Final score

2 December 2006 18:00

9' (2nd half) Crespo
11' Burdisso
Referee: De Marco / Linesmen: De Santis, Rosi / Fourth official: Candussio
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45' Half time. Inter 1-0 Siena.
45' Brevi's flicked header from a Molinaro left-wing cross is well-saved by Julio Cesar.
44' Codrea receives from Konko on the right and delivers a cross. There's no team-mate on hand and Maicon chests calmly back to his keeper.
43' Stankovic whips in a cross from the left channel. Portanova makes a headed clearance.
40' Codrea plays his corner back to Negro who from 25 yards crosses to the far post where Julio Cesar makes a punched clearance.
40' Konko controls a high ball played to the right side of the Nerazzurri area. Grosso gets a tackle in on the French midfielder and concedes a corner.
37' Gastadello's cross from the left-wing corner flag is swept clear by Ibrahimovic.
37' Cambiasso blocks a Frick cross from the left and concedes a corner to the Bianconeri.
35' Manninger saves Cambiasso's low left-foot shot from 25 yards.
35' Julio Cesar collects a Konko right-wing cross as the Bianconeri have begun to play with renewed belief.
32' Konko weaves his way into the Inter area from the right before passing to Locatelli whose low shot from close range is saved by Julio Cesar's legs.
31' Locatelli is flagged offside as he runs to meet Brevi's long through ball.
30' Inter are well in command after half an hour of play, with the Bianconeri struggling to find a way through.
29' Crespo fails to connect with a Cambiasso cross from the left for what could have been a spectacular volleyed goal.
28' Crespo sweeps wide for Grosso whose cross takes a deflection before being headed clear.
25' Stankovic overhits his through ball for Ibra after collecting a Crespo back pass.
24' Stankovic runs on to Crespo's high pass in the Siena area but can't stop the ball going out for a goal kick.
19' Crespo crosses from the left but match ref De Marco spots a foul by Ibra in the Tuscan box.
16' Nothing comes of the free kick as Ibra misreads Stankovic's short pass.
15' With his back to goal Ibra collects a Vieira pass, turns and flicks the ball into the area. Siena clear but Inter win a free kick in a dangerous position 25 yards out.
11' GOOAAALLLL!!!! Nicolas Burdisso, who scored twice against Messina in the cup last Wednesday, does it again with a near-post bullet header from a Stankovic left-wing corner. Inter 1-0 Siena.
11' Ibra collects a headed pass from Stankovic and races into the Siena box from the left. Portnova blocks Ibra's cross.
8' Chance for Inter. Ibra controls with his chest a Vieira cross from the right but the Swedish forward's shot from eight yards is weak.
7' Zanetti frees Grosso down the left. The world champion runs with the ball before unleashing a shot from outside the Siena area. Gastaldello blocks.
6' Burdisso blocks and clears a Molinari cross from the left wing.
4' Ibrahimovic is intercepted on the edge of the Siena box after collecting a pass.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for this evening's Serie A Week 14 clash against Siena.
1' De Marco blows his whistle, and the Bianconeri from Tuscany get the match under way. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Siena: 1 Manninger; 46 Gastaldello, 2 Negro, 90 Portanova, 3 Molinaro; 11 Konko, 5 Brevi, 6 Codrea, 77 Antonini; 7 Frick, 20 Locatelli.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic, 4 Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter beat Siena 2-0 thanks to goals in either half from Burdisso and Crespo.
48' Konko sends Figo crashing to the ground in the Siena area. Inter have a legitimate penalty claim turned down by De Marco.
46' Codrea booked for bringing down Zanetti from behind.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
42' Mancini replaces Dejan Stankovic with Maxwell.
41' In a sweeping Inter move Cambiasso plays forward to Ibra who lays off for Figo. The Portuguese winger plays wide to Stankovic but Siena intercept.
40' Stankovic fires wide a first-time shot from 25 yards after a wayward clearance by Manninger.
39' Free kick to Siena. Julio Cesar rises to collect Chiesa's dangerous outswinging cross into the six-yard box and deny Bianconeri captain Portnova.
38' Inter win another corner. Materazzi is beaten to Figo's cross.
37' Luis Figo has a left-wing corner headed clear by the Siena rearguard.
34' Inter bring on Luis Figo for Hernan Crespo.
34' Siena make a double substitution. On come Chiesa and Bogdani for Locatelli and Frick.
32' Brilliant defending by Walter Samuel who gets back to make a well-timed tackle on Frick to block the Siena forward's shot.
31' Antonini's shot takes a deflection. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
30' Ibrahimovic looks for Stankovic with a high ball over the Siena defence but the Serbian midfielder is beaten to the ball.
29' Samuel blocks a Konko cross from the right, conceding a corner to Siena.
25' Antonini booked for a foul on Ibra. He will miss Siena's next match.
25' Vieira booked for fouling Frick. The France captain will also miss Inter's next game.
25' Ibrahimovic has a go from a tight angle on the left edge of the Siena area. It's cleared.
22' Siena bring on Candela for Gastaldello.
20' Materazzi's effort from the resulting free kick is blocked by Locatelli. Corner for Inter.
20' Brevi booked for a foul on Vieira.
19' Manninger makes a point-blank save from Stankovic, who ran on to Ibra's pass wide before crashing a diagonal shot on target.
17' Cambiasso blocks Negro's low ball to the edge of the Inter area.
16' Siena win another corner. Crespo makes the clearance.
15' Siena close as Julio Cesar tips Frick's looping header over his crossbar. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
14' At the other end, Gastaldello holds off a challenge from Ibra and smashes clear to deny the Swedish striker a clear chance on goal.
14' Brevi volleys into the Curva Nord from 20 yards.
13' Roberto Mancini makes his first substitution. On comes Walter Samuel for Fabio Grosso, meaning Nicolas Burdisso will switch from the centre of defence to full-back.
9' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Hernan Crespo beats Gastaldello to a Brevi back pass into the area and lifts the ball over Manninger to score his eighth goal of the season (including his Super Cup goal against Roma).
8' Molinaro booked for a foul on Patrick Vieira.
5' Julio Cesar goes the right way and pulls off a great one-handed penalty save from Mario Frick.
4' The Brazilian full-back is booked by De Marco, and will miss next weekend's trip to Empoli as he was among those on a caution.
4' Penalty to Siena for a Maicon foul on Antonini.
3' Fabio Grosso takes on Konko on the left, gets to the by-line and crosses into the middle of area. The Siena defence makes a headed clearance.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Julio Cesar is quick off his line to deny Frick a chance from Maicon's wayward back pass.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.54
4 shots on target 3
6 shots off target 7
20 fouls committed 18
4 corners 7
5 offsides 6
00 ball possession 00
Mancini v Beretta

