Final score

5 April 2011 20:45

33' Milito
1' Stankovic
2 - 5
Schalke 04
30' (2nd half) Edu
12' (2nd half) Ranocchia o.g.
8' (2nd half) Raul
40' Edu
17' Matip
referee Martin Arkinson / linesmen Mullarkey, Kirkupp / 4th man Marriner / assistants Jones, Mason
Watch highlights
Minutes Text commentary
48' After 3 minutes of injury time the first half ends 2-2 between Inter and Schalke 04
48' Farfan receives a yellow card
46' On the right, Milito puts in a ball for Cambiasso. He passes forward but Neuer takes the ball
45' Referee Atkinson signals 3 minutes of injury time
42' Eto'o speeds down the right and puts in a low cross. Howedes anticipates Milito, clearing with the tip of his boot
40' GOAL SCHALKE: EDU scores. Edu surges into the box and shoots. Julio Cesar saves, but Edu puts in the rebound
39' Free kick for Inter: Sneijder shoots, Neuer smothers it
33' GOAL INTER: MILITO scores. Sneijder serves Cambiasso, who heads the ball to Milito. The Argentine cannot miss with his left. Il Principe has returned!
32' Thiago Motta tries a left-footer from distance that goes wide
31' Chivu closes down Edu
29' Raul looks for Edu from a deep position, but Julio Cesar comes off his line to intercept the ball
24' Inter makes a substitution: Stankovic comes off, Kharja comes on
23' Sneijder releases Milito with a pass, putting him in alone on goal, but the flag is raised. He seemed to be onside
20' Maicon crosses from the right and Eto'o tucks it away with his right, but the goal is disallowed for offside
19' Milito pounces on a ball in Schalke's box. Atkinson does not award a penalty
19' Julio Cesar makes a spectacular save from Jurado
17' GOAL SCHALKE: MATIP scores. Julio Cesar makes a miraculous save from Papadopoulos's header from a corner, but Matip puts away the loose ball
15' Jurado puts a right-footer over the crossbar
13' Stankovic receives a yellow card
10' Sarpei crosses into the box. Edu gets his head to it. No problems for Julio Cesar
8' Milito beats Howedes and crosses from the left. Sneijder puts his header over the crossbar
7' Chivu closes down Uchida on the left
5' Farfan goes down the right and crosses. Another header from Raul, stopped in the centre of the goal by Julio Cesar
4' Uchida crosses from the right. A header from Raul goes wide, but not too far to the left of Julio Cesar
1' WELCOME TO THE STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA: everything is ready for Inter v Schalke 04, the first leg of the quarter-finals of the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League
1' GOAL INTER: STANKOVIC scores. Inter go up after only 25 seconds. Cambiasso crosses from the left, Neuer knocks the ball away but only as far as Stankovic, who pus it in the back of the net from long-distance. A masterpiece
1' Schalke 04 kick off at the opening whistle
1' To face Schalke 04, Leonardo has selected Ranocchia and Chivu in central defence, ahead of Julio Cesar in goal, with Maicon and Zanetti as the full-backs. Stankovic, Motta, Cambiasso and Sneijder are in midfield behind forwards Milito and Eto'o
Minutes Text commentary
48' After three minutes of injury time, Inter v Schalke 04 ends 2-5
48' Eto'o enters the box from the left and shoots wide with his outside right
45' Referee Atkinson signals for three minutes of injury time
43' A long pass for Edu, but Nagatomo closes him down
42' Substitution for Schalke: Raul comes off, Karimi enters
40' Yellow card for Raul
38' Substitution for Schalke: Jurado comes off, Draxler enters
38' From a free kick, Sneijder sends the ball to Cordoba, who heads it to Neuer
34' Jurado heads to Raul, but Ranocchia clears
31' Substitution for Schalke: Baumjohann comes off, Schmitz enters
31' Substitution for Inter: Motta comes off, Nagatomo enters
30' GOAL SCHALKE: EDU scores with his left
30' Farfan hits the post
29' Jurado passes to Edu, who puts the ball over the bar
25' Matip blocks Milito's path
22' Sneijder serves Eto'o, who turns and fires over the bar with his right
21' Yellow card for Papadopoulos
20' Jurado hits the post
18' Substitution for Inter: Kharja comes off, Cordaba enters
17' Chivu receives his second yellow and is sent off. Inter now playing with 10 men
17' Yellow card for Chivu
15' Yellow card for Sarpei
14' Thiago Motta serves Eto'o, but his weak left-footer goes out for a goal kick
12' GOAL SCHALKE: Jurado has open space and attacks down the right. In the box he crosses low to Edu, but Ranocchia deflects the ball into his own net
8' GOAL SCHALKE: RAUL scores. An assist from Farfan, and Raul tucks it away with his right
7' Chivu receives a yellow; he'll miss the return leg
7' Sarpei does well to close down Maicon
3' Sneijder serves Eto'o. He fakes and shoots between three Schalke players. Neuer saves
1' The second half of Inter v Schalke 04 begins, without changes
1' Milito controls a ball from Sneijder and, with his inside left, puts the ball just wide of the post
Julio Cesar
Average rating 4.3
7 shots on target 11
5 shots off target 5
8 fouls committed 19
4 corners 4
7 offsides 1
53% ball possession 47%
Bitter-sweet memories, but Inter have always won at home in normal time

