Final score

11 August 2004 20:45

25' Huggel
19' Adriano
referee Graham Poll / linesmen K. Pike, A. Green / 4th man A.P. D'Urso
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Minutes Text commentary
47' Half time. Basel 1-1 Inter.
45' 2 minutes of additional time to play.
42' Cantaluppi's shot from just inside the Inter box takes a deflection and finishes over Toldo's crossbar.
40' Zuberbuhler makes a diving save from Stankovic's left-footed shot from the left edge of the Basel box.
38' From eight yards out Ze Maria shoots onto the Basel crossbar after Zuberbuhler blocks Adriano's shot from Recoba's left-wing cross.
32' Basel on the attack. Gimenez plays wide to Rossi who crosses into the middle. Huggel's scissor kick is wide.
31' Recoba's thunderous left-footed shot from 20 yards is blocked by Zuberbuhler.
30' Dejan Stankovic is booked for a foul from behind on Chipperfield.
28' Stankovic's ferocious right-footed shot from the distance beats Zuberbuhler and comes back off the left-hand post.
27' Francesco Toldo collects Delgado's diagonal shot from the right edge of the Nerazzurri box.
25' Basel equalise through Huggel, who in a central position on the edge of the six-yard box heads Rossi's cross home with Toldo stranded at the near post.
23' Cantaluppi is yellow-carded for a foul on Stankovic in the centre circle.
21' Basel come straight back on the attack. Huggel heads over Toldo's bar after beating the Inter defence to a left-wing cross.
19' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Adriano receives from Stankovic then takes on two Basel defenders and the keeper before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.
18' Another chance for Basel. On the turn Gimenez sees his shot come off an Inter shirt.
16' From 30 yards out Alvaro Recoba pulls a low shot wide of the right-hand post.
14' Basel are showing lots of initiative in these early stages. Rossi's header from Chipperfield's left-wing cross comes off Stankovic and goes into the hands of Toldo.
13' Hernan Rossi's low shot from 25 yards is well-saved by Francesco Toldo.
13' Favalli makes a superb tackle on Gimenez to deny Basel's Argentine striker a clear-cut chance on goal.
11' Good move by the Nerazzurri. A crossfield ball is played to Recoba on the right wing then Il Chino finds his way into the Basel box before passing to Javier Zanetti. The Swiss defence wins possession.
10' Kleber's left-wing cross played into the middle of the Inter box is cleared by Marco Materazzi.
9' At the other end Ivan Cordoba neatly wins the ball off Gimenez, who is through on goal.
7' Adriano storms down the left wing then is tackled and we win a corner. Ze Maria's corner kick is caught by Zuberbuhler.
5' Inter win a free kick on the right wing after Ze Maria is fouled. Recoba's curled free kick is cleared then Veron fires wide.
1' Welcome to the St. Jakob Park Stadion for our first live text report of the 2004/05 season. Playing in their white away strip, Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
Minutes Text commentary
49' Full time. Basel 1-1 Inter.
47' Stankovic's curled shot from the distance goes into the hands of Zuberbuhler.
45' 4 minutes of injury time to play.
42' Toldo tips Smiljanic 'hand of God' header over the bar and the Basel player is promptly booked by Graham Poll.
40' Inter on the counter-attack. Ventola's shot is blocked.
37' Cantaluppi's volley from the edge of the Nerazzurri box is way off-target.
36' Ze Maria curls his free kick over the Basel wall and Yakin makes a headed clearance on the goal line.
35' Ventola is fouled just outside the Basel area. Free kick to us.
34' In space on the right side of the Nerazzurri box, Huggel's low shot comes off the far post.
31' Emre replaces Cambiasso.
26' Adriano's free kick from 25 yards goes over Zuberbuhler's crossbar.
24' Basel substitution: Gimenez off, Carignano on.
21' Petric fires wide with a spectacular volley from the edge of the Inter box.
18' Roberto Mancini brings on Ventola for Recoba.
15' Christian Gross makes his first substitution: Petric comes on for Delgado.
13' Basel captain Yakin is booked for a foul on Adriano.
10' Cambiasso receives from Recoba on the edge of the Basel box then shoots over.
9' Degen floats in a cross from the right, Gimenez heads just wide of the left-hand post.
8' Francesco Toldo makes another great save. At full stretch, the Nerazzurri custodian tips Rossi's shot round for a corner.
5' Zuberbuhler punches clear Ze Maria's diagonal shot from the right.
5' At the other end Delgado's shot dips at the far post and Toldo pulls off a terrific save to deny Basel a second goal.
2' Inter straight on the attack. Recoba wins the ball midway inside the Basel half then plays wide to Javier Zanetti, who takes the ball to the right-wing by-line then crosses over to the far side. We win a corner.
1' Basel kick off the second half.
Ze Maria
Average rating 6.75
7 shots on target 9
7 shots off target 5
21 fouls committed 10
7 corners 6
0 offsides 1
30:32 ball possession 27:03
Fourth, record qualifying round appearance for Inter

Inter play a Champions League qualifying round tie for the fourth time - a record for an Italian club. The Nerazzurri, who previously held the record with Parma , got through the qualifying round in 1998/99 with 4- 0 and 3-1 victories over Skonto Riga and in 2002/03 with a 2-0 win and a 0-0 draw against Sporting Lisbon. Inter were eliminated by Helsingborg in 2000/01. They lost 1-0 in Sweden and drew 0-0 in the return leg at the San Siro.

