Final score

24 August 2005 21:00

12' Recoba
Shakhtar Donetsk
25' Elano
referee Herbert Fandel / linesmen C. Kadach, H. Sather / 4th man B. Rafati
Minutes Text commentary
46' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out on the left channel.
46' Adriano goes down in the box as he meets Recoba's curling free kick, but the ref spots a foul by the Brazilian.
46' Half time. Inter 1-1 Shakhtar (3-1 on aggregate).
45' Adriano has a long-range left-foot shot blocked.
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' Brandao, who scored four of Shakhtar's five goals in a league match at the weekend, has a 25-metre shot saved by Julio Cesar.
44' At the other end Recoba sends an angled shot well wide of the left post.
40' Recoba's powerful left-foot effort is punched away by Lastuvka.
39' Free kick to Inter in a central position 40 yards out for a foul on Adriano.
38' Good tackle by Cambiasso on Brandao. The Nerazzurri break but Solari misreads a Recoba move and the visitors regain possession.
37' Lewandowski hooks clear as Adriano loses control of the ball in the Ukrainian box.
36' Tymoshchuk skips past Cambiasso then has a 20-yard shot saved by Julio Cesar as Shakhtar go close again.
35' In the centre circle Elano shoves Veron off the ball and it's a Nerazzurri free kick.
35' Seconds later Fandel gives a free kick against the Argentine for going in feet high on Matuzalem.
33' Stankovic receives from Recoba then tries a diagonal shot from the right side of the Shakhtar box. It's blocked and the Ukrainians push forward.
31' Matuzalem plays wide to Rat on the left wing. The Romanian whips in a cross, Solari makes a headed clearance and Adriano moves forward with the ball.
29' Juan Veron has two shots blocked as the Nerazzurri react after a period of Shakhtar pressure.
27' Hubschman's cross-shot from the right flashes past the far post and Elano and Brandao fail to get a touch for a certain second goal.
25' Shakhtar pull one back through Elano, who slots into the back of the net from eleven yards out after connecting with a pass by Marica, who raced past Materazzi before crossing. Inter 1-1 Shakhtar (3-1 on aggregate).
23' Elano tries to feed through to Marica (back on the pitch) but Cordoba intercepts and plays clear.
21' Materazzi is okay, but Shakhtar forward Marica is stretchered off for treatment.
20' Recoba opens up play with a delightful first-time pass to the right wing but Rat beats Stankovic to the ball and passes back to keeper Lastuvka.
20' Marica and Materazzi remain on the ground following a collision 10 yards outside the Inter area.
18' Italian Super Cup scorer Veron is yellow-carded for a foul on Hubschman.
17' At the other end Brandao gets in the way of Elano's long-range shot. Julio Cesar collects.
16' Adriano is tackled by Srna as the Brazilian powers into the Shakhtar box.
13' Recoba, who hasn't started a match for Inter since 16 February, partnered Adriano in attack in the 4-1 Champions League qualifying win at home to Basel last year.
12' Brandao pounces on a loose ball in the Inter box then plays back to Elano, but Cambiasso intercepts and sets up an attack.
12' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!!! Alvaro Recoba gives Inter the lead with a low shot past Lastuvka from the edge of the Shakhtar penalty area.
10' Brandao's through ball for Marica is too long and Inter win a goal kick.
7' Shatkhtar close to an opener as Rat crosses from the left and Elano sees his shot deflected out for a corner.
6' Pierre Wome, making his competitive debut for the Nerazzurri tonight, combines with Solari on the left then gets to the by-line in the box and crosses. Shakhtar clear.
4' It's Brandao versus Cordoba again on the left wing. This time the Colombian outpaces the Shakhtar striker and plays back to Julio Cesar.
4' Inter win a free kick in the Shakhtar half for a Tymoshchuk foul on Adriano.
3' Brandao wins a duel with Cordoba then falls over in the Nerazzurri box and is lucky not to get booked.
2' Brazilian striker Brandao runs on to a Tymoshchuk pass but it's too long and Inter win a goal kick.
1' Shakhtar kick off tonight's match behind closed doors at the San Siro.
1' Free kick to the visitors in their own half for a Veron foul on Shakhtar captain Tymoshchuk.
Minutes Text commentary
47' Excellent defending by Cordoba, who robs Byelik in the box.
47' Full time. Inter draw 1-1 with Shakhtar and qualify for the Champions League group stage with an aggregate 3-1 victory.
45' Recoba tries to dribble three opponents as Inter counter attack. He gets past two but loses control of the ball and Tymoshchuk wins possession.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
42' The Shakhtar sub is straight into the action but his weak shot from 20 yards causes no problems for Julio Cesar.
41' Dangerous ball across the face of the Inter goal by Srna. No Shakhtar player is on hand and it's a Nerazzurri goal kick.
41' Fernandinho replaces Duljaj.
38' Lastuvka saves Za Maria's floated cross-shot from the right.
37' David Pizarro is booked for a foul on Matuzalem.
36' Recoba dances among three orange shirts then looks for Ze Maria with a ball to the right wing. Rat intercepts.
36' Mancini makes his third and final substitution. Julio Cruz replaces Adriano.
35' Lastuvka anticipates Adriano to Recoba's left-wing cross as the Nerazzurri look for a second goal.
32' Adriano bursts past an opponent on then has his diagonal shot deflected out for a corner by Hubschman.
31' Materazzi's far-post header from Recoba's cross is caught by Lastuvka.
30' Free kick to Inter out on the left flank for a foul on Adriano.
28' Jadson's effort from 25 yards is high and wide.
28' Inter bring on Ze Maria for Veron.
26' Shakhtar bring on Byelik for Marica.
24' Materazzi is booked for a foul on Jadson as Shakhtar storm forward on the break.
23' Recoba is shoved off the ball by Hubschman. Free kick to us in a central position 30 yards out.
23' Adriano's powerful left-foot free kick takes a deflection. Right-wing corner kick for Inter.
20' Lucescu brings on Jadson for Elano.
19' Materazzi makes yet another headed clearance from the Shakhtar free kick.
18' Solari is booked for on foul on Srna.
17' Another Materazzi clearance, this time from Rat's left-wing outswinging cross.
14' Marco Materazzi makes a headed clearance from Srna's dangerous right-wing cross.
14' Adriano combines with Veron as the Nerazzurri counter-attack but the move ends after a Solari foul.
12' Materazzi's long ball forward is over the heads of Recoba and Hubschman and into the hands of Lastuvka.
8' Pizarro plays a superb one-two with Adriano then plays square to Recoba, who plays a neat pass back to Santiago Solari. The Argentine left-winger has two shots in quick succession saved by Lastuvka.
5' At the left post Julio Cesar catches Rat's diagonal volley.
4' Brandao cuts out Veron's crossfield pass to captain Zanetti but loses control of the ball and Cordoba gains possession.
3' Elano takes the ball past Veron then at the left-wing by-line crosses in for Marica, who fires wide.
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
1' Roberto Mancini has made a half-time switch. David Pizarro replaces Dejan Stankovic.
1' Shakhtar scare Inter with a quick attacking move which ends as Elano's 20-metre strike finishes wide of the right post.
Ze Maria
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.52
5 shots on target 4
0 shots off target 0
18 fouls committed 19
2 corners 2
0 offsides 2
28:12 ball possession 33:26
Match ref: Herbert Fandel

