Final score

25 November 2003 20:45

32' Vieri
44' (2nd half) Pires
43' (2nd half) Edu
40' (2nd half) Henry
4' (2nd half) Ljungberg
25' Henry
referee Wolfgang Stark / linesmen Muller, Wezel / 4th man Wagner
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Minutes Text commentary
45' Cristiano Zanetti plays a high ball into the Arsenal box, but it curls away from Bobogol and Arsenal move out of defence.
45' With no additional time to play, Stark blows for half-time.
44' The same happens at the other end as Martins and Vieri are both in offside positions when Cannavaro plays a long ball forward.
43' Kanu is caught offside as he races on to a long ball forward.
42' Henry's effort from the distance creates no problems for Toldo.
41' Lamouchi tackles Ljungberg 35 yards out. Referee Stark gives a free kick.
40' With his heel, Cordoba cuts out a dangerous pass to Henry.
39' Pires plays wide to Henry on the left, then plays short into our box. Materazzi's clearance rebounds off Kanu. Goal kick to us.
38' Ray Parlour fouls van der Meyde eight yards outside the Gunners penalty area.
38' Materazzi curls his free kick low at the far post, Lehmann gets down and parries.
37' From the right wing Parlour crosses to Pires, who from five yards outside the box volleys well wide.
36' Van der Meyde puts Brechet clear on the left wing. The Frenchman crosses into the middle, where Lehmann beats Martins to the ball.
33' GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL! Bobogol's left-footed strike from the edge of the box takes a deflection of Campbell and into the far corner. Cristiano Zanetti made the pass to Vieri.
31' Bobo heads Brechet's left-wing cross down for Martins. The Gunners defence clear.
30' Henry plays a great ball over the Nerazzurri defence. Ljungberg is beaten to the ball by Toldo.
29' Colombia captain Cordoba makes a good tackle on Henry on the left channel.
29' Cannavaro does the same on Kanu on the opposite wing.
28' We win a free kick as Kanu shoves Materazzi just inside our half.
27' Vieri receives from Materazzi in the centre circle, but loses the ball and Arsenal move forward.
25' 1-0 to them. From the edge of the box, Thierry Henry beats Toldo with a low strike from Cole's pass back.
24' Pires tries to curl 20-yard shot at the far post, but Materazzi blocks and clears.
24' Vieri just misses nodding on Brechet's upfield ball on for van der Meyde, who would have been throug on goal.
22' Van der Meyde plays a precision pass to Martins, who looks to put Vieri clear through on goal, but there's a misunderstanding between the two Inter strikers.
21' A chance for the Gunners. Kanu shoots from 20 yards. His strike finishes a metre wide.
19' The Nerazzurri come forward with Lamouchi and Martins. Cygan intercepts the final pass to Vieri.
18' Great defending from Javier Zanetti, who wins the ball off Kanu on the edge of the Inter box. Henry supplied the right-wing cross.
17' Ljungberg picks up a loose ball in midfield then attempts a solo run down the right. The Swede concedes a throw-in after pressure from Brechet.
16' Cannavaro looks for Martins with a long ball forward. No problems for the Arsenal defence.
15' Lamouchi passes to Vieri, who turns well but shoots well off-target.
14' Good chance for the Nerazzurri. Van der Meyde crosses in from the right, Vieri outjumps his marker but heads wide.
13' Cordoba makes a sliding tackle on Henry, then Cristiano pounces on the loose ball and passes upfield to Martins.
12' Martins lines up a shot from well outside the box, but his low effort finishes well wide.
11' Cordoba makes a crucial tackle inside our area to deny Henry. Javier Zanetti brings the ball out of defence and is fouled in the process.
10' Vieri looks to put Martins through on goal, but Cygan intercepts.
10' Pires combines with Henry outside the Inter box. Cordoba intercepts.
9' Martins bursts past Cygan then plays short to Vieri, whose shot goes out for a corner.
8' Kanu takes the ball to the right-wing by-line then crosses into the Nerazzurri six-yard box. Toldo punches clear.
7' Martins outpaces Cole on the right wing then crosses over to the far side. Inter win another free kick as Lamouchi is brought down by Edu.
7' Oooohh. Materazzi curls his free kick inches wide.
6' Vieri's strike from the set piece is well wide of Lehmann's right-hand post.
5' Obagol is fouled again, this time 7 yards outside the Gunners box.
