Final score

18 February 2003 20:45

FC Barcelona
22' (2nd half) Kluivert
29' Cocu
8' Saviola
Referee: Anders Frisk / Linesmen: Petersson K., Lindberg L. / Fourth official: Eriksson J.
Minute Text commentary
45' 1 minute of injury time added on at the end of the first half.
43' Bonano puts his own side in difficulty, attempting to kick the ball out of play. Recoba makes it to the loose ball by the left-wing corner flag, then crosses back in. Bonano makes an easy save.
39' Two good chances for Inter. Cannavaro's backheel from close range is saved off the line, then Alvaro Recoba sends in a 30-yard missile which zips over Bonano's bar.
35' Alvaro Recoba takes two corners in quick succession for Inter. Nothing comes from either of them.
31' Kluivert requires treatment from the medical staff after an aerial challenge with Cordoba. Dani is warming up on the touchline. The Dutchman comes back on the pitch after receiving treatment to a cut inside his mouth.
29' Barça captain Cocu puts the home side 2-0 up with a volley into the far corner of the net from de Boer's headed assist.
28' Vieri misses an incredible chance to equalise. Bobogol controls a long pass forward into the opposing box, then is caught by a defender before making a shot.
18' Bonano fumbles a cross from Javier Zanetti. Bobgol is anticipated by Gabri to the rebound by an opponent.
11' Recoba shields the ball well on the left wing after receiving a pass from Cristiano Zanetti. El Chino crosses for Vieri, whose shot from close range is saved.
10' The Nerazzurri's first real chance of the match falls to Christian Vieri, whose strike from just inside the Barcelona six-yard box is saved by Bonano. Inter win the first corner of the match.
8' Saviola takes on Cannavaro after receiving a through ball from Xavi, then fires Barcelona 1-0 up with a clinical strike past Toldo from the edge of the box.
5' Thiago Motta beats Cristiano Zanetti and Cannavaro, then from the edge of the box shoots wide of Toldo's right-hand post.
2' Cristiano Zanetti finds space in the midfield, makes a run towards the Barça penalty area, then sends a central shot straight at Bonano.
1' We're underway at the Nou Camp. The Nerazzurri, playing in their white away strip, kick off and Gigi Di Biagio shoots from the halfway line. Goal kick.
Minute Text commentary
47' Full time. 3-0 to Barcelona. There will be revenge at the San Siro in eight days from now.
45' 2 minutes of injury time added on at the end of the second half.
35' Luis Enrique replaces Saviola. Applauses ring round the stadium.
34' Moments of tension and nervousness at the Nou Camp. Recoba is surrounded by Barcelona players following an ugly challenge on Puyol. After consulting the linesman, El Chino is given his marching orders.
30' Vieri heads wide from Javier Zanetti's right-wing cross.
28' Alvaro Recoba lets the ball do the work, evades a challenge from de Boer then from just inside the Barcelona box sends his shot over.
27' Toldo saves from Saviola, who is creating all sorts of problems for our defenders tonight.
26' Another Barça substitution - Mendieta on for Motta.
25' Antic brings on Rochemback for Overmars.
23' Cristiano Zanetti is cautioned for an intentional foul on Cocu.
22' Kluivert makes it 3-0 to Barcelona with an shot in off the post from Saviola's left-wing cross.
20' Cuper makes his second substitution - Kallon on for Morfeo.
19' Vieri heads wide after combining well with Domenico Morfeo.
17' Frisk books the Colombian, free kick to the home side.
16' Cordoba and Saviola remain on the ground once again after a challenge just outside the Inter box.
14' Recoba latches onto a high ball into the Barça area from The Hammer then sends his shot high over the bar.
13' Inter substitution - Okan replaces Gigi Di Biagio.
11' Cordoba remains on the ground following a challenge with Gabri on the left wing.
10' Cocu hits the post with a header from a right-wing corner.
8' Toldo makes another crucial save from Overmars, who strikes a clean shot on goal after leaving three Nerazzurri for dead on the right channel.
3' Barcelona close to a third goal. Toldo saves off the line from Overmar's ferocious low shot.
2' Barcelona kick off the second half.
1' Frisk sends the two sides into the changing rooms. 2-0 to Barcelona at half time.
Di Biagio
Average rating 5.33
14 shots on target 5
4 shots off target 6
12 fouls committed 10
6 corners 9
2 offsides 5
00 ball possession 00
Previous meetings between Inter and Spanish clubs

Inter's match against Barcelona is the 30th against a Spanish side in European cup competitions. So far, the Nerazzurri have managed 10 wins, 7 draws and 12 defeats.

