Final score

14 March 2006 20:45

12' (2nd half) Stankovic
referee Peter Frojdfeldt / linesmen K.Peterson, S.Wittberg / 4th man M.Ingvarsson
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46' It's 0-0 after a pulsating first half of football at the Meazza.
45' Wome whips in a cross from the left. Adriano controls but is immediately closed down by three opponents and Ajax clear.
45' Rosales' high cross from the right goes out of play at the far post.
45' 1 minute of added time.
43' Stankovic's high ball forward for Martins is intercepted by Vermaelen.
40' Huntelaar's inswinger from the right edge of the Inter area is headed to safety by Materazzi.
39' Stekelenburg makes a smothering save from Javier Zanetti's cross after some good work by the Inter captain on the right channel.
38' Figo takes on an opponent then plays wide to Adriano, who moves central then serves Martins. The Nigerian has a shot blocked, then Adriano's follow-up is cleared as far as Stankovic, whose effort from the distance is also blocked.
36' Materazzi blocks Huntelaar's shot in the Inter area.
35' Back in the Ajax half Martins races on to an Adriano through ball but Stekelenburg gets there first.
34' Juanfran cuts out Materazzi's long pass for Figo on the right wing.
34' At the other end Rosales makes a diagonal run from the right then curls a shot on target but it's weak and Toldo makes an easy save.
33' Wome blocks a Rosales cross from the right and it's an Ajax corner.
33' Rosales' corner is headed clear by Cambiasso, who is fouled. Free kick to Inter.
32' Boukhari plays square to Lindenbergh, who mis-kicks from 20 yards.
31' Free kick to Ajax on the right wing for a Samuel foul on Huntelaar.
30' Juanfran makes a headed clearance from Luis Figo's corner kick.
30' Adriano is flagged offside as he chests down a Veron cross.
27' Incredible miss by Adriano. The Brazilian's low penalty kick is wide of Stekelenburg's left-hand post.
26' Adriano takes on two then plays wide to Stankovic, whose cross from the left is handled by Ajax captain Lindenbergh and it's an Inter penalty!!!!
25' Rosenberg's shot on the turn from inside the Nerazzurri box is easy prey for Francesco Toldo.
23' Adriano chests a Figo pass into the path of Martins but Maduro gets to the ball first and heads back to his keeper.
22' Walter Samuel cuts out a Rosales cross from the right as Ajax attack the Nerazzurri.
21' Pierre Wome makes a headed clearance from a Rosales cross.
18' Sweeping move by Inter. Stankovic runs down the right then crosses into the Ajax area. Veron's header falls to Figo, who crashes his volley high and wide.
17' Rosales cuts out a Veron pass for Wome on the left wing and sets up an Ajax counter-attack, which Veron ends with a timely interception in midfield.
16' Another good chance for Inter. From the right Figo plays a low ball into the path of Martins. Maduro makes a crucial interception for Ajax.
15' Adriano directs his header from Figo's corner over the Ajax crossbar.
15' Marco Materazzi pumps a long ball upfield. Martins goes for it but Stekelenburg is quick off his line and the Ajax keeper gathers.
13' What a start by Inter! The Meazza roars as Martins' volley from the distance rattles the Ajax crossbar.
12' Luis Figo takes on two Ajax players during a breathtaking diagonal run into the Dutch box then has a low shot blocked by Maduro. Corner to Inter.
10' Adriano is closed down by two opponents as he receives in the box from Martins. With a spectacular overhead kick the Brazilian finds Figo, whose diagonal effort is off target.
9' Adriano receives from Stankovic on the left then takes on Maduro, who commits a foul on the Inter number 10 and it's a free kick to us.
9' Figo's inswinging free kick is cleared as far as Veron, whose follow-up shot is blocked.
7' Adriano is onside as he races on to a Figo through ball. The Brazilian muscles his way into the Dutch box but is tackled by Juanfran.
7' Stekelenburg comes off his line to deny Adriano a scoring chance from a Stankovic through ball.
5' Stankovic goes through on goal but has his diagonal shot blocked.
4' Ajax win a free kick out on the left wing for a Materazzi foul. Samuel makes a headed clearance from the Lancers' cross.
3' Adriano recieves a headed pass from Stankovic then turns and has a shot blocked. Seconds later Figo sends a curling effort over the Ajax bar.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for tonight's Champions League round of 16 return between Inter and Ajax (first leg 2-2).
