Final score

24 February 2009 20:45

Manchester Utd
referee Luis Medina Cantalejo / linesmen J. C. Guadamuro, J. M. Fernandez Mira / 4th man A. P. Burrull
Minutes Text commentary
46' Cambiasso delivers a free kick Evans saves
46' The refree blows for half-time
45' 1 minute extra time
44' Toldo in the bench cautioned by the referee
40' Giggs delivers the corner
39' Van der sar come earlier on Ibrahimovic's cross for Adriano
38' Julio cesar blocks a Ronaldo's cross
37' Stankovic coup heel, Van der sar makes a save
33' Ibrahimovic is flagget offside
33' Maicon nice cross saved by a Manchester's defender
31' Ronaldo free kick on the wall
28' Julio cesar beats him self saving on a Ronaldo's free-kick
26' Ibrahimovic has a shot blocked
26' Giggs has a clear effort on goal, Julio Cesar makes a great save
22' Second corner for United
22' Berbatov header misses the target
18' Ibrahimovic misses the target
18' Zanetti has a shot blocked
16' Inter pressing hard
13' Giggs on free kick strikes on the wall
11' Stankovic shoots over the bar
7' Another freekick for United.
7' Ronaldo takes the kick, it's out on Julio Cesar's left
5' First Corner is for Man Utd, Giggs for Ronaldo. Julio Cesar saves again
3' Freekick for Man Utd saved by Julio Cesar
1' 'Man United will come here to defend, this tie will go down to the wire and they know they can lose,' said José. ' I have to disagree there, I think it will be decided here,' replied Alex when the Inter and United tacticians went head to head yesterday.
1' The war of words is over and here we are at a packed Meazza, where you can sense an air of confidence. José Mourinho has lost only two of his 12 games against Ferguson, and with 21 wins in our last 22 here, the Meazza is something of a fortress for Inter.
1' Both coaches emphasised their intention to play the same style of football they play in their respective leagues, so we should be in for some game.
1' United travelled here with a host of injury problems in defence but Sir Alex seems to have resolved his crisis as both O'Shea and Evans make the starting line-up.
1' Mourinho named all but two of his starters in yesterday's press conference. The only question mark was his pairing in central defence. The Portuguese has opted for Rivas, who came in for the injured Samuel against Bologna at the weekend, and Chivu.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 24 Rivas, 26 Chivu, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 6 Maxwell, 7 Figo, 9 Cruz, 16 Burdisso, 45 Balotelli.
1' Manchester United: 1 Van der Sar; 22 O'Shea, 5 Ferdinand, 23 Evans, 3 Evra; 13 Park, 24 Fletcher, 16 Carrick, 11 Giggs; 9 Berbatov, 7 Ronaldo.<br> Subs: 12 Foster, 10 Rooney, 17 Nani, 18 Scholes, 20 Fabio, 28 Gibson, 32 Tevez.
1' Manchester kick-off
Minutes Text commentary
45' 3 minutes extra times
45' 45 + 1 Stankovic shot over the bar
45' 45+2 Cordba gets a yellow card
45' 45+3 Ronaldo gets the free kick and Julio Cesar great save
45' 45+3 Full time. The Referee blows the end of the match
40' Interesting free kick for Inter: Ibrahimovic powerfull but wide
40' Rooney is show yellow card
39' Manchester makes his firts substitution: in Rooney out Park
37' Inter 2 times close to the goal
35' Giggs delivers the corner, Evans foul on Julio Cesar
30' Cordoba saves on Giggs shot
30' Inter makes a double substitution: in Balotelli and Cruz, out Adriano and Muntari
27' Inter close to the goal after an articulated action
25' Fletcher is show a yellow card for a foul on Muntari
23' Ibrahimovic wins a free kick
23' Maicon takes the free kick wide
22' Giggs takes the corner
20' Ibrahimovic header is weak
18' Park is flagged outside
13' Maicon is show a yellow card
12' Chivu gets a yellow card
11' Ibrahimovic flagged offside
9' Ibrahimovic wins Inter's second corner
9' Maicon delivers the corner but Adriano committed a foult on Van Der Sar
6' Stankovic's shot is wide
3' Inter claims for a penalty
2' Adriano has a clear effort on goal
1' José Mourinho has made a half-time switch, with Cordoba coming on for Rivas
1' Manchester get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.3
2 shots on target 5
6 shots off target 7
20 fouls committed 18
3 corners 6
2 offsides 2
27:54 ball possession 27:12
Inter v Manchester United

