Final score

20 October 2004 20:45

28' (2nd half) Aimar
46' (2nd half) Cruz
35' (2nd half) Adriano
31' (2nd half) Van Der Meyde
3' (2nd half) Vieri
2' (2nd half) Stankovic
referee Urs Meier / linesmen Rudolf Kappeli, Iseli Martin / 4th man Renè Rogalla
Minutes Text commentary
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
45' It's 0-0 between Valencia and Inter after a stormy first half at the Mestalla.
44' Carboni's free kick is headed clear by Bobo Vieri.
43' The Spaniards win a free kick on the right wing for a Stankovic foul on Curro Torres.
42' Canizares anticipates Vieri to Veron's long ball forward, but in any case Bobo is flagged offside.
39' Bobo Vieri fails to make contact with Adriano's well-taken left-wing cross into the Valencia box.
35' Emre requires medical attention after Albelda kicks his left leg.
34' Adriano takes the ball past three players and into the Valencia box, then with picks out Emre with a beautiful short pass. The Turk pulls his shot and Canizares saves.
32' Vieri loses the ball in the Valencia half, Adriano races back to win the ball and has a foul given against him for a shoulder barge on Curro Torres.
29' Adriano fires wide from an inviting position after Stankovic centres from Emre's excellent through ball.
26' Angulo is intercepted by Burdisso as he tries to find a route on goal from the left.
21' Rufete's left-wing corner is cleared by Cambiasso at the near post, then the Valencia midfielder shoots wide with a follow-up shot.
20' Adriano's diagonal left-foot shot is comfortably saved by Canizares.
19' Baraja's free kick comes off the Nerazzurri wall.
18' Valencia are given a free kick just outside our area after Cordoba is adjudged to have fouled Angulo.
17' Urs Meier has to intervene to stop a shoving match between Stankovic and Valencia captain Albelda.
15' Fontana makes a superb one-handed save from Di Vaio's close-range shot from Aimar's right-wing cross, then manages to prevent Angulo from making a follow-up shot.
12' Caneira wins the ball off Adriano, who gets on the end of Stankovic's ball into the Valencia penalty area.
10' Adriano receives from Vieri then turns his opponent on the left-wing by-line. His cross over to the far side where Curro Torres hooks clear before Veron can volley.
9' Adriano dribbles three opponents, but is eventually stopped by Albelda.
8' Veron's long-range free kick is too central and Canizares makes an easy save.
7' Curro Torres heads out of defence before Stankovic can get to Vieri's right-wing cross.
6' Veron is yellow-carded for fouling Amedeo Carboni.
5' Angulo is booked for a harsh challenge on Ivan Cordoba.
4' Adriano is offside as he races on to Veron's forward pass.
1' Inter kick off tonight's Uefa Champions League Matchday 3 clash at the Mestalla.
1' Rufete floats a shot from the edge of the Inter box over the bar.
Minutes Text commentary
47' Full time. Inter romp to a 5-1 victory over Valencia.
46' JULIO CRUZ!!!!!! Stankovic plays into the box and the Argentine forward makes it 5-1 with a shot past Canizares from close range.
45' Carboni is booked for shoulder-barging van der Meyde.
45' 2 minutes of added time to play.
42' Cruz slides Stankovic's left-wing cross wide of the far post.
40' Cruz' low shot from the edge of the Valencia box hits the side-netting.
38' Inter replace Adriano with Cruz.
37' Valencia bring on Stefano Fiore for Rufete.
35' 4-1. ADRIANO!!!! The Emperor smashes home from close range after excellent work on the right wing by Javier Zanetti.
34' Valencia keeper Canizaresa boots the ball to safety, denying Stankovic a chance on goal.
31' GOOOAAALLLLL!!! The Dutchman scores with his first touch. Andy receives from Adriano, bamboozles Carboni then from just inside the Valencia box slides under Canizares.
30' Angulo twists and turns his way into the Nerazzurri box from the left then crosses to Di Vaio, whose header is high. Fontana catches.
30' Mancini brings on van der Meyde for Vieri.
28' Argentine midfielder Aimar pulls a goal back for Ranieri's men, with a sweetly-struck first-time shot into the roof of the net from Di Vaio's right-wing cross.
27' Fontana comes to the edge of his area to beat Di Vaio to a ball down the right channel.
23' At the other end Di Vaio sees diagonal shot come off the left post.
22' With just Canizares to beat Dejan Stankovic pulls his shot wide of the left post after a neat ball from Adriano.
21' Valencia substitution: Ex-Nerazzurri forward Bernardo Corradi replaces Caneira.
17' Valencia look the claw their way back into this match. Rufete's volley is blocked by Materazzi.
16' From the edge of the Nerazzurri box Caneira sends a weak shot on target and it's an easy save for Fontana.
13' Rufete's thunderous shot from the distance whizzes wide of Fontana's right-hand post.
10' Inside the Inter area Baraja receives a cut-back from Aimar then fires well wide of the far post.
9' Fontana neutralises a Valencia attack, anticipating Di Vaio to Angulo's cross.
7' Incredible play by Adriano. The Emperor dribbles Canizares on the edge of the Valencia penalty area then takes on Navarro with a beautiful piece of skill before finding the side-netting with a shot from a tight angle.
6' Curro Torres fouls Adriano and becomes the third player to be booked tonight.
4' 2-0!!!!!! BOBOGOL!!!! Vieri silences the Mestalla with a left-foot shot into the left-hand corner after Curro Torres fails to clear Adriano's right-wing cross.
2' GOOOAALLLLL!! Dejan Stankovic. Unmarked in the Spanish box, the Serbia&Montenegro midfielder heads home Favalli's left-wing cross.
1' Valencia kick off the second half.
1' Javier Zanetti is on for Nicolas Burdisso.
Van Der Meyde
Average rating 7.99
9 shots on target 8
10 shots off target 7
15 fouls committed 20
4 corners 0
2 offsides 13
00 ball possession 00
Inter with Urs Meier

