Final score

23 April 2009 20:45

28' Ibrahimovic
referee Daniele Orsato / linesmen Rosi, Grilli / 4th man Saccani
Minutes Text commentary
50' What a move by the Nerazzurri. Balotelli plays in Ibrahimovic who swivels in the box and serves Cruz, whose header is just wide.
50' Half time. Inter 1-0 Sampdoria (aggregate 1-3).
49' Ibrahimovic's free kick ricochets off the Samp wall.
48' Free kick to us just outside the Samp box after a foul on Santon.
46' Ibrahimovic gets on the end of Balotelli's curling free kick but his header is wide.
45' Five minutes of injury time.
43' Balotelli looks for Ibrahimovic with a long-range pass, but Castellazzi gets there first.
39' Corner for Inter. At the near post Julio Cruz nods wide Balotelli's left-wing cross.
39' Back in our half, Cassano sends a long-range shot into the Curva.
36' Inter hit straight back and the woodwork denies Ibrahimovic a second, his looping effort from the left angle of the box coming back off the crossbar. What a goal that would have been!
35' Sammarco controls Cassano's right-wing cross on the edge of the area but is immediately dispossessed by Santon. Samp remain in attack though and Cassano tests Julio Cesar from an impossible angle.
32' Ibrahimovic is booked for protesting after a foul by Vieira.
28' Inter close to a second as Balotelli swings in a free kick and Ibra heads on target, forcing Castellazzi into a one-handed save.
27' A chance for Sampdoria. Pieri swings in an inviting left-wing cross for Pazzini who heads just wide.
27' COMEBACK GOAL NUMBER ONE! From the edge of the box, Zlatan Ibrahimovic rifles home Cruz' chested pull-back. INTER 1-0 SAMPDORIA.
25' Lucchini blocks Balotelli's fast right-wing cross. Materazzi's back-post header from the resulting corner is wide of the target.
22' Ivan Cordoba is booked for a foul on Pazzini.
21' Materazzi is elbowed in the face by Pazzini during an aerial duel.
20' Palombo's fiercely struck long-range shot takes a deflection off Materazzi.
18' Maxwell sets up a counter-attack after winning the ball off Raggi on the halfway line, but Ibra is intercepted on the edge of the Samp box after exchanging passes with Cruz down the left.
13' Cassano wins his team a right-wing corner after a duel with Burdisso.
13' Palombo's corner is blocked by Vieira and cleared by Materazzi.
11' Free kick to Samp. Julio Cesar catches Raggi's floated cross.
10' Samp pour forward on the counter-attack and go close through Sammarco, whose close-range shot from Cassano's delightful through ball is blocked by the feet of Julio Cesar.
9' Ibrahimovic's bullet shot is saved by Castellazzi.
8' Balotelli gets past Accardi and swings in the cross from the right. Lucchini blocks.
8' Free kick to Inter in a central position about 35 metres from goal after a Cassano foul on Vieira.
5' Samp attack back and Cassano overhits his curling cross for Sammarco.
4' Inter remain in attack and Ibra's floated cross for Santon takes a deflection but Castellazzi manages to stop it going out for a corner.
3' Cassano works the ball to Pazzini but the Samp striker is promptly dispossessed.
3' Ibrahimovic looks for openings on the left angle of the Samp box but he is quickly closed down.
1' There are changes in the stands too. Several thousand kids who are part of the club's Io Tifo Positivo project have occupied the second ring north stand. For the occasion, the hardcore Inter fans have moved to the first ring.
1' On the other side of the stadium there are around ten thousand Samp supporters waving their red, white and blue flags.
1' Away we go as the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Free kick to Samp just inside our half after a foul by Materazzi on Pazzini.
1' Brace yourselves for what could be a very interesting 90 (or 120) minutes of Coppa Italia football at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
1' Inter have a mountain to climb, but if you need a few good omens, just think back to the 1980s when the Nerazzurri twice overturned a three-goal deficit to win on aggregate.
1' In the 1981/82 quarter-finals Evaristo Beccalossi scored in the first half and Alessandro Altobelli added a second-half brace as we beat Roma 3-0 at home after losing 4-1 in the capital.
1' At the same stage in 1984/85 we ousted Verona 5-1 after a 3-0 loss in the 1st leg. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scored twice and Altobelli once to force extra time, with Franco Causio and Liam Brady netting either side of Larsen's goal to put Inter in the semis.
1' In more recent years, Inter have often come up with the goods after falling three goals behind.
1' All Inter fans will remember that dramatic comeback against tonight's visitors Sampdoria in 2004/05 when Martins scored in the 90th minute before Vieri and Recoba added injury-time goals to cancel out efforts from Tonetto and Kutuzov.
