Final score

11 March 2004 21:00

referee Jan W. Wegereef / linesmen A. Inia, W. Rutgers / 4th man D.J.H. van Egmond
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Wegereef blows for half time. Benfica 0-0 Inter.
45' Moreira comes off his line to beat Martins to a through ball.
45' 1 minute of additional time to play.
44' Recoba is fouled as he tries to turn Petit. The Benfica midfielder is cautioned.
43' Toldo does well to deal with Sokota's flicked header from a left-wing cross.
42' Recoba takes on one opponent then is tackled as he attempts to dribble a second during a run down the middle.
39' Tiago's shot from the distance takes a deflection. Corner to Benfica.
39' Inter survive a scare from the corner after Toldo fails to deal with a close-range shot. Javier Zanetti whacks the ball clear.
38' Farinos is booked, perhaps undeservedly, for winning the ball off Petit and bringing down the Benfica midfielder in the process.
37' Farinos plays into the Benfica box but no white shirt has read the move and Moreira collects.
35' Karagounis plays a superb long ball forward to Recoba on the left. Il Chino turns Armando then fires over the bar.
34' Free kick to Benfica 25 yards out after Farinos commits a foul on Zahovic.
34' The Slovenian takes the free kick himself and curls his effort wide of the far post.
33' Zahovic's shot from the distance goes wide.
32' Sokota turns Adani then tries to chip Toldo from just outside the Nerazzurri box. His attempt is off-target.
28' Benfica on the break. Cannavaro makes a timely intervention to deflect Armando's shot out for a corner.
27' Good defending by Miguel, who cuts out Karagounis' forward pass for Recoba, who would have been clear through on goal.
26' At the far post Cannavaro attempts to head home a left-wing free kick. Sokota clears.
25' Karagounis receives short from Recoba then sees his 20-yard low drive take a deflection. Corner to us.
24' Helveg gives the ball away in midfield after receiving from Farinos then makes a crunching tackle on an opponent to win it back again.
22' Benfica number ten Zahovic blasts wide of the left-hand post.
22' Karagounis sends a low, long-range shot to the near post. Moreira saves.
21' C.Zanetti plays a teasing ball down the right channel for Martins, who is anticipated by Ricardo Rocha.
20' Cordoba is sent crashing to the ground by Sokota as he brings the ball out of the Nerazzurri area.
19' Martins is caught offside as he tries to reach Cannavaro's long, high ball forward.
18' Recoba's curled free kick goes well over Moreira's crossbar.
17' J.Zanetti makes a crucial tackle on Simao, who receives square from Zahovic.
17' Martins dribbles two opponents before being brought down by Ricardo Rocha. Free kick to us in a central position 20 yards out.
15' Great defending by Toldo, who saves Armando's close-range shot with his feet after some defence-splitting approach play from the Portuguese.
14' Toldo punches clear Cristiano's curled right-foot free kick.
13' Simao takes on Helveg after bringing down a ball on the left wing. The Dane then holds back the Benfica winger and is cautioned by Wegereef.
12' At the other end J.Zanetti crosses in from the left. Luisao clears.
11' Simao receives possession wide on the left channel then crosses into the box. Cordoba blocks.
10' Geovanni crosses in from the right, Adani smashes clear at the near post.
9' Karagounis is tripped as he tries to turn Miguel. Free kick to us in the Benfica half.
8' Geovanni's long-range shot finishes well over the crossbar.
4' Inter win a free kick in midfield after Oba Martins is brought down.
4' Recoba races on to a long ball forward but can't prevent it from going out for a Benfica goal kick.
3' Zahovic whips in a free kick from the left. Sokota's downward header goes wide of the left-hand post.
2' Cordoba clears from a left-wing cross.
1' After a minute's silence in memory of the Madrid terrorist attack victims, Benfica kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
47' Full time. Benfica 0-0 Inter.
45' Cannavaro is kicked in the face by Sokota as the Benfica player lines up a shot.
45' 2 minutes of additional time.
44' Martins receives on the left wing, sprints on goal then dribbles Luisao before being intercepted by another Benfica defender.
43' Toldo makes two incredible saves to keep Inter in the match. The Nerazzurri number one saves from Petit's long-range effort then seconds later from Sokota's shot from the rebound.
41' Cristiano fouls Cruz on the right wing. Free kick to us.
41' Cristiano Zanetti's curled free kick into the six-yard box is headed clear by Benfica.
39' Karagounis is brought down as he tries to turn an opponent on the left-wing by-line. No free kick is given.
35' Benfica substitution: Fernandes on, Zahovic off.
34' Cordoba is booked for time-wasting.
31' Petit whips his free kick into the middle, Cristiano heads wide.
30' Cruz makes a late tackle on Ricardo Rocha. Free kick to the home side in their own half.
30' Yet another foul. Helveg trips Benfica sub Joao Pereira on the right.
28' Cristiano Zanetti is booked for a foul on Petit and will miss the return leg in Milan.
28' Zahovic sends Karagounis flying in midfield. Free kick to us.
27' Julio Cruz' pass forward for Martins is too long. Moreira collects.
25' Benfica make their second switch: Armando off, Cristiano on.
24' Joao Pereira is fouled as he tries to turn Helveg on the right wing.
23' With a first-time touch Zahovic sends Sokota's pass on-target, forcing Toldo to make a difficult save.
20' Tiago fires wide from 20 yards.
18' Julio Cruz takes the ball to the left-wing by-line then crosses into the middle, where Benfica clear.
17' Benfica coach Camacho brings on Joao Pereira for Geovanni.
16' Pinball in the Inter box. Zahovic plays into the middle, Miguel tries an overhead kick, Cordoba heads clear.
15' Javier Zanetti tries to shield the ball from Zahovic on the left wing. But the Inter captain handles the ball and Benfica win a free kick.
14' Pressed hard by an opponent Helveg is forced to pass back to Toldo. The Nerazzurri keeper smashes clear.
13' Martins is bundled off the ball by Luisao just outside the Benfica box, but referee Wegereef fails to give a free kick.
12' Inter bring on Julio Cruz for Alvaro Recoba.
11' Cannavaro receives from Karagounis, zips past an opponent then plays into the box, but Martins hasn't read the move.
11' From the edge of the box Zahovic fires a low shot well off-target after Adani makes a half clearance.
10' The Inter captain takes on two as he goes on a trademark run down the right.
9' Javier Zanetti cuts out Tiago's pass forward for Zahovic.
8' Recoba is a shade offside as he attempts to get on the end of Cristiano Zanetti's pass forward.
6' Petit's curled free kick falls to Luisao at the far post but the Benfica central defender fails to control.
6' Martins is shoved off the ball by Ricardo Rocha as he shows all his pace on the right wing.
5' Free kick to Benfica on the right wing after Helveg brings down Geovanni from behind.
4' In the Inter wall, Karagounis blocks Simao's free kick.
3' Moreira comes off his line to deal with a long ball forward and deny Obafemi Martins.
3' Free kick to Benfica just outside the Nerazzurri box after Cordoba fouls Sokota.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Zac makes a half-time switch: Okan replaces Farinos.
Average rating 5.85
6 shots on target 0
9 shots off target 2
0 fouls committed 0
6 corners 1
2 offsides 3
00 ball possession 00
Previous meetings: Benfica v Inter

