Final score

7 November 2007 20:45

30' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
22' (2nd half) Cambiasso
34' Cambiasso
32' Ibrahimovic
CSKA Moscow
31' Vagner Love
23' Jo
referee Paul Allaerts / linesmen D. Huens, M. Simons / 4th man J. Van de Velde
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Zanetti narrowly misses with a piledriver from 25 yards.
46' It's 2-2 after a thoroughly entertaining first half at the Meazza.
45' Dudu is booked by Allaerts for protesting.
45' 1 minute of added time.
42' Dacourt turns Aleksei Berezutski during a run in from the left and sends a cross-shot across the face of the goal.
41' Incredible miss by Zanetti, who took the ball past the keeper after meeting Cambiasso's through ball. But it wouldn't have counted anyway as the flag went up for offside.
39' Rahimic is yellow-carded for a foul on Javier Zanetti.
38' Jo ventures into the Inter box from the left, forcing Samuel into a sliding tackle. Corner to the visitors.
34' GOOOAALLLL!!!! Unmarked in the box, Cambiasso slides in Maicon's through ball. Inter 2-2 CSKA Moscow.
32' GOOAALLL!!!! We're back in the game as Ibrahimovic hooks home his 12th Champions League goal from Chivu's deep right-wing cross. Inter 1-2 CSKA Moscow.
31' Inter fall further behind. Vagner Love runs on to a long ball forward, dribbles Dacourt and Cordoba in the box, and smashes home. Inter 0-2 CSKA Moscow.
30' Ibra's fierce low strike from the free kick takes a deflection. Left-wing corner to Inter.
30' Ibrahimovic's header from Chivu's cross is deflected behind for a second corner.
29' Free kick to Inter just outside the CSKA area, awarded for a foul by Dudu on Ibrahimovic.
28' Maicon plays a delightful one-two with Ibra but his headed effort from the return pass is intercepted by Vasili Berezutski. Inter remain in the CSKA third and Ibrahimovic crashes over from the edge of the box.
26' Crespo heads wide a Maicon cross from the right.
25' Krasic unleshes a right-footer from 25 yards. It's way over the bar.
23' CSKA take the lead through Jo. He collects a Vagner Love pass just outside the box and fires left-footed past Julio Cesar.
22' Samuel zips between Jo and Vagner Love to intercept Carvalho's ball into the Inter box.
21' Maicon crosses from the right to the far post. Ibra delights the crowd with a backheeled pass into the six-yard box but there's no team-mate on hand.
20' Ibrahimovic wins the Nerazzurri another corner. Chivu crosses, Samuel's header is wayward.
19' Zanetti goes down in the box after contact with Rahimic. The Meazza cries 'rigore', but that word isn't in Paul Allaerts' vocabulary.
18' Aleksei Berezutski heads behind Crespo's left-wing cross for a corner.
17' Jo latches on to a Carvalho cross from the left and heads into the path of Vagner Love, who fails to make clean contact with the ball.
15' Chance for Inter. From 20 yards out Maicon crashes a low shot wide of the left post.
13' Maxwell combines well with Cambiasso and then plays into the area. Aleksei Berezutski intercepts and clears.
12' Vasili Berezutski sweeps clear Maxwell's cross from Chivu's ball down the left.
10' Samuel sends a low cross in from the left after collecting Ibrahimovic's cut-back. CSKA clear.
8' Chance for the Russians. Vagner Love wins a duel with Dacourt, creates space for a shot and rifles narrowly wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post from 20 yards.
7' Zanetti has a right-wing cross blocked and it's another corner for the Nerazzurri.
7' Samuel's glancing header from Chivu's inswinging corner is wide of the far post.
5' Carvalho's cross is cleared by Cambiasso.
4' Free kick to CSKA on the left wing after a Maicon foul on Krasic.
3' Inter retrieve a ball in midfield. Maicon plays forward for Crespo but CSKA keeper Akinfeev gets there first.
2' Maicon gets to the right byline and crosses. It's blocked and we win a corner.
2' Ibra's hooked effort from Chivu's cross is blocked by Jo. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
1' Welcome to the Meazza for tonight's Champions League Matchday 4 clash.
