Final score

11 March 2008 20:45

18' (2nd half) Fernando Torres
referee Tom Henning Øvrebø / linesmen G. Å. Holen, E. Ræstad / 4th man Brage Sandmoen
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Minutes Text commentary
45' Stankovic's left-wing free kick is headed clear by Fernando Torres.
45' Two minutes of added time.
45' Inter counter attack. Stankovic storms down the right before crossing into the box. Ibra is beaten to the ball.
45' Half time. Inter 0-0 Liverpool (agg. 0-2).
43' Ooooohhhh!! Vieira serves Maicon, who bursts to the byline and passes to Cruz whose backheeled effort from close range is parried by Reina.
40' Reina climbs in his six-yard box to beat Ibra to Zanetti's left-wing cross.
39' Superb cross from the right by Maicon. Cruz is beaten to the ball by Skrtel.
34' Nelson Rivas makes a sliding challenge to block Kuyt's effort.
34' Burdisso is yellow-carded for a foul on Kuyt.
33' Cruz' shot from the edge of the Reds' box is blocked by the defence.
32' Inter bring on Pelé for Vieira.
31' Liverpool back on the attack. Babel crosses from the right. Kuyt scythes his shot wide.
30' Inter go close again. Ibra plays in Cruz with a wonderful touch of the ball and the Argentine sends his low, angled drive just wide of the far post.
29' Chance for the Premier League outfit. Cambiasso slips in the box, Torres pounces, advances and shoots from a tight angle. Julio Cesar saves.
27' Gerrard sweeps wide to Kuyt. The Dutch striker sends in a fast cross, forcing Maicon to concede a corner.
27' The Liverpool captain's corner is cleared by Ibra.
25' Stankovic is dispossessed in the box after a run down the right channel.
25' At the other end Julio Cesar gets out quick to beat Babel to a through ball.
20' Dejan again. The Serbian midfielder has a free kick comfortably saved by Reina. Ref Ovrebo blows for a foul in the area by Ibra.
20' It's more us than them after 20 minutes of play. FORZA INTER!
17' Stankovic fires wide from the left edge of the box.
13' The Swede's second attempt is over the crossbar.
12' Ibrahimovic's free kick hits the Liverpool wall. It will have to be taken again as Babel moved before the shot was taken. The Reds midfielder is booked.
10' Burdisso is fouled on the left after a trademark run by the captain. Torres makes a headed clearance from Chivu's free kick.
8' Early chance for us. Cruz tests Reina with a fierce drive from distance.
7' El Cuchu floats a ball into the box for Ibra. The Swede is beaten to it by Hyypia
5' Cambiasso shoots wide from Ibrahimovic's cross. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
3' Right-wing corner for the Reds. Gerrard takes, Cruz heads to safety.
2' Liverpool win a free kick out on the right wing. Gerrard's cross is headed clear by Vieira.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for tonight's crunch Champions League game against Liverpool.
1' The question on every Inter fan's lips is this: Can history repeat itself in the first match of our second century of existence?
1' In this stadium in 1965 the Nerazzurri produced a memorable comeback against the Reds, winning 3-0 after a 3-1 loss at Anfield.
1' There's a huge sense of anticipation as the Meazza fills ahead of the 20:45 kick-off.
1' Team news: <br>Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas, 26 Chivu, 16 Burdisso; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Team news: <br>Liverpool: 25 Reina; 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 4 Hyypia, 12 Fabio Aurelio; 21 Pezzini, 20 Mascherano; 18 Kuyt, 8 Gerrard, 19 Babel; 9 Fernando Torres.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
Minutes Text commentary
47' That's it. Liverpool win 1-0 (3-0 on aggregate), and we're out of the Champions League.
45' 2 minutes of added time.
43' Liverpool bring on Pennant for Mascherano.
40' Chivu is booked for a foul on Gerrard.
39' Mancini makes his third switch. Jimenez comes on for Stankovic
36' Rafa Benitez brings on Riise for Kuyt.
35' Inter bring on David Suazo for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
34' Ibra blazes over after powering his way into the Liverpool box.
33' Maicon's cross-shot from the right is well wide of the far post.
32' Inter bring on Pelé for Vieira.
29' Yet another card. Liverpool sub Benayoun is shown yellow.
28' Stankovic is booked for a foul on Mascherano.
27' Liverpool close to a second. Julio Cesar makes a superb tipped save from Benayoun's angled effort.
26' Inter win a free kick in a central position. Cruz' effort is high over the bar.
18' Liverpool take the lead through Torres. The Spaniard collects from Fabio Aurelio on the edge of the box, swivels and beats Julio Cesar with a crisp shot. INTER 0-1 LIVERPOOL (0-3).
16' Liverpool make their first change. Benayoun comes on for Babel.
15' Gerrard's free kick is tipped over by Julio Cesar.
14' It's raining cards at the Meazza. Rivas is booked for a foul on Babel.
12' Inter close through Ibra. The Swede's low effort is a whisker wide of the far post.
11' Fabio Aurelio is booked for a foul on Chivu.
11' Ibrahimovic's free kick from the right edge of the box is high and wide.
5' Nerazzurri down to ten men. Burdisso is sent off after receiving a second yell for a foul on Lucas Leiva.
2' Gerrard is booked for a late tackle on Cambiasso.
1' Liverpool get the second half going. FORZA INTER!
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.84
5 shots on target 6
10 shots off target 2
15 fouls committed 16
2 corners 4
2 offsides 2
28:42 ball possession 29:44
Mancini v Benitez