4' Lamouchi sets up Martins, who is fouled 40 yards out. Free kick.
3' Kanu nods a Cole pass down for Henry, but the Nerazzurri defence get there first.
3' Edu passes to Pires on the left wing. Materazzi tackles the Frenchman and gives away a corner.
3' Toldo punches clear Henry's left-wing corner kick.
2' Martins sprints on to a ball forward but Cygan is right behind the Nigerian and intercepts.
1' We're off at the Meazza as Arsenal get this Matchday 5 clash underway.
Minutes Text commentary
45' Full-time. Inter 1-5 Arsenal.
44' Wenger brings on Aliadiere for Henry.
44' Pires bangs home a fifth for Arsenal. The Frenchman beats Toldo from close range.
43' 4-1 to the Gunners. Edu fires home from a tight angle after the Nerazzurri defence fail to clear a Pires cross. Edu is then booked: yellow card.
43' Edu is booked by German ref Stark.
41' Inter are down to ten men as Materazzi goes off with an injury.
40' Arsenal hit us on the break and take a 3-1 lead as Thierry Henry finds the bottom right-hand corner of the net with an angled shot past Toldo.
38' Martins' shot from inside the box is deflected out for a corner by Ashley Cole.
37' Great work by Giovanni Pasquale, who wins a one-on-one with Ljungberg to deny the Swede a scoring chance.
35' Free kick to the Gunners as Cristiano fouls Ljungberg from behind.
34' Lehmann comes out of his area and heads clear to deny the onrushing Obafemi Martins.
33' From close range Ljungberg fails to make clean contact with the right-wing corner and Inter can breathe.
32' More danger for the Nerazzurri. Henry outpaces Materazzi on the left then shoots at the far post. Toldo saves. Corner to Arsenal.
31' Javier Zanetti crosses in from the right-wing by-line. Lehmann catches.
31' Giovanni Pasquale sends a left-wing cross over to the far side of the area. It's not far off going in...
30' Gunners keeper Lehmann clears after a goalmouth scramble.
28' Arsenal substitution: Gilberto replaces Kanu.
27' Corner for us as Cristiano Zanetti's attempt at a shot is deflected out of play.
26' Great chance for us. Pasquale sets Cruz free on the left wing. The Argentine takes the ball as far as the box then crosses over to the far side, where Vieri shoots. Lehmann saves.
24' Zac makes his third switch: Cruz comes on for van der Meyde.
23' Free kick to Arsenal 35 yards out as Materazzi brings down Freddie Ljungberg.
23' Henry's set piece goes into the hands of Toldo.
21' In acres of space on the left, Henry makes a diagonal run to the left-wing by-line then crosses across the six-yard box. Fortunately for us, no red shirt is there to apply the final touch.
19' Cordoba marks Henry tightly, preventing the Frenchman from getting a left-wing cross in. Corner to the visitors.
18' Almeyda picks out Vieri with an excellent ball over the English defence. Bobo is flagged offside.
17' Superb effort by van der Meyde, whose ferocious free kick finishes inches over Lehmann's bar.
16' Yellow card. Cygan is booked for bringing down Martins in a central position five yards outside the Gunners area.
15' Substitute Pasquale is straight into the action as the Nerazzurri build up a move down the left.
14' Inter substitution: Cannavaro off, Pasquale on.
14' Brilliant defending by Brechet, who takes on Kanu then Ljungberg on the left channel.
12' Inter substitution: Almeyda comes on for Lamouchi.
11' Inter win two corners in quick succession. Marco Materazzi head's the second one over the crossbar.
9' Oba crosses from the right. Vieri and Campbell both jump for the ball, the English defender clears.
7' Henry wastes a chance to make a 3-1. He tries to lift the ball over Materazzi, but the Inter number 23 blocks.
6' Materazzi clears from Toure's right-wing cross.
4' Inter close to an immediate reply. Cannavaro heads on target from Van der Meyde's right-wing cross. Lehmann collects.
3' 2-1 to the Gunners. Ljungberg pokes the ball home from close range after good work by Henry.
2' Arsenal win a free kick in midfield as Lamouchi makes a late challenge on Edu.
2' Another free kick to Arsenal as Materazzi tugs Kanu's shirt.
1' The Nerazzurri kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!!!!!!!
Van Der Meyde
Average rating 4.83
4 shots on target 7
11 shots off target 12
11 fouls committed 18
6 corners 3
5 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00
Previous meetings: Arsenal v Italian sides

