Final score

22 March 2009 15:00

13' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
10' Ibrahimovic (P)
6' Cambiasso
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni / Linesmen: Padovan, Cini / Fourth official: Candussio
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48' At the other end, Obinna slices wide his left-foot shot from Ibrahimovic's headed pass.
48' Half time. Inter lead Reggina by two goals to nothing.
47' Barillà goes through on goal but Julio Cesar has read the move to perfection and he thwarts the Reggina number 17.
45' Muntari blocks Cozza's long-range free kick. Reggina remain in the Inter third and Cozza has a second attempt on goal, his shot on the turn finishing wide.
45' Three minutes of added time.
42' Brilliant save by Julio Cesar from Barillà, who was through on goal with just the Inter keeper to beat.
41' Mario Balotelli hits a low shot wide.
41' Obinna comes on for Mancini.
40' Mancini has pulled up with an injury. Obinna has started his warm-up.
38' Cozza goes close with a well taken shot from just outside our box. The Reggina number ten's effort hits the side-netting.
37' Ibra goes for goal with a low shot from an almost impossible position on the left. Puggioni is taken by surprise but the Reggina shotstopper gets down to his right and blocks.
34' Ibrahimovic commits a foul on Valdez as he rises in the box to meet Maicon's outswinging cross.
29' Valdez beats the onrushing Santon to Muntari's ball over the Reggina defence.
27' Mario's inswinging cross is punched to safety by Puggioni.
26' Barillà is booked for chopping down Balotelli on the right wing. Another free kick.
25' Ibra's free kick hits the Amaranto wall.
24' Another free kick, in a more promising position this time, after a foul by Carmona on Balotelli.
23' Free kick to Inter on the right channel 25 metres from goal after a foul on Balotelli. Ibrahimovic slips as he shoots and the Reggina defence come forward on the break.
22' Another chance for the visitors after Muntari is dispossessed in the Inter third. Cozza unleashes a decent right-foot shot from 20 yards. It's not far over Julio Cesar's bar.
20' Costa pokes his shot wide as Reggina create a chance to reduce the gap.
18' Ibrahimovic scuffs wide when it would have been easier to score after collecting Mario Balotelli's cross.
18' Zlatan does better seconds later with a first-time shot that hits the inside of the post and goes out for a goal kick.
16' Brilliant ball out to the left by Muntari for Ibra. The Swede pokes through for Mancini but the Amaranto defence intercepts.
12' Zanetti, who today surpasses Giacinto Facchetti to become Inter's second most present player of all time, brilliantly blocks Barillà and brings the ball out of defence.
10' PENALTY!!!! Mancini weaves his way into the box from the left, forcing Valdez into a foul. Mazzoleni points to the spot.
10' Valdez is booked.
10' GOAL!!!! Zlatan Ibrahimovic shoots low under Puggioni and we're 2-0 up after just ten minutes of play. INTER 2-0 REGGINA.
9' Maicon pumps upfield for Balotelli but Santos has things covered.
6' Inter attack back and Maicon squeezes between two opponents in the box, earning us a corner kick.
6' GOAL!!!! Mario Balotelli's corner is cleared as far as... Mario Balotelli. The Italian whips in a cross and Stankovic backheels through to Cambiasso who lifts the ball over Puggioni. Not bad for a lad who is playing at centre-back today.INTER 1-0 REGGINA.
4' Adejo races on to a through ball but Maicon gets there first.
3' Reggina come forward on the counter-attack and Brienza has a shot saved by Julio Cesar.
2' Santon serves Mancini but the winger fails to control and Reggina clear.
1' What a gorgeous sunny day in Milan. Here we are at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, where the teams are warming up ahead of the three o'clock kick-off.
1' Juventus cut our lead to four points with their 4-1 win at Roma last nght. That will, of course, return to plus seven if we beat Serie A cellar dwellers Reggina, who haven't won a league fixture in 15 attempts.
1' The Reggio Calabria outfit, who last won a Serie A match last November when they beat Atalanta 3-1, haven't scored away to Inter since 2001.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas, 19 Cambiasso, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic, 20 Muntari; 45 Balotelli; 8 Ibrahimovic, 33 Mancini.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 9 Cruz, 11 Jimenez, 14 Vieira, 18 Crespo, 21 Obinna.
1' Reggina: 1 Puggioni; 55 Lanzaro, 16 Valdez, 33 Santos; 40 Adejo, 8 Barreto, 35 Carmona, 17 Barillà, 3 Costa; 10 Cozza; 81 Brienza.<br> Subs: 26 Marino, 4 Cascione, 11 Ceravolo, 19 Krajicik, 77 Sestu, 86 Stuani, 88 Di Gennaro.
1' Away we go in San Siro as Reggina kick off. FOOOORRRZZZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' Ibra plays an inviting ball through to Mancini but the Brazilian is intercepted by his opposite number Santos.
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45' Muntari hooks over the bar after Balotelli has a shot blocked.
45' Full time. Serie A leaders Inter beat Reggina 3-0 and stay seven points clear of second-placed Juventus.
41' Julio Cesar blocks a low shot from Sestu.
41' Julio Cesar blocks a low shot from Sestu, who takes on Cambiasso after collecting a pass from Ceravolo.
39' Nelson Rivas blocks Krajicik's driven cross from the right.
38' Brienza has a well struck strike from distance saved by Julio Cesar.
35' Balotelli's curling free kick is punched clear by Puggioni. Muntari's follow-up is over the bar.
34' Free kick to Inter, awarded for a foul by Barreto on Ibra.
33' And Mourinho makes his last change, bringing on Maxwell for the injured Jimenez.
32' Reggina replace the injured Adejo with Krajcik.
31' Balotelli blocks Barreto's free kick and Jimenez brings the ball out of defence.
29' Nevio Orlandi brings on Ceravolo for Cozza.
27' Sestu's curling cross from the left goes behind for a goal kick.
25' Carmona intercepts Obinna's low cross from the right, conceding a corner.
25' Balotelli's cross from the corner flag is caught by Puggioni.
24' Ibrahimovic's curling free kick is over the Amaranto wall and just over Puggioni's crossbar.
23' Inter break after clearing the corner and win a free kick in the Reggina third after a foul on Balotelli by Carmona, who is booked by Mazzoleni.
22' Maicon keeps Adejo at bay, beating the Reggina winger to Brienza's cross and heading behind for a corner.
22' Reggina bring on Sestu for Barrilà.
21' Substitution number two for Inter. Luis Jimenez replaces Dejan Stankovic.
20' Our Brazilian keeper makes two more saves from Barreto and Lanzaro.
19' A chance for Reggina. Adejo controls with his chest and sends a left-foot shot on target. Julio Cesar makes an easy save.
16' Balotelli forces a save from Puggioni with a right-foot snapshot from 20 yards.
13' IBRACADABRA!!!!! Zlatan Ibrahimovic dances past three opponents and, spotting Puggioni off his line, lobs the Reggina keeper. What a brilliant goal by the Swedish ace! INTER 3-0 REGGINA.
11' Mario Balotelli's free kick takes a deflection. Corner.
11' Balotelli's cross from the left corner flag is straight into the arms of Puggioni.
10' Valdez fouls Ibrahimovic in a central position approximately 25 metres from goal.
6' Cambiasso's header from the resulting corner, taken by Balotelli, is blocked and cleared by the Reggina defence.
6' Reggina break and Santon is booked for a tactical foul on Brienza.
5' Costa blocks a diagonal shot from Stankovic after some excellent approach play by Obinna.
2' Puggioni gets out quick and makes a smothering block as Stankovic combines well with Ibrahimovic.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Obinna one-twos with Muntari in the box, firing wide from a tight angle after collecting the return pass.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.22
8 shots on target 7
7 shots off target 5
15 fouls committed 17
5 corners 2
0 offsides 1
30:58 ball possession 22:26
Mourinho v Reggina / Orlandi