1' An Inter win or a 0-0 or 1-1 draw will see the Nerazzurri through to the quarter-finals. If the match finishes 2-2 there will be extra time, while a 3-3 draw will see Ajax qualify.
1' Inter team news: With Cordoba out through suspension, Materazzi returns in the centre of defence alongside Samuel. J.Zanetti starts on the right, while Wome continues at left-back after his impressive display against Samporia. Toldo continues in goal.
1' Inter team news: In midfield it's Figo, Veron, Cambiasso and Stankovic behind a front two of Adriano and Martins.
1' Ajax reply with a 4-3-3: Stekelenburg; Trabelsi, Maduro, Vermaelen, Juanfran; Pienaar, Lindenbergh, Boukhari; Rosales, Huntelaar, Rosenberg
1' Ajax, playing in their traditional red and white kit, kick off against Inter, who are wearing their hooped European shirts tonight. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!!!!
1' Rosenberg receives a long pass down the left but Materazzi is quick to intercept and boot to safety.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Adriano receives in the box from Cambiasso then blasts high and wide.
48' Full time. Inter beat Ajax 1-0 (3-2 on aggregate).
45' Alvaro Recoba's low shot from 25 yards is saved by Stekelenburg.
45' 3 minutes of overtime.
42' Boukhari whips in a cross from the left. J.Zanetti hooks clear at the far post.
41' Figo's header from Stankovic's cross is well off target.
40' Vermaelen and Maduro make headed clearances from two Stankovic crosses.
39' Mancini brings on Recoba for Martins.
38' Babel's shot from the distance is caught by Toldo.
37' Adriano runs into Lindenbergh after receiving from Figo and Ajax clear.
33' Materazzi blocks a Juanfran cross from the left.
29' Inter bring on Cristiano Zanetti for Juan Sebastian Veron.
29' Ajax replace Rosenberg with Charisteas.
28' From just inside the Nerazzurri area Trabelsi hooks his shot way over.
27' Ajax bring on Babel for Rosales.
26' At the other end Boukhari pokes through for Huntelaar but it's too long for the Ajax striker.
25' Stekelenburg beats Adriano to Cambiasso's intelligent pass over the Ajax defence.
24' Huntelaar's direct free kick is way over.
23' Free kick to Ajax in a central position 25 yards out for a Figo foul from behind on Pienaar.
20' Stankovic's low shot from Adriano's pass square is easily saved by Stekelenburg.
20' Vermaelen is yellow-carded for bringing down Adriano during a central run by the Brazilian forward.
19' Figo is brought down by Pienaar on the edge of the Ajax area but referee Frojdfeldt gives no free kick.
17' On the edge of the Ajax box Adriano turns Maduro, moves central then unleashes a left-foot shot which Stekelenburg saves.
17' The Ajax keeper comes out of his area to beat Martins to a long pass.
16' Materazzi blocks a Huntelaar shot taken from just outside the Inter area.
15' From 20 yards Pienaar blasts his shot way over Toldo's crossbar.
14' Boukhari's shot from the edge of the Inter area is deflected out for an Ajax corner.
12' GOOOOOAALLLLL!!!! What a superb goal by Dejan Stankovic! The Serb midfielder runs on to a Samuel pass down the left, takes on Maduro then curls right-footed into the far corner. 1-0 to Inter.
10' Rosales makes a darting run down the middle but his pass for Huntelaar is misguided. Materazzi lets the ball roll through his legs and into the path of Toldo.
9' Trabelsi's ball for Rosales down the right is too long for the Ajax number 7. Goal kick to Inter.
8' Juanfran's cross into the Inter area from the left is gathered by Toldo.
6' Figo makes a darting run to the edge of the Ajax box then combines with Stankovic but is beaten to the return ball.
5' Vermaelen beats Martins to a Stankovic cross and makes a headed clearance.
4' Adriano makes a diagonal run into the Ajax box from the right then crosses into the six-yard box. Martins fails to connect.
2' Vermaelen makes a headed clearance from Wome's long throw-in from the left.
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' Inter attack Ajax from the outset and Luis Figo has a 20-yard shot saved by Stekelenburg.
Average rating 7.19
10 shots on target 5
6 shots off target 6
16 fouls committed 15
3 corners 4
2 offsides 2
25:11 ball possession 29:43
Ajax v Italian clubs

