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PSV fall short as Inter fly high

Published: Thursday 13 December 2007, 0.50CET
PSV Eindhoven 0-1 FC Internazionale Milano PSV must content themselves with a UEFA Cup berth after losing at home to a second-half Julio Cruz goal.
by Derek Brookman
from PSV Stadion
PSV fall short as Inter fly high
Inter were worthy winners in Eindhoven ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PSVInternazionale

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target11
 
6
Corners3
 
3
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

4 December 2007

D Milan
1-0
Celtic
D Shakhtar
1-2
Benfica

11 December 2007

A Marseille
0-4
Liverpool
A Porto
2-0
Beşiktaş
B Chelsea
0-0
Valencia
B Schalke
3-1
Rosenborg
C Real Madrid
3-1
Lazio
C Olympiacos
3-0
Werder

12 December 2007

E Rangers
0-3
Lyon
E Barcelona
3-1
Stuttgart
F Roma
1-1
Man. United
F Sporting
3-0
Dynamo
G PSV
0-1
Internazionale
G Fenerbahçe
3-1
CSKA Moskva
H Arsenal
2-1
Steaua
H Slavia Praha
0-3
Sevilla
 
Published: Thursday 13 December 2007, 0.50CET

PSV fall short as Inter fly high

PSV Eindhoven 0-1 FC Internazionale Milano PSV must content themselves with a UEFA Cup berth after losing at home to a second-half Julio Cruz goal.

PSV Eindhoven had to content themselves with a place in the UEFA Cup after losing their final Group G match 1-0 at home to section winners FC Internazionale Milano.

No way back
The Dutch champions needed to beat the Nerazzurri while hoping that Fenerbahçe SK dropped points at home to PFC CSKA Moskva in order to survive in the UEFA Champions League – but neither result went their way. The dismissal of midfielder Edison Méndez just before the half-hour hinted that it was not going to be PSV's night, and a Julio Cruz goal in the 64th minute confirmed the suspicion as Inter deservedly finished on a high.

Brisk start
With PSV bearing the heavier onus, they attacked almost immediately and within two minutes midfielder Jason Culina had volleyed a Mike Zonneveld cross narrowly wide. The first real opening went Inter's way, though, as Santiago Solari was sent clean through by the impressive David Suazo but the legs of Heurelho Gomes kept out the Argentinian's low shot.

Méndez sees red
PSV's task became significantly trickier after 28 minutes. Marco Materazzi's long clearance from inside his own area inexplicably caught the home defence flat-footed and allowed Suazo a free run on goal which was only ended by Méndez's lunging illegal challenge. Referee Markus Merk, on his final international assignment at the age of 45 after an esteemed career, had no option other than to issue a straight red to the midfielder.

Inter in control
The first half wound down with Inter predictably in charge. Solari and Maxwell were combining well down the left, and Cruz often dropped deep to help in the build-up. The former Feynoord forward almost opened the scoring five minutes before the interval, yet Gomes somehow parried his angled strike from inside the box. In an isolated home offensive, Danko Lazović evaded Materazzi for the first time only to curl his left-footed effort wide of Júlio César's right post.

Eye-catching Suazo
No matter how hard PSV pushed, they always found a wall of black-and-blue shirts blocking their path to goal – Lazović running into six of them soon after the restart following an enterprising 50-metre cross-field run. Jan Wouters' men did carve out an opportunity soon after, but Carlos Salcido blazed over after good work by Jefferson Farfán. Cruz replied in kind at the other end, lifting a shot over the bar after he had found himself with almost too much space and free on Gomes's goal. The No9 made no mistake on 64 minutes, tapping the ball into an empty net after another fine surge by the man whose skill and endeavour had also worked that previous chance, Suazo.

Late salvo
Despite bringing on Kenneth Perez and Ismaïl Aissati to freshen their front line, César's goal was never breached. Indeed, the best of the late openings went the way of Roberto Mancini's Serie A leaders, Solari firing against the post.

Last updated: 13/12/07 10.48CET

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Lineups

psv

PSV

internazionale

Internazionale

1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
3
SalcidoCarlos Salcido
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba (C)
5
ZonneveldMike Zonneveld
6
MaxwellMaxwell
Substitution86
6
SimonsTimmy Simons (C)
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Goal64
Substitution75
8
MéndezEdison Méndez
Red Card28
18
CrespoHernán Crespo
9
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution84
21
SolariSantiago Solari
13
AlcidesAlcides
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
15
CulinaJason Culina
24
RivasNelson Rivas
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Substitution62
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Substitution68
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution65
29
SuazoDavid Suazo
24
MarcellisDirk Marcellis
36
BolzoniFrancesco Bolzoni

Substitutes

21
RoordaBas Roorda (GK)
22
OrlandoniPaolo Orlandoni (GK)
11
PerezKenneth Perez
Substitution62
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
Substitution86
14
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković
13
MaiconMaicon
16
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
Substitution65
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Substitution68
19
ReisJonathan Reis
Substitution84
35
EspositoDennis Esposito
23
FagnerFagner
37
PuccioGabriele Puccio
Substitution75
28
BakkalOtman Bakkal
38
FedericoDaniele Federico

Coach

Jan Wouters (NED) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), Peter Henes (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

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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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