Final score

1 October 2008 20:45

14' Maicon
Werder Bremen
17' (2nd half) Pizarro
referee Lubos Michel / linesmen M. Balko, R. Csabay / 4th man R. Havrilla
Minutes Text commentary
46' Half time. Inter lead Werder Bremen, courtesy of Maicon's 13th-minute goal.
46' Anorthosis lead Panathinaikos 2-1 in the other Group B Matchday 2 fixture.
45' Another missed chance for Inter. Balotelli's shot from Adriano's cross is deflected out for a corner.
45' The corner is cleared as far as Sulley Muntari, whose effort is saved by Wiese.
45' One minute of added time.
44' Masut Özil rifles a shot at Julio Cesar from 20 yards. Difficult save for the Brazilian keeper.
41' Markus Rosenberg runs on to Pizarro's flicked pass and crashes over the bar and into the Curva Sud.
39' Inter survive a scare at the other end as Claudio Pizarro's close-range effort from Prödl's brilliant cross comes back off the upright.
38' Wasted chance at the Meazza. Dejan Stankovic shoots wide with just the keeper to beat after collecting Mario Balotelli's pinpoint pass into the area.
34' Beautiful ball into the box by Ibrahimovic, but Muntari is beaten to it by Wiese.
31' Adriano gets a couple of crosses in from the left. The first is punched clear by Wiese while the second is blocked by a defender.
30' A scare for the Germans as Ibrahimovic almost gets a foot to Mertesacker's rather dangerous pass back to his keeper.
29' The Werder fans get vocal as their team enjoy a few minutes of possession.
24' Pasanen delivers a dangerous cross from the left. Muntari makes an acrobatic clearance.
21' Bremen captain Frank Baumann is yellow-carded for bringing down Adriano from behind.
20' José Mourinho is forced into an early change. Nicolas Burdisso replaces the injured Marco Materazzi.
15' Werder fantasista Diego tests Julio Cesar from 25 yards. The Inter keeper gets down at his near post and makes the save.
13' GOAL!!!!!!! Maicon!!!!!!! The Inter number 13 wins a rebound, takes the ball into the area and dinks it over Wiese and into the net. INTER 1-0 WERDER BREMEN.
10' Adriano charges forward as Inter hit Werder on the break. His shot is blocked by Mertesacker and it's another corner.
9' Balotelli's left-wing corner is headed to safety by Özil
8' Another chance for the Nerazzurri. Ibrahmovic chests down Muntari's cross to the back post and sees his volley deflected behind. Nothing comes of the corner but we win another as Pizarro heads over after winning an aerial duel with Materazzi.
6' The Germans counter-attack after Muntari is caught napping in the box. Frings plays long to Claudio Pizarro but Julio Cesar moves quickly to thwart the Peruvian.
4' Torsten Frings sends Mario Balotelli clattering to the ground on the left wing. Supermario takes his free kick quickly, serving Muntari who is intercepted in the area.
3' Werder defender Naldo unleashes a shot from over 30 yards out. It's way off target.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for our first home game of the 2008/09 Champions League.
1' We go into tonight's clash as leaders of Group B, thanks to our 2-0 win at Panathinaikos in Athens a fortnight ago.
1' In tonight's other match, the Greeks play away to Cypriot outfit Anorthosis Famagusta, who held Werder 0-0 in Matchday 1.
1' The fans are pouring into the stadium as we approach the 20:45 kick-off. Plenty of green shirts in the Curva Sud.
1' And here are the teams: Inter: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Cordoba, Materazzi, Zanetti; Stankovic, Cambiasso, Muntari; Balotelli; Ibrahimovic, Adriano. <br>Werder: Wiese; Prödl, Mertesacker, Naldo, Pasanen; Frings, Baumann, Özil; Diego; Rosenberg, Pizarro
1' We're under way in San Siro. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
1' Great chance for Adriano in the opening seconds! The Brazilian striker, who scored both our goals the last time these two teams met in Milan, hooks over on the turn after meeting Ibrahimovic's cross into the centre of the box.
Minutes Text commentary
49' Full time. Werder Bremen hold the Nerazzurri 1-1 at the Giuseppe Meazza. Anorthosis Famagusta beat Panathinaikos 3-1 in tonight's other Group B game. See you on Saturday for Inter v Bologna.
48' Werder Bremen close to a shock winner as Pizarro blasts into the sidenetting after Naldo's free kick is parried.
47' Free kick to Werder in the dying seconds after a foul by Balotelli on Diego.
45' Muntari volleys wide from the left egde of the box. It's all Inter in these final minutes.
45' Two minutes of added time. Time enough for a late winner?
43' Maicon goes so close to a priceless second, his low shot from 25 yards shaving the far post!
43' Another chance for Inter as Julio Cruz scythes at Wiese from the edge of the box.
41' Schaaf makes his final change: Clemens Fritz for Sebastian Prödl.
40' Great chance for Inter. Ibrahimovic crosses low into the six-yard box, and Cruz only just fails to connect.
38' Inter clear a dangerous free kick from Diego.
38' Bookings-as-soon-as-you're-on are in vogue tonight. Jensen gets a yellow for foul play.
37' Ibra looks for Cruz with a sublime backheel but Naldo reads the move perfectly and intercepts.
37' Werder Bremen bring on Daniel Jensen for Mesut Özil.
35' Julio's first contribution to the match is a yellow card for a foul on Frings.
34' Ibra storms past two in the box but the Germans make a quick recovery and dispossess him on the byline before he can pass to Cruz.
33' And Mourinho makes his second. It's Julio Cruz for Adriano. Can El Jardinero do what he did against Lecce the other week?
32' A trivela cross from Quaresma. Another save from Wiese.
32' Thomas Schaaf makes his first change. On comes Aaron Hunt for Markus Rosenberg.
31' Quaresma gets a shot on target from 25 yards. Wiese saves.
30' Ibra again. This time, he strikes a low shot narrowly wide from the left edge of the box.
28' Ibra tries the impossible from a very tight angle on the left. Goal kick.
27' A let-off for Inter. Naldo has a free header from a right-wing corner but he heads wide.
27' Substitution time. Mourinho brings on Dejan Stankovic for Quaresma.
25' Baumann's weak shot is saved by Julio Cesar after a half-clearance by Stankovic.
23' Lubos Michel produces the third yellow card of the evening. It goes to Torsten Frings for a foul on Ibra.
23' Mario Balotelli's curling free kick from the left is easily caught by Wiese.
20' Inter have a chance to retake the lead but Naldo beats Adriano to Ibrahimovic's pass, conceding a corner.
17' GOAL. At the far post, Claudio Pizarro pokes Özil's cross from the right and the Germans are level. INTER 1-1 WERDER BREMEN.
16' Naldo blasts his free kick high and wide.
15' Dejan Stankovic is booked for a foul on Diego. The free kick is around 25 metres from goal.
14' Supermario looks for Ibra with a dangerous inswinger from the left. Naldo gets there first and makes the clearance.
12' Julio Cesar saves Diego's volleyed shot from the edge of the area.
11' Werder's Finnish defender Petri Pasanen has a go from 35 yards. His ambitious effort sails into the Curva Nord.
9' Adriano's curling free kick is over the wall and into the arms of Tim Wiese.
8' A headed pass from Muntari finds Ibrahimovic. The Swede's brilliant volley it's a yard or so wide.
8' Free kick after Stankovic goes down under a sliding challenge from Frings.
8' Diego is yellow carded for dissent.
6' Julio Cesar saves a stinging shot from Mesut Özil.
3' The first chance of the second half goes our way as Adriano crashes wide from 20 yards.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.28
7 shots on target 8
12 shots off target 7
17 fouls committed 17
6 corners 1
4 offsides 3
00 ball possession 00
Inter v German teams