Tuesday's match is Arsenal's 21st competitive fixture against an Italian side. The Gunners have managed 8 victories, 7 draws and 5 defeats from the other 20 games.

In detail:

1970/71 UEFA/Fairs 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 in Copenaghen)
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 after pens)
1999/00 European CupCh. 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
2003/01 European Cup/Ch. League Arsenal-Inter 0-3 ----

Previous meetings: Inter v English teams

Inter have played 23 Euro cup matches against clubs from England, registering 9 victories, 9 defeats and 5 draws. The Nerazzurri have also played 5 Anglo-Italian games (1 win, 1 defeat and 2 draws).

In detail:

1955/58 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter- Birmingham City 0-0 1-2
1960/61 UEFA/Fairs 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 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter- Newcastle Utd 1-1 0-2
1970/71 Anglo-Italian Tournament Inter-Crystal Palace 1-2 1-1
1970/71 Anglo-Italian Tournament Inter-West Browmich 1-0 1-1
1990/91 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter-Aston Villa 3-0 0-2
1993/94 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter-Norwich 1-0 1-0
1994/95 UEFA/Fairs 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 UEFA/Fairs Cup Inter-Ipswich Town 4-1 0-1
2002/03 European Cup/Ch. League Inter- Newcastle Utd 2-2 4-1
2003/04 European Cup/Ch. League Inter-Arsenal ---- 3-0

Previous meetings: Inter v Arsenal

The only previous meeting in competitive matches was Inter's 3-0 win at Highbury on 17 September 2003. Cruz (22'), van der Meyde (24') and Martins (41') scored for the Nerazzurri on that occasion.

Disciplinary situation

Suspended: No one
Cautioned: No one
Former players: No one

Suspended: No one
Cautioned: No one
Former players: Bergkamp (72 apps, 22 goals in competitive matches from 1993/94 to 1994/95)
Kanu (20 apps, 1 goal in official matches from July 1996 to January 1999)

Goal crisis for Gunners

Arsenal have scored 5 goals in their last 9 European matches, having failed to hit the target in 4 of those games. In the 5 matches they have scored, Wenger's men have never managed more than 1 goal. The last time the Gunners scored more than 1 goal in Europe was Roma 1-3 Arsenal on 27 November 2002.

English teams often on target in Italy

An Italian team hasn't won at home to an English club since 1 October 2002 when Juventus beat Newcastle 2-0 in the Champions League. Since then, Italian sides have recorded 1 draw and 3 defeats at home, with English teams on target in each match for a total of 12 goals.

Vieri close to 100th Inter goal

Christian Vieri's strike against Reggina on Saturday was his 95th goal in competitive matches for Inter. Bobo has now scored 82 goals in the Serie A, 5 in the Coppa Italia, 4 in the Champions League and 4 in the Coppa Uefa.

Zac unbeaten in European home matches

With 7 victories and 8 draws from 15 matches to his credit, Alberto Zaccheroni has never lost a European cup competition match played at home.

wins(0) draws(0) defeats(1)
MILAN - Tonight's Champions League Matchday 5 clash between Inter and Arsenal finished 5-1 in favour of the Gunners.

Arsenal took a 25th-minute lead through Thierry Henry, who found the bottom right-hand corner with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Christian Vieri equalised on 33 minutes. After receiving from Cristiano Zanetti, Bobogol's diagonal left-footed strike from 18 yards took a deflection off Campbell and into the far corner.

Three minutes into the second half Wenger's men hit the Nerazzurri on the break to increase their lead, Thierry Henry finding the bottom right-hand corner of the net with an angled shot past Toldo.

In an incredible final ten minutes, Henry added his second after a brilliant run then Edu and Pires both scored to leave Inter needing a big win in Kiev next month.

INTER 1-5 ARSENAL (ht: 1-1)

Scorers Henry 25', Vieri 33', Ljungberg 48', Henry 85', Edu 88', Pires 89'

INTER: Toldo, Cordoba, Materazzi, Cannavaro (Pasquale 59'), J. Zanetti, C. Zanetti, Lamouchi (Almeyda 57'), Brechet, Martins, Van der Meyde (Cruz 69'), Vieri
Subs not used: Fontana, Adani, Luciano, Kily Gonzalez
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni

ARSENAL: Lehmann, Cole, Campbell, Cygan, Toure, Pires, Edu, Parlour, Ljungberg, Henry (Aliadiere 89'), Kanu (Gilberto Silva 73')
Subs not used: Stack, Keown, Clichy, Hoyte, Papadopulos
Coach: Arsene Wenger

Referee: Wolfgang Stark

Booked: Cygan 61'

Attendance: 44,884

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Lehmann
Cordoba 2 Cole
Cannavaro 17 Campbell
Materazzi 23 Cygan
Zanetti 4 Toure
Zanetti 6 Pires
Brechet 31 Edu
Lamouchi 8 Parlour
Martins 30 Ljungberg
Van Der Meyde 7 Henry
Vieri 32 Kanu


Fontana 12 Stack
Adani 15 Keown
Pasquale 26 Clichy
Almeyda 25 Hoyte
Luciano 11 Gilberto Silva
Kily Gonzalez 18 Aliadiere
Cruz 9 Papadopulos