Inter 0
0 Manchester Utd

referee Luis Medina Cantalejo / linesmen J. C. Guadamuro, J. M. Fernandez Mira / 4th man A. P. Burrull
UEFA Champions League — last 16, 1st leg — Giuseppe Meazza, Milano — 24 February 2009 20:45

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1st half / 2nd half

46' / Cambiasso delivers a free kick Evans saves
46' / The refree blows for half-time
45' / 1 minute extra time
44' / Toldo in the bench cautioned by the referee
40' / Giggs delivers the corner
39' / Van der sar come earlier on Ibrahimovic's cross for Adriano
38' / Julio cesar blocks a Ronaldo's cross
37' / Stankovic coup heel, Van der sar makes a save
33' / Ibrahimovic is flagget offside
33' / Maicon nice cross saved by a Manchester's defender
31' / Ronaldo free kick on the wall
28' / Julio cesar beats him self saving on a Ronaldo's free-kick
26' / Ibrahimovic has a shot blocked
26' / Giggs has a clear effort on goal, Julio Cesar makes a great save
22' / Second corner for United
22' / Berbatov header misses the target
18' / Ibrahimovic misses the target
18' / Zanetti has a shot blocked
16' / Inter pressing hard
13' / Giggs on free kick strikes on the wall
11' / Stankovic shoots over the bar
7' / Another freekick for United.
7' / Ronaldo takes the kick, it's out on Julio Cesar's left
5' / First Corner is for Man Utd, Giggs for Ronaldo. Julio Cesar saves again
3' / Freekick for Man Utd saved by Julio Cesar
1' / 'Man United will come here to defend, this tie will go down to the wire and they know they can lose,' said José. ' I have to disagree there, I think it will be decided here,' replied Alex when the Inter and United tacticians went head to head yesterday.
1' / The war of words is over and here we are at a packed Meazza, where you can sense an air of confidence. José Mourinho has lost only two of his 12 games against Ferguson, and with 21 wins in our last 22 here, the Meazza is something of a fortress for Inter.
1' / Both coaches emphasised their intention to play the same style of football they play in their respective leagues, so we should be in for some game.
1' / United travelled here with a host of injury problems in defence but Sir Alex seems to have resolved his crisis as both O'Shea and Evans make the starting line-up.
1' / Mourinho named all but two of his starters in yesterday's press conference. The only question mark was his pairing in central defence. The Portuguese has opted for Rivas, who came in for the injured Samuel against Bologna at the weekend, and Chivu.
1' / Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 24 Rivas, 26 Chivu, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.
Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 6 Maxwell, 7 Figo, 9 Cruz, 16 Burdisso, 45 Balotelli.
1' / Manchester United: 1 Van der Sar; 22 O'Shea, 5 Ferdinand, 23 Evans, 3 Evra; 13 Park, 24 Fletcher, 16 Carrick, 11 Giggs; 9 Berbatov, 7 Ronaldo.
Subs: 12 Foster, 10 Rooney, 17 Nani, 18 Scholes, 20 Fabio, 28 Gibson, 32 Tevez.
1' / Manchester kick-off
45' / 3 minutes extra times
45' / 45 + 1 Stankovic shot over the bar
45' / 45+2 Cordba gets a yellow card
45' / 45+3 Ronaldo gets the free kick and Julio Cesar great save
45' / 45+3 Full time. The Referee blows the end of the match
40' / Interesting free kick for Inter: Ibrahimovic powerfull but wide
40' / Rooney is show yellow card
39' / Manchester makes his firts substitution: in Rooney out Park
37' / Inter 2 times close to the goal
35' / Giggs delivers the corner, Evans foul on Julio Cesar
30' / Cordoba saves on Giggs shot
30' / Inter makes a double substitution: in Balotelli and Cruz, out Adriano and Muntari
27' / Inter close to the goal after an articulated action
25' / Fletcher is show a yellow card for a foul on Muntari
23' / Ibrahimovic wins a free kick
23' / Maicon takes the free kick wide
22' / Giggs takes the corner
20' / Ibrahimovic header is weak
18' / Park is flagged outside
13' / Maicon is show a yellow card
12' / Chivu gets a yellow card
11' / Ibrahimovic flagged offside
9' / Ibrahimovic wins Inter's second corner
9' / Maicon delivers the corner but Adriano committed a foult on Van Der Sar
6' / Stankovic's shot is wide
3' / Inter claims for a penalty
2' / Adriano has a clear effort on goal
1' / José Mourinho has made a half-time switch, with Cordoba coming on for Rivas
1' / Manchester get the second half under way.