Liverpool's 2-0 win over Inter in the first leg of the 2007/08 UCL last 16 is the only previous meeting between the two coaches.

Inter v English teams

Including their two-legged European Cup semi-final against Liverpool in 1964/65, Inter have faced English teams in European cup competitions on 25 occasions, winning 9, drawing 5 and losing 11. The Nerazzurri have also faced English opposition 4 times in the Anglo-Italian Cup (1 Inter win, 2 draws and 1 defeat).

Liverpool v Italian clubs

The Reds face an Italian club for 19th time after 6 wins, 4 draws and 8 defeats. Four of these matches have been European Cup/Champions League finals. Liverpool lifted the trophy after a penalties victory over Roma at the Olimpico in 1983/84, repeating the success in 2004/05 after an incredible comeback against AC Milan. They lost out to Juventus in 1984/85 and AC Milan in 2006/07. Liverpool have played one European Super Cup against Italian opposition, losing to Juventus in 1985.

Just one home defeat for Inter in last 13 UCL home games...

The Nerazzurri have lost just one of their last 13 Champions League games at San Siro: Inter 0-2 Bayern Munich on 27 September 2006. Mancini's team have garnered 10 wins (including 3 out of last 3) and 2 draws from the other 12 home games.

...and just one without scoring

That 2-0 reverse against Bayern was the only time the Nerazzurri have failed to score at home in their last 13 Champions League fixtures. Inter have notched a total of 25 goals in the other 12 games.

Inter unbeaten at home since August 2007

The Nerazzurri's 1-0 defeat to Roma in the Italian Super Cup on 19 August 2007 was their last home defeat. Mancini's men have since collected 16 wins and 3 draws from 19 matches at San Siro, scoring in each match (total 46 goals).

Inter through 3 times out of 8 after 2-0 defeat from first leg

For the ninth time in their history Inter go into a European return match after a 2-0 away defeat from the first leg. The Nerazzurri have qualified on three occasions (Inter 5-1 Groningen in 1983/84 UEFA Cup, Inter 3-0 Aston Villa in 1990/91 UEFA Cup; Inter 3-0 San Siro in 1997/98 UEFA Cup), failing to reach the next round on five occasions (Inter 3-3 Valencia in 1961/62 Fairs Cup; Inter 1-0 Vitoria Setubal in 1972/73 UEFA Cup; Inter 1-0 Real Madrid in 1980/81 European Cup; Inter 1-1 Manchester United in 1998/98 Champions League; Inter 0-3 AC Milan - forfeit win, match abandoned in 73rd minute, in 2004/05 Champions League).

