Final score

22 November 2006 20:45

36' Crespo
Sporting Lisbon
referee Frank De Bleeckere / linesmen Peter Hermans, Mark Simons / 4th man Johny Ver Eecke
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48' Inter go into the half-time break with a 1-0 lead over Sporting Lisbon, Hernan Crespo the scorer on 36 minutes.
47' Crespo's near-post effort from Stankovic's corner is off-target.
46' Stankovic floats a ball over to Crespo on the right side of the area. The Serbian's pass is intercepted. Corner for Inter.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
43' Stankovic's low, central effort from distance is collected by Ricardo.
42' Materazzi makes a headed clearance from a Tello cross, conceding a corenr. Tello's goalbound shot from the corner is deflected out for another corner by... Materazzi.
40' Free kick for Sporting on the right. Julio Cesar blocks Tello's dangerous inswinging cross. The flag goes up for offside, with Alecsandro the culprit.
36' GOOOAAALLLLL!!!! Hernan Crespo beats the offside trap to meet a Stankovic through ball and picks his spot before smashing past Ricardo from inside the Sporting area. That's the Argentine's 10th Champions League goal for Inter.
35' Corner for Sporting. Tello plays back to Moutinho whose right-wing cross into the box is headed wide by Tonel.
33' Polga smashes clear after a Zanetti run down the left and his resulting cross.
30' Zanetti, making his 100th European appearance for Inter tonight, bursts down the left and tries a one-two with Crespo. The Inter captain is beaten to the return ball.
30' Sporting hit back at the Nerazzurri. Farnerud drags a 20-yard shot several yards wide of the left post.
29' Free kick for Inter. Stankovic's outswinging cross is headed clear by the Lisbon defence.
28' Good approach play by Patrick Vieira, who shrugs off a challenge before feeding through to Ibrahimovic. The Swedish forward turns and loses control in the Sporting area.
27' Abel, who replaced Caneira in the 15th minute, is replaced by Miguel Veloso.
26' Mountino clears an Inter left-wing free kick as Sporting prepare to make their second substitution.
26' Ibra gets to the by-line and crosses for Crespo. Ricardo gets to the ball first.
25' Sporting could be forced to make a second switch as Abel appears to have sustained a leg injury.
24' The Serbian's cross from the right is cleared by Sporting defender Polga.
24' Paredes booked for timewasting.
23' Inter win a free kick in a central position 40 yards out for a Paredes foul on Dacourt.
23' Stankovic plays wide to Maicon who is fouled by Farnerud, and it's another Nerazzurri free kick.
22' Crespo is tackled just inside the Sporting box after receiving from Vieira. Ricardo smothers the loose ball.
19' Maicon booked for a two-footed challenge on Nani who dribbled both the Brazilian and Dacourt during a mazy run down the left.
19' Moutinho's inswinging cross from the free kick is goalbound, but Julio Cesar is on hand and grasps the ball.
18' Sporting keeper Ricardo beats Crespo to an excellent ball in from the right by Maicon.
16' Ibra is bundled off the ball by Polga after a storming run down the right by Maicon. Free kick to Inter 25 yards out.
16' Grosso has another go from the distance. It's slightly higher this time, and off-target again.
15' Sporting bring on Abel for Caneira, who is unable to continue.
14' Julio Cesar catches Alecsandro's dangerous right-wing cross.
13' Free kick to Inter in a central position 30 yards out for a foul by Farnerud on Ibrahimovic.
13' Grosso takes a long run-up and sends his left-foot strike a yard wide of the left post.
12' Sporting momentarily down to ten men as Caneira limps to the touchline after a duel with Materazzi.
11' Moutinho turns before firing high and wide from just outside the Inter area after receiving from Nani.
10' Corner for Inter. Fabio Grosso crosses for his Italy team-mate Materazzi, who is beaten to the ball.
8' Inter attack Sporting with Maicon, Vieira, Crespo and Ibra. The latter floats a ball into the box where Joao Moutinho chests back to his keeper.
8' The Nerazzurri counter at Sporting after a midfield mistake by the visitors. Ibrahimovic sweeps wide to Stankovic who crosses from the right wing. Crespo's effort on the turn is blocked by Tonel.
6' Fabio Grosso gallops down the left, gets to the edge of the Sporting box and delivers a low cross. Polga clears for Sporting.
4' Dejan Stankovic receives a forward pass from Dacourt, advances several yards and unleashes a right-foot shot from 30 yards which is blocked by the Sporting defence.
2' Inter have a Crespo goal disallowed. The Nerazzurri hit Sporting on the break after a Portuguese attack. Ibrahimovic takes on two in the area before serving the Argentine who turns and finds the bottom right corner, but the flag goes up for offside.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, where an Inter victory over Sporting Lisbon in Champions League Matchday 5 tonight will see the Nerazzurri through to the knockout phase.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso; 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt, 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic; 18 Crespo, 8 Ibrahimovic.
