Final score

19 April 2011 20:45

0 - 1
45' Stankovic
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Grilli, Rosi / Fourth official: Giannoccaro
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47' The first half of Roma v Inter finishes with the Nerazzurri leading by one goal to nil, thanks to a real peach of a goal from Dejan Stankovic just before half-time
45' WHAT A GOAL! An absolutely fabulous strike from the man who no longer scores ordinary goals: Dejan Stankovic. After picking up a pass from Cambiasso, the Serbian hits the ball with the outside of his boot and lets fly with an unstoppable curler into the top corner that Doni can only dream about getting near. 1-0 Inter!
45' We'll have 2 minutes of stoppage time
44' Sneijder has a pop from 25 yards out, nowhere near the goal though
42' A blatant foul by Juan on Milito is punished by... some mild finger-wagging from Rizzoli
41' From Sneijder's corner Ranocchia's header flies over the bar
41' Maicon plays in a cross after being set away by Stankovic. Juan puts behind for a corner
38' Cassetti's cross from the right is deflected behind by Stankovic. Ranocchia clears the corner
34' Vucinic looks to play in Borriello: offside
32' Taddei chooses to hurl himself to the ground after minimal contact in the area with Stankovic. The Brazilian thinks about complaining and then realises it's better not to
31' Another corner for Roma: De Rossi takes and Julio Cesar comes out to claim it
30' Roma set off on the counter-attack. De Rossi tries his luck from long range but it's way over
29' Borriello wins a corner after Lucio makes another timely intervention at full stretch. Pizarro takes, Stankovic heads clear
26' Cassetti knocks a cross into the middle of the box, Lucio makes a crucial interception with Perrotta lurking
25' Sneijder plays a one-two with Milito and shoots from the edge of the box but fails to hit the target
23' Maicon and Riise go for a 50-50 ball but the Brazilian catches the Norwegian with his studs. Riise stays down clutching his ankle. Maicon will have to be careful now - he's already on a yellow
21' Maicon's cross from the right is headed goalwards by Lucio. Doni makes an assured catch
20' Sneijder takes a free kick for Inter: his shot takes a deflection off Borriello and the Nerazzurri have a corner
19' Maicon plays a forward ball for Milito, Burdisso closes him down
17' The Nerazzurri have a good claim for a De Rossi handball right on the edge of the box
16' Inter win a corner after Burdisso heads behind Pandev's cross. After the corner is taken, Pizarro sets off on the break but Inter snuff the move out
16' Another free kick for Roma, this time taken by Vucinic: his right-footed blast comes off the wall
14' From the resulting free kick, Pizarro opts to feed Vucinic outside the box, the Montenegro player shoots over
14' Maicon is yellow-carded for a late challenge on Vucinic
9' Yet the first real chance falls to Roma: Ranocchia loses the ball and Borriello gets down to the by-line before pulling a low cross into the six-yard box for Vucinic, who is totally unmarked with the goal at his mercy but somehow contrives to pass the ball behind for an Inter goal kick. An absolute sitter that was!
8' Inter are dominating the opening stages of this game, keeping hold of the ball well and pushing Roma back into their own half
5' Taddei is the first to get his name the book for a foul on Pandev
3' Inter have a goal disallowed. A long ball from Sneijder into the box for Stankovic sees Juan and Doni get into a mix-up before the Serbian puts the ball into the net. However, Rizzoli had already blown for a perceived nudge by Stankovic on the Roma centre-back
2' Sneijder has a pop from distance, no problem for Doni
1' WELCOME TO THE STADIO OLIMPICO FOR ROMA V INTER. Tonight the two sides face each other in the Coppa Italia 2010/11 semi-final first leg. Roma reached this stage after beating Lazio (2-1) and Juventus (2-0) , while Inter saw off Genoa (3-2) and Napoli 4-5 (aet and penalties)
