Final score

17 September 2003 20:45

41' Martins
24' Van Der Meyde
21' Cruz
referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez / linesmen Martinez Samaniego O., Guerrero Alonso R. / 4th man Gonzalez Vazquez B.
Minutes Text commentary
46' Half time.
45' There will be 1 minute of additional time at the end of this incredible first half in London.
41' OBAGOL!!!!!!!!!!! Emre makes an incredible run down the middle, rids of three opponents just outside the box then plays into the area for Obafemi Martins, who evades a challenge from Sol Campbell and fires past Lehmann.
38' Emre wins the ball in midfield and plays forward to Martins. Obagol beats Toure to the ball but the Arsenal defender makes a last-gasp tackle to deny the Nigerian.
38' Gilberto tries from the distance, his low shot well-saved by Toldo.
36' Cristiano Zanetti clears from inside his own area as Arsenal build up a dangerous move on the left channel.
32' Henry strikes the spot-kick to the left of Toldo, who at full stretch pulls off a terrific save.
31' Materazzi shoves Ljungberg in the Inter box. Penalty to Arsenal.
30' It's Martins v Toure to a long ball forward. Toure wins the ball and clears.
29' Kily's free kick is headed clear by Sol Cambell, then Arsenal come forward on the counter-attack. But we're solid at the back.
28' Free kick to us as Oba Martins is hacked down by Toure to the left of the Arsenal penalty area.
27' It's a fight for every ball at Highbury as the Nerazzurri take control in midfield. The Gunners are visibly stunned.
24' 2-0!!!!!!!!!!!!! Van der Meyde also opens his scoring account for Inter with a superb right-footed volley past Lehmann and in at the near post.
21' GOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!!!! Julio Cruz takes the ball into the Arsenal box then beats an advancing Lehmann and sends his shot in at the far corner. It's the Argentine's first goal for the Nerazzurri.
20' Arsenal come forward with Henry, but Javier Zanetti makes a good tackle to neutralise danger.
19' Van der Meyde takes the ball to the right-wing by-line then cuts back into the middle of the area. Arsenal clear.
18' Cristiano Zanetti tries a one-two with Cruz just outside the box but the Arsenal defence read the move well and clear.
17' Kily picks up a loose ball in midfield and plays forward for Cruz. But the Argentine is badly positioned and the home side play the ball out of defence.
15' Ljunberg sidesteps Cordoba just inside the Inter box but with just Toldo to beat shoots straight at the Nerazzurri custodian.
13' Oba leaves the Gunners defence for dead and sprints to meet a long ball forward but is anticipated by Lehmann.
12' Vieira plays a one-two with Pires. Cannavaro intercepts the return pass. It's fast and furious at Highbury.
11' Javier Zanetti combines with van der Meyde then whips in a right-wing cross for Obagol. The Nigerian is anticipated and we win a corner.
10' Cruz finds van der Meyde in space on the right wing. The Dutchman plays a deep cross into the area, where Cruz has made a run to meet the ball. His header is blocked.
8' Vieira beats Emre to a ball and plays forward to Ljungberg, who runs for 10 yards before unleashing a shot from well outside the Inter box. It's well wide.
7' Arsenal win the first corner of the match after Kily tackles an opponent. Kily then clears from the corner to the near post.
6' Henry receives from Pires and attempts a shot from 20 yards. The Frenchman slips before making his shot, which is well off-target.
5' Arsenal win a free kick in a central postion 20 yards out. Henry's effort comes off the Nerazzurri wall.
4' Cannavaro elegantly dispossesses Herny, who is finding lots of space in the opening minutes.
3' Inter maintain possession at the back then advance down the right channel. Van der Meyde plays a high ball to Martins, who is intercepted by Gilberto. The Brazilian whacks the ball out of play.
2' Henry comes forward and looks to find Wiltord, but the pass is imprecise and Toldo collects.
1' The Nerazzurri's Champions League adventure is underway. The Gunners kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. And what a start to our Champions League campaign. Inter become the first Italian side to win at Highbury.
46' Kallon plays a one-two then sees his shot come off the near post. Martins picks up the ball on the far side of the area but the angle is too tight and his shot goes over.
45' The Hammer opens up play for The Surgeon on the right-wing. Lamouchi plays into the box for Oba, who is dispossessed.
45' There will be four minutes of additional time.
44' Toldo makes another save, this time from Kanu's low, angled shot from the right.
42' Bergkamp strikes a right-footed shot from the edge of the box after shaking off challenges from two Nerazzurri. Toldo saves at the near post.
40' Martins is fouled by Vieira on the left wing.
39' Kallon replaces Cruz.
38' Henry sends his free kick to the far post. Toldo plucks the ball out of the air.
37' Arsenal win a free kick on the edge of the Inter box. In the meantime, Kallon is ready to come on.
36' The Nerazzurri custodian makes another excellent save, this time from Kanu's close-range effort from seven yards.
35' Toldo makes a one-handed save from Henry's 28-yard shot. Corner to the Gunners.
33' Arsenal substitution: Parlour comes on for Wiltord.
31' Cruz takes the free kick, curling a right-footed shot at the near post. Lehmann gets down to make the save.
30' Cristiano Zanetti, who has to be a candidate for man of the match, clutches his ankle after a challenge to the left of the Gunners box. Free kick to us.
28' Lamouchi receives square from Javier Zanetti and thunders a shot on target. Lehmann makes the save.
27' Cruz falls over Ashley Cole in the Arsenal area. It looks like an obstruction but the referee waves play on.
25' Cuper makes his second switch: Helveg replaces van der Meyde. A defender for a midfielder.
24' Materazzi requires treatment from the medical team after he clears from Bergkamp.
23' Henry takes the ball past Cannavaro then from inside the area shoots straight at Toldo.
21' Inter substitution: Emre off, Lamouchi on.
19' Arsenal make a double substitution: Bergkamp and Kanu on for Pires and Gilberto. Kallon, Lamouchi and Helveg are warming up for the Nerazzurri.
17' Providential intervention from Materazzi who tackles Wiltord and clears after van der Meyde tries to dribble his way out of defence.
16' Inter move well on the right as Javier Zanetti and van der Meyde combine. Our captain is eventually tackled by Vieira and Arsenal come forward on the break.
14' Free kick to us as Toure fouls Martins on the left wing.
12' Henry beats Cristiano Zanetti to a ball then comes forward down the left channel. The Frenchman gets past van der Meyde but there's no way past Javier Zanetti.
10' Free kick to Arsenal 30 yards out. Pires plays the ball to the far post. Corner to the Gunners. Pires takes it, Toldo punches clear.
7' Henry receives from Pires, takes on Cristiano Zanetti then from a position outside the Inter box fires over the bar.
6' Pires combines with Ashley Cole on the left wing. The England defender takes the ball into the area, Javier Zanetti makes the tackle and clears.
5' Lauren fouls Kily in the cente circle. Free kick to us, which is taken quickly. Javier Zanetti to van der Meyde, who crosses over to the far side. Arsenal head clear.
4' Ex-Nerazzurri Bergkamp and Kanu are warming up for Arsenal.
3' Kily Gonzalez storms down the left channel and it takes two Arsenal players to get the ball off him.
2' Inter win a free kick after a foul by Henry on Materazzi. Matrix plays the ball forward for Oba, who is anticipated by Toure.
1' Oba and Kily kick off the second half.
Van Der Meyde
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 8.15
9 shots on target 6
5 shots off target 1
16 fouls committed 18
6 corners 2
4 offsides 5
27:32 ball possession 23:02
Previous meetings: Inter v English clubs

