Final score

24 November 2010 20:45

10' (2nd half) Cambiasso
1 - 0
referee Stephane Lannoy / linesmen Dansault, Annonier / 4th man Kalt / assistants Gautier, Buquet
Minutes Text commentary
45' No injury time is played. After 45 minutes, Inter-Twente remains goalless. Inter's best effort was Sneijder's freekick that struck the bar on 17 mins.
45' Eto'o pulls the ball back for Cambiasso, who fires towards the top corner but Leugers manages to get his head to it.
43' Sneijder shoots from outside the box and Eto'o latches onto the rebound but his effort is also blocked.
41' Janko surges through Inter's defence into the box and shoots. Lucio does well to knock it behind for a corner.
40' De Jong continues to hack away at Lucio.
37' Lucio tries to be too clever in his own box and is nearly caught out by Di Jong. Fortunately Castellazzi is there to clean up.
36' Inter's 3rd corner is met by Biabiany at the near post but his header is wide.
31' Twente again close to taking the lead: Chadli attempts to chip Castellazzi from a tight angle, his effort beats the keeper but also sails wide of goal.
30' Wonder save by Castellazzi: Janssen fires in a rocket from the edge of the box but the keeper is able to smother the ball.
28' Chadli goes down in the box under Stankovic's challenge, but the ball was won fairly.
25' Biabiany causes havoc on the break: he sets Eto'o clear on the left, Mihaylov deflects the Cameroonian's shot as far as Stankovic, who is unable to hit the target.
23' Cambiasso plays the ball into the box, Pandev shoots on the turn but Mihaylov saves.
22' Biabiany's trickery wins a corner. Sneijder takes it and two go up but Mihaylov comes out to clear.
20' Sneijder and Biabiany link up and Biabiany shoots. Mihaylov blocks his effort.
18' Eto'o jiggles past 3 defenders and finds Pandev but the Dutch defence manages to shut him out.
17' SNEIJDER HITS THE BAR! Fantastic effort from the Dutchman. Unlucky Inter.
16' Sneijder is brought down by Wisgerhof on the edge of the box after playing a one-two with Pandev. Freekick to Inter...
12' Twente look dangerous: Chadli crosses into the centre of the box, Ruiz and De Jong both go for it and the Costa Rican's effort ends up just wide of Castellazzi's right-hand post.
9' Freekick for Twente, which Janssen takes. Cambiasso heads clear. Inter hit on the break but Ruiz does well to cut out the danger.
8' Stankovic shoots from afar: the ball sails over the bar.
4' Stankovic plays it in for Pandev, who fires goalwards but Mihaylov is a match for it.
3' Great chance for Inter: Stankovic qwins the bal and lays it to Biabiany, who plays it into the box. Sneijder is unable to latch onto it properly and sends it just wide.
1' WELCOME TO THE MEAZZA STADIUM FOR INTER-TWENTE. After drawing the first game (2-2) in the Netherlands, Rafael Benitez's side are aiming get all 3 points tonight to seal qualification to the knockout stages with a game to spare.
1' Foul by Eto'o, freekick to Twente. Janssen takes it but it goes behind.
1' Twente kick off.
1' Benitez fields Materazzi alongside Lucio at the heart of the defence with Cordoba and Zanetti as full-backs. Stankovic and Cambiasso sit behind Biabiany, Sneijder and Pandev with Eto'o up front. Mancini didn't make the bench due to a calf problem.
Minutes Text commentary
49' GAME OVER! Inter, on 10 points, are through to the Champions League 2010/11 knockout stages with a game to spare! They'll go to Bremen on 7 December for their final group A game, hoping a win will be enough to see them top the group.
48' Twente's last chance of the game from a freekick comes to nothing.
48' Lucio is booked.
46' Inter make their last substitution: Biraghi on for Pandev.
45' There will be 3 minutes of added time.
43' Nasty foul by Douglas on Materazzi.
42' Sneijder is replaced by Nwankwo.
41' Rosales lays it off for Janssen, whose left-footed effort is off target.
41' Twente earn their 2nd corner of the game. Castellazzi puts it behind for another.
38' Cordoba pulls up with cramp and knocks the ball out of play. Natalino is ready to come on but the Colombian seems able to continue.
35' Twente also make a substitution, with Buysse replacing Leugers.
35' Inter make their first change: Santon comes on for Biabiany
30' Cordoba goes into the book for a foul on Chadli.
30' Landzaat tries to curl the ball into the top corner but it hits the bar.
28' Leugers picks up a booking for a foul on Biabiany.
25' Substitution for Twente: Landzaat replaces Janko.
24' CLOSE AGAIN! Stankovic has a great chance to make it 2-0 when Pandev pulls the ball back: the Serbian has time and space but misjudges the bounce and skies his effort.
23' INTER SO CLOSE. Eto'o feeds Sneijder with a lovely ball and the Dutchman clips the ball past the oncoming keeper but it trickles wide.
22' Pandev and Eto'o link up well but Wisgerhof puts it behind for a corner.
20' Stankovic's long-range effort is punched wide by the keeper.
19' Eto'o pops a shot from way out. Mihaylov has it covered.
17' Fantastic solo effort by Zanetti. He cuts in from the left, jinks his way past two defenders and powers a shot towards the near post. Mihaylov pushes it behind for a corner.
10' GOAL FOR INTER!!! Sneijder's freekick takes a double deflection and falls nicely for Cambiasso inside the box - he makes no mistake and fires the ball beyond Mihaylov into the far corner.
9' Janko brings Sneijder to the ground. Freekick for Inter...
7' Stankovic tries to catch Mihaylov by surprise but his shot is just over.
5' Biabiany dribbles past a few challenges and sets up Sneijder. His shot takes a deflection off Pandev and goes wide.
5' Pandev sets up Eto'o, whose shot is saved by Mihaylov.
2' Eto'o tries his luck from afar: his shot lacks pace and ends up wide.
1' Inter get the game under way again. No substitutions have been made.
Average rating 6.96
9 shots on target 2
11 shots off target 6
15 fouls committed 15
7 corners 3
0 offsides 1
54% ball possession 46%
Frenchman Lannoy to officiate