Inter face United in a European tie for the third time after their quarter-final clash in the 1998/99 Champions League when the Nerazzurri lost the first leg in England 2-0 before drawing 1-1 in Milan. The Red Devils went on to win the competition that season, beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final after ousting Juventus over two legs (1-1 at home, 3-2 away) in the semi-finals.


1998/99 Champions League Inter-Manchester Utd 1-1 0-2

Inter v English clubs

Including their 1998/99 Champions League quarter-final against Man United, the Nerazzurri have faced English opposition on 26 previous occasions in Europe, winning 9 games, drawing 5 and losing 12. Inter have also played four Anglo-Italian Cup matches against English teams, winning 1, drawing 2 and losing 1. Inter host an English team for the 16th time in a competitive fixture after 7 victories, 4 draws and 4 defeats.


1955/58 Fairs Cup Inter-Birmingham City 0-0 1-2
1960/61 Fairs Cup Inter-Birmingham City 1-2 1-2
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Everton 1-0 0-0
1964/65 European Cup Inter-Liverpool 3-0 1-3
1970/71 Fairs Cup Inter-Newcastle Utd 1-1 0-2
1970/71 Anglo-Italian Cup Inter-West Brownich 1-0 1-1
1970/71 Anglo-Italian Cup Inter-Crystal Palace 1-2 1-1
1990/91 UEFA Cup Inter-Aston Villa 3-0 0-2
1993/94 UEFA Cup Inter-Norwich 1-0 1-0
1994/95 UEFA Cup Inter-Aston Villa 1-0 0-1 (3-4 after pens)
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Manchester Utd 1-1 0-2
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Ipswich Town 4-1 0-1
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Newcastle Utd 2-2 4-1
2003/04 Champions League Inter-Arsenal 1-5 3-0
2007/08 Champions League Inter-Liverpool 0-1 0-2

Inter face an English clubs in a knockout round over two legs for the 11th time in their history. The Nerazzurri have qualified for the successive round on 5 occasions (against Everton in 1963/64 European Cup; Liverpool in 1964/65 European Cup; Aston Villa in 1990/91 UEFA Cup; Norwich in 1993/94 UEFA Cup; and against Ipswich Town in 2001/02 UEFA Cup), and have been knocked out 5 times (against Birmingham City in 1960/61 Fairs Cup; Newcastle United in 1970/71 Fairs Cup; Aston Villa in 1994/95 UEFA Cup; Manchester United in 1998/99 Champions League; and against Liverpool in 2007/08 Champions League).

Manchester United v Italian clubs

Man United have played 31 classic European competition games against Italian opposition, winning 14, drawing 4 (all 1-1 draws) and losing 13. The Red Devils also played 4 Anglo-Italian Cup fixtures, all in 1972/73, winning 2 and drawing 2. In competitive games, United have therefore won 16, drawn 6 and lost 13 of their 35 encounters with Italian teams. Manchester United travel to Italy for the 16th time after 3 victories, 2 draws and 10 defeats.