Mancini has faced Mario Beretta on six previous occasions, and has the edge with 2 victories, 3 draws and a defeat. Mancini is unbeaten at home to Beretta, with a win and 2 draws.


2004/05 Serie A Inter-ChievoVerona 1-1 2-2
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Parma 2-0 0-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Parma 0-0 1-0

Mancini v Siena

Mancini has faced Siena on six previous occasions and has won 2, drawn 3 and lost 1. The Inter coach is unbeaten in home matches against the Tuscans, with 2 wins and a draw.


2003/04 Serie A Lazio-Siena 5-2 0-3
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Siena 2-0 2-2
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Siena 1-1 0-0

Beretta v Inter

Beretta has won 1, drawn 3 and lost 2 of his 6 competitive meetings with the Nerazzurri.


2004/05 Serie A ChievoVerona-Inter 2-2 1-1
2005/06 Coppa Italia Parma-Inter 0-1 0-0
2005/06 Serie A Parma-Inter 1-0 0-2

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Dacourt, Maicon, Vieira

Disqualified: Vergassola
Cautioned: Antonini, Codrea

Inter on target in 25 consecutive Serie A home games

The Nerazzurri have scored in each of their last 25 top-flight games at home, scoring a total of 61 goals. Inter 0-0 Reggina on 29 May 2005 was the last time Mancini's men failed to score in the league.

Inter unbeaten in 14 games; 10 consecutive victories: new record in Moratti era

Inter are unbeaten in 14 competitive matches (12 wins, 2 draws), and have won their last 10 to set a new record for the club under the administration of Massimo Moratti. Last weekend's victory over Palermo saw the Nerazzurri better the previous record of 8 consecutive victories, achieved by Gigi Simoni in 1997/98. Inter's last defeat was the 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Inter's 380-minute invincibility at home

The Nerazzurri haven't let in a goal at home since Lucarelli's 70th-minute header in Inter 4-1 Livorno on 25 October 2006. Including the remaining 20 minutes of that game plus the victories over Ascoli (2-0, Serie A), Reggina (1-0, Serie A), Sporting Lisbon (1-0, Champions League) and Messina (4-0, Coppa Italia), Inter haven't conceded a home goal for 380 minutes of competitive football.