Liverpool goalless in one of last 11 Euro games

Liverpool have failed to score in just one of their last 11 European fixtures - the 0-1 home loss to Olympique Marseille in the group phases last 3 October. They have scored a total of 27 goals in the other 10 matches.

Liverpool always through after 2-0 win from first leg at home

For the fifth time in their history Liverpool go into a European cup return leg after a 2-0 win from the first leg. In the 1966/67 European Cup they lost 3-1 at Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti, qualifying for the next round after winning a replay in Brussels. In the first round of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup they drew 0-0 with Eintracht Frankfurt, while in the quarter-finals they beat Dinamo Dresden 1-0. Liverpool won 5-0 against Crusaders in Belfast in the first round of the 1976/77 European Cup. They beat Levski Sofia 4-2 in the third round of the 2003/04 UEFA Cup.

The ref: Ovrebo

Norwegian official Tom Henning Ovrebo, born on 26 June 1966, has been an international referee since 1994. So far this season he has taken charge of four European matches (Lazio 1-1 Dinamo Bucharest in UCL qualifying round, and Lyon 0-3 Rangers, Real Madrid 4-2 Olympiakos and AC Milan 1-0 Celtic in the group stages). Ovrebo has refereed Italian clubs on seven occasions. There have been 3 Italian wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. He has never taken charge of an Inter fixture before, but has refereed the Reds on one occasion (Bordeaux 0-1 Liverpool in the 2006/07 UCL group stage).

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

MILAN - Inter exit the Champions League at the round of 16 stage as Liverpool followed up their 2-0 win at Anfield with a 1-0 victory at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Fernando Torres scored after Nicolas Burdisso was sent off to see the Reds join Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Fenerbahçe, Manchester United, Roma and Schalke 04 in the quarter-finals.

Mancini's team had the better chances in the first half, with Julio Cruz testing Reina with a low effort before he sent an angled drive inches wide.

Inter's difficult task was made even harder five minutes after the restart when Burdisso was given his marching orders for a second yellow after a foul on Lucas Leiva.

Ibrahimovic went close to reducing the gap, his low effort from the right edge of the box finishing a whisker wide.

Liverpool secured victory on 64 minutes when Torres fired a crisp shot past Julio Cesar after collecting Fabio Aurelio's assist and swivelling on the edge of the box.

The Reds could have added to their lead but Julio Cesar pulled off a terrific save from Benayoun.

Inter 0-1 Liverpool (ht 0-0, agg. 0-3)

Scorer: Torres 64.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas, 26 Chivu, 16 Burdisso; 14 Vieira (30 Pelé 77), 19 Cambiasso, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (11 Jimenez, 84); 8 Ibrahimovic (29 Suazo 80), 9 Cruz.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 7 Figo, 28 Maniche, 18 Crespo.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Liverpool: 25 Reina; 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 4 Hyypia, 12 Fabio Aurelio; 21 Lucas Leiva, 20 Mascherano (16 Pennant 88); 18 Kuyt (6 Riise 81), 8 Gerrard, 19 Babel (11 Benayoun 61); 9 Fernando Torres.
Subs not used: 30 Itandje, 17 Arbeloa, 10 Voronin, 15 Crouch.
Coach: Rafael Benitez.

Referee: Tom Henning Øvrebø (Norway).

Booked: Babel 13, Burdisso 34, 50, Gerrard 47, Fabio Aurelio 56, Babel 59, Stankovic 73, Benayoun 74, Chivu 85.
Sent off: Burdisso 50.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Reina
Maicon 13 Carragher
Rivas 24 Skrtel
Chivu 26 Hyypia
Burdisso 16 Fabio Aurelio
Vieira 14 Pezzini
Cambiasso 19 Mascherano
Zanetti 4 Kuyt
Stankovic 5 Gerrard
Ibrahimovic 8 Babel
Cruz 9 Fernando Torres


Toldo 1 Itandje
Figo 7 Riise
Jimenez 11 Arbeloa
Maniche 28 Benayuon
Pelé 30 Pennant
Crespo 18 Voronin
Suazo 29 Crouch