BOCHUM – It was the fourth pre-season summer friendly for Inter: after Trentino Team, Mezzocorona and Cremonese. Inter's opponents today were the Turkish team Galatasaray, in what was the first ever meeting between the two teams.
The rewirpowerSTADION in Bochum was sold out - 20 thousand seats - in a city that has the largest Turkish community in all of Germany. The weather conditions were hardly perfect, with a temperature slightly above 10 degrees, heavy rain, a slippery pitch and a bothersome wind.
There was an ugly scare scare after 7 minutes of play for all of Inter when Luca Castellazzi was coming off his line and upended by Colin. He was then forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher and Orlandoni took his place. Despite Eto'o hitting the post and a great header from Castaignos, neutralized by an equally perfect save from Aykut (38th minute), the first half ended 0-0. There was little excitement in the second half, interrupted after 22 minutes due to smoke from a flare, and the score line never changed.
FIRST HALF - Ranocchia, Samuel and Chivu made up the 3-man defence fielded by Gasperini, who- in addition to the Argentine – also had Nagatomo available again. Sneijder continued in his deeper midfield role. Up front the attacking trio consisted of Alvarez, Castaignos and Eto'o. For the team in yellow and red, their new addition Felipe Melo, who arrived on loan from Juventus, started on the bench.
The first chance fell to Inter after 20 seconds of play: Stankovic passed forward for Sneijder, who didn't quite manage to find the goal. On the other end Sabri responded with a right-footer from distance that was twice parried away by Castellazzi in the 5th minute. A minute later the Nerazzurri goalkeeper was unintentionally upended by Colin and awkwardly landed on his head. He stayed down and was then forced to go off on a stretcher. A substitution was inevitable and Orlandoni came on in his place. Inter's third keeper immediately took a leading role when he blocked a ball from Arda, who trapped it off his chest and tried an ambitious overhead kick in the 10th minute. There was a moment of uncertainty in the 13th minute when Samuel's back pass forced Orlandoni to hasten the clearance with Elmander lurking nearby. Three minutes later Samuel's foul on Sabri gave a free kick to Terim's Turks, but Colin's low right-footer was no problem and easily blocked by Orlandoni. Then it was Servet who fouled Eto'o in the 18th minute; Sneijder stepped up to take it with his right, which forced a reflex save out of Aykut for a corner. Galatasaray convincingly pushed forward, cheered on by a stadium practically full of Turkish fans. The middle part of the match was lifeless and characterised by many aimless back and forth kicks. In the 31st minute Arda woke things up with a vertical pass for Ujfalusi, whose cross went begging but found no one to tap it in. Five minutes later the same type of action took place and Chivu's intervention was crucial when he cleared for a corner. Then on the ensuing play Servet's lightning header was punched away by Orlandoni's reflex response. In the 38th minute Inter constructed a great move when Castaignos touched the ball to Eto'o, whose powerful shot smacked the inside of the post. Shortly afterwards Nagatomo crossed for Castaignos, but his close range header was expertly saved by Aykut.
After 3 minutes of injury time the half ended at 0-0.
SECOND HALF – The start of the second half saw Caldirola replace Chivu. The Turks immediately threatened in spaces through Sabri and Ujfalusi before Obi and Caldirola began to shore things up. In the 57th minute Pandev, Faraoni, Bianchetti and Longo entered the pitch. The play was at a lower pace in the second half, in which Stankovic and Eto'o moved to the bench for Mariga and Pazzini. In the 67th minute a smoke flare was set off in a section of Galatasaray fans, which forced Winkmann to stop the game due to poor visibility; the Galatasaray captain Arda addressed the crowd with a microphone to calm the situation, but 3 minutes passed before the play could resume. In the 71st minute Ujfalusi earned a corner that was taken by Selcuk; from the middle of the fray Arda headed just wide of Orlandoni's post. In the 78th minute, after a nice solo effort from Longo, Ceyhun's foul on Pandev earned a free kick for Inter; Muntari served with his left and Longo leapt to meet it but the ball went into touch. Slightly before the 90-minute mark Winkmann whistled to end the match at 0-0.
The next challenge for the Nerazzurri is the Dublin Super Cup next weekend: Saturday 30 July against Celtic and Sunday 31 July against Manchester City.
Galatasaray 0-0 Inter
Galatasaray: 1 Aykut; 17 Ujfalusi, 5 Gokhan, 76 Servet, 22 Hakan; 55 Sabri (6 Ceyhun, 73), 18 Ayhan (35 Yekta, 64), 8 Selcuk (27 Culio, 87); 80 Colin (28 Stancu, 74), 9 Elmander (15 Baros, 68), 10 Arda (52 Emre, 76).
Unused subs: 86 Ufuk, 67 Eray, 3 Calgar, 4 Felipe Melo, 7 Aydin, 26 Semih, 66 Anil.
Coach: Faith Terim.
Inter: 12 Castellazzi (21 Orlandoni, 53); 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel (44 Bianchetti, 57), 26 Chivu (16 Caldirola, 46); 55 Nagatomo (37 Faraoni, 57), 10 Sneijder (81 Longo, 57), 5 Stankovic (17 Mariga, 63), 20 Obi (48 Crisetig, 77); 11 Alvarez (77 Muntari, 77), 30 Castaignos (27 Pandev, 57), 9 Eto'o (7 Pazzini, 63).
Unused subs: 92 Bardi, 57 Natalino.
Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini.
Referee: Winkmann; assistants Borsch and Bandurski.
Booked: Elmander 46 (simulation), Ceyhun 79.
Added time: 3+0 minutes.
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