Final score

2 May 2010 20:45

25' (2nd half) Motta
46' Samuel
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi / Linesmen: Calcagno, Nicoletti / Fourth official: Giannoccaro
Minute Text commentary
47' Half time at the Olimpico. Inter lead Lazio by a goal to nil.
46' GOAL!!!!!!! Walter Samuel heads home Wesley Sneijder's pin-point inswinging cross. What a time to score! LAZIO 0-1 INTER.
45' Zarate is booked for a foul on Lucio.
45' One minute of injury time to go.
44' Cambiasso is tackled by Lichtsteiner as he tries a diagonal shot from Sneijder's rabona pass. The flag goes up for offside.
43' Zarate creates havoc in the Inter box, dribbling Zanetti, Lucio and Samuel before sending his disappointing shot wide.
42' Muslera moves quickly to block Eto'o, who was through on goal from Stankovic's pass.
41' Chivu squares for Thiago Motta in the six-yard box but the Brazilian fails to connect. Moments later Eto'o is dispossessed in the area. That's about seven chances in the last five minutes for Inter.
40' Double chance for ther Nerazzurri. Maicon's shot from Sneijder's free kick is blocked, and Thiago Motta's angled volley from the loose ball is saved by Muslera.
38' Esteban Cambiasso is booked for foul play.
37' Muslera saves from Eto'o as Inter create another good scoring chance.
36' Two chances wasted for Inter. Thiago Motta goes through on goal and touches to his left for Sneijder. Muslera narrows the angle and intercepts the Dutchman. Eto'o is first to the loose ball but he fires wide as Lazio regroup.
35' Zanetti makes a near-post clearance from Zarate's inswinging right-wing corner.
34' Sneidjer's inswinging cross is blocked by Dias but the ball falls to the feet of Maicon, whose low ball in from the right is cleared by Radu.
31' Samuel blocks a right-wing cross from Lichtsteiner. The ball spins up over the bar and it's a corner to Lazio.
27' Good chance for Stankovic in the Lazio box. Eto'o floats a ball over to the far side, where the Serbian crashes his shot wide.
26' Zanetti gets to the by-line and crosses. The ball takes a deflection off Dias, forcing Muslera into a save.
25' Muslera races off his line to beat Eto'o to Stankovic's lofted pass over the Biancocelesti defence.
24' Sneidjer's free kick is blocked by Baronio in the Lazio wall.
23' Another pass by Sneijder for Eto'o. The Cameroon striker is fouled from behind by Dias and Inter win a free kick is a central position about 25 yards from goal. Ideal for Wesley.
22' Eto'o is tackled again as he tries to get on the end of Sneijder's deft through pass.
21' Eto'o is tackled by Kolarov in the area and he lines up a shot from Maicon's through ball.
19' Eto'o tries to go through on goal from Stankovic's short pass but Dias intercepts, allowing for Muslera to make a smothering save.
18' Zarate twists and turns in the area but there's no way past Lucio. Lazio win a corner but fail to make it count and Inter come forward on the counter.
16' Good chance for Lazio as Kolarov latches on to Floccari's pull-back and crashes a low shot just wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
13' Floccari tests Julio Cesar with a decent long-range effort.
12' Zarate takes on two Inter players in the area with an impressive piece of skill but his final pass for Floccari is much less impressive and Inter launch a counter-attack, forcing Muslera to come out of his area to thwart Eto'o.
11' Baronio frees Lichtsteiner on the right and the Swiss full-back floats a cross in. Zanetti makes a headed clearance.
10' Another save from Muslera. He tips round Sneijder's low free kick, conceding a corner.
9' Back at the other end Muslera makes a punched block from Thiago Motta's effort.
8' Baronio intercepts Sneijder and launches another Lazio counter-attack, but nothing comes of it.
5' Zarate fires wide as Lazio mount their first counter-attack.
4' Inter even closer as Muslera parries Maicon's header from Sneijder's corner at point-blank range. Eto'o fails in his attempt to slot home the loose ball.
3' Chance for Inter. Maicon recieves just outside the Lazio box and sweeps wide to Eto'o. The Cameroonian enters the area and sends a low ball across the face of the six-yard box, but Sneijder can't get a shot in.
1' Welcome to Rome for the first of two consecutive matches at the Stadio Olimpico. Tonight it's Lazio in Week 36 of the Serie A championship, and on Wednesday it's Roma in the final of the Coppa Italia. Inter go into this evening's clash trailing the Giallorossi, who beat Parma in Saturday's early game, by a point.
1' Lazio: 86 Muslera; 25 Biava, 80 Dias, 26 Radu; 2 Lichtsteiner, 32 Brocchi, 33 Baronio, 5 Mauri, 11 Kolarov; 20 Floccari, 10 Zarate.<br>&#8232;Subs: 88 Berni, 3 Scaloni, 4 Firmani, 9 Rocchi, 13 Siviglia, 15 Hitzlsperger, 17 Foggia.<br>Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 13 Maicon, 9 Eto'o, 10 Sneijder.&#8232;<br>Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 11 Muntari, 17 Mariga, 22 Milito, 23 Materazzi, 45 Balotelli.
1' Twelve players are within a booking of suspension: <br> Baronio, Floccari, Foggia, Rocchi, Zarate (Lazio); Balotelli, Cordoba, Materazzi, Muntari, Samuel, Sneijder, Thiago Motta (Inter).
1' Tonight's clash is our third meeting of the season with Lazio. They beat us in the Super Cup in Beijing last August, and we beat them in Serie A in Milan last December. Samuel Eto'o scored in both games.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Lazio 2-0 and move two points clear of Roma at the top of the table. See you on Wednesday for our Coppa Italia final against the Giallorossi.
47' Milito fails to connect with Muntari's inviting cross.
45' There will be three minutes of stoppage time.
43' The flag goes up for offside as Maicon plays through to Milito.
40' Lazio bring on Scaloni for Brocchi.
38' Hitzlsperger tries again - closer to the goal this time. Julio Cesar saves.
37' Foggia unwittingly blocks Hitzlsperger's long-range free kick.
36' Maicon serves Milito and The Prince gets away from Dias and Radu before sending a crisp shot over the bar.
33' Thiago Motta looks for Milito on the edge of the area but Muslera is alert to the danger.
30' Ivan Cordoba replaces Lucio as Mourinho makes his final change.
28' Inter bring on Sulley Muntari for Samuel Eto'o.
25' GOAL!!!!!! Thiago Motta heads home Maicon's right-wing corner and we're two-nil up at the Stadio Olimpico! LAZIO 0-2 INTER.
24' Muslera makes a tipped save from Eto'o's 25-yard effort. Corner.
23' Lazio make their second change: Foggia for Floccari.
23' And José Mourinho makes his first: Diego Milito for Wesley Sneijder.
22' Lazio launch a counter-attack and Floccari's shot takes a deflection on its way into the hands of Julio Cesar.
21' Dias cuts out Maicon's right-wing cross for Eto'o.
20' Nice ball by Sneijder for Eto'o, but Radu makes a headed interception to deny the Inter number nine.
18' Zanetti makes a sliding tackle on Kolarov on the by-line and avoids a corner as the last touch is made by the Serbian.
16' Lazio replace their captain Baronio with Hitzlsperger and Mauri takes the armband.
15' Maicon one-twos with Cambiasso but the Brazilian is intercepted by Lichtsteiner as he runs on to the return pass in the area.
13' Thiago Motta creates space for a shot and sends his 25-yard effort wide of the target.
11' Zarate can't find space for an angled shot in the area. He is forced to cross but there's no team-mate on hand and Julio Cesar makes an easy save.
10' Eto'o is flagged for offside as he runs on to Stankovic's through ball.
7' Radu intercepts Sneijder's long-range pass into the area for Eto'o and heads behind for a corner.
7' Samuel close to a second as his header from Sneijder's corner takes a deflection.
5' Lucio and Samuel close down and intercept Zarate as the zippy Argentine receives just outside our area on the left wing.
1' Lazio get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.53
4 shots on target 8
2 shots off target 5
16 fouls committed 10
5 corners 5
1 offsides 4
25:23 ball possession 28:56
Reja v Mourinho

