Final score

22 February 2006 20:45

20' Rosales
16' Huntelaar
41' (2nd half) Cruz
4' (2nd half) Stankovic
referee Wolfgang Stark / linesmen J.H. Salver, M. Henes / 4th man M. Grafe
Minutes Text commentary
46' Inter close to a goal. Cruz heads Figo's corner on to the crossbar. Cordoba's follow-up header also comes off the bar and Stekelenburg smothers.
46' Ajax lead Inter 2-0 at half time.
45' Emanuelson unleashes a fierce shot from 20 metres. Fortunately for Inter, it's high and wide.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Samuel's header from Figo's cross is cleared from the six-yard box by Vermaelen.
42' Cordoba cuts out a Rosales cross from the right to deny Rosenberg.
41' Heitinga intercepts Adriano in the Ajax half and hits Inter on the counter-attack. His cross from the right is blocked by Samuel.
40' Trabelsi looks for Huntelaar with a low pass but it's wayward and Toldo comes out of his area to collect.
39' Toldo makes a good save from Maduro's first-time shot after Burdisso's half-clearance.
38' Figo's low shot from 25 yards is blocked in the Ajax area.
37' Ajax hit Inter on the break again. Moroccan international Boukhari fires wide from 20 yards.
36' Figo's cross to the edge of the Ajax area is headed clear.
33' Figo crosses low to Stankovic, whose right-foot shot from the edge of the Ajax area is blocked by Boukhari.
32' Inter win a right-wing corner after a Heitinga foul on Figo. Stark gives no free kick.
31' Rosales volleys wide from a tight angle after meeting a cross from the left.
30' Free kick to Inter ten metres inside the Ajax half for a Lindenbergh foul on Stankovic.
28' Ajax win a free kick in a central position 30 metres out.
28' Maduro's shot from the free kick hits the Nerazzurri wall.
27' Good chance for Inter. Javier 'El Tractor' Zanetti goes on another of his 50-yard runs then plays forward to Cruz, whose shot is comfortably saved Stekelenburg.
26' Samuel wins a duel with his opposite number Huntelaar and concedes an attacking throw-in on the left.
24' Zanetti's cross from the right-wing by-line is headed out for for a corner by Trabelsi. Nothing comes of the corner kick as Ajax are quick out of their area.
21' Free kick to Inter on the right wing. Figo's cross is cleared.
20' 2-0 to Ajax. From six yards out Rosales bundles home an Emanuelson cross from the left.
19' Stankovic combines with Cesar but is promptly tackled on the edge of the Ajax box.
18' Figo's outswinging cross from the right-wing corner flag is cleared by the Dutch defence.
17' Javier Zanetti attacks down the right, enters the Ajax area then cuts back for Cambiasso. Ajax intercept and Inter win a corner.
16' Ajax take the lead through Huntelaar, who beats Toldo with a flicked header from a Rosales cross.
15' Figo sweeps the ball wide to Cesar, who wins a duel with an opponent on the left but can't stop the ball going out for an Ajax goal kick.
14' Vermaelen cuts out Cordoba's long ball for Cruz.
14' From the edge of the Inter box Rosales sends a low shot on target. Toldo saves.
13' Free kick to Ajax in a central position 45 yards out for a Samuel foul on Huntelaar.
12' Ajax hit Inter on the counter-attack. In a sweeping move Rosales plays wide to Trabelsi, who crosses for Rosenberg to smash wide at the back post.
12' At the other end Stekelenburg comes off his line to beat Cruz to a long ball.
11' Huntelaar fails to read a Maduro pass. Toldo comes off his line to collect the through ball.
10' Adriano is tackled by Vermaelen in the Ajax box. The Lancers break with Boukhari but the Inter defence keeps tight and the move comes to nothing.
9' Figo's second cross is caught by Stekelenburg, but Stark has blown his whistle for a Cordoba foul.
8' Figo's inswinging cross from the left-wing corner flag will have to be taken again as there were two balls on the pitch.
7' Stekelenburg pushes a long-range effort by Stankovic round for a corner.
6' J.Zanetti takes on four in a central run then plays short to Cruz, who opens up play for Figo on the right. The Portuguese winger, playing his 88th Champions League match tonight, has his cross blocked by Emanuelson.
5' Vermaelen heads back to goalkeeper Stekelenburg to deny Julio Cruz.
4' Rosales' inswinging cross is headed clear by Stankovic.
3' Samuel blocks a Rosales cross from the right and concedes an attacking throw-in to Ajax.
