Final score

16 April 2008 20:45

referee Gianluca Rocchi / linesmen Strocchia, Rossomando / 4th man Marelli
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Dabo volleys over from Dabo's corner.
46' Half time. Inter 0-0 Lazio.
45' One minute of overtime.
43' Solari floats over to Jimenez who is in space on the left. The flag stays down and the Chilean shoots - but Zauri blocks.
42' Inter's best chance so far falls to Hernan Crespo. The Argentine controls Suazo's pass, gets into the box and shoots, forcing Ballotta into a difficult save.
39' Mancini brings on Bolzoni for the injured Luis Figo.
37' Francesco Bolzoni is warming up as Figo receives treatment on the touchline.
35' Mauri combines swiftly with Zauri and fires on goal from close range. Toldo saves with his feet. It's all Lazio at the Meazza.
34' Back in our half, Behrami's shot from the edge of the area is saved by Toldo.
33' Figo takes on Radu during a run down the right. Behrami blocks his cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
30' Ledesma sends a 30-yard left-footer on target. Nice shot, but easy save for Francesco Toldo.
28' What a chance for Lazio. Mauri has just Toldo to beat but fails to make aerial contact with Ledesma's excellent free kick.
23' Cesar combines with Figo but the Brazilian is dispossessed in the area as he collects the return ball.
21' Stefano Mauri's cross from the right is headed over for a corner by Chivu.
18' Solari one-twos with Crespo on the left and enters the box after a 50-yard dash. His cross goes behind for a goal kick.
17' Superb sliding block by Materazzi. The Italian denies Rocchi and concedes a corner.
17' Lazio denied again as Chivu blocks Rocchi's shot. Another corner to the Biancocelesti.
15' Inter hit back through Suazo after a Lazio counter, and Maniche tests Ballotta with a deflected shot from 25 yards.
14' Figo is dispossessed after a run to the left edge of the box.
12' Zauri runs on to Pandev's headed ball to the right wing and then whips in a cross. Toldo catches at his near post.
10' Francesco Toldo outjumps Rocchi once more - Ledesma is the provider this time.
7' Toldo comes to the edge of his box and jumps to beat Rocchi to Dabo's long ball.
5' Ledesma's curling free kick from the left channel is whipped clear by Chivu.
3' Tommaso Rocchi swivels on to a pass just inside the box - his shot is blocked by Nico Burdisso.
2' Cristian Chivu makes a couple of clearances as Lazio attack Inter in the opening minutes.
1' Welcome to the Meazza for the first of our two Tim Cup semi-final matches against Lazio.
1' Inter lineup: 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu, 31 Cesar; 11 Jimenez, 28 Maniche, 21 Solari; 7 Figo, 18 Crespo, 29 Suazo.
1' Lazio lineup: 32 Ballotta; 8 Zauri, 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 2 Radu; 6 Dabo, 24 Ledesma, 85 Behrami; 11 Mauri; 19 Pandev, 18 Rocchi.
1' Captains Materazzi and Zauri lead the teams out on to the pitch, and we're minutes away from kick-off.
1' Inter get the match under way.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Ballotta blocks Chivu's cross from the left.
48' Full time. Lazio hold Inter in Milan. The return leg will be played on 7 May.
46' Bolzoni overhits his threaded pass for Crespo. Ballotta gathers on the edge of his box.
45' Lazio make their last change. Igli Tare replaces Goran Pandev.
45' There will be 3 minutes of stoppage time.
43' Inter close again. Crespo's shot rebounds off Cribari, and Siligardi's follow-up from a tight angle is saved by Ballotta.
41' Free kick to Inter on the right. Siligardi's well-taken free kick is plucked out of the air by Ballotta.
36' Delio Rossi brings on Manfredini for Dabo.
34' This match has finally come alive. Burdisso heads against the bar after Materazzi's headed pass from Siligardi's free kick.
33' Inter counter and Solari fires into the sidenetting.
33' Mancini brings on Esteban Cambiasso for Santiago Solari.
32' Mauri heads in Ledesma's free kick - but it's disallowed for offside.
30' Mancini brings on Luca Siligardi for Luis Jimenez.
28' Rocchi is booked for protesting after a Materazzi challenge on Goran Pandev.
25' Great chance for Inter. Cesar crosses from the left, Jimenez plays to Crespo and the Argentine hooks over from the edge of the six-yard box.
20' Lazio come charging forward on the break. Rocchi makes a strong run down the middle and then lays off to Pandev in the area. The Macedonian forward plays back to his strike partner, who misfires. A let-off for Inter
19' Ballotta makes a tipped parry from Jimenez' right-wing cross, and Zauri puts the ball behind for a corner.
15' Lazio bring on Massimo Mutarelli for Valon Behrami.
14' Solari blocks a Pandev pass wide with his heel, denying Dabo a clear path on goal.
13' Maniche blasts into the Curva Nord from 30 yards.
11' Jimenez fires wide after chesting down Suazo's pass.
10' Inter mount a sustained attack on the Lazio goal but there's no way through.
7' Yellow card. Maniche is booked for fouling Ledesma. Nuno will automatically miss the return leg.
3' Inter counter attack. Suazo takes on three and then plays into the path of Crespo, who loses control of the ball.
1' Lazio kick off the second half.
1' Radu swings in a cross from the left after receiving Mauri's first-time pass. It turns into a cross-shot, forcing Toldo into a save.
Average rating 6.62
4 shots on target 2
2 shots off target 1
17 fouls committed 14
3 corners 3
3 offsides 3
00 ball possession 00
Mancini v Rossi

The two coaches have met on 13 previous occasions. Mancini has won 10 times, and there have been 3 draws. Mancini's sides have scored in all 7 home games against teams coached by Delio Rossi, netting a total of 19 goals.

