Final score

12 September 2006 20:45

Sporting Lisbon
19' (2nd half) Caneira
Referee: Alain Hamer / Linesmen: Eric Castellani, Francis Crelo / Fourth official: Fredy Fautrel
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46' It's goalless at the Jose Alvalade after the first half.
45' Nani's shot from the free kick hits the Inter wall.
45' Nani gets a shot in from 25 yards. Good save by Toldo.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Free kick to Sporting just outside the Inter area for a foul from behind by Dacourt on Nani.
44' Vieira is booked for protesting.
43' Another good chance for Inter. Adriano rises above his marker and heads Ibra's high cross on target. Ricardo collects.
41' Inter's third attempt on goal falls to Adriano. The Brazilian latches on to a Figo pass and tests Ricardo with a fierce, but central shot which is saved by the Sporting custodian.
38' Adriano takes on three opponents in a run down the left then plays inside to Figo whose forward pass for Stankovic is wayward.
35' Abel's fierce cross-shot from the right goes out of play at the far side.
34' Inter hit back at Sporting. Figo runs on to Stankovic's ball over the Portuguese defence but is flagged offside.
32' Another good save by Toldo, this time from Caneira's cross from another Romagnoli through ball.
32' Toldo is cautioned for asking Hamer to book a Sporting player.
32' That was Francesco's first yellow card since he joined Inter in 2001.
31' Toldo moves quickly off his line and smothers the ball to deny Nani a shot from Romagnoli's through ball.
28' Moutinho's high cross from the resulting free kick is caught by Francesco Toldo.
27' Ref Hamer shows Ivan Cordoba a yellow card for a foul on Liedson on the left flank.
26' Nerazzurri captain for the evening Cordoba blocks a Veloso cross from the right. Corner to Sporting.
25' At the other end Abel's shot from the distance is way over the Inter bar.
24' Inter mount a promising attack with Stankovic, Figo and Ibra but Adriano's final pass finishes at the feet of an opponent.
23' Grosso's cross from a right-wing free kick is blocked by the Sporting defence.
21' Moutinho is yellow-carded for tripping Patrick Vieira.
21' Maicon makes a good headed clearance from a Sporting cross.
20' Sporting get back in numbers to snuff out a Nerazzurri attack involving Figo, Ibrahimovic and Adriano.
16' Liedson is booked for striking Cordoba in the face.
15' Ibra, Figo and Vieira combine on the right. The French midfielder sweeps wide to Stankovic, whose shot is blocked.
15' Sporting hit Inter on the break. Walter Samuel makes a timely tackle on Yannick to deny the Lisbon player a shot on goal.
14' Abel's long cross from the right finishes over Toldo's bar.
10' Liedson plays through the legs of Maicon on the left-wing by-line but Stankovic gets back in time to tackle the Sporting forward and concede a corner.
10' Francesco Toldo makes a punched clearance from the corner kick.
5' Fabio Grosso's long curling free kick is collected by Ricardo.
4' Maicon intercepts in his own half, makes a storming run into the Sporting half and wins a free kick on the wing after colliding with an opponent.
1' Good evening and welcome to the Estadio Jose Alvalade, where Inter's assault on the Champions League starts with a Group B Matchday 1 clash with Sporting Lisbon. The two sides met last month in a pre-season friendly, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
1' Inter lineup: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso; 7 Figo, 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.
1' Sporting lineup: 1 Ricardo; 78 Abel, 13 Tonel, 4 Polga, 12 Caneira; 18 Nani, 24 Veloso, 28 Joao Moutinho; 30 Romagnoli; 20 Yannick, 31 Liedson.
1' Tonight's match will kick off after a minute's silence in memory of Giacinto Facchetti.
1' Sporting kick off. FORZA INTER!
1' Ibrahimovic's shot from the distance is too central. Easy save for Sporting keeper Ricardo.
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49' Full time. Sporting Lisbon beat Inter 1-0.
46' Great defending by Samuel, who gets back in time to tackle a goalbound Yannick.
45' Four minutes of added time to play.
43' Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes close with a grasscutter from 30 yards. It's inches wide of the left post.
38' Sporting replace Nani with Tello.
37' Alecsandro drifts in from the right and pulls his low shot from 25 yards well wide of the near post.
35' Roberto Mancini makes his third substitution: On comes Zanetti for Grosso.
33' Stankovic receives on the left and manages to keep the ball in play before crossing into the area. A Sporting player heads clear.
32' Liedson only just fails to make headed contact with Moutinho's whipped cross into the six-yard box.
26' Mancini replaces Adriano with Hernan Crespo.
23' Patrick Vieira is booked for a foul on Liedson.
23' It is Vieira's second booking of the match, meaning the Nerazzurri will play the remaining 22 minutes with ten men.
21' Inter replace Luis Figo with Mariano Gonzalez.
21' Sporting bring on Alecsandro for Romagnoli.
19' Sporting 1-0 Inter. Caneira controls a long pass with his chest to cut inside Maicon, then lets the ball bounce and volleys an unstoppable shot in off the underside of the crossbar.
18' Ivan Cordoba blocks and clears Caneira's dangerous ball in from the left.
17' Another good chance for the home side. Yannick plays into space for the onrushing Liedson to blaze over the bar.
16' Back at the other end Figo sweeps wide to Grosso, whose cross from the left-wing by-line is caught by Ricardo.
15' Romagnoli's 20-yard shot from a quickly taken Sporting corner is well wide of the far post.
11' Ricardo fails to punch clear a Figo corner from the right but his defence get to the loose ball and clear.
10' Inter win a free kick on the left wing. Figo's inswinging cross is cleared by Sporting.
9' At the other end Stankovic plays short to Adriano in the area. The Brazilian lifts the ball over one opponent, sidesteps a second and loses control before the Sporting defence clear.
8' Nani collects a pass, turns and lashes a shot wide of Toldo's left-hand post.
5' Toldo makes a high catch from a Caneira cross to deny Liedson.
2' Adriano whips in a cross from the left channel but there's no team-mate on hand in the area.
1' Inter get the second half going.
Average rating 5.16
3 shots on target 3
8 shots off target 1
22 fouls committed 21
5 corners 1
3 offsides 3
27:08 ball possession 21:45
Inter v Portuguese teams