1' A win against CSKA Moscow will see the Nerazzurri edge closer to qualification for the first knockout round with two Group G matches left to play.
1' The visitors are without injured Russian national team captain Ignaschevich, but Brazilian forward Vagner Love returns after missing CSKA's home defeat to Inter two weeks ago.
1' Injury-hit Inter welcome back Maicon, newly available after missing the first three Matchdays through suspension.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 15 Dacourt, 6 Maxwell; 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo.
1' CSKA Moscow: 35 Akinfeev; 24 V.Berezutski, 6 A.Berezutski, 50 Grigoriev; 17 Krasic, 20 Dudu, 25 Rahimic, 18 Zhirkov; 7 Carvalho, 9 Vagner Love, 10 Jo.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA RAGAZZI!!!
Minutes Text commentary
48' Full time. Inter produce a memorable comeback to defeat CSKA Moscow 4-2 and maintain their lead at the top of Group G. See you on Sunday for Inter v Lazio.
47' Cordoba makes a headed clearance from Eduardo's right-wing cross.
46' Inter counter-attack with Suazo and Cruz but the Honduran overhits his pass for the Argentine.
45' 3 minutes of added time.
43' Suazo wins us a corner after a duel with Grigoriev.
41' Suazo sprints on goal and unleashes a shot but Grigoriev makes a strong challenge and blocks to deny Inter a fifth.
40' Straight into the action, Suazo crosses for Cruz. El Jardinero is intercepted.
39' Dacourt is booked for a foul on Carvalho.
39' Standing ovation for Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he makes way for David Suazo.
38' CSKA make their final switch: Taranov on, Dudu off.
36' Cruz is intercepted as he meets a long ball forward.
35' Ten minutes left at the Meazza and it looks as if Inter have taken the wind out of CSKA's sails.
30' IBRACADABRA!!!! What a superb goal by Zlatan. The Super Swede wins the ball in the CSKA third, picks his spot and sends the sweetest of right-foot finishes into the top right corner.
29' Akinfeev catches Solari's whipped cross from the left.
27' Zhirkov is booked for an ugly challenge on Cordoba.
26' Ibrahimovic's shot inside the box appears to be handled by Aleksei Berezutski. No penalty is given.
25' CSKA replace captain Vasili Berezutski with Eduardo.
24' Ibra rises in the area to meet Solari's left-wing cross and sends a flicked header over the bar.
22' GOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! Santiago Solari's left-wing corner is backheeled into the path of Esteban Cambiasso by Julio Cruz and El Cuchu lashes home from seven yards out. Inter 3-2 CSKA Moscow.
22' That's Esteban's second of the night.
21' Inter replace Maxwell with Solari.
21' Chivu's curling free kick is just over the bar.
20' CSKA hit back and Inter have Cordoba to thank for a well timed tackle on Vagner Love.
20' Vasili Berezutski is yellow-carded for a foul on Cruz. Free kick to Inter 25 yards out.
19' Incredible miss by Cambiasso. With the goal gaping, Cambiasso's header from Zanetti's cross goes inches wide of the post.
18' Inter bring on Julio Cruz for Hernan Crespo.
15' Ibra close for the Nerazzurri. Maxwell crosses to the Swede who hooks over Akinfeev but his angled effort is off target.
13' Julio Cesar punches clear Carvalho's right-wing corner.
12' Great chance for Inter. Crespo just fails to connect with Ibra's fast cross from the right.
11' The ever dangerous Vagner Love hits wide from 25 yards.
10' Samuel heads over Carvalho's cross. Another corner for the visitors.
9' Vagner Love goes on a mazy run which is abruptly ended by Ivan Cordoba. Free kick to CSKA in a central position 25 yards out.
9' Carvalho's free kick spins off Zanetti and goes behind for a corner.
7' Substitute Aldonin heads clear Chivu's cross from the right.
3' Akinfeev makes a punched clearance from Cristian Chivu's right-wing corner.
2' Carvalho tests Julio Cesar with a right-footer from 25 yards.
1' CSKA kick off the second half.
1' CSKA have brought on Aldonin for Jo.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.48
5 shots on target 4
10 shots off target 6
11 fouls committed 15
11 corners 5
1 offsides 3
28:46 ball possession 28:17
Mancini v Gazzaev; Inter v CSKA Moscow

