Inter 4
3 Benfica

36 Nuno Gomez, 46 Martins, 15 (2nd half) Recoba, 19 (2nd half) Vieri, 22 (2nd half) Nuno Gomes, 25 (2nd half) Martins, 32 (2nd half) Tiago

referee Alain Sars / linesmen J.P. Chaudre, P. Reinbold / 4th man B. Layec
UEFA Cup — last 16, 2nd leg — Giuseppe Meazza, Milano — 25 March 2004 21:00

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1st half / 2nd half

46' / Superb goal by Inter. Karagounis dribbles three outfield opponents and the Benfica keeper then passes square to Martins who slots home from a yard out.
46' / Half time. Inter 1-1 Benfica.
45' / Vieri gets on the end of Karagounis' left-wing cross but is surrounded by two red shirts and can't get a shot in.
45' / 1 minute of added time to play.
42' / Oba Martins sprints on goal then slots through Moreira's legs. Sars disallows the goal for an apparent foul by the Nigerian as he was holding off a challenge from Luisao.
42' / Okan is cautioned for protesting.
40' / Nuno Gomes again. The former Fiorentina striker's close-range shot comes off the left-hand post.
39' / Gamarra blocks Nuno Gomes' attempt from just inside our box.
39' / Nuno Gomes again. The former Fiorentina striker sees a close-range shot come off the left-hand post.
38' / Petit tackles Karagounis on the left wing and Inter win a corner.
36' / Benfica take the lead through Nuno Gomes, who receives a short pass then turns Lamouchi before firing home into the left-hand corner.
35' / Moreira comes off his line to beat Vieri to Okan's through ball.
34' / Karagounis fouls Petit in midfield as both players fight for a loose ball. Free kick to the visitors.
32' / Simao takes on Cordoba then from the left-wing by-line crosses into the middle, where Pereira blasts wide.
29' / Okan is kicked by Sa Armando inside the Benfica box. No penalty given.
27' / Sa Armando takes on Javier Zanetti and Okan then from just inside the box fires over the crossbar.
26' / Cordoba's high ball over Benfica defence also goes over Martins and into the hands of Moreira.
25' / The linesman flags for a Kily foul on Tiago. Alain Sars agrees and Benfica win a free kick five yards inside their own half. The ball is played into our box, where Adani heads clear.
23' / Kily cuts out Petit's crossfield ball for Tiago and Inter work a move on the left wing. Martins goes past three players then is brought down by Tiago, who is promptly booked.
21' / On the edge of our penalty area Cordoba heads clear to deny Simao a clear scoring chance.
20' / Bobo frees himself of Luisao and from the edge of the Benfica box sends a left-footed shot wide.
20' / Bobo wins a right-wing corner for Inter after his close-range, diagonal shot comes off Moreira.
19' / The free kick played into the Nerazzurri penalty box comes off Gamarra and safely into the hands of Francesco Toldo.
18' / Kily is intercepted by Miguel in midfield and Benfica come forward. A crossfield move by the Portuguese is abruptly ended after Okan fouls Sa Armando on the left.
16' / In space 25 yards out Miguel mis-kicks his long-range shot.
14' / Kily receives in midfield, storms past two opponents then passes forward to Bobo. The Inter number 32 plays square and Benfica play clear.
13' / Javier Zanetti makes a good challenge on Simao on the left wing and the Nerazzurri come out of defence.
12' / Nuno Gomes gets to the right-wing by-line then crosses into the area. Toldo collects.
11' / Javier Zanetti runs past four players then plays forward to Martins, but the Nigerian striker is beaten to the ball.
9' / Gamarra picks up the ball just outside the Benfica box. The Paraguay captain's shot is saved by Moreira.
7' / Zahovic receives on the edge of the box from Nuno Gomez then turns and sends his right-footed shot past the left-hand post.
7' / Karagounis is back on and tries a shot from the distance which ricochets off Petit.
6' / Luisao boots the ball out of play as Giorgos Karagounis requires medical attention after landing awkwardly on his ankle.
4' / Sa Armando beats Vieri to Okan's chested pass and heads away from danger.
3' / A long ball from Petit finds Pereira on the right-hand side of our penalty area. The Portuguese forward shoots over the crossbar.