1957/58 European Cup Manchester Utd-AC Milan 2-1 0-4
1968/69 European Cup Manchester Utd-AC Milan 1-0 0-2
1972/73 Anglo-Italian Cup Manchester Utd-Bari 3-1 ----
1972/73 Anglo-Italian Cup Manchester Utd-Fiorentina 1-1 ----
1972/73 Anglo-Italian Cup Manchester Utd-Lazio ---- 0-0
1972/73 Anglo-Italian Cup Manchester Utd-Verona ---- 4-1
1976/77 UEFA Cup Manchester Utd-Juventus 1-0 0-3
1983/84 Cup Winners' Cup Manchester Utd-Juventus 1-1 1-2
1996/97 Champions League Manchester Utd-Juventus 0-1 0-1
1997/98 Champions League Manchester Utd-Juventus 3-2 0-1
1998/99 Champions League Manchester Utd-Inter 2-0 1-1
1998/99 Champions League Manchester Utd-Juventus 1-1 3-2
1999 European Super Cup Manchester Utd-Lazio ---- ---- 0-1 (in Montecarlo)
1999/00 Champions League Manchester Utd-Fiorentina 3-1 0-2
2002/03 Champions League Manchester Utd-Juventus 2-1 3-0
2004/05 Champions League Manchester Utd-AC Milan 0-1 0-1
2006/07 Champions League Manchester Utd-Roma 7-1 1-2
2006/07 Champions League Manchester Utd-AC Milan 3-2 0-3
2007/08 Champions League Manchester Utd-Roma 1-0 1-1
2007/08 Champions League Manchester Utd-Roma 1-0 2-0

Manchester United have gone on to qualify in 4 of their 10 knockout ties against Italian teams (against Inter in 1998/99 Champions League; Juventus in 1998/99 Champions League; Roma in 2006/07 and 2007/08 Champions League), losing over two legs in the other 6 (to AC Milan in 1957/58 European Cup and 1968/69 European Cup; Juventus in 1976/77 UEFA Cup and Cup Winners' Cup in 1983/84; and to AC Milan in 2004/05 and 2006/07 Champions League).

Inter goalless in only one of last 21 gams

The Nerazzurri have failed to score in just one of their last 21 competitive fixtures (their 1-0 home defeat to Panathinaikos in the Champions League last 26 November). Mourinho's team have hit the target in the other 20 games, scoring a total of 40 goals.

Inter: one defeat in last 22 home games

Inter have lost only one of their last 22 fixtures at home, winning 14 and drawing 7 of the other 21. That sole defeat was a 1-0 reverse against Panathinaikos in the Champions League on 26 November 2008.

No United defeat in UCL since May 2007

Manchester United are unbeaten in the Champions League since 2 May 2007. On that occasion they lost 3-0 away to AC Milan. Sir Alex Ferguson's side have played 19 UCL matches since that date, winning 11 and drawing 8. This statistic includes the penalties win over Chelsea in last season's final in Moscow.

Man U. milestone

Their round of 16 first leg against Inter is Manchester United's 200th match in the European Cup/Champions League. The Reds' first fixture in Europe's top club competition was a 2-0 away win over Anderlecht on 12 September 1956.

The ref: Luis Medina Cantalejo

Luis Medina Cantalejo was born in Tomares near Seville on 1 March 1964. He has been an international referee since 2005. Inter-Man Utd is the Spanish official's fifth Champions League tie of the season after Artmedia Petrzalka 1-1 Juventus in the qualifying round, and Dinamo Kiev 1-1 Arsenal, Roma 3-1 Chelsea and Steaua Bucharest 0-1 Fiorentina in the group stages. Medina Cantalejo referees Inter for the fourth time after Sochaux 2-2 Inter (2003/04 UEFA Cup), Bayern Munich 1-1 Inter (2006/07 Champions League) and Fenerbahçe 1-0 Inter (2007/08 Champions League). He has also refereed Manchester United on three previous occasions: Man United 3-0 Debrecen (2005/06 Champions League), Man United 1-0 Lille (2006/07 Champions League) and Lyon 1-1 Man United (2007/08 Champions League).