1' Sporting: 1 Ricardo; 12 Caneira, 13 Tonel, 4 Polga, 11 Tello; 76 Paredes, 28 Joao Moutinho, 27 Custodio, 18 Nani, 21 Farnerud; 19 Alecsandro.
1' Franck De Bleeckere blows his whistle and we're under way at the Meazza as Sporting Lisbon kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
Minutes Text commentary
48' Ricardo saves an Ibra shot from distance.
48' Cambiasso boots clear as Sporting mount a late charge for an equaliser.
48' Full time. Inter beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 and are through to the Champions League last sixteen with Matchday 6 still to play.
47' Cambiasso gets a cross in from the by-line. Crespo is tackled after meeting the ball.
47' Polga heads a Stankovic cross back to Ricardo to deny Ibrahimovic an attempt on goal.
46' Excellent shot on the turn by Ibrahimovic. It's just wide of Ricardo's left-hand post.
45' Inter replace the impressive Olivier Dacourt (physical problem) with Nicolas Burdisso.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
42' Good chance for Crespo. The Argentine receives in the box from Stankovic and sends a shot on target. Ricardo makes a difficult save.
41' Stankovic's inswinging cross from the left for Crespo is intercepted and headed clear by Polga.
40' Corner for Sporting. Martins' shot from Nani's cut-back takes a deflection. Another Sporting corner. Alecsandro's near-post header from Nani's cross is wide.
38' Esteban Cambiasso replaces Grosso to make his return to competitive action for the Nerazzurri. The Argentine comes on to an ovation from the Meazza faithful.
37' Materazzi's rocket shot from the free kick is punched clear by Ricardo.
36' Materazzi rises in the box to intercept and head clear a cross for Alecsandro. Carlos Martins' rising shot from the loose ball is over the bar.
36' Maicon wins Inter a free kick after a surging run. Custodio wins a yellow card for his challenge on the Brazilian.
35' Ibrahimovic has a go from the free kick, forcing Ricardo to make a good save.
34' Free kick to Inter 30 yards out following a Paredes foul on Ibra.
33' Maicon hooks clear a Sporting cross from the right wing.
32' Zanetti chases an Ibra ball down the left, forcing Ricardo to come out of his area to clear.
32' Maicon tests Ricardo with a thunderous strike from distance.
30' Dejan Stankovic's low 30-yard free kick is saved by Ricardo.
29' Inter close to a second after a superb passing move. Hernan Crespo just fails to make contact with Fabio Grosso's low cross in from the left, for what would have been a certain goal.
28' Polga wins a duel with Ibrahimovic as the Inter number eight tries to muscle his way through on goal.
27' Moutinho returns to the pitch but how useful he can be to his team remains to be seen.
26' Stankovic's volley from Ibrahimovic's chested pass is over the Portuguese crossbar.
25' We're under way again at the Meazza with Sporting curently down to ten men.
24' Dejan Stankovic booked for a foul from behind on Moutinho.
24' Play interrupted as Moutinho receives medical assistance. Not good news for the visitors, who have already used up their substitutions.
23' Inter have a penalty claim turned down after Maicon goes down in the Sporting box as he runs to meet a return pass from Patrick Vieira.
22' Tonel's cross-shot from 35 yards is dangerously on target, but Julio Cesar saves on the line to keep the Nerazzurri in front.
21' Nani's shot from distance is over Julio Cesar's bar.
20' Free kick to Inter out on the right flank. Maicon's ball into the Portuguese box is headed clear by Polga.
20' At the other end, Nani crosses to the far side from the right wing. Maicon beats Paredes to the ball and cleans up in defence.
17' Two good interventions from Vieira and Cordoba as Sporting look for openings down the left.
13' Materazzi makes a headed clearance from a Martins cross. Nani's shot from the loose ball is way wide.
12' Sporting make their third and final substitution. Carlos Martins replaces Farnerud.
12' Maicon has a go from 30 yards. The Brazilian's right-foot effort is well wide of the target.
11' Nani booked for a bad tackle on Fabio Grosso.
10' Polga blocks a Vieira cross from the right and plays a long ball forward for Alecsandro, whose low first-time shot is saved by Julio Cesar.
7' Free kick to Sporting for what De Bleeckere interprets as a foul by Materazzi on Alecsandro. But there was no contact with the Sporting forward.
7' Nani's effort from the resulting free kick is high and wide.
4' Ibrahimovic combines well with Stankovic as Inter hit Sporting on the break. The Swedish forward drifts into the area from the left channel before crossing for Vieira. Farnerud intercepts.
2' Materazzi beats Alecsandro to a Tello ball from the left and makes a headed clearance.
1' Inter kick off the second half. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
1' Tello's whipped cross from the left is headed clear by Maicon.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.45
10 shots on target 4
6 shots off target 9
30 fouls committed 10
4 corners 9
2 offsides 7
00 ball possession 00
Inter v Sporting Lisbon

