28 min This is a good little spell for Sampdoria. Mancini makes a lovely pass to Cerezo, who controls him in the race and then falls, inside the area, after a challenge from Stringara. Cerezo asks for an unsuccessful penalty and Bergomi wags a finger in the face. I don't think it was a Cerezo dive; he was just out of balance.
27 min Paganin throws the ball towards Klinsmann on the middle line. His marker, Mannini, hits the front to win the ball and keeps running, just to hell. Pari meets Vialli, who makes a beautiful pass from the left. Mannini hits the last man Bergomi, enters the area and tries to find the unmarked Pari in the middle. His cross is blocked by … Klinsmann, who continued to run from the moment he lost the ball to Mannini. This diligence probably saved an objective.
27 min Bergomi, 30 yards from his own goal, plays a loose square pass that is intercepted by Mancini. Ferri then slides to face Mancini, with the ball deflecting into space in front of Zenga. Mancini has a yard start, but Bergomi shows an impressive pace to recover and slide the ball back into the goalkeeper.
26 min "Milan may be someone outside the league this year, but I like what they are building," says Matt Dony. "It will be difficult to win next season. I really hope Sampdoria can make the most of this situation as long as they have the chance. Thank God for Sgorio! We, simple Welsh, can enjoy all this exotic foreign football! Ardderchog!
You'll enjoy it even more when you qualify for Euro 92. You heard it here first!
25 min: fine save from Pagliuca! Stringara kicks Matthaus, who is hit hard by Pagliuca. Matthaus scored so many times in that range last year, both in free kicks and in open play, but Paglicua jumped down his line and dived low to the left to make a very good stop.
25 min It's getting hot outside. Before the free kick, there is an impromptu draw involving Berti, Mancini, Matthaus and others.
24 min Berti passes through Cerezo, 25 meters from the goal, and then dives brazenly. Referee D´Elia buys and reserves Cerezo with a flourish. This referee's support is hilarious, made even more fun by the fact that his shorts look two sizes too small.
23 min Vialli, who spent much of the game running to the left toward his own goal, wastes a little time holding the ball out of play. The referee has already committed a foul by Vierchowod. Vialli pretended not to have heard and threw the ball as far as he could, causing approximately 70,000 whistles from home fans. He's heard that, I bet.
20 minutes Pagliuca takes the resulting kick to the unmarked Pellegrini, who walks the ball for 10 seconds and then passes it back to Pagliuca. I'm starting to think Sampdoria it may have reached a tie.
19 min: So close to Klinsmann! It is certainly a matter of time before Inter takes the lead. They just had their best chance so far. Paganin, seeing a lot of ball on the right side, made a long pass towards Serena, who won the ball in the air on the edge of the area and pointed it at Matthaus. Pari followed him to make a vital and desperate interception, but only managed to throw the ball back to Serena.
He placed a quick header towards the far post, which took goalkeeper Pagliuca out of the game as he crossed his line. Klinsmann and Pellegrini threw themselves at the ball three meters from the goal – Klinsmann with his head, Pellegrini with a flying boot – and somehow the ball passed away from the post.
How could that not have happened? Klinsmann is on the net, holding his head – I suspect because he was kicked out by Pellegrini and not out of disappointment. Definitely, it was Klinsmann who got the contact and, after doing that, he should have scored. He must have been distracted by Pellegrini.
18 min Paganin pushes the ball into Klinsmann, on the edge of the area. Pellegrini pinches in front of Klinsmann, but can only deflect the ball back to Paganin. He has a great chance of putting Klinsmann in the goal, with Pellegrini's impulse taking him out of the game – but he overcomes a very simple pass and Vierchowod is able to intercept. With a more gentle touch, Klinsmann would have entered. Vierchowod could have done a more gentle touch too; he almost passed the ball through Pagliuca, another example of Smapdoria's nerves.
OBJECTIVE! Juventus 0-2 Milan (Maldini 13) Paolo Maldini doubled Milan's lead with a high header that slid past goalkeeper Stefano Tacconi. This game is over. If Inter win today, Milan will be back for the title.
Juventus, meanwhile, is a crowd. They were right in the title fight in mid-February; now they are struggling to qualify for the UEFA Cup.
16 min Inter receive a free kick 40 yards from goal. Matthaus decides to see his own 35-yard shot a moment ago and increase it, whistling a fierce upward movement off the far post. Pagliuca looks relaxed as he passes through the mail.
15 min Matthaus, the best player in the world and probably the only cyborg football player, catches the ball on the halfway line and decides to solve the problem on his own. He runs forward, clears Cerezo's ball and hits a 35-meter long shot, blocked by Vierchowod.
14 min: Sampdoria almost steal the lead! Invernizzi's cross on the right turned away from Stringara's face and hit no-man's-land on the nearby pole. Mancini took the ball, just in front of Ferri and goalkeeper Zenga, and cut back towards the penalty. Dossena controlled the ball with his gut and then hit half volleyball in orbit. He was under pressure, with three Inter players converging, but that was still a decent opportunity. The man was wrong: Dossena didn't score in the league all season.
13 min And now we have the first demonstration of the threat of Sampdoria's counterattack. Mancini, Invernizzi, Cerezo, Lombardo and Vialli are all involved in an end-to-end play that, erm, ends with Lombardo's cross being blocked by Brehme.
