Final score

2 November 2011 20:45

20' (2nd half) Milito
18' Samuel
2 - 1
38' (2nd half) De Melo
referee Wolfgang Stark / linesmen J.H. Salver, M. Pickel / 4th man J. Dress / assistants C. Dingert, R. Hartmann
Minutes Text commentary
46' After one minute of added time, the first half finishes 1-0 to Inter after Samuel's 18th minute header
45' The referee allows one minute of added time
44' Jelen shoots but Castellazzi is equal to it...offside flagged in any case
42' Landreau beats Zarate to the ball almost at the edge of the penalty area
40' Zarate tries with his right foot but Landreau claims the ball
38' Chivu clears Debuchy's volley
35' Sow's long-distance shot flies wide of the mark
31' Zarate falls into the offside trap
29' Zarate lets fly, Chivu is in the box but he's tackled
26' Debuchy's shot cannons off Chivu's head but the Nerazzurri comes back on almost immediately
26' Jelen tries a right-footed shot but it causes no problems for Castellazzi
22' Hazard tries to slip a ball through, but the Inter defence is there to clear
18' GOAL INTER: SAMUEL puts them one up. Sneijder takes the corner, Samuel rises to meet it and heads home
17' Cole crosses towards the far post, but Sow mistimes his jump
14' Lille win a free-kick on the edge of the area: Hazard takes it right-footed, but it comes off the wall for a corner
9' Pedretti has a go but his shot is wide
8' Zarate tries a left-footed shot from outside the area but Landreau isn't troubled
5' Zarate gets into the box, nutmeg, but Rozehnal is on it
2' The first chance falls to the Nerazzurri as Milito hits the bar following a long ball from Chivu
1' Welcome to the Stadio Meazza, where we're all set for Inter v Lille, Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League
1' Inter v Lille is underway with the French team taking the kick-off
1' The three-man midfield is composed of Stankovic, Motta and Cambiasso, with Sneijder in the hole behind Milito and Zarate
1' Claudio Ranieri fields veteran duo Lucio and Samuel in central defence in front of Castellazzi, with Zanetti and Chivu in the full-back berths
Minutes Text commentary
48' After three minutes of added time, Inter v Lille finishes 2-1. The Nerazzurri are top of the group on 9 points
47' Stankovic hits a free-kick right-footed, Landreau saves
46' Yellow card for Rozehnal
45' Three minutes of added time
45' SUBSTUTUTION INTER: Milito comes off to an ovation as Obi takes his place
44' Yellow card for Samuel
41' Yellow card for Beria for pulling back Alvarez
38' GOAL LILLE: DE MELO picks up on a defensive error by Stankovic to score right-footed
34' SUBSTITUTION INTER: Zarate is replaced by Pazzini
29' Alvarez shoots... just over
28' Castellazzi has no problem with Pedretti's corner
27' Hazard bends a free-kick over the wall, Castellazzi dives to punch it wide for a corner
26' SUBSTITUTION LILLE: Payet comes on in place of Cole
22' SUBSTITUTION INTER: Sneijder comes off to let Alvarez on
20' GOAL INTER: MILITO is the scorer this time. Zanetti breaks through on the right, dribbles and crosses for the Prince to score right-footed
18' Zanetti keeps Obraniak away from the goal with two marvellous tackles
15' SUBSTITUTION LILLE: Sow comes off for Obraniak
11' Another shot from Milito, following a pass from Zarate, is blocked on the edge of the area
9' Rozehnal shoots on the volley sending the ball over the bar
7' Milito's right-footed shot is easily saved by Landreau
3' Sneijder takes a free-kick, Stankovic heads it down to set up Milito who blasts it high over the bar
1' The second half has just kicked off
1' A change has been made in the Lille line-up at half time, De Melo coming on for Jelen
Average rating 6.52
7 shots on target 5
5 shots off target 9
11 fouls committed 22
2 corners 14
3 offsides 3
49% ball possession 51%
Ranieri victorious in only previous match-up between coaches

There has only been one previous game between Ranieri and Garcia: Inter's 1-0 win in France in their first game against Lille in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Inter v Lille: Nerazzurri won reverse fixture

This is only the second time these two sides have met. Ranieri's Inter beat Garcia's Lille 0-1 in the reverse fixture played two weeks ago.

