Final score

23 January 2008 21:00

29' (2nd half) Cruz
8' (2nd half) Cruz
40' (2nd half) Boumsong
34' (2nd half) Del Piero
referee Stefano Farina / linesmen Maggiani, Pirondini / 4th man
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Legrottaglie blocks Cesar's right-wing centre to deny Crespo a clear-cut chance on goal. Inter remain in attack and Solari has a cross blocked.
46' Juve hit Inter on the break. Del Piero's shot from distance spins off Trezeguet, and Materazzi cleans up.
46' Half time. Inter 0-0 Juventus.
44' Inter hit back on the counter-attack. Cruz gets into the box but slips before he can shoot. Juve dispossess the Argentine and concede a corner.
43' Iaquinta takes on three in a darting run into the box from the right. The Italian striker's cross is weak, easy clearance for Rivas.
42' Maniche controls a Solari pass and drags his 25-yard shot wide.
40' Juve win a free kick just outside our box after a Materazzi foul on Del Piero.
40' Toldo tips over Del Piero's free kick.
38' Materazzi's header from the resulting corner is wide.
37' Free kick to us on the left wing. Maniche's dangerous inswinger is headed behind by Molinaro at the back post.
36' Crespo tries a one-two with Maxwell down the left but Cristiano Zanetti intercepts the return ball.
34' Nelson Rivas heads clear Del Piero's left-wing corner.
33' Cesar gets back well to dispossess Molinaro in the area. Corner for the visitors.
30' Santi Solari zips past two down the right, races into the box and pokes the ball into the six-yard box. Belardi saves at the near post.
29' Inter hit right back with a Portuguese combination. Pelé plays in Maniche but the Nerazzurri's January signing is flagged offside.
28' Maniche's inswinging corner kick is headed clear by Legrottaglie.
28' Juve back in attack and Trezeguet just fails to make aerial contact with Iaquinta's high cross.
27' At the other end Maxwell wins us our first corner of the game.
26' Supeeeerrb diving save by Francesco Toldo from Iaquinta's sweetly struck free kick.
25' Birdindelli swings in a cross from the right. Maxwell heads behind for a corner.
25' Juve win a free kick in a central position 25 yards out for a scything challenge by Materazzi on Cristiano Zanetti.
18' Francesco Toldo makes a reflex save from Trezeguet's powerful flicked header.
16' Molinaro drives in a cross from the left. It's too fast for his team-mates. Throw-in for Inter on the opposite flank.
13' Cesar blocks a Molinaro left-wing cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner as Farina blows for a Juve foul in the box.
10' Del Piero's curling free kick is way off target.
9' Drama at the Meazza as Nicolas Burdisso is shown a straight red for a last-man foul on the goalbound Ale Del Piero.
7' Iaquinta wins Juve another corner. Inter clear it and the ball falls to Cristiano Zanetti, whose long-range effort is blocked by Maxwell. In the meantime, Marchionni has hobbled off and it looks as if he is unable to continue.
7' Juventus bring on David Trezeguet for Marco Marchionni.
5' Crespo is flagged offside as he races on to a through ball from Maxwell.
2' Cristiano Zanetti pounces on a loose ball after Del Piero is dispossessed. The former Inter midfielder's low drive takes a deflection and goes out for a corner, which is cleared by Nico Burdisso.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for live text coverage of tonight's 'derby d'Italia' clash.
1' Toldo is back between the sticks for Inter after recovering from the metatarsal injury that has sidelined the Italian keeper since last October.
1' It's Portuguese pair Pelé and Maniche in the middle of the park. They are flanked by South American wingers Solari and Cesar. In attack it's Cruz and Crespo.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso, 24 Rivas, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 21 Solari, 28 Maniche, 30 Pelé, 31 Cesar; 9 Cruz, 18 Crespo.
1' Juventus: 12 Belardi; 2 Birindelli, 33 Legrottaglie, 21 Grygera, 28 Molinaro; 32 Marchionni, 23 Nocerino, 6 C.Zanetti, 20 Palladino; 9 Iaquinta, 10 Del Piero.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
1' 1 minute of added time.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Juventus hold ten-man Inter 2-2.
45' 3 minutes of overtime.
43' Cruz shaves the post with a blistering strike from just inside the Bianconeri box.
40' Juventus equalise. Bianconeri sub Boumsong powers into the roof of the net his header from Palladino's corner. INTER 2-2 JUVENTUS.
37' Nelson Rivas hasn't put a foot wrong tonight. The Colombian defender intercepts Del Piero's overhead pass for Trezeguet, and moments later beats Iaquinta to a cross.
35' Inter bring on Patrick Vieira for Materazzi.
34' Juve reduce the arrears through Del Piero. From close range the Juventus captain volleys home Trezeguet's cross. INTER 2-1 JUVENTUS.
32' Materazzi is on the sidelines receving treatment after an aerial collision. Nerazzurri temporarily down to nine men again. Time for another goal?
29' GOAL!!!! Julio Ricardo Cruz (who else?) steals in to stab home Cesar's low ball into the box.
25' Toldo saves from Iaquinta at point-blank range after Rivas beats Trezeguet to a left-wing cross.
25' Molinaro's low shot from 25 yards is saved by Toldo.
23' Esteban Cambiasso comes on for Hernan Crespo.
23' Juventus replace Birindelli with Boumsong.
21' Free kick to Juve on the right wing. Del Piero's outswinging cross is headed clear by Marco Materazzi.
20' Crespo's cross from the right is caught by Belardi.
18' Cesar hooks clear Palladino's cross to deny Trezeguet.
18' Birindelli is yellow-carded for a foul on Julio Cruz.
15' Maniche slices wide from 20 yards.
15' The Meazza roars as Pelé turns on the style in midfield. What a player this young man is!
13' Grygera is booked for a foul on Cruz.
12' Javier Zanetti comes on for Santiago Solari and slots into a midfield role, with Cesar switching to right-back.
11' Pelé leaves two opponents standing with some fancy footwork and floats the ball over to Cruz. The Argentine is flagged offside.
9' Cruz is booked for removing his shirt.
8' GOAL!!! With Inter down to nine men (Burdisso sent off, Solari off injured) Julio Ricardo Cruz nods home home Pelé's pin-point cross. INTER 1-0 JUVENTUS.
7' Solari remains on the ground following an ugly challenge by Nocerino and a collision with Grygera.
3' Materazzi cuts out two right-wing crosses from Palladino.
3' Legrottaglie intercepts Pelé's pass to Cruz.
1' Juve get the second half under way. FORZA INTER!
Average rating 6.99
0 shots on target 0
0 shots off target 0
0 fouls committed 0
0 corners 0
0 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Mancini v Ranieri