Inter have faced English clubs in European cup competitions on 22 occasions, recording 8 victories, 5 draws and 9 defeats. The Nerazzurri have also played 4 Anglo-Italian Cup matches.

In detail:

1955/58 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter- Birmingham City 0-0 1-2
1960/61 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter- Birmingham City 1-2 1-2
1963/64 European Cup/Ch. League Inter-Everton 1-0 0-0
1964/65 European Cup/Ch. League Inter-Liverpool 3-0 1-3
1970/71 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter- Newcastle Utd 1-1 0-2
1970/71 Anglo-Italian Cup Inter-Crystal Palace 1-2 1-1
1970/71 Anglo-Italian Cup Inter-West Browmich Albion 1-0 1-1
1990/91 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Aston Villa 3-0 0-2
1993/94 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Norwich 1-0 1-0
1994/95 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Aston Villa 1-0 0-1 (3-4 after pens)
1998/99 European Cup/Ch. League Inter-Manchester Utd 1-1 0-2
2001/02 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Ipswich Town 4-1 0-1
2002/03 European Cup/Ch. League Inter-Newcastle Utd 2-2 4-1

Previous meetings: Arsenal v Italian clubs

The Gunners have played European matches against Italian clubs on 19 occasions, registering 8 wins, 7 draws and 4 defeats.

In detail:

1970/71 Fairs/UEFA Cup Arsenal- Lazio 2-0 2-2
1979/80 Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal- Juventus 1-1 1-0
1993/94 Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal- Torino 1-0 0-0
1993/94 Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal- Parma 1-0 (final played in Copenhagen)
1994/95 European Super Cup Arsenal-AC Milan 0-0 0-2
1994/95 Cup Winners' Cup Arsenal- Sampdoria 3-2 2-3 (5-5 ai rigori)
1999/00 European Cup/Ch. League Arsenal-Fiorentina 0-1 0-0
2000/01 European Cup/Ch. League Arsenal-Lazio 2-0 1-1
2001/02 European Cup/Ch. League Arsenal-Juventus 3-1 0-1
2002/03 European Cup/Ch. League Arsenal-Roma 1-1 3-1

Previous meetings: Arsenal v Inter

Wednesday evening's Champions League match at Highbury will be the first ever competitive match between Arsenal and Inter.

