Final score

4 April 2006 20:45

13' (2nd half) Arrubarrena
referee Kyros Vassaras / linesmen S.Tsolakidis, P.Mavropoulos / 4th man C.Zografos
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46' Samuel smashes clear as Villarreal work the ball into the Inter area in added time.
46' Half time. Villarreal 0-0 Inter (aggregate 1-2).
45' 1 minute of added time to play.
44' Riquelme creates space for a left-foot shot from the distance. It takes a deflection and Villarreal win a corner.
44' Tacchinardi's near-post header from Senna's corner is wide.
43' Riquelme takes on three Nerazzurri players with some sublime skills then sends a right-foot shot over Toldo's bar from 25 yards.
41' Zanetti blocks Riquelme's cross from the free kick.
40' Free kick to Villarreal from 25 yards for a foul by Stankovic on Sorin.
39' Forlan runs on to a Senna ball down the right. Marco Materazzi gets there first.
38' A long-range shot by Stankovic takes a deflection. Viera gathers.
37' Adriano receives from Recoba and takes on Pena but loses control and is dispossessed.
37' Villarreal attack back. Veron makes a headed clearance from Senna's cross.
34' Riquelme creates space for a shot just outside our area and crashes high and wide.
33' Toldo saves Arruabarrena's header from inside the Inter area.
32' Materazzi deflects a Javi Venta cross-shot out for a corner.
31' Back in our half the Spaniards win a free kick in a central position 40 yards out for a Samuel foul on Tacchinardi.
30' Viera comes off his line to deny Adriano a chance from a wayward Villarreal back pass.
29' Toldo comes off his line and jumps to beat Sorin to a long ball forward.
28' Senna's cross from right is headed clear by Materazzi.
27' Samuel tackles Jose Mari on the right and concedes an attacking throw-in.
26' Adriano beats Sorin to the cross and heads out for a second Villarreal corner.
25' Senna's blistering shot from 40 yards is headed out for a corner by Javier Zanetti.
24' Free kick to the home side 15 yards inside our half for a Veron foul on Sorin.
22' Tacchinardi is booked for a foul from behind on Javier Zanetti. Free kick to Inter on the right wing.
22' Zanetti makes headed contact with Recoba's cross but it's off target.
21' Free kick to Inter in a central position 30 yards out for a Senna foul on Figo.
21' Recoba's curling shot from the free kick hits the Spanish wall.
19' Veron blocks a Jose Mari cross to end a Villarreal attack.
18' Recoba receives on his right foot, turns and from 20 yards crashes a shot well wide of the right post.
17' Senna tries to surprise Toldo with a shot from the distance but his effort is several yards wide of the Inter keeper's right-hand post.
15' Javi Venta beats Cordoba on the right then sends in a cross for Jose Mari to head over Toldo's bar. Inter win a free kick for a foul by the Villarreal forward on J.Zanetti.
14' Free kick to Inter 40 yards out on the left. Adriano receives Recoba's cross but has his back to goal and is swiftly intercepted.
13' Figo is flagged offside on the right flank as he receives a short pass from Veron.
11' Recoba's shot from the free kick hits the Villarreal wall.
10' Recoba drifts across the face of the Villarreal box then plays wide to Stankovic. The Inter number 11 plays back to El Chino, who is fouled. Free kick to Inter 25 yards out.
9' Adriano misreads a Figo through ball. Pena lets it roll back to goalkeeper Viera.
8' Javier makes a storming run in the Spanish half then plays wide to Stankovic. The Serb's cross from the left goes out for a goal kick at the far side.
7' Samuel is intercepted after receiving in the box from Recoba. Veron's shot from the loose ball is blocked.
6' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out on the right wing for an Arrubarrena foul on Figo.
4' Stankovic combines with Figo but the Portuguese winger's ball over the Villarreal defence goes out for a goal kick.
3' Sorin plays a one-two with Riquelme on the left and whips in a cross. The Inter defence clears.
2' Villarreal mount an attack but Forlan fails to connect with a forward pass and Inter captain Javier Zanetti shields the ball out for a goal kick.
1' Welcome to the Estadio El Madrigal for Villarreal v Inter.
1' The Nerazzurri will step into the 'infierno amarillo' with this 4-4-2 line-up: 1 Toldo; 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 4 J. Zanetti; 7 Figo, 14 Veron, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 20 Recoba
