Final score

5 November 2006 15:00

8' (2nd half) Cudini o.g.
41' Zanetti
Referee: Luca Banti / Linesmen: Stagnoli, Grilli / Fourth official: Bo
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Minute Text commentary
45' Half time. Inter lead Ascoli 1-0, thanks to Javier Zanetti's 41st-minute goal.
42' Before today Zanetti last scored for Inter on 6 November 2002 in a 4-3 Serie A win at Empoli.
41' GOOOOAAAAALL!!!!!! Zanetti makes amends with his first goal for Inter in ages. The Nerazzurri captain 'intercepts' Crespo's cross-shot from Ibra's cut-back and taps in from a yard out.
40' Zanetti uncharacteristically loses possession and Ascoli mount a counter attack. Bjelanovic's header from Giampà's ball into the box is well off target.
38' At the other end Stankovic crosses from the left flank. Headed clearance by Nastase.
37' The flag stays down as Bjelanovic chests down a Giampà pass into the Inter area. Julio Cesar narrows the angle, forcing the Ascoli forward to shoot wide.
34' Nastase tackles Ibra in his own area and concedes a corner. Stankovic plays short to Zanetti and crosses from the return pass. Crespo's effort goes wide of the near post. The Argentine forward is booked for using his arm instead of his head.
30' Crespo receives the ball from Stankovic on the left edge of the Ascoli area and tries to curl it into the top right corner but the Argentine's effort goes over at the far post.
29' Minieri beats Crespo to Stankovic's floated long-range pass and heads to safety.
28' Nastase clears an Ibrahimovic cross from the left with Crespo lurking in the area.
26' Stankovic fires wide from inside the Ascoli box after Ibra's header from Maicon's cross is blocked.
24' Superb ball into the box from the right by Ibrahimovic after good approach play by Vieira and Maicon. Crespo only just fails to connect for what would have been a certain goal.
23' Another chance for Inter, and another offside. The flag goes up as Ibra's shot from Stankovic's headed pass is saved by Pagliuca's feet.
21' Chance for Ascoli. Giampà blazes over from a tight angle after receiving in space on the right side of the Inter area.
20' Dacourt's ball into the box is too long for Crespo and Ibra. Pagliuca collects.
18' Maicon combines with Vieira and Ibrahimovic then crosses into the six-yard box. The ball is too fast for Stankovic who fails to connect at the far post.
17' Back in the Inter half Fabio Grosso blocks a Giampà cross.
16' Crespo is caught offside as he runs to meet Dacourt's long pass from his own half.
15' Cordoba beats Bjelanovic to Giampà's cross from the right and makes a headed clearance.
13' Vieira's glancing header from Maicon's whipped cross is wide of the far post.
12' Corner to Ascoli after Vieira's headed intervention from a long-range shot.
11' Maicon and Samuel make headed clearances in the box to deny Skela and Paolo Zanetti.
10' Dacourt unleashes a right-footer from a central position 35 yards out. It's well over Pagliuca's crossbar.
9' Inter close again. Pagliuca fails to hold Ibra's shot from Vieira's pass following a run into the box by Stankovic, but once again the flag goes up for offside.
8' Samuel beats Bjelanovic to a Giampà pass down the right and boots out for an Ascoli throw.
7' Ibrahimovic offside as he runs to meet Vieira's through ball.
6' Crespo is flagged offside as he meets a Stankovic through ball.
5' Lukovic tackles Maicon to end an Inter attack down the right channel.
4' Gianluca Pagliuca, who made 234 appearances for the Nerazzurri from 1994 to 1999, clears a Maicon cross from the right.
3' An Ascoli passing move in the Inter half comes to an end as Giampà's ball down the right goes out for a Nerazzurri throw-in.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for our minute-by-minute text commentary of Inter v Ascoli.
1' Inter close to an opener. Vieira knocks the ball forward to Crespo who combines with Stankovic on the edge of the Ascoli area. The ball is then played to Ibra who is offside as he shoots wide of the right post.
1' Banti blows his whistle, and the Bianconeri from Italy's Marche region kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' We're seconds away from kick-off at the Meazza. The players are wearing black armbands as part of the Italian Football League's protest against crime and to honour the memory of Bari Primavera player Giovanni Montani, who was assassinated last week.
