Final score

17 September 2011 20:45

0 - 0
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni / Linesmen: Copelli, De Luca / Fourth official: Rizzoli
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48' After three added minutes the first half of Inter v Roma finishes 0-0
45' Mazzoleni signals 3 minutes of added time
36' Chance for Inter: Sneijder finds Nagatomo who shoots right-footed across the box but the ball flies narrowly wide
33' Zanetti passes everyone and finds Milito. He crosses for Forlan whose scissors-kick flies wide
30' Totti lobs the ball for Borini who shoots on the volley, but misses the target
22' Milito manages to make space for himself in the box and tries a shot which Lobont blocks with his legs
21' Nagatomo crosses into the middle of the area, but Kjaer manages to get there first and sends the ball wide for a corner
20' Forlan shoots right-footed from outside the box but Lobont manages to save
19' Borini speeds past Ranocchia and his cross to the near post is dangerously near Totti, but Lucio gets a leg to it and sends it wide
19' Borini tries a shot but although it's powerful, it's fairly central and Julio Cesar gets his fists to it and clears
18' Stekelenburg is stretchered off to be replaced by Lobont
16' Lucio picks up a yellow card for the foul on Stekelenburg, as his foot glanced the keeper's temple in the challenge
15' Inter counter-attack, Lucio finds himself face to face with Stekelenburg, but the keeper's timing is perfect and he foils the Brazilian
15' Sneijder takes the corner but Perrotta heads clear
13' Pizarro fouls Sneijder, free kick for Inter. Sneijder's shot hits the wall and goes wide
12' Osvaldo hits left-footed with power but Julio Cesar manages to block with his feet
6' Cambiasso goes in high on Totti. Free kick to Roma. He takes the free kick but it causes no problem for Julio Cesar
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza! We're almost ready for Inter v Roma, the Nerazzurri's Week 3 match in Serie A 2011/12
1' Roma's kick-off and we're off
1' In the match against Roma today captain Zanetti makes his 756th appearance for Inter, equalling Giuseppe Bergomi's record
1' Gasperini returns to his three-man defence with Lucio, Samuel and Ranocchia with Forlan and Milito up front
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50' The match between Inter and Roma finishes 0-0. Sneijder and Zarate had the best chances for the Nerazzurri
49' Sneijder once again comes close as he shoots straight at the keeper and then tries again but falls in the area
48' Another excellent chance for Inter as Nagatomo crosses for Jonathan to shoot right-footed but Burdisso slides in to block save with his leg
46' Sneijder prepares to unleash his right foot, De Rossi comes out to tackle and absorbs the blow
45' 4 minutes of added time
41' Sneijder comes close to scoring. Jonathan passes to Zarate who gets past the defence to cross from the right. Wesley's confident shot is blocked by Kjaer who turns the ball away for a corner
34' SUBSTITUTION INTER: Diego Forlan makes room for Sulley Muntari
33' SUBSTITUTION ROMA: Borini is taken off in place of Borriello
32' Forlan tries to bend the ball but his attempt is wide too
30' Zarate tries again, winning his duel with Taddei and tries to curl the ball inside the far post. Narrowly wide again.
29' Sneijder doesn't give up and races towards the area before shooting from just outside but his shot is just wide
27' Totti tries another free-kick from outside but Julio Cesar comes out to catch with perfect timing
24' De Rossi hits a long ball into the box looking for Osvaldo, but Julio Cesar manages to beat him to the ball and clears
23' Forlan picks out Sneijder whose shot is on target, but Lobont punches clear
21' Roma's sixth corner of the match as Julio Cesar blocks Osvaldo's attempt on goal
19' A great move by Zarate as he takes on two before trying to place the ball in Lobont's right hand corner. Just wide
16' SUBSTITUTION INTER: Jonathan comes on in place of Obi
14' SUBSTITUTION ROMA: Gago replaces Pizarro
13' SUBSTITUTION INTER: Zarate comes on in place of Diego Milito
11' Pjanic takes it but his shot is high over the bar
10' Cambiasso takes out Pizarro. Free kick for Roma just outside the penalty area
4' Sneijder takes a free-kick for Inter and Milito dives to make contact and send the ball narrowly wide
2' Roma create problems with their first attack of the second half. Taddei tries a shot from outside but the ball flies high over the bar
1' Inter and Roma are back out on the pitch; no substitutions have been made
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.05
4 shots on target 3
8 shots off target 5
12 fouls committed 15
5 corners 6
0 offsides 1
46% ball possession 54%
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Luis Enrique's first time as coach against the Nerazzurri

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One defeat for Inter in 60 home games in Serie A; 13 wins on the trot

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De Rossi has the Nerazzurri in his sights

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Roma's record 14-match scoring run at the San Siro

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wins(47) draws(29) defeats(15)

MILAN - This evening's 2011/12 Week 3 match between Inter and Roma was an evenly balanced affair with both teams creating chances and yet it ended goalless. The two goalkeepers Julio Cesar and Lobont (who replaced Stekelenburg midway through the first half) came out on top in the first 45 minutes, each making some crucial saves. There were chances in the second half too, with Sneijder and substitute Zarate the main threats. The Nerazzurri were in the ascendancy in the final minutes but were unable to make the decisive breakthrough.

