Final score

19 September 2007 20:45

43' Deivid
referee Luis Medina Cantalejo / linesmen Jiménez , Gallardo / 4th man Izquierdo
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Minutes Text commentary
47' Stankovic's corner is caught by Volkan.
47' Half time. Fenerbahçe 1-0 Inter.
46' Match ref Cantalejo books goalscorer Deivid for not keeping his distance before the free kick can be taken.
46' Zlatan Ibrahimovic's free kick is deflected out for a corner and there will be another minute of added time.
45' Inter win a free kick on the right edge of the Turkish box after a foul on Suazo.
45' One minute of added time.
43' Fenerbahce come back at Inter and take the lead through Deivid who beats Julio Cesar with a fierce shot on the turn from Alex's cut-back.
42' Solari whips in a cross from the left. Roberto Carlos sweeps clear.
41' Inter appear to have stepped up a gear in these closing stages of the first half.
39' Inter hit back. Ibrahimovic serves Suazo on the edge of the box but the former Cagliari captain's low effort is saved by Volkan.
38' Roberto Carlos tries one of his swerveshots from 25 yards. Nelson Rivas blocks. The home side remain in the Inter third and Onder crashes wide from distance.
35' Aurelio heads wide Alex's cross from the free kick. Another let-off for the Nerazzurri.
34' Fenerbahçe win a free kick 25 yards out for a Dacourt foul on Vederson.
33' Cambiasso's cross from a 40-yard free kick is headed behind by Lugano.
33' Volkan makes an easy catch from the resulting corner.
32' Deivid gets into a shooting position but his low 20-yard is straight at Julio Cesar.
31' Lugano is yellow-carded for a bad challenge on Suazo, who would have been clear through on goal.
27' Inter survive a couple of scares. Julio Cesar makes a good save from Roberto Carlos before Rivas beats Kezman to a low cross from the Brazilian veteran.
26' Maxwell heads behind an Onder cross from the right. Corner for the Turkish champions.
23' Vederson unleashes a venomous strike from 25 yards. Luckily for us it's well off target.
22' Volkan ventures dangerously off his line but both the Fenerbahçe keeper and Walter Samuel fail to connect with Solari's corner.
21' Suazo sprints past two after collecting a Zanetti pass. The Honduran's cross is poked behind by Aurelio.
20' Kezman and Samuel fail to connect with Deivid's dangerous cross in from the right.
19' Rivas scythes clear a Fenerbahçe ball into the Inter area.
18' Dacourt cuts out a Deivid pass for Alex and sets up a counter-attack. Suazo runs to meet the French midfielder's floated pass but the flag goes up for offside.
15' Ibrahimovic is the second player to see yellow tonight. The Swedish striker is booked for elbowing Deniz.
14' Zanetti blocks a cross-shot from his former team-mate Roberto Carlos.
14' Fenerbahçe dangerous again as Deivid's 20-yard shot whizzes wide.
12' Onder is booked for a foul on David Suazo in the centre circle.
10' Chance for Fenerbahçe. Deivid's flicked header from Aurelio's right-wing cross is tipped over by Julio Cesar.
9' Dacourt's cross is deflected out for a corner.
9' Stankovic swings in a cross from the left, Deivid makes a headed clearance.
5' Ibra threads through to Suazo who tries to muscle his way past two opponents. The Honduran wins Inter a right-wing corner.
5' Stankovic's corner is cleared by the Fenerbahçe defence.
4' Low shot by Ibrahimovic from 25 yards. It's wide of the left post.
1' Inter's 2007/08 Champions League campaign begins here at the Şükrü Saracoğlu in Fenerbahçe, Istanbul.
1' Fenerbahçe are competing in their fifth Champions League campaign. They have never progressed beyond the group stage.
1' The Yellow Canaries, as they are known affectionately by their fans, have won 17 Turkish Super League titles - one more than their city rivals Galatasaray.
1' The Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium, which holds just over 50,000 spectators, will host the UEFA Cup final in 2009.
1' Fenerbahçe are one of the Üç Büyükler (the Big Three) of Turkish football. The other two, also Istanbul-based clubs, are Galatasaray and Besiktas.
