Final score

24 May 2009 15:00

26' (2nd half) Acquafresca
34' Cossu
8' Ibrahimovic
Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese / Linesmen: Milardi, Altomare / Fourth official: Peruzzo
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45' Half time. Cagliari 1-1 Inter.
42' Another chance for Jeda, whose effort from Parola's cross produces a brilliant diving save from Francesco Toldo.
41' Jeda's cross from the right is chested back to Toldo by Santon.
41' Back in the Rossoblu half Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends a rising drive over Marchetti's crossbar.
40' Jeda tests Toldo with a looping header from a cross.
39' Vieira runs on to a loose ball and unleashes a low shot that takes a deflection off Pisano on its way behind for a corner.
39' Cagliari attack back and win a corner after Burdisso intercepts Fini's cross for Jeda.
36' Inter hit straight back. Cambiasso frees Jimenez down the left and the Chilean crosses to Julio Cruz, who commits a foul during his attempt at an overhead kick.
35' Cossu is booked for removing his shirt during his goal celebrations.
34' GOAL. Cagliari equalise through Cossu. The Rossoblu playmaker collects a through pass and dummies Burdisso before slotting a low shot beyond Toldo. CAGLIARI 1-1 INTER.
33' Acquafresca has a long-range effort blocked by Burdisso. Cagliari remain in attack and Parola's high cross from the left is chested down by Chivu, who then blasts to safety.
31' Cruz serves Jimenez with a nice touch of the ball and the Chilean takes it to the edge of the area before firing way off target.
30' Cagliari close through Pisano, whose cross-shot from a tight angle sails just over the bar.
28' Good move by the Nerazzurri. Cruz plays in Vieira down the right and the France captain swings in a dangerous cross. Ibra fails to connect at the far post, with Marchetti beaten.
26' Cossu looks for a way into our area but Zanetti makes a well timed interception to deny the Cagliari number seven.
25' Pisano blazes his right-wing cross out for a defending throw on the far side.
22' Ibra controls Cambiasso's cross from the corner and swivels before shooting. His shot is blocked by Agostini.
22' Cagliari counter-attack. Cossu goes on a mazy run and tests Toldo with a low strike from 25 yards.
21' Santon advances down the right and gets a cross in. Canini makes a rather clumsy sliced clearance, conceding a corner.
19' Suddenly, Toldo is a busy man. Fini unleashes a volley from just inside the area, forcing the Inter number one into a diving save. Cagliari fail to capitalise on the resulting corner.
18' Cossu delivers a right-footed cross from the right. It's straight into the arms of Toldo.
16' Conti shrugs off a challenge from Materazzi and blasts his shot high into the Curva behind Toldo's goal.
13' Cagliari attack back and Parola swings in a cross from the left. No problem for Francesco Toldo.
12' Cagliari defender Agostini intercepts Cruz' floated pass for Ibrahimovic and makes a headed clearance.
10' Davide Santon dances past three and tries a one-two with Ibrahimovic but tumbles in the area.
8' GOAL!!!!!! Zlatan Ibrahimovic collects a pass from Jimenez and races into the area before firing low under Marchetti for his 23rd goal of the Serie A season. CAGLIARI 0-1 INTER.
8' With that goal, Ibra has joined Bologna's Marco Di Vaio on top of the scorers' list.
7' Cruz overfloats his pass into the area for Ibrahimovic. Marchetti gathers.
6' It's an end-to-end start at the Sant'Elia as Cagliari win a free kick around 25 metres from goal after a foul on Cossu by Burdisso. Cossu's effort rebounds off the Inter wall.
5' Inter counter-attack and Cruz fires over from the edge of the box.
4' Another chance for Ibrahmovic after another pass from Cruz. The Swede's low shot from the edge of the Rossoblu box is a yard wide of Marchetti's right-hand post.
4' At the other end Cagliari produce their first chance of the game, Jeda shooting straight at Toldo from the edge of the area.
2' With his back to goal Ibrahimovic collects from Cruz in the box and, surrounded by three Cagliari defenders, sends wide a shot on the turn.
1' And here's Allegri's starting eleven: 22 Marchetti; 14 Pisano, 6 Lopez, 21 Canini, 31 Agostini; 23 Fini, 5 Conti, 18 Parola; 7 Cossu; 27 Jeda, 9 Acquafresca.
1' Today's match will kick off after a minute's applause in memory of Vicenza fan Eugenio Bortolon, who died after falling from the stands at the Stadio Tardini during his team's match against Parma.
