Final score

3 March 2007 15:00

27' Lucarelli
21' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
35' Cruz
Referee: Emidio Morganti / Linesmen: Strocchia, D'Agostini / Fourth official: Ciampi
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46' Half time. Livorno 1-1 Inter.
46' Dacourt booked for a foul from behind on Lucarelli.
45' 1 minute of overtime.
45' Pasquale gets back to tackle Ibrahimovic and deny the Swedish forward a clear route through on goal.
43' Maxwell fires over the bar from 20 yards after an Inter counter-attack involving Ibra, Cruz and Stankovic.
42' Fiore fires wide from a tight angle after receiving in the box from Lucarelli.
40' Fabio Grosso's outswinging free kick from the left goes out for a Livorno defending throw-in on the far side.
39' Grosso is shoved off the ball by Balleri on the left. Another free kick for the Nerazzurri.
38' Stankovic delivers an inswinging cross. Amelia moves off his line and grasps the ball.
37' Free kick to Inter on the left after a shove on Cruz by Rezaei.
35' GOOOOAALLLL!!!!! Spectacular goal by the Nerazzurri. Grosso crosses to Ibrahimovic who feeds Cruz with a neat backheel, and the Argentine whips it past Amelia on the turn. Livorno 1-1 Inter.
33' Stankovic whips in a deep cross from the right. Headed clearance by Rezaei
32' Inter close. Zanetti makes a storming run to the edge of the Livorno box before playing to Cruz, who is immediately surrounded by three opponents. El Jardinero plays wide to Grosso whose diagonal shot hits the right post.
29' Julio Cruz muscles his way past two in the Livorno box but loses control. Amelia makes a smothering save.
29' Fiore's hooked cross into the area for Morrone is intercepted by Maxwell.
27' Lucarelli bends his powerful free kick round the wall and out of Julio Cesar's reach. 1-0 to the Amaranto.
26' Free kick to Livorno awarded for a foul on Lucarelli by Materazzi, who is booked by Emidio Morganti.
24' Dacourt overhits his long pass intended for Cruz. Amelia collects.
23' Materazzi tackles Morrone as Livorno look for openings down the left channel.
22' Cruz' left-foot effort from distance is wide of the left post.
22' Amelia smothers the ball after Dejan Stankovic's thunderous right-foot shot from 20 yards rebounds off the left post.
21' Fabio Grosso intercepts Fiore's through ball for Lucarelli.
20' Burdisso tackles Filippini after the Livorno midfielder receives Lucarelli's hooked cross from the right. Left-wing corner for the Tuscans.
16' Pasquale combines with Filippini on the left but the latter's return ball goes out for an Inter throw.
14' A touch of magic from Ibrahimovic, who dances past three before laying off to Stankovic. Livorno regain possession and counter-attack the Nerazzurri but nothing comes of the move.
11' Dejan Stankovic makes a central run on goal and unleashes a fierce right-footer from 30 yards. It's off target.
11' Free kick for us as Morrone fouls Samuel in the Inter box.
10' Livorno attack down the left. Former Nerazzurrri full-back Giovanni Pasquale slices wide his diagonal shot from 20 yards.
9' Ibra bursts past two as he enters the Livorno box from the left and plays low across the area but there's no team-mate on hand.
8' The Serbian midfielder is back on the pitch.
7' Stankovic limps to the touchline after hurting his left ankle.
5' Good chance for Inter. Ibra glides past two and creates space for a shot on the edge of the box. Amelia makes a one-handed save.
4' Filippini turns Dacourt and gets a cross in from the left. Samuel beats Lucarelli to the ball and makes a headed clearance.
3' Materazzi blocks a Filippini cross from the left. Nothing comes of the resulting corner as Balleri has a shot blocked.
2' At the other end Materazzi makes a sliding clearance from Lucarelli's right-wing centre.
1' Livorno: 1 Amelia; 69 Balleri, 18 Rezaei, 6 Galante, 26 Pasquale; 3 Filippini, 4 Morrone, 28 Passoni, 32 Pavan; 19 Fiore; 99 Lucarelli.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic, 6 Maxwell; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Today's game will kick off after a minute's silence in memory of Italian journalist Giorgio Tosatti.
1' Emidio Morganti blows his whistle, and we're under way at the Armando Picchi as Livorno kick off.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Armando Picchi in Livorno for this afternoon's Serie A Week 27 clash.
Minute Text commentary
50' Full time. Inter hang on for a 2-1 victory over Livorno, and increase the gap at the top of the table to 16 as Roma draw 1-1 at Ascoli.
45' Four minutes of added time.
43' Burdisso heads clear a Pasquale left-wing cross.
41' Trademark run on goal by Javier Zanetti. The Inter captain's shot from inside the Amaranto box is blocked by Galante.
38' Inter coach Roberto Mancini is sent off.
37' Dramatic moments at the Picchi as Maicon is dismissed for sarcastically clapping Morganti after the yellow card. The Brazilian will automatically miss next weekend's derby.
37' Maicon booked for fouling Paulinho.
36' Livorno replace Pavan and Morrone with Pfertzel and Vidigal.
36' Inter bring on Ivan Cordoba for Dejan Stankovic.
35' Figo is booked by Morganti.
35' More delightful stuff from Ibra who gains a yard of space after turning an opponent in the area. His fierce diagonal shot is parried by Amelia.
33' Livorno keep up the pressure as Passoni crashes wide a 20-yard volley.
33' At the other end Livorno win a left-wing corner. Passoni's cross after a combination with Pasquale is cleared by Burdisso.
32' Left-wing corner for Inter. Figo delivers the cross, Passoni makes a headed clearance after being fouled by Materazzi.
31' Maicon chests back a Filippini right-wing centre to Julio Cesar.
30' Filippini's right-wing cross is headed clear by Materazzi.
29' Fiore's cross from Pasquale's ball wide is intercepted and cleared by Nicolas Burdisso.
26' Livorno bring on Paulinho for Balleri.
25' Fiore has a shot blocked by Materazzi.
24' Cruz plays a one-two with Ibrahimovic but ex-Inter defender Fabio Galante beats the Argentine to the return pass.
21' Inter replace Fabio Grosso with Luis Figo.
21' IBRACADABRA!!!! Zlatan's low free kick goes under the Livorno wall and into the bottom left corner.
19' Passoni booked for protesting after bringing down Maxwell right on the edge of the Tuscan box.
19' Samuel cuts out a Fiore through ball for Lucarelli, denying the Amaranto striker a clear chance on goal.
16' Filippini blocks a Maicon cross as Inter attack down the right channel.
15' Samuel blocks a Fiore shot but Morrone pounces and passes back to Filippini who fires high and wide.
12' Pavan hooks clear to deny Cruz a close-range chance from Ibrahimovic's right-wing centre.
11' Materazzi's back-post header from Stankovic's high corner kick is wide of the left post.
10' Inter win a left-wing corner as Maicon replaces Dacourt.
9' Ibra controls with his chest on the edge of the box, turns and rifles on target. Amelia saves.
8' Fiore's low effort from 20 yards is well wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post.
7' Filippini drags his shot off target after receiving Balleri's right-wing centre. Dacourt collects and clears.
5' Cruz loses possession in the area after receiving from Stankovic.
4' Inter win a free kick 30 yards out. At full stretch Materazzi tries to connect with Grosso's inswinger but the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
3' Maxwell heads behind a Livorno left-wing cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner but the Amaranto remain in attack and Stefano Fiore has a cross headed clear by Materazzi.
2' Pasquale's first-time cross from the left is chested back to Julio Cesar by Maxwell.
1' Ibra gets rid of two opponents with a sublime piece of skill but his subsequent pass to Cruz is too short.
1' Inter get the second half going. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.16
3 shots on target 8
3 shots off target 5
10 fouls committed 13
6 corners 5
1 offsides 3
32:05 ball possession 24:56
Mancini v Arrigoni