1' With Tacchinardi and Arruabarrena back from suspension, Villarreal coach Pellegrini has chosen this 4-3-1-2 starting line-up: 13 Viera; 17 Venta, 22 Pena, 16 Q.Alvarez, 3 Arruabarrena; 12 Sorin, 18 Tacchinardi, 19 Senna; 8 Riquelme; 5 Forlan, 23 Josè Mari
1' Villarreal kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!!!!!
Minutes Text commentary
49' Viera is booked for time-wasting.
49' Full time. Villarreal beat Inter 1-0 and qualify for the Champions League semi-finals on the away goals rule after last week's 2-1 defeat in Milan.
48' Viera makes a point-blank save from Stankovic's volley.
47' Martins is yellow-carded for a foul on Arruabarrena.
45' Villarreal bring on Calleja for Forlan.
45' 4 minutes of added time. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!!
44' Cruz's shot from the distance is wide of the left post.
43' Adriano's through ball for Martins is too long for the Nigerian. Viera collects.
41' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out on the right for a foul on Martins.
41' Mihajlovic's cracking shot is over Viera's crossbar.
40' Veron is unable to continue. On comes Julio Cruz.
39' Juan Sebastian Veron receives treatment for a ankle knock after a duel with Josico.
37' Villarreal close to a second. Forlan races on to a through ball and pokes his shot just wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
37' Toldo makes a miraculous save from Riquelme's diagonal shot from the left.
34' Toldo makes a punching save from Riquelme's corner kick.
33' Villarreal make a double substitution: Josico and Franco replace Sorin and Jose Mari.
32' Samuel beats Forlan to a Jose Mari cross and concedes a corner.
31' Cambiasso's low shot from 20 yards is saved by Viera.
30' Mancini brings on Sinisa Mihajlovic for Luis Figo.
30' Pena heads clear Stankovic's cross from the left.
29' Veron's cross from the right is blocked by Arruabarrena.
28' Zanetti sweeps clear to end a dangerous Villarreal attack involving Forlan and Riquelme.
26' Sorin is back on the pitch.
26' Jose Mari's first-time shot on the turn from Riquelme's corner is wide of the near post.
25' Forlan's shot from Jose Mari's short pass is blocked by Materazzi. Corner to Villarreal.
24' Villarreal momentarily down to ten men as Sorin receives treatment behind the Inter goal.
24' Figo's cross from the right is blocked, corner to Inter.
22' Free kick to Villarreal from 30 yards.
22' Riquelme's high ball into the Nerazzurri box is caught by Toldo.
22' Sorin remains on the ground with a head cut after an aerial duel with Materazzi.
20' Oba Martins receives from Cambiasso in the Villarreal box but slips when shooting. Viera smothers the ball.
19' Materazzi beats Sorin to a Pena cross and heads behind for yet another Villarreal corner.
18' Riquelme's cross from the right-wing corner flag is headed clear by Cambiasso. Senna's shot from the loose ball is collected by Toldo.
18' Riquelme makes a diagonal run into the Nerazzurri box and has his shot blocked by Materazzi. Another Villarreal corner.
16' Figo's free kick is headed clear by the Villarreal wall.
16' Forlan combines with Jose Mari then sends a shot on target. Toldo makes an incredible one-handed save to deny the Uruguayan. Corner to Villarreal.
14' Free kick to Inter (25 yards out) for a Pena foul on Martins.
13' 1-0 to Villarreal. Arruabarrena rises to send a looping header from Riquelme's cross over Toldo and into the net. Villarreal 2-2 Inter on aggregate.
12' Toldo makes a smothering save to deny Jose Mari a chance from Riquelme's through ball.
12' Figo is booked for a foul from behind on Riquelme before the Villarreal player played through for Jose Mari.
11' Villarreal win a right-wing corner. Riquelme crosses to Senna, whose volley from 20 yards is wide. Goal kick to Inter.
11' Inter replace Alvaro Recoba with Obafemi Martins.
10' Superb defending by Materazzi, who intercepts a Forlan pass for Jose Mari.
7' Riquelme forces Toldo into a save with a powerful right-foot shot from 20 yards.
6' Stankovic receives from Recoba and crashes a 25-yard shot high and wide.
4' Figo's corner is cleared by the Villarreal defence.
3' Toldo beats Sorin to Riquelme's cross and punches clear. Inter win a free kick for a foul by Sorin on the Nerazzurri keeper.
3' Inter win their first corner of the match.
2' Jose Mari's shot from Senna's cut-back is tipped over for a corner by Toldo.
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!!!!!!
Average rating 4.36
10 shots on target 2
10 shots off target 4
17 fouls committed 21
11 corners 2
1 offsides 1
00 ball possession 00
Villarreal v Inter

