Final score

8 November 2009 20:45

3' (2nd half) Eto'o
13' Vucinic
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi / Linesmen: Di Liberatore, Copelli / Fourth official: Tagliavento
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Minute Text commentary
49' Roma lead 1-0 at the break but there is plenty to suggest that we can turn the result around after the interval.
48' Those three minutes become four after Menez' protests.
46' Menez is booked for protesting.
45' We're approaching half time and there are sure to be a few extra minutes after stoppages for injuries to Mexes and De Rossi.
45' Milito gets away from Andreolli on the left and shoots from an acute angle. His effort is blocked and Inter win a corner.
45' Three minutes more to play.
42' Julio Sergio gets down to save Thiago Motta's central low shot.
40' Sulley Muntari is booked for foul play.
38' Muntari's superb cross-shot from a tight angle on the left is deftly tipped over by Julio Sergio.
37' Pizarro plays his free kick short to Riise, whose fierce low shot takes a slight deflection and goes inches wide.
36' The Meazza roars its disapproval as Rocchi awards Roma a free kick in a dangerous position after a foul by Thiago Motta on Menez.
34' Ranieri brings on Faty for De Rossi.
31' De Rossi walks to the touchline after a collision with Patrick Vieira. Roma look set to make an early subtitution.
30' Eto'o crosses to Stankovic and the Serbian plays quickly into the six-yard box. Mexes makes the clearance.
26' A dramatic moment at the other end as Julio Sergio just beats Stankovic to a ball in the six-yard box, followed by some jittery defending by Mexes.
25' Pizarro wastes a free kick, floating his cross into no man's land. Goal kick to Inter.
23' Vucinic wins Roma a free kick after a foul by Vieira, takes it quickly and wins a corner after his deflected shot.
21' Stankovic, Eto'o and Muntari come forward on the counter but Roma are defending in numbers to protect their early lead.
20' The French defender hobbles to the touchline and Gianluca Rocchi resumes play.
19' Play interrupted as the Meazza with Mexes requiring medical attention after an aerial duel.
18' Brilliant ball by Muntari for Milito. The Ghanaian's pass is inch-perfect and the Argentine goes through on goal but Julio Sergio is out quick to block and Roma's Brazilian keeper concedes a corner.
17' Maicon tests Julio Sergio with a swerveshot from 30 yards.
13' It's third time lucky for Mirko Vucinic. The Roma number nine climbs in the box and sends a looping header beyond Julio Cesar after beating Lucio to Motta's floated cross. INTER 0-1 ROMA.
12' Stankovic scythes a 25-yard over the bar after a darting move down the right by Eto'o.
11' Eto'o gets a low cross in from the right. Milito is beaten to the ball.
10' Maicon swings in a free kick from the left. It's headed away by the Roma rearguard.
8' Roma captain De Rossi wastes a free kick, blasting his effort way over.
6' Another chance for Vucinic under the Curva Nord. This time the Montenegrin blazes his 20-yard shot over the bar.
5' Dejan Stankovic's free kick is cleared by the Roma defence.
3' Vucinic goes through on goal but Lucio gets back well to intercept the Roma striker.
1' Inter-Roma brings us to the end of a rainy weekend in Milan, and precedes the third international break of the season. A win tonight will see the Nerazzurri go off for national service with a seven-point lead intact with almost a third of the season gone.
1' Both teams have had a few days to rest after their midweek efforts in Europe, so we should be in for an entertaining encounter between two teams who have produced some classic encounters in recent years. The same fixture last year ended in a 3-3 draw.
1' The teams are out for the warm-up. José Mourinho has made several changes to the team that won in Kiev, bringing in Vieira, Muntari and Thiago Motta for Cambiasso, Sneijder and Zanetti in midfield. The captain switches to left-back in place of Chivu.
1' We're under way as Roma kick off. FORZA INTER!
