Final score

31 October 2006 18:30

Spartak Moscow
1' Cruz
referee Claus Bo Larsen / linesmen B.R.Hansen, H.Sonderby / 4th man P.Rasmussen
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Corner to Spartak. Boyarintsev's cross is headed clear by Burdisso.
46' Half time. Inter lead Spartak 1-0 thanks to Julio Cruz' goal in the first minute.
45' Materazzi makes a headed clearance from a Spartak free kick.
45' 1 minute of added time.
44' Jiranek cuts out Ibra's high ball for Maicon to deny the Brazilian wing-back a one-on-one with Spartak keeper Kowalevski.
43' Figo volleys wide from 25 yards after Spartak clear his looping ball into the box for Cruz.
40' Pavlyuchenko's header from Boyarintsev's cross is wayward. Julio Cesar collects.
39' Good headed interception by Ivan Cordoba to deny Boyarintsev a clear route through on goal.
37' Ibrahimovic is flagged offside as he runs to meet Stankovic's ball over the Spartak defence.
35' Cruz receives from Zanetti on the left and plays a delightful ball to the unmarked Figo who crashes his volley wide of the right post.
34' Spartak back in attack. Boyarintsev's curling cross for Mozart goes behind for a goal kick.
32' Inter close to a second. Cruz twice combines with Stankovic before firing a low shot wide of the right post.
30' Zanetti has shot blocked as the Nerazzurri come looking for a second goal.
29' Ibrahimovic combines with Maicon, enters the Spartak area from the right and crosses for Cruz. Shishkin intercepts and smashes to safety.
28' Boyarintsev fires high and wide from 25 yards.
27' Punched clearance by Julio Cesar from Mozart's long-range drive after Burdisso's clearance from a Rodriguez cross.
26' Bystrov sidesteps Dacourt on the right edge of the Inter area and sends a curling shot wide of the far post.
22' Julio Cruz dispossesses Rodriguez and sets up a counter-attack. The move ends with Figo's cross-shot going behind for a Spartak goal kick.
20' Julio Cesar narrows the angle to block Boyarintsev's diagonal shot from a Spartak through ball.
18' Nicolas Burdisso, preferred to Fabio Grosso at left-back tonight, beats Bystrov to Pavlyuchenko's ball wide.
15' Figo plays a one-two with Stankovic in the Spartak half before passing forward to Cruz. Kovac intercepts.
13' Inter break but the Spartak defence does well to contain Cruz and Ibrahimovic. Corner to the Nerazzurri.
13' Materazzi's header from Figo's corner is wayward. Spartak regain possession.
12' Ibrahimovic races back to dispossess Rodriguez as the Russians look for openings down the left.
12' Rodriguez makes a central run on goal, plays a one-two with Titov and sweeps wide for Brystov who is tackled by Burdisso.
10' Materazzi makes a near-post clearance from a Spartak corner. Maicon clears the resulting throw-in.
9' Burdisso beats Bystrov to a ball down the right and clears to deny the Spartak winger a crossing opportunity.
6' Pavlyuchenko's cross-shot from the left side of the Inter area goes behind at the far post.
6' Figo tackled by Shishkin as the Nerazzurri mount an attack down the left flank.
4' Shishkin's curling effort from the free kick is over Julio Cesar's bar.
3' Cruz scored twice against the Russians two weeks ago to give the Nerazzurri a 2-1 victory.
3' Free kick to Spartak in a dangerous position for a Materazzi foul on Titov.
1' Welcome to the Luzhniki Stadium for Spartak v Inter (kick-off at 18:30CET).
1' Spartak lineup: 30 Kowalewski; 49 Shishkin, 3 Stranzl, 13 Jiranek, 17 Rodriguez; 23 Bystrov, 15 Kovac, 9 Titov, 24 Mozart, 7 Bojarintsev; 10 Pavlyuchenko.
1' Inter lineup: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 16 Burdisso; 7 Figo, 4 Zanetti,15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' It's minus 1 in Moscow as the Nerazzurri get this Champions League Matchday 4 clash under way. FORZA INTER!!!!!!!!
1' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!! Julio Cruz sidefoots into the roof of net from Ibrahimovic's assist to give Inter the lead after a defensive mistake by Stranzl.
Minutes Text commentary
48' From keeper to keeper. Kowalevski's long ball forward finishes in the arms of Julio Cesar.
48' Stankovic goes through on goal but Kowalevski blocks again.
48' Julio Cesar collects a Covalciuc cross in an end-to-end finish to the game.
48' Full time. Inter beat Spartak Moscow 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium.
47' Ibrahimovic goes through on goal and tries to lift the ball over Kowalevski but the Spartak keeper blocks.
46' Solari's long-range shot is saved by Kowalevski.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
43' Marco Materazzi and Nicolas Burdisso end a Spartak attack with a couple of headed clearances.
42' Spartak clear after Ibrahimovic looks for Grosso in the box.
39' Inter make a tactical substitution: Julio Cruz replaced by Santiago Solari.
36' Spartak close again. Titov plays a short corner with Cavenaghi and crosses for Kovac to head over at the far post.
35' Maicon's cross from the right caught by Kowalevski.
34' From the left channel Covalciuc crosses into non man's land. Goal kick to Inter.
33' Julio Cesar smothers the ball to deny Cavenaghi a follow-up after Shishkin's thunderous long-range shot hits the crossbar.
31' Back in the Spartak half Grosso whips in a cross from the left but there's no team-mate on hand.
30' Cruz and Kowalevski jump to meet Grosso's cross from the left-wing by-line. Danish referee Larsen awards Spartak a free kick for a foul by the Argentine.
30' Julio Cesar collects Titov's cross from the left.
29' Pavlyuchenko chests down a Shishkin pass, turns and volleys on target. Julio Cesar gets down at the near post to save.
27' Inter replace Luis Figo with Fabio Grosso.
26' It's three against two as Inter hit Spartak on the break. Figo serves Ibra who sends a fierce low shot on target from the right edge of the Russian area. Kowalevski blocks.
25' Materazzi closes down Cavenaghi to block a shot by the Argentine.
22' Spartak close to an equaliser. Titov fails to connect with Boyarintsev's dangerous ball in from the right wing.
20' Covalciuc fails to keep the ball in play as Spartak pass it around in the Inter area.
20' Boyarintsev's cross-shot from Shishkin's short pass sails over Julio Cesar's bar.
15' Stankovic gets into a shooting position and unleashes a right-footer from 25 yards. Kowalevski collects the Serbian midfielder's deflected effort.
14' Mozart drags his 25-yard shot well wide of the right post.
13' Spartak sub Covalciuc crosses into the Inter area from the left. Javier Zanetti makes a headed clearance.
11' Maicon plays a devastating one-two with Ibra in the Spartak area but sees his angled shot blocked by Kowalevski.
8' Burdisso makes a headed clearance from a Shishkin cross.
8' Bystrov is unable to continue. On comes Covalciuc.
5' Headed clearance by Cordoba from a Mozart cross.
4' Julio Cesar comes to the edge of his area and nods the ball to safety to deny Boyarintsev.
3' Mozart's inswinging cross from the right-wing corner flag is caught by Julio Cesar at the back post.
2' Marco Materazzi cuts out Cavenaghi's ball into the Inter area for Boyarintsev.
2' Inter hit Spartak on the break and waste a gilt-edged chance to double as Ibrahimovic heads wide a Figo cross from the right.
1' Spartak Moscow have replaced Rodriguez with Argentine forward Cavenaghi.
1' Spartak kick off the second half. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!!!!!
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.43
4 shots on target 7
8 shots off target 5
11 fouls committed 16
6 corners 1
3 offsides 2
28:48 ball possession 21:13
Spartak v Italian clubs

