30.07.09 / 22:59

Pirelli Cup: Monaco 0-1 Inter

Eto'o makes debut, strike partner Milito wraps up victory with third goal in two pre-season games

MONTE CARLO - Inter warmed up for next week's Super Cup trip to China with a 1-0 Pirelli Cup victory over Monaco at the Stade Louis II.

Samuel Eto'o came on after half time to make his Inter debut, partnering in attack Diego Milito who sealed Inter's first piece of pre-season silverware with a typical finish.

Mourinho continued his pre-season experiments against the Ligue 1 outfit, opting to start with a three-man midfield of Vieira and ex-Primavera pair Krhin and Obi, with Balotelli flanked by Quaresma and Mancini up front.

Burdisso slotted in at right-back with Santon on the opposite wing and captain Cordoba in the middle with Chivu.

Inter used the wings effectively in the early stages and Balotelli hit a strong shot at Ruffier inside sixty seconds.

But the home side settled down as the minutes ticked by, Mangani firing wide from an inviting position before Park saw his flicked header cleared by Obi.

Monaco created a further chance before the half-hour when Alonso's low diagonal shot produced a reflex save from Julio Cesar, Park winning a corner with his deflected follow-up shot.

Mourinho changed all but one of his starters at the break, with Burdisso switching from full-back to his familiar role in the centre of defence.

Up front it was Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito and the Cameroonian gave Inter fans an early glimpse of his class, rifling a low shot across the face of the goal.

Not to be outdone, Milito added to his pre-season tally with the game's only goal on 56 minutes. Il Principe, the scorer of both goals in the World Football Challenge win over AC Milan last Sunday, collected a short pass from Muntari and elegantly turned his marker before sliding home a low shot past Roma.

The Stade Louis II saw a different Inter after the interval. Maicon, untouchable down the right, delivered some teasing crosses and was impeccable at the back as Guy Lacombe's side found it increasingly hard to find a way past the midfield well of Stankovic, Cambiasso, Thiago Motta and Muntari, and a defence marshalled flawlessly by Materazzi.

Monaco's best chances of a reply fell to Park, who saw his long-range effort dip over Toldo's crossbar moments before he was left free in the area to head wide a left-wing cross.

Monaco 0-1 Inter (HT: 0-0)

Scorer: Milito 56.

Monaco: Ruffier (Roma 46); Lolo, Mongongu (Muratori), Puygrenier, Traorè; Perez (Modesto 79), Mangani (Pino 65); Alonso, Bakar (Haruna 64), Nenê (Gakpé); Park (Pereira Adriano).
Subs: Thuram-Ulien, N'Koulou, Sambou, Sagbo.
Coach: Guy Lacombe.

Inter: Julio Cesar (Toldo 46); Burdisso, Cordoba (Materazzi 46), Chivu (Maicon 46), Santon (Zanetti 46); Vieira (Stankovic 46), Krhin (Cambiasso 46), Obi (Muntari 46); Quaresma (Thiago Motta 46), Balotelli (Eto'o 46; Destro 87), Mancini (Milito 46).
Subs not used: Orlandoni.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Mezouar.

Att.: 14.500.

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