Final score

22 October 2006 15:00

Referee: Tiziano Pieri / Linesmen: Saglietti, Nicoletti / Fourth official: Zanardo
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48' Half time. Udinese 0-0.
48' De Sanctis jumps and beats Vieira to a loose ball in the box as Inter go close again.
47' Another good chance for Inter in stoppage time. Stankovic receives from Crespo and sends a low angled shot on target. De Sanctis saves.
46' Stankovic's low drive from Ibra's short pass is a yard wide of the left post.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
45' Grosso gets the better of Zenoni on the left and whips in a cross. Stankovic rises and heads over the bar.
44' Vieira plays into the Udinese area for Ibrahimovic. Natali clears.
43' Inter counter attack. Vieira serves Ibrahimovic who makes a diagonal run then lets loose a 20-yard shot. It's too central, easy save for De Sanctis.
41' Another clearance by Zapata, this time at the near post to deny Crespo a chance from Figo's cross.
41' At the other end, Grosso's low cross from the left is cleared by Zapata.
39' Bianconeri close again from the resulting corner which is eventually cleared as far as Zenoni, whose 20-yard strike is over Julio Cesar's bar.
39' Udinese close to an opener from a counter attack. In the Inter area Iaquinta plays short to Barreto whose shot is blocked.
38' Fabio Grosso's left-foot effort from the free kick hits Natali in the face. Play interrupted as the Udinese defender receives medical attention.
37' Ibra pounces on a back pass and plays to Vieira who serves Stankovic. The Serbian midfielder looks for space to shoot then passes to Figo before being caught by an opponent. Free kick to Inter in a central position 25 yards out.
35' Barreto flagged offside as he races to meet Di Natale's ball down the right.
34' Patrick Vieira commits a foul as he rises to meet Figo's corner at the back post.
34' Zapata boots out for a corner after a Figo-Vieira attack down the middle. Corner to Inter.
32' Another Udine counter attack. This time Iaquinta is flagged offside as he runs to meet Di Natale's through ball.
31' Inter build a good passing move in the Udinese half. Stankovic's cross is headed clear and the Bianconeri hit us on the break. Zanetti gets back to dispossess Iaquinta.
29' Materazzi blocks a Di Natale shot from the edge of the box as Udinese maintain their attacking initiative.
27' Cordoba beats Iaquinta to Di Natale's high ball into the box and plays to safety.
27' Materazzi warned by ref Pieri for a foul on Pinzi. Free kick to the home side 30 yards out on the right. Di Natale's cross is caught by Julio Cesar.
25' Fabio Grosso's cross from the right is headed clear by Obodo.
25' Numerical parity restored as Dacourt returns to the pitch.
24' Iaquinta's free kick is blocked by Luis Figo in the Inter wall.
23' Olivier Dacourt receives treatment to what looks like an elbow injury.
21' Another cross from the right by Di Natale. Headed clearance by Marco Materazzi.
20' At the near post Obodo makes a headed clearance from Figo's corner.
19' Figo's low right-foot shot from Ibrahimovic's cutback takes a deflection and finishes wide of the left post. Corner to Inter.
18' Iaquinta drifts in from the left and sends his cross-shot well off-target.
17' Crucial intervention by Cordoba, who at full stretch pokes clear to deny Iaquinta a near-range shot from Di Natale's excellent cross from the right wing.
16' Dejan Stankovic gets into a shooting position but drags his right-foot shot wide of the left post.
15' Obodo's low effort from Inter's corner clearance is blocked.
15' Zenoni outpaces Fabio Grosso to a ball down the right and wins his team a corner kick.
14' Play resumes after the Udinese keeper is given the all-clear by the team doctor.
12' Morgan De Sanctis remains on the ground after colliding with Crespo in the six-yard box.
12' Dossena dispossesses Figo on the right wing and concedes an attacking throw-in. Inter take it quickly, Figo crosses into the box, Ibrahimovic and Zanetti have efforts blocked, and Udinese clear with some difficulty.
10' Pinzi volleys over the bar after latching on to Figo's headed clearance from the corner.
9' Iaquinta's fierce strike rebounds off Stankovic and goes behind for a corner.
9' Ivan Cordoba is booked for a foul on Vincenzo Iaquinta The Colombian, who was already on a caution, will miss Inter's next match.
8' Cordoba intercepts a Di Natale through ball for Iaquinta. Grosso sweeps clear.
7' Di Natale receives from Zenoni and plays first time for Barreto on the right wing, but the Udinese number ten overhits his pass.
6' Luis Figo floats a pass into the Udinese area. Morgan De Sanctis is quick off his line to deny Hernan Crespo.
4' Udinese back in attack. Di Natale unleashes a right-foot shot from 25 yards. It's high and wide.
3' At the other end Stankovic passes to Hernan Crespo who volleys high and wide from the left edge of the Bianconeri box.
2' Udine on the attack again. Iaquinta is flagged offside as he meets a through ball.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Friuli in Udine for Udinese v Inter.