The Nerazzurri have faced Sporting Lisbon on five occasions, collecting 2-0 wins from the two home games, and two 0-0 draws and a 1-0 defeat from the three away games.


1990/91 UEFA Cup Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0-0
2006/07 Champions League Inter-Sporting Lisbon ---- 0-1

Inter v Portuguese teams

There are 19 previous meetings between Inter and clubs from Portugal. The Nerazzurri have the edge with 9 victories, 5 draws and 5 defeats. Inter have a good home record against Portuguese teams, with 8 wins, a draw and just one defeat (Inter 0-2 Porto, 1986/87 Mundialito). The following list includes the 1-0 European Cup final victory over Benfica in Milan in 1964/65.


1964/65 European Cup Inter-Benfica 1-0 ----
1972/73 UEFA Cup Inter-Vitoria Setubal 1-0 0-2
1986/87 Mundialito Clubs Inter-Porto 0-2 ----
1990/91 UEFA Cup Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0-0
1991/92 UEFA Cup Inter-Boavista 0-0 1-2
1996/97 UEFA Cup Inter-Boavista 5-1 2-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Sporting Lisbon 2-0 0-0
2003/04 UEFA Cup Inter-Benfica 4-3 0-0
2004/05 Champions League Inter-Porto 3-1 1-1
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Porto 2-1 0-2
2006/07 Champions League Inter-Sporting Lisbon ---- 0-1

Sporting Lisbon v Italian clubs

Sporting Lisbon have faced Italian teams in European cup competitions on 25 occasions, winning 6, drawing 8 and losing 11. The Portuguese club have never won on Italian soil, drawing 3 and losing 7 of the 10 matches played.


1948/49 Coppa Latina Sporting Lisbon-Torino ---- ---- 3-1 (pld in Madrid)
1951/52 Coppa Latina Sporting Lisbon-Juventus ---- ---- 2-3 (pld in Paris)
1952/53 Coppa Latina Sporting Lisbon-AC Milan 3-4 ----
1963/64 Cup Winners' Cup Sporting Lisbon-Atalanta 3-1 0-2 3-1 (pld in Barcelona)
1967/68 Fairs' Cup Sporting Lisbon-Fiorentina 2-1 1-1 1987/88 Cup Winners' Cup Sporting Lisbon-Atalanta 1-1 0-2 1989/90 UEFA Cup Sporting Lisbon-Napoli 0-0 0-0 (3-4 after pens)
1990/91 UEFA Cup Sporting Lisbon-Bologna 2-0 1-1
1990/91 UEFA Cup Sporting Lisbon-Inter 0-0 0-2
1998/99 UEFA Cup Sporting Lisbon-Bologna 0-2 1-2
2001/02 UEFA Cup Sporting Lisbon-AC Milan 1-1 0-2
2002/03 Champions League Sporting Lisbon-Inter 0-0 0-2
2005/06 Champions League Sporting Lisbon-Udinese 0-1 2-3
2006/07 Champions League Sporting Lisbon-Inter 1-0 ----

No Inter draw in Europe since Feb

Inter's last Champions League stalemate was a 2-2 away draw with Ajax on 22 February 2006. Since that date the Nerazzurri have won 4 and lost 3. Inter's last home European draw was also seven games ago: Inter 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk in Champions League qualifying on 24 August 2005. Since then, Mancini's team have collected 6 wins and a defeat from their last seven European fixtures at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Cruz, Crespo & UCL goals for Inter

Injured Argentine striker Julio Cruz has scored 10 Champions League goals for Inter to reach Obafemi Martins in fourth place in the all-time list of Nerazzurri scorers in the competition. El Jardinero is a goal away from the top three of Jair (11 goals), Adriano (16) and Sandro Mazzola (16). Hernan Crespo is sixth with 9 Champions League goals in black and blue.

Zanetti poised for 100th Inter match in Europe

If he plays against Sporting Lisbon in Matchday 5, Javier Zanetti will complete a century of European appearances for the Nerazzurri. The Inter captain, whose first European match for Inter was the UEFA Cup 1-1 draw at Lugano on 12 September 1995, has played 56 times in the Champions League and 43 in the UEFA Cup.

