Final score

25 February 2007 15:00

29' (2nd half) Corona
20' (2nd half) Spinesi
33' (2nd half) Cruz
22' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
12' (2nd half) Grosso
4' (2nd half) Solari
45' Samuel
Referee: Paolo Bertini / Linesmen: De Santis, Lanciani / Fourth official: Pierpaoli
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Minute Text commentary
46' Inter lead Catania by a goal to nil after the first half.
46' Vargas' curling cross from the free kick is caught by Julio Cesar.
46' Stankovic booked for a foul from behind on Baiocco. The Serbian will automatically miss Wednesday's home game against Udinese.
45' One minute of added time.
45' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!! Walter Samuel scores with a flicked header from Stankovic's left-wing corner. Catania 0-1 Inter.
45' Ibra plays a one-two with Cruz but Stovini gets back in time and pokes behind for a corner.
41' Inter close yet again. Ibrahimovic collects a Stankovic though ball in the Catania area before dragging his shot agonisingly wide of the right post.
39' Inter close again through Stankovic. The Serbian midfielder receives a Zanetti square pass and unleashes a fierce right-footer from 25 yards that shaves the outside of the left post.
36' Good chance for Inter. Solari's first-time effort from 15 yards is blocked by Pantanelli. Solari touches back the loose ball to Maxwell whose follow-up shot is well wide.
35' Edusei wins the ball in his own half and plays forward for Spinesi. Samuel reads the move perfectly and dispossesses the Catania forward.
34' Cruz' effort from Maicon's right-wing cross goes behind for a Catania goal kick.
33' Grosso's volleyed cross from the left is hooked clear by Sottil.
31' Pantanelli is quick out to beat Cruz to Grosso's ball over the Catania backline.
30' Zanetti blocks a Caserta shot as Catania look for openings down the right before playing central.
29' Ibrahimovic is okay to continue.
28' Grosso has a shot blocked by Lucenti. Ibra runs on to the loose ball and appears to twist his ankle.
27' There's no Inter player on hand in the box as Pantanelli collects Solari's backheeled through pass.
26' Zanetti storms down the right and plays wide to Solari whose inswinging cross is headed clear by Sottil.
25' At the other end Ibra wins us a corner. Stankovic delivers the cross, Samuel's header is wide.
25' Spinesi's header from a Catania left-wing cross is easily caught by Julio Cesar.
23' Julio Cesar is quick out to grasp Lucenti's floated cross from the right after a flowing Catania move.
21' Ibra's backheeled effort from Stankovic's corner kick is off-target.
20' Grosso's cross from the left spins off Lucenti. Corner for Inter.
19' Mascara plays his second corner to Caserta whose thunderous right-foot volley from the edge of the box is punched clear by Julio Cesar.
19' Mascara's inswinger from the left-wing corner flag comes off an Inter player. Another corner for Catania.
18' Great challenge by Cordoba on Mascara. Corner for Catania.
18' Julio Cesar rises to deny Spinesi a chance from Lucenti's looping ball in from the right.
17' Samuel outpaces Spinesi to a Catania through ball and nudges back to his keeper.
16' Solari gets a cross in after some trickery on the left, but Edusei blocks and plays to safety.
14' Colucci's effort from a 30-yard free kick is caught by Julio Cesar.
12' Ibra tests Pantanelli with a fierce low shot from the edge of the Catania box. Stovini beats Solari to the loose ball to deny the Argentine a follow-up.
11' Ibrahimovic bursts past two opponents before crossing to Cruz, whose back-post header is blocked by Pantanelli.
9' At the other end Grosso's left-wing free kick is headed clear by Stovini.
8' Baiocco overhits his through ball for Caserta. Julio Cesar collects.
7' Solari's cross from the left-wing by-line is straight into the arms of Pantanelli.
6' Colucci races down the left and lays off to Mascara, who is promptly intercepted by Zanetti.
4' Samuel overhits his long pass for Cruz. Goal kick for Catania.
3' Free kick to Inter on the left wing for a Colucci foul on Santiago Solari. Stankovic's cross is cleared.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Dino Manuzzi in Cesena for Catania v Inter. The match will be played behind closed doors.
1' Ibra's cross from the left is headed clear by the Sicilian defence.
1' Catania kick off. FORZA INTER!
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 21 Solari, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic, 11 Grosso; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Catania: 1 Pantanelli; 18 Lucenti, 4 Sottil, 6 Stovini, 7 Vargas; 17 Baiocco, 8 Edusei, 26 Caserta; 23 Colucci, 24 Spinesi, 10 Mascara.
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter breeze to a 5-2 win over Catania.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
44' Cruz close to a sixth. The Argentine's diagonal shot is parried by Pantanelli.
43' Spinesi sent off for a second yellow.
43' Spinesi is booked by Bertini.
41' Samuel makes a headed clearance from a Catania corner.
39' Catania bring on Izco for Caserta.
34' Catania bring on Morimoto for Colucci.
33' GOOOAAAALLL!!!! Cruz slots past Pantanelli from close range after chesting down Maicon's ball into the box. Catania 2-5 Inter.
32' Cruz blasts over from the left edge of the Catania box after receiving from Solari.
32' Mancini makes his third switch. Stankovic is replaced by Nicolas Burdisso.
29' Catania reduce the arrears again as Corona sends a low volley under Julio Cesar and into the far corner.
29' Inter replace Maxwell with Mariano Gonzalez.
28' Baiocco booked for protesting after being fouled from behind by Maxwell.
27' Grosso's deflected cross from the left is blocked by Pantanelli at the near post.
26' Maicon's whipped cross for Adriano is headed clear by Sottil.
25' Free kick to Catania in a central position 30 yards out. Vargas' shot is over the wall but too central. Easy save for Julio Cesar.
24' Adriano replaces Ibrahimovic.
23' Julio Cruz' diagonal effort from the left is wide of the far post.
22' IBRACADABRA!!! The Swedish forward controls a Solari pass into the box, picks his spot and beats Pantanelli with a precise right-foot shot. It's a goal a minute at the Manuzzi!
21' The Sicilians replace Mascara with Corona.
20' Catania pull one back through Spinesi who meets a through ball, rounds Julio Cesar and fires into an open net.
19' Baiocco's ball over the Inter defence is chested back to Julio Cesar by Maicon.
18' Ibrahimovic gets into the Catania box before being intercepted by Edusei. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
17' At the other end Colucci fires over after some good approach play by Baiocco.
16' Maxwell has a go from 25 yards. It's off-target.
15' Cordoba blocks Caserta's attempt from 25 yards.
12' What an incredible goal by Fabio Grosso!!!!! The Italian full-back's cross-shot from a tight angle on the left sails over Pantanelli and into the far corner. Catania 0-3 Inter.
10' Caserta blasts over from 25 yards after a half-clearance by Cordoba.
9' Solari feeds Grosso after a run down the left. The Italian crosses for Cruz who is beaten to the ball by Stovini.
8' Cruz' near-post header from Maxwell's left-wing cross is just wide.
5' Julio Cruz goes close to a third for Inter after collecting an Ibra thorugh pass. The Argentine striker's shot from 12 yards hits the underside of the crossbar.
4' GOOOAAALLLL!!!!! We're 2-0 up as Santiago Solari drifts across the face of the Catania area before sending a low left-foot shot past Pantanelli and in off the right post.
3' Ibrahimovic's return pass for Solari is too long for the Argentine. Pantanelli collects.
2' Zanetti takes the ball past two opponents before firing well wide of the target.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Lucenti's cross from the right is blocked and cleared by Maxwell.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.15
4 shots on target 8
5 shots off target 12
23 fouls committed 9
3 corners 7
2 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00
Marino v Mancini

