Final score

3 March 2004 20:45

referee Stephen Graham Bennett / linesmen Pike, Green / 4th man D'Urso
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Minutes Text commentary
47' Kily dribbles Daf on the left then crosses into the area. Sochaux half-clear and Cristiano Zanetti slips before panning his shot.
47' Half time. Inter 0-0 Sochaux.
46' The Nerazzurri build up a move on the right. Javier Zanetti's final touch goes out of play at the by-line. Goal kick to the French.
45' Cruz is surrounded by white shirts after a clash with Isabey which goes unseen by Bennett.
45' There will be 2 minutes of added time.
44' Daf remains on the ground again in what is turning out to be an unfortunate half for the Senegalese player.
43' Daf is cautioned for kicking the ball after the referee had blown.
42' Cordoba's throw-in into the Sochaux area is handled by Cruz and Bennett gives the visitoprs a free kick.
41' Pedretti's free kick comes off the wall.
41' Inter break. Vieri picks up the ball then moves wide on the right before crossing over for Cruz, who is anticipated by Daf.
40' Bennett awards Sochaux a free kick five yards outside our area after spotting an Adani fouls Frau from behind.
39' Daf comes back on though it doesn't look like he will be able to continue. In the meantime, Sochaux break and Isabey is offside and he smashes wide an angled shot from the right.
38' Daf limps off and Sochaux are momentarily down to ten men.
37' Daf and Kily remain on the ground after a clash of knees in midfield.
36' Okan cuts out Frau's short pass for Isabey on the edge of the Inter box then Adani smashes clear.
35' Cruz and Pedretti remain on the ground after a collision in midfield also involving Diawara, who punches Cruz in the face.
34' From the left Oruma looks for Frau with a ball over to the far side. But the pass is wayward and we win a goal kick.
33' Instinctive defending by Lele Adani, who cuts out a through ball for Frau.
32' Inter come forward and Vieri finishes off the move with a low shot which is saved by Gnanhouan.
31' Isabey crosses in from the right. Toldo jumps and catches.
31' Santos breaks free on the left then crosses in fro Frau. Helveg intercepts and plays clear.
30' From the free kick Oruma ambitiously tries to dribble his way past the Nerazzurri blockade. We win possession and set up a counter-attack.
29' Farinos trips Oruma in a central position 40 yards out.
28' Vieri's header from Kily's ball forward doesn't reach Cruz and Sochaux play clear.
27' Mathieu's free kick sails over the Inter defence and into the hands of Toldo.
26' Thomas Helveg is booked for pulling Santos off the ball on the right wing.
25' Inter win their fifth corner of the match. Cruz heads Okan's corner back for Cristiano Zanetti, who brings the best out of Gnanhouan with a fine strike from the edge of the box.
24' Cristiano Zanetti turns Isabey then fires a low shot wide of the near post.
23' Vieri shoots across the face of the goal after running onto Cristiano Zanetti's high ball into the French box. Goal kick to the French.
22' Monsoreau requires attention from the medics after remaining on the ground in the Sochaux penalty area during the previous action.
21' Vieri smashes home from close range but Bennett spots a foul on keeper Gnanhouan.
20' Cruz' right-wing cross comes off Flachez and we win a corner.
19' Kily is tripped by Pedretti. Free kick to us on the left wing.
18' Cordoba plays a high ball into the box and Vieri seems to be pulled off the ball by Flachez.
17' Pedretti's curled effort is at least one metre wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
16' Sochaux come forward on the counter-attack. The move is abruptly ended by Cordoba, who fouls Frau in a central position ten yards outside our area.
15' Gnanhouan comes off his line to beat Vieri to Cristiano Zanetti's high ball over the defence.
14' Javier Zanetti wins a right-wing corner for the Nerazzurri.
14' Kily crosses to the near post, where Monsoreau beats Vieri to the ball. Another corner for us.
13' Adani makes a great tackle on Santos then plays to Cristiano Zanetti in midfield, who passes to Cruz. The Argentine nutmegs Pedretti then plays forward for Vieri. Sochaux cut out the move.
12' Okan flicks on Helveg's long ball for Vieri, but the Inter centre-forward hasn't read the move and Sochaux win possession.
11' Nothing comes of the corner and Daf plays a long ball down the right wing. Cordoba heads out of play, throw-in to the visitors.
10' This time Vieri beats the offside trap, races onto Kily's through ball then wins a corner after a tackle by Daf.
9' Vieri is offside as he races onto Farinos' high ball over the French defence.
8' From the distance Kily Gonazlez chests down a loose ball then half-volleys over the bar.
7' From the halfway line Sochaux captain Pedretti floats a free kick into the Nerazzurri box. Monsoreau fouls Okan as he attempts to head on target.
7' Cruz turns his marker then plays through to Vieri, whose low, diagonal shot is well saved by Gnanhouan
6' Javier Zanetti's cross from the right is caught by Gnanhouan