The only previous meeting between the two coaches is last season's match between Inter and Napoli at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

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

Le sfide Reja-Inter

Edoardo Reja has faced Inter on 6 previous occasions, winning 1 game, drawing 3 and losing 2. Inter are yet to win or score away to teams coached by Reja, with a draw and a defeat.

1998/99 Serie A Vicenza-Inter ---- 1-1
2000/01 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 0-0 1-1
2007/08 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-0 1-2
2008/09 Serie A Napoli-Inter ---- 1-2

Mourinho v Lazio

José Mourinho faces Lazio for the fifth time after 3 wins and 1 defeat. His Inter side has scored in all four previous meetings for a total of 7 goals.

il dettaglio:
2008/09 Serie A Inter-Lazio 2-0 3-0
2009 Italian Super Cup Inter-Lazio ---- ---- 1-2 (in Beijing)
2009/10 Serie A Inter-Lazio 1-0 ----

Reja set for 800th match as coach

Edoardo Reja will celebrate his 800th match as a coach of Italian clubs in Sunday's fixture against Inter. His 799 games are subdivided as follows: 126 in Serie A, 359 in Serie B, 99 in Serie C1, 138 in Serie C2, 35 in Coppa Italia, 25 in Coppa Italia C, 6 in European competitions and 11 in other tournaments. He has won 298 games, drawn 246 and lost 255. Reja made his coaching debut on 24 August 1980 when his Monselice side were beaten 2-0 at home to Trento.

