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Inter recover to maintain upper hand

Published: Tuesday 11 March 2003, 22.50CET
Internazionale FC 2-2 Newcastle FC Inter twice come from behind to edge closer to the last eight.

Match statistics

InternazionaleNewcastle

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
10
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners3
 
4
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed11
 
28
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 March 2003, 22.50CET

Inter recover to maintain upper hand

Internazionale FC 2-2 Newcastle FC Inter twice come from behind to edge closer to the last eight.

Internazionale FC twice came from behind to edge closer to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals by recording a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United FC in the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.

Tight table
The result leaves Héctor Cúper's side a point ahead of Newcastle in Group A, with a trip to face winless Bayer 04 Leverkusen in store next Wednesday - but at times it seemed the Italian side would be on the brink of elimination after a rampant display from the visitors. Former England captain Alan Shearer twice put Newcastle into the lead in an enthralling encounter - but headers from Christian Vieri and Iván Córdoba clawed the home side level.

Shaky start
Newcastle made a shaky start and Inter almost capitalised when Andy O'Brien stumbled in possession on the edge of the visitors' area and allowed Emre Belözoglu to have an early sight of goal - but the Turkish international lifted his shot narrowly over the target.

Solano chances
Five minutes later there was drama at the other end of the field when the ball span out to Nolberto Solano, who rattled the Inter crossbar from 20 metres with Francesco Toldo well beaten. The Peruvian midfield player had another chance on 19 minutes when Shearer's square ball from the left eluded everybody - but although Solano arrived at the far post, his thunderous effort was parried by Toldo.

Shearer opener
Midway through a frantic first half, Jermaine Jenas dribbled into the Inter area but opted for goal rather than feeding Shearer to his left and Toldo made a vital save low to his left - but the 32-year-old striker did not have to wait too long for a goal. After the industrious Fabio Cannavaro had seen his thumping 39th-minute header saved by Shay Given at one end, Shearer broke the deadlock at the other, sliding in to tap in Craig Bellamy's low, right-wing cross.

Rapid response
Newcastle hung on for half-time but were stunned moments after the restart as Vieri ended his Champions League goal drought for Inter by glancing a header past Given from Sérgio Conceição's pin-point cross. It seemed Inter, depleted by injuries and Alvaro Recoba's suspension, would assume the upper hand but within two minutes, Shearer had restored the visitors' lead. Toldo fumbled Bellamy's half-hearted flick at goal and Shearer pounced to slide in his second goal of the night and send the estimated 10,000 travelling supporters into raptures.

Crucial Cordoba
Inter's second equaliser came after Emre delivered a swinging cross on 61 minutes and Córdoba towered over Andy Griffin at the far post to nod the ball down past Given. An electric finale seemed inevitable but, although Gary Speed and Bellamy both went close for Newcastle, the game fizzled out and instead a rash of yellow cards were handed out by the referee. In all seven players were booked, notably Vieri, who will now miss the trip to Germany the same night that Newcastle must overcome FC Barcelona in England.

Last updated: 12/03/03 4.39CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

newcastle

Newcastle

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
Goal61
4
SolanoNolberto Solano
Substitution83
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
Substitution59
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Substitution77
7
JenasJermaine Jenas
7
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Yellow Card31
9
ShearerAlan Shearer (C)
Goal42
Goal49
Yellow Card90+5
11
GulyGuly
Substitution46
10
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Yellow Card64
13
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
11
SpeedGary Speed
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
Yellow Card90+2
12
GriffinAndy Griffin
22
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
Yellow Card33
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Goal47
Yellow Card63
32
RobertLaurent Robert
Substitution83
77
CocoFrancesco Coco
35
BernardOlivier Bernard

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
13
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
24
GamarraCarlos Gamarra
18
HughesAaron Hughes
Substitution59
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution77
20
LuaLuaLomana LuaLua
Substitution83
Yellow Card90+3
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution46
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
31
VivasNelson Vivas
25
KerrBrian Kerr
40
FranchiniLuca Franchini
30
CaldwellSteven Caldwell
41
NapolitanoNicola Napolitano
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Substitution83

Coach

Héctor Cúper (ARG) Bobby Robson (ENG)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Paulo Jorge Januario Leite Ribeiro (POR), Jose Cardinal (POR)

Fourth official

João Ferreira (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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