Final score

13 May 2012 20:45

46' (2nd half) Mauri
18' (2nd half) Candreva
14' (2nd half) Kozak
3 - 1
45' Milito (P)
Referee: Antonio Damato / Linesmen: Maggiani, Copelli / Fourth official: Tagliavento
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46' After 46 minutes both teams head to the dressing rooms with the score at 0-1, thanks to Milito's penalty
45' Damato signals for one minute of injury time
45' INTER GOAL: MILITO converts the penalty to make it 0-1
44' Damato awards a penalty to Inter for Ledesma's foul on Maicon
38' Alvarez sends a ball forward to Milito who shoots high from the edge of the box
37' A delicate cross from Maicon is headed just wide by Milito
30' Milito sends a lovely ball to Guarin and Bizzarri smothers the Colombian's close-range shot
27' A chance for Inter as Guarin hits a powerful left-footer from distance that Bizzarri tips over the crossbar for a corner
24' Maicon receives the ball from Milito, who struggles with Ledesma before finishing on the turf. Damato signals to play on
16' Yellow card shown Lulic for a foul on Zanetti
14' Candreve shoots with his left, but it's a weak one that goes nowhere near the goal
12' Inter threaten on the counter through Alvarez, but he's closed down by three Lazio players
7' Nagatomo again, this time with a low but powerful cross. Biava clears for a corner.
7' A cross from Nagatomo into the heart of the box. Bizzarri does well to punch the ball away
3' Even better is Samuel's intervention to close down Mauri in the box
2' Cambiasso perfectly times his challenge to stop Konko as he races toward the Nerazzurri goal
1' We're almost ready at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for Inter's clash with Lazio - the Nerazzurri's last match of the season
1' Damato whistles to start the match, as the Nerazzurri take the opening kick-off
1' Milito will spearhead the Inter attack but Klose is unavailable so Kozak leads the line for the home side
1' Julio Cesar is suspended for this match while Stankovic is out injured. Castellazzi starts between the sticks, Alvarez and Guarin in midfield
1' Going into the last 90 minutes of Serie A action, four clubs - Udinese, Napoli, Lazio and Inter - still have ambitions of finishing in third place and claiming the last Champions League spot. All Inter can do is beat Lazio and hope other results go their way
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48' The match ends, Lazio 3-1 Inter. The Nerazzurri finish the season in 6th place with 58 points in the standings
47' Substitution for Lazio: Garrido comes on for Mauri
47' Substitution for Lazio: Zampa comes on for Candreva
46' GOAL LAZIO: Candreva finds Kozak in the box. His shot is blocked and then falls to MAURI, who beats Castellazzi to make it 3-1
45' Damato signals for 3 minutes of injury time
38' Substitution for Lazio: Gonzalez comes on for Lulic
37' Maicon touches to Zanetti. Pazzini moves centrally and Biava intervenes, hitting the post and risking an own-goal
37' Inter continue to push fowrard: now it's Maicon with a shot, but Bizzarri is ready for it
34' Yellow card shown to Konko for a foul on Pazzini
30' Substitution for Inter: Longo comes on for Poli. It is the Serie A debut for the young forward
28' Guarin takes a corner and Lucio attempts a right-footer off his laces but the ball goes high
25' Ledesma takes a corner for Lazio: Kozak goes for the ball but fails to get there first
18' GOAL LAZIO: CANDREVA beats Castellazzi with his right after some dribbling and an assist from Lulic. 2-1
16' Substitution for Inter: Pazzini comes on for Alvarez
16' Another corner for Lazio after Castellazzi blocks a shot from Kozak
14' GOAL LAZIO: KOZAK heads a corner past Castellazzi to make it 1-1
13' Castellazzi again comes to Inter's rescue as he blocks a shot from Candreva, giving away a corner
12' A low left-footer from Ledesma is blocked by Castellazzi
9' Interchange between Maicon and Milito with an attempted finish from Alvarez, whose cross lands on top of the upper netting
7' Yellow card shown to Diakité for a foul on Milito
1' The 2nd half of Lazio v Inter gets underway without substitutions
Average rating 4.78
3 shots on target 4
6 shots off target 4
10 fouls committed 16
4 corners 10
2 offsides 1
44% ball possession 56%
Reja v Stramaccioni: a first

This will be the first ever meeting between Edoardo Reja and Andrea Stramaccioni in a competitive match.

