Final score

19 March 2003 20:45

Bayer Leverkusen
45' (2nd half) Emre
36' Martins
referee Valentin Ivanov / linesmen G. Krasyuk, A. Monakhov / 4th man N. Ivanov
Minutes Text commentary
45' 2 minutes of injury time to play.
44' Kleine is booked for the last-man foul on Martins. But it should have been a red card for the German defender.
43' Penalty to us and yellow card for Kleine after Martins is brought down just inside the Bayer box. But it should have been a red card for the German defender. Morfeo's spot kick is saved by Butt.
36' 1-0 to us. Oba Martins!!!!!!!! Conceiçao capitalizes on a moment of indecision in the Bayer defence then passes to Martins, who with only Butt to beat coolly slides the ball past the German keeper. Oba celebrates with five somersaults!
30' Basturk storms into the Inter penalty area then passes wide to an advancing Bierofka, who fires over the bar.
24' Martins picks up a return pass from Emre and from inside the box fires straight at Butt, who just manages to prevent the ball from going through his legs.
22' Ojigwe is yellow-carded for a foul on Emre.
19' Inter substitution - Cristiano Zanetti replaces an injured Okan.
16' Martins combines with Morfeo before unleashing a powerful, low shot from inside the box. Butt comes off his line and blocks the shot.
15' França tests Toldo with a near-range shot, but the Inter keeper is equal to his opponent.
14' Martins shows all his skill and pace on the left wing with a diagonal move into the Bayer box which has the Germans in all sorts of trouble. The Nigerian then makes a pass back to a team-mate, but Bayer clear.
12' Bayer on the break on the left channel. Cordoba stops Bierofka at the by-line with a sliding tackle.
7' Martins misses from ten yards out after superb play by Coco down the left wing. But Morfeo should have taken a shot before passing to his partner in attack after receiving from Coco.
4' Coco makes a sliding tackle on Simak to snuff out a counter-attack.
3' The Nerazzurri are off to an attacking start against the Germans. Martins goes close with a glancing header.
1' We're off at the BayArena.
Minutes Text commentary
48' The final whistle goes after 3 minutes of injury time. And we're in the last eight.!!!
45' Emre kills off the match with a shot into the top left-hand corner of the net from Coco's left-wing cross.
40' Cris is booked by Ivanov for a foul on Emre.
38' Cuper makes his third substitution - Guly on for Conceiçao.
37' Ramelow feeds the ball through to França in the Inter box. The Brazilian evades a tackle from Cannavaro then shoots wide of Toldo's right-hand post when it would have been easier to score.
33' Yet another chance for Martins, who beats the Bayer offside trap just inside the German half then gallops 50 yards down the left wing before sending his diagonal shot wide of the far post.
30' Cuper replaces Morfeo with Pasquale.
29' Motta fires Barcelona into a 2-0 lead at St. James' Park!!!
21' Bierofka's right-footed shot from just outside the Inter box whizzes past Toldo's left-hand post.
18' Leverkusen substitution - Cris comes on for Simak.
14' Barcelona have taken the lead in Newcastle thanks to an opportunist goal from Kluivert!!!
13' Martins misses another chance after an up and under from Morfeo. Butt does well to reduce the distance and block the Nigerian's shot.
11' Conceiçao curls a left-footed shot on target after turning his marker on the right flank. The Portuguese international's shot is too central and Butt makes an easy save.
8' Schneider sees his 20-yard free kick come off the Inter wall. França heads wide from the resulting right-wing corner, taken by Bierofka.
4' Morfeo plays a defence-splitting ball to Martins, who is clear through on goal. But the flag goes up for offside (Martins was actually onside).
3' The home side make a half-time switch, with Basturk and Kaluzny replacing Schneider and Neuville.
2' The second half is underway. We're 45 minutes away from a quarter-final place.
1' It's 1-0 to us after 45 minutes. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
Di Biagio
Average rating 6.82
1 shots on target 7
10 shots off target 4
22 fouls committed 19
4 corners 6
0 offsides 11
31:15 ball possession 29:23
Previous meetings between Inter and German sides

Inter have faced German sides in official matches on 30 occasions, recording 16 victories, 5 draws and 9 defeats.

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
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 ----

Previous meetings between Bayer Leverkusen and Italian clubs

Bayer Leverkusen have met Italian sides in official matches on 11 occasions. The Germans have registered 3 wins, 3 draws (all 1-1) and 5 defeats.

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
2002/03 Champions League Bayer Leverkusen-Inter ---- 2-3

Previous meetings between Bayer Leverkusen and Inter

Wednesday's clash is the second meeting in official matches between the two sides. Inter won the first match 3-2 at the San Siro thanks to a Di Biagio brace and an own goal by Bayer keeper Butt.

No draw for Bayer Leverkusen in 12 European clashes

The Nerazzurri's German opponents haven't drawn a European match since Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Manchester United in the Champions League on 30 April 2002. Since then, Bayer have recorded 3 victories and 9 defeats, including last season's final lost to Real Madrid. The Germans have lost their last 6 consecutive Champions League matches (15 goals let in for an average of 2.5 per match), their last positive result being the 2-0 victory over Olympiakos Pireo on 29 October 2002.

Crespo chasing Boninsegna's scoring record

With his 9 goals in the Champions League so far, Hernan Crespo has beaten Sandro Mazzola's previous record of 7 goals for Inter in a single edition of the European Cup/Champions League (1963/64). The South American has also equalled Boninsegna's scoring record for the Nerazzurri in all European cup competitions (9 goals in the 1969 Fairs/UEFA Cup). Crespo is now chasing Mazzola's record of 16 goals for Inter in Europe's most prestigious cup competition (Jair is in second place with 11 goals).

Inter in quarter-finals 7 times out of 9

Inter are participating in the European Cup/Champions League for the 10th time. In their 9 previous cup runs, the Nerazzurri have reached at least the quarter-final stage on 7 occasions. 1989/90 and 2000/01 were the seasons in which Inter failed to achieve that and on both occasions were eliminated by Swedish sides (Malmoe in the first case and Helsingborg in the second).

Who'll score two goals against Leverkusen?

Inter play a European match on 19 March for the 3rd time, having notched a win and a draw in the previous two games played on the same date. The victory was in the 1957 Fairs/UEFA Cup, an emphatic 4-0 win over Zagreb (Inter's first victory in European cup competitions). The draw came in the 1986 UEFA Cup when the Nerazzurri were held 3-3 away to Nantes. Lorenzi and Skoglund both scored twice in the first match, while Altobelli hit a brace in the game away to the French side. Who'll score two goals against Leverkusen?

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

starting lineups

BUTT 1 Toldo
SIMAK 4 Zanetti
BASTURK 2 Cordoba
FRANÇA 13 Cannavaro
OJIGWE 7 Conceiçao
KALUZNY 14 Di Biagio
PLACENTE 10 Morfeo
KLEINE 30 Martins


STARKE 12 Fontana
CRIS 24 Gamarra
BALITSCH 26 Pasquale
BABIC 31 Vivas
SCHNEIDER 11 Guglielminpietro
NEUVILLE 6 Zanetti
ZIVKOVIC 35 Altobelli