Final score

21 January 2009 20:45

17' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
10' Adriano
15' (2nd half) Taddei
Referee: Daniele Orsato / Linesmen: Maggiani, Pirondini / Fourth official: Girardi
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47' Half time. Inter lead Roma 1-0 thanks to Adriano's early goal.
46' Perrotta gets a booking after a foul from behind on Stankovic.
45' Two minutes of additional time.
43' Riise gets a decent cross in from the left. Headed clearance by Santon. Impressive first half by the debutant.
42' Toldo makes a smothering save from Simone Perrotta, whose low shot takes a deflection off Zanetti.
41' Adriano gets on the end of Maicon's right-wing cross but his header is wayward.
40' Baptista crosses from the left. Another clearance by Cambiasso, a headed one this time.
38' Brighi dribbles Maicon on the left and plays a low ball into the area. Inter clear.
38' Cambiasso blocks and clears Taddei's cross from the right.
35' Riise strikes the ball with the outside of his left foot from 30 yards. It's way off target.
33' Toldo climbs highest in the box to catch Taddei's cross from the right.
32' Stankovic rifles wide from 30 yards.
30' Matteo Brighi collects a short pass from Vucinic and fires a low shot on target, forcing Toldo into a difficult tipped save.
29' De Rossi picks out the unmarked Baptista with a pin-point 30-yard cross but the Brazilian fails to do what he did against Torino last weekend.
28' John Riise's deep cross from the left takes a slight deflection off Zanetti. Comfortable save for Toldo.
25' At the other end Perrotta tests Francesco Toldo with a fiercely struck shot from a tight angle on the right.
24' Ibrahimovic goes through on goal and tries to lob Artur but doesn't get enough height on his shot and the Roma keeper palms round for a corner.
23' Another shot from Dejan. Artur saves.
23' Walter Samuel gets a yellow card for a foul on Baptista.
22' Stankovic miscues after Mexes' headed clearance from Maicon's dangerous cross.
20' Brilliant shot by Stankovic from Maicon's cross. The Serbian strikes the crossbar with a magnificent volley on the turn.
19' Riise looks for Vucinic with a long throw to the edge of the box but Burdisso has things covered and the Argentine heads to safety.
16' Mexes makes a headed clearance after a move started by Davide Santon.
10' The Montenegrin striker is booked by Orsato.
10' GOAL! Inter hit straight back and Adriano fires low beyond Artur from ten yards after a collision between Roma defenders Mexes and Juan. INTER 1-0 ROMA.
10' That was Adri's seventh goal in games against the Giallorossi.
9' Roma break and Mirko Vucinic has a goal ruled out for handball.
8' Juan is shown a yellow card for a foul on Adriano. The free kick is in a central position, about 35 metres from goal.
8' Adriano has a go from distance. His left-foot free kick is blocked by Juan but Inter remain in attack and Muntari receives from Ibra, slipping before shooting wide.
7' Roma counter-attack down the left but Nicolas Burdisso gets back well and beats Brighi to the ball before slotting back to Toldo.
7' Perrotta meets Cicinho's cross from the right and sends his flicked header wide of the far post.
4' Back under the Curva Sud, Zlatan Ibrahimovic shoots wide from distance.
4' It's all over at the Stadio Friuli. Samp are through to the semi-finals after a 4-1 penalties victory over Udinese.
3' Roma break after an Inter corner, taken by Esteban Cambiasso. Toldo is out quick to beat Mirko Vucinic to a through ball.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for tonight's Tim Cup quarter-final clash against Roma, our opponents in the final over the past four seasons.
1' If the teams are on level terms at the end of the ninety and after extra time, there will be a penalty shootout.
1' The winners will play a two-legged semi-final against either Udinese or Sampdoria, who are currently playing extra time at the Stadio Friuli after a 1-1 draw. News of the result coming up here.
1' The big surprise in José Mourinho's starting lineup to face the Giallorossi is promising youngster Davide Santon. On his competitive debut for Inter the 18-year-old Italian will slot into the left-back role.
1' In attack it's Adriano and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Dejan Stankovic in a playmaker position behind the strikers.
1' Lineups: <br> Inter: Toldo; Maicon, Burdisso, Samuel, Santon; Zanetti, Cambiasso, Muntari; Stankovic; Ibrahimovic, Adriano.<br>Roma: Artur; Cicinho, Mexes, Juan, Riise; Taddei, De Rossi, Perrotta, Brighi; Baptista; Vucinic.
1' Tonight's other quarter-final clash in Udine has gone to a penalty shootout.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
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49' Full time. Inter beat Roma 2-1 to set up a two-legged Tim Cup semi-final against Sampdoria.
47' Zanetti goes on one of his runs down the wing and wins us a corner, drawing applause from all four corners of the stadium.
46' Tempers flare as Mexes and Ibrahimovic exchange pleasantries.
45' Four minutes of added time.
43' Mancini is flagged for offside as he runs on to Maicon's through ball.
41' Ex-Roma winger Mancini comes on for Sulley Muntari.
40' Burdisso blocks Menez' low cross from the right, conceding a corner.
40' Pizarro's cross from the corner flag is cleared as far as Perrotta, whose shot is blocked by Stankovic.
39' Santon dribbles two down the left but can't find a way past Cicinho.
38' Mexes is booked for a challenge on Ibrahimovic.
37' Aquilani goes for goal with an overhead kick. Fortunately for us, it's wide.
34' Roma bring on Alberto Aquilani for Taddei.
34' Aquilani hooks into the sidenetting as Roma go close from a Menez free kick.
32' José makes his first substitution. Cristian Chivu comes on for Adriano.
31' Burdisso blocks a shot from Roma's French midfielder Menez.
30' Artur saves Stankovic's low cross from the right.
29' Chilean playmaker Pizarro rifles on target from 30 yards. Brilliant save by Toldo.
28' Roma soak up a bit of Inter pressure as Maicon and Adriano get crosses in from both flanks.
26' Roma make their second change. Spalletti brings on Menez for Riise.
24' Cambiasso intercepts Taddei's cross for Brighi. Santon tidies up.
17' IBRACADABRA!!! We're back in front as Ibrahimovic acrobatically hooks home from close range after Samuel's header is parried by Artur. INTER 2-1 ROMA.
16' Roma equalise through Taddei, who collects Perrotta's pull-back and almost pierces the roof of the net with a spectacular rising drive. INTER 1-1 ROMA.
15' Substitution number one for the Giallorossi. Ex-Inter midfielder David Pizarro replaces Mirko Vucinic.
14' Maicon boots wide from distance after Roma clear a corner.
13' Ibrahimovic volleys wide on the turn after a powerful solo move by Adriano. What a goal that would have been!
12' Stankovic crosses from the left after a short pass from Ibra but there's no team-mate on hand.
9' Maicon makes headed clearance from Taddei's corner but Roma stay in attack and with an outstretched leg Ibrahimovic intercepts a Cicinho shot.
7' At the other end Burdisso blocks Vucinic's angled volley. Zanetti heads clear the resulting corner.
7' Philippe Mexes fires over from the edge of our area.
6' Ibrahimovic's driven cross from the right is blocked by Rodrigo Taddei.
4' Cambiasso's inswinging cross is headed over by Adriano.
3' Juan makes a sliding challenge on Ibra on the byline, conceding a corner.
1' Roma get the second half under way.
Average rating 6.98
9 shots on target 8
5 shots off target 4
0 fouls committed 0
6 corners 5
0 offsides 0
26:00 ball possession 27:03
Mourinho v Spalletti

