Final score

22 November 2011 20:45

23' Altintop
1 - 1
18' Alvarez
referee Martin Arkinson / linesmen M.Mullarkey , P.Kirkup / 4th man A.Marriner / assistants S.Attwell, M.Clattenburg
Minutes Text commentary
48' After 3 minutes of added time, the 1st half of Trabzonspor v Inter ends 1-1. Alvarez gave Inter the lead (18) before Altintop equalised (23)
47' Zarate takes a corner, Samuel gets a head to it and Inter win another corner. Then Alvarez has half a chance but can't get his shot on target
45' Atkinson awards 3 minutes of first-half stoppage time
42' Glowaski is booked for a foul on Milito
40' The Nerazzurri have a free kick: Cambiasso takes, Colman heads clear
38' Contact between Samuel and Burak as they leap inside the box. Atkinson awards a free kick to Inter
36' The Nerazzurri hit on the break with Zarate: Tolga proves he's a match for Julio Cesar as he makes a low save
35' Alanzinho traps the ball and releases a snapshot, Julio Cesar getting down to push around the post. From the corner Burak heads goalwards from the near post, Julio Cesar again showing safe hands
30' Alanzinho steals the ball off Nagatomo and has a go from the edge of the box, Lucio gets in the way and clears
23' TRABZONSPOR ARE LEVEL. Halil Altintop shoots from outside the box, it takes a deflection off Samuel and ends up in the top corner. 1-1
22' Trabzonspor inches away from equalising: Burak is played in behind the defence and manages to beat Lucio but the ball rolls just wide
18' GOAL FOR INTER! Alvarez plays a one-two with Milito, runs into the box for the return ball and slots past Tolga. His 1st goal for Inter
15' Lucio's sliced clearance falls to Burak, who controls with his chest and attempts to lob Julio Cesar with a dipping effort from a distance; the keeper is alert to it
12' Chivu goes down a bit too easily and is shown a yellow card
7' Milito spreads play out for Zarate, who crosses into the box looking for his compatriot; Tolga gets to it first
5' Burak's shot comes off Chivu and Trabzonspor have the first corner of the game. The Nerazzurri defence clears
5' Burak takes it and hits the wall
4' Samuel fouls Burak and the Turks have a free kick in a central position
2' Celustka charges forward and lets fly from the edge of the box: wide
1' Welcome to the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium for Trabzonspor v Inter, Matchday 5 of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League
1' The Nerazzurri take the kick-off and Trabzonspor v Inter is under way. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Ranieri rewards Alvarez for his impressive showing against Cagliari with a place in the starting line-up, while Milito and Zarate are up front. Pazzini starts on the bench. Lucio and Nagatomo also return to the team
1' Tonight's other match in Group B has already finished: Lille beat CSKA Moscow 0-2 in Russia, a result which means Inter have already qualified for the knockout stages before setting foot on the pitch tonight
Minutes Text commentary
47' Trabzonspor v Inter ends 1-1. The Nerazzurri are now on 10 points, meaning they have qualified for the knockout stage as Group B winners
46' Colman's free kick is cleared by Pazzini
45' There'll be two minutes of added time
43' The last Nerazzurri substitute is Faraoni, who takes over from Alvarez
40' Ranieri looks to freshen up his front line by bringing Pazzini on for Milito
40' Another change for the home side: Alanzinho makes way for Paulo Henrique
39' Alvarez is booked for a foul on Mierzejweski
31' Trabzonspor hit the post! Celustka's cross is met by Mierzejweski, who steers his header onto the inside of Julio Cesar's post
26' Alanzinho drills a powerful half-volley just wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand upright
24' Inter also make a substitution: Coutinho comes on for Zarate
19' Trabzonspor make their first change: Serkan is replaced by Mierzejweski
17' Down the other end Tolga denies Zarate once again
16' Altintop knocks on for Burak, whose shot is saved by Julio Cesar
15' Inter almost restore their lead. Cambiasso finds Zarate, the Argentine is denied by Tolga then Glowaski saves the open goal with his chest
11' A second Turkish player, Serkan, goes into the book for a foul on Chivu
10' Cambiasso crosses, Zarate lays off for Stankovic and the Serb hits a volley, low and hard, which Tonga palms wide with some difficulty
6' Alvarez wins a corner for Inter. He takes it himself, Glowaski heads clear
4' Trabzonspor have a free kick: Burak takes it and Julio Cesar punches clear. Then Serkan knocks it back in and Samuel puts behind for a corner
2' Zokora has a shot from outside the box: miles off target
1' The second half begins with no substitutions made
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.82
19 shots on target 7
6 shots off target 3
17 fouls committed 13
6 corners 9
2 offsides 2
50% ball possession 50%
A coaching first

This will be the first meeting between Gunes and Ranieri

Trabzonspor v Inter, never a draw and Gunes always present

There have been 3 previous competitive meetings between the two clubs and still never a draw: 2 victories for Trabzonspor (both 1-0) and 1 victory for Inter. Other than the first leg meeting of this Champions League season there was the home-and-away meeting in the early rounds of the 1983/84 UEFA Cup. Curiously, Trabzonspor's current coach Senol Gunes was present at all 3 meetings: including those this current season, he was a goalkeeper in the UEFA Cup matches.