At the Mestalla on Wednesday evening Urs Meier referees the Nerazzurri for the fifth time in European cup competitions. With the Swiss ref Inter are unbeaten, having managed 2 wins (1-0 at home to Schalke 04 in the 1997/98 Uefa Cup and 2-1 away to Ajax in the 2002/03 Champions League) and 2 draws (1-1 away to Spartak in the 1998/99 Champions League and 0-0 at home to Barcelona in the same competition two seasons ago). Including those 4 Inter matches, Meier has refereed a total of 19 matches involving Italian clubs, with 10 Italian victories, 5 draws and 4 defeats.

Spanish v Italian clubs

Italian teams haven't won on Spanish soil in their last 9 attempts (2 draws and 7 defeats). The last Italian club to win in Spain was Juventus, who beat Barcelona 2-1 at the Nou Camp on 22 April 2003.

Inter in Spain

Excluding their games away to Valencia, Inter have played 13 competitive matches against Spanish teams. Of those, the Nerazzurri have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 10.

Inter: fourth Euromatch on 20 October

Wednesday's Matchday 3 clash with Valencia is the fourth time Inter play a European cup competition match on 20 October. In 1982 the Nerazzurri were beaten 1-0 by Dutch side Az 67 in the Cup Winners' Cup and in the same competition in 1993 defeated Apollon Limassol 1-0 at the San Siro. The European Cup match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Inter in 1971 was suspended after Roberto Boninsegna was struck on his head by a can.

Three consecutive Eurowins for Nerazzurri

Inter have won their last 3 Champions League matches and have scored at least one goal in each of their last 7 games in Europe's premier football tournament for clubs (total 13 goals scored). The last time the Nerazzurri failed to score in the Champions League was a year ago when they lost 3-0 away to Lokomotiv Moscow on 21 October. If Inter win Wednesday's Matchday 3 fixture at the Mestalla they will equal the run of four European victories from October to December 2002, when they beat Rosenborg at home, Ajax and Newcastle away, and Bayer Leverkusen at home.