1' Inter, playing in their white away strip, kick off against the Rossoblu. FORZA CAMPIONI!
1' Welcome to the Stadio Sant'Elia in Cagliari for our penultimate match of the season.
1' This afternoon's fixture is, of course, our last away match of the 2008/09 Serie A campaign. Our away form this season is 11 wins, 4 draws and 3 defeats, while in home matches we have won 13, drawn 5 and lost 'sero'...
1' With Maicon and Rivas out injured and Hernan Crespo, Luis Figo, Julio Cesar, Maxwell, Sulley Muntari and Dejan Stankovic away on leave, José Mourinho has brought 18 Italian champions with him to Cagliari.
1' Here's the Inter lineup: 1 Toldo; 39 Santon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 11 Jimenez; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
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50' Full time. Cagliari beat Inter 2-1. See you next weekend for our last match of the season at home to Atalanta.
47' Back at the other end Cossu weaves his way into the box from the left and delivers a low cross but there's no team-mate on hand.
46' Cossu hits a low shot straight at Toldo.
46' Pisano intecepts Cambiasso in the box and Marchetti smothers the ball as Inter pour forward in search of a late winner.
45' Balotelli's corner is cleared as far as Bolzoni, whose long-range rising drive is over the crossbar.
45' Five minutes of injury time to play.
44' Ibrahimovic collects from Mancini and leaves Canini for dead with a beautiful piece of skill, but his angled shot is blocked. Corner.
41' Balotelli is flagged for offside as he steals into the six-yard box and tests Marchetti with a close-range volley.
38' Ibrahimovic puts Vieira though but the Frenchman wastes a good chance to bring the teams on level terms.
37' Conti's free kick is blocked by Bolzoni. Acquafresca is closest to the loose ball but Toldo gets there first.
36' Cagliari make their final switch. Astori comes on for Lopez.
33' Post! Mario Balotelli cuts inside Biondini and unleashes a shot from a position wide on the left. The 18-year-old's fierce drive bounces back off the upright.
32' Cossu crosses for Jeda but Materazzi gets to the ball first and makes a headed clearance.
30' Francesco Bolzoni replaces Cristian Chivu. It's the Italian midfielder's Serie A debut for Inter after six appearances in European and Italian cup competitions, and his first outing in black and blue this season.
29' Cagliari close to a third through subs Lazzari, whose terrific strike from long-range is deflected out for a corner.
29' Conti goes close from the corner, his rising drive from the edge of the box going inches over.
28' Calvarese produces his first yellow card of the afternoon. The recipient is Cristian Chivu.
26' GOAL. Cagliari take the lead through Robert Acquafresca. The Rossoblu's Inter-owned striker heads home Biondini's inch-perfect cross from the byline. CAGLIARI 2-1 INTER.
24' Toldo comes off his line to beat Jeda to a cross, colliding with Cagliari's Brazilian striker in the process.
23' Cossu crosses for Jeda but Materazzi gets to the ball first and makes a headed clearance.
22' Inter make their second substitution: Mancini for Luis Jimenez.
19' Santon's outswinging cross from the right is headed clear by Cagliari's Uruguayan defender Lopez.
17' Back in the Inter half Conti fires a long-range shot on target. Toldo saved.
17' Cagliari boss Allegri brings on Andrea Lazzari for Michele Fini.
16' Toldo makes a smothering save from Pisano's cross.
16' At the other end Balotelli crosses to Ibra who is immediately closed down by two opponents.
15' Mourinho brings on Mario Balotelli for Julio Cruz.
12' Jimenez lifts over Marchetti and accompanies the ball over the line but Calvarese blows for a foul by Cruz on Canini.
12' Back in our area, Jeda fails to connect with Cossu's dangerous low cross from the left.
11' Chivu makes a last-gasp clearance to deny Conti a golden chance after Pisano's pull-back from Agostini's left-wing cross.
10' Substitution number one for Cagliari. It's Biondini for Parola.
8' Santon swings in a cross from the right. Cruz is totally unmarked but El Jardinero fails to connect.
1' Cagliari kick off the second half.
1' Inter make an attacking start to the second half. After a 40-yard run Ibrahimovic has a low diagonal shot saved by Marchetti.
Average rating 6.09
8 shots on target 3
5 shots off target 7
16 fouls committed 17
4 corners 3
3 offsides 3
31:54 ball possession 29:47
Allegri v Inter / Mourinho