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 25 Samuel, 6 Lucio, 4 Zanetti; 11 Muntari, 14 Vieira, 8 Thiago Motta; 5 Stankovic; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o<br>&#8232;Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 10 Sneijder, 19 Cambiasso, 26 Chivu, 30 Mancini, 45 Balotelli.
1' Roma: 27 Julio Sergio; 13 Motta, 3 Andreolli, 5 Mexes, 17 Riise; 33 Brighi, 7 Pizarro, 20 Perrotta; 16 De Rossi; 9 Vucinic, 94 Menez.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Lobont, 19 Baptista, 14 Faty, 21 Guberti, 22 Tonetto, 77 Cassetti, 89 Okaka.
1' Roma: 27 Julio Sergio; 13 Motta, 3 Andreolli, 5 Mexes, 17 Riise; 33 Brighi, 7 Pizarro, 20 Perrotta; 16 De Rossi; 9 Vucinic, 94 Menez.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Lobont, 19 Baptista, 14 Faty, 21 Guberti, 22 Tonetto, 77 Cassetti, 89 Okaka.
Minute Text commentary
48' Gianluca Rocchi blows for full time. Inter hold Roma 1-1 and take a five-point lead over Juventus into the international break. See you on Saturday 21 November at 18:00CET for Bologna-Inter.
47' Diego Milito crashes into the back of the net after latching on to Sneijder's headed pass but the Argentine is flagged offside.
45' Three minutes of added time.
40' Balotelli drives across the face of the six-yard box after receving from Eto'o. Milito can't get the winning touch.
38' Balotelli swings in a cross from the right and Mexes makes another aerial clearance.
38' Samuel Eto'o looks for goal number seven in Serie A but his shot is wide.
37' Mexes makes a headed clearance from Maicon's corner but there's no Roma team-mate far upfield enough to mount a counter.
36' Balotelli commits a foul just before trying an overhead kick from Eto'o's cross.
35' A chance for Roma. Julio Cesar gets down to his right and blocks Faty's low shot. Lucio plays the ball to safety.
34' Ex-Inter defender Andreolli wins a duel with Milito in the area and makes a headed clearance from Maicon's cross.
33' Pizarro's inswinging free kick is headed away by the Inter defence.
33' Pizarro is booked for a rash challenge on his old team-mate Stankovic.
30' Change number three for Roma. Max Tonetto replaces Jeremy Menez.
29' Lucio brings the ball out of defence, lays it off and continues his run towards the Roma box, but Mexes makes a headed clearance.
25' Roma sub Okaka gets past Zanetti and Stankovic during a mazy run down the middle, blazing over after one-twoing with Pizarro.
24' Pizarro fouls Sneijder around 30 metres from goal. Ideal territory for the Dutchman.
24' Sneijder's shot bounces back off the Roma wall.
23' Ranieri makes his second change. Mirko Vucinic is replaced by Stefano Okaka Chuka.
20' Sparks fly as Mexes and Balotelli mouth words at each other after strong run down the right by the Italian striker.
19' Mourinho brings on Esteban Cambiasso for Thiago Motta.
18' Julio Cesar blocks a Menez volley with his fists and Maicon boots the loose ball out for a corner.
17' Dejan Stankovic is booked for a foul from behind on Motta.
15' Stankovic unleashes a shot from distance. It's high over the bar.
10' Riise's driven shot from the resulting free kick is off target. Perrotta runs back on to the pitch.
9' Thiago Motta is yellow-carded for a crunching tackle on Perrotta.
9' Play is temporarily halted as Perrotta is stretchered off.
5' Menez drifts across the face of our area and wins Roma a corner after his shot takes a deflection.
3' GOAL!!!! Maicon's cross arrives at the feet of Thiago Motta after a bit of pinball in the area. The Brazilian serves Samuel Eto'o, who turns and fires a crisp shot past Julio Sergio. INTER 1-1 ROMA.
1' Inter get the second half started.
1' Inter have made two half-time substitutions. Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder are on for Sulley Muntari and Patrick Vieira.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.73
4 shots on target 4
6 shots off target 4
26 fouls committed 12
4 corners 5
5 offsides 0
29:48 ball possession 25:15
Mourinho v Ranieri

The two coaches have met on two previous occasions on Italian soil. Inter coach Mourinho is unbeaten against Ranieri, with a win and a draw from last season's games against Juventus.

