Final score

1 March 2009 20:30

33' (2nd half) Crespo
18' (2nd half) Balotelli (P)
5' (2nd half) Balotelli
11' (2nd half) Brighi
29' Riise
23' De Rossi
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Copelli, Stagnoli / Fourth official: Pierpaoli
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46' Pizarro is shown a yellow card.
46' Balotelli's left-wing free kick is headed clear.
46' Half time. Inter 0-2 Roma.
45' Adri sends wide his flicked header from Maicon's cross.
45' One minute of added time.
44' Decent ball in from the left by Maxwell, but neither Balotelli nor Adriano apply the finishing touch.
38' José has a quick look at his options and Vieira and Figo start warming up.
37' Zanetti is yellow-carded for handball.
33' Roma close to a third. Motta serves Vucinic who sidesteps Cordoba and has just Julio Cesar to beat, but Burdisso intervenes with a brilliant sliding tackle to deny the Montenegrin striker.
30' Half an hour gone but there's still a long way to go and everyone remembers the 2006 Italian Super Cup when we came back from three goals down to beat Roma 4-3.
29' Santon sweeps clear after Julio Cesar fails to hold John Arne Riise's low cross from the left. The former Liverpool man was played in by Baptista.
29' GOAL. Riise controls a lofted pass with his head, squeezes past Maicon and scores from an almost impossible angle as Roma take a shock 2-0 lead inside the half hour. INTER 0-2 ROMA.
26' And another chance for the visitors. Inter have Cambiasso to thank for a last-gasp tackle on Baptista.
26' Inter break and Adriano gets into a scoring position but his effort is saved.
25' Another chance for Roma as Baptista heads wide of the target.
23' GOAL. Against the run of play, Roma take the lead through captain Daniele De Rossi. The Italy midfielder outjumps Zanetti in the area and heads home Motta's right-wing cross. INTER 0-1 ROMA.
21' Adriano sends in a low cross from the left, forcing Motta into a sliding clearance.
20' Baptista makes a headed clearance from Balotelli's right-wing corner but Inter stay in attack and Adriano tests Doni with a header after Stankovic's headed pass.
19' Another corner to Inter as Maicon's long-range effort is deflected. Cambiasso's back-post header from Balotelli's corner is blocked by Doni, and it's another corner.
18' Maicon delivers a dangerous cross from the right, forcing Motta to concede a corner. Balotelli's inswinging corner kick is cleared.
16' De Rossi's low free kick takes a slight deflection but Julio Cesar is well positioned and he gets down to his right to make the save.
14' Good chance for Inter. Santon squares for Maxwell, whose shot is just wide.
12' Maicon goes on a storming run down the right but sees his cross blocked by Riise.
8' Mario Balotelli's free kick sails over the heads of all and sundry, finishing behind for a Roma goal kick.
7' Brighi lashes wide after Cordoba's headed clearance from Vucinic's cross.
5' Zanetti's first-time shot from 25 yards is blocked by Doni.
4' Back in our half, Baptista hits a low shot straight at Julio Cesar.
3' Inter attack back and Zanetti gets a cross in from the right. Taddei sweeps to safety.
2' De Rossi close with a curling free kick, but Julio Cesar tips over for a corner.
2' Cordoba blocks Taddei's angled drive from the resulting corner.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter-Roma. A fourth win from as many games against the Giallorossi this season will see us move nine points clear of second-placed Juventus.
1' The fog has descended on Milan this evening, creating an eerie atmosphere at the Meazza.
1' We might be shrouded in mist but Mourinho has clear ideas ahead of the 20:30 kick-off. "We usually play well after European games and almost always win," the Inter coach said in yesterday's presser.
1' José has made four changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Man Utd in midweek, bringing in Cordoba and Burdisso for Rivas and Chivu in the centre of defence, Maxwell for Muntari in midfield, and Balotelli for Ibra up front.
