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Spartak suffer after subway sprint

Published: Tuesday 31 October 2006, 23.25CET
FC Spartak Moskva coach Vladimir Fedotov revealed that a nightmare journey to the stadium may have had an effect on their defeat by FC Internazionale Milano.

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

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

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Published: Tuesday 31 October 2006, 23.25CET

Spartak suffer after subway sprint

FC Spartak Moskva coach Vladimir Fedotov revealed that a nightmare journey to the stadium may have had an effect on their defeat by FC Internazionale Milano.

Julio Cruz's first-minute goal was enough to give FC Internazionale Milano their second win in two Group B fixtures against FC Spartak Moskva. Vanquished coach Vladimir Fedotov revealed that his team's slow start may have been down to their nightmare journey to the stadium, but was not slow to praise his victorious opponents.

Vladimir Fedotov, Spartak coach
It is very difficult to start a game when you concede a goal in the first minute. We knew that Inter are very aggressive at the beginning of a match but they still scored. Maybe one of the reasons for our poor performance in the first half is that we had a very difficult journey to the stadium. We were stuck in a tremendous traffic jam and one of our fans approached the bus and told us that he had been stuck for three hours and 40 minutes already, and that we would be late for the game if we stayed there. We decided to use the subway! We ran 2km to the nearest subway station then my main worry was none of the players got lost in the subway. A big thanks goes to our fans underground, they helped us a lot. It was fast and free of charge for us. All this must have influenced the first half. In the second we had an advantage but were not especially lucky. We played with three defenders and two forwards but Inter have players of great quality. They can afford to keep a player like [Hernán] Crespo on the bench. [Zlatan] Ibrahimović was fantastic, he won all the long balls and the way he controls it makes you think the ball is glued to his foot.

Roberto Mancini, Inter coach
It was important to win. Spartak are an excellent team and we had many worrying moments. We were tired and wasted a lot of scoring chances. Cruz was excellent; he always fights in any situation. We are very satisfied now: we won, we won away, and we won on artificial turf. We adapted quite well.

Last updated: 01/11/06 0.24CET

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