2' / Giorgos Karagounis fools two opponents on the left then crosses into the box, where the visitors clear.
2' / Free kick to us after Okan is fouled by Benfica captain Simao in midfield.
1' / Welcome to the San Siro for live commentary of Inter v Benfica. Ref Alain Sars blows his whistle, and the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
1' / Adani anticipates Nuno Gomes to a long ball forward and Benfica win an attacking throw-in on the right wing.
49' / Full time. Inter beat Benfica 4-3 and go through to the Uefa Cup quarter-finals.
48' / Inter break. Vieri runs 20 yards then sends a missile over the bar.
47' / Sokota's glancing header from Tavarez' right-wing cross is off-target.
45' / Kily receives from Recoba on the left then sees his pass to Vieri intercepted.
45' / 4 minutes of added time to play.
41' / Benfica bring on Geovanni for Petit.
41' / Matias Almeyda makes his return to competitive action. Martins comes off.
40' / Luisao plays clear from Brechet's left-wing cross.
39' / Kily receives from Martins then sees his low shot well-saved by Moreira.
37' / Toldo outjumps Sokota to catch Tavarez' right-wing cross.
36' / Miguel anticipates Vieri to a forward pass.
35' / Recoba is yellow-carded to kicking the ball out of play.
34' / Sa Armando is booked for a horrendous foul on Martins on the right wing.
32' / Benfica pull another goal back. Tiago blasts Sokota's back pass in off the right-hand post.
29' / Toldo catches Nuno Gomes' header at the far post.
29' / Benfica replace Pereira with Fernandes Tavarez.
27' / Toldo punches clear from danger to deny Nuno Gomes.
27' / Giorgos Karagounis is applauded as he makes way for Jeremie Brechet.
26' / OBAGOL!!!!! Vieri plays wide to Recoba, who centres for Martins, who makes it a 4-2 with a shot into an open goal.
24' / Cordoba is yellow-carded for a foul on Sa Armando.
22' / Benfica pull one back. Nuno Gomes scores his second of the match, a shot from close-range after the Nerazzurri fail to deal with a left-wing cross.
21' / The Meazza applauds a great piece of skill by Vieri in midfield, then Karagounis' diagonal strike takes a deflection and goes into the hands of Moreira.
20' / Camacho brings on Sokota for Zahovic.
19' / 3-1!!!!!! BOBOGOL. After good work by Recoba and Martins, Vieri finishes off a superb move by the Nerazzurri with a thunderous shot into the roof of the net.
18' / Karagounis sidesteps his marker then passes square to Vieri, who sends a chipped shot just over the bar.
17' / Benfica win two corners in quick succession. Toldo makes a good catch from the second left-wing cross.
15' / Javier Zanetti plays a one-two with Kily then sees his left-wing cross go out of play.
15' / GOOAAAALLLLL!!!! He's only been on the pitch a minute! Recoba receives just outside the box then sends a low drive in at the left-hand post.
14' / Zac brings on Recoba for Okan.
13' / Karagounis takes on one then sends a low drive wide of the far post.
12' / Pereira is booked for protesting.
12' / Oba's cross-shot from the left goes over the crossbar.
11' / Kily's long-range strike has no power in it and Moreira makes an easy save.
10' / Free kick to us 25 yards out after Karagounis is fouled by Miguel. Inter take it quickly and Lamouchi's long-range shot is punched clear by Moreira.
9' / With Karagounis to his left, Vieri tries to take on two red shirts and is dispossessed.
7' / Moreira comes off his line to deny Martins a scoring chance.
7' / Javier 'The Tractor' Zanetti storms past two opponents on the left then is fouled. Inter win a corner after the resulting free kick is deflected out of play.
6' / Okan chests down Karagounis' chipped pass into the Benfica box. Martins is anticipated.
5' / Kily is sent flying by Petit in midifeld. Free kick to us.
3' / Free kick to Benfica 20 yards out after Kily fouls Zahovic.
3' / Zahovic's curled free kick sails over the crossbar.
2' / Gamarra cuts out Pereira's right-wing cross and brings the ball out of defence.
1' / Benfica get the second half underway.
1' / Okan plays to Martins on the left. The Nigerian advances then is intercepted by Sa Armando.

