Final score

20 December 2006 20:30

40' (2nd half) Materazzi
39' Cambiasso
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi / Linesmen: Niccolai, Romagnoli / Fourth official: Mannella
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Minute Text commentary
48' Esteban Cambiasso's 39th-minute goal separates the two teams at half time, but the Nerazzurri will play the second half in numerical inferiority after the dismissal of Ibrahimovic.
47' Ibra will automatically miss Saturday's Week 18 match against Atalanta.
47' It's Ibra's second yellow, and the Swedish forward is off.
47' Zlatan Ibrahimovic is booked for shooting after being flagged offside.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
42' Cribari makes a headed clearance from Stankovic's corner.
42' Crespo collects a Maicon pass to the edge of the Lazio box and wins a corner for Inter after his shot takes a deflection.
39' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!!!! Esteban Cambiasso slides home from the edge of the six-yard box after receiving from Hernan Crespo, who left two opponents for dead before setting up his compatriot.
39' Oddo takes the sting out of a Maxwell cross from the left, allowing Siviglia to make a comfortable clearance.
38' Incredible miss by Hernan Crespo. Ibrahimovic chests a Zanetti cross into the path of Crespo who fires agonisingly wide with just Peruzzi to beat.
35' Esteban Cambiasso is through on goal after combining with Ibra but the Argentine's shot takes a deflection. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
34' Maicon plays a one-two with Stankovic on the right but his cross from inside the Lazio area is wide of the far post.
33' Materazzi intercepts an Oddo pass for Makinwa.
32' Maxwell blocks a Makinka cross from the right. Corner to Lazio.
31' Materazzi beats Makinwa to a through ball and stylishly brings it out of defence.
29' Inter back in attack. Ibrahimovic's cross from the right wing is blocked and cleared by Mudingayi.
28' Ledesma crashes a shot wide from 25 yards after headed clearances from Maicon and Cambiasso.
27' Vieira is flagged offside as he receives Stankovic's chipped pass into the Biancocelesti box.
24' Ibrahimovic booked for fouling Ledesma.
23' Makinwa wastes a glorious chance to put Lazio in front, but with just Julio Cesar to beat the Nigerian falls down in the area after the slightest of contact with Materazzi. Excellent sliding tackle by Burdisso though.
22' Back at the other end, Burdisso makes yet another clearance, this time from Mudinagayi's right-wing cross.
21' Maicon beats the offside trap and whips in a cross from the right. Siviglia's headed clearance falls to Cambiasso who drags his follow-up shot wide of the target.
18' Vieira rises in the area to head Stankovic's corner over the Lazio bar.
18' Maxwell has a left-wing cross blocked, and Inter win their first corner of the match.
17' Headed clearance by Siviglia from Zanetti's left-wing cross.
17' Zanetti runs down the left and lays off for Crespo who enters the area and crosses for Ibra but Peruzzi gets to the ball first.
16' Burdisso makes two more crucial clearances to deny Pandev and Mauri as Lazio are really taking the game to Inter.
14' Mauri controls Oddo's deep cross into the area from the right and plays short back to Makinwa. Cambiasso intercepts.
12' Stankovic serves Crespo with a great pass to the edge of the Lazio box. The Argentine tries to lob Peruzzi but his effort is over the crossbar.
11' Burdisso makes a vital clearance from Oddo's right-wing cross.
10' Zauri races into the Inter area from the left and passes into the box. Cambiasso intercepts and clears.
9' At the other end Dejan Stankovic whips in a cross from the left. Angelo Peruzzi collects.
8' Julio Cesar makes a great save from Nigerian forward Stephen Makinwa, who is making his first start for Lazio tonight since his summer switch from Palermo.
5' Cambiasso picks out Ibra with a crossfield pass to the right wing but the Swedish forward is flagged offside.
4' Maxwell does what can best be described as living dangerously as the Brazilian full-back tries to dribble an opponent just outside his own area. He loses possession but Inter are awarded a free kick.
3' Materazzi nods a Ledesma pass back to Julio Cesar to deny Mauri.
3' Maicon gets a shot in from a tight angle but match ref Rocchi blows for a foul by the Brazilian on Zauri.
