Final score

9 December 2008 20:45

Werder Bremen
36' (2nd half) Rosenberg
18' (2nd half) Pizarro
42' (2nd half) Ibrahimovic
referee Per Vink / linesmen Inia, Lobbert / 4th man van Sichem
Minutes Text commentary
47' Inter break but Mertesacker beats Adriano to the ball in his own box.
47' Half time. Werder Bremen 0-0 Inter.
46' More heroics from Julio Cesar. The Inter keeper palms clear Fring's fast cross from the right, before Zanetti hooks to safety.
45' Pizarro's flicked header from Özil's corner forces a brilliant parry from Julio Cesar. The Brazilian thwarts Prödl from Werder's second corner.
45' Two minutes of added time.
44' Quaresma wins the ball in the Werder third and looks for Mancini with a through pass, but overhits it and Wiese gathers.
40' At the other end Maicon blocks and clears Hunt's low cross for Rosenberg.
39' Hunt makes a clearance from Cambiasso's right-wing corner.
36' On the opposite flank Özil glides past Cordoba before firing wide.
35' Muntari boots clear after Pizarro looks for openings down the right.
34' Quaresma blasts wide from a tight angle.
33' Rosenberg fires wide after latching on to Özil's through ball but the flag goes up for offside.
29' Adriano's curling free kick is high over the Werder bar.
28' Torsten Frings is booked for a foul from behind on Quaresma.
27' Julio Cesar makes a smothering save to deny Rosenberg a chance from Özil's through ball.
24' Wiese saves Cambiasso's cross into the six-yard box.
22' Dangerous cross from the right by Franjes, but there's no team-mate on hand. Comfortable save for Julio Cesar.
21' Boenisch intercepts a long ball into the Werder area and heads back to his keeper, denying Mancini a clear chance on goal.
19' Maicon's attacking throw-in is cleared by Mertesacker.
19' Adriano races on to Mancini's through ball but Wiese is out quick to neutralise the threat.
18' After a quick check from Inter doc Franco Combi, Marco is okay to continue and play resumes at the Weser Stadion.
17' Materazzi remains on the ground after a clash of heads with Rosenberg.
16' Pizarro's shot on the turn takes a deflection off Cordoba. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
15' Quaresma's curling cross from the left is saved by Wiese.
15' Brilliant defending by Cordoba. The Colombian outpaces Rosenberg to a ball down the left, shields it and then plays to safety.
13' Adriano gets the slighest of touches to Cambiasso's left-wing free kick but the Brazilian's effort is wayward.
10' Cordoba intercepts Özil in the box after a dangerous return pass from Rosenberg.
10' Frings has a low shot from distance saved by Julio Cesar.
9' Adriano serves Mancini with a first-time pass but Frings has read the move and the Bremen captain intercepts.
6' Julio Cesar saves Ozil's inswinging cross from the right.
5' Frings slices wide as Werder are taking the game to Inter in these opening minutes.
4' Cambiasso blocks a shot from Boenisch.
3' Another corner for the home side. Frings' cross is headed clear by Zanetti at the near post.
1' Welcome to the Weser Stadion in Bremen for our last match of the 2008/09 Champions League group stages.
1' Whatever the result, we're already through to the first knockout round. A win will see us qualify as Group B winners, a draw will suffice if Panthinaikos don't win at home to Anorthosis, and even a defeat will be enough if the Greeks are held to a draw.
1' José Mourinho has reverted to a 4-3-3 for tonight's match in front of a full house. Adriano will spearhead the attack alongside Quaresma and Mancini, with Zanetti, Cambiasso and Muntari in midfield.
1' At the back it's Cordoba and Materazzi in the middle, Maicon and Burdisso on the flanks, and Julio Cesar between the posts.
1' Captain Zanetti is set for another milestone. After making his 600th appearance for Inter in September's Serie A match against Lecce, the ever-dependable Argentine will tonight equal Bergomi's all-time record of 117 European appearances for the club.
1' Zlatan Ibrahimovic will warm the bench tonight for the first time this season. Joining him are Orlandoni, Maxwell, Figo, Jimenez, Balotelli and Davide Santon, the 17-year-old Italy U20 international who is likely to make his debut against the Germans.
1' Werder kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
1' Attacking start by the Germans as Werder win an early corner, which is cleared by Julio Cesar.
Minutes Text commentary
49' Julio Cesar makes a diving save from Werder sub Jensen.
49' Full time. Werder Bremen beat Inter 2-1 and book their place in the UEFA Cup last 32. Panathinaikos beat Anorthosis 1-0 in tonight's other Group B match, which means the Nerazzurri qualify for the Champions League last 16 as runners-up.
47' Werder make another change, with Jensen replacing Özil.
45' Three minutes of added time.
44' Pizarro tries to restore Bremen's two-goal cushion but his shot from distance is wide of the target.
44' Werder Bremen make their first change. Schaaf brings on Niemeyer for Franjes.
43' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Ibra pulls one back with a magnificent 20-metre curling shot from Maxwell's short pass. WERDER BREMEN 2-1 INTER.
43' Balotelli is yellow-carded for foul play.
39' Fritz is booked for protesting.
36' GOAL. Rosenberg slides past Julio Cesar after Özil's low cross from the left. WERDER BREMEN 2-0 INTER.
34' Franjes heads behind Ibrahimovic's left-wing cross. Balotelli's corner is cleared by the Germans but Inter remain in attack and Balotelli heads over Quaresma's cross to the back post.
32' Inter on the rack in Bremen. Hunt fires a low shot inches wide.
31' Balotelli makes a headed clearance from a Werder left-wing corner.
30' Another save from Julio Cesar as Pizarro tries to score a second.
29' Julio Cesar blocks a shot from Franjes as goal-hungry Werder come looking for more.
27' Ibrahimovic runs at goal and shoots wide from the edge of the box.
26' Mourinho makes his third change: Balotelli for Muntari.
25' Hunt plays a free kick short to Özil, who forces a palmed save from Julio Cesar.
24' Sulley Muntari is booked for foul play.
23' At full stretch Burdisso blocks a shot from Werder danger man Özil.
18' GOAL. Claudio Pizarro pounces on the loose ball and tucks home after Julio Cesar's parry from Özil. WERDER BREMEN 1-0 INTER.
17' Maxwell is fouled by Pizarro in the Inter area after a mesmerising run into the box by Özil.
13' Julio Cesar pulls off a superb block from Pizarro's fiercely struck close-range shot.
12' Hunt gets a high cross in from the left. Julio Cesar outjumps Pizarro and makes the save.
11' Werder attack back and Özil has a shot blocked by Burdisso.
10' End-to-end stuff at the Weser Stadion as Inter win a right-wing corner. Cambiasso's cross. Burdisso climbs highest in the area and heads on goal, but Fritz clears off the line.
9' Quaresma's shot on the turn is wide as Inter hit Bremen on the break.
9' A let-off for Inter as Pizarro fails to connect with Rosenberg's inviting pull-back.
5' Cordoba blocks Rosenberg's cross for Pizarro as Werder launch a swift counter-attack after Quaresma's through ball for Ibra is intercepted by Mertesacker.
4' Good chance for Werder. Boenisch crosses from the left and Pizarro fires wide with just Julio Cesar to beat.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' José has made two changes: Ibra for Adri and Maxwell for Materazzi, with Burdisso switching to a central position.
1' Rosenberg rifles wide after pouncing on a loose ball just outside our box.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 4.99
10 shots on target 3
9 shots off target 4
19 fouls committed 17
10 corners 3
4 offsides 7
27:00 ball possession 21:02
Schaaf v Mourinho

