Final score

31 May 2009 15:00

36' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
35' (2nd half) Cambiasso
12' Ibrahimovic
6' Muntari
8' (2nd half) Doni
25' Cigarini
10' Doni
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi / Linesmen: Bagnoli, Ponziani / Fourth official: Pierpaoli
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Minute Text commentary
46' Balotelli close to a third on the stroke of half time. His far-post header is inches wide.
45' More rapturous applause for Luis Figo as he walks down the touchline to salute the Curva Nord.
45' One minute of added time.
44' Standing ovation for Luis Figo as the Portuguese midfielder makes way for Davide Santon. The Nerazzurri, José Mourinho and the Atalanta players embrace Figo in the centre circle as the fans boom out his name.
43' Balotelli whips in a cross from the left. The ball sails over the heads of Ibra and Cordoba, and into the arms of Consigli.
38' Talamonti beats Ibra to Figo's right-wing cross and heads behind for a corner. Atalanta clear the corner as far as Muntari who tests Consigli with a low shot from 20 yards.
35' Atalanta keeper Consigli is quick off his line to beat the onrushing Chivu to Stankovic's pass.
33' Ibra chests down Cambiasso's high ball into the Atalanta six-yard box before crashing over the bar.
30' Back in our half Padoin gets a dangerous cross in from the left. Julio Cesar saves.
28' Ibrahimovic is flagged for offside as he steals in at the near post and sends his sliding shot from Cambiasso's cross off target.
27' Ibra dances past three in the Atalanta area but Mandredini makes a poked interception, conceding a corner.
25' GOAL. Zanetti makes a headed clearance from Defendi's right-wing cross but Luca Cigarini gets to the loose ball first and half-volleys beyond Julio Cesar. INTER 2-2 ATALANTA.
24' Muntari overhits his through pass for Ibrahimovic. Consigli gets to the ball first.
23' Figo's inswinging cross from the left corner flag is on target. Consigli saves.
22' Inter win a free kick just outside the left angle of the Atalanta area. Ibra's effort spins off the wall and goes behind for a corner.
20' Julio Cesar keeps out Plasmati's header and concedes a right-wing corner.
20' Luis Figo switches flanks and wins a corner after shielding the ball from two opponents, earning applause from all four corners of the stadium.
18' Atalanta's Defendi gets a cross in from the right. Zanetti make a classy clearance with the outside of his left foot. Inter counter-attack and Ibra goes close to a third with a poked shot from an acute angle.
17' Balotelli wins the ball in the box after a defensive error by the Atalanta rearguard but the young Italian can't find space for a shot.
12' IBRACADABRA!!!!! Zlatan latches on to Cambiasso's long ball over the high Atalanta defence and races unchallenged on goal before slotting past Consigli for his 24th goal in Serie A this term. INTER 2-1 ATALANTA.
10' GOAL. Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni brings the teams on level terms, nodding home a corner on the edge of the six-yard box. INTER 1-1 ATALANTA.
6' GOAL!!!!! Figo receives from Zanetti on the right, takes the ball past two opponents and crosses from the byline. Consigli makes a clumsy clearance and Sulley Muntari is on hand to slot home. INTER 1-0 ATALANTA.
6' That was the Ghana midfielder's fourth Serie A goal this season and 12th overall in Italy's top flight.
5' Samuel blocks two shots in quick succession from Guarente and Padoin.
3' Stankovic sweeps wide to Figo (who is Inter captain today) and the Portuguese swings in a cross that comes off Bellini. Corner.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for our last match of the season. After the final whistle this afternoon the Italian champions will be presented with the Scudetto trophy.
1' The trophy, designed by internationally renowned sculptor Ettore Calvelli in 1960, is 45cm high and weighs approximately 5kg. Made of gold, it has inscribed on its base all the winners of the Serie A championship since the 1960/61 season.
1' Shortly after today's match the Nerazzurri will come back on the pitch for the awards ceremony. Mourinho's players will be presented with goal medals by Italian football officials, before Javier Zanetti is handed Inter's fourth consecutive Serie A trophy.
1' Both teams are out warming up ahead of the three o'clock kick-off. The Nerazzurri came on to the pitch wearing number seven shirts to honour Luis Figo, who will play his last match as a professional today.
1' It's a fine day in Milan, where the temperature has dropped to around 22 degrees Celsius after the recent heatwave.
1' Before kick-off there will be a minute's silence in memory of the three Saras employees who lost their lives several days ago.
1' Atalanta kick off. FORZA INTER!
1' Bellini floats in a cross-shot from the left. The ball dips dangerously, forcing Julio Cesar into a save.
Minute Text commentary
49' Balotelli does a Cristiano Ronaldo-style stepover in the area but his shot is blocked.
49' Full time. Inter produce a fantastic reaction after going 3-2 behind to beat Atalanta 4-3.
49' That brings our live text commentary for 2008/09 to an end. See you on 8 August when we will be coming to you live from Beijing for the Italian Super Cup against Lazio.
48' Ibrahimovic wants another goal. The Swede has a low shot blocked by Coppola's leg.
48' Ibrahimovic combines with Balotelli but the Atalanta defence regroups well, forcing the Nerazzurri to backtrack.
47' Atalanta sub Cerci fires a left-foot shot wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
45' Four minutes of added time.
44' Doni has a weak shot saved by Julio Cesar.
36' IBRACADABRA!!!!!! Outrageous goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish ace holds off a challenge in the box and, with his back to goal, backheels past Coppola. INTER 4-2 ATALANTA.
36' What a match to end the season with!
36' With that goal Ibrahimovic has brought his tally for the season to 25 goals, one more than Di Vaio and Milito who have both scored for Bologna and Genoa this afternoon.
36' Ibrahimovic is booked for removing his shirt during his goal celebrations. Don't think he'll be too worried about that.
35' Atalanta bring on Parravicini for Plasmati.
35' GOAL!!!!!!!!! Muntari's shot from Balotelli's corner is blocked by Coppola. Cambiasso pounces on the loose ball and slots home. INTER 3-3 ATALANTA.
33' Mourinho is furious as Rocchi fails to give a penalty after Sulley Muntari is sent crashing to the ground by two opponents.
30' Inter have another goal ruled out for offside. Ibrahimovic heads Balotelli's right-wing free kick across the face of the goal and Crespo heads home, but the flag goes up.
30' Cordoba blocks a shot from Guarente as Atalanta hit straight back.
25' Balotelli forces a diving save from Coppola with a well struck right-footer from 25 yards.
25' Atalanta bring on Cerci for Defendi.
23' More woodwork as Maicon wriggles free of his marker and crosses to Crespo whose header hits the bar.
21' A scare for Inter as Padoin goes close again, his long-range shot bouncing off the top of the crossbar.
19' Inter make a double substitution. Maicon replaces Cristian Chivu to mark his return from injury and Hernan Crespo comes on for Dejan Stankovic.
18' Back at the other end Coppola blocks a long-range shot from Stankovic.
17' Atalanta waste a chance to wrap up the points. Doni crosses to the far post and Padoin slots narrowly wide.
16' Sulley Muntari has a brilliant overhead from Balotelli's left-wing cross ruled out for offside. What a shame. That was a superb end to a counter-attack.
13' Defendi gallops towards the edge of our box and crosses for Doni but the ball is over the head of the Atalanta captain.
12' Dejan Stankovic is yellow-carded for protesting after a foul on Balotelli.
10' Doni's goal sparks a furious reaction from the Nerazzurri. Santon receives down the right during a counter-attack and weaves his way into the box before testing Coppola with a low cross-shot.
8' GOAL. Cristiano Doni puts Atalanta in front with a trademark free kick that sails into the top left corner. INTER 2-3 ATALANTA.
7' Ibrahimovic blasts a free kick against the Atalanta wall.
6' Talamonti intercepts Balotelli's through ball for Ibrahimovic, denying the Swede a clear chance on goal.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Atalanta have brought on substitute goalkeeper Coppola for Consigli.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 8.27
9 shots on target 5
4 shots off target 3
11 fouls committed 6
14 corners 3
12 offsides 2
28:15 ball possession 27:56
Le sfide Mourinho - Del Neri

