Final score

29 March 2006 20:45

9' (2nd half) Martins
7' Adriano
1' Forlan
referee Alain Sars / linesmen F. Arnault, V. Texier / 4th man D. Ledentu
Minutes Text commentary
46' Adriano's curling free kick is over the Spanish wall and the right post.
46' Half time. Inter 1-1 Villarreal.
45' J.Zanetti skips past two opponents and wins a free kick after going down following a late challenge.
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' Martins receives on the right from Stankovic and crosses. Sorin blocks but the Nigerian keeps the ball in play and whips in another cross. Viera collects at the near post.
44' Arzo beats Adriano to Cesar's ball in from the right and heads clear.
43' Inter close to a second goal. Adriano's bullet header from Javier Zanetti's inch-perfect cross is a yard wide.
41' Cordoba blocks Senna's long ball forward and plays wide to Wome as Inter look to build a move down the left.
40' Viera boots clear as Martins fails to reach an Adriano pass.
40' On the right Stankovic takes on Sorin then Calleja but fails to keep the ball in play. Goal kick to the visitors.
39' Great move by captain Zanetti. Javier takes on two during a devastating central run then fires wide from 20 yards.
37' Stankovic drifts across the face of the Villarreal area then combines with Cesar in the box but the Brazilian winger is intercepted.
37' Pena beats Adriano to a Veron cross and heads clear.
35' Sorin is booked by Sars.
35' Adriano's curling effort smacks the advertising boards.
34' Villarreal midfielder Senna is yellow-carded.
34' Free kick to Inter 25 metres out for a foul on Stankovic by Sorin.
33' Cambiasso dribbles an opponent, runs forward then feeds through to Adriano, who is flagged offside as he shoots.
31' Javier Zanetti makes a storming run down the middle then plays wide for Cesar to cross. Villarreal block, corner to Inter.
29' Riquelme's fierce drive from the free kick is a metre wide of the left post.
28' Mancini brings on Martins for an injured Recoba before Villarreal's free kick.
27' Free kick to Villarreal in a dangerous central position just outside the Inter area for what Alain Sars interpreted as a foul by Inter captain Javier Zanetti on Senna.
27' Recoba is booked for protests.
25' Alvaro Recoba takes on an opponent and has a go from the distance. Viera parries his fierce shot and Inter win a corner. Cesar's cross from the corner flag is cleared by Arzo.
24' Forlan controls in the Inter area, turns then rifles a low shot on target. Francesco Toldo saves.
24' A second pocket of Villarreal possession ends as Inter attack back. Viera smothers the ball to deny Adriano a chance from Wome's cross.
21' Senna's right-foot shot from the distance is well wide of the left post.
19' Dejan Stankovic receives on the right then plays a high ball to the back post. Adriano rises but the ball goes behind for a Villarreal goal kick.
18' Inter soak up a bit of Villarreal pressure and come forward. Stankovic's ball in from the right is headed over by Adriano.
14' Toldo makes a save from Calleja.
13' Adriano nods down for Recoba but his headed pass to the Urguayan is misguided and Villarreal sweep clear.
12' Good chance for Inter but Adriano is flagged offside after Javier Zanetti runs on to a Recoba through ball.
12' Villarreal keeper Viera comes to the edge of his area to beat Adriano to Veron's long pass upfield.
11' Calleja clears a low cross from the right by Stankovic.
8' With this goal Adriano has equalled Sandro Mazzola's long-standing record of 16 goals for Inter in Europe's most prestigious club competition.
7' GOOOAAAALLL!!!!! Stankovic takes a Recoba through ball into the Spanish area then squares for Adriano to smash home from just outside the six-yard box. 1-1.
6' Gonzalo makes a headed clearance from Recoba's cross. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
4' Another chance for the Nerazzurri. In the Spanish box Veron pokes the ball on target but Viera makes a smothering save.
2' Inter have an immediate chance to level the match as Adriano lobs Viera after meeting Stankovic's ball over the defence but Javi Venta clears on the line at the back post.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Villarreal.
1' Inter line-up: 1 Toldo; 4 J. Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 33 Wome; 5 Stankovic, 14 Veron, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar; 10 Adriano, 20 Recoba. Bench: 12 Julio Cesar, 6 C.Zanetti, 8 Pizarro, 9 Cruz, 18 Kily González, 23 Materazzi, 30 Martins
