Final score

25 September 2002 20:45

29' (2nd half) Crespo
referee Stuart Dougal / linesmen McBride, Dunne / 4th man McDonald
Minutes Text commentary
45' Three minutes of injury time added on at the end of the first half.
41' On the left-hand side of the Inter box, Maxwell shoots with the outside of his left foot but the ball swerves well wide.
37' Dalmat passes to Vieri in the Ajax area, but the ball is too long and Timmer parries.
35' Okan is held back by an Ajax defender in the box. The Turk calls for a penalty but no decision is given.
28' Sikora controls the ball and shoots from a position inside the Inter area. Materazzi blocks.
26' Di Biagio heads an Emre corner from the right over to the far post. Crespo misses by inches.
25' Free kick from the edge of the box taken by Vieri. The ball comes off the Ajax wall and goes out for a corner.
21' He can't continue. Stekelenburg leaves the pitch and is substituted by 30-year-old reserve keeper Timmer.
20' The Dutch medical staff are on the pitch to give Stekelenburg treatment. The Ajax keeper has a problem with his left leg.
19' Crespo tries from outside the area. The ball hits Chivu hard in the face.
17' Vieri-Crespo one-two in the Ajax area. The pass is too long for Bobo to make an impact.
16' Ibrahimovic (Zlatan) makes a run into the Inter box and shoots, Toldo pushes the ball round for a corner.
15' Sikora goes close for Ajax with a header. Toldo saves.
14' Another assist in the Dutch box from Vieri for Crespo. The Argentine fails to control the ball.
7' Materazzi controls the ball after Ajax threaten down the left wing.
4' Crespo is anticipated in the Ajax area by Stelkenburg after an assist from Vieri.
1' Inter kick off, and after three and a half years, Champions League action returns to the San Siro for the Nerazzurri.
Minutes Text commentary
47' That's it. Inter have beaten Ajax 1-0.
46' Dalmat nutmegs two Ajax defenders before shooting into the side-netting instead of passing to Vieri, who from a more central position has a better chance of scoring.
45' 2 minutes of injury time.
42' Conceiçao loses the ball in the midfield, forcing Cordoba to get back and win the ball back from an Ajax striker.
38' Vieri shoots. The ball finishes just over.
35' More acrobatics from Crespo . Receiving from Javier Zanetti in a central position in the box, Crespo sends a right-footed volley just wide of Timmer's left-hand post.
34' Ajax substitution - Mido on for Pasanen.
29' GOOOAAAL!!! Hernan Crespo outstretches his right leg and from close range deviates fellow countryman Almeyda's cross from the right past Timmer and into the net. 1-0 to Inter!
24' Conceiçao replaces Okan.
23' Trabelsi shoots from outside the area. Toldo saves but doesn't hold onto the ball. Cordoba is fouled by Ibrahimovic as the Colombian clears.
21' Van Der Meyde shoots from outside the area. No problems for Toldo, the shot finishes over the bar.
19' Almeyda replaces Di Biagio.
18' Toldo saves a furious shot from outside the area. Inter put under three minutes of continuous pressure from Koeman's men.
12' A sweeping Inter move involving six players terminates in a corner. Recoba takes from the right, Chivu anticpates Vieri at the far post. Another corner.
9' Crespo runs to the by-line and crosses into the middle of the Ajax area. Timmer blocks.
8' Crespo back-heels the ball into the side-netting, and waves and shouts for support from the crowd.
7' Alvaro Recoba comes on for Emre.
6' Van Der Meyde cautioned for fouling Dalmat.
5' Toldo makes a crucial save, denying Sikora after Ibrahimovic's cross into the middle of the box.
4' Ajax get the second half underway.
3' Stuart Dougal blows his whistle. It's 0-0 between Inter and Ajax after 45 minutes.
2' Crespo is anticipated in the Ajax area before he can shoot. A wasted opportunity for the Nerazzurri.
Di Biagio
Average rating 6.62
3 shots on target 4
5 shots off target 2
20 fouls committed 17
6 corners 12
2 offsides 1
00 ball possession 00
Inter & Ajax - former players

Inter: none

Ajax: Aaron Winter (118 appearances in official matches from 1996/97 to 1998/99, 3 goals).

Previous matches between Inter and Ajax

The only previous official meeting between Inter and Ajax was just over thirty years ago when Johan Cruyff scored two for the Dutch side in their 2-0 win against Inter in the 1971/72 European Cup final (played in Rotterdam on 31 May, 1972).

Previous meetings between Inter and Dutch clubs

Inter are 'in the red' when it comes to previous meetings with Dutch clubs. Besides the European Cup final defeat at the hands of Ajax, the Nerazzurri have managed 3 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats in 11 official matches against sides from Holland.
In detail:

European Cup 	Inter-Ajax		----
	0-2 (in Rotterdam)
UEFA Cup	Inter-Amsterdam FC 	1-2	0-0
Mundialito Club	Inter-Feyenoord	2-1
Cup Winners' Cup	Inter-AZ 67		2-0
UEFA Cup	Inter-Groningen	5-1	0-2
UEFA Cup	Inter-Vitesse		0-0	1-1
UEFA Cup	Inter-Feyenoord	0-1	2-2

Previous meetings between Italian teams and Ajax

Ajax have managed only 2 successes on Italian soil.
In 27 official matches against Italian sides (including one against Inter), Ajax have registered 11 wins, 8 draws and 8 defeats. Of these matches, 5 were European Cup/Champions League finals (3 titles won and 2 defeats), 2 were European Super Cup matches ( two- legged encounter with AC Milan in 1973/74) and 1 was a UEFA Cup final (against Torino in 1991/92).
Ajax have won just twice in Italy in 12 matches played (including the Champions League final in Rome in 1995/96), drawing 4 four and losing 6 of the other 10.

Vieri looking to make it three

Christian Vieri has already scored twice against Ajax. Bobo netted in each of Juventus' two matches against the side from Amsterdam in the 1996/97 Champions League (Ajax 1-2 Juventus ; Juventus 4-1 Ajax).

305 minutes since Dutch sides last let in a goal in Italy

Dutch clubs haven't conceded goals in Italy for 305 minutes. In the last three matches played, Utrecht drew 0-0 away to Parma, while Roda and Feyenoord won 1-0 at the San Siro against AC Milan and Inter respectively.
The last time an Italian side scored against teams from Holland was on 16 October, 2001 - Lazio 2-1 PSV Eindhoven (Champions League first round group stage). Lazio's second goal was scored by Claudio Lopez in the 55th minute.

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

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Stekelenburg
Zanetti 4 Trabelsi
Cordoba 2 Galasek
Materazzi 23 Chivu
Pasquale 26 Van der Meyde
Emre 5 Zlatan
Di Biagio 14 Maxwell
Dalmat 18 Pasanen
Okan 22 Litmanen
Crespo 9 Van Damme
Vieri 32 Sikora


Fontana 12 Timmer
Conceiçao 7 Bergdolmo
Morfeo 10 Winter
Adani 15 Witschge
Almeyda 25 Mido
Vivas 31 Wamberto
Recoba 20 Pienaar