10 YEARS AGO...CHELSEA VS. INTER AND THAT GOAL FROM ETO’O

The Cameroonian struck in one of the most thrilling fixtures of the 2009/10 season

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10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o
10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o
10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o
10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o
10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o
10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o
10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o
10 years ago...Chelsea vs. Inter and that goal from Eto’o

MILAN – Exactly ten years ago, Samuel Eto’o scored a fantastic goal of vital importance that contributed to an extraordinary journey which culminated in a magic night in Madrid. Inter took to the pitch at Stamford Bridge to play the return fixture of their two-legged round of 16 clash against Ancelotti’s Chelsea, with the first leg having finished 2-1 to the Nerazzurri thanks to goals from Milito and Cambiasso. It was a crucial match: a Chelsea goal without reply would have sent the English side through. Instead, it was Inter who progressed thanks to a superb team display where the Nerazzurri proved their strength on both a physical and mental level. The team had won a huge battle and were very much aware of what they could achieve.

Zanetti and Maicon started in the full-back positions, with Lucio and Samuel the Nerazzurri’s centre-backs in front of Julio Cesar. Cambiasso and Thiago Motta lined up in midfield, while Sneijder was there to support a front three of Pandev, Milito and Eto’o. Following a goalless first half, the deadlock was broken with 78 minutes on the clock: the Dutchman produced a perfect pass and an onrushing Samuel Eto’o fired past Turnball with the outside of his right foot. And so Inter successfully qualified for the quarter-finals.

16/03/2010: CHELSEA 0-1 INTER
Goal: 78’ Eto'o

Chelsea: 22 Turnbull; 2 Ivanovic, 26 Terry, 33 Alex, 18 Zhirkov (74’ Kalou); 13 Ballack (62’ J. Cole), 12 Mikel, 8 Lampard; 39 Anelka, 11 Drogba, 15 Malouda
Substitutes: 30 Taylor, 6 Carvalho, 35 Belletti, 23 Sturridge, 43 Bruma
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 4 Zanetti; 19 Cambiasso, 8 Motta (92’ Materazzi); 10 Sneijder (85’ Mariga); 27 Pandev (75’ Stankovic), 22 Milito, 9 Eto'o
Substitutes: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 39 Santon, 7 Quaresma
Coach: José Mourinho

Referee: Wolfgang Stark
Notes. Bookings: 18' Eto'o, 48’ Thiago Motta, 54’ Lucio, 55’ Malouda, 57’ Drogba, 82’ Julio Cesar, 83’ Alex. Sent off: 87’ Drogba. Added time: 1', 0'. Attendance: 42,500


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