Final score

6 April 2005 20:45

AC Milan
29' (2nd half) Shevchenko
46' Stam
Referee: Alain Sars / Linesmen: Arnault F., Texier V. / Fourth official: Derrien B.
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46' Cruz fouls Pirlo 25 yards out on the right wing. Free kick.
46' Milan take the lead on the stroke of half time as Stam beats Cordoba to Pirlo's curling free kick and heads home.
46' Half time. AC Milan lead Inter by a goal to nil after a Nerazzurri-dominated first half.
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' Cruz receives from Favalli just inside the Milan box and shoots on target. Another excellent save (parried) by Dida and Inter win a corner.
43' Cafu's cross from the by-line is blocked and Milan win a right-wing corner.
42' Toldo collects and denies Crespo, who clearly handled the ball before his run on goal.
41' Martins is flagged offside as he runs on to Cruz' ball over the Milan defence.
40' Inter win a free kick in a central position 45 yards out. Mihajlovic's ball is too long for Cruz and Milan win a goal kick.
39' Another timely piece of defending by Ivan Ramiro Cordoba, who tackles Crespo and concedes a corner to snuff out a Milan counter-attack.
37' Pirlo is fouled by Cruz on the edge of the Milan box. Free kick to the 'home' side.
35' After a period of Inter pressure AC Milan break. The move is elegantly cut out by Favalli and the Nerazzurri attack back.
34' Gattuso is booked by Sars and will miss next Tuesday's return leg .
34' Dida tips Veron's free kick over for a corner.
33' Free kick to Inter for a Gattuso handball in a central position 25 yards out.
32' Veron volleys wide from the edge of the area after his initial low cross into the six-yard box for Cruz is half-cleared.
31' Stankovic doesn't get to Favalli's ball from the left into the Rossoneri box and Dida collects.
29' Cruz plays square to Cambiasso, who is in space 20 yards out, but Gattuso intercepts.
29' Inter win a corner as Javier Zanetti's cross is deflected. Miha takes and Cordoba's shot hits the side-netting.
28' Back in our half of the pitch Cafu's ball forward to Crespo is too long and Toldo collects.
27' Inter press for an opener. Oba gets to the right-wing by-line then crosses. Nesta manages to get a foot to the ball and denies Cruz a close-range effort on goal.
26' Toldo comes off his line and beats Shevchenko to Maldini's long pass forward.
25' A good chance for Inter as Cruz receives from Veron, evades a Nesta tackle then fires high and wide of the left post from the edge of the box.
24' Julio Cruz mis-reads Veron's excellent through ball and Milan win a goal kick.
23' Pirlo's effort hits the Inter wall and they win a corner.
22' Back at the other end Milan win a free kick in a central position 25 yards out.
19' Free kick to them out on the right wing for a Cruz foul on Pirlo.
19' Giuseppe Favalli blocks Kaka's right-wing cross and it's a Rossoneri corner kick.
18' Inter win a free kick just inside their own half for a Nesta foul. Dida outjumps Stankovic and catches Veron's long ball into the Milan box.
16' Veron loses the ball in the Milan half and Milan break. The balls arrives at Crespo's feet on the left side of the Inter box. The Argentine's cross goes out of play at the far post.
15' Another superb tackle by Cordoba, this time on Shevchenko.
14' Kaka' races on to a Sheva pass then enters the Inter box from the right. Excellent defending by Colombia captain Cordoba, who intercepts the Brazilian.
13' Referee Sars gives Milan a free kick for a Martins foul on Stam to the right of the Rossoneri box when it was the Dutch defender who held the Nigerian back.
12' Javier Zanetti falls over in the Rossoneri box after a central run on goal.
11' Cambiasso dispossesses Shevchenko just outside the Nerazzurri box and Inter break.
10' Oooohhhh!!! Sinisa goes close with his curling free kick, but Dida pulls off an extraordinary save and Inter win a corner.
9' Kaka' interrrupts a good passing move by Inter, but the Nerazzurri win the ball back then win a free kick 30 yards out after Stam fouls Cruz.
7' Inter counter-attack and Stam plays back to Dida to deny Obafemi Martins.
6' Pirlo sends his cross to the far post. Cordoba heads away from danger.
5' Cafu combines with Crespo on the right wing and is fouled by Favalli. Free kick to the Rossoneri.
3' AC Milan win the first corner of the match after Cordoba tackles Crespo on the left-wing by-line.
2' Veron plays to Martins on the right wing. The Nigerian looks for a way past Jaap Stam but is forced to retreat.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium for Euroderby Part 1. If it's Nerazzurri-biased commentary you're looking for, then don't leave this page.
1' Inter team news: The Italian sports press predicted a 5-4-1 formation for tonight's quarter-final first leg but Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini has opted for a 4-4-2, with Cruz and Martins in attack. Christian Vieri starts on the bench.
