Final score

13 September 2005 20:45

Artmedia Bratislava
17' Cruz
referee Eric Poulat / linesmen N. Viennot, L. Dagorne / 4th man D. Ledentu
Minutes Text commentary
46' It's 1-0 to us after 45 minutes of play at the Tehelné Pole thanks to Julio Cruz's' goal on 17 minutes.
45' One minute of added time to play.
41' At the far post Julio Cesar catches to deny Urbanek a close-range chance.
40' Artmedia win a free kick 25 yards out on the right channel.
39' Figo is presented with a good chance to increase Inter's lead. His shot is blocked but he recovers the ball in the area and plays to Adriano, who is anticipated.
38' In tonight's other Group H match at Ibrox Rangers have taken the lead against Porto. Peter Lovenkrands put the SPL side ahead on 35 minutes.
38' Great ball by Adriano to Cruz, who dilly-dallies in the box and has his late shot blocked by Cobej.
37' Inter win their first corner of the 2005/06 Champions League. Figo's corner finishes at the feet of Veron, whose 25-yard volley is blocked. But the home side win a free kick for a Stankovic foul in the box.
36' Kozac frees Petras down the right. The winger cuts inside then tries a shot. Samuel blocks.
34' 'The Hammer' booked for tripping Artmedia captain Kozak.
33' Free kick to Artmedia for a tough tackle by Cristiano Zanetti on Durica on the halfway line.
31' Urbanek's curling cross-shot from the left is caught by Julio Cesar at the near post.
31' At the other end Julio Cruz wins us an attacking throw-in right by the corner flag.
29' Another free kick to us, this time midway inside the Artmedia half for a Durica foul on Cruz.
29' Figo delivers a cross from the right. Stankovic commits a foul in the box as Artmedia head clear.
28' Nerazzurri number seven Luis Figo is fouled by Stano in midfield. Free kick to Inter.
25' Hartig remains on the ground clutching his left shin after a confrontation with Cristiano 'The Hammer' Zanetti.
23' Kozak crosses in from the right. Cristiano Zanetti clears with a backheel.
23' Adriano powers past an opponent down the left then from the edge of the box unleashes a left-foot shot which goes high and wide.
21' Walter Samuel drifts to the right side of the Nerazzurri box to anticipate Urbanek and head clear.
20' Great defending by Cordoba. The Colombian wins the ball off Urbanek, shields from the Artmedia midfielder by the left-wing corner flag then plays away from danger.
17' GOOOAALLLL!!!!! Julio Cruz picks up where he left off in Palermo to put Inter in front. Stankovic plays an excellent through ball to Adriano who unselfishly serves Cruz and El Jardinero sends a low, first-time shot into the bottom right corner.
15' Inter captain Cordoba makes a timely challenge on Durica to cut out an Artmedia move down the left.
14' Figo shrugs off challenges from two opponents then feeds through to Cruz, who is a yard offside.
13' Cruz and Adriano look for a way through but Artmedia are tight at the back and defending in numbers.
12' Wome's long throw-in from the left is headed clear by Debnar.
11' Stano is booked by Poulat for a foul on behind on Julio Cruz.
10' Cross by Halenar from the left. Vascak fails to make aerial contact at the far side and Inter regain possession.
8' Juan Sebastian Veron is booked for a late tackle on Hartig in midfield.
7' Pierre Wome skips past an opponent, gets into a shooting position and sends a low, right-foot drive wide of the left post.
6' Urbanek makes his way into the Inter box from the left but comes up against Marco Materazzi, who tackles the Artmedia winger then clears.
4' Adriano's low, left-foot effort is blocked by the Artmedia wall.
3' Veron picks out Figo on the right with a long ball forward but Artmedia win a throw-in as Luis cannot keep the ball in play.
3' Free kick to us about 30 yards out for a Debnar push on Cruz.
2' The Portuguese winger crosses into the box, Artmedia keeper Cobej punches clear.
1' Inter's 2005/06 Champions League campaign starts here at the Tehelné Pole Stadium in Bratislava with a Group H Matchday 1 tie against Artmedia.
1' Playing in the Champions League for the first time in their history, Artmedia will play their home matches at Slovan Bratislava's ground as their own stadium does not meet UEFA requirements.
1' Inter team news: Roberto Mancini has numerous changes to the side that lost 3-2 to Palermo on Saturday. Julio Cruz replaces Martins in attack as Figo, C.Zanetti and Stankovic start in midfield. Wome and Samuel come in for Favalli and Ze Maria at the back.
