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Milan move into last four

Published: Wednesday 13 April 2005, 0.49CET
FC Internazionale Milano 0-1 AC Milan (match abandoned, agg: 0-3) Rossoneri through in unsatisfactory fashion.

Match statistics

InternazionaleMilan

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners6
 
2
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 April 2005, 0.49CET

Milan move into last four

FC Internazionale Milano 0-1 AC Milan (match abandoned, agg: 0-3) Rossoneri through in unsatisfactory fashion.

By Matthew Spiro at Giuseppe Meazza

AC Milan booked their place in the last four of the UEFA Champions League in unsatisfactory circumstances after the second leg of their quarter-final with FC Internazionale Milano was abandoned due to crowd trouble.

Merk swift
Plastic bottles, flares and an umbrella were among objects thrown from the crowd behind Milan goalkeeper Dida, who was struck on the shoulder by one firework 72 minutes into the match. German referee Markus Merk made a swift decision to take both sets of players off the Giuseppe Meazza pitch and into the dressing rooms.

Shevchenko goal
Milan, who won the first leg 2-0 last week, had taken a 30th-minute lead through Andriy Shevchenko to lead 3-0 on aggregate but shortly after Nerazzurri midfield player Esteban Cambiasso had a goal disallowed, play was suspended. After a 20-minute break play was resumed, but Merk abandoned the game moments later when more objects landed on the field.

UEFA decision
A decision by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Board will determine whether or not tonight's result stands but there seems little doubt that Inter's European campaign is over - and in bitterly disappointing circumstances.

Early bookings
It was Milan, despite the absence of suspended midfield player Gennaro Gattuso, who enjoyed the game's first chance. After early yellow cards to Gattuso's replacement Massimo Ambrosini, as well as Inter pair Kily González and Marco Materazzi, Andrea Pirlo curled a free-kick narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

Smart save
Inter produced their first effort on goal moments later as Juan Sebastián Verón, the home side's most dangerous attacking player in the early stages, struck a powerful drive from 25 metres that forced Dida into a smart save.

Deadlock broken
With the fit-again Adriano marshalled by Jaap Stam, Inter failed to get the early goal they wanted and their task became even more daunting on 30 minutes when Milan opened the scoring. Shevchenko picked up possession on the right side of the penalty area and unleashed a superb left-footed shot that swung inside Francesco Toldo's right-hand post. It was the Ukrainian's 13th career strike against Inter and left the Nerazzurri needing an improbable four goals to go through.

Dida record
Unfazed, Inter were quickly on the attack and Dida - hoping for a Champions League record sixth consecutive clean sheet - did well to tip Kily's long-range effort around the post on 33 minutes, before Adriano was off target with his first shot of the night. Milan stood firm at the back, however, and could even have doubled their lead before the break as Cafu headed Shevchenko's hanging cross wide when well placed.

Adriano injured
Mancini made two changes at half-time, with Sinisa Mihajlovic and Julio Cruz replacing Cristiano Zanetti and Kily as the home side reverted to a 4-4-2 formation. He was forced to make a third substitution seven minutes later when Adriano sustained an injury and made way for Obafemi Martins.

Instant impression
The Nigerian striker made an instant impression, bursting past Stam with his first touch before seeing a low shot stopped by Dida. Milan's Dutch defender appeared uncomfortable against the pace of Martins and his slip offered the substitute another glimpse of goal on the hour, but this time his shot was easily saved.

Match abandoned
Inter midfield player Cambiasso thought he had restored parity on the night when his header squeezed in at the far post but referee Merk disallowed the effort for a push and promptly booked the Argentinian for dissent. Moments later the evening's unsavoury events began to unfold and the match was brought to a premature close.

Last updated: 13/04/05 0.38CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

milan

Milan

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
DidaDida (GK)
Substitution73
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
Yellow Card11
2
CafuCafu
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
3
MaldiniPaolo Maldini (C)
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Substitution46
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Goal30
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
11
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution69
10
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution51
13
NestaAlessandro Nesta
Yellow Card43
14
VerónJuan Verón
20
SeedorfClarence Seedorf
16
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
Yellow Card4
Substitution46
22
KakáKaká
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Yellow Card71
23
AmbrosiniMassimo Ambrosini
Yellow Card7
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
31
StamJaap Stam

Substitutes

15
CariniFabián Carini (GK)
46
AbbiatiChristian Abbiati (GK)
Substitution73
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution46
4
KaladzeKakha Kaladze
11
MihajlovićSiniša Mihajlović
Substitution46
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution69
13
Zé MariaZé Maria
15
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
21
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
26
PancaroGiuseppe Pancaro
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution51
27
SerginhoSerginho
32
VieriChristian Vieri
32
BrocchiCristian Brocchi

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Christian Schräer (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)

Fourth official

Florian Meyer (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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