FIRST HALF – Gian Piero Gasperini reverted to a three-man defence for the Roma clash, with Lucio, Samuel and Ranocchia  in front of Julio Cesar. There were two up front, in the shape of Forlan and Milito, and five across the midfield: Nagatomo, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Sneijder and Obi. Luis Enrique opted for Borini and Osvaldo in support of Totti.

It was a special occasion for Javier Zanetti as he made his 756th appearance in a Nerarazzurri shirt and equalled Giuseppe Bergomi's record. Zanetti celebrated the occasion with a specially designed captain's armband ("Zanetti & Bergomi 756 volte nerazzurri") which will be auctioned on e-bay with the proceeds going to the PUPI Foundation. Javier and Giuseppe played on the same team 134 times and won the 1998 UEFA Cup together.

Roma began pressing right from the start and the first goal opportunity fell to them: Borini sent Osvaldo through and he unleashed a left-foot shot which Julio Cesar parried. In the 19th minute Roma were dangerous again as Borini went past Ranocchia and tried to find Totti with a cross, but Lucio was there to clear for a corner. Inter made their presence felt on 20 minutes when Forlan tried to find the goal with a right-footed shot, but Lobont, who had come on to substitute Stekelenburg after he was stretchered off following a clash with Lucio, managed to save at the second attempt. Two minutes later Milito succeeded in finding some space for a shot in the area but Lobont blocked his attempt with his legs. In the 36th minute Inter broke through with a move involving Milito, Forlan and Sneijder which Nagatomo finished from 15 metres out, as he fired powerfully just over the bar. In the 45th minute, following a corner, Totti tried to find De Rossi at the far post but Lucio did well to head the ball clear. After three minutes of added time the first half of Inter v Roma finished 0-0.

SECOND HALF - No changes were made by either manager during the interval. Roma bared their teeth right from the start as Osvaldo brought out a great save from Julio Cesar as he had to come out to block his shot with his body. Then a few seconds later it was Taddei who sent the ball high over the bar. In the 50th minute Inter wasted an opportunity as Milito got on the end of Sneijder's inch-perfect cross from a free-kick but sent the ball narrowly wide. In the 64th minute Zarate, who had come on for Milito, took the ball past Totti and shot left-footed to see the ball shave the upright. On 67 minutes Lobont did well to save Sneijder's blast after receiving from Forlan. Then, after 72 minutes, Julio Cesar saved well from a Totti free-kick. Forlan was unlucky to see his curling shot miss the goal 3 minutes later. In the 86th minute Inter's best chance of the match fell to Sneijder: Zarate pulled the ball back across from the dead-ball line on the right, Kjaer managed to clear but only as far as Sneijder who shot from 10 yards out to be foiled once again by Kjaer who was almost on the goal line. A real shame. Three minutes into added time Inter had another chance: Nagatomo crossed from the right and found Jonathan, but Burdisso was on hand to save. A minute later Sneijder tried again. He managed to get away from his man on the right and shot right-footed from 14 metres out. Lobont parried and Burdisso moved to cover as the Dutchman claimed for a foul. After four minutes of added time, Inter v Roma finished 0-0.

Inter 0-0 Roma

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 23 Ranocchia; 55 Nagatomo, 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 10 Sneijder, 20 Obi (Jonathan 62); 9 Forlan (Muntari 79), 22 Milito (Zarate 58).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 44 Bianchetti, 7 Pazzini, 30 Castaignos.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.

Roma: 24 Stekelenburg (Lobont 18); 11 Taddei, 44 Kjaer, 29 Burdisso, 20 Perrotta; 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro (Gago 14), 15 Pjanic; 31 Borini (Borriello 78), 10 Totti, 9 Osvaldo.
Unused subs: 5 Heinze, 14 Bojan, 77 Cassetti, 87 Rosi.
Coach: Luis Enrique.

Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (Bergamo).

Bookings: Lucio 16, Kjaer 83.

Added time: 3+4 minutes.

Attendance: 47,944.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Stekelenburg
Lucio 6 Taddei
Samuel 25 Kjaer
Ranocchia 23 Burdisso
Nagatomo 55 Perrotta
Zanetti 4 De Rossi
Cambiasso 19 Pizarro
Sneijder 10 Pjanic
Obi 20 Borini
Forlan 9 Totti
Milito 22 Osvaldo


Castellazzi 12 Lobont
Pazzini 7 Heinze
Zarate 28 Bojan
Castaignos 30 Gago
Jonathan 42 Borriello
Bianchetti 44 Cassetti
Muntari 77 Rosi