Final score

14 September 2010 20:45

30' Milito o.g.
20' Janssen
41' Eto'o
13' Sneijder
referee Pedro Proença / linesmen G. Bolinhas Trigo, F. Santos / 4th man Moreira Miguel, / assistants Lopes Ferreira , Santos Capela
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Twente close to a third. Rosales curls in a cross for Janko, who rises on the edge of the box and heads over.
46' End of part one. Twente 2-2 Inter.
45' One minute of the additional.
44' Maicon whips in a dangerous cross from the right. Ruiz heads away.
41' GOAL!!!!!!!!! Samuel Eto'o combines swiftly with Pandev just outside the area and curls a delicious right-footer low beyond Mihaylov and into the bottom right corner. TWENTE 2-2 INTER.
39' Sneijder floats in a left-wing cross. Mihaylov beats Milito to it.
37' Back in our box, Chadli serves De Jong but the Dutch forward fails to capitalise.
36' Woodwork! Eto'o receives from Milito and hooks back into the box to Cambiasso, whose shot on the turn bounces off the crossbar.
34' Chadli forces a tricky save from Julio Cesar with a well taken 25-yarder.
32' Janssen sends a low, long-range drive way off target.
30' GOAL. Diego Milito, the hero of Madrid, heads Janssen's corner into his own net. TWENTE 2-1 INTER.
29' Janssen delivers another insidious free kick. Magnificent tipped save by JC.
28' Lucio fouls De Jong just outside our area and Pedro Proenca awards a free kick.
25' Tiendalli has a dig from 25 yards. It's a powerful one, but Julio Cesar takes the sting out of it and Twente win a corner.
23' Twente come back at the Nerazzurri and Tiendalli pings a cross over to the unmarked Janko, who miscues at the back post.
22' The home crowd are really getting behind their team now as Benitez's men try to raise the tempo a peg or two.
20' GOAL. Twente are level in Enschede as Janssen finds the top left corner with an unstoppable 20-yard free kick - awarded after a Samuel foul on De Jong. TWENTE 1-1 INTER.
18' Sneijder goes through on goal after a suicidal back header by Twente, but luckily for the Dutch champions Mihaylov gets to the ball first.
17' Corner to Inter as Eto'o's shot takes a deflection and spins over the net.
14' Twente react quickly and Chadle tests Julio Cesar from 20 yards after slipping between Mariga and Lucio.
13' Janssen's first, low corner goes out for a second, which is decidedly higher, forcing JC into a palmed parry.
13' GOAL!!!!!!! Inter hit Twente on the break and Wesley Sneijder crashes home a loose ball from 10 yards after Mihaylov's parry from Milito's angled shot. TWENTE 0-1 INTER.
12' Ruiz breaks down the Twente right but there's no getting past Javier Zanetti, who outstretches his leg and pokes behind for a corner.
7' A half-scare for Inter as Chadli sends a looping cross over to the far post, where De Jong fails to connect.
5' Julio Cesar makes a punched save from the ensuing corner, taken by Janssen.
4' Twente launch a counter-attack and Ruiz sweeps wide to Janko, whose cross is blocked by Zanetti.
3' Wesley takes the free kick and plays it wide to Eto'o who floats a cross into the box. Twente clear.
2' Sneijder is hauled over by Brama and we get a free kick about 35 yards from goal.
1' European nights are back and the road to Wembley is a long one indeed. Welcome to the De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede, Holland, where we begin our defence of the Champions League title.
1' Here are the lineups:<br>Twente: 13 Mihaylov; 15 Rosales, 19 Douglas, 4 Wisgerhof, 33 Tiendalli; 6 Brama, 9 De Jong, 8 Janssen; 10 Ruiz, 21 Janko, 22 Chadli.<br>Subs: 1 Boschker, 3 Kuiper, 5 Bengtsson, 7 Landzaat, 11 Bajrami, 14 Parker, 23 Buysse.<br>Inter: 1 J.Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 17 Mariga, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev, 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito.<br>Subs: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 11 Muntari, 23 Materazzi, 29 Coutinho, 39 Santon, 88 Biabiany.
1' Starting this season there are six-man refereeing teams in each Champions League game. Tonight's man in the middle Pedro Proenca Oliveira Alves Garcia will be assisted by linesmen Garcias Bolinhas Trigo and Ferreira Santos, fourth official Moreira Miguel, and additional assistant referees Lopes Ferreira and Santos Capela.
1' Out come the teams and it's red versus black 'n blue. A bit like that night in Madrid a few months back...
1' The hosts get us under way in Holland. FORZA INTER!!!
Minutes Text commentary
50' Wesley's corner is headed to safety.
50' Pedro Proenca blows for full time and our opening game of the 2010/11 Champions League ends in a stalemate. Twente 2-2 Inter.
49' Sneijder's outswinging free kick is headed behind for a corner.
48' Douglas for protesting as we get a free kick deep in injury time.
46' Janssen fires over from distance as Twente look for a late winner.
45' Three minutes of additional time.
43' Denny Landzaat for Nacer Chadli.
42' Sulley Muntari for Diego Milito.
38' Coutinho latches on to a loose ball about 25 yards from goal and cannons a low shot on target. It's blocked by the opposing defence.
37' De Jong gets the slightest of touches to Janssen's inswinging cross. Fortunately for us, it's not a winning one. Goal kick.
34' Sneijder's cross from the Inter right is headed away by Wisgerhof.
33' Emir Bajrami for Marc Janko.
31' Ambitious try by Janssen from 35 yards. It's way over.
29' Twente attack back and Chadli's inswinging cross is caught by Julio Cesar.
29' End to end as the Nerazzurri come back at the Dutch, Mariga receiving from Coutinho and hitting a low shot just wide of the far post.
28' Sneijder gets past Brama and sends a soaring shot high and wide.
24' Coutinho close. Eto'o twists and turns in the box before serving the Brazilian starlet, whose low shot is blocked by Tiendalli.
23' Cambiasso shoots on sight after receiving short from Sneijder. It's blocked, and Twente captain Wisgerhof can make the clearance.
22' Another Rosales cross from the Twente right. Nothing to write home about though.
18' Rosales commits a foul on Sneijder. The free kick is about 35 yards out. Wesley hammers it over the bar.
16' Coutinho for Pandev. It's the Brazilian youngster's Champions League debut.
14' Looks like Goran is unable to continue. Off he comes on a stretcher. Let's hope it's nothing serious.
13' De Jong plays on with Pandev still down on the ground after a challenge. Zanetti tackles him on the by-line and then kindly reminds the Twente forward about the concept of fair play.
11' Sneijder gets into a shooting position and unleashes. Wisgerhof blocks.
10' Samuel comfortably deals with Rosales' low cross from the Twente right.
3' Wisgerhof makes a headed clearance from Sneijder's corner.
3' Maicon for a two-footed tackle on Chadli.
2' Rosales delivers a looping cross from the right. Julio Cesar catches.
1' Inter kick off the second half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.19
Twente v Inter; Preud'Homme v Benitez

