Final score

10 August 2005 20:00

Shakhtar Donetsk
33' (2nd half) Adriano
22' (2nd half) Martins
referee Alain Hamer / linesmen F.Crelo, J.P.Izzo / 4th man S.Lannoy
Minutes Text commentary
47' It's 0-0 after the first half in Donetsk.
46' Matuzalem's free kick hits the wall then Cambiasso boots clear.
45' Free kick to Donetsk 25 yards out for a Marco Materazzi foul on Brandao.
45' Two minutes of additional time.
41' Materazzi's header from Veron's corner hits the crossbar. Seconds later Oba Martins fires wide from 20 yards out.
40' Barcauan heads out of play and concedes a corner to deny Martins a close-range chance.
39' Former Serie A player Matuzalem is booked for a late tackle on Cambiasso.
38' Martins, Adriano and Cambiasso combine and the Argentine's poked shot from inside the box is parried, winning Inter a corner.
37' Adriano's long-range free kick is blocked by Donetsk keeper Lastuvka.
36' Martins is brought down by Duljaj and is promptly booked by Hamer. The free kick is about 40 yards out.
35' Good defending by Cordoba, who shadows Brandao on the touchline then forces an error from the Brazilian forward.
34' A minute later Veron takes the corner. Srna anticipates Cordoba and clears. But Inter remain in attack. Veron's outswinging cross is palmed clear by Lastuvka, denying Adriano a clear shot on goal.
33' Veron is set to take the corner but is asked to remove a bracelet by the linesman.
32' Adriano wins Inter a right-wing corner.
31' Cambiasso's header to Martins on the edge of the Ukrainian box is swept clear by Barcauan.
29' Barcauan anticipates Adriano to Veron's long ball forward and sets up an attack. Tymoshchuk's effort from the distance is caught by Julio Cesar.
27' Inter attack Shakhtar down the right. Zanetti's cross is headed clear by Hübschman and the home side come back forward. The counter-attack ends as Cordoba blocks Brandao's volley.
25' Rat's left-wing cross shaves Cordoba's head before it goes out of play and Shakhtar win a right-wing corner.
25' The corner is cleared as far as Hübschman, whose long-range shot swerves well wide of the left post.
24' Donetsk play a high ball down the left channel and Cordoba hooks clear to deny Brandao a clear route through on goal.
22' Oba Martins receives from Stankovic inside the Shakhtar box and has a good chance to score but pokes his angled shot wide of the far post.
21' Inter attack back. Cambiasso plays forward to Martins, who plays to Adriano then meets the return pass in the box. Oba appears to be fouled as the ball rolls wide to Stankovic, who also has a penalty claim turned down by Luxembourg ref Hamer.
19' Shakhtar captain Tymoshchuk's low effort from the free kick is saved by Julio Cesar at the left post.
18' Ivan Cordoba is yellow-carded for a sliding tackle on Matuzalem.
17' Favalli finds Stankovic with a cross from left to right. The Serb's first-time cross into the middle is controlled by Martins, but the Nigerian is intercepted and Shakhtar break.
14' Matuzalem's inswinger is headed wide by Barcauan.
13' Shakhtar win a right-wing free kick for a Materazzi foul on Byelik.
13' Matuzalem plays his free kick back to Srna, whose cross is blocked and Donetsk win a corner.
12' Adriano dribbles an opponent just outside the Donetsk area then loses control of the ball and the Ukrainians break.
9' On the edge of the Donetsk box Adriano picks out Martins with a first-time pass wide to his right. The Nigerian returns the favour with a high cross into the middle, but the Brazilian is anticipated.
8' Byelik is flagged offside as he runs on to a long ball over the Inter defence.
6' It's all Shakhtar in the opening minutes as Byelik and Duljaj deliver crosses from both flanks. Fortunately for the Nerazzurri, no Donetsk player is on hand to get a touch.
5' Brandao outjumps J.Zanetti to Matuzalem's right-wing cross and heads wide from close range.
4' Materazzi beats Brandao to a long ball forward and heads away from danger.
4' Shakhtar win the first corner of the match after Favalli blocks a shot. Materazzi clears the corner.
2' Elano has a chance to put Shakhtar in front but chooses to head to a teammate instead of shooting and Inter clear.
1' Inter's 2005/06 season starts here at the Olympic Stadium in Donetsk as the Nerazzurri kick off against Shakhtar.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Shakhtar win a free kick 25 yards out. Rat's effort whizzes over the bar.
48' Adriano has a close-range shot parried by Lastuvka.
48' Full time. Inter beat Shakhtar 2-0.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
44' Pizarro's intelligent ball over the Donetsk defence is too long for Martins and the home side win a goal kick.
42' Ze Maria's shot from the edge of the box takes a deflection and Inter win a right-wing corner.
41' At the other end Matuzalem's shot is too central and Julio Cesar makes a comfortable save.
40' Adriano picks out the unmarked Esteban Cambiasso with a ball into the Shakhtar box but the Argentine fires wide of the right post.
37' Javier Zanetti goes on a storming birthday run then plays wide to Martins, whose cross into the area is cleared.
35' Adriano tries a one-two with Pizarro but Srna intercepts the return ball.
33' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Adriano rises to head home Ze Maria's outswinging right-wing cross.
32' Chilean midfielder David Pizarro replaces Juan Veron to make his competitive debut for Inter.
31' Brandao robs Cordoba then goes down in the six-yard box but Hamer is perfectly positioned and waves play on.
28' Favalli clears Brandao's cross to cut out a Ukrainian attack.
27' Marica replaces Byelik as Shakhtar make their third and final switch.
26' Shakhtar bring on Fernandinho for Duljaj.
25' Martins races on to another Adriano pass but this time Lastuvka is well positioned and snatches the ball before Oba can get there.
22' Inter win a free kick 35 yards out for Barcauan's foul on Veron.
22' GOOAAAALLLL!!! Martins outpaces Barcauan to meet Adriano's exquisite through ball then slots under Lastuvka to put Inter in front.
21' Martins turns two opponents on the left side of the Donetsk box then crosses into the middle. Lastuvka catches to deny Cambiasso.
20' Ze Maria replaces Solari.
19' Inter soak up some Shakhtar pressure and Martins breaks down the middle. Brandao brings down the Nigerian and is booked.
18' Esteban Cambiasso is yellow-carded for bringing down Srna.
17' Stankovic anticipates Matuzalem and tries to surprise Lastuvka with a shot from 50 yards, but the Donetsk keeper gets back to cover his line.
17' Matuzalem dribbles Cambiasso then gets into a shooting position. Materazzi blocks the Brazilian's shot.
15' Adriano tries to feed the ball through to Martins after a short pass from Stankovic but Tymoshchuk blocks. The Brazilian is then booked for a foul on the Shakhtar captain.
13' Mircea Lucescu brings on Jadson for Elano.
12' After a quick check by Inter doctor Franco Combi, the Brazilian keeper is back on his feet.
11' Julio Cesar comes off his line to catch Srna's right-wing cross and lands awkwardly on his elbow.
10' Elano's dangerous inswinging cross is caught by Julio Cesar.
9' Adriano is surrounded by three orange shirts as he receives, and is intercepted. Shakhtar move forward and win a free kick on the left side of the Inter box for a Cordoba foul on Brandao.
8' Duljaj's right-wing cross comes off Cambiasso and Shakhtar win another corner.
7' Brandao controls a Matuzalem ball into the box but fortunately Cordoba is on hand and intercepts, conceding a corner in the process.
4' Santiago Solari whips in a cross from the left. Adriano's header is wide of the left post.
3' Martins is fouled just inside the Shakhtar half after a period of Nerazzurri ball possession.
1' Donetsk get the second period going.
Ze Maria
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.44
5 shots on target 6
6 shots off target 6
15 fouls committed 19
6 corners 6
1 offsides 1
00 ball possession 00
Inter v Ukrainian teams