Trabzonspor v Italy: the Turks always score at home

There have been 9 previous competitive meetings between Trabzonspor and Italian teams, including those against Inter, with a record for the Turkish teams of 3 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats. Trabzonspor for the fifth time is hosting an Italian team and up until now has 1 win, 1 draw and 2 defeats (both finishing at 1-2). In these 4 matches the Turks have always scored a goal, for a total of 4.

Inter v Turkey: only 1 Nerazzurri victory

There have been 9 previous encounters between Inter and Turkish clubs, also taking into account those against Trabzonspor, for a record of 5 Nerazzurri wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. This is the fifth trip to Turkey for Inter, who have a record there of 1 win, 1 draw and 2 defeats (both 0-1).

For the Turks, only 1 win in last 9 European matches: against Inter

Trabzonspor have won only one of their last 9 matches in Europe: it happened on 14 September in the Champions League when they beat Inter in Milan. In the other 8 matches the have totaled 4 draws and 4 losses.

Trabzonspor scoreless in Europe for 195 minutes

The last competitive goal scored by Trabzonspor in Europe came on 27 September when, in the Champions League, they drew 1-1 at home against Lille. The goal-scorer was Colman on a penalty in the 75th minute; from that moment we can count the remaining 15 minutes of the match, plus both Champions League matches against CSKA Moscow (a 0-3 away loss and a 0-0 draw at home), for a total of 195 scoreless minutes.

Inter, one match away from 200th international win

Inter are only one step away from their 200th win in international tournaments. The current 199 victories are divided as such: 81 in Champions Cup/Champions League, 6 in the Cup Winners' Cup, 89 in the Fairs/UEFA Cup, 5 in the Intercontinental/World Club Cup, 1 in the Coppa delle Alpi, 1 in the Piano Rappan Cup, 1 in the Anglo-Italian Cup, 4 in the Mundialito Tournament and 11 in the Mitropa Cup. The first international win for Inter - then called Ambrosiana - goes back to 15 July 1930: Ujpest Dozsa 2-4 Inter, in the Mitropa Cup. Currently there have been 418 international matches played.

Inter, without a draw in international games for more than a year

Inter have not drawn an international match, considering not just European games but also the Club World Cup, since 14 September 2010 when, in the Champions League, they finished 2-2 away to Twente. In the following 15 matches the Nerazzurri have 9 wins and 6 draws.

The Nerazzurri have scored in their last 10 away matches

Inter have scored at least one goal in each of their last 10 competitive away matches for a total of 17 goals. The last time they went scoreless was on 16 April in a 0-2 loss to Parma in the Serie A.

Atkinson to referee

Martin Atkinson was born in Dewsbury, England on 31 March 1971 and has been an international referee since 2006. This will be his 4th match of the season in Europe after Copenhagen FC 1-3 Viktoria Plzen (1st leg play-off of Champions League), Barcelona 2-2 AC Milan and Ajax 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb (Champions League group stage). Atkinson will referee a Trabzonspor match for the first time. The Englishman has one previous match with a Turkish club under his belt: Benfica 0-2 Galatasary in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup on 6 November 2008. This will be Atkinson's third match with Inter, who have yet to win: 1 draw (2-2 at home against Dinamo Kiev in the 2009/10 Champions League) and 1 loss (2-5 at home to Schalke in the 2010/11 Champions League). The English ref can boast 6 matches in charge involving Italian clubs, including those with Inter, for 1 win, 3 draws (all at 2-2) and 2 losses.

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

TRAZBON – Having qualified for the knockout stage before kick-off thanks to Lille's win over CSKA Moscow, Inter headed into the cauldron of the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium to get the point needed to finish as winners of Group B. It was no easy feat but Inter succeeded and can now look forward to more Champions League football in February. All the action came in the first half: Inter broke the deadlock thanks an Argentine move, Alvarez exchanging passes with Milito before netting his first goal in Nerazzurri colours. Five minutes later the Turks drew level through Altintop via a deflection off Samuel. There were no goals after the break, though Mierzejweski went mightily close, his header coming off the inside of Julio Cesar's post. Joy for the Nerazzurri then as they qualify a game early: they can now can focus their energy on Serie A.

