Final score

12 December 2007 20:45

PSV Eindhoven
19' (2nd half) Cruz
referee Markus Merk / linesmen , / 4th man
Minutes Text commentary
46' Half time. PSV 0-0 Inter.
45' 1 minute of added time.
38' Lazovic makes a darting run on goal, turns Materazzi and hits a low shot inches wide.
36' Crespo plays a quick ball over the PSV defence but Suazo is beaten to it by Gomes.
29' Cruz' free kick hits the PSV wall.
28' Mendez is sent off for a last-man foul on David Suazo.
26' Zonneveld's left-footed free kick whizzes just wide of the right post.
21' Culina controls with his chest and hits a volley straight at Julio Cesar.
19' Chivu's left-wing curling free kick is caught by Gomes.
18' Suazo gets into a shooting position and drills wide from 20 metres.
10' Afellay fires high and wide from 25 yards.
7' Great chance for Inter. Solari is put through on goal by Suazo but the Argentine shoots straight at Gomes.
2' Culina latches on to a Zonneveld cross and fires narrowly wide from 20 yards.
1' Welcome to the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven for live text coverage of PSV v Inter.
1' The Nerazzurri are already through to the Champions League knockout round as Group G winners. PSV need to win tonight and hope CSKA don't lose to Fenerbahce in order to progress in the competition.
1' PSV Eindhoven: 1 Gomes; 24 Marcellis, 3 Salcido, 13 Alcides, 8 Mendez; 6 Simons, 20 Afellay, 15 Culina, 5 Zonneveld; 17 Farfan, 9 Lazovic.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 2 Cordoba, 24 Rivas, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell; 36 Bolzoni, 26 Chivu, 21 Solari; 18 Crespo, 29 Suazo, 9 Cruz.
1' As you can see, Mancini has opted for a 4-3-3, with Argentine pair Crespo and Cruz in attack with David Suazo.
1' PSV kick off and we're under way at the Philips Stadium.
Minutes Text commentary
46' That's it. The Nerazzurri beat PSV 1-0 thanks to Julio Cruz' second half goal. See you on Sunday for Cagliari v Inter.
45' 1 minute of added time.
41' Inter's third change: Zanetti comes on for Maxwell.
40' Suazo fires wide from an acute angle.
39' PSV replace Lazovic with Jonathan.
38' Perez latches on to a short pass, takes the ball past Materazzi and shoots wide from 20 metres.
36' Santiago Solari hits the post after Puccio's left-wing cross is half-cleared by a PSV defender.
30' Mancini brings off Julio Cruz and hands Inter Primavera midfielder Gabriele Puccio his competitive debut for the first team. Inter revert to a 4-4-2.
23' Inter replace Cristian Chivu with Esteban Cambiasso.
21' Lazovic fires wide as the home side come looking for an equaliser.
20' Another PSV switch. Aissati comes on for Afellay.
19' GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!!!! David Suazo breaks down the left, leaves two opponents for dead and cuts back for Cruz who nudges into an empty goal with Gomes stranded.
17' PSV make their first change. Perez on, Farfan off.
15' Inter counter-attack. Suazo sprints on goal and lays off for Cruz who blazes over from just inside the PSV area.
10' Cruz hooks over the bar from a tight angle after chesting down Maxwell's ball in from the left.
6' Gomes punches clear Chivu's left-wing corner.
4' Farfan's free kick hits the Inter wall.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.69
1 shots on target 3
11 shots off target 6
13 fouls committed 13
3 corners 3
2 offsides 2
27:28 ball possession 25:11
PSV Eindhoven v Inter

Wednesday's Champions League Matchday 6 tie is the first meeting between the two teams on Dutch soil.

Wouters v Mancini

The two coaches meet for the first time in a competitive fixture. Ronald Koeman was on the Dutch bench when Inter played at home to PSV in UCL Matchday 2 last October.

PSV v Italian clubs

PSV have hosted Italian teams on seven previous occasions, winning 6 games. and losing just 1. The Dutch side have scored in all seven games, netting a total of 12 goals.

Inter v Dutch clubs

The Nerazzurri have played away to sides from Holland on eight previous occasions (including the 1971/72 European Cup defeat to Ajax in Rotterdam. On their travels to Holland Inter have collected 1 win, 4 draws and 3 defeats.

