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October 5, 2013
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: P. Tagliavento
• Attendance: 48000
F. Totti 18', 40'
A. Florenzi 44'
That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this evening. Thanks a lot for joining me for what was a brilliant game of football. Have a great night.
FULL TIME - Inter 0-3 Roma: The Giallorossi maintain their 100 per cent record this season with a brilliant 3-0 win over the previously undefeated Nerazzurri. Two from Totti and one from Florenzi ensure Rudi Garcia's men make it maximum points once more.
90' + 3'
The final whistle goes!
90' + 1'
We are into the first of an additional three minutes.
Roma counter through Dodo down the left but he overhits his cross to Gervinho and Handanovic intervenes, kicking the ball out for a throw in.
Yellow Card Rodrigo Taddei
The Croatian takes the set piece himself but only manages to fire it straight into the wall. That really sums up this Inter performance tonight. They have lacked a clinical edge in the final third.
Inter win a free kick in a great area as Taddei trips Kovacic, halting him in his attempts to race onto a pass down towards the byeline.
Roma miss a great chance to add to their tally as Taddei rolls the ball back to his compatriot, Marquinho, 20 yards from goal. The Brazilian fails to connect with it cleanly and pulls his shot wide of the target.
Great chest control from Icardi to bring the ball down on the edge of the box before laying it off to Kovacic. The Croatian strikes it well, but fails to aim it in either corner of the goal and De Sanctis holds it comfortably.
The Giallorossi appear happy to sit back and soak up the pressure from the hosts. They are clearly quite confident that they can hold on for another clean sheet.
Yellow/Red Federico Balzaretti
Balzaretti is off! The left-back goes in late on Alvarez and picks up his second yellow card. Roma will play the closing stages with 10 men.
Inter are looking bereft of creativity in the final third. Alvarez has improved this half but still, the Nerazzurri are struggling to test De Sanctis.
Close for Icardi! The striker shows great awareness to try and make the most of De Rossi's weak header back to De Sanctis, but he fails to connect with the ball before the keeper collects it.
GERVINHO MUST SCORE!! Another counterattack for the Giallorossi comes enables the Ivorian to race through on goal. He gets away from the centre-backs but is unable to guide a shot past Handanovic, who gets an important hand to the ball to divert it around the post.
Rudi Garcia's side are not committing quite as many men forward as they did in the first half. There is not really any need with their three-goall cushion, and he is probably hoping to hold on for another clean sheet.
Lovely play from Roma, but Florenzi runs into a wall of Nerazzurri shirts as he ducks inside the area to try and get a shot away. Brilliant, patient football from Totti in the build-up.
Yellow Card Morgan De Sanctis
GOOOOAAALL.. no it is not! Alvarez's cross into the box is flicked on by Palacio and Ranocchia jumps to challenge De Sanctis. The keeper catches it but a deflection from the centre-back's head sends it into the back of the net. The officials see a foul, though, and award the visitors a free kick.
Taddei concedes a free kick in excess of 30 yards from goal and Guarin opts to take it short. His pass is woeful, though, and hands possession straight back to the visitors. It is greeted by mass groans from the fans inside, and most likely outside, of the ground.
A good spell in possession for Inter enables them to win a corner on the near side. It is whipped in with pace but no Nerazzurri player gambles to try and get on the end of it.
STAT: Roma have scored at least two goals in every league game this season, totalling 20 already.
Mazzarri has now decided to introduce Kovacic to the game. The Croatian replaces Taider, who has played very much as an individual tonight. Can he get Inter flowing now?
Pjanic is down and receiving treatment and it looks as though he may be making way now.
That is poor from Nagatomo! The Japanese receives the ball out on the right and Inter load the box in expectation of a cross. However, the full-back gives away possession and then fouls Florenzi in his haste to make up for his effort.
Rolando and Ranocchia put a couple of cool headers together inside their own box to stop Gervinho getting into possession. The Ivorian is working extremely hard this evening.
Yellow Card Federico Balzaretti
STAT: Inter have won just three of their previous 10 league games at the San Siro.