2' Ibra bursts past two opponents and fires a low shot wide of the left post.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Olimpico for Lazio v Inter. Our last win away to the Biancocelesti was over a decade ago, in March 1996, when Roy Hodgson's team won 1-0 thanks to a Nesta own goal.
1' We're under way at the Olimpico as Lazio kick off.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
1' Lazio: 1 Peruzzi; 22 Oddo, 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 8 Zauri; 26 Mudingayi, 24 Ledesma, 11 Mauri, 68 Manfredini; 20 Makinwa, 19 Pandev.
1' There have been 14 meetings between the two teams in Rome since then. Lazio have won 8 and there have been 6 draws.
Minute Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter beat Lazio 2-0 thanks to goals in either half from Cambiasso and Materazzi.
45' Four minutes of added time.
45' Julio Cesar gets down to save a low shot from Tare.
43' Maicon yellow-carded for protesting.
42' Pandev booked for foul play.
41' Cribari booked for protesting.
40' GOOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!!! Marco Materazzi steals in at the far post to head in a Figo left-wing free kick.
37' More heroics from the Brazilian keeper, who denies Oddo from 25 yards with a splendid one-handed save.
36' Oddo's deflected free kick is tipped round for a corner by Julio Cesar.
36' Before the free kick can be taken, Lazio coach Delio Rossi replaces Stephen Makinwa with Albanian forward Igli Tare.
35' Free kick to Lazio 25 yards out for a Burdisso foul on Makinwa.
31' Lazio bring on Swiss winger Behrami for Mudingayi.
30' Oddo tries an ambitious shot from 30 yards. Like many of Lazio's attempts this evening, it's off target.
29' Inter replace Crespo with Figo.
29' Oddo crosses into the Inter area for the umpteenth time. Materazzi makes a clearance. Lazio remain in attack, with Foggia firing wide.
28' Oddo plays a dangerous-looking ball into the Nerazzurri's six-yard box but Julio Cesar has read the move and grasps the ball to deny Makinwa.
27' Dejan Stankovic's thunderous free kick from the right flank is parried by Peruzzi.
27' Oddo booked for protesting as Inter win a free kick on the right wing.
26' Maicon's cross from the right is headed clear by Cribari.
26' Julio Cesar makes a punched clearance from an Oddo right-wing cross.
24' Free kick to Lazio in a central position 25 yards out. Oddo's effort hits the Inter wall.
24' Ledesma fires over after a Zauri left-wing free kick is cleared.
23' Maicon blocks a Pandev shot from inside the Inter area.
22' Mauri overhits his pass into the Nerazzurri box for Makinwa.
21' Crespo just fails to make clean contact with a ball into the area after a defence-splitting move involving Cambiasso and Zanetti.
19' Lazio sub Foggia runs central from the right and gets into a shooting position but his effort is well wide.
17' Adriano's well-timed curling pass into the area for Crespo is cut out by the Lazio defence.
15' Mancini replaces Maxwell with Adriano.
14' Julio Cesar gathers an Oddo cross-shot from the right wing.
14' Peruzzi beats Crespo to Maicon's long floated pass into the Lazio area.
12' Mudingayi is warned by Gianluca Rocchi after a bad tackle on Zanetti. And he's already on a yellow card.
11' Burdisso's bullet header from the second corner is just over the bar.
11' Crespo wins Inter a left-wing corner.
11' Stankovic's inwsinger from the corner flag is goalbound. Mudingayi makes a vital clearance and concedes another corner.
10' Ledesma pulls his 20-yard shot wide after a Maxwell clearance from Oddo's right-wing cross.
8' Lazio replace Manfredini with Foggia.
8' Materazzi booked for a foul on Makinwa. Marco will miss Saturday's home match against Atalanta.
5' Peruzzi jumps to grasp Stankovic's left-wing free kick.
5' Mudingayi booked for bringing down Maxwell to end an Inter attack down the left.
4' Free kick to Lazio on the right wing. Zanetti clears Oddo's cross as far as Cribari whose volley from 20 yards is blocked by Vieira.
2' Ledesma's inswinger from the left-wing corner flag is cleared as far as Oddo, whose 25-yard follow-up is way off target.
2' Manfredini has a long-range shot blocked by Cambiasso. Corner for Lazio.
1' Ten-man Inter get the second half under way. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!!!
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.78
4 shots on target 3
3 shots off target 5
22 fouls committed 18
3 corners 5
0 offsides 6
29:32 ball possession 21:41
Lazio v Inter in Rome