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the third time after the 2008 Italian Super Cup in August and the Serie A clash in Rome in October. Mourinho's team won both matches.

2008 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 2-2 after pens ----
2008/09 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 4-0

Mourinho v Roma

The Portuguese coach has faced Roma on two previous occasions, winning both matches.

2008 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 2-2 after pens ----
2008/09 Serie A Inter-Roma ---- 4-0

Spalletti v Inter

Luciano Spalletti has won 10, drawn 8 and lost 10 of his 28 encounters with the Nerazzurri.

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 after pens
2008/09 Serie A Roma-Inter 0-4 ----

Inter unbeaten at home in cup for over six years

Inter's 2-1 Coppa Italia round of sixteen return leg loss to Bari on 12 December 2002 was their last home defeat in the competition. In their 19 cup games at home since that date, the Nerazzurri have won 14 games and drawn 5.

Fifteen-match unbeaten run at home in Italian competitions

Inter haven't lost a home fixture in a domestic competition since their 2-1 home defeat to Juventus on 22 March 2008. The Nerazzurri have since played 15 Serie A, Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup matches, winning 10 and drawing 5.

Adriano, Stankovic, Zanetti and goals against Roma

Three Inter players have scored more against Roma than any other Italian team: Adriano (6 out of 103), Dejan Stankovic (4 out of 59) and Javier Zanetti (2 out of 19). The Brazilian has scored the same number of goals against Juventus. The Serbian has put 4 past Lecce and AC Milan, while the Argentine has scored twice against Cremonese.