This season's reverse fixture between Cagliari and Inter is Massimiliano Allegri's only previous meeting with the Nerazzurri and coach José Mourinho.

2008/09 Serie A Cagliari-Inter ---- 1-1

Mourinho v Cagliari / Allegri

Inter coach José Mourinho has faced Cagliari and their coach Massimiliano Allegri on one previous occasion.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 1-1 ----

Disciplinary info

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Acquafresca, Bianco, Fini, Lazzari, Lopez.

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Julio Cesar, Vieira, Zanetti.

Mourinho and substitutions

Inter are the only 2008/09 Serie A team that has used all 108 substitutions after 36 rounds of matches.

Ibra's record-breaking season

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most decisive player in the 2008/09 Serie A championship. His goals have earned Inter 27 of their 81 points. With 22 Serie A goals so far this season, the Swede has bettered his previous record of goals in one league season: 19 in 2004/05 (3 for Ajax and 16 for Juventus). Ibrahimovic's previous personal best in one league season was 17 goals with Inter in 2007/08. With 12 goals to his name since the turn of the new year, Zlatan is Serie A's leading scorer in 2009.

Third best Cagliari of all time

Cagliari have won 14 matches in the 2008/09 Serie A championship (10 at home and 4 away). The last time the Rossoblu bettered 14 wins was in the 1971/72 season when they won 15 games. Cagliari's best ever performance in one top-flight campaign is 17 wins in 1969/70. With 14 wins this season, Massimiliano Allegri's Cagliari have matched their tally of victories in 1968/69 and 1992/93.

Lopez chasing Albertosi tally

Diego Luis Lopez has made Cagliari history. With 175 top-flight appearances under his belt, the Uruguayan defender is the tenth most present Rossoblu player in Serie A. Lopez, who is now chasing ninth-placed Albertosi's tally of 177 Serie A appearances for Cagliari, made his debut for the Sardinian outfit in Cagliari 5-0 Sampdoria on 27 September 1998.

Cagliari's super subs

Nine of Cagliari's goals in the 2008/09 Serie A season have come from substitutes. Jeda (3 goals), Matri (3), Acquafresca (2) and Ragatzu (1) have come off the bench to net for the Rossoblu this term. The only other two teams to have scored 9 goals from subs are Lazio and Udinese.

Inter: one defeat in second half of season

Italian champions Inter have lost only one of their last 17 league matches (Napoli 1-0 Inter on 26 April 2009), winning 11 and drawing 5 of the other 16.

No Cagliari win against Inter since 1994, Nerazzurri on target in last 10 trips to Sardinia

The Rossoblu last beat Inter at home in a competitive fixture on 30 March 1994 when they won 3-2 in a UEFA Cup match. In the 12 meetings between the two teams at the Stadio Sant'Elia since that date there have been 4 draws and 8 Inter victories. The Nerazzurri have scored in all of their last ten trips to Sardinia, scoring 20 goals. Inter's last match away to Cagliari without scoring was a 0-0 draw on 28 April 1996.

wins(17) draws(18) defeats(7)

CAGLIARI - Cagliari came from behind to beat Italian champions Inter 2-1 in the penultimate round of the Serie A season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Inter the perfect start with less than eight minutes on the clock but Andrea Cossu equalised in the 34th minute before Robert Acquafresca added a second-half winner at the Stadio Sant'Elia.