Twente and Inter and their coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Twente v Italian teams

1970/71 Fairs Cup Twente-Juventus 2-2 a.e.t. 0-2
1974/75 UEFA Cup Twente-Juventus 3-1 1-0

Inter v Dutch teams

1971/72 Champions League/European Cup Inter-Ajax ---- ---- 0-2 (pld in Rotterdam)
1974/75 UEFA Cup Inter-Amsterdam FC 1-2 0-0
1981 Mundialito Inter-Feyenoord 2-1 ----
1982/83 Cup Winners' Cup Inter-AZ 67 2-0 0-1
1983/84 UEFA Cup Inter-Groningen 5-1 0-2
2000/01 UEFA Cup Inter-Vitesse 0-0 1-1
2001/02 UEFA Cup Inter-Feyenoord 0-1 2-2
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Ajax 1-0 2-1
2005/06 Champions League Inter-Ajax 1-0 2-2
2007/08 Champions League Inter-PSV Eindhoven 2-0 1-0

Twente set for Champions League debut

Dutch champions Twente have never played in the Champions League in its current format. They have, however, played four matches in the old European Cup, notching two draws, as many defeats, and scoring only one goal.

No Inter draw in 11 European outings

Inter have won 8 games and lost 3 since their last draw in European competitions: a 2-2 stalemate at Dynamo Kiev in last season's Champions League group stage on 20 October 2009.

Nerazzurri chasing fourth clean sheet against Dutch clubs

Inter haven't conceded in a competitive game against Dutch opposition since their 2-2 draw with Ajax in the Champions League on 22 February 2006. Rosales scored the Amsterdam outfit's second goal in the 20th minute of that game. The Nerazzurri have since played three games against teams from Holland - all in the Champions League - winning 1-0 against Ajax in 2005/06, and at home (1-0) and away (2-0) to PSV Eindhoven in 2007/08.

Chivu on a century

If selected to play against Twente, Cristian Chivu will pull on an Inter shirt for the 100th time. The Romanian defender made his debut for the Nerazzurri in the 1-0 Italian Super Cup defeat to his former side Roma on 19 August 2007. He has represented Inter 69 times in Serie A, 18 in European competitions, 3 in the Italian Super Cup and 9 in the Coppa Italia.