1' In 2006 we produced another stunning fightback, coming back from three goals down to beat Roma 4-3 a.e.t. and lift the Italian Super Cup. On that occasion Figo hit an extra-time winner after two goals from Vieira on his debut and one from Crespo.
1' And earlier this season we came back from 3-1 down to hold the Giallorossi thanks to goals from Balotelli and Crespo.
1' On to the lineups and Mourinho has gone for 4-3-3 with Burdisso a surprise starter in the centre of midfield and Cambiasso on the bench. Inter: Julio Cesar; Santon, Cordoba, Materazzi, Maxwell; Vieira, Burdisso, Zanetti; Cruz, Ibrahimovic, Balotelli.
1' Blucerchiati boss Mazzarri has stuck with his usual 3-5-2, bringing in Lucchini for the disqualified Gastaldello. Sampdoria: Castellazzi; Accardi, Lucchini, Campagnaro; Raggi, Palombo, Sammarco, Franceschini, Pieri; Cassano, Pazzini.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Full time. Inter beat Sampdoria 1-0 but the Genoa outfit reach the 2008/09 Tim Cup final (against Lazio on 13 May), thanks to their 3-0 victory in the first leg. See you on Sunday for Napoli v Inter.
49' Materazzi is booked for protesting.
49' Seconds later, Materazzi is shown a red card for sarcastically applauding the referee for showing him a yellow. Nerazzurri down to ten men.
48' Crespo hooks into the box after a long pass forward by Julio Cesar, but Castellazzi beats Balotelli to the ball.
46' Sampdoria make their final change. Padalino replaces Pazzini.
45' Four minutes of overtime to play.
43' Pazzini is booked by Daniele Orsato after a bad challenge on Chivu.
43' Materazzi cannons wide after Castellazzi clears a left-wing cross.
42' What a let-off for Sampdoria. Ibrahimovic's deflected cross comes back off the crossbar and Castellazzi gets down on his line to block Burdisso's follow-up.
40' Ibrahimovic crashes wide his volley from Cambiasso's headed pass.
37' Julio Cesar blocks Delvecchio's long-range effort.
36' Booking number six at the Meazza. Chivu is booked for a foul on Pazzini.
34' Zanetti is booked for a foul on Franceschini.
33' Mazzarri brings on Delvecchio for Cassano.
32' Sampdoria win two more corners under the Curva Sud but fail to capitalise.
30' Materazzi dispossesses Pazzini and concedes a corner. Palombo's cross from the left palmed clear by Julio Cesar but Campagnaro pounces and rifles the loose ball on target, forcing Maxwell into headed clearance on the line.
28' Castallazzi catches Maxwell's left-wing cross.
27' Campagnaro blocks Balotelli's right-wing cross and Raggi hooks out for an attacking throw.
25' Cassano delivers a cross from the right but there's no team-mate on hand, and we win a throw.
25' Twenty minutes to go and two goals required to force the onset of extra time. FORZA RAGAZZI!
22' Santon intercepts Cassano's crossfield pass for Pieri and starts a counter-attack. Balotelli plays in Ibra down the right and the Swede crosses but the Samp defence clears.
21' Sampdoria make their first switch. Stankevicius replaces Raggi.
20' Free kick to Inter (30 metres from goal), awarded for a foul by Palombo on Cambiasso.
20' Ibrahimovic's shot spins off the Blucerchiati wall.
19' Antonio Cassano cuts through the Inter defence like butter and sends an angled shot on target, but what a save by Julio Cesar!
18' Raggi is booked for a late tackle on Cambiasso.
16' Castellazzi beats Cambiasso to Santon's right-wing cross.
15' Accardi is booked for a late challenge on Santon.
15' Castellazzi palms clear Balotelli's cross from the resulting free kick.
15' A chance for Crespo from Ibrahimovic's intuitive cross, but the Argentine's effort finishes wide.
13' Santon's low cross from the right trickles through to Castellazzi.
12' Palombo goes for goal with a long-range strike but his effort is way off target.
12' Youngsters Santon and Balotelli combine down the right. The latter wins us a corner but Campagnaro makes a headed clearance from the Inter striker's cross.
11' The Inter defence closes down the Samp strikers as Sammarco gets a cross in from the right.
9' Mourinho makes a double substitution. Crespo comes on for Cruz and Cambiasso replaces Vieira.
7' Cassano weaves his way into the area but Vieira gets back to tackle the Samp fantasista.
6' Right-wing free kick for Inter. Nothing comes of Balotelli's outswinging cross.
6' Balotelli storms down the right and crosses low to Cruz who is dispossessed in the area.
4' Ibrahimovic's splendid first-time shot whizzes over the Sampdoria crossbar.
2' Free kick to Inter about 30 metres from goal. Balotelli's effort hits the wall.
1' Sampdoria kick off the second half.
1' Mourinho has made made a half-time switch, with Cristian Chivu coming on for Ivan Cordoba.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.57
8 shots on target 5
6 shots off target 4
0 fouls committed 0
6 corners 4
1 offsides 3
00 ball possession 00
Mourinho v Mazzarri

