Final score

26 February 2003 20:45

Inter
FC Barcelona
referee Urs Meier / linesmen Cuhat, Kappeli / 4th man Leuba
Minutes Text commentary
45' 1 minute of extra time added on at the end of the first half.
42' Bobo Vieri takes the set piece, which comes off the Barça wall.
41' Free kick to Inter on the edge of the Spanish box after Javier Zanetti is fouled.
37' Barcelona protest after a Gamarra challenge on Kluivert in the Inter box.
34' Di Biagio replaces Kallon.
33' Barcelona are given a free kick for a presumed foul by Vieri on Puyol.
32' Di Biagio is also warming up as a possible replacement for Kallon.
31' Saviola combines with Gabri, whose shot from the edge of the box flies high past the near post.
30' Barcelona on the attack. Zanetti and Toldo make crucial interventions to deny Kluivert and Saviola.
28' Dalmat’s in dazzling form! Once again he ghosts three opponents, but his final pass is mistimed. In the meantime, Oba Martins looks set to replace a limping Kallon.
26' Dalmat provides an assist for Kallon, who takes the ball to the by-line but can’t prevent it from going out for a goal kick.
25' Superb play by Dalmat, who cuts through the Spanish rear guard like butter. The final shot is on-target, but lacks power. Bonano saves.
23' Morfeo mistimes a chipped cross intended for Vieri from the edge of the Barcelona box. The crowd applauds.
22' De Boer's overhead kick in the Inter box goes to Kluivert. Toldo makes a clean save from the Dutchman's header.
20' Morfeo is booked by Meier for a challenge on Gabri.
19' Kallon beats two opponents on the right wing. The Sierra Leone striker’s cross goes straight at Bonano.
17' Spotting Bonano off his line, Kallon tries a lob from the right wing. Just over…
16' From a position inside the Inter box, Rochemback shoots an angled shot over the bar.
14' Bonano jumps high to punch clear a Dalmat left-wing cross. Morfeo’s follow-up attempt is cleared.
12' Kluivert requires attention to his right leg after going down in the Inter box.
9' Puyol is booked by Meier for a horrendous tackle on Kallon, who was in full flight down the left wing after a pass from Pasquale.
8' The crowd roars as captain Javier Zanetti is sent crahsing to the ground. Free kick. Zanetti is applauded seconds later for getting back to snuff out a Barça attack.
5' Cannvaro neutralises danger from Kluivert, who gets himself into a scoring position.
4' Bonano fumbles a Zanetti cross. Bobo is ready to pounce, but the Barça custodian makes up for his mistake.
3' Toldo anticipates Kluivert and clears with a header.
2' Christian Vieri beats his marker and fires a long pass forward from Cannavaro into the net. The flag goes up for offside.
1' Welcome to a jam-packed San Siro for tonight’s big match. Inter, playing in their traditional black and blue shirts, kick off against the Spaniards, who are wearing their gold and blue away strip.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Full time. 0-0 at the San Siro between Inter and Barcelona. Newcastle beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in the other Group A match. See you on Sunday for Juve vs. Inter.
49' Gabri is yellow-carded for shooting after the offside flag was raised.
45' 5 minutes of injury time added on at the end of the ninety minutes.
44' Riquelme shoots wide. In the meantime, Frank De Boer is ready to come back on the pitch.
43' Cristiano Zanetti is warned by Meier after intentionally holding back Gabri. At the other end, Barcelona win a free kick from a central position outside the Inter box for a foul by Cannavaro on Kluivert.
40' Gabri carves out a chance for himself after finding space to the right of the box. His shot goes over.
38' Morfeo and De Boer both require treatment. The Nerazzurri midfielder has a muscular problem, while the Dutchman's knee is bleeding.
32' Inter substitution - Conceiçao replaces Guly. Barcelona replace Puyol with Andersson.
32' Puyol is stretchered off after a collision with Frank De Boer in the Barcelona area.
30' Barcelona on the counter-attack. Excellent defending by Fabio Cannavaro, who neutralises dangerous from Saviola.
27' Javier Zanetti’s in a class of his own. With sheer elegance, the Inter captain disposseses Motta on the left wing. Applauses all round
26' Kluivert is through on goal after the offside flag stays down. The Dutchman’s shot is weak and Toldo saves.
25' Conceiçao is warming up on the touchline.
21' Barcelona substitution – Riquelme on, Rochemback off.
19' Di Biagio plays a precision though ball to Vieri, whose shot falls to Martins at the far post. The Nigerian youngster shoots over.
17' Morfeo plays a first time cross into the box, the ball falls loose to Vieri at the far post who controls the ball then miskicks his shot.
15' Dalmat can’t continue. Nerazzurri doctor Franco Combi requests a substitution and Obafemi Martins is thrown into the fray for his European debut.
14' Dalmat requires attention from the medical staff after he falls awkwardly outside the Barcelona box.
13' Mendieta replaces the injured Cocu.
13' Barcelona captain Cocu is deservedly booked for the challenge on his Inter counterpart.
12' Nerazzurri on the attack again. Bonano beats Bobo to Javier Zanetti's high ball.
10' Cocu leaves the pitch on a stretcher. The Inter captain is obviously made of steel.
9' The two captains remain on the ground following a collision.
8' More magic from Dalmat, who dances past a couple of opponents then curls a shot towards the far post which Bonano does well to save.
4' Incredible miss by Bobo Vieri, who from close range heads wide of the post from Pasquale's pin-point cross.
3' Bonano gets down to save a shot from Di Biagio.
2' Barça get the second half underway. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' It's 0-0 after forty-five minutes of play at the San Siro. Newcastle lead Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in tonight's other Group A match. See you in the second half.
Di Biagio
5.69
5.69
Vieri
6.08
6.08
Zanetti
7.57
7.57
Zanetti
8.81
8.81
Dalmat
6.26
6.26
Guglielminpietro
6.15
6.15
Conceiçao
5.54
5.54
Toldo
7.21
7.21
Kallon
6.39
6.39
Pasquale
7.33
7.33
Morfeo
4.69
4.69
Gamarra
6.26
6.26
Cannavaro
7.11
7.11
Martins
6.04
6.04
Average rating 6.51
3 shots on target 4
3 shots off target 3
18 fouls committed 15
3 corners 2
7 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Previous meetings between Barcelona and Italian sides

