Final score

18 May 2008 15:00

33' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
16' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi / Linesmen: Calcagno, Griselli / Fourth official: Girardi
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Minute Text commentary
47' Half time. Parma 0-0 Inter. In Catania it's 1-0 to Roma.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' Dejan Stankovic gets into a shooting position just outside the Parma box. His effort is way off-target.
44' Pavarini scrambles clear to deny Cruz a close-range chance from Balotelli's low right-wing centre.
43' Booking number four. Cigarini sees yellow for bringing down Nelson Rivas as the Colombian was bringing the ball out of defence.
40' Cruz heads narrowly wide after meeting Balotelli's left-wing corner at the near post.
38' Paci clears Maicon's cross as Inter step up a gear.
36' Couto is on the ground clutching his head. And Vieira is booked for his challenge on the Portuguese veteran.
33' Comforting news for Nerazzurri fans - Udinese are 1-0 up against AC Milan.
31' Balotelli looks for Vieira with a looping cross from the right - but Coly gets there first and cleans up for Parma.
31' Another chance for Inter. Maicon plays a swift one-two with Vieira and fires wide with Cruz unmarked in the middle of the area.
30' Cesar blazes wide from inside the Parma box after Cruz fails to connect with Stankovic's brilliant right-wing cross.
26' Cigarini's free kick is headed clear by Cruz. Parravicini's long-range effort from the loose ball is high and wide.
25' Cesar is booked for bringing down Parma captain Morrone on the right.
22' Great chance for Inter. Cesar crosses from the left byline but Stankovic fails to capitalise.
21' Inter break down the right. Maicon goes on a storming run and serves Balotelli, whose low cross from the right forces a smothering save from Pavarini.
19' Balotelli looks for Rivas in the box with his cross from the free kick, but the Parma defence gets there first.
18' In the other half we win a free kick after a Paci foul on Dejan Stankovic. It's 35 metres from goal.
17' It has started raining again in Parma. This will make the pitch even more slippery.
17' Cigarini shoots wide from distance.
15' The first yellow card of the game goes to Parravicini for a dangerous scything challenge on Mario Balotelli.
14' Another let-off for Inter. Budan just fails to make aerial contact with Gasbarroni's left-wing cross.
13' Rivas blocks Castellini's fast cross from the left - corner to the home side.
13' Chance for the Gialloblu. Unmarked just outside the six-yard box, Morrone shoots straight at Julio Cesar's legs.
10' Parma clear their area after some good approach play by Vieira and Maicon.
8' Bad news from Sicily. Mirko Vucinic has given Roma the lead against Catania.
7' Play resumes as Maicon continues to receive medical attention behind the byline.
7' Maicon is back on the pitch.
5' It looks to be a touch of concussion for the Brazilian right-back.
5' Maicon remains on the ground after winning an aerial duel with Couto following a Parma corner.
3' Parma break down the right - but Nelson Rivas makes a well-timed tackle to thwart Budan.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma for judgment day in Italy's Serie A.
1' Here's how it stands: <br>We'll be crowned champions for a third consecutive season if: <br>We win against Parma, we draw and Roma don't win, or we lose and Roma don't win.
1' Roma will seal the Scudetto if they win in Catania and Inter don't win in Parma.
1' Down at the bottom: <br>Parma will be safe if:<br> They win and Catania lose, or win by a six-goal margin and Catania don't win.<br>
1' Catania will ensure a third consecutive season with the big boys if: <br> They beat Roma, draw and Parma don't win by six-goal margin, lose and Parma and Empoli don't win.
1' Inter and Roma have been top of the class in recent seasons, and the rivalry continues next Saturday with the Tim Cup final.
1' The Giallorossi reached their fourth consecutive final with Inter after winning a two-legged clash with their opponents today - Catania.
1' Back to today's game, and captain Zanetti is set for his 50th appearance of the 2007/08 season.
1' When he leads the Nerazzurri out this afternoon, El Tractor will be one of just three players to have played all 38 league matches this term.
1' Team news: <br>Parma: Pavarini; Coly, Paci, Couto, Castellini; Morrone, Parravicini, Cigarini; Reginaldo, Budan; Gasbarroni.<br> Bench: Bucci, Zenoni, Antonelli, Moretti, Martinez, Corradi, Lucarelli.
1' Team news: <br>Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Rivas, Materazzi, Maxwell; Zanetti, Vieira, Stankovic, Cesar; Cruz, Balotelli.<br>Bench: Toldo, Burdisso, Jimenez, Pelé, Ibrahimovic, Crespo, Suazo.
1' Game on! Gianluca Rocchi blows his whistle, and Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter beat Parma 2-0, and we're Italian champions for the sixteenth time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
49' See you next Saturday evening for the finale to a rollercoaster season - the Tim Cup final against Roma.
45' Four minutes of added time.
43' Parma replace Parravicini with Serie A debutant Moretti.
43' Lucarelli is booked for protesting.
40' Catania have equalised against Roma!!!!!
39' Stankovic has a go in the pouring rain in Parma. Pavarini saves.
39' Sinisa Mihajlovic is sent off for protesting.
37' Free kick to Parma in a dangerous position. Lucarelli's effort hits the wall.
37' Catania have just had an equalising goal ruled out. It's still 1-0 to Roma.
34' IBRACADABRA!!!!!! Zlatan does it again. This time he stabs home at the far post after meeting Maicon's cross. Parma 0-2 Inter.
33' Inter miss a great chance for a second. Balotelli counters at the Gialloblu and plays in Ibra whose shot is saved by Pavarini.
32' Inter make their second change. Balotelli is replaced by Pelé.
32' Parma bring on Antonelli for Reginaldo.
31' At the other end, Maxwell makes a headed clearance after a sustained Parma attack.
30' Pavarini saves Maicon's shot.
27' A sigh of relief as Inter clear a Parma free kick.
22' Castellini is booked for a foul on Balotelli.
22' Ibrahimovic outjumps Pavarini to Balotelli's cross, heading over the bar.
20' Pavarini makes a one-handed save from Balotelli as Inter come looking for a second. Strangely, the ref gives a goal kick.
19' Parma bring on Lucarelli for Cigarini, just before a corner.
19' Parma close through Castellini. His fierce dirve is just over.
17' GOOOAAAAALLL!!!! Amazing goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic! The Swedish ace sends an unstoppable 20-yard shot into the bottom left corner after sidestepping Couto. Parma 0-1 Inter.
16' Ibrahimovic hits wide a long-range shot as Inter attack back.
15' Paci blocks Cruz' shot on the turn.
15' Back at the other end, Reginaldo blasts into the Curva from 25 yards.
14' Good move by Balotelli and Cruz - but Vieira fails to make clean contact in the area.
13' Maicon makes a vital clearance from Reginaldo's right-wing cross. Parma are starting to play a bit now.
12' Empoli are 2-0 up against Livorno. That means nothing less than a win is good enough for Parma.
9' Stankovic's cannonball shot from 25 yards is blocked by the Parma defence.
7' Straight into the action, Ibrahimovic makes a strong run down the middle before sending a low shot wide.
6' Paci blocks Balotelli's cross, conceding a corner.
6' Roberto Mancini replaces Cesar with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
6' Balotelli's corner is palmed clear by Pavarini.
4' Parravicini blazes high and wide from 30 yards as Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to come on.
2' Cesar's deflected cross from the left ends up in the arms of Pavarini.
2' Inter close. Balotelli controls Cruz' left-wing cross in the area, frees himself of Parravicini and plays to Vieira, whose close-range effort is blocked by Pavarini.
1' Parma kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!!!!!
Julio Cesar
Average rating 8.18
1 shots on target 6
6 shots off target 9
25 fouls committed 17
5 corners 2
2 offsides 1
26:43 ball possession 25:31
Manzo v Mancini

