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Cruz double revives Inter hopes

Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 0.45CET
FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 FC Spartak Moskva
Two early goals from Argentina forward Julio Cruz breathed new life into the Nerazzurri's Group B bid.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

Match statistics

InternazionaleSpartak Moskva

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners4
 
3
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed23
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 19 October 2006, 0.45CET

Cruz double revives Inter hopes

FC Internazionale Milano 2-1 FC Spartak Moskva
Two early goals from Argentina forward Julio Cruz breathed new life into the Nerazzurri's Group B bid.

Two goals in the first nine minutes from Julio Cruz helped FC Internazionale Milano break their 2006/07 UEFA Champions League duck as the Serie A leaders earned a 2-1 win against FC Spartak Moskva.

Attacking display
In a display rich with attacking verve, and influenced notably by the creative instincts of the recalled Alvaro Recoba in the first half, Roberto Mancini's side earned a precious first victory of the campaign which lifts them to third place in Group B on three points and breathes new life into their European challenge.

Early strike
Inter took the lead on 60 seconds with Patrick Vieira, returning from suspension, instrumental in the goal. After earning a free-kick following a clumsy foul by Mozart in his own half, Vieira cushioned Recoba's free-kick into the path of Cruz and the Argentinian forward, making his first start of the season, fired an unstoppable left-footed shot in off the crossbar from ten metres.

Cruz double
In the build-up to the match, much had been made of Inter's failure to score in the competition but the introduction of Recoba for his first club appearance of 2006/07 underlined that the home team, in desperate need of points, were going to take the attacking initiative. The Uruguayan's inclusion paid off in the ninth minute when he picked out his strike partner from the left edge of the area and Cruz headed in at the far post for his second goal.

Exciting contest
In an open game the visitors were gifted the opportunity to reduce the arrears when a defensive mix-up enabled Denis Boyarintsev to chase into the box. With only Júlio César to beat, however, the midfielder side-footed over the bar. Inter's insistence on attacking football provided Spartak with further counterattacking chances. Vladimir Bystrov came close on 35 minutes with a clever diagonal back-flick from Roman Pavlyuchenko's cross, while Mozart's curler three minutes later brought a spectacular save from his compatriot Júlio César.

Russian reply
The hosts had the chance to put the tie beyond doubt seven minutes after the restart when Javier Zanetti dispossessed Roman Shishkin and raced down the left wing. Dejan Stanković helped the ball on to Luís Figo but the former Portugal captain's shot rattled the bar on its way over. Rather than extend their advantage, the Nerazzurri saw it reduced on 54 minutes as Spartak – now changed from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2 formation - registered through Pavlyuchenko. Boyarintsev turned on the edge of the area and found Pavlyuchenko with a low delivery and the unmarked Russia striker made no mistake.

Inter hang on
Spartak failed to capitalise on their lifeline, although both sides could have scored again in the closing stages. Cruz was denied a hat-trick by Wojciech Kowalewski while the excellent Stanković had a goal ruled out for a foul. The same player drove narrowly wide with five minutes remaining, yet Inter were hanging on by the end as Quincy Owusu-Abeyie set up Boyarintsev but Júlio César made the save.

Last updated: 01/11/06 13.35CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
30
KowalewskiWojciech Kowalewski (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
2
GederGeder
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
7
BoyarintsevDenis Boyarintsev
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
9
TitovYegor Titov (C)
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Yellow Card33
Substitution69
10
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Goal54
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Goal1
Goal9
Substitution90
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
13
MaiconMaicon
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
14
VieiraPatrick Vieira
17
Clemente RodríguezClemente Rodríguez
Yellow Card32
15
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution75
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Substitution58
24
MozartMozart
Substitution46
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin

Substitutes

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
KhomichDmitri Khomich (GK)
6
MaxwellMaxwell
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
10
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution69
19
CavenaghiFernando Cavenaghi
16
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
Substitution58
21
Owusu-AbeyieQuincy Owusu-Abeyie
Substitution46
18
CrespoHernán Crespo
25
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Substitution75
Yellow Card81
21
SolariSantiago Solari
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
Substitution90
39
RebkoAleksei Rebko

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Vladimir Fedotov (RUS)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Patrick Reinbold (FRA), Franck Leloup (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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