Inter: four clean sheets since last away goal conceded

The last match in which Inter let in a goal away from home was last season's Champions League semi-final return leg at Barcelona. Piqué scored in the 84th minute of that game. Inter have since played four away games and kept four clean sheets: 2-0 at Lazio (Coppa Italia), 1-0 at Roma (Coppa Italia), 1-0 at Siena (Serie A), 0-0 at Bologna (Serie A).

The ref: Pedro Proenca Oliveira Alves Garcia

Portuguese official Pedro Proenca Oliveira Alves Garcia was born in Lisbon on 3 November 1970. A FIFA referee since 2003, he has been appointed to officiate in a European game for the second time this season after Salzburg 2-3 Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Champions League qualifying round. Proenca has refereed a Dutch team on one previous occasion (PSV Eindhoven 2-1 CSKA Moscow in the 2007/08 Champions League), and Italian sides twice (Roma 5-1 Aris Thessaloniki in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup, and Zurich 1-1 AC Milan in the 2009/10 Champions League).

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ENSCHEDE - There were plenty of goals at the De Grolsch Veste Stadium as we opened our defence of the European crown with a 2-2 draw against Eredivisie champs Twente.

The Nerazzurri soon settled in Enschede and Wesley Sneijder - on target in this stadium the other week in Holland's 3-0 win over Japan - put us on the right track in the 13th minute, rifling home a loose ball after Mihaylov could only parry away Milito's angled drive.

Unruffled, the hosts delivered the sweetest of replies on 20 minutes through Janssen, who curled a 20-yard free kick into the top left corner after Pedro Proenca blew for a dubious foul on De Jong by Walter Samuel.

The pouring rain did little to dampen a vociferous home crowd and Janssen came close to giving the home fans a second goal to celebrate on 29 minutes, his fiercely struck free kick forcing a brilliant tipped save from Julio Cesar.

A minute later, Preud'homme's men edged in front when Diego Milito, the hero of last May's final in Madrid, unwittingly headed into his own net when defending a corner from Janssen.

Only once had the Champions League holders lost their first match of the following campaign and Inter weren't going down without a fight. The Nerazzurri produced a strong reaction and were unlucky not to level through Esteban Cambiasso, who saw his shot on the turn bounce back off the crossbar.

The equaliser arrived four minutes before the break and it came from the feet of Samuel Eto'o.

The Cameroon forward combined quickly with Goran Pandev and curled a cracking low shot past Mihaylov and into the bottom right corner for his fourth of the season and 20th in the Champions League.

Rafa Benitez's team suffered an injury setback fourteen minutes into the second half when Pandev was stretchered off. On came Coutinho for the Macedonian and the Brazilian youngster had several good chances on his Champions League debut.

The best one, though, fell to McDonald Mariga, who fired a low effort just wide of the far post after a neat pass from Coutinho.

Tonight's other Group A clash produced an identical result, with Werder Bremen coming from behind to hold Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 in Germany.

Twente 2-2 Inter (HT: 2-2)

Scorers: Sneijder 13, Janssen 20, Milito (og) 30, Eto'o 41.

Twente: 13 Mihaylov; 15 Rosales, 19 Douglas, 4 Wisgerhof, 33 Tiendalli; 6 Brama, 9 De Jong, 8 Janssen; 10 Ruiz, 21 Janko (11 Bajrami 78), 22 Chadli (7 Landzaat 88).
Subs not used: 1 Boschker, 3 Kuiper, 5 Bengtsson, 14 Parker, 23 Buysse. 

: Michel Preud'homme.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 17 Mariga, 19 Cambiasso; 27 Pandev (29 Coutinho 61), 10 Sneijder, 9 Eto'o; 22 Milito (11 Muntari 87).
Subs not used: 12 Castellazzi, 2 Cordoba, 23 Materazzi, 39 Santon, 88 Biabiany.
Coach: Rafael Benitez.

Referee: Pedro Proenca Oliveira Alves Garcia (Portugal).

Booked: Maicon 48, Douglas 90+3.

starting lineups

Mihaylov 1 Julio Cesar
Wisgerhof 13 Maicon
Brama 6 Lucio
Janssen 25 Samuel
De Jong 4 Zanetti
Ruiz 17 Mariga
Rosales 19 Cambiasso
Douglas 27 Pandev
Janko 10 Sneijder
Chadli 9 Eto'o
Tiendalli 22 Milito


Boschker 12 Castellazzi
Kuiper 2 Cordoba
Bengtsson 11 Muntari
Landzaat 23 Materazzi
Bajrami 29 Coutinho
Parker 39 Santon
Buysse 88 Biabiany