On his Serie A debut, Parma coach Andrea Manzo will face Inter coach Roberto Mancini in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Le sfide Manzo-Inter

Parma Primavera coach Andrea Manzo, who took over from Hector Cuper in the week, faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Manzo v Inter

Parma Primavera coach Andrea Manzo, who took over from Hector Cuper in the week, faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Mancini v Parma

Roberto Mancini faces Parma for the nineteenth time in his coaching career after 8 wins, 6 draws and 4 defeats.

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

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Dessena, Mariga, Rossi.
Cautioned: Coly, Gasbarroni, Morfeo, Pavarini, Pisanu.

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Balotelli, Burdisso, Cambiasso, Chivu, Cordoba, Figo, Jimenez, Julio Cesar, Maicon, Rivas, Stankovic.

Parma & Serie A safety

Parma have played 18 consecutive seasons in Italy's top flight since gainig promotion from the Serie B in 1990. The only other two 2007/08 Serie A teams never to have been relegated to the Serie B are Inter and Siena.

Parma's negative season

With just 7 victories from 37 matches, the Gialloblu have already surpassed their their record of fewest victories in one Serie A season - set in 2004/05 and matched in 2006/07. Parma are one more defeat away from equalling the record of 17 defeats in one top-flight campaign.

Parma and penalties in 2007/08

There have been more penalties in Parma games this season than those of any other team taking part in the 2007/08 Serie A championship: 17 (9 in their favour, 8 against).

Lucarelli, Pisanu & goals in May

May is the most prolific month of the footballing year for Parma's Cristiano Lucarelli and Andrea Pisanu. The former has scored 24 out of a total of 167 in the fifth calendar month, while the latter has notched 2 goals in May out of a total of 9 (same as in October and November).

