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Cruz fires Inter to crucial win

Published: Wednesday 1 November 2006, 0.20CET
FC Spartak Moskva 0-1 FC Internazionale Milano Julio Cruz continued to haunt Spartak by scoring the only goal of the early Group B kick-off in Moscow.
by Kevin Affleck

Match statistics

Spartak MoskvaInternazionale

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners6
 
1
Offsides5
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
16
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 1 November 2006, 0.20CET

Cruz fires Inter to crucial win

FC Spartak Moskva 0-1 FC Internazionale Milano Julio Cruz continued to haunt Spartak by scoring the only goal of the early Group B kick-off in Moscow.

Julio Cruz again proved to be FC Spartak Moskva's nemesis, taking his tally to three goals in two games with the winner at the Luzhniki Stadium as FC Internazionale Milano's Group B revival continued.

Match-winner
Fresh from his double salvo at the San Siro on Matchday 3, the Argentinian's strike after just 59 seconds was enough to give Roberto Mancini's side three priceless points in the race to reach the knockout stage. Spartak, meanwhile, remain anchored to the bottom of the group with just one point.

Dream start
Buoyed by a thrilling derby victory over AC Milan at the weekend, Inter made the perfect start when they took an instant lead in the Russian capital. A misjudgment by Martin Stranzl put Zlatan Ibrahimović in the clear and the Swede drove into the area before squaring the ball for Cruz to side-foot high into the roof of the net for his 16th UEFA Champions League goal.

Shell-shocked
It was hardly the sort of opening Spartak coach Vladimir Fedotov had envisaged, especially after he claimed his team needed to repay the fans following a poor return of one point from their first three matches. It took a while for the hosts to recover from the setback and their first sight of goal did not arrive until the 20th minute. Denis Boyarintsev was played in by a clever Roman Pavlyuchenko pass, but his left-footed effort was smothered by Júlio César who was quickly off his line. The Nerazzurri keeper was in the thick of the action minutes later when he was forced to punch clear a swerving piledriver from Mozart.

Counterattack
While Spartak were largely restricted to long-range attempts, Inter looked menacing every time they ventured forward and unhinged the home defence with regularity thanks to the clever movement of Cruz and Ibrahimović. Indeed, Cruz will feel he should have hit the target after he was threaded through by a perfectly-weighted pass from Dejan Stanković soon after the half-hour.

Double chance
Inter were again quickly out of the blocks at the beginning of the second half and should have put the tie out of Spartak's reach on 47 minutes. A teasing cross from Luís Figo picked out Ibrahimović but the centre-forward sent his downward header wide of the post from seven metres. Ibrahimović then turned artichect, producing a sumptuous reverse pass which the maurading Maicon fired straight at Wojciech Kowalewski.

Goal threat
Spartak dictated the play thereafter and enjoyed long periods of possession, but the closest they came to troubling an obdurate Inter rearguard was when Roman Shishkin, the talented teenager playing in a more advanced role, crashed a glorious strike against the underside of the bar. Yet Inter remained a threat on the counterattack and Ibrahimović made Kowalewski save with his feet after being released by Figo. The Portugese veteran was sacrificed for Fabio Grosso in a defensive move by Mancini with 18 minutes to go, as the visitors survived the odd scare to close the game out.

Last updated: 01/11/06 13.34CET

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Lineups

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

internazionale

Internazionale

30
KowalewskiWojciech Kowalewski (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
7
BoyarintsevDenis Boyarintsev
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
9
TitovYegor Titov (C)
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
10
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Substitution72
13
JiránekMartin Jiránek
8
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Goal1
Substitution84
17
Clemente RodríguezClemente Rodríguez
Substitution46
13
MaiconMaicon
23
BystrovVladimir Bystrov
Substitution54
15
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
24
MozartMozart
16
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
49
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi

Substitutes

1
KhomichDmitri Khomich (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
11
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
6
MaxwellMaxwell
14
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
11
GrossoFabio Grosso
Substitution72
19
CavenaghiFernando Cavenaghi
Substitution46
18
CrespoHernán Crespo
25
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution84
27
CovalciucSerghei Covalciuc
Substitution54
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
39
RebkoAleksei Rebko
91
Mariano GonzálezMariano González

Coach

Vladimir Fedotov (RUS) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Henrik Sønderby (DEN)

Fourth official

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

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