Adriano, Samuel on fire in December

Adriano, without a goal for Inter since the Champions League home match against Villarreal last 29 March, and goalless in the championship since Inter-Sampdoria on 11 March, counts December as his most prolific time of the year, with 14 of his 68 Serie A goals in the twelfth calendar month. The same goes for Walter Samuel who has scored 3 of his 12 Italian league goals in December matches.

Happy birthday Francesco!

Padua-born goalkeeper Francesco Toldo celebrates his 35th birthday on Saturday 2 December.

Four Siena goals from subs

Of Siena's 13 league goals this season, 4 have been scored by substitutes: Frick (2), Codrea and Cozza. Livorno and AC Milan have also scored four goals with substitutes this term.

Mario Beretta & substitutions

Siena are one of four 2006/07 Serie A teams to have used up all their substitutions after 13 rounds of matches. Atalanta, Chievo and Roma have also subbed 39 players out of a possible 39.

No penalty in Siena's favour since March

Siena are one of two 2006/07 Serie A teams yet to have penalty in their favour after 13 rounds of matches. The other team is Fiorentina. The Bianconeri were last awarded a penalty (Foglio scored from the spot) in Chievo 4-1 Siena last 19 March.

Siena & goals in final 15-minute periods

Of Siena's 13 goals in the 2006/07 Serie A championship, 7 have come in the final fifteen-minute periods of matches (53.8% of the total). The Bianconeri's local rivals Fiorentina are the only other team to have scored as many goals from the 75th-90th-minute-periods of games after thirteen rounds.

Mancini, Beretta & points in December

According to the statistics, teams coached by Roberto Mancini and Mario Beretta win more points in December than any other month. The Inter coach has a points per match average of 2.10 in December thanks to 12 victories, 4 draws and 3 defeats from 19 matches. Beretta's December average is 1.66, with 20 wins, 10 draws and 12 defeats from 42 games.

wins(6) draws(2) defeats(1)
MILAN - Nicolas Burdisso and Hernan Crespo scored in either half as Inter dominated Siena at the Meazza to win 2-0, collect their eleventh consecutive victory and increase their lead at the top of the Serie A table to seven points ahead of tonight's Olimpico clash between second-placed Roma and Atalanta.

Burdisso, who scored twice against Messina in the cup last Wednesday, gave Inter an early lead on 11 minutes, stealing in at the near post to power home an unstoppable header from Stankovic's left-wing corner.

A sluggish Siena woke up towards the end of the first half and carved out two meaningful chances on goal, with Julio Cesar making good saves from Locatelli and Brevi.

Inter's Brazilian keeper pulled off more heroics early in the second half with a splendid one-handed penalty save from Mario Frick after Maicon was adjudged to have brought down Antonini in the box.

Crespo added to Inter's lead on 54 minutes, beating Gastaldello to a Brevi back pass and lifting the ball over Manninger with a deft touch to notch his eighth goal of the season, including his Super Cup effort against Roma.

Inter had a penalty claim turned down in stoppage time when Luis Figo was sent crashing to the ground following an aerial duel with Konko.

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

Scorers: Burdisso 11, Crespo 54

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso (25 Samuel 58); 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic (6 Maxwell 87), 4 Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (7 Figo 79)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 20 Recoba, 21 Solari, 91 Mariano Gonzalez
Coach: Roberto Mancini

SIENA: 1 Manninger; 46 Gastaldello (32 Candela 67), 2 Negro, 90 Portanova, 3 Molinaro; 11 Konko, 5 Brevi, 6 Codrea, 77 Antonini; 7 Frick (81 Bogdani 79), 20 Locatelli (10 Chiesa 79)
Subs not used: 99 Pavarini, 22 Alberto, 34 Masiello, 83 Rinaudo
Coach: Mario Beretta

Referee: Andrea De Marco (Genoa)

Booked: Maicon 49, Molinaro 53, Brevi 65, Antonini 70, Vieira 70, Codrea 90+1

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Manninger
Maicon 13 Negro
Burdisso 16 Portanova
Materazzi 23 Molinaro
Grosso 11 Gastaldello
Zanetti 4 Konko
Cambiasso 19 Brevi
Vieira 14 Codrea
Stankovic 5 Antonini
Ibrahimovic 8 Locatelli
Crespo 18 Frick


Toldo 1 Pavarini
Maxwell 6 Chiesa
Figo 7 Alberto
Recoba 20 Candela
Solari 21 Masiello
Samuel 25 Bogdani
Gonzalez 91 Rinaudo