Final score

21 February 2007 20:45

31' (2nd half) Maicon
29' Cambiasso
41' (2nd half) Silva
19' (2nd half) Villa
referee Martin Hansson / linesmen Fredrik Nilsson, Henrik Andren / 4th man Martin Ingvarsson
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Minutes Text commentary
47' Spotting Canizares off his line, Stankovic has a go from distance, but miscues his shot.
47' Inter lead Valencia by a goal to nil at half time.
45' Villa drags his right-foot shot wide of the right post after turning Cordoba in the Inter box.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
43' Inter close after a devastating counter attack. Figo powers down the middle before playing wide to Stankovic whose inch-perfect delivery is headed wide by Crespo.
41' Marchena booked for bodychecking Maicon in full flight.
40' Hansson awards Valencia a free kick in a central position 40 yards out for a foul by Maicon. Villa's cross goes directly behind for a goal kick.
38' Figo's cross from the right-wing corner flag is cleared. Inter get the ball back into the box, Stankovic sees his effort finish wide.
36' Albiol blocks Ibra's fast low ball in from the left and concedes a right-wing corner.
36' Play interrupted again as Miguel requires treatment following a clash with Ibra.
35' Maicon fouled by Silva as he tries to break free of the Valencia midfielder down the right wing. Miguel clears Figo's cross. Dacourt's follow-up is weak - easy save for Canizares.
34' Play resumes at the Meazza.
33' Play interrupted as Morientes remains on the ground clutching his head after an aerial duel with Materazzi.
31' Albelda crashes over from 25 yards as the Spaniards come looking for an equaliser.
31' Inter substitution: Dacourt replaces Cambiasso.
29' GOOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!!! Cambiasso heads home at the far post after Canizares parries Ibrahimovic's near-range poked effort from Figo's right-wing cross. Inter 1-0 Valencia.
29' That was Esteban's fifth of the season.
28' Albelda booked for bringing down Figo just outside the Valencia area on the right. He will automatically miss the return leg at the Mestalla.
27' The Valencia defender makes another headed clearance, this time from Maicon's cross. Materazzi's effort from Figo's corner is blocked by Canizares.
26' Albiol beats Ibra to a long ball forward before making a headed clearance from a Figo right-wing cross.
25' Ibrahimovic blasts his 25-yard free kick high and wide.
24' Figo intercepts a ball in the Valencia half, makes a central run on goal and goes down after a challenge from behind by Ayala. Free kick.
23' Julio Cesar blocks Villa's venomous left-foot drive from 25 yards.
22' Silva's powerful shot from 25 yards is too central. Comfortable save for Julio Cesar.
22' At the other end Canizares blocks a Crespo shot from distance.
21' Miguel's whipped cross from the right is played behind by Maicon at the far post. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
20' Maicon is tackled on the right flank after a promising build-up by the Nerazzurri.
18' Canizares is quick out to beat Ibrahimovic to a Figo through ball.
17' Materazzi overhits his long ball for the front men. Canizares collects.
15' Canizares gets down at his near post to keep out a fierce low shot from Zanetti.
13' Ibra's curling effort from the left edge of the Valencia box is wide of the far post.
11' Inter go close twice in the space of a minute. Ayala makes a goalline clearance with Canizares stranded, before Ibra's header from Stankovic's cross comes back off the inside of the left post.
10' Ibra races down the left and has a cross blocked by Miguel.
10' At full stretch Crespo connects with Cambiasso's intuitive ball into the Valencia box but the striker's effort is wide.
9' Burdisso intercepts a Silva left-wing cross and heads clear to deny Angulo.
7' Figo attacks down the right but play is halted for a foul by the Portuguese winger on Moretti.
5' Angulo's ball in from the right goes out for an Inter throw-in on the far side.
3' Stankovic heads wide a Burdisso left-wing cross.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for Inter v Valencia.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 16 Burdisso; 5 Stankovic, 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 7 Figo; 18 Crespo, 8 Ibrahimovic.
1' Valencia: 1 Canizares; 2 Miguel, 4 Ayala, 20 Albiol, 24 Moretti; 10 Angulo, 5 Marchena, 6 Albelda, 21 Silva; 7 Villa, 9 Morientes.
1' Valencia kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Foul by Villa on Maicon as the Valencia striker tries to find a way through on goal.
Minutes Text commentary
49' Full time. Inter 2-2 Valencia.
47' Valencia replace Silva with Lopez.
45' Zanetti is booked for diving in the Valencia area, but the replay shows clearly that the Inter captain was nugded by Joaquin.
44' Albiol beats Cruz to an Ibrahimovic right-wing cross and heads to safety.
44' Luis Figo is replaced by Santiago Solari.
41' GOAL. Silva crashes home a volley from the edge of the box to bring Valencia level again.
40' Burdisso booked for fouling Joaquin.
39' Julio Cesar makes a punched clearance from an insidious long-range effort.
38' Valencia replace Angulo with Joaquin.
36' Figo saves on the line as Valencia go close from a Villa corner kick.
34' Stankovic's cross-shot from the right side of the Valencia area rebounds off Moretti.
32' Valencia replace Morientes with Hugo Viana.
31' GOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! Maicon slides home after a defence-splitting one-two with Julio Cruz, and we're back in front at the Meazza!!!
29' Maicon dispossesses Angulo in our box as the visitors come looking for a second goal.
28' Materazzi's header from Figo's cross falls to Ibrahimovic whose subsequent header is cleared.
27' Free kick to Inter 25 yards out on the right for an Ayala foul on Ibra.
24' Figo's effort from the free kick is over the Spanish bar.
23' Free kick to Inter in a dangerous position for an Ayala foul from behind on Maicon.
23' Inter replace Crespo with Julio Cruz.
21' Albiol's ball in from the right is collected by Julio Cesar.
19' Julio Cesar fails to reach Villa's powerful curling free kick, and Valencia are level at the Meazza.
18' Dacourt cuts out a Miguel pass before committing a two-footed foul on Morientes. Free kick to the Spaniards in a central position 30 yards out.
16' Villa's shot from the edge of the box takes a deflection off Cordoba and spins wildly, but Julio Cesar has it covered.
14' At the other end Maicon plays a quick one-two with Figo and gets to the edge of the box before being dispossessed.
13' Materazzi makes a headed clearance from Morientes' left-wing cross.
12' The Swedish forward creates space for a 20-yard shot, and blasts high and wide.
10' Ibra fails to keep in play Maicon's first-time cross from the right.
8' Crespo collects Figo's cross from the right but is pressed hard by Miguel and forced to backtrack.
7' Burdisso blocks Angulo's cross from the right and brings the ball out of defence.
6' Crespo receives in the box and sweeps wide to Figo whose left-foot effort is saved by Canizares.
3' Figo is dispossessed in the Valencia half after a counter-attack set up by Dacourt.
3' Valencia hit back as Morientes has a 20-yard strike blocked by Julio Cesar.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Cordoba sweeps clear Silva's low cross from the left.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.34
10 shots on target 8
8 shots off target 2
16 fouls committed 10
2 corners 3
5 offsides 1
28:41 ball possession 30:03
Inter v Valencia