The two coaches have met on three previous occasions. Schaaf and Mourinho each won one game apiece in the 2006/07 Champions League while this season's MD2 clash ended in a draw.

2006/07 Champions League Werder Bremen-Chelsea 1-0 0-2
2008/09 Champions League Werder Bremen-Inter ---- 1-1

Werder Bremen v Inter

The Germans are without a win in 4 competitive encounters with the Nerazzurri, having drawn twice and lost once.

2004/05 Champions League Inter-Werder Brema 2-0 1-1
2008/09 Champions League Inter-Werder Brema 1-1 ----

Werder v Italian teams

Werder Bremen face Italian opposition for the 22nd time after 7 wins, 8 draws and 6 defeats. In home games, the Germans are unbeaten, with 5 wins and as many draws from 10 games.

1987/88 UEFA Cup 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 Bremen-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
2008/09 Champions League Werder Bremen-Inter ---- 1-1

Inter v German clubs

Inter have played against German opposition on 34 previous occasions in European competitions, winning 18 matches, drawing 8 and losing 8. Wednesday's UCL MD 6 clash in Bremen is Inter's 17th trip to Germany after 5 wins, 7 draws and 4 defeats.

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
2008/09 Champions League Inter-Werder Bremen 1-1 ----

Disciplinary info

Werder Bremen
Cautioned: Bouman, Frings.
Disqualified: Diego.

Cautioned: -
Disqualified: -

Werder: one clean sheet in last 14 UCL games

Werder Bremen have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Champions League games (the goalless draw with Anorthosis in MD1 on 16 September). In the other 13 matches the Germans have let in a total of 26 goals.

Werder: no home goal in Europe for 212 minutes

Inter's Matchday 6 opponents haven't scored in a European home game since Diego's 58th-minute goal in a 1-0 UEFA Cup victory over Rangers on 13 March 2008. That was 212 competitive minutes ago (remaining 32 minutes against the Scots plus entire 90 minutes of 0-0 draw with Anorthosis and 3-0 defeat to Panathinaikos).

