Inter 2
1 Chelsea

3 Milito, 6 (2nd half) Kalou, 10 (2nd half) Cambiasso

referee Manuel Enrique Mejuto Gonzalez / linesmen C.Guadamuro, Y. Jimenez / 4th man F. Borbalan
UEFA Champions League — last 16, 1st leg — Giuseppe Meazza, Milano — 24 February 2010 20:45

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1st half / 2nd half

46' / Kalou goes down in the box after a challenge by Samuel and he cries penalty. Once again, Gonzalez is unconvinced.
46' / Half time. Inter lead Chelsea 1-0, thanks to Diego Milito's early strike.
45' / One minute of stoppage time.
44' / Wesley Sneijder's 30-yard free kick flies high and wide.
41' / Lampard has a corner cleared by Stankovic but the England midfielder regains possession and gets a cross in from the right. Zanetti blocks.
38' / Inter hit back. Maicon plays a fast one-two with Milito but his first touch from the return pass is too long and Cech races out to gather.
37' / Another chance for Chelsea as Kalou's looping header from Drogba's cross goes over JC's bar.
36' / Milito controls a long ball into the area and tries to turn Carvalho but there's no way past the Portuguese defender.
34' / Amazing chance for Eto'o. Sneidjer sends in a low cross from the left but Samu uncharacteristically miscues just outside the six-yard box. What a let-off for Chelsea.
33' / Free kick to Inter out on the left wing. Sneijder's inswinger is punched away by Petr Cech.
32' / Lampard goes for goal from 30 yards but his effort is woeful. Goal kick.
31' / Drogba gets above Maicon at the back post to head Ivanovic's right-wing cross on target. Easy save for Julio Cesar though.
30' / Mikel Obi shoots straight at Julio Cesar from 25 yards.
26' / Cross by Drogba from the right edge of our box. Samuel heads away.
26' / Ballack floats into the area for Kalou but the German's ball sails over the head of his team-mate.
24' / Ballack serves Drogba on the edge of the box. The Ivorian's volley on the turn is wide.
23' / Another yellow card as Kalou is booked for a clattering foul on Wesley Sneijder.
22' / Milito goes on a surging run down the left and gets into the box before going down under a challenge from Carvalho. Gonzalez isn't convinced and he books the Argentine for protesting after having his penalty claim turned down.
21' / Drogba overhits his pass into space on the right for the onrushing Ivanovic after combining with Ballack.
19' / Drogba fires wide of Julio Cesar's right-hand post from inside the area.
18' / Ballack unleashes a terrific shot from 25 yards. Superb block by Julio Cesar.
15' / Free kick to Chelsea about 30 yards from goal after a foul by Stankovic. And a scare for Inter - Didier Drogba's effort bounces back off the crossbar.
14' / Back under the Curva Nord, Milito spots Eto'o at the far post and plays a high left-wing cross to his team-mate. The angle is too tight though and the Cameroonian's shot is saved by Cech.
12' / Another chance for the Blues as Salomon Kalou turns Samuel and sends a right-footed shot straight at Julio Cesar from 20 yards.
11' / Milito is flagged offside as he runs to meet Thiago Motta's long ball upfield.
11' / Chelsea on the attack. Nicolas Anelka gets to the left angle of our box and fires a low shot to the right of Julio Cesar. Goal kick.
9' / Thiago Motta is booked for a feet high foul on Ballack.
3' / GOOOAAALLLL!!!! Thiago Motta plays to Eto'o who serves Diego Milito in the area and El Principe turns Terry and picks his spot before tucking past Cech. What a start, and what a brilliant dummy by Sneijder who let Eto'o's ball roll through to Milito! INTER 1-0 CHELSEA.
1' / Good evening and welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, where Inter are set to take on Chelsea (and, according to some, the rest of Italy) in the first leg of the Champions League round of sixteen. Over 78,000 tickets have been sold for tonight's eagerly-awaited clash, generating record gate receipts for the club. The previous record was set last season when we hosted Manchester United.
1' / We met Chelsea at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in the pre-season World Football Challenge tournament last summer, losing 2-0, but tonight is our first ever competitive meeting with the Blues.
