Final score

4 March 2009 20:45

42' Pazzini
30' Pazzini
9' Cassano
referee Massimiliano Saccani / linesmen Romagnoli, Nicoletti / 4th man Mazzoleni
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Half time. Sampdoria lead Inter by three goals to nil.
45' One minute of added time.
44' Toldo gets out quick to beat Pazzini to Cassano's through ball. Corner to Samp.
42' GOAL. Pazzini slides into an open net for his second of the game after Cordoba attempts to clear after Toldo parries Padalino's angled shot from Cassano's cross. SAMPDORIA 3-0 INTER.
40' Palombo shoots high and wide after collecting a short pass from Cassano.
34' Mario Balotelli fires a low shot on target. Castellazzi saves.
30' GOAL. Raggi diverts the resulting corner, taken by Palombo, into the path of Giampaolo Pazzini, who heads past Toldo from close range. SAMPDORIA 2-0 INTER.
29' Toldo tips behind a dangerous curling cross from Cassano.
26' Nelson Rivas' shot from the resulting free kick comes back off the Sampdoria wall.
25' Gastadello is booked for a two-footed challenge on Muntari.
24' Padalino delivers a cross from the right but there's no team-mate on hand at the far post and Zanetti cleans up.
15' Mourinho brings on Crespo for Mancini.
14' Sampdoria down to ten men as Gastaldello is sent off for a foul on Balotelli.
13' Inter win a free kick in a central position about 30 metres from goal. Balotelli's powerful rising drive is over the bar.
12' Adriano, who has shaken off a knock to the knee, serves Balotelli but the Italian is intercepted by the Samp defence.
9' GOAL. Antonio Cassano robs Nelson Rivas of the ball, bursts into the area and lifts it over the onrushing Francesco Toldo. SAMPDORIA 1-0 INTER.
5' Balotelli muscles his way past Campagnaro on the left and wins us a corner.
5' Adriano has hurt his leg after a challenge by Gastaldello and Crespo has started warming up. We'll see if the Brazilian is okay to continue.
2' An early chance for Amantino Mancini. The Brazilian winger enters the box and unleashes a right-foot shot that hits the side-netting.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, our 'home' for the next two matches. Tonight we take on Sampdoria in the first leg of the Tim Cup semi-finals, and then on Saturday it's Genoa-Inter in Week 27 of the Serie A championship.
1' Samp reach this stage of the competition thanks to a 5-2 penalties victory away to Udinese in the quarter-finals after a 2-1 home win over Empoli in the last 16.
1' Inter, on course for a fifth consecutive Coppa final, beat Genoa 3-1 after extra time in the round of 16, winning 2-1 at home to Roma in the quarter-finals.
1' Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 16 Campagnaro, 28 Gastaldello, 84 Raggi; 20 Padalino, 21 Sammarco, 17 Palombo, 19 Franceschini, 46 Pieri; 10 Pazzini, 99 Cassano.<br> Subs: 90 Fiorillo, 3 Ziegler, 11 Bellucci, 23 Stankevicius, 29 Ferri, 77 Da Costa, 88 Dessena.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 24 Rivas, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 20 Muntari; 33 Mancini, 10 Adriano, 45 Balotelli.<br> Subs: 22 Orlandoni, 5 Stankovic, 11 Jimenez, 13 Maicon, 18 Crespo,19 Cambiasso, 21 Obinna.
1' Inter kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Full time. Sampdoria win 3-0, sending Inter to their heaviest defeat under José Mourinho. The semi-final return leg is scheduled to take place at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on 22 April.
47' Castellazzi beats Obinna to Crespo's pass in the area.
45' Adriano rises in the box and heads over Maicon's cross.
45' Five minutes of added time.
42' Marco Materazzi is booked for protests.
42' Javier Zanetti is cautioned for a foul from behind on Padalino.
40' Crespo connects with Maicon's right-wing corner and heads wide.
40' Sampdoria bring on Bellucci for Cassano, who gets a standing ovation.
36' Another save by Castellazzi. This time it's Muntari who tests the Samp keeper.
35' Stankevicius sends a low free kick wide of the target.
34' Castellazzi makes two reflex saves from Adriano and Crespo before Stankevicius pokes to safety.
31' Mancini picks his spot and rifles wide from 20 yards.
29' Sampdoria replace Campagnaro with Da Costa.
25' Brilliant flicked header by Crespo from Maicon's right-wing cross. Castellazzi makes a diving save.
23' A chance for Inter from a corner as Crespo's right-foot shot from Materazzi's header is saved by Castellazzi.
22' Inter replace the injured Balotelli with Obinna.
21' Sampdoria bring on Stankevicius for Pazzini.
18' Balotelli is stretchered off after colliding with the post.
17' Mancini's free kick his the Sampdoria wall.
15' Mourinho makes his second switch. Crespo comes on for Maxwell.
14' Gastaldello is red-carded for a foul on Balotelli - his second bookable offence. Sampdoria down to ten men.
12' Balotelli is booked for a foul on Campagnaro.
11' Adriano unleashes one of his left-foot specials from 25 yards. It's just over the bar.
8' Cordoba is booked for a retaliatory foul on Pazzini.
8' Cassano is okay to continue and returns to the pitch.
7' Play interrupted as Cassano is stretchered off.
5' Palombo tests Toldo with a low strike from the edge of the area.
4' Balotelli looks for Adriano with a curling cross from the left but his pass is too long for the Brazilian.
3' Padalino wins the ball off Maxwell and powers down the right but Toldo comes out of his area and intercepts the Samp winger.
1' Sampdoria get the second half under way.
1' Mourinho has brought on Maicon for Rivas.
Average rating 4.46
5 shots on target 8
3 shots off target 6
0 fouls committed 0
2 corners 5
2 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00
Mazzarri v Mourinho

Samp boss Walter Mazzarri has faced José Mourinho on two previous occasions, drawing the first game in Genoa and losing the second in Milan.

