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Solid Inter take slim lead

Published: Wednesday 9 April 2003, 22.00CET
Internazionale FC 1-0 Valencia CF Christian Vieri's header clinched victory.

Match statistics

InternazionaleValencia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
7
Corners2
 
8
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed20
 
25
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 9 April 2003, 22.00CET

Solid Inter take slim lead

Internazionale FC 1-0 Valencia CF Christian Vieri's header clinched victory.

Internazionale FC will take the slimmest of leads into the away leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Valencia CF after an early Christian Vieri goal won them a game which they spent mostly on the defensive. Pablo Aimar was inspirational for Valencia, but against a determined Inter rearguard there was no way through, even after both sides were reduced to ten men.

Pair return
Hector Cúper, the Inter coach charged with preventing Valencia from reaching a third Champions League final having led the Spaniards to their previous two, welomed back Hernán Crespo and Vieri in attack, after both missed the 2-0 win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen that took them to this stage. He also opted for Marco Materazzi in defence rather than Fabio Cannavaro as Inter aimed to keep alive the prospect of a semi-final against neighbours AC Milan, who drew 0-0 at AFC Ajax last night.

Lively Valencia
Cúper's Valencia successor, Rafael Benítez, had attacking midfield player Rubén Baraja back from suspension, allowing Aimar to again partner striker John Carew, while Carlos Marchena replaced the banned Mauricio Pellegrino in defence. Benítez's team started well and immediately put Inter under pressure. Vicente Rodríguez was especially lively on the left wing, but other than a hopeful Carew effort, clear-cut Valencia chances were few.

Successful counterattack
Inter relied on swift counterattacks, and it was from one that they took the lead on 14 minutes. Turkish international Emre Belözoglu made a fine run down his touchline and sent in a deep cross, Crespo detfly flicked on, and Vieri placed his header to the right of the stranded Santiago Cañizares.

Coco injured
The goal barely changed the pattern of play as Valencia continued to move forward only to be restricted to long-range efforts. Inter had a setback on the half-hour as left-back Francesco Coco fell awkwardly, strained a muscle and was replaced by Giovanni Pasquale. Valencia continued to attack, but other than a David Albelda effort that forced Francesco Toldo to dive and save, Inter kept their visitors at bay until half-time.

Double sending-off
After the break, a fine Valencia move resulted in Toldo having to save an Aimar header from close range. However, the first significant action of the second half came on 57 minutes as the two sets of players squared up after a foul by David Albelda on Emre - and referee Markus Merk opted to dismiss the pair.

Toldo save
Aimar was not bothered by the upheaval and produced a thrilling run into the Inter box only to see his angled shot saved one-handed by Toldo. Inspired by the Argentinian, Valencia resumed their domination, and Cannavaro eventually arrived for Crespo in the final minutes as Inter defended deeply.

Inter survive
Mista headed an Aimar cross over the bar, but even four minutes of added time and a heart-stopping moment as Aimar went down in the area, only to be booked for simulation, could not produce an equaliser for Valencia to take back to Spain in a fortnight.

Last updated: 02/02/12 3.03CET

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Lineups

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Internazionale

valencia

Valencia

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK) (C)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda
Red Card57
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Red Card57
7
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution66
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Yellow Card71
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
7
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Substitution65
12
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
9
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution83
14
VicenteVicente
Substitution85
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Yellow Card43
Substitution80
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Goal14
21
AimarPablo Aimar
Yellow Card90+4
77
CocoFrancesco Coco
Substitution31
33
RéveillèreAnthony Réveillère

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
13
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
Substitution83
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution85
15
AdaniDaniele Adani
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Substitution66
22
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Substitution65
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution31
Yellow Card90+3
20
MistaMista
Substitution80
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
22
De los SantosGonzalo De los Santos

Coach

Héctor Cúper (ARG) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Heiner Müller (GER), Christian Schräer (GER)

Fourth official

Florian Meyer (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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