Lazio have played a total of 71 competitive home matches against Inter, winning 25 (last win 2-1 in 2003/04 Serie A), drawing 29 (last draw 1-1 in 2005/06 Coppa Italia) and losing 17 (last defeat 0-1 in 1995/96 Serie A). In 71 home matches against the Nerazzurri, Lazio have scored 99 goals. The first was scored by Danilo Sbrana in Lazio 1-1 Inter on 27 October 1929.

Mancini v Lazio

Roberto Mancini has won 2, drawn 4 and lost 2 of his 8 competitive matches against Lazio.


2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Lazio ---- 0-3
2001/02 Serie A Fiorentina-Lazio ---- 0-3
2004/05 Serie A Inter-Lazio 1-1 1-1
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Lazio 3-1 0-0
2005/06 Coppa Italia Inter-Lazio 1-0 1-1

Rossi v Inter

Delio Rossi has won 1, drawn 2 and lost 8 of his 11 competitive matches against Inter.


1998/99 Serie A Salernitana-Inter ---- 1-2
2001/02 Serie A Lecce-Inter 1-2 ----
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter ---- 1-3
2003/04 Serie A Lecce-Inter 2-1 ----
2004/05 Coppa Italia Atalanta-Inter 0-1 0-3
2004/05 Serie A Atalanta-Inter ---- 0-1
2005/06 Serie A Lazio-Inter 0-0 1-3
2005/06 Coppa Italia Lazio-Inter 1-1 0-1

Rossi v Mancini

The two coaches meet for the tenth time in a competitive fixture. Mancini has never lost against his Lazio counterpart, with 7 wins and 2 draws from the previous 9 games.

Just one Lazio defeat in last 14 home games

Since Lazio 1-2 Palermo on 17 September 2006, the Biancocelesti have played 13 competitive (Serie A and Coppa Italia) matches at home, winning 10 and drawing 3.

Biancocelesti chasing fourth consecutive home win

After home victories over Udinese (5-0), Ascoli (3-1) and Roma (3-0), Lazio are one away from their fourth consecutive Serie A win at the Olimpico. The last time the capital side won four league games in a row was between August and October 2005.

Lazio prolific in second halves

Just 8 of Lazio's 26 Serie A goals this season have come in the first 45-minute periods of games. The other 18 have all come after the restarts: 5 from 46'-60', 8 from 61'-75' (more goals than any other team in this 15-minute period) and 5 from 76'-90' (added time included).

Lazio & goals from free kicks

Lazio are one of four Serie A teams to have scored two goals from direct free kicks this season. The other three teams are Catania, Empoli and Messina.

Inter unbeaten in 18 games, chasing absolute record for consecutive wins in A

Inter are unbeaten in 18 competitive games, with 11 consecutive victories (a club record under the administration of Moratti) and 3 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006. Roberto Mancini's men have collected 9 consecutive championship wins to set a new club record, and are now just 2 victories away from equalling the absolute record held by Luciano Spalletti's Roma who won 11 in a row during the 2005/06 campaign.

