Final score

10 December 2002 20:45

35' (2nd half) Butt o.g.
27' Di Biagio
15' Di Biagio
Bayer Leverkusen
46' (2nd half) Franca
18' (2nd half) Zivkovic
referee Hugh Dallas / linesmen Irvine, Doig / 4th man Clark
Minutes Text commentary
45' Inter go into the half-time break with a commanding 2-0 lead.
44' Toldo punches clear a Leverkusen left-wing corner. The Inter custodian is called into action seconds later, but Juan's shot finishes over the bar.
41' Inter are awarded a free kick 40 yards out. Recoba strikes a low, left-footed shot on target, Butt saves.
39' Balistch curls in a left-footed shot from the edge of the Inter box. No problem for Toldo, who makes an easy save.
38' Crespo heads over the bar from near range after a delightful left-centre cross in from Di Biagio.
37' Recoba, Vieri and Crespo combine up front for Inter. Vieri's final pass to Crespo is too long.
36' Toldo stamps out his authority and collects a high ball from the midfield into the Inter area.
33' The San Siro explodes as Javier Zanetti elegantly dispossesses three opponents inside his own half.
30' Crespo outstretches his leg to control a pass forward, then shoots on goal from the edge of the area. Butt collects.
29' Leverkusen's Placente is booked.
27' 2-0!!!!!!!!!!!! What a superb move by Inter. Di Biagio starts and finishes it with a clinical left-footed volley from just outside the six-yard box.
23' Gamarra dispossesses Neuville and sets up a new move for the Nerazzurri.
22' Emre does well to neutralise danger from the Germans in the Inter box, which begins from a move down the left channel.
21' Toldo dives to make a save from a powerful Balitsch shot from the edge of the box.
20' Neuville earns a corner for Bayer Leverkusen. Toldo makes a clean save from the resulting set piece.
15' GOOOAAALLL! Di Biagio beats the Bayer defence to Recoba's inswinger and heads home at the near post.
13' Recoba earns a corner for the Nerazzurri after his free kick is deflected out of play.
12' Schneider's free kick comes off the Inter wall.
11' Leverkusen are awarded a free kick on the edge of the Inter box after Di Biagio fouls Basturk.
8' Gamarra anticpates an extremely mobile Neuville and clears with his head.
6' Bastrurk shoots first time from 30 yards out. The ball finishes in the Curva Nord.
4' Recoba plays a delightful backheel for Zanetti, but the pass is too long for the Inter captain.
3' Berbatov hits a post with a header from a Neuville corner.
2' Gamarra tackles Neuville on the by-line. Corner to the Germans.
1' Everything is ready for tonight's match between Inter and Bayer Leverkusen. The other Group A match between Barcelona and Newcastle has been postponed due to bad weather.
1' Bayer Leverkusen kick off tonight's Champions League match at the Meazza.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Full time. Inter beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2.
49' Schneider is deservedly booked.
48' Schneider directs a ball past Toldo and into the net with his hand.
47' Conceiçao shoots after some excellent work by Recoba. Butt blocks.
46' 3-2. Unmarked in the Inter box, Brazilian player Franca heads a cross past Toldo.
45' 2 minutes added on.
42' Cuper makes his third and final substitution - Kallon comes on for Crespo.
41' Toldo makes a good save from a near-range header by Schneider.
40' Recoba plays a ball square to Emre on the edge of the Leverkusen box. The assist is intercepted.
36' Bayer Leverkusen substitution - Simak comes on for Basturk.
35' 3-1 - Butt puts a Beati cross into his own net. (Hernan Crespo doesn't touch the ball).
34' Juan tackles Recoba in the Leverkusen box. Corner to Inter.
32' Two substitutions for the Germans - Franca on for Berbatov,Bierofka replaces Balitsch.
29' Incredible skill from Emre, who does magnificently to keep the ball in play after nutmegging an opponent down the left, then shoots across the face of the goal from a seemingly impossible angle.Crespo follows up and hits the post.
27' Inter substitution - Sergio Conceiçao replaces Christian Vieri.
25' Christian Vieri recieves treatment on the touchline for what looks like a muscular problems.
24' Inter substitution - Nicola Beati on for Gigi Di Biagio.
22' Di Biagio signals to the Inter bench that he wants to be substituted.
20' Basturk shoots way over the Inter bar from 20 yards out.
18' 2-1. The visitors pull a goal back through Zivkovic, who directs a Neuville cross into the top left-hand corner.
16' From a position to the left of the six-yard box, Emre sends a left-footed shot wide of Butt's left-hand post.Recoba's assist for the Turk is poetry in motion.
15' Zanetti fools a few opponents with some fancy footwork. He then passes to Almeyda on the left wing. Almeyda passes into the area for Crespo, who is beaten to the ball by an opponent.
13' Emre brings Berbatov down 40 yards out. Free kick to the Germans. Neuville's shot takes a deflection off Zanetti and goes out for a corner.
11' A dangerous-looking shot from Neuville finishes off-target.
10' Crespo shoots on the turn. Butt makes the save.
8' A Vieri left-wing cross in for Crespo is anticipated by Kleine.
7' Gamarra is showing his worth tonight. The Paraguayan expertly neutralises danegr from the German front men.
3' Incredible play by Pasquale. The young Inter left-back dribbles three opponents, then evades a challenge from two more before sending a shot just over the bar.
2' Schneider sends a right-footed shot from the edge of the Inter area well over Toldo's crossbar.
1' Crespo and Vieri kick off the second half.
Di Biagio
Average rating 7.1
8 shots on target 7
3 shots off target 8
15 fouls committed 14
7 corners 10
5 offsides 3
28:31 ball possession 30:15
Previous meetings between Bayer Leverkusen and Italian clubs

