Final score

25 January 2009 20:30

47' Adriano
Referee: Domenico Celi / Linesmen: Niccolai, Papi / Fourth official: Gervasoni
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48' Half time. Inter lead Sampdoria 1-0.
47' GOAL!!!!! Maicon dribbles Pieri on the right and crosses to the far post where Adriano is on hand to hook in off Raggi. INTER 1-0 SAMPDORIA.
46' Pieri cannons wide from 20 yards.
45' Brilliant cross from Stankovic, but Adriano miscues as he tries to volley home.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Cambiasso plays in Muntari who fires his angled shot into the side-netting.
43' Another card. It's yellow and it goes to Franceschini after a foul on Maicon.
43' Mancini blasts wide after running on to a pass from Stankovic.
40' Stankovic is shown a yellow card after his sliding challenge on Franceschini.
40' Mourinho is sent off for protesting.
39' Maicon's corner is headed on target by Walter Samuel, but it's an easy save for Castellazzi.
38' Santon whips in a cross from the left. Stankovic looks for the top corner with a flicked header but his effort is way off the mark.
36' Stankovic controls a headed pass from Adriano and hooks wide from 25 yards.
34' Pazzini is booked as the Samp wall fails to keep its distance.
34' Adriano's powerful rising drive is just over the bar.
32' Free kick to Inter and a yellow card for Sammarco for elbowing Sulley Muntari during an aerial duel.
32' Both teams down to ten men as Raggi and Muntari receive medical attention.
30' Zanetti crosses first time for Adriano after latching on to Maicon's ball down the wing but Raggi gets there first, heading behind for a corner and injuring his head in the process.
24' Stankevicius escapes a challenge from Samuel and blazes high and wide from just outside the area.
22' Maicon's low cross from the right is comfortably dealt with by Castellazzi at his near post.
21' Chivu blocks a long-range shot from Pieri after the Inter defence clears two balls into the box from Stankevicius.
21' Sammarco sidefoots over the bar, wasting a good chance for the Blucerchiati.
16' Stankevicius is yellow-carded for a foul on young full-back Davide Santon.
16' Luis Figo has started warming up but Cambiasso is okay to continue.
14' Maicon's low cross from the left corner flag is blocked and cleared.
13' Maicon's cross from the right is headed behind for a corner by Stankevicius.
12' Stankovic drags his 20-metre shot wide after collecting a pass from Zanetti and shrugging off a challenge from Sammarco.
10' Cristian Chivu is booked for a tactical foul on Raggi after the Samp full-back dummied the Romanian on the right.
9' Inter win a right-wing corner. Maicon's header from Cambiasso's cross is deflected behind for a second corner, but nothing comes of it.
3' Stankovic looks for Muntari with a flicked header from Maicon's cross. The loose ball falls to Adriano who shoots wide from 25 yards.
2' Maicon delivers a high cross from the right. It's over the head of Adriano at the back post, and Samp win a defending throw-in.
1' Welcome to the Meazza for live text commentary of Inter v Sampdoria. The teams are out warming up ahead of the 20:30 kick-off.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 26 Chivu, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 33 Mancini.<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 6 Maxwell, 7 Figo, 9 Cruz, 18 Crespo, 77 Quaresma.
1' Samp: 1 Castellazzi; 84 Raggi, 17 Palombo, 28 Gastaldello; 23 Stankevicius, 88 Dessena, 21 Sammarco, 19 Franceschini, 46 Pieri; 40 Delvecchio; 10 Pazzini.<br> Subs: 83 Mirante, 3 Ziegler, 11 Bellucci, 20 Padalino, 25 Mustacchio, 53 Donati, 89 Marilungo.
1' The Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
Minute Text commentary
51' Dessena forces a good save from Julio Cesar with a blistering shot from 25 yards.
51' Full time. Serie leaders Inter beat Sampdoria 1-0 and remain three points clear of Juventus.
49' Adriano dances past three and goes for goal from the tightest of angles on the left. His shot hits the side-netting.
48' Stankevicius sends a long-range shot way off target.
48' Stankevicius sends a long-range free kick way off target.
45' Six minutes (yes, six minutes) of added time.
43' Adriano rifles wide from 20 yards.
41' Palombo clears a Maicon cross after a promising move involving Santon, Maxwell and Stankovic.
39' Inter bring on Maxwell for Cristian Chivu and Cambiasso slots in at the centre of defence.
35' Julio Cesar makes a palmed save from Padalino's right-wing cross and Zanetti makes a hooked clearance as Samp come looking for an equaliser.
34' Muntari plays in Stankovic, whose shot is blocked by Padalino. Nothing comes of the resulting corner, taken by Figo.
33' Luis Figo comes on for Mancini.
30' Sammarco's low shot from distance is wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
29' Cordoba just fails to connect with Maicon's dangerous inswinging cross from the left wing.
24' Julio Cesar makes a two-footed clearance to deny the onrushing Bellucci.
22' Cambiasso crashes wide after Muntari forces a difficult save from Castellazzi.
19' Substitution number three for Sampdoria: Bellucci replaces Franceschini.
17' Esteban Cambiasso wins the ball in the Samp third and sets up Dejan Stankovic who goes close with thunderbolt swerveshot from 25 yards that shaves the crossbar.
17' Sampdoria attack back and Inter have Cordoba to thank for a last-gasp tackle on Pazzini.
15' Mazzarri brings on Reto Ziegler for the injured Andrea Raggi.
6' Stankovic tests Castellazzi with a crisp low shot from Mancini's cross.
4' He will play no further part in the game. On comes Padalino.
3' Gastaldello pulls up with an injury.
2' Brilliant sliding tackle by Chivu on Stankevicius right on the edge of the box.
1' Samp kick off the second half.
1' Inter have brought on Ivan Cordoba for Walter Samuel.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.78
4 shots on target 1
10 shots off target 6
19 fouls committed 12
8 corners 1
1 offsides 4
00 ball possession 00
Mourinho v Mazzarri

