Final score

6 December 2008 20:30

10' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
48' Diakité o.g.
2' Samuel
Referee: Daniele Orsato / Linesmen: Grilli, Rosi / Fourth official: Tagliavento
Minute Text commentary
48' GOOOAAAALLL!!! Diakité beats Crespo to Maicon's right-wing cross but in doing so turns the ball into his own net. LAZIO 0-2 INTER.
48' Half time. Lazio 0-2 Inter.
47' Zarate is yellow-carded after an ugly challenge from behind on Muntari.
45' Pasquale Foggia drifts into a central position from the right and unleashes a low drive that is several yards wide.
41' Diakité is booked after elbowing Crespo.
39' Ibrahimovic shoots wide from just inside the area after a Maxwell cross from the left.
35' Crespo fires agonisingly wide after Carrizo fails to hold Stankovic's long-range shot. The Argentine is flagged offside.
34' Stankovic tries a one-two with Maicon after a marauding run down the right by the Brazilian, but Rocchi intercepts.
32' Julio Cesar saves Rocchi's looping header from Kolarov's cross.
31' Early substitution for Lazio too. The injured Goran Pandev is replaced by Tommaso Rocchi.
30' Cambiassso blocks Zarate's close-range shot from Pandev's low cross.
28' Inter make an early substitution as Hernan Crespo replaces the injured Julio Cruz.
26' Ex-Lazio midfielder Stankovic gets a yellow card for a foul on Dabo.
25' Samuel heads over Maicon's left-wing corner. The Argentine's header appears to take a deflection off Kolarov but the referee gives a goal kick.
24' Maxwell powers past De Silvestri on the left and delivers a cross, forcing Rozenhal to concede a corner.
23' Zarate's inswinging corner from the left is straight into the arms of Julio Cesar.
19' Ibra chests down Cruz' pass into the area and fires wide.
18' De Silvestri is first to the corner kick, his shot on the turn forcing a good save from Julio Cesar.
17' Ledesma's shot spins off the wall. De Silvestri's follow-up spins off Maxwell and the home side win a corner.
16' Free kick to the Biancocelesti in a dangerous position after a foul by Cruz on Kolarov.
15' Diakité beats Stankovic to Maicon's right-wing cross but forces Carrizo into a punched save as the ball spins skywards.
15' Lazio attack back and Ousmane Dabo rifles wide a 30-yard shot.
12' Zarate sends a long-range shot way off target.
11' Julio Cesar moves off his line quickly to intercept Foggia's cross for Mauri.
10' Dejan Stankovic scythes his shot way over from the edge of the Lazio area.
9' Aleksandar Kolarov unleashes a wicked shot from the left angle of the box. His effort hits the sidenetting.
8' At the other end Foggia whips in a cross from the left. Muntari makes a headed clearance.
7' Ledesma beats Cruz to Ibrahimovic's poked through pass and slots calmly back to Carrizo. The flag goes up for offside but El Jardinero started his run from an onside position.
2' GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! What a start by the Nerazzurri! Walter Samuel steals in and powers his header past Carrizo after Muntari's left-wing cross. LAZIO 0-1 INTER.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for tonight's Serie A Week 15 clash against the Biancocelesti.
1' Lazio (4-4-2): 1 Carrizo; 29 De Silvestri, 87 Diakite, 22 Rozehnal, 3 Kolarov; 17 Foggia, 6 Dabo, 24 Ledesma, 11 Mauri; 19 Pandev, 10 Zarate.
1' Inter (4-3-1-2): 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Orsato blows his whistle and Inter get the match under way. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
Minute Text commentary
48' Maxwell is booked for tugging at Zarate's shirt.
48' Kolarov tests Julio Cesar with a fiercely struck free kick.
48' That's it. Inter beat Lazio 3-0 and open up a nine-point lead ahead of Sunday's fixtures.
47' Ibra sidefoots wide a square pass from Luis Figo.
46' More trickery from Zarate in our box. Cambiasso blocks his countryman's shot.
45' Crespo collects a through pass from Mancini but Diakité dispossesses the Argentine just outside the area.
45' Three minutes of added time.
42' Maicon has a go from 25 yards. His shot is high and wide.
41' José makes his third and final change. Mancini replaces Dejan Stankovic.
37' Ledesma's curling free kick is headed clear by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
37' At the other end Crespo goes through on goal but Kolarov makes a last-gasp interception to deny the Argentine.
36' Zarate's weak effort from 20 yards is easily saved by Julio Cesar.
33' And Inter bring on Luis Figo for Muntari.
32' Lazio bring on Meghni for Foggia.
31' Brocchi is booked for a foul from behind on Ibrahimovic.
30' Diakité beats Crespo to Maxwell's low left-wing cross.
27' Zarate turns on the style, dribbling Cambiasso and Cordoba before rifling a low shot on target. At full stretch, Julio Cesar saves.
26' Rocchi latches on to Foggia's pull-back and sends a low drive on target. Julio Cesar saves.
23' Lazio win a free kick in a promising position. Zarate takes it, firing way over.
17' Ledesma's right-foot shot from distance is high and wide.
14' Lazio official Igli Tare is sent off for protesting.
14' Kolarov's second attempt from the free kick is blocked by the Inter wall.
13' Kolarov finds the bottom corner a free kick but Orsato orders it to be taken again as Cordoba had advanced from his position in the Inter wall before the Serbian's shot.
13' Julio Cesar is booked for protesting.
10' GOAAALLL!!!!!!!! Ibrahimovic heads home Cambiasso's right-wing inswinger. LAZIO 0-3 INTER.
8' Rocchi gets a cross in from the left by-line but there's no team-mate on hand and the undisturbed Samuel makes a headed clearance.
7' Maicon crosses from the right. Crespo's flicked header is wide.
1' Lazio get the second half under way.
1' Delio Rossi has made a half-time switch, with Brocchi replacing Dabo.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.46
4 shots on target 3
9 shots off target 5
14 fouls committed 20
7 corners 5
2 offsides 3
27:55 ball possession 27:57
Mourinho v Lazio / Rossi

The Inter boss faces the Biacocelesti and their coach Delio Rossi for the first time in his career.

