Final score

24 August 2004 21:00

15' (2nd half) Recoba
8' (2nd half) Adriano
14' Stankovic
1' Adriano
4' (2nd half) Sterjovski
referee Anders Frisk / linesmen K. Petersson, P. Ekstrom / 4th man M. Ukalovic
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Minutes Text commentary
47' Basel win a free kick on the stroke of half time. Chipperfield crosses from the left egde of the Inter box and it goes just wide of the far post.
47' Half time. Inter 2-0 Basel.
46' Adriano goes through on goal but is denied by Zuberbuhler who saves with his feet. The loose ball falls to Stankovic, whose attempt at lobbing the Basel keeper goes over.
45' 2 minutes of added time to play.
43' Stankovic takes on Degen, turns then shoots high over the Basel bar.
41' Philipp Degen's long-range shot goes just over Toldo's crossbar.
37' Davids puts Adriano through on goal. Smiljanic prevents the Brazilian from lifting the ball over Zuberbuhler for a certain goal.
36' Materazzi needs treatment from the medics after being hit in the face by a shot.
35' Inter survive a spate of Basel pressure. Cordoba blocks Kleber's shot then Toldo palms clear the Basel full-back's cross.
33' Javier Zanetti is applauded by the crowd for a superb long-range drive which goes just wide.
32' Huggel is yellow-carded for a foul from behind on Marco Materazzi.
31' Inter close to scoring again. Adriano cuts back for Stankovic, who sends his shot wide of the left post.
30' The San Siro whistles Rossi for elbowing Davids just inside our half. Frisk also whistles and it's an Inter free kick.
27' Free kick specialist Yakin forces a great save from Toldo. The Basel captain's shot goes round the wall and the Inter keeper does magnificently to push the ball round for a corner.
26' Frisk awards Basel a free kick after Cordoba handles the ball five metres outside our penalty box.
24' Inter move on the counter. Adriano plays wide to Ze Maria, who crosses over to Recoba on the left side of the Basel box. The Swiss defence clear.
20' Gimenez claims a penalty after falling over Materazzi in the Nerazzurri box. Anders Frisk is not fooled.
17' Inter close to a third. Ze Maria's high corner is controlled by Recoba at the far side then Il Chino crosses back over to the Brazilian winger, who feeds the ball through to Stankovic. The Serb plays to Adriano, who just misses the target.
16' Adriano combines with Recoba just outside the Basel box then plays wide to Ze Maria on the right wing. Kleber intercepts and the Swiss move forward.
16' Recoba's low shot from 25 yards is well-saved by Zuberbuhler and we win a left-wing corner.
13' 2-0!!!! Dejan Stankovic shoots past Zuberbuhler from 15 yards after playing a sweet one-two with Adriano.
13' Basel defender Smiljanic is back on the pitch after receiving treatment and numerical parity is restored.
11' Smiljanic remains on the ground after Adriano's 20-yard missile finishes in his face.
9' The Swiss win a corner. Chipperfield takes, Adriano heads out of the Nerazzurri box.
7' Basel on the attack. Kleber crosses from the left, Materazzi outjumps everyone else and heads clear.
5' Adriano shows his skill and strength to make mincemeat of Kleber then combines with Ze Maria before losing the ball.
4' Stankovic plays a one-two with Recoba on the left wing then just fails to stop the ball from going out for a Basel goal kick.
1' Welcome to live commentary of Inter v Basel from the San Siro in Milan. Playing in their traditional black and blue shirts, Inter kick off.
1' Inter straight into the attack. After just fifteen seconds Recoba receives in the box then shoots at Zuberbuhler.
1' GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Adriano puts Inter in front with a low, diagonal shot which goes in at the right post. Stankovic put the Brazilian through on goal.
Minutes Text commentary
47' Cambiasso takes on two opponents in midfield then feeds the ball through to Vieri, who is flagged offside.
47' Inter 4-1 Basel. We're through to the group stage of the Champions League.
45' 2 minutes of extra time to play.
41' Adriano is given a standing ovation as he is replaced by Vieri.
40' Davids puts Cruz through on goal and El Jardinero shoots at Zuberbuhler.
40' Basel substitution: Carignano replaces Gimenez.
38' Edgar Davids is booked for foul play.
35' Mancini brings on Cambiasso for Ze Maria.
33' Francesco Toldo pulls off two fantastic saves to deny Basel a second goal.
31' Inter counter-attack and it's two on two. Adriano's square pass to Cruz along the edge of the Swiss area is cut out by a Basel defender.
28' Huggel's placed shot from the edge of our penalty box is plucked out of the air by Francesco Toldo.
28' Philipp Degen is booked for a foul on Adriano.
26' Delgado's ambitious shot from the distance is well wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
25' Toldo makes a great save from Petric, whose diagonal shot from close range is on target.
22' Basel substitution: Delgado replaces Chipperfield.
22' Inter bring on Julio Ricardo Cruz for Alvaro Recoba.
21' Adriano plays to Stankovic inside the Basel box then the Serbian deftly turns an opponent before going down. No penalty given.
18' Huggel turns Stankovic then from close range shoots straight at Toldo.
15' 4-1. Recoba finds the bottom right-hand corner with a stunning left-footed strike from the edge of the Basel box.
15' Il Chino is booked by Anders Frisk for taking his shirt off during his goal celebrations but he's probably not complaining as that was some goal!
14' Basel bring on Petric for Rossi.
13' Stankovic is applauded by the Meazza for an acrobatic first-time shot which goes over.
12' Kleber crosses from the left. Huggel outjumps his marker to head the ball wide of the far post.
8' Superb goal by Adriano, who picks his spot then sends a low, left-footed drive way out of Zuberbuhler's reach and in at the right post.
7' Ze Maria's right-footed shot from inside the Basel box comes off an opponent. Right-wing corner to Inter. Stankovic crosses to the middle, where Materazzi heads on target. Basel clear.
4' Basel score. Kleber's cross rolls through to Sterjovski, who turns Stankovic then shoots past Toldo. 2-1.
3' Adriano's weak header from Stankovic's left-wing cross is easily saved by Zuberbuhler.
1' We're all set for the second half but Frisk takes the ball off the centre circle spot and walks off the pitch as the Basel fans keep throwing firecrackers into Toldo's area.
1' The visiting fans calm down and Basel kick off the second half.
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.22
9 shots on target 6
6 shots off target 8
0 fouls committed 0
4 corners 6
1 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00
Previous matches between Inter and Basel

