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Nothing to separate Inter and Barça

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.55CET
FC Internazionale Milano 0-0 FC Barcelona
It was honours even at San Siro as Inter kept the holders to a goalless draw in a match that the European champions dominated.
by Richard Aikman
from San Siro

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Match statistics

InternazionaleBarcelona

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
8
Corners1
 
4
Offsides7
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

15 September 2009

A JuventusJuventus
1 - 1
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A M. HaifaM. Haifa
0 - 3
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C ZürichZürich
2 - 5
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C MarseilleMarseille
1 - 2
MilanMilanReportReplayfree highlights
D ChelseaChelsea
1 - 0
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D AtléticoAtlético
0 - 0
APOELAPOELReportReplayfree highlights
B WolfsburgWolfsburg
3 - 1
CSKA MoskvaCSKA MoskvaReportReplayfree highlights
B BeşiktaşBeşiktaş
0 - 1
Man. UnitedMan. UnitedReportReplayfree highlights

16 September 2009

E LiverpoolLiverpool
1 - 0
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E LyonLyon
1 - 0
FiorentinaFiorentinaReportReplayfree highlights
F InternazionaleInternazionale
0 - 0
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F Dynamo KyivDynamo Kyiv
3 - 1
RubinRubinReportReplayfree highlights
G StuttgartStuttgart
1 - 1
RangersRangersReportReplayfree highlights
G SevillaSevilla
2 - 0
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H StandardStandard
2 - 3
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H OlympiacosOlympiacos
1 - 0
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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 0.55CET

Nothing to separate Inter and Barça

FC Internazionale Milano 0-0 FC Barcelona
It was honours even at San Siro as Inter kept the holders to a goalless draw in a match that the European champions dominated.

It was honours even at San Siro as FC Barcelona were held to a goalless draw by FC Internazionale Milano in a match the European champions dominated but failed to crown with a goal their performance deserved.

Barça opportunities
The Spanish outfit created numerous chances to break the deadlock, particularly in the first half, the best of which fell to Zlatan Ibrahimović, who was unable to score against the side he left in the summer. In the end Inter, whose own forays on goal were rare, held on to ensure both teams opened UEFA Champions League Group F with a point.

Alves lively
From the outset Barça looked to overwhelm their hosts, creating three clear chances in the opening ten minutes. Within 80 seconds, Lionel Messi tested Júlio César, racing on to Xavi Hernández's slide-rule pass, shimmying both ways and forcing the Brazilian into a one-handed save low to his left. Daniel Alves then floated a pass to Ibrahimović, who chested the ball down beautifully, only to fire his volley over. Inter's defence was struggling to cope with Barca's fluid passing and moments later Alves teed up Messi, whose header lacked power.

Chivu tackle
Save for Maicon's 25-metre wayward strike, the Nerazzurri were creating little as well as looking vulnerable when not in possession. Messi broke through again on 20 minutes, and but for a superb tackle by Cristian Chivu, would have been one on one with Júlio César. Inter almost took the lead soon after when Diego Milito ran on to a long ball, cut inside Gerard Piqué and curled in a shot which Víctor Valdés did well to hold. Their next foray arrived moments later with Samuel Eto'o holding the ball up for Wesley Sneijder, who feigned a shot, switched feet, and fired over.

Brilliant orange
However, these were brief respites from what was a typically fluid Barcelona display. The visitors continued to pour forward in waves of orange, Thierry Henry finishing another slick passing move with a shot that was too high. Seydou Keita then dragged a chance wide from ten metres after fine wing play from Alves before Júlio César tipped over a long-range attempt from Messi.

Sneijder chance
After the break Inter showed more purpose, Sneijder unleashing an angled shot narrowly wide before substitute Dejan Stanković pounced on a loose ball, held up for him by Milito, and curled over the bar. The European champions were soon weaving their pretty patterns again, though, befuddling their Serie A counterparts with their intricate interplay, Messi an omnipresent danger. If anything Barcelona were guilty of over elaborating, at times electing for the extra pass when the chance to shoot was on. In the end Inter, and Lucio and Chivu in particular, deserve credit for keeping one of Europe's most feared attacking forces at bay.

Last updated: 27/11/12 15.56CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

barcelona

Barcelona

12
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
2
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
6
LúcioLúcio
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder
Substitution80
9
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
11
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution62
10
MessiLionel Messi
13
MaiconMaicon
14
HenryThierry Henry
Yellow Card54
Substitution77
22
Milito Diego Milito
Substitution85
15
KeitaSeydou Keita
25
SamuelWalter Samuel
22
AbidalÉric Abidal
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
Yellow Card90
24
Y. TouréYaya Touré
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
5
StankovićDejan Stanković
Substitution62
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution77
14
VieiraPatrick Vieira
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
17
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
39
SantonDavide Santon
Substitution80
19
MaxwellMaxwell
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Substitution85
35
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Josep Guardiola (ESP)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Fritz (GER)

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