13 min Cerezo bangs behind a free area around a corner, another demonstration of the nerves of Sampdoria's big night (well, big afternoon).
11 min Serena, in the central circle, puts Vierchowod aside and hits an excellent header towards Klinsmann, deceiving the Pellegrini broom. It looks like Klinsmann may be, but his touch is unusually weak and this allows his marker Mannini to reach and stab the ball back to Pagliuca.
9 min Vialli tries his luck in 25 yards: replacement for Inter. This sums up the beginning of Sampdoria.
9 min Paganin moves along the midway line and makes a long, angular cross beyond the farthest pole. Serena moves away from her marker Vierchowod and heads the ball back on Berti's path, making a typical late jump into the area. Invernizzi tracks it to the end and puts the header back in Pagliuca. That was excellent coverage of the midfield.
8 min Inter is over Sampdoria like a cheap cliché. The people behind Walter Zenga's goal could have to do with binoculars, as the whole game is taking place in the middle of Sampdoria.
Sampdoria knows how to defend itself and is tactically designed to play away from home – they have conceded just four goals in 14 away games this season – but will do well to withstand that pressure for 90 minutes.
OBJECTIVE! Juventus 0-1 AC Milan (Simone 3) Milan are already ahead at Delle Alpi. Young striker Marco Simone gave them the lead with a simple cross shot from Marco van Basten.
5 min Ferri is penalized for crossing the back of Vialli. The two men shake hands, and that's it. At least it should be, but referee D’Elia plays a great game by calling Ferri to have a word. If he is not careful, he will turn into a flower.
5 min The pace of this game is quite something. It's like watching a game in English, except that they pass the ball to each other more often.
4 min Lombardo is brought down by Stringara. Referee Pietro D´Elia demonstrates that the waves touch and then happily click on the heel to avoid the ball.
3 min Berti's intervention in the kickoff was an affirmation of almost fierce intent. Inter had a hyper-aggressive start and Vialli has had to play as a second left back on some occasions. The real left back, Dossena, in his own area, gives Sampdoria a breath, throwing the ball in the middle line. There are no teammates there, mainly because Vialli is beside him.
1 minute Vialli and Mancini start with the urgency of two old men talking outside the corner store, while trying to remember what came to the store in the first place. Berti is on them like an assailant, shooting with the ball and finding Klinsmann.
Sampdoria won the return match 3-1 in December. They played with 10 men for almost an hour, after Alexei Mikhailichenko was assaulted by Giuseppe Bergomi. But the terrible twins, Gianluca Vialli and Roberto Mancini, scored in the last 10 minutes to give Samp an exciting victory.
We’ll also have goal updates from the Stadio delle Alpi, where Juventus host Milan. Juve's season has collapsed since losing in Sampdoria in February, with five defeats and just two wins in their last ten games, but Milan still have an outside chance of the title – especially if they and Inter win today.
Inter remain unchanged from the team that drew 0-0 at Fiorentina two weeks ago. Sampdoria Make two changes in this nervous 3-2 win over Bari: Luca Pellegrini and Toninho Cerezo replace Marco Lanna and Ivano Bonetti. But there is no Srecko Katanec, who has not recovered from an injury; with Alexei Mikhailichenko in disuse and on the bench, Samp will start the game with only one of his three foreign players.
In fact, the insignificant influence of its foreign stars – at a time when the league is full of the best in the world – makes their performance this season even more remarkable. Mikhailichenko has not started a game since February, which is only Cerezo's fourth game since he scored the winning goal against Milan this October.
Inter (4-1-3-2) Zenga; Paganin, Ferri, Bergomi, Brehme; Stringara; Bianchi, Matthaus, Berti; Serena, Klinsmann.
Substitutes: Malgioglio, Mandorlini, Baresi, Iorio, Pizzi.
Sampdoria (3-5-2) Pagliuca; Vierchowod, Pellegrini, Mannini; Lombardo, Invernizzi, Pari, Cerezo, Dossena; Mancini, Vialli.
Substitutes: Nuciari, Mikhailichenko, Branca, Lanna, Bonetti.
Judge Pietro D´Elia.
Hello. This game has been on the board for months: Internazionale v Sampdoria at San Siro, the Serie A champion. AC Milan may have something to say about this, but the high probability is that we will be watching the champions today. The equation is delightfully simple: Inter Tue To win, Sampdoria only needs a draw to maintain control. And if they steal the two points at San Siro, they will win the first scudetto.
Serie A generally doesn't feel good stories. It is a serious, obstinate business, conducted and consumed with a fervor that makes religion seem almost frivolous in comparison. Sampdoria has been dreaming of the title since Paolo Mantovani bought the club 12 years ago. But the more you want something, the more frightening it becomes. If they are defeated today, Sampdoria they will only have one point less – and they will have Inter's volcanic breath all over their necks.
This is the leaderboard with four games to play:
- Sampdoria 45 pts
- Inter 42
- Milan 41
- Genoa, Juventus, Parma, Torino 34
Sampdoria's ability to deal with a cacophonous San Siro will go a long way in deciding today's match. They were excellent in the difficult away games at the beginning of the season – they won here against Milan, they drew at Juventus beat champion Napoli in that surreal game in November. But those games took place in the first half of the season, in more innocent times. We are at the end of the business of the season and there are not many tomorrows.
Beginning: 16:00 CET on May 5, 1991, 7:45 pm on BST on May 6, 2020.