Final score

1 November 2005 20:45

37' (2nd half) Cruz
30' (2nd half) Cruz (P)
16' Hugo Almeida
referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez / linesmen M. Samaniego, Y. Jimenez / 4th man P. Leira
Minutes Text commentary
46' No Nerazzurri player manages to get a foot to Wome's dangerous ball in from the left.
46' Half time. Inter 0 Porto 1.
45' Rangers have taken a 2-1 lead in Bratislava.
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' Quaresma blocks the corner then races forward to meet a long ball by Vitor Baia and shoots from the distance. It's high and wide.
43' Lucho combines with Cech then shoots from 25 yards. Pizarro blocks.
43' On the left wing Wome receives from Veron then crosses. It takes a deflection and Inter win a corner.
41' At the other end Samuel beats Almeida to a Cech cross from the left and makes a headed clearance.
40' Adriano controls a Pizarro pass with his chest then plays back to Figo, who crosses into the box. Martins is beaten to the ball and the visitors clear.
40' Paulo Assuncao blocks and clears a Martins cross from the left.
39' Figo fails to connect with Wome's inswinging cross from the left and Porto win a goal kick.
37' Inter win a left-wing corner kick. Pizarro delivers the cross, Hugo Alemeida clears.
37' Pierre Wome shoots from a tight angle on the left. Vitor Baia collects the ball.
36' Figo is dispossessed by Lucho but wins the ball back and suffers a foul to win Inter a free kick on the right channel.
36' Closer to the right-wing by-line Martins is fouled. Free kick. Figo's cross is cleared by Pepe.
34' Hugo Almeida's effort from 40 yards is well off target.
34' Adriano glances Wome's left-wing cross wide of the left post.
33' Oba Martins gets a header on target from Figo's cross. Vitor Baia catches.
33' Adriano's left-foot shot from the left edge of the Porto box is blocked by Pepe.
31' Lucho makes a headed clearance from a Pizarro cross and concedes a right-wing corner. Nothing comes of Figo's cross.
30' Adriano clears Jorginho's corner kick.
29' At the other end Quaresma wins Porto a free kick on the left for a foul by Burdisso.
29' Favalli heads Jorginho's inswinger out for Porto's first corner of the evening.
28' Figo's right-foot shot from 25 yards whizzes wide of the right post.
27' Figo is fouled by Cech on the right side of the Porto box. The Portuguese winger takes the free kick, Porto clear at the far side.
26' Martins receives a headed pass from Wome then storms down the left. The Nigerian muscles his way past Bosingwa then crosses. Pepe beats Adriano to the ball and clears.
24' Adri heads Figo's cross wide of the near post.
24' Pepe blocks Veron's first-time cross from the left.
23' Adriano sends his free kick into the Curva Sud.
23' The Brazilian wins Inter's first corner of the match.
22' Pedro Emanuel fouls Martins in a central position 40 yards out. Free kick.
21' Pizarro sends a long-range pass to the edge of the Porto area. Pepe beats Adriano to the ball and makes a headed clearance.
20' Adriano controls a Favalli ball down the left but is tackled by Pepe on the by-line.
17' At the far side Wome touches a Figo right-wing cross back into the middle of the area but Pepe blocks and clears.
16' Hugo Almeida's bullet free kick finds the top left corner. 1-0 to Porto.
15' Adriano controls a Martins cross from the right then plays back to Wome, who is denied a shot by Alan.
15' Free kick to Porto in a central position 40 yards out for a Samuel foul on Almeida.
14' Quaresma's low right-foot shot from 25 yards is wide of the left post.
11' Hugo Almeida tries to direct Cech's 20-yard shot into the net but he is flagged offside.
10' In Bratislava it's 1-1 in tonight's other Group H match between Artmedia and Rangers.
10' Martins races down the right the whips in a cross from the by-line. Vitor Baia beats Figo to the ball.
9' Julio Cesar catches Hugo Almeida's high header in the Inter box.
8' The Chilean midfielder fouls Paulo Assuncao in the Inter half on the right wing. Porto's free kick is cleared by Favalli.
6' Pizarro is brought down by Jorginho as he runs on to a Veron pass and Inter win a free kick 35 yards out.
5' Adriano's low ball to Martins is intercepted by Pepe.
3' Adriano flicks a Favalli throw-in into the path of Martins but Pedro Emanuel gets there first.
1' Welcome to the Giuseppe Meazza for tonight's Matchday 4 clash between the Nerazzurri and Porto.
1' Roberto Mancini has opted for a 4-4-2 formation. Burdisso comes in for Cordoba at right-back, with Samuel, Materazzi and Favalli the other defenders. Veron and Pizarro are flanked by Figo and Wome in midfield, and Martins partners Adriano up front.
