Final score

20 September 2009 15:00

16' Jeda (P)
11' (2nd half) Milito
6' (2nd half) Milito
Referee: Daniele Orsato / Linesmen: Giachero, Comito / Fourth official: Velotto
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46' Half time in Sardinia. Cagliari lead Inter by a goal to nil.
45' Cagliari forward Cossu receives the ball on the right angle of our box and fires wide of the far post.
45' One minute of additional time to play.
42' Marchetti comfortably saves Milito's weak shot after the Argentine turns two on his way into the box.
41' Cagliari keeper Marchetti makes a smothering save from Stankovic's low right-wing cross-shot.
40' Conti is booked for a foul on Zanetti.
36' The resulting free kick is taken by Eto'o. The Cameroonian bends his fiercely struck free kick round the wall and inches wide.
35' Lucio goes on a storming run down the middle. Astori stops the Brazil captain and gets a yellow card for doing so.
34' Wesley Sneijder tests Marchetti with a 25-yard grasscutter.
33' Agostini gets in a high cross from the left. No problem for Julio Cesar.
30' Corner to Inter at the other end as Eto'o's flicked header from Milito's right-wing cross takes a deflection off Canini.
29' Free kick to the Rossoblu after a Santon foul from behind on Jeda. It's played short to Agostini who tests Julio Cesar with a low drive.
23' Milito has a shot on the turn blocked after Cagliari fail to clear Sneijder's inswinging left-wing free kick.
21' Sneijder's 30-yard free kick hits the Cagliari wall and Allegri's men come forward on the counter-attack.
17' Matri shoots into the side-netting as Cagliari come close to a quick second.
16' Jeda sends Julio Cesar the wrong way and Cagliari are in front at the Stadio Sant'Elia. CAGLIARI 1-0 INTER.
16' That was the first penalty given against Inter since 2 March 2008. On that occasion Zalayeta missed for Napoli in a 1-0 home win.
15' Jeda swings in a cross from the right and Cagliari are awarded a penalty for a foul by Maicon on Matri in the area.
15' The Brazilian is booked.
12' Stankovic one-twos with Eto'o and goes down in the box after the slightest of contacts with Canini. It's not a penalty, according to Daniele Orsato.
9' Cambiasso is yellow-carded for a challenge from behind on Dessena.
6' Stankovic gets into a shooting position but drills his long-range swerveshot narrowly over.
5' Dessena overhits his through pass for Matri. Julio Cesar makes the ball his.
3' Calm down, says Orsato to Stankovic and Dessena after an exchange of ugly challenges in midfield.
1' After three consecutive league matches at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Inter's 2009/10 tour of Italy's stadiums begins here in sunny Sardinia with a Serie A Week 4 match against Cagliari.
1' Today's clash is the first of three in seven days and Mourinho has decided to rest Samuel, Chivu and Thiago Motta. In come Cordoba, Santon and Cambiasso - back in the starting lineup for the first time since his knee injury in mid-August.
1' Cagliari: 32 Marchetti; 15 Marzoratti, 13 Astori, 21 Canini, 31 Agostini; 8 Biondini, 5 Conti, 4 Dessena; 7 Cossu, 27 Jeda; 32 Matri.<br> Subs: 24 Lupatelli, 9 Nenè, 10 Lazzari, 16 Sivakov, 18 Parola, 20 Barone 23 Larrivey.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 6 Lucio, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Sneijder; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 7 Quaresma, 8 Thiago Motta, 14 Vieira, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu, 45 Balotelli.
1' Cagliari v Inter will start after a minute's applause to remember the six Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan on 17 September.
1' We're under way at the Sant'Elia as Inter, playing in their all-white away kit, kick off against the Rossoblu.
Minute Text commentary
50' Full time. Diego Milito's double cancels out Jeda's penalty opener as Inter beat Cagliari 2-1 at the Stadio Sant'Elia. See you on Wednesday for live coverage of our home match against Napoli.
47' Cagliari make their final switch. Larrivey comes on for Cossu.
45' Five minutes of added time.
42' Jeda rifles wide from an inviting position as Cagliari continue their search for a point.
38' Cossu drags his shot wide from a position just inside our box.
36' Lazzari sends a thunderous shot on target, but there's no way past Julio Cesar.
33' Cordoba boots upfield after two chances in quick succession for the Rossoblu. Julio Cesar saves from Nenè and Dessena sees his follow-up blocked by Chivu before Ivan Ramiro's clearance.
33' From a tight angle Balotelli sends a low shot well wide of the far post.
31' Cagliari bring on for Nenè for Matri.
29' Cossu's 30-yard curling free kick is straight into the arms of Julio Cesar.
28' Eto'o drills a long shot on target. Marchetti makes a smothering save.
27' Maicon sends a fast low cross across the face of the Cagliari goal but there's no team-mate on hand to apply the finishing touch. Moments later Balotelli steals in to meet Eto'o's cross and blazes over the bar.
25' Cagliari build a promising move down the right. Jeda crosses for Matri who is intercepted by Maicon. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
22' Cagliari bring on Lazzari for Biondini.
21' Balotelli's ambitious effort from distance isn't far wide of Marchetti's left-hand post.
20' Maicon sends a shot harmlessly wide after a run on goal.
20' Inter make their third substitution. Cristian Chivu comes on for the injured Thiago Motta.
18' At the other end Dessena rifles over after meeting Jeda's pull-back.
17' Milito blazes over the bar after latching on to Eto'o's inch-perfect through ball.
14' Thiago Motta's shot from the resulting free kick is high over Marchetti's crossbar.
12' José Mourinho is sent off for protesting after an ugly foul on Mario Balotelli.
10' GOAL!!!!!! Diego Milito does it again! The Argentine controls Thiago Motta's pass in the area and lifts over Marchetti for our second goal. INTER 1-2 CAGLIARI.
8' Samuel Eto'o is booked for a foul on Cossu.
6' GOAL!!!! Diego Milito capitalises on a defensive mistake by Conti and runs into the area before tucking past the onrushing Marchetti. CAGLIARI 1-1 INTER.
4' Cagliari hit us on the break after clearing a Sneijder corner. Cossu races down the right and swings in for Canini who heads wide with the goal gaping. Another let-off for the Nerazzurri.
2' Biondini's shot from Cossu's left-wing free kick takes a deflection and falls back at the feet of the Rossoblu number seven, who twists and turns before sending a shot on target. Stankovic blocks and clears.
2' A scare for Inter as Dessena hits the post with a low strike from distance.
1' Cagliari kick off the second half.
1' José Mourinho has made a double change, with Mario Balotelli and Thiago Motta on for Davide Santon and Esteban Cambiasso.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.5
5 shots on target 5
8 shots off target 7
19 fouls committed 23
4 corners 4
1 offsides 1
41% ball possession 59%
Allegri v Mourinho / Inter

