Final score

7 December 2010 20:45

Werder Bremen
43' (2nd half) Pizarro
4' (2nd half) Arnautovic
38' Prodl
3 - 0
referee Cuneyt Cakir / linesmen Durna, Ongun / 4th man Abay / assistants Ozkalfa, Gocek
Minutes Text commentary
45' No injury time, the first half between Werder Bremen and Inter ends 1-0
43' Pandev releases Nwankwo, but the pass is too long
43' Marin touches for Arnautovic who tries a back-heel. The Nerazzurri defence clears the box
41' Long cross from Hugo Almeida who slides to meet the ball and as a consequence is unable to direct it towards the goal
38' WERDER TAKE THE LEAD. From Frings' corner, Prodl's header surprises the Nerazzurri defence and Orlandoni making the score 1-0
36' Schmidt with the cross, Zanetti doesn't take any chance and sends it out for a corner. Cakir sees a push for Mertesacker on Thiago Motta and stops the play
35' This time it is Cordoba to close Arnautovic, another corner to the German team. Orlandoni beats Prodl to the ball, then Cambiasso protects the Nerazzurri goalkeeper as he makes his save
33' Werder again. Hunt runs into the box and with a low shot searches for the goal. Cambiasso in front of goal send it out for a corner
32' On the long pass from Hunt, Almeida controls quickly and shoots with his left on the volley, the effort is met by a super Orlandoni who deflects out for a corner
29' Corner for Werder: Prodl and Almeida leap for the header, but Orlandoni saves with little problems
28' Thiago Motta loses the ball, Frings takes advantage of the opportunity, but Cambiasso makes not mistake in his position and stops the oppositions move by closing all spaces
20' Cordoba protects the ball after Orlandoni's save impeding Arnautovic run after Frings' pass
19' Nerazzurri move forwards on the left with Thiago Motta who crosses from distance, the ball goes high above the bar
17' Marin widens the play to Arnautovic, ball back to the midfielder, but Cambiasso, sliding in, steals the ball and stops the opposition cross
16' Pandev is floored by Prodl: free-kick to Inter
13' Schmidt also tries a shot-cross towards the Nerazzurri goal, totally off target justl like Marin's previous effort
11' First corner to Werder, Marin from the corner flag, Eto'o gets to it first and then Muntari clears it out of the box
9' Foul by Nwankwo on Frings: the free kick is caught comfortably by Orlandoni
7' Marin crosses from the left, the ball goes out of play behind the goal
4' Almeida finds Arnautovic, but does not receive the return pass and the German move comes to an end on the edge of the box
1' WELCOME TO THE WESER STADIUM IN BREMEN for Werder Bremen-Inter, match-day 6 of the UEFA Champions League 2010-2011. The Nerazzurri, already qualified with a game to spare after their 1-0 win over Twente on the 24 November at the stadium Giuseppe Meazza, they seek a win this evening to end the group in first place and overtake Tottenham which is playing this evening in Holland.
1' The Nerazzurri kick off the match
1' Benitez has decided to give Paolo Orlandoni his Champions League debut, Castellazzi starts on the bench where, after the team's warm up, he is joined by Marco Materazzi. In his place Cambiasso starts on the pitch. There are also two young starters, as well as Santon, Biraghi and Nwankwo.
1' WerderBremen, on the other hand, is mathematically out of the Champions League, and tonight they bid farewell to their European adventures in 2010-11 as there is no possibility to even finish third in the group which would qualify them for the Europa League. Even if they should win this evening against Inter and Twente should lose to Tottenham, the two would end the group on 5 points, but the Germans would still finish in last place due to goal difference.
Minutes Text commentary
46' After the umpteenth striking of the woodwork, this time with Pandev, the game between Werder Bremen and Inter ends 3-0. The Nerazzurri finish as second in the group with 10 points. Tottenham take first place
43' THIRD GOAL FOR WERDER. Pizarro beats Cambiasso's pressure and takes a shot towards the corner, nothing Orlandoni can do as the ball hits the post and then goes into the net
39' Change for Werder: Sivestre on, Pasanen off
38' Arnautovic takes a shot which is deflected by Mariga, the Austrian striker appeals for a penalty
34' Hunt waits for Schmidt to arrive from the right and returns the ball to his teammate; with his effort he strikes the underside of the crossbar
33' Another change for Schaaf's side: Frings off, Bargfrede on
30' Last change for Inter: Thiago Motta off, Mariga on
30' First change for Werder: Hugo Almeida off, Pizarro on
29' Pandev level with the near post takes a shot, Wiese does not get caught out and blocks the ball in two instants
27' One-two between Marin and Hunt and a great reply from Orlandoni
24' Free-kick to Inter, Wiese block the high ball after Cordoba's touch
23' Yellow card for Pasanen for a foul on Biabiany
23' INTER CHANCE! Biabiany arrives to the goal-line and tries to dispatch a cross for Pandev. Prodl deflects it out for a corner. Pandev from the corner flag, Eto'o gets a touch, and Pandev takes a shot which hits the post. Cambiasso runs onto the ball but the ball ends just out of play
18' Rapid cross towards the middle from Schmidt, once again Arnautovic leaps for the header, but his effort is not on target
16' Diagonal shot from Pasanen, the ball goes wide to Orlandoni's left
15' Fritz with a right footed effort from distance, the ball goes way over the crossbar
14' Danger in the Nerazzurri box from an opposition corner and a through ball from Pasanen, Natalino finds some way to clear
12' Foul by Cordoba on Arnautovic in the middle of the pitch, free-kick to the Germans
9' Benitez take no risks: Zanetti off, Natalino on
8' Zanetti stays on the ground after a clash with Marin
5' First change for Inter: Santon off, Biabiany on
4' SECOND GOAL FOR WERDER, Cross from Hugo Almeida and with his left foot Arnautovic takes it on the volley and from right in front of goal, he scores for the 2-0
2' Hugo Almeida serves Arnautovi, Cordoba stops the play
1' Second half kicks off with the same twenty-two players on the pitch
Average rating 3.89
7 shots on target 1
7 shots off target 4
13 fouls committed 9
9 corners 1
2 offsides 3
59% ball possession 41%
Turkish referee Cakir

