Final score

20 September 2006 20:30

44' Crespo
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Ivaldi, Griselli / Fourth official: La Rocca
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46' Half time. Roma 0-1 Inter.
46' De Rossi unleashes a right-foot shot from distance. It's several yards wide of the left post.
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' GOOOAAALLLL!!!!! Hernan Crespo enters the box from the left, takes on Mexes and sees his angled shot go under Doni's legs and into the net.
43' At the other end Montella is flagged offside as he collects a long ball upfield from Panucci.
42' Fabio Grosso plays a short corner to Maicon. The Brazilian's cross goes behind at the near post. Goal kick to Roma.
40' Inter close again. Crespo turns De Rossi in the Roma box and squares for Stankovic in the six-yard box but the Giallorossi clear.
39' Panucci booked for a foul on Stankovic.
36' Roma win a free kick 30 yards out on the right wing. Pizarro plays square to Mexes whose weak shot is easily cleared by the Nerazzurri.
34' From the left wing Tonetto crosses to the near post. Julio Cesar denies Montella.
34' Another corner to Roma as Tonetto's volley from the corner ricochets off Vieira.
33' Montella receives just outside the Inter box, swivels and sends a low shot on target. At full stretch Julio Cesar tips round for a corner.
30' Maicon's deft cross from the right is cleared by the Roma defence. Ibra's shot from the loose ball is punched clear by Doni.
29' Cordoba blocks a right-foot shot from Perrotta as Roma continue to attack spaces in our half of the pitch.
29' Ivan Cordoba cuts out Montella's pass for Totti to end a Roma counter attack.
26' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out. Fabio Grosso's low effort is blocked by the Roma wall.
25' Amantino Mancini has sustained an injury and is unable to continue. On comes Vincenzo Montella.
24' Stankovic's corner kick is punched clear by Doni. Pizarro smashes upfield from the edge of his own area.
24' Inter close through Ibrahimovic who collects a short pass and rifles a low shot on target, forcing Doni into a difficult save. Corner to Inter.
23' Maicon tries a one-two with Stankovic but Tonetto intercepts the return pass and plays to safety.
22' De Rossi beats Vieira to a ball into the Roma box and concedes a throw-in.
21' Roma hit Inter on the break and go close as Mancini's cross is cleared in the six-yard box by Materazzi.
20' Vieira picks up a loose ball in the Roma box and feeds through to Ibrahimovic, whose shot is blocked. The Swede is flagged offside.
19' Chivu blocks a Grosso cross from the left and concedes a corner.
16' Materazzi rises in the Inter box to make a headed clearance from Panucci's inswinging cross.
15' Vieira is booked for protesting after Rizzoli gives a free kick against Ibrahimovic.
12' Good chance for Inter as Hernan Crespo steals in at the near post and pokes wide from Fabio Grosso's whipped cross.
12' Mexes sweeps clear to deny Ibrahimovic a shot from inside the Roma box.
10' Stankovic crosses to the far post again. Vieira's back-post header comes off Ibrahimovic's head and goes behind for a Roma goal kick.
9' Ibra has a cross blocked by Mexes and it's another Inter corner.
8' Inter win a corner. Ibrahimovic's far-post header from Stankovic's cross is cleared.
8' Inter hit back through Crespo, who is tackled by Chivu on the edge of the Roma box.
7' With his feet Julio Cesar saves Totti's low effort from the free kick. Roma win a corner.
7' Roma win a free kick for a Dacourt foul on his former team-mate Francesco Totti.
6' Cordoba intercepts Mancini's pass for Aquilani and sets up an Inter counter attack down the right.
5' Stankovic crosses at the other end. Ibrahimovic receives but is dispossessed. Throw-in to Inter.
4' Panucci whips in a cross from the right. Aquilani fails to make contact.
