Final score

14 September 2004 20:45

44' (2nd half) Adriano
34' Adriano (P)
Werder Bremen
referee Lubos Michel / linesmen Martin Balko, Ivan Bartos / 4th man Richard Havrilla
Minutes Text commentary
47' Werder almost score on the stroke of half time. Borowski smashes his long-range shot just wide of the right post.
47' Half time. Inter lead ten-man Werder Bremen by a goal to nil.
46' Favalli is booked for a foul on Borowski.
45' The free kick goes under the Inter wall, Toldo smothers the ball.
45' Van der Meyde, who has switched to the left wing, crosses in for Vieri, who on the turn shoots in spectacular style. Reinke pulls off an equally spectacular save.
45' Two minutes of added time to play.
44' The Turk midfielder makes a late tackle on Ernst and it's a free kick to Werder eight yards outside our area.
43' Slovakian ref Michel shows Micoud a yellow card for a foul on Materazzi.
41' Superb skill by Andy van der Meyde. The Dutchman is applauded for dribbling Ernst (now captain after Baumann's substitution) on the right wing.
36' Werder bring on Magnin for Baumann.
35' Ten-man Werder attack back but some staunch defending by the Nerazzurri means there's no way through for the Germans.
34' Adriano steps up to take the penalty. He sends Reinke the wrong way and it's 1-0 to Inter.
33' The Werder captain is booked for protesting.
32' Micoud's free kick comes off the Nerazzurri wall.
32' Croatian striker Vlasnic sends a left-footed shot wide of the right post.
32' Inter win another penalty after Baumann brings down Adriano.
30' From a tight angle Valdez fires a shot wide of Toldo's right-hand post.
30' Cordoba is booked for a sliding tackle on goal-bound Valdez. Free kick to the Germans 25 yards out.
28' Andy van der Meyde whips in a cross from the right. Baumann heads clear.
25' Micoud's central shot from 20 yards takes a slight deflection off Materazzi. Toldo collects.
24' Baumann intercepts Adriano twice in twenty seconds, beating the Brazilian to passes from Vieri and Emre.
23' The S&M midfielder is back on the pitch.
22' It's ten against ten as Dejan walks to the touchline for some treatment.
21' Stankovic remains on the ground after a challenge by Borowski in midfield.
20' The Meazza applauds Veron for elegantly dispossessing Valdez in the Nerazzurri half.
20' Adriano lobs Reinke and the ball hits the crossbar but the flag had already gone up for offside.
19' Left-wing free kick to Inter after Micoud fouls Emre. The crowd goes ooooooh after Stankovic's flicked header from Veron's cross is wide of the right post.
18' Inter win their third corner in the space of a minute after Emre's near-post backheel is blocked.
17' Andy wins Inter's first corner with a beautiful piece of trickery on the right wing. Fahrenhorst outjumps Materazzi and it's another corner for the Nerazzurri.
14' Inter continue to press forward. Andy van der Meyde receives from Vieri then plays to Adriano, who is intercepted.
14' The Germans win a corner. French playmaker Micoud takes, Materazzi heads as far as Ernst, The Werder winger's shot from the distance is well off target.
13' Dejan Stankovic tries to put Javier Zanetti through but his pass is too long and Reinke collects.
12' Emre sends a great ball into the Werder box. Vieri just fails to make contact.
11' Stankovic blasts clear after an attacking Werder Bremen move involving four players.
9' Nerazzurri on the attack again. Emre plays short to Stankovic. The Serbia& Montenegro midfielder passes wide to van der Meyde who is in space. Andy makes a diagonal run then shoots straight at Reinke.
8' Inter exploit the numerical advantage with a good move down the right. Juan Veron plays to captain Zanetti who is intercepted by Ernst.
6' Vieri's spot kick is saved by Reinke.
5' Penalty to Inter! Adriano is brought down by Isamael after he takes an Emre through ball into the area.
5' Isamel is sent off.
4' It's all Inter in the opening minutes. Adriano threads the ball through to Vieri, who is caught an inch offside.
2' Adriano receives in the German half and tries to turn Werder captain Baumann, who tackles the Brazilian.
1' Welcome to a wet San Siro for tonight's Uefa Champions League Group G match against Werder Bremen. Inter, playing in their hooped shirts, kick off.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Charisteas remains on the ground after an aerial duel with Materazzi.
48' Full time. Inter beat Werder Bremen 2-0.
45' Materazzi hobbles off the pitch with a left leg problem.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
44' GOOOOAALLLLL!!!!! The Emperor Adriano scores with a powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the box which screams into the bottom left-hand corner.
43' Toldo saves from Klose at the left post and Werder win a corner. The Nerazzurri keeper catches Charisteas' header from Micoud's corner kick.
41' Werder Bremen win a free kick 40 yards out after Cambiasso fouls Ernst. Borowski's low shot is collected by Toldo.
38' Recoba plays wide to Emre, who crosses in for Adriano. From just outside the six-yard box the Brazilian shoots wide.
37' Inter substitution: Cambiasso comes on for Stankovic, who is still receiving treatment behind the Werder goal.
36' Werder Bremen bring on Klose for Valdez.
35' Stankovic is stretchered off with what looks like a left ankle injury.
35' Mancini is set to bring on Cambiasso for the Serbia&Montenegro midfielder.
34' Adriano puts Stankovic through on goal. The midfielder blasts at Reinke, who saves with his right arm.
32' Mancini brings on Recoba for Vieri.
31' Micoud curls it over the Inter wall, Toldo tips it over the Inter bar. Corner.
30' Free kick to them just outside our box after Cordoba fouls Charisteas.
27' At full stretch Fahrenhorst blocks a Ze Maria shot and it's a right-wing corner to Inter. Reinke punches clear the Brazilian's corner kick.
25' Michel has a quiet word with van der Meyde and Magnin after a midfield scuffle between the two players.
24' Reinke pulls off a spectacular one-handed save from Andy van der Meyde.
23' Adriano lines up one of those left-footed specials from 20 yards. It comes off Fahrenhorst and it must have hurt.
21' Van der Meyde pulls off the impossible. The Dutchman, who is in inspirational form tonight, nutmegs an opponent on the right-wing by-line and wins a corner.
19' Good chance for the visitors. Greek striker Unmarked in the six-yard box Charisteas just fails to make contact with a left-wing corner.
18' Van der Meyde tries a one-two with Ze Maria but the return pass is too long and Reinke collects.
16' At the far post the Brazilian striker heads Emre's right-wing corner wide.
16' Werder Bremen bring on European champion Charisteas for Klasnic.
15' Adriano receives on the right wing then crosses to Vieri, whose close-range shot is parried by Reinke.
11' Adriano looses the ball after some good one-touch football by the Nerazzurri. The Germans break and win a free kick on the left wing after Cordoba brings down Valdez. Toldo punches clear Micoud's cross.
9' Cordoba shows all his pace with a twenty-metre run back to deny Valdez a shot on goal.
7' The San Siro roars as van der Meyde evades a challenge from Ernst then storms down the right wing.
7' Inter substitution: Ze Maria replaces Javier Zanetti. Vieri takes the captain's armband.
6' Veron picks out Stankovic with a long pass to the left wing. Dejan plays a one-two with Adriano which is helped by a deflection then shoots wide of the far post.
2' Emre is fouled by Stalteri just inside the German half and the Werder defender is lucky not to get a yellow card.
2' Vieri's cross for Adriano is cut out by Fahrenhorst. Bobo pounces on the loose ball then sees his shot come off the defender.
1' Werder Bremen kick off the second half.
Van Der Meyde
Ze Maria
Average rating 7.08
8 shots on target 7
6 shots off target 8
24 fouls committed 17
7 corners 5
0 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Inter v Werder Bremen