In detail:

1958/60 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter- Barcelona 2-4 0-4
1961/62 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 3-3 0-2
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 (in Vienna)
1965/66 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 0-1
1966/67 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 2-0
1969/70 Fairs/UEFA Cup Inter- Barcelona 1-1 2-1
1979/80 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Sociedad 3-0 0-2
1980/81 European Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-0 0-2
1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup Inter-Real Madrid 1-1 1-2
1984/85 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 2-0 0-3
1985/86 UEFA Cup Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 1-5 (aet)
1987/88 UEFA Cup Inter- Espanyol 1-1 0-1
1998/99 Champions League Inter-Real Madrid 3-1 0-2
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Alaves 0-2 3-3
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Valencia 1-1 1-0

Previous meetings between Barcelona and Italian clubs

Barcelona have faced Italian sides in European cup competitions on 29 occasions (including 3 finals), registering 13 victories, 7 draws and 9 defeats.

In detail:

1958/60 Fairs/UEFA Cup Barcelona- Inter 4-0 4-2
1959/60 European Cup Barcelona-AC Milan 5-1 2-0
1964/65 Fairs/UEFA Cup Barcelona- Fiorentina 0-1 2-0
1969/70 Fairs/UEFA Cup Barcelona- Inter 1-2 1-1
1970/71 Fairs/UEFA Cup Barcelona- Juventus 1-2 1-2
1975/76 UEFA Cup Barcelona- Lazio 4-0 3-0
1985/86 European Cup Barcelona-Juventus 1-0 1-1
1988/89 Cup Winners' Cup Barcelona-Sampdoria 2-0 (in Berne)
1988/89 European Super Cup Barcelona- AC Milan 1-1 0-1
1990/91 Cup Winners' Cup Barcelona-Juventus 3-1 0-1
1991/92 European Cup Barcelona-Sampdoria 1-0 (in London)
1993/94 Champions League Barcelona- AC Milan 0-4 (in Vienna)
1996/97 Cup Winners' Cup Barcelona-Fiorentina 1-1 2-0
1999/00 Champions League Barcelona- Fiorentina 4-2 3-3

Previous meetings between Barcelona and Inter

The two sides have met in official European matches on 3 occasions.

In detail:

1958/60 Fairs/UEFACup Barcelona-Inter 4-0 4-2
1969/70 Fairs/UEFA Cup Barcelona-Inter 1-2 1-1

Record series of defeats for Barcelona against Italian clubs

Barcelona haven't won any of their last five official matches against Italian sides. The record series of negative results is composed of 3 draws and 2 defeats. Barça's last victory against an Italian club was a 4-2 victory over Fiorentina in the Champions League first-phase on 22 September 1999.

An Inter defeat by Barça would take record away from AC Milan!

Barcelona have won 10 2002/03 Champions League matches on the trot, equalling a record set by AC Milan who won their first 10 matches of the 1992/93 edition. Inter's cross-city rivals were prevented from going one better by French club Olympique de Marseille, who won the final 1-0 on 26 May 1993.

Inter unbeaten on the road in Europe for over 2 years

Inter haven't lost a European match away from home since 22 November 2001 when they were beaten 1-0 by Ipswich Town. Since then, Hector Cuper's men have registered 3 victories and 5 draws on the road - a record for the Nerazzurri in Europe. Including home matches, Inter have won their last 4 Euroclashes - Inter 3-0 Rosenborg, Ajax 1-2 Inter, Newcastle 1-4 Inter and Inter 3-2 Bayer Leverkusen.

Inter unbeaten in last 2 matches against Spanish sides

Inter are unbeaten in their last two European outings on Spanish soil. The Nerazzurri drew 3-3 with Alaves in the 1999/00 UEFA Cup, then beat Valencia 2-1 in the same competition the following season. Inter also managed 2 wins in Spain during the 1960s, winning 2-0 away to Real Madrid in the 1966/77 European Cup and beating Barcelona 2-1 at the Nou Camp in the 1969/70 Fairs/UEFA Cup.

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(5)

starting lineups

Bonano 1 Toldo
Reiziger 2 Cordoba
F.De Boer 13 Cannavaro
Puyol 24 Gamarra
Gabri 4 Zanetti
Motta 18 Dalmat
Cocu 6 Zanetti
Xavi 14 Di Biagio
Overmars 10 Morfeo
Saviola 20 Recoba
Kluivert 32 Vieri


Henke 12 Fontana
Andersson 26 Pasquale
Rochemback 77 Coco
Mendieta 22 Okan
Luis Enrique 7 Conceiçao
Riquelme 11 Guglielminpietro
Dani 3 Kallon