Cuneyt Cakir, born in Istanbul (Turkey) on 23 November 1976, has been an international referee since 2006. He will be taking charge of his 5th European game this season after Gent-Dynamo Kyiv 1-3 (Champions League qualifier), Sturm Graz-Juventus 1-2 (Europa League play-off), Rubin Kazan-Barcelona 1-1 and Chelsea-Spartak Moscow 4-1 (both Champions League group games). This is the first time Cakir will referee a game involving either Werder Bremen or Inter. He has been in charge of two previous competitive European games involving German teams and on both occasions the German side lost 2-1 away from home: Schalke 04 against Twente in 2008/09, and Hamburg against Fulham in 2009/10. This is his third time refereeing a game involving an Italian club. The previous two - both away games for the Italians - ended in a 1-2 win for Juventus over Sturm Graz in 2010/11 and a 3-2 defeat for Genoa by Valencia in 2009/10.

Thomas Schaaf

Thomas Schaaf was born in Mannheim (Germany) on 30 April 1961. Both his playing and coaching career are inextricably tied to Werder Bremen. He joined the club's youth academy at the age of 11 and worked his way through the ranks to become first-team coach on 10 May 1999, after playing 262 Bundesliga games and scoring 13 goals as a right-back. During his playing career he won 2 league titles, a Cup Winners' Cup, 2 German Cups and 2 German Super Cups. As a coach his record reads: 3 German Cups (1998/99, 2003/04 and 2008/09), a league title in 2003/04 and German Super Cups in 2006 and 2009 (though the last one is not considered a competitive match).

Coaches' head to head: Benitez's side hit four in the first game

The only previous game between the two coaches was in Matchday 2 of this year's Champions League Group A match, when Benitez's Inter brushed aside Schaaf's Werder 4-0.