The two coaches have met on six previous occasions, twice in the Serie A and four times in the Champions League. There have been two wins apiece and two draws.

2007/08 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-1
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Parma 2-0
2004/05 Champions League Valencia-Inter 1-5 0-0
2003/04 Champions League Chelsea-Lazio 2-1 4-0

Mancini v Juventus

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has won 5, drawn 5 and lost 4 of his 14 competitive encounters with Juventus.

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

Ranieri v Inter

Claudio Ranieri faces Inter for the 16th time in Italian competitions after 3 wins, 8 draws and 4 defeats in competitive meetings with the Nerazzurri. The current Juventus coach faced Inter twice in the Champions League when in charge of Valencia in 2004/05. The Spaniards lost 1-5 at home and drew 0-0 in Milan. Ranieri made his coaching debut on 9 September 1990. His Cagliari team were beaten 3-0 at the Stadio Sant'Elia by... Inter.

1990/91 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 0-3 1-1
1991/92 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-1 0-0
1992/93 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-2 ----
1994/95 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-2 1-3
1995/96 Coppa Italia Fiorentina-Inter 3-1 1-0
1995/96 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 1-1 2-1
1996/97 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 2-2
2004/05 Champions League Valencia-Inter 1-5 0-0
2006/07 Serie A Parma-Inter ---- 0-2
2007/08 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-1 ----

Mancini at Inter: just one Coppa defeat in 26 games

Roberto Mancini has lost only one of his 26 Coppa Italia matches in charge of Inter, with 19 wins, 6 draws and just 1 defeat (last season's 6-2 loss to Roma in the first leg of the final) from 26 games.