Reja v Inter: a losing record for the coach

There have been 10 competitive matches played between Reja and Inter and the record stands at 2 wins for the Lazio coach, 3 draws and 5 Nerazzurri wins.

Stramaccioni's first match against the Biancocelesti

As a coach in the Serie A, this will be Andrea Stramaccioni's first ever match against Lazio in a competitive meeting.

Inter want to continue their streak of Champions League qualification

Inter will look to win in Rome and hope that results will be favourable in concurrent matches - Napoli v Siena and Catania v Udinese - in order to qualify for the preliminary round of the 2012/13 Champions League season. Should they fail to do so, the Nerazzurri would break the streak for successive qualifications for an Italian team in the prestigious competition, which has lasted 10 years in a row, beginning with the 2002/03 season.

Oldest and youngest coaches of 2011/12 season face off

Beyond its significance as possible access to the 2012/13 Champions League, Lazio v Inter is also the facing off of the oldest coach in the league (Reja, born 1945) against the youngest (Stramaccioni, born 1976). For the Nerazzurri coach it will be something of a derby, as he gained experience on the bench at the Roma youth academy.

Lazio with only one loss in last 12 league matches

Lazio have lost only one of their last 12 home matches in the Serie A. It happened on 11 March when they were beaten 1-3 by Bologna. In the other eleven home matches their record is 7 wins and 4 draws.

Lazio, always with one goal scored in 2012

There has only been one competitive home match out of the last 15 in which Lazio have failed to score: it happened last 21 December in the Serie A in a goalless draw against Chievo. In the other 14 matches the Biancocelesti have scored a total of 26 goals.

Inter: record of penalties conceded and leading in penalties earned in 2011/12

With the penalty given to AC Milan last 6 May, Inter have conceded 11 in 37 matches of the 2011/12 Serie A season. This sets a new record for the club since the Serie A has been played in a single group: the record had previously been set at 9 penalties against in the 1985/86 season. Inter are one of 3 teams this season, along with Catania and AC Milan, to have the highest number of penalties given in their favour: the total number is 10, of which 7 have been converted and 3 missed.

Milito: sixth season surpassing 20 goals, a step away from a record and top scorer in 2012

For the sixth time in his career Diego Milito has reached or surpassed the 20-goal mark in the league. Previously he had accomplished this feat in 2003/04 (8 goals with Racing Club in Argentina and 12 with Genoa in the Serie B), 2004/05 (21 with Genoa in the Serie B), 2006/07 (23 with Real Zaragoza in Spain's La Liga), 2008/09 (24 with Genoa in the Serie A), 2009/10 (22 with Inter in the Serie A) and 23 this season with Inter. Therefore Diego Milito is just a step away from equalling his own all-time record for goals in a single professional season: his 24 goals with Genoa in the 2008/09 Serie A season. With 20 goals scored from New Year's Day to the present, Milito is the top scorer among Italian clubs in competitive matches in the 2012 calendar year. Furthermore, May is the month in which he has scored his highest number of professional league goals in Italy: 21 out of his 107 total goals.

Rocchi looking for goal number 100 in the Serie A

Tommaso Rocchi is just a step away from scoring goal number 100 in his Serie A career. The first of his 99 goals - of which 17 were scored for Empoli and 82 for Lazio - was scored on 29 September 2002 in the 65th minute of Perugia 1-3 Empoli.

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

ROME - Inter came up short at the Stadio Olimpico and saw their faint hopes of Champions League qualification vanish, although wins for Napoli and Udinese would have made it impossible anyway. Lazio's 3-1 victory leaves the Nerazzurri in sixth place on 58 points and Inter will now face Europa League qualifiers on 2 and 9 August. Milito's conversion from the spot had put Inter in front at half time but Lazio turned the tables after the restart with strikes from Kozak and Candreva before Mauri added a third in injury time.

FIRST HALF – Against a Lazio side missing star striker Klose, Stramaccioni fielded a five-man midfield (Guarin, Cambiasso and Poli in the centre, Zanetti and Alvarez wide) with Milito operating as a lone striker. Castellazzi stood in for the suspended Julio Cesar while the back four was made up of Maicon, Lucio, Samuel and Nagatomo.

