Final score

24 September 2006 15:00

25' (2nd half) Crespo
19' (2nd half) Stankovic
13' (2nd half) Samuel
11' Crespo
44' (2nd half) Brighi
41' (2nd half) Tiribocchi
32' (2nd half) Pellissier (P)
Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro / Linesmen: S.Ayroldi, S.Papi / Fourth official: Marrocco
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48' Inter's Giovanissimi Nazionali squad are on the pitch to receive an award for their incredible Scudetto-winning 2005/06 campaign, in which the U15s remained undefeated, with 21 wins and a draw. They scored 70 goals, conceding just 4.
47' Half time. Inter 1-0 Chievo.
45' 1 minute of added time.
45' Adriano produces some more trickery on the right before passing to Figo, who remains on the ground after colliding with Luciano.
44' Free kick to Inter on the left wing. Figo's inswinger is caught by Squizzi.
42' Pellissier's shot from a Chievo free kick is blocked by the Inter wall.
40' Great solo move by Adriano. The Brazilian takes on Sammarco and Scurto in a powerful run down the right, then he sidesteps Mandelli before rifling on target from a tight angle. Squizzi saves.
37' Godeas latches on to Luciano's ball into the box from the right, turns and shoots. Julio Cesar saves.
34' Adriano's curling effort is over the Chievo crossbar.
33' Inter hit back at Chievo and win a free kick in a central position 25 yards out for a Sammarco foul on Luis Figo.
32' Back in our half of the pitch, ChievoVerona win a free kick on the right. Kosowski's cross is headed over by Moro.
30' Mandelli makes a headed clearance from Fabio Grosso's cross into the Chievo area.
30' At the other end, Inter win a free kick 25 yards out on the left.
29' Godeas turns in the box and volleys on target after the Nerazzurri fail to clear Kosowski's free kick. Good save by Julio Cesar.
28' Free kick to Chievo on the left win for a Dacourt foul on Gialloblu captain Lanna.
26' Chievo attack back. Pellissier plays a crossfield ball to Luciano who is in acres of space on the right channel. The Brazilian runs to the by-line and has his cross blocked. Corner to Chievo.
25' Stankovic collects a headed pass from Figo and plays into the path of Crespo. Moro intercepts.
22' Figo's inswinging cross from the left-wing corner flag is palmed clear by Squizzi. Throw-in to Inter on the right channel.
21' Adriano is intercepted as he receives a Crespo pass. Inter win a corner.
19' Chievo counter attack. Godeas swivels in the box and sends a low shot on target. Julio Cesar saves.
17' Mandelli cuts out Figo's pass to Crespo and boots out for a throw-in.
16' Figo tests Squizzi with a belter from 25 yards. The Chievo keeper tips over for a corner.
13' Julio Cesar rises to catch Kosowski's inswinger from the right.
12' Luciano crosses from the left. Samuel blocks and concedes a corner.
11' That was Hernan's third goal since he rejoined Inter this summer.
11' GOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! Hernan Crespo latches on to Dacourt's ball over the Chievo defence and fires a low angled shot past Squizzi.
10' Figo receives in space from Solari after an Inter attack down the left. Luis' effort from distance is blocked by the Chievo defence.
8' Pellissier and ex-Inter winger Luciano combine on the right for Chievo, but to no effect as the Nerazzurri win a throw-in
6' Inter close again. Stankovic plays a weighted pass over the Chievo defence for Adriano, whose shot is blocked by Squizzi. Crespo pounces on the loose ball and shoots. Squizzi saves again.
5' Applause rings round the stadium as Inter captain Javier Zanetti gets back to tackle Chievo winger Kosowski.
3' Nothing comes of the corner but Inter remain in attack and go close through Solari, who dribbles an opponent, enters the box and fires a low shot on target which takes a deflection. Another corner.
2' Figo crosses from the left. Scurto bundles behind for an Inter corner.
1' Good afternoon and welcome to the Meazza for Inter v Chievo.
1' The whistle goes, and the Gialloblu kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Chievo coach Giuseppe Pillon replies with this 4-4-2 lineup: 18 Squizzi; 27 Moro, 29 Mandelli, 26 Scurto, 23 Lanna; 5 Luciano, 21 Sammarco, 33 Brighi, 55 Kosowski; 31 Pellissier, 99 Godeas.
1' Roberto Mancini has named this 4-3-1-2 starting lineup: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 5 Stankovic, 15 Dacourt, 21 Solari; 7 Figo; 18 Crespo, 10 Adriano.
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter beat Chievo 4-3.
45' Four minutes of added time.
43' And they have scored a third as Brighi beats Julio Cesar from close range. Inter 4-3 Chievo.
43' Walter Samuel boots the ball upfield as Chievo come looking for a third.
41' Chievo score a second. Tiribocchi beats Julio Cesar with an unstoppable strike from distance. Inter 4-2 Chievo.
39' Godeas turns in the box and fires wide.
38' Tiribocchi's first-time shot from a Luciano cross is well wide of the left post.
37' Lanna's cross from the left spin off Burdisso. Chievo win a corner.
35' Inter bring on Nicolas Burdisso for Dejan Stankovic, scorer of a memorable goal this afternoon.
34' Chievo replace goalscorer Pellissier with Tiribocchi.
32' Julio Cesar reaches Pellissier's spot kick but can't prevent it from going under his body and into the net. Inter 4-1 Chievo.
31' Chievo awarded a penalty for a foul by Julio Cesar on Sergio Pellissier.
27' Chievo close through Luciano, whose volley from a corner is tipped round by Julio Cesar.
26' Mancini makes his second switch. Maxwell replaces Dacourt.
25' GOOAAAALLL!!!! Hernan Crespo makes it 4-0 with an almost identical effort to his opener in the first half.
25' Standing ovation for Crespo as he makes way for Mariano Gonzalez.
23' Chievo make a double substitution: Giunti and Marcolini replace Sammarco and Kosowoski.
20' Stankovic is booked for removing his shirt.
19' GOOOAAALLL!!! Dejan Stankovic makes it 3-0 with a stunning right-foot drive from 25 yards that ends up in the top corner.
18' Figo combines with Adriano and gets to the edge of the Chievo box but sees his shot blocked.
16' Olivier Dacourt receives in space and unleashes a low shot from 25 yards. Squizzi saves.
14' Inter close again. This time Crespo heads over a Dejan Stankovic cross from the right.
12' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! Walter Samuel nods home after Squizzi's half-clearance from a Figo cross.
12' Figo cuts out a Chievo attack and plays foward to Stankovic who makes a central run on goal then plays wide to Adriano, whose shot is blocked.
10' Free kick to Chievo close to the right-wing by-line. Julio Cesar makes an easy catch from Kosowski's cross.
9' Solari is booked for a tactical foul on Brighi as Chievo launch a counter attack.
8' Adriano rises in the box to meet a Figo corner but the Brazilian's header is off target.
4' Samuel's long ball forward sails over the head of Crespo. Lanna heads back to Squizzi.
2' Luis Figo crosses from the left flank. Squizzi collects to deny Adriano.
2' Moro blocks a Grosso cross from left-wing by-line. Corner.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.69
9 shots on target 7
3 shots off target 3
18 fouls committed 14
8 corners 5
3 offsides 3
32:15 ball possession 24:32
Mancini v Pillon