total votes 7895

Recoba 8.4979
Vieri 7.2629
Zanetti 7.2688
Cordoba 6.1974
Okan 6.6582
Toldo 6.3960
Almeyda 6.6548
Gamarra 6.0305
Adani 5.7331
Martins 8.2901
Lamouchi 5.2232
Karagounis 8.5231
Kily Gonzalez 6.2682
Brechet 5.1616
average rating 6.7261







25 March 2004 4-3 36' Nuno Gomez, 46' Martins, 61' Recoba, 65' Vieri, 68' Nuno Gomes, 71' Martins, 78' Tiago Vai alla partita


6 shots on target 6
11 shots off target 9
0 fouls committed 0
0 corners 0
0 offsides 0
23:54 ball possession 26:43



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MILAN - Inter are through to the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup and a two-legged tie with Olympique Marseille after a spectacular 4-3 victory over Benfica at the Giuseppe Meazza on Thursday evening.

Camacho's men enjoyed the run of play in the first period and capitalised on 36 minutes when Nuno Gomes received a short pass played to the edge of the penalty box then created space for himself before seeing his low shot go in off the left-hand post.

Oba Martins had a goal disallowed in the 42nd minute but in added time at the end of the first half slotted home from close range to end a superb move by Karagounis. The Greek wizard dribbled three outfield opponents and the goalkeeper before passing square to the Nigerian.

Alberto Zaccheroni brought Alvaro Recoba on for Okan Buruk in the 59th minute, and it took Il Chino less than sixty seconds to make his mark on the match when he found the bottom right-hand corner with a low, diagonal drive from the edge of the box. Four minutes later Vieri finished off a superb move involving Martins and Recoba with a thunderous strike into the roof of the net to make it 3-1.

Benfica rallied and Nuno Gomez added his second of the match with a close-range shot at the far post on 67 minutes, then Obafemi Martins increased Inter's lead, shooting into an open goal after the Benfica back line failed to deal with Recoba's left-wing cross.

The visitors weren't done and on 77 minutes Tiago latched on to a pass back from Sokota then from the distance slammed his shot in off the right-hand post to set up a dramatic finale. Inter held tight and could have scored a fifth in added time when Vieri fired over the bar after a run down the middle.

Match facts:

INTER 4-3 BENFICA (HT: 1-1, AGG. 4-3)

Scorers: Nuno Gomes 36', 67', Martins 46', 71', Recoba 60', Vieri 64', Tiago 77'

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J. Zanetti, 8 Lamouchi, 15 Adani, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 19 Karagounis (31 Brechet 72'), 22 Okan (20 Recoba 59'), 24 Gamarra, 30 Martins (25 Almeyda 86'), 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 71 Cordaz, 7 van der Meyde, 9 Cruz, 14 Farinos,
Coach Alberto Zaccheroni

BENFICA: 1 Moreira, 2 Armando, 4 Luisao, 6 Petit (11 Geovanni 86'), 10 Zahovic (25 Sokota, 20 Simao, 21 Nuno Gomez, 23 Miguel, 30 Tiago, 33 Ricardo Rocha, 47 João Pereira (Manuel Fernades 74')
Subs not used: 24 Bossio, 5 Cristiano, 16 Aguiar, Helder, 37
Coach: Josè Antonio Camacho

Referee: Alain Sars

Booked: Tiago 23', Okan 42', Pereira 57', Cordoba 69', Armando 79', Recoba 80'

Inter vs Benfica

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Moreira
Cordoba 2 Armando
Zanetti 4 Luisao
Lamouchi 8 Petit
Adani 15 Zahovic
Kily Gonzalez 18 Simao
Karagounis 19 Nuno Gomes
Okan 22 Miguel
Gamarra 24 Tiago
Martins 30 Ricardo Rocha
Vieri 32 João Pereira


Van Der Meyde 7 Bossio
Cruz 9 Cristiano
Farinos 14 Geovanni
Recoba 20 Aguiar
Almeyda 25 Sokota
Brechet 31 Helder
Manuel Fernades

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