Inter's win at the Stadio Granillo last November is José Mourinho's only previous meeting with Reggina and their coach Nevio Orlandi.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Reggina ---- 3-2

Orlandi v Inter

Reggina boss Nevio Orlandi has faced Inter on two previous occasions, losing both times. Orlandi made his Serie A coaching debut in Reggina's 2-0 defeat to Inter in the Nerazzurri's Centenary fixture on 8 March 2008. He replaced Ulivieri, who had replaced Ficcadenti earlier in the 2007/08 season.

2007/08 Serie A Reggina-Inter ---- 0-2
2008/09 Serie A Reggina-Inter 2-3 ----

Inter on target in 19 consecutive league games

Inter last failed to score in a Serie A fixture on 29 October 2008 when Mourinho's team were held 0-0 by Fiorentina in Florence. Inter have since played 19 top-flight games, scoring a total of 38 goals - an average of 2 goals per game.

Inter's home invincibility, scoring form

Inter have lost only one of their last 36 home games in Serie A (Inter 1-2 Juventus on 22 March 2008), winning 28 and drawing 7 of the other 35. The Nerazzurri have failed to score in just one of their last 71 league games at home (Inter 0-0 Genoa on 26 October 2008), scoring 153 goals in the other 70 matches.

Top-scoring season for Ibrahimovic

With 17 goals from 28 games and 10 rounds of the Italian season still to play, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on course for a new scoring record in one Italian season. The Swedish striker, who scored 3 with Ajax and 16 for Juventus in 2004/05, is one goal away from beating his personal best of 17 Serie A goals in 2007/08.

Ibra, Maxwell on milestones

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will celebrate his 200th appearance for an Italian club if he plays against Reggina. His team-mate Maxwell is one game short of his 100th outing in black and blue. The Swedish forward, who made his Italian debut in Brescia 0-3 Juventus on 12 September 2004, has played 149 matches in Serie A, 5 in the Coppa Italia, 4 in the Italian Super Cup and 41 in European competitions. Maxwell, meanwhile, The Brazilian defender, meanwhile, has played for Inter 74 times in the league, 11 in the Coppa Italia, once in the Italian Super Cup and 13 in Europe. His debut came in a 1-0 away win over Roma on 20 September 2006.