1' AC Milan team news: Central defender Nesta and striker Shevchenko both return from injury as Ancelotti fields what, on paper, is considered his strongest starting eleven.
1' The teams are on the pitch, and the Nerazzurri are playing in their white away strip.
1' After a minute's silence as a mark of respect for Pope John Paul II, the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!!!!!
Minute Text commentary
48' Full time. AC Milan beat Inter 2-0 in Euroderby Part 1.
47' Ancelotti replaces Cafu with Costacurta.
46' Shevchenko tunrs and from 20 yards sends a ferocious shot on target. Toldo tips it over for a corner.
45' Van der Meyde is obstructed by compatriot Jaap Stam on the left edge of the Milan box but we get a corner instead of a free kick.
45' 3 minutes of added time to play.
44' Kaka's shot from inside the box is deflected. Corner.
43' Giorgos Karagounis chests down van der Meyde's cross to the far post then hits it with a shot from a very tight angle.
41' Oba Martins controls a Stankovic pass over the Rossoneri defence but can't stop the ball from going out of play. Goal kick to Milan.
39' Milan bring off Crespo and on comes Ambrosini.
38' Esteban Cambiasso finds the net with a shot from just inside the Milan area but the referee had already stopped play for a Vieri foul.
37' Full marks again to Cordoba, who outpaces Crespo to a Shevchenko pass then plays back to Toldo.
37' Van der Meyde receives on the left side of the Milan box and curls a cross into the middle. Dida outjumps Vieri and catches.
36' Jaap Stam beats Martins to a ball on the right wing and concedes a throw-in.
36' Mancini makes his third and final switch. Van der Meyde replaces C.Zanetti.
35' Cafu hooks clear on the edge of the Rossoneri box to deny Martins a clear shot on goal.
34' The Ukraine striker's effort hits the Inter wall.
33' Cristiano Zanetti brings down Shevchenko on the edge of the Nerazzurri box and is booked.
32' Sinisa Mihajlovic blocks Kaladze's dangerous ball into the box from the left flank.
30' Shevchenko is booked for removing his shirt during his goal celebrations.
29' Mihajlovic pushes Sheva to the ground and Milan win a free kick by the right-wing by-line.
29' Shevchenko puts Milan 2-0 in front with a close-range header at the far post from Pirlo's outswinging free kick.
27' Dida catches Stankovic's high cross in from the right.
26' And Milan replace Nesta with Kaladze.
26' In the meantime, Milan have won a free kick 30 yards out on the left for a foul on Pirlo.
26' Pirlo's free kick goes wide of the left post.
25' Inter bring on European champion Giorgos Karagounis for Veron.
24' Martins retreats with the ball to escape Stam then plays wide to Favalli who crosses in from the left. The Dutch giant clears.
21' The Serb-Montenegrin defender claims his free kick was handled by a player in the Milan wall and is booked for protesting.
20' Stam fouls Vieri in a central position 35 yards out and is yellow-carded.
20' Miha's left-footed effort hits the Rossoneri wall.
19' Martins turns Gattuso then feeds the ball through to Christian Vieri, who is flagged offside.
17' Favalli gets to the left-wing by-line then crosses. Cambiasso fails to connect with the ball and Pirlo sweeps clear.
16' Nerazzurri midfielders Karagounis, Kily and van der Meyde are warming up on the touchline.
15' Martins receives from Vieri on the left wing then takes on Stam but can't keep the ball in play and it's a Rossoneri goal kick.
14' Dejan Stankovic plays an inviting ball into the Rossoneri box from the left wing. Vieri is just beaten to the ball by Dida.
13' Pirlo plays an intelligent ball through to Cafu in the Inter box. The Brazilian is flagged offside.
12' Crespo is flagged offside as he runs on to Pirlo's forward pass.
11' Martins is shoved off the ball by Stam and once again, no free kick is given.
10' Inter replace Cruz with Vieri.
9' At the far post Shevchenko just fails to make contact with Kaka's dangerous inswinging cross from the left.
8' Toldo comes off his line and beats Seedorf to a long ball into the Inter area.
7' Milan break. Kaka' runs forward and takes his time before passing wide to Shevchenko, whose diagonal shot is blocked.
6' Kaka' combines with Seedorf of the left edge of the Inter box but the Nerazzurri defence block the Brazilian's cross.
5' Veron wins the ball off Maldini, who races on to a crossfield pass, but Sars awards Milan a free kick for what was a legitimate challenge by the Argentine.
3' Stam fouls Martins in a central position 20 yards out. This is Mihajlovic territory.
3' Miha's effort is just over.
1' Milan get the second half under way. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!!
1' Stam, Maldini and Nesta surround Martins as he tries to feed a forward pass square to Cruz.
Van Der Meyde
Average rating 5.18
3 shots on target 4
4 shots off target 4
17 fouls committed 27
8 corners 5
4 offsides 2
00 ball possession 00
Alain Sars: 1st Milan match, 3rd with Inter

Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Meazza is referee Alain Sars' eleventh European match involving an Italian club (6 Italian victories, 3 draws and just one defeat). The Frenchman officiates in a Milan match for the first time but has already refereed Inter twice, and the Nerazzurri have won on both occasions: Inter 4-1 Ipswich (2001/02 Uefa Cup); Inter 4-3 Benfica (2003/04 Uefa Cup).

Stankovic & goals against Milan

Dejan Stankovic has scored 3 goals against AC Milan (1 in Lazio v AC Milan, 2001/02 Serie A; 1 in AC Milan v Lazio, 2002/03 Serie A and 1 in AC Milan v Inter, 2003/04 Serie A), making the Rossoneri his favourite target along with Roma, Parma and Greek side Panionios. In competitive matches for Italian clubs the Serb-Montenegrin midfielder has scored 44 goals in Italy.

Inter one win away from record positive run in Europe

The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in 11 European Cup/Champions League matches (6 wins and 5 draws since the 5-1 defeat at home to Arsenal on 25 November 2003), and are now 2 games away from their record of 12 positive results: 10 wins and 2 draws between September 1963 and February 1995. Inter's first defeat in the competition was a 1-0 loss away to Glasgow Rangers on 3 March 1965.

Martins & European goals

With 8 Champions League goals to his credit, Obafemi Martins is fifth in the all-time list of Nerazzurri scorers in the competition, behind Crespo (9 goals), Adriano (10), Jair (11) and Mazzola (16).

Inter unbeaten away for almost a year

Inter haven't lost an away match since last 2 May when they were beaten 2-1 by Lecce. Since then, the Nerazzurri have recorded 8 wins and 14 draws in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League matches.

Inter & goals conceded

The Nerazzurri have let in at least one goal in their last seven Serie A and Champions League matches (total 8 goals conceded). Inter's last clean sheet was the 3-0 Coppa Italia win at home to Atalanta on 16 February.

Milan on target for 11 consecutive games

AC Milan have scored at least one goal in each of their last 11 (Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League) matches, notching a total of 17 goals. The last time the Rossoneri failed to score in a competitive fixture was last 30 January when they were beaten 1-0 by Bologna at the Giuseppe Meazza.

No Rossoneri stalemate in 16 games

AC Milan's last one-pointer was the 0-0 Serie A draw at Palermo on 9 January. Since then, Inter's Champions League quarter-final opponents have recorded 13 wins and 3 defeats in all three competitions.

Milan & Eurogoals let in at home

AC Milan haven't let in a goal at home in European competitions for 287 minutes (since Varga's 73rd-minute goal in AC Milan 3-1 Celtic last 29 September). The Rossoneri have kept a clean sheet for the remaining 17 minutes of that match plus the entire games against Barcelona, Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester United.

Milan & home draws in Europe

The Champions League semi-final first leg 0-0 draw between AC Milan and Inter on 7 May 2003 was the Rossoneri's last home draw in European cup competitions. Since then, Ancelotti's men have collected 7 victories and 2 defeats.

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MILAN - AC Milan beat Inter 2-0 in Wednesday's Uefa Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium thanks to goals in each half from Jaap Stam and Andriy Shevchenko.

A string of saves by Dida in a Nerazzurri-dominated first half denied Mihajlovic and Veron from long-range free kicks, and Cruz, who went close to scoring with a crisp shot from inside the box on 44 minutes. But in added time Jaap Stam outjumped Ivan Cordoba to Pirlo's outswinging free kick and headed home to put the Rossoneri in front from their first attempt on goal.

Shevchenko celebrated his return from injury by increasing Milan's lead in the 29th minute of an evenly-balanced second half with a close-range header from another Pirlo free kick. Inter's best chance of reducing the deficit ahead of next Tuesday's return leg fell to substitute Giorgos Karagounis, who hit the post with a half-volley from a tight angle two minutes from full time.


Scorers: Stam 45+1, Shevchenko 74

AC MILAN: 1 Dida, 2 Cafu (5 Costacurta 90+2), 3 Maldini, 7 Shevchenko, 8 Gattuso, 11 Crespo (23 Ambrosini 84), 13 Nesta (4 Kaladze 71), 20 Seedorf, 21 Pirlo, 22 Kakà, 31 Stam
Subs not used: 46 Abbiati, 10 Rui Costa, 15 Tomasson, 27 Serginho
Coach Carlo Ancelotti

INTER: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 6 C.Zanetti (7 Van der Meyde 81), 9 Cruz (32 Vieri 55), 11 Mihajlovic, 14 Veron (21 Karagounis 70), 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 25 Stankovic, 30 Martins
Subs not used: 12 Fontana, 13 Zè Maria, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 23 Materazzi
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Alain Sars (France)

Booked: Gattuso 34, Stam 65, Mihajlovic 66, Shevchenko 75, C.Zanetti 78

starting lineups

Dida 1 Toldo
Cafu 2 Cordoba
Maldini 4 Zanetti
Shevchenko 6 Zanetti
Gattuso 9 Cruz
Crespo 11 Mihajlovic
Nesta 14 Veron
Seedorf 16 Favalli
Pirlo 19 Cambiasso
Kakà 25 Stankovic
Stam 30 Martins


Abbiati 12 Fontana
Kaladze 7 Van Der Meyde
Costacurta 13 Ze Maria
Rui Costa 18 Kily Gonzalez
Tomasson 21 Karagounis
Ambrosini 23 Materazzi
Serginho 32 Vieri