The only previous meeting between the two coaches took place at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on the opening day of the 2008/09 season.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria ---- 1-1

Mourinho v Sampdoria

The draw in Genoa on the opening day of the season is the only previous meeting between Inter coach Mourinho and the Blucerchiati.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria ---- 1-1

Mazzarri v Inter

With 5 draws and 4 defeats from 9 games, Walter Mazzarri has never won against Inter. And his teams have never scored in away games against the Nerazzurri.

2004/05 Serie A Reggina-Inter 0-0 0-0
2005/06 Serie A Reggina-Inter 0-4 0-4
2006/07 Serie A Reggina-Inter 0-0 0-1
2007/08 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-3
2008/09 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 ----

Inter: one defeat in last 19 home games

Inter have lost just one of their last 19 home matches (the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Panathinaikos on 26 November 2008), winning 12 and drawing 6 of the other 18.

Goals from all over

Inter are one of two 2008/09 Serie A teams with 11 different players on target after the first half of the season. In alphabetical order, Inter's league scorers are Adriano, Cordoba, Cruz, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Maxwell, Muntari, Obinna, Samuel, Stankovic and Vieira. The other team with 11 players on target so far this season is Juventus.

Mourinho's Serie A substitutions

Inter are one of four teams to have used all 57 substitutions after 19 rounds of 2008/09 Serie A matches. The other three are ChievoVerona, Genoa and Napoli.

Samp looking to avoid third consecutive defeat

The Blucerchiati have lost their last two Serie A matches (2-0 away to Roma and 2-0 at home to Palermo). If they lose again in Milan on Sunday, Walter Mazzarri's men will have lost three league games running for the first time since the period between February and March 2006 when they lost 6 in a row.

wins(41) draws(16) defeats(8)

MILAN - Adriano scored in added time at the end of the first half as Inter battled hard for a victory over Sampdoria that keeps the Nerazzurri three points clear of Juventus at the top of the Serie A table.

José Mourinho kept faith with Davide Santon at left-back after the 18-year-old's impressive debut against Roma in midweek and made three changes to the team that knocked out the Tim Cup holders, bringing in Julio Cesar for Toldo, Chivu for Burdisso and Mancini for the suspended Ibrahimovic.

Inter attacked their Tim Cup semi-final opponents from the outset and Maicon delivered plenty of crosses from the right, the best chance of the opening period falling to Stankovic who dragged his shot wide.

Sammarco wasted a good chance for the Blucerchiati, sidefooting over the crossbar, but Inter continued to dominate and Adriano went close with a well struck rising drive before Muntari hit the side-netting from Cambiasso's pass.

Adriano scored at the end of a bad-tempered first half in which six players were booked and Mourinho sent off for protesting. In the second minute of added time Maicon powered past Pieri and crossed to the far post where his countryman was on hand to hook into an open net.

It was more Inter than Samp in the second half and Stankovic was unlucky not to score a second, first testing Castellazzi with a crisp low shot from Mancini's cross and then shaving the bar with a splendid swerveshot from distance.

At the end of the ninety the fourth man inexplicably indicated six minutes of added time and in the last of them Dessena's blistering long-range effort forced a fantastic save from Julio Cesar.

Inter 1-0 Sampdoria (HT: 1-0)

Scorer: Adriano 45+2.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 26 Chivu (6 Maxwell 84), 25 Samuel (2 Cordoba 46), 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 33 Mancini (7 Figo 78).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 9 Cruz, 18 Crespo, 77 Quaresma.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 84 Raggi (3 Ziegler 60), 17 Palombo, 28 Gastaldello (20 Padalino 49); 23 Stankevicius, 88 Dessena, 21 Sammarco, 19 Franceschini (11 Bellucci 64), 46 Pieri; 40 Delvecchio; 10 Pazzini.
Subs not used: 83 Mirante, 25 Mustacchio, 53 Donati, 89 Marilungo.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Referee: Domenico Celi (Campobasso).

Booked: Chivu 10, Stankevicius 16, Sammarco 32, Pazzini 34, Stankovic 40,  Franceschini 43.

Sent off: Mourinho 40.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Castellazzi
Maicon 13 Raggi
Samuel 25 Palombo
Chivu 26 Gastaldello
Santon 39 Stankevicius
Zanetti 4 Dessena
Cambiasso 19 Sammarco
Muntari 20 Franceschini
Stankovic 5 Pieri
Adriano 10 Delvecchio
Mancini 33 Pazzini


Toldo 1 Mirante
Cordoba 2 Donati
Maxwell 6 Ziegler
Figo 7 Padalino
Cruz 9 Marilungo
Crespo 18 Mustacchio
Quaresma 77 Bellucci