1' Spalletti has shuffled his pack after their 1-0 defeat to Arsenal. Panucci comes in for Loria, while Pizarro will slot into a defensive midfield position alongside De Rossi. Up front it's Brighi behind Baptista and Vucinic.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Maxwell; 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 45 Balotelli.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 7 Figo, 8 Ibrahimovic, 14 Vieira, 18 Crespo, 23 Materazzi, 33 Mancini.
1' Roma: 32 Doni; 13 Motta, 5 Mexes, 2 Panucci, 17 Riise; 11 Taddei, 16 De Rossi, 33 Brighi; 7 Pizarro; 9 Vucinic, 19 Baptista.<br> Subs: 25 Artur, 3 Cicinho, 14 Filipe, 21 Diamoutene, 23 Montella, 24 Menez, 40 Malomo.
1' Roma kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
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48' Julio Cesar saves Mexes' low long-range shot.
48' Full time. Inter hold Roma 3-3 and move seven points clear at the top.
47' Menez turns Maicon in the box and shoots through the legs of Cordoba. Julio Cesar saves.
46' Balotelli's header from Maicon's floated cross is saved by Doni.
45' A chance for Roma at the death. De Rossi drags his shot wide after a brilliant through ball from Menez.
45' Three minutes more to go.
44' Vieira dances past three in midfield before overhitting his through pass for Adriano. Doni gathers.
41' Julio Cesar makes a tipped save from Riise's fierce rising drive.
40' Free kick to Roma in a dangerous position just outside the area after a Cordoba foul on Menez.
38' Vieira is booked for bringing down Menez and will automatically miss next Saturday's trip to Genoa.
37' Crespo heads wide Balotelli's magnificent curling cross as the Nerazzurri come charging forward for a winner.
34' COMEBACK GOAL NUMBER THREE!!!!! Hernan Crespo makes an immediate impact with a flicked header that goes in off the post. Figo provided the cross. INTER 3-3 ROMA.
32' Riise is booked for a foul on Balotelli.
32' José makes his third switch. Hernan Crespo replaces Dejan Stankovic.
31' Spalletti makes his first substitution. It's Jeremy Menez for Mirko Vucinic.
30' Davide Santon unleashes a shot from 25 yards. De Rossi blocks.
28' Pizarro's inswinger is cleared and Inter counter-attack. The ball arrives at the feet of Luis Figo who swings in a cross, but De Rossi makes a headed clearance.
27' Vieira trips Baptista and it's a free kick to Roma on the left.
26' Mexes cuts out Figo's through ball for Adriano after some excellent work in midfield by Vieira.
23' De Rossi and Stankovic are booked as tempers flare.
22' Balotelli close to a hat-trick with an overhead kick from Figo's right-wing cross.
21' The flag stays down as Vucinic leaps into the air and heads De Rossi's cross into the arms of Julio Cesar.
20' Stankovic fires wide from an acute angle to the left of Doni's goal.
18' COMEBACK GOAL NUMBER TWO. Mario Balotelli sends Doni the wrong way from the penalty spot. INTER 2-3 ROMA.
17' PENALTY! Daniele De Rossi trips Balotelli in the box and Rizzoli points srtraight to the spot.
13' Dejan Stankovic unleashes a rocket shot from 25 yards. Doni makes a punched block.
12' GOAL. Matteo Brighi fires low past Julio Cesar from the edge of the box as Roma restore their two-goal cushion. INTER 1-3 ROMA.
10' Another free kick on the left after a foul by Motta on Balotelli. Luis Figo's curling cross is high and wide of the far post.
8' Figo floats in a cross from the right but Stankovic can't keep the ball in play.
7' Balotelli is fouled by Taddei out on the left wing. SuperMario's cross from the resulting free kick is caught by Doni.
5' GOAL!!!!!! We're back in the game as Mario Balotelli sidefoots home Adriano's pass. INTER 1-2 ROMA.
4' Julio Cesar makes an easy save from Julio Baptista's header.
4' Maicon goes for goal with a right-wing cross-shot but his effort sails into the Curva Sud.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Mourinho has brought on Luis Figo for Maxwell, and Patrick Vieira for Nicolas Burdisso. Cambiasso has slotted in alongside Cordoba in the centre of defence.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.15
7 shots on target 11
6 shots off target 5
21 fouls committed 18
3 corners 4
0 offsides 1
34:35 ball possession 28:05
Mourinho v Spalletti/Roma

José Mourinho has never lost to his Roma counterpart. He celebrated his debut as Inter coach with a penalties victory over Spalletti's team in the Italian Super Cup last August before recording league and cup wins against the Giallorossi in October and January.