1' The Nerazzurri kick the game off and we're underway. FORZA INTER!!!
1' On the occasion of the Coppa Italia semi-finals and this evening for Roma v Inter, the declaration of the Roman Republic made on 9 February 1849 will be remembered with videos recalling key moments from the Italian Risorgimento (unification) projected onto the big screens at the Olimpico. The Italian national anthem (Inno dei Mameli) will be played by the Navy Band
1' Eto'o is missing for the Nerazzurri with a twisted ankle, so Pandev and Milito pair up in attack with Sneijder in the hole behind them; Zanetti, Cambiasso and Stankovic make up the midfield trio while Nagatomo starts at left-back. Roma, who are missing their captain Totti (suspended), start with Borriello as a lone striker supported by Taddei, Perrotta and Vucinic; in defence, Juan returns to partner Burdisso, with Cassetti and Riise in the full-back berths
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50' INTER BEAT ROMA 0-1 at the Olimpico. A wonder strike from Dejan Stankovic at the end of the first half puts the Nerazzurri in the driving seat ahead of the second leg, which will be played at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on 11 May
50' The referee adds 30 seconds for Inter's substitution
49' Leonardo decides to use up his final substitution: he takes off Stankovic, who is acclaimed by the travelling fans, with Mariga coming on for the final seconds
47' Zanetti tees up Sneijder; his shot is way over
46' Vucinic is in a promising position in the box but Maicon gets to make a crucial block and the ball goes behind for a corner
45' Rizzoli signals 4 minutes of added time
45' Taddei lets fly with a low shot from a long way out. Julio Cesar gets down to save
44' DONI KEEPS ROMA IN THE TIE. It could have been 2-0. Sneijder picks out Pazzini's run but the striker's shot is saved by the onrushing Giallorossi keeper
37' Another change for Inter: Obi on for Pandev
37' Stankovic hits a lovely ball to Maicon, who picks out Sneijder. The Dutchman's shot is charged down
34' Sneijder tries to catch Doni unawares following Pandev's ball. Doni has it covered though
33' Last change for Roma: Rosi comes on to replace Cassetti
33' Burdisso brings the ball out of defence on the break and tries to play in Vucinic behind the Nerazzurri backline, but the striker is offside
31' Leonardo responds with a change of his own: Milito is replaced by Pazzini
28' Montella shuffles his pack once more: Perrotta makes way for Simplicio
27' Inter break with Maicon, who passes to Sneijder before Stankovic tries to hit in a cross that is blocked by De Rossi, with the Nerazzurri claiming another handball from the midfielder
21' Nagatomo tries to feed Milito. Offside
20' Cassetti is on the ground after a clash with Pandev. The Nerazzurri put the ball out of play
19' Roma make their first change: Borriello, after taking a knock to the head, is replaced by Menez
15' Pizarro puts the free kick onto Perrotta's head. Over
15' Sneijder joins Ranocchia in the book for kicking the ball away in frustration after the ref gave a (harshly called) foul against him
13' Ranocchia is booked for holding back Vucinic: the defender will now miss the return leg
9' Inter close to doubling their lead: following Stankovic's shot, Doni finds himself out of his goal and Sneijder tries to take advantage, but Burdisso is well placed to clear with his feet in the role of emergency goalkeeper
7' Burdisso is booked for a foul as that free kick was being taken
5' A foul by Cambiasso on Perrotta on gives the Giallorossi a free kick: Pizarro lays off for Riise, who fires his cannon into the Nerazzurri wall
3' Vucinic catches Lucio with a sly elbow after losing out to the Brazilian in the box. Rizzoli didn't see it though
2' The second half of Roma v Inter is underway
Julio Cesar
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First match-up between Leonardo and Montella as coaches... but as a player Montella never won

