ROME - Marco Materazzi scored a last-gasp equaliser to cancel out Taddei's first-half opener as Inter brought Roma's record-breaking run of 11 consecutive Serie A victories to an end with a gritty 1-1 draw in Sunday evening's thrilling Week 28 clash at the Stadio Olimpico.
For his 100th competitive match in charge of Inter, Roberto Mancini started with Cruz and Recoba up front, with Cambiasso and Pizarro flanked by Stankovic and Kily in midfield. Francesco Toldo continued in goal behind a back four of Javier Zanetti, Cordoba, Materazzi and Wome.
After a stunning long-range drive by Recoba which forced a good save from Giallorossi custodian Doni, Roma took the lead in the ninth minute when A.Mancini met a long pass, entered the Inter area then took on Materazzi before playing through Wome's legs for Rodrigo Taddei to slot into an open goal at the far post.
Ten minutes before half time Mancini replaced Kily Gonzalez with Luis Figo, with Dejan Stankovic switching to the left flank, from where the move for Inter's best chance of a first-half reply started. The Serb, playing his 200th Serie A match, passed to Cruz then the Argentine striker played back to compatriot Cambiasso whose 20-yard volley was pushed round by Doni.
Inter came out the stronger side in the second half, with Recoba's fierce diagonal shot deflected out before Dejan Stankovic's long-range drive flew inches over the Roma bar. Pierre Wome then went close with a back-post header which was cleared on the line by De Rossi. The Giallorossi were limited to counter-attacks and chances from free kicks but failed to capitalise as A.Mancini and Chivu both sent shots wide.
Roberto Mancini threw on Martins for Cruz - who made his 100th Inter appearance at the Olimpico - and Cesar for Pizarro as Inter continued to enjoy the run of play. The Nerazzurri's efforts paid off in the 89th minute when Materazzi crashed in a header from a Figo cross to bring a hard-earned point back to Milan.
ROMA 1-1 INTER (HT: 1-0)
Scorers: Taddei 9, Materazzi 89
ROMA: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 5 Mexes, 13 Chivu, 25 Cufrè; 28 Rosi (14 Kharja 74), 11 Taddei (7 Alvarez 90+2), 16 De Rossi, 20 Perrotta (17 Tommasi 90+2), 15 Dacourt; 30 A.Mancini
Subs not used: 1 Curci, 3 Bovo, 4 Kuffour, 26 Cerci
Coach: Luciano Spalletti
INTER: 1 Toldo; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 33 Wome; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Pizarro (31 Cesar 76), 18 Kily Gonzalez (7 Figo 35); 9 Cruz (30 Martins 64), 20 Recoba
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 3 Burdisso, 11 Mihajlovic, 6 C.Zanetti
Coach: Roberto Mancini
Referee: Tiziano Pieri (Lucca)
Bookings: J.Zanetti 37, Materazzi 65, Dacourt 78, Taddei 85