Stephane Lannoy was born on 18th September 1969 in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) and has been an international referee since 2006. He will be officiating his 4th European game this season after Werder Bremen 3-1 Sampdoria (Champions League play-off), Bayern Munich 2-0 Roma and Barcelona 2-0-Copenhagen FC (Champions League group stage). Lannoy will be in charge of an official game involving Inter for the second time: in the 2009-10 Champions League competition the Nerazzurri beat Cska Moscow 1-0 away. He has also refereed Twente once in an official match: the 2009-10 Champions League qualifying round fixture against Sporting Lisbon in the Netherlands ended 1-1. The record of all Italian clubs (including Inter) in matches with Lannoy is: 2 wins (Genoa 3-1 Odense, 2009-10 Europa League; Cska Moscow 0-1 Inter, 2009-10 Champions League), 1 draw (Villarreal 1-1 Fiorentina, 2007-08 Uefa Cup) and 3 defeats (Livorno 1-2 Espanol, 2006-07 Uefa Cup; Werder Bremen-Sampdoria 3-1, 2009-10 Champions League; Bayern Munich 2-0 Roma, 2010-11 Champions League). Before now Lannoy has been in charge of 3 games involving Dutch teams (including Twente), with the Dutch sides so far unbeaten: 2 wins (Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 Ajax, 2007-08 Uefa Cup; Tottenham 0-1 PSV Eindhoven, 2007-08 Uefa Cup) and 1 draw (Twente 1-1 Sporting Lisbon, 2009-10 Champions League qualifying round).

Coaches' head-to-head: the draw in the Netherlands their only previous meeting

This is the second official match between Benitez and Preud'Homme, after the 2-2 draw played in the Netherlands on 14th September 2010

Draw in the Netherlands

Inter and Twente face each other for the second time in an official game, following the 2-2 draw in the Netherlands on 14th September (Matchday 1 of the 2010-11 Champions League group stage).

