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Impressive Inter see off Sporting

Published: Wednesday 28 August 2002
Internazionale FC 2-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal (Aggregate: 2-0) Inter sail through.

Match statistics

InternazionaleSporting

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 28 August 2002

Impressive Inter see off Sporting

Internazionale FC 2-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal (Aggregate: 2-0) Inter sail through.

Internazionale FC 2-0 Sporting Club de Portugal (Inter win 2-0 on aggregate)
Luigi Di Biagio and Alvaro Recoba scored in the first half as Internazionale FC beat Sporting Clube de Portugal tonight to advance to the UEFA Champions League first group stage.

Plenty of flair
The Italian side fully deserved to win the tie after drawing in Lisbon a fortnight ago and then seeing off the Portuguese champions at the San Siro stadium. Despite the uncertainty over the future of striker Ronaldo, Inter showed plenty of flair up front and could have won by a bigger margin against a team that lost their first match in 33 games. 

Tiago save
Sporting started the better and Pedro Barbosa came close to giving the visitors the lead in the sixth minute but his shot whizzed past Francesco Toldo's right-hand post. Recoba meanwhile had Inter's first chance three minutes later when clean through, but Tiago made a great save.

Recoba close
Toldo then watched one shot from Quaresma go wide before Recoba went close with a swerving free-kick. Recoba started the game up front together with Christian Vieri, both strikers recovering from minor injuries, and formed a lively partnership. Inter proved their ability to cope without Ronaldo when they took the lead in the 31st minute.

Static defence
Uruguay forward Recoba swung in a high corner from the left and Di Biagio rose above a static Sporting defence to head in beyond Tiago. The goal galvanised the home side and they upped the pressure as the half wore on and they were rewarded in the 44th minute as Domenico Morfeo raced down the left and crossed for Recoba to head in.

Cannavaro debut
The tempo dropped in the scond half, as Inter sat back and defended their lead. Sporting coach Lazlo Bölöni threw on Vitali Kutuzov, a former Milan AC player, to add pressure on Inter's backline but home coach Héctor Cúper responded by introducing new signing Fabio Cannavaro on the hour mark. The former S.S. Lazio defender made his first appearance since Inter paid €23m for his services at the start of the month.

UEFA Cup consolation
In the end Recoba and Vieri could have added a third but Cúper will be pleased that his team overcame what looked one of the toughest ties of the round. Sporting, again without Mario Jardel, will have to be content with a place in the UEFA Cup.

'Rather not speak about Ronaldo'
Cúper was delighted with his side's performance, but avoided the subject of the absent Ronaldo. "On a day like this, I'd rather not speak about Ronaldo, only about the game," he said. "We had a spell in the first half and in the final 20 minutes when we were brilliant. Sporting played well but they were maybe lacking up front.”

Last updated: 28/08/02 1.44CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

sporting

Sporting

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo
12
TiagoTiago
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
3
Rui BentoRui Bento
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
4
QuirogaQuiroga
10
MorfeoDomenico Morfeo
5
César PratesCésar Prates
11
GulyGuly
Substitution60
7
M.NiculaeMarius Niculae
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
Goal31
Substitution80
8
BarbosaPedro Barbosa
Yellow Card39
18
DalmatStéphane Dalmat
15
ContrerasPablo Contreras
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Goal44
20
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution75
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
22
BetoBeto
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution86
23
Rui JorgeRui Jorge
Yellow Card68
Substitution85
77
CocoFrancesco Coco
30
ToñitoToñito
Substitution60

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana
13
Nuno SantosNuno Santos
7
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
6
HugoHugo
13
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
Substitution60
9
KutuzovVitali Kutuzov
Substitution60
19
CorradiBernardo Corradi
Substitution86
14
R. FernandesRicardo Fernandes
Substitution85
24
GamarraCarlos Gamarra
17
Paulo BentoPaulo Bento
25
AlmeydaMatias Almeyda
Substitution80
19
DannyDanny
Substitution75
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
26
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins

Coach

Héctor Cúper (ARG) László Bölöni (ROU)

Referee

Rene H.J. Temmink (NED)

Assistant referees

Berend Talens (NED), Gyuri W.A. Takacs (NED)

Fourth official

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

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