Barcelona have faced Italian sides in official matches on 32 occasions. The Catalans have registered 14 wins, 7 draws and 11 defeats. Barça have scored 3 goals on each of their last 3 visits to Italian sides.

Previous meetings between Inter and Barcelona

Wednesday's match is the 7th meeting in official matches between the two sides. So far, the Nerazzurri have won twice, lost three times and drawn once against Barcelona. Inter have let in a total of 14 goals, at least one per match.

Inter vs. Barcelona - disciplinary situation


Inter
Disqualified: Cordoba, Recoba
Cautioned: Cannavaro, Materazzi, Vieri

Barcelona
Disqualified: No-one
Cautioned: Motta

Toldo's Barça nightmare

Francesco Toldo faces Barcelona for the sixth time in European cup competitions on Wednesday. So far, the Inter keeper has never had the satisfaction of beating the Catalans, having lost 3 and drawn 2 of the previous 5 encounters (4 while at Fiorentina, 1 with Inter). Toldo has let in at least one goal in each of those matches. The total stands at 13.

No Eurogoal for Vieri since December 2001

He's in phenomenal form in the championship with 21 goals in 17 matches played. But Bobogol hasn't scored in Europe for 15 months. Precisely, Christian Vieri's last goals in European cup competitions came on 6 December 2001 in a 4-1 win at home to Ipswich Town in the UEFA Cup. Since his hat-trick against the English side, the Nerazzurri striker has gone 11 European matches (1 in the UEFA Cup and 10 in the current edition of the Champions League) without scoring - a total of 924 minutes.

Spanish sides on target against Nerazzurri at San Siro since 1985

Inter have let in at least one goal in their last 6 official matches at home to Spanish teams (a total of 7 goals conceded). The last time the Nerazzurri kept a clean sheet at home to sides from Spain was on 10 April 1985 when they beat Real Madrid 2-0 in a UEFA cup match.

New record of 11 consecutive wins for Barcelona

With last week's 3-0 victory over Inter at the Nou Camp, Barcelona have set a new record of 11 wins in a row in Europe. The Spanish giants previously held the record of 10 straight victories together with AC Milan, who won their first 10 matches of the 1992/93 edition of the European Cup. Inter's cross-city rivals were prevented from going one better by French club Olympique de Marseille, who won the final 1-0 on 26 May 1993. Barça's last defeat in continental cup competitions was on 23 April 2002 - a 2- 0 defeat by Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

Barça unbeaten in 6 European away matches

Barcelona haven't lost in European matches played away from home since 3 April 2002 when they were beaten 1-0 by Panathinaikos in Athens (Champions League). Since then, the Spanish giants have drawn 1 match and won the other 5 - a record series of positive results in Europe for Barça.

wins(1) draws(2) defeats(0)

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Bonano
Zanetti 4 Reiziger
Gamarra 24 De Boer
Cannavaro 13 Puyol
Pasquale 26 Xavi
Guglielminpietro 11 Saviola
Zanetti 6 Cocu
Dalmat 18 Kluivert
Morfeo 10 Rochemback
Kallon 3 Gabri
Vieri 32 Motta

substitutes

Fontana 12 Enke
Conceiçao 7 Andersson
Di Biagio 14 Riquelme
Materazzi 23 Mendieta
Martins 30 Dani
Vivas 31 Iniesta
Coco 77