Final score

13 April 2010 20:45

12' (2nd half) Eto'o
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Rosi, Grilli / Fourth official: Romeo
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48' Maicon's free kick is cleared.
48' Half time at the Artemio Franchi. Fiorentina 0-0 Inter (aggregate 0-1).
47' Balotelli is barged off the ball by Felipe on the right-wing by-line. Free kick.
45' Nothing comes of the first corner, but there will be a second one. Maicon's cross is headed away by Kroldrup.
45' Two minutes of injury time.
44' Eto'o and Maicon combine down the right. The Cameroon striker gets into the box and sends in a low cross for Balotelli. Montolivo intercepts and concedes a corner.
43' Jovetic makes a darting run towards the area and cuts inside Zanetti before arrowing a low shot wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
42' Julio Cesar makes a punched clearance from Vargas' inswinging right-wing free kick, awarded after a Chivu foul on Marchionni.
41' Javier Zanetti blocks a long-range shot from Montolivo.
40' Maicon closes down Vargas and blocks his shot from Marchionni's square pass.
39' Fiorentina win a free kick close to the left-wing by-line after a Maicon foul on Jovetic. Marchionni's whipped cross is cleared by the Inter defence.
36' Montolivo crashes a low swerveshot on target from 30 yards. It's too central and Julio Cesar makes a comfortable save.
34' Jovetic heads a Vargas throw into the path of Gilardino and rifles wide his shot from the return pass.
31' Cristiano Zanetti picks out Gilardino in the box but Cristian Chivu makes a brilliant sliding interception to block the Italy striker's shot on the turn.
28' Gilardino can't manage a shot on target from Vargas' corner.
28' Mario Balotelli is booked for what Nicola Rizzoli adjudges to be a foul on Felipe.
25' Lucio blocks and clears Vargas' dangerous cross from the left channel.
25' Another clearance by Lucio - a more important one this time. Gilardino acrobatically controls a cross from the right and shoots through Julio Cesar's legs but fortunately Lucio is on the goalline to make the clearance.
22' Chance for Maicon. Chivu crosses from the left and the Brazilian hits it first-time with the outside of his right foot. Wide.
21' Inter close as Mario Balotelli takes advantage of a mistake by De Silvestri and gets into the box before sending a low shot wide of the far post.
20' Muntari fails to connect with another low right-wing cross from Maicon.
18' Back at the other end, Julio Cesar makes a punched clearance from Marchionni's cross.
17' Inter break down the right. Balotelli sweeps wide to Maicon who advances down the wing and delivers a low cross for Eto'o, who is closed down by De Silvestri before he can get a shot in.
16' Cordoba blocks a fast left-wing cross from Vargas. Corner for the Viola.
15' Cristiano Zanetti floats into the area for Vargas. Cordoba intercepts and makes a headed clearance, with Jovetic blasting wide his effort from the loose ball.
13' Marchionni and De Silvestri have two right-wing crosses blocked by the Inter rearguard.
12' Samuel Eto'o fires over Frey's crossbar after dribbling three players during a run into the area from the left. Nice move by the Cameroonian.
11' The second booking of the game goes to Cordoba for a foul on Jovetic.
10' Fiorentina launch a counter-attack after clearing Balotelli's right-wing free kick. Zanetti regains possession for Inter just inside his own half.
8' Lucio needs treatment for a nosebleed after an aerial duel with Gilardino. Inter momentarily down to ten.
5' Natali commits a foul on Cordoba in the box as the Colombian makes a diving clearance from Vargas' left-wing corner.
3' Vargas is booked for a rash two-footed tackle on Muntari. He will miss Fiorentina's next Coppa Italia match.
1' With Serie A and Champions League games at home to Juventus and Barcelona on the horizon, José Mourinho has rung in the changes for the cup semi-final return. Materazzi and Cordoba return in defence, Thiago Motta and Muntari start in midfield and Balotelli returns in attack.
1' Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli has also made a series of changes to the team that held us 2-2 last weekend, with De Silvestri, Marchionni, Cristiano Zanetti, Vargas and Gilardino all returning to the starting lineup.
1' Former Fiorentina player Stefano Borgonovo, who suffers from ALS, is presented with the Fiorino d'Oro, the highest honour of the City of Florence. Borgonovo will watch the match with the Viola faithful in the Curva Fiesole.
1' There will be a minute's silence before kick-off at the Artemio Franchi to remember the victims of yesterday's train crash near Merano in the Val Venosta.
1' Away we go in Florence. Inter kick off.
1' Free kick to Inter in the opening seconds. It's about 30 yards from goal.
1' Balotelli fires his free kick over the bar.
1' Diego Milito scored in the first leg to give us the edge over Fiorentina in this season's Tim Cup semi-final. That game was over two months ago, but tonight's rematch marks the second meeting between the two teams in the space of several days after Saturday night's Serie A clash which ended in a 2-2 draw.
1' The prize for tonight's winners is a place in the 2009/10 Tim Cup final and a 5th May meeting at the Stadio Olimpico with Roma or Udinese, who go head-to-head in their return leg next week with the Giallorossi 2-0 up.
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter beat Fiorentina 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate to reach the 2009/10 Tim Cup final.
48' Gilardino is flagged offside as he nods wide a cross.
48' Maicon has a late chance for the Nerazzurri, firing wide from 25 yards.
45' Cristiano Zanetti sets up a chance for Gilardino, who beats the offside trap and pokes wide from close range.
45' Four minutes of stoppage time to play.
42' Play interrupted momentarily as Cordoba has a touch of cramp to deal with.
38' Viola captain Montolivo's first-time shot from 25 yards whizzes wide of the post.
34' Javier Zanetti sends a low shot wide after a gallop down the middle.
34' Final change for the Nerazzurri. Mariga replaces Thiago Motta.
33' Santana blazes his 25-yard free kick high and wide.
30' Cristian Chivu close for Inter. The Romanian charges down the left channel and into the box, and unleashes a fierce shot that hits the sidenetting.
30' Fiorentina bring on Gobbi for Natali.
24' Another Santana effort. This time the Viola sub chooses to shoot wide of the other post.
23' Santana fires a low shot several yards wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
20' ... and Milito for Balotelli.
19' Mourinho's response is Cambiasso for Eto'o...
17' Prandelli makes a double change: Keirrison (who scored in Saturday's night's 2-2 draw) replaces Vargas, while Santana comes on for Marchionni.
14' Chivu is booked for a foul on Marchionni.
12' GOAL!!!!! Samuel Eto'o controls Thiago Motta's brilliant ball over the Fiorentina defence with his right foot and crashes a close-range shot past Frey with his left, and we have a foot in the final! FIORENTINA 0-1 INTER.
12' Fiorentina now need to score three.
10' Thiago Motta is booked for a lunging tackle on Vargas.
9' Kroldrup tackles Eto'o in his own area and concedes a right-wing corner. Nothing comes of Maicon's cross from the flag as Rizzoli blows for a foul by Balotelli, although the replay shows a shove by Kroldrup on the Italian.
7' Vargas' cross from the left takes a slight deflection off Ivan Cordoba. Julio Cesar makes a smothering save.
5' Another chance for the Nerazzurri as Balotelli just fails to connect with Cordoba's cross-shot from Maicon's corner.
4' Balotelli's blistering long-range effort forces a tipped save from Frey.
3' De Silvestri's cross from the right falls to the feet of Vargas, whose half-volley is saved by Julio Cesar.
2' Maicon gets away from Montolivo down the right and swings in a cross for Balotelli. It's intercepted.
1' Fiorentina kick off the second half. Neither team has made any half-time substitutions.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.85
1 shots on target 2
12 shots off target 8
13 fouls committed 20
7 corners 4
2 offsides 1
57% ball possession 43%
Mourinho v Fiorentina / Prandelli