With a win and a draw from 2 matches, the Cagliari coach has never lost against Mourinho or Inter.

2008/09 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 2-1 1-1

Mourinho v Cagliari

José Mourinho has never won against Cagliari. He has faced the Rossoblu twice, drawing one and losing the other.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 1-1 1-2

Allegri unbeaten against Mourinho

At the end of the 2008/09 Serie A the only coach who hadn't lost against José Mourinho was Cagliari coach Massimiliano Allegri. His team draw 1-1 at San Siro and won the return fixture 2-1 at the Sant'Elia.

Inter goal likely in Sardinia

Inter have scored in 11 consecutive away games against Cagliari, for a total of 21 goals. The Nerazzurri last failed to score at the Stadio Sant'Elia on 28 April 1996 (Cagliari 0-0 Inter).

Cagliari's last victory against... Inter

Cagliari have gone 5 matches without a win, collecting 1 draw and 4 defeats since their 2-1 home victory over Inter on 24 May 2009.

Three consecutive clean sheets for Inter

With 4-0 and 2-0 victories over AC Milan and Parma, and a 0-0 draw with Barcelona, Inter have gone three matches without conceding. The last player to score against Mourinho's team was Kutuzov in the 74th minute of Inter 1-1 Bari on 23 August 2009 (286 competitive minutes ago).

