SPORTING EDGE INTER IN LISBON

SPORTING EDGE INTER IN LISBON

LISBON - Caneira popped up with a second-half winner as Inter fell to a 1-0 defeat against Sporting Lisbon in Champions League Matchday 1 at the Estadio Alvalade. Bayern Munich put four past Spartak Moscow in tonight's other Group B match.

Roberto Mancini made four changes to the starting lineup that beat Fiorentina at the weekend, with Samuel and Grosso in for Materazzi and Zanetti at the back, Stankovic replacing the injured Cambiasso in midfield, and Adriano preferred to Crespo as partner for Ibrahimovic in attack.

Ibra tested Ricardo with a long-range effort in the opening minute. The Sporting keeper then kept out a Grosso curler and twice denied Adriano before the break. At the other end Romagnoli created openings for Nani and Caneira with well timed through balls but Francesco Toldo was quick to react.

Sporting came out for the second half with renewed determination, Nani, Romagnoli and Liedson firing off target from various angles before Caneira produced Sporting's winner out of nothing on 64 minutes. Chesting down a long ball upfield, the Sporting wing-back cut inside Maicon and volleyed in off the underside of the crossbar.

Mancini brought on Mariano Gonzalez for Luis Figo straight after the goal but the Nerazzurri suffered a further setback when Patrick Vieira was sent off for a second bookable offence.

More substitutions followed with Crespo and Zanetti replacing Adriano and Grosso.

Ten-man Inter reacted well to the double blow and almost grabbed a late equaliser when Ibrahimovic fired a low long-range drive just wide of the post.

SPORTING LISBON 1-0 INTER (HT: 0-0)

Scorer: Caneira 64

SPORTING LISBON: 1 Ricardo; 78 Abel, 13 Tonel, 4 Polga, 12 Caneira; 18 Nani (11 Tello 83), 24 Veloso, 28 Joao Moutinho; 30 Romagnoli (19 Alecsandro 66); 20 Yannick, 31 Liedson
Subs not used: 16 Tiago, 8 Ronny, 15 Miguel Garcia, 34 Joao Alves, 80 Carlos Bueno
Coach: Paulo Bento

INTER: 1 Toldo; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 11 Grosso (4 Zanetti 36); 7 Figo (91 Gonzalez 66), 14 Vieira, 15 Dacourt, 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 10 Adriano (18 Crespo 71)
Subs not used: 12 Julio Cesar, 23 Materazzi, 6 Maxwell, 21 Solari
Coach: Roberto Mancini

Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)

Booked: Liedson 16, Moutinho 21, Toldo 32, Vieira 44, 68

Sent off: Vieira 68


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