José Mourinho is unbeaten against Fiorentina and their coach Cesare Prandelli, with 3 wins (all in Milan) and 2 draws (both in Florence) from 5 games.

2008/09 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 0-2
2009/10 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-2 0-1
2009/10 Coppa Italia Fiorentina-Inter ---- 0-1

Prandelli v Inter

Cesare Prandelli's record against Inter is 4 wins, 3 draws and 14 defeats from 20 games. He hasn't won against the Nerazzurri since Fiorentina 2-1 Inter in Serie A on 8 February 2006. There have been 7 Inter wins and 2 draws since that game.

1993/94 Serie A Atalanta-Inter 2-1 2-1
1997/98 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-5 ----
1999/00 Serie A Verona-Inter 1-2 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Venezia-Inter ---- 1-2
2002/03 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-2 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 0-1
2005/06 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-1 0-1
2006/07 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-3 1-3
2007/08 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-2 0-2
2008/09 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 0-0 0-2
2009/10 Serie A Fiorentina-Inter 2-2 0-1
2009/10 Coppa Italia Fiorentina-Inter ---- 0-1

Only one Viola win in last 16 games against Inter

Fiorentina have won only one of their last 16 games against Inter (2-1 at home on 8 February 2006), drawing 3 and losing 12.

Viola goalless in one of last seventeen

Fiorentina have failed to score in only one of their last 17 home games (0-1 against Roma on 7 February 2010), scoring a total of 38 goals in the other 16.

One Viola clean sheet in last 24 games

Fiorentina have kept only one clean sheet in their last 24 games - on 20 March 2010 when they beat Genoa 3-0 at home in Serie A. The Viola have let in a total of 36 goals in the other 23 matches.