Inter v France: Nerazzurri ahead

Inter have played French sides 26 times in international competitions before today, with 10 wins, 9 draws and 7 defeats. Inter are hosting a French team in a European cup competition for the 12th time, having previously won 5, drawn 3 and lost 3.

Lille v Italy: no draws and goals always scored on Italian turf

Lille have faced Italian opposition 10 times in competitive fixtures before today, with 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 defeats. This is their fifth trip to Italy in a European cup competition: of their four previous visits they won 3 and lost 1, with no draws. Lille scored in each of those 4 games, notching up 7 goals in total.

Inter at home against French teams: winless since 1997, 198 minutes without a goal

Inter have not beaten a French team at home since 9 December 1997 when they defeated Strasbourg in the UEFA Cup. In three subsequent encounters at the San Siro followed 1 draw and 2 defeats. Furthermore, Inter have not scored at home against a Gallic opponent for the last 198 minutes: the last goal came from Cannavaro in the 72nd minute in Inter 1-2 Lyon on 2 October 2002. Added to that are the remaining 18 minutes of that match, plus the entire matches against Sochaux (0-0 in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup) and Olympic Marseilles (0-1 in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup).

100th appearance for Thiago Motta with an Italian club

Should Thiago Motta take to the pitch, he would celebrate his 100th competitive match with an Italian club. His current 99 appearances - gathered with Genoa and Inter - are divided as such: 73 in Serie A, 8 in the Coppa Italia, 14 in European competition and 4 in other tournaments. Thiago Motta's official debut came on 19 October 2008 in Genoa 1-0 Siena, in the Serie A.

Inter coming off of 3 home defeats in a row in Champions League

Inter are coming off of 3 home defeats in a row in the Champions League, suffered in this order: Bayern Munich (0-1), Schalke 04 (2-5) and Trabzonspor (0-1). For the Nerazzurri this represents a record of home losses in the competition. The last positive result came on 24 November 2010 in a 1-0 win against Twente.

Lille have not won an away match in Europe since October 2009

The last away victory in Europe for Lille came on 1 October 2009 when, in the Europa League, they beat Slavia Prague 5-1. In the 10 following games they French team has an away record of 5 draws and 5 defeats.

German referee Wolfgang Stark to officiate

Wolfgang Stark, born on 20 November 1969 in Landshut (Germany) has been an international referee since 1999. This the second time he has been in charge of a European fixture this season, after Maccabi Haifa 2-1 Genk (Champions League play-off first leg) and Ajax 0-0 Lyon (Champions League group stage). Stark has met Inter six times, all of which in the Champions League. With the German referee the Nerazzurri have 1 win (0-1 away to Chelsea, in 2009/10), 3 draws (2-2 away to Ajax in 2005/06; 0-0 away to Valencia in 2006/07, when a brawl broke out after the final whistle with suspensions given to Burdisso, Cordoba, Cruz and Maicon; 0-0 in Milan against Barcelona in 2009/10) and 2 defeats (1-5 at home against Arsenal in 2003/04 and 2-0 away to Manchester United in 2008/09). Stark has officiated in competitive games involving Italian sides 15 times (including those with Inter); to date there have been 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 defeats for Italy. The German ref is overseeing Lille for the second time; the previous occasion was a 1-0 home win against Seville in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup. Stark is taking charge of a game involving a French side for the 18th time in competitive fixtures: there have been 6 wins, 7 draws and 4 defeats.

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

starting lineups

Castellazzi 12 Landreau
Zanetti 4 Debuchy
Lucio 6 Chedjou
Samuel 25 Rozehnal
Chivu 26 Beria
Stankovic 5 Jelen
Motta 8 Mavuba
Cambiasso 19 Pedretti
Sneijder 10 Cole
Zarate 28 Sow
Milito 22 Hazard


Orlandoni 21 Enyeama
Ranocchia 23 Gueye
Jonathan 42 Souare
Obi 20 Payet
Crisetig 48 De Melo
Alvarez 11 Obraniak
Pazzini 7 Bonnart