1' Captains Marco Materazzi and Pedro Emanuel lead the teams out on to the pitch and we're all set for kick-off.
1' Spanish ref Gonzalez blows his whistle, and Inter get tonight's match under way.
1' Free kick to Porto just inside our half for a Materazzi foul on Almeida.
Minutes Text commentary
50' Meireles' shot from 20 yards is well off target.
50' Full time. Inter come back from behind to beat Porto 2-1 behind closed doors at the Meazza. Artmedia hold Rangers 2-2 in tonight's other Group H match.
48' Incredible run down the right by Martins after receiving from Veron. The Nigerian gets to the by-line then crosses. It spins off Meireles and Vitor Baia does well to block and deny Cruz a tap-in.
46' Bosingwa is booked for fouling Figo on the left wing. Mihajlovic's free kick is cleared by McCarthy.
45' Sinisa blocks and clears Quaresma's cross in from the right.
45' Julio Cesar saves McCarthy's shot on the turn but the ref had already blown for a foul against Porto.
45' 5 minutes of additional time to play.
40' Mihajlovic's free kick from the left is headed clear.
38' That was Julio's eighth goal in all competitions this season.
37' Bosingwa concedes another corner after tackling Figo on the left.
37' EL JARDINERO!!!! From the edge of the six-yard box Cruz heads Mihajlovic's cross into the bottom right corner. 2-1 to Inter.
36' Cruz's instinctive shot from Mihajlovic's corner is cleared off the line.
35' The Porto keeper requires medical attention for the second time tonight after colliding with the left post when parrying Mihajlovic's free kick.
34' Ooooohhhhhh! Vitor Baia pulls off a miraculous save from Mihajlovic's free kick. Corner to Inter.
33' Alves handles the ball in a central position 30 yards out. Free kick to Inter in Sinisa Mihajlovic territory.
31' Porto bring on Benni McCarthy for Hugo Almeida.
30' GOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Julio Cruz finds the bottom left corner with a precisely taken penalty shot.
29' Bosingwa tackles Figo on the left and concedes a croner. Mihajlovic's cross is cleared by Alves at the far post.
29' Penalty to Inter as Pizarro is brought down by Pedro Emanuel in the Porto box.
28' Pizarro tries to play over the Porto defence and into the path of Cruz but Pedro Emanuel intercepts and heads clear.
26' Nothing comes of the free kick, but surely Hugo Gonzalez should have been booked for elbowing Materazzi on the chin before it was taken.
25' Mihajlovic fouls Hugo Almeida 30 yards out on the right. Free kick to Porto.
24' Artmedia have equalised in Bratislava. It's now 2-2 between the Slovakians and Rangers.
22' Figo's inswinging cross from the left is caught by Vitor Baia.
21' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out on the left for a Meireles foul on Cambiasso. Figo's cross goes out of play before Materazzi can make aerial contact at the far post.
21' Inter bring on Mihajlovic for Samuel.
20' At the other end Figo wins Inter a right-wing corner.
19' Pizarro and Favalli foul Quaresma on the right wing. Free kick to Porto.
19' Jorginho steals in at the near post to head wide Cech's cross.
17' Cruz takes the ball to the left-wing by-line then crosses. Pedro Emanuel blocks and concedes a corner.
16' Figo weaves his way into the box from the left then crosses. Martins' header is off target.
16' Mancini brings on Cruz for Adriano.
16' Porto replace Paulo Assuncao with Alves.
14' Oba races on to a Figo through ball and tries to poke it past Vitor Baia but the Porto keeper is quick off his line and blocks, conceding a corner.
14' Vitor Baia requires medical attention after hurting his left arm when blocking Oba's shot.
12' Bosingwa beats Adriano to a Veron pass in the Porto box and Inter win a corner.
10' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out on the left wing.
10' Materazzi fouls Cech as both players jump to meet Figo's cross.
9' Roberto Mancini brings on Esteban Cambiasso for Pierre Wome.
8' Figo receives from Pizarro and plays a first-time pass to Burdisso, who loses a challenge on the by-line and Porto win a goal kick.
6' At the far post Favalli beats Jorginho to Quaresma's cross and concedes a right-wing free kick.
5' Adriano is dispossessed by Pedro Emanuel as he receives a pass from Pizarro.
4' Figo, Martins and Burdisso combine on the right. The Argentine wins Inter an attacking throw-in.
3' Bosingwa intercepts Martins' headed pass to Adriano and hooks clear.
1' Porto kick off the second half.
1' Co Adriaanse has brought on Raul Meireles for Alan.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.53
7 shots on target 1
4 shots off target 7
18 fouls committed 24
10 corners 3
2 offsides 2
31:01 ball possession 29:12
The referee: Mejuto Gonzalez