2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Lecce 4-1 1-0
2004/05 Coppa Italia Inter-Atalanta 3-0 1-0
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Atalanta 1-0 ----
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Lazio 1-0 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Lazio 3-1 0-0
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Lazio 4-3 2-0
2007/08 Serie A Inter-Lazio 3-0 1-1

Mancini v Lazio

Roberto Mancini meets his ex-team for the thirteenth time as a coach after 5 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats (both 3-0 defeats when coach of Fiorentina). In home matches against the Biancocelesti, Mancini has a record of 4 wins and 1 draws. His teams have scored in all 5 home games, for a total of 12 goals.

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Lazio ---- 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Lazio ---- 0-3
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Lazio 1-1 1-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Lazio 1-0 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Lazio 3-1 0-0
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Lazio 4-3 2-0
2007/08 Serie A Inter-Lazio 3-0 1-1

Rossi v Inter

Delio Rossi has faced Inter on 15 occasions, winning 1 (Lecce 2-1 Inter in 2003/04 Serie A), drawing 3 and losing 11. The current Lazio coach has never won in Milan. In 8 defeats at San Siro his teams have conceded 18 goals.

1998/99 Serie A Salernitana-Inter ---- 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-2 ----
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter ---- 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter 2-1 ----
2004/05 Coppa Italia Atalanta-Inter 0-1 0-3
2004/05 Serie A Atalanta-Inter ---- 0-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Lazio-Inter 1-1 0-1
2005/06 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-0 1-3
2006/07 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-2 3-4
2007/08 Serie A Lazio-Inter 1-1 0-3

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Balotelli, Cruz, Pelé.
Cautioned: Maniche.

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Firmani, Kolarov, Mauri, Mudingayi, Muslera, Siviglia.

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 4 cup games at San Siro.

Mancini at Inter: just one cup defeat in 28 games

Roberto Mancini has lost only one of his 28 Coppa Italia matches in charge of Inter, with 20 wins, 7 draws and just 1 defeat (last season's 6-2 loss to Roma in the first leg of the final) from 28 games.

Inter: 211 competitive minutes without conceding

Since Rocchi's 59th-minute goal in the 1-1 Serie A draw at Lazio on 29 March, Inter have gone 211 competitive minutes without conceding (remaining 31 minutes of that match plus whole games against Atalanta (2-0 away) and Fiorentina (2-0 at home).

One Lazio win in last 16 away games...

The Biancocelesti have won just one of their last sixteen away fixtures, a 2-1 Coppa Italia victory at Fiorentina on 30 January. They have collected 8 draws and 7 defeats from the other 15 games.

...and just one clean sheet in 16 matches

In the same 16 fixtures, Lazio have kept just one clean sheet (in their 0-0 draw at Torino on 27 January). Delio Rossi's team have let in a total of 26 goals in the other 15 away games.

Meghni turns 24

Lazio midfielder Mourad Meghni, born in Paris on 16 April 1984, celebrates his 24th birthday.

wins(3) draws(3) defeats(2)

MILAN - Inter were held to a goalless draw by Lazio in the first leg of their of the Coppa Italia semi-final.

Mancini made a host of changes from the side that beat Fiorentina last Sunday, while Lazio fielded a near full-strength team.

The Biancocelesti dominated the first half but produced few chances on goal, thanks to some alert goalkeeping by Toldo and vital blocks by central defenders Chivu and Materazzi.

Maniche had Inter's first chance on 15 minutes, his powerful deflected shot finishing in the arms of Ballotta.

Inter finished the first half strongly after Mancini introduced Bolzoni for the injured Figo. Crespo had a shot saved at point-blank range by Ballotta, and Jimenez was denied by Zauri.

Both teams were made to rue missed chances in an evenly balanced second half. Crespo could have given Inter the lead on 70 minutes but he hooked over on the turn after receiving from Jimenez.

Lazio had a goal ruled out on 77 minutes when Mauri was flagged offside after heading in Ledesma's free kick.

The teams meet again at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks' time.

Inter 0-0 Lazio

Inter: 1 Toldo; 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu, 31 Cesar; 11 Jimenez (50 Siligardi 75), 28 Maniche, 21 Solari (19 Cambiasso 78); 7 Figo (36 Bolzoni 39), 18 Crespo, 29 Suazo.
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 24 Rivas, 40 Fatic, 47 Filippini.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Lazio: 32 Ballotta; 8 Zauri, 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 2 Radu; 6 Dabo (69 Manfredini 81), 24 Ledesma, 85 Behrami (5 Mutarelli 60); 11 Mauri; 19 Pandev (17 Tare 90), 18 Rocchi.
Subs not used: 1 Muslera, 7 Rozenhal, 23 Meghni, 29 De Silvestri.
Coach: Delio Rossi.

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence).

Booked: Maniche 52, Rocchi 73.

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Ballotta
Burdisso 16 Radu
Materazzi 23 Dabo
Chivu 26 Zauri
Cesar 31 Mauri
Jimenez 11 Siviglia
Maniche 28 Rocchi
Solari 21 Pandev
Figo 7 Cribari
Crespo 18 Behrami
Suazo 29 Ledesma


Orlandoni 22 Muslera
Cambiasso 19 Mutarelli
Rivas 24 Rozenhal
Bolzoni 47 Tare
Fatic 40 Meghni
Filippini 47 De Silvestri
Siligardi 50 Manfredini