Final score

1 October 2006 15:00

17' Colucci
38' Grosso
Referee: Domenico Messina / Linesmen: Alvino, Milardi / Fourth official: Palazzino
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46' Half time. Cagliari 1-1 Inter.
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
45' Solari makes a solo run down the left then plays into the middle. Stankovic's curling shot from distance is caught by Chimenti.
42' Corner to Inter after Del Grosso blocks Maicon's diagonal shot from the left.
42' Another chance for Inter. Ibra runs on to Adriano's through ball and has his shot blocked by Chimenti who was quick off his line.
41' Solari's left-foot shot from distance isn't far wide of the left post.
38' GOOOAAALLL!!!! At the back post Grosso slots home a Maicon cross to bring the teams level.
37' Ibra plays Solari's cross into the path of Adriano who shoots home from close range. The goal is disallowed for offside.
37' Chimenti comes off his line to catch Maicon's floated cross for Adriano.
33' The substitution means Inter will change from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2.
33' Mancini brings on Santiago Solari for Hernan Crespo, who is unable to continue.
32' At full stretch Crespo gets a boot to Maicon's cross from Ibra's poked pass and falls awkwardly. The Argentine requires medical attention.
31' Biondini has a go from 25 yards. The Cagliari midfielder's right-foot effort is over the bar.
28' Adriano latches on to a long pass, takes the ball past three opponents and crosses for Crespo. Cagliari block and clear.
27' Cagliari hit Inter on the break again. This time Cordoba wins a duel with Suazo, shields the ball and sweeps clear.
26' A Fabio Grosso corner is headed clear. Stankovic pounces on the loose ball and rifles wide from 25 yards.
24' Julio Cesar pulls off a great save to deny Cagliari a second goal. The Rossoblu break with Suazo and Conti. The Honduran plays to the unmarked Esposito whose shot is parried by Inter's Brazilian keeper.
23' Crespo chests down a pin-point pass from Stankovic in the Cagliari area but the Argentine striker is flagged offside.
22' Inter close through Ibrahimovic. The Swede forward collects the ball in a central position 25 yards out and crashes a low right-foot shot just wide of the left post.
21' Cagliari captain Suazo runs on to a through ball, shrugs off a challenge from Cordoba and hooks his shot over the bar.
19' Free kick to Inter on the right flank. Maicon's cross into the area is headed clear by Colucci.
17' Cagliari take the lead. Esposito drifts in from the right, floats a cross over to the unmarked Colucci who volleys past Julio Cesar from close range.
16' Grosso booked for a foul on Biondini.
14' Adriano's low left-foot shot from the free kick is on target. Chimenti saves with his feet.
13' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out for a Colucci foul on Ibrahimovic.
12' Esposito crosses from the right but there's no Rossoblu player in the area. Julio Cesar collects.
11' Cagliari build up a move down the right with Ferri, Esposito and Suazo. Materazzi tackles the Italian defender and sets up a counter attack.
10' Mauro Esposito crosses from the right-wing corner flag. Crespo heads wide to Maicon who is fouled by Ferri as he brings the ball clear.
10' Adriano sends a left-foot shot well wide from 30 yards.
9' Biondini's cross from the right is blocked by Materazzi. Cagliari win a corner.
8' Good move by the Nerazzurri. Dacourt floats a ball into the box and Ibrahimovic nods down for Crespo, but Chimenti gets to the ball first.
6' Inter awarded a free kick for a handball by Esposito. Ibra's shot from Grosso's cross is cleared as far as Stankovic, who volleys wide from 25 yards.
5' Good cross in from the left by Adriano. Bianco beats Crespo to the ball and clears.
4' Stankovic whips in a cross from the right wing. It's too long for Adriano.
4' Suazo's looping header from D'Agostino's cross is over the Inter bar.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Sant'Elia for Cagliari v Inter.
1' Cagliari kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo, 10 Adriano.
1' Cagliari: 25 Chimenti; 29 Ferri, 20 Bianco, 6 Lopez, 13 Del Grosso; 16 Biondini, 5 Conti, 21 Colucci, 24 D'Agostino; 7 Esposito, 9 Suazo.
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48' Full time. Cagliari 1-1 Inter.
47' Solari blazes over after Cagliari fail to clear a Luis Figo corner.
46' Cagliari bring on Budel for Esposito.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
44' Chimenti parries a left-foot drive from Solari, who has had an impressive game since coming on for Crespo.
43' Esposito is shown a yellow card for a cruching tackle on Solari, bringing the number of booked players to six.
42' Inter bring on Mariano Gonzalez for Adriano.
40' Adriano's shot from a tight angle is deflected out for a corner.
38' Dacourt booked for a foul on Esposito.
38' Stankovic makes a headed clearance from Lopez's free kick.
37' Maicon booked for booting the ball away after a Dacourt foul on Pepe.
35' Cagliari replace the injured Ferri with Pisano.
33' Pepe's cross from the free kick is headed clear by Materazzi.
33' Free kick to Cagliari close to the right-wing by-line for a Materazzi foul on Esposito.
32' Stankovic lifts the ball over an opponent in midfield and plays a high ball into the area for Adriano. The Brazilian is flagged offside.
30' Ibrahimovic's header from a Solari ball from the left is caught by Chimenti.
28' At the other end, Adriano's header from Solari's cross is over Chimenti's bar.
27' Suazo makes a 30-yard diagonal run and crosses from the right. Zanetti heads clear but Cagliari remain in attack and Suazo causes more mayhem for the Nerazzurri defence before Conti smashes wide from 20 yards.
26' Adriano skips past Biondini and serves Ibrahimovic but the Swede is caught offside.
23' Materazzi rises at the back post to head Figo's corner kick over the crossbar.
23' Figo's corner is cleared and there will be another corner.
23' Superb move by Solari. The Argentine winger takes on two in a run from the left and wins Inter a corner.
22' Cagliari bring on Pepe for D'Agostino.
20' Bianco cuts out Ibrahimovic's pass wide for Maicon to end a promising attack by Inter.
18' Solari tries a scissor kick from 25 yards. It's just over the bar.
18' Figo's cross from the right is collected by Chimenti.
16' Suazo frees D'Agostino down the left. The Cagliari winger makes a ten-yard run and then commits a foul on Maicon after losing control of the ball.
14' Suazo's right-foot drive from the free kick is wide of the right post.
13' Cordoba booked for bringing down a rampant David Suazo.
12' Ferri's header from Esposito's corner is easily gathered by Julio Cesar.
12' Solari makes a headed clearance from Del Grosso's curling free kick.
10' Inter replace Fabio Grosso, who has sustained a slight injury, with Luis Figo.
8' Bianco booked for pulling Adriano off the ball.
6' Bianco beats Ibrahimovic to another Solari ball in from the left.
5' Maicon heads clear an Esposito cross to end a Cagliari attack down the right.
4' Solari's pass from the left for Ibra is intercepted by Bianco in the Cagliari area.
1' The whistle goes and Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.84
2 shots on target 4
6 shots off target 11
9 fouls committed 25
3 corners 7
4 offsides 5
25:31 ball possession 28:02
Mancini v Cagliari

Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in competitive matches against Cagliari, with 3 wins (all at home) and 3 draws from 6 matches. Mancini's teams have scored in all 6 games, netting a total of 14.


2004/05 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 2- 0 3-3
2004/05 Coppa Italia Inter-Cagliari 3-1 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 3- 2 2-2

Giampaolo v Inter

Cagliari boss Marco Giampaolo faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Giampaolo v Mancini

The current Cagliari and Inter coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Suazo fifth in Cagliari's all time scorer list

Including his two goals in this start to the 2006/07 season, David Suazo has scored 32 in Serie A games for Cagliari to leapfrog Gigi Piras into fifth place in the club's all time list of top-flight scorers. In front of the Honduran forward lie Gori (33 goals), Muzzi (41 goals), Oliveira (45 goals) and the legendary Gigi Riva (156 goals).

Cagliari: one win in 13 league games

The Rossoblu from Sardinia have won just once in their last 13 Serie A matches. Since their 3-1 home win against Parma on 30 April 2006 Cagliari have collected 8 draws and 4 defeats.

Rossoblu looking to end 12-year wait

Cagliari's last win against Inter at the Sant'Elia was on 30 March 1994 - over 12 years ago. On that occasion, a UEFA Cup semi-final, the islanders triumphed 3-2. Since that date Cagliari have hosted Inter in 10 competitive fixtures, drawing seven and losing three.