Born in La Felguera, Spain on 16 April 1965, Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez has been an international referee since 1999. He referees the Nerazzurri for the third time after the 3-0 win at Arsenal (2003/04 Champions League) and the 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon (2002/03 Champions League). Besides the two Inter matches, the Spanish referee has taken charge of matches involving Italian clubs on 10 occasions, with 6 Italian wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat: Fiorentina's 1-0 loss at home to Lille in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup when the Viola were coached by Roberto Mancini. Inter have been refereed by a Spanish official 21 times, collecting 11 wins, 5 draws and 5 defeats.

Inter v Portuguese clubs

The Nerazzurri have played 17 European cup competition matches against Portuguese sides, winning 8, drawing 5 and losing 4. Of those matches played at home, which include the 1964/65 European Cup final victory over Benfica, Inter have won 7, drawn 1 and lost 1: a 2-0 defeat in the 1986/87 Mundialito.


1964/65 European Cup Inter-Benfica 1-0 ----
1972/73 UEFA Cup Inter-Vitoria Setubal 1-0 0-2
1987 Mundialito Inter-Porto 0-2 ----
1990/91 UEFA Cup Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0-0
1991/92 UEFA Cup Inter-Boavista 0-0 1-2
1996/97 UEFA Cup Inter-Boavista 5-1 2-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0- 0
2003/04 UEFA Cup Inter-Benfica 4-3 0-0
2004/05 Champions League Inter-Porto 3-1 1- 1
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Porto ---- 0-2

Porto v Italian clubs

In 25 competitive matches against clubs from Italy, Porto have collected 7 wins, 7 draws and 11 defeats. Two of those victories were in finals: Juventus in the 1983/84 Cup Winners' Cup; AC Milan in the 2003 European Super Cup. In the matches played on Italian soil Porto have won 4, drawn 2 (both 0-0) and lost 6.


1974/75 UEFA Cup Porto-Napoli 0-1 0-1
1979/80 European Cup Porto-AC Milan 0-0 1-0
1981/82 Cup Winners' Cup Porto-Roma 2-0 0-0
1983/84 Cup Winners' Cup Porto-Juventus ---- ---- 1-2 (pld in Basel)
1987 Mundialito Porto-AC Milan ---- 0-2
1987 Mundialito Porto-Inter ---- 2-0
1992/93 Champions League Porto-AC Milan 0-1 0-1
1993/94 Champions League Porto-AC Milan 0-0 0-3
1994/95 coppa delle Coppe Porto-Sampdoria 0-1 1- 0
1996/97 Champions League Porto-AC Milan 1-1 3-2
2001/02 Champions League Porto-Juventus 0-0 1-3
2002/03 UEFA Cup Porto-Lazio 4-1 0-0
2003 European Super Cup Porto-AC Milan ---- ---- 0-1 (pld in Montecarlo)
2004/05 Champions League Porto-Inter 1-1 1- 3
2005/06 Champions League Porto-Inter 2-0 ----

Inter prolific at home this term

With 16 goals in 7 home games, Inter have scored in each of their Meazza matches in 2005/06. The last time the Nerazzurri failed to score at home was on 29 May 2005 when they played out a goalless Serie A draw with Reggina.