La sconfitta esterna per 1-3 subita dall’Inter a Bergamo nella gara d’andata del campionato in corso è il solo precedente ufficiale tra Mourinho e Del Neri.

il dettaglio:
2008/09 serie A Inter-Atalanta ---- 1-3

Mourinho v Del Neri / Atalanta

The reverse fixture in Bergamo in January is José Mourinho's only previous encounter with Atalanta and their coach Luigi Del Neri.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Atalanta ---- 1-3

Del Neri v Inter

Atalanta coach Del Neri faces Inter for the 15th time after 4 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats.

2001/02 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-2 2-1
2002/03 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 0-2 0-0
2004/05 Serie A Roma-Inter 3-3 0-2
2005/06 Serie A Palermo-Inter 3-2 0-3
2006/07 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 0-2 ----
2007/08 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 0-2 1-2
2008/09 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 3-1 ----

Disciplinary info

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

Cautioned: Bellini, Ferreira Pinto, Parravicino, Pellegrino, Peluso, Talamonti.
Disqualified: -

Zanetti omnipresent

Javier Zanetti is one of only four players who have played all 37 matches of the 2008/09 Serie A season so far. The other three are Bologna's Di Vaio, ChievoVerona's Pellissier and Genoa's Rubinho.

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 23 Serie A goals 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 for one team was 17 goals with Inter in 2007/08.

Inter one result away from ending Serie A season without losing at home

If Inter win or draw against Atalanta they will end a Serie A season without a single home defeat for the first time since 1992/93. At home this term, the Nerazzurri have won 13 and drawn 5. In their unbeaten home run in 1992/93 they won 10 and drew 7. The above statistic is based on Serie A seasons since 1929/30, when the tournament became a one-division championship.

Inter on target in 25 consecutive matches against Atalanta

Inter have scored in each of their last 25 competitive fixtures against local rivals Atalanta, netting a total of 42 goals. The last game in which the Milan outfit failed to score against the Bergamo Nerazzurri was on 24 May 1992. On that occasion the two teams played out a goalless draw in Milan.