3' Free kick to the Dutch for a Cordoba foul on Huntelaar, who scored four goals against RBC at the weekend.
1' Welcome to the Amsterdam ArenA for Ajax v Inter.
1' Inter team news: Toldo is preferred to Julio Cesar in a stadium where the Italian goalkeeper saved three penalties against Holland at Euro2000. After his 15 minutes against Livorno on Saturday, Cesar is handed his first start in a Nerazzurri shirt.
1' Inter line-up: 1 Toldo; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 3 Burdisso; 7 Figo, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic, 31 Cesar; 10 Adriano, 9 Cruz
1' Ajax line-up: 1 Stekelenburg; 2 Trabelsi, 4 Heitinga, 15 Vermaelen, 28 Boukhari; 8 Maduro, 21 Lindenbergh, 19 Emanuelson; 7 Rosales, 25 Huntelaar, 24 Rosenberg
1' Ajax kick off against Inter, who are playing in their hooped European strip tonight. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
1' Cordoba hooks clear as the Inter defence neutralises an early attack down the left by the Lancers.
Minutes Text commentary
45' Inter hit Ajax on the break. Martins powers forward then plays to Cruz who rifles his shot wide of the left post.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
45' Full time. Ajax 2 Inter 2.
44' Ajax bring on Babel for Rosales.
41' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! Julio Cruz steers a Cambiasso pass over the line to tie the match at 2-2.
39' Pizarro's curling free kick is cleared by the Ajax defence.
39' Julio Cruz is booked for a foul from behind on Trabelsi.
38' Free kick to Inter in a central position over 30 metres out.
37' Figo's pass for Cruz is intercepted and headed to safety by Lindenbergh.
34' Vermaelen heads Figo's free kick out for a left-wing corner.
33' Martins has a diagonal shot deflected after some good footwork by Luis Figo on the left channel.
33' Rosenberg is booked for a late tackle on Javier Zanetti.
31' With his back to goal Martins controls a long ball forward, turns and finds space for a shot which is saved by Stekelenburg.
29' Free kick to Ajax in a central position 40 yards out for a Samuel foul on Huntelaar.
29' Pizarro is yellow-carded for not keeping his distance before the free kick can be taken.
28' Figo's dangerous ball in from the right is headed clear.
27' Martins threads a Cambiasso pass through to Cruz but the Argentine is beaten to the ball.
24' Cordoba is yellow-carded for a foul on Huntelaar. The Colombian was already on a caution and will therefore miss the return leg.
22' Stankovic's whipped cross from the left is headed clear by Vermaelen.
20' Mancini brings on Obafemi Martins for Adriano.
20' Vermaelen beats Cruz to Stankovic's cross and clears.
19' Adriano is dispossessed by Heitinga in the Ajax area after some good approach play from the Brazilian.
18' Superb ball by Pizarro to Zanetti, who controls with elegance then crosses into the area, but no player is on hand to shoot.
15' Adriano and Pizarro are both tackled on the right, but the Nerazzurri are playing with renewed belief.
14' Emanuelson's cross from the left is touched back to Maduro by Huntelaar. The Ajax number eight's shot hits Samuel.
13' Figo's 20-yard curling shot from the corner is well parried by Stekelenburg.
12' Rosenberg's cross from the left is cleared by Cordoba.
12' Adriano is tackled by Trabelsi in the Ajax area and Inter win a left-wing corner.
11' Good attacking move by the Nerazzurri involving Stankovic, Adriano, Pizarro and Figo, but the Portuguese winger fails to keep the ball in play after beating Emanuelson on the wing.
9' Free kick to Inter in a central position 35 metres out for a Boukhari foul on Pizarro.
9' Adriano's effort is way over the bar.
4' GOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! Dejan Stankovic plays a one-two with Cambiasso in the box then finds the net with a shot that goes in off Heitinga and Madura. Ajax 2 Inter 1.
3' Stekelenburg beats Julio Cruz to Adriano's headed pass.
2' Adriano receives from Cambiasso but can't find space for a shot and plays wide to Stankovic. Adriano is tackled as he receives a return pass from the Serb midfielder.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
1' Roberto Mancini has brought on David Pizarro for Cesar.
Average rating 6.61
4 shots on target 8
5 shots off target 3
18 fouls committed 19
0 corners 7
1 offsides 4
27:32 ball possession 24:58
Ajax v Inter in Amsterdam