Nerazzurri's superior record, overall and at home

Inter have played a total of 19 official games against Dutch sides, with an overall record of 8 wins, 6 draws and 5 defeats (including the 0-2 defeat to Ajax in the 1971-72 Cup Winners' Cup final). This will be the 10th time Inter play host to Dutch opposition in a European competition, with 6 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats.

Only one Italian win in 5 previous meetings

There have been 5 official games between Twente and Italian teams. The results to date are: 2 wins for the team from Enschede, 2 draws (both 2-2) and 1 Italian win. This will be Twente's 3rd game on Italian soil: both previous games were in Turin against Juventus, with 1 win and 1 defeat.

Inter defence: 310-minute shutout at home against sides from the Netherlands

Inter haven't conceded a goal in official matches at home against Dutch sides since 4th April 2002, when they suffered a 0-1 defeat to Feyenoord. That goal was in fact an own goal by Cordoba. Since then, the remaining 40 minutes of that game plus Champions League games against Ajax (two 1-0 wins in 2002-03 and 2005-06) and PSV Eindhoven (2-0 in 2007-08), their defence has been unbreached at home for 310 minutes.

Six home wins on the bounce in European fixtures

Inter have lost just one of their last 12 home games against European sides: that was on 26th November 2008 (Champions League), when they were beaten 0-1 by Panathinaikos. In the other 11 games in that period Inter have racked up 7 wins (6 in the last 6 matches) and 4 draws. The last team to take a point home was Dynamo Kyiv, following a 2-2 draw on 20th October 2009.

Eto'o 3 goals away from Adriano's record

With his goal in the last match (Tottenham 3-1 Inter) Samuel Eto’o made it 7 goals in 4 games in this season's Champions League. He is now just 3 goals away from Adriano's record of most goals scored in a single European Cup/Champions League season: The Brazilian scored 10 goals in 2004-05.

Twente have scored in their last 7 European games

The Dutch side have hit the net in every one of their last 7 games in Europe, scoring 9 goals in the process. The last time they failed to score was on 2nd December 2009: Twente 0-1 Fenerbahce (Europa League).

wins(1) draws(0) defeats(0)

MILAN - 1-0 is the final score in the game between Inter and Twente, match day 5 in Group A of the UEFA Champions League. Cambiasso's goal, in the 10th of the second half, is worth the qualification to the next round with a game to spare.

Inter begins aggressively, especially thanks to Sneijder: his was the first real chance to score after three minutes and again hitting the cross bar, in the 17th, with a free kick. Overall the Nerazzurri's football

seemed fluid and precise. Twente regrouped on the half hour mark, but Castellazzi's safe on a dangerous shot by Janssen was as significant as a goal. The Dutch grew towards the break but the half ended in a stalemate. In the 10th minute of the second half Inter took the lead through Cambiasso, who fooled Mihaylov with a solid left footer after the ball had bounced off the wall from a Sneijder free kick. After the goal the Nerazzurri had more than one opportunity to widen the gap, but the Dutch did not give in and hit the crossbar with Landzaat. All in vain for Twente: it was Inter that took the result, qualifying therefore for the next round.