Roberto Mancini has faced Chievo boss Giuseppe Pillon on two previous occasions, winning both games 1-0.


2005/06 Serie A Inter-ChievoVerona 1-0 1-0

Mancini v Chievo

Roberto Mancini has faced Chievo nine times since becoming a coach. He has won 3 matches, drawn 4 and lost 2.


2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-ChievoVerona 0- 2 ----
2002/03 Serie A Lazio-ChievoVerona 2-3 1-1
2003/04 Serie A Lazio-ChievoVerona 1-0 0-0
2004/05 Serie A Inter-ChievoVerona 1-1 2-2
2005/06 Serie A Inter-ChievoVerona 1-0 1-0

Pillon v Inter

Giuseppe Pillon has met Inter twice in his coaching career. Both were in last season's Serie A championship and both ended 1-0 in Inter's favour


2005/06 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 0-1 0-1

Three hundred times Crespo

Hernan Crespo, scorer of Inter's winning goal at the Olimpico in midweek, is poised to make his 300th appearance for an Italian club in Sunday's game against Chievo. The Argentine striker, who has worn the shirts of Parma, Lazio, Inter and AC Milan, has played 219 times in Serie A, 18 in Coppa Italia, 57 in Europe and 5 in other tournaments. He made his debut in Parma's 3-1 cup win at Pescara on 28 August 1996.

Seventeen-match scoring run

Since the 0-0 home draw with Parma on 12 January 2006, Inter have scored in 17 consecutive matches at the Giuseppe Meazza, netting a total of 36 goals.

No Chievo win in 10 games

Chievo's last victory in a competitive fixture came on 15 April 2006 when they defeated Messina 2-0 at home. Since then, the Flying Donkeys from Verona have collected five draws and as many defeats.

