Milan derby halted after Dida hit by flare

Updated: April 12, 2005, 4:28 PM ET

MILAN, April 12 - The Champions League quarter-final between Inter Milan and city rivals AC Milan was halted in the 73rd minute on Tuesday after Milan keeper Dida was struck by a flare thrown down from the stands.

German referee Markus Merk took the players off the pitch after Inter fans began hurling plastic bottles and then over 30 flares on to the penalty area below them after a header from Esteban Cambiasso was disallowed.

Dida received medical treatment to his shoulder while Inter players urged their fans to stop the hurling of objects on to the pitch.

Milan were leading 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Andriy Shevchenko which had put them 3-0 up on aggregate after they won last week's first-leg 2-0.

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