Final score

18 October 2011 20:45

0 - 1
21' Pazzini
referee Howard Melton Webb / linesmen Mullarkey, Collin / 4th man Atkinson / assistants Attwell, Dean
Minutes Text commentary
46' The first half between Lille and Inter ends 0-1. The Nerazzurri are ahead thanks to Pazzini's 21st-minute volley from Zarate's cross
45' Webb signals a minute of added time
45' Zarate is clean through and about to shoot when he's stopped for offside, even though he was being kept in play by Beria
43' The first Lille player to be shown a yellow is Chediou for a foul from behind on Pazzini
42' Free kick to Lille: Hazard takes and Pazzini clears once more
41' Chivu goes into the book for a foul on Mavuba
38' Joe Cole curls a pass into the path of Sow and Julio Cesar's timing is superb as he races off his line to beat the striker to the ball
36' Zarate bursts forward beating Lille's defensive line with sheer pace; he shoots from wide on the left, Basa deflects behind for a corner
31' Hazard shows a flash of skill on the right wing and beats Cambiasso then Nagatomo; he looks to play in Balmont but hits it short
27' Joe Cole bamboozles Lucio and goes for goal from range, but he miskicks and the ball ends up miles wide
24' Lille go looking for an equaliser straight away: first Cole tries a shot, then Hazard crosses low to Sow, with Chivu getting a vital touch
21' GOAL FOR INTER! A well worked Inter move ends with Sneijder feeding Zarate on the left; his cross is volleyed home by Pazzini
20' Hazard gets free from Motta and tries a low shot, which Chivu deflects behind for a corner. Nothing comes of it
15' Maicon raises his leg on Beria and gives away a free kick. Pedretti takes it but once more Pazzini is there to head it away
11' Zanetti hits in a cross from the right: straight into the arms of Enyama
9' Lille have a free kick wide on the right after Thiago Motta's foul. Basa whips it in, Pazzini heads clear
7' Pazzini beats the offside trap and breaks down the right, but Chediou does well to get back and win the ball
3' Sneijder tries to catch out Enyama by going for goal. It's too central and the keeper collects comfortably
2' Basa fouls Zarate from behind. The Nerazzurri have a free kick, which Sneijder will take...
1' Welcome to the Stadium Lille Métropole for Lille v Inter, Matchday 3 of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League
1' Lille v Inter gets under way with the French side kicking off
1' In the other Group B match, CSKA Moscow beat Trabzonspor 3-0. Here we're all set for Inter's and Zanetti's 100th Champions League match
1' Lille's first-choice keeper Laundreau isn't fit so Enyama starts in goal. Up front there's an attacking trio of Cole, Sow and Hazard
1' Julio Cesar is back between the sticks. Back four of Maicon, Lucio, Chivu and Nagatomo. Milito and Stankovic start on the bench
1' Sneijder and Thiago Motta return to the team: the Dutchman starts in the hole behind Pazzini and Zarate with the Brazilian in midfield
Minutes Text commentary
50' Inter will host Lille at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in their next Champions League fixture on Wednesday 2 November
50' That's full time. Inter have beaten Lille 0-1 with Pazzini's first-half strike proving decisive. The Nerazzurri top Group B with 6 points
49' Hazard's deep cross is slapped clear by Julio Cesar. Maicon and Basa collide with Basa crashing into the post and staying on the ground
48' Cambiasso plays Milito in behind the defence but the striker is offside
46' Obi does well to win a corner, and a little respite, for Inter
45' The ref awards 4 minutes of stoppage time
44' Lille are piling on the pressure as the look for a way back into this game The Nerazzurri are pegged back but defending well
43' Obrianiak's cross touches the top of the bar and runs out the other side
38' Free kick for Lille: Debuchy gets his head to it, Julio Cesar makes a high catch
36' Ranieri decides to bring Milito on for Pazzini
36' Lille's final substitution sees Gueye replace Balmont
32' Another brilliant save by Julio Cesar to deny Moussa Sow, picked out by Obrianiak. The Brazilian shot-stopper is having a fantastic game
29' Garcia's second substitution: Cole makes way for Obrianiak
28' Lucio blocks Hazard's cross with a sliding intervention at full stretch; but the Brazilian touches the back of his thigh as he gets up
27' Stankovic so close! Maicon feeds the Serbian with a low ball, he fires goalwards but the keeper touches it over the bar
24' Payet shoots from the edge of the box but Balmont was offside
22' Ranieri makes another substitution: Stankovic comes on for Sneijder
22' Lille have two corners in quick succession: Lucio clears the first; from the second, Cole's shot goes wide
21' A powerful left-footed effort by substitute Payet brings a fantastic save out of Julio Cesar, who turns the ball round the post
18' Following the corner, Julio Cesar makes a great save from Mavuba but the whistle had blown for offside
18' Claudio Ranieri makes a change of his own: Obi on for Zarate
18' Lille make their first substitution: Pedretti is replaced by Payet
17' Lucio makes a decisive challenge on Balmont, played in by Pedretti. The ball deflects off the Brazilian and goes behind for a corner
10' Chediou makes a meal of a tussle with Pazzini and clutches his face; the replay shows Il Pazzo touched him with a loose arm, not an elbow
9' Pedretti is shown a yellow card for a dangerous challenge on Zarate right under Webb's nose
8' Slight contact in the box between Nagatomo and Hazard but the Belgian forward tries to stay on his feet and then loses the ball
7' Balmont knocks in a low cross, Julio Cesar gets down to catch with two hands
6' Thiago Motta is booked for a late challenge on Hazard
5' Lille close to an equaliser: Moussa Sow's deflected shot is heading for the top of the goal but Julio Cesar claws it away at full stretch
2' A risky back-pass by Nagatomo almost puts Moussa Sow in; Julio Cesar is forced to come out of his area and clear
1' The second half begins with the same 22 players on the pitch
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.02
7 shots on target 3
10 shots off target 2
16 fouls committed 18
12 corners 3
4 offsides 4
59% ball possession 41%
First match-up between coaches