Inter on target for 13 matches in a row

The Nerazzurri have scored in each of their last 13 competitive matches (9 in the Serie A, 4 in the Champions League), with a total of 29 goals scored. The last time Inter failed to score in a competitive fixture was last 25 April when they played out a scoreless draw with Lazio at the Olimpico.

wins(1) draws(1) defeats(1)
VALENCIA - Inter bring home all three points from a hard-fought Uefa Champions League Matchday 3 encounter at the Mestalla to keep their one hundred percent record in Group G. Stankovic, Vieri, van der Meyde, Adriano and Cruz scored the goals in a 5-1 thrashing which see the Nerazzurri remain on top of the group, with Werder Bremen winning 2-1 away to Anderlecht in tonight's other match.

Mancini's men were presented with two good chances in the opening period. Adriano fired wide from Stankovic's short cross, then Emre saw a soft shot saved by Canizares after the Brazilian dribbled three opponents before cutting square to the Turk. At the other end Fontana pulled off a terrific one-handed save to deny Di Vaio from close range.

The Nerazzurri stunned Ranieri's men with two quick goals early in the second half. Unmarked in the Valencia box, Stankovic headed Favalli's left-wing cross into the top right-hand corner of the net, then Vieri silenced the Mestalla two minutes later, burying his 108th goal in black and blue into the bottom left-hand corner after Curro Torres failed to clear Adriano's right-wing cross.

Midway through the second half Di Vaio had a chance to pull one back but struck the far post with a diagonal shot. But a Spanish goal was on the cards and it came on 73 minutes when Argentina captain Aimar found the roof of the net with a first-time shot from Di Vaio's assist. The Valencia fight-back was short-lived as Andy van der Meyde restored Inter's two-goal advantage seconds after coming on for Vieri. The Dutchman took Adriano's through-ball into the area, dribbled Carboni then struck home.

Adriano made extra sure of the points with ten minutes remaining, smashing home Javier Zanetti's cross to net his seventh Champions League goal in five matches, then substitute Julio Cruz scored his first of the season in the dying seconds with a shot past Canizares from a Stankovic assist.


Scorers: Stankovic 47, Vieri 49, Aimar 73, van der Meyde 76, Adriano 81, Cruz 90+1

VALENCIA: 1 Canizares, 6 Albelda, 8 Baraja, 10 Angulo, 11 Di Vaio, 12 Caneira (9 Corradi 66), 15 Carboni, 17 Navarro, 19 Rufete (7 Fiore 82), 21 Aimar, 23 Curro Torres
Subs not used: 13 Palop, 2 Pellegrino, Sissoko, 18, Xisco, 24 Moretti
Coach: Claudio Ranieri

INTER: 12 Fontana, 2 Cordoba, 3 Burdisso (4 J. Zanetti 46), 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 83), 14 Veron, 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Stankovic, 5 Emre, 32 Vieri (7 Van der Meyde (75)

Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 6 C. Zanetti, 8 Davids, 26 Pasquale

Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Urs Meier

Booked: Angulo 5, Veron 6, Curro Torres 51, Carboni 90

starting lineups

Canizares 12 Fontana
Albelda 2 Cordoba
Baraja 3 Burdisso
Angulo 10 Adriano
Di Vaio 14 Veron
Caneira 16 Favalli
Carboni 19 Cambiasso
Navarro 23 Materazzi
Rufete 25 Stankovic
Aimar 5 Emre
Curro Torres 32 Vieri


Palop 1 Toldo
Pellegrino 4 Zanetti
Fiore 6 Zanetti
Corradi 7 Van Der Meyde
Sissoko 8 Davids
Xisco 9 Cruz
Moretti 26 Pasquale