1' / Our victory over Rubin Kazan in Matchday 6 of the group stages marked the start of a 14-game unbeaten run. We have since consolidated our lead at the top of the Serie A table and reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals. Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost once in their last 16 games since Matchday 6.
1' / Inter's Champions League record with tonight's referee Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez is three wins and a defeat. The Spanish official took charge of an epic encounter involving teams from Italy and England - that 2004/05 final in Istanbul when Liverpool beat AC Milan on penalties after coming back from 3-0 down.
1' / Here's the cast:
Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito.
Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 11 Muntari, 17 Mariga, 27 Pandev, 45 Balotelli.
Chelsea: 1 Cech; 2 Ivanovic, 6 Carvalho, 26 Terry, 15 Malouda; 13 Ballack, 12 Mikel, 8 Lampard; 39 Anelka, 21 Kalou; 11 Drogba. Subs: 40 Hilario, 10 J.Cole, 23 Sturridge, 33 Alex, 35 Belletti, 43 Bruma, 45 Borini.
1' / Out come the Blues for the warm-up. They are quickly followed by the Nerazzurri and the stadium erupts, drowning out the Chelsea fans who are up in the third tier.
1' / A huge roar of disapproval now as news comes through that AC Milan have snatched a late winner against Fiorentina in Florence, cutting our Serie A lead to four points.
1' / The players come back out, the Champions League anthem starts, and the Curva Nord displays a spectacular choreography with the words FORZA RAGAZZI.
1' / Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
48' / Full time. Inter beat Chelsea 2-1. The return leg at Stamford Bridge will take place on Tuesday 16 March.
47' / Pandev is dispossessed by Carvalho after a nice crossfield ball from Balotelli as the Nerazzurri hit Chelsea on the break.
47' / The visitors come straight back and Ballack slides the ball wide at the far post.
45' / Three minutes of added time.
43' / Mikel Obi blazes over from 20 yards.
39' / Sulley Muntari comes on for Dejan Stankovic.
37' / Ivanovic whips in a dangerous cross from the right. Magnificent tipped save from Julio Cesar.
37' / Lampard turns Balotelli and looks for Ivanovic with a cross from the opposite flank. Zanetti intercepts and heads to safety.
33' / Carlo Ancelotti brings on Daniel Sturridge for Salomon Kalou.
31' / Maicon's rising drive is over Hilario's bar and into the Curva Sud.
28' / Malouda gets in a cross from the left. Zanetti takes no chances and heads behind for a corner at the back post.
25' / Brilliant piece of skill by Balotelli. The young Italian turns Lampard on the right and whips in a cross for Cambiasso, whose shot is blocked.
23' / Goran Pandev replaces Eto'o as Mourinho makes his second change.
20' / Massive save from Julio Cesar. Anelka receives from Drogba and muscles his way through before crossing low to Lampard, who is denied by the Brazilian keeper.
19' / Eto'o's low drive from the left angle of the Chelsea box is a few yards wide of Hilario's right-hand post.
17' / Cech will play no further part in the game. On comes Henrique Hilario.
15' / Cech saves Maicon's floated cross-shot from the right wing.
15' / Play interrupted as Cech requires medical attention.
13' / Substitution numbe one for Inter. Mario Balotelli replaces Thiago Motta.
10' / GOAL!!!!! Esteban Cambiasso rifles a low shot past Cech from 20 yards after seeing his first shot blocked by Carvalho, and we're back in front at the Giuseppe Meazza! INTER 2-1 CHELSEA.
9' / Malouda's cross from the left is easily saved by Julio Cesar.
6' / GOAL. Ivanovic goes a strong run down the middle and lays off to Kalou who finds the bottom right corner with a low shot from 20 yards. INTER 1-1 CHELSEA.
2' / Drogba gets on the end of Malouda's left-wing cross and heads wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
1' / We're back under way at the Meazza as Chelsea kick off the second half.
1' / Thiago Motta sends a lofted ball into the Chelsea area for Milito but Cech is quick off his line.