2008 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 2-2 (5-6 after pens) ----
2008/09 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 4-0
2008/09 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 2-1 ----

Spalletti v Inter

Luciano Spalletti has won 10, drawn 8 and lost 11 of his 29 meetings with Inter.

1997/98 Serie A Empoli-Inter 1-1 1-4
1998/99 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 4-0 0-3
1999/00 Serie A Venezia-Inter 1-0 -----
2002/03 Serie A Udinese-Inter 2-1 2-1
2003/04 Coppa Italia Udinese-Inter 0-0 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-0 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Udinese-Inter 1-1 1-3
2005/06 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-1 3-2
2005/06 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter 1-1 1-3
2006 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 3-4
2006/07 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-1 3-1
2006/07 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter 6-2 1-2
2007 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 1-0
2007/08 Serie A Roma-Inter 1-4 1-1
2007/08 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter ---- 2-1 (neutral ground in Rome)
2008 Italian Super Cup Roma-Inter ---- 2-2 (5-6 after pens)
2008/09 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-4 ----
2008/09 Coppa Italia Roma-Inter ---- 1-2

Inter on target in 16 consecutive league games

The last time Inter failed to score in a Serie A fixture was last 29 October when Mourinho's team were held 0-0 by Fiorentina in Florence. Inter have since played 16 top-flight games, scoring a total of 31 goals.

Samuel close to milestone

If fit to play against Roma, Walter Adrian Samuel will complete a century of appearances for the Nerazzurri. The Argentine defender, who made his Inter debut in the 1-0 Italian Super Cup victory over Juventus on 20 August 2005, has played one other Super Cup fixture for the Nerazzurri and worn black and blue in 67 Serie A matches, 13 Coppa Italia games and 17 European fixtures.

Ibra's decisiveness

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most decisive player in the 2008/09 Serie A championship after 25 rounds of matches - the Swedish forward's goals have earned Inter 17 of their 59 points.

Inter's sparkling home form

Inter have lost just one of their last 34 league fixtures at home (Inter 1-2 Juventus on 22 March 2008), winning 27 and drawing 6 of the other 33. The Nerazzurri have failed to score in only one of their last 69 league games at home (Inter 0-0 Genoa on 26 October 2008), scoring 148 goals in the other 68 matches.

Fifteen Nerazzurri on target

Fifteen different Inter players have scored Serie A goals this season. In alphabetical order, they are: Adriano, Balotelli, Burdisso, Cambiasso, Cordoba, Cruz, Figo, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Maxwell, Muntari, Obinna, Samuel, Stankovic and Vieira. Juventus are the only other team with as many different scorers after 25 rounds.

Diamoutene poised for 100th appearance in Serie A

If selected to play against Inter, Roma defender Souleymane Diamoutene will make his 100th appearance in Italy's top flight. The ex-Perugia and Lecce player made his Serie A debut in Perugia's 2-2 home draw with Siena on 31 August 2003.

Goals at both ends?

Roma are one of four teams contesting the 2008/09 Serie A championship yet to draw 0-0. The other three are Catania, Chievo and Lazio. The Giallorossi's last goalless draw in the league was away to Torino on 16 December 2007.

No Roma away goal for 211 minutes

Roma haven't scored away from home since Pizzaro's 59th-minute goal in Reggina 2-2 Roma. That was 211 competitive minutes ago (remaining 31 minutes in Reggio Calabria plus whole 90 minutes of 3-0 away defeat to Atalanta in Serie A and 1-0 Champions League loss to Arsenal).

wins(47) draws(29) defeats(16)

MILAN - Inter move seven points clear of second-placed Juventus as José Mourinho's side held Roma 3-3 in a thrilling night of Serie A football at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Daniele De Rossi and John Arne Riise did the first-half damage as Roma took a commanding 2-0 lead into the break but Inter reduced the gap minutes into the second half through Mario Balotelli.