Roberto Mancini is unbeaten in competitive meetings with Daniele Arrigoni, with 3 wins (at home) and 2 draws (away) from 5 games. Mancini's teams have scored in all four matches, netting a total of 13 goals.


2004/05 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 2-0 3-3
2004/05 Coppa Italia Inter-Cagliari 3-1 1-1
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Livorno 4-1

Mancini v Livorno

Inter boss Roberto Mancini has never lost against Livorno, with 4 wins and a draw from 5 competitive meetings with the Tuscan outfit. In these four matches his teams have scored eight goals and conceded none.


2004/05 Serie A Inter-Livorno 1-0 2-0
2005/06 Serie A Inter-Livorno 5-0 0-0
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Livorno 4-1

Arrigoni v Inter

Daniele Arrigoni is still looking for his first win against Inter, with 2 draws and 3 defeats from 5 games. Arrigoni's team's have conceded on each occasion, letting in a total of 13 goals.


2004/05 Serie A Inter-Cagliari 2-0 3-3
2004/05 Coppa Italia Inter-Cagliari 3-1 1-1
2006/07 Serie A Inter-Livorno 4-1

Livorno's second-half fragility

Of the 35 league goals conceded this season, Livorno have let in 16 (45.7% of the total) from the 61st to 90th minutes of matches, added time included. Arrigoni's men have conceded 9 goals from 61'-75', and 7 goals from 76'-90', including additional time.

Inter unbeaten in 32 games

Inter are unbeaten in their last 32 competitive matches, with 26 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 6 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Inter unbeaten in Serie A since April 2006

Inter's last league defeat came on 30 April 2006 when they lost 1-0 at Empoli. Since that date, the Nerazzurri have collected 21 Serie A wins and 6 draws.

Inter without defeat in 17 away matches

Inter's last away defeat was the 1-0 Champions League loss to Sporting Lisbon on 12 September 2006. The Nerazzurri have won 14 (including 8 consecutive wins) and drawn 3 since then.