Wednesday's round of 16 first leg is the fourth competitive match between the two teams in Amsterdam. Inter have the edge over the Lancers with 2 victories to 1 on Dutch soil.

First knockout clash

Ajax and Inter meet in a European knockout round for the first time. In the other three competitive European Cup/Champions League matches between the two teams, Ajax won the 1971/72 final thanks to a brace from Cruyff (48, 77), and Inter triumphed in both group-stage matches in 2002/03 (1-0 at home, 2-1 away, all 3 goals from Hernan Crespo).

Ajax v Italian clubs

Ajax have won 11, drawn 9 and lost 15 of their 35 competitive European cup competition matches against Italian teams. Of the 15 matches played in Amsterdam, the Lancers have won 6, drawn 5 and lost 4.

Inter v Dutch clubs

Including their 3 matches against Ajax, Inter have played a total of 13 competitive European games against Dutch sides, with 4 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats. Of the 7 matches played in Holland, Inter have won 1 (2-1, 2002/03 Champions League group stage), drawn 3 and lost 3 (including 1971/72 European Cup final defeat in Rotterdam).

Ajax goal drought at home to Italians

Ajax are without a goal in their last three home matches against Italian teams. 294 competitive minutes have passed since Litmanen's 66th-minute Champions League goal in Ajax 2-1 Roma on 10 December 2002 - their last home effort against opposition from Italy.

No Ajax home draw in 5 games

Ajax's last European draw at home was the 2-2 Champions League stalemate with Bayern Munich on 8 December 2004. Since then the Dutch outfit have collected 4 wins and a defeat in front of their own fans.

Ajax consistent scorers at home

Ajax have scored in each of their last 7 European home matches (total 14 goals). Ajax 0-1 Juventus on 15 September 2004 was the last time they failed to score at home in Europe.

Inter looking to end bad run

Victory in Amsterdam will end the Nerazzurri's winless league run of three matches (2-1 defeats away to Fiorentina and at home to Juventus, 0-0 draw at Livorno). But failure to beat Ajax would see Inter's negative run stretch to four games without a win, something that hasn't happened since October-November 2004 when the Nerazzurri drew 7 games in a row.

Adriano one away from Mazzola record

With 15 European Cup/Champions League goals in a Nerazzurri shirt, Adriano is second in the all time list of Inter scorers in Europe's most prestigious competition. The Brazilian is just one goal away from equalling Sandro Mazzola's long-standing club record of 16 goals.

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AMSTERDAM - Inter came back from two goals down to tie Ajax 2-2 in Wednesday's Champions League round of 16 first leg at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Dejan Stankovic and Julio Cruz scored second-half goals to cancel out efforts from Huntelaar and Rosales, and bring two valuable away goals back to Milan for the return on 14 March.

A creative Ajax side caused Inter problems from the outset and took a 16th-minute lead when in-form striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar met a Rosales cross from the right then directed his header past Toldo.

The Lancers stunned Inter with a second goal four minutes later when Mauro Rosales found the net with a close-range shot from Emanuelson's cross that went in off Walter Samuel.

Inter twice hit the woodwork in added time at the end of the first half, with Julio Cruz heading a Figo corner on to the crossbar, then Cordoba's follow-up header also hitting the bar before Stekelenburg smothered the loose ball.

Inter pulled one back through Dejan Stankovic four minutes after the restart. The Serb midfielder combined with Cambiasso in the box then saw his shot go in off Heitinga and Madura.

Four minutes from time Julio Cruz steered a Cambiasso pass over the line to level and keep this Champions League tie wide open.

AJAX 2-2 INTER (HT: 2-0)

Scorers: Huntelaar 16, Rosales 20, Stankovic 49, Cruz 86

AJAX: 1 Stekelenburg; 2 Trabelsi, 4 Heitinga, 15 Vermaelen, 28 Boukhari; 8 Maduro, 21 Lindenbergh, 19 Emanuelson; 7 Rosales (11 Babel 89), 25 Huntelaar, 24 Rosenberg
Subs not used: 12 Vonk, 9 Charisteas, 22 Juanfran, 31 Boakye, 38 Sarpong, 45 Timisela
Coach: Danny Blind

INTER: 1 Toldo; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 3 Burdisso; 7 Figo, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic, 31 Cesar (8 Pizarro 46); 10 Adriano (30 Martins 65), 9 Cruz
Subs not used:12 Julio Cesar, 23 Materazzi, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 21 Solari, 33 Wome
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Bookings: Cordoba 69, Pizarro 74, Rosenberg 78, Cruz 84

starting lineups

Stekelenburg 1 Toldo
Trabelsi 4 Zanetti
Heitinga 2 Cordoba
Vermaelen 25 Samuel
Boukhari 3 Burdisso
Maduro 7 Figo
Lindenbergh 19 Cambiasso
Emanuelson 5 Stankovic
Rosales 31 Cesar
Huntelaar 9 Cruz
Rosemberg 10 Adriano


Vonk 12 Julio Cesar
Charisteas 23 Materazzi
Babel 33 Wome
Juanfran 8 Pizarro
Boakye 18 Kily Gonzalez
Sarpong 21 Solari
Timisela 30 Martins