Final score

9 April 2003 20:45

14' Vieri
referee Markus Merk / linesmen Muller M., Schraer C. / 4th man Meyer F.
Minutes Text commentary
45' 2 minutes of additional time to play at the end of the first half.
43' Rufete is booked by Merk for protests after Cristiano Zanetti fouls Carew.
37' Albelda picks up a loose ball in a central position 25 yards out and strikes a powerful, low shot on target. Toldo gets down to make a good save.
35' Conceiçao receives on the right from Vieri, then makes a diagonal run into the box but is anticipated by Ayala before he can get a shot in. A good chance for the Nerazzurri.
30' Coco can’t carry on. Pasquale replaces him at left-back.
27' Coco is stretchered off after a collision with Reveillere. Nerazzurri momentarily down to ten men.
26' Coco tidies up in defence then plays to Emre in the midfield. The Turk plays forward to Crespo, who fails to make contact with the ball.
24' Aimar plays a long ball forward to Carew, who makes a short run on goal before firing well wide.
23' The Nerazzurri are keeping things tight at the back despite several a period of Valencia domination.
14' Bobogol!!!!!!! Vieri heads home from seven yards after Crespo heads on Emre’s left-wing cross. 1-0 to us.
11' In the midfield, Emre serves Vieri with a headed pass. Bobogol makes a run on goal, then unleashes a shot from outside the area. Canizares punches clear.
9' Emre plays square to Di Biagio five yards outside the Spanish box. Gladiator fires wide.
7' Carboni passes to Carew, who from the edge of the box sends a low, right-footed shot wide of Toldo’s right-hand post.
6' Francesco Coco takes on Rufete on the left channel then crosses in for Vieri. Canizares beats Bobogol to the ball.
4' Free kick to us 25 yards out after Crespo is fouled by the Valencia defence. Emre’s curled free kick goes straight into the hands of Canizares.
1' Welcome to the San Siro for Inter v Valencia. The Nerazzurri are wearing their traditional black and blue shirts, while the Spaniards are decked out in a fluorescent orange strip. Valencia kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
49' Full time. 1-0 to us. See you on Saturday for the big one - Inter v AC Milan.
48' Aimar is booked for diving in the Inter penalty area.
47' Pasquale is booked for protesting.
45' 4 minutes of additional time to play.
42' Aimar crosses into the middle, Mista heads over the bar.
40' Benitez also makes his final switch – Fabio Aurelio replaces Vicente.
39' Cuper makes his third and final substitution – Cannavaro comes on for Crespo.
38' From Okan’s right-wing free kick, Cordoba outjumps the Valencia defence but glances his header wide.
35' Benitez replaces Rufete with Mista.
33' Excellent defending by Pasquale, who times his challenge on Rufete to perfection.
26' Cristiano Zanetti is booked by Merk. Seconds later, Marchena commits a horrendous foul on our captain, but no card is given.
20' Both sides make switches: Cuper replaces Conceiçao with Okan, Valencia bring on Angulo for Carew.
18' Aimar dribbles three Nerazzurri players inside the area then gets a shot in at the near post. Toldo blocks.
15' Rufete receives five yards outside the Inter box and makes a first-time shot with his left foot. The effort whizzes inches wide of Toldo’s left-hand post.
12' Drama on the pitch as Emre retaliates to a challenge from Albelda. Both players are sent off.
7' Toldo makes two saves in quick succession to neutralise danger from the Valencia front men.
4' Aimar picks up the ball deep in the Inter half, beats Javier Zanetti then sends a weak shot wide of Toldo’s right-hand post.
3' Crespo and Vieri kick off the second half. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
2' 1-0 to us after 45 minutes of play. See you in the second half. If you're not already a member of, sign up here:
Di Biagio
Average rating 7.07
3 shots on target 5
2 shots off target 7
20 fouls committed 25
2 corners 8
4 offsides 0
29:05 ball possession 30:59
Previous meetings between Valencia and Italian sides

Valencia have faced Italian sides on 16 occasions. The Spaniards have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 8. The only victory on Italian soil was recorded this season - the 1-0 victory over Roma on 18 February 2003 in the second group phase.

Previous meetings between Inter and Spanish sides

The quarter-final first leg against Valencia is the Nerazzurri's 33rd clash with a Spanish club. So far, Inter have registered 11 wins, 8 draws and 13 defeats.

In detail:

1958/60 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter-Barcelona 2-4 0-4
1961/62 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter-Valencia 3-3 0-2
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 (in Vienna)
1965/66 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 0-1
1966/67 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 2-0
1969/70 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter-Barcelona 1-1 2-1
1979/80 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Sociedad 3-0 0-2
1980/81 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 0-2
1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 1-2
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 2-0 0-3
1987 Mundialito Inter-Barcelona 3-1 ----
1985/86 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 1-5 (dts)
1987/88 UEFA Cup Inter-Espanol 1-1 0-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 0-2
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Alaves 0-2 3-3
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 1-1 1-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Barcelona 0-0 0-3

Previous matches between Inter and Valencia

One victory apiece and two draws. It's honours even between Inter and Valencia ahead of the 2002/03 Champions League quarter-final first leg. Both draws were at the San Siro.

In detail:

1961/62 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 3-3 0-2
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 1-1 1-0

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: No-one
Cautioned: Cannavaro, Materazzi, Morfeo
Former players/coaches: Cuper

Disqualified: Pellegrino
Cautioned: Albelda, Canizares, Kily Gonzalez
Former players/coaches: None

Valencia unbeaten in 8 European away matches

Valencia haven't lost an away match in Europe since 6 December 2001, when they were beaten 1-0 by Glasgow Celtic in the UEFA Cup. Since then, the Spaniards have notched 3 victories and 5 draws on the road. In the current edition of the Champions League, Valencia has garnered 3 wins and 3 draws in away matches.

Just 1 win for Nerazzurri in last 5 home matches against Spanish sides

Inter entertain a Spanish side in official European matches for the 17th time. The Nerazzurri have won 7, drawn 7 and lost 2 of the previous 16 matches at home to Spanish sides, though they have won only once in the last 5 matches at the San Siro (Inter 3-1 Real Madrid in the 1998/99 Champions League). Inter have failed to score in 2 of their last 3 home matches against Spanish clubs. The last player to hit the target was Materazzi in last year's UEFA Cup quarter-final draw with Valencia.

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 (set in the 1969/70 Fairs/UEFA Cup). 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. Crespo is currently in third place in the all time list of Nerazzurri marksmen in Europe. First is Mazzola with 16 goals, while Jair is in second place with 11.

wins(1) draws(2) defeats(0)

starting lineups

Zanetti 4 AYALA
Cordoba 2 ALBELDA
Materazzi 23 BARAJA
Conceiçao 7 VICENTE
Di Biagio 14 CARBONI
Zanetti 6 RUFETE
Crespo 9 AIMAR
Vieri 32 CAREW


Fontana 12 PALOP
Cannavaro 13 FABIO AURELIO
Adani 15 DJUKIC
Okan 22 ANGULO
Pasquale 26 SANCHEZ
Recoba 20 FERRER
Martins 30 DE LOS SANTOS