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Inter passage paved by Martins

Published: Wednesday 19 March 2003, 22.26CET
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-2 Internazionale FC Obefami Martins opens the scoring as Inter reach last eight.

Match statistics

LeverkusenInternazionale

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target1
 
7
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners4
 
6
Offsides0
11
Fouls committed22
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 19 March 2003, 22.26CET

Inter passage paved by Martins

Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-2 Internazionale FC Obefami Martins opens the scoring as Inter reach last eight.

A 2-0 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen ensured Internazionale FC reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League by virtue of finishing in second place in Group A.

Progress secured
Inter began the match a point ahead of Newcastle United FC but knew that a victory would guarantee their progress. In the event, FC Barcelona's 2-0 win at St James' Park rendered Inter's result irrelevant, although the Serie A side inflicted a seventh successive Champions League defeat on Leverkusen - making last season's finalists the first team to lose all six games in the second group stage.

New face
Inter coach Héctor Cúper faced a striker shortage before the match, with Christian Vieri and Alvaro Recoba suspended, Gabriel Batistuta ineligible and Mohamed Kallon and Hernán Crespo injured. The 18-year-old Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins, who had previously played only five games for the first team, was left to lead the away side's attack.

Early chances
Leverkusen coach Thomas Hörster had announced his intention to focus on the 1. Bundesliga for the remainder of the season, and it was perhaps no surprise that Inter enjoyed the better of the early exchanges. Sérgio Conceição's shot flew narrowly over the crossbar in the very first minute, before Francesco Coco's left-wing cross found Domenico Morfeo, who created a clear opening for Martins but the striker shot wide under pressure.

Martins denied
Leverkusen came into the game as the half wore on but struggled to create clear chances, and Martins still looked the more likely source of goals, with his pace causing problems for his marker, Thomas Kleine. Twice more the forward had clear sights of goal but on each occasion he was denied by Hans-Jörg Butt.

Composed finish
However, the young striker did finally break the deadlock after 36 minutes, again bursting clear from Morfeo's pass after the makeshift striker capitalised on a defensive misunderstanding between Diego Placente and Radoslaw Kaluzny. This time Martins gave Butt no chance, calmly sidefooting beyond the goalkeeper and into the net.

Penalty saved
A minute before half-time, Martins again threatened to fashion a scoring chance, only to be brought down by Kleine just inside the penalty area. Presented with an opportunity to virtually seal Inter's place in Friday's quarter-final draw, Morfeo saw his shot saved brilliantly by Butt diving to his left.

Positive start
The home team began the second period in positive fashion, as França went close three times, but largely struggled to break down a determined Inter side. Although Inter seemed content to preserve their narrow lead, Martins very nearly extended it three minutes before the hour as he latched on to a high long ball forward. Again, though, Butt saved, this time with his legs.

Decisive second
Fittingly, Inter sealed maximum points in the final minute as Martins' pass freed Coco. The Italian international's cross found Emre Belözoglu in time and space, and the Turkish midfield player coolly lifted the ball over Butt. While Leverkusen are left to rebuild, Inter can contemplate a possible quarter-final against AC Milan. Some prospect.

Last updated: 02/02/12 3.12CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

internazionale

Internazionale

1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
8
ŠimákJan Šimák
Substitution62
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
Substitution46
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
11
FrançaFrança
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Goal90
13
BierofkaDaniel Bierofka
7
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Substitution83
17
OjigwePascal Ojigwe
Yellow Card22
10
MorfeoDomenico Morfeo
Penalty45
Substitution75
21
Radosław KałużnyRadosław Kałużny
13
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
23
BrdaricThomas Brdaric
Substitution46
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow (C)
22
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Substitution19
35
PlacenteDiego Placente
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
Goal36
Yellow Card75
47
KleineThomas Kleine
Yellow Card44
77
CocoFrancesco Coco

Substitutes

31
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
6
ŽivkovićBoris Živković
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Substitution19
7
CrisCris
Substitution62
Yellow Card85
11
GulyGuly
Substitution83
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
24
GamarraCarlos Gamarra
19
BabićMarko Babić
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution75
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
Substitution46
31
VivasNelson Vivas
27
NeuvilleOliver Neuville
Substitution46
35
AltobelliMattia Altobelli

Coach

Thomas Hörster (GER) Héctor Cúper (ARG)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Gennady Krasyuk (RUS), Alexey Monahov (RUS)

Fourth official

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

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