This is the first time Garcia and Ranieri have faced each other in a competitive fixture as coaches.

No previous clash between the two sides

Inter are playing Lille in a competitive tie for the first time in their history.

Lille's positive record over Italian teams

Lille have faced Italian opposition 9 times before today, with 5 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats. Lille are hosting an Italian side for the fifth time; of their four previous fixtures on home turf they have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1.

Inter v France: results even in France

Inter have faced French rivals 25 times in international competitions, with 9 wins, 9 draws and 7 defeats. The Nerazzurri are playing on French soil for the 13th time, with previous results perfectly balanced: 4 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats.

Lille with a goal in last 13 home matches of European competition

Lille have always scored at least a goal in each of their last 13 home matches in European competition, for a total of 27 goals. Their last dry spell in a home match was 20 February 2007 when, in the Champions League, they were defeated 0-1 by Manchester United.

...and only one defeat

In those same 13 home European matches Lille have lost only once: it happened on 16 September 2010 in the Europa League when they lost 1-2 to Sporting Lisbon. In the other 12 games the home record of the French side is 9 victories and 3 draws.

Iron defence at home against Italian teams for last 333 minutes

The only goal let in by Lille in a competitive home match against an Italian team came on 22 August 2001 when, in the Champions League, they were beaten at home by Parma 0-1. The goalscorer was Nestor Sensini in the 27th minute; from that moment on can be added the following 63 minutes of that match, and the entire matches against Fiorentina (2-0 victory in the 2001/02 UEFA Cup), AC Milan (0-0 in the 2006/07 Champions League) and Genoa (3-0 in the 2009/10 Europa league), for a total of 333 minutes of home invincibility.

Zanetti: 100th Champions League match, all with Inter

Javier Adelmar Zanetti, should he take to the pitch, would celebrate his 100th career appearance in the Champions League - each one of them while wearing the Inter shirt. Zanetti's debut in the competition came on 12 August 1998: Inter 4-0 Skonto Riga, at the neutral ground of Pisa.

Nerazzurri with clean sheet only in one of last 13 away matches

Inter have kept a clean sheet in only one of their last 13 away matches; it came last 19 April when, in the Coppa Italia, they beat Roma 1-0 in the Stadio Olimpico. In the other 12 away matches the Nerazzurri have let in a total of 24 goals.

Inter against French opponents: without a win since December 1997

Inter's last victory against a French opponent in a competitive match came on 9 December 1997 when, in the UEFA Cup, they won 3-0 against Strasbourg; in the following 6 matches the record is 3 draws and 3 defeats

No goals against French opposition in 299 minutes

The last time Inter scored against a French rival was on 26 February 2004 when they drew 2-2 away to Sochaux in a UEFA Cup tie. Recoba netted the Nerazzurri's second goal on 61 minutes. Since then, in the remaining 29 minutes of that game plus the UEFA Cup matches against Sochaux (0-0 at home) and Olympique de Marseille (two 1-0 defeats), Inter have failed to hit the net.

Englishman Webb to referee

Howard Webb was born in Rotherham (England) on 14 July 1971 and has been an international referee since 2005. He is overseeing Lille in a competitive fixture for the first time and Inter for the fourth time. The Nerazzurri, who have always met Webb in the Champions League, have won all four previous matches with the Englishman in charge without conceding a single goal: two 1-0 wins at home against Anorthosis Famagusta (in the 2008/09 season) and CSKA Moscow (2009/10) and 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the 2009/10 final in Madrid. Webb has officiated 8 times for French teams, who have won 4, drawn 3 and lost just 1. The English ref has met Italian clubs (including Inter) 12 times, with our teams winning 6, drawing 4 and losing 2.

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

starting lineups

Enyama 1 Julio Cesar
Debuchy 13 Maicon
Basa 6 Lucio
Chedjou 26 Chivu
Beria 55 Nagatomo
Balmont 4 Zanetti
Mavuba 8 Motta
Pedretti 19 Cambiasso
Cole 10 Sneijder
Sow 7 Pazzini
Hazard 28 Zarate


Mouko 12 Castellazzi
Gueye 5 Stankovic
Payet 16 Caldirola
Obrianiak 20 Obi
Rozehnal 14 22 Milito
Bonmart 42 Jonathan
Jelen 48 Crisetig