2' Materazzi overhits his long pass for Crespo. Goal kick to Roma.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico for Roma v Inter. If last month's Super Cup clash between these two teams is anything to go by, then we're in for a cracker this evening.
1' The whistle goes, and Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
1' Roma: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci, 5 Mexes, 13 Chivu, 22 Tonetto; 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro; 8 Aquilani, 20 Perrotta, 30 Mancini; 10 Totti.
Minute Text commentary
50' Full time. Roma 0-1 Inter.
47' It's his second yellow, and the France captain is off.
47' Vieira is booked for a foul on Montella.
47' Maxwell combines with his former Ajax team-mate Ibra down the right. Roma defend in numbers, forcing the Nerazzurri to backtrack.
45' There will be 4 minutes of added time.
44' Julio Cesar booked for timewasting.
44' Mancini brings on Mariano Gonzalez for Hernan Crespo.
43' Tonetto's shot from Totti's corner kick is way off target.
42' Roma replace Panucci with Okaka Chuka.
40' Crespo's has a shot from 20 yards blocked by Roma keeper Doni.
40' Another good headed clearance from Cordoba, who denies Montella a chance at the near post.
40' Maxwell comes on to make his Inter debut. Off comes Grosso.
39' Walter Samuel comes on for Marco Materazzi.
37' Zanetti creates space for a shot from distance. The Inter captain's shot rebounds off the right post.
35' At the far post Julio Cesar beats Montella to Pizarro's cross from the right flank.
34' Inter attack down the right. Maicon's cross for Crespo is cleared by Mexes. Ibra's follow-up shot is saved by Doni.
33' Totti's low 30-yard free kick is on target but too central. Julio Cesar makes an easy save.
32' Dacourt booked for a foul on Chivu.
31' Perrotta is lucky to stay on the pitch after bringing down Cordoba from behind.
29' Roma win a free kick 35 yards out for a Dacourt foul from behind on Pizarro. Chivu's effort hits the Inter wall.
27' Roma counter attack down the right channel with Perrotta, Panucci, Montella and Totti. The Giallorossi captain is flagged offside when he runs on to a backheeled pass from Montella.
25' Roma close through Montella who receives a low ball in the box from Pizarro, turns and shoots. Julio Cesar tips round for a corner.
24' Rosi's outswinging cross from the right is caught by Julio Cesar.
21' Perrotta is booked for a late challenge on Inter captain Javier Zanetti.
19' Roma win a free kick on the left channel for a Maicon foul on De Rossi.
16' De Rossi has a go from 40 yards. Materazzi blocks on the edge of the Inter penalty area.
15' Good headed clearance by Cordoba from Tonetto's cross.
14' Rosi's chipped shot from the right edge of the Nerazzurri box is caught by Julio Cesar.
13' Doni comes off his line to deny Crespo a chance from Grosso's cross.
11' Ibrahimovic's fierce right-foot shot from distance whizzes inches wide of the right post.
11' Roma replace Aquilani with Rosi.
10' Ibra takes a short run-up to the spot, shoots and has his effort saved by Doni.
8' Penalty to Inter for a Mexes foul on Crespo!!!
8' Good save by Julio Cesar from Aquilani, whose left-foot shot from distance is on target.
6' Materazzi blocks a Perrotta cross from the left as Roma come looking for an equaliser.
5' Julio Cesar moves off his line to deny Montella.
2' Grosso's shot from outside the Roma box is punched clear. Ibrahimovic takes the ball between two opponents and sees his angled shot blocked.
1' Roma get the second half under way.
1' Cordoba makes a clearance from Perrotta's cross. Roma play back into the box where Montella fails to make contact.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.06
6 shots on target 7
3 shots off target 2
18 fouls committed 21
8 corners 8
3 offsides 6
00 ball possession 00
Roma v Inter

