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Caneira strike sends Inter crashing

Published: Wednesday 13 September 2006, 0.45CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 FC Internazionale Marco Caneira's magnificent second-half volley was just enough to see off the Italian visitors to Lisbon.
by Graham Hunter
from José Alvalade

Match statistics

SportingInternazionale

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners5
 
1
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed22
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 13 September 2006, 0.45CET

Caneira strike sends Inter crashing

Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-0 FC Internazionale Marco Caneira's magnificent second-half volley was just enough to see off the Italian visitors to Lisbon.

Sporting Clube de Portugal made a glorious return to UEFA Champions League action on Matchday 1 with a merited 1-0 victory over FC Internazionale Milano thanks to Marco Caneira's stunning second-half volley.

Solitary strike
The defender capped a stirring performance by scoring the first goal in four meetings between these sides at the José Alvalade stadium. Against the Serie A giants, Sporting won the midfield battle and ended up superior in numbers too after Patrick Vieira's 68th-minute red card.

Sporting impress
Although Inter never appeared totally ruffled, the first half did provide evidence that Sporting coach Paulo Bento had done his homework and that his players understood their task. And if the play occasionally broke up into shows of frustration, the hosts displayed the necessary hunger, tempo and confidence throughout. That meant that until the last five minutes, when Adriano had a firm shot and a header on target, the visitors could not settle to any kind of passing game.

Decisive tackle
From the first moments, when Liedson cheekily flicked the ball between Maicon's legs, home spirits soared. For half an hour there was a bombardment of Francesco Toldo's penalty box. Indeed, only an exquisite sliding tackle from Walter Samuel in the seventh minute prevented Sporting taking a deserved lead. Inter's Argentinian defender made contact with the ball in the area to curtail the powerful run of Yannick Djaló, after which the back spin forced the ball to roll, accidentally, against his hand. The home crowd roared for a penalty, but referee Alain Hamer, who had kept pace with the play, was perfectly placed to deny them.

End to end
The intense nature of the contest was marked by a spate of bookings - for Liedson, Iván Córdoba, João Moutinho and Toldo – but the quality of the football never let up. One sweeping movement pushed Sporting from deep in their half to the Inter goalmouth: Miguel Veloso picking up possession and releasing Leandro Romagnoli to play a one-two with Moutinho before bursting into a 50/50 challenge with Toldo which the goalkeeper won. Adriano might then have scored when he cut inside his fellow Brazilian international Anderson Polga and let fly with his left foot, yet, fittingly, the half ended with Sporting testing Toldo via Nani's fizzing low drive.

Danger sign
After the restart, Inter began to feed the ball more consistently to Adriano and managed to gain more of a foothold in the match, yet the advantage still went to the home side – and in spectacular fashion. Sporting had threatened the breakthrough when Nani, Liedson and Djaló combined from a starting position on the left touchline, in a move that ended with the third-mentioned player curling an effort just past Toldo's right-hand post.

Volleyed winner
They got it three minutes later when Marco Caneira, the overlapping right-back, chested down a 60-metre pass from Tonel and pushed his way past Maicon before crashing a volley over Toldo, whose fingertip only touched the ball higher into the net. Disaster subsequently followed misfortune for the Nerazzurri as Patrick Vieira mistimed a jump for a header, crashed into substitute Alecsandro and was sent off for his second yellow card.

Last updated: 13/09/06 10.31CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

internazionale

Internazionale

1
RicardoRicardo (GK) (C)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
Yellow Card32
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba (C)
Yellow Card27
12
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
Goal64
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
13
TonelTonel
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Substitution66
18
NaniNani
Substitution83
8
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
10
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution71
24
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
Substitution80
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Yellow Card21
13
MaiconMaicon
30
RomagnoliLeandro Romagnoli
Substitution66
14
VieiraPatrick Vieira
Yellow Card44
Red Card68
31
LiedsonLiedson
Yellow Card16
15
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
78
AbelAbel
25
SamuelWalter Samuel

Substitutes

16
TiagoTiago (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
8
RonnyRonny
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
Substitution80
11
TelloRodrigo Tello
Substitution83
6
MaxwellMaxwell
15
Miguel GarciaMiguel Garcia
18
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution71
19
AlecsandroAlecsandro
Substitution66
21
SolariSantiago Solari
34
João AlvesJoão Alves
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
80
Carlos BuenoCarlos Bueno
91
Mariano GonzálezMariano González
Substitution66

Coach

Noel Mcclure (NIR) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

Eric Castellani (FRA), Francis Crelo (LUX)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

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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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