1' Inter go in tonight's game without seven key players. Chivu, Materazzi and Vieira miss the match through injury while Burdisso, Maicon, Cordoba and Cruz are all suspended.
1' Fenerbahçe's star summer signing Roberto Carlos was one of the first recruits of the Massimo Moratti era back in 1995. The Brazilian defender made 34 appearances in one season with the Nerazzurri, scoring 7 goals.
1' Lineups:<br>Fenerbahçe: D.Volkan; Onder, Lugano, Edu, Roberto Carlos; Deivid, Aurelio, Deniz, Vederson; Alex; Kezman.<br> Inter: Julio Cesar, Zanetti, Rivas, Samuel, Maxwell; Stankovic, Dacourt, Cambiasso, Solari; Ibrahimovic, Suazo.
1' The Turks kick off. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Solari's low cross from the right is collected by D.Volkan.
Minutes Text commentary
48' Inter make a last desperate assault on the Fenerbahçe goal. Stankovic's cross from 25 yards is caught by Volkan.
48' Full time. Fenerbahçe beat Inter 1-0.
46' Luis Jimenez is cautioned for a foul on Roberto Carlos.
45' Rivas blocks a thundersome shot form Vederson.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
43' Crespo's effort on the turn from Jimenez' ball into the box is deflected out for a corner.
40' And again. Semih heads over an Aurelio cross.
39' Fenerbahçe close again. Lugano's looping header from Alex's inswinging free kick is just over the angle between post and bar.
38' Volkan makes a smothering save to deny Cambiasso a chance from Figo's right-wing cross.
35' Right-wing corner for Inter. Figo's outswinger is headed behind by substitute Semih.
35' Stankovic's header from Figo's corner is half-cleared and the Serbian wins us another corner.
34' Zanetti gets to the right-wing by-line and crosses into the area but Jimenez is beaten to the ball.
28' Stankovic's low strike from Jimenez' ball square is way off target.
27' Change number three for Inter. Hernan Crespo replaces David Suazo.
25' Mancini makes his second switch, and it's an attacking midfielder for a holding midfielder as Luis Jimenez comes on for Olivier Dacourt to make his competitive debut.
24' Suazo wins Inter a right-wing corner. Figo's cross is caught by Volkan.
22' Fenerbahçe bring on Semih for Mateja Kezman.
21' Edu sends in a fast cross from the right. Alex's bullet header is goalbound but Julio Cesar makes a miraculous save.
18' Edu rises above the Inter defence to head over an Alex free kick.
17' Volkan is quick out to beat Suazo to Figo's threaded pass into the Turkish box.
14' It's now three yellows per side as Dacourt is booked for a foul on Aurelio.
13' Inter survive yet another scare as Marco Aurelio connects with Alex's ball into the six-yard box and acrobatically hooks it wide.
12' Roberto Carlos strikes the post as Fenerbahçe produce another devastating attack.
12' Inter bring on Luis Figo for Santiago Solari.
11' Nelson Rivas makes a headed clearance from Alex's free kick.
10' Illegal challenge by Rivas on Alex. Free kick to the Yellow Canaries just outside the Inter area.
8' Turks close to a second. Roberto Carlos forces a difficult parry from Julio Cesar with one of his trademark free kicks. Kezman's poked effort from the loose ball is over the bar.
7' Fenerbahçe hit Inter on the break and win a free kick on the edge of our area for a foul on Kezman by Samuel, who is yellow-carded.
6' Stankovic crosses to the far post. Cambiasso heads into the path of Samuel who is intercepted.
5' Ibrahimovic combines with Maxwell and gets into the box. His shot is deflected out for a corner.
4' Inter win a free kick on the right wing. Stankovic's cross is cleared by Volkan.
3' Maxwell commits a tactical foul on Deniz. Free kick to the home side 40 yards out. Alex's inswinger is gathered by Julio Cesar.
2' Alex latches on to a Kezman cross and plays in Aurelio with a deft touch. Rivas gets a tackle in and concedes a corner.
1' We're back under way at the &#350;ükrü Saraco&#287;lu as Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.12
7 shots on target 2
10 shots off target 4
20 fouls committed 19
4 corners 11
2 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Fenerbahçe v Inter