Delio Rossi v Inter

The Lazio coach meets Inter for the 18th time in his career after 1 victory, 4 draws and 12 defeats.

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
2007/08 Coppa Italia Lazio-Inter 0-2 0-0

No Lazio win in 13 games against Inter

The Biancocelesti haven't beaten Inter since their 2-1 Serie A victory in Rome on 21 December 2003, when Corradi and Zauri scored to seal a comeback after Vieri's opening goal. In the 13 Serie A and Coppa Italia meetings with Inter since that date, Lazio have collected 7 draws and 6 defeats.

Delio Rossi's prolific substitutes

Six of Lazio's league goals this season have come from substitutes - that's more than any other team. Rocchi, Foggia and Simone Inzaghi have come off the bench to score three times, twice and once respectively.

Lazio goalless in one of last 20 Serie A home games

Lazio have failed to score at home in the Serie A in just one of their last 20 matches (Lazio 0-1 Napoli on 26 October 2008). In the other 19 games the Biancocelesti have scored a total of 33 goals.

Nine different players on target in 2008/09

Nine different Inter players have scored Serie A goals this term - more than any other team. In alphabetical order, they are Adriano, Cordoba, Cruz, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Muntari, Obinna, Stankovic and Vieira.

Inter: 23 points from last 9 league games

The Nerazzurri have won 7 Serie A games and drawn 2 since their 1-0 derby defeat to AC Milan on 28 September. Inter go into Saturday's Lazio clash on the back of five straight league victories, having last failed to win on 29 October when they were held to a goalless draw at Fiorentina.

Adri, Cruz, Samuel, Obinna & goals in December

Four Inter players count December as their month prolific month of the Serie A calendar. Adriano has scored 15 of his 75 Italian league goals in the twelfth calendar month, Cruz 11 of 76 (same in April), Obinna 4 of 20 and Samuel 4 of 14.

wins(22) draws(29) defeats(30)

ROME - Walter Samuel scored inside two minutes, Mobido Diakité scored an own goal on the stroke of half time, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrapped up a comfortable victory ten minutes after the break as Inter beat Lazio 3-0.

The convincing victory sees Mourinho's Nerazzurri open up a nine-point lead at the top of the Serie A table with second-place teams AC Milan and Juventus in action on Sunday.

Lazio went into Saturday's Olimpico clash bolstered by their midweek Coppa Italia victory over AC Milan, but suffered an early setback as Inter made the perfect start.

Less than two minutes in, Samuel crashed home his header from Muntari's left-wing centre after Stankovic's corner was clumsily cleared.

Delio Rossi's men appeared visibly stunned but regained composure as the minutes ticked by. Kolarov, Zarate and Dabo hit shots wide, with De Silvestri having one effort deflected off Maxwell and another saved by Julio Cesar.

Injuries forced both tacticians into early changes to their attacks, with Crespo replacing Cruz and Rocchi coming on for Pandev on the half hour.

Ibrahimovic and Crespo missed the target from good positions as Inter looked to build on their lead, and went into the break with a two-goal cushion when Diakité unwittingly turned into his own net after beating Crespo to Maicon's cross.

Any chances of a Lazio comeback were crushed ten minutes after the interval when Ibrahimovic rose in the box to head home Cambiasso's inswinging free kick.

The visitors sat on their lead and Kolarov had a goal from a free kick disallowed before Julio Cesar made good saves from Rocchi and Zarate's low shots.

Crespo could have made extra sure of the points but Kolarov made a last-gasp inteception to deny the Argentine. In time added on, Ibrahimovic sidefooted wide a Figo pass before Julio Cesar kept out Kolarov's free kick.

Lazio 0-3 Inter (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Samuel 2, Diakité (o.g.) 45+3, Ibrahimovic 55.

Lazio (4-4-2): 1 Carrizo; 29 De Silvestri, 87 Diakité, 22 Rozehnal, 3 Kolarov; 17 Foggia (23 Meghni 77), 6 Dabo (5 Brocchi 46), 24 Ledesma, 11 Mauri; 19 Pandev (18 Rocchi 31), 10 Zarate.
Subs not used: 86 Muslera, 32 Radu, 68 Manfredini.
Coach: Delio Rossi.

Inter (4-3-1-2): 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (7 Figo 78); 5 Stankovic (33 Mancini 86); 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz (18 Crespo 28).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 77 Quaresma.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Schio).

Booked: Stankovic 26, Diakité 41, Zarate 45+2, Julio Cesar 58, Brocchi 76, Maxwell 90+3.

starting lineups

Carrizo 12 Julio Cesar
De Silvestri 13 Maicon
Diakité 2 Cordoba
Rozenhal 25 Samuel
Kolarov 6 Maxwell
Foggia 4 Zanetti
Dabo 19 Cambiasso
Ledesma 20 Muntari
Mauri 5 Stankovic
Pandev 8 Ibrahimovic
Zarate 9 Cruz


Muslera 22 Orlandoni
Radu 16 Burdisso
Brocchi 23 Materazzi
Meghni 7 Figo
Manfredini 33 Mancini
Rocchi 77 Quaresma
18 Crespo