This is the first time Montella and Leonardo have faced each other as coaches. As players, the two came up against each other 9 times in competitive fixtures, 7 in Serie A and 2 in Coppa Italia. The record was 6 wins for Leonardo and 3 draws, with no wins for Montella; over the course of those 9 matches they scored 3 goals each.

Montella's first as a coach against the Nerazzurri - his favourite target as a player

Vincenzo Montella will face Inter for the first time in a competitive fixture as a coach today. As a player, Montella was involved in 19 competitive matches against the Nerazzurri, 17 in Serie A and 2 in Coppa Italia: 4 wins for Montella, 6 draws and 9 wins for Inter. Montella hit the net 12 times in those 19 games, making Inter - joint with Fiorentina - his favourite target.

Leonardo unbeaten as a coach against the Giallorossi

Leonardo hasn't lost in the 3 games he has taken on Roma as a coach: 2 wins and 1 draw. The last time Leonardo faced the Giallorossi as a player was in Roma 1-1 AC Milan on 27 May 2001, which was the last time Roma won the Scudetto. In total Leonardo faced Roma 8 times as a player, with results evenly balanced: 2 wins for each side and 4 draws, the Brazilian scoring two goals.

Roma unbeaten and always on the mark in last 14 cup games at home

Roma haven't lost a home game in the Coppa Italia since 1 February 2006, when Juventus beat them 0-1 at the Olimpico in Rome. Since then, of their last 14 home games played in the competition (excluding the 2007/08 and 2009/10 finals against Inter that the Lega Calcio considered to be played on neutral turf), the Giallorossi have won 13 matches (all 12 of the last 12) and drawn 1 (1-1 against Inter on 3 May 2006). The aforementioned defeat to Juventus was also the last time Roma failed to score at home in the cup: in the 14 games since then, the Giallorossi have scored 31 goals in total.

De Rossi and Riise have their crosshairs set on Inter

In their careers at Italian clubs, Daniele De Rossi and John Arne Riise have scored more goals in competitive fixtures against Inter than against any other team: 6 out of 43 for De Rossi (Julio Cesar is the keeper he has hit the most past - 4 goals); 2 out of 11 for Riise, the same number as against Siena (Julio Cesar and Curci are the keepers he has netted against most often - 2 goals).

Inter in the cup: unbeaten in 8 and no away goals conceded in 258 minutes

Inter's last defeat in the Coppa Italia came on 4 March 2009, when they lost 3-0 at Sampdoria. In the 8 games since then, the Nerazzurri have won 7 games and drawn 1. Inter haven't conceded a goal away from home in the Coppa Italia for 258 minutes, the last one coming in the 42nd minute of Sampdoria 3-0 Inter on 4 March 2009 - Pazzini the scorer. Since then, the Inter defence has remained unbreached in the remaining 48 minutes of that game as well as the matches away to Fiorentina (0-1 in 2009/10) and Napoli (0-0 after 120 minutes in 2010/11).

Milito aiming for a ton

Diego Alberto Milito needs three more goals to make it 100 in games played for Italian teams. The first of his 97 strikes – which have come wearing the colours of Genoa and Inter, 51 in Serie A, 33 in Serie B, 5 in the Coppa Italia, 7 in European competition and 1 in the Club World Cup – came on 1 February 2004, in the 39th minute of Genoa 1-1 Ascoli (Serie B).

Goals against Roma: nightmare for Julio Cesar, good records for Eto’o and Zanetti

Since he has been playing in Italy, Nerazzurri keeper Julio Cesar has picked the ball out of the net more times against Roma than against any other team: 24 of his 218 total conceded goals have come against the Giallorossi. Samuel Eto’o and Javier Zanetti have scored more goals in competitive fixtures against Roma than against any other team since they arrived Italy: for Eto’o 5 out of 48 (the same number as he has hit against Palermo), and for Zanetti 2 out of 21 (the same as against Cremonese).

Inter one goal away from 300 against the Giallorossi

Inter need one more goal to make it 300 in all competitive fixtures against Roma. The first of Inter's 299 goals to date came on 27 April 1930 in Inter 6-0 Roma (Serie A) and was scored by Giuseppe Meazza in the 1st minute; the Inter legend went on to score another 3 goals in that game, with strikes also coming from Visentin and Blasevich.

wins(2) draws(2) defeats(5)

starting lineups

Doni 1 Julio Cesar
Cassetti 13 Maicon
N.Burdisso 6 Lucio
Juan 15 Ranocchia
Riise 55 Nagatomo
Pizarro 4 Zanetti
De Rossi 19 Cambiasso
Taddei 5 Stankovic
Perrotta 10 Sneijder
Vucinic 27 Pandev
Borriello 22 Milito


Lobont 12 Castellazzi
Castellini 7 Pazzini
Loria 14 Kharja
Simplicio 17 Mariga
Brighi 20 Obi
Rosi 23 Materazzi
Menez 26 Chivu