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Draw enough for ten-man Inter

Published: Wednesday 3 November 2004, 0.29CET
FC Internazionale Milano 0-0 Valencia CF A share of the spoils takes Roberto Mancini's side through.

Match statistics

InternazionaleValencia

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
5
Corners6
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
15
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 3 November 2004, 0.29CET

Draw enough for ten-man Inter

FC Internazionale Milano 0-0 Valencia CF A share of the spoils takes Roberto Mancini's side through.

By Ivan Carvalho at the Giuseppe Meazza

Group G leaders FC Internazionale Milano secured a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with a draw against Valencia CF despite being reduced to ten men.

Adriano off
As tempers flared at the end of an engaging yet goalless encounter, Adriano, the striker whose goals have helped Roberto Mancini's side remain unbeaten in Serie A, was dismissed for his part in an off-the-ball scuffle with Marco Caneira.

Attack-minded formation
Mancini had opted for an attack-minded formation, starting Adriano up front with Obafemi Martins, despite having Christian Vieri available again. Spanish champions Valencia, missing the influential Pablo Aimar and Vicente Rodríguez through injury, looked to recover from their 5-1 Matchday 3 defeat at the hands of Inter by using Italian Marco Di Vaio as an advanced striker, supported by Mista.

Busy Cañizares
The first half, however, seemed like a repeat of two weeks ago as Inter continually drove forward to keep Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Cañizares busy. In the eighth minute, Adriano found space just outside the penalty area and unleashed a powerful left-footed drive that Cañizares did well to block after it took a slight deflection.

Verón denied
Argentinian midfield player Juan Sebastián Verón then tried his luck with a free-kick that he lashed towards the bottom-right corner only to see the 34-year-old Spanish keeper make another stop. Valencia finally responded thanks to an Inter miscue as Dutchman Edgar Davids sent an errant back-pass into the path of a charging Di Vaio but the Italian could not get his shot on target, sending his drive skidding wide to the right of the Inter goal.

Adriano miss
Mancini's side continued to find space and when Esteban Cambiasso received a pass, he confidently chested it down and sent a left-footed shot narrowly off target. Brazilian right-back Zé Maria then fired in a cross on 28 minutes that Adriano headed down but wide of Valencia's goal.

Martins effort
The best scoring opportunity of the first half came 12 minutes before the break after a neat exchange between Verón and Martins which saw the Nigerian forward break free and fire a blistering drive towards the ever-alert Cañizares. 

Reliant on Rufete
The Spanish side showed little initiative after the interval and relied on midfield player Francisco Rufete, playing out on the right, to provide the team's spark and the 27-year-old found Di Vaio with a low cross in the box. The former Juventus FC striker shrugged off Inter's Iván Cordoba to make contact but his header floated high over the crossbar.

Carboni cross
That foray helped kick-start a lethargic Valencia and moments later Mista received a pass in space from Miguel Angulo but his shot floated wide. Amedeo Carboni then tried his luck by offering up a low cross but it was gobbled up by Inter keeper Alberto Fontana.

Inter chances
Martins threatened to carve open the visitors' defence with one surging run then, just after the hour, Adriano looked ready to open his account as he darted in past a defender and struck a low left-footed shot that Cañizares swatted away.

Woodwork struck
Davids then tried to make amends for his previous mistake by breaking to the by-line and finding Martins in front of goal but the Nigerian lifted his close-range effort on to the crossbar. Valencia coach Claudio Ranieri brought on Bernardo Corradi and Mohamed Sissoko as he went looking for a goal in vain but although a point keeps their alive their hopes of joining Inter in the last 16, they face an uphill battle.

Last updated: 03/11/04 11.10CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

valencia

Valencia

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
5
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
AlbeldaDavid Albelda (C)
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Yellow Card56
Substitution74
10
AdrianoAdriano
Red Card90+1
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
13
Zé MariaZé Maria
11
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
Substitution71
14
VerónJuan Verón
Substitution79
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
Yellow Card90+2
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
25
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution89
20
MistaMista
Substitution84
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution78
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres

Substitutes

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Substitution79
2
PellegrinoMauricio Pellegrino
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
7
FioreStefano Fiore
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Substitution78
9
CorradiBernardo Corradi
Substitution71
21
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
16
SissokoMohamed Sissoko
Substitution74
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution89
18
Xisco MuñozXisco Muñoz
32
VieriChristian Vieri
24
MorettiEmiliano Moretti
Substitution84

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Claudio Ranieri (ITA)

Referee

Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Eniutin (RUS), Evgueni Volnin (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

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