Inter have collected 1 victory, 4 draws and 3 defeats from 8 European away matches against Portuguese opposition. The only win was a 2-0 victory against Boavista in Porto on 3 December 1996. Youri Djorkaeff scored a 12th-minute penalty in the UEFA Cup last sixteen return leg, with Paul Ince adding the second on 66 minutes.

Sporting v Italian clubs

Sporting Lisbon have registered 3 wins, 5 draws and 3 defeats from their eleven European home matches against Italian sides.

Bento v Mancini

Sporting and Inter coaches Paulo Bento and Roberto Mancini meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Inter unbeaten with Hamer

Match referee Alain Hamer has refereed Inter on three previous occasions, and the Nerazzurri have never lost: Inter 1-1 Guingamp (1996/97 UEFA Cup last 32 second leg) Alaves 3-3 Inter (2000/01 UEFA Cup round of sixteen first leg) and Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 Inter (2005/06 Champions League third qualifying round first leg). In ten matches officiated by the Luxembourg referee, Italian clubs have managed 6 wins, 2 draws (both Inter) and 2 defeats).

Eleven-match conceding streak

Inter's last clean sheet in away matches was the goalless draw at Livorno on 18 February 2006. The Nerazzurri have conceded goals in all eleven competitive (Serie A, Coppa Italia & Champions League) away matches played since that date, letting in a total of 15 goals.

Ninety-nine goals

Inter have conceded 99 goals in European Cup/Champions League matches. The first was Theo's penalty in a 3-1 loss at Monaco on 4 December 1963.

Fourth consecutive home defeat?

Sporting Lisbon haven't drawn a European home match since their goalless draw with Inter in Champions League qualifying on 14 August 2002. Since that date the Portuguese side have drawn 7 games and lost 6, including their last three.

One draw in 14 games

Sporting are without a European draw since 16 December 2004 when they held Newcastle 1-1 at St James' Park in the UEFA Cup group stage. They have since collected 7 victories and 6 draws from European cup competition matches.

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LISBON - Caneira popped up with a second-half winner as Inter fell to a 1-0 defeat against Sporting Lisbon in Champions League Matchday 1 at the Estadio Alvalade. Bayern Munich put four past Spartak Moscow in tonight's other Group B match.

Roberto Mancini made four changes to the starting lineup that beat Fiorentina at the weekend, with Samuel and Grosso in for Materazzi and Zanetti at the back, Stankovic replacing the injured Cambiasso in midfield, and Adriano preferred to Crespo as partner for Ibrahimovic in attack.

Ibra tested Ricardo with a long-range effort in the opening minute. The Sporting keeper then kept out a Grosso curler and twice denied Adriano before the break. At the other end Romagnoli created openings for Nani and Caneira with well timed through balls but Francesco Toldo was quick to react.

Sporting came out for the second half with renewed determination, Nani, Romagnoli and Liedson firing off target from various angles before Caneira produced Sporting's winner out of nothing on 64 minutes. Chesting down a long ball upfield, the Sporting wing-back cut inside Maicon and volleyed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Mancini brought on Mariano Gonzalez for Luis Figo straight after the goal but the Nerazzurri suffered a further setback when Patrick Vieira was sent off for a second bookable offence.

More substitutions followed with Crespo and Zanetti replacing Adriano and Grosso.

Ten-man Inter reacted well to the double blow and almost grabbed a late equaliser when Ibrahimovic fired a low long-range drive just wide of the post.


Scorer: Caneira 64

SPORTING LISBON: 1 Ricardo; 78 Abel, 13 Tonel, 4 Polga, 12 Caneira; 18 Nani (11 Tello 83), 24 Veloso, 28 Joao Moutinho; 30 Romagnoli (19 Alecsandro 66); 20 Yannick, 31 Liedson
Subs not used: 16 Tiago, 8 Ronny, 15 Miguel Garcia, 34 Joao Alves, 80 Carlos Bueno
Coach: Paulo Bento

INTER: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso (4 Zanetti 36); 7 Figo (91 Gonzalez 66), 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (18 Crespo 71)
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell, 21 Solari
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)

Booked: Liedson 16, Moutinho 21, Toldo 32, Vieira 44, 68

Sent off: Vieira 68

starting lineups

Ricardo 1 Toldo
Abel 13 Maicon
Tonel 2 Cordoba
Polga 25 Samuel
Caneira 11 Grosso
Nani 7 Figo
Veloso 14 Vieira
Joao Moutinho 15 Dacourt
Romagnoli 5 Stankovic
Yannick 8 Ibrahimovic
Liedson 10 Adriano


Tiago 12 Julio Cesar
Ronny 4 Zanetti
Tello 23 Materazzi
Miguel Garcia 6 Maxwell
Alecsandro 21 Solari
Joao Alves 91 Gonzalez
Carlos Bueno 18 Crespo