Tonight’s clash with Bayer Leverkusen marks Inter’s 51st encounter with a German side in European competitions, with a place in the Europa League semi-finals at stake in tonight’s game. As we wait for kick-off, here are the Nerazzurri’s Top 5 goals scored against German opposition in games at San Siro.
5. Maicon | Inter 1-1 Werder Bremen, Champions League 2008/09
How soft can a Colossus’ touch really be? Just ask Douglas Maicon: set free by a rebound, he beat the onrushing Wiese with a delightful right-footed chip.
4. Samuel Eto'o | Inter 4-0 Werder Bremen, Champions League 2010/11
A long ball through from Lucio and the perfect run from our Lion King: his first touch all but sealed the goal, which was a simple finish with his right foot. Trademark Samuel Eto'o.
3. Adriano | Inter 2-0 Werder Bremen, Champions League 2004/05
Veron knocked one up into the air, and the Emperor climbed high to control it with his chest like no other could. Then boom, the ball tucked home into the bottom left.
2. Ronaldo | Inter 1-0 Schalke 04, UEFA Cup 1997/98
The quarter-final first leg and some superb combination play between Ronaldo and Djorkaeff. In fact, Il Fenomeno used the Frenchman almost as a mannequin, taking back the ball, skipping past everyone and beating Lehmann with his left.
1. Dejan Stankovic | Inter 2-5 Schalke 04, Champions League 2011/12
One of the greatest goals in Inter’s history: a right-footed volley from the halfway line from Dejan Stankovic after Neuer’s headed clearance. Miraculous.