Champions League: Inter 2-0 PSV Eindhoven

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: INTER 2-0 PSV EINDHOVEN

Ibrahimovic nets fourth brace of season as Nerazzurri defeat Dutch outfit. Chivu, Suazo sent off

MILAN - In-form striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his fourth brace of the season to put Inter back on track in Champions League Group G.

The Swedish striker gave himself an early 26th birthday present, scoring his eighth and ninth of the season to put the Nerazzurri in total control by the break.

Cristian Chivu was dismissed for a second yellow 20 minutes into the second half and David Suazo was shown a straight red for an incident after the final whistle.

Tuesday's 2-0 victory moves Inter level with PSV. Both sides trail Fenerbahçe, who held CSKA Moscow 2-2, by a single point.

PSV produced the first chance of the game on 12 minutes when Perez tested Julio Cesar with an angled drive from inside the area.

Further first-half chances for the Dutch side were few and far between as Chivu, back in action after a three-week lay-off, and Samuel erected a dam at the back.

Inter edged in front in the 15th minute, Ibrahimovic sending Gomes the wrong way from the spot after being pulled off the ball by Kronkamp.

Hernan Crespo just failed to connect with Solari's fast cross from the left for what would have been a certain second goal on 25 minutes.

It was 'Ibracadabra' again in the 31st. Zanetti stormed down the right and served Figo who crossed to the far post where the Swedish forward sent a looping header from the acutest of angles beyond Gomes.

With a two-goal deficit to overturn the visitors upped their game after the interval, Addo's flicked header from Perez' right-wing cross their closest chance of a reply.

But Ronald Koeman's team failed to capitalise after Chivu was red-carded for a second bookable offence.

Roberto Mancini threw on holding midfielder Francesco Bolzoni (who made his first-team debut in last season's Tim Cup semi-final return against Sampdoria) for Santiago Solari and switched Cambiasso to a defensive role.

Inter diligently defended their advantage and could have grabbed a third through substitute Suazo who forced a difficult save from Gomes with a low 25-yard drive before firing narrowly wide from close range.

The Honduran striker soured his display after the final whistle when he received his marching orders after an incident with PSV's Salcido.

Both Suazo and Chivu will automatically miss Inter's Matchday 3 trip CSKA Moscow.

Inter 2-0 PSV Eindhoven (HT: 2-0)

Scorer: Ibrahimovic (pen) 15, 31.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu, 6 Maxwell; 7 Figo, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic, 21 Solari (36 Bolzoni 70); 8 Ibrahimovic, 18 Crespo (29 Suazo 61).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 11 Jimenez, 35 Esposito, 37 Puccio.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

PSV Eindhoven: 1 Gomes; 18 Addo, 13 Alcides, 3 Salcido; 2 Kromkamp (28 Bakkal 69), 6 Simons, 8 Mendez (10 Koevermans 56), 15 Culina; 11 Perez; 17 Farfan (16 Aissati 75), 9 Lazovic.
Subs not used: 21 Roorda, 19 Jonathan, 23 Fagner, 26 Van der Leegte.
Coach: Ronald Koeman.

Referee: Kyros Vassaras (Greece).

Booked: Lazovic 15, Chivu 29, 65, Samuel 80, Culina 85.
Sent off: Chivu 65, Suazo 90+3.


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