Wednesday November 24, 2010 Group Stage: Group A Finished Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Internazionale 1 - 0 FC Twente

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  1. Benitez fights on as Inter win

    Benitez fights on as Inter win

    The pressure on Rafa Benitez eased as Internazionale beat Twente 1-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza to progress from Group A in the Champions League More

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    Time:90'
    • Internazionale
    • FC Twente
    • 90'+3 There it is! All over in Milan and the pressure eases on Rafa Benitez as Esteban Cambiasso's goal is enough to see Inter through to the knockout phase! Twente's Champions League adventure is over...
    • 90'+3 Janssen's free-kick is headed clear and that should be that!
    • 90'+2 The whistles ring out in Milan as Lucio gives away a free-kick.... final chance for Twente!
    • 90'+1 Into stoppage time, and Benitez looks nervous on the bench.
    • 90' Inter make another change... Pandev is replaced by Biraghi. And a few more vital second are eaten up.
    • 87' Matedrazzi is fouled by Douglas and the Italy defender will milk this for all it's worth....
    • 86' Inter do make that change, but it's not the one predicted. Nwankwo comes on to replace Sneijder.
    • 85' Oooh! Castellazzi is forced into touching a viciously swirling Twente corner onto his own bar!
    • 82' Inter will look to sit on their lead now - that's what Italian teams are good at isn't it? Another defender looks like they're coming on - teenager Natalino.
    • 80' And so do Twente: Leugers is hauled off, Buysse on.
    • 79' Inter make a change: Santon on for Biabiany.
    • 77' De Jong fires on goal with a volley from the edge of the box! Wide of the mark, but Twente are alive all of a sudden!
    • 76' Janssen's free-kick again doesn't reach its intended target as he hits the one-man wall.
    • 75' Cordoba now goes into the book for a trip on Chadli.
    • 75' Oooh! That was the chance! Landzaat hits the bar with a lovely sidefooter from outside the box! So unlucky!
    • 73' Leugers halts Biabiany's progress and the Twente player goes into the box.
    • 72' Twente are not out of this at 1-0 though.... all it takes is a goal on the break and whole complex of the game changes.
    • 70' Twente make a change: Landzaat on, Janko off.
    • 69' Oooh! Stankovic must score as Zanetti's cut-back from the by-line finds him! But the ball bobbles cruelly and he skies his effort over the bar!
    • 68' All of a sudden, Inter are looking like the champions of Europe again. Some of their passing play at the moment is excellent!
    • 67' Sneijder! Must be as he's played through on goal by Eto'o! No! He gets to the ball just before Mihaylov, but his little dink past the keeper bounces just wide of the post!
    • 66' Inter have simply stepped up a gear after the break.... Eto'o now wins another corner after a surging run forward...
    • 65' Stankovic is the next to line up a shot... he strikes from distance and again Mihaylov is forced into action! Corner to Inter!
    • 64' Inter are just peppering the Twente goal at the moment! Law of averages says another one will go in soon!
    • 63' Eto'o again fires on goal! Decent save from Mihaylov, who does well to hold on to it!
    • 62' Oooh! What an efforrt by Zanetti! He beats two men on a mazy dribble before firing a shot on goal which Mihaylov has to deal with at his near post! Zanetti may be about 54 years old, but he's still got it!
    • 59' Castellazzi claims a deep cross as Twente look to hit back... and Inter regain possession again.
    • 57' How will Twente react to that? They need to up their game considerably if they are to get back into this one.
    • 56' That's been coming... Inter have peppered Twente's goal so far this half.
    • 55' GOAL! INTER TAKE THE LEAD! Sneijder's free-kick hits the wall but the ball falls perfectly for Cambiasso, who lashes a left foot at it, connecting sweetly to fire past Mihaylov! 1-0 Inter!
    • 54' Sneijder is caught by Janko and Inter have another free-kick in what we may term Sneijder territory...
    • 52' Inter have started the second half in menacing fashion though.... Twente are soaking it all up so far though.
    • 51' Pandev! A third shot on goal in quick succession for Inter! But again it's off target!
    • 50' And now Sneijder lets fly! But he mistimes his kick and the ball bounces wide of its intended target!
    • 49' Eto'o tries his luck from distance with a curler... Mihaylov has no difficulty in holding on to it.