Viola through two times out of three after 1-0 defeat in first leg

Fiorentina go into a Coppa Italia return leg after a 1-0 defeat in the first leg for the fourth time in their history. The Viola have gone on to qualify for the next round on two occasions: in the 1984/85 quarter-finals they beat Parma 3-0 at the Franchi, winning 2-0 at home to Perugia in the round of 16 in 1999/00. In 2004/05 Fiorentina beat Roma 1-0 at home in the return leg of their quarter-final clash with Roma but lost 7-6 on penalties.

Fiorentina chasing 10th final, Inter their 12th

Fiorentina are looking to reach the Coppa Italia final for the 10th time after appearances in 1939/40, 1958, 1959/60, 1960/61, 1965/66, 1974/75, 1995/96, 1998/99 and 2000/01. Inter have reached the final on 11 previous occasions: in 1938/39, 1958/59, 1964/65, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1981/82, 1999/00, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08.

Inter looking for fifth consecutive Coppa win

Inter are on a fifth straight win in the Coppa Italia after victories over Sampdoria (1-0 in 2008/09 semi-final return leg), Livorno (1-0 in 2009/10 last 16), Juventus (2-1 in 2009/10 quarter-finals) and Fiorentina (1-0 in 2009/10 semi-final first leg). If they beat Fiorentina in the return leg, Inter will have won five domestic cup games on the trot for the first time since May 2006 to January 2007 when they won six in a row.

Inter goalless in just one of last 13 away games

Inter have failed to score in only one of their last 13 away games (0-0 at Napoli on 14 February 2010), netting a total of 16 goals in the other 12 matches.

Eighth return leg for Inter after 1-0 win in first leg

For the eighth time in their history Inter go into Coppa Italia return leg after winning the first leg 1-0. They have qualified for the next round on four occasions, been knocked out twice, and won a final. That two-legged final was in 1981/82 against Torino. The Nerazzurri drew 1-1 in Turin after a 1-0 win in Milan to lift their third Coppa Italia. Inter qualified for the successive round in 1991/92 (2-2 against Casertana in Naples), twice in 1998/99 (0-0 away to Cesena, 1-1 away to Castel di Sangro), and in 2005/06 (2-2 away to Udinese). The Nerazzurri were knocked out by Torino in 1969/70 (1-0 defeat in Turin followed by 3-2 playoff defeat on neutral ground in Piacenza) and by Foggia in 1994/95 (2-0 away defeat after extra time).

wins(2) draws(2) defeats(3)

FLORENCE - Samuel Eto'o scored his 15th of the season as Inter beat Fiorentina 1-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to complete a 2-0 aggregate semi-final victory and qualify for a fifth Coppa Italia final in six seasons.

José Mourinho's men will face Roma or Udinese, who play their return leg next week, in the competition's showpiece match at the Stadio Olimpico on 5 May.

In the second meeting between the two teams in four days after Saturday's 2-2 Serie A draw, Fiorentina had the lion's share of the first-half chances but the Inter defence and Julio Cesar let nothing through.

The Viola's first-half efforts were cancelled out in one fell swoop in the 57th minute. Eto'o controlled Thiago Motta's perfectly-weighted through ball with his right foot and beat Frey with his left to leave the hosts needing three goals.

Fiorentina 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-0; AGG: 0-2)

Scorer: Eto'o 57.

Fiorentina: 1 Frey; 29 De Silvestri, 14 Natali (19 Gobbi 75), 2 Kroldrup, 16 Felipe; 15 C.Zanetti, 18 Montolivo, 32 Marchionni (24 Santana 62), 8 Jovetic, 6 Vargas (39 Keirrison 62); 11 Gilardino.
Subs not used: 90 Seculin, 4 Donadel, 21 Babacar, 25 Comotto.
Coach: Cesare Prandell.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 2 Cordoba, 6 Lucio, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu; 13 Maicon, 8 Thiago Motta (17 Mariga 79), 4 J.Zanetti, 11 Muntari; 9 Eto'o (19 Cambiasso 64), 45 Balotelli (22 Milito 64).
Subs not used: 21 Orlandoni, 10 Sneijder, 25 Samuel, 27 Pandev. 

Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna).

Booked: Vargas 3, Cordoba 11, Balotelli 28, Thiago Motta 55, Chivu 59.

starting lineups

Frey 12 Julio Cesar
Kroldrup 2 Cordoba
Vargas 4 Zanetti
Jovetic 6 Lucio
Gilardino 8 Motta
Natali 9 Eto'o
Felipe 11 Muntari
Zanetti C. 13 Maicon
Montolivo 23 Materazzi
De Silvestri 26 Chivu
Marchionni 45 Balotelli


Seculin 21 Orlandoni
Donadel 10 Sneijder
Gobbi 17 Mariga
Babacar 19 Cambiasso
Santana 22 Milito
Comotto 25 Samuel
Keirrison 27 Pandev