After the 1-1 draw in Switzerland two weeks ago, the Nerazzurri face Basel for the second time in Tuesday's Champions League third qualifying round return leg.

In detail:

2004/05 Champions L. Inter-Basel ---- 1-1

Previous matches between Basel and Italian clubs

Away to Inter on Tuesday Basel play their sixth European cup competition match against an Italian club. In 1968/69 the Swiss outfit were beaten by Bologna, then played Juventus twice in the Champions League first group stage in 2002/03 before entertaining Inter two weeks ago in the first of the two qualifying round legs. Basel have recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 3 defeats, and have conceded at least one goal in each of these 5 matches (total 12 goals let in). Basel let in 4 goals in each of their trips to Italy.

In detail:

1968/69 Fairs/Uefa Cup Basel-Bologna 1-2 1-4
2002/03 Champions L. Basel-Juventus 2-1 0-4
2004/05 Champions L. Basel-Inter 1-1 ----

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 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.

Record number of qualifiers for Cannavaro

Fabio Cannavaro has played more Champions League qualifying round matches than any other player at an Italian club (6 matches). The Nerazzurri defender has played 5 qualifiers with Parma (2 in 1997/98, 1 in 1999/00 and 2 in 2001/02) and 1 with Inter (in 2002/03). Four other Inter players are 1 match away from equalling Cannavaro's record, Toldo, Recoba, Cordoba and Javier Zanetti having each played 5 qualifying round games. The goalkeeper has played 2 matches with Fiorentina and 3 with Inter, while the others have played their Champions League qualifiers exclusively for Inter. Juventus goalkeeper Buffon and defender Thuram are also one match away from reaching Cannavaro.