1' Villarreal line-up: 13 Viera; 17 Javi Venta, 2 Gonzalo, 22 Pena, 12 Sorin; 8 Riquelme, 4 Arzo, 19 Senna, 11 Calleja; 23 Jose Mari, 5 Forlan. Bench: 25 Barbosa, 10 Roger, 16 Quique Alvarez, 21 Santi Cazorla, 30 Alcantara, 33 Rubio Gomez, 99 Franco
1' Alain Sars leads the match officials and teams out on to the pitch and we're minutes away from kick-off.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!!!!
1' Villarreal take the lead through Diego Forlan. The Uruguayan slots in a loose ball from close range after Toldo parries Jose Mari's shot from Riquelme's through ball. 0-1.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter 2-1 Villarreal.
46' Veron is booked for a tactical foul on Cazorla.
45' 3 minutes of overtime.
42' Villarreal replace Calleja with Cazorla.
40' Adriano's low, left-foot shot is saved by Viera.
39' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out for an Alvarez foul from behind on Adriano.
38' Good chance for Villarreal. From close range Sorin directs wide Riquelme's cross.
37' Roberto Mancini brings on Cristian Kily Gonzalez for Dejan Stankovic, who has had an excellent game on the wing tonight.
36' Adriano fires wide of the left post from 20 yards.
36' Dejan Stankovic's long-range volley is too central. Viera collects.
35' Stankovic heads wide from Veron's corner kick.
34' Ooooooohhhh!!!!! Adriano whips in a cross from the right, Martins steals in at the near post and heads on to the upright.
33' Cambiasso creates space for a shot from 20 metres but his effort is disappointing and Viera makes an easy save.
31' Villarreal bring on Franco for Jose Mari.
30' Adriano rises to head wide Wome's cross from the left flank.
29' Riquelme's long-range strike is high and wide.
28' Veron's curling free kick dips but doesn't dip enough and finishes on the roof of the net.
27' Free kick to Inter on the left edge of the Spanish area for a foul on Cambiasso.
25' Corner to Inter. Veron's cross to the far side is headed into the middle of the area by Materazzi. Adriano has a shot blocked.
24' Inter bring on Marco Materazzi for Cesar.
23' Toldo denies Villarreal an equaliser with a great save from a cross. Riquelme's successive shot is wide of the post.
20' At the back post Forlan heads Riquelme's corner on to the roof of the net.
19' Calleja's cross from the left spins off Javier Zanetti. Corner to Villarreal.
18' Riquelme's curling free kick comes back off Toldo's crossbar.
17' Free kick to Villarreal and yellow card for Walter Samuel.
16' Martins controls Stankovic's cross from the right but is immediately closed down by an opponent. The Nigerian's shot is blocked and the Spaniards break.
15' Villarreal bring on Quique Alvarez for Arzo.
13' Cesar receives from Adriano on the left then delivers a cross but the winger is flagged offside.
12' The Meazza roars as captain Zanetti wins the ball in his own half and sets up a blistering counter-attack which ends with Javi Venta heading clear a Martins cross from the right.
9' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!! Dejan Stankovic takes on Sorin on the right, whips in a cross and Oba Martins bundles over the line from close range to give Inter a 2-1 lead.
8' Veron's curling free kick takes a deflection off an opponent, forcing Viera into a punched save.
7' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out for a Senna foul on Martins.
6' Free kick to Villarreal as Adriano handles Javier Zanetti's cross from the right.
5' Veron's cross from the free kick is headed clear by Senna.
4' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out on the left channel for a Gonzalo foul on Martins.
2' Toldo comes out of his area and boots clear to deny Forlan.
1' Villarreal get the second period under way. FORZA INTER!!!!!!!!!
1' Inter attack the Spaniards from the outset and Obafemi Martins is presented with a good chance to score but fails to make aerial contact with Cesar's cross from the left wing.
1' Play is interrupted Javi Venta remains on the ground after a duel with Cesar.
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 6.95
11 shots on target 6
6 shots off target 4
19 fouls committed 13
4 corners 1
6 offsides 1
29:41 ball possession 26:44
Inter v Villarreal