1' Playing in their hooped grey and blue shirts, the Nerazzurri kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!
1' Free kick to Inter on the right wing as Figo is fouled.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Martins has a go from 20 yards. His ferocious effort is over.
48' Full time. Ten-man Inter hang on for a 1-0 victory over Artmedia Bratislava. In Glasgow a late goal from Kyrgiakos gives Rangers a 3-2 victory over Porto in tonight's other Group H match.
47' Adriano receives from Pizarro, skips past his marker then blasts wide of the left post.
45' Artmedia win a free kick in a central position 40 yards out.
45' Debnar's free kick hits the Nerazzurri wall.
45' There will be three minutes of stoppage time.
44' Rangers are back in front at Ibrox. It's now 3-2 to the Scots.
43' Adriano's outswinging cross from the left is straight into the arms of Cobej.
42' Cordoba beats Luis Gomes to a long ball forward and heads back to Julio Cesar.
40' Julio Cesar makes a crucial save from Halenar, whose close-range, first-time shot from Kozak's right-wing cross is on target.
39' Bratislava win another corner. And Materazzi makes another headed clearance.
38' Marco Materazzi towers above Konecny to make a headed clearance form an Artmedia corner.
35' Stankovic stabs clear from inside the Inter area to deny Vascak.
35' Inter bring on Martins for Figo.
34' Vascak crosses from the right. Gomes receives on the far side and attempts to cross back in. Cordoba blocks.
33' Artmedia sub Miculik handles the ball on the edge of the Inter area and it's a free kick to us.
33' Pizarro plays a 30-yard pass to Adriano on the right but the Brazilian is flagged offside.
30' Luis Figo looks for space for a shot just inside the Artmedia box but is intercepted.
29' It's 2-2 in Glasgow as Pepe scores his second for Porto.
28' Weiss brings on Konecny for Urbanek.
27' Pizarro dribbles two players then shoots from inside the Artmedia box. The shot is blocked and deflects off the Chilean midfielder for a goal kick.
26' Adriano receives a delightful ball from Figo then powers past Debnar before sending his right-foot shot wide.
26' Artmedia replace Hartig with Mikulic.
24' It takes three Artmedia players to stop Adriano as the Brazilian makes a storming diagonal run into the box from the right.
24' Rangers are back in front at Ibrox thanks to a Dado Prso goal.
22' Ooooohhhhh! Adriano's curling, left-foot effort comes off the inside of the right post and ends up in open play.
21' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out for a foul on Luis Figo.
20' Mancini brings on Pizarro for Cruz.
18' Hartig's close-range header from the corner is just wide.
17' Materazzi cuts out Hartig's short pass in the area from Fodrek's right-wing cross and Artmedia win a corner as Inter survive a scare.
17' Artmedia bring on Luis Gomes for Stano.
15' Adriano's diagonal shot from the left is wide of the near post.
12' Figo takes the free kick, curling it over the wall and the right post.
10' Veron is booked for taking a free kick before the referee's whistle.
10' It's the Argentine midfielder's second card of the evening and he's off.
9' Adriano plays a high ball over the Artmedia defence to Stankovic. The Brazilian continues his run to meet the Serb's return pass but fumbles his shot.
8' Pierre Wome finds space for a 25-yard shot but it's well wide of the left post.
7' Cruz keeps the ball in play on the right-wing by-line and wins a corner for Inter after his cross is blocked.
6' Artmedia play the ball around in the Inter half as the crowd gets behind their team. The move ends with Kozak's shot finishing high and wide.
5' Cruz races on to Debnar's headed backpass but Artmedia keeper Cobej gets to the ball first.
5' At Ibrox Kleper Pepe equalises for Porto against Rangers.
3' Figo is surrounded by two black and white shirts as he looks for space on the right side of the Artmedia area. His cross is blocked.
2' Petras makes a sliding tackle on Wome to prevent the Cameroonian from continuing a move down the left started by Stankovic.
2' Vascak's right-wing cross is blocked and Artmedia win a throw-in.
1' Artmedia kick off the second period.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.95
2 shots on target 3
7 shots off target 16
22 fouls committed 13
3 corners 2
0 offsides 6
00 ball possession 00
Italian teams v Slovakian sides

