Final score

18 January 2009 15:00

33' Doni
28' Doni
18' Floccari
47' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Copelli, Stagnoli / Fourth official: Romeo
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47' Half time. Atalanta 3-0 Inter.
47' After blowing for the break, referee Nicola Rizzoli books Ibrahimovic for protesting. The Swede will miss next Sunday evening's home match against Sampdoria.
46' Obinna swings in a low cross from the left. Manfredini makes a sliding clearance.
45' Another corner for Inter. Maicon's cross is straight into the arms of Coppola.
45' Two minutes of added time.
44' Coppola tips over Maicon's left-wing corner.
44' The Atalanta keeper punches clear the Brazilian's second corner.
43' Crespo fires over the bar from the right edge of the Atalanta area.
42' Ibrahimovic receives on the left and delivers a cross. Garics makes a headed clearance.
36' Burdisso is yellow-carded for a foul on Doni.
33' GOAL. Incredible. Doni rises in the box and heads home Valdes' inswinging left-wing cross. ATALANTA 3-0 INTER.
29' José brings on Obinna for Chivu.
28' GOAL. Cristiano Doni's curling free kick takes a deflection off Ibrahimovic's hand, giving Julio Cesar no chance. ATALANTA 2-0 INTER.
27' Free kick to Atalanta after a handball by Cordoba.
25' Floccari shields well from two Inter defenders and shoots straight at Julio Cesar.
20' Valdes goes close to a quick second for the Bergamo outfit, firing just wide from 20 metres.
18' GOAL. Atalanta take the lead through Sergio Floccari, who turns in the area and beats Julio Cesar with a cool low finish after a pin-point pass from Manfredini. ATALANTA 1-0 INTER.
15' Maicon's curling free kick is headed clear by Floccari as the flag goes up for offside.
13' Atalanta win a free kick about 30 metres from goal. Guarente's effort is easily saved by Julio Cesar.
10' Another chance for Atalanta as Floccari narrowly misses with a well struck low shot from Guarente's pass.
9' Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni goes close with a classy shot on the turn.
6' Inter win a corner. Cambiasso overhits his high cross and the Bergamo Nerazzurri win a throw.
5' Atalanta win a corner but the Nerazzurri close down Doni & co., and move out of defence.
4' Ferreira Pinto's effort from the left wing is way off target. Throw-in for Inter.
3' Valdes overhits his curling cross for Floccari and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia in Bergamo for our Serie A Week 19 clash against local rivals Atalanta.
1' It's a rainy day in Bergamo, with a temperature of around 4 degrees Celsius.
1' Mourinho is without Orlandoni and Samuel for today's match. Both players returned to Milan late this morning before the squad's departure for the stadium after going down with the flu.
1' With Samuel ruled out, Mourinho has made a change to his defensive line, with Burdisso slotting in alongside Cordoba. Julio Cesar returns between the sticks after sitting out the midweek cup win over Genoa, while Maicon and Maxwell are on the flanks.
1' Dejan Stankovic returns in midfield after a two-game absence. He will play behind strike partners Ibrahimovic and Crespo (making his first Serie A start), and in front of Zanetti, Cambiasso and Chivu - playing in midfield for the third game running.
1' Atalanta: 31 Coppola; 8 Garics, 2 Talamonti, 5 Manfredini, 6 Bellini; 17 Guarente, 20 Valdes, 22 Padoin, 79 Ferreira Pinto; 33 Floccari, 72 Doni.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
1' Atalanta kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
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48' That's it. Rizzoli blows for full time. Atalanta beat Inter 3-1.
47' The Nigerian's corner kick is palmed clear by Coppola.
47' GOAL. Inter win a second corner. Adriano climbs highest and heads into the path of Ibrahimovic who tucks home at the far post. ATALANTA 3-1 INTER.
46' Vieiri gets a yellow card after kicking the ball away after the flag goes up for offside.
46' Obinna has a shot saved by Coppola.
45' Del Neri makes his last change. On comes ex-Inter forward Bobo Vieri for Floccari.
45' Three minutes of overtime to play.
42' Incredible miss by Obinna. The Nigerian latches on to a loose ball in the box and blazes over from 11 yards.
41' Manfredini intercepts Cambiasso's ball for Stankovic. No way through today.
40' With five minutes remaining Atalanta bring on Rivalta for Bellini.
35' Adriano blasts wide from a tight angle on the left after a short pass from Obinna.
30' Obinna's cross from the left goes behind at the far post. Goal kick.
28' Garics gets a cross in from the right. Stankovic intercepts and plays short to Cambiasso who sets up a counter-attack.
22' Cambiasso intercepts Floccari on the edge of the box as Atalanta hit back after a period of Inter pressure.
22' Atalanta's Bellini is booked after a foul on Adriano.
18' Maicon gets a good cross in from the right. Coppola punches to safety.
18' Adriano gets on the end of Obinna's cross from the left but he is flagged for offside.
16' Inter come forward and Obinna looks for Ibrahimovic with a cross from the left. Guarente makes a headed interception.
16' Zlatan Ibrahimovic's low shot from the edge of the area is saved by Coppola.
15' Ibrahimovic heads behind Guarente's cross from the resulting corner, and it's another corner for the home side.
15' Guarente's second corner is headed clear by Ibrahimovic.
14' Adriano sends one of his left-foot specials on target from 25 yards. Coppola saves.
14' Back at the other end, Doni's shot takes a deflection off Stankovic.
13' Bellini intercepts Obinna's dangerous cross for Ibrahimovic, slicing over the bar.
13' Figo's cross from the resulting corner is punched clear by Coppola. Maicon's shot from the loose ball cannons wide.
11' Inter on the rack. Julio Cesar saves Ferreira Pinto's angled drive, with De Ascentis' follow-up coming back off the post.
10' Unmarked in the area, Doni mis-times his header from Ferreira Pinto's cross.
9' Maicon makes a headed clearance from Doni's left-wing corner.
6' Atalanta close again as Guarente finds the sidenetting with a ferocious right-foot shot from distance.
5' Del Neri makes his first change: De Ascentis replaces Valdes.
2' At the other end, Ferreira Pinto tests Julio Cesar with a right-footer from the edge of the box.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Mourinho has used up his remaining two substitutions, bringing on Luis Figo for Maxwell and Adriano for Hernan Crespo.
1' Good start to the second half by Inter. Obinna floats in a cross from the left and Adriano crashes over an overhead kick.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 3.93
8 shots on target 4
5 shots off target 5
11 fouls committed 17
4 corners 8
1 offsides 8
25:53 ball possession 28:43
Del Neri v Mourinho

