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Inter compound Anderlecht misery

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.25CET
FC Internazionale Milano 3-0 RSC Anderlecht Inter finish top of Group G as Anderlecht exit without a point.

Match statistics

InternazionaleAnderlecht

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
11
Corners6
 
3
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
18
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.25CET

Inter compound Anderlecht misery

FC Internazionale Milano 3-0 RSC Anderlecht Inter finish top of Group G as Anderlecht exit without a point.

By Ivan Carvalho at Giuseppe Meazza

With a first-half strike from Julio Cruz and two more Obafemi Martins goals after the break, unbeaten FC Internazionale Milano assured themselves a first-place finish in Group G with a victory that left RSC Anderlecht as only the fifth side to exit a UEFA Champions League pool without a point.

Third-choice goalkeepers
While Inter knew that a victory would guarantee first place in the group, Anderlecht were facing the grim prospect of a seventh straight defeat in the competition. Despite the stakes, the two coaches opted to use several reserves, and both clubs were forced to select third-choice goalkeepers due to injury with Inter fielding Fabian Carini and Anderlecht selecting Jan van Steenberghe. Martins replaced the suspended Adriano in the Inter attack.

Early chances
Inter could have opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Uruguayan forward Alvaro Recoba slid the ball past two defenders with both Martins and Cruz onside. Cruz left Martins to latch on to the pass and he promptly rounded Van Steenberghe only to send his low angled shot wide of the far post. Anderlecht responded four minutes later when forward Aruna Dindane got up to a free-kick but his header went high over Carini's goal.

Anderlecht respond
Another Inter chance went begging when Martins lost possession before the Belgian side put together several attacking runs lead by Swedish international Christian Wilhelmsson. Left-back Olivier Deschacht did well to evade Greek international Georgios Karagounis to get into space but then sent his effort high.

Inter lead
Then it was Anderlecht's turn to be tested as Recoba sent in a 30-metre free-kick that Van Steenberghe easily handled. However, the Belgian goalkeeper was helpless in the 33rd minute when Recoba cleverly back-heeled the ball to Cruz in the penalty area and the Argentinian fought off his marker to slide his effort in.

Deschacht off
Anderlecht meanwhile added to their injury woes as coach Hugo Broos - who had travelled with just 17 players from Belgium - had to substitute Deschacht with Anthony Vanden Borre.

Effort wide
As the second half got under way, Inter searched for the second with Karagounis finding space on the right edge of the penalty area but striking his effort wide. Anderlecht slowly built confidence with attacking forays down the right flank and had their first clear look at goal when midfield player Walter Baseggio headed softly into the arms of Carini.

Strong shot
Anderlecht, desperate to escape the group with at least one point and avoid an ignominious end to their Champions League season, continued to press as Yves Vanderhaeghe stepped up to warm Carini's gloves with a strong shot. But it was all for nought as, on the hour mark, Inter struck the hammer blow. Edgar Davids picked out Martins with a long pass and the Nigerian outran his marker to slot in the second goal.

Martins strikes twice
Martins found himself free again three minutes later as a breakdown in the Belgian side's backline left him one-on-one with the goalkeeper and he put it away easily, leaving Van Steenberghe to raise his arms in frustration. With that goal, victory was secure - and Anderlecht's fate sealed.

Last updated: 08/12/04 2.38CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

anderlecht

Anderlecht

15
CariniFabián Carini (GK)
25
Van SteenbergheJan Van Steenberghe (GK)
3
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
3
DeschachtOlivier Deschacht
Substitution31
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Substitution59
4
VanderhaegheYves Vanderhaeghe
8
DavidsEdgar Davids
6
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Goal33
10
BaseggioWalter Baseggio (C)
13
Zé MariaZé Maria
15
HasiBesnik Hasi
Yellow Card34
Substitution81
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
17
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution75
21
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
26
DindaneAruna Dindane
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi (C)
27
KompanyVincent Kompany
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
34
TraoréLamine Traoré
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
Goal60
Goal63
Substitution70
36
LegearJonathan Legear

Substitutes

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
7
LovreGoran Lovre
Substitution75
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
21
ZetterbergPär Zetterberg
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Substitution59
22
YashchukOleh Yashchuk
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
28
GerkAnatoli Gerk
Substitution81
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
37
Vanden BorreAnthony Vanden Borre
Substitution31
32
VieriChristian Vieri
38
DellafioreHernán Dellafiore
Substitution70

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Hugo Broos (BEL)

Referee

Michael Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Michael Tingey (ENG)

Fourth official

Uriah Rennie (ENG)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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