Born on 9 March 1964, German official Herbert Fandel has been an international referee since 1998. Fandel referees the Nerazzurri for the first time, but has officiated in 10 European matches involving Italian clubs (5 Italian wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats). Wednesday's match against Shakhtar is the 30th time a German official referees Inter, with 14 Nerazzurri wins, 6 draws and 9 defeats from the previous 29 games.

Disciplinary situation

Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Adriano, Cambiasso, Cordoba
Former players/coaches: -

Shakhtar Donetsk
Disqualified: -
Cautioned: Brandao, Duliaj, Matuzalem
Former players/coaches: Mircea Lucescu (7 wins, 5 draws and 10 defeats in 22 competitive matches as Inter boss from December 1998 to March 1999)

Shakhtar coach: Mircea Lucescu profile

Born in Bucharest, Romania on 29 July 1945 Mircea Lucescu is no stranger to Italian football, having coached Pisa in 1990/91 (he was sacked after 24 rounds), Brescia from 1991/92 to 1995/96 (sacked after 20 matches in 1994/95 and after 24 games in 1995/96), Reggiana in 1996/97 (replaced after 10 rounds) and Inter in 1998/99 (he replaced Simoni then was replaced by Castellini after 15 league matches).
In his playing career Lucescu scored 78 goals in 361 appearances for Dinamo Bucharest, winning 6 league titles and as many national cups. He was capped 74 times by Romania.
As a coach he has won two Romanian league titles (Dinamo Bucharest, 1989/90; Rapid Bucarest, 1998/99), two Turkish championships (Galatasaray, 2001/02; Besiktas, 2002/03), one Ukrainian Premier League title (Shakhtar, 2004/05), three Romanian cups (Dinamo Bucarest, 1985/86, 1989/90; Rapid Bucarest 1997/98), one Anglo-Italian Cup (Brescia, 1993/94), one Romanian Super Cup (Rapid Bucarest, 1999) and one European Super Cup (Galatasaray, 2000).

Mancini v Lucescu

Roberto Mancini and Mircea Lucescu meet for the sixth time in competitive matches, and the current Inter boss has never lost to the Romanian coach with four wins and a draw. Mancini's sides have always scored at least one goal against Lucescu's teams, with a total of eight goals scored.


2002/03 UEFA Cup Lazio-Besiktas 1-0 2-1
2003/04 Champions League Lazio-Besiktas 1-1 2-0
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Shakhtar ---- 2-0

Inter v Ukrainian sides

The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their three matches against Ukrainian teams, with two wins and a draw.


