Inter 2
1 Spartak Moscow

2 Cruz, 9 Cruz, 9 (2nd half) Pavlyuchenko

referee Peter Layec / linesmen Reinbold, Le Boup / 4th man Malige
UEFA Champions League — - — Giuseppe Meazza, Milano — 18 October 2006 20:45

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1st half / 2nd half

46' / It's 3 against 2 as Figo, Recoba and Cruz run on goal. The Uruguayan's final pass across the face of the six-yard box is too long for his colleagues.
46' / Half time. Inter 2-0 Spartak.
45' / Stankovic receives from Recoba, gets into a shooting position and tests Kowalewski with a fierce right-foot shot.
44' / Kovac's high ball into the Nerazzurri box is caught by Julio Cesar.
42' / Free kick to Spartak on the left flank. Boyarintsev's is blocked and cleared by the Inter defence.
41' / Spartak defender Geder cuts out a pass for Cruz, who would have been through on goal with just Kowalewski to beat.
38' / Good chance for Vieira who receives in space from Figo, but the Frenchman loses his footing in the Spartak area.
38' / Superb save by Julio Cesar to prevent Mozart's curling shot from finding the top left corner.
37' / Boyarintsev sends a long-range shot on target. Julio Cesar saves.
36' / Materazzi makes a clearance from the corner.
36' / The Spartak defence intercepts a Stankovic pass to deny Recoba a clear run on goal.
36' / Rodriguez has a go from distance. His effort takes a deflection and it's a Spartak corner.
34' / Bystrov hooks a dangerous ball into the six-box from the right-wing by-line. Cordoba clears but Spartak remain in attack and Bystrov backheels wide of the far post after receiving in the box.
33' / It's a booking apiece as Figo is yellow-carded for a foul from behind on Bystrov.
32' / Rodriguez booked for a foul on Maicon.
31' / Recoba looks for Cruz with first-time pass with the outside of his foot. Kowalewski collects as the Argentine forward fails to reach the ball.
31' / Kowalewski fails to hold Recoba's low shot from the edge of the Spartak box. Geder kicks behind for an Inter corner.
29' / Vieira, Stankovic and Maicon combine in a sweeping passing move in the Spartak third. The Brazilian's final cross is cleared by the Russian defence.
29' / Recoba looks for Cruz with first-time pass with the outside of his foot. Kowalewski collects as the Argentine forward fails to reach the ball.
26' / Recoba plays over the Spartak defence but Kowalewski gathers as Cruz misreads the move.
24' / In the Inter area, Materazzi blasts clear to deny Titov.
23' / Zanetti has a low shot from the edge of the area saved by Kowalewski.
21' / Boyarintsev wastes a gilt-edged chance for Spartak. With just Julio Cesar to beat, he curls his diagonal shot over the bar.
20' / Recoba is several yards offside as he runs to meet a Vieira through ball.
19' / Free kick to Inter on the left channel. Chino plays square to Stankovic who unleashes a fierce right-foot shot from 30 yards. It's inches wide of the left post.
18' / Zanetti and Stankovic do a good job on Pavlyuchenko before setting up a counter attack. Il Capitano storms down the right, combines with Recoba and appears to be bundled off the ball by Shishkin. No free kick given.
12' / Vieira's cross is headed clear by Geder with Cruz and Recoba lurking in the Spartak box.
11' / Bystrov takes on two opponents as he enters the Inter box from the right. He is then intercepted and Inter break.
9' / GOOOAAALLLLLL!!!! We're two up after less than ten minutes as Julio Cruz heads in a Recoba cross from close range. Good work by Stankovic who played wide to Il Chino.
9' / That was Inter's 100th home goal in Champions League/European Cup matches.
8' / Maicon races down the the right and delivers a cross for Cruz, who is intercepted. The Nerazzurri remain in attack and Maicon tests Kowalewski with a diagonal effort.
6' / Julio Cesar blocks Mozart's weak shot from the edge of the Inter box.
5' / Free kick to Spartak on the right wing. Mozart's curling shot is over Julio Cesar's bar.
3' / Recoba clips the ball into the Spartak area from the left and wins a corner for the Nerazzurri.
2' / GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Julio Cruz controls Vieira's assist from Recoba's free kick and crashes his shot into the roof of the net.
1' / Good evening and welcome to the Meazza for Inter v Spartak.
1' / Inter lineup: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 4 Zanetti; 7 Figo, 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 9 Cruz, 20 Recoba.
1' / Spartak lineup: 30 Kowalewski; 49 Shishkin, 13 Jiranek, 2 Geder, 17 Rodriguez; 23 Bystrov, 15 Kovac, 24 Mozart, 7 Boyarintsev; 9 Titov,10 Pavlyuchenko.
1' / We're under way as the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
48' / Full time. Inter beat Spartak 2-1 and climb to third place in Champions League Group B.
46' / Inter replace Julio Cruz with Walter Samuel.
45' / 3 minutes of added time to play.
44' / Owusu-Abeyie races down the left, takes the ball past Cordoba and crosses into the middle of the Inter area. Boyarintsev shoots, forcing a great save from Julio Cesar. What a good chance for the Russians.
38' / Cruz receives from Zanetti and sends a grasscutter on target. Kowalewski makes a diving save.
38' / Dejan Stankovic wins a confrontation with an opponent and rifles a right-foot shot wide of the left post.
36' / Kalynychenko yellow-carded for the foul on Dacourt.
35' / Dacourt remains on the ground after a two-footed tackle by Kalynychenko.
33' / Adriano runs half the pitch, gets to the edge of the Spartak box and blasts way over the crossbar.
31' / At the far post Dejan Stankovic brings down Cruz' deflected cross from the right, switches to his left foot and volleys home. The goal is disallowed for high feet.
30' / Inter win a left-wing corner. Materazzi commits a foul on Kovac as both players rise to meet Stankovic's cross at the back post.
30' / Spartak bring on Kalynychenko for Bystrov.
29' / Burdisso's high cross in from the left is headed clear by Spartak.
25' / Cruz plays a hooked pass down the right for Adriano, but Geder gets to the ball first and passes back to his keeper.
24' / Inter substitution: Adriano replaces Figo and will partner Cruz in attack.
21' / Spartak midfielder Titov clears Figo's cross from the left.
20' / Inter awarded a free kick on the left wing for a Geder foul on Figo.
19' / Figo's cross from the right-wing corner flag is headed clear by Jiranek.
18' / Free kick to Inter 40 yards out on the right channel for a Kovac foul on Cruz.
18' / Maicon and Zanetti combine on the right, and win Inter a corner.
16' / Jiranek beats Cruz to Vieira's through ball as Hernan Crespo warms up on the touchline.
13' / Inter make their first switch. On comes Nicolas Burdisso for Alvaro Recoba.
12' / Stankovic, Figo, Recoba and Cruz combine to devastating effect as the Nerazzurri hit Spartak on the break. Julio's final shot, an angled effort from the left side of the box, is saved by Kowalewski.
11' / Playing with renewed belief, Spartak maintain the pressure in the Inter third.
9' / Spartak pull a goal back through Pavlyuchenko, who slots into the net from close range after good work by Owusu-Abeyie and Boyarintsev.
8' / Dejan Stankovic crosses into space for Julio Cruz, who enters the Spartak box before being caught in possession.
6' / Inter close to a third. Zanetti plays to Recoba who passes square to Figo, who rattles the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the area.
4' / Kowalewski comes off his line to deny the onrushing Recoba a chance from Vieira's through ball.
1' / Spartak get the second half going.
1' / The Russians have brought on Owusu-Abeyie (who is wearing the name Quincy on his shirt) for ex-Reggina player Mozart.

