Final score

16 December 2009 21:00

16' (2nd half) Sneijder
Referee: Sebastiano Peruzzo / Linesmen: Iannello, Di Fiore / Fourth official: Orsato
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46' Stankovic is booked for a tactical foul on Mozart.
46' Half time. Inter 0-0 Livorno.
45' Vieira serves Suazo in the area but Rivas tackles the Honduran, allowing for Benussi to smother.
45' One minute of added time.
42' Sneijder leaves the free kick to Balotelli, who crashes his low effort wide of Benussi's left-hand post.
41' Another free kick in Sneijder territory after a foul by Mozart on the Dutchman.
36' Stankovic latches on to Sneijder's ball into the box and hooks over the bar.
33' Free kick to Inter in a dangerous position after a foul on Balotelli by Perticone.
33' The woodwork sees more action as Wesley Sneijder's curling free kick hits the post.
28' Balotelli tries to lob Benussi from the left edge of the Livorno area after meeting a pass from Stankovic. The Amaranto keeper saves.
25' Toldo makes an easy save from Danilevicius' ambitious 35-yard effort.
22' Lucarelli's first shot hits the wall. His lower follow-up is two yards wide of Toldo's right-hand post.
21' Livorno win a free kick in a central position just outside our area after a foul by Muntari on Danilevicius.
20' Suazo and his former team-mate Nelson Rivas remain on the ground after a clash of knees. Both players are okay to continue though.
19' Suazo, who scored both goals in the last meeting between these two teams in Milan, has a shot saved by Benussi after a defence-splitting attack by Sneijder and Stankovic.
18' Candreva's low shot is deflected and the visitors win their fourth corner of the game.
13' Stankovic tackles Bergvold and concedes an attacking throw after Livorno fail to capitalise on Candreva's right-wing cross.
10' Balotelli makes a clearance from Candreva's free kick and sets up a counter-attack. Inter work the ball to Sneijder who crosses into the box for Stankovic, but it's a touch too high for the Serbian.
8' Sneijder's right-wing corner is headed away by the Amaranto defence.
7' Livorno keeper Benussi saves Wesley Sneijder's outswinging right-wing free kick.
5' David Suazo makes a strong run down the right and goes down in the box after contact with Knezevic. No penalty is given.
3' Dejan Stankovic's terrific 20-yard shot hits the post.
1' The road to Rome starts here in Milan against Livorno, a team we have never faced in Italy's cup competition. In 19 Serie A meetings with the Amaranto from Tuscany, we have won 14, drawn 3 and lost 2. A warm welcome to a freezing Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in San Siro district.
1' José Mourinho makes a string of changes to the team that drew with Atalanta at the weekend. Francesco Toldo starts in goal for the first time this season, Inter Primavera's Giulio Donati makes his first-team debut at right-back, with Sulley Muntari in the left-back slot and Lucio and Chivu in the middle. Patrick Vieira starts in midfield alongside Dejan Stankovic and Thiago Motta, with Wesley Sneijder in the playmaker role behind Mario Balotelli and David Suazo.
1' Inter: 1 Toldo; 29 Donati, 6 Lucio, 26 Chivu, 11 Muntari; 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic, 8 Thiago Motta; 10 Sneijder; 45 Balotelli, 18 Suazo. &#8232;<br>Subs: 12 Julio Cesar, 9 Eto'o, 13 Maicon, 19 Cambiasso, 22 Milito, 28 Stevanovic.
1' Livorno: 11 Benussi; 2 Perticone, 4 Rivas, 13 Knezevic; 5 Marchini, 8 Bergvold, 24 Mozart, 83 Candreva, 46 Pieri; 9 Danilevicius, 99 Lucarelli<br>&#8232;Subs: 1 De Lucia, 3 A.Filippini, 7 Pulzetti, 18 Dionisi, 59 Diniz, 90 Simeoni.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
Minute Text commentary
48' Stankovic serves Milito in the box. The Argentine's poked effort is saved by Benussi.
48' Toldo says no to Lucarelli as Livorno come close to a late leveller.
48' Full time. Inter beat Livorno 1-0 to book their place in the Tim Cup quarter-finals.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Balotelli tries a rabona after bursting past his marker, but the ball goes wide.
43' Milito slips in the box after receiving from Sneijder.
40' Il Principe goes through on goal but is denied by Benussi.
39' Milito latches on to Balotelli's pass in the area and looks for the top corner with a classy strike. Benussi makes another good save.
38' Maicon replaces Giulio Donati.
36' Balotelli has a low shot saved by Benussi after a one-two with Sneijder.
31' Inter bring on Diego Milito for David Suazo.
30' Toldo gets down to his left and keeps out a low effort from Livorno sub Dionisi.
28' Thiago Motta sends his follow-up just over after the resulting corner.
27' Serse Cosmi brings on Pulzetti for Bergvold.
27' Suazo tests Benussi with a cracking shot from the edge of the area.
26' Marchini is yellow-carded for a foul on Sneijder.
24' Sneijder whips in a free kick from the left. Balotelli's header is skywards.
22' Benussi saves an acrobatic shot from Mario Balotelli.
18' Suazo has a chance to add a quick second after receiving from Sneijder, but Benussi is out quick to deny the Honduras forward.
18' Substitution number two for Livorno. Dionisi replaces Danilevicius.
16' GOAL!!!!! Wesley Sneijder beats Benussi with a trademark curling free kick. INTER 1-0 LIVORNO.
15' Rivas handles the ball just outside his own area, denying Balotelli a clear scoring chance. Free kick.
14' Sneijder blazes over the bar from 25 yards.
9' Livorno win a free kick on the left flank. Candreva's cross is headed clear.
8' Suazo goes through on goal after a one-two with Stankovic but Perticone gets back to intercept the Honduran. Inter stay in attack after the resulting corner and Lucio's cross from the byline is headed away by the Amaranto.
5' With his body, Vieira blocks a shot from Marchini, who has a penalty claim turned down.
2' Diniz is booked for a foul on Suazo.
1' Livorno kick off the second half.
1' The Amaranto have brought on Diniz for Knezevic.
Average rating 7.03
0 shots on target 0
0 shots off target 0
0 fouls committed 0
0 corners 0
0 offsides 0
ball possession
Mourinho v Cosmi

Inter's 2-0 victory over Livorno at the Stadio Armando Picchi on 1 November 2009 is the only previous meeting between the two coaches.