1' Ascoli lineup: 1 Pagliuca; 32 Nastase, 5 Minieri, 6 Cudini, 3 Lukovic; 16 Giampà, 27 P.Zanetti, 10 Galloppa, 8 Fini, 14 Skela; 11 Bjelanovic.
1' Inter lineup: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic, 4 J.Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Ascoli 2-0. The Meazza roars as the electronic scoreboard shows the Rossoneri's result: Atalanta 2-0 AC Milan.
48' Cudini blocks an Ibra cross from the by-line. Corner to Inter.
47' Minieri booked for a foul from behind on Luis Figo.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
45' Santiago Solari replaces Hernan Crespo.
45' Luis Figo gets into a shooting position in the Ascoli area but his low shot goes wide of the right post.
44' Good save by Julio Cesar from Galloppa's 25-yard strike.
44' Headed clearance by Samuel from a Bjelanovic cross.
41' Paolucci's shot on the turn from inside the Inter box is wayward.
40' Crespo steals in to head over a Luis Figo cross from the left wing.
37' Good chance for Inter. Maicon controls Vieira's ball over the Ascoli defence and has his diagonal shot pushed round for a corner by Pagliuca.
34' Ascoli replace Lukovic with Perrulli.
33' Lukovic's right-foot effort from Bjelanovic's cut-back goes skywards.
32' Cudini makes a headed clearance from a Figo corner. Inter stay in the Ascoli third and go close through Ibra who shoots wide from seven yards.
31' Inter replace Stankovic with Mariano Gonzalez.
29' Another vital save from Julio Cesar. The Brazilian dives to parry a header from the unmarked Bjelanovic.
28' Fini yellow-carded for a foul on Zanetti.
28' Galloppa unleashes a shot from the edge of the Inter area. Stankovic blocks.
27' At the near post Ibrahimovic makes a headed clearance from Lukovic's corner.
25' Stankovic booked for a foul on Paolucci. The Serbian midfielder will miss next Sunday evening's Serie A trip to Parma.
22' Crespo's header from Figo's cross is saved by Pagliuca.
22' Stankovic's curling shot from a Zanetti pass is high and wide.
21' Paolucci heads an Ascoli cross over the bar as the visitors remain in attack.
20' Julio Cesar pulls off a terrific save from Fini. Ascoli fail to convert their first penalty of the season.
19' Maicon booked for handling the ball.
19' Referee Luca Banti spots a hand ball by Maicon in the Inter area. Penalty to the Bianconeri.
18' Pagliuca smothers the ball after failing to hold a powerful low right-footer from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
17' Figo races past an opponent on the right and crosses into the six-yard box. There's no team-mate on hand, and Pagliuca gathers.
16' At the other end Julio Cesar saves Paolo Zanetti's shot on the turn from Bjelanovic's cross.
15' Crespo's volley from Ibrahimovic's headed cut-back is saved by Pagliuca.
13' Ibrahimovic involuntarily blocks Stankovic's volley from Figo's cross.
13' Samuel's header from the resulting corner takes a deflection. Another Inter corner.
12' Inter close to a third. Crespo's near-range shot from Figo's cross is blocked by Pagliuca.
12' Lukovic's curling shot from the free kick is over Julio Cesar's bar.
11' Samuel booked for a foul on Bjelanovic. Free kick to Ascoli on the edge of the area.
8' GOOOAALLL!!!!!!!! Ibrahimovic makes a central run to the edge of the area then sweeps wide to Figo who crosses into the six-yard box. Cudini beats Crespo to the ball and turns into his own net.
7' Ascoli make a double substitution: Gotti and Paolucci for Giampà and Skela.
7' Inter replace Grosso with Figo.
7' Stankovic whips in a cross from the left. Headed clearance by Nastase who beats Crespo to the ball.
6' Nastase's attempt at a headed clearance from Stankovic's inswinger goes sky high, forcing Pagliuca to jump to collect the ball with Crespo lying in wait.
4' Ascoli remain in attack and win another corner after Grosso blocks Giampà's diagonal shot.
4' At the other end Ascoli go close to an equaliser. Paolo Zanetti's first-time shot from Giampà's cross takes a deflection off Cordoba. Corner to the visitors.
3' Inter attack with Ibra, Crespo, Vieira and Stankovic. The latter's cross from the left side of the Ascoli area goes behind for a goal kick.
2' Maicon takes no risks and heads out for a corner to deny Bjelanovic a shot from Giampà's cross. Cudini's near-post shot from Fini's corner is wide.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.31
6 shots on target 4
9 shots off target 8
9 fouls committed 9
5 corners 8
10 offsides 1
29:34 ball possession 25:59
Mancini v Ascoli