GREAT SAVE! Handanovic does excellently to get down and keep Florenzi's effort out from just outside the six-yard box. The Roma man should never have been allowed to get on the end of that.
Icardi gets straight into the action as he brings a high ball down inside the area. His shot is blocked by Benatia and Alvarez fares no better on the follow-up, firing straight into Leandro Castan.
Here we go! Icardi has been introduced for the second half as Inter seek a way back into this match.
Welcome back! We are a few moments away from the start of the second half.
HALF TIME - Inter 0-3 Roma: The hosts undefeated start to the season looks set to come to an end, despite their impressive response to going behind to Totti's strike. The captain managed to add another from the penalty spot before Florenzi made it three to give the Giallorossi a comfortable lead at the break. It will take something special for Walter Mazzarri to inspire his side back from this. Join me in 15 minutes to see if he can.
45' + 1'
The half-time whistle goes.
Assist Kevin Strootman
Goal Alessandro Florenzi
STUNNING! ROMA MAKE IT THREE! A brilliant counterattacking goal for the hosts as Totti flicks the ball into the path of Strootman and the Dutchman carries it all the way down the other end. He slides it out wide for Florenzi who arrows a first-time shot into the far corner.
That is a vital interception from Rolando! The Portuguese got his head to the ball to stop Pjanic from surely heading into the net from just outside the six-yard box.
Penalty Goal Francesco Totti
GOOOOOAAAL!! TOTTI MAKES IT TWO! The striker absolutely hammers his penalty into the back of the net, leaving Handanovic with no chance despite diving the right way.
Yellow Card Á. Pereira
PENALTY TO ROMA!! Gervinho beats Cambiasso down by the corner flag and races into the area, where Pereira brings him down right on the line.
Balzaretti and Guarin do not appear to be getting along tonight! The pair contest a header and neither wants to lose out, but the referee awards a free kick as the Colombian leaves a foot in on the left-back.
STAT: Roma are undefeated in their last seven matches against Inter in all competitions.
That is smooth from De Rossi, dropping to his knees to intercept a cross with his chest and cushion it for a team mate in the process. Both sides defending fairly well here at the moment.
Ambitious! Pjanic decides to shoot for goal from a central free kick just outside the centre circle. He puts plenty of pace and direction on the effort, but he cannot keep it down and so it flies over the top.
Yellow Card Juan Jesus
Taider is the man who takes it again, but once more he fails to hit the target. This one flies just a bit too far high and wide of the top corner to really worry the keeper.
Yellow Card Leandro Castán
Another free kick for Inter in a dangerous area as Leandro Castan handles the ball just over 20 yards from goal. Maybe they will make something better from this.
Taider strikes it... but he puts it into the side netting. An ambitious effort from the midfielder, but it would have taken something truly special to have beaten De Sanctis from such an acute angle.
Yellow Card Mehdi Benatia
Benatia allows Alvarez to spin him just outside the area as he attempts to get on the end of a long throw, but the centre-back clips him and brings him to ground. He earns a booking and Inter have a chance to test the keeper again.
This is better from Inter! A great cross into the area finds Alvarez and De Sanctis just about manages to stop his header from crossing the line. The Nerazzurri have responded well to going behind.
OFF THE POST!! Wow, that is some strike from Guarin! The Colombian thumps a thunderous shot at De Sanctis' goal, and it looks to be sailing into the top corner. The crowd sigh as the frame of the goal stops them from witnessing a truly memorable strick.
WHAT A CHALLENGE!! Roma break and Gervinho cuts onto his left foot inside the area but Juan Jesus chases back and dives in with a great tackle to take the ball off of his foot.
Gervinho looks full of confidence in this Roma side. Rolando can get nowhere near him as he glides past on the left, but Juan Jesus mops up with a header in the area.
That is poor from Pereira! The Uruguayan is picked out on the wing by Cambiasso and attempts to cushion the pass into the area with his first touch. He completely misguides his cross and ends up kicking it out for a goal kick.
Goal Francesco Totti
GOOOOAAALL!! TOTTI! Roma take the lead through their captain. A good break down the left moves into Gervinho at the top of the box. The Ivorian rolls the ball to his right for Totti and the veteran, surrounded by Nerazzurri shirts, picks out the bottom corner with a rifled finish.