The game was three minutes old when Samuel made a decisive intervention to block Mauri's shot from a decent position. Inter's hopes of climbing into third place depended on results elsewhere - namely Udinese losing to Catania and Napoli not beating Siena at the Stadio San Paolo - and at 20:52 Napoli took the lead. Destro levelled for Siena two minutes later while back at the Olimpico Inter were starting to look dangerous: first Nagatomo's cross was deflected away by Biava then Alvarez was closed down on the break. At 21:07 the news that neither side in Rome wanted to hear filtered through: Di Natale had put Udinese in front. Soon afterwards Samuel came to the rescue with another great block, this time to thwart Candreva. In the 25th minute Maicon picked out Milito and looked to latch onto the return pass before going down in the box following contact with Ledesma: the referee waved play on. Two minutes later Guarin unleashed a fierce left-footed drive from some distance forcing Bizzarri to fly through the air and tip over the bar. On 29 minutes the Lazio keeper frustrated Guarin again – this time just yards from goal. At 21:22 Napoli restored their lead (2-1) while Milito almost broke the deadlock at the Olimpico when he got on the end of Maicon's ball, nodding just the wrong side of the post. The Prince had another chance a minute later but couldn't keep his shot down. On 44 minutes the referee pointed to the spot after Ledesma fouled Maicon. Milito stepped up and made no mistake to equal his best ever haul of 24 league goals in a season. A minute of stoppage time was played and the first half ended with Inter a goal to the good.

SECOND HALF – The second period got under way with no changes made. Alvarez charged down the wing in the 53rd minute but couldn't wrap his foot around the ball properly and his cross ended on the top side of the net. Castellazzi did well after 57 minutes to smother Ledesma's powerful strike and again showed great reflexes minutes later to keep out Candreva's effort. Yet there was little he could do on the hour mark as Kozak rose to head home from a corner. That was instantly followed by more bad news: Udinese were two-nil up in Sicily. Within a matter of minutes Lazio had completed the comeback after Lulic's mazy run and pullback provided Candreva with the chance to fire home. The Nerazzurri tried not to lose heart and kept playing at a high tempo, Lucio powering a shot over the bar from the far post following a corner in the 73rd minute. Primavera forward Samuele Longo came on for his Serie A debut as Stramaccioni threw caution to the wind with three strikers (Pazzini having previously replaced Alvarez). Inter remained on the attack and Bizzarri kept out a typically ferocious drive from Maicon on 81 minutes. A minute later Zanetti got down to the byline and crossed into the six-yard box for Pazzini; Biava got there first and turned the ball onto the post. That was as close as Inter came to an equaliser. Mauri added a third as the game entered added time and immediately afterwards Juan made his Nerazzurri debut. After 93 minutes the match ended Lazio 3-1 Inter, a result which means the Nerazzurri will be competing in the Europa League next season: they will start from the third qualifying round on 2 and 9 August.

Lazio 3-1 Inter (HT: 0-1)
Scorers: Milito 45, Kozak 59, Candreva 63, Mauri 90+1.

Lazio: 1 Bizzarri; 5 Scaloni, 21 Diakité, 20 Biava, 29 Konko; 27 Cana, 24 Ledesma; 87 Candreva (Zampa 90+2), 6 Mauri (Garrido 90+2), 19 Lulic (Gonzalez 83); 18 Kozak.
Unused subs: 16 Berardi, 28 Makinwa, 53 Rozzi, 78 Zauri.
Coach: Edoardo Reja.

Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 55 Nagatomo; 4 Zanetti, 14 Guarin, 19 Cambiasso, 18 Poli (Longo 76), 11 Alvarez (Pazzini 61); 22 Milito (Juan 90+2).
Unused subs: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 23 Ranocchia, 37 Faraoni.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Antonio Damato (Barletta section).
Booked: Lulic 16, Diakité 52, Konko 79.
Added time: 1+3 minutes.

starting lineups

Bizzarri 12 Castellazzi
Scaloni 13 Maicon
Diakitè 6 Lucio
Biava 25 Samuel
Konko 55 Nagatomo
Cana 4 Zanetti
Ledesma 14 Guarin
Candreva 19 Cambiasso
Mauri 18 Poli
Lulic 11 Alvarez
Kozak 22 Milito


Berardi 21 Orlandoni
Garrido 2 Cordoba
Gonzalez 23 Ranocchia
Makinwa 40 Jesus
Zampa 37 Faraoni
Rozzi 7 Pazzini
Zauri 81 Longo