Roberto Mancini faces Ascoli for the third time after last season's league victories over the Bianconeri.


2005/06 Serie A Inter-Ascoli 1-0 2-1

Tesser v Inter

Ascoli boss Attilio Tesser faces Inter for the first time in his coaching career.

Mancini v Tesser

Inter and Ascoli coaches Roberto Mancini and Attilio Tesser meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Inter on target in 23 consecutive Serie A home games

Since their goalless draw with Reggina at the Meazza on 29 May 2005, the Nerazzurri have scored in 23 consecutive Serie A matches at home, netting a total of 58 goals.

Inter prolific in first 15 mins

After nine rounds of Serie A matches, Inter are the most prolific team in the first quarter-hour periods of games, with 4 goals scored.

Inter's second-half carelessness

Ten of the twelve league goals let in by Inter so far this season (83.3% of the total) have come in second halves: 2 from 46'-60', 2 from 61'-75', and 6 from 76'-90'.

Inter only unbeaten side in A

Inter are the only team yet to lose a match in this season's Serie A championship. The Nerazzurri, first with Palermo after nine games, have won 6 and drawn 3.

Crespo prolific in November

According to the statistics Hernan Crespo is the most decisive player in the 2006/07 Serie A championship. The Argentine forward's goals in the victories over Roma, Chievo and AC Milan have won Inter 9 points. And the immediate future looks good for the Nerazzurri, as November is one of Crespo's two most prolific months of the footballing year. He has scored 17 of his 118 Italian goals in the eleventh calendar month, the same number as in April.

Only one Ascoli win in last 18 Serie A games

Empoli 1-2 Ascoli on 14 May 2006 was the Bianconeri's last top-flight victory. Ascoli have collected 8 draws and 9 defeats since then, and are the only Serie A team besides Chievo yet to win a league match this season.

Ascoli's 5 Serie A goals from 3 players

Bjelanovic, Delvecchio and Perrulli are the only three Ascoli players to have hit the target in the league this term. No other 2006/07 Serie A team has scored with so few players after nine rounds of matches. Ascoli have netted just five goals so far this season, conceding twelve.

Ascoli and yellow cards

Ascoli are the most 'booked' team after nine rounds of league matches. The Bianconeri have accumulated 32 yellow cards, an average of 3.5 per game.

Tesser's black November

Ascoli coach Attilio Tesser has a points per match average of just 1.05 in November games, with 3 wins, 11 draws and 5 defeats in the eleventh calendar month.

No penalties in Ascoli's favour

Ascoli are one of four 2006/07 Serie A teams yet to have been awarded a penalty after nine rounds of the championship. The other three are Fiorentina, Siena and Torino.

wins(8) draws(5) defeats(3)
MILAN - Javier Zanetti scored his first goal for Inter since November 2002, and Cudini turned into his own net as the Nerazzurri beat Ascoli 2-0 to stay level with Palermo on top of the table and move seven points clear of Roma, who play Fiorentina in tonight's late game.

It was one-way traffic for much of the ninety at the Giuseppe Meazza as Inter dominated the Bianconeri from Italy's Marche region.

The offside flag twice denied Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the opening period before Patrick Vieira rose to send wide a glancing header from Maicon's whipped cross.

Ascoli produced two good chances in the first half, Giampà blazing over the bar before setting up Bjelanovic who was forced to shoot wide after Julio Cesar narrowed the angle.

The breakthrough came four minutes before the break when Javier Zanetti intercepted Crespo's cross-shot from an Ibrahimovic cut-back and slotted in from close range to score his first goal for Inter in almost four years.

Inter's second goal came from a counter attack eight minutes after the restart. Ibrahimovic made a powerful run to the edge of the box before sweeping wide to second-half sub Figo who crossed into the six-yard box where Cudini turned into his own net after beating Crespo to the ball.

Inter's best chance of a third fell to the Argentine forward who had a near-range shot from Figo's cross blocked by former Nerazzurri keeper Pagliuca.

Ascoli wasted a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears when referee Luca Banti pointed to the spot after Maicon handled the ball in the area, Julio Cesar pulling off a magnificent save from Fini to keep Inter's lead intact.

The Brazilian keeper then kept out a header from an unmarked Bjelanovic as the Nerazzurri defended their two-goal advantage until the final whistle.

INTER 2-0 ASCOLI (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Zanetti 41, Cudini (o.g.) 53

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso (7 Figo 52); 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic, 4 J.Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (21 Solari 90)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 9 Cruz, 16 Burdisso, 77 Andreolli, 91 Gonzalez
Coach: Roberto Mancini

ASCOLI: 1 Pagliuca; 32 Nastase, 5 Minieri, 6 Cudini, 3 Lukovic (20 Perrulli 79); 16 Giampà (2 Gotti 52), 27 P.Zanetti, 10 Galloppa, 8 Fini, 14 Skela (9 Paolucci 52); 11 Bjelanovic
Subs not used: 33 Eleftheropoulos, 4 Pecorari, 7 Fontana, 41 Pecchia
Coach: Attilio Tesser

Referee: Luca Banti (Livorno)

Booked: Crespo 34, Samuel 56, Maicon 64, Stankovic 70, Fini 73, Minieri 90+2

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Pagliuca
Maicon 13 Nastase
Cordoba 2 Minieri
Samuel 25 Cudini
Grosso 11 Lukovic
Zanetti 4 Giampà
Vieira 14 Zanetti
Dacourt 15 Galloppa
Stankovic 5 Fini
Ibrahimovic 8 Skela
Crespo 18 Bjelanovic


Toldo 1 Eleftheropoulos
Burdisso 16 Gotti
Andreolli 77 Nsiabamfumu
Figo 7 Fontana
Solari 21 Pecchia
Gonzalez 91 Perrulli
Cruz 9 Paolucci