No Portuguese win in Italy since 1997

The last time a Portuguese club won a European tie on Italian soil was in the Cup Winners' Cup on 20 March 1997 when Benfica beat Fiorentina 1- 0 in Florence. Since then there have been 13 matches between Portuguese and Italian sides in Italy, with 11 Italian wins and 2 draws.

Adriano's record hat-trick against Porto

The last time Inter entertained Porto in the Champions League was in the round of sixteen on 15 March 2005. Inter won 3-1 with three goals from Adriano, who became the first Nerazzurri player to score a hat- trick in the European Cup/Champions League.

Adriano chasing Mazzola record

With his goal at Shakhtar Donetsk in qualifying last August 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 in Europe's most prestigious competition.

Porto drawless in 7 Euro trips

Porto's last European draw away from home was a 2-2 Champions League stalemate at Lyon on 7 April 2004. Since then they have collected 2 wins and 5 defeats.

wins(2) draws(0) defeats(0)
MILAN - Inter came back from behind at the Giuseppe Meazza to beat Porto 2-1 in Matchday 4 thanks to goals from second-half substitute Julio Cruz.

The Argentine striker converted a penalty then scored with a header to put Inter four points clear at the top of Champions League Group H, with Artmedia holding Rangers 2-2 in Bratislava.

Hugo Almeida stunned the Nerazzurri on 16 minutes with a bullet free kick that sailed into the top left corner.

But Inter kept their nerve and had three good chances to equalise. Figo sent a 20-yard shot wide then crossed for Martins to head at Vitor Baia before Adriano had a left-foot stinger blocked by Pepe.

Porto's only real chance of increasing their lead before the break fell to Quaresma, who curled a low, right-foot shot wide.

On for Adriano in the second half, Julio Cruz found the bottom left corner with a precisely taken penalty shot to tie the match after Pizarro was brought down by Pedro Emanuel.

Sinisa Mihajlovic had a curling free kick miraculously saved by Vitor Baia, then Cruz had an instinctive shot cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

But there was no stopping El Jardinero's headed goal into the bottom left corner as the Nerazzurri completed a second-half fightback.

INTER 2-1 PORTO (HT: 0-1)

Scorers: Hugo Almeida 16, Cruz (pen) 75, 82

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 3 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel (11 Mihajlovic 66), 16 Favalli; 7 Figo, 8 Pizarro, 14 Veron, 33 Wome (19 Cambiasso 54); 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 61), 30 Martins
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 4 J.Zanetti, 20 Recoba, 21 Solari
Coach: Roberto Mancini

PORTO: 99 Vitor Baia; 12 Bosingwa, 4 Pedro Emanuel, 14 Pepe, 35 Cech; 8 Lucho Gonzalez, 17 Jorginho, 18 Paulo Assunção (13 Alves 61); 7 Quaresma, 27 Alan (16 Meireles 46), 39 Hugo Almeida (9 McCarthy 76)
Subs not used: 31 Ribeiro, 3 Ricardo Costa, 20 Diego, 21 Cesar Peixoto
Coach: Co Adriaanse

Referee: Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain)

Booked: Bosingwa 90+1

Group H standings after MD4
Inter 9
Artmedia 5
Rangers 5
Porto 3

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Vitor Baia
Burdisso 3 Bosingwa
Materazzi 23 Pedro Emanuel
Samuel 25 Pepe
Favalli 16 Cech
Figo 7 Lucho Gonzalez
Pizarro 8 Jorginho
Veron 14 Paulo Assunção
Wome 33 Quaresma
Adriano 10 Alan
Martins 30 Hugo Almeida


Toldo 1 Paulo Ribeiro
Zanetti 4 Ricardo Costa
Mihajlovic 11 McCarthy
Cambiasso 19 Bruno Alves
Solari 21 Raul Meireles
Cruz 9 Diego
Recoba 20 Cesar Peixoto