There have been 80 previous meetings between the two teams in Rome. The Giallorossi have won 33, drawn 22 and lost 25.

Last victory: Roma 4-1 Inter (2003/04 Serie A)
Last draw: Roma 1-1 Inter (2005/06 Coppa Italia)
Last defeat: Roma 0-2 Inter (2004/05 Coppa Italia)

Spalletti v Mancini

Roberto Mancini has won 6, drawn 4 and lost 2 of his 12 competitive matches against teams coached by Luciano Spalletti. Both Mancini and Spalletti's sides have scored in each of these twelve encounters (24 Mancini goals, 18 Spalletti goals). Spalletti is unbeaten in home matches against Inter, with 3 wins and 6 draws from 9 games).


2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Udinese 2-1 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-1 1-2
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Udinese 2-2 2-1
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Udinese 3-1 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Roma 2-3 1-1
2005/06 C.Italia Inter-Roma 3-1 1-1
2006 Italian Super Cup Inter 4-3 Roma (a.e.t.)

Roma unbeaten at home since February

Roma's last defeat in a competitive home match came on 1 February 2006 when they lost 1-0 to Juventus in the Coppa Italia. In the thirteen competitive (Serie A, Coppa Italia & European fixtures) played since then, the Giallorossi have notched 10 wins and 3 draws.

No home Serie A defeat since December

Roma's last league defeat at home was on 11 December 2005 when the Giallorossi were beaten 2-1 by Palermo. The capital side have collected 10 wins and 2 draws from their 12 home league matches played since that date.

Last Roma draw against... Inter

Roma's last draw in a competitive match was the 1-1 Coppa Italia final first-leg stalemate with Inter on 3 May 2006. Since then the Giallorossi have won four and lost three.

No goal against Roma at Olimpico for 352 minutes

Julio Cruz's 8th-minute goal in the 2005/06 Coppa Italia final first leg was the last time Roma let in a goal at home. Including the remaining 82 minutes of that match plus the entire matches against Treviso (1-0, Serie A), Livorno (2- 0, Serie A) and Shakhtar Donetsk (4-0, Champions League qualifier), Roma's home invincibility is 352 minutes long.

Twelve-match conceding streak

Inter's last clean sheet in away matches was the goalless draw at Livorno on 18 February 2006. The Nerazzurri have conceded goals in all twelve competitive (Serie A, Coppa Italia & Champions League) away matches played since that date, letting in a total of 16 goals.

Adriano likely scorer in Rome

Adriano usually relishes facing Roma. Of his 92 goals since arriving in Italy, the Brazilian striker has scored six against the Giallorossi. Adriano has scored the same number of goals in matches against Juventus.

Julio Cesar, Toldo & Roma nightmare

Inter's Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar has conceded a total of 31 goals since his arrival in Italy. Five of those have come in games against Roma. Francesco Toldo has also let in more goals against Roma than any other team: 44 out of 624.

wins(31) draws(26) defeats(36)
ROME - Hernan Crespo scored on the stroke of half time as Inter edged Roma 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Argentine striker, who scored in last month's Super Cup victory over the Giallorossi, netted the decisive goal on 44 minutes, shooting through Doni's legs from a tight angle after leaving Mexes for dead.

Inter could have doubled their lead eight minutes after the restart when Mexes brought down Crespo in the Roma area, but Ibrahimovic saw his resulting spot kick saved by the Roma goalkeeper.

The Nerazzurri went close again in the final stages when Javier Zanetti unleashed a fierce strike from distance which smacked the upright with Doni beaten.

Inter finished the game with ten men when Patrick Vieira was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow.

ROMA 0-1 INTER (HT: 0-1)

Scorer: Crespo 44

ROMA: 32 Doni; 2 Panucci (35 Okaka 87), 5 Mexes, 13 Chivu, 22 Tonetto; 16 De Rossi, 7 Pizarro; 8 Aquilani (28 Rosi 56), 20 Perrotta, 30 Mancini (9 Montella 25); 10 Totti
Subs not used: 1 Curci, 21 Ferrari, 14 Faty, 77 Cassetti
Coach: Luciano Spalletti

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi (25 Samuel 84), 11 Grosso (6 Maxwell 85); 4 Zanetti, 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (91 Gonzalez 89)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 7 Figo, 21 Solari, 10 Adriano
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Bologna)

Booked: Vieira 15, 90+2, Panucci 39, Mexes 53, Perrotta 66, Dacourt 77, Julio Cesar 89
Sent off: Vieira 90+2

starting lineups

Doni 12 Julio Cesar
Panucci 13 Maicon
Mexes 2 Cordoba
Chivu 23 Materazzi
Tonetto 11 Grosso
De Rossi 4 Zanetti
Pizarro 14 Vieira
Aquilani 15 Dacourt
Perrotta 5 Stankovic
Mancini 8 Ibrahimovic
Totti 18 Crespo


Curci 1 Toldo
Ferrari 25 Samuel
Faty 6 Maxwell
Rosi 7 Figo
Cassetti 21 Solari
Montella 91 Gonzalez
Okaka 10 Adriano