Inter face a Ukrainian side over two legs for the second time. The first was in the 2003/04 Champions League group phase when the Nerazzurri beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 at home (Adani, Fedorov, Vieri) and drew 1-1 away (Adani, Diogo Rincon).

Shakhtar Donetsk v Italian clubs

In their four previous two-legged ties with Italian teams, Shakhtar Donetsk have never drawn, with 1 win and 7 defeats. Shakhtar represented the Soviet Union in the 1976/77 UEFA Cup when they lost to Juventus over two legs, and the Ukraine in the three two-legged meetings with Italian clubs since then (a Cup Winners' Cup in 1997/98 and two Champions League group phases).

Shakhtar Donetsk v Inter

Wednesday's Champions League qualifier in Ukraine is the first match between the two clubs.

Lucescu v Mancini

Mircea Lucescu and Roberto Mancini meet for the fifth time in competitive matches, and the current Inter boss has never lost to the Romanian coach with 3 wins and a draw. Mancini's sides have always won away to Lucescu's teams, scoring twice on both occasions.

The ref: Alain Hamer

Born in Luxembourg on 10 December 1965, Alain Hamer has been an international referee since 1993. In Wednesday's Champions League qualifier he officiates in an Inter match for the third time. Inter drew 1-1 at home to Guingamp in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup, and 3-3 away to Deportivo La Coruna in the same competition four seasons later. The Luxembourg referee has taken charge of 9 matches involving Italian sides (5 wins, 2 draws - both Inter, and 2 defeats).