Ajax have won 11, drawn 10 and lost 15 of their 36 competitive European matches against Italian clubs. Five of these 36 matches have been European Cup finals (3 victories, 2 defeats). On Italian soil Ajax have won just twice in 16 games, with 4 draws and 10 defeats. The Lancers haven't beaten an Italian club since the 2-1 home win against Roma on 10 December 2002. Since then they have collected 3 draws and 5 defeats from 8 matches.


1968/69 European Cup Ajax-AC Milan ---- ---- 1-4 (in Madrid)
1969/70 Fairs Cup Ajax-Napoli 4-0 (a.e.t.) 0-1
1971/72 European Cup Ajax-Inter ---- ---- 2-0 (in Rotterdam)
1972/73 European Cup Ajax-Juventus ---- ---- 1-0 (in Belgrade)
1973/74 European Super Cup Ajax-AC Milan 6-0 0-1
1974/75 UEFA Cup Ajax-Juventus 2-1 0-1
1997/78 European Cup Ajax-Juventus 1-1 1-1 (1-4 dcr)
1991/92 UEFA Cup Ajax-Genoa 1-1 3-2
1991/92 UEFA Cup Ajax-Torino 0-0 2-2
1993/94 Cup Winners' Cup Ajax-Parma 0-0 0-2
1994/95 Champions League Ajax-AC Milan 2-0 2-0
1994/95 Champions League Ajax-AC Milan ---- ---- 1-0 (a Vienna)
1995/96 Champions League Ajax-Juventus ---- ---- 1-1 (3-5 dcr, a Roma)
1996/97 Champions League Ajax-Juventus 1-2 1-4
1997/98 UEFA Cup Ajax-Udinese 1-0 1-2
2002/03 Champions League Ajax-Inter 1-2 0-1
2002/03 Champions League Ajax-Roma 2-1 1-1
2002/03 Champions League Ajax-AC Milan 0-0 2-3
2003/04 Champions League Ajax-AC Milan 0-1 0-1
2004/05 Champions League Ajax-Juventus 0-1 0-1
2005/06 Champions League Ajax-Inter 2-2 ----

Inter v Dutch clubs

Inter have won 4, drawn 5 and lost 5 (including European Cup final defeat to Ajax in 1971/72) of their 14 competitive European cup competition matches against Dutch clubs. The Nerazzurri have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 2 of the 6 matches played at home.


1971/72 European Cup Inter-Ajax ---- 0-2 (in Rotterdam)
1974/75 UEFA Cup Inter-Amsterdam Fc 1-2 0-0
1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup Inter-Az 67 2-0 0-1
1983/84 UEFA Cup Inter-Groningen 5-1 0-2
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Vitesse 0-0 1-1
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Feyenoord 0-1 2-2
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Ajax 1-0 2-1
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Ajax ---- 2-2

Inter v Ajax

Inter have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their 5 competitive matches against Ajax. The only defeat was in the 1971/72 European Cup final when Johan Cruyff scored twice to give Ajax a 2-0 victory.


1971/72 European Cup Inter-Ajax ---- 0-2 (in Rotterdam)
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Ajax 1-0 2-1
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Ajax ----

The ref: Frojdfeldt

Peter Frojdfeldt was born on 14 November 1963 in Sweden and has been an international referee since 2001. Inter v Ajax is his first competitive match involving an Italian club. The Swedish ref took charge of Iceland's 2-0 friendly international victory over Italy on 18 August 2004 in Reykjavik, where Marcello Lippi made his debut as Azzurri boss.

