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Inter twice pegged back

Published: Friday 27 February 2004, 0.10CET
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 2-2 FC Internazionale Pierre-Alain Frau scores twice to reward Sochaux.

Match statistics

SochauxInternazionale

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 27 February 2004, 0.10CET

Inter twice pegged back

FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 2-2 FC Internazionale Pierre-Alain Frau scores twice to reward Sochaux.

FC Internazionale, who held a 2-0 lead in the Milan derby last weekend before crashing to defeat, were again unable to keep an advantage in the first leg of their UEFA Cup third-round tie, allowing FC Sochaux Montbéliard to come back in the Stade Bonal to earn a meritorious draw.

Good recovery
The French team, comfortable conquerors of BV Borussia Dortmund in the previous round, had most of the play in an enthralling first-leg struggle and did well to recover from two heavy blows to their confidence.

Early header
They were first asked to come back after the shock of falling behind to an eighth-minute Christian Vieri header. Then within two minutes of forcing a second-half equaliser through the attacking skills of Pierre-Alain Frau, they went down again as Alvaro Recoba took advantage of some lax defending.

Frau to the rescue
It would have been an injustice had the French team been forced to travel to Milan for next week's return with a deficit but the enterprising Frau ensured they would start the second leg on equal terms with another leveller.

Lacombe pleased
Sochaux manager Guy Lacombe was pleased with the outcome, saying: "It was a good game and exciting, with four goals. We put together some good movements but it was difficult going behind so early."

Pattern set
The pattern of the game was set from the start with Sochaux on the attack and pressing Inter back. The Italians relied on counter-punching but there was not much of that as the home team proved adept at keeping the ball with Benoît Pedretti skilfully directing operations in midfield and Wilson Oruma always ready to drive at the opposition.

Vieri scores
Nevertheless Milan were super-efficient at taking the few chances that came their way. Vieri's jump to meet Andy van der Meyde's corner put him above three defenders and his glancing header found the net.

Pedretti to the fore
Sochaux had plenty of possession but created few clear-cut chances. Those that came tended to be from outside the area, Pedretti and Oruma both dragging shots wide of the post and coming no closer than Frau's early header, which Francesco Toldo saved.

Fine equaliser
Vieri should have put Inter two ahead but was well off target. Then almost immediately, from Pedretti's lofted ball and Sylvain Monsoreau's header, Frau began his rescue mission. His control was instant and that enabled him to execute a half-turn away from Daniele Adani, creating room for the finish.

Toldo's helping hand
Sochaux were still celebrating as Recoba took a pass from Cristiano Zanetti, the Uruguayan holding off Omar Daf before lifting the ball over Gérard Gnanhouan. The home side must have feared for their chances of coming back a second time but they were granted a helping hand from Toldo, who failed to keep hold of a shot from substitute Fabien Boudarène. Frau, following-up, put his shot against a post and then scrambled the ball home at the second attempt as a defender desperately tried to clear.

'Not easy'
Inter coach Alberto Zaccheroni said it was a difficult encounter so soon after the disappointment of the Milan derby. "After the first half I was hoping we could win but I must say that Sochaux are a good side. I was pleased with the character."

Last updated: 27/02/04 12.03CET

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Lineups

sochaux

Sochaux

internazionale

Internazionale

1
GnanhouanGérard Gnanhouan (GK)
1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
4
FlachezMaxence Flachez
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
5
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
10
OrumaWilson Oruma
Yellow Card52
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
12
IsabeyMickaël Isabey
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution58
13
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
Goal59
Goal81
8
LamouchiSabri Lamouchi
17
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti (C)
13
HelvegThomas Helveg
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
15
AdaniDaniele Adani
Yellow Card88
25
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Goal61
Substitution90+1
27
DafOmar Daf
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
29
ZairiJaouad Zairi
Substitution76
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Goal8

Substitutes

16
RichertTeddy Richert (GK)
12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
8
BoudarèneFabien Boudarène
Substitution76
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Substitution90+1
2
TallIbrahim Tall
22
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Substitution58
3
PaisleyGrégory Paisley
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
14
LonfatJohann Lonfat
19
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
19
RaschkePhilippe Raschke
29
BiavaFabrizio Biava
20
DiarraSigamary Diarra
34
NossaDevis Nossa

Coach

Guy Lacombe (FRA) Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA)

Referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (ESP), Pedro Medina Hernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Alfonso Peréz Burrull (ESP)

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