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Vieri returns with late winner

Published: Tuesday 30 September 2003, 22.00CET
Internazionale FC 2-1 FC Dynamo Kyiv Christian Vieri returns from injury to head a late winner.

Match statistics

InternazionaleDynamo Kyiv

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
6
Corners3
 
7
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed14
 
34
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 30 September 2003, 22.00CET

Vieri returns with late winner

Internazionale FC 2-1 FC Dynamo Kyiv Christian Vieri returns from injury to head a late winner.

Internazionale FC were indebted to their returning hero Christian Vieri as the Italian international striker scored with a late glancing header to earn a hard-fought victory over FC Dynamo Kyiv at the San Siro in this UEFA Champions League Group B game.

Hero returns
Vieri, who had been suffering with an ankle injury, did not make the starting line-up but was handed a place on the substitutes' bench. With an hour played, the San Siro gave a tremendous roar as coach Héctor Cúper decided to bring on Vieri for young forward Obafemi Martins, and his gamble worked, as the burly striker scored in the dying stages.

Bright start
Dynamo did not seem intimidated and started the game brightly, putting pressure on their hosts down the flanks. However, it was Inter who had the first effort on goal. With the Dynamo defence back-pedalling, Inter captain Javier Zanetti came surging forward and fired a shot against the side-netting from outside the box.

Shatskikh hustles
The visitors responded in kind eight minutes later. Fabio Cannavaro looked to have Diogo Rincón's header under control, but Maksim Shatskikh hustled the ball off him and scampered towards goal, shooting wide from a tight angle. The Uzbekistan international looked threatening all night and missed a similar chance later in the half.

Adani strikes
Then, on 23 minutes, Inter took the lead. Dynamo were struggling to cope with the pace of Andy van der Meyde, Emre Belözoglu and Kily González on the edge of the box, and conceded a rash of free-kicks from dangerous positions. It was from one of these set-pieces that Kily González curled in a left-footed cross which Cannavaro headed on target. Olexandr Shovkovskiy saved excellently, but the rebound fell to Daniele Adani who scored with ease.

Toldo error
Nine minutes later, the visitors were level. Tiberiu Ghioane, Dynamo's Romanian midfield player, made good progress down the left but looked to have hit his low cross too close to Francesco Toldo. However, the Italian international spilled the ball and Serhiy Federov was the first to react, firing the loose ball powerfully into the goal.

Cannavaro chance
With the game all square, both sides upped the tempo and Dynamo had three players booked by half-time. Inter could not take advantage of their set-pieces, however, with a series of poor deliveries. Van der Meyde did deliver an excellent cross just before the break, but Cannavaro could not make good contact as he slid in at the far post.

Fewer opportunities
While the pace of the game did not slow in the second half, there were fewer chances for both sides. Julio Cruz twice shot tamely at Shovkovskiy when in good positions, while the Dynamo substitute Aleksandr Khatskevich almost snatched the lead with a header from close range, only to see his effort sail over the goal.

Leko effort
Jerko Leko, Dynamo’s Croatian midfield player, had looked dangerous all evening, with a series of powerful shots throughout, and just after Vieri arrived he went close with a fierce strike that went wide of the near post.

Chance spurned
With just six minutes left, and Inter dominating the game, Dynamo nearly scored. With the hosts throwing numbers forward, a canny counterattack resulted in Shatskikh finding himself unmarked on the edge of the box, but the 25-year-old forward failed to control the ball and the chance was gone.

Final twist
Then came the final twist. Inter had wasted free-kick after free-kick all game, but with 90 minutes played, they found the crucial delivery. Kily González whipped the ball in from the right with his left boot, where Vieri rose highest to glance the ball over Shovkovskiy and into the goal.

Last updated: 30/09/03 23.32CET

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Lineups

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Internazionale

dynamo kyiv

Dynamo Kyiv

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
ShovkovskiyOlexandr Shovkovskiy (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
3
FedorovSerhiy Fedorov
Goal34
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
DmytrulinYuriy Dmytrulin
Substitution69
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Yellow Card53
8
BelkevichValentin Belkevich (C)
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
11
G PeevGeorgi Peev
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution61
15
Diogo RincónDiogo Rincón
Yellow Card19
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution78
16
ShatskikhMaksim Shatskikh
Substitution86
15
AdaniDaniele Adani
Goal23
17
GhioaneTiberiu Ghioane
17
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
26
NesmachniyAndriy Nesmachniy
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
35
SabljićGoran Sabljić
Yellow Card41
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution59
36
LekoJerko Leko
Yellow Card45

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
21
RevaVitaliy Reva (GK)
3
KallonMohamed Kallon
Substitution78
2
KhatskevichAleksandr Khatskevich
Substitution69
11
LucianoLuciano
5
AlessandroAlessandro
13
HelvegThomas Helveg
Substitution61
7
MelashchenkoOlexandr Melashchenko
Substitution86
25
AlmeydaMatias Almeyda
10
CernatFlorin Cernat
31
BréchetJérémie Bréchet
18
NanniRoberto Nanni
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution59
Goal90
22
OnischenkoDenys Onischenko

Coach

Héctor Cúper (ARG) Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko (UKR)

Referee

Stéphane Bre (FRA)

Assistant referees

Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Jacques Clavet (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Kalt (FRA)

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