Final score

20 February 2010 20:45

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento / Linesmen: Rosi, Grilli / Fourth official: Valeri
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47' Half time. Inter 0-0 Sampdoria. Nerazzurri down to nine men after dismissals of central defenders Samuel and Cordoba.
46' Guberti has a 20-yard shot blocked. He spoons his follow-up over the bar.
45' Lucio makes a clearance from Guberti's left-wing free kick as Samp try to make the two-man advantage count.
45' Two minutes of injury time to play.
43' Zauri hoofs the ball into the area. Lucio clears with a scissor kick.
38' Inter down to nine men as Cordoba is shown a second yellow card for a foul on Pozzi.
36' Another booking. Pazzini is shown a yellow for a off-the-ball foul on Lucio.
35' Inter make a tactical substitution before the corner, with Lucio coming on for Sulley Muntari.
34' Ziegler's second free kick is deflected behind for a corner.
33' Ziegler's free kick is blocked by Cordoba, who is booked by Tagliavento for moving before the shot was taken.
31' Inter down to ten men as Walter Samuel is dimissed for a last-man challenge on Pozzi. The free kick is in the D, just under 20 yards from goal.
30' Milito latches onto Sneijder's cross into the area and nods back into the path of Samuel Eto'o who drags his low shot wide of Storari's left-hand post.
28' Walter Samuel is booked for a two-footed challenge on Pozzi.
25' Milito is flagged offside as he controls Maicon's 50-yard pass.
23' Pozzi is yellow-carded for a clattering foul on Stankovic.
18' Applause for Samuel, who brilliantly defuses a dangerous Samp attack.
18' Inter charge forward on the counter and Sneijder's long-range effort soars over Storari's bar.
17' Chance for Sampdoria as Poli gets into a shooting position, but his effort is straight at Julio Cesar.
15' Stankovic fires a low shot wide from 20 yards.
14' Stankovic looks for Milito with a lofted pass into the area but Zauri gets there first and chests back to his keeper.
13' Eto'o receives on the right from Maicon and wins us a corner after his cross is deflected behind. Samuel's header from Sneijder's corner kick is over the bar.
11' The flag goes up for offside as Eto'o has a shot blocked by Storari after a fast move by Sneijder and Maicon.
10' Muntari looks for Eto'o with a long-range pass to the edge of the area. Samp keeper Storari rushes off his line and heads away.
8' Maicon sends in a decent cross from the right but Eto'o can't direct his header on target.
7' Stankovic plays a long ball into the area for Eto'o. Lucchini beats the Cameroonian to it and heads behind for a corner. Sneijder's cross from the flag is cleared.
5' Free kick to the Blucerchiati just outside our penalty area. Samp captain Palombo's effort is blocked by Samuel in the wall.
4' Both players are okay to continue and play resumes.
3' Stankovic remains on the ground clutching his right knee after a collision with Pozzi. Let's hope it's nothing serious.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for live text coverage of tonight's Serie A match against Sampdoria.
1' A win against the Blucerchiati will see Inter complete a run of 10 straight home victories, but more importantly it will see us take a ten-point lead at the top, with all the chasers in action tomorrow.
1' If Inter escape defeat tonight, José Mourinho will extend his long unbeaten home run in domestic league competitions to 130 matches. His last home defeat was almost eight years ago, on 23 February 2002 when his Porto side lost 3-2 to Beira-Mar.
1' On to the lineups and Samuel Eto'o returns in attack for the Nerazzurri after his appearance as a sub against Napoli last Sunday. The Cameroonian will partner Diego Milito up front, with Goran Pandev dropping to the bench. Dejan Stankovic returns from injury in midfield with Javier Zanetti switching to left-back in place of Davide Santon. Ivan Cordoba preferred to Lucio in the centre of defence, will partner Walter Samuel.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari; 10 Sneijder; 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o. &#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 6 Lucio, 7 Quaresma, 8 Thiago Motta, 15 Khrin, 17 Mariga, 27 Pandev.<br> Sampdoria: 30 Storari; 8 Zauri, 28 Gastaldello, 6 Lucchini, 3 Ziegler; 77 Semioli, 17 Palombo, 16 Poli, 18 Guberti; 9 Pozzi, 10 Pazzini. <br>&#8232;Subs: 21 Guardalben, 5 Accardi, 7 Mannini, 11 Scepovic, 12 Tissone, 13 Rossi, 20 Padalino.
1' Sampdoria kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
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49' Full time. Inter 0-0 Sampdoria. All things considered, not a bad result for the Nerazzurri. See you on Wednesday for the first leg of our Champions League last sixteen tie against Chelsea.
48' Thiago Motta makes a headed clearance from Ziegler's cross but Samp work the ball back into the area and Julio Cesar saves Gastaldello's deflected cross.
45' Palombo rifles his 25-yard shot way off target as Samp waste another chance.
45' Four minutes of overtime left to play.
42' Thiago Motta plays a great ball into the area for Eto'o but Storari is alert to the danger and the Samp keeper moves quickly to thwart the Cameroonian.
41' Pozzi swivels and blazes high and wide after receiving a short pass from Tissone.
39' Samp make their final change. Padalino replaces Semioli.
38' Julio Cesar catches another floated left-wing cross from Ziegler.
37' Ziegler floats a left-wing cross into the area. Julio Cesar saves.
37' Eto'o gets between two opponents in the Samp box and squares for Thiago Motta who is intercepted by Mannini.
36' Mourinho replaces Sneijder with Thiago Motta.
34' Del Neri brings on Tissone for Poli.
33' Inter counter-attack and go close as Pandev gets between two and arrows his pass to Eto'o whose shot is saved at point-blank range by Storari.
32' Pozzi sends a flicked header on target. Easy save for Julio Cesar.
29' Samp down to ten men as Pazzini is shown a second yellow card for a foul from behind on Stankovic.
27' Mourinho withdraws Diego Milito and brings on Goran Pandev.
25' Maicon does well to get a cross in from a tight position on the right. His high ball into the six-yard box is caught by Storari.
21' Pazzini diverts a right-wing cross into the path of Pozzi, but Julio Cesar beats the Samp number nine to the ball.
21' Eto'o sends a long-range shot wide.
20' Sneijder's inswinging cross from the left flag is headed away by Gastaldello at the near post.
19' Corner to Inter as Sneijder's curling free kick takes a deflection.
18' Cambiasso blocks a cross from Mannini and sets up a counter-attack. Milito races towards the Samp area and goes down under a challenge from Lucchini, who is booked.
14' Milito and Palombo require medical attention after a clash in the Inter half.
13' Julio Cesar gets down to his left to block Mannini's 25-yard shot.
11' Sampdoria bring on Mannini for Guberti.
10' Maicon charges down the right and crosses for Eto'o who goes down in the area. Tagliavento, who hasn't made many friends in Milan tonight, books the Cameroonian for diving.
9' At the other end it's a free kick to Inter over 35 yards out after a foul on Milito. Wesley Sneijder aims directly for goal, his thunderous strike going just over the bar.
8' Free kick to Samp about 30 metres from goal after a foul by Stankovic on Pazzini. Palombo's effort is bottom-drawer stuff. Goal kick.
6' Semioli scythes over the bar after receiving in the area from Pazzini.
5' Zauri gets a cross in from the right. There's no team-mate on hand and Maicon can calmly chest it back to Julio Cesar.
4' Sneijder's right-wing corner is cleared by the Sampdoria defence.
2' Lucio intercepts deep in his own half and goes on the gallop before laying off to Milito who gets past two players before being dispossessed.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.08
1 shots on target 4
7 shots off target 8
17 fouls committed 13
5 corners 5
3 offsides 0
40% ball possession 60%
Mourinho v Del Neri

José Mourinho has won his only previous home match against Luigi Del Neri, but he has lost both away matches against the current Sampdoria and former Atalanta boss. Del Neri's teams have scored in all three games for a total of 7 goals.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Atalanta 4-3 1-3
2009/10 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria ---- 0-1

Mourinho v Sampdoria

José Mourinho faces the Blucerchiati for the sixth time after two victories (both 1-0 home wins), 1 draw and 2 defeats.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 1-1
2008/09 Coppa Italia Inter-Sampdoria 1-0 0-3
2009/10 Serie A Inter-Sampdoria ---- 0-1

Del Neri v Inter

Luigi Del Neri has won 5, drawn 3 and lost 8 of his 16 previous encounters with the Nerazzurri. He has emerged victorious from the Giuseppe Meazza only once in 7 games, on 15 December 2001 when his Chievo side won 2-1. In the other six games he has collected 1 draw and 5 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 3-4
2009/10 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-0 ----

Inter chasing 10th consecutive win

José Mourinho's team are unbeaten in 35 home games, having won 26 and drawn 9 since their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Panathinaikos on 26 November 2008. The Nerazzurri go into Inter-Samp after a healthy run of 9 straight home victories over Fiorentina (1-0 in Serie A), Rubin Kazan (2-0 in Champions League), Livorno (1-0 in Coppa Italia), Lazio (1-0 in Serie A), Siena (4-3 in Serie A), AC Milan (2-0 in Serie A), Juventus (2-1 in Coppa Italia), Fiorentina (1-0 in Coppa Italia) and Cagliari 3-0 in Serie A).

