Inter 3
1 FC Barcelona

19 Pedro, 30 Sneijder, 3 (2nd half) Maicon, 16 (2nd half) Milito

referee Bartolo Faustino Benquerenca / linesmen Silva Cardinal, Miranda Cunha / 4th man Soares Dias
UEFA Champions League — semi-final, 1st leg — Giuseppe Meazza, Milano — 20 April 2010 20:45

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1st half / 2nd half

46' / Massive tackle by Samuel on Messi.
46' / Busquets is booked for diving.
46' / It's 1-1 at the break. Pedro gave Barcelona the lead on 19 minutes but Inter rallied and equalised through Sneijder on the half hour.
45' / One minute of added time.
43' / Wesley's wicked strike takes a deflection off the wall and goes behind for a corner. Xavi makes a hooked clearance from Sneijder's cross.
42' / Dani Alves wins a duel with Pandev in his own area but can't stop the ball from going out for a corner. Sneijder's cross from the flag is punched away by Valdes.
42' / Keita fouls Maicon and it's a free kick to Inter right in Wesley Sneijder territory.
38' / Lucio makes an acrobatic clearance from Dani Alves.
37' / Maicon's cross is headed away by Piquè.
36' / Ibrahimovic fouls Lucio as the two giants tussle in the Inter box.
33' / Cambiasso looks for Pandev in the box but Valdes intercepts.
32' / Valdes makes a punched clearance from Sneijder's inswinging left-wing free kick.
30' / GOAL!!!!!!!! Eto'o crosses to Milito and the Argentine passes to the unmarked Wesley Sneijder who crashes past Valdes for the equaliser. INTER 1-1 BARCELONA.
27' / Maicon looks for Milito with a long ball upfield but Valdes is there again.
27' / Another good chance for the Nerazzurri. Milito receives Pandev's short pass in the area but Valdes narrows the angle and the Argentine's shot finishes wide of the far post.
26' / Valdes beats Eto'o to Cambiasso's lofted long-range pass into the Blaugrana box.
24' / Brilliant defending by Zanetti. The Inter captain makes up ground on Pedro and gets in a crucial tackle to deny the Barça forward a clear chance from Ibrahimovic's low through ball.
22' / Free kick to Inter out on the left wing after a Dani Alves foul on Sneijder. The Dutchman crosses to Lucio at the far post but the Brazilian defender is flagged for offside as he heads wide.
19' / GOAL. Maxwell runs past Cambiasso down the left and gets to the by-line before pulling back for Pedro to slot home from 15 yards. INTER 0-1 BARCELONA.
18' / Double chance for Inter. Eto'o makes space for a shot and tests Valdes with a low 20-yarder. Milito is first to the loose ball but his follow-up is wide.
16' / Xavi floats a cross down the middle to Ibrahimovic in the box but the Barcelona number 9 fails to direct a header on target.
12' / Samuel Eto'o is booked for kicking the ball away after the linesman flags for a foul by the Cameroonian on Keita.
10' / Milito is flagged offside as he races on to Eto'o's through ball, but The Prince was onside when he started his run.
7' / The Blaugrana come straight back at Inter and Keita unleashes a fierce 25-yard shot. It's wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
6' / Pandev sends in a deep cross from the left channel. Barcelona make the clearance.
5' / Xavi floats a right-wing cross over to Pedro on the far side. Lucio intercepts but Julio Cesar can't prevent the ball from going out for a corner.
3' / The crowd roars as Cambiasso wins the ball off Messi and launches a counter-attack. Diego Milito runs down the left and gets a cross in. Barcelona clear.
2' / Walter Samuel shows Ibrahmovic who's boss with a crunching tackle on his former team-mate.
2' / Ex-Inter defender Maxwell looks for Ibrahimovic in the six-yard box with a whipped cross from the left. The Swede can't get a shot on target.
1' / Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan's San Siro district for live text coverage of our mouthwatering Champions League semi-final first-leg encounter with Barcelona.
1' / Tonight's clash of the titans is a sell-out with 80,018 fans in attendance. That adds up to record gate receipts for the club after February's last 16 visit of Chelsea. Millions more all over the globe will be following the game live on TV, radio and via the Internet.
1' / A quick look at the stats for some encouraging news: we're undefeated at home in the Champions League this season; we haven't lost at the Meazza since November 2008; we have kept five clean sheets in our last five games; and we have lost just one of our 17 home matches against Spanish opposition.
1' / José Mourinho has been keeping his cards close to his chest and there has been all sorts of speculation in the Italian press as to his starting eleven to face the Blaugrana. 4-1-4-1? 4-2-3-1? 4-3-1-2?