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

Mourinho v Roma

José Mourinho faces Roma for the fifth time after 3 wins and a draw. His Inter have scored 11 goals in games against the Giallorossi. That draw was a 2-2 stalemate in the 2008 Italian Super Cup, a match that Inter went on to win after penalties.

2008 Italian Super Cup Inter-Roma 2-2 (8-7 after pens) ----
2008/09 Coppa Italia Inter-Roma 2-1 ----
2008/09 Serie A Inter-Roma 3-0 4-0

Ranieri v Inter

Claudio Ranieri leads an Italian team against Inter for the 21st time in his career after 4 victories, 10 draws and 6 defeats. The current Roma boss has previously faced the Nerazzurri on two occasions in the Champions League. In 2004/05 his Valencia side lost 5-1 at home before a drawing 0-0 in Milan. Ranieri made his coaching debut on 9 September 1990. On that occasion Cagliari were beaten 3-0 by Inter at the Stadio Sant'Elia.

1990/91 Serie A Cagliari-Inter 0-3 1-1
1991/92 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-1 0-0
1992/93 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-2 ----
1994/95 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-2 1-3
1995/96 Coppa Italia Fiorentina-Inter 3-1 1-0
1995/96 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 1-1 2-1
1996/97 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 2-2
2006/07 Serie A Parma-Inter ---- 0-2
2007/08 Coppa Italia Juventus-Inter 2-3 2-2
2007/08 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-1 2-1
2008/09 Serie A Juventus-Inter 1-1 0-1

Maximum points in November & December

José Mourinho has a perfect record in Serie A games in the last two months of the calendar year, having won 9 out of 9 (6 in November and 3 in December).

Inter unbeaten in last 28 home league matches; one goalless game in last 82

Inter have avoided defeat in their last 28 Serie A games at home, collecting 21 victories and 7 draws since their 2-1 reverse against Juventus on 22 March 2008. In league matches at the Meazza the Nerazzurri have failed to score in just one of their last 82 - a 0-0 draw with Genoa on 26 October 2008. They have scored 182 goals in the other 81 matches.

Milito on a milestone

Diego Alberto Milito will be hoping to celebrate his 100th Italian league match with a goal. The Argentine striker, who has scored 64 times in 99 Serie A & B matches with the shirts of Inter and Genoa, will complete a century of appearance by appearing against Roma. He played his first Italian league match on 1 February 2004 (Genoa 1-1 Ascoli in Serie B).

Chivu set to reach double century

By appearing against his ex-team Roma, Cristian Chivu will complete a double century of appearances for Italian clubs. The Romanian defender has played 140 times in Serie A, 26 in Coppa Italia, 30 in European competitions and 3 in the Italian Super Cup. Chivu made his 'Italian' debut in Roma's 5-0 Serie A win over Brescia on 14 September 2003.

Twenty-one different scorers

Eleven Inter players have scored Serie A goals after 11 rounds of matches (Balotelli, Cambiasso, Eto’o, Lucio, Maicon, Milito, Motta, Muntari, Sneijder, Stankovic, Vieira), while Roma are one of three teams with 10 players on target (Brighi, Burdisso, De Rossi, Menez, Mexes, Perrotta, Riise, Taddei Ferrante, Totti and Vucinic). The other two are Juventus and Genoa.

Ranieri one away from 100th defeat in Italian championships

Claudio Ranieri has led teams in 410 Italian championship matches, winning 166, drawing 145 and losing 99. The first of his 99 defeats (70 in Serie A, 13 in Serie B and 16 in Serie C1) was on 27 September 1987 when his Campania side lost 5-0 against Campobasso in Serie C1.