Sunday's clash at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia is the first meeting between the two coaches.

Del Neri v Inter

Luigi Del Neri faces Inter for the 14th time in his coaching career after 3 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats. His teams have conceded in each of the 7 home games against Inter, letting in a total of 14 goals.

2001/02 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-2 2-1
2002/03 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 0-2 0-0
2004/05 Serie A Roma-Inter 3-3 0-2
2005/06 Serie A Palermo-Inter 3-2 0-3
2006/07 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 0-2 ----
2007/08 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 0-2 1-2

Mourinho v Atalanta

Josè Mourinho faces Atalanta for the first time in his career.

Disciplinary info

Cautioned: Ferreira Pinto, Garics.
Disqualified: -

Cautioned: Balotelli, Ibrahimovic, Quaresma.
Disqualified: Muntari.

No Atalanta win over Inter in Bergamo for over 14 years

The last time Atalanta beat Inter in Bergamo was on 1 May 1994 when they beat the Milan side 2-1, with Orlandoni and Sgro scoring either side of Sosa's goal for Inter. In their 10 home matches against Inter since that date, Atalanta have drawn 4 games (all 1-1 draws) and lost 6.

Atalanta on target in 8 consecutive games

Atalanta have scored in each of their last 8 Serie A matches, scoring a total of 14 goals. The Bergamo outfit's last match without scoring was the goalless home draw against Lecce on 2 November 2008.

Del Neri, Mourinho and substitutions

After 18 round of Serie A games, Atalanta have used fewer substitutions than any other team (47 out of a possible 54). Inter are one of six teams to have used all 54 substitutions. The other five sides are Bologna, ChievoVerona, Fiorentina, Genoa and Napoli.

Inter's 12-match scoring streak in Bergamo

Inter have hit the target in their last 12 competitive matches in Bergamo, scoring a total of 19 goals. Their last away match against Atalanta without scoring was way back on 19 January 1992 when Bianchezi scored a 29th-minute penalty in a 1-0 league win for the Bergamo Nerazzurri.