1' Montiel plays down the left for Iaquinta who crosses from the by-line. Grosso makes a headed clearance. Seconds later Julio Cesar collects a Zenoni cross from the right as the home side make an attacking start to the match.
1' We're under way at the Friuli as Udinese kick off.
1' Giovanni Galeone, who is without regulars Muntari, Felipe and Asamoah, has opted for this starting lineup: 1 De Sanctis; 3 Zenoni, 14 Natali, 2 Zapata, 20 Dossena; 5 Obodo, 8 Pinzi; 7 Barreto, 10 Di Natale, 27 Montiel; 9 Iaquinta.
1' Roberto Mancini's starting eleven to face the Bianconeri: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo, 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
Minute Text commentary
50' Full time. Udinese 0-0 Inter.
50' Recoba's curling free kick hits the wall.
49' Figo booked for arguing about the distance of the Udinese wall from the ball.
48' Recoba brought down by Pinzi in a central position 25 yards out. The Udinese captain is booked.
45' 4 minutes of overtime.
45' Recoba combines with Cruz and enters the box from the left but fails to reach the return ball.
45' Cruz combines with Maicon in the Udinese area but nothing comes of the move and the Bianconeri mount a counter attack.
42' Natali beats Recoba to Maicon's cross from the right.
40' Grosso's through ball for Cruz is intercepted by Natali.
39' Good work in defence by Maicon who beats Iaquinta to the ball and plays to safety.
39' De Martino's cross-shot from Di Natali's through ball is blocked by Materazzi. Udinese win a corner.
37' Roberto Mancini makes his third and final switch. Alvaro Recoba comes on for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
34' Ibra flicks the ball up in the area and plays short to Cruz who is offside as he crashes his shot wide of the left post.
32' Maicon wins a corner for Inter after combining with Cruz on the right channel.
32' Udinese bring on De Martino for Barreto.
31' Iaquinta gets a foot to Di Natali's ball into the Nerazzurri box. Julio Cesar collects.
29' Obodo yellow-carded for elbowing Grosso in the face. It should have been a red.
29' Grosso's cross from Stankovic's ball wide goes out of play. Goal kick to Udinese.
27' De Sanctis is quick off his line to beat Ibrahimovic to a through ball.
26' Ibra controls a Figo pass in the area, turns and rifles a low shot on target. De Sanctis saves.
24' Zapata intercepts Stankovic's pass for Ibrahimovic on the edge of the Udinese area.
23' Inter substitution. Maicon replaces Olivier Dacourt.
22' Udinese hit back again. Materazzi makes a clearance from Iaquinta in the area.
22' Back in the Udinese half Ibra crosses from the right for Cruz, who is beaten to the ball.
21' It's end to end at the Friuli as Udinese hit back at Inter. Excellent defending by Cordoba who moves quickly to beat Barreto to a ball on the left wing.
20' Inter back in attack. Ibrahimovic's acrobatic pass for Cruz is cut out by Dossena.
19' Udinese counter immediately and go close through Di Natale, who fires wide from an inviting position.
19' Inter close through Ibra, who controls a pass with his chest and sends a low shot on target. De Sanctis saves.
18' Vieira is adjudged to have handled the ball in the area after Figo's corner. Free kick to Udinese.
17' Inter remain in attack. Figo receives from Cruz and has a diagonal shot blocked by Zapata. Corner.
16' Superb crossfield pass by Stankovic for Cruz who is intercepted as he enters the Udine box.
16' Di Natale attacks down the right, cuts inside Grosso and fires a left-foot shot well wide of the far post.
15' Nothing comes of the free kick and Udinese come forward. Di Natale's cross from the right is caught by Julio Cesar.
14' Udinese captain Pinzi fouls Cruz from behind. Free kick to Inter in a central position over 30 yards out.
13' Dejan Stankovic booked for a foul on Di Natale.
13' Inter hit Udinese on the break. Cruz combines on the right with Figo then plays central to the Portuguese winger whose low shot from 20 yards is cleared.
12' Zenoni heads out a right-wing cross to deny Stankovic a chance at the far post. Corner to Inter.
11' Natali heads way over the bar from Di Natale's cross.
10' Julio Cruz replaces Hernan Crespo.
8' Obodo goes down in his own area after colliding with Crespo as the two players battle to meet Figo's cross from the corner flag.
8' Fabio Grosso's outswinging cross is headed over by Zapata. Inter win a left-wing corner.
4' The Bianconeri hit Inter on the break. Di Natale's shot is saved by Julio Cesar.
4' Figo dances past three opponents in a central run but has his shot blocked in the box.
2' 4 minutes of overtime.
2' Iaquinta flagged offside as he runs to meet Pinzi's through ball.
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
1' Cordoba beats Iaquinta to a forward pass and boots out for an Udinese throw-in on the right.
1' Udinese have replaced young Paraguayan midfielder Montiel with D'Agostino.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.48
2 shots on target 6
7 shots off target 6
15 fouls committed 22
5 corners 7
7 offsides 3
24:30 ball possession 31:32
Galeone v Mancini

