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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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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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 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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Best of Serie A – round 30

Posted on March 24, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Just some video highlights of the best from round 30.

Milan only beat Torino 1-0 but truly assaulted their goal during most of the match.

Roma vs Empoli 2-1. Inter’s lead at the top has been cut short to just 4 points now. Although Giovinco was causing all sorts of problems for Roma, a couple of goals from Tonetto and Panucci were enough to settle this match.

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Lazio vs Roma 3-2 highlights

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

Just a quick post for the matchday 29 highlights of the derby of Rome. Lazio left it late but defeated Roma in a five-goal thriller. Check out the highlights below.

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Best of Serie A – Round 28

Posted on March 17, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Just some quick video highlights of the best action from this round.

I personally found the best match by far this week between Fiorentina and Genoa. Not that Genoa put up much of a fight but the Viola just played so well. It marked the return of Adrian Mutu and he wasted no time picking up where he left off. A brilliant assist for the first goal and an incredible power drive for the second. Enjoy below.

Inter did enough to get back to winning after a terrible champions league exit. They defeated Palermo 2-1 and the first goal saw Vieira and Ibrahimovic combine well and then Jimenez wrapped things up.

Roma came from behind to defeat Milan. Although Kaka’s goal was easy on the eyes, they left themselves open yet again and gave a crucial game away.

For a more in depth wrap of all the action, check out my latest post at footy-boots.

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Best action of serie A matchday 26

Posted on March 3, 2008. Filed under: serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Fiorentina came from behind in the dying minutes to snatch full points of Juventus and defeated them 3-2 in the 3rd vs 4th place battle. Fiorentina are now only one point behind them. See the highlights below.

Roma defeated Parma in style, 4-0. The win sees them just 6 points off league-leaders Inter after the nerazzuri had their 31 game undefeated streak stopped by Napoli, a 1-0 loss on the trot. More quality highlights below.

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Inter vs Roma 1-1

Posted on February 28, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a | Tags: , , , , |

Inter welcomed Roma to the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in this entertaining top-table battle. Inter had to do without Ibrahimovic, Samuel and Cordoba because of injury while the visitors had Cicinho suspended. The match started with a fast tempo and both teams had several chances early on, Inter firing over the bar a couple of times while Roma forced Julio Cesar to come out a lot. Crespo had an amazing volley ricochet off the post and roll across the face of goal rather than into the net.

Roma were more and more involved in the game as the half wore on and finally put a goal away Vucinic left Maicon behind before passing to Tonetto who crossed for Totti to strike the ball into the bottom corner. Burdisso almost equalised at the end of the half with a free header but couldn’t keep it down. The chances continued for both parties in the second half but good goal-keeping kept out any shots that weren’t blasted just wide or over. On 67 minutes Inter were reduced to ten men and it wasn’t because of a red card. Maxwell had to go off with an ankle injury but all the subs were used already. Roma took full hold of this opportunity and began an assault on Inter’s goal. The home side had some luck come their way as Roma were reduced to ten men when Mexes picked up a 2nd yellow on 83 minutes. Soon after Crespo almost equalised with a powerful header. Finally with two minutes to go, Zanetti fired a volley past Doni from the edge of the area to equalise and send the home crowd wild.

Video highlights below.

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Inter held by Sampdoria

Posted on February 25, 2008. Filed under: Inter, serie a, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

Inter paid a visit to Sampdoria this week hoping to put the Champion’s League defeat to Liverpool behind them. Unfortunately the trip to Anfield cost them the services of solid and speedy Cordoba. He damaged the ACL in his knee and will be out for some time. Mancini also had to rest Ibrahimovic and Cruz with the former also suffering from a knee injury although much less severe. Crespo and Suazo were paired up and given a start although neither was particularly impressive.

The match was all Sampdoria to begin with as Cassano continued to inspire and dictate play. Inter slowly began to assert themselves more and more as the game continued but Sampdoria gave them a warning shot on 47 minutes. A goal that was ruled out for offside. Not long after, Cassano’s perseverance paid off as he squeezed past the Inter defense and smashed a rocket into the net on 65 minutes. The goal must’ve shocked Inter into gear as they desperately worked to salvage something from this match.

Crespo was finally able to find the net and preserve Inter’s unbeaten domestic record. The Argentine put away a diving header from a Stankovic cross. Inter grabbed a point to take home but Roma closed the gap to 9 points. A very important match between the two will take place on Wednesday, the result could be enough to put the Scudetto beyond reach or really open up the title race. Enjoy the video highlights below.

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