Final score

16 March 2008 15:00

35' Jimenez
5' Vieira
26' Materazzi o.g.
Referee: De Marco / Linesmen: Papi, Niccolai / Fourth official: Lops
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46' It's Inter 2-1 Palermo after the first half.
45' One minute of added time to play.
43' Rinaudo blocks Jimenez' low cross from the right. Cruz pounces on the loose ball but the Palermo defender blocks again.
42' Miccoli's fast strike from 25 yards takes a deflection off Burdisso and finishes in the arms of Julio Cesar.
37' Another Rosanero booking. Guana is yellow-carded for foul play.
36' Palermo defender Rinaudo is booked for protesting.
35' GOOAAAALLL!!! Luis Jimenez collects Maicon's pass in the box, frees himself of an opponent and fires in from close range. We're back in front at the Meazza. INTER 2-1 PALERMO.
29' Corner to Inter after Ibrahimovic's right-footber is blocked by Cassani.
27' Inter have an immediate reply ruled out for offside. Vieira's placed shot from 20 yards hits the underside of the bar, resulting in open play. Jimenez steals in and prods home but the flag goes up for offside.
26' It's 1-1 now. Materazzi inadvertently touches into his own net after Julio Cesar blocks Simplicio's follow-up after fumbling Miccoli's long-range effort. INTER 1-1 PALERMO.
24' Patrick Vieira is on fire this afternoon. Unmarked in the box, the France captain heads Chivu's free kick just wide of the right post.
22' De Marco cautions Migliaccio for a foul on Vieira.
21' Free kick to the Sicilians in a central position 30 metres from goal. Fabio Simplicio's bullet shot is blocked by Esteban Cambiasso.
20' Cruz close again. This time, El Jardinero takes Jimenez' short pass into the box and fires wide.
19' Back at the other end, Cruz glances wide his header from Maicon's right-wing centre. The two South Americans are combining well this afternoon.
16' Palermo's first chance of the game falls to Rinaudo. The Rosanero number 77's glancing header from Miccoli's inswinging free kick is saved by Julio Cesar.
15' Burdisso rises and makes aerial contact with Jimenez' right-wing corner. De Marco blows for a foul in the box by Materazzi.
12' Marco Materazzi makes a couple of clearances as Amauri and Simplicio try to create danger on the edge of our box.
11' Materazzi picks out Ibra with a crossfield pass. The Swede controls and then crosses into the six-yard box. Fontana gathers.
8' Palermo play the long ball game. Burdisso intercepts Balzaretti's pass for Amauri.
7' Inter come looking for a second. Cruz climbs in the box and heads Maicon's deflected right-wing cross into the arms of Jimmy Fontana.
5' GOAL!!!!!!! Patrick Vieira plays a swift one-two with Ibrahimovic and heads past Fontana. INTER 1-0 PALERMO.
4' Luis Jimenez' inswinging cross is caught by Fontana.
2' Applause for Zanetti. Il Capitano powers down the left, taking on two before winning a free kick.
1' Welcome to the Meazza for Inter v Palermo.
1' A win this afternoon will put us six points clear of Roma, who cut our Serie A lead to three points with their 2-1 win over AC Milan last night.
1' Team news<br>Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 11 Jimenez; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Team news<br>Palermo: 12 Fontana; 2 Zaccardo, 77 Rinaudo, 21 Biava; 16 Cassani, 14 Guana, 8 Migliaccio, 30 Simplicio, 42 Balzaretti; 11 Amauri, 10 Miccoli.
1' Game on! The Nerazzurri kick off.
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52' We're now into the 7th minute of added time.
52' De Marco blows his whistle at last. Inter beat Palermo 2-1. See you on Wednesday for Genoa v Inter.
51' Julio Cesar rises in his box to catch Simplicio's right-wing cross. The match should have been over sixty seconds ago.
49' Inter make their last change. Nelson Rivas replaces Patrick Vieira.
49' Storming run along the left byline by Zanetti. The captain's low cross is swept clear by Biava.
46' Materazzi in the wars again. The Inter defender and Migliaccio remain on the ground after a clash of heads.
45' Five minutes of additional time.
44' Rinaudo sweeps to safety after Cruz and Crespo fail to connect with Vieira's low cross.
43' Materazzi is booked for a foul on Zaccardo, and will automatically miss Wednesday's trip to Genoa.
42' Marco is okay to continue.
40' Materazzi remains flat out on the ground after being elbowed in the temple by Cavani.
39' Palermo close at the other end. Jankovic's diving header from a left-wing cross is inches wide.
38' Figo collects Burdisso's pass, races on goal and shoots straight at Fontana.
36' Crespo volleys home in frustration and is promptly booked by De Marco for taking his shot after the offside flag went up.
35' Guidolin replaces Cassani with Cavani.
34' Mancini makes his second substitution. On comes Hernan Crespo for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
33' Migliaccio makes a headed clearance from Chivu's right-wing free kick.
29' Rinaudo intercepts Cruz' through pass for Maicon, denying the Brazilian a vis-à-vis with Fontana.
27' Figo, Cambiasso and Zanetti combine in the box and win us a left-wing corner.
27' Burdisso connects with Chivu's corner and heads wide.
25' Palermo attack back, Balzaretti sending a low shot wide of the far post.
24' Figo collects Ibrahimovic's pass to the left and gets into the box before hitting his left-foot shot wide.
24' Ibra goes close twice in the space of ten seconds. The Swede is denied by Fontana and then Zaccardo.
20' Cassani intercepts Ibra's low pass for Cruz and sweeps clear.
18' Chivu's long-range pass into the opposing area is beyond Ibrahimovic and Cruz. Fontana collects.
17' Inter bring on Luis Figo for Luis Jimenez.
15' Chivu makes a headed clearance from Jankovic's left-wing free kick.
10' Vieira glides past two and floats the ball into the Palermo area. Fontana gets out quick and gathers.
8' Both players are okay to continue.
7' Vieira and Migliaccio remain on the ground after a clash of heads just inside the Palermo half.
6' Palermo captain Zaccardo makes a diagonal run to the edge of our box and wins his team a free kick after a foul by Chivu.
6' Julio Cesar makes a punched clearance from Bosko Jankovic's outswinging free kick.
1' Palermo kick off the second half.
1' The Rosanero have brought on Tedesco for Guana and Jankovic for Miccoli.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.89
7 shots on target 4
6 shots off target 4
21 fouls committed 14
3 corners 2
3 offsides 2
26:27 ball possession 23:52
Mancini v Guidolin