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

MILAN - Everything is still to play for in the pick of the Champions League last sixteen ties as Inter and Manchester United played out an entertaining goalless draw at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

United travelled to Milan with a host of injury problems in defence but Sir Alex Ferguson resolved his crisis with both O'Shea and Evans made his starting line-up. In midfield Giggs and Park flanked Carrick and Fletcher, with Ronaldo playing just off Berbatov in attack.

Mourinho, who named nine of his eleven starters in the pre-match press conference, kept faith with Nelson Rivas at centre-back after his performance against Bologna at the weekend, partnering the Colombian with Cristian Chivu and handing youngster Davide Santon his eighth consecutive start in the left-back slot.

The Red Devils took the game to Inter and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet to score in this season's Champions League, produced four good chances in the opening period. The Ballon d'Or winner had a free kick blocked by Julio Cesar and then forced a brilliant save from the Brazilian with close-range header from Giggs' corner inside the five-minute mark. He then sent a free kick a whisker wide before just missing with an angled shot.

Inter's first chance of the game fell to Dejan Stankovic, who blazed over after collecting a pass from Muntari. But United came straight back and Berbatov went close with a header before Giggs got the better of Rivas and forced a save from Julio Cesar.

Van der Sar comfortably saved Stankovic's backheeled effort from Ibrahimovic's centre, making a smothering block from the Swede three minutes later as Inter appeared to step up their game. United went into the break with Berbatov rueing his headed miss from Park's cross.

If the first half belonged to the visitors in terms of scoring chances, the second belonged to Inter. Mourinho's team, with Cordoba on for Rivas, made the brighter start and Adriano agonsingly miscued in front of goal after a low ball into the box from Cambiasso. Moments later the Nerazzurri had a penalty claim turned down by Canatlejo when Adriano was brought down in the box by Rio Ferdinand.

Inter continued to churn out chances and Stankovic drove wide before Evra cleared off the line after Cambiasso's effort took a deflection off Van der Sar. But United hit back and Carrick cannoned over the bar after Cordoba narrowed the angle to block Giggs' goalbound shot, with Berbatov shooting into the side-netting a minute later.

Mourinho threw on Cruz and Balotelli for Muntari and Adriano in search of a vital goal ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford in two weeks' time, and it almost came when Cambiasso connected with Balotelli's corner, only for Van der Sar to save.

Ferguson's only substitution was Rooney for Park, and the England striker's first contribution to the game was a killer challenge on Cambiasso that earned him a yellow card.

Ronaldo ended the game as he started it, seeing his free kick punched clear by an in-form Julio Cesar.

Inter 0-0 Manchester United

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 24 Rivas (2 Cordoba 46), 26 Chivu, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (9 Cruz 76); 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (45 Balotelli 76);
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 7 Figo, 16 Burdisso.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Manchester United: 1 Van Der Sar; 22 O' Shea, 5 Ferdinand, 23 Evans, 3 Evra; 13 Park (10 Rooney 83), 24 Fletcher, 16 Carrick, 11 Giggs; 9 Berbatov, 7 Ronaldo;
Subs not used: 12 Foster, 17 Nani, 18 Scholes, 20 Fabio Da Silva, 28 Gibson, 32 Tevez.
Coach: Alex Ferguson.

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain).

Booked: Toldo (for protesting on bench) 43, Chivu 57, Maicon 59, Fletcher 71, Rooney 88, Cordoba 90+3.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Van Der Sar
Maicon 13 O' Shea
Rivas 24 Ferdinand
Chivu 26 Evans
Santon 39 Park
Zanetti 4 Fletcher
Cambiasso 19 Carrick
Muntari 20 Giggs
Stankovic 5 Berbatov
Ibrahimovic 8 Evra
Adriano 10 Ronaldo


Toldo 1 Foster
Cordoba 2 Rooney
Maxwell 6 Tevez
Figo 7 Scholes
Cruz 9 Gibson
Burdisso 16 Fabio Da Silva
Balotelli 45 Nani