Mancini & points in December

Teams coached by Roberto Mancini win more points in December than any other month of the footballing year. The Inter coach has a points per match average of 2.22 in the twelfth calendar month thanks to 15 victories, 4 draws and 3 defeats from 22 matches.

Inter's last away defeat in September

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Inter on 12 September 2006 was the Nerazzurri's last defeat on the road. Since that date Mancini's team have collected 7 wins and 3 draws on their travels.

No Serie A goal against Inter for 315 minutes

Inter haven't conceded a Serie A goal since Amauri's strike on the stroke of half-time in Palermo 1-2 Inter (26 November 2006). Including the remaining 45 minutes of that match, plus the entire games against Siena (2-0 at home), Empoli (3-0 away) and Messina (2-0 at home), the Nerazzurri have gone 315 competitive top-flight minutes without conceding a goal.

wins(23) draws(29) defeats(30)
ROME - Inter beat Lazio at the Olimpico for the first time in over a decade thanks to goals in either half from Esteban Cambiasso and Marco Materazzi, despite playing half of the match with ten men following the dismissal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 2-0 victory keeps the Serie A leaders seven points clear of Roma, who collected a 2-1 away win against Torino, and wins Mancini's team the accolade of 'winter champions' with two matches to go until the halfway point in the season.

Lazio made the brighter start, with Nigerian forward Stephen Makinwa testing Julio Cesar on his first start for the Biancocelesti since his summer move from Palermo.

The Nerazzurri upped their game towards the end of the half after a period of Lazio pressure, going close when Ibrahimovic chested a cross into the path of Hernan Crespo who fired agonisingly wide with just Peruzzi to beat.

The Argentine forward made amends almost immediately, squeezing between two opponents before passing for Cambiasso to slide home from the edge of the six-yard box.

Ibrahimovic saw red for a second yellow in added time at the end of the first half, forcing the Nerazzurri to play the entire second period in numerical inferiority.

Lazio failed to capitalise on the man advantage as Inter limited their opponents to shots from distance after the restart. Massimo Oddo went closest to scoring but was twice denied by Julio Cesar who made splendid saves from the Biancocelesti captain.

With five minutes to go Materazzi rose at the far post to nod in a Figo left-wing free kick and scupper any chances of a Lazio comeback as Inter held on for their tenth consecutive league victory.

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

Scorers: Cambiasso 39, Materazzi 85

LAZIO: 1 Peruzzi; 22 Oddo, 13 Siviglia, 25 Cribari, 8 Zauri; 26 Mudingayi (85 Behrami 76), 24 Ledesma, 11 Mauri, 68 Manfredini (83 Foggia 54); 20 Makinwa (17 Tare 81), 19 Pandev.
Subs not used: 32 Ballotta, 2 Stendardo, 3 Bonetto, 4 Firmani
Coach: Delio Rossi.

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (10 Adriano 60); 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (7 Figo 74).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 77 Andreolli, 21 Solari, 91 Mariano Gonzalez, 20 Recoba.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence).

Booked: Ibrahimovic 24, 45+2, Mudingayi 50, Materazzi 53, Oddo 72, Cribari 86, Pandev 87, Maicon 88.
Sent off: Ibrahimovic 45+2.

starting lineups

Peruzzi 12 Julio Cesar
Oddo 13 Maicon
Siviglia 23 Materazzi
Cribari 16 Burdisso
Zauri 6 Maxwell
Mudingayi 14 Vieira
Ledesma 5 Stankovic
Mauri 19 Cambiasso
Manfredini 4 Zanetti
Makinwa 8 Ibrahimovic
Pandev 18 Crespo


Ballotta 1 Toldo
Stendardo 77 Andreolli
Bonetto 7 Figo
Firmani 21 Solari
Behrami 91 Gonzalez
Foggia 10 Adriano
Tare 20 Recoba