Roma's last clean sheet back in May

The last time Roma kept a clean sheet in Serie A was on 3 May 2009 when they drew 0-0 at home to Chievo. The Giallorossi have let in a total of 28 goals in their 15 league fixtures since that date. Away from home, Roma have conceded in 19 consecutive away matches (in all competitions), letting in a total of 42 goals. Their last away match without conceding was a 3-0 away win at Napoli on 25 January 2009.

wins(47) draws(29) defeats(16)

MILAN - Inter take a five-point lead over second-placed Juventus into the third international break of the season as José Mourinho's team followed up their midweek win in Kiev with a gritty 1-1 draw against Roma.

Mirko Vucinic made his third chance count after two misses to give the Giallorossi an early lead, Samuel Eto'o replying with his sixth Serie A goal shortly after the break.

Mourinho (now unbeaten in 150 domestic league and cup fixtures at home) rested Sneijder and Cambiasso for Sunday night's clash, which kicked off after a video to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Angelo Moratti. The Inter coach moved Zanetti to left-back and starting Muntari, Vieira and Thiago Motta behind Stankovic in midfield.

Eto'o and Milito continued up front but it was Roma number nine Vucinic who had the early chances. He was intercepted by Lucio for his first and sent his second way over, but the Montenegrin got his aim right with chance three, towering above Lucio to meet Motta's cross from the right and sending his looping header over Julio Cesar.

Roma had their keeper Julio Sergio to thank for keeping a clean sheet until half time. The Brazilian made a vital block from Milito after a brilliant through ball by Muntari. He showed his awareness again minutes later, beating Stankovic to a through ball before a double error by Mexes went unpunished.

Mexes had been struggling with a knee knock but the French defender played on with the captain's armband after Roma lost De Rossi in the 34th minute after injuring his cheekbone in a duel with Vieira. 

Roma were denied the space to counter and Milito produced another chance before half time, turning Andreolli before seeing his deflected shot go behind.

All the ingredients were there for a repeat of Kiev. Roma had been sitting on their lead, their only chances coming from set pieces and Riise narrowly missed before the break with a low deflected free kick. Mourinho made two changes at the start of the second half, bringing on Balotelli and Sneijder for Muntari and Vieira to give his team a more attacking edge. 

Inter's equaliser came at just the right time. Three minutes in, Thiago Motta pounced on a loose ball after Maicon's cross and played into the path of Eto'o who swivelled and arrowed his precise shot past Julio Sergio.

Both teams had plenty of chances to win the game. Menez forced a fisted block from Julio Cesar, who later kept out an effort from Faty. But at 1-1, the only team to hit the back of the net was Inter, Milito crashing home after latching on to Sneijder's headed pass, only for the flag to go up for offside.

Inter 1-1 Roma (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Vucinic 13, Eto'o 48.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 25 Samuel, 6 Lucio, 4 Zanetti; 11 Muntari (45 Balotelli 46), 14 Vieira (10 Sneijder 46), 8 Thiago Motta (19 Cambiasso 64); 5 Stankovic; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 26 Chivu, 30 Mancini.

: José Mourinho.

Roma: 27 Julio Sergio; 13 Motta, 3 Andreolli, 5 Mexes (22 Tonetto 75), 17 Riise; 33 Brighi, 7 Pizarro, 20 Perrotta; 16 De Rossi (14 Faty 34); 9 Vucinic (89 Okaka 68), 94 Menez.

Subs not used
: 1 Lobont, 19 Baptista, 21 Guberti, 77 Cassetti.

: Claudio Ranieri.

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence).

Booked: Muntari 39, Menez 45+1, Thiago Motta 54, Stankovic 62, Pizarro 78.

Att.: 56,807.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Julio Sergio
Maicon 13 Motta
Samuel 25 Andreolli
Lucio 6 Mexes
Zanetti 4 Riise
Muntari 11 Brighi
Vieira 14 Pizarro
Motta 8 Perrotta
Stankovic 5 De Rossi
Milito 22 Vucinic
Eto'o 9 Menez


Toldo 1 Lobont
Cordoba 2 Faty
Sneijder 10 Baptista
Cambiasso 19 Guberti
Chivu 26 Tonetto
Mancini 30 Cassetti
Balotelli 45 Okaka