Qualifying round appearance record also for Mancini

Roberto Mancini joins Carlo Ancelotti as the Italian coach who has played the most Champions League qualifying round ties. Before the two-legged clash with Basel, Mancini coached Lazio to 3-1 and 1-0 victories over Benfica last year. Ancelotti got through the preliminary round while in charge of Parma in 1997/98 and as AC Milan coach in 2002/03.

Mancini has already eliminated Gross, but without playing...

The duel between Mancini and Basel coach Christian Gross is renewed after ten years. In October 1994 Sampdoria (where Mancini was a player) beat Grasshoppers (coached by Gross) 3-0 at the Marassi in a Cup Winners' Cup first leg then lost the return match 3-2 in Zurich. Mancini progressed to the next round with Sampdoria but didn't play in either match against the Swiss.

Inter, Mancini okay with Poll

English referee Graham Poll will take charge of a European cup competition match involving an Italian team for the 15th time, with 9 Italian victories, 3 draws and 2 defeats from the other 14 matches. He will referee Inter for the second time after the 3-1 win over AEK Athens in the 2001/02 Uefa Cup. Mancini has had Poll as a referee both as a player and a coach: Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Lazio in the 1999/00 Champions League, Besiktas 1-2 Lazio in the 2002/03 Uefa Cup.

Third two-legged tie between Basel and Italian clubs

Basel face an Italian side in European cup competitions for the third time. In the 1968/69 Fairs/ Uefa Cup they were eliminated by Bologna, losing 4-1 in Emilia-Romagna and 2-1 in the return leg. In the first group stage of the 2002/03 Champions League Basel beat Juventus 2-1 at home and lost 4-0 away. In 26 Alpine Cup matches against 16 different Italian teams, Basel recorded 8 victories, 3 draws and 15 defeats.

Basel on target in last 18 European home matches

Inter's Champions League third qualifying round opponents have scored at least one goal 18 European home matches, for a total of 41 goals. The last time they failed to score at home in Europe was on 4 July 1999 when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Boby in the Intertoto competition.

Basel goalless in only one European Cup/ Champions League home match

In their history Basel have played 19 home European Cup/ Champions League matches, failing to score on just one occasion. That was on 17 September 1969 when they drew 0-0 with Glasgow Celtic. The Swiss side have scored a total of 43 goals in the other 18 home matches.

No Inter away win in Europe since September 2003

The Nerazzurri haven't won a European away match since 17 September 2003 when they beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Champions League group stage. Since then Inter have recorded 3 draws and 2 defeats.

wins(0) draws(1) defeats(0)
BASEL - Inter drew 1-1 with Basel in Wednesday evening's Champions League qualifying round first leg at the St. Jakob Park Stadion.

The home side made the better start, but the Nerazzurri soon settled down and Adriano fired Inter ahead in the 19th minute. Recoba intelligently let Stankovic's left-wing pass roll through to the Brazilian striker, who powered between two Basel defenders then skipped past Zuberbuhler before smashing a right-footed shot into the roof of the net.

Six minutes later Basel equalised through Huggel, who from a central position on the edge of the six-yard box headed home Rossi's acrobatic cross with Toldo stranded at the near post.

Inter twice hit the woodwork before the half was out. Stankovic saw his long-range shot come off the left-hand post, then Ze Maria hit the crossbar from eight yards after Zuberbuhler blocked Adriano's shot.

Basel enjoyed the run of play in the second half and could have taken a 2-1 lead going into next week's return leg at the San Siro when goalscorer Huggel received in space to the right of the Inter goal then saw his shot come off the far post.

BASEL 1-1 INTER (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Adriano 19', Huggel 27'

INTER: Toldo; Cordoba, J. Zanetti, Adriano, Ze Maria, Veron, Favalli, Cambiasso (Emre 76'), Recoba (Ventola 63'), Materazzi, Stankovic
Subs not used: Fontana, Cruz, Karagounis, Pasquale, Dellafiore
Coach: Mancini

BASEL: Zuberbuhler; Huggel, Chipperfield, Gimenez (Carignano 69'), Yakin, Cantaluppi, Kleber, Delgado (Petric 60'), Degen, Smiljanic, Rossi
Subs not used: Mandl, Zwyssig, Sterjouski, Barberis, D. Degen
Coach: Gross

Referee: Graham Poll (England)

Booked: Cantaluppi 23', Stankovic 30', Yakin 58', Smiljanic 87'

starting lineups

Zuberbuhler 1 Toldo
Huggel 2 Cordoba
Chipperfield 4 Zanetti
Gimenez 10 Adriano
Yakin 13 Ze Maria
Cantaluppi 14 Veron
Kleber 16 Favalli
Delgado 19 Cambiasso
Degen 20 Recoba
Smiljanic 23 Materazzi
Rossi 25 Stankovic


Mandl 12 Fontana
Zwyssig 5 Emre
Petric 9 Cruz
Sterjouski 21 Karagounis
Carignano 26 Pasquale
Barberis 38 Dellafiore
D. Degen