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Sporting stifled by Inter

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 0.18CET
Sporting Club de Por 0-0 I'nazionale FC Internazionale will be the happier of the two.

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Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 0.18CET

Sporting stifled by Inter

Sporting Club de Por 0-0 I'nazionale FC Internazionale will be the happier of the two.

Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-0 Internazionale FC
Internazionale FC emerged the happier party from their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first-leg match against Sporting Clube de Portugal as they held their hosts to a scoreless draw in Lisbon.

Narrow advantage
The result at the José Alvalade stadium means the Italian side will have a narrow advantage in the return leg on 27 August. A solitary strike will be enough at the San Siro, although Inter would have been happier with an away goal to defend.

Morfeo miss
Although neither side managed to score tonight, perhaps indicative of the absence of Ronaldo and Mario Jardel for Inter and Sporting respectively, the encounter was not lacking in goalscoring incidents. The best opportunity fell Inter's way in the 65th minute when Domenico Morfeo seemed certain to score only for Pablo Contreras to tackle him inside the five-metre box before clearing the ball to safety.

Tiago on hand
Sporting had opened brightly and César Prates almost gave Laszlo Bölöni's side the ideal start after eleven minutes, but his shot from outside the penalty area angled narrowly over the crossbar. The Italian side then responded with their best chance of the half after 20 minutes, but Sporting goalkeeper Tiago denied Christian Vieri and Morfeo in quick succession before Mohamed Kallon had his shot blocked and Sérgio Conceição fired over from five metres in a frantic spell inside the Portuguese team's penalty area.

Barbosa denied
Overall, the home side continued to pose the more potent attacking threat, with Marius Niculae going close with a low shot from outside the penalty area after 25 minutes, while Inter keeper Francesco Toldo had to race from his line to deny Pedro Barbosa on the stroke of half time after the Sporting captain dribbled past four defenders. Barbosa again tested Toldo shortly after the interval from 20 metres, but the Italian international managed to turn the ball around the post.

Strong finish
Inter finished the match strongly though, and a sign of things to come in the return was evident in the last eight minutes as Alvaro Recoba shot narrowly wide, Vieri missed the ball with the net gaping from five metres and Matías Almeyda forced a save from Tiago with a shot from outside the box.

Last updated: 15/08/02 15.19CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

internazionale

Internazionale

12
TiagoTiago
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo
3
Rui BentoRui Bento
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
4
QuirogaQuiroga
3
KallonMohamed Kallon
Substitution67
5
César PratesCésar Prates
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
7
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae
7
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Substitution79
8
BarbosaPedro Barbosa (C)
10
MorfeoDomenico Morfeo
Yellow Card44
15
ContrerasPablo Contreras
Substitution76
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
Substitution65
20
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution70
18
DalmatStéphane Dalmat
22
BetoBeto
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
Yellow Card62
23
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
32
VieriChristian Vieri
30
ToñitoToñito
Substitution58
77
CocoFrancesco Coco

Substitutes

13
Nuno SantosNuno Santos
12
FontanaAlberto Fontana
6
HugoHugo
11
GulyGuly
Substitution79
9
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov
Substitution70
13
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
14
R. FernandesRicardo Fernandes
Substitution76
19
CorradiBernardo Corradi
28
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Substitution58
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Substitution67
17
Paulo BentoPaulo Bento
25
AlmeydaMatias Almeyda
Substitution65
18
Luís FilipeLuís Filipe
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale

Coach

László Bölöni (ROU) Héctor Cúper (ARG)

Referee

Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Ole Hermann Borgan (NOR), Arild Sundet (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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