    • 48' Lucio brings the ball out of defence, stretching those long legs of his... Eto'o eventually plays the ball through for Pandev but the Twente defence holds strong.
    • 47' Eto'o lets fly from distance... but it's poor from the Cameroonian and the ball rolls tamely wide of the mark.
    • 46' Here we go again! Back under way in Milan!
    • 45'+1 And there goes the half-time whistle! A great 45 minutes of action but it ends goalless.
    • 45' Cambiasso! Ooh! His first-time effort from Eto'o's cross hits the unwitting Leugers and bounces out to safety!
    • 43' Biabiany tees up Sneijder for a shot on the edge of the Twente box now! Blocked! It falls to Eto'o, who lets fly! Blocked!
    • 42' Janko tries his luck from the edge of the box! Over the bar this time..
    • 41' Here come Twente on the break... Janssen takes over and bursts into the box but Lucio manages to deflect the ball behind for a corner!
    • 40' Eto'o looks to bulldoze his way through two Twente players... and the Cameroonian wins a corner.
    • 39' Lucio is caught by Janssen, who gets a talking to from the referee.
    • 38' Inter certainly aren't infallible at the back. They're good going forward, but there are definite holes in defence.
    • 37' Oh! Terrible error by Lucio as he tries to dink the ball over Janko but only succeeds in hitting it into the striker's chest... fortunately for Lucio, Castellazzi is aware to the danger and he's off his line quickly to claim at Janko's feet!
    • 36' Biabiany wins another corner for Inter at the other end... Sneijder swings it over to the near post where Biabiany gets his head to it! Wide of the mark this time!
    • 35' Janssen has another chance to get a ball into the box now... but again he fails to clear the first man.
    • 34' It's been an entertaining half so far.... chances at either end.
    • 33' Inter are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Dutch opposition in European competition.
    • 32' Two chances in quick succession for Twente there will have sounded warning bells for Inter... the Dutch side are more than capable of grabbing a goal here....
    • 31' And now Chadli breaks free on the left.... Janko's all alone in the middle! Give it to him! No! He goes for glory on his own, but his dink over Castellazzi from a tight angle goes wide of the far post!
    • 30' Chance! Janssen strikes on goal but Castellazzi pulls off a great save to deny him!
    • 29' Ruiz picks up a loose Inter pass and Twente come forward... the final ball is poor though and the move breaks down.
    • 28' Space now for Chadli on the Twente left... but his ball in is poor and Inter deal with it with ease.
    • 27' Chadli looks for a penalty as Stankovic wins the ball off him in the Inter box... no way says the ref and Stankovic stands over the prone Twente man and screams what he thinks of his efforts....
    • 26' Biabiany again causes some problems on the Inter right... he can't win a corner this time, but he looks like creating something every time he gets the ball at his feet.
    • 25' Inter are well on top at the moment... Twente, for the time being, are finding it difficult to get out of their own half.
    • 24' Eto'o! He cuts inside and lets off a curler towards the top corner! Good work by the keeper keeps him at bay this time!
    • 23' Pandev! Oooh! Cambiasso finds him... he turns well and gets off a shot before a tackle comes in! Good save by Mihaylov!
    • 23' Lovely stuff from Biabiany to win a corner for Inter... he certainly looks like a decent player, the France U21 international.
    • 22' Down at the other end, Chadli whips a cross across the face of goal... there's no one there to get on the end of it though.
    • 21' Lucio fancies his chances to crack one from distance! Blocked by Douglas.
    • 20' Sneijder feeds Biabiany on the edge of the Twente box... the youngster controls, turns and lets fly! Not a bad effort, on target, but it's easy enough for Mihaylov to save.
    • 19' Eto'o has scored (7) or assisted (3) 10 of Inter's 11 Champions League goals this season.
    • 18' What a run by Eto'o! He jinks this way and that, all the way into the box... it eventually falls to Pandev, who appeals for a corner, but doesn't get one.
    • 17' Lucio tries to bring the ball out of defence for Inter now, but he is hounded by Ruiz, who eventually fouls him.
    • 16' Sneijder! Oooh! Great effort but off the bar! He gets it up over the bar, but is denied by the woodwork!
    • 15' Sneijder bursts through the Twente defence! He nicks the ball past Wisgerhof, who catches him and brings him down, right on the edge of the area... danger here...