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the fourth time after one win apiece and a draw.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 1-1
2008/09 Coppa Italia Inter-Sampdoria ---- 0-3

Mourinho v Sampdoria

José Mourinho faces Sampdoria for the fourth time in his career after a win, a draw and a defeat.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 1-1
2008/09 Coppa Italia Inter-Sampdoria ---- 0-3

Mazzarri v Inter

Walter Mazzarri has won 1, drawn 5 and lost 5 of his 11 matches against Inter. His teams have never scored at San Siro.

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
2008/09 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 3-0 ----

Disciplinary info

Cautioned: Balotelli, Cordoba, Materazzi, Muntari, Obinna, Samuel, Zanetti.
Disqualified: -

Cautioned: Castellazzi.
Disqualified: Gastaldello.

Inter unbeaten at home in Coppa Italia since 2002

Inter's 2-1 Coppa Italia round of sixteen return leg loss to Bari on 12 December 2002 was the Nerazzurri's last home defeat in the competition. Inter have played 20 cup games at home since that date, winning 15 and drawing 5.

Inter unbeaten in 23 home games in Italian competitions, on target in 14

Inter haven't lost a home game in domestic competitions since their 2-1 defeat to Juventus on 22 March 2008. The Nerazzurri have since played 23 Serie A, Tim Cup and Italian Super Cup games, winning 15 and drawing 8. Inter have scored in each of their last 14 home matches in national competitions, scoring a total of 28 goals. Their last domestic match without scoring was the 0-0 draw with Genoa on 26 October 2008.

That comeback in 1985

For the second time in their history, Inter go into a Coppa Italia return leg at home after losing the first leg 3-0 away. In 1984/85 the Milan outfit came back from three goals down to beat Verona 5-1 after extra time in the return fixture.

No Samp goal against Inter in San Siro for 312 minutes

Francesco Flachi was the last Sampdoria player to score against Inter at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. A total of 312 competitive minutes have elapsed since Flachi's 48th-minute penalty in the 1-1 Serie A draw between the two teams on 16 September (remaining 42 minutes of that match plus 0-0 Coppa Italia draw in 2006/07, and Inter's 3-0 and 1-0 Serie A wins in 2007/08 and 2008/09).

Samp one away from 400th goal in Coppa Italia

Sampdoria's next goal in the Tim Cup will be their 400th in the competition. The first of their 399 national cup goals came on 8 June 1958 when the Blucerchiati defeated Vigevano 5-0 at home. Mario Tortul scored it in the 29th minute.

Michele Ferri set for 200th match in professional football

if selected to play against Inter in the semi-final return leg, Sampdoria's Michele Ferri will make his 200th appearance as a professional. Ferri, who has played for Cesena, Triestina, Palermo, Cagliari and Sampdoria, made his professional debut in Cesena 3-3 Livorno (Serie C1) on 2 September 2001. He has played 87 times in Serie A, 65 in Serie B, 25 in Serie A C1, 18 in Coppa Italia and 4 in European competitions.

