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Ten-man Inter squeeze through

Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 22.30CET
Inter 0-0 Sochaux (agg: 2-2, Inter win on away goals) Vieri dismissed as Inter progress by narrow margin.

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Goals scored0
 
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Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards1
 
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Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 22.30CET

Ten-man Inter squeeze through

Inter 0-0 Sochaux (agg: 2-2, Inter win on away goals) Vieri dismissed as Inter progress by narrow margin.

FC Internazionale are through to the fourth round of the UEFA Cup on the away-goals rule - but future progress in the competition is threatened by the red card shown to striker Christian Vieri late in the game against FC Sochaux Montbéliard.

Physical affair
It was a tough, physical affair at the San Siro and, on one occasion, referee Steve Bennett pulled the rival captains aside to stress the need for cool heads. When Vieri challenged Maxence Flachez with four minutes remaining the defender went down and the Italian international saw a straight red which rules him out for at least the next match.

Difficult start
Sochaux, who always feared that Inter's two away goals six days ago would prove decisive, would have preferred to have had more time against the ten men. After a difficult start in which they were constantly pegged back, the French team, who had accounted for BV Borussia Dortmund in the previous round, gradually became the dominant force.

'Not lucky'
Sochaux coach Guy Lacombe said they had lost the game in the first leg, "when we wasted too many chances". He added: "We were not lucky in this tie, especially when you think that in the first leg we had 27 shots and only scored twice; Inter shot only twice and scored two goals. However, we are growing and must continue on this path."

Toldo to the rescue
They struggled to create clear-cut chances but one came their way with 23 minutes remaining. Clever footwork from substitute Jaouad Zairi produced a cross which gave Santos a glorious opportunity. However, the striker could not make a convincing connection and Francesco Toldo was able to block the attempt.

Santos denied again
Eight minutes later Santos won back possession after a free-kick was initially cleared and held off a clutch of defenders to create room for the shot. His toe-poke brushed the head of Daniele Adani but Toldo responded well with the save.

Five changes
Sochaux had played spiritedly in the first leg, twice coming back to equalise. For the return, Inter coach Alberto Zaccheroni made five changes and was looking for an improvement on the 3-1 defeat by Brescia Calcio last weekend.

Vieri comes close
Inter were lively at the start and in the eighth minute Vieri got in a fine attempt from a difficult angle that Gérard Gnanhouan tipped around the post. Then, following a corner, the goalkeeper produced a fine stretching save from Cristiano Zanetti.

'We deserved it'
Zaccheroni said: "We did not give them many chances to score even if we did not create much ourselves. But I think we deserved to go through because of our performance in the first leg."

Last updated: 04/03/04 11.38CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

sochaux

Sochaux

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
1
GnanhouanGérard Gnanhouan (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
4
FlachezMaxence Flachez
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
5
MonsoreauSylvain Monsoreau
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Substitution73
10
OrumaWilson Oruma
Substitution74
9
CruzJulio Cruz
Yellow Card57
11
SantosSantos
13
HelvegThomas Helveg
Yellow Card26
12
IsabeyMickaël Isabey
Substitution60
14
FarinósFrancisco Farinós
13
FrauPierre-Alain Frau
15
AdaniDaniele Adani
17
PedrettiBenoît Pedretti
Yellow Card70
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
22
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Substitution68
25
MathieuJérémy Mathieu
32
VieriChristian Vieri
Red Card86
27
DafOmar Daf
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
16
RichertTeddy Richert (GK)
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution68
2
TallIbrahim Tall
Substitution46
8
LamouchiSabri Lamouchi
8
BoudarèneFabien Boudarène
19
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
9
PagisMickaël Pagis
Substitution74
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution73
14
LonfatJohann Lonfat
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
19
RaschkePhilippe Raschke
31
BréchetJérémie Bréchet
29
ZairiJaouad Zairi
Substitution60

Coach

Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA) Guy Lacombe (FRA)

Referee

Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)

Assistant referees

Anthony Green (ENG), Kevin Pike (ENG)

Fourth official

Andrew Paul D'urso (ENG)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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