Udinese boss Giovanni Galeone has never beaten his Inter counterpart Roberto Mancini, with a draw and two defeats in three meetings. Galeone's teams have conceded on each occasion, letting in a total of 7 goals.


2003/04 Serie A Ancona-Lazio ---- 2-4
2005/06 Coppa Italia Udinese-Inter 2-2 0-1

Galeone v Inter

Giovanni Galeone has collected one victory, two draws and seven defeats in his ten meetings with the Nerazzurri. He has never won at home, with two draws, four defeats and 14 goals conceded.


1984/85 Coppa Italia Spal-Inter 0-3 ----
1987/88 Serie A Pescara-Inter 1-1 2-0
1988/89 Serie A Pescara-Inter 0-2 1-2
1992/93 Serie A Pescara-Inter 1-4 ----
1996/97 Serie A Perugia-Inter ---- 0-1
2003/04 Serie A Ancona-Inter 0-2 ----
2005/06 Coppa Italia Udinese-Inter 2-2 0-1

Mancini v Udinese

Roberto Mancini has won 8, drawn 3 and lost 1 of his 12 matches against Udinese. His teams have hit the target in all twelve games, scoring a total of 22 goals.


2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Udinese 2-1 ----
2001/02 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-Udinese 3-1 1-0
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Udinese 1-0 ----

Udinese and substitutions

Udinese have made just 13 out of a possible 18 substitutions in their first six matches of the 2006/07 Serie A season. Sampdoria are only other team to have made as few changes.

Six substitutions out of six for Asamoah

Udinese might be one of the two teams to have made the fewest substitutions after six league matches, but the Bianconeri's Ghanaian forward Gyan Asamoah is the only 2006/07 Serie A player to have been brought off after starting all six games.

Udinese's 362-minute invincibility

Sergio Pellissier's 88th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot in Udinese 1-1 Chievo on 22 April 2006 was the last home goal conceded by the Bianconeri. Udinese have kept clean sheets in their all four of their Serie A home matches played since then, against Cagliari, Torino, Fiorentina and Ascoli. Including away games, Udinese haven't let in a goal since Samp striker Francesco Flachi's 76th-minute goal in last month's 3-3 draw at the Marassi - 284 competitive minutes ago.

De Sanctis poised for 200th appearance

Goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis will make his 200th appearance for Udinese in Sunday's match against Inter at the Stadio Friuli. De Sanctis, who made his debut in Venezia 3-0 Udinese, a Coppa Italia match played on 1 December 1999, has played 164 times in the Serie A, 17 in the Coppa Italia, and 18 in European cup competitions.

