INTERNAZIONALE VS WERDER BREMEN @ 20.45(cet)
14 September 2004
20:45 (CET) Giuseppe Meazza - Milan
BREMEN BACK FOR INTER TEST
Thursday, 2 September 2004
SV Werder Bremen will visit the Giuseppe Meazza stadium for the third time in their history, but their match against FC Internazionale will mark the first time that the two teams have met in European club competition.
Bremen have played AC Milan twice at San Siro in their history, losing narrowly on both occasions, with their most recent visit coming in the group stage of the 1993/94 UEFA Champions League, the last occasion that the German side have played in the competition. On that occasion Paolo Maldini put Milan ahead three minutes into the second half only for Mario Basler to equalise shortly afterwards. However, Fabio Capello's men had the final say with Dejan Savicevic scoring the winning goal. Overall, Bremen have played six matches on Italian soil, winning twice, drawing once and losing on three occasions.
Despite winning the home leg of their two-legged 1996/97 UEFA Cup final encounter against FC Schalke 04, Inter lost the tie on penalties, but since then have won four and drawing two of their six matches against German-based teams. Their most recent experience against German opposition came in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League second group stage, where they won both of their engagements against Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Two goals from Luigi Di Biagio set up a 3-2 home win before Inter won 2-0 away in Germany following strikes from Obafemi Martins and Emre Belözoglu.
Obafemi Martins scored against German opposition last season