Ajax & 2-2 home draws from 1st legs

For the second time in their history Ajax go into a return leg away from home after drawing 2-2 in the first leg. In the 1957/58 European Cup quarter-finals the Lancers were beaten 4-0 at Vasas Budapest after a 2-2 draw in Amsterdam.

No Ajax defeat in Europe since September '05

Arsenal 2-1 Ajax on 27 September 2005 was the Lancers' last European defeat. Since that Champions League group match Ajax have collected 3 wins and 2 draws.

Ajax unbeaten away in 2005/06 European season

With 1 win and 3 draws, Ajax have yet to lose an away match in the 2005/06 European season. The 3-1 UEFA Cup defeat at Auxerre on 24 February 2005 was the last time Ajax lost away from home in Europe.

Inter always through after 2-2 draws from 1st legs

For the third time in their history Inter go into a European cup competition return leg at home after a 2-2 away draw from the first leg. In the 1963/64 European Cup semi-finals the Nerazzurri beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the return leg to qualify for the final, and in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup they drew 0-0 with Sochaux to progress from the third round.

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.

300th 'Italian' appearance for Stankovic

If he plays against Ajax in the Champions League round of 16 return leg, Dejan Stankovic will make his 300th appearance for an Italian club. The Serb midfielder, who has played for Lazio and Inter in Italy, made his 'Italian' debut in the Biancocelesti's 2-1 Italian Super Cup victory over Juventus on 29 August 1998. He has played 201 times in the Serie A, 32 in the Coppa Italia, 62 in European cup competitions and 4 in other tournaments, scoring 49 goals.

wins(2) draws(0) defeats(0)
MILAN - Dejan Stankovic scored as Inter beat Ajax 1-0 in Tuesday evening's Champions League round of 16 return leg at the Meazza to qualify for the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition. The Nerazzurri now face Spanish outfit Villarreal over two legs on Wednesday 29 March (Stadio Giuseppe Meazza) and Tuesday 4 April (Estadio El Madrigal).

Roberto Mancini's men ran Ajax ragged with some slick first-half football, with the best early chances falling to front men Obafemi Martins and Adriano.

The Nigerian's spectacular volley on the turn rattled Stekelenburg's crossbar on 13 minutes, with the Brazilian uncharacteristically sending a penalty wide fourteen minutes later after Lancers captain Lindenbergh handled a Stankovic cross in his own box.

Perseverance paid off 12 minutes into the second half when Stankovic scored a memorable goal to put the Nerazzurri in front and leave Ajax facing a mammoth task. On his 300th appearance for an Italian club, the Serb midfielder ran on to Samuel's long pass down the left, took the ball past Maduro then curled right-footed into the far corner.

INTER 1-0 AJAX (HT: 0-0, AGG. 3-2)

Scorer: Stankovic 57

INTER: 1 Toldo; 4 J.Zanetti, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 33 Wome; 7 Figo, 14 Veron (6 C.Zanetti 74), 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 30 Martins (20 Recoba 84)
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 3 Burdisso, 8 Pizarro, 9 Cruz, 31 Cesar
Coach: Roberto Mancini

AJAX: 1 Stekelenburg; 2 Trabelsi, 8 Maduro, 15 Vermaelen, 22 Juanfran; 10 Pienaar, 21 Lindenbergh, 28 Boukhari; 7 Rosales (11 Babel 72), 25 Huntelaar, 24 Rosenberg (9 Charisteas 74)
Subs not used: 12 Vonk, 31 Boakye, 33 Schilder, 38 Sarpong, 45 Timisela
Coach: Danny Blind

Referee: Peter Frojdfeldt (Sweden)

Bookings: Vermaelen 65

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Stekelenburg
Zanetti 4 Trabelsi
Materazzi 23 Maduro
Samuel 25 Vermaelen
Wome 33 Juanfran
Figo 7 Pienaar
Veron 14 Lindenbergh
Cambiasso 19 Boukhari
Stankovic 5 Rosales
Adriano 10 Huntelaar
Martins 30 Rosenberg


Julio Cesar 12 Vonk
Burdisso 3 Charisteas
Zanetti 6 Babel
Pizarro 8 Boakye
Cruz 9 Schilder
Recoba 20 Sarpong
Cesar 31 Timisela