Inter consistent scorers in league

Inter and Sampdoria are the only two 2006/07 Serie A teams to have scored in all six games played so far. The Nerazzurri have scored 12 goals in 540 minutes of top-flight football, an average of two goals a game.

Penalties against Inter

Inter have conceded two penalties in their first six matches of the 2006/07 Serie A season. Six other teams have had the same number of penalties given against them after six rounds of games - Cagliari, Catania, Empoli, Parma, Reggina and Sampdoria.

Crespo, Cruz likely scorers against Udinese

Argentine pair Hernan Crespo and Julio Cruz have scored more against Udinese than any other Italian club. Crespo, scorer of 165 goals in competitive games for Italian clubs, has put 14 past the Bianconeri, while 6 of El Jardinero's 73 goals have come in matches against the side from Italy's Friuli region. Furthermore, Cruz counts Morgan De Sanctis as his favourite target, with 5 goals in games against the Udinese keeper. He has put the same number of goals past Gianluigi Buffon.

Adriano to end goal drought in Udine?

Adriano's last scored for Inter in the Champions League quarter-final home match against Villarreal on 29 March. His last league effort came eighteen days before that, against Sampdoria on 11 March. According to the statistics Adriano could end his seven-month goal drought in Udine. Of his 92 goals in Italy, the Brazilian forward has scored 5 in games against Udinese goalkeeper De Sanctis. Adriano has also scored five against Buffon.

wins(24) draws(17) defeats(11)
UDINE - The Nerazzurri remain top of the table despite a goalless draw with a gritty Udinese side in Sunday afternoon's Serie A Week 7 clash at the Stadio Friuli.

Inter had two early chances after causing havoc in the Bianconeri area when Ibrahimovic and Zanetti had efforts blocked after a Figo cross from the right.

Stankovic then dragged a low right-foot shot wide before the home side enjoyed a period of possession and created danger from counter attacks. But Inter kept things tight at the back, Cordoba denying Iaquinta a clear chance on goal with a poked clearance before Materazzi blocked Barreto's goal-bound shot from the edge of the area.

Inter regained the upper hand in the closing stages of the first half, twice going close through Stankovic. After sending a low shot narrowly wide of the post the Serbian midfielder collected a Crespo pass and tested De Sanctis with an angled drive.

Mancini's men had the better chances of an end-to-end second half and could have taken the lead four minutes in when Figo danced past three opponents during a central run only to see his shot blocked in the area.

Di Natale, Udinese's number one threat coming forward, had an effort saved by Julio Cesar before twice firing wide from inviting positions.

Ibrahimovic forced saves from De Sanctis on two occasions before making way for Alvaro Recoba who had a chance to seal victory in stoppage time but saw his curling free kick blocked by the Udinese wall.

Inter's last scoreless draw in the league was against Wednesday's opponents Livorno.


UDINESE: 1 De Sanctis; 3 Zenoni, 14 Natali, 2 Zapata, 20 Dossena; 5 Obodo, 8 Pinzi; 7 Barreto (29 De Martino 77), 10 Di Natale, 27 Montiel (4 D'Agostino 46); 9 Iaquinta
Subs not used: 12 Paoletti, 6 Coda, 26 Motta, 23 Eremenko, 24 Vargas
Coach: Giovanni Galeone

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo, 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt (13 Maicon 68), 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic (20 Recoba 82), 18 Crespo (9 Cruz 55)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 16 Burdisso, 25 Samuel, 21 Solari
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Tiziano Pieri (Lucca)

Booked: Cordoba 9, Stankovic 58, Obodo 74, Pinzi 90+3, Figo 90+4

starting lineups

De Sanctis 12 Julio Cesar
Zenoni 4 Zanetti
Natali 2 Cordoba
Zapata 23 Materazzi
Dossena 11 Grosso
Obodo 7 Figo
Pinzi 14 Vieira
Barreto 15 Dacourt
Di Natale 5 Stankovic
Montiel 8 Ibrahimovic
Iaquinta 18 Crespo


Paoletti 1 Toldo
D'Agostino 13 Maicon
Coda 16 Burdisso
Motta 25 Samuel
Eremenko 21 Solari
Vargas 9 Cruz
De Martino 20 Recoba