No Lazio win against Inter in last 12

Lazio have drawn 5 and lost 7 since their last Serie A victory over Inter - a 2-1 win at the Olimpico on 21 December 2003. Tommaso Rocchi was the last Lazio player to score against the Nerazzurri in Italy's top flight, in the 59th minute of a 1-1 draw in Rome on 29 March 2008. Inter have won their last three league encounters against the Biancocelesti without conceding a single goal.

Lazio: 14 points in last 7 games

The Biancocelesti have lost just one of their last seven Serie A matches (1-2 at home to Roma on 18 April 2010), winning 4 and drawing 2 (both 1-1) of the other six.

Biancocelesti goalless once in 12 under Reja

Since Edy Reja took over, Lazio have failed to hit the target in only one of their last 12 Serie A games - on 14 March 2010 when they lost 2-0 in Bari. The capital side have scored 17 goals in the other 11 matches.

Only one home win for Inter in second half of league season

Inter's 3-2 win at Udinese on 28 February 2010 is their only three-pointer away from home in the second half of this season's Serie A. In their other 7 away games, the Nerazzurri have recorded 5 draws and 2 defeats.

Milito, Eto'o most decisive partnership in Serie A

Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o form the most decisive partnership in the 2009/10 Serie A championship. The two strikers' goals have earned Inter 33 of their 73 points (18 Eto'o, 15 Milito).

Milito top scorer, Zanetti most present

With 25 goals in all competitions this season (20 in Serie A, 1 in Coppa Italia and 4 in Champions League), Diego Milito is one of two most prolific strikers for Italian clubs in 2009/10. The other player is Udinese's Di Natale. Javier Zanetti is the most present player in 2009/10 with 4,410 minutes under his belt. The Inter captain has played 49 games, the same number as Roma defender Riise.

Milito on fire in May

According to the stats, Diego Milito is at his most prolific in May. Sixteen of the Argentine's 77 goals for Italian clubs have come in the month of May.

wins(22) draws(29) defeats(30)

ROME - Inter made light work of Lazio in Rome to move back on top of Serie A with two  games left to play.

Walter Samuel celebrated his 100th Serie A match for Inter by scoring in stoppage time at the end of the first half and Thiago Motta added the second with twenty minutes remaining to give the Nerazzurri a two-point lead over second-placed Roma.

José Mourinho went with 4-3-3 for the first of back-to-back games at the Stadio Olimpico.

Stankovic returned to the starting lineup after missing Barcelona through suspension, with Chivu switching to defence, Milito dropping to the bench and Sneijder and Maicon in support of Eto'o up front. 

Inter could have gone into the break with a bigger lead had it not been for the heroics of Muslera, who made fine saves from Maicon, Thiago Motta and Eto'o.

But there was nothing the Lazio keeper could do to keep out Samuel's header for Inter's opening goal.

Sneijder picked out the Argentine with a magnificent inswinging cross and Samuel rose to head beyond Muslera and into the far corner.

Samuel had a chance for second goal right after the interval but his back-post header from Sneijder's corner took a deflection.

Lazio did little to threaten Inter's title aspirations and the corner-header combination worked again in the 70th minute when Thiago Motta rose to convert Maicon's cross from the right.

Inter host Chievo next weekend before travelling to Siena on the final day of the season. 

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

Scorers: Samuel 45+1, Thiago Motta 70.

Lazio: 86 Muslera; 25 Biava, 80 Dias, 26 Radu; 2 Lichtsteiner, 32 Brocchi (3 Scaloni 85), 33 Baronio (15 Hitzlsperger 61), 5 Mauri, 11 Kolarov; 20 Floccari (17 Foggia 68), 10 Zarate.
Subs not used: 88 Berni, 4 Firmani, 9 Rocchi, 13 Siviglia.

: Giovanni Lopez (Edoardo Reja is suspended).

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 6 Lucio (2 Cordoba 75), 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 13 Maicon, 9 Eto'o (11 Muntari 73), 10 Sneijder (22 Milito 68).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 45 Balotelli.

: José Mourinho.

Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (Genoa).

Booked: Cambiasso 36, Zarate 45.

starting lineups

Muslera 12 Julio Cesar
Biava 13 Maicon
Dias 6 Lucio
Radu 25 Samuel
Lichtsteiner 26 Chivu
Brocchi 4 Zanetti
Baronio 8 Motta
Mauri 19 Cambiasso
Kolarov 5 Stankovic
Floccari 10 Sneijder
Zarate 9 Eto'o


Berni 1 Toldo
Scaloni 2 Cordoba
Firmani 11 Muntari
Rocchi 17 Mariga
Siviglia 23 Materazzi
Hitzlsperger 22 Milito
Foggia 45 Balotelli