The Champions League Matchday 3 fixture played in Moscow on 23 October 2007 is the only previous encounter between the two coaches and the two teams.

2007/08 Champions League CSKA Moscow 1-2 Inter

Disciplinary situation

Cautioned: Ibrahimovic, Samuel.
Disqualified: Burdisso (3 matches).

CSKA Moscow
Cautioned: -
Disqualified: -

Inter unbeaten in 10 games

The Nerazzurri have registered 7 victories and 3 draws since their last defeat, a 1-0 reverse at Fenerbahçe in Matchday 1 of the Champions League.

One Inter defeat in last 11 European home games

The Nerazzurri last lost a Champions League home match on 27 September 2006 when they were beaten 2-0 by Bayern Munich. Since that date Mancini's team have played 10 European games at San Siro, winning 8 and drawing 2.

CSKA without away win in Europe since 2006

CSKA Moscow's 1-0 win over Arsenal on 17 October 2006 was their last victory in a European competition. In their 8 games since that date the Russians have garnered 3 draws and 5 defeats.

Over a year since CSKA's last away victory in Europe

CSKA Moscow's last European win away from home came in the qualifying round of the 2006/07 Champions League when they defeated Slovenian outfit Ruzomberok 2-0 on 23 August 2006. The Russians have collected 2 draws (both 0-0) and 3 defeats (from last 3 games) on their European travels.

Crespo third in all time list of Inter scorers in Europe

With his goal against CSKA in Matchday 3 Hernan Crespo has taken his Champions League tally for Inter to 11 goals, reaching Jair in third place in the all time list of Nerazzurri scorers in the competition. Julio Ricardo Cruz is in fourth place with Obafemi Martins. Both have scored ten UCL goals for Inter. Adriano and Mazzola are top of the list with 16 goals each.

The referee: Paul Allaerts

Paul Allaerts was born in Mol, Belgium on 9 July 1964. He has been an international referee since 2000. In Matchday 4 Allaerts referees Inter and CSKA Moscow for the first time. The Belgian official has taken charge of 4 matches involving Italian teams: Palermo 1-0 Slavia Prague (23 February 2006), Parma 0-0 Stuttgart (16 February 2005), Lazio 0-1 Sturm Graz (12 December 2002) and Espanyol 2-0 Livorno (22 February 2007).

wins(2) draws(0) defeats(1)

MILAN - Inter came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 4-2 in a pulsating Champions League clash at the Giuseppe Meazza.

Ibrahimovic and Cambiasso grabbed first-half replies to Jo and Vagner, and both Interisti scored again after the restart to keep the Nerazzurri on top of Group G with two games to play.

Fighting for their Champions League survival, a lively CSKA side took the lead on 23 minutes when Jo collected a Vagner Love pass just outside the box and fired left-footed past Julio Cesar.

The visitors doubled their advantage eight minutes later when Vagner Love rifled home after outwitting Dacourt and Cordoba in the box.

Inter's reaction was as swift as it was devastating. Within sixty seconds of Vagner Love's strike Ibrahimovic hooked home his 12th Champions League goal from Chivu's deep right-wing cross.

Two minutes later Cambiasso slid home Maicon's through ball to level the match.

The Nerazzurri could have gone into the break with a 3-2 lead but Zanetti missed from close range after being put through by Cambiasso.

Mancini's team ran rings around the Russians in the second half and edged in front on 67 minutes when Cambiasso lashed home Cruz' sneaky backheeled assist from Solari's left-wing corner.

Several misses later, Ibrahimovic produced a wonder goal out of nothing on 75 minutes. The super Swede collected a Cruz pass in the CSKA third, powered past Grigoriev, picked his spot and send a crisp 25-strike into the top corner to stun the visitors.

Substitute David Suazo was denied a deserved fifth goal by Grigoriev in the closing stages.

Inter 4-2 CSKA Moscow (HT: 2-2)

Scorers: Jo 23, Vagner Love 31, Ibrahimovic 32, 75, Cambiasso 34, 67.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 15 Dacourt, 6 Maxwell (21 Solari 66); 8 Ibrahimovic (29 Suazo 84), 18 Crespo (9 Cruz 63).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 11 Jimenez, 24 Rivas, 36 Bolzoni.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

CSKA Moscow: 35 Akinfeev; 24 V.Berezutski (21 Eduardo 70), 6 A.Berezutski, 50 Grigoriev; 17 Krasic, 20 Dudu (39 Taranov 83), 25 Rahimic, 18 Zhirkov; 7 Carvalho, 9 Vagner Love, 10 Jo (22 Aldonin 46).
Subs not used: 1 Mandrykin, 5 Ramon, 19 Janczyk, 88 Caner.
Coach: Valeri Gazzaev.

Referee: Paul Allaerts (Belgium).

Booked: Rahimic 39, Dudu 45, V.Berezutski 65, Zhirkov 72, Dacourt 84.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Akinfeev
Maicon 13 V.Berezutski
Cordoba 2 Grigoriev
Samuel 25 A.Berezutski
Chivu 26 Krasic
Zanetti 4 Dudu
Maxwell 6 Rahimic
Cambiasso 19 Zhirkov
Dacourt 15 Carvalho
Ibrahimovic 8 Vagner Love
Crespo 18 Jo


Orlandoni 22 Mandrykin
Cruz 9 Ramon
Jimenez 11 Janczyk
Solari 21 Eduardo
Rivas 24 Aldonin
Bolzoni 47 Taranov
Suazo 29 Caner