Few bookings for Cagliari, Inter

Cagliari and Inter are of the three teams to have had the fewest yellow cards shown (7) after four rounds of Serie A matches. Livorno are the other team.

Four out of four for Inter

After 360 minutes of 2006/07 Serie A football only four teams have scored in each of their four games: Lazio, Messina, Sampdoria and Inter. The Nerazzurri have scored a total of 9 goals.

Crespo decisive

Hernan Crespo is one of the league's two most decisive scorers after four rounds of matches. His goals against Roma (1) and Chievo (2) have collected six points for Inter. The other is Luca Saudati, whose goals for Empoli have also helped earn his club six points.

Adriano to end goal drought at Cagliari?

Adriano, who last scored in Inter's 2-1 victory over Villarreal in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on 29 March, and who hasn't netted in the league since Inter- Sampdoria on 11 March, relishes scoring against Antonio Chimenti. The Brazilian has scored five goals in matches against the current Cagliari keeper. Adriano has also scored five in matches against Udinese custodian De Sanctis.

wins(18) draws(18) defeats(7)
CAGLIARI - Fabio Grosso scored his first goal for Inter as the Nerazzurri held Cagliari to a 1-1 draw at the Sant'Elia.

The World Cup winner netted seven minutes before the break after a creative Cagliari side went ahead through Colucci.

Roberto Mancini named a 4-3-3 formation for the Serie A Week 5 clash with Ibrahimovic, Crespo and Adriano in attack, but was forced to switch to a 4-4-2 after Crespo hobbled off with a hamstring injury

Cagliari took a 17th-minute lead when Mauro Esposito drifted in from the left and floated a cross over to an unmarked Colucci who volleyed past Julio Cesar from close range.

Ibrahimovic fired a low shot wide from 25 yards as Cagliari continued to hit Inter on the break, Esposito forcing a great save from Julio Cesar after receiving a Suazo pass in the area.

Inter lost Crespo to injury just after the half hour, but gained in terms of tactics with Santiago Solari coming on to give the Nerazzurri more depth in a four-man midfield.

The forced substitution and resulting tactical switch led to an Inter-dominated end to the first half. Grosso converted a Maicon cross at the back post to bring the teams level a minute after Adriano had a close-range effort disallowed for offside.

In a flurry of attacking activity before the break Solari went close with a long-range drive and Ibrahimovic was denied by Chimenti before the Cagliari keeper kept out a Stankovic curler.

In a low-key second half that saw more bookings than clear-cut chances on goal, Suazo sent a long-range free kick wide while Solari narrowly missed the target with a scissor kick.

The Argentine winger, who twice set up Ibrahimovic and Adriano with testing crosses from the left, had a chance to seal victory in the final minutes but saw his left-foot drive parried by Chimenti.

The draw sees Inter slip to second in the Serie A table as Roma edged Empoli 1-0 to move top. The Giallorossi will be joined by Palermo tonight if the Sicilians win against Chievo in Verona.


Scorers: Colucci 17, Grosso 38

CAGLIARI: 25 Chimenti; 29 Ferri (14 Pisano 80), 20 Bianco, 6 Lopez, 13 Del Grosso; 16 Biondini, 5 Conti, 21 Colucci, 24 D'Agostino (18 Pepe 67); 7 Esposito (4 Budel 90+1), 9 Suazo
Subs not used: 26 Fortin, 22 Bizera, 31 Agostini, 23 Langella
Coach: Marco Giampaolo

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso (7 Figo 55); 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (21 Solari 33), 10 Adriano (91 Mariano Gonzalez 87)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 16 Burdisso, 77 Andreolli, 6 Maxwell
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Domenico Messina (Bergamo)

Booked: Grosso 16, Bianco 53, Cordoba 58, Maicon 82, Dacourt 83, Esposito 88

starting lineups

Chimenti 12 Julio Cesar
Ferri 13 Maicon
Bianco 2 Cordoba
Lopez 23 Materazzi
Del Grosso 11 Grosso
Biondini 4 Zanetti
Conti 15 Dacourt
Colucci 5 Stankovic
D'Agostino 8 Ibrahimovic
Esposito 18 Crespo
Suazo 10 Adriano


Fortin 1 Toldo
Pisano 16 Burdisso
Bizera 77 Andreolli
Agostini 6 Maxwell
Budel 7 Figo
Pepe 21 Solari
Langella 91 Gonzalez