Gialloblu goalless in one of last 14 home games

Parma have failed to score in just one of their last 14 home matches - a 0-0 Serie A draw with AC Milan on 16 February 2008. In the other 13 games (all league fixtures), the Gialloblu have scored 23 goals.

Inter chasing 16th league title

Inter are 90 minutes away from adding a 16th Serie A title to their triumphs in 1909/10, 1919/20, 1929/30, 1937/38, 1939/40, 1952/53, 1953/54, 1962/63, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1970/71, 1979/80, 1988/89, 2005/06, 2006/07.

Historic hat-trick

If the Nerazzurri win a third consecutive league title on Sunday they will become the first team to do so since AC Milan's three wins on the trot from 1991/92 to 1993/94. Juventus won 5 titles in a row from 1930/31 to 1934/35, while Torino put together a run of four triumphs from 1942/43 to 1948/49, including the mixed Serie A & B championship in 1945/46.
In the pre-1929 era, when the championship was not a one-division tournament, Genoa won three consecutive titles from 1898-1900 and from 1902-04, while Pro Vercelli won three in a row from 1911-13.

Mancini out to equal Capello record

If Inter lift their 16th Serie A title on Sunday, Roberto Mancini will become the first coach to win three consecutive top-flight titles since Fabio Capello, who led AC Milan to a hat-trick of victories from 1991/92 to 1993/94. Carlo Carcano is the outright record holder - he coached Juventus to four consecutive Serie A triumphs from 1930/31 to 1933/34.

Mancini chasing 200th victory of coaching career

Roberto Mancini has won 199 matches from 366 as a coach, drawing 101 and losing 67. The Inter tactician, who has also coached Fiorentina and Lazio, has won 134 games in Serie A, 31 in Coppa Italia, 32 in European cups and 2 in other tournaments. His first coaching victory Fiorentina's 3-1 home win against Roma on 9 April 2001.

Eighteen Inter players on target in league this season

Eighteen Inter players have hit the target in this season's Serie A - that's more than any other team.
In alphabetical order, they are: Adriano, Balotelli, Burdisso, Cambiasso, Cesar, Cordoba, Crespo, Cruz, Figo, Ibrahimovic, Jimenez, Maicon, Maniche, Materazzi, Stankovic, Suazo, Vieira, Zanetti.

Zanetti the omnipresent

Javier Zanetti is one of four players who have played all 37 games of the 2007/08 season so far. The others are Napoli's Hamsik (disqualified for final round of matches) and Atalanta's Coppola and Ferreira Pinto.

wins(7) draws(6) defeats(14)

PARMA - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace on his return to competitive action to hand Inter their sixteenth Serie A title in the club's Centenary season.

The Nerazzurri produced the perfect finish to a thrilling championship, winning a third consecutive Scudetto by three points after Roma were held to a 1-1 draw in Catania.

Mancini brought on the Swedish ace for Cesar on 51 minutes after a first half in which the Nerazzurri failed to take their chances.

It took Ibra just eleven minutes to make his impact. Played in by Stankovic, he sidestepped Couto and rifled an unstoppable low shot into the bottom left corner.

Inter were rarely troubled by the home side, and Zlatan produced another moment of magic with eleven minutes left, stabbing home at the back post after a marauding run by Maicon.

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

Scorer: Ibrahimovic 62, 79.

Parma: 99 Pavarini; 33 Coly, 28 Paci, 24 Couto, 7 Castellini; 4 Morrone, 55 Parravicini (22 Moretti 88), 21 Cigarini (9 Lucarelli ); 83 Reginaldo (6 Antonelli 77), 20 Budan; 18 Gasbarroni.
Subs not used: 5 Bucci, 2 Zenoni, 15 Martinez, 32 Corradi.
Coach: Andrea Manzo.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic, 31 Cesar (8 Ibrahimovic 51); 9 Cruz, 45 Balotelli (30 Pelé 77).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 16 Burdisso, 11 Jimenez, 18 Crespo, 29 Suazo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence).

Booked: Parravicini 15, Cesar 25, Vieira 36, Cigarini 43, Castellini 67, Lucarelli 43.
Sent off: Mihajlovic 84.

starting lineups

Pavarini 12 Julio Cesar
Coly 13 Maicon
Paci 24 Rivas
Couto 23 Materazzi
Castellini 6 Maxwell
Morrone 4 Zanetti
Parravicini 14 Vieira
Cigarini 5 Stankovic
Reginaldo 31 Cesar
Budan 9 Cruz
Gasbarroni 45 Balotelli


Bucci 1 Toldo
Zenoni 16 Burdisso
Antonelli 11 Jimenez
Moretti 30 Pelé
Martinez 8 Ibrahimovic
Corradi 18 Crespo
Lucarelli 29 Suazo