A good interception from Balzaretti stops Palacio from firing a volley at goal after an awkward pass into the area. Things are beginning to open up at the San Siro as Cambiasso then fires well over the top from distance.
Yellow Card Miralem Pjanic
An early booking for Pjanic as he brings Taider to ground with a cynical trip after the Roma attack had broked down. He has had a rocky start to the match.
Roma manage to push Inter back inside their own final third but Totti's lay off for De Rossi's late run is poorly judged. The midfielder slides to make a connection and his lofted pass over the top of the defence bounces through to Handanovic.
Alvarez and Pereira attempt to combine down the left but the Argentine overhits his pass to his fellow South American, and Torosidis shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.
GREAT SAVE!! Taider is picked out on the edge of the box and he takes a touch to set himself before lashing a low shot at goal. He aims it well, down and into the corner, but De Sanctis dives down to his right and holds onto the ball.
Neither side yet to really take control of this game. Both have had spells of possession but as of yet nothing truly threatening has been created.
Inter break following the set piece but Torosidis does well to hold up Nagatomo in the wide area and stop him from putting a good cross into the box. A wasted chance for the hosts as the ball is eventually struck well wide from distance.
Gervinho again makes the most of the space behind Pereira as he attacks the defence following the dispossession of Taider in midfield. He looses a shot at goal but a deflection sees it go over the top for a corner.
Totti shows good desire to chase down a loose ball but Nagatomo beats him to it. He manages to steer clear of the Japanese, but gets hit on the hand following the Inter man's touch and the referee awards a free kick.
Inter probe down the right again and this time it is Alvarez who attempts to drift inside. However, he is quickly closed down by Benatia and Balzaretti and ends up putting the ball behind for a goal kick.
Roma counter at speed and Gervinho carries the ball into the area from the right. He works space to put a cross into the area but Rolando cuts it out and clears away the danger. A remider of the threat that the Ivorian is carrying early this season.
Roma are looking to control the pace of the game in the opening moments but an errant pass forces Strootman to make a late challenge inside the centre circle. The ball is played out wide to the right and Guarin manages to beat Balzaretti near the byeline, but his cross is cut out.
We are under way at the San Siro!
One minute of silence before the start of the match this evening for those lost in the Lampedusa disaster. Eventually well-respected.
The teams are now making their way out onto the pitch. Inter are in their traditional colours, while Roma wear their alternate white kit. Kick off will be upon us shortly!
Both sides are enjoying great starts to their Serie A campaigns this season, and will likely see today's game as a chance to prove that they can maintain their form over longer periods. Will Walter Mazzarri be able to guide the hosts to victory, or can Rudi Garcia steer the Giallorossi to their eighth straight league victory?
Cristian Chivu and Javier Zanetti remain sidelined for the hosts, who have Rodrigo Palacio starting in attack ahead of Mauro Icardi, Diego Milito and Ishak Belfodil. The trio all earn a place on the bench.
Roma won twice at the San Siro against Inter last season, with wins in both Serie A and the Coppa Italia semi-final. They will be unable to count on the services of Mattia Destro, Michael Bradley and Maicon tonight, though, as the trio are out with injury.
Roma (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Torosidis, Benatia, Leandro Castan, Balzaretti; Pjanic, De Rossi, Strootman; Florenzi, Totti, Gervinho.
Inter (3-5-1-1): Handanovic; Rolando, Ranocchia, Juan; Nagatomo, Guarin, Cambiasso, Taider, Pereira; Alvarez; Palacio.
But without further ado, here come the line-ups...
Tonight's match involves the two highest-scoring teams so far in this Serie A season. Roma have struck an impressive 17 goals in six games, while Inter have netted one less at 16. Lets hope both continue in that vain this evening!
Hello and welcome to tonight's live commentary on the Serie A meeting between Inter and Roma. The visitors are yet to drop a single point this season, but they come up against undefeated opponents in Walter Mazzarri's Inter. My name is Tom Webber and I will be guiding you through what will hopefully be an absolutely storming game.
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