Arsenal at home in Europe: just one defeat by Italian clubs

Arsenal have won 5 and drawn 3 of their previous 9 home European matches against Italian clubs. The only defeat was in October 1999 when the Gunners went down 1-0 at home to Fiorentina, though the match was played at Wembley instead of Highbury.

No European home win for Gunners since last September

You have to go back to 17 September 2002 and a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund to find Arsenal's last home victory in Europe. Since then, the Londoners have lost once and drawn 4 matches.

Ljungberg, Henry danger

Freddy Ljungberg and Thierry Henry are Arsenal's top scorers against Italian sides. The Swedish midfielder scored twice against Lazio in the 2000/01 Champions League then notched another brace against Juventus the following season. French striker Henry put one past the Bianconeri in the 2001/02 Champions League and scored a hat-trick against Roma at the Olimpico last season.

100th appearance for Italian clubs for Cruz

If fielded against Arsenal, Julio Ricardo Cruz will make his one hundredth appearance for Italian clubs. So far the Argentine striker has played 89 Serie A matches (27 goals scored), 4 Coppa Italia matches (2 goals) and 6 European matches (1 goal).

Inter in England: no draw for 40 years

Inter haven't drawn away to an English club since the 0-0 stalemate at Everton on 13 September 1963. The Nerazzurri went on to win the European Cup that season, beating Real Madrid 3-1 in the final at Vienna's Prater Stadium. Inter have lost 8 and drawn 2 of their other 10 matches on English soil.

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LONDON - Inter become the first Italian club to win at Highbury with a highly convincing 3-0 thrashing of Arsenal in Matchday 1 of Champions League Group B on Wednesday.

After an opening period of Gunners dominance, Inter grew in stature and opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Julio Cruz took the ball into the Arsenal box, beat an advancing Lehmann then with a deft touch of the ball sent his shot in at the far corner.

Inter redoubled three minutes later through Andy van der Meyde, who like El Jardinero opened his scoring account for the Nerazzurri. But the Dutch winger did it in spectacular fashion with a spectacular volley in at the near post after a naive clearance from Kily's left-wing cross.

The Nerazzurri kept things tight at the back as Arsenal tried to get a foothold. But when Henry saw a penalty kick saved by Toldo in the 32nd minute after Materazzi shoved Ljungberg in the box, the Gunners must have known it was going to be a night of frustration.

Oba Martins rubbed salt into the wound four minutes before the break: Turkish wizard Emre made it difficult for the Gunners to distinguish the blue stripes from the black ones with a mazy run across the face of the box then made a delightful chipped pass forward to the Nigerian, who evaded a challenge from Sol Campbell and fired a left-footed shot past Lehmann.

Arsenal created more after the restart but the Nerazzurri defence responded superbly. Cristiano Zanetti, who had his best match for some time, did an excellent job on Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, effectively ripping the heart out of any midfield initiative by the Gunners.

Inter could have turned it into a real humiliation minutes from time when Kallon advanced on goal after a defence-splitting one-two with Lamouchi. The Sierra Leone forward crashed his shot onto Lehmann's left-hand post, then Oba fired his follow-up shot wide.

Match facts:

ARSENAL 0-3 INTER (ht: 0-3)

Scorers: Cruz 21', van der Meyde 24', Martins 41'

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 5 Emre (Lamouchi 66'), 6 C.Zanetti, 7 van der Meyde (Helveg 60'), 9 Cruz (Kallon 64'), 17 Cannavaro, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 23 Materazzi, 30 Martins
Coach: Cuper
Subs not used: 11 Luciano, 12 Fontana, 15 Adani, 22 Okan

ARSENAL: 1 Lehmann, 3 Cole, 4 Vieira, 7 Pires (Bergkamp 64'), 8 Ljungberg, 11 Wiltord (Parlour 68', 12 Lauren, 14 Henry, 19 G.Silva (Kanu 64'), 23 Campbell, 28 Touré
Coach: Wenger
Subs not used: 5 Keown, 17 Edu, 18 Cygan, 33 Stack

Referee: Mejuto Gonzales (Spain)

Attendance: 34,393

starting lineups

Lehmann 1 Toldo
Cole 2 Cordoba
Vieira 23 Materazzi
Pires 17 Cannavaro
Ljungberg 4 Zanetti
Wiltord 7 Van Der Meyde
Lauren 18 Kily Gonzalez
Henry 6 Zanetti
G.Silva 5 Emre
Campbell 9 Cruz
Toure 30 Martins


Keown 12 Fontana
Bergkamp 15 Adani
Parlour 13 Helveg
Edu 22 Okan
Cygan 11 Luciano
Kanu 8 Lamouchi
Stack 3 Kallon