Inter, Reggina's contrasting scoring form

Sixteen different Inter players have scored Serie A goals this season - more than any other team except Juventus. In alphabetical order, they are: Adriano, Balotelli, Burdisso, Cambiasso, Cordoba, Crespo, Cruz, Figo, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Maxwell, Muntari, Obinna, Samuel, Stankovic and Vieira. In contrast, only 7 Reggina players have hit the target this term: Barreto, Brienza, Corradi, Costa, Cozza, Di Gennaro and Sestu. Sampdoria are the only other team with so few different scorers in 2008/09.

No Reggina away goal against Inter since 2001

Reggina last scored in an away match against Inter on 10 February 2001. On that occasion the Granata held the Nerazzurri 1-1, with Davide Dionigi scoring in the 22nd minute for the visitors.

Reggina's record winless run

Bottom-placed Reggina haven't won a Serie A fixture since 23 November 2008 when they beat Atalanta 3-1 at home, drawing 9 and losing 6 of their subsequent 15 fixtures for a record negative run of results in Italy's top flight.

Corradi equals scoring record

Reggina striker Bernardo Corradi has scored 10 Serie A goals this season, matching his record tally in one top-flight campaign. The Italian scored ten for Chievo in 2001/02, Lazio in 2002/03 and 2003/04, and Parma in 2004/05.

wins(6) draws(3) defeats(0)

MILAN - Inter remain seven points clear at the top of the table with nine matches of the season remaining after a comfortable victory over Serie A strugglers Reggina.

Esteban Cambiasso and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored early goals at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, and the Swede added a magnificent second-half effort to leave the Nerazzurri requiring 20 points to wrap up a 17th league title.

Beset by injury problems and with Samuel out suspended, Mourinho made three changes to the team that beat Fiorentina last weekend, naming Cambiasso and Rivas at the centre of defence and handing Mancini a place alongside Ibrahimovic and Balotelli in a three-pronged attack.

Javier Zanetti, making his 635th appearance to become Inter's second most present player of all time, propped up a three-man midfield with Muntari and Stankovic.

Reggina were without top scorer Corradi but Orlandi's team were boosted by the return of Santos in defence and Barreto in midfield.

Inter made a dream start against the Amaranto. With less than six minutes on the clock Balotelli crossed for Stankovic who backheeled into the path of the onrushing Cambiasso who lifted over Puggioni for his third goal of the season.

Four minutes later, Ibrahimovic bettered his record of 17 goals in one Serie A season with his first penalty of the campaign, tucking under Puggioni after Mazzoleni pointed to the spot after a Valdez foul on Mancini.

Zlatan was denied a second by the woodwork on 18 minutes when his first-time shot hit the inside of the post and flew across the goalline on its way out for a goal kick, and in the 37th when Puggioni kept out his angled drive from the left channel.

Reggina's best chance of the first half came three minutes before break after Obinna replaced the injured Mancini, but Barillà, through on goal with just Julio Cesar to beat, was brilliantly denied by the Inter keeper.

After a sluggish start to the second period Ibrahimovic brought the game to life and killed it off with a wonder goal. After gliding past three opponents, the Swede spotted Puggioni off his line and lobbed the Reggina keeper with an inch-perfect finish to join Di Vaio on top of the top scorers list.

Playing for honour, Orlandi's men never stopped fighting but there was no way past Julio Cesar who made difficult saves from Barreto and Lanzaro.

Mourinho threw on Luis Jimenez for Dejan Stankovic for the last twenty-five minutes but the Chilean's game lasted for just sixteen after he pulled up injured.

Inter had plenty of chances for a fourth, with Ibrahimovic Balotelli, Obinna and Muntari all going close in the final stages.

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

Scorers: Cambiasso 6, Ibrahimovic (pen) 10, 58.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas, 19 Cambiasso, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (11 Jimenez 62, 6 Maxwell 78), 20 Muntari; 45 Balotelli; 8 Ibrahimovic, 33 Mancini (21 Obinna 41).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 9 Cruz, 14 Vieira, 18 Crespo.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Reggina: 1 Puggioni; 55 Lanzaro, 16 Valdez, 33 Santos; 40 Adejo (19 Krajicik 77), 8 Barreto, 35 Carmona, 17 Barillà (77 Sestu 67), 3 Costa; 10 Cozza (11 Ceravolo 74); 81 Brienza.
Subs not used: 26 Marino, 4 Cascione, 86 Stuani, 88 Di Gennaro.
Coach: Nevio Orlandi.

Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (Bergamo).

Booked: Valdez 10, Barillà 26, Santon 51, Carmona 68.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Puggioni
Maicon 13 Lanzaro
Rivas 24 Valdez
Cambiasso 19 Santos
Santon 39 Adejo
Zanetti 4 Barreto
Stankovic 5 Carmona
Muntari 20 Barillà
Balotelli 45 Costa
Ibrahimovic 8 Cozza
Mancini 33 Brienza


Toldo 1 Marino
Maxwell 6 Cascione
Cruz 9 Ceravolo
Jimenez 11 Krajicik
Vieira 14 Sestu
Crespo 18 Stuani
Obinna 21 Di Gennaro