Inter's home win against Catania earlier in the season is the only previous competitive encounter between the two coaches.


2006/07 Serie A Catania-Inter --- 1-2

Marino v Inter

Catania coach Pasquale Marino has faced Inter on one previous occasion.


2006/07 Serie A Catania-Inter --- 1-2

Mancini v Catania

Roberto Mancini faces Catania for the second time after the home victory in Week 6.


2006/07 Serie A Inter-Catania 2-1 ----

Catania's winless run

Catania are without a Serie A win since their 2-1 triumph over Empoli in Week 16 on 24 January. The Sicilians have collected 2 draws and 2 defeats since that date. If they lose against Inter, Catania will equal their five-match winless run from Weeks 2-6 (2 draws & 3 defeats).

Spinesi milestones

Thanks to his 11 goals in 24 league games this season, Gionatha Spinesi is two away from equalling Facchin's record of 13 goals for Catania in one Serie A campaign, set in 1964/65. If he plays against Inter, Spinesi will make his 300th appearance as a professional. Since his debut in Castel Sangro 1-3 Bari on 26 January 1997, Spinesi has played 64 times in Serie A, 212 in Serie B and 23 in Coppa Italia. He has played professional football for 4 clubs: Castel Sangro, Bari, Arezzo and Catania.

Edusei two hundred

Mark Edusei will make his 200th appearance for Italian club if fielded against the Nerazzurri in Cesena. The Ghanaian midfielder, whose Italian debut dates back to 2 March 1997 (Empoli 1-1 Lecce in Serie B), has played 40 times in Serie A, 145 in Serie B, 12 in Coppa Italia and 2 in other tournaments. He has played for five Italian clubs: Lecce, Cosenza, Piacenza, Torino and Catania.