The two teams meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Inter v Spanish clubs

Inter have won 12, draw 9 and lost 14 of their 35 European matches against Spanish teams. Among the wins was the European Cup final victory over Real Madrid in 1963/64. At home against Spanish sides, Inter have collected 7 wins, 8 draws and 2 defeats.


1958/60 Fairs Cup Inter-Barcelona 2-4 0-4
1961/62 Fairs Cup Inter-Valencia 3-3 0-2
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid ---- ---- 3-1 (pld in Vienna)
1965/66 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 0-1
1966/67 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 2-0
1969/70 Fairs Cup Inter-Barcelona 1-1 2-1
1979/80 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Sociedad 3-0 0-2
1980/81 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 0-2
1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 1-2
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 2-0 0-3
1985/86 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 1-5 (a.e.t.)
1987/88 UEFA Cup Inter-Espanol 1-1 0-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 0-2
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Alaves 0-2 3-3
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 1-1 1-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Barcelona 0-0 0-3
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Valencia 1-0 1-2
2004/05 Champions League Inter-Valencia 0-0 5-1

Villarreal v Italian clubs

Villarreal have collected 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats from their 7 European matches against teams from Italy. The Spaniards have never won on Italian soil, with 2 draws and 2 defeats.


2002 Intertoto Villarreal-Torino 2-0 (6-3 after pens) 0-2
2003 Intertoto Villarreal-Brescia 2-0 1-1
2003/04 UEFA Cup Villarreal-Roma 2-0 1-2
2004/05 UEFA Cup Villarreal-Lazio ---- 1-

Villarreal unbeaten in Europe for almost a year

Villarreal's 2-1 UEFA Cup defeat against AZ 67 on 7 April 2005 was the Spaniards' last European defeat. Since then they have collected 4 wins and 7 draws.

Villarreal unbeaten in European away matches since August 2004

Villarreal have collected 3 wins and 8 draws in their last 11 European matches played away from home. Their last defeat in a continental cup competition was a 2-0 Intertoto loss against La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid on 24 August 2004.

Adriano in sight of 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.

Inter unbeaten at home in Europe since April 2004

Inter 0-1 Olympique Marseille in the UEFA Cup on 14 April 2004 was the Nerazzurri's last home defeat in a European competition. Since then, and excluding AC Milan's 3-0 forfeit victory in last season's Champions League quarter-final return leg, Inter have collected 8 wins (4 in last 4 games) and 2 draws in European cup matches at home.

No Nerazzurri home draw since January

Since the 0-0 domestic cup draw with Parma on 12 January, the Nerazzurri have collected 9 wins and a defeat from their successive 10 Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League matches at the Meazza.

The ref: Alain Sars

French official Alain Sars was born on 30 April 1961. An international referee since 1993, he has officiated in 11 matches involving Italian clubs (7 Italian wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats). In Wednesday's quarter-final first leg against Villarreal, Sars referees Inter for the fourth time after Inter 4-1 Ipswich (2001/02 UEFA Cup), Inter 4-3 Benfica (2003/04 Uefa Cup) and AC Milan 2-0 Inter (2004/05 Champions League).

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)
MILAN - Adriano made a little piece of Nerazzurri history as Inter came back from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1 in part one of their Champions League quarter-final clash at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The Brazilian striker scored a quick reply to Diego Forlan's shock opener to equal Sandro Mazzola's long-standing record of 16 goals for Inter in Europe's most prestigious club competition, with Obafemi Martins scoring a second-half winner to set up an exciting return leg at the El Madrigal next Tuesday.

Villarreal silenced San Siro in the opening minute when Diego Forlan slotted home a loose ball from close range after Toldo parried Jose Mari's shot from Riquelme's through ball.

Inter hit straight back and had a chance to level in the second minute when Adriano lobbed Viera after meeting Stankovic's ball over the defence, only for Javi Venta to clear on the line at the back post.

The Villarreal keeper denied Veron then Gonzalo cleared a Recoba cross before the Nerazzurri's persistence paid off after seven minutes when Dejan Stankovic took a Recoba pass into the Spanish area then squared for Adriano to control, turn and smash home from just outside the six-yard box.

From their few pockets of first-half possession Calleja and Forlan forced saves from Francesco Toldo but it was Inter who went closer to increasing their lead when Adriano powered a header wide of Viera's left-hand post from a Zanetti cross.

Inter's took the lead nine minutes after the restart when Dejan Stankovic looped the ball over Sorin on the right and whipped in a cross for Oba Martins to bundle over from two yards out.

Both sides hit the woodwork as the tempo dropped, with Riquelme curling a free kick on to Toldo's crossbar before Martins headed an Adriano cross against the upright.


Scorers: Forlan 1, Adriano 7, Martins 54

INTER: 1 Toldo; 4 J.Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 33 Wome; 5 Stankovic (18 Kily Gonzalez 82), 14 Veron, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar (23 Materazzi 69); 10 Adriano, 20 Recoba (30 Martins 28)
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 6 C.Zanetti, 8 Pizarro, 9 Cruz
Coach: Roberto Mancini

VILLARREAL: 13 Viera; 17 Javi Venta, 2 Gonzalo, 22 Pena, 12 Sorin; 8 Riquelme, 4 Arzo (16 Quique Alvarez 60), 19 Senna, 11 Calleja (21 Santi Cazorla 87); 23 Jose Mari (99 Franco 76), 5 Forlan
Subs not used: 25 Barbosa, 10 Roger, 30 Alcantara, 33 Rubio Gomez
Coach: Manuel Pellegrini

Referee: Alain Sars (France)

Booked: Recoba 27, Senna 34, Sorin 35, Samuel 62, Veron 90+1

starting lineups

Toldo 1 Viera
Zanetti 4 Javi Venta
Cordoba 2 Gonzalo
Samuel 25 Pena
Wome 33 Sorin
Stankovic 5 Riquelme
Veron 14 Arzo
Cambiasso 19 Senna
Cesar 31 Calleja
Adriano 10 Jose Mari
Recoba 20 Forlan


Julio Cesar 12 Barbosa
Zanetti 6 Roger
Pizarro 8 Quique Alvarez
Cruz 9 Santi Cazorla
Kily Gonzalez 18 Alcantara
Materazzi 23 Rubio Gomez
Martins 30 Franco