2009/10 Serie A Inter-Livorno ---- 2-0

Mourinho v Livorno

That 2-0 win in Tuscany is José Mourinho's only previous encounter with the Amaranto.

2009/10 Serie A Inter-Livorno ---- 2-0

Cosmi v Inter

Serse Cosmi faces Inter for the eleventh time after 1 win (Perugia 4-1 Inter in Serie A on 19 January 2003), 1 draw and 8 defeats. His teams have conceded in all ten games, letting in a total of 22 goals.

2000/01 Serie A Perugia-Inter 2-3 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Perugia-Inter 0-2 1-4
2002/03 Serie A Perugia-Inter 4-1 2-2
2003/04 Serie A Perugia-Inter 2-3 1-2
2005/06 Serie A Udinese-Inter 0-1 ----
2009/10 Serie A Livorno-Inter 0-2 ----

Inter unbeaten at home in Coppa Italia since 2002

Inter's last home defeat in the Italian Cup was a 2-1 loss to Bari on 12 December 2002. The Nerazzurri have since played 21 home games in the domestic cup, winning 16 and drawing 5.

Inter's last home defeat over a year ago

Inter last lost at home on 26 November 2008 when they were beaten 1-0 by Panathinaikos in the Champions League. They have since played 28 European and domestic fixtures, winning 19 and drawing 9.

Inter goalless in one of last 19 home matches

José Mourinho's team have failed to score in just one of their last 19 home games (a 0-0 Champions League draw with Barcelona on 16 September 2009), scoring 41 goals in the other eighteen.

Suazo & goals against Livorno

Honduras striker David Suazo has scored more goals against Livorno than any other Italian team. Of his 110 league and cup goals for Italian clubs, nine have come in matches against the Amaranto.

Livorno goalless in one of last 16 cup games

Livorno have failed to score in only one of their last 16 Coppa Italia matches - on 14 August 2005 when they drew 0-0 with Catanzaro after extra time. On that occasion, Livorno progressed through to the next round thanks to a 4-2 penalties victory. In the other 15 games, the Tuscan outfit have scored a total of 29 goals.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

MILAN - Inter edged out Livorno at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to seal their place in the Tim Cup quarter-finals, Wesley Sneijder scoring the game's only goal early in the second half.

José Mourinho made a series of changes to the team that drew with Atalanta at the weekend. Francesco Toldo started in goal for the first time this season while Inter Primavera's Giulio Donati was handed his first-team debut at right-back. Sulley Muntari slotted in at left-back, with Patrick Vieira starting in midfield and David Suazo partnering Mario Balotelli in attack.

Inter were rarely troubled by the Amaranto and could have taken the lead with less than three minutes on the clock when Stankovic sent a 20-yard drive on to the post.

The home side hit the woodwork again half an hour later when Sneijder clipped the upright with a curling free kick.

The Dutch attacking midfielder grabbed Inter's winner from a similar position sixteen minutes after the break, beating Benussi with another of his trademark free kicks.

Inter could have won by a larger margin but Livorno had Benussi to thank for saves from Suazo and substitute Milito, who had three clear chances after coming on for the Honduran.

The Nerazzurri will meet Juventus or Napoli in the quarter-finals.

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

Scorer: Sneijder 61.

Inter: 1 Toldo; 29 Donati (13 Maicon 83), 6 Lucio, 26 Chivu, 11 Muntari; 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic, 8 Thiago Motta; 10 Sneijder; 45 Balotelli, 18 Suazo (22 Milito 76). 

Subs not used
: 12 Julio Cesar, 9 Eto'o, 19 Cambiasso, 28 Stevanovic.
: José Mourinho

Livorno: 11 Benussi; 2 Perticone, 4 Rivas, 13 Knezevic (59 Diniz 46); 5 Marchini, 8 Bergvold (7 Pulzetti 72), 24 Mozart, 83 Candreva, 46 Pieri; 9 Danilevicius (18 Dionisi 63), 99 Lucarelli.
Subs not used: 1 De Lucia, 3 A.Filippini, 90 Simeoni.

Coach: Serse Cosmi.

Referee: Sebastiano Peruzzo (Schio).

Booked: Stankovic 45+1, Diniz 47, Marchini 71.

Att.: 8,316.

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Benussi
Donati 29 Perticone
Lucio 6 Rivas
Chivu 26 Knezevic
Muntari 11 Marchini
Vieira 14 Bergvold
Stankovic 5 Mozart
Motta 8 Candreva
Sneijder 10 Pieri
Balotelli 45 Danilevicius
Suazo 18 Lucarelli


Julio Cesar 12 De Lucia
Eto'o 9 A. Filippini
Maicon 13 Pulzetti
Cambiasso 19 Dionisi
Milito 22 Diniz
Stevanovic 28 Simeoni