Matteo Brighi restored Roma's two-goal advantage but it was short-lived as Balotelli converted a penalty before Hernan Crespo came off the bench to head home a deserved equaliser.

Mourinho made four changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Man United last Tuesday, bringing in Cordoba and Burdisso for Rivas and Chivu in the centre of defence, Maxwell for Muntari in midfield, and Balotelli for Ibrahimovic up front.

Roma boss Spalletti also shuffled his pack after the midweek defeat to Arsenal. Panucci stepped in for Loria at centre back, with Pizarro in a holding role alongside De Rossi and Vucinic starting in attack with Baptista after Totti failed a late fitness test.

De Rossi fired a warning sign in the second minute when his curling free kick forced a tipped save from Julio Cesar, with Baptista and Brighi also getting in on the act as Roma continued their promising start. Inter's first real chance fell to Maxwell who fired wide after going through on goal after a one-two with Santon.

Roma edged in front when De Rossi outclimbed Zanetti in the box and sent his flicked header from Motta's right-wing cross into the top corner. Riise then stunned the home fans to give his team a 2-0 lead inside the half hour, slotting past Julio Cesar from the tightest of angles after shrugging off a challenge from Maicon.

Inter had Burdisso to thank for stopping Roma from taking a three-goal lead into break. Vucinic had just Julio Cesar to beat after sidestepping Cordoba in the box but the Argentine defender saved the day with a brilliant lunging tackle.

Mourinho had Figo and Vieira warming up before half time and he brought the veteran midfielders on for Maxwell and Burdisso at the start of the second period, with Cambiasso slotting in at the centre of defence.

The Nerazzurri, reminiscent of their dramatic comeback against Roma in the 2006 Italian Super Cup, poured forward and grabbed a lifeline in the 50th minute when Adriano picked out Balotelli who sidefooted beyond Doni.

Seven minutes later Brighi fired past Julio Cesar from the edge of the area but Inter hit back again when Balotelli sent Doni the wrong way from the penalty spot after being brought down by De Rossi.

Mourinho threw Crespo into the fray and the Argentine brought the house down less than two minutes later, rising in the area to send his flicked header from Figo's right-wing cross in off the post. 

Julio Cesar kept Roma at bay in the final stages, superbly tipping over Riise's rising drive from a free kick and denying Menez in added time after De Rossi squandered a golden chance when he dragged wide from an inviting position.

Inter 3-3 Roma (HT: 0-2)

Scorers: De Rossi 23, Riise 29, Balotelli 50, (pen) 63, Brighi 57, Crespo 79.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 16 Burdisso (14 Vieira 46), 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 6 Maxwell (7 Figo 46); 5 Stankovic (18 Crespo 77); 10 Adriano, 45 Balotelli.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 8 Ibrahimovic, 23 Materazzi, 33 Mancini.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Roma: 32 Doni; 13 Motta, 5 Mexes, 2 Panucci, 17 Riise; 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro; 11 Taddei, 33 Brighi, 9 Vucinic (24 Menez 76); 19 Baptista.
Subs not used: 25 Artur, 3 Cicinho, 14 Filipe, 21 Diamoutene, 23 Montella, 40 Malomo.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Zanetti 37, Pizarro 45+1, De Rossi 68, Stankovic 68, Riise 77, Vieira 83.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Doni
Maicon 13 Motta
Cordoba 2 Mexes
Burdisso 16 Panucci
Santon 39 Riise
Zanetti 4 Pizarro
Cambiasso 19 De Rossi
Maxwell 6 Taddei
Stankovic 5 Brighi
Balotelli 45 Vucinic
Adriano 10 J. Baptista


Toldo 1 Arthur
Materazzi 23 Cicinho
Figo 7 Diamoutene
Vieira 14 Menez
Mancini 33 Filipe
Ibrahimovic 8 Montella
Crespo 18 _