5' Diawara makes a crucial intervention to deny Vieri a clear shot on goal from Cruz' pass.
4' Santos fails to control Monsoreau's ball down the left wing and Inter gain possession.
4' Diawara cuts out Cristiano Zanetti's short pass for Cruz.
3' Vieri is caught offside as he latches onto Kily's high ball into the area from the left wing.
2' Sochaux play the ball around in their own half as Inter press the French hard.
1' Welcome to the Meazza for the Uefa Cup third round return leg against Sochaux. Attacking the Curva Nord, the Nerazzurri kick off.
1' Cordoba plays a long ball forward for Vieri, Flachez anticipates and heads clear.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Free kick to us just outside the French box after Cruz is fouled. The Argentine curls his effort over the bar.
48' Bennett blows his whistle and we're through on the away goals rule.
47' Kily takes on two on the left wing then remains on the ground after what looked like a hand in the face.
46' Cruz fouls Pedretti in the centre circle. Free kick to Sochaux.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
44' Pagis' shot from outside the Inter box ricochets off Adani. Seconds later Diawara heads over the bar.
43' Zairi sends a diagonal shot on target at the near post, which goes through Helveg's legs and into the hands of Toldo.
41' Vieri is shown a straight red card for a wild lunge at Flachez.
40' Pedretti is stretchered off then immediately comes back on the pitch.
38' Fair play. Pasquale boot the ball out of play with Pedretti on the ground.
37' Vieri's shot from 20 yards comes off the back of Diawara. Inter stay in attack and from the right wing van der Meyde plays a low cross into the box, where Sochuax clear.
35' Kily runs down the left then is sent crashing to the ground by Santos. No free kick is given.
34' Mathieu wins the ball off Farinos then from the distance shoots well off-target.
33' Pasquale's deep left-wing cross takes a slight deflection and is Cruz-bound, but Sochaux head away.
32' Cruz has a shot from 10 metres well saved by Gnanhouan.
30' Santos goes on a mazy crossfield run then shoots from the edge of the box. The Brazilian's shot takes a deflection and Toldo does well to make a difficult save.
28' The French make their final substitution: Pagis replaces Oruma.
27' Mathieu curls his free kick well over the near post.
27' Inter make their second switch: Pasquale comes on for Cristiano Zanetti.
26' Free kick to Sochaux 25 yards out after Kily fouls Pedretti.
25' Sochaux captain trips Kily Gonzalez in the centre circle and is deservedly booked.
23' Zaccheroni brings on Andy van der Meyde for Okan.
22' Zairi takes on two defenders then plays short to Santos, who from close range shoots straight at Toldo.
21' Okan's corner kick is headed clear by Pedretti. Sochaux storm forward and suddenly it's three against two. At full stretch Javier Zanetti wins possession and plays back to Toldo.
20' Kily plays a superb ball to Cruz, who controls inside the area but is tackled by Flachez. Corner to us.
19' Cruz heads down for Vieri inside the Sochaux area, but the Italy striker is dispossessed by Tall.
18' Cordoba neatly cuts out Frau's through ball for Santos.
17' Cruz dilly-dallies inside the French box and is duly intercepted by Diawara.
16' Sochaux replace Isabey with Moroccan winger Zairi.
16' Cruz is in an offside position as he makes his run to meet Vieri's through ball.
15' Cordoba cuts out Isabey's short pass for Santos and plays clear. Cristiano Zanetti's ball forward is too long for Vieri.
14' The Sochaux defender comes back on and numerical parity is restored.
13' Monsoreau is stretchered off for treatment.
12' Julio Cruz is cautioned for a foul on Monsoreau inside the French half.
11' Farinos plays wide to Kily, who from the left wing crosses into the Sochaux box. Diawara heads clear.
8' There's some pushing and shoving in the Inter half. Bennett calls both captains to one side and invites the teams to calm down.
7' Free kick to Sochaux well inside their half after Cristiano Zanetti brings down Oruma from behind.
7' Oruma sends a low shot on target, Toldo saves.
6' Sochaux push the ball around at the back as they try to find a way out of their own half.
6' We win a left-wing corner after Diawara beats Cruz to Kily's cross.
5' Good chance for Inter. Okan receives, darts into the box then sidesteps Mathieu but has his shot blocked.
4' Cruz' ball to Kily on the right wing goes out of play before the midfielder can reach it. Throw-in.
4' Okan is cautioned for tripping Oruma.
3' Bennett invites Mathieu to calm down after Okan handles the ball just outside the French penalty area.
2' Cristiano Zanetti plays forward for Cruz. Diawara beats the Argentine to the ball and heads out of defence.
1' The visitors kick off the second half.
1' Sochaux make a half-time switch: Tall replaces Daf.
Van Der Meyde
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 6.21
4 shots on target 5
4 shots off target 4
0 fouls committed 0
7 corners 0
1 offsides 4
21:57 ball possession 26:23
Previous meetings: Inter v Sochaux