In 13 competitive matches against Italian clubs, Spartak Moscow have won two, drawn five and lost six.


1972/73 Cup Winners' Cup Spartak Moscow-AC Milan 0-1 1-1
1975/76 UEFA Cup Spartak Moscow-AC Milan 2-0 0-4
1989/90 UEFA Cup Spartak Moscow-Atalanta 2-0 0-0
1990/91 European Cup Spartak Moscow-Napoli 0-0 a.e.t. (5-3 after pens) 0-0
1997/98 UEFA Cup Spartak Moscow-Inter 1-2 1-2
1998/99 Champions League Spartak Moscow-Inter 1-1 1-2
2006/07 Champions League Spartak Moscow-Inter 1-2 ---

Inter v Russian clubs

In their seven previous encounters with Russian teams, the Nerazzurri have won four games, drawn two and lost one.


1997/98 UEFA Cup Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 2-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 1-1
2003/04 Champions League Inter-Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 0-3
2006/07 Champions League Spartak Moscow-Inter 1-2 ---

Inter v Spartak

Inter have won four and drawn one of their five previous meetings with Spartak Moscow.


1997/98 UEFA Cup Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 2-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Spartak Moscow 2-1 1-1
2006/07 Champions League Spartak Moscow-Inter 1-2 ---

Fedotov v Mancini

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the second time after Inter's 2-1 home win against Spartak on 18 October.