The two sides have never met in a competitive fixture.

Inter v German teams

The Nerazzurri have played 29 European cup competition matches against German clubs, with 17 victories, 7 defeats and 5 draws to their credit.

In detail:

1960/61 Fairs Cup Inter-Hannover 8-2 6-1
1961/62 Fairs Cup Inter-Cologne 2-0 2-4 5-3 (play-off in Milan)
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Borussia D. 2-0 2-2
1969/70 Fairs Cup Inter-Hertha Berlin 2-0 0-1
1971/72 European Cup Inter-Borussia M. 4-2 0-0
1979/80 Uefa Cup Inter-Borussia M. 2-3 1-1
1984/85 Uefa Cup Inter-Hamburg 1-0 1-2
1984/85 Uefa Cup Inter-Cologne 1-0 3-1
1988/89 Uefa Cup Inter-Bayern Munich 1-3 2-0
1993/94 Uefa Cup Inter-Borussia D. 1-2 3-1
1996/97 Uefa Cup Inter-Schalke 04 1-0 0-1
1997/98 Uefa Cup Inter-Schalke 04 1-0 1-1
2000/01 Uefa Cup Inter-Hertha Berlin 2-1 0-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 2-0

Werder Bremen v Italian sides

Reigning German champions Werder Brema face an Italian club in a competitive fixture for the 12th time, with 4 wins, 3 draws and 5 draws from the other 11 matches.

In detail:

1987/88 Uefa Cup Werder Bremen-Verona 1-1 1- 0
1988/89 European Cup Werder Bremen-AC Milan 0-0 0-1
1989/90 Uefa Cup Werder Bremen-Napoli 5-1 3- 2
1989/90 Uefa Cup Werder Bremen-Fiorentina 1-1 0- 0
1993/94 Champions League Werder Bremen-AC Milan 1-1 1-2
1999/00 Uefa Cup Werder Bremen-Parma 3-1 0-1

Nerazzurri victorious at Carnival Cup

While Inter and Werder Bremen's first teams have never met in a competitive fixture, the clubs' Primavera teams met in the group stage of the 1994 Viareggio Tournament. The Nerazzurrini recorded a 4-0 victory over the Germans thanks to goals from Marazzina, Zanchetta, Di Napoli and Testa.