Bayer Leverkusen have won 3, drawn 3 (all 1-1) and lost 4 of their 10 official matches against Italian clubs.

In detail:

1994/95 UEFA Cup Bayer Leverkusen-Parma 1-2 0-3
1998/99 UEFA Cup Bayer Leverkusen- Udinese 1-0 1-1
1999/00 Champions League Bayer Leverkusen-Lazio 1-1 1-1
1999/00 UEFA Cup Bayer Leverkusen- Udinese 1-2 1-0
2001/02 Champions League Bayer Leverkusen- Juventus 3-1 0-4

Previous meetings between Inter and German clubs

Inter have won 15, drawn 5 and lost 9 of their 29 official matches against German sides.

In detail:

1960/61 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Hannover 8-2 6-1
1961/62 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Cologne 2-0 2-4 5-3 (play-off in Milan)
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Borussia D. 2-0 2-2
1967/68 Piano Rappan Cup Inter-Nurnberg 0-3 0-3
1969/70 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Hertha Berlin 2-0 0-1
1971/72 European Cup Inter-Borussia M. 4-2 0-0
1979/80 UEFA Cup Inter-Borussia M. 2-3 1-1
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Hamburg 1-0 1-2
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Cologne 1-0 3-1
1988/89 UEFA Cup Inter-Bayern Munich 1-3 2-0
1993/94 UEFA Cup Inter-Borussia D. 1-2 3-1
1996/97 UEFA Cup Inter-Schalke 04 1-0 0-1
1997/98 UEFA Cup Inter-Schalke 04 1-0 1-1
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Hertha Berlin 2-1 0-0

Previous meetings between Bayer Leverkusen and Inter

There are no previous meetings in official matches between the two sides.

Inter's biggest win in Europe on 10 December 44 years ago

Inter's match against Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow night will be the Nerazzurri's third in Europe played on 10 December. The UEFA Cup match against Dukla Praga in 1986 was interrupted in the 77th minute by French referee Quiniou due to thick fog (Inter were winning 1-0 thanks to a Rummenigge goal), while in 1958 the Nerazzurri thrashed Lyon 7-0 in a UEFA/Fairs Cup match in Milan. Firmani (4), Angelillo (2), Lindskog scored in what is still Inter's biggest win in European cup competitions.

Previous Nerazzurri victory against Leverkusen in 1992 Viareggio Tournament

Tuesday's match between Inter and Bayer Leverkusen is the first meeting between the two sides in official matches. There is, however, a previous meeting between the two clubs' youth teams - in the 1992 Viareggio Tournament, Inter beat the Germans 4-2 in a first phase match courtesy of goals from Maruzzelli, Oliva and Tasso (2). Judt and Kurth scored for Leverkusen.

11 wins from 15 home matches against German sides for Nerazzurri

Inter have never drawn in 15 official matches played against German sides in Milan, winning 11 and losing 4. The Nerazzurri have scored in each of those matches except for the Piano Rappan Cup clash against Nurnberg, when the Germans were given a bye after Inter withdrew from the competition.

Crespo close to double figures

After breaking Mazzola's record of 7 goals for Inter in a single edition of the European Cup/Champions League set in 1963/64, South American striker Hernan Crespo went on to equal Boninsegna's record of 9 goals for Inter in Europe (in the 1969/70 Fairs/UEFA Cup) with a goal against Newcastle two weeks ago. By scoring his next goal, Crespo will become the first ever Inter player to have reached double figures in a single edition of a European cup competition.

No draw in Europe for Leverkusen for over seven months

Bayer Leverkusen haven't drawn in Europe for over 7 months, precisely, since 30 April 2002 when they drew 1-1 at home to Manchester United. Since then, the Germans have registered 3 wins and 5 defeats, including the Champions League final against Real Madrid last May.

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

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Butt
Zanetti 4 Juan
Cordoba 2 Zivkovic
Gamarra 24 Basturk
Pasquale 26 Berbatov
Di Biagio 14 Balitsch
Emre 5 Schneider
Almeyda 25 Neuville
Recoba 20 Ramelow
Crespo 9 Placente
Vieri 32 Kleine


Fontana 12 Juric
Kallon 3 Simak
Conceiçao 7 Franca
Guglielminpietro 11 Bierofka
Beati 21 Ojigwe
Franchini Babic
Napolitano Brdaric