Record no. of away wins for Inter

With 11 away victories in the 2006/07 Serie A championship, Inter have equalled the record set by the Nerazzurri teams in 1963/64 and 1988/89, when both tournaments were 18-team affairs. Mancini's side will therefore set a new outright record if they beat Livorno.

Livorno one away from milestone goal

Livorno have scored 599 goals in the Italian top flight. The first was scored by Palandri in the 6th minute of Livorno 1-2 Ambrosiana-Inter on 6 October 1929.

One Livorno defeat in 14 games

The Amaranto have lost just one of their last 14 home league games: Livorno 0-2 Chievo on 3 December 2006. In the other 13 matches the Tuscan outfit have racked up 5 wins and 8 draws.

Inter's 18-game scoring run

The Nerazzurri have netted in each of their last 18 Serie A matches, scoring a total of 43 goals. Inter last failed to score in the league on 22 October 2006 when they played out a goalless draw with Udinese.

Inter on target in last 14 away games

Inter have scored in their last 14 away matches (cup games included), notching a total of 33 goals on the road since the goalless draw with Udinese last October.

Crespo decisive

Hernan Crespo and Fiorentina's Luca Toni are the most decisive players in the 2006/07 Serie A after 25 matches. Both strikers have earned their teams 16 points.

Inter's sprint starts

Inter have scored more early goals this season than any other team taking part in the 2006/07 Serie A championship. The Nerazzurri have scored 10 in the opening fifteen-minute periods of matches. Inter are also prolific in second halves, with 13 goals scored from 61'-75'.

Cordoba & goals in March

With 3 out of his 10 Inter goals in March, the third calendar month is Colombian defender Ivan Cordoba's most prolific time of the year.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: Crespo

Cautioned: C.Lucarelli, Morrone

wins(7) draws(8) defeats(6)
LIVORNO - Inter came from behind to defeat Livorno 2-1 at the Stadio Armando Picchi.  

Stankovic and Grosso struck the woodwork either side of Lucarelli's opener before Cruz brought the sides on equal terms before half time.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic capped an incredible performance with the winning goal from a second-half free kick to increase the gap at the top of the table to 16 points as second-placed Roma held Ascoli 1-1.

With Crespo out suspended and Adriano not fully fit, Roberto Mancini partnered Cruz and Ibrahimovic in attack. The Inter coach recalled Julio Cesar in goal, with an Italo-Argentine defence of Burdisso, Materazzi, Samuel and Grosso behind a four-man midfield of Zanetti, Dacourt, Stankovic and Maxwell.

Inter went close to an opener when Dejan Stankovic forced a smothering save from Amelia after his thunderous 20-yard effort bounced back off the left post.

But Livorno edged in front in the 27th minute when Cristiano Lucarelli bent a powerful free kick round the wall and out of Julio Cesar's reach.

Grosso was presented with a good chance for an equaliser but his right-foot shot hit the upright after an Inter counter involving Zanetti and Cruz.

Inter were level within eight minutes of the Tuscans' opener when Cruz lashed home on the turn from Ibrahimovic's backheeled pass from a Grosso cross.

Ibra sealed victory on 66 minutes with an unstoppable low free kick that went under the Livorno wall and into the left corner via Amaranto defender Rezaei.

The Tuscans fought hard for an equalising goal, going close through Passoni who crashed his 20-yard volley narrowly wide.

Drama ensued in the closing stages as Maicon scuppered his chances of playing in next weekend's Milan derby after being dismissed for clapping Morganti after a booking. Inter coach Roberto Mancini followed the Brazilian full-back into the tunnel for protesting over the referee's decision.


Scorers: Lucarelli 27, Cruz 35, Ibrahimovic 66.

Livorno: 1 Amelia; 69 Balleri (21 Paulinho 71), 18 Rezaei, 6 Galante, 26 Pasquale; 3 Filippini, 4 Morrone (8 Vidigal 81), 28 Passoni, 32 Pavan (7 Pfertzel 81); 19 Fiore; 99 Lucarelli.
Subs not used: 23 Manitta, 24 Coppola, 77 Grandoni, 22 Cesar.
Coach: Daniele Arrigoni.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso (7 Figo 66); 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt (13 Maicon 55), 5 Stankovic, 6 Maxwell; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 21 Solari, 91 Mariano Gonzalez, 20 Recoba.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Emidio Morganti (Ascoli Piceno).

Booked: Materazzi 26, Dacourt 45+1, Passoni 64, Maicon 82.
Sent off: Maicon 82, Mancini 83.

starting lineups

Amelia 12 Julio Cesar
Balleri 16 Burdisso
Rezaei 23 Materazzi
Galante 25 Samuel
Pasquale 11 Grosso
Filippini 4 Zanetti
Morrone 15 Dacourt
Passoni 6 Maxwell
Pavan 5 Stankovic
Fiore 8 Ibrahimovic
Lucarelli 9 Cruz


Manitta 1 Toldo
Pfertzel 2 Cordoba
Vidigal 13 Maicon
Coppola 7 Figo
Cesar 21 Solari
Paulinho 91 Gonzalez
Grandoni 20 Recoba