total votes 15666

Zanetti 7.8036
Stankovic 6.4268
Cambiasso 8.3205
Julio Cesar 6.5716
Samuel 7.5032
Maicon 6.8680
Balotelli 7.6701
Muntari 6.3182
Milito 8.4701
Motta 5.2417
Lucio 9.5039
Eto'o 5.3614
Sneijder 7.0739
Pandev 6.2700
average rating 7.1002

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draws

0

defeats

0

24 February 2010 2-1 3' Milito, 52' Kalou, 56' Cambiasso Vai alla partita

Statistics

3 shots on target 8
5 shots off target 10
14 fouls committed 19
0 corners 3
4 offsides 1
25:18 ball possession 29:23

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report

MILAN - Inter hold a slender advantage in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie against Chelsea as Argentines Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso scored either side of Salomon Kalou's goal for a 2-1 victory in Milan.

The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza erupted with less than three minutes on the clock as the Nerazzurri bagged an important early goal. Thiago Motta served Eto'o and an instinctive dummy from Sneijder let the ball roll through to Milito, who turned Terry before firing past a hapless Petr Cech.

The visitors unleashed a barrage of attacks as the Nerazzurri defended their early advantage and Didier Drogba went close with a 30-yard free kick that bounced down off the underside of the crossbar.

Julio Cesar didn't look like a man who had been involved in a car crash three days ago and the Inter keeper pulled off brilliant saves Kalou and Ballack before keeping out a far-post header from Drogba.

José Mourinho's men soaked up the pressure and were presented with a golden chance to increase their lead just past the half-hour when Eto'o miscued in front of goal after a low cross from Sneijder, who moments earlier had forced a punched block from Cech with a dangerous inswinging free kick.

Chelsea were level six minutes after the restart when Kalou fired a low shot off Julio Cesar on its way into into the bottom right corner after a strong run by Ivanovic, but the visiting fans' celebrations were short-lived.

Within four minutes, Cambiasso beat Cech with a stunning low strike. Sneijder's cross was headed away by Carvalho and Cambiasso pounced, seeing his first shot blocked by Terry before crashing home the rebound to put the Nerazzurri deservedly back in front.

Chelsea played the last thirty minutes with Hilario between the posts after Cech was forced off injured, but the Portuguese custodian had hardly a save to make as the Nerazzurri couldn't capitalise on their counter-attacking initiative. 

Instead, Julio Cesar had more work to do and he made a crucial save from Lampard's close-range effort from Drogba's cross to protect Inter's lead ahead of next month's return leg at Stamford Bridge.

Inter 2-1 Chelsea (HT: 1-0)

Scorers: Milito 3, Kalou 51, Cambiasso 55.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (11 Muntari 84), 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta (45 Balotelli 58); 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o (27 Pandev 68), 22 Milito.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 17 Mariga. 

Coach
: José Mourinho. 


Chelsea: 1 Cech (40 Hilario 62); 2 Ivanovic, 6 Carvalho, 26 Terry, 15 Malouda; 13 Ballack, 12 Mikel, 8 Lampard; 39 Anelka, 21 Kalou (23 Sturridge 78); 11 Drogba.
Subs not used: 10 J.Cole, 33 Alex, 35 Belletti, 43 Bruma, 45 Borini.
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti.



Referee: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain).

Booked: Thiago Motta 9, Milito 22, Kalou 23.

Att.: 78,971.

Inter vs Chelsea

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Cech
Maicon 13 Ivanovic
Lucio 6 Carvalho
Samuel 25 Terry
Zanetti 4 Malouda
Stankovic 5 Ballack
Cambiasso 19 Mikel
Motta 8 Lampard
Sneijder 10 Anelka
Eto'o 9 Drogba
Milito 22 Kalou

substitutes

Toldo 1 Hilario
Cordoba 2 Alex
Quaresma 7 Borini
Muntari 11 Bruma
Mariga 17 J. Cole
Pandev 27 Belletti
Balotelli 45 Sturridge

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