José Mourinho made a number of changes to the team that celebrated the Scudetto with a 3-0 win over Siena last weekend, with Toldo starting in goal, Santon, Burdisso and Materazzi returning in defence, Vieira back in midfield, and Jimenez in a supporting role behind front men Ibrahimovic and Cruz.

Cagliari coach Allegri also made switches to the team that lost 2-1 to Reggina in Week 36, with Pisano, Parola, Conti and Cossu all returning to the Rossoblu starting lineup. 

After two early chances it was third time lucky for Ibrahimovic, who received from Jimenez and entered te area, protecting the ball from three Cagliari players before firing low under Marchetti for his 23rd Serie A goal this season.

Francesco Toldo, making his second league start between the posts this season, made a diving save from Fini's volley and then kept out a low strike from Cossu, who did better in the 34th minute when he sidestepped Burdisso in the area and slotted past the Inter number one for Cagliari's equaliser.

Jeda was twice denied by Toldo, with Vieira and Ibrahimovic going close for the champions as both teams produced chances before the break.

After a sluggish start to the second half the game sprang to life when Cristian Chivu hooked clear inside the six-yard box to thwart Conti.

The Nerazzurri then had a goal ruled out when Jimenez lifted over Marchetti and accompanied the ball over the line, only for Calvarese to blow for a non-existent foul by Cruz on Canini.

Cagliari took the lead through Acquafresca with less than twenty minutes remaining. The Inter-owned striker rose in the area and found the target with a flicked header from Biondini's inch-perfect cross from the byline. 

After bringing on Balotelli for Cruz and Mancini for Jimenez, Mourinho introduced a third fresh pair of legs in the shape of Italian midfielder Francesco Bolzoni, who replaced Chivu to make his Serie A debut for the Nerazzurri and his first appearance of the season.

Bolzoni's former Inter Primavera team-mate Balotelli went closest to a late leveller for the visitors when he cut inside Biondini on the left and sent a terrific shot on to the post.

Vieira wasted a golden chance after being put through by Ibrahimovic, and Bolzoni cannoned over the bar after a clearance from a corner as Cagliari held on for their first home victory over Inter since March 1994.

Cagliari 2-1 Inter (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Ibrahimovic 8, Cossu 34, Acquafresca 71.

Cagliari: 22 Marchetti; 14 Pisano, 6 Lopez (13 Astori 81), 21 Canini, 31 Agostini; 23 Fini (10 Lazzari 62), 5 Conti, 18 Parola (8 Biondini 55); 7 Cossu; 27 Jeda, 9 Acquafresca.
Subs not used: 24 Lupatelli, 25 Matheu, 26 Mancosu, 30 Ragatzu.
Coach: Massimliano Allegri.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 39 Santon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu (36 Bolzoni 75); 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 11 Jimenez (33 Mancini 67); 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz (45 Balotelli 60).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 21 Obinna, 25 Samuel.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Gianpaolo Calvarese (Teramo).

Booked: Cossu 35, Chivu 73.

starting lineups

Marchetti 1 Toldo
Pisano 39 Santon
Lopez 16 Burdisso
Canini 23 Materazzi
Agostini 26 Chivu
Fini 14 Vieira
Conti 19 Cambiasso
Parola 4 Zanetti
Cossu 11 Jimenez
Jeda 8 Ibrahimovic
Acquafresca 9 Cruz


Lupatelli 22 Orlandoni
Biondini 2 Cordoba
Lazzari 21 Obinna
Astori 25 Samuel
Matheu 33 Mancini
Macosu 36 Bolzoni
Ragatzu 45 Balotelli