The two teams have never previously met in a competitive fixture.

Fenerbahçe v Italian teams

The Istanbul club have played 11 competitive matches against teams from Italy. They have won 2 and lost 9. On home soil Fenerbahçe have entertained Italian teams on 6 occasions, winning 2 and drawing 4. Their 4 Champions League matches to date against Italian clubs have all ended in defeats.

Inter v Turkish teams

In 6 competitive meetings against clubs from Turkey Inter have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1. In away matches the Nerazzurri have managed a win, a draw and a defeat. Inter's last trip to Turkey was on 16 September 1987 - a 0-0 draw with Besiktas in the UEFA Cup first round.

Zico v Mancini

The two coaches have never met in a competitive match but there are three previous meetings between the Brazilian and the Italian when they were players. All three games (2 in Serie A, 1 in Coppa Italia) came in the 1984/85 season when Zico played for Udinese and Mancini for Sampdoria. They each won once in the league while the cup game ended in a stalemate.

Turks' last home defeat in Europe against AC Milan

Fenerbahçe have not lost a European match at home since 23 November 2005 when they were beaten 4-0 by AC Milan in the Champions League. Since that date the Turks have collected 4 wins and 3 draws.

Last Inter goal in Turkey back in September 1981

Alessandro Altobelli's 89th-minute goal in the 3-1 UEFA Cup win at Adanaspor on 16 September 1981 was Inter's last goal on Turkish soil. The Nerazzurri failed to score in their two successive trips to Turkey (Trabzonspor 1-0 Inter & Besiktas 0-0 Inter). Both matches were UEFA Cup fixtures.

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).

The ref: Luis Medina Cantalejo

Spanish official Luis Medina Cantalejo, born in 1964, has been an international referee since 2002. In Matchday 1 he referees Inter for the third time after the 2-2 draw at Sochaux in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup and last season's 1-1 Champions League draw at Bayern Munich. Besides these two matches, Cantalejo has refereed 4 other European matches involving Italian teams (3 Italian wins and 1 draw). He has taken charge of one Fenerbahçe match - a 2-0 defeat to Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen in the 2005/06 Champions League.

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ISTANBUL - Inter opened their 2007/08 Champions League campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Fenerbahçe at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.

Spurred on by their frenzied fans, Zico's team outplayed the Nerazzurri after Ibrahimovic's early chance from 25 yards.

Deivid had a flicked header tipped over by Julio Cesar who kept out a Roberto Carlos effort before Nelson Rivas swept clear to deny Kezman a chance from close range.

Fenerbahçe's early domination continued as Deivid hit his 20-yard shot straight at the Inter keeper and Aurelio headed wide from an inviting position after connecting with an Alex cross.

Just when Inter looked to be getting into their stride Fenerbahçe took the lead on 43 minutes when Deivid found the net with an unstoppable shot on the turn from Alex's cut-back.

Roberto Carlos hit the post with a venomous strike and forced Julio Cesar into a difficult save with one of his trademark free kicks as the Turkish champions produced chance after chance to increase their lead after the break.

Marco Aurelio then wasted a gilt-edged chance from Alex's intelligent ball into the area.

The Fenerbahçe faithful must have thought they were 2-0 up in the 66th minute but Julio Cesar somehow pulled off a magnificent reflex save from Alex's close-range bullet header.

Mancini's reaction was to bring on Figo for Solari, replace Dacourt with Jimenez for the Chilean's competitive debut, and substitute Suazo with Hernan Crespo.

The game changed in Inter's favour but the Nerazzurri failed to capitalise on a period of pressure. Fenerbahçe hit back again and could have snatched two late goals through Lugano and Semih.

Inter's Matchday 2 opponents PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 in tonight's other Group G match. 

Fenerbahçe 1-0 Inter (HT: 1-0)

Scorer: Deivid 43.

Fenerbahçe: 1 Volkan; 19 Onder, 2 Lugano, 36 Edu, 3 R.Carlos; 99 Deivid, 15 Aurelio, 24 Deniz, 6 Vederson; 20 Alex; 9 Kezman (23 Semih, 67).
Subs not used: 88 Volkan Babacan, 5 Yasin, 8 Colin Kazim, 21 Selcuk Sahin, 25 Ugur, 77 Goknan Gonul.
Coach: Zico.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar, 4 Zanetti, 24 Rivas, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 5 Stankovic, 15 Dacourt (11 Jimenez 70), 19 Cambiasso, 21 Solari (7 Figo 57); 8 Ibrahimovic, 29 Suazo (18 Crespo 72).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 35 Esposito, 36 Bolzoni, 37 Puccio.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain).

Booked: Onder 12, Ibrahimovic 15, Lugano 31, Deivid 45+1, Samuel 52, Dacourt 59, Jimenez 90+1.

starting lineups

Volkan 12 Julio Cesar
Onder 4 Zanetti
Lugano 24 Rivas
Edu 25 Samuel
R.Carlos 6 Maxwell
Deivid 5 Stankovic
Aurelio 15 Dacourt
Deniz 19 Cambiasso
Vederson 21 Solari
Alex 8 Ibrahimovic
Kezman 29 Suazo


Volkan Babacan 1 Toldo
Yasin 46 Esposito
Colin Kazim 37 Puccio
Selcuk Sahin 47 Bolzoni
Semih 11 Jimenez
Ugur 7 Figo
Goknan Gonul 18 Crespo