Clash between unrelegated teams

Inter v Chievo is a match between two of the four teams participating in the 2006/07 Serie A championship who have never been relegated to Serie B. Inter have been in the top-flight since it became a one-division championship in 1929/30 while Chievo have avoided the drop since gaining promotion in 2001/02. The other two teams are Parma (in A since 1990/91) and Siena (in A since 2002/03).

Ibra's favourite target

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scorer of 27 goals since moving to Italy, has a knack of scoring against Chievo keeper Vincenzo Sicignano. In his two seasons with Juventus the Swedish striker put four past the former Lecce shotstopper.

Pillon set for 100th match as coach

Chievo coach Giuseppe Pillon will complete a century of coaching appearances at the Meazza on Sunday. He made his coaching debut on the Treviso bench in a goalless Serie C draw at home to San Donà di Piave on 20 August 1995.

Pillon's 99 appearances:
Serie A: 16
Serie B: 34
Serie C1: 27
Serie C2: 11
Coppa Italia: 4
Serie C Coppa Italia: 5
European competitions: 1
Other tournaments: 1

wins(12) draws(4) defeats(1)
MILAN - Inter beat Chievo 4-3 in a spectacular afternoon of football at the Giuseppe Meazza as the visitors scored three late goals after being totally outplayed by Roberto Mancini's men for 75 minutes.

The Nerazzurri made their intentions clear from the outset, Solari testing Squizzi with a low shot after dribbling an opponent in the area.

The Chievo custodian then made a double save from Adriano and Crespo before the latter latched on to Dacourt's perfect ball over the Gialloblu defence and rifled a low angled shot into the far corner to give Inter an 11th-minute lead.

In an Inter-dominated first half the Flying Donkeys from Verona carved out three good chances but Godeas was denied by Julio Cesar on each occasion.

Adriano showed signs he is returning to top form with a barnstorming run down the right before half time. The Brazilian powered past Sammarco and Scurto, sidestepped Mandelli in the area and rifled on target from a tight angle. Squizzi saved.

Inter doubled their lead 12 minutes after the restart when Walter Samuel headed into an open goal with Squizzi stranded after a half-clearance from Figo's corner.

The Nerazzurri's third was a memorable effort from Dejan Stankovic, who collected the ball 25 yards out and unleashed a right-foot drive that found the top left corner.

Hernan Crespo then made it 4-0 with an almost identical effort to his opener after a delightful through ball from Adriano.

Chievo grabbed what looked like a late consolation when Pellissier converted a spot kick after being brought down in the area by Julio Cesar.

But there was more to come as Chievo sub Tiribocchi reduced the deficit again with an unstoppable strike from distance. Brighi then capitalised on a defence lapse, steering past Julio Cesar from ten yards to give his side a lifeline and set up a tense four minutes of stoppage time.

But Inter held on for victory and move top of the table as Palermo went down 2-0 at Empoli.

INTER 4-3 CHIEVO (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Crespo 11, 70, Samuel 57, Stankovic 64, Pellissier (pen) 77, Tiribocchi 86, Brighi 88

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 5 Stankovic (16 Burdisso 80), 15 Dacourt (6 Maxwell 71), 21 Solari; 7 Figo; 18 Crespo (91 Gonzalez 70), 10 Adriano
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 8 Ibrahimovic, 13 Maicon, 23 Materazzi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

CHIEVO: 18 Squizzi; 27 Moro, 29 Mandelli, 26 Scurto, 23 Lanna; 5 Luciano, 21 Sammarco (8 Giunti 68), 33 Brighi, 55 Kosowski (20 Marcolini 68); 31 Pellissier (90 Tiribocchi 79), 99 Godeas
Subs not used: 1 Sicignano, 4 Mantovani, 9 Bruno, 19 Malagò
Coach: Giuseppe Pillon

Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro (Lecce)

Booked: Solari 54, Stankovic 65

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Squizzi
Zanetti 4 Moro
Cordoba 2 Mandelli
Samuel 25 Scurto
Grosso 11 Lanna
Stankovic 5 Luciano
Dacourt 15 Sammarco
Solari 21 Brighi
Figo 7 Kosowski
Crespo 18 Pellissier
Adriano 10 Godeas


Toldo 1 Sicignano
Maxwell 6 Mantovani
Ibrahimovic 8 Giunti
Maicon 13 Bruno
Burdisso 16 Malagò
Materazzi 23 Marcolini
Gonzalez 91 Tiribocchi