1' / All doubts are now dispelled. The Portuguese has opted for 4-2-3-1 and the same starters who beat Juventus 2-0 last Friday.
Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 27 Pandev, 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 D.Milito.
Subs: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 5 Stankovic, 11 Muntari, 23 Materazzi, 26 Chivu, 45 Balotelli.
1' / Barcelona: 1 Valdes; 2 Dani Alves, 3 Piquè, 5 Puyol, 19 Maxwell; 6 Xavi, 16 Busquets; 17 Pedro, 10 Messi, 15 Keita; 9 Ibrahimovic.
Subs: 13 Pinto, 4 Marquez, 11 Bojan, 14 Henry, 18 G.Milito, 22 Abidal, 24 Tourè.
1' / The teams come out on to the pitch accompanied by 22 Romany children, who are currently residing at the Casa della Carità in Milan after their camp was dismantled. UEFA welcomed Inter's request with UCL sponsor Mastercard also embracing the initiative.
1' / Off we go at the Meazza as Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!!
49' / Full time, and a big roar rings around the Giuseppe Meazza as Inter complete a famous 3-1 victory over European champions Barcelona.
47' / Julio Cesar saves Pedro's overhead kick as the visitors continue their search for a second goal.
47' / Inter counter-attack and Balotelli rifles a shot wide of the target.
45' / Four minutes of stoppage time.
42' / Lucio makes a last-gasp clearance at the near post to deny Piquè with Julio Cesar beaten.
39' / Sneijder loses control of the ball in the Barcelona area with Balotelli lurking in space. It could have been a fourth.
38' / Dani Alves is booked for diving over Sneijder in our area.
37' / Stankovic is booked for a foul on Piquè. He will miss the return leg.
36' / Benquerença blows for a foul by Samuel as Sneijder whips in a right-wing free kick.
35' / Lucio blocks and clears Abidal's thunderous left-wing cross.
35' / Julio Cesar saves Keita's long-range shot. There's no way through for the Blaugrana.
34' / Julio Cesar makes a diving save from Messi's curling free kick.
33' / Xavi goes down under a challenge from Thiago Motta. Free kick to Barcelona about 25 yards from goal.
32' / Samuel blocks Pedro's goalbound effort.
30' / Inter make their last change. Mario Balotelli comes on for Diego Milito, who is struggling with cramp.
28' / Maicon is replaced by Cristian Chivu.
27' / Maicon is stretchered off.
26' / Play interrupted as Maicon receives medical attention after a collision with Messi.
25' / Zanetti makes a headed clearance from Abidal's left-wing cross.
23' / Keita is booked for a harsh challenge on Eto'o.
22' / Valdes beats Milito to Stankovic's flicked headed pass into the Barça box.
20' / Abidal sends in a dangerous cross from the left but there's no team-mate on hand in the six-yard box.
20' / Stankovic races through to meet Eto'o's pass but Valdes smothers the ball to deny the Serbian.
19' / Pedro's deflected cross from the right is saved by Julio Cesar.
17' / Josep Guardiola brings on Eric Abidal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
16' / GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Diego Milito gets on the end of Sneijder's headed assist from Eto'o's cross and heads home from close range. INTER 3-1 BARCELONA.
15' / Ibrahimovic is flagged for offside as he fires a low shot at Julio Cesar.
15' / Piquè is booked for a terrible challenge on Thiago Motta.
12' / Messi tries to weave his way past Zanetti but the Inter captain shows all his experience and gets a foot in to dispossess his compatriot.
11' / Puyol blocks a cross from Milito and then tackles Eto'o as Inter look for openings down the right.
11' / Mourinho makes his first change. Dejan Stankovic replaces Goran Pandev.
10' / Miraculous save by Julio Cesar. At point-blank range he keeps out Busquet's strong header.
8' / Julio Cesar parries a tricky shot from Messi - his first effort of the game.
6' / Puyol is yellow-carded for a last-man tactical foul on Milito. The Barcelona captain will automatically miss next Wednesday's return leg at the Camp Nou.
3' / Milito goes through on goal from Thiago Motta's pass and sees his shot saved by Valdes but the flag goes up for offside.
3' / GOALLLLLL!!!!!!!! Maicon meets Milito's cross in the area and holds off a challenge from Keita before tucking past Valdes and into the far corner. The crowd goes mad. INTER 2-1 BARCELONA.
1' / Barça get the second half under way.
1' / Attacking start to the second half by Inter. Sneijder, Eto'o and Milito combine down the right and the latter sends in a cross for Pandev, who appears to be shoved off the ball in the area.