Inter winless in Bremen but have scored in all 5 matches against Werder

There have been 5 previous competitive matches between the two sides, all of them in the Champions League. The results to date are: 1 German win, 2 draws (both 1-1) and 2 Nerazzurri wins. Inter have scored in all 5 of these fixtures, netting 9 goals in the process. Inter have never won in Bremen: 1 draw and 1 defeat.

Werder Bremen unbeaten at home

Including the 5 games played against Inter, this will be Werder Bremen's 30th match against Italian teams in European competitions. The overall record is in their favour, with 10 wins, 11 draws and 8 defeats. At home against Italian clubs, Werder have an even better record: 8 wins and 6 draws without a single defeat. Of those 14 games, Werder have failed to score just once: on 1 March 1989 when they played out a goalless draw against AC Milan. In the other 13 games the Germans have scored a total of 30 goals.

Inter v Germany: Nerazzurri ahead

Taking into account also the games against Werder Bremen, Inter have taken on German sides 37 times in European competitions and they currently hold a superior record: 20 wins (including the 2009/10 Champions League final on 22 May 2010, Madrid, in which the Nerazzurri beat Bayern Munich 2-0), 8 draws and 9 defeats. This will be Inter's 18th trip to Germany for a competitive European tie and, including games against Werder, things are currently all square: 5 wins each and 7 draws.

No more European football for Werder in 2010/11

Not only are Werder Bremen mathematically out of the Champions League, this game is also certain to be their last European game of the 2010/11 campaign because they have no chance of beating Twente to third place and thus qualifying for the Europa League. Even if Werder beat Inter and if Twente lost, the two teams would be tied on five points but the German side would lose out due to the head-to-head results: the Dutch side won 2-0 in Germany and drew 1-1 at home.

Werder have conceded in 11 consecutive European matches

Werder have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 11 European games, letting in a total of 23 goals - an average of more than two per game. The last time they kept a clean sheet was on 16 December 2009, when they beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 in a Europa League tie.

21 games without a clean sheet against Italian opposition

Werder have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 21 games against Italian sides, conceding a total of 36 goals in the process. The last time an Italian team failed to score against the Germans from Bremen was on 17 April 1990: 0-0 in the UEFA Cup semi-final played in Perugia between Fiorentina and Werder.

Happy birthday, Clemens

Clemens Fritz celebrates his 30th birthday today. The German defender was born on 7 December 1980 in Erfurt (Germany).

To win the group Inter have to better Tottenham's result

Inter have already qualified mathematically for the next round, but first place in the group is still at stake. For the Nerazzurri to run out winners they must finish with more points than Tottenham; if the two teams end level, the English side would win the group by virtue of their superior goal difference in the head-to-head games: 4-3 to Inter in Milan and 3-1 to Tottenham in London. Inter must therefore win and hope Tottenham do not; if they draw, Tottenham must lose.

Inter: only one game without a goal in 13 Champions League matches

Only on one occasion in the last 13 Champions League games have Inter failed to score: that happened on 28 April this year when they lost 1-0 away to Barcelona. In the other 12 games in that period, the Nerazzurri have scored 24 goals.

Eto'o after Adriano's record

With his goal against Tottenham (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 netted 10 times in 2004/05.

wins(0) draws(1) defeats(2)

starting lineups

Wiese 21 Orlandoni
Pasanen 4 Zanetti
Prodl 2 Cordoba
Mertesacker 19 Cambiasso
Fritz 34 Biraghi
Frings 39 Santon
Schmidt 8 Motta
Arnautovic 40 Nwankwo
Hunt 11 Muntari
Marin 27 Pandev
Hugo Almeida 9 Eto'o


Mielitz 12 Castellazzi
Silvestre 17 Mariga
Kroos 23 Materazzi
Wagner 48 Crisetig
Jensen 54 Dell'Agnello
Pizarro 57 Natalino
Bargfrede 88 Biabiany