FIRST HALF – Inter took to the pitch safe in the knowledge that they were already in the draw for the knockout stage after Lille beat CSKA Moscow in an earlier kick-off. Claudio Ranieri fielded Lucio alongside Samuel in central defencecentre back with Nagatomo and Chivu as full-backs. Cambiasso took up the holding role in front of defence, Alvarez was rewarded for his showing against Cagliari with a right-wing berth while Zarate was on the opposite flank. Zanetti and Stankovic completed the midfield with Milito leading the line up front.

Trabzonspor started brightly as Celutska made an early foray forward before firing wide, followed soon after by Burak. Meanwhile Alvarez and Zarate looked to inspire Inter but initially came up short. Burak tried to lob a volley beyond Julio Cesar on the quarter of an hour mark, but the keeper was alert to it. The Nerazzurri went ahead on 18 minutes and Ricky Alvarez was the scorer, following up his impressive performance at the weekend with his first goal in Nerazzurri colours. He laid off for Milito then collected the return pass and placed a left-footed shot beyond Tonga for Inter's first goal in Turkey in 30 years. Ranieri's team got lucky three minutes later as Burak slipped in between the two centre-backs, Lucio missing his tackle, only to see his shot trickle a fraction wide. However, just two minutes passed and the Turks were level: Altintop found the back of the net with a long-range effort, Julio Cesar wrong-footed as the ball ricocheted off Samuel's back. The keeper was called into action in the 35th minute first by Alanzinho and then by Burak, and moments later his opposite number Tonga saved from Zarate at the other end. The Nerazzurri upped the tempo and won a couple of corners - Samuel and Alvarez both going close - but they were unable to restore their lead and the first half ended 1-1 after three minutes of added time.

SECOND HALF – The match restarted with no substitutions made and it wasn't long before Trabzonspor went for goal: fortunately Zokora's shot was utterly forgettable. The Turkish outfit had certainly come out fired up though, and Julio Cesar had to make a good save from Burak's free kick as the home side began to pile on the pressure. Stankovic volleyed goalwards in the 55th minute, with Tolga scrambling to make the save, before Inter's Brazilian keeper had to deal with a tricky shot from Alanzinho. On 60 minutes Cambiasso fed Zarate with a lovely ball: Tolga blocked the forward's first effort then Glowaski positioned himself well between Zarate and the goal as Maurito looked to volley into an open net. Three minutes later Burak had another shot (weak), to which Inter responded on the counter-attack when Zarate was played into space, Tolga denying him once more. Ranieri brought Coutinho on for Zarate in the 69th minute, despite the Argentine's positive performance. Soon afterwards Inter breathed a sigh of relief as Alanzinho volleyed a venomous drive just wide after Chivu headed clear. There was an even bigger sigh in the 76th minute when Celutska's cross was met by the head of substitute Mierzejweski and his effort came back off the post. The Turks kept looking for a way through but were given no joy by the Nerazzurri rear guard and after two minutes of stoppage time Trabzonspor v Inter ended 1-1. Inter sit on top of Group B with 10 points and, with a four-point gap and one matchday remaining, confirm their place as group winners.

Trabzonspor 1-1 Inter (HT: 1-1)
Scorers: Alvarez 18, Altintop 23.

Trabzonspor: 29 Tolga; 5 Cech, 6 Glowaski, 23 Giray, 28 Celustka; 25 Alanzinho (Paulo Henrique 84), 15 Zokora, 20 Colman, 30 Serkan (Mierzejewski 64); 17 Burak, 9 H. Altintop.
Unused subs: 1 Kivrak, 21 Atas, 22 Mustafa, 24 Aykut, 32 Brozek.
Coach: Senol Gunes.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 55 Nagatomo, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 19 Cambiasso, 11 Alvarez (Faraoni 88), 4 Zanetti, 5 Stankovic; 28 Zarate (Coutinho 69); 22 Milito (Pazzini 85).
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 8 Thiago Motta, 20 Obi, 23 Ranocchia.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England).
Booked: Chivu 11, Glowaski 42, Serkan 56, Alvarez 84.
Added time: 3+2 minutes.
Attendance: 25,000.

starting lineups

Tolga 1 Julio Cesar
Cech 55 Nagatomo
Glowaski 6 Lucio
Giray 25 Samuel
Celustka 26 Chivu
Alanzinho 19 Cambiasso
Zokora 11 Alvarez
Colman 4 Zanetti
Serkan 5 Stankovic
Burak 28 Zarate
Altintop 22 Milito


Kivrak 12 Castellazzi
Mierzejewski 7 Pazzini
Paulo Henrique 8 Motta
Atas 20 Obi
Mustafa 23 Ranocchia
Aykut 29 Coutinho
Brozek 37 Faraoni