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Adriano sends Inter clear of the pack

Published: Thursday 23 October 2008, 0.56CET
FC Internazionale Milano 1-0 Anorthosis Famagusta FC
Adriano's header right on half-time moved a dominant Inter three points clear at the Group B summit as Anorthosis slipped to their first defeat.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro
Adriano sends Inter clear of the pack
Adriano rises to head Inter in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

InternazionaleAnorthosis

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target11
 
4
Corners13
 
2
Offsides3
 
8
Fouls committed21
 
15
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 23 October 2008, 0.56CET

Adriano sends Inter clear of the pack

FC Internazionale Milano 1-0 Anorthosis Famagusta FC
Adriano's header right on half-time moved a dominant Inter three points clear at the Group B summit as Anorthosis slipped to their first defeat.

FC Internazionale Milano went three points clear at the Group B summit after overcoming Anorthosis Famagusta FC thanks to Adriano's second UEFA Champions League goal of the campaign.

Decisive header
Adriano had scored a timely goal to seal Inter's 2-0 opening-night triumph against Panathinaikos FC and repeated the feat against a determined Anorthosis side. Just when it seemed the Cypriot outfit had managed to weather the first-half storm, Adriano struck, his header proving enough to earn a narrow win as the Nerazzurri's class told.

Sweeping move
José Mourinho had urged his team to avoid complacency against one of the competition's dark horses this season, and heeding those words the hosts immediately sought to assert their authority. They could have gone ahead as early as the fourth minute when Maicon nodded over after goalkeeper Arian Beqaj had flapped at a Dejan Stanković corner, and the latter flashed a low effort just wide from range soon after. The Inter threat was much broader, however, and on ten minutes a sweeping move down the right worked space for a Maicon cross that neatly controlled by Mancini, who teed up Sulley Muntari for a shot which Beqaj saved superbly.

Breakthrough
Anorthosis did give Francesco Toldo an early taste of the action when he was forced to repel Traianos Dellas's fierce free-kick, but most of the play was at the other end. Stanković, Esteban Cambiasso and Adriano were weaving neat patterns with swift, one-touch football; Adriano almost capped the deft approach work with a goal when his thumping strike swerved just wide. It was a rare chance, yet just as Temuri Ketsbaia's well-drilled defence looked to have reached half-time unbreached they fell behind. Zlatan Ibrahimović switched the play to the left flank with a sweeping pass to Maicon, who brought the ball down and sent over a measured in-swinger for Adriano to rise and head in from five metres.

Katsavakis chance
It was a big setback for the visitors, yet they almost had the perfect riposte a minute after the restart; however, the stretching, unmarked Nicos Katsavakis could not direct Jeffrey Leiwakabessy's curling free-kick on target. Inter retaliated in kind. Muntari sent Mancini's centre high and wide, although the Italian titleholders lacked the rhythm of the first half, their passes now going astray. Shots too: Ibrahimović should have doubled the advantage when Adriano sent him clear on 68 minutes but he poked his effort wide.

Points secure
Anorthosis were still in the match but struggled to escape the confines of their own half. Sávio instigated one rare sortie which Siniša Dobrašinović wasted, dithering too long and inviting the block, while Vincent Laban's attempted lob from 40 metres was ambitious at best. The more likely threat came from set-pieces and Toldo had to be alert to reach Sávio's cross ahead of Lukasz Sosin with ten minutes left. An equaliser would have been harsh on Inter, even if they did fail to sparkle. Ibrahimović saw another shot saved late on, while Quaresma miscontrolled with the goal gaping. Victory was already theirs, however.

Last updated: 23/10/08 9.47CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

anorthosis

Anorthosis

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
BeqajArjan Beqaj (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
4
KatsavakisNicos Katsavakis (C)
Yellow Card62
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
6
DobrašinovićSiniša Dobrašinović
Substitution89
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
9
SosinLukasz Sosin
Substitution46
8
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
12
LeiwakabessyJeffrey Leiwakabessy
10
AdrianoAdriano
Goal44
Substitution83
17
SávioSávio
13
MaiconMaicon
20
LabanVincent Laban
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Substitution83
22
OcokoljićPredrag Ocokoljić
20
MuntariSulley Muntari
24
A. ConstantinouAndreas Constantinou
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
27
BardonCédric Bardon
Substitution75
33
ManciniMancini
Substitution63
33
DellasTraianos Dellas

Substitutes

12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
30
NagyZóltan Nagy (GK)
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution83
11
FrousosNikolaos Frousos
Substitution89
16
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
Substitution83
16
TsitaishviliKlimenti Tsitaishvili
Substitution75
23
MaterazziMarco Materazzi
19
TaherHawar Taher
Substitution46
39
SantonDavide Santon
21
PanagiGeorgios Panagi
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
23
SamarasConstandinos Samaras
77
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution63
67
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Tanner (ENG)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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