Palermo coach Francesco Guidolin faces Mancini for the ninth time after 1 win, 4 draws and 3 wins. Mancini's teams have scored in all 8 games (total 13 goals). All 4 of Guidolin's away matches against Mancini have ended in draws.

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Bologna 1-1 ----
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Bologna ---- 2-3
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Bologna 1-1 2-0
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Palermo 1-1 2-0
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Palermo 2-2 2-1

Mancini v Palermo

Roberto Mancini has faced Palermo on 7 previous occasions, winning 3, drawing 3 and losing just 1. Mancini's teams have scored in each of their 3 home games against the Rosanero, notching a total of 6 goals.

2004/05 Serie A Inter-Palermo 1-1 2-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Palermo 3-0 2-3
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Palermo 2-2 2-1
2007/08 Serie A Inter-Palermo ---- 0-0

Guidolin v Inter

Francesco Guidolin has won 4, drawn 5 and lost 13 of his 22 games against the Nerazzurri. Vicenza's 1-0 win on 3 May 1997 was the only time his team's have kept a clean sheet away to Inter. In the other 10 away matches against Inter, Guidolin's teams have let in 15 goals.

1995/96 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 1-1 0-1
1996/97 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 1-1 1-0
1997/98 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 1-3 1-2
1998/99 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-1 3-1
1999/00 Coppa Italia Bologna-Inter 1-3 1-2
1999/00 Serie A Bologna-Inter 3-0 1-1
2000/01 Serie A Bologna-Inter 0-3 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Bologna-Inter 2-1 0-1
2002/03 Serie A Bologna-Inter 1-2 0-2
2004/05 Serie A Palermo-Inter 0-2 1-1
2006/07 Serie A Palermo-Inter 1-2 2-2

Disciplinary situation

Inter Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Cambiasso, Cordoba, Figo, Julio Cesar, Materazzi, Vieira.

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Brasciano, Capuano, Carvalho, Cassani, Cavani, Guana.

Inter unbeaten at home in 17 Serie A matches...

Inter are the only Serie A team yet to lose a home match this season. The Nerazzurri have notched 15 wins and 2 draws at the Meazza in the 17 home league games since their 3-1 loss to Roma on 7 April 2007.

...and on target in 52 consecutive games

Inter have scored in each of their last 52 home matches in Italy's top-flight, scoring a total of 121 goals. Inter last failed to score at home in their goalless draw with Reggina on 29 May 2005 - the final matchday of the 2004/05 season.

Ibra the decisive

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most decisive player in the 2007/08 championship. His goals have earned the Nerazzurri 22 points.

Zanetti fourth in all-time list

Javier Zanetti's appearance against Reggina last weekend was his 415th in the Italian top flight (excluding play-offs). The Argentine defender is fourth in Inter's all-time Serie A appearance list, with two games more than Mario Corso (413). Zanetti is behind the top three of Sandro Mazzola (417), Giacinto Facchetti (475) and Giuseppe Bergomi (519).

Cruz, Miccoli two away from 100th goal

With 98 goals in competitive matches, Julio Ricardo Cruz is just two away from a century of goals for Italian clubs. The Argentine forward, who scored his first Italian goal in Napoli 1-5 Bologna on 22 October 2000, has netted 30 times for the Rossoblu and 68 times for Inter (71 goals in Serie A, 14 in Coppa Italia and 13 in European competitions).
Palermo forward Fabrizio Miccoli is also two away from a century, having scored 35 times in Serie A, 32 in Serie B, 19 in Serie C1, 9 in Coppa Italia and 3 in European competitions. Besides the Rosanero, Miccoli has worn the shirts of Casarano, Ternana, Perugia, Juventus, Fiorentina and Palermo.

One Palermo win in 12 away games

The Rosanero have won just once in their last 12 away matches - a 3-1 victory over Atalanta in Bergamo. In the other 11 games the Sicilians have notched 4 draws and 7 defeats.

wins(20) draws(9) defeats(0)

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Fontana
Maicon 13 Zaccardo
Burdisso 16 Rinaudo
Materazzi 23 Biava
Chivu 26 Cassani
Vieira 14 Guana
Cambiasso 19 Migliaccio
Zanetti 4 Simplicio
Jimenez 11 Balzaretti
Ibrahimovic 8 Amauri
Cruz 9 Miccoli


Toldo 1 Agliardi
Figo 7 Tedesco
Crespo 18 Cavani
Solari 21 Caserta
Rivas 24 Bresciano
Suazo 29 Barzagli
Pelé 30 Jankovic