Inter unbeaten in 16 games

The 1-0 defeat at Fenerbahçe in Matchday 1 of the Champions League was the last time Inter lost a competitive fixture. Since that match (19 September 2007) the Nerazzurri have played 16 Serie A and UCL games, winning 13 and drawing 3.

One Nerazzurri defeat in last 11 European games

Fenerbahçe 0-1 Inter on 19 September 2007 is the Nerazzurri's only defeat in their last 11 Champions League games. Mancini's team have won 7 and drawn 3 of the other 10.

Inter one away from 100th positive result in UCL/European Cup

With 63 wins and 36 draws in 124 Champions League/European Cup matches, Inter are one game away from their 100th 'positive result' in Europe's top competition for clubs. The first 'positive result' was a 0-0 draw with Everton in September 1963.

Nerazzurri through as Group winners

Inter are already through to the first knockout round of the 2007/08 Champions League as winners of Group G thanks to their 3-0 home win over Fenerbahçe in Matchday 5.

PSV through if...

Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven have to beat Inter and hope CSKA Moscow hold Fenerbahçe in Turkey to secure a place in the first knockout round draw. If they finish third in Group G, PSV will qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Cup.

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

EINDHOVEN - Inter beat ten-man PSV Eindhoven at the Philips Stadium to collect their fifth consecutive win in the Champions League, finish Group G with 15 points from 6 games and stretch their unbeaten run to 17 matches.

Julio Cruz converted David Suazo's assist 20 minutes into the second half to condemn the Dutch club to a place in the knockout round of the UEFA Cup.

The Nerazzurri, already through to the UCL knockout stages after their 3-0 win over Fenerbahçe in Matchday 5, started with a 4-3-3 formation, with midfielders Bolzoni, Chivu and Solari behind an attacking trio of Crespo, Suazo and Cruz.

PSV needed to win and hope Fenerbahçe would be held by CSKA in Turkey, and the Dutch champions made their intentions clear from the outset, Culina firing narrowly wide from distance in the opening minute.

Inter could have taken a 7th-minute lead but Solari, put through by Suazo, shot straight at Mendes.

Culina had a second chance on 21 minutes but Julio Cesar was equal to the Australian's volleyed effort.

Jan Wouter's side suffered a setback just before the half hour when Mendez was shown a straight red card for a last-man foul on Suazo.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, PSV battled to gain the upper hand and almost edged ahead in the 38th, Lazovic's swift strike finishing inches wide.

Inter imposed their game against ten-man PSV after the interval and should have taken the lead on 60 minutes but Cruz blazed over after brilliant approach play by Suazo.

El Jardinero made amends four minutes later with his tenth goal of the season, nudging in from close range to finish off Suazo's swift and skilful counter-attack.

Inter Primavera midfielder Gabriele Puccio replaced Cruz in the 75th minute, becoming the 19th academy player to make his first-team debut under Roberto Mancini.

Solari struck the upright in the closing stages after Puccio's left-wing cross was half cleared by the Dutch defence.

PSV Eindhoven 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorer: Cruz 64.

PSV Eindhoven: 1 Gomes; 24 Marcellis, 3 Salcido, 13 Alcides, 8 Mendez; 6 Simons, 20 Afellay, 15 Culina, 5 Zonneveld; 17 Farfan (11 Perez 62), 9 Lazovic (19 Jonathan 84).
Subs not used: 21 Roorda, 14 Rajkovic, 16 Aissati, 23 Fagner, 26 van der Leegte, 28 Bakkal.
Coach: Jan Wouters.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 2 Cordoba, 24 Rivas, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell (4 Zanetti 86); 21 Solari, 36 Bolzoni, 26 Chivu (19 Cambiasso 68); 18 Crespo, 9 Cruz (37 Puccio 75), 29 Suazo.
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 13 Maicon, 35 Esposito, 38 Federici.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Referee: Markus Merk (Germany).

Sent off: Mendez 28.

starting lineups

Gomes 12 Julio Cesar
Marcellis 2 Cordoba
Salcido 24 Rivas
Alcides 23 Materazzi
Mendez 6 Maxwell
Simons 21 Solari
Afellay 47 Bolzoni
Culina 26 Chivu
Zonneveld 18 Crespo
Farfan 9 Cruz
Lazovic 29 Suazo


Roorda 22 Orlandoni
Perez 4 Zanetti
Rajkovic 46 Esposito
Aissati 37 Puccio
Fagner 19 Cambiasso
van der Leegte 13 Maicon
Jonathan 38 Federici