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Superb start for inspired Inter

Published: Wednesday 27 November 2002, 23.41CET
Newcastle United 1-4 Internazionale FC Hernán Crespo is on target again as Inter impress.

Match statistics

NewcastleInternazionale

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target4
 
6
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners7
 
2
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
22
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 27 November 2002, 23.41CET

Superb start for inspired Inter

Newcastle United 1-4 Internazionale FC Hernán Crespo is on target again as Inter impress.

An outstanding team performance from Internazionale FC simply blew away the challenge of ten-man Newcastle United FC as the Italian side began their UEFA Champions League second group stage campaign with a sparkling 4-1 victory at St James' Park.

Pulsating encounter
Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy was sent off just five minutes into a pulsating encounter, but by that stage Inter were already a goal to the good thanks to Domenico Morfeo's second-minute effort. Further goals from Matias Almeyda, Hernán Crespo and Alvaro Recoba wrapped up a deserved victory for the visitors, who bounced back from their defeat in last weekend's Milan derby in fine style.

Morfeo's dream start
The pattern for the evening's action was established very early, with several Newcastle defenders diving in to allow Javier Zanetti to race clear down the right wing and deliver a low cross which Crespo touched to Morfeo. The midfield player finished sweetly, drilling a shot high into the net after barely 70 seconds.

Bellamy sees red
If the early goal silenced the home supporters, it all changed three minutes later. Bellamy, who served a three-match ban for violent conduct during the first group stage, was involved in an off-the-ball incident with Marco Materazzi before being shown the red card by French referee Stéphane Bré. Materazzi lay on the turf as Bellamy trudged off the field close to tears and it was clear that the home side had a mountain to climb.

Almeyda screamer
The ten men of Newcastle rallied but with lone striker Alan Shearer closely guarded by the Inter defence, they were most dangerous from set-pieces, Nikos Dabizas sending their best chance narrowly wide from a corner and Nolberto Solano drawing a fine save from Francesco Toldo from a free-kick. But Inter were oozing class and doubled their lead on 35 minutes after Crespo's volley had struck the post and was half-cleared by Andy Griffin, but Almeyda, making his 40th appearance on the European stage, sent a powerful 20-metre shot rocketing high into the net past home goalkeeper Shay Given.

Crespo strikes again
Newcastle were stretched and with captain Zanetti pulling the strings in the Inter midfield, the visitors further extended their lead in first-half added time. Zanetti's measured ball allowed Okan Buruk plenty of room to charge forward and slip the ball inside to Crespo, who tucked a shot past Given to move to the top of the scoring charts with nine strikes. 

Solano on target
Despite being down to ten men, Newcastle gave a spirited second-half performance. Dabizas saw his 52nd-minute header pushed around the post by Toldo and Shearer headed over before the home side pulled a goal back. On 72 minutes, substitute Laurent Robert fed Solano in the area after Shearer's run had distracted the Inter defenders and the Peruvian took his time before sliding a left-footed shot underneath Toldo.

Recoba seals it
Robert twice went close from distance as Newcastle threatened to stage a remarkable comeback, but Inter substitute Recoba put the result beyond doubt after controlling a pass from fellow replacement Stéphane Dalmat with his first touch and then, with his second, curling a beautiful left-footed shot past Given nine minutes from time.

Last updated: 28/11/02 11.49CET

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Lineups

newcastle

Newcastle

internazionale

Internazionale

1
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
4
SolanoNolberto Solano
Goal72
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
Yellow Card26
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
8
DyerKieron Dyer
9
CrespoHernán Crespo
Goal45+1
Yellow Card64
Substitution81
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
10
MorfeoDomenico Morfeo
Goal2
10
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Red Card5
13
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
Yellow Card10
11
SpeedGary Speed
22
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Substitution66
12
GriffinAndy Griffin
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
Substitution15
18
HughesAaron Hughes
Substitution86
25
AlmeydaMatias Almeyda
Goal35
34
DabizasNikos Dabizas
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution46
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Yellow Card78

Substitutes

13
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
6
AcuñaClarence Acuña
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
Substitution15
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
20
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
18
DalmatStéphane Dalmat
Substitution66
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Substitution81
Goal81
30
CaldwellSteven Caldwell
Substitution86
24
GamarraCarlos Gamarra
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Substitution46
77
CocoFrancesco Coco

Coach

Bobby Robson (ENG) Héctor Cúper (ARG)

Referee

Stéphane Bre (FRA)

Assistant referees

Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Michel Lebourvellec (FRA)

Fourth official

Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)

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