Inter have played 33 competitive matches against German teams, winning 18, drawing 7 and losing 8. At home, the Nerazzurri have played 17 games, winning 13 and losing 4.

1960/61 Fairs Cup Inter-Hannover 8-2 6-1
1961/62 Fairs Cup Inter-Cologne 2-0 2-4 5-3 (playoff in Milan)
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Borussia D. 2-0 2-2
1969/70 Fairs Cup Inter-Hertha Berlin 2-0 0-1
1971/72 European Cup Inter-Borussia M. 4-2 0-0
1979/80 UEFA Cup Inter-Borussia M. 2-3 1-1
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Hamburg 1-0 1-2
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Cologne 1-0 3-1
1988/89 UEFA Cup Inter-Bayern Munich 1-3 2-0
1993/94 UEFA Cup Inter-Borussia D. 1-2 3-1
1996/97 UEFA Cup Inter-Schalke 04 1-0 0-1
1997/98 UEFA Cup Inter-Schalke 04 1-0 1-1
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Hertha Berlin 2-1 0-0
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 2-0
2004/05 Champions League Inter-Werder Bremen 2-0 1-1
2006/07 Champions League Inter-Bayern Munich 0-2 1-1

Werder Bremen v Italian clubs

Werder Bremen face an Italian side in Europe for the 21st time after 7 victories, 7 draws and 6 (away) defeats. On Italian soil, the Germans have won 2 matches, drawn 2 and lost 6.

il dettaglio:
1987/88 Coppa Uefa Werder Bremen-Verona 1-1 1-0
1988/89 European Cup Werder Bremen-AC Milan 0-0 0-1
1989/90 UEFA Cup Werder Bremen-Napoli 5-1 3-2
1989/90 UEFA Cup Werder Bremen-Fiorentina 1-1 0-0
1993/94 Champions League Werder Bremen-AC Milan 1-1 1-2
1999/00 UEFA Cup Werder Brema-Parma 3-1 0-1
2004/05 Champions League Werder Bremen-Inter 1-1 0-2
2005/06 Champions League Werder Bremen-Udinese 4-3 1-1
2005/06 Champions League Werder Bremen-Juventus 3-2 1-2
2007/08 Champions League Werder Bremen-Lazio 2-1 1-2

Mourinho v Schaaf

The two coaches have met twice in the Champions League, winning one match apiece in the 2006/07 group stages.