total votes 3939

Recoba 8.3889
Zanetti 7.4409
Cordoba 6.1111
Materazzi 6.5511
Adriano 6.1532
Cruz 8.6941
Stankovic 8.0173
Burdisso 6.2533
Julio Cesar 7.5347
Samuel 6.3612
Figo 7.2485
Maicon 6.2531
Dacourt 6.6614
Vieira 6.7621
average rating 7.0307







18 October 2006 2-1 2' Cruz, 9' Cruz, 55' Pavlyuchenko Vai alla partita
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8 shots on target 5
4 shots off target 3
23 fouls committed 16
4 corners 3
4 offsides 4
00 ball possession 00



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MILAN - Julio Cruz stunned Spartak Moscow with two early goals at the Giuseppe Meazza to earn the Nerazzurri a 2-1 win over the Russians and their first points in this season's Champions League.

It took Cruz, who made his return from injury in Sunday's victory over Catania, less than two minutes to score against the team nicknamed 'The Meat'. Meeting Vieira's assist from a Recoba inswinger, the Argentine forward hooked his first-time shot on the turn into the roof of the net.

Inter doubled their lead in the 9th minute. Stankovic played over the Spartak defence to Recoba who steered wide of Kowalewski before crossing into the six-yard box where Cruz headed in Inter's 100th home goal in Champions League/European matches.

The crossbar denied Inter a third goal six minutes after the restart, Luis Figo rattling the woodwork with a right-foot shot from the edge of the box after good approach play by Zanetti and Recoba.

The Muscovites found more spaces coming forward after the introduction of pacey Dutch striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, and reduced the arrears against the run of play through Pavlyuchenko who met Boyarintsev's ball from the left and slotted in from close range.

Inter soaked up a period of Spartak pressure before continuing to dominate the game, and looked to have scored a third when Dejan Stankovic brought down Cruz' deflected cross from the right, switched to his left foot and volleyed home. But the Serbian's effort was ruled out for high feet.

Mancini's men survived a late scare when Julio Cesar kept out a Boyarintsev shot in the 89th minute to deny Spartak a dramatic equaliser.


Scorers: Cruz 2, 9, Pavlyuchenko 54

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 4 Zanetti; 7 Figo (10 Adriano 69), 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 9 Cruz (25 Samuel 90+1), 20 Recoba (16 Burdisso 58)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 18 Crespo, 21 Solari
Coach: Roberto Mancini

SPARTAK MOSCOW: 30 Kowalewski; 49 Shishkin, 13 Jiranek, 2 Geder, 3 Stranzl; 7 Boyarintsev, 9 Titov, 15 Kovac, 24 Mozar (21 Owusu-Abeyie 46), 23 Bystrov (8 Kalynychenko 75); 10 Pavlyuchenko
Subs not used: 1 Khomich, 5 Torbinskiy, 11 Rebko, 14 Rodriguez, 18 Pavlenko, 20 Cavenaghi
Coach: Vladimir Fedotov

Referee: Bertrand Layec (France)

Booked: Rodriguez 32, Figo 33, Kalynychenko 80

Inter vs Spartak Moscow

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Kowalewski
Maicon 13 Shishkin
Cordoba 2 Jiranek
Materazzi 23 Geder
Zanetti 4 Rodriguez
Figo 7 Bystrov
Vieira 14 Kovac
Dacourt 15 Mozart
Stankovic 5 Boyarintsev
Cruz 9 Titov
Recoba 20 Pavlyuchenko


Toldo 1 Khomich
Burdisso 16 Stranzl
Samuel 25 Covalciuc
Maxwell 6 Owusu-Abeyie
Solari 21 Cavenaghi
Adriano 10 Rebko
Crespo 18 Kalynychenko

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