Sporting beat Inter Milan 1-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Marco Caneira scored with a powerful second-half volley to lead Sporting Lisbon to a 1-0 win over 10-man Inter Milan in Group B of the Champions League.

Lisbon:

Marco Caneira scored with a powerful second-half volley on Tuesday to lead Sporting Lisbon to a 1-0 win over 10-man Inter Milan in Group B of the Champions League. The left back controlled a long downfield pass with his chest and fired a thundering right-foot shot from the left flank that went in off the underside of the crossbar after 64 minutes. Inter midfielder Patrick Vieira was sent off in the 68th minute for a crushing challenge on Sporting striker Alecsandro. The Italian team lacked its usual flair and rarely threatened the home team's goal. Sporting set the pace and created the most chances but was short on sophistication in attack. After an early effort from Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested Sporting goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira, the Portuguese team came closer to scoring in the first half. Yannick Djalo went on a solo run into the Inter area in the 15th minute before being ambushed by Walter Samuel. In the 30th, Leandro Romagnoli anchored a neat move with Nani, who got near to goal but failed to get past goalkeeper Francisco Toldo. Inter, meanwhile, was lackluster and only Adriano's low left-foot drive from outside the area in the 40th minute worried the Sporting defence. Sporting continued to press forward after the break, and Liedson and Djalo hooked up for a slick move that ended in Djalo shooting high. After Caneira's goal, Inter coach Roberto Mancini brought on Hernan Crespo for Adriano and replaced Luis Figo with Mariano Gonzalez, but still it was the home team that dictated the run of play as Inter produced a lackluster performance. (AP)

Topics : Football Inter Milan
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