Basel always out after 1-1 draws from first legs

Inter don't have a good record in home return-leg European cup competition matches after drawing first legs 1-1, but Basel's record is worse. The Swiss have been knocked out each time they have drawn a first-leg match 1-1. In the 1961/62 Fairs/Uefa Cup they beaten 4-1 by Red Star Belgrade, then lost 3-1 to Atletico Bilbao in the 1976/77 Uefa Cup before losing 4-1 to Aston Villa in the 2001/02 Intertoto competition.

The referee: Anders Frisk

Anders Frisk was born on 18 February 1963 in Gothenborg, but lives in Molndal. An international referee since 1991, the Swiss official is an insurance agent by profession, who in his free time loves being with his family and gardening. Frisk holds the record for the number of European Championship final phase matches refereed: 8 in total. He takes charge of a European cup competition match involving an Italian team for the thirteenth time, with 4 Italian victories, 4 draws and 4 Italian defeats from the other 12 games. Frisk has refereed Inter on just one of those occasions - the 3-0 defeat away to Barcelona in the second group phase of the 2002/03 Champions League (18 February 2003).

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)
MILAN - Adriano and Dejan Stankovic inspired the Nerazzurri to a 4-1 win at home Basel on Tuesday evening to secure an aggregate 5-2 victory which sees Inter through to the group stage of the Champions League.

Roberto Mancini promised an attacking game, and Inter's intentions were clear from the outset. Recoba shot at Basel keeper Zuberbuhler after fifteen seconds, then before the first minute was up Inter took the lead through Adriano, whose diagonal shot from a Stankovic assist found the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Inter's second came in the 13th minute when Recoba laid the ball off to Adriano who squared to Stankovic. From the edge of the Basel box the Serb sent a right-footed screamer past Zuberbuhler.

January signings Adriano and Stankovic combined again minutes later, the Brazilian's shot finishing just off-target, then once again when the midfielder shot wide from an inviting position inside the Swiss penalty area.

Basel came up against a black and blue wall each time they moved forward and only penetrated it once in the opening period when Yakin's free kick from 20 yards forced a terrific save out of Toldo.

Basel's breakthrough came just after the restart when Kleber's left-wing cross rolled through to Sterjovski, who turned Stankovic then blasted past Toldo. But Inter's reply was instant and Adriano stunned the Swiss with his second strike to restore the Nerazzurri's two-goal advantage - a low, left-footed drive which found the bottom right-hand corner. Alvaro Recoba made the result safe with the Nerazzurri's fourth in the 60th minute with a trademark left-footed shot from the edge of the Swiss box.

The Champions League group stage draw will take place at 16:00CET on Thursday afternoon.

INTER 4-1 BASEL (HT: 2-0, AGG: 5-2)

Scorers: Adriano 1', 53', Stankovic 13', Sterjovski 49', Recoba 60'

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti (capt.), 8 Davids, 10 Adriano (32 Vieri 86'), 13 Ze Maria (19 Cambiasso 70'), 14 Veron, 16 Favalli, 20 Recoba (9 Cruz 67'), 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 7 van der Meyde, 26 Pasquale, 38 Dellafiore
Coach: Roberto Mancini

BASEL: 1 Zuberbuhler, 6 Huggel, 8 Sterjovski, 11 Chipperfield (20 Delgado 67'), 13 Gimenez (9 Carignano 85'), 15 Yakin (capt.), 17 Cantaluppi, 19 Kleber, 23 P.Degen, 30 Smiljanic, 33 Rossi (7 Petric 59')
Subs not used: 35 Mandl, 5 Zwyssig, 12 Barberis, 21 D.Degen
Coach: Christian Gross

Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

Booked: Huggel 32', Recoba 60', P.Degen 73', Davids 83'

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Zuberbuhler
Cordoba 2 Huggel
Zanetti 4 Sterjovski
Davids 8 Chipperfield
Adriano 10 Gimenez
Veron 14 Yalkin
Ze Maria 13 Cantaluppi
Favalli 16 Kleber
Recoba 20 P.Degen
Materazzi 23 Smiljanic
Stankovic 25 Rossi


Fontana 12 Mandl
Van Der Meyde 7 Zwyssig
Cruz 9 Petric
Cambiasso 19 Carignano
Pasquale 26 Barberis
Vieri 32 Delgado
Dellafiore 38 D.Degen