No Portuguese win in Italy since 1997

Benfica's 1-0 Cup Winners' Cup victory over Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi on 20 March 1997 was the last time a Portuguese team won on Italian soil. Since then Italian sides have hosted Portuguese clubs on 15 occasions, winning 13 and drawing 2.

A win to see Inter through

If they beat Sporting Lisbon at the Meazza, Inter will automatically qualify for the knock-out stage of the 2006/07 Champions League, whatever the result in Wednesday's other Group B match between Spartak Moscow and Bayern Munich in Russia. A draw or an Inter defeat will see qualification decided in the final matchday. If Sporting lose to Inter the Portuguese outfit will exit the competition, while a Sporting win or a draw will keep the race open.
If the two teams have the same number of points after Matchday 6, the following criteria will be decisive for qualification to the last sixteen:
1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches between the teams in question
2. Superior goal difference from the matches between the teams in question
3. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches between the teams in question
4. Superior goal difference from all group matches played
5. Higher number of goals scored
6. Coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons

No Sporting goal in Europe for 211 minutes

Nani's 59th-minute effort in the 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow was Sporting Lisbon's last Champions League goal. The Portuguese side haven't found the net for 211 competitive minutes: the remaining 31 minutes of that game plus both meetings with Bayern Munich.

Match ref: Frank De Bleeckere

Born in Belgium on 1 July 1966, Frank De Bleeckere has been an international referee since 1998. In Matchday 5 he referees Inter for the third time in the Champions League. Both of the previous fixtures were home games: Inter 3-0 Rosenborg in 2002/03 and Inter 1-1 Lokomotiv Moscow in 2003/04. Including those two matches with Inter, De Bleeckere has taken charge of 10 European fixtures involving Italian teams. There have been 4 Italian wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)
MILAN - Hernan Crespo produced another clinical finish as the Nerazzurri defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 at the Meazza to book their place in the Champions League knockout stage.

The Argentine forward, whose splendid volley against Reggina on Sunday put Inter on top of the league table, came up with the goods again against the Portuguese outfit, smashing his 10th Champions League goal for Inter past Ricardo from 12 yards on 36 minutes after latching on to a Stankovic through ball.

Inter looked to have made the perfect start when Crespo struck home from close range after a bit of magic from Ibrahimovic in the second minute, only for the offside flag to go up.

Sporting were forced to make two first-half changes, with Abel making way for Miguel Veloso just twelve minutes after coming on for Caneira.

Inter had two clear-cut chances for a second goal after the restart. And both fell to Crespo. On 74 minutes the Argentine just failed to make contact with a Grosso cross after a flowing passing move by the Nerazzurri.

Crespo then forced a point-blank save from Ricardo with a bullet shot from Vieira's floated pass, just minutes after Esteban Cambiasso replaced Grosso to make his return to competitive action for the Nerazzurri ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table showdown with Palermo at the Barbera.

Wednesday's early Group B Matchday 5 clash between Spartak Moscow and Bayern Munich in Russia ended in a 2-2 draw.


Scorer: Crespo 36

INTER: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 11 Grosso (19 Cambiasso 83); 4 Zanetti, 15 Dacourt (16 Burdisso 90), 14 Vieira, 5 Stankovic; 18 Crespo, 8 Ibrahimovic
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 7 Figo, 10 Adriano, 25 Samuel, 91 Mariano Gonzalez
Coach: Roberto Mancini

SPORTING LISBON: 1 Ricardo; 12 Caneira (78 Abel 15; 24 Miguel Veloso 27), 13 Tonel, 4 Polga, 11 Tello; 76 Paredes, 28 Joao Moutinho, 27 Custodio, 18 Nani, 21 Farnerud (10 Carlos Martins 57); 19 Alecsandro
Subs not used: 22 Rui Patricio, 8 Ronny, 34 Joao Alves, 80 Carlos Bueno
Coach: Paulo Bento

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Booked: Maicon 19, Paredes 24, Nani 56, Stankovic 69, Custodio 81

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Ricardo
Maicon 13 Caneira
Cordoba 2 Tonel
Materazzi 23 Polga
Grosso 11 Tello
Zanetti 4 Paredes
Dacourt 15 Joao Mutinho
Vieira 14 Custodio
Stankovic 5 Nani
Crespo 18 Farnerud
Ibrahimovic 8 Alecsandro


Toldo 1 Rui Patricio
Figo 7 Ronny
Adriano 10 Carlos Martins
Burdisso 16 Miguel Veloso
Cambiasso 19 Joao Alves
Samuel 25 Abel
Gonzalez 91 Carlos Bueno