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Mighty Milan leave rivals reeling

Published: Thursday 7 April 2005, 0.57CET
AC Milan 2-0 FC Internazionale Milano Headed goals from Jaap Stam and Andriy Shevchenko win it for Milan.

Match statistics

MilanInternazionale

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target1
 
4
Corners8
 
5
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
27
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 7 April 2005, 0.57CET

Mighty Milan leave rivals reeling

AC Milan 2-0 FC Internazionale Milano Headed goals from Jaap Stam and Andriy Shevchenko win it for Milan.

By Pete Sanderson at the San Siro

AC Milan moved a significant step closer to Istanbul as they swept aside city rivals FC Internazionale Milano with a masterclass of counterattacking football in an absorbing UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg encounter.

Pinpoint headers
Two pinpoint headers from Jaap Stam and Andriy Shevchenko either side of the interval left the blue half of the Italian city pondering what might have been had they converted one of the dozen opportunities the Nerazzurri fashioned out.

Shevchenko returns
Milan reverted to a 4-4-2 formation to allow for the return of striker Andriy Shevchenko, who recovered from a fractured cheekbone just in time. The Ukrainian's inclusion in place of Rui Costa was the only change from the side which defeated Manchester United FC, Hernán Crespo keeping his place in attack.

Chief tormentor
Inter coach Roberto Mancini made three changes from the previous round, bringing back Giuseppe Favalli and Iván Córdoba after serving their respective bans and asking Obafemi Martins to fill the golden boots of Adriano, chief tormentor of FC Porto in the last 16.

Mihajlovic missile
Inter created the game's first clear-cut opportunity when Stam made an uncharacteristically rash challenge outside the area to concede a free-kick but was spared further embarrassment thanks to a spectacular diving save from Dida after Sinisa Mihajlovic's blistering free-kick threatened to nestle in the back of the net.

Verón drive
Inter were making all the running and, although chances were few and far between, Juan Sebastián Verón threatened to break the deadlock on 35 minutes. Gennaro Gattuso, a tenacious tackler whose role for the evening was to snap at the heels of any midfield runners, was booked for a deliberate handball - ruling him out of the return leg - and Verón's ferocious effort from the resulting free-kick stung Dida's hands.

Cruz denied
Mancini urged his side forward from the sidelines sensing that Milan, who had thus far failed to threaten the Inter goal, were rattled by Inter's onslaught. Julio Cruz was the first to take his coach's advice and, but for another tremendous save from Dida, would have given his side a 44th-minute lead.

Stam strikes
It was almost too good to be true for Inter and so it proved in the dying moments of the first half as Milan delivered the ultimate sucker punch. Andrea Pirlo sent a fizzing free-kick into the box from the right and Stam rose high above Córdoba to arrow a header beyond the despairing dive of Francesco Toldo.

Defensive steel
Maintaining their desire after the break, it was hard not to admire Inter's enthusiasm but, with the ever-pragmatic Milan countering every punch the Nerazzurri could throw with their steely resistance, it seemed impossible to fathom what Inter needed to muster to breach Dida's rearguard.

Attacking force
Mancini responded by throwing on Christian Vieri, the man who helped them to their last win against Milan three years ago, to sharpen up their forward forays. Mihajlovic was soon back to his old tricks, sending another set-piece in Dida's direction but once again to no avail. Even Milan now were starting to come alive as an attacking force, with Kaká and Shevchenko both coming close as the game continued at a breathless pace.

Milan magic
As Milan stepped up the pace, the inevitable second goal duly arrived, and it was Shevchenko who did the damage 16 minutes from time. Andrea Pirlo swung a dangerous ball in towards the Ukrainian international and he effortlessly directed it into the bottom corner; the goal capping a memorable return.

Last updated: 07/04/05 11.26CET

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Lineups

milan

Milan

internazionale

Internazionale

1
DidaDida (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
2
CafuCafu
Substitution90+2
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Goal74
Yellow Card75
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Yellow Card78
Substitution81
8
GattusoGennaro Gattuso
Yellow Card34
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution55
11
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution83
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
Yellow Card66
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Substitution71
14
VerónJuan Verón
Substitution71
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
16
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
22
KakáKaká
25
StankovićDejan Stanković
31
StamJaap Stam
Goal45+1
Yellow Card65
30
MartinsObafemi Martins

Substitutes

46
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
Substitution71
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution81
5
CostacurtaAlessandro Costacurta
Substitution90+2
13
Zé MariaZé Maria
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
21
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Substitution71
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Substitution83
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
27
SerginhoSerginho
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Substitution55

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Alain Sars (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Arnault (FRA), Vincent Texier (FRA)

Fourth official

Bruno Derrien (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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