The only meeting between the two teams was the 1964/65 European Cup final in Milan. Inter won 1-0 thanks to Jair's 42nd-minute goal.

1964/65 European Cup Benfica-Inter ---- 0-1

Previous meetings: Inter v Portuguese sides

Inter have progressed three times and been knocked out twice in the five two-legged ties against Portuguese clubs. Considering all 12 matches played against teams from Portugal, including the 1963/64 European Cup win against Benfica and a Mundialito defeat to Porto, the Nerazzurri have won 6 times, drawn 3 (all 0-0) and lost 3.

In detail:

1964/65 European Cup Inter-Benfica 1-0 ----
1972/73 Fairs/Uefa Cup Inter-Vitoria Setubal 1-0 0-2
1986 Mundialito Inter- Porto 0-2 ----
1990/91 Uefa Cup Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0-0
1991/92 Uefa Cup Inter-Boavista 0-0 1-2
1996/97 Uefa Cup Inter-Boavista 5-1 2-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0-0

Previous meetings: Benfica v Italian sides

Benfica meet an Italian side in a two-legged tie for the tenth time, with three qualifications and six knock-outs from the other nine encounters. Added to these are three European Cup finals (a defeat to Inter in 1964/65 and defeats to AC Milan in 1962/63 and 1989/90), and two Latin Cup matches. From the 23 matches, Benfica have recorded 8 victories, 2 draws and 13 defeats. At home, the Portuguese side have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 3.