Inter: no home defeat in Coppa since December 2002

Inter 1-2 Bari on 19 December 2002 was the Nerazzurri's last home defeat in the national cup. Since that round of 16 return leg fixture, Inter have won 13 and drawn 3 cup games at San Siro.

Inter on target in 15 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 41 goals in their 15 fixtures since that game.

Cruz and goals against Buffon

Julio Cruz has scored 95 goals for Italian clubs. Six of those have come in matches against Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon - the Argentine striker's favorite target.

Juve on target in last 11 cup games

Juventus last failed to score in a Coppa Italia game on 19 November 2004 when they lost 2-0 at Atalanta. Since that date the Bianconeri have played 11 domestic cup matches, scoring 29 goals.

Buffon's black sheep

In his playing career Gianluigi Buffon has let in more goals against Inter than any other team (28 out of 426).

One Juve defeat in last 12 games

The Bianconeri have collected 6 wins and 5 draws since their last defeat, a 2-1 loss at Empoli in the Coppa Italia on 6 December 2007.

wins(7) draws(5) defeats(4)

MILAN - Ten-man Inter were held to a 2-2 draw by Juventus in the first leg of their Tim Cup quarter-final at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Julio Ricardo Cruz' second-half brace looked good for victory but Juve avoided a first defeat in thirteen games with late replies from Alessandro Del Piero and Jean Alain Boumsong.

In Mancini's 4-4-2 lineup Francesco Toldo made his first start since suffering a metatarsal injury last October, and the Italian keeper showed few signs of ring-rustiness with some vital saves.

The Bianconeri were forced into an early switch, with Trezeguet coming on for the injured Marchionni and Ranieri's men switching to a 4-3-3.

Inter were reduced to ten men after just nine minutes when Nicolas Burdisso was given an early bath for a last-man foul on Del Piero.

Juve failed to capitalise on their numerical superiority, their best chance of the first half falling to Iaquinta who forced Toldo into a diving save with a well taken free kick.

Pelé produced some flashes of brilliance after the break to light up a dreary match.

Eight minutes in, he swung in a pin-point cross for Cruz to head past Belardi.

The young Portuguese drew more applause from the Inter faithful with some breathtaking footwork in midfield.

Inter looked to have killed off the game on 74 minutes when Cruz stabbed home Cesar's precise through ball for his 14th goal of the season and 67th in 154 black and blue appearances.

But Juventus woke up in the final stages and Del Piero volleyed in a Trezeguet cross to give his team a lifeline.

Substitute Boumsong equalised six minutes later, powering his header from Palladino's corner into the roof of the net.

Cruz almost capped a virtuoso performance with a late winner, his blistering strike from just inside the box shaving the upright.

Inter 2-2 Juventus (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Cruz 53, 74, Del Piero 79, Boumsong 85.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso, 24 Rivas, 23 Materazzi (14 Vieira 85), 6 Maxwell; 21 Solari (4 J.Zanetti 57), 28 Maniche, 30 Pelé, 31 Cesar; 9 Cruz, 18 Crespo (19 Cambiasso 68).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 11 Jimenez, 45 Balotelli.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Juventus: 12 Belardi; 2 Birindelli (18 Boumsong 68), 33 Legrottaglie, 21 Grygera, 28 Molinaro; 32 Marchionni (17 Trezeguet 52), 23 Nocerino, 6 C.Zanetti, 20 Palladino; 9 Iaquinta, 10 Del Piero.
Subs not used: 13 Vanstrattan, 30 Tiago, 35 Esposito, 36 Castiglia, 43 Ariaudo.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Referee: Stefano Farina (Novi Ligure).

Booked: Grygera 58, Birindelli 63, Cruz 54.
Sent off: Burdisso 9.

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Belardi
Burdisso 16 Birindelli
Maxwell 6 Zanetti
Cesar 31 Del Piero
Materazzi 23 Iaquinta
Rivas 24 Palladino
Maniche 28 Grygera
Pelé 30 Nocerino
Cruz 9 Molinaro
Solari 21 Marchionni
Crespo 18 Legrottaglie


Orlandoni 22 Vanstrattan
Cordoba 2 Trezeguet
Zanetti 4 Boumsong
Jimenez 11 Tiago
Vieira 14 Esposito
Cambiasso 19 Castiglia
Balotelli 45 Ariaudo