Last Spartak home defeat over 2 years ago

Spartak haven't lost a home match in European competitions since 26 February 2004 when they were beaten 3-0 by Mallorca in the first leg of their 2003/04 UEFA Cup third round tie. Since then the Russians have collected three wins and as many draws.

No away goal for 184 minutes

Inter's last away goal in Europe was Stankovic's 86th-minute wonder goal in Ajax 2-2 Inter on 22 February. That was 184 competitive minutes ago: remaining 4 minutes in Amsterdam plus entire matches against Villarreal (2005/06 Champions League quarter-final second leg) and Sporting Lisbon (2006/07 Champions League Matchday 1).

No Nerazzurri win on the road for 13 months

Inter have collected 2 draws and 3 defeats on their European travels since their last away win on 13 September 2005, a 1-0 victory at Artmedia Bratislava in Matchday 1 of last season's Champions League. Julio Cruz scored Inter's winner on that occasion.

Crespo, Cruz & Champions League goals

With nine Champions League goals apiece, Hernan Crespo and Julio Cruz are fifth in the all time list of Inter scorers in Europe's top competition. In front of the two Argentines are Obafemi Martins (10 goals), Jair (11), Adriano (16) and Sandro Mazzola (16).

The referee: Bo Larsen

Born on 28 October 1965, Danish official Claus Bo Larsen has been an international referee since 1996. Larsen, who has refereed Italian clubs in European competitions on five occasions (4 Italian wins, 1 draw), takes charge of an Inter match for the first time in Matchday 4.

wins(1) draws(1) defeats(0)
MOSCOW - Julio Cruz proved Spartak Moscow's nemesis again as the Nerazzurri registered a 1-0 victory at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The Argentine forward, who scored both goals in Matchday 3 at the Meazza a fortnight ago, netted in the first minute to put Inter second in Champions League Group B behind Bayern, who play Sporting in Munich tonight.

Cruz stunned Spartak less than sixty seconds in, sidefooting his fourth of the season into the roof of the net after meeting Ibrahimovic's assist following a defensive error by Stranzl.

The Russians went on to dominate the first period in terms of ball possession but had few attempts on goal, their only meaningful chance falling to Boyarintsev whose diagonal effort was blocked by Julio Cesar.

Inter's best chance of doubling before the break fell to Cruz who twice combined with Dejan Stankovic before firing wide of the post.

Ibrahimovic wasted a gilt-edged chance to give Inter a two-goal cushion two minutes after the restart when he headed wide from close range after meeting Figo's pin-point cross from the right.

Spartak, who before tonight were unbeaten at home in European competitions since February 2004, limited Inter to counter-attacks, creating at least three good chances to equalise after Ibra had a low effort blocked by Kowalevski.

Pavlyuchenko forced a good save from Julio Cesar, chesting down a Shishkin pass before turning and volleying on target. Inter's Brazilian keeper then smothered the ball to deny Cavenaghi a follow-up after Shishkin's thunderous long-range shot smacked against the crossbar, before Kovac headed narrowly over after Titov's one-two from a short corner with Cavenaghi.

Ibrahimovic and Stankovic both went through on goal in stoppage time but Spartak had Kowalevski to thank for narrowing the angle on each occasion.


Scorer: Cruz 1

SPARTAK MOSCOW: 30 Kowalewski; 49 Shishkin, 13 Jiranek, 3 Stranzl, 17 Rodriguez (19 Cavenaghi 46); 23 Bystrov (27 Covalciuc 53), 15 Kovac, 9 Titov, 24 Mozart, 7 Boyarintsev; 10 Pavlyuchenko
Subs not used: 1 Khomich, 11 Pavlenko, 14 Torbinsky, 25 Kalynichenko, 39 Rebko
Coach: Vladimir Fedotov

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 16 Burdisso; 7 Figo (11 Grosso 72), 4 Zanetti,15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz (21 Solari 84)
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 18 Crespo, 25 Samuel, 91 Mariano Gonzalez
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark)

starting lineups

Kowalevski 12 Julio Cesar
Shishkin 13 Maicon
Jiranek 2 Cordoba
Stranzl 23 Materazzi
Rodriguez 16 Burdisso
Bystrov 7 Figo
Kovac 4 Zanetti
Titov 15 Dacourt
Mozart 5 Stankovic
Bojarintsev 8 Ibrahimovic
Pavlyuchenko 9 Cruz


Khomich 1 Toldo
Covalciuk 6 Maxwell
Pavlenko 11 Grosso
Rebko 18 Crespo
Kalynichenko 21 Solari
Cavenaghi 25 Samuel
Torbinsky 91 Gonzalez