2003/04 Champions League Inter-Dinamo Kiev 2-1 1-1
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Shakhtar Donetsk ---- 2-0

Shakhtar v Italian clubs

Shakhtar Donetsk have never drawn against an Italian team, with a win and seven defeats from the previous eight matches. They 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 Italians clubs since then (a Cup Winners' Cup in 1997/98 and two Champions League group phases). Shakhtar have lost all four matches played on Italian soil, scoring twice and letting in fourteen goals.


1976/77 UEFA Cup Shakhtar Donetsk-Juventus 1-0 0-3
1997/98 Cup Winners' Cup Shakhtar Donetsk-Vicenza 1-3 1-2
2000/01 Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk-Lazio 0-3 1-5
2004/05 Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk-AC Milan 0-1 0-4
2005/06 Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk-Inter 0-2 ----

Inter: 596 minutes without conceding a goal

Inter haven't let in a goal in competitive matches since last 18 May when Diego Lopez scored in the 64th minute of the Nerazzurri's 3-1 Coppa Italia victory. The Nerazzurri have kept a clean sheet for the remaining 26 minutes of that match plus the 2004/05 Serie A games against Sampdoria and Reggina (180 minutes), the two-legged domestic cup final against Roma (180 minutes), the Champions League qualifying match in Donetsk (90 minutes) and the Italian Super Cup final against Juventus (120 minutes).

Inter & 2-0 advantages from first legs in Europe

Inter defend a 2-0 lead from a continental cup tie first leg for the third time in their history. In the 1963/64 European Cup Inter knocked out Partizan Belgrade with a 2-1 win in the return leg. Giovanni Trapattoni's Nerazzurri were eliminated by Bayern Monaco in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup, losing 3-1 to the Germans at the San Siro.

Adriano chasing Mazzola record

With his goal against Shakhtar in Donetsk a fortnight ago Adriano equalled Jair's tally of 11 goals for Inter in the European Cup/Champions League. The Brazilian striker is now five away from reaching Sandro Mazzola's club record of 16 goals.

Adriano equals Shevchenko & Chiesa

Adriano's goal against Shakhtar in the first leg was his fourth in Champions League qualifying matches. The Brazilian has therefore equalled Enrico Chiesa and Andriy Shevchenko's scoring record for Italian clubs in UCL qualifying.

Shakhtar: no away draw in Europe for a year

Shakhtar Donetsk's last away draw in European cup competitions was on 25 August 2004 when the Ukrainians drew 2-2 at Bruges. Since then Shakhtar have collected a win and four defeats on the road.

wins(0) draws(1) defeats(0)
MILAN - Inter drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk behind closed doors at the Giuseppe Meazza on Wednesday and go through to the UEFA Champions League group stage courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate victory. Alvaro Recoba added to Martins and Adriano's goals in the Ukraine a fortnight ago before Elano pulled one back for Mircea Lucescu's side.

Uruguayan ace Recoba, who partnered Adriano in attack in last year's qualifying victory over Basel in Milan, put Inter 3-0 up on aggregate in the 12th minute, finding the bottom right corner with a low, left-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Shakhtar reduced the deficit on 25 minutes from what was an almost identical move to the one that saw Veron decide Saturday's Italian Super Cup final at the Delle Alpi. Marica raced past Materazzi on the right wing then pulled back for Elano to slot home from eleven yards.

The victory over two legs sees Inter join Serie A rivals Juventus, AC Milan and Udinese in the draw for the group stage of the Champions League, which takes place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco at 16:00CET on Thursday.


Scorers: Recoba 12, Elano 25

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar, 2 Cordoba, 4 J.Zanetti, 5 Stankovic (8 Pizarro 46), 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 81), 14 Veron (13 Zè Maria 73), 15 Solari, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Recoba, 23 Materazzi, 33 Wome
Subs not used: Toldo, 6 C.Zanetti, 16 Favalli, 25 Samuel
Coach: Roberto Mancini

SHAKHTAR DONETSK: 16 Lastuvka, 3 Hubschman, 4 Tymoshchuk, 6 Duljaj (7 Fernandinho 86), 9 Matuzalem, 18 Lewandowski, 25 Brandao, 26 Rat, 29 Marica (20 Byelik 71), 33 Srna, 36 Elano (38 Jadson 65)
Subs not used: 1 Stipe, 2 Barcauan, 10 Vukic, 14 Stoican
Coach: Mircea Lucescu

Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany)

Bookings: Veron 18, Solari 64, Materazzi 70, Pizarro 82

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Lastuvka
Cordoba 2 Urschman
Zanetti 4 Tymoshchuk
Stankovic 5 Duljaj
Adriano 10 Matuzalem
Veron 14 Lewandowski
Solari 21 Brandao
Cambiasso 19 Rat
Recoba 20 Marica
Materazzi 23 Srna
Wome 33 Elano


Toldo 1 Pletikosa
Zanetti 6 Barcauan
Pizarro 8 Fernandinho
Cruz 9 Vukic
Ze Maria 13 Stoican
Favalli 16 Byelik
Samuel 25 Jadson