    • 14' After Inter's promising start, Twente are growing into this game now.
    • 13' Where on earth was Inter's marking there? Alarm bells must be ringing for Rafa Benitez.
    • 12' Ooh! Chance for Twente! Chadli teases his man on the left before finding Ruiz all alone on the edge of the six-yard box! Must be! No! He somehow heads wide!
    • 11' Time now for Twente to hold possession for a moment. The home fans don't like it, but it's exactly what the Dutch side needed.
    • 10' Inter are unbeaten in their last eight matches against Dutch opposition in European competition.
    • 9' Down to the other end and Twente win another free-kick... but again Janssen's delivery is poor. He'll have to do better than that if Twente are to unlock their hosts' defence tonight.
    • 8' Here come Inter again, with Eto'o... but that's good defending from Rosales, who gets his body between the striker and the ball and wins the free-kick.
    • 7' Inter have a real spring in their step tonight... Stankovic fancies his chances from distance now! Oooh! That's not too far away! Just over the bar from the Serb midfielder!
    • 6' Inter have started brightly enough... and the Inter fans seem happy enough so far.
    • 5' Pandev now cuts inside from the Inter right and lets fly... he doesn't quite catch it right though and his effort is easy for Mihaylov to claim.
    • 4' That so easily could have been the perfect start Inter were looking for... Ballon d'Or contender Sneijder might have done better....
    • 3' Oooh! What a chance for Inter! Biabiany delivers a great ball into the box where Sneijder is all alone! But the ball is slightly behind him and his volley goes wide of the mark!
    • 2' Ruiz wins a free-kick for Twente in the middle of the park and there'll be a chance to get a long ball into the Inter box. Janssen takes it... but it's poor and flies all the way out for an Inter goal kick.
    • 1' Here we go! Under way in Milan!
    • 19:42 The Giuseppe Meazza is far from full tonight and the upper tiers are sparsely populated.
    • 19:40 Here come the teams to that famous Champions League fanfare! Inter are in their traditional blue and black, Twente are in all red.
    • 19:35 Inter have seven points from their four games so far, as many as Tottenham, but the Nerazzurri lie in second place with an inferior goal difference. Twente are in third, on five points, and can still very much qualify with victory or even a draw tonight, should results elsewhere go their way. Tottenham v Werder Bremen
    • 19:30 The last time these two teams played each other, on the first matchday of the group stage, it ended 2-2, with Jannsen and an own-goal by Diego Milito putting Twente ahead before Samuel Eto'o added to Wesley Sneijder's opener to grab a point for Inter.
    • 19:25 Reports are swirling in Italy that Benitez could be sacked just six months into the job if Inter lose tonight and club president Massimo Moratti gave a "Yes, but" answer when asked if he still had faith in the coach the other day... the pressure is on the Spaniard.
    • 19:20 Twente have star man Theo Jannson fit again, and he takes his place in Michel Preud'homme's midfield. But Rasmus Bengtsson misses out with a groin injury.
    • 19:15 So Inter's injury woes are evident from the team Benitez will send out tonight. There is no Coutinho (thigh),Cristian Chivu (groin), Diego Milito (thigh), Joel Obi (thigh), Walter Samuel (knee ligaments), Maicon (thigh), Sulley Muntari (calf) or Julio Cesar (thigh). Luca Castellazzi plays in goal, but at least Samuel Eto'o's ban for a headbutt applies to Serie A games only and Esteban Cambiasso starts for a second game straight.
    • 19:10 And tonight's man in the middle is Stephane Lannoy (France).
    • 19:10 INTER: 12-Luca Castellazzi; 4-Javier Zanetti, 6-Lucio, 23-Marco Materazzi, 2-Ivan Cordoba; 19-Esteban Cambiasso, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 5-Dejan Stankovic; 88-Jonathan Biabiany, 9-Samuel Eto'o, 27-Goran Pandev /// FC TWENTE: 13-Nikolay Mihaylov; 15-Roberto Rosales, 4-Peter Wisgerhof, 19-Douglas, 34-Thilo Leugers; 6-Wout Brama, 9-Luuk De Jong, 8-Theo Janssen; 10-Bryan Ruiz, 21-Marc Janko, 22-Nacer Chadli
    • 19:05 This is a huge game for Inter, and more importantly Rafa Benitez. Victory will see them qualify for the knockout phase, but it will also ease the pressure on the underfire boss.
    • 19:00 Internazionale play host to FC Twente of Holland in tonight's big Champions League clash in Milan.
  • Summary