Adriano & Cruz: first & third all-time scorers in Champions League/European Cup

With his goal against Anorthosis in MD3, Adriano confirmed his status as Inter's all-time top scorer in the Champions League/European Cup. With 18 goals to his name, the Brazilian is two ahead of Sandro Mazzola. Julio Cruz is in third place with 13 goals.

Inter's invincibility on the road

Inter haven't let in a goal away from home since their 3-3 draw with Anorthosis on 4 November. The Nerazzurri's away invincibility stands at 220 competitive minutes (remaining 40 minutes of Anorthosis after Frousos' 40th-minute goal, 90 minutes of Palermo 0-2 Inter and 90 minutes of Lazio 0-3 Inter).

The ref: Pieter Vink

Vink, born in Noordwijkerhout on 13 March 1967, referees Inter for the first time, but he has already refereed an Italian team this season, having taken charge of Real Madrid-Juventus. Last season he refereed Porto's match against Besiktas in Istanbul, in which Inter's Ricardo Quaresma scored a 92nd-minute goal. An ex-policeman, the 41-year-old Dutch official had the honour of taking charge of the first match at the new Wembley Stadium, between England U21 and Italy U21 in 2007. In the same year he came on for injured referee Eric Braamhaar in the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final between Osasuna and Sevilla, before being including in UEFA's group of élite referees. In December 2007 it was announced that Vink would head the Dutch team of officials selected for Euro 2008. He took charge of the match between hosts Austria and Croatia, and Spain's 2-1 victory over Sweden, in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic (who played 45 minutes) scored an equaliser for his team.

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

BREMEN - Werder Bremen sent Inter to their second consecutive Champions League defeat and booked their place in the first knockout round of the UEFA Cup, while the Nerazzurri qualify for the Champions League sixteen as runners-up in Group B after Panathinaikos beat Anorthosis in Athens.

Claudio Pizarro opened the scoring after half time, with Markus Rosenberg adding a second for the Germans before Zlatan Ibrahimovic reduced the gap in the closing minutes.

José Mourinho made sweeping changes to the side that beat Lazio at the weekend, opting for 4-3-3 with Quaresma and Mancini flanking Adriano in attack for Matchday 6 at the Weser Stadion. Zanetti started in midfield alongside Cambiasso and Muntari to equal Giuseppe Bergomi's club record of 117 European appearances, while Materazzi and Burdisso returned in defence.

Spurred on by a full house, Werder took the game to Inter but produced few clear-cut chances on goal in the opening forty-five, with Julio Cesar largely untroubled before his parry from Pizarro's flicked header on the stroke of half time.

Schaaf's side continued to dominate after the restart and Julio Cesar found himself busier, parrying a bullet shot from Pizarro before the Peruvian tucked home from Özil's cross in the 63rd minute.

Burdisso had a header cleared off the line by Fritz as the Nerazzurri tried to react, but Werder came pouring forward in search of a second and Julio Cesar kept out efforts from Özil, Franjes and Pizarro before Hunt missed the target by a matter of inches with a precise low finish.

Inter had a further chance through substitute Balotelli, who rose at the back post to head over Quaresma's cross, but the unrelentless Germans weren't finished and Özil was again the creator for their second, crossing low for Rosenberg to slide in off Julio Cesar's outstretched right hand.

Ibrahimovic, on for Adriano at the start of the second period, snatched a late lifeline for Inter with a splendid 20-yard curling shot from Maxwell's short pass.

The hosts could have added a third in stoppage time but Julio Cesar denied substitute Jensen with a diving save.

Werder Bremen 2-1 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorers: Pizarro 63, Rosenberg 81, Ibrahimovic 88.

Werder Bremen: 1 Wiese; 8 Fritz, 29 Mertesacker, 15 Prödl, 2 Boenisch; 22 Frings, 7 Franjes (25 Niemeyer 89), 14 Hunt; 11 Özil (20 Jensen 90+2); 24 Pizarro, 9 Rosenberg.
Subs not used: 33 Vander, 3 Pasanen, 5 Tosic, 6 Baumann, 17 Husejinovic.
Coach: Thomas Schaaf.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi (6 Maxwell 46), 16 Burdisso; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (45 Balotelli 71); 77 Quaresma, 10 Adriano (8 Ibrahimovic 46), 33 Mancini.
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 7 Figo, 11 Jimenez, 39 Santon.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Pieter Vink (Holland).

Booked: Frings 28, Muntari 69, Fritz 84, Balotelli 88.

starting lineups

Wiese 12 Julio Cesar
Fritz 13 Maicon
Mertesacker 2 Cordoba
Prödl 23 Materazzi
Boenisch 16 Burdisso
Frings 4 Zanetti
Franjes 19 Cambiasso
Hunt 20 Muntari
Özil 77 Quaresma
Pizarro 10 Adriano
Rosenberg 33 Mancini


Vander 22 Orlandoni
Pasanen 6 Maxwell
Tosic 7 Figo
Baumann 8 Ibrahimovic
Husejinovic 11 Jimenez
Jensen 39 Santon
Niemeyer 45 Balotelli