There have been eight past meetings between the two clubs. Inter have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 2. The Nerazzurri are unbeaten at home to the Spaniards, with a win and 3 draws from 4 games.


1961/62 Fairs Cup Inter-Valencia 3-3 0-2
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 1-1 1-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Valencia 1-0 1-2
2004/05 Champions League Inter-Valencia 0-0 5-1

Inter v Spanish clubs

In 37 competitive meetings with Spanish clubs in Europe, Inter have won 13 (incuding the 1963/64 European Cup final triumph against Real Madrid), drawn 9 and lost 15. In home games, the Nerazzurri have won 8, drawn 8 and lost 2.


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
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Villarreal 2-1 0-1

Valencia v Italian teams

There have been 22 previous meetings between Valencia and Italian sides. The Spaniards have won 7, drawn 4 and lost 11. Valencia's only victory on Italian soil was the 1-0 Champions League victory at Roma on 18 February 2003.


1961/62 Fairs Cup Valencia-Inter 2-0 3-3
1962/63 Fairs Cup Valencia-Roma 3-0 0-1
1990/91 UEFA Cup Valencia-Roma 1-1 1-2
1992/93 UEFA Cup Valencia-Napoli 1-5 0-1
1999/00 Champions League Valencia-Fiorentina 2-0 0-1
1999/00 Champions League Valencia-Lazio 5-2 0-1
2001/02 UEFA Cup Valencia-Inter 0-1 1-1
2002/03 Champions League Valencia-Roma 0-3 1-0
2002/03 Champions League Valencia-Inter 2-1 0-1
2004/05 Champions League Valencia-Inter 1-5 0-0
2006/07 Champions League Valencia-Roma 2-1 0-1

Inter unbeaten in 29 games

Inter are unbeaten in their last 29 competitive matches, with 25 victories (including 11 wins in a row - 7 wins in Serie A, 2 in Coppa Italia & 2 in Champions League from 25 October 2006 to 2 December 2006 - a club record under the administration of Moratti) and 4 draws since their last defeat, a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on 27 September 2006.

Inter's 535-minute invincibility

Luca Toni's 5th-minute goal in Inter 3-1 Fiorentina on 21 January was the last conceded by Mancini's side. Including the remaining 85 minutes of that game plus the matches against Sampdoria (0-3 in cup, 0-2 in league, 0-0 in cup), Chievo (0-2 in league) and Cagliari (1-0 in league) Inter haven't let in a goal for 535 competitive minutes.