Last week's Champions League quarter-final first leg was the first competitive meeting between the two teams.


2005/06 Champions League Inter 2-1 Villarreal

Italian clubs in Spain

Italian teams have managed 1 win, 4 draws and 11 defeats from their last 15 matches away to Spanish opposition. The only victory was Inter's 5-1 thrashing of Valencia in the Champions League on 20 October 2004.

Villarreal v Italian teams

Villarreal have won 3 (all 2-0 victories), drawn 2 (both 1-1) and lost 3 of their 8 competitive matches against Italian teams. The Spaniards have always won at home to Italian opposition (by the same score of 2-0).

Adriano looking to better Mazzola record

With his goal in the 7th minute of the Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash with Villarreal, Brazilian striker Adriano equalled Sandro Mazzola's long-standing record of 16 goals for Inter in Europe's most prestigious club competition.

Villarreal's home form

Villarreal have lost just one of their last 24 European games at home, a 1-2 UEFA Cup defeat to AZ 67 on 27 April 2005. The Spaniards have collected 17 wins and 6 draws from the other 23 games.

600th professional appearance for Toldo

Nerazzurri number one Francesco Toldo is set for his 600th appearance in a competitive fixture since turning professional. The Paduan shotstopper has played 367 games in the Serie A, 33 in the Serie B, 31 in the Serie C1, 38 in the Serie C2, 52 in the Coppa Italia, 77 in Europe and 1 in other competitions. Before joining Inter, Toldo played for Fiorentina, Ravenna and Trento. He made his debut in Trento 2-0 Centese (Serie C2) on 8 September 1991.

Inter always through after 2-1 win from 1st leg

For the fourth time in their history Inter play a European competition return leg after a 2-1 win from the first leg. In the 1966/67 European Cup last 16 Inter won 2-0 at Vasas; in the 1998/99 UEFA Cup first round the Nerazzurri beat Braga 2-1; and in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup semi-final return leg they beat Spartak Moscow 2-1. In 1966/67 and 1997/98 the Nerazzurri went on to reach the final, losing 2-1 to Celtic (European Cup) and beating Lazio 3-0 (UEFA Cup).

wins(0) draws(0) defeats(1)
VILLARREAL - Villarreal beat Inter 1-0 to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals on the away goals rule after last week's 2-1 defeat in Milan.

The Spanish outfit reach the semi-final stage of a European competition for the second time after their UEFA Cup last-four appearance in 2003/04.

Inter contained an attacking Villarreal in a fast-paced first half at the El Madrigal, with Riquelme firing off target from the distance on two occasions before Tacchinardi flashed a near-post header wide on the stroke of half time.

Argentine defender Rodolfo Arruabarrena scored the winning goal on 58 minutes with a looping header over Francesco Toldo from Riquelme's cross to level the tie at 2-2 and leave the Nerazzurri needing to score.

Pellegrini's men continued to push forward after edging in front and had chances to increase their lead through Forlan and Riquelme, who both forced Toldo into crucial saves.

Inter's best chance of a reply came in time added on when Viera made a point-blank save from Dejan Stankovic.

VILLARREAL 1-0 INTER (HT: 0-0, AGG: 2-2, Villarreal through on away goals)

Scorer: Arruabarrena 58

VILLARREAL: 13 Viera; 17 Venta, 22 Pena, 16 Q.Alvarez, 3 Arruabarrena; 12 Sorin (6 Josico 78), 18 Tacchinardi, 19 Senna; 8 Riquelme; 5 Forlan (11 Calleja 90), 23 Josè Mari (99 Franco 78)
Subs not used: 25 Barbosa, 4 Cesar Arzo, 10 Garcia, 21 Carzola
Coach: Manuel Pellegrini

INTER: 1 Toldo; 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 25 Samuel, 4 J. Zanetti; 7 Figo (11 Mihajlovic 75), 14 Veron (9 Cruz 85), 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 10 Adriano, 20 Recoba (30 Martins 56)
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 3 Burdisso, 8 Pizarro, 18 Kily Gonzalez
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece)

Booked: Tacchinardi 22, Figo 57, Martins 90+2, Viera 90+4

starting lineups

Vieira 1 Toldo
Venta 2 Cordoba
Pena 23 Materazzi
Q.Alvarez 25 Samuel
Arruabarrena 4 Zanetti
Sorin 14 Veron
Tacchinardi 7 Figo
Senna 19 Cambiasso
Riquelme 5 Stankovic
Forlan 10 Adriano
José Mari 20 Recoba


Barbosa 12 Julio Cesar
Josico 3 Burdisso
Calleja 8 Pizarro
Garcia 11 Mihajlovic
Carzola 18 Kily Gonzalez
Franco 30 Martins
Cesar Arzo 9 Cruz