This is the fifth time Inter have faced Schalke 04, after a couple of epic UEFA Cup encounters in the nineties. In 1996/97 they met in the last ever two-legged UEFA Cup final: the Germans won the first leg 1-0 in Germany thanks to Wilmots' 70th-minute goal, before Inter matched the scoreline at the Meazza when Zamorano made it 1-0 after 84 minutes, which took the tie to extra time and then penalties. The Germans won the penalty shootout 4-1, converting all 4 of their penalties, while for Inter only Djorkaeff hit the target, Zamorano and Winter both missing theirs. The following year, the Nerazzurri enacted "revenge" by knocking out Schalke 04 in the quarter-finals of the 1997/98 UEFA Cup, which they went on to win, beating Lazio 3-0 in the final held in Paris. Inter won the quarter-final first leg 1-0 at home with Ronaldo getting on the scoresheet, then drew 1-1 in Germany: Goossens opened the scoring on 69 minutes before West netted the goal that won the tie in the 2nd minute of extra time. The head-to-head results are thus 2 wins for Inter (both 1-0 in Milan), 1 draw and 1 win for Schalke 04.

Nerazzurri's superior record against German teams

Inter have played a total of 42 games against German opposition (Schalke 04 included). Their results to date are: 21 wins (including the Champions League 2009/10 final), 8 draws and 13 defeats. This is the 22nd time Inter have hosted a German team (Schalke 04 included) in a competitive fixture, with 14 wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats.

Schalke v Italy: only positive result in Italy awarded by UEFA

Schalke 04 have met Italian teams (including Inter) 10 times in European competition and are level on overall results: 4 wins for the Gelsenkirchen club, 2 draws and 4 Italian wins. Considering only the games played on Italian turf, the German side have never drawn: 1 win (0-3 awarded to Schalke in the 1977/78 UEFA Cup after Fiorentina fielded an ineligible player after 0-0 on the pitch) and 4 consecutive defeats since then.

Eto’o aiming for European goalscoring record

Samuel Eto'o made it 8 Champions League goals this season with his strike in Bayern Munich 2-3 Inter. The Nerazzurri striker is now just 2 goals away from Adriano's European Cup/Champions League record for a single season: the Brazilian notched up 10 goals in 2004/05. Eto’o is the seventh Inter player to reach double figures for total goals in the competition; including his two from last season, the Cameroonian is level with Martins on 10 - the Nerazzurri's joint sixth all-time scorer. If he scores one more he will move alongside Crespo and Da Costa in joint fourth on 11 goals.

No home draws in 13 games for Inter in all competitions

Inter haven't drawn a competitive match at home since 6 November, when Brescia took home a point following a 1-1 draw in Serie A. In the 13 competitive fixtures played at home since then, in domestic and international competitions, the Nerazzurri have racked up 11 wins, with 2 defeats (both 0-1).

5 April a lucky date for the Nerazzurri

This is the second time Inter have played a competitive European fixture on 5 April: in the 1971/72 European Cup they drew 0-0 at home against Celtic in the semi-final first leg. Inter then reached the final thanks to a 5-4 penalty shootout win, after the return leg in Scotland ended also 0-0 after extra time. The Nerazzurri went on to lose the final that year, beaten 0-2 by Ajax in Rotterdam.