2008/09 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-1

Mazzarri v Inter

With 5 draws and 5 defeats from 10 meetings, Walter Mazzarri is without a win in competitive fixtures against Inter. Furthermore, his teams have scored in just 2 games.

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 0-1

Mourinho v Sampdoria

José Mourinho is unbeaten against Sampdoria, with a draw and a win from 2 meetings.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 1-1

No Samp victory over Inter in Garrone era

Sampdoria are without a win against Inter in 14 competitive fixtures, having drawn 7 and lost 7 since their 4-0 Serie A home victory over the Nerazzurri on 21 March 1999. The Blucerchiati are therefore winless against Inter since Riccardo Garrone became president of the club in 2002.

Silverware for Samp after cup meetings with Inter

Sampdoria have won two of their three two-legged Coppa Italia meetings with Inter. The Blucerchiati won their semi-final with Inter in 1987/88, winning 1-0 at home thanks to Roberto Mancini's goal after a 0-0 draw in Milan. Samp went on to win the competition that season, beating Torino over two legs in the final. Sampdoria beat Inter over two legs again in 1993/94, winning 1-0 in Genoa thanks to a Ruud Gullit goal after 1-1 draw in Milan (Fontolan, Lombardo the scorers). Samp then ousted Parma in the semi-finals and beat Ancona in the final. Inter beat Sampdoria 3-0 away, drawing 0-0 at home in 2006/07 to set up a final meeting with Roma, but lost 6-2 in the capital before a 2-1 home win in the return leg.

Samp at home in Coppa Italia: one defeat in last 9 games

Sampdoria have lost just one of their last 9 Coppa Italia home games (Samp 0-3 Inter on 24 January 2007), winning 6 and drawing 2 of the other 8. That 3-0 semi-final first leg defeat to Inter was the only time the Blucerchiati have failed to score in their last 10 cup fixtures at home. They have scored 17 in the other 9 matches.

Inter a hat-trick away from 100th away goal against Sampdori

Inter have scored 97 goals in 59 away matches against the Blucerchiati. Campatelli scored the first in the 53rd minute of a 5-1 win on 6 July 1947.

Nerazzurri on target in last 16 Coppa Italia away games...

Inter have scored in their last 16 away matches in Italy's domestic cup competition, notching a total of 31 goals since their 0-0 draw at Udinese on 13 January 2004. The above statistic does not include the 2007/08 final, which took place at a neutral ground.

...and one defeat in last 18

Inter have won 10, drawn 7 and lost just 1 of their last 18 away matches in the Coppa Italia. That sole defeat was a 6-2 reverse against Roma in the first leg of the 2006/07 final. This statistic excludes last season's one-legged final at a neutral ground.

wins(2) draws(2) defeats(3)

GENOA - Inter face an uphill task in their bid to reach a fifth consecutive Tim Cup final after losing 3-0 to Sampdoria in the first leg of their semi-final tie at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Antonio Cassano fired a full-strength home side ahead inside the tenth minute of Wednesday's clash in the pouring rain, robbing Nelson Rivas and pacing into the box before lobbing the onrushing Toldo.

Samp were two goals to the good by the half hour when Raggi diverted Palombo's corner into the path of Giampaolo Pazzini who headed beyond Toldo from close range.

Pazzini put the Blucerchiati in total control just before the break, sliding into an open goal after Toldo's parry from Padalino.

Sampdoria were reduced to ten men 14 minutes into the second half with Gastaldello receiving his marching orders for a second booking.

Mourinho exploited the man advantage, throwing on Crespo for Maxwell, but was forced into a second substitution minutes later after Balotelli collided with a post.

Crespo forced saves from Castellazzi, first with a close-range shot and then with a flicked header, as Inter looked to reduce the gap ahead of next month's return leg.

Castellazzi made more reflex saves from Adriano and Crespo, denying Muntari in the final minutes as Sampdoria preserved their lead. 

Sampdoria 3-0 Inter (HT: 3-0)

Scorers: Cassano 9, Pazzini 30, 42.

Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 16 Campagnaro (77 Da Costa 74), 28 Gastaldello, 84 Raggi; 20 Padalino, 21 Sammarco, 17 Palombo, 19 Franceschini, 46 Pieri; 10 Pazzini (23 Stankevicius 66), 99 Cassano (11 Bellucci 85).
Subs not used: 90 Fiorillo, 3 Ziegler, 29 Ferri, 88 Dessena.
Coach: Vittorio Russo (Walter Mazzarri is disqualified).

Inter: 1 Toldo; 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 24 Rivas (13 Maicon 46); 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 20 Muntari, 6 Maxwell (18 Crespo 60); 33 Mancini, 10 Adriano, 45 Balotelli (21 Obinna 67).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 5 Stankovic, 11 Jimenez, 19 Cambiasso.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Massimiliano Saccani (Mantua).

Booked: Gastaldello 25, 59, Cordoba 53, Balotelli 57, Materazzi 87, Zanetti 87.
Sent off: Gastaldello 59.

starting lineups

Castellazzi 1 Toldo
Campagnaro 2 Cordoba
Gastaldello 23 Materazzi
Raggi 24 Rivas
Padalino 4 Zanetti
Sammarco 14 Vieira
Palombo 20 Muntari
Franceschini 6 Maxwell
Pieri 33 Mancini
Pazzini 10 Adriano
Cassano 45 Balotelli


Fiorillo 22 Orlandoni
Ziegler 5 Stankovic
Bellucci 11 Jimenez
Stankevicius 13 Maicon
Ferri 18 Crespo
Da Costa 19 Cambiasso
Dessena 21 Obinna