Since Slovakia became an independent nation there have been just two two-legged European Cup ties between Italian and Slovakian clubs. In the 1997/98 Champions League group stage Juventus beat Kosice 1-0 away then won 3-2 at the Delle Alpi. And in the 1998/99 Intertoto competition Sampdoria disposed of Tauris, winning 2-0 at the Marassi and losing 1-0 away.

Inter beaten in Bratislava 23 years ago

Inter face Artmedia for the first time on Tuesday, but it's not the first time the Nerazzurri have played a European Cup competition game in Bratislava. On 29 September 1982 Inter, coached by Rino Marchesi, were beaten 2-1 by Slovan Bratislava in the Cup Winners' Cup, Takac and Bobek replying to Hansi Muller's opener from the penalty spot. But the Nerazzurri qualified for the next round thanks their 2-0 first leg win in Milan.

The ref: Eric Poulat

Born in France on 8 December 1963, Eric Poulat has been an international refereee since 1999. He has never taken charge of an Inter match before, but has refereed Italian clubs in Europe on 7 occasions (2 Italian wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats).

Artmedia v Inter

Tuesday's Champions League Group H match is the first meeting between the two teams. Inter also face a Slovakian team for the first time in their history.

Inter in Europe on 13 September

Against Artmedia on Tuesday Inter play a European cup competition match on 13 September for the fifth time, with 3 wins and 1 defeat from the other 4 games. Two of these victories are among Inter's five biggest wins in Europe. On 13 September Inter beat Hannover 8-2 in the 1960 Fairs Cup and La Valletta 6-1 in the 1972 UEFA Cup. Both matches were played at the San Siro.
Inter's other three biggest European wins are the 7-0 victory against Lyon in December 1958 (Fairs Cup), 6-0 against Dinamo Bucharest in November 1964 (European Cup) and 6-1 against Hannover in October 1960 (Fairs Cup).

Inter's other Euro win on 13 September was a 3-1 home victory against Floriana La Valletta in the 1978 Cup Winners' Cup, while the defeat was a 1-0 reverse against Malmo in the 1989 European Cup.

Adriano chasing Mazzola record

With his goal at Shakhtar Donetsk in qualifying last month 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 European goals.

No Artmedia goal in Europe for 312'

Artmedia Bratislava go into their maiden Champions League group stage match without a continental goal in 312 minutes. The Slovakian's last European goal was scored by Miculik in the 78th minute of August's qualifying round 5-0 win at home to Celtic. Artmedia have gone without scoring for the remaining 12 minutes of that match, the full 90 minutes of the return leg in Glasgow, and the entire third qualifying round tie against Partizan (90 minutes at home; 120 minutes in Belgrade).

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)
BRATISLAVA - Inter got their 2005/06 Champions League campaign off to a positive start Tuesday with a 1-0 victory away to Slovakian champions Artmedia Bratislava. The Nerazzurri played most of the second half in ten men after Veron was red-carded for a second bookable offence.

Julio Cruz scored the winning goal on 17 minutes after a swift Nerazzurri attack down the left. Adriano received a through ball from Dejan Stankovic then unselfishly squared for El Jardinero to slide home his third goal in two games for Inter.

The Argentine striker and Luis Figo had chances to increase Inter's lead before the break as the hosts struggled to carve out any meaningful attempts on goal.

The face of the match changed ten minutes into the second period when Juan Sebastian Veron was sent marching for a second yellow.

Artmedia rallied and had two good chances to equalise in their maiden Champions League appearance. From close range Hartig headed a corner narrowly wide before Halenar met Kozak's cross then shot straight at Julio Cesar.

In between, Adriano went close to giving ten-man Inter a two-goal cushion when his curling free kick came back off the inside of the post.

In Tuesday's other Group H tie Rangers edged Porto 3-2 at Ibrox to share top spot with Inter after Matchday 1.


Scorer: Cruz 17

ARTMEDIA BRATISLAVA: 1 Cobej; 20 Fodrek, 2 Debnar, 4 Durica, 21 Petras; 16 Hartig (10 Mikulic 71), 3 Stano (Luis Gomes 6), 25 Kozak, 22 Urbanek (23 Konecny 73); 8 Vascak, 14 Halenar
Subs not used: 30 Kollar, 24 Burak, 15 Gajdos, 19 Bukvic

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 33 Wome; 7 Figo (30 Martins 80), 14 Veron, 6 C.Zanetti, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 9 Cruz (8 Pizarro 65)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 13 Ze Maria, 16 Favalli, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Recoba
Coach: Mancini

Referee: Poulat (France)

Bookings: Veron 8, Stano 11, C.Zanetti 34
Sent off: Veron 55

starting lineups

Cobej 12 Julio Cesar
Fodrek 2 Cordoba
Debnar 25 Samuel
Durica 23 Materazzi
Petras 33 Wome
Hartig 7 Figo
Stano 6 Zanetti
Kozak 14 Veron
Urbanek 5 Stankovic
Vascak 9 Cruz
Halenar 10 Adriano


Kollar 1 Toldo
Konecny 13 Ze Maria
Burak 16 Favalli
Gajdos 8 Pizarro
Luis Gomes 19 Cambiasso
Mikulic 20 Recoba
Bukvic 30 Martins