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Milan frustrated by resilient Inter

Published: Wednesday 7 May 2003, 23.32CET
AC Milan 0-0 Internazionale FC
Resolute defensive display earns Inter a goalless draw.

Match statistics

MilanInternazionale

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners9
 
5
Offsides8
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
18
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 7 May 2003, 23.32CET

Milan frustrated by resilient Inter

AC Milan 0-0 Internazionale FC
Resolute defensive display earns Inter a goalless draw.

Internazionale FC hold a narrow advantage over city rivals AC Milan after a goalless draw in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at the San Siro.
 
Stout defending
Héctor Cúper's side withstood some strong pressure from the home side, and will be marginally the more satisfied ahead of next Tuesday's second leg, although the lack of an away goal could yet cost them.

Bright opening
Confounding expectations, both sides began in attacking fashion, with Milan pressing Inter back in the opening two minutes, before Inter had two chances within a minute. Alvaro Recoba's pass rebounded to Sérgio Conceição on the right corner of the Milan penalty area, but his left-foot shot was straight at Dida, who gathered easily. Seconds later, the Portuguese winger broke forward, and his low ball into the Milan area was centimetres in front of the sliding Hernán Crespo.

Golden chance
In the seventh minute, Inter came even closer to taking the lead, as Crespo's flick put Recoba clear on goal, but the Uruguayan international's shot lacked power, and again Dida was able to make a comfortable save.

Shevchenko denied
On the quarter-hour, Milan had their first real chance, as Rui Costa's perceptive through-ball found Kakha Kaladze down the left, who in turn played the ball to Andriy Shevchenko. The Ukrainian international's curling shot was at a comfortable height for Francesco Toldo, who palmed away.

Headed opportunity
Two minutes later, Inter again created a presentable chance, as Sérgio Conceição's cross found Recoba unmarked in the Milan penalty area, but the ball dropped slightly behind the striker, who could only direct his header straight at Dida. That proved to be Inter's last significant threat of the first half, as Milan steadily pressed their opponents back and enjoyed much more possession, but were unable to create any real goalscoring opportunities.

Narrowly wide
It was a different story immediately after half-time, with Rui Costa twice shooting narrowly wide in the opening two minutes of the second half. Shevchenko then failed to connect properly with a low cross after Kaladze had burst powerfully into the Inter area, and Toldo was able to save.

Surprise choice
Inzaghi volleyed straight at the Inter goalkeeper before, in the 58th minute, Shevchenko wasted Milan's best chance of the match. Rui Costa, an influential figure throughout, split the Inter defence with another through-ball but, with a clear run at goal, the striker opted to square the ball to Inzaghi, and Iván Cordoba was able to clear.

Diving stop
Gattuso then forced a diving Toldo to turn the ball behind, before Clarence Seedorf had two chances in a minute, first shooting just over from the edge of the area and then flicking Shevchenko's cross wide of the far post from near the penalty spot.

Late drama
In the final minute, Inter nearly snatched a priceless away goal, as Crespo forced Maldini into an uncertain defensive header. The Inter striker lifted the ball over Dida but then watched it drop agonisingly wide, to leave the match finely poised at the halfway stage.

Last updated: 08/05/03 13.07CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

internazionale

Internazionale

12
DidaDida (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Substitution81
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Substitution78
7
ConceiçãoSérgio Conceição
Substitution66
9
F. InzaghiFilippo Inzaghi
9
CrespoHernán Crespo
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
13
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
14
Di BiagioLuigi Di Biagio
19
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Substitution72
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi
Substitution73
77
CocoFrancesco Coco
Substitution84

Substitutes

18
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
5
RedondoFernando Redondo
Substitution78
3
KallonMohamed Kallon
Substitution72
11
RivaldoRivaldo
Substitution81
11
GulyGuly
Substitution66
14
D. ŠimićDario Šimić
24
GamarraCarlos Gamarra
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution84
25
Roque JuniorRoque Junior
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
27
SerginhoSerginho
Substitution73
31
VivasNelson Vivas

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Héctor Cúper (ARG)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Eniutin (RUS), Gennady Krasyuk (RUS)

Fourth official

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution