the other side.

Roma crept in front six minutes before the break when Totti stole in behind his ex-team-mate Chivu and stabbed Vucinic's cross past Julio Cesar.

Mancini made all three changes early in the second half, bringing on Suazo, Balotelli and Pelé for Stankovic, Cambiasso and Figo.

But Inter were dealt a second blow when Maxwell suffered a twisted ankle, forcing the Nerazzurri to play the remaining 23 minutes with ten men.

With the man advantage Roma produced numerous chances to build on their lead, going closest when substitute Aquilani was denied by Julio Cesar's feet after being played in Perrotta.

Numerical parity was restored with six minutes left to tick when Philippe Mexes was dismissed for a second yellow.

The balance swung immediately in Inter's favour. Doni made a reflex save from Crespo before Zanetti grabbed a deserved leveller, crashing his shot into the bottom left corner after pouncing on Juan's headed clearance.

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

Scorers: Totti 38, Zanetti 88.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso (45 Balotelli 58), 5 Stankovic (29 Suazo 46); 7 Figo (30 Pelé 61); 18 Crespo.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 24 Rivas, 28 Maniche.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Roma: 32 Doni; 77 Cassetti, 5 Mexes, 21 Ferrari, 22 Tonetto; 11 Taddei (4 Juan 86), 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro (8 Aquilani 60), 20 Perrotta; 9 Vucinic (14 Giuly 77), 10 Totti.
Subs not used: 27 Julio Sergio,15 Antunes, 30 Mancini, 33 Brighi.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Burdisso 51, Taddei 58, Mexes 82, Balotelli 90+1, Perrotta 90+4.
Sent off: Mexes 84.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Doni
Maicon 13 Cassetti
Burdisso 16 Mexes
Chivu 26 Ferrari
Maxwell 6 Tonetto
Zanetti 4 De Rossi
Vieira 14 Taddei
Cambiasso 19 Perrotta
Stankovic 5 Pizarro
Figo 7 Vucinic
Crespo 18 Totti


Toldo 1 Julio Sergio
Materazzi 23 Juan
Rivas 24 Aquilani
Maniche 28 Giuly
Suazo 29 Antunes
Pelé 30 Mancini
Balotelli 45 Brighi