Cruz, Crespo & UCL goals for Inter

Julio Cruz and Hernan Crespo have each scored 10 Champions League goals for Inter. They are fourth in the all-time list of Nerazzurri scorers in the competition, along with Obafemi Martins. The two Argentines are a goal away from the top three of Jair (11 goals), Adriano (16) and Sandro Mazzola (16).

No Valencia goal in Italy for 282 minutes

Valencia's last goal on Italian soil was Carew's 78th-minute effort in the 1-0 Champions League win at Roma on 18 February 2003. Including the remaining 12 minutes of that match plus both Champions League visits to Inter (1-0 in 2002/03, 0-0 in 2004/05), the Spaniards are without a goal in Italy for 282 competitive minutes.

Valencia: 1 clean sheet in last 9 European away matches

Since Inter 0-0 Valencia on 3 November 2004, the Spanish club have conceded in each of their subsequent eight European matches on the road, letting in a total of 11 goals.

The ref: Martin Hansson

Swedish official Hansson was born on 6 April 1971. He has been an international referee since 2001. Wednesday's match between Inter and Valencia is Hansson's third involving an Italian club after Juventus 3-0 Rapid Vienna (2005/06 Champions League) and Red Star Belgrade 3-1 Roma (2005/06 UEFA Cup). So far this season he has refereed three Champions League matches and one UEFA Cup game: 1 home win, 1 away win and 2 draws.

wins(1) draws(2) defeats(0)
MILAN - Villa and Silva replied to Esteban Cambiasso and Maicon goals as Inter were held 2-2 by Valencia at the Giuseppe Meazza.

The Brazilian notched his second for the Nerazzurri after Cambiasso's fifth of the season was cancelled out by a Villa free kick.

But Silva's late volley levelled the tie to give Valencia two important away goals ahead of the return leg at the Mestalla.

Roberto Mancini had to reshuffle his midfield pack for the Champions League last 16 first leg after Patrick Vieira was ruled out with a thigh injury, opting for a four-man line of Stankovic, Cambiasso, Figo and Zanetti operating behind strike partners Crespo and Ibrahimovic.

The Nerazzurri soaked up some early Valencia pressure before Crespo, at full stretch, poked wide a Cambiasso through ball.

Ibrahimovic went even closer when his flicked header from Stankovic's centre came back off the inside of the post.

Valencia keeper Canizares then got down at his near post to keep out a fierce drive by Zanetti.

Inter's perseverance paid dividends on 29 minutes when Cambiasso headed in at the back post after Canizares parried Ibrahimovic's near-range effort from a Figo cross.

But two minutes after his goal the Argentine midfielder pulled up with a suspected thigh strain and was replaced by Dacourt.

Inter could have doubled from a devastating counter-attack just before the break when Crespo sent a diving header wide after Stankovic's inch-perfect delivery from the right.

Villa then wasted a chance for a half-time equaliser when he dragged his right-foot shot wide after turning Cordoba in the box.

Crespo set up Figo just after the restart, but Canizares made an easy save after the Portuguese winger's diagonal effort was softened by Miguel.

The Spaniards equalised against the run of play when Villa beat Julio Cesar with a powerful curling free kick.

Maicon restored Inter's advantage on 76 minutes, sliding home after a defence-splitting one-two with second-half sub Julio Cruz.

But Silva crashed home a low volley from the edge of the box with four minutes remaining as Valencia came back from behind again.


Scorers: Cambiasso 29, Villa 64, Maicon 76, Silva 86.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 16 Burdisso; 5 Stankovic, 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso (15 Dacourt 31), 7 Figo (21 Solari 89); 18 Crespo (9 Cruz 68), 8 Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 25 Samuel, 10 Adriano.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Valencia: 1 Canizares; 2 Miguel, 4 Ayala, 20 Albiol, 24 Moretti, 10 Angulo (15 Joaquin 83), 5 Marchena, 6 Albelda, 21 Silva (18 Lopez 90+2), 7 Villa, 9 Morientes (16 Hugo Viana 77).
Subs not used: 25 Butelle, 23 Curro Torres, 17 Navarro, 31 Pallardo.
Coach: Quique Sanchez Flores.

Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden).

Booked: Albelda 28, Marchena 41, Burdisso 85, Zanetti 90.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Canizares
Maicon 13 Miguel
Cordoba 2 Ayala
Materazzi 23 Albiol
Burdisso 16 Moretti
Stankovic 5 Angulo
Zanetti 4 Marchena
Cambiasso 19 Albelda
Figo 7 Silva
Crespo 18 Villa
Ibrahimovic 8 Morientes


Toldo 1 Butelle
Maxwell 6 Curro Torres
Samuel 25 Navarro
Solari 21 Joaquin
Dacourt 15 Hugo Viana
Cruz 9 Lopez
Adriano 10 Pallardo