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Inter win Scudetto again but lose Copa Italia (again)

Posted on May 26, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

I went right down to the wire as Inter wasted chance after chance to seal their third Scudetto in as many years but on the last match day, Ibrahimovic came out to grab a brace against Parma and kick off the celebrations. Just enough to keep Roma in second but they couldn’t go the double this time as Roma defeated them in the Copa Italia final, for the second year running.

I’m glad to say that Inter have once and for all proven themselves. The first Scudetto was awarded to Inter following the Calciopoli scandal and few accepted that Inter actually deserved the title. So the next year Inter won it on the pitch in an amazing fashion, a huge points total at the end of the season. The same people were saying that it wasn’t a real win as many teams were docked points from the scandal (such as Milan) and Juventus wasn’t even in Serie A. So now once and for all, the teams all started level and Juve was back but Inter did it again.

Now if they can only sort themselves out in Champion’s League…

Enjoy the final day highlights and the celebrations.

Lastly, the highlights from the Copa Italia final. Shame that we lost 2-1 but at least you can take something away from it with that Pele goal. That was quite a strike, see below for yourself!

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New Canadian Serie A site

Posted on May 7, 2008. Filed under: serie a | Tags: , |

Just a quick post to highlight a recently launched Canadian soccer site. It focuses on Serie A but also on the upcoming Euro 2008 competition, Toronto FC and the Canadian national side. I’m always glad to see sites that focus on Serie A as it’s my favourite league. There’s some good content already and I’d expect it to grow rapidly!

Check it out at www.serieasoccer.com.

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AC Milan vs Inter (2-1)

Posted on May 4, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a | Tags: , , , , |

Inter had a chance to win the Scudetto for the third time running as well as defeat their bitter rivals in the local derby but it seems that Milan’s hunger for the last Champion’s League spot was greater.

The first 60 minutes were pretty much all Milan, they attacked Inter furiously and Kaka’ was causing a lot of problems for the make-shift defensive. Milan put themselves ahead shortly after the restart as Inzaghi continued his great form of late with another goal. Five minutes later, who else but Kaka’ doubled the score. Inter finally woke up and turned the tables on their rivals. Now they were attacking with everything they had and even though Cruz managed to pull one back with a lovely curling free kick, 15 minutes from time. It wasn’t quite enough as Milan held on for all three points.

So Inter only has three points between themselves and Roma although I’m pretty sure they’re safe in the head-to-head result which would decide things if they were on equal points. Nonetheless, Inter can’t afford to lose the last two games!

Here are some extended highlights, enjoy!

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Inter defeat Cagliari and almost secure third Scudetto

Posted on April 28, 2008. Filed under: Inter, Players, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , |

So Inter hosted Cagliari tonight and saw them off with a 2-1 win. Although Roma can technically still catch them, Inter just need one more win to grab their third consecutive Scudetto. It won’t be an easy win next week though as the play out the Milan derby. I dare say Milan will be more hungry to win as they need every point they can to leapfrog Fiorentina and get some Champion’s league action next season. Kaka’ is back from injury and on fire much like the revitalised Inzaghi who bagged a hat-trick tonight against Livorno and also set up Seedorf for the last goal.

Balotelli seems to have secured a first team spot for the moment with inspired performances and Zlatan still injured. It was Cruz and Materazzi that scored the goals in tonight’s game but Super Mario was involved in most of the action early on. I think if he continues to get doses of regular football he will mature into a great striker for Inter. I found a video about him called “best of the next gen” and embedded it below. It’s a bit early for any predictions but I see him up there with Pato, Walcott, and the other young Milan striker I forget the name of at the moment. Paloschi was it? Oh well, enjoy.

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Best of Serie A round 34

Posted on April 21, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

The two stand out games of matchday 34 were Milan vs Reggina and Atalanta vs Juventus. The first saw Kaka’ return to his usual blistering form by shaking off his niggling injuries to bag a hat-trick and complete a game that ended in a 5-1 drubbing of bottom-placed Reggina. While Del Piero impressed even more, grabbing his own hat-trick without the need for any penalties and leading his side to a 4-0 assault on Atalanta. Enjoy the highlights below.

Milan vs Reggina 5-1

Atalanta vs Juventus 0-4

Torino vs Inter 0-1

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Roma held by Livorno

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Roma were held at home by Livorno last night and hence dropped two vital points in the chase to beat Inter to another Scudetto. They’ll rue a lot of wasted chances as really they should’ve been a few in front by half-time. No goals in the first half but ten minutes after the restart, Vucinic scored a lovely looping header over Livorno keeper, Amelia. They took the foot off the gas and in the 83rd minute were punished by a well taken Diamanti free-kick, finding the top right corner. Amelia then kept Livorno in the game with a couple of nice saves and they can take home a share of the spoils.

Inter have a good chance to put 6 points between them and Roma tonight. Video highlights below.

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Inter vs Fiorentina 2-0

Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , |

Just some quick video highlights for now with a wrap of the action later.

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Juventus vs Milan 3-2

Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , |

Here’s some video highlights of one of this week’s big matches.

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Inter defeat Atalanta with Super Mario magic

Posted on April 7, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Atalanta hosted Inter this week and the Nerazzuri knew they couldn’t afford another slip up following Roma’s win over Genoa to close the gap to just one point the night before. Inter’s huge injury list continued but at least it allowed 17 year old Balotelli aka “Super Mario” to start. At least Cambiasso was back to work the midfield as only he can (Thanks again Real! you guys just love giving away excellent defensive midfielders don’t you?).

There was plenty of action early and after 21 minutes Vieira rose up to nod in Maicon’s corner kick. Crespo also scored but saw his goal disallowed for offside. After the break Inter wasted a few good chances to increase their lead but Balotelli was doing well and setting up the rest of the team with many good plays. Finally he took charge and doubled Inter’s lead, scoring his first Serie A goal. He beat the offside trap and picked up Stankovic’s pass, leaving the keeper for dead and slotting into an empty net.

In the dying minutes there was some controversy as Materazzi went on a tug fest with Inzaghi’s shirt in the area but the foul actually went the other way and then Doni saw two yellows in quick succession when he got a bit shirty with the ref himself for not giving a free kick after Vieira bowled over Pellegrino. So Inter restored their advantage at the top to four points but are still definitely feeling Roma’s pressure and unrelenting surge to nab the Scudetto at the death. Anyone remember 2002? Let’s not see a repeat of that!

In other matches, AC Milan defeated Cagliari at home 3-1. Highlights below.

Also Roma defeated Genoa 3-2 but not without a fight and an entertaining battle. See highlights below too.

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Lazio vs Inter 1-1

Posted on March 31, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Inter had to travel to Rome to face Lazio for round 31. After Roma’s draw to Cagliari they had a good opportunity to increase their lead at the top once again but ended up stumbling also. Crespo was able to put Inter ahead after only 11 minutes when he tapped in a low pass from Maicon but it wasn’t to last. Rocchi left the Inter defense out to dry as he beat the offside trap and slotted past Julio Cesar in the one on one confrontation just before the hour mark. Inter were lucky enough just to come away with a draw and should thank the crossbar for saving their necks not once but twice in the remaining minutes. Hopefully they can get back on track and not throw away their good work like they did in 2002. Highlights below.

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