Adriano nears Jair in all-time scorers' list

With 10 goals in Europe last season, Adriano is third in the all-time list of Inter scorers in the Champions League/European Cup. One more goal will see Adriano reach fellow countryman Jair on 11 goals, five behind Sandro Mazzola (16 goals). With 3 goals in Champions League qualifying rounds, Adriano is one away from Chiesa and Shevchenko's record of 4 goals in qualifying for an Italian club. Sensini, Crespo and Trezeguet are the other players to have scored 3 in Champions League qualifying rounds.

Inter set for 100th Champions League/European Cup match

Inter take part in the Champions League/European Cup for the 13th time in their history. The Nerazzurri were European champions in 1963/64 and 1964/65 with 3-1 and 1-0 victories over Real Madrid and Benfica, and in 1966/67 and 1971/72 lost to Celtic and Ajax in the final.
So far Inter have played 99 matches in Europe's top competition for clubs, collecting 49 wins, 30 draws and 20 defeats, scoring 150 goals and conceding 90.
Inter's top scorer in the Champions League/European Cup is Sandro Mazzola with 16 goals, while Adriano is Nerazzurri top scorer in one edition of the tournament with 10 goals last season. The Brazilian is also the only Inter player to have scored a hat-trick in the competition (Inter 3-1 Porto last 15 March).
Wednesday's match in Donetsk is therefore Inter's 100th in the Champions League/European Cup. The first was a 0-0 draw away to Everton on 18 September 1963, with the first victory a 1-0 win at home to the Toffees a week later. The first defeat was a 1-0 loss to Rangers in Glasgow on 3 March 1965. Inter's biggest win was a 6-0 victory over Dynamo Bucharest in Milan on 11 November 1964 and the biggest defeat was that 5-1 loss at home to Arsenal on 25 November 2003.

No Shakhtar home draw in UCL since 2002

Shakhtar Donetsk's last home draw in the Champions League was on 14 August 2002 when the Ukrainians drew 1-1 with Bruges in the qualifying round. Since then Shakhtar have collected 6 wins and a defeat (1-0 to AC Milan last season) in Champions League home matches.

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DONETSK - Inter take a two-goal advantage over Shakhtar into the Champions League third qualifying round return leg behind closed doors thanks to efforts from Martins and Adriano at a packed Olympic Stadium in Donetsk on Wednesday.

The Nerazzurri strike partners stunned Shakhtar with two splendid second-half goals that see Mancini's men with a foot in the Champions League group stage draw.

Shakhtar started strongly and had a good chance on five minutes when Brazilian striker Brandao outjumped Javier Zanetti to head wide Matuzalem's cross.

Inter had two penalty claims turned down as both Martins and Stankovic were fouled in the Donetsk box, then went close to taking the lead four minutes before the break when Materazzi's header from Veron's corner came back off the crossbar.

Playing their 100th Champions League/European Cup match, the Nerazzurri upped their game after the restart and took the upper hand on 67 minutes when Obafemi Martins sprinted past Barcauan to meet Adriano's exquisite backheeled pass and slot under Lastuvka.

Eleven minutes after Martins' opener Adriano equalled compatriot Jair's tally of eleven goals in Europe's most prestigious cup competition, rising above Srna to head home Ze Maria's pin-point outswinger from the right flank.

Adriano provided Esteban Cambiasso with a golden opportunity to make it 3-0 five minutes from time but the Argentine sent his first-time shot wide.


Scorers: Martins 67, Adriano 78

SHAKHTAR DONETSK: 16 Lastuvka, 2 Barcauan, 3 Hübschman, 4 Tymoshchuk, 6 Duljaj (7 Fernandinho 71), 9 Matuzalem, 20 Byelik (29 Marica 72), 25 Brandao, 26 Rat, 33 Srna, 36 Elano (38 Jadson 58)
Subs not used: 1 Stipe, 14 Stoican, 18 Lewandowski, 28 Seyhan
Coach: Mircea Lucescu

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 5 Stankovic, 10 Adriano, 14 Veron (8 Pizarro 77), 15 Solari (13 Ze Maria 65), 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 23 Materazzi, 30 Martins
Subsn not used: 1 Toldo, 6 C.Zanetti, 9 Cruz, 20 Recoba, 25 Samuel
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Alain Hamer (Lux)

Bookings: Cordoba 18, Duljaj 36, Matuzalem 39, Adriano 60, Cambiasso 63, Brandao 64

starting lineups

Lastuvka 12 Julio Cesar
Barcauan 2 Cordoba
Hubschman 4 Zanetti
Tymoshchunk 5 Stankovic
Duljaj 10 Adriano
Matuzalem 14 Veron
Byelik 21 Solari
Brandao 16 Favalli
Rat 19 Cambiasso
Srna 23 Materazzi
Elano 30 Martins


Stipe 1 Toldo
Fernandinho 6 Zanetti
Stoican 8 Pizarro
Lewandowski 9 Cruz
Seyhan 13 Ze Maria
Marica 20 Recoba
Jadson 25 Samuel