Leonardo's home taboo

As a coach Leonardo has never won a home game played in European competition, and his teams have always conceded at least once. The Brazilian's record is 2 draws (AC Milan 1-1 Real Madrid 1-1 and AC Milan 1-1 Marseille in the 2009/10 Champions League) and 3 defeats (AC Milan 0-1 Zurich and AC Milan 2-3 Manchester Utd in the 2009/10 Champions League and Inter 0-1 Bayern Munich in 2010/11). His teams have conceded a total of 7 goals.

Unbeaten run for the Germans in Europe this year

Schalke 04 have lost just one of their 8 Champions League matches this season - 0-1 to Lyon on 14 September 2010, their first match in this year's tournament. In the 7 games since then, the Germans have won 5 games and drawn 2. It is the Gelsenkirchen side's longest ever unbeaten run in the Champions League/European Cup; this year is the sixth time they have qualified for the tournament.

Only one clean sheet in 10 away games in Europe for Schalke

Only once have Schalke 04 avoided conceding a goal in their last 10 away trips. That happened on 2 November 2010, when they played out a goalless draw at Hapoel Tel Aviv in the Champions League. In the other 9 away games games in that period the German outfit have conceded 13 goals.

Englishman Martin Atkinson to referee

Martin Atkinson was born in Dewsbury (England) on 31 March 1971 and has been an international referee since 2006. The is the second time an Inter match has been officiated by Atkinson, after the 2-2 draw on 20 October 2009 at home to Dynamo Kyiv in the group stages of last year's Champions League. The English referee has been in charge of matches involving Italian clubs on 4 previous occasionsi, with 1 Italian win (Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Udinese, UEFA Cup 2008/09), 2 draws (Bate 2-2 Juventus, Champions League 2008/09 and the above-mentioned Inter match) and 1 defeat (Zenit 1-0 Udinese, UEFA 2008/09). It is the first time Atkinson has overseen a game involving Schalke 04 and his sixth time with a German side. To date, there have been 3 German wins, 2 draws and 1 German defeat - the previously mentioned Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Udinese.

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

MILAN - The final score of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League 2010/11 quarter-final between Inter and Schalke 04 was 2-5.

The match at the Stadio Meazza was solid football, end-to-end attacking without any dead moments. It was a story of two teams but only one of them was able to break through on a night when it all went wrong for Inter. All it took for Stankovic to put the ball into the net was 25 seconds with a right-footed volley from the half-way line. That's how it all started. Then came Matip's lucky equaliser, Milito's effort to take the lead once again and then Edu's goal (2-2) as the Germans came back, and which didn't do justice to a marvellous Julio Cesar. But if the first half was all cut and thrust, worse was to come in the second half: when Raul scored, Ranocchia did too, but an own goal, Chivu was sent off and then Edu netted his second to leave Inter three goals behind and with only 10 men.

FIRST HALF - The Champions League was back and the Meazza's capacity crowd welcomed back Diego Milito, who flanked Eto'o in the attacking duo in front of Sneijder; Zanetti played left back and in midfield we had Stankovic, Motta and Cambiasso.

The Champions League match kicked off and Inter looked like Inter again, with a sizzling goal which Stankovic launched from the centre spot with a right-footed missile after only 25 seconds of play. It came from a ball which Neuer cleared with a header from just ouside his area following a long pass from Cambiasso and Milito's pressing. A goal which will make the statistics books, and the Nerazzurri took the lead 1-0.

Schalke tried to reply in the 5th minute with a cross into the area for Raul whose dive just didn't connect with the ball. He did connect a few minutes later though, meeting Farfan's cross, but Julio Cesar was ready for him and saved in the centre of the goalmouth. Sneijder almost made it two in the 8th minute when he rose to meet Milito's cross, but his header was wide and to the right. Schalke's equaliser came in the 17th minute from a corner, when Julio Cesar pulled off a miraculous save from a Papadopoulos header, the ball broke to Matip who found a gap in the crowded six-yard box to make it 1-1.

Once again it was Julio Cesar who in the 19th minute blocked to avoid the Germans' second goal from Jurado's left-footed volley. A work of art created by Maicon and Eto'o, which the Cameroonian put into the back of the net with a superb back-heel, was ruled offside and the free-kick was taken by Neuer in the 20th minute. In the 23rd minute Milito was pulled up for offside as well, after Sneijder sent him away with a through ball from 25 metres: the TV replay showed that the Argentine was actually onside when the ball was passed. Stankovic wasn't able to play on after a violent clash in the 12th minute with Baumjohann and had to be substituted. Kharja came on for him in the 24th minute.