Samp through on both previous occasions after 3-0 win in first leg

For the third time in their history, Sampdoria go into a Coppa Italia return leg away from home after winning the first leg 3-0. They have qualified for the next round on both of the previous occasions. In the 1985/86 quarter-finals they ousted Vicenza, drawing 2-2 in the second leg, while at the same stage of the competition in 1988/89 they drew 1-1 with Fiorentina. In both cases, Samp went on to reach the final, losing to Roma in the first before beating Napoli in the second.

wins(2) draws(3) defeats(0)

MILAN - Inter fought until the last minute in their bid to overturn a three-goal deficit and reach a fifth consecutive Tim Cup final, but had to settle for a 1-0 victory in Thursday's semi-final return leg at the Giuseppe Meazza as Sampdoria set up a final with Lazio.

Ibrahimovic fired an early warning sign to the Blucerchiati when his ninth-minute rocket shot was well saved by Castellazzi, but Sampdoria hit back within seconds and Sammarco was denied by the feet of Julio Cesar after collecting Cassano's intelligent through ball.

Pazzini was left rueing a good chance when he headed wide Pieri's cross from the left before the half-hour as Inter poured forward on the counter-attack and Ibrahimovic fired Cruz' chested pass beyond Castellazzi, breathing confidence into the Nerazzurri.

An inspirational Ibrahimovic forced Castellazzi into a one-handed save with his powerful header from Balotelli's cross, and the woodwork denied Inter a second when the Swede's outrageous lob from the left angle of the box came back off the crossbar with the Samp keeper stranded. 

The Nerazzurri were unlucky again in added time at the end of the first half when Cruz headed just wide after beautifully crafted move involving Balotelli and Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho brought on Chivu for Cordoba at the break, introducing Crespo and Cambiasso for Cruz and Vieira with just nine minutes of the second half on the clock. Inter piled on the pressure but Sampdoria were dangerous on the break and Cassano tested Julio Cesar with a low diagonal effort after ghosting past three opponents.

The visitors went closer still with fifteen minutes remaining when Julio Cesar's palmed clearance from Palombo's cross fell to Campagnaro, whose shot was cleared off the line by Maxwell.

Samp were made to sweat until the final whistle and Ibrahimovic volleyed narrowly wide after latching on to Cambiasso's headed pass, before Burdisso saw his shot blocked on the line by Castellazzi after Ibra's deflected cross-shot came back off the bar.

Inter 1-0 Sampdoria (HT: 1-0; AGG: 1-3)

Scorer: Ibrahimovic 27.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 39 Santon, 2 Cordoba (26 Chivu 46), 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 14 Vieira (19 Cambiasso 54), 16 Burdisso, 4 Zanetti; 9 Cruz (18 Crespo 54), 8 Ibrahimovic, 45 Balotelli. 
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 21 Obinna, 33 Mancini, 47 Krhin.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Sampdoria: 1 Castellazzi; 5 Accardi, 6 Lucchini, 16 Campagnaro; 84 Raggi (23 Stankevicius 66), 17 Palombo, 21 Sammarco, 19 Franceschini, 46 Pieri; 10 Pazzini (20 Padalino 90+1), 99 Cassano (40 Delvecchio 78).
Subs not used: 83 Mirante, 88 Dessena, 89 Marilungo.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Schio).

Booked: Cordoba 22, Ibrahimovic 32, Accardi 60, Raggi 63, Zanetti 79, Chivu 81, Pazzini 88, Materazzi 90+4.
Sent off: Materazzi 90+4. 

Att: 41,138.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Castellazzi
Santon 39 Accardi
Cordoba 2 Lucchini
Materazzi 23 Campagnaro
Maxwell 6 Pieri
Vieira 14 Franceschini
Burdisso 16 Palombo
Zanetti 4 Sammarco
Cruz 9 Raggi
Ibrahimovic 8 Cassano
Balotelli 45 Pazzini


Toldo 1 Mirante
Cambiasso 19 Ziegler
Chivu 26 Stankevicius
Mancini 33 Dessena
Obinna 21 Delvecchio
Crespo 18 Padalino
Krhin 47 Marilungo