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Inter progress in style

Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 0.45CET
FC Internazionale 4-1 FC Basel 1893 (agg: 5-2) Adriano, Dejan Stankovic and Alvaro Recoba send Inter through.

Match statistics

InternazionaleBasel

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 25 August 2004, 0.45CET

Inter progress in style

FC Internazionale 4-1 FC Basel 1893 (agg: 5-2) Adriano, Dejan Stankovic and Alvaro Recoba send Inter through.

By Paolo Menicucci at San Siro

FC Internazionale reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Swiss champions FC Basel 1893 at the San Siro, completing a 5-2 aggregate triumph.

One change
Inter coach Roberto Mancini opted to make only one change to the side that drew 1-1 in Switzerland in the first leg of the third qualifying round two weeks ago, with Edgar Davids coming into the side instead of Esteban Cambiasso and Alvaro Recoba confirmed in attack alongside Brazilian striker Adriano.

Argentinian pair
Basel coach Christian Gross preferred Mile Sterjovski to Mattias Emilio Delgado in midfield and confirmed Argentinian forward Julio Hernán Rossi alongside his fellow countryman Christian Giménez in attack.

Adriano opener
Inter were quickly into their stride, with Recoba forcing Basel goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler into a good save a few seconds after kick-off. The home fans, however, had to wait just a few seconds more to celebrate as Adriano fired Inter ahead with a precise low shot inside the far post after a perfect defence-splitting pass by Dejan Stankovic.

Stankovic scores
Inter continued to control the game and scored the second goal after 13 minutes with a superb right-foot shot by Stankovic after a nice one-two combination with Adriano. But despite the two-goal lead, the home side refused to sit back and Zuberbühler had to make another good save from a left-foot shot by Recoba from long distance.

Neat combination
Francesco Toldo deflected wide a powerful free-kick by Basel captain Murat Yakin after 26 minutes but Inter went close to scoring a third goal five minutes later when Stankovic shot wide from a good position after a neat combination between Zè Maria and Adriano on the right flank. The Swiss side had another dangerous free-kick just before the break, but Mario Cantaluppi's shot finished just wide.

Rapid reply
Basel climbed back into the reckoning four minutes into the second half when Sterjovski controlled a cross from the left inside the penalty box, dribbled past Stankovic and scored with a precise right-foot shot. Inter, however, restored their two-goal lead four minutes later when Adriano received the ball from Stankovic outside the penalty box, took a few steps and fired in another wonderful low shot with his left foot.

Victory sealed
The home side scored again a few minutes later to seal victory, this time Recoba's left boot doing the damage. The Uruguayan forward received a long pass from Juan Sebastián Veron, turned towards Basel's goal and shot in from 18 metres.

Last updated: 25/08/04 12.07CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

basel

Basel

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
6
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
Yellow Card32
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
8
SterjovskiMile Sterjovski
Goal49
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
Yellow Card82
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution66
10
AdrianoAdriano
Goal1
Goal52
Substitution85
13
GiménezChristian Giménez
Substitution85
13
Zé MariaZé Maria
Substitution80
15
YakinMurat Yakin (C)
14
VerónJuan Verón
17
CantaluppiMario Cantaluppi
16
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
19
KléberKléber
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Goal59
Yellow Card60
Substitution66
23
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Yellow Card73
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
30
SmiljanicBoris Smiljanic
25
StankovićDejan Stanković
Goal12
33
RossiJulio Rossi
Substitution58

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
35
MandlThomas Mandl (GK)
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
5
ZwyssigMarco Zwyssig
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution66
7
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution58
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Substitution80
9
CarignanoCésar Carignano
Substitution85
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
12
BarberisSébastien Barberis
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution85
20
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution66
38
DellafioreHernán Dellafiore
21
D. DegenDavid Degen

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Christian Gross (SUI)

Referee

Anders Frisk (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Peter Ekström (SWE)

Fourth official

Miro Ukalovic (SWE)

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