2006/07 Champions League Chelsea-Werder Bremen 2-0 0-1

Inter v Werder Bremen

Inter are unbeaten in their previous meetings with Werder Bremen, having collected a win and a draw in the 2004/05 Champions League group stage.

2004/05 Champions League Inter-Werder Brema 2-0 1-1

Adriano Inter's outright top scorer in UCL/European Cup

With his goal against Panthainaikos in Matchday 1, Adriano Leite Ribeiro has become Inter's outright top scorer in the Champions League/European Cup. The Brazilian has scored 17 goals in the competition, one more than Sandro Mazzola (16 goals) and five more than Julio Cruz (12). Hernan Crespo (11) shares fourth place with Jair in the list of all-time scorers.

Inter's last European draw in March 2007

Inter's last draw in Europe was back on 6 March 2007 when they played out a goalless draw at Valencia in the Champions League. The Nerazzurri have since played 9 European matches, winning 6 and losing 3.

Werder's 222-minute invincibility

Werder Bremen haven't conceded in a European competition since Davis' 48th-minute goal in their 2-0 defeat away to Glasgow Rangers on 6 March 2008. A total of 222 competitive minutes have elapsed since that UEFA Cup goal at Ibrox (remaining 42 minutes of Rangers-Werder plus the 1-0 win over the Scots in the return fixture and the 0-0 draw with Anorthosis in UCL Matchday 1).

Werder 212 minutes without UCL goal

Hunt's 58th-minute goal in Werder Bremen 3-2 Real Madrid on 28 November 2007 was the German outfit's last Champions League goal. A total of 212 minutes have elasped since then (remaining 32 minutes of that match plus Olympiakos 3-0 Werder and Werder 0-0 Anorthosis).

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

MILAN - Inter were held 1-1 by Werder Bremen in Matchday 2 of the Champions League and are joined on top of Group B by Anorthosis Famagusta, who beat Panathinaikos 3-1 in Cyrpus.

Maicon gave Inter the lead on 13 minutes but Claudio Pizarro put the teams on level terms with a close-range goal 17 minutes after the restart.

The Nerazzurri dominated the closing stages, creating an array of chances to snatch a winner.

José Mourinho fielded his usual 4-3-3 formation for the visit of Schaaf's side, with Balotelli making his Champions League debut in attack with Ibrahimovic and Adriano. Muntari returned in midfield alongside Stankovic and Cambiasso, with Zanetti slotting in at left-back and Cordoba returning in the centre of defence.

Inter could have gone in front within 30 seconds when Adriano, who scored both of Inter's goals the last time these two teams met in Milan, hooked narrowly over from Ibrahimovic's cross. Muntari then saw his volley deflected behind for a corner before Maicon broke the deadlock, chipping Wiese after winning a rebound.

An injury to Materazzi forced Mourinho into an early change, with Burdisso coming on for the Italy international.

Stankovic missed from close range, Pizarro hit the post, and Rosenberg and Özil had chances as both teams went close before the end of an evenly balanced opening forty-five.

Werder made a strong start to the second half and equalised in the 62nd minute when Claudio Pizarro poked home Özil's cross from the right.

Mourinho threw on Quaresma for Stankovic, introducing Cruz for Adriano in the closing stages and the Nerazzurri produced chance after chance, with Maicon shaving the post from 25 yards and Julio Cruz forcing Wiese into a difficult save with his scything shot.

Werder could have grabbed a winning goal in the dying seconds when Pizarro blasted into the sidenetting after Julio Cesar parried away Naldo's free kick.

Inter 1-1 Werder Bremen (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Maicon 13, Pizarro 62.

Inter (4-3-3): 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi (16 Burdisso 20), 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (77 Quaresma 72), 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 45 Balotelli, 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (9 Cruz 78).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 14 Vieira, 33 Mancini, 36 Bolzoni.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Werder Bremen (4-3-1-2): 1 Wiese; 15 Prödl (8 Fritz 86), 29 Mertesacker, 4 Naldo, 3 Pasanen; 22 Frings, 6 Baumann, 11 Özil (20 Jensen 82); 10 Diego; 9 Rosenberg (14 Hunt 77), 24 Pizarro.
Subs not used: 33 Vander, 2 Boenisch, 7 Vranjes, 18 Sanogo.
Coach: Thomas Schaaf.

Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia).

Booked: Baumann 21, Diego 53, Stankovic 61, Frings 68, Jensen 83.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Wiese
Maicon 13 Prödl
Cordoba 2 Mertesacker
Materazzi 23 Pasanen
Zanetti 4 Naldo
Stankovic 5 Baumann
Cambiasso 19 Özil
Muntari 20 Frings
Balotelli 45 Diego
Ibrahimovic 8 Rosenberg
Adriano 10 Pizarro


Toldo 1 Vander
Cruz 9 Boenisch
Vieira 14 Vranjes
Burdisso 16 Fritz
Bolzoni 36 Hunt
Mancini 33 Sanogo
Quaresma 77 Jensen