Final score

22 April 2003 20:45

6' (2nd half) Barajas
7' Aimar
5' Vieri
referee Kim Milton Nielsen / linesmen Larsen J., Jepsen J. / 4th man Fisker K.E.
Minutes Text commentary
45' 2 minutes of additional time will be played.
42' Baraja blasts wide from 20 yards after more pressure from Valencia.
37' Toldo and Angulo are cautioned by Nielsen following an off-the-ball incident inside the Inter penalty area.
34' Another chance for the home side. Vicente volleys wide from 20 yards.
32' Recoba comes on for Vieri, who is unable to continue.
31' Baraja is booked for a foul on The Hammer.
30' Toldo makes a crucial save from Angulo, who takes advantage of suicidal defensive play by Pasquale then shoots from a position inside the Inter six-yard box.
28' The Nerazzurri are temporarily down to ten men as Vieri receives treatment to his right leg after picking up a knock.
26' Pasquale is booked for protests.
23' Panic into the Inter box as Aimar whips in a cross from the right channel. Fortunately for us, no Valencia player manages to get the final touch.
20' Free kick to Valencia a yard outside the Inter box after Di Biagio brings down Vicente. Toldo punches clear Aimar's low shot.
16' Carew fires a diagonal shot over the Inter bar.
14' Inter on the counter-attack after Angulo wastes two good chances for Valencia. Vieri is booked for fouling Ayala during an aerial challenge just inside the Spanish box.
7' The Spaniards pull one back through Aimar, who receives from Carew then makes a diagonal move across the edge of the box before firing a low shot past Toldo.
5' Bobogol!!!! Crespo plays the ball through to Vieri, whose initial chip shot is parried by Canizares. But Bobogol makes no mistake with the follow-up and slots past the Valencia custodian.1-0 to us.
3' Valencia keep possession of the ball and come forward. A sweeping move ends with Angulo's 30-yard shot which goes just over the bar.
1' Valencia kick off tonight's Champions League quarter-final return leg.
Minutes Text commentary
48' These last few minutes plus additional time have been too painful for Inter fans, with Valencia desparately looking for a third goal. But it's all over now. We're in the Champions League semi-finals.
45' 3 minutes of additional time to play.COME ON!!
38' Benitez replaces Aimar with Mista.
36' Marchena is booked for a foul on Crespo.
35' Valencia substitution - Fabio Aurelio on, Carboni off.
34' Recoba combines with Crespo in the Valencia box. El Chino shoots, Canizares saves with his feet. It's our first chance of the second half!
33' Cristiano Zanetti is shown a yellow card for a foul on Rufete.
32' Toldo makes a clean save from Angulo's low shot from the edge of the box.
30' Cuper brings on Okan for Di Biagio.
27' Valencia subsitution - Carew limps off, Rufete comes on.
19' Di Biagio is booked for a foul.
17' Toldo calms the nerves with a decisive save from Baraja's deep right-wing cross.
13' Angulo tries from the distance. And it's not far off as the ball goes inches wide of the post.
6' Valencia take a 2-1 lead through Baraja, who anticipates Di Biagio to a right-wing corner and heads past a blameless Toldo.
5' Another miracle from Toldo, who denies Baraja's fierce shot with the outside of his right foot.
4' Cuper makes a half-time switch, bringing on Daniele Adani for Giovanni Pasquale.
3' Breathe deep! The Nerazzurri kick off the second half.
2' It's 1-1 after an intense first half. Materazzi leaves the pitch with a bleeding thigh following a challenge.
1' Incredible! Toldo keeps Inter in front with three saves in five seconds. The Nerazzurri keeper saves twice from Vicente and once from Angulo.
Di Biagio
Average rating 6.15
13 shots on target 2
14 shots off target 1
12 fouls committed 13
11 corners 2
2 offsides 4
46:15 ball possession 19:45
Previous meetings between Nerazzurri and Spanish clubs

Against Valencia at the Mestalla, Inter face a Spanish side in official matches for the 34th time. So far, the Nerazzurri have collected 12 victories, 8 draws and 13 defeats.

Previous meetings between Valencia and Italian teams

Valencia have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 9 of their 17 official matches against Italian clubs. The last home draw was Valencia 1- 1 Roma in the UEFA Cup on 24 October 1990. Since then, the Spaniards have recorded 2 victories and 3 defeats at home to Italian sides.

Previous meetings between Valencia and Inter

The two sides have met in official matches on 5 occasions. Of those, the Nerazzurri have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1.

In detail:

1961/62 UEFA/Fairs Cup Valencia-Inter 2-0 3-3
2001/02 UEFA Cup Valencia-Inter 0-1 1-1
2002/03 Champions League Valencia-Inter ---- 0-1

Valencia v Inter - disciplinary situation

VALENCIA Disqualified: Albelda (2 matches)
Cautioned: Aimar, Canizares, Kily Gonzalez, Rufete
Former players/coaches: None
Disqualified: Emre (1 match)
Cautioned: Cannavaro, Materazzi, Morfeo, C.Zanetti
Former players/coaches: Cuper

History on Inter's side with one-goal lead

Inter take a 1-0 lead into a European return leg away from home for the tenth time in the club's history. On 8 of the previous 9 occasions, the Milanese club have gone on to win over two legs. The Nerazzurri were eliminated by Aston Villa after a penalty shoot-out in the second leg of their 1994/95 UEFA Cup tie against the English side, but have progressed in Europe on every other occasion. In chronological order, Inter have defended a 1-0 lead to eliminate Monaco (1963/64 European Cup), Torpedo Moscow and Real Madrid (1966/67 European Cup), Standard Liege (1971/72 European Cup), Cologne (1984/85 UEFA Cup), Apollon Limassol (1993/94 UEFA Cup), Casino Graz (1996/97 UEFA Cup) and Schalke 04 (1997/98 UEFA Cup).

Inter in Europe on 22 April – a win and a defeat

For the third time, Inter will play a European cup tie on 22 April. In 1981, Inter beat Real Madrid at the San Siro. Bini scored the winning goal on that occasion, but the Spaniards won the return leg 2-0. In 1997, Inter lost 1-0 away to Monaco, but qualified for the final thanks to a 3-1 victory in the first leg.

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.

Just one draw for Inter in Spain

In the history of European cup competitions, the Nerazzurri have only drawn one of their 15 matches played in Spain. That was a 3- 3 stalemate with Alaves in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup. Inter have recorded 3 wins and 11 defeats in the other 14 matches. In 9 of the 15 defeats at the hands of Spanish clubs, Inter have failed to score.

No goal conceded in Europe for 221'

The last time Inter let in a goal in this season’s Champions League was on 11 March 2003 when Shearer scored his second in Newcastle United’s 2-2 draw with Inter at the Meazza. Since then, the remaining 41 minutes of that clash and the entire matches against Bayer Leverkusen and Valencia (excluding additional time) have passed.

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

starting lineups

Canizares 1 Toldo
Reveillere 2 Cordoba
Marchena 24 Gamarra
Ayala 23 Materazzi
Carboni 26 Pasquale
Barajas 4 Zanetti
Vicente 14 Di Biagio
Sanchez 6 Zanetti
Angulo 18 Dalmat
Aimar 9 Crespo
Carew 32 Vieri


Palop 12 Fontana
Fabio Aurelio 15 Adani
Djukic 22 Okan
Pellegrino 20 Recoba
Mista 30 Martins
De Los Santos 31 Vivas
Rufete Franchini