    • 85' Oooh! Castellazzi is forced into touching a viciously swirling Twente corner onto his own bar!
    • 75' Oooh! That was the chance! Landzaat hits the bar with a lovely sidefooter from outside the box! So unlucky!
    • 69' Oooh! Stankovic must score as Zanetti's cut-back from the by-line finds him! But the ball bobbles cruelly and he skies his effort over the bar!
    • 67' Sneijder! Must be as he's played through on goal by Eto'o! No! He gets to the ball just before Mihaylov, but his little dink past the keeper bounces just wide of the post!
    • 62' Oooh! What an efforrt by Zanetti! He beats two men on a mazy dribble before firing a shot on goal which Mihaylov has to deal with at his near post! Zanetti may be about 54 years old, but he's still got it!
    • 55' GOAL! INTER TAKE THE LEAD! Sneijder's free-kick hits the wall but the ball falls perfectly for Cambiasso, who lashes a left foot at it, connecting sweetly to fire past Mihaylov! 1-0 Inter!
    • 45' Cambiasso! Ooh! His first-time effort from Eto'o's cross hits the unwitting Leugers and bounces out to safety!
    • 37' Oh! Terrible error by Lucio as he tries to dink the ball over Janko but only succeeds in hitting it into the striker's chest... fortunately for Lucio, Castellazzi is aware to the danger and he's off his line quickly to claim at Janko's feet!
    • 31' And now Chadli breaks free on the left.... Janko's all alone in the middle! Give it to him! No! He goes for glory on his own, but his dink over Castellazzi from a tight angle goes wide of the far post!
    • 30' Chance! Janssen strikes on goal but Castellazzi pulls off a great save to deny him!
    • 23' Pandev! Oooh! Cambiasso finds him... he turns well and gets off a shot before a tackle comes in! Good save by Mihaylov!
    • 16' Sneijder! Oooh! Great effort but off the bar! He gets it up over the bar, but is denied by the woodwork!
    • 12' Ooh! Chance for Twente! Chadli teases his man on the left before finding Ruiz all alone on the edge of the six-yard box! Must be! No! He somehow heads wide!
    • 3' Oooh! What a chance for Inter! Biabiany delivers a great ball into the box where Sneijder is all alone! But the ball is slightly behind him and his volley goes wide of the mark!
    • 19:10 INTER: 12-Luca Castellazzi; 4-Javier Zanetti, 6-Lucio, 23-Marco Materazzi, 2-Ivan Cordoba; 19-Esteban Cambiasso, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 5-Dejan Stankovic; 88-Jonathan Biabiany, 9-Samuel Eto'o, 27-Goran Pandev /// FC TWENTE: 13-Nikolay Mihaylov; 15-Roberto Rosales, 4-Peter Wisgerhof, 19-Douglas, 34-Thilo Leugers; 6-Wout Brama, 9-Luuk De Jong, 8-Theo Janssen; 10-Bryan Ruiz, 21-Marc Janko, 22-Nacer Chadli

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  • Internazionale

    Manager: Rafael Benítez

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    Manager: Michel Preud'homme

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