Ton up for Milito

If he plays against Cagliari, Diego Milito will complete a century of appearances for Italian clubs. The Argentine striker, whose first match in Italy was a 1-1 draw between Genoa and Ascoli on 1 February 2004, has played 34 times in Serie A and 59 in Serie B. He has taken part in 4 Coppa Italia matches, 1 European fixture and 1 Italian Super Cup. Diego has scored 62 goals in 99 games.

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

CAGLIARI - Diego Milito celebrated his 100th match for Italian clubs with two goals in five second half minutes as Inter stunned Cagliari at the Stadio Sant'Elia.

On the back foot after Jeda's penalty in the 15th minute, the Nerazzurri were survived a series of scares before Il Principe popped up with two typical finishes.

Inter were made to suffer and sweat as the hosts battled hard for a point right until the final whistle.

Mourinho rested Samuel, Chivu and Thiago Motta for the Serie A Week 4 clash, recalling Cordoba and Santon in defence and handing Cambiasso his first start since sustaining a knee injury in mid-August.

Inter got the game under way after a minute's applause in memory of the six Italian soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan last week.

Dejan Stankovic was presented with the first real chance on 6 minutes, getting into a shooting position before sending his swerveshot just over.

Cagliari did better with theirs in the 16th, Jeda sending Julio Cesar the wrong way from the penalty spot after a foul in the box by Maicon on Matri.

The Rossoblu came close to adding a quick second when Matri fired his diagonal shot into the side-netting.

Inter were struggling to establish a rhythm and Agostini tested Julio Cesar with a drilled low effort before the Nerazzurri came out of their shell towards the end of the half.

Sneijder, Stankovic and Milito all tested Marchetti with shots of varying power, while Eto'o sent a curling free kick inches off target as Inter looked to have stepped up a gear at the break.

Cagliari, though, came out for the second half intent on increasing their lead and Inter survived a double scare when Dessena's low strike bounced back off the post before Canini headed wide Cossu's cross when it would have been easier to score.

But Inter, playing with Balotelli and Thiago Motta in place of Santon and Cambiasso, silenced the home fans with two quick replies.

Milito equalised in the 51st minute, sliding beyond the onrushing Marchetti after a defensive error by Conti. Il Principe put Inter in front with his second five minutes later, controlling Thiago Motta's superb lofted pass and lifting over the Cagliari keeper from a tight angle.

José Mourinho was shown a red card for protesting after an ugly foul on Mario Balotelli, while his counterpart Massimiliano Allegri tried everything he could to extend his unbeaten run against Inter and the Portuguese.

Thiago Motta, Milito and Eto'o had chances to stretch our lead before a final period in which Nenè, Cossu and Jeda were left rueing missed opportunities for the Rossoblu.

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

Scorers: Jeda (pen) 15, Milito 51, 55.

Cagliari: 32 Marchetti; 15 Marzoratti, 13 Astori, 21 Canini, 31 Agostini; 8 Biondini (10 Lazzari 67), 5 Conti, 4 Dessena; 7 Cossu (23 Larrivey 90+2), 27 Jeda; 32 Matri (9 Nenè 76).
Subs not used: 24 Lupatelli, 16 Sivakov, 18 Parola, 20 Barone.
Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 6 Lucio, 39 Santon (45 Balotelli 46); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso (8 Thiago Motta 46; 26 Chivu 65), 5 Stankovic; 10 Sneijder; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 7 Quaresma, 14 Vieira, 25 Samuel.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Schio).

Booked: Cambiasso 9, Maicon 15, Astori 35, Conti 40, Eto'o 53.
Sent off: Mourinho 57.

starting lineups

Marchetti 12 Julio Cesar
Marzoratti 13 Maicon
Astori 6 Lucio
Canini 2 Cordoba
Agostini 39 Santon
Biondini 4 Zanetti
Conti 19 Cambiasso
Dessena 5 Stankovic
Cossu 10 Sneijder
Jeda 22 Milito
Matri 9 Eto'o


Lupatelli 1 Toldo
Nené 26 Chivu
Lazzari 25 Samuel
Sivakov 14 Vieira
Parola 8 Motta
Barone 7 Quaresma
Larrivey 45 Balotelli