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Pizarro strike enough for Inter

Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.53CET
FC Internazionale Milano 1-0 Rangers FC David Pizarro fired the Italian side to maximum points and sole tenancy of pole position in Group H.
by Ivan Carvalho
from San Siro

Match statistics

InternazionaleRangers

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
5
Corners5
 
4
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
32
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.53CET

Pizarro strike enough for Inter

FC Internazionale Milano 1-0 Rangers FC David Pizarro fired the Italian side to maximum points and sole tenancy of pole position in Group H.

FC Internazionale Milano could afford to miss a penalty and still defeat Rangers FC at an empty San Siro as David Pizarro fired the Italian side to maximum points and sole tenancy of pole position in Group H.

Adriano rested
With three points already chalked up following the 1-0 win at FC Artmedia Bratislava and Sunday's 'derby d'Italia' with Juventus FC looming large, Inter coach Roberto Mancini opted to omit Adriano and partner the in-form Julio Cruz with Obafemi Martins up front. The absence of the Brazilian's name on the opposing team sheet no doubt gave Rangers manager Alex McLeish something to smile about as his team arrived at the San Siro with a string of injuries. Leading scorer Nacho Novo was among the absentees, creating a spot for Thomas Buffel alongside Dado Pršo in attack.

Løvenkrands chance
The sight of 80,000 empty seats - punishment for misdemeanours last season - did not appear to unsettle the Nerazzurri, and the home side passed crisply and defended with composure in the early stages. Pizarro, deputising for the suspended Juan Sebastián Verón in midfield, acted as the main provider and consistently attempted to pick holes in the Rangers defence with precise long ball. However, the Scottish champions were equally positive and worked the first clear chance after ten minutes. Buffel, constantly active on the right wing, delivered a telling cross for Denmark winger Peter Løvenkrands, who misfired when well placed in front of goal.

Missed penalty
Surprisingly, it took another 25 minutes before Inter carved a significant opening of their own after Martins released Cruz in the Rangers area. The Argentinian beat the offside trap and was on the verge of side-stepping Ronald Waterreus before the goalkeeper clipped his heels to concede a penalty and earn a yellow card. Cruz picked himself up and sent the Dutchman the wrong way, only to see his spot-kick ricochet to safety off the base of the post.

Figo denied
Undeterred, Inter continued to push forward and had two presentable opportunities from which to break the deadlock as half-time approached. The first fell to Martins who dribbled and danced free on the left of the area before unleashing a drive which only troubled the side-netting. Rangers were then thankful to defender Olivier Bernard as the Frenchman lunged to prevent Luís Figo scoring his first Inter goal.

Deflected goal
Martins started the second half as he had ended the first and two minutes in, he outstripped Fernando Ricksen and again played in Cruz who this time was denied by Sotirios Kyrgiakos's superbly-timed challenge. In the 48th minute, Ian Murray resorted to illegal means to stop the Nigerian, resulting in the free-kick from which Pizarro opened the scoring. The Chilean's set-piece clipped the wall and took another deflection off a Rangers player to loop over the bemused Waterreus.

Rare attacks
Rangers' forays were scarce, although captain Barry Ferguson did rise highest and flick Bernard's cross wide when a fuller contact could have resulted in the equaliser. Hamed Namouchi also snatched a shot when well placed but it was Inter who looked the more likely scorers. Cruz, a willing worker all night, nodded over in the 82nd minute following a swift counterattack down the left, by which time Santiago Solari had conspired to mis-control the ball with the goal gaping after substitute Alvaro Recoba had rolled it into his path.

Lucky omen
The last time these clubs met in Europe's most prestigious competition, in the quarter-finals of the 1964/65 edition, Inter defeated Rangers on the way to winning the tournament. Mancini will hope that proves a lucky omen over half a century on.

Last updated: 29/09/05 10.05CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

rangers

Rangers

12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
25
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
Yellow Card37
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba (C)
Yellow Card35
2
RicksenFernando Ricksen
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Yellow Card29
Substitution75
3
BernardOlivier Bernard
8
PizarroDavid Pizarro
Goal49
4
BuffelThomas Buffel
Substitution78
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Penalty38
6
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
9
PršoDado Pršo
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution85
14
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
16
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
24
MurrayIan Murray
Substitution84
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution60
26
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
33
WomePierre Wome
31
NamouchiHamed Namouchi
Substitution90

Substitutes

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
KlosStefan Klos (GK)
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
5
AndrewsMarvin Andrews
10
AdrianoAdriano
12
MalcolmRobert Malcolm
13
Zé MariaZé Maria
Substitution75
18
Pierre-FanfanJosé Pierre-Fanfan
16
FavalliGiuseppe Favalli
19
ThompsonSteven Thompson
Substitution90
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
Substitution85
21
JeffersFrancis Jeffers
Substitution78
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Substitution60
23
NietoFederico Nieto
Substitution84

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Alexander Mcleish (SCO)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE)

Fourth official

Christoforos Zografos (GRE)

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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