The two sides meet in official matches for the second time after last Thursday's 2-2 draw in France.

In detail:

2003/04 Uefa Cup Inter-Sochaux ---- 2-2

Previous meetings: Inter v French teams

The Nerazzurri have recorded 9 victories, 7 draws and 4 victories from their 20 matches against French teams. Inter have scored in all 9 traditional European cup competition matches played in Milan, for a total of 21.

In detail:

1958/60 Uefa/Fairs Cup Inter-Olympique Lyonnais 7-0 1-1
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Monaco 1-0 3-1
1980/81 European Cup Inter-Nantes 1-1 2-1
1985/86 Uefa Cup Inter-Nantes 3-0 3-3
1987 Mundialito Inter-Paris Saint Germain 0-0 ----
1996/97 Uefa Cup Inter-Guingamp 1-1 3-0
1996/97 Uefa Cup Inter-Monaco 3-1 0-1
1997/98 Uefa Cup Inter-Olympique Lyon 1-2 3-1
1997/98 Uefa Cup Inter-Strasbourg 3-0 0-2
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Olympique Lyonnais 1-2 3-3
2003/04 Uefa Cup Inter-Sochaux ---- 2-2

Previous meetings: Sochaux v Italian teams

Sochaux face an Italian side over two legs for the second time. The French outfit lost to Fiorentina on the away goals rule in the 1989/90 Uefa Cup and were beaten by Bologna in the 1936/37 Paris Exhibition Tournament.

In detail:

1936/37 Paris Exhibition Tournament Sochaux-Bologna 1-4 (in Paris)
1989/90 Uefa Cup Sochaux- Fiorentina 1-1 0-0
2003/04 Uefa Cup Sochaux-Inter 2-2 ----

No Nerazzurri win in five European games

Inter haven't won in Europe since the 2-1 victory at home to Dynamo Kiev on 30 September 2003. Since then, Zaccheroni's side have drawn 3 and lost 2, with at least a goal let in during each match for a total of 13. The Nerazzurri's last match in European competitions without conceding a goal was on 14 September 2003 (Arsenal 0-3 Inter).

2-2 draws favourable for Inter

It's the second time in the Nerazzurri's European cup competition history that they play at home after a 2-2 draw from the first leg of a tie. In the semi-finals of the 1963/64 European Cup Inter drew 2-2 at Borussia Dortmund then beat the Germans 2-0 in Milan thanks to goals from Mazzola and Jair. That season the Nerazzurri went on to win the competition with a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid in the final played in Vienna.

Italian sides at home to French clubs

Italian teams don't have a good record at home to clubs from France. In the last nine matches only AC Milan have won, (a 2-1 win at home to Lens in the Champions League on 18 September 2002). French teams have won four of the other eight matches, with four ending in draws.

10-match unbeaten run for Sochaux

Sochaux haven't lost a Uefa Cup match since 15 September 1982 when they lost 1-0 to Greek outfit PAOK Thessaloniki. Since then they have recorded 6 wins and 4 draws.

Referee: Stephen Graham Bennett

Born in England on 17 June 1961, Stephen Graham Bennett has been an international referee since 2001 and has never before taken charge of a match involving an Italian team. In Europe so far this season Bennett has refereed two matches in the Champions League, one in the Uefa Cup and one in the Intertoto competition (3 draws and 1 away win).

wins(0) draws(1) defeats(0)
MILAN - Inter are through to the last sixteen of the Uefa Cup after playing out a 0-0 draw at home to Sochaux on Wednesday evening. A 2-2 draw from the first leg in France sees Zaccheroni's side qualify for the next round by virtue of the away goals rule.

The Nerazzurri's next match is against Roma in the capital on Sunday evening.

Match facts:

INTER 0-0 SOCHAUX (Agg. 2-2)


INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J. Zanetti, 6 C. Zanetti (26 Pasquale 72'), 9 Cruz, 13 Helveg, 14 Farinos, 15 Adani, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 22 Okan (7 Van der Meyde 68'), 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 8 Lamouchi, 19 Karagounis, 30 Martins, 31 Brechet
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni

SOCHAUX: 1 Gnanhouan, 4 Flachez, 5 Monsoreau, 10 Oruma (9 Pagis 73'), 11 Santos, 12 Isabey (29 Zairi 61'), 13 Frau, 17 Pedretti, 21 Diawara, 25 Mathieu, 27 Daf (2 Tall 46')
Subs not used: 16 Richert, 8 Boudarene, 14 Lonfat, 19 Raschke,
Coach: Guy Lacombe

Referee: Bennett (England)

Booked: Okan 49', Helveg 26', Cruz 57', Pedretti 70'

Sent-off: Vieri 86'

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Gnanhouan
Cordoba 2 Flachez
Zanetti 4 Monsoreau
Zanetti 6 Oruma
Cruz 9 Santos
Helveg 13 Isabey
Farinos 14 Frau
Adani 15 Pedretti
Kily Gonzalez 18 Diawara
Okan 22 Mathieu
Vieri 32 Daf


Fontana 12 Richert
Van Der Meyde 7 Tall
Lamouchi 8 Boudarene
Karagounis 19 Pagis
Pasquale 26 Lonfat
Martins 30 Raschke
Brechet 31 Zairi