Giallorossi on target in 20 consecutive games

Roma have scored in 20 Coppa Italia matches in a row, scoring a total of 37 goals. The last time the Giallorossi failed to scored in the domestic competition was back on 1 February 2006 when they lost 1-0 to Juventus.

Roma's cup form away from home

Luciano Spalletti's team have scored in each of their last 11 away games in the Tim Cup, netting a total of 18 goals. The last time they failed to score in a cup match away from home was in the return leg of the 2004/05 final when they lost 1-0 to Inter. Roma have kept just one clean sheet in their last 25 Coppa away games: a 3-0 win at Napoli on 8 December 2005. They have since played 24 away games, conceding 41 goals.

Roma's 14-match scoring streak in 2008/09

The Giallorossi have scored in each of their last 14 competitive fixtures, scoring a total of 27 goals. They last failed to score in the 2-0 Serie A defeat at Juventus on 1 November 2008.

wins(9) draws(1) defeats(2)

MILAN - Adriano scored an early goal and Zlatan Ibrahimovic added an outrageous second right after Taddei's equaliser as Inter knocked out the Tim Cup holders and progressed through to the last four.

After wins in the Italian Super Cup and the league, José Mourinho's Inter completed a hat-trick of victories over Roma to set up a two-legged semi-final against this coming Sunday's Serie A opponents Sampdoria, who ousted Udinese after a penalty shootout.

Mourinho made a string of changes to the side that lost at Atalanta at the weekend, handing 18-year-old Italian full-back Davide Santon his competitive debut and pairing Adriano in attack Ibrahimovic.

Roma had a goal ruled out early on when Mirko Vucinic saw the ball over the line with his hand.

Inter hit straight back and Adriano took advantage of a collision between Mexes and Juan before shrugging off a challenge from Riise and shooting low past Artur for his seventh goal in games against the Giallorossi.

Stankovic almost doubled Inter's lead with what would have been a candidate for goal of the season, striking the crossbar with a stunning volley on the turn from Maicon's cross.

Spectacular efforts were the order of the day and Ibrahimovic tried to lob Artur after ghosting into the box but the Giallorossi keeper produced a tipped save.

The rest of the half belonged to Roma. Perrotta tested Francesco Toldo with a well taken angled shot and the veteran keeper then denied Vucinic before keeping out Perrotta's deflected shot.

The Ibra-Adri partnership continued to work well after the restart and the Swede, voted Italy's Player of the Year for 2008 several days ago, had the crowd gasping with an incredible volley after a powerful move by his strike partner.

Set to make way for Pizarro, Taddei silenced the Meazza with a cracking rising drive from Perrotta's pull-back as Roma levelled in the 61st minute. But Inter provided the perfect reaction and were back in front within sixty seconds when Ibrahimovic spectactularly hooked home after Artur parried Samuel's header. 

Toldo pulled off another expert save from Pizarro, and Aquilani, on for the last ten minutes, hit the sidenetting and sent wide an overhead kick as Roma fought hard to force extra time.

Inter 2-1 Roma (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Adriano 10, Taddei 61, Ibrahimovic 62.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (33 Mancini 86); 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (26 Chivu 77).
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 7 Figo, 24 Rivas, 45 Balotelli, 77 Quaresma.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Roma: 25 Artur; 3 Cicinho, 5 Mexes, 4 Juan, 17 Riise (24 Menez 71); 11 Taddei (8 Aquilani 79), 16 De Rossi, 20 Perrotta, 33 Brighi; 19 Baptista; 9 Vucinic (7 Pizarro 60).
Subs not used: 27 Julio Sergio, 15 Loria, 26 Greco, 77 Cassetti.
Coach: Luciano Spalletti.

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Schio).

Booked: Juan 8, Vucinic 10, Samuel 23, Perrotta 45+1, Mexes 83.

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Artur
Maicon 13 Cicinho
Burdisso 16 Mexes
Samuel 25 Juan
Santon 39 Riise
Zanetti 4 Taddei
Cambiasso 19 De Rossi
Stankovic 5 Perrotta
Muntari 20 Brighi
Ibrahimovic 8 Julio Baptista
Adriano 10 Vucinic


Julio Cesar 12 Bertagnoli
Figo 7 Pizarro
Rivas 24 Aquilani
Chivu 26 Loria
Mancini 33 Menez
Balotelli 45 Greco
Quaresma 77 Cassetti