Inter chasing fifth consecutive away win in Serie A

Mourinho's side go into Sunday's match against Atalanta after four straight away victories: 3-2 against Reggina, 2-0 against Palermo, 3-0 against Lazio and 2-1 against Siena. If they win in Bergamo, Inter will have won five away games in a row for the first time since the period from October 2006-March 2007 when they won 11 games running.

Goals from all quarters

Eleven 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, Maxwell, Muntari, Obinna, Samuel, Stankovic and Vieira.

Ibra most decisive player in 2008/09

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most decisive player in the 2008/09 Serie A championship after 18 rounds of matches. The Swede's goals have earned his team 14 points.

wins(23) draws(23) defeats(16)

BERGAMO - Inter crashed to a 3-1 defeat at local rivals Atalanta on Sunday but remain on top of the Serie A table at the midway point in the season.

Sergio Floccari opened the scoring on 18 minutes and Cristiano Doni added a quick double to give Del Neri's side a healthy lead inside the 33rd.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed a consolation goal in added time at the end of the second half but it was too little, too late for José Mourinho's side.

The Portuguese coach was forced to make a change in defence in the hours leading up to the Week 18 clash in Bergamo, with Samuel returning to Milan late morning after going down with the flu. In came Burdisso at the centre of defence, with Crespo making his first Serie A start of the season in attack and Stankovic returning in the playmaker role after a two-game absence.

Atalanta came out firing on all cylinders and Doni went close early on with a shot on the turn. Seconds later Floccari narrowly missed after being picked out by Guarente but hit the target soon after when he swivelled in the box and beat Julio Cesar with a crisp finish.

Valdes and Floccari had more chances for Atalanta before Doni doubled their lead with a free kick that flew in off Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho threw on Obinna in place of Chivu but Atalanta scored a third before the Nigerian could make an impact, Doni rising in the area to head home a splendid inswinging cross from Valdes.

A touch of nervousness crept in at the break with Rizzoli showing Ibrahimovic a yellow card that rules the Swede out of next Sunday evening's visit of Sampdoria.

Mourinho used up his remaining two substitutions at half time, bringing on Luis Figo for Maxwell and Adriano for Hernan Crespo.

Inter made an enouraging start to the second period with Adriano's overhead kick from Obinna's cross going just over Coppola's bar. But Atalanta quickly settled back into their first-half rhythm and Ferreira Pinto tested Julio Cesar before Guarente fired into the sidenetting.

Substitute De Ascentis went even closer on 56 minutes, his follow-up coming back off the post after a Julio Cesar parry from Ferreira Pinto's low drive.

Adriano and Ibrahimovic had shots saved by Coppola, Obinna blasted high and wide from an inviting position and was denied by the Atalanta keeper in the closing minutes before the Swede popped up in added time to slot home from close range a headed assist from Adriano.

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

Scorers: Floccari 18, Doni 28, 33, Ibrahimovic 90+2.

Atalanta: 31 Coppola; 8 Garics, 2 Talamonti, 5 Manfredini, 6 Bellini (16 Rivalta 85); 79 Ferreira Pinto, 17 Guarente, 20 Valdes (15 De Ascentis 50), 22 Padoin; 33 Floccari (32 Vieri 90), 72 Doni.
Subs not used: 1 Consigli, 13 Peluso, 27 Capelli, 34 Defendi.
Coach: Luigi Del Neri.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso, 6 Maxwell (7 Figo 46); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 26 Chivu (21 Obinna 29); 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (10 Adriano 46).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 9 Cruz, 11 Jimenez, 24 Rivas.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Burdisso 36, Ibrahimovic 45+2, Bellini 67, Vieri 90+1.

starting lineups

Coppola 12 Julio Cesar
Talamonti 13 Maicon
Manfredini 2 Cordoba
Bellini 16 Burdisso
Garics 6 Maxwell
Guarente 4 Zanetti
Valdes 26 Chivu
Padoin 19 Cambiasso
Floccari 5 Stankovic
Doni 8 Ibrahimovic
Ferreira Pinto 18 Crespo


Consigli 1 Toldo
Peulso 7 Figo
De Ascentis 9 Cruz
Rivalta 10 Adriano
Capelli 11 Jimenez
Vieri 21 Obinna
Defendi 24 Rivas