A lot of suffering and a lot of hard work went into this part of the match but it was worth it when Milito, the Prince, put Inter into the lead again: Zanetti crossed from the right, Sneijder picked up and found Cambiasso whose headed assist was volleyed home by Milito past Neuer to make it 2-1. But Schalke didn't take it sitting down and kept on working until, in the 40th minute, they equalised with Edu, 2-2: assist from Baumjohann, the Brazilian picked up the loose ball after Julio Cesar saved brilliantly, but couldn't hold onto it, and scored from the right-hand side of the six-yard box. In the third minute of injury time Farfan fouled Zanetti to pick up a yellow card and he'll miss the return leg. After 3 minutes of added time the teams were sent into the dressing rooms with the score at 2-2.

SECOND HALF - The second half got underway with the same 22 who had started the match and a chance for Milito who, finding himself with only Neuer to beat, shot narrowly wide off his left instep in the 46th minute. Eto'o tried again a minute later, picking up a pass from Sneijder, dribbling and firing left-footed only to see the ball turned away superbly for a corner by Neuer. A foul on Farfan after 52 minutes resulted in Chivu's first yellow card which meant he would miss the match in Gelsenkirchen. A cross from Farfan and all of Raul's class fooled the Inter defence and he scored to put the Germans back in front after 53 minutes, but Inter lost control at this point as did Ranocchia in the 57th minute when, as he looked to beat Jurado to the ball, he sent it past Julio Cesar to make it 2-4.

It wasn't over yet, though. A foul on Edu led to Chivu's second yellow and he was given his marching orders, leaving Inter with 10 men on the pitch. Inter did manage to drum up a little bit of luck, but all it meant was Jurado's 65th minute shot hit the woodwork. Milito and Sneijder kept pressing forward but the defence thwarted every through ball and it was Schalke who scored again with Edu on 75 minutes: Julio Cesar and the post seemed to have saved Inter's neck but moments later the ball came to the Brazilian, who made it 2-5. The German goalmouth seemed bewitched when, after 93 minutes of play, Eto'o could only manage to send the ball wide as his shot cut across the box.

After three minutes of added time Atkinson blew the whistle to bring the match to a close. Wednesday 13 April is the second leg in Gelsenkirchen, where nothing is impossible.

Inter 2-5 Schalke 04 (HT: 2-2)
: Stankovic 1, Matip 17, Milito 33, Edu 40, Raul 53, Ranocchia 57, Edu 75.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 15 Ranocchia, 26 Chivu, 4 Zanetti; 5 Stankovic (14 Kharja, 24 - 2 Cordoba, 63), 8 Thiago Motta (55 Nagatomo, 76), 19 Cambiasso; 10 Sneijder; 9 Eto'o, 22 Milito.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 17 Mariga, 23 Materazzi, 27 Pandev.
Coach: Leonardo.

Schalke 04: 1 Neuer; 22 Uchida, 4 Howedes, 14 Papadoulos , 2 Sarpei; 17 Farfan, 32 Matip, 11 Baumjohann (13 Schmitz, 76), 18 Jurado (31 Draxler, 83); 7 Raul (16 Karimi, 87), 9 Edu.
Unused subs: 33 Schober, 3 Escudero, 5 Plestan, 8 Hao.
Coach: Ralf Ragnick.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England).

Booked: Stankovic 13, Farfan 48, Chivu 8 and 62,  Sarpei 60, Papadopoulos 66, Raul 84.

Sent off: Chivu 62.

Added time: 3 + 3 minutes.

Attendance: 72,770.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 Neuer
Maicon 13 Uchida
Ranocchia 15 Howedes
Chivu 26 Papadopoulos
Zanetti 4 Sarpei
Stankovic 5 Farfan
Motta 8 Matip
Cambiasso 19 Baumjohann
Sneijder 10 Jurado
Milito 22 Raul
Eto'o 9 Edu


Castellazzi 12 Schober
Cordoba 2 Escudero
Materazzi 23 Plestan
Nagatomo 55 Hao
Kharja 14 Schmitz
Mariga 17 Karimi
Pandev 27 Draxler