Two clean sheets since 28 January

Inter have not conceded a goal since Diego's 10th-minute strike in the 2-1 Coppa Italia victory over Juventus on 28 January. The Nerazzurri have since kept clean sheets against Fiorentina (1-0 in Coppa Italia) and Cagliari (3-0 in Serie A).

Eto'o, Milito on fire for Inter

Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito are Serie A's most potent strike partnership after 24 rounds of matches. The two forwards have earned Inter 28 points thanks to their goals (14 each).

No Samp goal away to Inter since 2006

Francesco Flachi was the last Sampdoria player to score away to Inter. He netted from the penalty spot in the 48th minute of a 1-1 Serie A draw on 16 September 2006. The Blucerchiati have since played four away games against the Nerazzurri (0-0 draw in Coppa Italia in 2006/07; 3-0 defeat in Serie A in 2007/08; 1-0 defeat in Serie A in 2008/09; and 1-0 defeat in Coppa Italia in 2008/09).

Accardi set to make 100th appearance

If he plays against Inter, Sampdoria's Pietro Accardi will make his 100th appearance for the Blucerchiati. The 27-year-old defender, who made his Samp debut in a 2-0 Serie A home win over Lazio on 25 October, has played 85 Serie A matches for the Genoa outfit, as well as 11 games in the Coppa Italia and five in European competitions.

Samp vulnerable on the road

Sampdoria have conceded in 26 of their last 27 away games, letting in a total of 47 goals. The only match in this series without conceding was a 1-0 victory away to Atalanta on 13 September 2009.

wins(41) draws(16) defeats(8)

MILAN - Nine-man Inter battled for a point against Sampdoria after having both central defenders sent off in the first half.

The draw - our third consecutive stalemate in Serie A after the 1-1 and 0-0 results away to Parma and Napoli - lifts the Nerazzurri eight points clear of second-placed Roma and ten clear of third-placed AC Milan, who both play their Week 25 fixtures on Sunday.

Walter Samuel, already booked for a foul on Pozzi in the 28th minute, was shown a straight red in the 31st for a last-man challenge on the Samp striker.

The Argentine was followed into the players tunnel by Ivan Cordoba seven minutes later, Tagliavento showing the Colombian a second yellow after a foul on Pozzi.

Inter played with nine men against eleven for most of the second half and were offered a lifeline with fifteen minutes remaining when Pazzini was sent off for a second booking.

On a night in which he made few friends, referee Tagliavento needlessly yellow-carded Eto'o for an apparent dive. The decision sparked a panolada in the stands - the waving of white handkerchiefs as a sign of disgust that is more commonly seen in Spanish stadiums.

The atmosphere of anger was perhaps felt by Sampdoria's players, who failed to capitalise on their numerical superiority and Julio Cesar only had two real saves to make in the second half, one from Mannini's long-range shot and the other from Pozzi's flicked header.

The best chances were Inter's, Sneijder sending his long-range free kick just over the bar before Eto'o had a close-range effort well saved by Storari after being brilliantly put through by Pandev. 

Inter 0-0 Sampdoria

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari (6 Lucio ); 10 Sneijder (8 Thiago Motta 81); 22 Milito (27 Pandev 72), 9 Eto'o. 

Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 7 Quaresma, 15 Khrin, 17 Mariga.

: José Mourinho.

Sampdoria: 30 Storari; 8 Zauri, 28 Gastaldello, 6 Lucchini, 3 Ziegler; 77 Semioli (20 Padalino 84), 17 Palombo, 16 Poli (12 Tissone 79), 18 Guberti (7 Mannini 56); 9 Pozzi, 10 Pazzini.
Subs not used: 21 Guardalben, 5 Accardi, 11 Scepovic, 13 Rossi.

: Luigi Del Neri.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Terni).

Booked: Pozzi 23, Samuel 28, Cordoba 33, 38, Pazzini 36, 74, Eto'o 55, Lucchini 63.
Sent off
: Samuel 31, Cordoba 38, Pazzini 74.

Att.: 53,806.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Storari M.
Maicon 13 Zauri L.
Cordoba 2 Gastaldello D.
Samuel 25 Lucchini S.
Zanetti 4 Ziegler R.
Stankovic 5 Semioli F.
Cambiasso 19 Palombo A.
Muntari 11 Poli A.
Sneijder 10 Guberti S.
Milito 22 Pazzini G.
Eto'o 9 Pozzi N.


Toldo 1 Guardalben M.
Lucio 6 Accardi M.
Quaresma 7 Mannini D.
Motta 8 Scepovic S.
Krhin 15 Tissone F.D.
Mariga 17 Rossi M.
Pandev 27 Padalino M.