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Ibrahimović gets Inter on track

Published: Wednesday 3 October 2007, 0.45CET
FC Internazionale Milano 2-0 PSV Eindhoven
Zlatan Ibrahimović struck his first two UEFA Champions League goals for Inter to kick-start their Group G bid.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Ibrahimović gets Inter on track
Zlatan Ibrahimović celebrates his opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

InternazionalePSV

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
9
Corners3
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed20
 
23
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards2
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 3 October 2007, 0.45CET

Ibrahimović gets Inter on track

FC Internazionale Milano 2-0 PSV Eindhoven
Zlatan Ibrahimović struck his first two UEFA Champions League goals for Inter to kick-start their Group G bid.

A Zlatan Ibrahimović-inspired FC Internazionale Milano proved too strong for PSV Eindhoven as the Italian champions claimed their first points in Group G thanks to two goals from the Swedish international.

Masterclass
Ibrahimović scored a 15th-minute penalty and a memorable header just after the half-hour. Then, following the dismissal of Cristian Chivu, the forward helped the Nerazzurri protect their advantage with a masterclass performance. It allowed Inter to forget the 1-0 loss at Fenerbahçe SK which had opened their UEFA Champions League campaign as they moved to within a point of the Turkish side.

Figo role
At the outset the hosts looked slightly tentative, mindful perhaps of their recent European disappointments. Luís Figo, though, took quickly to his central role in place of Olivier Dacourt, who had been doubtful with a groin strain. However, the first two moves he instigated faltered at the feet of Santiago Solari due to overelaboration. PSV settled first, in fact, and after Jefferson Farfán had evaded two tackles, the forward played Kenneth Perez in down the right – the latter promptly warmed Júlio César's hands with a fierce strike on 12 minutes.

Penalty award
The visitors' confidence was soon to be dented, however, as within a minute Ibrahimović, with his back to goal, fell under Jan Kromkamp's challenge. Kyros Vassaras awarded a penalty and Ibrahimović took the spot-kick himself, sending Heurelho Gomes the wrong way for his tenth UEFA Champions League goal and his first in Inter colours. Buoyed by their advantage, Roberto Mancini's men regained the familiar swagger of their Serie A displays, Solari sending a teasing cross to the far post in the 25th minute which Hernán Crespo missed by a whisker.

Second goal
The second goal was not long in coming, though, as Ibrahimović doubled his tally for the evening six minutes later. Figo, released down the right by Javier Zanetti, supplied a deep centre for Ibrahimović at the far post, and the No8 rose to send a looping header back across goal and over Gomes from the most improbable angle.

Dutch resistance
The Dutch champions' chief threat came from set-pieces and Eric Addo glanced Kromkamp's curling free-kick wide from five metres four minutes after the interval. Undeterred, PSV persisted and began to enjoy more possession. Farfán and Perez were passing the ball around well and Danko Lazović's one-two with substitute Danny Koevermans had to be thwarted by the alert César.

Sendings-off
Although Inter were reduced to ten men when Chivu was shown a second yellow card for a lunge on Jason Culina, Ibrahimović used his new midfield berth to showcase his passing skills. He played a delightful disguised pass to Dejan Stanković, who skied his shot from ten metres. Substitute David Suazo also caused problems with his pace, bringing a fine save out of Gomes after speeding away from his markers and then rifling just wide of the near post after turning Carlos Salcido with ease. However, the Honduran's night ended in disappointment as he was sent off after the final whistle following a tangle with Salcido.

Last updated: 03/10/07 10.00CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

psv

PSV

12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
2
KromkampJan Kromkamp
Substitution69
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
3
SalcidoCarlos Salcido
6
MaxwellMaxwell
6
SimonsTimmy Simons (C)
7
Luís FigoLuís Figo
8
MéndezEdison Méndez
Substitution56
8
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Goal15
Goal31
9
LazovićDanko Lazović
Yellow Card15
18
CrespoHernán Crespo
Substitution61
11
PerezKenneth Perez
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
13
AlcidesAlcides
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution70
15
CulinaJason Culina
Yellow Card85
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
Yellow Card80
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Substitution75
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Yellow Card29
Red Card65
18
Eric AddoEric Addo

Substitutes

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
21
RoordaBas Roorda (GK)
11
JiménezLuis Antonio Jiménez
10
KoevermansDanny Koevermans
Substitution56
29
SuazoDavid Suazo
Substitution61
Red Card90+3
16
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
Substitution75
35
EspositoDennis Esposito
19
ReisJonathan Reis
36
BolzoniFrancesco Bolzoni
Substitution70
23
FagnerFagner
37
PuccioGabriele Puccio
26
Van der LeegteTommie van der Leegte
28
BakkalOtman Bakkal
Substitution69

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Ronald Koeman (NED)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE), Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)

Fourth official

Christoforos Zografos (GRE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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