FIRST HALF - Against Twente, with Julio Cesar still unavailable, Castelazzi lined up in goal, with Lucio and Materazzi pair of central defenders and Cordoba-Zanetti full-backs; the midfield dam of Stankovic and Cambiasso, and the trio Biabiany-Sneijder-Pandev behind Eto'o. The first real chance falls to Inter, in the 3rd minute:  an incredible ball for Sneijder, served from the right by Biabiany, which however finished just wide of the near post. About one minute later it was Pandev to be threatening, but Mihaylov saved his low left footed shot. In the 7th minute Stankovic had a go, but the ball want over the crossbar, albeit by a little. Either way, it was a bright start by the Nerazzurri. In the 12th minute came the first chance for Twente, Ruiz with the header, but the ball ended wide. In the 17th minute Sneijder won a free kick almost on the edge of the box: the Dutchman struck the crossbar. In the 20th minute Biabiany tried with his right  but the Twente goalkeeper saved with little difficulty. In the 24th it was Pandev, served by Cambiasso, who shot, but Mihaylov answered him. A minute later the Bulgarian keeper managed to get a hand to Eto'o's shot, so saving from another danger. In the 30th minute a miracle by Castellazzi saved Inter from Janssen's venomous strike, and Twente tried again one minute later with Janko, but the ball went wide. In the 36th minute a Biabiany effort, form a Sneijder free kick, was just wide. One minute later the Inter defeat was caught off guard and De Jong almost made the most of it had it not been for Castellazzi. In the 41st minute Inter's defence was again caught on the break but Lucio managed to recover. In the 45th minute Cambiasso's left footer was blocked by Laugers, saving Mihaylov. With no injury time, the first half between Inter and Twente ended goalless.

SECOND HALF - The second half began with no changes. In the 5th minute Eto'o's shot was on target, but Mihaylov did make the ball his. Inter kept insisting, with Sneijder, and especially with Pandev, his left footed effort however was just wide. Stankovic in the 7th minute tried to surprise Twente's keeper but the ball was over the bar. In the 10th minute Inter took the lead through Cambiasso, who fooled the keeper with a left footed shot after the ball had bounced off the wall from a Sneijder free kick. In the 17th minute a great move by Zanetti, who after a splendid run took a left footed shot, but ended just wide. In two further minutes came the efforts of Eto'o first and Stankovic second, but Twente resisted the attack. In the 22nd minute Sneijder was unlucky his shot did not to go in after he'd been set up by Eto'o. Good either way for the Dutchman, who seems to have rediscovered his flair. Two minutes later Inter wasted the chance for a second with Stankovic sending a shot which seemed like a penalty kick in motion was over the bar. In the 30th minute Twente hit the cross bar with a shot by Landzaat. One minute later arrived a venomous shot by De Jong which finished wide. The Dutch did not surrender and kept on attacking with conviction until the end, but Inter withstood and with this win earned the qualification with a game to spare. Ten points in the group table, same as Tottenham, while Twente remains on five.


Goals: 10' st Cambiasso

Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 2 Cordoba, 6 Lucio, 23 Materazzi, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso; 88 Biabiany (80' Santon), 10 Sneijder (87' Nwankwo), 27 Pandev (90'+1 Biraghi); 9 Eto'o
Subs: 21 Orlandoni, 8 Thiago Motta, 48 Crisetig, 57 Natalino
Coach: Rafael Benitez

Twente: 13 Mihaylov; 15 Rosales, 4 Wisgerhof, 19 Douglas, 34 Leugers (80' Buysse); 8 Janssen, 6 Brama; 10 Ruiz, 9 De Jong, 22 Chadli; 21 Janko (70' st Landzaat)
Subs: 1 Boschker, 14 Parker, 27 Vujicevic, 34 Schimpelsberger, 44 John
Coach: Michel Preud'homme

: Stephane Lannoy (Fra)

Notes. Booked: 28' Leugers, 75' Cordoba, 90'+3 Lucio. Injury time: 1st half 0, 2nd half 3. Attendance: 29.466

starting lineups

Castellazzi 12 Mihaylov
Cordoba 2 Rosales
Lucio 6 Wisgerhof
Materazzi 23 Douglas
Zanetti 4 Leugers
Stankovic 5 Janssen
Cambiasso 19 Brama
Biabiany 88 Ruiz
Sneijder 10 De Jong
Pandev 27 Chadli
Eto'o 9 Janko


Orlandoni 21 Boschker
Motta 8 Landzaat
Biraghi 34 Parker
Santon 39 Boysse
Nwankwo 40 Vuijcevic
Crisetig 48 Schimpelsberger
Natalino 57 John