Inter okay at home

Inter play a Champions League group stage for the fourth time, and have always won their first matches at the San Siro. The Nerazzurri beat Sturm Graz 1-0 in 1998/99, Ajax 1-0 in 2002/03 and Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in 2003/04.

Never a draw at home to German sides

Inter host a German team in a European cup competition for the 16th time. There has never been a draw in any of the other 15 matches, with 12 Nerazzurri victories and 3 German wins.

Italo-German clashes in Italy: no draw since Nov 2000

The last draw between Italian and German teams in a European cup competition match played in Italy was on 23 November 2000 when Parma drew 2002 at home to Munich 1860 in the Uefa Cup. Since then there have been 8 matches between teams from the two countries, with Italian clubs victorious on 7 occasions. Borussia Dortmund beat AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro in the 2002/03 Champions League to record the only German victory on Italian soil since the turn of the century.

The referee: Michel

Lubos Michel was born in Stropkov on 16 May 1968 and resides in the town of Svidnik. A teacher by profession, the Slovakian, who is his free time coaches an amateur team, has been an international referee since 1994. At the San Siro on Tuesday Michel takes charge of a match involving an Italian team for the 11th time (5 Italian victories, 1 draw and 4 defeats so far). He referees Inter for the second time, having taken charge of the Nerazzurri's 1-0 defeat at Feyenoord in the Uefa Cup in April 2002.

wins(2) draws(1) defeats(0)
MILAN - Inter got their Uefa Champions League campaign off to the perfect start with a convincing 2-0 win over reigning Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen. Brazilian striker Adriano Leite Ribeiro continued his explosive start to the season with both goals at the San Siro.

Roberto Mancini's men were given a huge advantage after just five minutes of their opening Group G match when French defender Valerien Ismael was shown a straight red card for a foul from behind on Adriano in the German box. But Christian Vieri's spot kick was too central and Reinke saved with his legs.

With extra space in midfield the Nerazzurri proceeded to dominate, Veron in his holding role serving Stankovic, Emre and van der Meyde, who in turn sparkled as they served the front pair.

An Inter goal was only a matter of time. And when it did come, it was from another penalty after Adriano was fouled just inside the box by Baumann in the 32nd minute. The Brazilian took the spot kick himself and sent Reinke the wrong way to notch his fifth goal of the 2004/05 season.

Van der Meyde, Vieri and Stankovic all forced the Werder goalkeeper into close-range saves as Inter pushed for a second goal. But there's no stopping the Emperor. With a minute of normal time remaining Adriano received from Veron, switched to his favoured left foot then drove a blistering low shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

The Nerazzurri are back in action at the Meazza this Saturday evening with the Serie A Week 2 match against newly-promoted Palermo.


Scorers: Adriano (pen) 34', 89'

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J. Zanetti (13 Ze Maria 52'), 5 Emre, 7 van der Meyde, 10 Adriano, 14 Veron, 16 Favalli, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic (19 Cambiasso 82'), 32 Vieri (20 Recoba 77')
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 8 Davids, 9 Cruz, 38 Dellafiore
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Werder Bremen: 1 Reinke, 2 Fahrenhorst, 3 Pasanen, 4 Ernst, 6 Baumann (23 Magnin 36'), 7 Stalteri, 10 Micoud, 17 Klasnic (9 Charisteas 61'), 24 Borowski, 25 Ismael, 38 Valdez (11 Klose 81')
Subs not used: 16 Borel, 15 Lagerblom, 27 Schulz
Coach: Thomas Schaaf

Referee: Lubos Michel

Booked: Cordoba 30', Micoud 43', Baumann 33', Favalli 45'+1'

Sent off: Ismael 5'


Matchday 1 results:
Inter 2-0 Werder Bremen
Valencia 2-0 Anderlecht

Inter 3
Valencia 3
Anderlecht 0
Werder Bremen 0

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Reinke
Cordoba 2 Fahrenhorst
Zanetti 4 Pasanen
Emre 5 Ernst
Van Der Meyde 7 Baumann
Adriano 10 Stalteri
Veron 14 Micoud
Favalli 16 Klasnic
Materazzi 23 Borowski
Stankovic 25 Ismael
Vieri 32 Valdez


Fontana 12 Borel
Davids 8 Charisteas
Cruz 9 Klose
Ze Maria 13 Lagerblom
Cambiasso 19 Magnin
Recoba 20 Schulz
Dellafiore 38