total votes 24895

Zanetti 9.1809
Stankovic 7.6267
Cambiasso 8.5373
Julio Cesar 8.5917
Samuel 8.4512
Maicon 8.8571
Chivu 7.4453
Balotelli 3.4458
Milito 9.0946
Motta 7.9454
Lucio 8.4228
Eto'o 8.4215
Sneijder 8.9453
Pandev 8.1367
average rating 8.0787

wins

1

draws

2

defeats

0

20 April 2010 3-1 19' Pedro, 30' Sneijder, 49' Maicon, 62' Milito Vai alla partita
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26 February 2003 0-0 Vai alla partita

Statistics

5 shots on target 7
8 shots off target 11
18 fouls committed 21
2 corners 4
9 offsides 2
32% ball possession 68%

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report

MILAN - The Nerazzurri produced the perfect performance against Barcelona, coming from behind to beat the reigning European champions 3-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

All the pre-match hype was about how to stop Lionel Messi but it was Diego Milito who did the damage with two assists and a goal at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to give Inter a healthy two-goal cushion going into next Wednesday's return leg. 

José Mourinho's men can travel to Spain brimming with confidence after setting a new club record of six consecutive victories in Europe's elite competition.

The Portuguese tactician kept faith with the eleven starters who defeated Juventus last Friday and he was rewarded with a display that will long be remembered by the 79,609 fans who packed the stadium for the occasion.

In the opening exchanges Eto'o tested Valdes and Milito sent his follow-up wide after a couple of strange offside decisions by the match officials.

Inter were punished a minute later when ex-Nerazzurri defender Maxwell raced past Cambiasso and pulled back his cross to Pedro to slam home from just inside the area.

The hosts rallied and Milito went close again before setting up Sneijder for the equaliser. Eto'o crossed low to his strike partner and the Prince served Sneijder, who, totally unmarked in the area, saw his right-footed shot go in off Valdes' outstretched leg.

Wesley's goal gave us the confidence we needed and the boys made the perfect start to the second half when Maicon met Milito's short pass and shrugged off a challenge from Keita before slotting a low shot beyond Valdes and into the far corner.

Barcelona's efforts at a reaction were stifled by Julio Cesar who kept out a tricky shot from Messi before saving Busquet's header at point-blank range.

Milito finally got the goal he deserved on 61 minutes, stealing in to head home Sneijder's headed assist from Eto'o's right-wing cross for his fourth goal in the Champions League.

In their urgency to reduce the arrears the visitors remained lively until the final whistle and Julio Cesar had more important saves to make. He made a diving block from Messi's curling free kick and slammed the door shut on Keita's long-range effort before saving Pedro's overhead kick.

On the one occasion he was caught out of position Inter had Lucio to thank for a last-gasp clearance from Piquè.

Inter could have scored a fourth on the counter-attack but Sneijder lost control of the ball with Balotelli lurking unmarked.

Inter 3-1 Barcelona (HT: 1-1)

Scorers: Pedro 19, Sneijder 30, Maicon 48, Milito 61.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon (26 Chivu 73), 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 19 Cambiasso, 8 Thiago Motta; 27 Pandev (5 Stankovic 56), 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 D.Milito (45 Balotelli 75).
Subs not used
: 21 Orlandoni, 2 Cordoba, 11 Muntari, 23 Materazzi.

Coach
: José Mourinho.

Barcelona: 1 Valdes; 2 Dani Alves, 3 Piquè, 5 Puyol, 19 Maxwell; 6 Xavi, 16 Busquets; 17 Pedro, 10 Messi, 15 Keita; 9 Ibrahimovic (22 Abidal 62). 

Subs not used
: 13 Pinto, 4 Marquez, 11 Bojan, 14 Henry, 18 G.Milito, 24 Tourè.
Coach
: Josep Guardiola.

Referee: Faustino Benquerença (Portugal).

Booked: Eto'o 12, Busquets 45+1, Puyol 51, Piquè 60, Keita 68, Stankovic 82, Dani Alves 83.

Att.: 79,609.

Inter vs FC Barcelona

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Valdes
Zanetti 4 Alves
Lucio 6 Piquè
Motta 8 Puyol
Eto'o 9 Xavi
Sneijder 10 Ibrahimovic
Maicon 13 Messi
Cambiasso 19 Keita
Milito 22 Busquets
Samuel 25 Pedro
Pandev 27 Maxwell

substitutes

Orlandoni 21 Pinto
Cordoba 2 Marquez
Stankovic 5 Bojan
Muntari 11 Milito
Materazzi 23 Abidal
Chivu 26 Tourè
Balotelli 45 Henry

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