In detail:

1950 Latin Cup Benfica-Lazio 3-0 ----
1956 Latin Cup Benfica-AC Milan ---- 2-4
1962/63 European Cup Benfica-AC Milan 1-2 (in London)
1964/65 European Cup Benfica-Inter ---- 0-1
1967/68 European Cup Benfica-Juventus 2-0 1-0
1982/83 Uefa Cup Benfica-Roma 1-1 2-1
1985/86 Cup Winners' Cup Benfica-Sampdoria 2-0 0-1
1989/90 European Cup Benfica-AC Milan 0-1 (in Vienna)
1990/91 Uefa Cup Benfica-Roma 0-1 0-1
1992/93 Uefa Cup Benfica-Juventus 2-1 0-3
1993/94 Cup Winners' Cup Benfica-Parma 2-1 0-1
1994/95 Champions League Benfica-AC Milan 0-0 0-2
1996/97 Cup Winners' Cup Benfica-Fiorentina 0-2 1-0
2003/04 Champions League Benfica-Lazio 0-1 1-3

Benfica: no goal against Italian sides for 300'

Inter's Uefa Cup fourth round opponents haven't scored in their last three matches against Italian teams: a 0-0 draw against AC Milan (1994/95 Champions League), a 0-2 defeat against Fiorentina (1996/97 Cup Winners' Cup) and a 0-1 defeat against Lazio (2003/04 Champions League preliminaries). Benfica's last goal against an Italian club was on 29 March 1994 when they beat Parma 2-1 in the Cup Winners' Cup. Rui Costa scored in the 60th minute.

Benfica on target for six consecutive European matches

Beaten by Lazio in the Champions League preliminary round, Benfica have played six Uefa Cup matches and scored in each one, for a total of 10 goals. The Portuguese team hadn't scored in six consecutive European games since 1995/96 when they hit the target in seven matches in a row. From September 1995 to September 1996 they played six Uefa Cup matches and one Cup Winners' Cup game, scoring a total of 15 goals.

No Nerazzurri win in 6 Eurogames: negative record equalled

Inter haven't won a European game since 30 September when they beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 at the San Siro. Since then the Nerazzurri have played six matches, registering four draws and two defeats, and have equalled the club's negative record set between 1974 and 1977 when they recorded three draws and three defeats in the two-legged ties against Amsterdam (1973/74 Uefa Cup), Honved (1976/77 Uefa Cup) and Dinamo Tbilisi (1977/78 Uefa Cup).

Inter: no away win since December

Inter haven't won a competitive away match since last 14 December when they beat the Rossoblu 2-0. Since then the Nerazzurri have played 10 matches on the road, collecting 6 draws and 4 defeats.

The referee: Wegereef

Dutch referee Jan Wegereef will take charge of Benfica v Inter. Born on 17 January 1962, he has been an international official since 1993 and referees a match involving an Italian team for the sixth time. In the five previous matches Italian sides have never lost: Sporting Lisbon 0-2 Bologna (1998/99 Uefa Cup), Fiorentina 3-0 AIK Solna (1999/00 Champions League), Hamburg 0-3 Roma (2000/01 Uefa Cup), Paris St. Germain 1-1 AC Milan (2000/01 Champions League), Rosenborg 1-1 Juventus (2001/02 Champions League). In the current season the Dutchman has taken charge of three Champions League matches and a Uefa Cup clash, with one home win, one draw and two away victories the score.

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

starting lineups

Moreira 1 Toldo
Armando 2 Cordoba
Luisao 4 Zanetti
Petit 6 Zanetti
Zahovic 13 Helveg
Geovanni 14 Farinos
Simao 15 Adani
Miguel 17 Cannavaro
Sokota 19 Karagounis
Tiago 20 Recoba
Ricardo Rocha 30 Martins


Bossio 12 Fontana
Cristiano 7 Van Der Meyde
Aguilar 8 Lamouchi
Alex 9 Cruz
Helder 22 Okan
Manuel Fernandez 24 Gamarra
Joao Pereira 26 Pasquale