Inter chasing away wins record

With 10 away victories in the 2006/07 Serie A season, Inter are one away from equalling their record of 11 away wins in one season, set in 1963/64 and equalled in 1988/89 (both 18-team tournaments).

Inter unbeaten in 30 games

Inter are unbeaten in their last 30 competitive matches, with 25 victories (including 11 wins in a row - 7 wins in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia & 2 in Champions League from 25 October 2006 to 2 December 2006 - a club record under the administration of Moratti) and 5 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Three consecutive clean sheets

Luca Toni's 5th-minute goal in Inter 3-1 Fiorentina on 21 January was the last conceded by Mancini's side in the Serie A championship. Including the remaining 85 minutes of that game plus the matches against Sampdoria (0-2), Chievo (0-2) and Cagliari (1-0), Inter haven't let in a goal for 355 competitive minutes.

Inter's second-half form

Inter and Roma have improved their results in the second halves of Serie A matches this season to collect a total of 13 points, more than any other team.

Disciplinary situation

: Minelli
Cautioned: Corona, Mascara, Sardo, Sottil
Former players: Pantanelli (0 appearances in competitive matches in 1996/97); Spinesi (academy, from November 1995 to January 1997)

Disqualified: Dacourt
Cautioned: Crespo, Stankovic
Former players: -

wins(10) draws(2) defeats(5)
CESENA - Five different Inter players hit the target as the table-toppers saw off Catania 5-2 in Cesena.

The Nerazzurri remain 14 points clear of second-placed Roma, who won 3-0 at home to Reggina.

Walter Samuel opened the floodgates on the stroke of half time, with Santiago Solari and Fabio Grosso increasing Inter's lead with two splendid solo goals before Ibrahimovic and Cruz cancelled out replies from Spinesi and Corona.

Inter had the lion's share of the chances behind closed doors at the Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Ibrahimovic testing Catania keeper Pantanelli in the 12th minute with a fierce low strike from 20 yards.

Julio Cesar kept out a thunderous volley from Caserta before the Nerazzurri took control.

Solari had a first-time effort blocked by Pantanelli, with Stankovic shaving the post with a 25-yard stinger.

Ibra then dragged a Stankovic through ball agonisingly wide before Samuel headed in a corner by the Serbian midfielder to give Inter a half-time lead.

Solari added to Inter's lead four minutes after the restart. The Argentine winger drifted across the face of the Catania area before sending a low left-foot shot past Pantanelli and in off the right post.

Cruz hit the underside of the crossbar from close range before Grosso made it 3-0 with a spectacular cross-shot from a tight angle that sailed over Pantanelli and into the far corner.

The Sicilians pulled one back through Spinesi in the 65th, but Ibrahimovic controlled a Solari through pass and fired home restore the three-goal lead.

Catania reduced the arrears for the second time when substitute Corona lashed a low volley under Julio Cesar, but once again, Inter's reply was swift, with Cruz chesting down a Maicon pass and slotting past Pantanelli to seal Inter's 17th consecutive Serie A victory.

Pasquale Marino's side played the final minutes with ten men after the sending-off of Spinesi for a second booking.


Scorers: Samuel 45, Solari 49, Grosso 57, Spinesi 65, Ibrahimovic 67, Corona 74, Cruz 78.

Catania: 1 Pantanelli; 18 Lucenti, 4 Sottil, 6 Stovini, 7 Vargas; 17 Baiocco, 8 Edusei, 26 Caserta (13 Izco 84); 23 Colucci (15 Morimoto 79), 24 Spinesi, 10 Mascara (9 Corona 66).
Subs not used: 22 Spadavecchia, 2 Sardo, 34 Cesar, 20 Rossini.
Coach: Pasquale Marino.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell (91 Gonzalez 74); 21 Solari, 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (16 Burdisso 77), 11 Grosso; 8 Ibrahimovic (10 Adriano 69), 9 Cruz.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 23 Materazzi, 7 Figo, 18 Crespo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Paolo Bertini (Arezzo).

Booked: Stankovic 46, Baiocco 73, Spinesi 88.
Sent off: Spinesi 88.

starting lineups

Pantanelli 12 Julio Cesar
Lucenti 13 Maicon
Sottil 2 Cordoba
Stovini 25 Samuel
Vargas 6 Maxwell
Baiocco 21 Solari
Edusei 4 Zanetti
Caserta 5 Stankovic
Colucci 11 Grosso
Spinesi 8 Ibrahimovic
Mascara 9 Cruz


Spadavecchia 1 Toldo
Sardo 16 Burdisso
Cesar 23 Materazzi
Izco 91 Gonzalez
Corona 7 Figo
Morimoto 18 Crespo
Rossini 10 Adriano