Floccari's record

With 12 goals so far this season, Atalanta striker Sergio Floccari has set a new personal best. His previous best was 10 goals for Faenza in the 2001/02 Serie C2 season and 10 for Rimini in the 2003/04 Serie C1 campaign.

Fourth best Serie A season of all time for Del Neri's Atalanta

With 13 victories (10 at home and 3 away), Luigi Del Neri's Atalanta have had the club's fourth best season in Italy's top flight since the Serie A championship became a one-division tournament in 1929/30. The Bergamo Nerazzurri's best ever performance in one Serie A season was in 1949/50 (17 victories), followed by 1947/48 (16) and 1992/93 (14), 1951/52 (13) and 1961/62 (13).

wins(42) draws(11) defeats(9)

MILAN - Italian champions Inter ended the 2008/09 Serie A season with an enthralling 4-3 victory over local rivals Atalanta at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The Bergamo outfit matched Inter blow for blow in the first half, with Cristiano Doni and Luca Cigarini replying to goals from Sulley Muntari and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Doni gave the visitors a 3-2 lead early in the second half but Inter fought back strong and scored twice in two minutes, with Cambiasso grabbing an equaliser before Ibrahimovic sealed the top scorers' title in style with a magnificent effort.

José Mourinho's players were presented with their gold medals and the Scudetto trophy by Lega Calcio officials in a ceremony after the final whistle.

The Nerazzurri came out for the pre-match warm-up wearing number seven shirts in honour of Luis Figo, who captained the team in his last competitive match as a professional.

And before the match, which kicked off after a minute's silence to remember the Saras employees who lost their lives in the week, Figo was presented with a commemorative plate to mark his career at Inter.

The Portuguese midfielder's last appearance in black and blue lasted 44 minutes. In an emotional farewell he embraced his team-mates and the Atalanta players in the centre circle before coming off to a thunderous applause from the 69,000-strong crowd. 

Figo contributed to Inter's opening goal in the sixth minute. Receiving from Zanetti on the right, he held off challenges from two players before delivering a low cross that Consigli cleared somewhat clumsily, allowing Muntari to slot home from ten yards.

The Bergamo Nerazzurri struck a quick equaliser when their captain Doni rose on the edge of the six-yard box to head home a left-wing corner.

Inter were back in front within a matter of minutes, Ibrahimovic collecting Cambiasso's ball over the Atalanta defence and racing unchallenged on goal before firing past Consigli.

In a free-scoring first half Cigarini half-volleyed home from 25 yards to bring the teams on level terms again after Zanetti's headed clearance from a Defendi cross.

After twice coming from behind Atalanta had Inter on the back foot when free kick specialist Doni found the top left corner eight minutes after the restart.

What followed was the best possible reply to critics of Italian football.

Muntari had a brilliant overhead from Balotelli's left-wing cross ruled out for offside, Padoin going close at the other end minutes later with a close-range shot that finished inches wide, and a long-range effort that bounced off the top of the bar.

The woodwork saw more action when Maicon, back in action for the first time since his injury on international duty at the end of March, muscled past his marker before crossing to Crespo whose header came back off the bar.

Balotelli tested Coppola with a fierce long-range right-footer and Inter had a second goal ruled out for offside when Crespo nodded home Ibrahimovic's headed pass from Balotelli's right-wing free kick. 

Goals were imminent and they came within 180 seconds. Cambiasso produced the equalising goal when he stabbed home a loose ball after Coppola failed to hold Muntari's shot.

And Ibrahimovic saved the best until last, shrugging off two challenges in the box before fooling Coppola with an exquisite backheeled shot that found the bottom corner.

Inter 4-3 Atalanta (HT: 2-2)

Scorers: Muntari 6, Doni 10, 53, Ibrahimovic 12, 81, Cigarini 25, Cambiasso 80.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu (13 Maicon 64); 5 Stankovic (18 Crespo 64), 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 7 Figo (39 Santon 44), 8 Ibrahimovic, 45 Balotelli.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 9 Cruz, 14 Vieira, 16 Burdisso.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Atalanta: 1 Consigli (31 Coppola 46); 8 Garics, 2 Talamonti, 5 Manfredini, 6 Bellini; 34 Defendi (11 Cerci 70), 21 Cigarini, 17 Guarente, 22 Padoin; 72 Doni; 9 Plasmati (55 Parravicini 85).
Subs not used: 13 Peluso, 26 Pellegrino, 27 Capelli, 99 Zaza.
Coach: Luigi Del Neri.

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence).

Booked: Stankovic 57, Ibrahimovic 81.

Att.: 69,405.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Consigli
Zanetti 4 Garics
Cordoba 2 Talamonti
Samuel 25 Manfredini
Chivu 26 Bellini
Stankovic 5 Defendi
Cambiasso 19 Cigarini
Muntari 20 Guarente
Figo 7 Padoin
Ibrahimovic 8 Doni
Balotelli 45 Plasmati


Toldo 1 Coppola
Cruz 9 Cerci
Maicon 13 Peluso
Vieira 14 Pellegrino
Burdisso 16 Capelli
Crespo 18 Parravicini
Santon 39 Zaza