total votes 13231

Zanetti 7.2638
Cordoba 7.0189
Adriano 5.6994
Cruz 4.7113
Stankovic 6.2228
Cambiasso 8.0834
Julio Cesar 9.4050
Maicon 6.0681
Ibrahimovic 5.7645
Rivas 4.0334
Chivu 6.4985
Balotelli 5.3950
Muntari 4.3425
Santon 7.7283
average rating 6.3024







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6 shots off target 7
20 fouls committed 18
3 corners 6
2 offsides 2
27:54 ball possession 27:12



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MILAN - Everything is still to play for in the pick of the Champions League last sixteen ties as Inter and Manchester United played out an entertaining goalless draw at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

United travelled to Milan with a host of injury problems in defence but Sir Alex Ferguson resolved his crisis with both O'Shea and Evans made his starting line-up. In midfield Giggs and Park flanked Carrick and Fletcher, with Ronaldo playing just off Berbatov in attack.

Mourinho, who named nine of his eleven starters in the pre-match press conference, kept faith with Nelson Rivas at centre-back after his performance against Bologna at the weekend, partnering the Colombian with Cristian Chivu and handing youngster Davide Santon his eighth consecutive start in the left-back slot.

The Red Devils took the game to Inter and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet to score in this season's Champions League, produced four good chances in the opening period. The Ballon d'Or winner had a free kick blocked by Julio Cesar and then forced a brilliant save from the Brazilian with close-range header from Giggs' corner inside the five-minute mark. He then sent a free kick a whisker wide before just missing with an angled shot.

Inter's first chance of the game fell to Dejan Stankovic, who blazed over after collecting a pass from Muntari. But United came straight back and Berbatov went close with a header before Giggs got the better of Rivas and forced a save from Julio Cesar.

Van der Sar comfortably saved Stankovic's backheeled effort from Ibrahimovic's centre, making a smothering block from the Swede three minutes later as Inter appeared to step up their game. United went into the break with Berbatov rueing his headed miss from Park's cross.

If the first half belonged to the visitors in terms of scoring chances, the second belonged to Inter. Mourinho's team, with Cordoba on for Rivas, made the brighter start and Adriano agonsingly miscued in front of goal after a low ball into the box from Cambiasso. Moments later the Nerazzurri had a penalty claim turned down by Canatlejo when Adriano was brought down in the box by Rio Ferdinand.

Inter continued to churn out chances and Stankovic drove wide before Evra cleared off the line after Cambiasso's effort took a deflection off Van der Sar. But United hit back and Carrick cannoned over the bar after Cordoba narrowed the angle to block Giggs' goalbound shot, with Berbatov shooting into the side-netting a minute later.

Mourinho threw on Cruz and Balotelli for Muntari and Adriano in search of a vital goal ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford in two weeks' time, and it almost came when Cambiasso connected with Balotelli's corner, only for Van der Sar to save.

Ferguson's only substitution was Rooney for Park, and the England striker's first contribution to the game was a killer challenge on Cambiasso that earned him a yellow card.

Ronaldo ended the game as he started it, seeing his free kick punched clear by an in-form Julio Cesar.

Inter 0-0 Manchester United

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas (2 Cordoba 46), 26 Chivu, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (9 Cruz 76); 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (45 Balotelli 76);
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 7 Figo, 16 Burdisso.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Manchester United: 1 Van Der Sar; 22 O' Shea, 5 Ferdinand, 23 Evans, 3 Evra; 13 Park (10 Rooney 83), 24 Fletcher, 16 Carrick, 11 Giggs; 9 Berbatov, 7 Ronaldo;
Subs not used: 12 Foster, 17 Nani, 18 Scholes, 20 Fabio Da Silva, 28 Gibson, 32 Tevez.
Coach: Alex Ferguson.

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain).

Booked: Toldo (for protesting on bench) 43, Chivu 57, Maicon 59, Fletcher 71, Rooney 88, Cordoba 90+3.

Inter vs Manchester Utd

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Van Der Sar
Maicon 13 O' Shea
Rivas 24 Ferdinand
Chivu 26 Evans
Santon 39 Park
Zanetti 4 Fletcher
Cambiasso 19 Carrick
Muntari 20 Giggs
Stankovic 5 Berbatov
Ibrahimovic 8 Evra
Adriano 10 Ronaldo


Toldo 1 Foster
Cordoba 2 Rooney
Maxwell 6 Tevez
Figo 7 Scholes
Cruz 9 Gibson
Burdisso 16 Fabio Da Silva
Balotelli 45 Nani

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